Dating in Cambodia can be a complex game, however, fear not, single ladies and gentlemen because AsiaLIFE is on hand to help you find your perfect partner. Photography by Enric Català.
If you lived in the UK throughout the Eighties and Nineties, then loveable Scouse Cilla Black bursting onto TV screens on a Saturday night, screaming, “It’s a lorra’ lorra’ laughs”, before playing matchmaker will be a familiar memory.
For those who aren’t familiar with the popular British TV show, Blind Date, or its American counterpart Perfect Match, Australia’s The Dating Game or the many other spin-off shows spawned off the bat of them, then the premise is simple.
A single male or female gets to fire three carefully crafted questions at three single women or men sitting behind a screen. After all of the answers have been mulled over, the person asking the questions gets to choose which of the three they would like to take on a date.
Whether the love in the air lingers or dies a death afterwards, is up to the couple, but, like our Cilla, AsiaLIFE is hoping to have to buy a hat to attend the wedding of the year. And to get the wheels in motion, we have teamed up with Infinity Financial Solutions and Chinese House to host our second Blind Date in Phnom Penh outing.
It was in 2009, when crowds flocked to Talkin’ To A Stranger, to take part in our inaugural Blind Date event. An evening of matchmaking fun ensued as men and women took to the stage to find themselves a potential partner.
While the evening failed to spark the sound of wedding bells, we’re hoping our second instalment may bring better luck in the love stakes.
“Standing at the bar, watching all the people having so much fun was undoubtedly one of my fondest memories of AsiaLIFE,” says our publisher, Mark Bibby Jackson. “It’s been long overdue for us to do it again.”
On Sep. 5, Chinese House will host Phnom Penh’s second edition of Blind Date. The format will be the same, with singles invited to have a chance at finding romance by firing questions and answers at each other.
But to make the night complete, we need contestants, and we are calling on all those unattached men and women who are looking for love, while having a few laughs and entertaining banter, to step forward. We want men and women, above the age of 18, who are up for a giggle, and who are definitely not stage shy, to be the stars of the show.
With Infinity Financial Solution’s charismatic Paul Dodd compèring the event, the evening will be full of fun and top-class entertainment. Each of the winning couples will be treated to a host of special prizes, which are being kept under tight wraps, to spruce up their date. Chinese House will provide canapés and drink and food specials, and a DJ will take the crowd back to Blind Date’s heyday of the Eighties and Nineties with top tunes to keep the party going until afterhours.
All proceeds will go to NGO the Khmer Sight Foundation, which provides free surgery for underprivileged Cambodians suffering from cataracts and a range of other eye diseases.
Blind Date takes place at Chinese House on Sep. 5, from 7pm. Entry is free.
Looking for love?
If you fancy throwing the dice and taking part in the event, then we’re looking for you.
To be in with a chance of finding romance, we need your name, date of birth and contact details, along with an example of a question you would ask.
To give a helping hand, examples of questions asked at our last event, ranged from, “If we had an evening at my place watching TV, what would you like to watch?” to, “Where would you take me for a really romantic dinner?” and the more risqué, “If you were a teacher and I was a bad, bad girl, how and where would you punish me?”
All applicants must be above the age of 18. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before Aug. 18.