The Jakarta Post
Though Valentine's Day is synonymous with romance, there are still ways to spend it by yourself. (Shutterstock.com/Stas Knop/File)
Valentine’s Day is often synonymous with flower bouquets and chocolates, which have come to be seen as signs of one’s affection. Sometimes, the celebration is also associated with watching romantic films or sharing an intimate, candlelight dinner.
But if those are just not your cup of tea and you'd rather celebrate Valentine’s Day on your own, here are some ways to spice up the day of love:
Go on a blind date… with a book
Until Feb. 23, Kinokuniya Bookstores in Jakarta are holding Blind Date with a Book events. The stores display books wrapped in brown paper with intriguing clues tagged on the front, and customers can choose books that suit their preferences. A 20 percent discount is available for the books at Kinokuniya's outlets in shopping malls in Central Jakarta, such as Plaza Senayan and Grand Indonesia.
From Feb. 15 to 16, Kinokuniya Bookstore at Plaza Senayan will also hold Love and Relationship Reading – Tarot Valentine’s Day. The sessions are available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with prices starting from Rp 100,000 (US$7.29) per 15 minutes.
Several shopping malls in Jakarta are also ready to indulge you with Valentine’s Day discounts, including Senayan City shopping mall in Central Jakarta. The mall is scheduled to hold #SCVALENTINE’SDAY from Feb. 14 to 16, which will feature various brands, including South Korean cosmetics brands Innisfree and Laneige, American fast food chain Burger King and American ice cream brand Häagen Dazs.
Those interested in animal conservation can follow a shopping guide list released by zoological park Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, United States. The list consists of brands that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a nonprofit, multistakeholder organization that promotes sustainable palm oil and aims to “make a difference for orangutans and other endangered species”.
This #ValentinesDay, keep orangutans in your heart by supporting companies that belong to @RSPOtweets. They've committed to using sustainable #palmoil in their products, which helps protect orangutans' natural habitats. (Free shopping app and more at https://t.co/wIybcHvv57!) pic.twitter.com/Yy6aA0IEqL— CheyenneMountainZoo (@CheyenneMtnZoo) February 4, 2020
For this Valentine’s Day, for instance, the list features both chocolate and beauty brands, such as Ferrero, Hershey’s, Lindt, Lancome, Estee Lauder and The Body Shop.
Adopt a clownfish
If you plan to travel to Thailand this February, pay a visit to Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort in Koh Phi Phi. The resort’s Marine Discovery Center is dedicated to the marine species of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. The environmental central runs various eco-friendly activities, such as coral preservation and fish breeding and release programs.
The beach resort allows its guests to adopt their own clownfish, starting from selecting the fish and naming it. Guests are also able to hop on a long-tail boat to release their adopted fish. Certificates of appreciation are also provided, with prices for the activity starting from 18,000 Thai Baht (US$578.12).
Throw a slumber party
This year's Valentine's Day falls on Friday, meaning you can spend time with your friends on the weekend. You may want to host a slumber party at home and watch horror movies, which can burn calories and elevate your mood, according to time.com. Online streaming platform Netflix features various scary movies, including Joko Anwar’s horror flick Pengabdi Setan (Satan’s Slaves) and Sophon Sakdaphisit’s Thai horror film Ladda Land.
Listen to love songs
Some people prefer to spend Valentine’s Day alone, strolling down memory lane with the help of their favorite love songs. If this is part of your Valentine’s Day plans, Spotify has a list of the 10 most featured songs in love-themed playlists curated by users in Indonesia. The list includes “Cinta Luar Biasa” (Extraordinary Love) by Indonesian singer Andmesh, DJ Snake and Justin Bieber's "Let Me Love You", Ed Sheeran's "Perfect", Glenn Fredly and Yura Yunita's "Cinta dan Rahasia", Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.'s "Best Part" and BTS' "FAKE LOVE".
The streaming service also revealed a list of songs that often appear on Valentine’s Day playlists topped off by “All of Me” by award-winning musician John Legend. The list includes Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud", Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are", Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Adele's "Make You Feel My Love". (wng)
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