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Ah Valentine’s Day.

A day of love, affection, chocolates, and cards. But for some, it’s a day of dilemmas and frustration. Every year, many of us whine about not knowing where to go and what to do. Plans that entail not burning a hole in our pockets or breaking the bank are high on many Singaporeans’ priorities. Lest many also forget to consider, it should also be romantic or we risk incurring the wrath of our other halves.

Alas, no more hassles and no more worries. Don’t let the absence of money spoil this wonderful day. It’s the thought that counts after all right? As Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th, the team in Discover SG has compiled 14 free things that couples can do on this coming Valentine’s Day.

1) Take a Stroll Along Henderson Waves

Who knew the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore would actually be such an idyllic place for romance? Not only does the bridge resemble the undulating shape of a wave, its scrupulously designed shape allows it to have recesses, where pedestrians can observe and take in the natural beauty of their surroundings. To all lovebirds out there, be sure to check this place out at dusk, when the mood is enhanced by luminous lighting and a gorgeous night sky.

Location: Southern Ridges, Henderson Road, Bukit Merah, Singapore 159557

2) Appreciate The Arts In Gillman Barracks

Gillman Barracks is the indie and lesser-known home to internationally-celebrated and contemporary art pieces. With 11 different galleries to choose from and exhibitions that change periodically, you don’t have to be an art enthusiast to find something that captures your eye. And with such diversity, there are many insta-worthy spots for couples to get their “sophistication” on!

Location: 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937

3) Traipse Around The Garden

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s futuristic garden, is nothing short of unbelievable at night. With the radiating Supertrees standing stoically nearby and the signature display of lights and sounds that begin at 7.45pm, a walk around this lush and multi-colored wonderland could be one of the best Valentine’s Day ideas ever.

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

4) Watch a Watershow at Marina Bay Promenade

Known as Wonder Full, Singapore’s premier light and water show is a stunning convergence of light, music, and sound. Impress your girl with this dazzling 15-minute display and witness the water transform into images that tells the tale of the journey of life. As the show begins at 8pm, for best viewing, reach early and ‘chope’ the middle seats for the optimum experience.

Location: 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

5) Stargaze at Tanjong Beach

For a day of tranquility and to simply unwind and enjoy each other’s company, Tanjong Beach is the ideal place. The wide expanse of pristine sand and a cool seaside breeze provides the perfect setting for a simple picnic and pleasant conversations. At nightfall, end the day off in spectacular fashion under a blanket of stars.

Location: Sentosa

  1. Have Dessert At Esplanade Roof Terrace

With the panoramic views of Marina Bay serving as a dramatic backdrop, couples can forge a wonderful memory together at the top of the Esplanade. Gaze upon the bay when dusk falls and witness the gorgeous Helix Bridge light up before your eyes. Remember to sweeten the deal with some yummy desserts before heading up there!

Location: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

7) Marvel At The Cityscape At ION Sky

You know what they say – there’s no greater love than one that is 218 meters into the clouds. Enjoy sweeping views of the stunning cityscape through state-of-the-art BEHOLDTIM telescopes, the first telescope of its kind in Asia. Open from 3pm – 6pm daily, don’t miss out on an opportunity to take your relationships to greater heights, literally.

Location: 2 Orchard Turn, Level 56, Singapore 238801

8) Visit The Love Temple

Yueh Hai Ching Temple is one of the oldest in Singapore. It is known as The Love Temple because Yue Lao, believed to be the elder of the moon deity, sits in the center of this temple. Yue Lao is a matchmaker deity who ties red strings to couples, symbolizing marriage, love and romance. Are spiritual blessings on Valentine’s Day the best gifts of all?

Location: 30B Phillip Street, Singapore 048696

9) Have A Picnic At Marina Barrage

Who knew that this innovative facility that helps supply water to Singaporeans is also one of the nicest places in the evening? The rooftop of the barrage boasts a circular green space that’s popular for picnics and sightseeing. As one of the go-to attractions for couples in Singapore, it is perhaps mandatory to include this on the list.

Location: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951

10) Watch An Outdoor Movie

MovieMob is a free outdoor drive-in movie screening that takes place in all locations around Singapore. Similar to the ones that we see in movies, this event happens on a first-come-first serve basis, so it’s best to stay updated on their social media pages. Although they don’t have fixed schedules, the people behind MovieMob are definitely planning something for Valentine’s Day. Watch this space.

11) Enjoy Some Sweet Tunes At Botanical Gardens

For a relaxing night in luscious natural settings, the Singapore Botanical Gardens is the quintessential choice. Be serenaded by the melodic vocals and romantic tunes of live bands under a moon lit sky. As this would be wildly popular, be prepared to head down an hour earlier to “chope” your seats. The performances begins at 7pm sharp!

Location: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

12) Admire The Sunset At Labrador Park

During the day, you’d expect to see many families around the area due to its scenic views of the sea. However, at sundown, Labrador Park, coupled with well-lit paths and cool sea breezes, transforms into an offbeat place in Singapore for lovebirds. Let the sounds of gentle waves and the dim golden glow of the setting sun stir up your love.

Location: Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187

13) Cement Your Love At Clarke Quay

Not many know about this, but did you know that there is a place in Clarke Quay for couples to hang their love locks? For the uninitiated, love locks are used by couples to symbolize their love for one another. The key is then thrown away to make it forever. Located just outside Clarke Quay Central, be sure to bring your own padlocks and Polaroids you don’t mind losing!

Location: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817

14) Quality Time At Home

To end off this list, people often underestimate the simplest gestures. Sometimes, a home-cooked meal followed by a romantic movie with wine and chocolate is really all that it takes to demonstrate your love for each other. Or perhaps, spend the evening at home sweet home in each other’s arms and cozy up with candles and ambient music.

(Image credits: The Date Report)

Whatever it is, the team at Discover SG wishes you all the best in your Valentine’s Day endeavors!

(Featured image credits: The Date Report)