Whether you're foodies or animal lovers, these date ideas in Singapore add spice to your relationship without killing your budget.
Let’s face it: whether you’re in a new relationship or a long marriage, it’s not easy finding exciting date ideas that won't cost a bomb. Young lovers can’t afford it, and married couples have a mortgage to pay and kids to feed, right?
So, how do you strike a balance between affordable and interesting when you’re in love and living in the most expensive city in the world? Well, you can. Just take a look at these low-budget activities we have rounded up. We only hope you belong to one of these categories of couples. Happy pak-tor-ing!
For The Foodie Couple
Hey, the way to your other half’s heart is through his/her stomach, right? If you find yourselves happiest when you’re sharing a poke bowl or challenging each other to a buffet-off, there is really no lack of places to go. You are in food paradise after all.
Armed with a Citibank credit card, the world is your oyster with exclusive gastronomical experiences for up to 20% off and Citibank buffet promotions. Visit the Gourmet Pleasures website to scope out the meals and deals you can savour together.
If you're in the market for a new credit card, we suggest getting the American Express Platinum Card. Not only does this give you access to Amex's Love Dining programme (read: 50% off at places like Lawry's The Prime Rib) - you also receive a S$100 TungLok voucher if you get it through SingSaver.com.sg. Promo ends 30 June 2017.
For The Thrill-Seeking Couple
As Ronan Keating says, life is a roller-coaster. Well, so is love. Are you and your significant adventurous other adrenaline junkies? Can you go on Revenge of The Mummy: The Ride over and over and still see (and stand) straight afterwards?
Yay, because you can both scream your heads off again when you purchase two Universal Studios Singapore One-Day Tickets at a discounted price of S$134 (original price: S$152) when you pay with your Mastercard. To top it off, you will also receive a free photo voucher (6R) as a memento. Promotion ends 31 July 2017.
For The Culture-Vulture Couple
You love Monet and he adores Basquiat. Okay, so, the genres of interest are as different as Schumann from Sheeran. But hey, you both are aficionados of art, so that’s something. This may be the obvious choice, but we have a feeling you will have a lovey-dovey, arty-farty day at the National Gallery Singapore.
Did you know that when you become a Gallery Insider member (at an annual fee of S$30), you get to enjoy special privileges such as unlimited free entry to all exhibitions — such as the current Yayoi Kusama show which is on until September 3 — priority booking and discounts on shopping and dining? That’s practically a no-budget date. More information here.
For The Animal Lovers
Make a date with the adorable monkeys and elegant giraffes at the Singapore Zoo. When you visit the zoo and the River Safari on the same day from now until June 24, you will enjoy S$20 off your admission tickets (usual price: S$33/adult at the Singapore Zoo + S$30/adult at the River Safari = S$63). That works out to just S$86 for both of you for one wild, wild day. Terms and conditions apply.
For The Flower Power Couple
So, the Gardens by the Bay is turning five. To celebrate, they are offering visitors an online special — 15% off local admission rates to Single Conservatory (Flower Dome or Cloud Forest) or Double Conservatories (Flower Dome & Cloud Forest); or 50% off when you sign up or renew for a one-year Friends of the Gardens membership. Both are valid until June 30, 2017.
Why buy her a stalk of rose when you can give you a garden, right? Enjoy a sweet morning stroll, snap a few — or a lot — of picturesque Insta-worthy photos all day for as little as S$17/adult. Terms and conditions apply. More details here.
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By Alexa Fang
Alexa is a pop-culture vulture. She lives to read, write and travel, and decided long ago that life is stranger than fiction. When she's having croissant, she thinks in French. "31 Rue Cambon" is her favourite address, and she believes that money one enjoyed spending is never money wasted.