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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Group date by CliqueWise

The last time that I participated in an organised dating event was... ok, I guess if I consider my time with Lunch Actually, then that was about a year ago. So when the opportunity from CliqueWise came along, I jumped headlong into it.

Honestly, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was that I'd get the chance to meet with a few other singles who would be within my age group. So I trooped down to Serenity at Vivocity to check it out.

Aside: Vivocity is freezing cold! Idiot energy wasters.

I wasn't the first there, but I wasn't the last either. There were five tables with spaces for four each. I was ushered to one, served a glass of cold water, and began getting to know the girl opposite me.

Here's how the event went: we had 15 minutes to chat with one another at our table. At the end of the 15 minutes, the guys would move to the next table. The cycle would then continue until we had completed all five tables. Each table had two guys and two girls, though because there were fewer guys, so I had two girls to myself each round.

The girls I met were definitely in my age group, so it didn't feel like I needed to talk up or down. We all came from more-or-less different backgrounds, which provided some avenues for conversation.

Most of the time, though, the talk revolved around what we worked as, what we did in our free time, whether this was our first time at a CliqueWise event, etc. By the time I got to the fourth table, my mind was numb. (The cold environment didn't help.)

I don't think anyone really came with the intention of finding a life partner out of this. It was probably more as an opportunity to meet new people. Almost all of us who attended were relatively busy people, so opportunities for such social mingling were rare.

Two and a half hours later, the group date had come to an end. Now, I have a list of contact details (yes, it's that organised!). I wonder who I should contact first...