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Complete Me, a dating agency with a 3,000-strong database, set up a personalised matchmaking service for above-35s last year that has since seen a 40 per cent rise in customers.Ms Anisa Hassan, managing director of It's Just Lunch Asia, which matchmakes professionals over a meal, says: "In the past, people who were married before might have felt that the best years are behind them.One criterion for her partner is that his salary should be similar to hers, that is, at least ,000 a month, an amount she says is "realistic" for someone in his mid- to late-40s.He should also be pleasant looking and have good values.In her business administration course at the National University of Singapore and at her places of work, women also outnumbered men.Two years ago, she attended events organised by dating agencies, but found it "draining and depressing" when she did not find a suitable match.By all accounts, dating culture should be burgeoning in Singapore with the growth of online dating and dating apps such as Tinder.
There are also those who find online dating exhausting, meeting person after person on first date after first date.
Older singles Life interviewed say the challenges they faced include ambivalent attitudes towards dating, dwindling social circles, a mismatch in expectations and a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Sometimes I would meet someone who I may not have had any connection with.
Private investor James Foo, 44, who has gone on dates via a dating agency, admits that he is "quite picky in terms of looks".
But he counters that women in Singapore also have very high expectations.
"We spent the previous decade telling ourselves that we're happy as we are, and if it happens, it happens," she says.