Last night was the closest I’ve been to being a part of a speed dating event. Although I was working behind the bar, I was excited to watch the people interact awkwardly.
It was an Asian mixer, by Click2Asia. I’ve known about this even taking place for over a month and I had been looking forward to it.
The only idea I had about speed dating were the scenes I’d see in movies.
I got into work at 6:30pm and the event was suppose to start at 9pm but the attendees started to roll in around 8pm.
I’m assuming they wanted to loosen up with a drink. I talked to some guys that had gotten there earlier and asked them about the experience. Some were being dragged by friends, so they say; some were first timers and the others were avid participants.
They all seemed conservative, shy and not douchey. Exactly what I expected. Nerdy, introverts who probably can get dates but too socially awkward to approach a girl. The ones that I had conversations with actually didn’t see too bad. They had good personalities and looked like your average Asian male.
As the girls started to roll in, I realized that they were way below par. One lady who ordered a long island iced tea reminded me of a nail salon lady. Heavy Vietnamese accent, horrible makeup and over the age of 40 but dressed like she was 21. The other girls looked like the Asian female students you saw in your high school hallway carrying a stack of books walking with their head down with glasses; but now that they’ve somewhat grown into their boyish figures and have a career, they’ve built a confidence that is too good for what they can offer.
It was an organized event, everyone got their seats, with their sheet of paper to write notes and only the boys got up and moved while the girls kept seated.
For most part, they all seemed to be enjoying it, some seemed more nervous than others by the looks on their faces.
I thought it was instantly determined at the end of the event, but apparently, the coordinators email the ones that choose each other.
As soon as the speed dating part was over, most of the guys stayed at the bar to hang out while the girls left.
I tried to get more details out of the guys but they weren’t sharing the information. One guy I asked said, “it was interesting.” That was it. Not bad, not good, just interesting.
I won’t ever have a chance to try speed dating in my life, but if I were single I’d try it at least once. Just to see, it looks entertaining. ONLY for entertainment purposes, not because I would take it seriously. Ha!
I’m glad they had the event at Chynna and I’m glad to have met new faces, hopefully they come back to the bar and hopefully they do more speed dating events too. I love people watching.
And if you’re single, I suggest you try it out!