Instead of your usual haunts, try something different on your next date with Hubby.
Ride Into the Sunset
Live out your childhood fantasy of being swept off your feet (and onto a horse) by your Prince Charming. Trot down to Gallop Stables for a private, hour-long horse ride amid lush greenery. There’ll be a horse handler with you and your partner at all times (unless you’re both experienced riders), but just pretend they’re not there and whisper sweet nothings along the way. For more information, visit their website.
WHERE: Horsecity Gallop Stables Bukit Timah, 100 Turf Club Road
COST: $95 on weekdays, $100 on weekends
Be Resident Music Deejays for a Night
If you and your husband enjoy good music, head to hipster cafe-bar Suprette for a chance to show off your great taste. Every Friday is Playlist Night, where anyone can share his or her music playlist. If the people at Suprette approve of your choice of tunes, you’ll get to listen to your jam all night. Plus, you’ll get to guzzle down the bar’s half-pint samples for free (Suprette brews its own beer weekly). Advance booking required. Call 6298-8962 for enquiries.
WHERE: 383 Jalan Besar, Kam Leng Hotel lobby
COST: Between $12 and $20 a drink
Soak (Somewhat) in a Hot Spring
Singapore has its own version of a Japanese onsen, kind of. And it’s as rustic as it gets in the Sembawang countryside. The hot spring is a bricked-up well that flows to the public via two taps. All you need is a bucket (or two), towels, foldable chairs to lounge on as you soak, and maybe a foot scrub to smooth those calloused feet. Take note: It’s a family-friendly environment so keep the hot, sexy bikini at home.
WHERE: Within Chong Pang camp (off Gambas Avenue)
Dine in the Dark
Feast in pitch-black surroundings and imagine the thrill (or nervousness) of tucking into something you can’t see. Modern European restaurant Nox offers this experience – you’ll be briefed on what to expect over a quick cocktail and appetiser, before being led to a completely dark room by blind waitstaff . Only set meals are served but it’ll nonetheless make for a memorable date. To make a reservation, e-mail email@example.com.
WHERE: 269 Beach Road
Breeze Through Sentosa on a Segway
You may have visited Sentosa countless times but have you ever explored it on a Segway Personal Transporter – a two-wheeled, motorised, self-balancing vehicle? Imagine the scenic ride you’ll enjoy with Hubby as you whiz by the Merlion. Plus, you’ll save your legs a whole lot of pain after your mini tour of the island.
WHERE: Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure, 50 Beach View
COST: $38 a person for a 30min ride, $80 a person for 60min
You won’t be bowling under the stars or groping for the bowling ball in complete darkness, but it’s close enough. Think of it as a glow-in-the-dark activity – you can see enough to score a strike or two, and find Hubby for that congratulatory kiss.
WHERE: Orchid Bowl at The Chevrons, Safra Tampines and Safra Yishun
COST: Between $4.20 and $4.80 a game
Customise a Couple Scent
At Singapore’s oldest perfumery, Sifr Aromatics, you and Hubby can create your own unique scent, according to what you both like. The shop is run by a third-generation perfumer who was trained in the French Riviera, so rest assured your couple scent will be top-notch quality. Call 6392-1966 to make an appointment.
WHERE: 42 Arab Street
COST: Varies according to your creation
Eat on a Farm Kampungstyle
If you both love flora and fauna, head to Bollywood Veggies for a farm tour or cooking class. It’s a lovely getaway if you have a few hours to spare. And if you prefer to explore the farm on your own, just grab a map and find your way around. Afterwards, tuck into a farm-to-table meal at the bistro, before taking home some fresh produce.
WHERE: 100 Neo Tiew Road
COST: Free entry
Indoor Rock Climbing
Embrace your inner Spiderman and head to the Singapore Sports Hub for a spot of rock climbing. Its indoor rock wall is the tallest air conditioned sports climbing venue here and has sections for both beginner and veteran climbers. It’s a good way to stay in shape and have fun at the same time. Indulge in some friendly competition with Hubby – the first person to reach the top (or get the farthest up the wall) gets a treat from the other.
WHERE: Climb Central at Kallang Wave Mall
COST: From $20; for more info, log on to www.climbcentral.sg.
If You’re in the Mood to Splurge
1. Take a spin around a Formula One racetrack: This is your chance to ride in a race car. Choose between navigating the famous F1 track for 15 minutes or stretch it to half an hour along East Coast Parkway. You can either get behind the wheel or hire a driver. But both you and your man can’t get into the same car at once, so be prepared to splash some dough on a car each.
WHERE: Ultimate Drive
COST: Between $298 and $788 (20 per cent off if you hire a driver); go to www.ultimatedrive.com for more details.
2. Go on a helicopter ride: For a special occasion to remember, this is the ultimate fun date. Hop into a chopper for 30 minutes of spectacular views – you will soar above Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the Central Business District, Southern Islands and much more – while the pilot gives you a live commentary via headsets. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
WHERE: Singapore Heli-services
COST: About $1,300 for two
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By Azlinda Said, Simply Her, July 2015