Slightly overwhelmed and at a loss on what to focus on, I simply chose to just turn up for my personal assessment and one-on-one consultation with founder Kaitlin Kapur over tea at Café Gray Bar.
Extremely personable and friendly, Kapur gently but firmly coaxed me into giving her a brief overview of my previous relationships, my work life, social life and hobbies before flicking through my Facebook and Instagram. “As long as you keep them down to one or two a month, you’re good.
I recall how almost all of the women were affluent mainland ladies working in the financial sector – I guess they were of the ‘cash rich, time poor’ persuasion and so speed dating made good sense.
Almost all worked for Goldmann Sachs, they often spoke great English and many laughed very, maniacally at my lame jokes.
Women paid almost double and we were all told to ‘bring a smile’, dress smartly and remain ‘open to new possibilities’.
All attendees spent 3 minutes with each other one-on-one.
Then, with the spread of smartphones, came a slew of mobile dating apps, from Blendr a couple of years ago to Tinder and Paktor, which were all the rage this year.
But as popular as they've been, the apps operating on rudimentary data such as age, gender and proximity or location, have served primarily as platforms for young singles seeking to kill time and broaden their dating pool.
Related: Dating in Hong Kong with Tinder Now that dating has become so much more accessible (thanks in most part to the phenomenon that is online and mobile speed dating), the result is not always as satisfying as it was pre-Tinder.He met a Chinese girl on Tinder and they chatted online for about a week before meeting in person.But rather than hang out at a cafe, she insisted on going to his place, he says. In the end, she was saying something about liking black guys and stuff.Wall Street Journal recently interviewed the organizer of one more controversial speed dating events in recent memory, one in which ladies paid 4,800 HKD to spend an evening with “foreigners” (white men) who paid nothing.Here’s what Rachel Chan, founder of HK Speed Dating, had to say for herself: That makes sense.
Despite the proliferation of sites and apps, some singletons find they don't quite measure up to traditional dating services, which act as coach, image consultant and event organiser.