By Peter Finch
Your first date went smoothly, and you want to see more of her. But just because things clicked on your first date does not mean you can relax and take her for granted. In the romantic and sentimental mind of a Filipina, each date is an exciting and thrilling event, so try to make your dates as memorable as ever.
Here are some tips to keep the excitement level going up on your dates:
Smell nice for her.
Nothing turns a woman off so fast than unpleasant body odor. It is not the manly sweat your body exudes (for some it adds more appeal) but bad breath and body odor which could be the result of sheer neglect of soap and water. She has probably spent the whole afternoon in front of the mirror and would be disappointed if her date turns up unshaven, looking dirty and smelling.
Listen, listen and listen.
Listening to your date can help you get to know her better (vice versa). Ask casual questions, but do not prepare a long sheet of questionnaire and tick off the ones she already answered. If you are at ease with each other, conversation should flow naturally and without strain and effort on both sides.
When you are out on a date, your Filipina girlfriend will still be very nervous and self-conscious, make her feel relaxed and compliment her honestly. Remember she has gone to great lengths to please you and complimenting her will add to her self-confidence and she will feel comfortable with you.
Be a gentleman.
Coming from a conservative culture the Filipinas expect to be treated like ladies. Be a gentleman, open and hold doors or pull her chair out for her. She will value and appreciate these simple gestures. Filipina ladies like the special feeling they get if you treat her like a princess. Going out on a date with a Filipina should be fun and relaxing. She would be eager to hear stories about your growing up years, your family, hometown, your place as this is a whole new world for her, a fantasy place she has not seen.
If being on time is a big issue from where you come from, make a little adjustment when you are dating a Filipina. Do not holler at her ear or walk out if she turns up later than scheduled. Have you ever heard of Filipino time? Stretch your patience if she is a few minutes late because if she appears on the dot she is afraid you would think she is over-eager. Even if she is already in her 50s and has been married before, she will still be playing "pakipot" or hard to get.
Pay for the date.
Pay for the date because she expects you to. Except for the highly-educated ladies who will offer to split the bill with you, conservative Filipina ladies would think she would lose face if she pays for your date. To her it would be tantamount to spending her own money just to have a date.
And most important of all, bring a big dosage of sense of humor with you. It comes in handy especially during this stage when you are putting up the foundations of a future relationship.
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