By Ong Zhi Yi
Love is in the air again. February 14 goes by the name of “Valentine’s Day”, but for those who haven’t found our significant other, it’s “single-awareness” day. You still can have an equally memorable day even if you’re alone, though. Red roses, romantic staycations, extravagant dinners… So overrated. News flash: you can do all that without a partner too, so don’t hesitate to pamper yourself! Here are some ways to shower yourself with love during this special occasion.
Netflix and Chill
Don’t take this the wrong way. When we say Netflix and Chill, we mean it literally. What better way is there to avoid painful reminders of your relationship status – which come in the form of loving couples whispering sweet nothings – than staying in? If watching romantic comedies just adds insult to the injury, try action and horror films. Netflix has released some of the most hair-raising docu-series, such as Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer, or The Ripper. After all these gory scenes and endless clue-hunting, we guarantee that romance will be the last thing on your mind.
Or you can also binge-watch reality dating series such as Too Hot to Handle and Love Island, and take comfort in the fact that these crazy hot individuals are also still single – just like you! Fair warning though, you might lose a few brain cells with the exaggerated scriptwriting and dull-witted contestants. Oddly enough, I keep clicking “next episode” although some parts are just utterly ridiculous to watch. Perhaps it’s all the drama that makes the series so addictive. So, if you’re looking for somthing lighthearted, these shows should do the job.
In the spirit of staying home, we recommend online shopping for your retail therapy sessions. “Valentine’s Day is just a capitalist scam” – but if you can’t beat them, join them! And you wouldn’t have to think about what your (non-existent) partner wants for a gift. Now, you can buy whatever you’ve been eyeing for yourself. Money might not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy you new shoes (which is pretty much the same thing).
Use the opportunity to purchase products from local brands – especially during these trying times. You can even support friends who might be selling gift boxes and roses for the occasion.
For ways to give back to society this Valentine’s Day, click here to check out our article on upcoming volunteering opportunities.
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Good news for singles: Valentine’s Day 2021 falls on the third day of the Lunar New Year. For those who celebrate CNY, this means that there will be activities aplenty to keep us busy. Ditch that #foreveralone spirit and enjoy the festivities with family and friends – some of whom we only see once a year! And instead of baking chocolate cakes topped with pink icing, you can prepare some well-loved CNY goodies, such as pineapple tarts or cornflake cookies. Plus, those red packets will surely make up for the lack of red roses.
Just remember to abide by the new COVID-19 regulations to prevent the holiday from turning into a nightmare!
Spending time with family and friends
Valentine’s Day is about expressing love to those who matter. Even if you haven’t found the special someone, there’s still reason to indulge. Those not participating in CNY celebrations can use the long weekend for a little getaway with family and friends. With your SingapoRediscover vouchers, planning a luxurious staycation is easy. Most of these hotels are in the heart of Singapore and are well-furnished with extravagant amenities, so you can look forward to living the high life for a few days!
P.S. you’re bound to bump into a few lovey-dovey couples on the way, but that’s just a small trade-off compared to the high life you get to enjoy.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show yourself some love. Disconnect from social media and focus on activities that make you happy – even if it’s simply just lazing in bed.
Being single doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re lonely. With so many ways to spend Valentine’s Day, it’s up to you to decide how you want to celebrate the occasion!