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PostSubject: More singles signing up for dating services during festive season   Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:22 am

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/cna/20091223/tap-602-more-singles-signing-dating-serv-231650b.html

SINGAPORE: Christmas is not only a season for giving but for some, dating as well.

Dating professionals said more singles are signing up for their services this month, up 20 per cent from last month.

For many busy professionals like Benjamin Low, the year—end holiday is a good break from work.

However, he dreads spending it alone and has signed up with a dating agency, hoping to find his special someone.

He said: "Well first impression does count, how the person presents herself is very important and the ability to hold a good conversation. It depends if we are meeting for lunch or coffee, then table manners would matter as well."

Benjamin is not alone in the year—end rush to date. Agencies MediaCorp spoke to said it is peak season now as many clients have taken time off work to find the right partner.

Lydia Gan, manager, Cliquewise, said: "A lot of singles made resolutions last year to find someone to spend the rest of their lives with, but Singaporeans are very busy and before you know it the year ends.

"And they realise they have not fulfilled their last year resolutions and they decide to do something about it before year—end."

Agencies said their clients are mainly working professionals aged between 27 and 35 from the banking and IT sectors.

Despite prices going up for Christmas and New Year dinners, agencies said they have not increased their prices during the period. Agencies charge between S$40 and S$300 to set up a date. Activities include Christmas parties and high—tea sessions.

So, will the spark in such relationships sizzle or fizzle?

Betty Goh, co—founder, Who Works Around You, said: "It depends on the both of them whether they have the chemistry. Some might last and some might not, it depends on the both of them."

So whether it is finding the right opportunity or person, the year—end season definitely seems to be helping singles get in the mood for love. — CNA/vm

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