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A Non-Basic Singles Guide To Valentine's Day

Those that are taken but enlightened are welcome too.

I’m a skeptic when it comes to Valentine’s Day; I don’t believe in paying for overpriced fare at what is surely a crowded restaurant, nor do I subscribe to buying gifts on a day that’s overtly commercialised. The point is, I think you shouldn’t either, and if you’re a kindred spirit, these recommendations will beat a cheesy dinner and movie date — hands down. Above, for the single souls and enlightened folks.


If you want to treat yourself:
The Capitol Kempinski is the newest kid on the 5-star-hotel block, and it might just rival stalwarts such as the soon-to-be-reopened Raffles Hotel in the heritage institutions stake. Housed within The Capitol Building (1930) and Stamford House (1904), The Capitol Kempinski offers 157 rooms, 24-hours check-in (and in the comfort of your room too), and ultra-spacious rooms (think ceilings that reach over three metres). Coupled with its impeccable Art Deco-meets-Victorian architecture and a bar that looks right out of The Great Gatsby, and you’ve got the new signature destination to see and be seen at. From S$500 a night. 15 Stamford Rd   If you want to party and be nostalgic at the same time:
Late ’90s/early ’00s R&B crooner Craig David will be in town for a one-off version of his famous TS5 parties, which originally started as an intimate house party for select groups of his closest friends. And unlike many of his contemporaries, David is still cranking out new music — he released his seventh album last January, but most likely we’ll still be falling hard for old gems such as You Don’t Miss Your Water (‘Til the Well Runs Dry). Early bird tickets have already sold out, so get cracking. More details here. Feb 14, 10pm – 1am Zouk If you feel like being spontaneous:
It’s the final session of multi-disciplinary artist Dawn Ng‘s well-received performance art piece 11 (most sessions have sold out), where 11 pairs of strangers will be enacting 11 different scenarios (based on, yes, 11 scripts), resulting in 11 different possibilities. Each act lasts approximately three minutes but “each trauma may last a lifetime.” Given that it’s V Day, who knows who you might meet at this final closing session? A ticket is $48+ and includes a stiff drink. More details here. Feb 14, 8pm – 9.30pm Telok Ayer Arts Club, 2 McCallum Street If you're a bookworm and romantic-at-heart:
Hit up relatively new bookstore cum cafe The Moon. They stay open late (till midnight on weekends) and better yet, they offer a well-curated offering of both fiction titles (the majority are deliberately sourced from female authors) as well as art/design/culture/non-fiction tomes. Books, cake and a cozy space = love? Why not. The Moon, 37 Mosque Street If you just want to get away from all the PDA:
Then just stay home and catch Netflix. Debuting today on the streaming platform: Dear Ex, a drama-comedy that premiered in Singapore at last year’s Singapore International Film Festival, and sold out. The storyline: a newly widowed mother Sanlian discovers that her husband altered his insurance payout to benefit someone else instead of the family — his male partner. She attempts to confront him together with her son but is forced to reassess her relationship with them both when her son starts to side with the outsider over her.