So, you've got a big date planned, but at the last moment you discover something is horribly wrong - you find your breath smells like that of a 1,000-year-old dragon, a pimple the size of Mount Fuji has erupted on your chin, or, when you go to pay the bill, your credit card is blocked. Fear not. The Worst-Case Scenario crew has come up with a survival handbook for dating that could prove handy this Valentine's Day. Scenario 1 Surviving bodily emergencies The easiest way to remove bad breath is to chew mints or gum. A cinnamon stick can also get the job done. When you are eating out, order a salad or fresh carrots, as they help clean your breath. Pimples are a common skin problem among young people, but they can be treated quickly. Put a warm wet paper towel on the pimple and apply some cream or lotion. Leave it alone as long as possible, and when you are about to go out, remove the pimple by gently stretching the skin on either side of it away with your fingers. Apply cosmetics to cover any red marks. Body odour can be removed by applying perfume or cologne, but if this does not solve the problem there are alternatives. Go to the bathroom and wash under your arms with wet soapy paper towels. If you are at a restaurant, ask for chamomile tea bags from the waiter. Soak them in hot water and then wipe them on the offending areas. If time allows, leave the tea bags in the offending areas for several minutes. Rosemary also works. Wet it slightly and apply. Remember to avoid eating spicy or garlicky food, which worsens body odour. Scenario 2 Surviving a fashion emergency If you get splashed with water, try blow drying it with a hot-air hand dryer. If you get splattered with mud, mix a glass of club soda with salt and clean the dirtied part with it. Wine stains have to be treated differently, depending on the kind of wine. For white wine, use a cloth and cold water to clean the stains. Red wine can be cleaned with a napkin soaked in white wine. Scenario 3 Surviving a bad date If you find yourself stuck on a date you are not interested in, don't waste the entire evening on them - escape. Fake an emergency by going to the rest room and then saying you have just received a call from a family or a friend, and they need your immediate help. Believable emergencies include, 'My grandma was just rushed to the hospital' or 'My friend just broke up with her boyfriend and she needs me to be with her'. Apologise and leave quickly so your date has no chance to object. Scenario 4 Getting an emergency reservation Give the restaurant host a tip to see if he can do anything for you. Remember, you only have one chance to give the money so determine the correct amount. Anything less than HK$50 is not appropriate. Emotion sells, so try to tell a story about why you need a table so badly for the night. It might be an anniversary dinner, a long-time reunion. Speak with emotion to make your story believable. Sympathy may get you a table. Scenario 5 Surviving a dead credit card When you are informed that your card is not working, stay calm and excuse yourself from the table to go to talk with the restaurant manager. Call the credit card company to find out what the problem is. Try asking the company to extend your card by temporarily and immediately by the amount you need. Call friends and family. If it is a first date, never ask your date to pay.