The Cost of Dating in The World’s Most Romantic Cities

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Many of us have always fantasized about going to romantic cities with our loved one, or even meeting our soul mate while travelling in cities that symbolize love. Whether you are travelling with your beloved, or just happen to meet someone there, it helps to know how much it costs to have an average, decent date in these cities. Based on AIRINC’s survey conducted in 2015, here’s a look at the expenses for the most classic must-haves – red wine, movie tickets and candy bars, in the top 5 most romantic cities.

Paris

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A Bottle of Red Wine: Casillero del Diablo: $14.71
Two General Admission Movie Tickets: $41.12
A Lindt 100 gram candy bar: $6.47

Total: $62.30 SGD

Florence

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A Bottle of Red Wine: Casillero del Diablo: $10.64
Two General Admission Movie Tickets: $25.42
A Lindt 100 gram candy bar: $3.95

Total: $40.01 SGD

Prague

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A Bottle of Red Wine: Casillero del Diablo: $11.53
Two General Admission Movie Tickets: $20.77
A Lindt 100 gram candy bar: $4.12

Total: $36.42 SGD

Sydney

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A Bottle of Red Wine: Casillero del Diablo: $19.70
Two General Admission Movie Tickets: $49.94
A Lindt 100 gram candy bar: $4.33

Total: $73.97 SGD

Buenos Aires

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A Bottle of Red Wine: Altos de Plata: $13.73
Two General Admission Movie Tickets: $30.77
A Lindt 100 gram candy bar: $4.06

Total: $48.56 SGD

Singapore

W&T also checked on the average prices of these items in Singapore.

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A Bottle of Red Wine: Casillero del Diablo: $32.50
Two General Admission Movie Tickets: $17.00
A Lindt 100 gram candy bar: $5.85

Total: $55.35 SGD

Most of us may be under the impression that Paris will take the lead when it comes to forking out for these date-necessities. However, it turned out that Sydney topped the list at a total of $73.97! Also, many view Singapore as a pretty expensive city to live in, but it is surprisingly still much cheaper than Sydney. Well, it is indeed not cheap to go on a date and shower your special someone with love. Nonetheless, in the eyes of couples, there is probably nothing like love above all else!

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Sunny Wang Weds Dominique Choy

Sunny Wang, 34, famous for his character in the Taiwanese drama “In Time With You”, is an up and rising star in the Taiwanese media industry. He recently tied the knot with his fiancee, 30 year-old Taiwan-based Australian singer, Dominique Choy. Their intimate wedding ceremony was held at a 140-year-old Swifts mansion in Darling Point, Sydney, with about 250 family members and friends attending. Their guests were flown to Australia with all expenses paid to celebrate their union as husband and wife.

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The pair first met each other in 2005. After an initial break up, they got back together last year. Their love grew even stronger and Wang proposed to Choy at her 29th birthday party. Wang used loose diamonds to personally design a ring for the proposal. The two were said to be very compatible as they share similar educational background and common interests in music, nature and sports.

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Wang and Choy’s grand outdoor wedding features an elegant and rustic theme against an ethereal backdrop of a countryside manor adorned with crystal chandeliers and lush white floral designs along the aisle. Choy made her entrance on a horse-drawn carriage, and the couple exchanged vows beneath a century-old tree instead of the conventional wedding arch, which elevated the magical, fairytale garden theme.

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As expected of this equally stunning celebrity couple, the pair were dressed in ravishing and dazzling outfits for their romantic wedding. Choy wore a stunning tailor-made A-line wedding gown with illusion sleeves, lace details and a forty-foot train, which she co-designed with a Taiwanese bridal designer. Wang looks absolutely dashing in a black and white Italian couture tuxedo.

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The entire wedding ended off with a full 5-minutes display of fireworks during the dinner reception.

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It was indeed a splendid and romantic night for all of their guests and the couple themselves!

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How Do Celebrities Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Ever wondered how celebrity couples actually celebrate Valentine’s Day together? They are always busy but still eager to share to the world how much in love they are. Let’s take a peek into the past at how 5 celebrity couples spent their Valentine’s Day! You might just get some new ideas!

Huang Xiaoming & Angelababy 

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Envious about Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy’s $31 million extravagant wedding ceremony? Did you know that Huang is always ready to shower his girlfriend with gifts, pampering her like a little princess? Other than the usual roses and chocolate cakes, Huang had prepared many surprises for Angelababy before. In one year, he covered the entire bed and floor with rose petals while she was sleeping at his house in Qingdao, China. On last year’s Valentine’s Day, the two went to Yonghe Temple in Beijing to pray for peace and harmony. This Valentine’s Day, you may want to consider going to a temple with your other half. One good temple to visit is the Yueh Hai Ching Temple (also known as Love Temple) at Raffles Place, where you can pray for happiness and an everlasting relationship.

Christine Fan & Blackie Chen

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A handmade gift is the most meaningful gift you can ever give to someone. On one Valentine’s Day, Christine Fan specially went to learn how to make a cake from her friend who runs a dessert shop. She baked a heart-shaped chocolate cake decorated with strawberries and sprinkled with gold lustre dust for an added sparkle. A chocolate cake was chosen to match her boyfriend’s name “Blackie”. Fan had a lot of fun applying chocolate cream layer by layer. In truth, sweet delicacies are not Chen’s cup of tea, but Fan made the cake in hopes that he would appreciate this act of love. Blackie showered Fan with love by buying her presents such as cupcakes, an iPod Touch and a Louis Vuitton bag for Valentine’s Day.

Lady Gaga & Taylor Kinney

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Yes, some of you might squeal with cheesiness after hearing this. Lady Gaga got engaged last year after her boyfriend of 4 years, actor Taylor Kinney, proposed to her on Valentine’s Day with a dazzling heart-shaped diamond ring. After Gaga said “Yes!”, the couple proceeded to celebrate their engagement over dinner at her family restaurant, Joanne Trattoria. It seems that proposing on Valentine’s Day is nothing like a bad romance (pun intended), so if your special someone does not mind cheesy surprises, this might just turn out to be the best way for both of you to spend the most momentous Valentine’s Day ever!

Jimmy Lin & Kelly Chen

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Loving only one person in your lifetime. That is the simple yet very sincere and heartfelt message that Jimmy Lin sent to his wife on Valentine’s Day with a big bouquet of roses from roseonly. Lin wanted to convey the most beautiful commitment of a lifetime to his wife, with roses from roseonly that believes in “One bouquet, in one lifetime, for one person only”. These ultra big roses are specially imported from Ecuador, and have a longer lifespan. Lin’s wife is indeed a lucky lady as these elegant and impressionable roses are one-of-a-kind!

Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden

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Double dates on Valentine’s Day… with your twin! This is exactly how Cameron Diaz and her husband, Benji Madden celebrated their first Valentine’s day after their marriage in January 2015. The couple shared an enjoyable 3-hour dinner date together with Benji’s twin brother, Joel and his wife, Nicole Richie at Giorgio Baldi’s in Santa Monica, California. All four of them seemed to have an unspoken dress code as they turned up for a romantic family bonding time in black. If you have very close siblings or cousins, why not opt for an unconventional double date together? All of you can reminisce about good old times together, with plenty of laughter to top off the night in a harmonious mood of love!

6 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Are Absolutely Free!

Come this 14th February, some of you may have already planned out a whole day of surprises for your loved one. Some of you may still be racking your brains on novel ideas to impress your date. W&T has compiled a list of 6 free Valentine’s Day date ideas just for you!

Picnic at Labrador Park

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Labrador Park indeed lives up to its reputation, boasting breathtaking sunsets. If you don’t want the conventional dinner at a restaurant, why not bring your date to Labrador Park and promenade hand in hand along the waterfront? Picnic under the mesmerizing sunset with cooling sea breeze, and enjoy some peaceful romantic time with your loved one away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This will surely be a one-of-a-kind memorable Valentine’s Day for the both of you!

Location: Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187

Wonder Full at Marina Bay Promenade

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After a sumptuous candlelight dinner, why not head down to Marina Bay Sands? Take a walk along the The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, and enjoy a nice and intimate moment chatting with each other. You may also want to take note that there will be a Light & Water Show at 8:00pm and 9:30pm. Known as “Wonder Full”, this 15-minute showpiece of visual effects combined with music and sound is a magnificent show that will make you and your other half exclaim in surprise! Be sure to reach early and ‘chope’ the best seats for an optimal viewing experience.

Location: Event Plaza at The Promenade (2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972)

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Bukit Timah Railway

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Are you two a more adventurous couple? Fancy a romantic date outdoors where both of you can simply bask in each other’s company? You can stroll leisurely along the nostalgic railway tracks with your loved one starting from the railway truss bridge over Dunearn Road/ Bukit Timah Road. Take scenic couple photos with the rustic backdrop embellished with lovely flora and fauna, as you listen to the melodic chirping of birds. After all that walking, you will end up at the second railway truss bridge near The Rail Mall. Treat your special someone to a tantalizing dinner to end off the day!

Location: 380 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 678040

Romantic Outdoor Movie 

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Do you want a unique outdoor movie experience? Watching a movie at the cinema is too run-of-the-mill. Go for a free outdoor movie screening under the stars! This coming Valentine’s Day, you can drive-in and watch a movie from the comfort of your car or while having a picnic. The event is specially organized for couples, so come down and be immersed in the mood of love. What’s more, you can enjoy free flow popcorn throughout the event from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at the Tanjong Rhu Open Field. Remember to be there early as the event is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Location: Field between Tanjong Rhu View & Tanjong Rhu Road    

Lock Your Love for Eternity At Clarke Quay

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Most couples know about the tradition of love locks overseas. This Valentine’s, you can also lock your love away forever at Singapore’s very own designated “Locks of Love” space, located just outside Clarke Quay Central. Take a quiet saunter along the walkway facing the Singapore River, before the two of you proceed to pledge your love for each other by affixing a padlock onto the grille with your names or initials inscribed on it. There is also a 3.4m high heart-shaped structure that you can put your locks on. Remember to throw the key away after you are done to symbolise unbreakable love. You can even think of creative things to lock away (e.g. love letters, pictures).

Location: Outside Clarke Quay Central (6 Eu Tong Sen Street, 059817)   

Home Sweet Home

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If you and your other half want to avoid the crowd, the best place for a heartwarming Valentine’s Day date would have to be in the comfort of your home! Why not get together to cook up a hearty dish, and get ready for a movie marathon with wine and chocolates. This simple and cozy date will definitely make the two of you fall in love all over again. 

What do you want for Valentine’s Day?

14th February is a special day for couples. On this romantic day, couples show their love and affection for each other in various ways. Some shower lavish gifts on their other half, while others simply want to savour a sincerely home-cooked meal.

Have you ever wondered what your other half truly thinks about Valentine’s Day? Are you planning for a unique day to spend together?

W&T did a survey with around 100 people, attached or married. This may be a good guide for you to look through before you bring him/her out on 14th February.

Present a heartfelt gift

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Have you always thought that giving a gift to your loved one is of utmost importance? Your other half may think otherwise. Instead of spending money on gifts that they may end up not using, spending the day together is more important to close to half of the people surveyed. Quality time with each other is priceless, and is not something that a gift can replace. However, this is a tricky issue that may differ among individuals. There is also a significant number of people who expressed that they will get angry if their other half forgets about getting a gift for them. You may want to get a hint before planning so that the gift will be something he/she really wants or needs.

It may come as a surprise to you but most people surveyed prefer to receive DIY gifts. A DIY gift is a symbol of sincerity and many couples feel that it is more meaningful. A handmade gift is also special as there is only one such gift in the whole world and cannot be bought with money. Other than DIY gifts, a pretty large number of people prefer gifts that they can pamper themselves with or use on a regular basis. Some examples include beauty products (e.g. perfume, cologne and makeup), accessories (e.g. wallets, belts, ties and scarfs), and holiday trips. Most of the ladies also indicated that they still hope to receive flowers from their boyfriend or spouse on this day. For what is a Valentine’s Day without flowers? Flowers are without doubt still an age-old traditional gift for this romantic occasion.

Indulge in a delightful meal

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Making time for each other on Valentine’s Day allows you to relive the moments you’ve spent together and show how much you cherish each other. Majority would love to have a home-cooked meal specially prepared for them. You can put in effort to learn a dish or dessert that your other half likes and surprise him/ her. As the saying goes, “The way to a man’s [woman’s] heart is through his [her] stomach”. Taking time and effort to do something for someone will never go wrong. There is also a significant number of people that prefer to eat at a cafe instead of restaurants. Cafes are a more affordable option, especially for younger couples, that does not compromise on the ambience and quality of food.

So, the eating location has been decided. What’s next? This is one dilemma that has kept many hesitating – who should be paying for the meal? About two-thirds of the people surveyed think that the gentleman should be the one paying. Others feel that a couple should go dutch. Some guys expressed that they wouldn’t mind forking out for special occasions like Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, but lamented that ladies should not always expect the guys to pay. Some ladies feel that it is a tradition for men to pay, but they should also know how to choose places within their means. If guys are planning to eat somewhere expensive, they could perhaps consider asking beforehand whether their girlfriend is willing to split the cost.

Plan an unforgettable celebration

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A relationship is based on mutual feelings of love and attraction. It is a connection and bond between two people. Close to half of the people think that a couple should plan for Valentine’s Day together. In the process of planning, they feel that they can communicate more and learn to resolve conflicts and differences. Others feel that the gentlemen should plan because Valentine’s Day is a yearly affair that ladies look forward to.

Have you already planned for Valentine’s Day? Did you know that most people still prefer eating together over other options such as going on a staycation or vacation and buying presents? Interaction and time spent together is very much valued over any other monetary gifts.


No matter what you have in mind for your special someone, it’s the thought that counts. Don’t worry if you’re not exactly good at doing DIY or cooking, as long as you go the extra mile to plan something just for your loved one, it will be a heartfelt celebration that is surely memorable. He/ she will definitely appreciate your sincerity!

Eatzi Gourmet Catering – The Caterer for All Occasions

Did you know? There are actually a large number of unique venues in Singapore including parks and beaches that can be booked to host weddings?

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As you get ready with the perfect wedding gown, the personalised wedding favours, and perhaps, a wedding venue that is not a restaurant or hotel ballroom, the only thing that’s missing is top notch gourmet and catering service.

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Fret not. At Eatzi Gourmet Catering, they have a wide selection of halal buffet packages to suit different palates and budgets. Starting from just $20 per person (min. 150 pax) for a high tea buffet or $21 per person (min. 120 pax) for a 9-course menu, you can choose from a mouth-watering range of Western, Asian and local cuisines!

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Not just your regular caterer, Eatzi Gourmet Catering has catered for many functions and events, amongst which are top international corporations as their clientele. With proven track records and an experienced and dedicated team of talents to oversee your special occasion, you can rest assured that your event will be well taken care of.

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Go on and satiate your guests’ appetites with Eatzi Gourmet Catering’s delightful wedding high tea, lunch or dinner packages. You even get to choose your own theme colour, along with floral decoration and wedding accessories, giving the perfect look to go along with the tantalising spread.

For enquiries, please call Eatzi Gourmet Catering at 6858 0111. 

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Eatzi Gourmet also has a restaurant arm located at Safra Yishun and ITE Ang Mo Kio. If you haven’t decided on a venue for this year’s Valentine’s Day dinner, Eatzi Gourmet Bistro’s savoury pastas, sizzling beef steaks, and Asian fusion dishes will not disappoint! The Halal-certified restaurant ensures that all couples can get to enjoy a sumptuous feast without burning a hole in your wallet.

Stand to win $150 worth of Eatzi Gourmet vouchers when you sign up for bridal packages at Valentine’s Wedding Fair @ NEX from 12-14 Feb!

 

The Ultimate Couple Wear Guide!

It’s the time of the year again, to show the world how much you’re in love. This is a day for all couples to proudly declare their love. You don’t have to worry about people judging your lovey dovey outfits/ accessories. Here are some ideas on how to show everyone, “I’m taken!”.

Match with Colours

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Colours are not only visually appealing, but also have special meanings. Choose a colour that is bright and sunny to make the two of you stand out from the crowd. Blue is the colour of the sky and sea, symbolizing faith, trust and loyalty. Orange represents enthusiasm, happiness and creativity. Red gives off feelings of passion, energy and warmth. Yellow is associated with cheerfulness, energy and joy. If your man doesn’t mind, challenge yourself with pink! Pink is a delicate colour that is sweet, romantic and tender. Colours can evoke a wide range of emotions, choose a colour that best represents your love for one another!

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Denim Lovers

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Go for the classic, versatile denim look and draw attention from people without much effort. You and your other half can choose to go full denim by wearing your favourite denim shirts along with pants of contrasting colours. If this is too cheesy, why not have the lady opt for a denim dress or dungarees, and the guy with a casual shirt topped off with a denim outerwear? For more reserved couples, you can simply embellish your outfits with a hint of denim in it. The guys can wear a denim cap to match with the ladies’ denim shorts.

Alternate Styled Wear

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An all-time favourite way of matching couple outfits without seeming like you are showing off to the whole world is to go alternate with matching hues or designs. Two of you can decide on one design or hue and style your outfits with that. For example, the guy can wear a striped or checkered shirt, and the lady can match that with a striped or checkered shoes in shades of the same hue.

Subtle Matching Look

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Accessories are ideal for giving that perfect finishing touch to an outfit. Choose matching accessories such as rings, belts, watches or handphone covers to give a tinge of romance without being too high profile. Accessories are great understated add-ons to your outfits to express the unspoken attraction between the two of you. Couple rings are a symbol of eternity and signify everlasting love for each other. A couple watch can bring out a stylish and elegant look that will complement any outfit.

A relationship is a long journey that needs endurance. Show your partner that you will be there to share times of happiness and sadness. Choose to match your footwear to bring out your faith in this love. Guys can go for maroon sneakers, while ladies can match that with scarlet heels. Opt for footwear of different shades of the same hue for a non-tacky look.