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
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