Pretty much like New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day typically comes along with a long list of fairy-tale, movie-like expectations. Just so you know, what you see on TV is hardly the same in real life. Also, let’s not forget all the been-there-done-that, cliché acts like candlelight dinner, heart-shaped chocolates, and movie-date in the cinema.
Which is why, at the end of the day, you’re much better off being on a budget and doing something affordably fun with your Valentine this year.
So, here are six totally unique and inexpensive Valentine’s date ideas that you can enjoy without worrying about any butterfly coming out of your wallet.
1) Outdoor Picnic and Firefly Gazing @ Kuala Selangor
Your partner is not the only one that lights up your world. In a small coastal village northwest of Kuala Lumpur, fireflies (kelip-kelip) illuminate the night along the Selangor river.
An ideal escape from the concrete jungle, into an actual jungle-like setting, all aboard a peaceful boat ride amidst nature’s silence.
A whole firefly boat tour – which includes seafood dinner and transport from Kuala Lumpur – might come with a hefty cost. Therefore, an outdoor picnic-dinner before settling for just a 30/40-minute ride would be recommended.
2) Hit the Arcades and Have a Fun-Fair Night Out
If you’re up for something a little old-school, it’s time to scrap up your spare change and make them count at the arcade or perhaps even at a fun-fair.
Plus, what better way to showcase your hidden talents than to sweep your partner off her feet with a plushy teddy bear prize, up for the taking at respective game stations.
Most shopping malls come equipped with an arcade lot, whilst fun-fairs are often on-the-move. Nevertheless, you may catch one at Jalan Batu Pahat, Kluang (Euro Fun Park) from February 15th till March 9th – if you’re up for a little road trip with your plus one.
3) Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan @ Malaysia’s 2nd Longest Night Market
It’s a classic Malaysian story, uniting people through a wide variety of cheap food and bargains. Good street food here is no doubt easy to find, so you don’t have to dress up and stock up your wallet.
Food trucks are becoming a thing here in Malaysia, you can spot one at a couple of urban places in Klang Valley (Damansara Utama, SS15, Bangsar). As for Ramlee burger stalls, you can practically find one around the corner of your street or taman – try locating the burger stalls near you via the BurgerKatMane app.
Another solid alternative would be to check out Malaysia’s second longest night market at Taman Connaught, Cheras, which takes place every Wednesday night – also the night of this year’s Valentine’s. 😉
4) Visit the National Museum and Go Art-Gallery Hopping
If you find history boring back in school, you probably weren’t paying any attention. Here’s your chance to walk through our country’s rich history with your significant other at our national museum (Muzium Negara). Brownie points if you could throw-in some historical facts to impress your date – so, study up a little beforehand. 😉
Next, venture from archaic narratives to aesthetic masterpieces at several art galleries around the neighbourhood. Ilham Gallery boasts a fine collection of contemporary art that features much of our local lifestyle and culture. Meanwhile, independent fine arts places like Minut Init (Damansara Utama) and Artemis Art Gallery (Publika) offer a variety of different artists and brands in their art space.
Try sharing your personal input of each work of art you observe with your partner. After all, a picture speaks a thousand words – 997 words more than “I love you”.
5) Spend a Day at Valentine’s Special Bazaar @ The School, Jaya One
What’s in store? Speed dating session (only for those 35 and above), dancing, jazz performances, blossoms, and various other romantic get-together activities for all singles and couples in the mood for love, fellowship, and bonding.
This exclusive one-day event will be held at The School, Jaya One from 11am till night.
6) Embrace the Fluff and Cuddle With Love at Pet Cafes
Basically, when your girl loves pets more than she loves you.
Either ways, the two of you get to experience the best of both worlds together in one place – fluffy pets and good food.
If she’s a cat-person, Purradise Cat Cafe (TTDI) offers a free drink to their customer, with a horde of super-duper adorable cats roaming around – each one of them has its own unique name. Other notable places to check out would be Kopicat (SS15) and Good Meowing Café (Cheras).
If she’s a dog-person, Bow Wow Café (Puchong) serves Western cuisine and good coffee whilst hosting a number of loveable furkids. The place also opens till late night, making it the right place for late night snacks – scooby snacks as well. The Hound (Taman OUG) and CuBs and CuPs (Desa Sri Hartamas) are also worth the visit.
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