5 ways to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day

Spending your Valentine’s Day without a partner doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.

Sherlyn Sim

Considers knowing how to use a rice cooker an achievement.

Published: 11 February 2023, 10:19 AM

Valentine’s Day is usually positioned as a day for couples. But what do you do if you don’t have a partner? Well, there’s nothing stopping you from being your own Valentine and pampering yourself on this special day.

Here are five ways to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day:

1. Take yourself on a date

Who says you can’t go on a solo date? Buy yourself flowers, take yourself to a nice restaurant – pull out all the stops to give yourself a well-deserved treat. 

If you don’t feel like going alone, you can go with a group of friends or family members as well. 

Consider organising a picnic at one of Singapore’s many parks. Popular spots for picnics include the breakwaters at East Coast Park, where you’ll be right by the sea; the Botanic Gardens, where you can be among lush flora and fauna; and Marina Barrage, where you can also fly kites.


You can also listen to music while you eat if you’re feeling awkward. PHOTO CREDIT: PABLO MERCHÁN MONTES VIA UNSPLASH


If you’d prefer to stay at home, you can order your favourite food and binge watch your favourite shows to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

You can even organise a digital watch party using extensions on your browser so you won’t be alone. 

Extensions such as Teleparty, a Chrome extension, will allow you to watch your favourite shows on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, Prime Video and YouTube. However, your friends will need to be subscribed to the respective services to watch along with you. 

2. Buy something you’ve been eyeing for a while

Have an item that’s been sitting on your wishlist for forever because it’s too expensive for a casual buy? Perhaps you can treat yourself on Valentine’s Day! 


Setting a price limit can ensure that you will not spend more than you can afford. PHOTO CREDIT: BRIDGET MAC DONALD VIA UNSPLASH


Of course, as with any purchase, it is important to exercise restraint and not go overboard with spending. Remember to weigh the pros and cons and check if you can afford it before making a big purchase.
You might even want to make good use of the Valentine’s Day promotions and discounts on shopping platforms such as Shopee and Lazada!

3. Hold a solo karaoke session

There’s something cathartic about screaming your favourite lyrics as loud as you want without having to worry about others hearing you. 

It’s even better when you’re going solo because you can pick all the songs you want without having to worry about clashing music tastes.


While home KTV systems are an option, you might be a nuisance to your neighbours if you plan on belting out all your favourite songs. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/TEO HENG TRADING & KTV STUDIO


Since COVID-19 measures were relaxed, Teo Heng KTV has reopened with seven outlets all around Singapore. Party World KTV is another well-known karaoke studio in Singapore, with low prices that include snacks and drinks.

4. Take a trip to the spa

Personal grooming is important for everyone, especially in Singapore where life is fast-paced and the sun is merciless. Finding a day to take a rest and take care of yourself can be hard, so why not make some time for yourself on a special occasion such as Valentine’s Day?


Illumia Medical was founded by Singaporean socialite Kim Lim. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/ILLUMIA MEDICAL


Although trips to the spa are stereotypically associated with women, no one should slack on their personal care. If you’re looking for facials, Illumia Medical offers a large variety of facials and feminine health packages, while Face of Man provides skincare solutions targeted at men.

If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can also visit one of Natureland Singapore’s ten outlets for a massage, foot reflexology or body scrub. 

Too busy to head down for an appointment? Face of Man also sells masks and cleansers for use at home, while Korean beauty brand Innisfree is well-known for their skincare products which you can purchase both in stores and online.

5. Revisit your hobbies or pick up a new one

If you have an old project you left unfinished, or something you enjoyed doing but haven’t got the chance to do again, now’s your chance! Taking care of yourself means doing the things you love every once in a while too.

On the other hand, if you don’t have any hobbies you can think of, why not pick up a new one? Singapore has various locations with different activities you can experiment with.

Rug tufting has gained popularity since the pandemic. You can visit Tuft Club, which offers rug tufting workshops at $190 for a four hour session. 


If you want to bring a friend to Studio An’s workshops, you will have to pay an additional surcharge of $30. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/STUDIO AN


Another option is Studio An which offers a four-hour workshop at $165. Besides rug tufting, Studio An also offers an art buffet option where you can pay $55 for a three-hour session at the studio. 

During this session, you can do acrylic painting, calligraphy, silkscreen printing, wood or linocut printing and drawing and sketching.

Another place that offers art jamming sessions is Arteastiq, which combines a tea lounge and an art studio to provide unique art jamming sessions. Each session comes with a free beverage, paints and canvas, at $48 for a three-hour session. 

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