My in laws told me about their first date, some 40+ years ago. It was such a cute story and made me recall my first date with Kris in Singapore.
We arranged to meet in Plaza Singapura, halfway between my office and his. We were talking about pizzas so I suggested Pizza Hut because I didn’t want the pressure of dressing up and it being all official. I mean who has the time to go home and change after work just to meet a guy right? We both are pretty laid back and valued our time and convenience so there we went.
When I first saw him, I remember thinking, not bad, quite cute but I think he needs to rectify that jarring GAP in his two front teeth. I have since accepted them as his trademark “Gappy Grin” and would have it no other way. 😛 Also, his shirt was a size too tight, I have solved that problem. Being male, I don’t think he noticed or remembers much about my dressing, according to him, he thought I was cute among other things.
Superficial things aside, we had a great time over dinner. We talked till pretty late into the night about everything and anything really. We talked about our work for a bit but really lighted up as we talked about our travels, where we have travelled thus far, where we were planning to visit next, and our aspirations to travel all over the world. We had a very easy and light hearted discussion. He was very fun, very easy going, and well travelled. He didn’t strike me as someone eager to impress but very confident, comfortable, and yet almost wide-eyed, at the new culture he was immersing himself into. He spent quite a bit of time talking about his family and his hometown too, which I thought was very sweet. At the end of the night, we both remarked about how that few hours chatting flew past so quickly.
I remember thinking that he was very intelligent and different from a lot of people I’ve met but never really thought that it will end up anywhere. After all, he was only working in Singapore (for what I assume) to be probably a short time. I did not truly understand American culture, and my perception of the dating scene in America was mostly from POP culture. But, it was always good to know more people and share life experiences from outside my little Red Dot.
At the end of the date, I remember him saying something like, “So will I see you again?” I coyly replied, “Maybe, if you’re lucky.” Inside however, I was chuffed!
As we parted ways in front of the train station, he leaned in for a kiss and I just instinctively ducked because I wasn’t prepared for it. He ended up missing my cheek and landing on my ear. #awkwardmuch! I think he got the impression that I wasn’t interested in him. HAHA!
On the way home, I got a text from him asking if I was free in the same week. This my friends, was the very beginning of a 6 year (and more) relationship.
Stay tuned for more #TheBotsLoveStory entries …….