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Valentine’s Day Three Ways: Lovingly Crafted Hong Kong Events for the Single, Taken and Detached

By Stasia Fong 4 February 2014
[button color="blue" size="medium" link="" icon="" target="true"]Subscribe to receive our weekly newsletter[/button] Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is creeping up fast, and there’s no point trying to ignore it. To make this year’s slushy celebrations doubly unavoidable, coincidence has it that Chinese Valentine’s Day (七夕) also falls on February 14th. But whatever your stance on the holiday, as ever, there’s something in Hong Kong for everyone. So avoid the scorn of a disappointed lover, the sting of loneliness or the sickness of consuming a whole tub of ice cream on your own. Cuddle up with our guide to Valentine’s Day Three Ways (take your mind out of the gutter!) and find room in your heart for Love Day 2014. For the Love Birds Sail Away If you’re looking for the romance wow-factor this year, whisk your love away from the hustle and bustle with a candlelit cruise they’ll never forget. Join Hong Kong Yachting for their Harbour Lights and Wine Tasting Tour and work your way through six boutique tipples and a boatload of canapés for just HK$590. Call +852-2526-0151 to book. If you’re one of those “Hell is other people” couples however, keep it cosy with Intimate Charters and bag their Mustang 2800 Sports Cruiser all to yourselves. They offer a wide variety of tours around Hong Kong Island, ranging in length from one to eight hours. So organise a perfect evening straight out of a chick flick, with Champagne, a sunset and the one you love the most. Catering is available, but you can also bring along your own treats for the ride (cough-cough, chocolate covered strawberries?). Make your booking now by calling +852-9211-0929, emailing [email protected] or filling out the online booking form. Looking for the ultimate Valentine's gift to seal the deal? Click here for Hong Kong's jewellery experts Sweets for your Sweet Spend the lead up to Valentine’s Day busy making sweet, sweet….chocolate with your loved one. Head over to Sesame Kitchen for their Valentine’s Day Special Raw Chocolate Making Classes between February 11th and 13th. It’s sure to be all sweetness and light as you bond over crafting each other some special treats straight from the heart. This is especially great for those with loved ones with dietary allergies, as no dairy, white sugar, soy or preservatives are used. Bring home a big box of love for just HKD$680 per person. What: Valentine’s Day Special Raw Chocolate Making Class When: February 11-13th 2014 7:00pm Where: Sesame Kitchen, TNCL, 3/F, Kingdom Power Commercial Building, 32-36 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong RSVP: Online to save yourself a spot! Get Love Drunk If you’re something of a party pair, treat your other half to a wild night on the tiles at one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive clubs, Boujis. On February 14th, the Pottinger Street den of sophistication and seduction will be hosting their Love & Other Drugs party, guaranteed to get you in the mood. Try their special Valentines Day cocktail or Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rose and sweep your loved one off their feet (and perhaps straight to the bedroom)! Click here for loads more fun and romantic venues in Hong Kong

What: Love & Other Drugs When: February 14th 2014 Where: Boujis, 37 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong RSVP: Call +852-2324-0200 or email [email protected]

For the Hopeful Romantics You Can Hurry Love Are you looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Improve your chances by sheer mathematics with Hong Kong’s biggest speed dating event. Following the huge success of last year’s Ocean Park Extraordinary Speed Dating Party, which attracted more than 600 singletons, the event is back and bigger than ever with the help of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Speed Dating FEVER and the Airport Authority Hong Kong. The HK Love Hub Speed Dating Event aims to match up lonely hearts from around the globe by dividing attendees into groups to complete challenges in romantic locations around Ocean Park. Extraordinary prizes will be up for grabs, all of which will of course pale into insignificance next to the real top trophy of true love. There are only 288 places available this year, so register now for Hong Kong’s most fun-filled (and free) Valentine’s solution for singles. What: HK Love Hub Speed Dating Event Where: Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong When: February 14th – February 16th 2014 (Registrants will be assigned to only one day) Price: FREE (HK$300 deposit will be returned on attendance) RSVP: Fill in the registration form Online. Say it with Shots This Valentine’s Day, Stone Nullah Tavern will attempt to bring us back to the good old days of love letters and dignified courting. Post boxes, notelets and envelopes will be placed at each table for diners to write anonymous love notes to other patrons who catch their eye. A Cupid/server will then deliver the message along with a signature (and complimentary) ‘through the heart’ shot. If this doesn’t make you go weak you at the knees you must have no soul and a very strong liver! With the Motown and soul tunes bumping all night long and ladies drinking for free, you’re sure to start feeling a little frisky at this fun and funky affair. What: Valentine’s Day at Stone Nullah Tavern Where: Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong When: February 14th 2014 RSVP: Call +852-3182-0128 for reservations Why not buy yourself some sexy undies - just in case! Spice It Up Hong Kong’s hippest (and Localiiz’s favorite) Mexican joint Brickhouse is hosting a Get Lucky Valentine’s affair that’s strictly not for lovey dovey couples. Rather than focusing on romantic love, Brickhouse is bringing Hong Kong the Mexican version of Valentine’s Day, where affection for friends, family and even pets is celebrated. The menu for the night will feature some truly delectable delights, such as a Chilled Oysters (an apparent favourite of the ultimate woo-er Casanova, said to guzzle 50 a day for breakfast!), a Surf and Turf main course and the Pocion de Feugo (Potion of Fire) cocktail, sure to light up your night. Canadian artist Danny Kostiantos, AKA Danny The G(r)eek, will also be on hand to draw pop-art inspired portraits of your nearest and dearest and immortalise your Valentine forever. So spice things up at Brickhouse and you never know, you could salsa your way to some red hot lovin! What: Get Lucky at Brickhouse Where: Brickhouse, G/F 20A D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong When: February 14th 2014 RSVP: No Reservation – Just turn up! For the Cynical Singletons Sick to your stomach by all this slush? There are better ways to ease the anger than shouting at the TV while watching the Notebook. Yeah, yeah, love stinks, but think of it this way: Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to sneer at happy couples while treating yourself and your single friends to some serious non-love-related fun. Here are some suggestions: Get Nailed

Get the girls together for a day of pampering with some mani-pedi magic at Nail Me Professional Nail Service. Experts at blinging your digits with fancy designs, these ladies will have you looking a million dollars and ready for a man-hating girls’ night out. Be sure to jump on their great prices, with manicures for just HKD$150 and pedicures at HKD$300. They have outlets in Wan Chai, TST and Mong Kok, so head to your closest location and get well and truly nailed this Valentine’s Day. More Speed, Less Dating

Looking for something a little more bro friendly? Take the crew over to Sideways Driving Club for a perfect frustration-busting day burning virtual rubber in the ultimate driving experience. Boasting 15 networked simulators, Sideways allows you and up to 14 friends (girls too, obviously) to race each other on the world’s best F1 tracks. With speedy distractions, your mates, a full bar and pizza delivery, who needs a relationship? Grab the gang, jump in a SIM and race your way through Valentine’s denial. Just Yoga and You

Breathe out the negativity and take some time for yourself with a chilled February 14th yoga session courtesy of the Integrated Medicine Institute. Designed to incorporate energising breathing and deep relaxation techniques, the brand new Integral Yoga Group with instructor Monica Proctor is sure to improve your balance, focus, strength and flexibility, all of which (especially the latter) will come in handy for future relationships. All experience levels are welcome, and an individual class costs just HK$200. Register online here.  

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Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Stasia Fong is a freelance writer with dreams of breaking into the television industry and executive produce her own television show.