Yay! Eteract.com is one of the recipients of The Partner Connection Fund!

Dearest readers,

Sorry for the long absence. Have been extremely in the past week preparing for the announcement of our new project – Eteract.com

Read more about it here:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/267193/1/.html

We have been awarded The Partner Connection Fund, and are in the midst of developing the portal. If you are interested to be informed about the launch, visit http://www.eteract.com and subscribe to our updates.

Will be blogging more in a bit…! Have a great weekend ahead!

Sincerely, Violet

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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This Man’s Declaration of Love

This actually appeared in the news a few days back… I kept wanting to blog about it but kept forgetting, so here goes…

Hubby declares love with ads

For those of you who are too lazy to click on the link :p this is a story about a businessman who took full page ads with major newspapers in Malaysia to declare his love for his wife on their 35th year anniversary!

Ain’t that so sweet???

When asked by the journalist why he decided to buy ads in the newspapers (Full Page Full Colour ads aren’t cheap), this was his reaction…

Chan admitted that he could have bought jewellery or taken his wife on a shopping spree abroad but he said
giving material goods would not have the same impact.  “When you have a wife who is willing to go through good and bad times with you, you have to give her something out of the ordinary,” said the managing director of Kamco Aluminium Sdn Bhd.

Aww….

To see how his ad looks like, check it out at Angel’s blog. Hi Angel, I hope you don’t mind me linking you! 🙂

Post Note: Realised that I should not have titled this post ‘How deep is your love?’ Just that when I was writing this post, the song came into my head… and I thought it is a cute title. Everybody has a different way of showing their love, and as long as it is appreciated by the person whom they are showing their love to. 🙂 There’s no superior or inferior way. 🙂

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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VioletLim.com | Diary of a Modern-Day Matchmaker

Doris passed this tag, I am DorisChua.com – Live Life… Organics & Your Health to me. This is an exclusive tag for those who use their name as their domain. Doris and I have been exchanging memes! Haha! I tagged her, then she tagged me back! 🙂 Anyway, I love this meme, it’s like one of the easiest ones I have ever done! 🙂

I think I have had my own domain for coming to 2 years now. Why did I get my own domain? Well, thought I better ‘chop’ (Singlish/Manglish way of saying reserve) it before it is gone. Haha! 🙂 So if you have been tagged by me, choose three friends of yours to tag. Remember, only tag those with their name as the domain.

Instructions

***Start Copying Here***

1) Write a short introduction paragraph about what how you found the list and include a link to the blog that referred you to the list.
2) COPY the ENTIRE List below and add it to your blog. To avoid duplicate content and increase the amount of keywords your site can accessible for, go ahead and change the titles of the blog. Just don’t change the links of the blog.
3) Take “My Adds” and move them into the “My Originals” list.
4) Add 3 Brand New Narcissistic Bloggers that you know of

My Adds:

Zarique
Kloudiia
Stuart Tan

My Originals:

Violet Lim
Athira
Msau
Doris
Paris Beaverbanks
Albie
Menj
Samantha Yeap
Chan Eileen
Chan Lilian
Liew CF
Andrew Wee
Hong Kiat
Gary Lee
Ed Lau
John Chow dot Com
Nate Whitehill
Stephen Fung
Michael Kwan
Jeff Kee
Stuart Hannig
Hannes Johnson
Nomar
AhSoon
Nathan Drach
Saman Sadeghi
Jon Waraas
David Lithman
Matt Blancarte
Ryan Parker
Josh Buckley
Matt Coddington
Brice Wong
Leo Chiang
Tyler Ingram
Ah Boon

***Stop Copying Here***

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Hooray! Wedding bells, wedding bells, wedding bells!

Oh my gosh! My dear friend Wai Kea is getting married! To another of my friend Ee Coln…!

This is just so amazing! Am so happy for both of them…

I can still remember having a conversation with WK when they just started dating… it seemed like just yesterday we had that conversation!

Actually, the three of us are primary schoolmates. Then WK went off to Singapore, and then NZ for her studies.

WK and EC started seeing a lot more of each other when a lot of our primary schoolmates started to get married… so they keep bumping into each other at wedding after wedding… haha!

See, lots of people hook up at weddings! 🙂

Anyway, am just so so so happy! 🙂

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Wedding Bells for Mr. & Ms. Laidback

Two of our members are tying the knot today! 🙂

Actually, as I am writing this post, they are probably saying their vows. Their respective dating consultants are representing the company to attend the solemnization ceremony.

The couple dropped by earlier this week to convey their thank yous.

Jamie and I met up with them, and we had a good chat. Let’s call them Mr. and Ms. Laidback, soon to be known as Mr. and Mrs. Laidback. 🙂

As for why I decided to name them Mr. & Ms. Laidback… I actually mean it in a good way, because I feel that they are both very relaxed and friendly, and both quick to warm up to people. 🙂

So anyway, the story goes like this…

They went on their first date, and Ms. L was very stressed out at work that day. So she broke every first date rule possible. It’s quite funny…

She told me, “You know the list of Do’s and Don’ts you guys send us in your email, I broke every single one of them!”

Basically, she unloaded her stress on him. Oops!

According to Mr. L, he thought Ms. L was definitely quite different from his previous dates! Haha! 🙂

And if that’s not bad enough, after he gave her his namecard, she forgot to give him hers. So on his side, he thought she’s probably not interested in exchanging details.

You would think that with that, there’s where the story would end right?

Haha! Since you know that they have just tied the knot… the story did not end there. :) 

One month later when it was the Lunar New Year period, Ms. L sent out mass SMSes to wish her friends Happy New Year, and… Mr. L was one of the people whom she sent a SMS to.

Mr. L actually replied… “Who are you?” as he does not have her number on his phone!!!

Fortunately, Ms. L took no offence, and they decided to meet up again.

And a few dates later… they decided to be a couple.

And a year later… they are now… Mr. & Mrs L! Amazing isn’t it? It is stories like this that keep my team and I going! :) 

So, the moral of the story is…

#1: Things may not always be what they seem. It would seem that Ms. L is not interested in Mr. L on the first date. But, she was probably just too stressed out.

#2: Never burn your bridges. By saving Mr. L’s number on her mobile, Ms. L established contact again when she sent out the mass SMSes. 🙂

My dear readers, have a great weekend ahead!

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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And… Mr. Darcy comes up top in “Who is your ideal guy?”

“Who is your ideal guy?” That was the last poll that I run.

And surprise, surprise…

Colin Firth in Bridget Jones Diary came up top!

It is quite interesting really, as he was actually an afterthought… I was thinking of who is the last character I should add to the poll, and Mark Darcy was the last character I added.

And actually, it does make sense, a lot of sense actually.

On the physical aspect, Mark Darcy is tall, dark and handsome. Not the Leonardo Dicaprio or Orlando Bloom type of handsome, but a more subtle and brooding presence.

As for character and personality, he is loyal and dependable. He’s always there for Bridget. In the sequel, he went all the way to get Bridget out of jail. He is no sweet talker, and sometimes he can be quite awkward too. But at least that proves that he is no sweet-talker.

As for motivation and drive, he is a lawyer. A very successful one too. And not one of the money-grubbing one. He’s passionate and compassionate.

Come to think of it, he’s definitely a walkaway winner. No wonder a whopping 63% of you voted for him! 🙂

My poor Forrest Gump… he did not win many votes. Guess even though he is definitely the most loyal of guys, he is just too simple for most girls.

So, my guy readers, as promised… the next poll is for you. Tell us who your ideal girl is!

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Who is the 1st Blogger you Met?

I have been tagged again! This time by Jo. Haha, it seems that once you get started, it will never stop. 🙂

Who is the first blogger you met? Hmm, I think the first blogger I met has to be Cindy. I read Cindy’s blog when I was at university. Then, I stopped reading after I left university. When I got back into blogging about 2 years back, I signed up with Rice Bowl Journals, and came across her blog again. We exchanged some comments/emails, and decided to meet up since we both work around Raffles Place. That was quite cool really. :) 

Who is the blogger ‘You Most Want to Meet’? Does Oprah, Bill Gates or Donald Trump have a blog? 🙂 These are some of the people I would love to meet. Would like to learn from their experiences in business and life.

Who is the ‘I can meet, want to meet, but somehow never got to meet’ blogger? I am finding this meme increasingly difficult to answer. Not because it is mind-blogging or anything, but it is just something that you never thought of… Hmm, I think the answer to this question probably will be my friends who are also bloggers. Even though we often live in the same city, but sometimes, it is difficult to coordinate schedules to meet up. So we end up finding about each others’ lives through our blogs! 🙂

Who are the group of bloggers that you most want to meet? Hmm, I don’t think there are any particular group of bloggers that I would like to meet… but would like to meet up with more bloggers from the international arena that blogs on the same genre as me. 🙂 So if you are one, do drop me a line! 🙂

Do you have any bloggers/blog readers that you would like to meet right now? Yes, all of you fellow bloggers and readers who have been dropping me comments. And if I have to name one person in particular, it would have to be Rudy… thank you for being such an ardent supporter of my blog for the past 2 years… you are amazing! Thank you so much! 🙂

And now, tagging time… Doris, Cindy & Rudy please! 🙂 Thanks!

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Thursday Thirteen #3: 13 Favourite Love Movies of Mine

With the biggest night of Hollywood – The Academy Awards just come and gone,I thought it would be fun to list13 Favourite Love Movies of Mine
1. Forrest Gump: One of my favourite movies of all time. It is not only about unconditional love, it is about a man who might not have big brains, but have big heart, and how he managed to be such a wonderful inspiration to people around him.

 

2. Jerry Maguire: This is the show that propelled Renee Zellweger to fame. I fell in love with her in this show. She just has this endearing quality, not very sure the exact word to describe it. And who will ever forget the line, “You… you complete me…”

3. Love Actually: What a fantastic show! Very heartwarming. A movie with love stories that intertwined. So many different aspects of love – romantic love, fatherly love, puppy love, love that transcends beyond borders and language, love for a sibiling, unrequited love, and even love in the most unlikely places, between the rock star and his manager!

 

4. While you were Sleeping: Love Sandra Bullock in this show! Watched shis show like 10 years ago! Wow, now I feel old! 🙂

 

5. Bridget Jones Diary: This is such a funny show. Yes, another Renee Zellweger show. I think eventually you will see a trend in the love movies that I love. Haha! They usually feature the same actresses. 🙂 Love this show for the plot, the actors and actresses and the fact that it is real. One of the very few shows around that they feature the lead actress to be 60kg and above, even though Renee had to fatten herself for it.

 

6. Pride & Prejudice (2005 version): This is a classic, and I love the portrayal of Elizabeth by Keira Knightley.

 

7. Ever After: I love Drew Barrymore’s spunk in this show. The epitomy of the modern woman even though it is in a medieval setting. Love the scene where she outsmarted the rogues. They said you can leave with whatever you can carry on your back. And she stunned them by whipping the prince off his feet onto her back! Haha! 🙂

 

8. 50 First Dates: Yes! Starring Drew Barrymore. When I first heard of this movie, I thought what a dumb name for a show. But after I watched it, I just couldn’t help tearing. It is just so sweet! Imagine your husband having to make you love him everyday because you have no memories of anything that happen everyday when you wake up. Have a box of tissues with you when you watch this tear-jerker.

 

9. City of Glass: The only Chinese show featured in this list. Hubby have asked me once, “Why do you like this show? Isn’t it about 2 people who are having an affair?” Actually – yes, it is about 2 college sweethearts who parted ways because of long distance, and 20 years later, met again, and realised that even though they have chosen to live separate lives, have their own family, their lives are unfulfilled without each other. Actually, it is a love tragedy as they died in a car crash. And it is because of that car crash, their respective families found out about their love tryst. The story is told in the eyes of their children, who eventually fell in love. Actually, what I love most about the movie is the cinematography. The director managed to capture the essence of Hong Kong I felt. It actually spurred me to visit HK! 🙂

 

10. Sleepless in Seattle: Another classic. Tom Hanks + Meg Ryan. Amazing combination. The part where Tom Hanks talked about his love for his wife over the radio show… always bring tears to my eyes.

 

11. Pretty Woman: Understand why people are so crazy about Richard Gere. He looks dashing in this show! And Julia Roberts… she looks so great in that red dress! And for some reason or other, I always remember that scene where she was crying watching that opera which she does not understand a word of.

 

12. My Best Friends Wedding: Another Julia Roberts movie. I think it is just so amusing how she tried so hard to win over her best friend, who was going to get married to Cameron Diaz. And yes, I love the songs! And Rupert Everett as her gay friend, he was fantastic for the role.

 

13. 13 Going on 30: Jennifer Garner played a very convincing 13 year old stuck in a 30 year old body. The reason I love this show is the fact that even though her best friend from school Mark Ruffalo was totally bowled over by her and her change of heart, but he stayed true to his fiance and went ahead with his wedding. Unlike some other Hollywood movies where they simply run off with the new girl and ditch the old girl. Love afterall, is not just the instant sparks, but a commitment. 🙂

 

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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