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Online Christian Dating: Tips for Safe Dates in Singapore

First meetings are wonderful–yet, even though Singapore is a safe place to live and you are sure the other person is a Christian, don’t lower your guard just yet. Use the following guidelines:

1. Meet in a public place
Meet for the first time in a crowded, public location, like a coffee shop in one of the bigger malls like Nexx or a restaurant in a busy location – never ever meet someone in a remote region. In other words, it would be better to meet at the hawker centre in East Coast Park or somewhere on Orchard Rd than going for a hike in a secluded area in Bukit Timah.

2. Tell someone about your Christian date
Let a friend or family member know about your plans. Tell them when and where you’re going and make certain you have a mobile phone with you. Ask your friend/family to call you at the time you’re supposed to meet up, and stay on the line with them until your date arrives…if something seems sketchy, politely ask them to give you a moment while you take your call outside, and just leave. Even if things are fine, you may also want to have your friend call you again in an hour, or arrange to call them back when you get home after the meet-up. The great thing about Singapore is that we’re on our mobiles all the time, so it won’t seem terribly strange to your date if you are taking (or making) calls.

3. Tell your Christian date that your friends and family in Singapore know all about your plans together
Let the person know from the start that there are people who expect to hear from you at a certain time, and that they will expect you to check in at the end of your date. If after explaining that it is for your safety and your date is uncomfortable or mocks you, then it’s a red flag. Call a waiter or go to the nearest counter personnel and ask them to call you a cab or simply call your friend/family to get a ride. Again, this is why it is good to be in a public place, and spots like Parkway Parade have a busy taxi stand right outside the front door.

4. Stay sober
While it might seem like you’re being too cautious, it is better not to drink on the first date, because you don’t want to do anything that would impair your judgment and cause you to make a decision you could regret. We know that many Christian singles here on the island are aware of this, but it is worth mentioning. Also, never leave your drink alone with a new person, and never take a drink from someone unless it is directly from the waitress or waiter’s hand. You may, therefore, want to steer clear of Zouk and save the clubbing for another time.

5. Arrange for your own transportation for the first date
Just in case things don’t work out, you need to be in control of your own transport – no need to get into a car together at this point. Yes, he’s probably a really nice guy and just being a gentleman like 99.9999% of people would, but it is better to be careful. One exception for travelling together would be if you’re both riding the bus or taking the MRT. Nevertheless, if you’re from the East Coast or Pasir Ris, for instance, you may not want to venture as far north as Woodlands, where you may not be familiar with transport links…again Christian dating means practicing a little caution.

6. Listen to your hunches
If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. And if you haven’t met him before, and you know at the beginning of the date that something doesn’t seem right, then give yourself permission to leave without an explanation. With so many people living here in Singapore (5.18 million as of September 2011, according to Channel News Asia), there are probably going to be plenty of people around you if you followed step 1. Listening to a hunch also pertains to suggestions like ‘Let’s go to Geylang or Johor’…you may want to differ with your date at that point.

7. Don’t tell him where you live
If you want to see him again, arrange a second date and go from there, but never give your address until you’re sure he’s one of the good guys. This means not even telling him the name of the condo or HDB block…I know, I know, that may seem overly cautious, but it is always better to be careful, even in a safe nation like Singapore. You can tell him general things, however, like that you live in Tampines, Bishan or Jurong, but leave it at that for now.

Well, that is all we have about safe dates for now, but we hope these precautionary measures are helpful. And remember, there are plenty of online Christian dating and relationship tips at DivineIntro. Sign up, upload photos, fill out a profile…it is all free.

Airlines – Badly Seeking Good Returns

Recently, we have noticed that airlines are doing everything they can in the face of the current economic downturn, and are managing to deal quite well with this crisis. Many of them are still grappling with it, while there are some which are implementing bail-out plans from their respective governments to save their stakes and salvage what they can.

But there are still other airlines that have managed to get it all wrong. For example, there are airlines that offer low cost flights and the cheapest air tickets to India. But their efforts appear contradictory. Their nascent, non-frills service hardly shows any positive pan-out in today’s economic realities.

To compound the confusion, let us not even begin to talk about the multitude of media channels that hardly broadcast any coherent news. Today’s transmissions and so called news bulletins can perhaps at best be called cacophony or balderdash. However, these channels do earn, and earn well. But their profits are more marketing than quality, news content. Product promotion has become a more fecund source of revenue generation than news broadcasting. Instead of focusing on news, the channels spotlight is fixed on giving undue airtime to marketing gimmicks. After all, they are dedicated to delivering a service to viewers when they let the viewers know more about airfares than what is happening around the world.

The media presents even terrible things in a wonderful way so that a traveler is instantly tempted to buy at least one product. This sort of marketing is not just restricted to a particular airline, although you would be hard pressed to find exceptions.

But do the rates play any part? They do manage to put up an appearance of profitability, but mere falsifying of numbers cannot bring passengers back. Customers are well aware of such a disguised low-cost travel deals. Their only compulsion is the desire to travel and reach their destination in the least possible time.

Is there anyone here who can clear this mess for us? How is it that these so-called low cost airlines are able to offer such tantalizing deals, when their more illustrious counterparts are still recovering from the onslaught of the worst economic crisis since the 1920s.

If the success of these low-cost carriers was a fact, large scale layoff at airlines would have been a mere rumor. But the truth is, most of these airlines are vying for government backed bail-outs or trying to conserve costs by reducing manpower.

Why is such desperation being shown by all the airlines, without exception? Why are they running helter-skelter to find anyone who can help them out of the present mess.

Guide to Sirius Satellite Radio Coverage

If you are considering subscribing to satellite radio, you may be curious regarding just exactly what you can look forward to with your subscription cost. Most people are aware that a satellite radio provider such as Sirius provides a wealth of music channels; however, your satellite subscription also gets you far more than just music to keep you tuned in and entertained while you are on the road. Whether you are looking for something to keep you amused or you are interested in receiving the latest weather and traffic updates as you make your way in to the office on Monday morning, you will find that you have a wealth of options.

Sirius Radio offers an array of 130 channels. If you happen to be into politics, you will discover that you can catch everything on the left, the right and in between with the variety of political channels offered on Sirius. Catch highlights of all the best debates as well as opinions and analysis of breaking events in the world of politics.

Both up to the minute financial and business news, you need look no further than Bloomberg Radio and CNBC. There are also an amazing array of eight different stations that are available in a number of different languages; offering many different perspectives. You can choose from Info Plus (French), International Talk (French), CNN En EspaƱol (Spanish), the Korean Channel, World Radio Network, BBC World News, CBC Radio One and Premier Plus (Canadian News).

Looking for something a bit on the lighter side? Sirius satellite radio has you covered in that regard as well. Everything from decorating tips from the queen of lifestyle, Martha Stewart, to guides from Cosmo Magazine is available. There are even specialty channels which focus on specific topics such as Court TV and a channel that is dedicated to Gay and bisexual issues and culture.

Of course, if you are looking for a few good laughs, there is plenty of opportunity for that as well. Bob Saget, Dane Cook and Dave Attell are just a few of the on air talents you will find to keep you in stitches. For those of you are looking for something just a bit edgier, you won’t want to miss out on Howard Stern.

If you can’t get enough of news and information about your favorite sports team, you will certainly want to take advantage of the opportunity to tune in to the numerous sports channels. Receive game alerts and tune in for the most exciting games of the day with coverage of everything from college sports to horse racing.

Compared to satellite television subscriptions, satellite radio subscriptions are highly affordable. For a very minor investment (check with your provider) per month you can make sure that you receive crystal clear broadcasting regardless of where you may happen to travel. New technological advances have even made it possible now for you to take your satellite radio receiver with you, even when you are not in the car; making satellite radio even more advantageous.