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Plan a special and memorable Valentine's Day for your sweetheart this year with any of these ideas

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day comes around every year and is meant to be a celebration of love. While there are plenty among us who choose to not make February 14 any more different from a regular day, there are other couples who enjoy making the most out of this day.

In Singapore, there are various V-Day offerings every year—from dining specials to staycation packages at luxury hotels—making it tough for celebrants to decide on what to do to make their date more memorable.

We’ve rounded up a variety of activities to partake in with your loved one this year that will sure to make Cupid proud.

Chef’s kiss

Get down and dirty in the kitchen using some cooking tools with your loved one—especially if he or she hasn’t revealed a culinary side yet.

Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School has a special Valentine’s Day cooking class with chef Jenna White just for couples on February 14. You’ll learn how to create a sumptuous meal that includes canapés (prepared by the chef), stuffed fresh pasta and chocolate lava tartlet to end the lesson on a sweet note. For oenophiles, you’ll also get to enjoy some wine during the class. After the lesson, each couple will get to head home with a satisfied stomach as well as a Valentine’s Day gift courtesy of Baker & Cook.

And who knows, you may be going home with a beau who’s the next Nigella Lawson or Gordon Ramsay in the making.

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Barista for a day

Forget cafe-hopping for just a day and sign up for a barista workshop where you can finally hone your latte art skills. Local cafe Common Man Coffee Roasters offers a 2.5-hour-long class on the fundamentals of barista skills for one to two people per class so it’s perfect for coffee-loving couples. Look forward to a practical session where you will learn free-pouring basic latte art patterns including the iconic heart that you see atop most coffee mugs in cafes everywhere as well as tulip and rosetta. So instead of buying flowers this year, make some frothy, milk-based ones with your other half.

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Drink some tea

Immerse yourself in the history of tea and find out its benefits at Tea Chapter, Singapore’s oldest and largest tea house located on the fringe of Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar. The best part about a tea appreciation workshop is being able to taste a wide variety of tea so expect that here as well. You’ll also be treated to tea cookies—or earl grey-infused pineapple tarts if you visit during this Chinese New Year festive period which coincides with Valentine’s Day. Book a private workshop with your partner and you’ll have a tea master guide you through a session where you’ll find out about the origins of tea and learn which tea suits you the best, whether it’s your taste preferences or even health goals.

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Pamper yourselves

Valentine’s Day is always a great excuse for couples to pamper themselves silly. Go on a pampering getaway where it’s just the two of you and disconnect in the tranquillity that surrounds Capella Singapore. On the most romantic day of the year, spend a night at the luxury resort in Sentosa and take advantage of its special package for couples, Perfect Time for Two, which includes daily breakfast at The Knolls. You will also get to indulge in a rejuvenating 60-min spa treatment for two at the award-winning Auriga Spa. Do request for the couple massage room, which is subject to availability, to make the experience more memorable for you and your partner.

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Get your hands dirty

How is pottery sexy, you may ask? Well, picture the iconic scene from American romantic thriller Ghost starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, and there you have it. This Valentine's Day, we reckon it's a great way for both you and your significant other to tune out the noise and enjoy each other's company; to work the clay on the wheel in front of you and look forward to bringing your own finished pieces home. But due to the art form's rising popularity, it's fastest fingers first to book a session at any one of these studios: Pinch, Goodman Ceramic Studio, Mud Rock Ceramics or Studio Asobi, where they have classes ranging from beginners to advanced levels to suit your abilities. 

Sip on classics

If kicking back with a drink in hand is your idea of a good way to relax and decompress as a couple, why not try a Gin & Tonic pairing masterclass at one of Singapore's much loved watering holes, The Spiffy Dapper? A session with them will take you through the history and science behind the classic cocktail—which surprise, surprise—actually originated in the jungles of Malaya. You will get to taste three types of gin and five types of tonic waters, each varying in style and flavour profiles. Once you've identified your favourite from each pairing, it will then be served to you in full and garnished with botanicals of your choice. 

PS: Be prepared for a boozy evening, as tipplers can expect to be served about seven standard drinks by the end of the session.

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Make everlasting bouquets

The folks behind Singapore-based online floral shop that specialises in succulent bouquets have recently rolled out their Valentine's Day workshop for couples looking to get hands on to create their floral arrangements. 

But why choose to create a succulent bouquet instead of a traditional one with fresh flowers? Compared to most florists who have their florals and exotic plants imported in, most of Echevaria.co's succulents are regionally sourced and require less energy to keep alive—a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way to enjoy beautiful blooms. Workshops are limited to seven participants, where they will also be able to take home a complimentary re-potting guide, succulent soil and a small personalised gift card at the end of the day.

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