She may not look the part, but nene-looking Cyen Lazam does boast a pretty comprehensive dating CV.
Having been into short-lived relationships (“Pag ayaw ko na, goodbye”) since she was 14, the 25-year-old cosplayer, Tanduay calendar girl, and face of many a car show behind-the-scene photos admits it was only recently that she learned how to take things seriously. “Hindi ako masyadong nai-in love dati,” she tells us. Pero nung nag-mature na ako nagkaka-feelings na ako.”
She’s not shy to admit either how much she’s dabbled in whirlwind romances. “Marami na akong nagiging boyfriend, kasi every year, bago,” Cyen says. “Ako naman kasi, pag pangit yung ugali ng isa, dun na ako sa bago.”
Her shortest relationship? “Two weeks.” But that doesn’t mean she’s against serious relationships. In fact, she just recently broke up with her boyfriend of two years. “Yun ang pinakamatagal ko,” she says. “But we had to part ways kasi hindi na kami nagkakasundo.”
This lady sure has lots of #hugot—so we thought it would be wise to her for serious dating advice…
You do cosplay events. Are you into geeks?
Gusto ko smart. Yung pag nagsalita may natututunan ako. Yung matalino, masayang kasama, laging naka-smile, and sweet.
How does one catch your attention at, say, a comic-con?
Gusto ko yung nice yung approach. Gentleman, hindi bastos. Ayaw ko yung may touch-touch agad, may akbay na agad pag nagpapa-picture. First impressions last. May stages din kasi, hindi puwedeng bigla.
Do you ever give your number if a guy asks for it?
Pag sa event, tinatanong ko muna kung para saan. Pero pag type ko yung guy, why not! Ha ha!
Car shows offer a different crowd. Are you easily impressed with flashy cars?
Siyempre, sa una. Pag cute na maganda yung kotse. Ha ha!
Do you prefer a good-looking guy in a Honda Civic, or pangit na naka-Ferrari?
Yung cute na naka-Civic. Kasi yung cute puwede naman siyang makabili ng Ferrari in time. Ha ha!
Who’ll win your heart—the cosplay fan or the car show regular?
Feeling ko yung nagpupunta sa car shows, kasi usually dun talaga ako madalas. Mahilig din ako sa cars. Plus, nagagamit yung sasakyan. Pag mga cosplay-cosplay, puro imagination ang ginagamit.
Do you drive?
I drive an automatic transmission. Kapag traffic, gusto ko yung guy ang nagda-drive. Pero pag mga road trip, gusto ko ako yung nagda-drive. Ang sarap ng feeling pag long driving, nakaka-release ng stress.
There has to be a different approach when you’re not working, of course—when you meet someone at the bar, for instance. Do you like it when a guy buys drinks for you?
For my own safety, mas gusto ko siguro kung ibibili ako ng drink, kasama ako at nakita ko kung paano gawin. My choice of drink? Rhum and coke.
Get you drunk or get the guy drunk?
Get the guy drunk—siyempre pagkakatuwaan ko eh. Ha ha! Siyempre nakikita mo yung personality ng lalaki pag lasing. I want to see him at his worst, and from there makikita ko kung kaya ko ba siyang tanggapin.
Can you give failsafe tips on getting to know a girl?
To win a girl’s heart, always smile. Look mabait and approachable. Choose your words wisely kasi hindi mo pa naman kilala yung girl. Deliver your message gently, huwag aggressive.
What are the signs that you are into him?
Siyempre para makabuo tayo ng conversation, dapat salitan. Kung yung babae, nagtatanong na rin, nagse-share ng interests niya sa buhay, plus yun kasi ibig sabihin ino-open niya yung sarili niya sa’yo. Nagkakaroon ka ng privilege to get to know her even more.
Who should ask more questions?
The guy. Siya rin kasi dapat yung gumagawa ng move para sa akin. Matanong din kasi ako, and if you ask me, open akong mag-answer back.
Your place or his place?
My place, para sure ako sa safety ko. Or in a public place—saka na yung privacy kapag close na talaga kami.
How many dates before you can call it a relationship?
Hindi naman kasi nasa haba yan eh, but sa quality ng pagsasama ninyo. Kung naka-ilang dates nga kayo pero wala namang chemistry, wala rin. Eh kung saglit lang pero nakita ko na agad yung gusto ko, we both save time. For me, the shorter, the better.
The morning after: Would you rather he wake up first or you wake up first?
Mas gusto kong mauna siyang magising, para makita ko kung ano yung ginagawa niya—kung hina-hug ba niya ako, or nakatingin lang ba siya sa akin. No checking of phones dapat in the morning, dapat cuddle-cuddle pa rin kayo. At gusto ko ako yung pinagluluto kasi hindi ako marunong magluto. Bacon and eggs, please!
Photography Ejay Leung of Midnight Bonkers Styling J-Em Sta. Ana Makeup Amanda Padilla of At East|Jed Root Hair Julio Jeremias of At East|Jed Root
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