While the origin of the acclaimed Valentine’s Day remains questionable, the mainstream media continuously reiterates the idea that the 14th of February revolves around romantic love, normally celebrated with a partner. I don’t believe that appreciating a person should be limited to a day but sure, let’s extra appreciate a special someone on this day. If this is your first celebration with a partner or the bazillionth, I’m certain you have realised how corporations benefit from this event – from excessively priced roses to fixed set meals that charge an arm and a leg, the day of love is synonymous with the day of loss (financially, at least). That being said, I have decided to compile a list of activities that range from being free to costing a bare minimum whilst keeping your partner and you entertained – note that this article is for those currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
Things To Do For Free On Valentine’s Day
- Go to a waterfall or hiking or even do both
My favorite peak to climb is Bukit Tabur in Taman Melawati – the hike can be challenging as rock climbing is involved but as the famous saying goes, no pain no gain. As for a waterfall, I’d recommend Kg Kemensah Waterfall , which I have previously written about. However, if you’re looking for that extra mile, then visit Sungai Chiling in Kuala Kubu Bharu as in order to reach the waterfall, you’ll need to hike for at least an hour.
- Go to an art gallery or museum or even do both
In the near future I’m planning to publish an article about the most stimulating art galleries in Kuala Lumpur as I love staring at and analyzing art but as of now, I shall recommend Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and G13 Gallery in Kelana Jaya – both currently have interesting exhibits which are bound to create a unique discussion. As for a museum, I frequent the Islamic Arts Museum (which is more than the name implies) and can confidently say that you’ll be engaged. However, if you’re searching for a place that blends both information and aesthetics seamlessly, then visit Sasana Kijang (Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery).
- Go for a picnic
As I’m writing this post, I shall recommend my favorite locations for a picnic although there are an abundance of choices within the capital city of Malaysia. Lake Gardens, also known as the botanical gardens, is an ideal location as the park is massive so you can easily find a secluded area for your picnic – there is also a lake, ‘waterfall’, tree-house, and even an entire area dedicated to bamboo huts (with free wifi!!!). Besides that, I also recommend Sentul Park as there are glass huts atop a lake filled with fishes and turtles (that I enjoyed feeding and you might, too) – not to forget, the park is located in the same compound as the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, so you can also watch a play if you decide to cash out.
- Go for an event
Publika is hosting a market in honour of love, which commences from the 11th of February until the 14th of February – I’m definitely visiting as I want to exploit the vintage photobooth and also melt into the beanbags provided during the outdoor movie screening (8 to 11 pm). Another interesting event being hosted is by Minut Init Art Social on the 14th of February, where music and poetry meet to create an unforgettable experience.
Other Things To Do On Valentine’s Day
- Go hard or go home
I recommend visiting EnerZ in Subang, which my friends and I prefer over Jump Street and which is also cheaper than District 21. Another option is the Skywarrior Rainforest Challenge in Putrajaya, which charges RM10, and although I haven’t been there yet, I would love to challenge (and laugh at) myself in the near future. Note: I was too busy enjoying EnerZ that I forgot to take photos so yes, I decided to use a romantic photo of a sunset instead.
- Go into another dimension
I’m not a fan of virtual reality as I love our non-virtual reality too much but nonetheless, my friends managed to convince me to visit the VR Lab in SS15, Subang (note that the franchise has many locations). I have to admit that the experience is fascinating as I literally felt like I was snowboarding and fighting demons from another world. If your partner is enamoured with games then this is probably the perfect date.
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare