I'm halfway through my "quota" of dates with Lunch Actually. Today was date number seven at Gusto Restaurant at Wisma Atria. It (the restaurant) seems like a new joint, with comfortable soft cushion seats, wooden tables, wooden bar, etc. And it serves Italian food.
I arrived first and was ushered to a table. I noticed a girl walk in a while later and she was ushered to another table, so I thought nothing about it, until the waitress told me that I was at the wrong table. So I walked over to join her. Which was a good thing because the table she had came with the soft cushion-y seat that goes around the table (does that make sense?).
She: open, friendly, sociable, direct, chatty, beautiful, trendy, works as a training coordinator for regional in-house staff, Catholic, likes The Corrs and The Carpenters.
She was very direct from the start about my involvement with Lunch Actually, where I lived and what my age was. Turns out that she's a few years younger than me, though I don't remember listing that as a preference, but hey, it's not like I'm a cradle snatcher. We started off by talking a lot about our jobs, especially for her since she was going on a business trip soon.
Over lunch, I found out that she enjoys hanging out with her friends, especially at karaokes because she likes to sing. We guessed each other's secondary schools. We also talked a bit about our travel experiences and I related a bit about my time in East Timor. She also revealed that she had had a horrible first Lunch Actually date, so she was wary of me at first, but I guess I got into her good books, because we agreed to stay in touch.
We exchanged phone numbers and MSN ID (because *everyone* is on MSN Messenger, sigh, stupid Microsoft dominance...). She joked that she would message me like one of those spammers, but I mentioned that since I hardly ever received such messages, I'd know that she was the one. But I told her that she could introduce herself as an exotic lady from the far east...
She mentioned that she was going to buy a necklace that she had been eyeing for a long time... and then she asked if I wanted to shop with her. Needless to say, I said "Sure!" So we paid for our lunch, then I followed her to Chomel. Unfortunately, they didn't have the necklace that she wanted, or she had seen it wrongly. We went to another jewellery store, where she found a similar necklace. She was looking for one that had a jewel-embedded ring, but the one that she found had a ring that was a size too large, so she passed on it.
As we made our way out of Wisma Atria, we stopped by a clothing store. I browsed the men's section while she headed for the women's. I found a couple of clothes that might be worth a second look sometime soon, especially since this is the season of The Great Singapore Sale. After taking some mental notes, I went over to her. She had found an army green jacket that she liked but wasn't sure about. She asked for my opinion and I told her the truth: she looked great in it.
She looked at her reflection from a few angles, which gave me the chance to look at her from a few angles as well. (Ack, I sound a lecher. I'M NOT!) She's not slim, but she's not round either. Yet she carried herself off really well. I could see why she'd had a few relationships before.
She finally bought it and we proceeded out of the mall. She was leaving on her trip in the evening, so she needed to be at the airport. We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.
The thing that I need to keep in mind about her is that because she is an open and friendly person by nature, I must ensure that I don't read her signs wrongly, in case I mistake a simple gesture as an invitation to something more. We'll see what happens along the way.
The funny thing about this date is that it was the first one where I had a premonition that it was going to be good. It happened when I read the profile that Lunch Actually had provided me before the date. I don't know if it was because it said she was Eurasian, or that she liked Indian food, or that she enjoyed horror movies. In fact, after reading her profile, I thought that she was the exact opposite of what I had specified in my preferences!
Or maybe it was her name... which I shan't mention in public.
Whatever the case, I should pace myself and not jump the gun. Yes, I am excited about this lady.
Since I was in town, which is a rare thing, I stopped by Border's and picked up two books: Isaac Asimov's "The Gods Themselves" and the comic/graphic novel, "Watchmen", by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. And then I returned home.
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