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By all accounts, dating culture should be burgeoning in Singapore with the growth of online dating and dating apps such as Tinder.
Moreover, dating agencies in Singapore have also seen a rise in demand from older singles - as well as interest from divorcees and widows.
The friends have less time to hang out and have fewer new friends to recommend as possible matches. We tend to get 'more single'." There have always been more women than men in her life.
She was from a girls' school and mostly socialised with the same group of friends through secondary school, junior college and university.
Expectations of what a partner should be like are thorny issues to navigate.
Three years ago, hoping to get over an unrequited crush, she took matters into her own hands and joined the Ok Cupid dating website. Three years later, she has gone on dates with men in their 30s, 40s and 50s, but has remained single. In 2004, there were 844,100 Singapore residents who were singles, compared to 1,048,100 last year - a jump of almost 25 per cent over 10 years, figures from the Department of Statistics show.
"Sometimes I would meet someone who I may not have had any connection with.
I'd think, maybe another girl would be better," he says, which would spur him to get on the dating treadmill again.
The number of singles also rose across all ages surveyed, but the sharpest spike was in the 50s age group.
The number rose from 43,100 to 75,600 between 20 - or a jump of 75 per cent.
Complete Me, a dating agency with a 3,000-strong database, set up a personalised matchmaking service for above-35s last year that has since seen a 40 per cent rise in customers.