Falling below expectations Of the first few men I went on dates with, a San Francisco-based Chinese guy came closest to my criteria.
After working and studying in London for three and a half years, I returned to Singapore in 1998, aged 25. I had a limited social life back in the UK – my colleagues were attached or married, and my Asian friends had gone home to their respective countries – so I spent many weekends by myself. Online dating was coming into fashion, and I was excited about giving this new avenue a shot.
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But midway, he told me rather bluntly that he preferred slimmer girls. Subsequently, I met other men who were very specific about appearance – and their criteria tended to be ‘tall, slim and with long hair’.
At 1.63m, with short hair and a hint of chubbiness, I definitely did not fit the bill.