Blame it on Singapore’s hot and humid weather, we're all indoor creatures. Hence getting to know someone tends to revolve around the same outings on repeat: movie, dinner, drinks and/or (window) shopping. Get creative without sacrificing on your comfort (or air-con) with these 11 indoor dates – and who knows it might lead to that all-important indoor date.
Get your date to trust you fast by belaying him or her. It’ll work on building those all-important trust bonds, be a test on communication skills and igive you full access to oggle them in their gym gear. Try it at Boulder Movement where they have single entry classes for $30.
With ‘I, Tonya’ reviving our love for triple lutz jumps, ice skating has become popular again. While we’re pretty sure you won’t be attempting any axel jumps or toe loops on the first go, it’s a great way to kid around with your bae. And if you’re shy about initiating that first hug or hand hold, the slippery ice comes in handy.
Before you sweat it out doing your own version of the seven-minute workout, try a few gym classes together to suss out how competitive (or easily flustered) your partner could be. Sign up for a Guavapass (4 class package from $99) and pit each other to try anything from a barre class, boxing, zen yoga, or just attempt a callisthenics class together.
You don’t need to be an athlete to throw a bowling ball, you just need some aim – and not mind wearing ugly (some call them trendy) bowling shoes. What’s great as well is it’s a cheap date – Planet Bowl offers single games from $2.60 – and can take place in funky settings with disco lighting and thumping K-pop music. Another plus: Strength is no guarantee so anyone could emerge the victor.
Getting to know each other’s crew is almost as important as getting on with the family. Invite both sets of friends down to OUE Social Kitchen’s communal space and host a joint dinner party. All you have to do is rock up with your raw ingredients – they’ve got condiments and even the clean-up sorted – and get cooking. Spaces rent from $108 per hour (max 10 pax) and corkage is just $30 per bottle.
Rather than buying each other mugs for sleepover coffee mornings, make one together. Throw mud on the wheel and test your skills at pinching and blunging at Goodman Ceramic Studio where trial classes are held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. If what you fashion turns out usable, get it bisque fired and collected in a month. If you need it glazed, they’ll do it for an extra $10.
He likes punk, she prefers alternative tunes. Regardless of music preferences, you'll find it at Red Point Record Warehouse where 50,000 pieces of vinyl are neatly stacked up for your browsing pleasure. From 1950s Chinese oldies to ABBA, cult artists like Nick Cave and a wide range of indie and electronic releases, grab a few and pop them down on a record player for your own private listening party.
Don’t wait to move in together to find out he swears by a La-z-boy. Get a hint of each other’s home style by spending an afternoon furniture “shopping”. Ikea is an easy choice but there are loads of other places like Nodan, Castlery and Hock Siong to pop by depending on personal decor style.
Bond over reading, and we don’t mean each other’s Facebook posts. Re-kindle the love for the written word at any of the island’s 26 public libraries. Rather than roaming the aisles aimlessly, pick a topic each, trade and discuss. If your date picks a boring subject, at least the view – from the Esplanade and the Victoria Street branch – will help pass the time.