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Prepare to get cheesy

There’s all kinds of things you can do on a date with your SO, whether it’s stuffing yourself full with food, watching a movie, checking out museums, or even just spending the day relaxing together. Dates can be simple and still be enjoyable with the right person.

But if you’re thinking of doing a bit more and going that extra mile to plan out a special date, well we’ve got you. We’ll run you through 5 east steps on how you can plan out special day for you and the bae.

Step 1: Don’t be late

Better yet, just be excitably early. Whether you’re a hardcore planner or a nervous klutz, being on time or even early to your date is a sign of caring and intention. Plus, what’s wrong with getting more time with your boyfriend or girlfriend?

Step 2: Arrive bearing gifts!

This doesn’t mean you have to splurge on extravagant gifts. It’s more of arriving with little trinkets, chocolates, flowers, even a letter or something as simple as a snack he or she’s been craving for a while. It might sound cheesy, but it’s all about being thoughtful and how the little things can make a great day even better.

Photo from @gregandsallyph

Step 3: Get away from the city

To be more specific, get away from the usual noise and hustle of the city. Give a change of atmosphere and scenery that you and your SO can both enjoy. Try going to the beach, hiking a mountain, going to a beautiful park or garden, or even just somewhere with less distractions. The trip and the place itself will give you and your SO some time to focus on each other.

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Step 4: Eat somewhere special

Now hear me out. I know I said that splurging isn’t necessary in order to make a date special, and it really isn’t. But there’s nothing wrong with choosing to splurge every now and then, to bring a different experience to the date as well. Pick a nice place to eat, or you can even make the food yourself and go somewhere nice for a picnic. Eating food is a shared experience, and there’s nothing wrong with making that experience extra special.

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Step 5: Take photos

Whether it’s being to fulfill your duty as an #InstagramBoyfriend (or girlfriend), or even just taking an obscene amount of selfies, take photos. Go out of you way to immortalize the moment. Of course, you should enjoy the moment and not allow yourself to be distracted by your phone. But when you are looking back the next day, or the next week, or even the next year, you’ll have something to remind you of the great day you two had together, and there’s nothing more special than that.

And there you go. That’s a nice and simple way of surprising your SO with a special date. If you’ve gone through these steps and still feel at a bit of a loss on where to go, here’s a place you might want to check out.

Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe

Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe is a garden paradise perfect for romantic getaways and special dates. It’s got a rustic theme and a countryside vibe that gives it the atmosphere of being away from the city, despite the fact that it’s located within Marikina.

They serve delicious and affordable herb-infused dishes that is sure to fill up your appetites. The place has been the venue of many wedding proposals and special anniversary dinners, among others.

Photo from @gregandsallyph


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145 Ipil St cor Champaca St, Marikina Heights, Marikina
(02) 940-1976

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