When you think of a first date, you probably think of a sit-down meal at a restaurant—hopefully, the food is not messy to eat—or a movie date. But what happens when you ask a group of millennials to bake cookies, frost cupcakes and make latte art on a first date—in a group setting? We set CLEO Bachelors and CLEO Bachelor Insiders up for a group date at The Green Ducklings Cafe, where they got hands-on before they could sit down for a meal—it wasn’t a punishment, we swear!
So did it meet their expectations of what a date should be? Scroll through the gallery to read their honest thoughts.
The experience was less nerve-wracking than I expected. Jourdain is a very interesting person. He has a lot of insights about life in general. He’s only 25 but he’s a business owner, which is very cool. Usually people our age won’t want to have such a big commitment, but he’s willing to do that. There weren’t awkward moments. There were quiet moments, but the silence was comfortable. We slowly got to know each other and talked about things we were interested in to find common points. I like to drink coffee, so getting to know the behind-the-scenes on how to make coffee was interesting, but I realised I prefer to just drink it (laughs).
Meredith was really friendly, so there were no awkward moments. It’s surprising because we have similar wavelengths when it came to travelling and outlook in life. We believe we can be educated a lot through travelling and we don’t like to go to places that are more … gentrified. We prefer going to more rural and authentic areas. We prefer experiencing the country and interacting with locals as opposed to shopping. My favourite part of the date was the meal because it was the time where we could sit down and get to know each other and have a full conversation. I’m a bit serious so when there’s a task for me, I tend to focus on acing the task instead and I don’t interact that much. I find the interaction is the most interesting part of the date, so I prefer to have sit-down dates on first dates. Then maybe next time we can make cupcakes! (Laughs)
Hui Ling’s POV
Today’s date was very nice. Khyan was very friendly. He doesn’t make you feel awkward and is gentlemanly. He doesn’t act like his age. I was very impressed that someone younger than me would think in a mature way. It’s very rare to see. I like hands-on stuff so I really enjoyed the date. I was a barista but I think my skills have dropped (laughs). Khyan is very nice.
The activities were super fun to do. Hui Ling and I were playing little games, like competing against each other. We had to roll the cookie batter in a ball that was 10geach, so we competed to see who could get it as close to 10g as possible just based on how the ball looked like. Hers was 10g every single time. I thought she was cheating, but she was just really good at it. She has really some really interesting interests. She likes to volunteer to help homeless kids, so that’s something that’s really commendable. The latte art was fun and it was a beautiful experience, but the cupcake icing part was my favourite. We were helping each other out—she was icing and I was turning the cupcake and we were like a team.
I like coffee so I decided to sign up for this particular date. Learning about latte art was interesting. I just came back from overseas, so I didn’t have a lot of chance to socialise and make friends, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so. Edriane was really interesting. I’ve never met a bartender before. Learning about bartending and the different concoctions was really interesting. I liked making cookies [with him] just because I didn’t have to bake them so I didn’t have a chance to burn them (laughs).
I haven’t been on a date in a while, so it was nice. I didn’t know what to expect, but everything went smoothly. Charlotte is young—we have quite a big age gap—but she’s bright and refreshing. She is well-travelled so it was nice to listen to her stories about her travels in Korea and Sydney. I had good conversations with her. I’m a bartender, so my favourite part was learning how to do latte art because I’ve never had the chance to do it. I almost succeeded in making a heart shape, but made a corgi’s butt instead.
The activities were fun. I’ve never tried learning how to bake in a group setting. I didn’t feel awkward because Patricia was interesting and friendly. I’ve never met anyone who works in a law firm who likes hardstyle music—it was very unexpected. My attempt was bad (laughs). Usually, my dates entail shopping, watching movies, going out—not hands-on like this. This makes me want to go for more hands-on dates like pottery classes and painting. I might try coffee tasting and latte art again—I really enjoyed that.
Kyne was really nice. My favourite part of the date was the cupcake session. Both of us were really bad with the piping, so we decided to wing it. We were like, ‘Why not do a Van Gogh wannabe cupcake?’ (Laughs) This was my first hands-on date. At first, everyone was shy and awkward, but the setting and activities gave us some time to get to know one another. I found out that the studio he used to train at was where I used to train as well. But I’ve never met him! (Laughs) I could tell he was very enthusiastic about his fitness routine and his job. I’m looking forward to get to know him more.