You know it’s almost Valentine’s Day when just about everywhere you look you
are confronted by displays in various shades of pink of love hearts, roses and
Love is in the air and what better time for watching romantic comedies. Or
better still ... acting out some of their most memorable heart-melting,
tear-jerking and funny moments.
So this year, rather than getting comfy on the sofa with your valentine to
watch your favorite rom-com movie or television show, try recreating some of
their most romantic and timeless scenes.
Sounds a bit cheesy? Yep, but don’t worry about that. February 14 is one day
in the year when you can get away with corny behavior.
In tune with your sweetheart
A song from the heart can be worth a thousand words and singing scenes often
provide a rousing finale to romantic movies.
When you can’t find the words to express complicated feelings, find the right
song for the right moment and sing it out loud.
Say Anything (1989)
Director: Cameron Crowe
This focuses on the relationship between average student Lloyd Dobler (John
Cusack) and Diane Court (Ione Skye), the year’s valedictorian, immediately after
their graduation from high school.
The Scene: When Lloyd holds a boom box above his head outside Diane’s bedroom
window playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.”
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Director: Frank Coraci
Wedding singer Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) and waitress Julia Sullivan (Drew
Barrymore) are engaged to the wrong people but eventually find their way to each
The Scene: Robbie buys a plane ticket and discovers that Julia is on the same
flight with her fiance. He sings a song he’s written for Julia, “Grow Old With
You,” and announces his true feelings toward her. Although Julia’s fiance tries
to stop him, Robbie succeeds, with the help of the flight crew and rock musician
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Director: Gil Junger
Adapted from Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” this movie tells the
story of outsiders Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) and Kat Stratford (Julia
Stiles) who get tricked into dating because new student Cameron James (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt) wants to date Kat’s younger sister but, under the rules of the
sisters’ father, can only do so if Kat also has a date.
The Scene: When Patrick sings “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” to Kat in front
of everyone to get her attention but ends up in detention. Kat gets him out and
the two spend the day together, realizing they have feelings toward each
Feasting on love
Food brings people together, and in the world of rom-coms, love can be found
in restaurants, kitchens and dining rooms.
No Reservations (2007)
Director: Scott Hicks
Packed with delightful food scenes, “No Reservations” is a remake of the 2001
German film “Mostly Martha,” about two top chefs.
The Scene: Chef Nick (Aaron Eckhart) asks head chef Kate (Catherine
Zeta-Jones) to try his tiramisu, Kate says she’s not a dessert person, but
changes her mind after trying a bite.
Or the ending scene when Kate and Nick are cooking together in the bistro
that they’ve opened.
Annie Hall (1977)
Director: Woody Allen
The relationship story between stand-up comic Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and
Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).
The Scene: When the couple boil live lobsters for a meal together — though it
might work out quite expensive recreating this.
Modern Family (2009 to present)
Season 3 Episode 14: “Me? Jealous?”
Set in Los Angeles, this popular sitcom follows Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill)
and his family.
The Scene: Jay plans a Valentine’s Day surprise for his wife Gloria (Sofia
Vergara), hiring a chef to prepare a sumptuous meal at their home.
Prepare a romantic gesture by planning a fun activity. Create something
special, find somewhere special to go or organize a mystery tour or treasure
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011)
Director: Johnnie To
A classic love triangle story that takes place in Hong Kong.
The Scene: Sean (Louis Koo) uses colorful Post-it notes to stick smiley faces
on office building windows every day to catch the attention of Yen (Yuanyuan
Gao) who works in the building opposite.
Season 2 Episode 5: “The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know”
Many people grew up with this classic rom-com TV series about six young
friends living in Manhattan.
The Scene: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer) have their
first official date — at the planetarium. As stars fill the ceiling, Chris
Isaak’s “Wicked Game” plays in the background.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Shoe designer Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) has lost his job and decides to
commit suicide when his sister calls to tell him that their father has passed
away. On the flight home, he meets flight attendant Claire Colburn (Kirsten
The Scene: Claire gives Drew a road trip kit with CDs and instructions. It
leads him to “the world’s second largest farmer’s market” and he finds “the girl
with a red hat” — who is, yes you guessed it, Claire.
Out of this world experiences for city dates
While the Shanghai Planetarium is not set to open until 2018, there are a few
spots in the city where it’s dark enough to view the stars in all their
Dongtan Wetland Park in Chongming
Not only one of the best birdwatching spots in the city, but a great place to
see the stars.
Address: Dongwang Rd, Chongming District
Nanhuizui Guanhai Park
In this park by the sea, you can watch the stars while listening to the
Address: East of Dishui Lake, Pudong New Area
Tianhuangping, Anji County
This is China’s first dark sky reserve. It’s similar to a nature reserve but
instead of protecting animals, it “protects” views of the night sky by keeping
out light pollution.
Address: Anji County, Zhejiang Province
There are some great swimming pools in hotels with unbeatable views and great
pool side bars.
Located on the 85th floor of Shanghai World Financial Center, this sky pool
is one of the highest swimming pools in the world and offers a breathtaking view
of the city.
Address: 100 Century Ave
In the People’s Square area, this top-floor pool boasts glass walls and a
Address: 399 Nanjing Rd W.
Four Seasons Hotel Pudong
This 41st floor pool offers panoramic views of the Lujiazui skyline.
Address: 210 Century Ave
Revisiting the stirring moment in the film “Ghost” by making your own