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More seek love at Dating Fest

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: At the School of Love, a four-hour lunch event, 500 singles played ice-breaker games and took part in speed dating.


    Feb 17, 2014

    More seek love at Dating Fest

    IF YOU want to snag a partner, be sure to exude positive energy and listen before asking questions. These were a few of the tips that participants received yesterday at the School of Love.

    The event, organised by the Social Development Network (SDN) - a government agency aimed at promoting marriages - attracted more than 500 eager singles yesterday.

    During the four-hour lunch event, participants were given useful insights by dating experts on how to up their "dateability", played ice-breaker games, and took part in speed dating - in which each participant had seven minutes to impress other singles at tables of eight.

    The event was the finale of Dating Fest 2014, an eight-week festival in which singles could sign up for subsidised workshops and events to meet new people through any of the 11 SDN-accredited dating agencies here.

    This year's event had over 1,400 participants, up from 1,000 last year.

    More people are putting themselves out there, said Ms Starlinn Choo, owner of SDN-accredited agency A Dance Date.

    She said that the mass media has helped to "get rid of this social stigma by showing that speed dating can be fun".

    Mrs Deon Chan, managing director of SDN-accredited agency Love Express, said that new activities on offer - like Salsa dancing and Johor day tours - help to pull in the singles.

    But there is work to be done. Participants get nervous when communicating with each other, said agencies.

    But at least one, Mr Liang Wei Li, 28, does not seem to have an issue.

    Arriving at the event armed with a bouquet of red roses, the financial consultant said that nervousness was the least of his concerns.

    "It's great because you get that personal face-to-face interaction and can get to know a lot in such a short period of time," he said.

    When asked about the possibility of finding a life partner through these events, Mr Liang said that this was his "ultimate goal".