9 unexpected places in Singapore to find love

Can’t find any potential partners at work or through your circle of friends? Try one of these places.

9 unexpected places in Singapore to find love
9 unexpected places in Singapore to find love
11 Mar 2015

9 unexpected places in Singapore to find love

Yesterday, a United Nations (UN) study named Singapore as the happiest country in Asia. While there are plenty of things to enjoy about Singapore, such as the sunny weather, the availability of 24-hour food centres, and the high quality of life, we also believe that Asia’s Little Red Dot is THE prime location for finding love. Despite the low birth and marriage rate, there are plenty of places here where singles can find a potential significant other. The problem is that when the usual hotspots, such as clubs or the office dry up, we declare ourselves “forever alone” instead of having faith that we can find a suitable partner in less conventional locales, such as a kopitiam (hey, if people fantasise about finding their soulmate in a café, why not while ordering kopi and soft-boiled eggs?).

Not only do we lack the initiative to converse with new people, but we girls especially tend to judge the guys who take an interest in us as “weirdos.” But maybe it’s time to break out of that shell. After all, every friend was once a stranger. Keep reading to see the 9 unexpected places in Singapore where you can potentially meet your match.  

1. At a Chinese New Year reunion dinner
1. At a Chinese New Year reunion dinner
11 Mar 2015

1. At a Chinese New Year reunion dinner

The older we get, the more we dread facing our aunties and uncles at reunion dinners. They only thing they’re more generous with than hong baos are the incessant warnings about dying alone. And yet, there’s always at least one cousin who invites some lonely friends over for the family reunion dinner. So you might as well attend. Who knows if you and that handsome stranger without a family of his own will accidentally touch hands while tossing yu sheng. 

2. At Sentosa Spooktacular
2. At Sentosa Spooktacular
11 Mar 2015

2. At Sentosa Spooktacular

Every Halloween, Sentosa transforms into a terrifying maze where teams of brave souls subject themselves to the whims of zombies, vampires, and other ghoulish creatures who will gleefully chase you through dark, stuffy mazes. As everyone who’s ever been in love knows, there’s a thin line between passion and pure terror, and what better place to cross it than when you’re both being pursued by monsters? This Halloween, sign up for Sentosa Spooktacular with your other single friends. Better yet, ask them to invite their other eligible friends to be a part of your team. This year’s motif is based on Thai horror movies, so we can guarantee there will be plenty of opportunities for the guys to act like brave gents, and for the ladies to see what they’re made of. 

3. At a hawker centre while “chopping” tables
3. At a hawker centre while “chopping” tables
11 Mar 2015

3. At a hawker centre while “chopping” tables

Yeah, yeah, the humble and grimy hawker centres might be the last thing that comes to mind when it comes to staging a romantic meal, but they also contain a high concentration of people – who knows if one of them is your perfect match? It can happen when you’re queuing for Lao Ban at Old Airport Road. It can happen when you throw a packet of tissue on the table at the same time and decide to share. It can even happen when you make accidental eye contact with a (cute) stranger while scanning the aisle for an empty seat. Sure, it’s not exactly glamorous, but at least it will make for more interesting story than the same old “we met through a friend of a friend.” 

4. While trying to flag or book a cab while it’s raining
4. While trying to flag or book a cab while it’s raining
11 Mar 2015

4. While trying to flag or book a cab while it’s raining

Singaporeans are well-known for the love of queuing. But there’s no other time when we curse the queue like when it’s raining and we’re huddled beneath the taxi stand with no cabs are in sight. Thanks to the movie Taken, most people are wary of sharing cabs with strangers. But here in Singapore, the practice is quite safe. And when cabs are coming only every 15 minutes, people in a queue start to get desperate. If you’re queuing with an acquaintance, offer to share the cab and convince the taxi uncle to drop you off at two separate locations, even if they’re a little bit far from each other. And if you’re feeling especially daring, as the people in the queue around you if any of them are going to the same location you are. Who knows – that one-on-one time in the taxi during the inevitable traffic jam might turn into a one-on-one that lasts the rest of your life. 

5. In an MRT when there’s a train fault
5. In an MRT when there’s a train fault
11 Mar 2015

5. In an MRT when there’s a train fault

You’re in a confined space, with nothing to do, for an indefinite amount of time. While most people would use the time to either rant over Twitter or beat the five levels of Candy Crush, theoretically, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know people better. Traveling with someone who’s a friendly acquaintance? Instead of getting worked up over the delay, use the time to ask your friend a few questions about himself. Succeed, and he might just pull off a “Before Sunrise” and ask if you want to get off at the next stop together. 

6. In the haze
6. In the haze
11 Mar 2015

6. In the haze

There’s a classic scene in the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice where Elizabeth Bennett sees the love of her life, Mr. Darcy, emerge from the fog to declare his love. Unfortunately, the closest thing we’ll ever get to that in sunny Singapore is when it’s hazy out. But fret not! This presents plenty of opportunities for chivalrous guys to present their gal pals with sold-out masks at the risk of their own health. 

7. While working overtime
7. While working overtime
11 Mar 2015

7. While working overtime

Singaporeans are some of the most industrious people you’ll ever meet. Working late nights and weekends are a given when you live here. But “OT-ing” also presents a value bonding experience for colleagues, who often abate the collective misery by ordering take-out or going out for a late supper together. So take off that dour expression, chug another cup of coffee, and perk up – there’s nothing like hitting it off without someone who shares your admirable work ethic. 

8. At Retrolicious
8. At Retrolicious
11 Mar 2015

8. At Retrolicious

Alas, Zouk has retired Mambo Jumbo night. But if you’re looking for someone as corny, old-fashioned, and fun-loving as you are, look no further than Retrolicious, where you’ll meet scores of people who aren’t too proud to show that know all the Bananarama dance moves. (This is also a viable option for bachelors and bachelorettes who have been told that they’re beyond the marriageable age). 

9. At an SDN event
9. At an SDN event
11 Mar 2015

9. At an SDN event

Despite its noble intentions, SDN carries a stigma among young singletons who regard it as a last resort. Suffice to say, it’s a lot more romantic to meet your significant other by an enchanting circumstance rather than through a government agency. But think about it – where else will you meet as many candidates who are not only single, but are serious about settling down? No matter how much your friends might tease you, you’ll get the last laugh after you find the person of your dreams. After all, how you meet somebody is just a small part of the story. What really matters, in the end, in the type of life that you build together. 

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