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On some Fri­day nights, my hus­band and I have a se­cret life. We put the kids to bed a lit­tle ear­lier – not al­ways easy to do – and then (very qui­etly) get dressed and leave the house. It’s our reg­u­lar sup­per date with an­other cou­ple, friends of ours.

They have four young kids of their own, so like my hus­band and me, their evenings are spent help­ing the kids with home­work, be­fore the head­long rush to bed­time. Reg­u­lar, leisurely, ro­man­tic din­ner dates are out of the ques­tion.

They de­cided to make use of the time they had af­ter their kids were in bed, to re­con­nect as a cou­ple – and to catch up with friends. I think it’s a won­der­ful idea. Who­ever said date nights had to be con­fined to din­ner?

With our lit­tle group, sneak­ing out takes plan­ning. But it’s all part of the fun. It starts as early as that morn­ing, on our What­sapp group chat. “Sup­per, tonight?” “Sure! I have a new won­ton mee place to try.” “Same time? We pick you guys up?” “Let’s see what time the kids can all get to bed. Fran­cis has been get­ting to bed later these few nights.”

“Great! Text us when the last one is asleep.” It helps that our friends live a five-minute drive away, so we take turns car­pool­ing. Our helpers are both on hand at home, so we spend the next few hours catch­ing up, then head home and fall into bed.

My hubby and I have yet to do an us-only sup­per date, but it’s in our sights. With so many great late-night joints around, there’s no lack of food op­tions. To help you out, we asked read­ers and the Sim­ply Her team to rec­om­mend their favourite sup­per places (pg 126).

While you’re get­ting ready to head out, make the ef­fort to look good, too. Tip: do your hair for the big­gest im­pact. We have some great ideas, mod­elled by real women, on page 30, that are re­ally quick and easy to do.

Our fo­cus this month is on our other halves. In a Sim­ply Her poll, 33 per cent of women told us their hus­bands don’t lis­ten when they talk, while 15 per cent say their men are al­ways late. These, and other habits, drive us up the wall. Help’s at hand on page 64 – find out what irks women and how to help Hubby. Nicely.

We have a slew of shop­ping pointers in store, too. Check out the nicest shops at Mil­lenia Walk (pg 108), and those at the new Robin­sons Or­chard, the re­vamped Tangs base­ment, and BHG (pg 104). Then, pick up some of the great prod­ucts in our Smart Shop­per New and Road Test pages (pg 92-98), from an An­droid tablet to ac­tiv­ity trackers and flat-bot­tom woks. En­joy this is­sue!

PENE­LOPE CHAN, EDI­TOR

PS. Thanks for all your lovely letters. E-mail us at magsim­ply­her@sph.com.sg or write to us at 82 Gent­ing Lane, Me­dia Cen­tre Level 7, S(349567), and keep send­ing in your won­der­ful ideas.

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