3six5dates

Four women in four cities take on 365 dates between them. Follow their adventures and misadventures.

Ms. Sydney – Maria

“Dream with your eyes open.” – My little sister.

Dating History

I grew up in a very traditional Asian family household and was not allowed to date until I turned 18. My father would say things like, “boyfriends and girlfriends are the devil.” While my mum would back up his theories with lesser intensity, but just as much conviction, by saying things like, “don’t give IT away, IT is special and boys will respect you for keeping IT.”

Despite this dilemma, I started dating my first boyfriend before my sweet 16th birthday.
He was my best friend and we were inseparable. People only referred to us as a couple. I thought he loved me more than anyone in the world, but I was wrong – he loved his teenage lifestyle and ‘boys’ more.

We stayed together for 11 years, but broke up time and time again. This year reality slapped me in the face, and I came to realise he would never change (despite everyone telling me this for the majority of the time I was dating him). He was still the 17 year old boy I met and I had surpassed him.

Which brings me to my current dating status which is… well… none.

Why are you single right now?

I am single because it is freedom from a relationship that was not going anywhere. I became single because I did not want to ‘settle’ for the sake of settling. I thought I would be married and have at least one or two children by now.

Why are you participating in 3six5dates?

I wanted to participate in this social experiment because I’m 27 years old and have suddenly found myself single and without a clue about dating.

I am starting out again for the first time, and it is even scarier because I am no longer a carefree teenager, I feel like everyone in my age bracket knows what they are doing, except me.

So I am hoping this experiment will help me figure out some basic truths about dating and I will be able to help others.

Dream Partner

  • A man’s man – not afraid to get his hands dirty
  • Ambitious, driven and goal orientated
  • Family orientated and loves kids
  • Honest and loyal
  • Loves to travel
  • Friendly and funny
  • Loves me unconditionally
  • Loves my family
  • Warm eyes – because I have a thing for eyes
  • Respectful and understanding of my cultural heritage

What do you believe is the biggest challenge for you to surrender your single status?

My biggest challenge will be surrendering my new found freedom and time.

I love being able to do as I please, whenever I please.  Simple things like travelling at the drop of the hat or spending hours reading my favourite books.

However, I look forward to sharing new experiences with someone and finding love again.

So what do you think of Maria’s Bio?

As confessed by herself, she is by far the least experienced out of the 3six5dates girls when it comes to dating having been ‘off the market’ for so long.

Are you anything like her or do you know anyone like her?

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