Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for people who don’t have significant others, 14 Feb is just another normal, boring day. In fact, it’s a running joke that this day has been totally wiped out of the calendar for singles who consider themselves unlucky in love.
But who says you can’t enjoy love day when you’re single on Valentine’s Day? Gone are the days when this holiday was only for couples. Sure, it can be nice to spend it with a partner, but one person also deserves all the love that you can give: Yourself!
Whip out your pens and paper, and list down all these fun things you can do on Singles Awareness Day!
Fun things to do on Singles Awareness Day
1. Take yourself out on a date
You’re the main character of your life — Valentine’s Day or not. So why not take yourself out on a date? Head to a cafe and get your favourite coffee, take a walk at the park with your pet, go to a library and read a book, or better yet, make a fancy dinner reservation for one! There is no shame in eating out alone. Some people find solitude in taking themselves out on a date, so if you haven’t tried it out, this is your sign!
2. Spend time with friends
Valentine’s Day is not only for romantic partners — it’s also for our friends! In fact, being single on Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to catch up and plan a date with your barkada. Take this chance to make a reservation at a restaurant and eat good food with good people in your life. Plan the ultimate galentine’s day celebration or ask the boys to come and have a boys’ night out!
If you’re not up for that, you can always go casual and plan a movie night where you binge on your favourite snacks while watching rom-coms. Cheesy, but it’s the perfect way to spend Singles Awareness Day together.
3. Pamper yourself
Who says you need a significant other to treat you to some pampering? Give yourself a well-deserved break and schedule a massage, mani-pedi, or a complete spa package at your favourite wellness hub. Or better yet, have a DIY spa at home as you watch your favourite Netflix rom-com and pop the cork because self-love is worth celebrating, too!
4. Go on a hike
Don’t want to see cheesy couples going on a date this Valentine’s Day? Conquer the great outdoors and go on a hike instead! Make it a day to remember by going on a hike at Mt. Pinatubo, which has become the talk of the town lately. The best months to hike to the crater are from January to April when the lake’s colour appears from blue-green to a clear, reflective mirror. But if you’re an adventurous soul who happens to be single on Valentine’s Day and you’re up for a challenge, then try hiking Luzon’s highest peak — Mt. Pulag in Benguet.
5. Travel solo and own your independence
It’s never too late to book a plane ticket, especially if it’s to a place you’ve been putting at the end of your bucket list “just because.” Now, you have a reason to go. Book a plane ticket to one of the destinations on your travel bucket list this year for Valentine’s Day and take your single self on an exciting adventure — whether that’s soul searching, food tripping, or just staying in the hotel. There are absolutely no rules to how you want to spend Singles Awareness Day this year! *wink*
6. Embrace your inner artist and try painting
If you’ve been putting off trying a new hobby, then maybe now’s the time to try something out. Painting by numbers has gained popularity lately, and they’re pretty affordable too! Painting sets are available across many online shopping platforms, and each set includes a canvas, two paintbrushes, and small tubes of paint.
If you want to challenge yourself a bit more, then we suggest you reserve a slot at Sip & Gogh where you can take a painting workshop for a day. Sip & Gogh has branches in Atelier, Eastwood, Century City Mall, and Congressional Avenue. Hey, maybe you can meet a kindred spirit in one of these classes, too!
7. Visit museums
History and art buffs can spend the day exploring and appreciating art in various local museums. This is perfect timing since National Art Month happens every February in the Philippines. You might just chance upon museums that offer free entrance and other freebies while going on an art date with yourself!
8. Go to karaoke
Cue “All By Myself” by Céline Dion! Whether you want to do it alone or with friends, unleash your inner diva, rent a karaoke room, and sing your heart out. After all, there’s no better way to mend a broken heart than singing at the top of your lungs with beer and ihaw on the side! Some notable karaoke spots for you to try include Music 21 Plaza, Celebrity Lounge Family KTV, Paragon Family KTV, SM Game Park, and Rockstar KTV.
9. Get a makeover
Restaurants and theme parks will surely be filled to the brim on Valentine’s Day, so why not skip these places and head to a hair salon instead? Get a full makeover, go crazy if you must! We know it’s all about self-love on Singles Awareness Day, but who knows? You might just find The One with your fresh new do.
10. Start a meditation journal
If you feel like you’re stuck in an endless loop of emotional patterns, now’s the perfect time to start journaling. This ultimately helps you understand yourself better and become self-aware of things you can and can’t control. Make a list of your favourite things to do, keep track of your daily emotions, or start scribbling away your thoughts to clear your head.
11. Try a new hobby
Whether that’s starting a new book, putting together a 1,000-piece puzzle, building a 5,000-piece Lego set, or wall climbing — now’s the chance to pick up a new hobby! There are absolutely no rules to how you want to spend your Valentine’s Day, so go grab a book or put your workout shoes on and get going with a new pastime! You might just unlock a new skill in the new year!
Also read: 10 Fun Things to Do in Manila Alone
12. Treat yourself to some ice cream!
Well, what’s the best way to mend a broken heart? Ice cream is always a good idea, and is the best therapy for almost everything! Buy yourself a tub of ice cream, stay in, and put on some cosy pyjamas as you crawl yourself through Valentine’s Day.
Being single on Valentine’s Day is absolutely valid, and you don’t need to feel pressured into celebrating this day. For singles, it can just be a regular day, and that’s okay! But if you feel the need to mark the holiday on your calendars, we hope our list of fun things to do on Singles Awareness Day helps you enjoy the holiday like you deserve.