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Guest Post** My friends think you’re wonderful…

It’s been a while and I have a backlog of dating disaster tales what I feel are only too appropriate to share… I’m going to start with the story of a guy I met on Match.com. Brace yourselves, buckle up and get ready to be thankful you’re not me right now…

 

I had joined up Match.com on a trial basis to see what the offerings were out there. It was a time before tinder, a time when Match.com was one of the few forms of dating that held a much higher probability ratio of not receiving dick pictures (always a bonus).

 

I had matched with a cute older guy, a bit older than I normally go for but figured YOLO and he was 36, not 56! Ha!

 

After we got chatting he revealed that he was a TV presenter for a world famous football clubs TV channel, interesting. So I did the thing any self respecting girl would do, I Google searched the fuck out of him – true to form, Google didn’t let me down. As said man, let’s call him Mikey (name changed obvs) was kinda in the public eye, I was able to see the public’s feedback and perceptions of him… let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.

 

I figured people were just jealous of his privileged job, so decided that I would try to figure out how much of a *prick* he was for myself… #ahem

 

After chatting on the site for a couple of days, he asked me for my number, a good sign in my eyes, so I dutifully obliged. To my surprise he text me almost immediately and asked if I’d like to go out. I was definitely interested in getting to know him better and to meet him in the flesh so I agreed… three days went by and nothing/ nada/ sweet FA – honestly why do men bother to ask you out if all they want is an ego boost. I deleted his number of figured another one bites the dust and that it was over before it began anyway – his lose etc

 

To my complete surprise, I got a text from him 5 days later apologising for being MIA, he explained that he’d met up with his recent ex and that they’d realised that there was still feelings there.

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FML – He went on to explain that he thought I was a really nice girl and didn’t want to string me along. Me being the lovely girl that I am told him to go Fuck himself… Just jokes I told him I understood and that if they didn’t give it a try they’d never know.

 

Another week went by ad I didn’t give our lad Mikey another thought. Well that was until I got another text from him that went along the lines of: “Hey, it’s Mike, I understand if you want to delete my number but despite my better judgement and advise from my friends I did give it a go with my ex and perhaps not surprisingly it didn’t work out. I really thought we got on and wondered if we could possibly pick up where we left off…” – Interesting, I decided I could either actually tell him to frock off or explore this scenario further to see what would come of it… Knowing me as you do… you can probably guess that I opted for the latter.

 

We arranged to meet up the next night, I have to be honest, I was actually quite excited.

 

We went to the local pub, I got there first so went to the bar and asked him what he wanted to drink, he text back stating a beer and said he was 2 mins away. I ordered the drink and got a tap on my shoulder, I turned around to be greeted by Mikey – he definitely was good looking, but looked a lot older in the flesh – he was also shorter than I imagined. We grabbed our drinks and sat down.

 

He seemed uncomfortable but I put it down to nerves – then he suddenly realised that he had forgotten his wallet. Luckily as he lived round the corner we said we’d go and pick it up on the way to the next pub. As we were talking he exclaimed that he had completely forgotten that he was meant to be taking part in the local pub’s quiz that night with his team. Quite surprisingly he asked me if I wanted to join him – for a first date I thought it was a bit strange.

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However I figured that it was a good sign that he wanted me to meet his friends so I said yes – plus I love a good pub quiz so figured if nothing else it would be a laugh.

 

So off we went to the pub and I was greeted by his mates and quiz team, they were all really lovely and made me feel very welcome – which is more than what can be said for my date for the evening. He spent 30 minutes not looking up from his phone or taking part in the conversation, to say I was put out is putting it mildly.

 

After what seemed like forever, Mikey called me over and advised that he had been texting his friend and that she’d just found out she was pregnant and that the guy didn’t want to know and that he had to leave immediately (if not sooner). I was of course totally understanding, if not a little bit put out, especially when he turned round to all of his mates and said quiz team and announced that he would be leaving and if it would be ok if they all “looked after me” CRINGE!

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At this point I thought fuck it! I went to the bar, ordered a bottle of wine and decided that I was going to have a great night.

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We proceeded to win the prize for the best quiz name and also won the quiz – who knew! Ha! I got along famously with Mikey’s mates and they all proclaimed that even if we didn’t work out, they’d love to see me again – just lovely.

 

They dropped me off home and I concluded I’d had a great night and was hopeful that Mikey would be in touch to (at the very least) apologise. True to form I woke up the next day to receive a text from Mikey – I opened it up and read with jaw on the floor – I can dress it up, add a funny anecdote or put my own spin on it… however for now… I think its best you just read it for yourself…

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Hey, I want to apologise for leaving you last night, thankfully my friend is ok so that’s a relief. So I wanted to drop you a note to say that it was really nice to meet you, however whilst I don’t see anything romantic happening between us, my friends all loved you and would love you to become a permanent addition to the quiz team… and I agree – what do you think?!”

 

Yup! #FML

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Dating 101** Eight texts that cover off Sydney dating experiences

A typical Mars Vs Venus scenario that reigns true when dating a Sydney-sider (based on means tested situations with Sydney based guys and gals)

 

Dual thought process after a first date that wasn’t a complete disaster:

 

Girl:

I really like him, he was such a gentleman, we really had the spark

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Guy:

 

Damn I held the door open for her and still didn’t get laid

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Dual thought process the day after:

 

Girl:

I definitely think I’ll hear from him, he said that “when we hang out again” and he was talking about his family and asking loads of questions

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Guy:

 

Hmmm do I want pizza or Mexican for dinner today?!

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After neither has got a text after 3 days:

Girl:

 

What if he got his phone stolen? What if he got on with me SO well that he’s freaked out and backed off? What if his memory got erased off his phone and now he has no way of contacting me?

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Guy:

 

Huh, maybe I’ll drop her a text

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After receiving first text after first date:

 

Girl:

I knew we had chemistry, I’m so excited for him to take me out again. He’s so not like the other guys I’ve been with!

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Guy:

 

Boom she text back, the 3 day rule always works! Now maybe I’ll get laid on date 2!

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Text to friends as they’re on their way to date two

 

Girl:

 

I’m so excited, I wore a nice skirt to show off my legs and covered up my cleavage as I don’t want to give too much away, I’m totally wearing natural make-up that took me 3 hours to do! Wish me luck!

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Guy:

 

Fingers crossed she’s showing off her tits, they’re awesome!

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During date:

 

Girl:

 

He’s being so nice to me, I might even stay over

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Guy:

 

She’s pretty fit, hopefully she’ll want to put out

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The next morning:

 

Girl:

On my god, he is the best person ever! I’m totally going to be with him. There were fireworks, chemistry it’s all so romantic!

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Guy:

 

Boom!

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A week later:

 

Girl:

 

Can’t believe he’s not text or called, if he’s not into me the least he can do is just tell me rather than go AWOL… I’m a big girl. Urrghhh I hate men!

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Guy:

 

To another girl: “So when are you going to let me take you out babe?”

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What my friends have to say on the matter…

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Feature 101** Australia, the doctor will see you now

Scrubs and stethoscopes are getting Aussie hearts racing, with doctors and nurses topping the charts of Australia’s favourite uniform wearing professionals, according to a new survey* commissioned by Uniformdating.com.

 

A quarter of Aussies said males in their medical garb were their favourite. The medical theme continues, with a third of respondents preferring their females in a nurse’s uniform, proving that Aussies hold their health professionals in high regard.

 

This research is released as Uniformdating.com, a bespoke online dating service, launches in Australia today to connect men and women in uniform with the people who appreciate them.

 

Brand Manager for Uniformdating.com, Amy Coles, said relationships with uniformed professionals sometimes struggled due to long hours, but Aussies would be hard pressed to find a more trustworthy and compassionate partner.

 

“Service men and women have a common problem, with almost a quarter telling us they’ve seen a relationship end because of long working hours.

 

“Uniformdating.com is here to help find strong people – both uniformed and not – who are special enough to enter a relationship with an Aussie hero,” said Ms Coles.

 

“Our survey found that a third of Aussies believe that service men and women look unapproachably tough in their uniforms, but this couldn’t be further from the truth!

 

“We asked Australian uniform wearers about their personality traits and they describe themselves as trustworthy and loyal, which is what everyone wants in a partner!”

Uniformdating.com’s survey also found that more than half of Aussies think online dating is a successful way to meet potential partners, with almost two thirds interested in a dating site that meets their individual needs.

 

The most desirable Aussies in uniform are:

 

 

Male:

  1. Doctor
  2. Firefighter
  3. Paramedic
  4. Police Officer
  5. Pilot
  6. Nurse
  7. Lifeguard
  8. Army Officer
  9. Navy Officer
  10. Airforce Officer

 

Female:

  1. Nurse
  2. Doctor
  3. Air Steward
  4. Police Officer
  5. Pilot
  6. Lifeguard
  7. Airforce Officer
  8. Army Officer
  9. Firefighter
  10. Navy Officer

 

 


Other interesting survey results include:

  • No time for love: Almost a quarter (22 per cent) of uniformed Aussies have seen a relationship end because of long work hours

 

  • In it for life: Australia’s men and women in uniform are looking for life partners  over a fleeting fling, with nine out of 10 (91 per cent) saying they are in it for the long haul – making them the ideal date for those seeking something serious

 

·         A uniform love: Australia is a nation of uniform lovers – 82 per cent of Aussies would consider entering into a relationship with a man or woman in uniform

Dating 101** We’re back!

Ok so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on here, I figured I’ve stored up some pretty impressive gems over the past few months, along with a nice little stash of guest entries to add to the mix.

 

Having lived in Sydney for four and half years, I was starting to think that Sydney dating was a whole different kettle of fish to the rest of the world… Well, let me tell you that after a year away from Sydney throughout 2013, it isn’t! Unless I have a target on my head for moronic idiots, or people with a worrying disposition in terms of general life – it ain’t too great on t’other side of the pond either!

 

In a nutshell we have the following to update you on:

 

  • The egotistical TV presenter who left me alone at his friend’s quiz night on our first date…

 

  • The OCD letter counting (yes you read correctly) former drug addict (yup and again) who chose to reveal this little ‘trait’ on our sixth and final date…

 

  • The crazy guy of Match.com who started spouting Satanic ramblings about me being judged in my next life…

 

  • The guy who I thought seemed nice, but turned out to be renowned as the local coke head and general tool (news to me)…

 

Considering I only went on dates with six men last year… the stats aren’t looking great!

 

Well Dating 101 Sydney will be coming back with more content: recommended dating venues, first date ideas in Sydney, features on dating/ single life and much, much more!

 

I’m going to be taking a back seat when it comes to the dating blogs – think I’ve put you all through enough of that to last you a lifetime (I’ll part with the four posts I’ve alluded to above!)

 

I will however be hosting guest dating blogs and posts – so if you want to contribute, e-mail me dating101sydney@hotmail.com

 

I look forward to hearing all your feedback and sharing stories with you.

Valentines 101** Bucket List Loves Tinder

With Christmas, New Years and Australia Day celebrations all safely behind us, just when we thought our social lives were back to normal, Valentine’s Day comes up to pinch us on the behind.

 

No date? Don’t worry! The Bucket List is teaming up with Tinder to host a Valentines Day party on Friday 14th of February. Patrons will receive a complementary glass of champagne on arrival when they present their Tinder App at the Door, and $10 ‘It’s a Match’ cocktails will be available all night.

 

For those of you who have been living under a rock (or are in a relationship). Tinder is a location-based dating app which highlights fellow singles in your area. The Bucket List will become

Tinder destination, with a push notification prompting users to head to the Bondi, beachside venue.

 

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It’s a Date at Marquee This February

 

 

Marquee Sydney’s hearty line up of talent this February includes hip-hop supremo J Cole, swoon-worthy female duos NERVO and The Twins, and G-Wizard, who is hosting special Valentine’s Day celebrations including a $1000 best dressed couple prize.

 

Saturday 1 February will see Melbourne-born and bred DJ and producer Andy Murphy kicking off the month at Marquee. Signed and touring with Australia’s biggest club brand and label Onelove, Murphy’s signature magnetic acoustic arrangements are sure to pull a crowd.

 

Starring on Channel Seven’s Beauty and the Geek, Marquee welcomes The Twins on Friday 7 February. Hitting the club scene in 2011, party girls Brooke and Ellie’s debut track Body featuringIsrael Cruz landed in the top 20 charts. With a newly-released single Coming Home, there’s no slowing down for this dynamic duo.

 

Hailing from London, DJ MYNC will hit Marquee’s decks on Saturday 8 February. Along with mixing official remixes for Avicii, MYNC is the owner of dance music record label Cr2 Records. Featuring guest mixes from Laidback Luke and Thomas Gold, the station is broadcasted to over 12 million listeners in over 30 countries.

 

Love will be in the air on Friday 14 February as Marquee favourite G-Wizard romances the crowd at a special ‘Marquee Prom Night’ with tunes such as his new single Checkmate! featuring Snoop Dogg and Wiz Kalifa. For those love birds looking for that special someone, Marquee is giving $1000 to the best dressed couple – the perfect excuse to find your match on cupid’s night of nights.

 

Back by popular demand, NERVO– Australian sisters Mim and Liv will have the dance floor jumping when they return to Marquee with their electro-house beats on Saturday 15 February. Based in London, the duo have co-written smash singles for Ke$ha and David Guetta’s and Kelly Rowland’sGrammy-winning track When Love Takes Over; plus worked with DJ powerhouses Afrojack andSteve Aoki.

 

Marquee is excited to host rapper J Cole as part of his Australian tour on Friday 21 February. The first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, Cole has made his mark as a star rap lyricist, with two no. 1 albums, platinum hit Work Out and new single Born Sinner.

 

Dutch-born Aussie resident MaRLo’s tech-fused sounds will have party goers’ in a trance on Saturday 22 February, his recent anthem Boom hitting no. 3 on the Beatport chart.

 

Crowned as one of Australia’s best live performance DJs, Mark Pellegrini will add to the circus on Friday 28 February with a special Carnival Set, to match Marquee’s carnival-themed Boom Box for the night, where feather-clad hosts and fun Rio-inspired drinks are sure to get revellers in the party spirit.

 

DATES FOR THE CALENDAR:

Date Talent Cover
Saturday 1 February Andy Murphy $25
Friday 7 February The Twins $15
Saturday 8 February MYNC $25
Friday 14 February G-Wizard $15
Saturday 15 February NERVO $25
Friday 21 February J Cole $15
Saturday 22 February MaRLo $25
Friday 28 February Mark Pellegrini $15
Sat 1 March TBA $25

 

Selected pre-sale tickets available via Moshtix. Marquee is located at The Star Sydney, harbourside entry via Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009. To book table service, please contact:tables@marqueesydney.com. For further information on Marquee, visit www.marqueesydney.com or call 02 9657 7737.

 

Great dating venue in 2014 – BEN AND JERRY’S OPENAIR CINEMAS SUNDAE SESSIONS ANNOUNCED

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Here at Dating 101 Sydney, we’re always on the look out for new dating venues to explore!

 

There are going to be MANY posts on here about dating bars, venues, festivals, activities and stories (of course!). To whet your appetite, here’s the first one of 2014 – Happy New year!

 

Some of Australia’s best-loved bands will be rocking Bondi Beach this Summer as the music line-up for Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is announced. What’s not to love about listening to music under the stars with your beau… exactly!

 

Bringing music by day and movies by night to the world’s most famous beach until March 2, the Sydney leg of the nationwide tour commences on Friday January 24 with a showing of ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ with indie-popsters Lime Cordiale playing live.

 

This Australia Day, don your Akubra for the first Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Session in the series. A bonza afternoon of entertainment awaits as Franky Walnut will be taking to the stage before a screening of the Aussie classic ‘Crocodile Dundee’.

 

February 2 promises to be the highlight of the season as Jinja Safari who are known for their energetic live shows and their dreamy folk pop will be headlining the Sundae Sessions Charity Night. Spearheaded by effervescent frontman Marcus Azon and Pepa Knight, the five-strong band wielding African, Indian and indie inspired sounds will be performing tracks from their self-titled debut album before a screening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

 

The support act billing is up for grabs as Ben & Jerry’s are on the look out for brilliant bands to play alongside Jinja Safari. To get involved and find out more visit facebook.com/BenandJerryAustralia.

 

Throughout the rest of the series cinemagoers will be able to experience the soaring vocals ofLouis London, the signature blend of rocking-roots and country-blues from JR Reyne andJordan Millar’s acoustic-pop. Plus Iluka, Little May, Anabelle Kay, Ben Gumbleton, Ollie Brown, Melody Pool and Bec Sandridge will be showcasing their vocal talents.

 

As always, the Sundae Sessions events will feature free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all as well as a host of fun lawn games – where the much loved Putt Putt and Pick a Pat will be joined by a new addition, Giant Cow Jenga! Bean loungers and deck chairs are available for maximum comfort as guests settle in to watch the cinema proceedings. And what’s more, all proceeds from ticket sales to the February 2 event will go towards WWF’s marine turtles initiative.

 

If that wasn’t enough, guests will be able to enjoy the perfect ice cream accompaniment as Ben & Jerry’s will be serving up their latest new flavour ‘Scotchy Scotch Scotch’.  Created in honour of the beloved Ron Burgundy, the TV news anchor with a penchant for all things Scotch. This creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl – is sure to have everyone saying, “I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch! Here it goes down, down into my belly!”

 

Doughboy will be on hand providing tasty fare for cinemagoers and a selection of delicious drinks will be available at the bar.

 

The full film program for Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is now available online and includes an array of family favourites, retro classics and all the latest and greatest new releases.

 

Tickets are available from openaircinemas.com.au