“Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble will be delayed to next year” – The Straits Times
With the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble postponed – for a second time – our only ‘travel’ options in the near future seem to be limited to staycations at Sentosa, or hopping aboard the trending cruises to nowhere.
Your annual year-end holiday with your loved one has gone kaput and there’s only so many times you can afford a Staycation. The cruise, while tempting, starts at $319 per room – way out of your budget!
Cafe-hopping, movies, Love Island – you’re bored of the usual routine. You’ve even jumped on the hiking bandwagon, but the crowded nature trails, jam-packed with other travel-starved Singaporeans don’t really appeal to your introverted nature.
So if the idea of ordering Bubble Tea and Pizzas on GrabFood, then lounging around in your jammies with bae this Friday night doesn’t exactly get your heart pumping, fret not!
We’ve gathered a list of one-of-a-kind, wallet-friendly activities for you to keep the flame alive.
From adrenaline-pumping activities to the magical night out, here are 5 unique date phase 3 date ideas ranging from $14 – $168!
$14: Take A Day Trip To Lazarus Island
Far away from the manicured Sentosa beaches, undeveloped Lazarus Island boasts pristine, turquoise waters. Its serene beach is usually deserted if you come by on weekdays – perfect for some quality couple time!
Simply pack a beach mat, floats, towels, food and drinks (there are no shops on Lazarus) and find a spot of white sand to bum around for the day!
How To Get There: From Marina South Pier, take the Ferry to St John’s Island. Once you’re there, find the link bridge from St John’s jetty. It’ll be a 20-minute walk to Lazarus Island.
Cost: $14/pax for a round trip ferry ticket on Klook
$30: Throw An Axe
If the pandemic has got you or your partner feeling stressed out, visit Singapore’s first indoor axe-throwing range at Axe Factor, where you can vent your frustrations by hurling axes onto a target board 14 feet away!
You can choose from three types of axes: Hatchets (For beginners), long felling axes, and smaller tomahawks (for advanced throwers).
Don’t worry about slicing yourself accidentally – their blades aren’t sharp to the touch and the only injuries they’ve had so far are splinters.
Cost: $30/ pax for 60 minutes
$88++: Dine In The Dark At NOX
For a quirky dining experience, enjoy a meal in the pitch-black dining room of NOX. Served by the visually impared, you and your date will need to rely on your sense of taste, touch, smell and sound to figure out what on earth is sitting on your plate.
Don’t worry, Nox’s hosts (who are blind and visually impared) have been specially trained to care for you through your meal. They’ll offer guidance and reassurance if you feel uncomfortable!
Cost: $88++/pax for a mystery 3-course set menu
$150: Create Your Own Customised Perfumes
Love a good scent – especially when it’s from your partner? Sign up for a guided DIY Perfume Making Workshop with Maison 21G and let your creativity run free under the watchful eye of the perfume experts!
Become a scent designer and tailor-make a personalised scent for your loved one.
At the end of your workshop, you’ll receive a generous full-sized bottle of your customised perfume, complete with bottle personalisation in full colour!
Cost: $150/pax for a 1-2 Hour Workshop
$128 – $168: ‘Travel’ Around The World In 80 Days
Although a trip around the world isn’t going to happen now, it’s still possible to ‘travel’ – back in time – with local theatre company AndSoForth!
This immersive dining theatre experience will take the form of a book analysis workshop celebrating a Jule Verne’s classic – Around The World In 80 Days.
For 160 minutes, you’ll embark on an intimate session that will take you from one room to another, complete with an energetic cast, colourful costumes, elaborate set designs and of course, delicious food!
Adding to the novelty, locations are secret till 24 hours before your booking slot!
Cost: $128/ pax (Mon-Thurs), $168/pax (Fri-Sun)
And there you have it. Follow our list and get creative! Tell us how it goes in the comments below!