About

The Short Version:

Aspired to be 'Ally McBeal', but ended up as 'Miss Match' instead. Happily married, mummy of two kiddos. Co-founder of Lunch Actually, Asia's first lunch dating company and Eteract.com, Asia's first online speed dating site. When not busy matchmaking singles in Singapore & KL, can be found at Toastmasters & Rotary meetings.

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The Detailed Version:

Violet Lim is CEO & Co-Founder of Lunch Actually, Asia's first lunch dating company that aims to help busy professionals find love by arranging one-to-one lunch dates with compatible matches among the pre-screened clientele who meet each other's dating criteria. The Malaysian and Hong Kong office follows in the success of Lunch Actually's premier operations in Singapore, started in April 2004. As a dating consultant, Violet meets and matches the clients based on similar interests, likes, dislikes and physical and profile preferences.

Upon observation of her family, friends and colleagues having little time for love due to their busy schedules, Violet thought the idea of lunch dating would be a perfect solution for busy professionals. Having gained little personal satisfaction in her former work, Violet left her previous job as an Assistant Manager with an international finance institution (2002-2003) and a stable monthly income to start-up her own matchmaking business called Lunch Actually with her then fiance, now husband Mr. Jamie Lee.

In February 2004, Violet attended a matchmaking course and seminar conducted by the Matchmaking Institute, New York City, that prepared her for her new career in matchmaking and gave her insight into the dating and matchmaking industry. She is the first Asian to be certified by the Institute.

Violet was a Relationship Q&A columnist with one of Malaysia's leading magazine Cittabella and New Man. Violet has been featured extensively in both Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong media, as well as international media such as ABC News 20|20, TV Tokyo and Radio Australia.

In 2002, Violet graduated with a Masters in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom. Prior to that, she read Law (1998 – 2001) at the University of Manchester.

Violet, whose interests include reading, traveling and public speaking, is also an active participant of the Toastmaster International movement. She is the Past President of Cairnhill Toastmasters Club. She has also won numerous speech contests at the club, area and division level. She is also Past President at the Rotary Club of Suntec City.

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Violet Lim

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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