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Singapore budget dating ideas: Paktor without breaking the bank (Part 1) | 65CityGirl

Discover some budget dating (or Paktor-ing) ideas in Singapore that will not run down your Bank Account too much.

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1) Back to School
Visit your respective alma maters, walk the grounds and share with your date the mischievous stuff you used to get up to when you were young and wild and free. Get all nostalgic together as you walk down memory lane and make new great memories together.

Cost: Free!


2) Look at the Stars
See how they shine for you…Head down to The Observatory at the Singapore Science Centre to check out those heavenly bodies with your date at free stargazing sessions every Friday 7.50pm to 10pm. Optional: You can serenade your date with the song “Yellow” by Coldplay as he/she gazes into the telescopes at the stars.

Cost: Free!


3) Share the Love
…with the unfortunate in Singapore on a special kind of date. Sign up to volunteer for ad-hoc or regular (if you both have time to spare) charity events together and do something meaningful together. Check out some ideas in this earlier post on ways to give back in Singapore!

Cost: Free!

4) Nature Trails
Immerse in the wonders of nature with your date as you take a leisurely stroll/hike through the many different nature trails available in Singapore. From Punggol Settlement Waterways, Coney Island, Treetop Walk, Changi Coastal Walk, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to your friendly park in the neighbourhood and more, nature-loving couples are spoiled for choices.

Cost: Free!


5) Game On
For couples who have a mutual competitive streak, gaming (from board games/card games/arcade games/online fps games etc) would be a fantastic way to bond and see learn exactly how aggressive or galiant your date can be. Play at home or any of the gaming cafes (Hideout, Mind’s Cafe or Playnation) in Singapore.

Cost: Free at home and usually under SGD 15 for 2-3 hours of gaming per person at a gaming cafe or a local arcade.

6) Alternative Movie Dates
Instead of just catching the latest movies at your nearest GV/Cathay/Shaw every weekend, why not try some place new? Check out themed screenings at the Screening Room, free monthly movie screenings at the NLB, glitzy movie experience at the Capitol or hip indie offerings screenings at the Projector.

Cost: Ranges from free screenings to about SGD 15 ++ per pax at the Screening Room.

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7) JB Day Trip 
It is common knowledge that going on trips could make or break friendships and relationships. So put your date to the test, by inviting them on a day trip to our favorite place across the Causeway. The crazy customs wait back and forth is always a good way to test a couple’s ability to tolerate each other in a hot stuffy environment and tediously long process.

Cost: Roughly one third the price of anything you would spend in Singapore.

8) Q&A
Set aside an hour or two, in a quiet and intimate setting and engage in a series of personal questions that will help foster closeness between you and your date and supposedly help you fall in love (if you are not already in love). Just saying, there’s no harm trying it out.

Cost: Free, but do try to get your date a drink or something, a hour of talking is bound to get anyone thirsty.

9) Be a Tourist
…and visit all the museums /galleries in Singapore, you will be surprised at how much you can learn about Singapore. From the newly opened Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (for fans of Jurassic Park), National Gallery (for the lovers of South East Asian Art or Instagrammers), Malay/Indian/Eurasian Heritage Centers (for those interested in our cultural heritage) and even Gillman Barracks.

Cost: Most museums in Singapore are free for Singaporeans, unless there are special ticketed exhibitions (prices vary).


10) It’s Tiger Time
Learn all about our national beer making process with the Tiger Brewery Tour. Comprising of a 45-minute guided tour and a 45-minute beer sampling session, it’s a perfect date for any beer lovers in Singapore.

Cost: SGD 18 per person

Try out some of the fun dating ideas and make every weekend Valentine’s weekend for your date! Don’t forget to tailor and personalize your date to their taste!


Do you have any other Singapore dating ideas you would like to share with us? Let us know so we can include it in the next follow up post!


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