The Valentine's Plan: Posh, cheap or avoid

GO POSH

If you have the spending power, a lavish Valentine's Day is easy to provide.

Budget: $6,000

A STAYCATION AT CAPELLA SINGAPORE

Price: from $3,500++, for a two-night stay in a one-bedroom garden villa www.capellahotels.com/singapore You'll need to take Friday off work to get the most from this.

Begin your day by checking into the ultra-luxurious Capella Singapore in the afternoon. Then enjoy a 150-minute in-villa spa treatment from Auriga spa with your partner.

This is followed by a five-course Valentine's Day Dinner at The Knolls, a Mediterranean restaurant boasting views of the sea.

Finally, commemorate your romance after dinner or the next day with a complimentary one-hour photoshoot by the award-winning Lightedpixels Photography on the resort grounds.

A two-night stay means taking your time to check out, and spreading Valentine's over two days which gives you time to indulge in extra attractions.

99 ROSES

Price: $534.89 from Far East Flora The classic symbol of love. A single rose is a gesture, 99 is a grand declaration. Bowl her over with this huge bouquet.

ROMANTIC CHOCOLATE HEART BOX FROM GODIVA

Price: $265

www.godiva.com.sg

Chocolates may be a cliched gift but these should impress.

There is no need to wrap this gift - the scarlet cloth-covered box features a roseshaped bow and contains 36 pieces of quality chocolate.

Godiva can even deliver right to your date's doorstep.

DINNER AT JOËL ROBUCHON RESTAURANT

Price: $1,250++ per couple for Rolls- Royce menu

Tel: 6577-6688 for information

Surprise your date with a chauffeured Rolls-Royce which will take you from doorstep to restaurant.

The sumptuous eight-course meal includes grilled lobster with spinach leaves and foie gras served with potato confit.

The opulent experience ends with another luxurious Rolls-Royce trip home - or to any place you have plans for your date.

RENT A YACHT

Price: $488 nett for Valentine's Day

Sunset Cruise

www.Yachtcharter.sg

Board the Blue Mountain Yacht at the exclusive One°15 Marina Club after an early dinner.

You can watch the sunset and enjoy each other in the moonlight, while snacking on complimentary canapes.

GO CHEAP

Spending less does not mean skimping on romance.

Budget: $50

THE VENUE

Head for Punggol Waterway or Labrador Nature Reserve for a romantic getaway.

Punggol Waterway is conveniently situated beside Damai Station on the Punggol East LRT Line, while Labrador Nature Reserve is within walking distance from Labrador Park MRT Station.

Find a shady spot, lay out a picnic mat, and you're set. Take a walk hand-in-hand and admire the scenery, or simply relax on the grass.

You can even catch both the sunset and the sunrise.

Price: No more than $6 on MRT, $3.75 for insect repellent from Guardian Pharmacy.

THE ACTIVITY

Spending less means more preparation.

Blow up some heart-shaped balloons and put little notes in them - "I love you because..." Write down all the things you appreciate about your loved one.

Each note should be 0.5cm in width and of any length - roll it up and insert it into the balloon before you inflate them.

Get your balloons ready and you can even get an accomplice to tether them at an agreed location.

Either that or pick her up from the nearest MRT station, and lead her to the balloons. Once there, give her a pen to pop the balloons and find the notes.

Price: $3.80 for 10 balloons from NTUC.

The Gift

Ditch the real bouquet. Flowers this week are likely to cost a small fortune. But what about handmade roses?

The Internet is a treasure trove for paper-rose tutorials. It can even symbolise "yi sheng yi shi", a lifetime together, a promise of forever. Practise and you could even impress her with love notes written on the petals.

Of course, nothing spells commitment like a stack of "Love IOU" coupons.

You can use them to promise anything from the simple "A hug every day" or "breakfast in bed" to massages or even something cheekier.

Price: About $5 for craft paper from the stationery shop.

THE FOOD

Whip up simple picnic fare - sandwiches, salad or even sushi, if you have a an icebox.

Or buy a packet of her favourite hawker fare. And maybe stay away from convenience store sandwiches.

And who says champagne is a must?

Opt for something light and refreshing, like sparkling fruit juice.

Price: $3.95 for 750ml bottle of sparkling apple/grape juice from NTUC Fairprice.

Spend the rest of your budget on food.


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