Not-so-clichéd things to do this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's Day

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is so commercialised these days that it’s beginning to feel kind of disgusting, especially with restaurants all over Singapore charging premium prices for special V-Day set meals.

The sad thing is, every day should be a day to express your love to your special someone… every day except Valentine’s Day. So what can you do if you want to avoid the commercialisation of the day, but have a nice time out with your friends or significant other? We’ve got a few suggestions below.

The Gathering at Fort Canning Green (photo: Google Images)

Go for a hipster music festival

Don’t go beating yourself up over missing Laneway this year, there’s another hipster music festival just round the corner. The Gathering’s first ever event here in Singapore will feature indie stars such as Belle and Sebastian, Caribou, and the incredibly talented local singer-songwriter Charlie Lim.

While this festival promises to be loads of fun, the same probably couldn’t be said about its romantic factor – but you know, weird things happen at music festivals.

Where: Fort Canning Green
When: 12pm – 11.30pm

Get your tickets here.

Victoria Concert Hall (photo by Yves Merckx on Flickr)

Stay classy, go for an orchestral performance

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra will be giving a Valentine’s Day performance at the Victoria Concert Hall for those whose idea of a romantic time is spending time with Tchaikovksy, Piazzolla and Mike Mower. It’s the perfect appetiser if you’re still interseted in the romantic, overpriced dinner after.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall
When: 4pm

Get your tickets here.

Have a laugh

The Comedy Club is in session this Valentine’s Day, and it’s the perfect place to go for a good laugh. Shows at The Comedy Club rarely disappoint, and it sure beats the clichéd dinner and/or movie date.

Where: Hollandse Club
When: 8.30pm

Get your tickets here.

If you insist on catching a movie, make it a raunchy one

Well, romance takes on different forms for different people. It just so happens that Christian Grey’s tastes are very… singular.

Opening in cinemas in Singapore on 12 February, this movie has recently been given an R21 rating by the Board of Film Censors, and will be screened uncut (yay!).

Just in case anyone is interested, the movie got a 41% freshness rating from the hyper-critical critiques at Rotten Tomatoes.

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