Singapore expat dating and friends
My Filipino date seemed to be entranced by me (a rather new experience) and we enjoyed the Theatre – Romeo and Juliet at Raffles – and art exhibitions, nice dinners and the cinema.
I quickly discovered the most pleasing and liberating aspect of dating in this part of the world: you don’t have to prove you’re not an axe-murderer. I thought I’d hit the jackpot almost straight away as I started exchanging emails with a very nice, open and entertaining girl about my age (34) who liked my jokes. She seemed attractive enough, although her photo did suggest that she had a lampshade attached to her cheek.People are very trusting here and I was pleasantly surprised to get viewed and contacted by women who barely knew me, offering telephone numbers (HPs – I did think they were brandishing bottles of brown sauce until I realised that stood for ‘hand phones’, mobiles) email addresses and suggested meeting places. However, she looked human and smiled nicely, so my rigorous selection procedure ushered her through and we met up and had dinner. I was charming, even if I do say so myself and the setting was great – Rochester Park.It’s a collection of colonial buildings that have been refurbished as restaurants and dressed with palm trees and tropical plants. And so I came to realise a couple of things about people in Singapore.My next two dead-ends became my friends, which is nice.One, from Malaysia, really did like me but was worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle her powerful personality. We have remained good pals, although she also married (recently and quickly) – I met the lucky Irish sailor at a dinner we’d arranged to celebrate last month.Spoiler alert: If safety is one of your top priorities when deciding where to live, Singapore's a pretty good choice.
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It would be a lot easier if I were rich or spoke the language of big business whilst waving my Black Berry.
I considered becoming shallow as a tactic but realised that my integrity is worth a few more dinners for one.
Besides, I am now emailing a nice girl from Hawaii – she’s been here for eight years.
It’s been nearly three months and she hasn’t dropped me. * Robert Leveson can be contacted on [email protected]* Do you have an expat tale to tell?
The problem was, I couldn’t figure out what, so I was unable to capitalise. As you may have guessed, I am a little more cautious and I email only after a strict vetting process.