Find me a date: Manoj and Jaime

These city kids ditched Tinder and let us play matchmaker. Here’s a blow-by-blow of their blind date

The date: our daters had a meal at Big Sake Bar

First impression

Jaime: ‘He looked shy. He was slow to warm up and I had to initiate most of the conversation.’

Manoj: ‘It was easy to talk to her. Even though we only just met, it was like we were already friends.’


Jaime: ‘We both moved to Singapore fairly recently, so we could instantly click because of that.’ 

Manoj: ‘I don’t think we had any romantic chemistry; maybe we can just be friends.’

Awkward moment

Jaime: ‘Not really. Maybe at the start – but he’s nice.’

Manoj:  None at all.’


Jaime: ‘We just went our separate ways but because I live nearby, he walked me to the bus stop before getting a cab.’

Manoj: ‘We exchanged numbers and I waited for her bus to arrive before taking a taxi home.


Jaime: ♥♥ ‘It was nice, but I’ve a gut feeling that things won’t work out. I probably won’t see him again unless it’s just for coffee.’

Manoj: ♥♥♥♥ ‘It’s my first time going on a date in Singapore and she was so friendly. It was an interesting experience.’

Restaurants, Japanese

Big Sake Bar

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The atmosphere

‘I really like the atmosphere – it was cosy and inviting. I can see myself returning with a small group of friends.’ – Jaime

The food

‘I’ve never had Japanese food before! I’ve always wanted to try sushi, and the one we had was delicious.’ – Manoj

The drinks

‘They gave us good recommendations for sake based on our preferences. We sampled three different kinds and loved all of them.’  – Jaime 


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