Stop Boring Dates

There was a time when I had a date every night. It was heavenly and I referred to myself as the luckiest girl in Vietnam.

I worked nights at a newspaper, finishing at midnight or later. Darling Man and I shared a house, but we would never have seen each other if he hadn’t met me for dinner every night.

At 7pm or thereabouts, I’d leave the newsroom to rush downstairs to meet Darling Man. Every night I’d expect him not to be there. But every night my heart would flip when I reached the bottom of the stairs, rounded the corner and saw him, astride his motorbike. His face would light up when he saw me, and my heart would flip again. Then I’d swing my leg over his motorbike, throw my arms around him and we’d roar off into the night. It was sex on toast. In a manner of speaking.

Wherever we ended up, no matter how good or bad the food was, dinner with Darling Man was the highlight of my day. And the fact that he met me, night after night, for more than a year, still makes my heart flip.

If I met Darling Man in Singapore, I just don’t know if we would have had the same result. Without a motorbike, he would have had to work a lot harder. It’s a tough town, Singapore.

There are some amazing and incredible things to do here. But it requires effort.

Apparently the local boys can be a bit half-hearted about dates. Shame on them. But never fear, the caring folk at Sentosa are here. Sentosa, a resort island connected to Singapore by a cable car, footbridge and causeway, has mounted a “Stop Boring Dates” campaign.

The best thing about the Stop Boring Dates campaign? The chance to win a two-day island getaway. To enter, go to and write about your most boring date in 200 characters or less. There’s five fab consolation prizes, including a dining voucher and a swim with the dolphins. Get your entries in by the end of August.

There’s a range of things to do on Sentosa. I’ve penciled a few Sentosa activities on our “things to do before we leave Singapore” list, including the flying trapeze, the Megazip Adventure Park and catching a wave at Wave House Sentosa. Stay tuned for our Sentosa report.

Here’s a pic from one of our Sentosa dates about a year ago, when we first arrived in Singapore. As you can see, we were having fun! Although not in a conventional way.

Sentosa silliness

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8 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. Jade says:

    Stop boring dates.. cute! Bob and I often have what may seem like boring dates, but they are totally us and awesome for us!
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  2. Grace says:

    LMAO on the video. I want my own darling man Barbara. One who’ll pick me up with a motorbike so we can ride off into the sunset. *sigh*
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  3. sounds like a fun prize! Everyone needs to have exciting dates and an island getaway is the perfect solution. Loved your love story!!

  4. robin says:

    Love the video – the interviewee is good but the interviewer steals the show with her deliciously deadpan delivery of “take your time” at 45 seconds in. Wonderful stuff.
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  5. I, too, like the story of your having dinner every night. Sweet.

  6. This is so funny! This campaign could probably be helpful in many parts of the world 🙂
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  7. Marlene says:

    It so full of adventurousness and randomness and happiness and…you know!

    I would love to be taken by a some firefighter one day…but i guess i would need to set a fire in the house to achieve this :/

  8. Sophie says:

    Lovely story! And I like Sentosa, but always thought of it as mostly a childfriendly place to go. I suppose it can be romantic, too, eh?
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  9. Sailor says:

    Sounds like those days were so passionate! Very interesting story.
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  10. this isn’t my submission, just a quick relevant boring date story: my girlfriend would constantly tell me to come over so we can go do something, and we’d always end up on her couch, watching some dumb tv show she liked. boring.

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