What makes a good date? For some of us, it’s about being wined and dined. For others, it’s all about the conversation. But it’s always interesting to know how the definition of “best date” differs according to individuals. Which is why we asked the CLEO Bachelors to share their best date experiences so you can cop some date ideas.
I met a girl at a bar overseas and we chatted for two hours, exchanged numbers and I went back to Singapore. Those two hours were nothing short of electrifying and we really felt the chemistry. I was busy with examinations and we ended up talking to each other and video-calling daily for four months until after my exams when I flew back to meet her for the second time. The date “lasted” for four months since I didn’t meet her till four months later. I didn’t go anywhere or do anything with her for four months but the daily, albeit limited, interaction we had was amazing. The second date was way better. It felt like we were already together since we had been talking for four months.
The best date I’ve been on was actually one of the simplest ones. We had a great conversation and bonded over music instantly. We were so deep in our conversation that we only realised what time it was when we saw the sun rising. It just goes to show that you don’t have to dine at a fancy restaurant or go to the extremes to have a good and meaningful date.
We had a whole day of doing activities, from going to Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa to having dinner at Swissotel. Taking high elements activities together, from roller coaster to bungee jumping. Spending quality time knowing each other.
It was back when I was studying in New Zealand. We always wanted to try a particular Mexican restaurant in town. The queue was long but we decided to wait. The food was lovely and we played a weird game of chess. After that, we just hung out at the mountain hill—great view, great weather.
The best date I had was a spontaneous one. I planned for us to just have coffee and lunch, but we ended up watching a movie, having drinks after and stayed out until 6am. We had lunch at Muchachos Keong Saik, and then walked over to Nylon Coffee Roasters for coffee. We watched Baywatch at Cineleisure in Somerset. I thought that was the end of the date, but we ended up having dinner at Jerry’s Grill, and then drinks at The Other Room, Atlas and Skinny’s Lounge. After that, I took her home but we ended talking all night until 6am.
It was Valentine’s Day, so I set up the rooftop of my house and did a home-cooked feast for two. I set up the area with fairy lights and deco. We had dinner while watching the sunset, after which we spent time stargazing over desserts and Moscato.
We had picnic by the water along Pulteney Bridge at Bath in the UK. It was spring, and we sat under a blooming cherry blossom tree and had a lunch picnic. It was simple and carefree.
The date started at Jamie’s Italian at Vivo City. She picked out the restaurant. She had a very affable personality and dinner passed by very smoothly with great conversation. The real fun however started after dinner. We went to the nearest 7-Eleven, grabbed the first bottle of red wine we could find and set off for a long walk across the bridge towards Sentosa. Once we got to Sentosa, we stopped by the Crane Dance show. This was a pivotal part of the date because it felt like the perfect time to prop my pinky finger against her hand which thereby led into the feelings of butterflies in my stomach as we held hands. After the show, we walked over to the beach where we dipped our feet in the water and sat on the sand and talked for hours while we finished the bottle of wine from ratchet plastic cups, and somewhere towards the end of the bottle, in the midst of a conversation about what I remember to be a story from her childhood, we both leaned in and let ourselves melt into what I remember as the best kiss of my life. Funnily enough, we ended up falling asleep on the beach. The next morning, we got breakfast at Tolido’s. That’s how the best date of my life went.
We went on a road trip from Berlin to Prague after a night of partying. It wasn’t the best plan but that’s how all the best memories are made.
I wouldn’t count this as ‘best’, but memorable. I once got complete strangers to pass my then-girlfriend individual stalks of roses accompanied by a word to form “G@@@@@@@@, I love you very much.” I’ll never forget her smile.
It was at my best friend’s house. He just got attached the same time I did then and we had a double date at his place, eating Ukrainian cuisine (he’s Ukrainian) and drinking Tatratea (a Slovak alcohol) while just hanging out and talking. It doesn’t seem much but it’s sentimental and significant to me as it was my first double date, and it was with good company.
The best date that I’ve been on involved me meeting a girl whom I knew before because we were schoolmates but haven’t actually hung out in real life before, and were only friends on Facebook. She went to the UK to study abroad and that was when we started to talk. I actually thought I was mad for having a crush on her because I’ve never actually met her so I was really excited/nervous before meeting her. But we met and it was cool. We walked and talked, clicked a lot, went for ice-cream waffles and hung out at the big car park outside Kallang Leisure Park where we talked some more. Ten days later, I flew over to the UK, hung out and spent more time with her for three weeks. We spent a day in Liverpool and Manchester. We had missed the bus, but we got there nonetheless and explored the place, walked around so much. But I didn’t mind because I was with her.
It was in 2014, back when I was in Edinburgh! We went cycling through the woods, stopped by the river for a picnic and watched the sunset from the hills.
I was given a location to meet at. (This was our first meeting). After I arrived, there was an envelope addressed to me and I opened it and it was a list of instructions that I had to complete before I actually got to meet her. The conversation we had when we actually met was gold too. I just valued how creative she was and I’m a sucker for surprises.