(Written last August 15, 2009)
Funny how when you're away from home -- more specifically, away from Manila -- makes you think of things you don't normally think about.
In my case, the thought of first dates came to mind. I've been in a couple of first dates. In fact, I've been on five first dates. Oh yes...contrary to popular belief, I may be a no-boyfriend-since-birth gal but I've had my share of first dates. I guess being in a rather peaceful environment makes you think of such things. Then again, maybe it's just me.
At 23, my share of first dates has been nice. They've been fun. A lunch date in Power Plant Mall, a coffee chit chat at Starbucks, a dinner at Capricciosa, a lunch date at Kitaro Sushi, and an after-work get-together at Coffee Bean. Notice anything? Every single first date starts with food. Not that I didn't like it but truth be told, it's not how I imagined my first date is going to be. Ok, this could probably shock most people but I'm about to reveal my ideal kind of a first date. So...here goes.
It feels corny writing about this but...again...it's a thought in my head that won't go away and this is how to remedy that. Then maybe after I've posted this, I can finally go to sleep.
So what is my idea of a first date? Well, it's nothing extravagant, nothing fancy. If anything, I imagine it to be simple -- simple but truly wonderful.
I imagine the first date to be casual. He and I would go to the mall and start the date by playing a game or two of bowling. Yes, bowling. I'd like to think that the alley allows us grown-ups to be kids again. It's a lot of fun and there's nothing wrong with a little friendly competition. What better way to break the ice, right?
A game of bowling can work both ways. Either it can work up an appetite or it can make you want to just chill out. Then again, why not do both right? By then, we'd be probably hungry so we'll eat at Sbarro or Chef d'Angelo (a little pricey but the food there is divine!). We'd talk about random things, our hobbies, our likes and dislikes, anything under the sun. Our conversations would be full of laughter, trying to remember all the silly things we did.
We move on to walking around the mall. Still talking about random things. I'd probably ask him to chill out in a cafe, drink coffee or tea, eat a slice of cake, and just continue talking.
It's the perfect way to end the day.
Does he take me home or do we go our separate ways? Either way works for me. Of course, to take me home would be nice. It gives us more time to talk.
I've been asked numerous times before. To kiss on a first date or not to kiss? I say...that has yet to be decided. I really can't answer that since I've never considered it at all. But I guess, at the moment, I'd say, no. A peck on the cheek, yes...a kiss on the lips on a first date, no.
*Sigh* It amazes me the thoughts that come to mind when away from home.
Until my next entry,