You will probably be familiar with Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid and the vast selection of dating websites out there for singles looking to meet that special someone (or not). Living in Singapore means that you are one of the privileged few that has networking, speed-dating and matchmaking agencies on your doorstep. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Tinder is the most famous of all. It has become notorious in recent years for being the world’s number one hook-up site but you may find that there are some people who are looking for friendship or even love. Keep your sights wide and your expectations low. It works by allowing you to swipe right or left depending on if you like the look of the other person or not. A short bio and a photo are all you need to make your decision and if you ‘match’ with another person, you can begin chatting. The equally famous Grindr is strictly men only, and it matches you with other guys in the area, using your geographical location. It can be hard stepping out into a new scene in a new place, so Grindr is great for meeting other dudes. From guys to girls, Bumble is the app which changed the game, allowing girls to be the ones to make the first move. If you match with someone, you have 24 hours in which to initiate the conversation. If you miss the deadline, the match disappears. Bumble is a great option if you want to avoid the cheesy pick-up lines and sordid sexts of Tinder. If you don’t have the time to go on a traditional evening date, then Lunch Actually will be right up your street. This app is specially designed for those who are too busy to date and are looking for someone to lunch with before heading back to the office. Extremely popular in Asia, this style of dating is short, sweet and simple. After all the superficial swiping business has tired you out, Coffee Meets Bagel offers an intelligent algorithm that matches you with someone based on their intellectual capabilities rather than on their looks. If you want something a little more, then this app is ideal.
If you want to connect in the real world rather than through a digital interface, then why not try a speed dating event? There are several companies that organise meetups throughout the year. GaiGai is one of the most famous in Singapore, focusing on modern matchmaking in a laidback setting. Importantly, their prices are also low, which means you won’t break the bank. Some of their events take place on boat restaurants next to the river, which provides a scenic backdrop to romance. CompleteMe is another option and these guys go one step further. They even check with the Registry of Marriages to ensure that everyone is legitimately single. They focus on the top three traits you are looking for in a partner to streamline the dating process and often choose ambient settings in order to help guests feel relaxed. Fabrique is another big player on the Singapore speed-dating scene. Their advantage is that they organise fun events, like tennis, hiking and cycling, for participants to get to know each other. They also hold masked balls and 80’s parties for those who prefer something a little less active and a little more social.