But the endless swiping of profiles and little opportunities for real-life interaction on the latter proved to be an underwhelming experience and Mr Gan opted to “go aggressive” on speed-dating events organised by local matchmaking agencies.“I was quite nervous before my first speed-dating event so I went to research what these events are like and read the book ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ to prepare myself,” he recalled.
“After going a few more times, I slowly got the hang of it.
SINGAPORE: It was about four years ago when Mr John Gan* first thought about settling down after seeing his close friends getting hitched and starting their own families.
But as thoughts of leaving the singles club emerged, the 33-year-old nurse realised that a dwindling social circle stood in his way.
Her meticulous planning and friendly manners made her events increasingly popular. Today (as of March 2014), there are more than 2,500 members in the group. Now that she was happily married, Michelle was ready to close down the group.
But there were still many single members – a few thousands of them in fact – who had yet to complete their lives with a partner.
Back in 2007, Michelle Goh (founder of Complete Me) was single herself, and decided to create a Facebook group, Singapore Facebook Singles, for like-minded singles.
" The Social Development Network, set up in 1984 to serve as the country's official matchmaker, has also announced a five-week Dating Fest starting on December 29 that will include activities such as speed-dating, bowling, and dance and pastry-making workshops.
Singapore seems to be succeeding at most things, except mating.
For more than 25 years, the Singaporean government has tried to step in to get couples together to overturn the country's record-low fertility rates.
You can purchase gift vouchers of so your single friend or family member can spend the cash on dates or dating services.
"With Love Gifts, your single friends and family members can redeem exciting activities and professional dating services by SDNTrust accredited agencies," says the official website,