Find me a date: Shawn and Geraldine

These city kids ditched Tinder and let us play matchmaker. Here’s a blow-by-blow of their blind date
Find me a date: Shawn and Geraldine
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The date: our daters had a meal at Me@OUE

First impression

Geraldine: ‘He was not what I was expecting but he seemed friendly and approachable.’

Shawn: ‘Her voice was very deep, which shocked me. I think she’s a very pleasant girl.’


Geraldine: ‘He was very easy to talk to and the conversation flowed. We even talked about previous relationships.

Shawn: ‘I was a bit nervous because the place was a bit atas and I was worried that she expected a lot. But I think we got along.’

Awkward moment

Geraldine: ‘Not really, at least not on  my side.’

Shawn: ‘I would say none. The date went well.’


Geraldine: ‘We took a walk because he wanted to check out i Light Marina Bay.’

Shawn: ‘Her shoes were hurting her, so she walked barefoot. I felt bad, so I took off my shoes, too, so that she wouldn’t feel weird.’


Geraldine: ♥♥ ‘Overall, the date was good but I think we’ll only work out as friends. Our hobbies are not that similar.’

Shawn: ♥♥♥♥♥ ‘I think she’s really down to earth and someone I can click with. I appreciated that she made the effort to dress up for our date.’

Photo: Rory Daniel
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The atmosphere
‘The restaurant had an amazing view and I was impressed that every course was paired with wine.’ – Geraldine

The food
‘The food was great! My main course of wagyu beef had the perfect doneness, which is not something a lot of restaurants get right.’– Shawn

The drinks
‘I had a tequila-based cocktail called Kiss Me, which suited my palate because I like sour drinks.’ – Shawn 

Geraldine and Shawn were paired up by Lunch Actually


According to Joy Tay, a senior dating consultant at Lunch Actually, Shawn and Geraldine ticked each other’s boxes in terms of preferred age, height and religion.

Shawn is a lively extrovert who enjoys outdoor activities. He’s easy to talk to, which is something Geraldine looks for in a potential partner. And with Geraldine’s carefree and fun-loving personality, she’s always up for new experiences. Joy believes that Shawn’s large social circles and energetic lifestyle can bring out Geraldine’s adventurous side.

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Post-date thoughts

‘I’m thrilled to hear that they had a pleasant experience on their first date!  

‘I would encourage them to have an open mind and keep in touch, as one date is not enough to truly get to know a person. It takes time to build friendship, and ultimately, a great relationship.’ – Joy Tay

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Top dating tips

From Katheryn Fock, date and image coach at Lunch Actually:

Opposites attract

‘It sounds like Geraldine and Shawn had a lovely time. It’s always good to catch up for a second date if you’ve enjoyed your first date. And couples don’t always need to have similar hobbies. Sometimes, opposites attract!’

Keep the convo light

‘While it’s great that they are comfortable talking about their past relationships, we’d advise to keep the conversation light-hearted. Avoid sensitive topics like exes, politics or sex – those can come later on.’


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