“Valentine’s day is an opportunity for couples their love for each other. But the showcase of love should not start and stop at that day, but rather should continue for the rest of the time they are together” Author Unknown
It is that time of the year again where for a full week (or at least on Valentine’s Day), you are seemingly surrounded by couples regardless of wherever you might be. Shopping malls would rejoice for they will be raking in extra revenue during the loved up week; couples would bask in the warmth of a day that was specially dedicated to their love and those not in relationships are constantly reminded of how glaringly single they are. Fortunately, the day of hearts is not only reserved to those in committed relationships; but it is also a day everyone can enjoy.
If you are part of a couple who is tired of the usual activities (Let’s face it, most restaurants are fully booked and the standard chocolates and flowers seem cliché) or someone just looking to have a little fun with your friends, here are quirky and unique things you should try around Manila this Valentine’s week:
1.) Have your fortunes read in Quiapo
Whether by pure curiosity or keen interest, there is a certain allure in knowing what the stars and the future hold for you. You might be skeptical as to their accuracy and veracity, but whether you believe them or not, listening to fortune tellers of Quiapo is an offbeat way to spend Valentine’s Day—and they are worth listening to! Select a medium (palm or tarot) and listen to what the future holds for you. If you have a date with you, you can even get a reading on your future as a couple. A quick caveat, though: Not every prediction you hear would be positive. But hey, you do not necessarily have to believe in all of them.
2.) Bird watching in Nuvali
Bird watching in the Philippines is already steadily becoming a thing, and though it may seem like a dull idea for a date, there are a lot of benefits attached to it. Apart from the obvious calm and tranquility you get from just observing avian life, bird watching teaches you mental alertness as well as patience—two desirable characteristics your date could pick up. Also known as nature’s yoga, birding also allows you to appreciate the beauty of nature. If you and your date are nature lovers, this activity is definitely for you. Single individuals would also love this opportunity for relaxation without the usual crowd of couples around them.
3.) Explore abandoned heritage buildings
On an ordinary day, you would have probably scoped out any Manila shopping mall and looked for things to do. If you have lived in Manila all your life, there is a good chance you have already been to most of the malls in Manila. With this in mind, it would be a good idea to venture into something a little less usual—particularly if you are on a date. Inject a bit of fear factor and a dose of culture and history and take your date on a tour of the city’s abandoned heritage buildings. There is no shortage of these buildings around Manila; the Metropolitan Theater and PNR Paco Station are a couple of them just to name a few. If you or your date are avid “Instagrammers,” you are guaranteed to have great raw material for your feed—no filter needed!
4.) Explore Intramuros on a Segway
Intramuros is a well-known dating place for lovers, and over the years, it might have become a little cliché. Well, to add a bit of spice to your usual tour, why not explore the place on a Segway? It is definitely an offbeat way to navigate your way around the historic district. Apart from the that, there are a lot of activities and games you can think of while you are on your segway—making your date extra fun and extra memorable.