Blind Date: Ramon and pilot Kieran reunite at Leederville’s new Phat Lon restaurant

Kieran, 32, says:

I wasn’t sure when I signed up but just decided why not, it’s gonna be a little fun. So I was mostly excited because I had never had a blind date before.

Ramon had just sat down at the table when I arrived at Phat Lon. In fact, we talked a lot about him. I have some experience in Adelaide performing and Ramon is a dancer so we talked a lot about performing and travelling. We have similar aspirations for what we are looking for in a partner and similar relationship backgrounds. Outside of the performing arts, we don’t have much in common.

He comes from South Africa. He lived here most of his life. He’s a dancer, he’s an influencer. He’s not doing a lot of dancing these days, but he’s also a bit of a choreographer.

It wasn’t a bad date, but I’ll cut to the chase. I don’t see any major long-term potential. I think we both had fun, but by far, I think we’d probably both agree, that the best thing about the date was the tamarind pork. It was so delicious. The food was very delicious. They had an option, which we eventually chose, where you only pay a fixed amount and they select the dishes for you. But the tamarind pork was by far the most outstanding. All the food was really great to the point where as we were leaving we had to stop at reception and the waiter came over and said ‘you know you don’t have to pay and we said ‘yes , we just wanted to tell you how much we love pork”.

I didn’t quite pick up a vibe from him that he desperately wanted to catch up to again. And I’d probably like to go get a coffee. But like I said, I don’t see any serious long-term potential, but we both have a lot to come into our lives over the next two months. So dating would probably be a bit trickier anyway.

Verdict: 7/10

Ramon, 26, says:

I arrived before him. But he got up two minutes later so it wasn’t too bad. I wanted to have it as my grand entrance, but that didn’t happen and that’s okay.

I was very confident to prepare. I was really excited. I just wanted to show off my best assets which are my legs. I would say my outfit was classy but also casual at the same time.

I actually had no expectations, but I think my first impression was like, “OK, he’s not my usual type physically, but if he’s got a really great personality that’s contagious and that he’s very bubbly and can strike up a conversation, I’m dying to get to know him.”

As for the conversation, I was the one who initiated a lot of the conversation and asked the questions. I learned a lot about him. He has just returned to Perth. He’s very passionate about musical theatre, which I thought was pretty cool because I studied it myself.

I absolutely loved the food. He made a comment and he said “the four courses are enough”. And I’m like, “oh that’s a starter.”

At some point, I thought to myself, I have to spice up the conversation because there is no sexual chemistry. There is no flirtatious atmosphere. So I just threw that away and it backfired. I was like, “so I went to the nude beach the other day with my friend and we just wanted to see what the vibe was like”.

It was really fun. I like to show off and get to know him. But that was it. And I told him, I was very short. I was like, “so I’m parked here and your car is here, I wish you all the best with your job and it was really nice to meet you”. And then he kissed me on the cheek and hugged me. And then we went our separate ways.

If only he was more talkative and a bit more confident, I think I would have been like I would definitely see this guy again. But he gave me nothing. He’s a nice person, but not me.

Verdict: 4/10

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