So you managed to score a date with a hot chick for V-day. Congratulations! Now, how do you make sure that your romance-filled night will end smoothly?
Whether it’s your first date ever (uy, binata na siya!) or your first date for the weekend with your long-term ladylove, it doesn’t really take a lot of effort to impress a girl. Flowers and life-sized teddy bears are sweet and all, but more than that, it’s what you’ll do (or didn’t do) during your night out that will tell if you’re a keeper or not.
Here's an age-old, fool-proof advice: Don't spoil it by being a big douche! Read on for our tried-and-tested tips!
BE GALLANT ENOUGH TO FOOT THE BILL (BUT LET HER CONTRIBUTE IF SHE INSISTS)
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A girl worth dating would ask if you’d want to split the bill, but since it’s Valentine’s Day, be proactive when paying for your dinner in the name of romance. More so if it’s a first date—you know, putting your best foot forward and all that. But if she really insists on paying her way, let her contribute so you won’t risk hurting her feelings.
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Dates can be awkward if you don’t know each other that well yet, but for the love of all that is holy, don’t fill in the dead air by rambling on and on about yourself. Listen to your girl’s stories, musings, jokes, rants. whatnot (even if it makes you sick to your bones when hearing something about That Thing Called Tadhana over and over again) and pay attention instead of playing Clash Of Clans or whatever. If she’s shy, ask her questions that can’t be answered by just yes or no.
BE A GENTLEMAN
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Prove to your lady that chivalry ain’t dead by opening doors for her, pulling out her chair, carrying her heavy stuff, and generally being respectful to her. Treat her like how you want your mom to be treated, and you’ll be just fine. Afraid that she'll go ultra-feministic on your ass? Don't worry. As we've said before, no matter how big she is on that whole "girl power" thing, she'll still appreciate it deep inside.
GIVE COMPLIMENTS SINCERELY (AKA DON'T BE A SACRCASTIC SUMBITCH)
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A girl knows if you’re complimenting her simply because you want to get into her pants. Make it so that in your case, it’s only partly true: Yes, you do want to sleep with her, but you’re going to do that by being a proper gentleman and not by dropping sleazy pick-up lines like “That’s a nice dress…but I bet it’ll look nicer on my bedroom floor.” Also, don't drop lines of the sarcastic kind—even if you realize you don't like her. If the date's that awful then just politely end it and GTFO.
DON'T TALK ABOUT YOUR EXES OR YOUR BEDROOM EXPLOITS/CONQUESTS
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The past is in the past for a reason. If you’re trying to move on, spare the girl you’re with from your sob story about how your ex dumped you for a polo-playing haciendero doctor with a six pack. Focus on your present woman by showing her just how much of a catch you are—something you’re not going to accomplish by going on and on about the good times you had with your past squeeze.
And please, don’t even try to compare your date with your ex. “Oh, you do yoga? That’s cool. You know, my ex Mhe-Ann is an award-winning triathlete…” Trust us, DON’T. The same goes with talking about previous sexual exploits or partners, so dropping lines like "You remind me of what's-her-name who I banged in this hotel in Bora..." No. Just no.
DON'T CRITICIZE HER ORDER
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A meal is the perfect backdrop for getting to know a new date, from her favorite color, go-to music, to her favored cuisine. Speaking of cuisine, when you do go on a dinner or lunch date with a girl, don’t judge her if she orders a huge slab of pork on a bed of mashed potatoes, orders extra rice, and asks if you’ll be eating the rest of the steak on your plate. Don’t say something like, “Aren’t you supposed to eat salad or something?” That’s why chicks get dyahe about eating.
DON'T BE A CONDESCENDING ASS
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Just because you seem to be doing better in life than her doesn’t mean that you get a free pass to rub it in her face. Don’t give her a hard time if she mispronounces a tricky word, and try not to judge if her carefree Bohemian lifestyle doesn’t exactly mesh with your more traditional upbringing. It’s all about respect, bro.
EYES ON YOUR DATE!
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Doing a swift double take when you see a Marian Rivera look-alike during an afternoon out with your girl is one thing, but blatantly ogling every perky butt that catches your fancy is just plain rude to your date. And don’t even think about dropping your date to get another hot chick’s digits. Seriously, do we even have to tell you this?!
DON'T SHOW OFF YOUR VICES (OR YOUR BICEPS)
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If you’re a chain smoker and your date hasn’t even held a cigarette in her whole life, be considerate by not leaving her every ten minutes to puff away like a chimney. While you want a girl who will accept you and all your faults, that does not mean you have to show her just how much of a delinquent you really are on the first date. Trust us, it’s a turn-off.
It's the same for your bod. Sure, you've got huge guns and abs that look like an ice tray, but showing it off just for the sake of it? Turn-off. But if she asks for it, then by all means...
BONUS: HUWAG MONG I-INVITE SA NETWORKING
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There’s a time and a place for everything, and a date should not be used to increase your downline. Please naman, kuya.
You can also watch our new Guide To Not Being An Asshole for more dating tips!