MANILA, Philippines - If you had asked me about this say, some years back, I — like any other single female — would have told you that Mr. Right might easily be unearthed in any one of the hot bars or nightspots around the city.
Unfortunately, the truth must be told that 8 times out of 10, a girl will meet Mr. Right For A Night and not Mr. Right Right in a bar or club.
So what is a single girl to do if she wants to meet eligible bachelors? Church socials and Speed Dating events being few and far between, let me share with you a list of few unusual places I've discovered to be good yet seemingly unlikely places to bump into the future Mr. Significant Other.
The veterinarian's waiting room
Oh yes, a good number of guys have pets. Those that take the time out to take their pets for regular check-ups are most likely caring, careful individuals who love their dogs, cats, hamsters, bunnies, etc.
The suggested opening line? “Oh my gosh! What a cutie! What's his/her/its name?”
Just be sure that while you're scouting around for the Future One in a vet's waiting room, you happen to have your own pet, or a friend's borrowed/babysat pet with you.
Otherwise, you will look very strange hanging out in a clinic for no apperent reason.
The meat section of a big supermarket
A tad ironic to be searching for "meat," in the meat section of a big supermarket, but life is really full of irony.
Take note, I am referring to one of the big supermarkets in a cosmopolitan area of the city, not a 24-hour convenience store. (One particular supermarket, in fact, is teeming with good-looking, possibly single guys.)
Opening line? “I have no idea what to buy! Can you help me? What cut of meat do I get?”
If he's a worthwhile and polite person, he'll do his best to help you out, even if it turns out his model boyfriend is buying a mop for their shared condo at the other end of the grocery.
In the bookstore
Yes, yes, a tad cliché, but I've always dreamt of meeting The One between the shelves of my favorite bookstore.
A man who reads — especially books with few pictures — shows signs of intelligence.
Just be sure he's not thumbing through a 2nd edition of Superfluous Hair and Its Removal by A. F. Niemoeller before throwing an opening salvo such as, “Would you happen to know where I can find Martha Stewart's 'Dinner At Home' here?”
At the food market
Who doesn't love food? The old addage, “the way to a man's heart is through his stomach” is very true, and what better place to meet him than when he's feeding it?
The day and night food markets are good places to meet guys who appreciate good food and know where to get it. If you meet him at the food market, its a good sign that he'll know how to wine and dine you.
A simple, “Hi! Is that good? It looks spicy...” might be just the thing to get you an introduction to “The Weekend Market's Food Vendor's Directory 101.”
Before you rush off to one of these places though, let's be clear on one thing: aforementioned Mr. Right Hotspots might not be fool-proof locations to meet him. But based on personal experience, they have been locations where — more than once — I've spotted good-looking individuals wandering about.
Of course, since I'm no longer single, it seems that they are now much easier to spot!
Oh, the irony, the irony of life! - Rappler.com
(Rossana Unson has been a freelance writer since 2004, doing work for Working Mom, Metro and other magazines. By day, she is a full-time marketing manager. By night, she is a love-and-sex maven for RAPPLER.)
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