Blind Date: Candice and Michael reveal the moment they realised there was no spark


Candice, 41, says:

I have called Australia home for 11 years. I’m originally from a small island off the north-west coast of Canada. I have never been set up for a blind date before, so I thought, why not give it a go!

I was nervous before my date so I had a drink to calm my nerves. Once we sat and got chatting, I felt more comfortable.

Our first question to each other was: “How did you end up here?”

Camera Icon‘No spark’: Candice. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

For me, it was on a girls’ trip. I was reading the paper and saw the Blind Date column so I wrote in. I had actually forgotten about it and then got an email to take part. It was mostly small chat from there, surface-level type stuff. What we do for work, kids etc. I have two children a little younger than his. I did appreciate how he respectfully spoke about his situation. One of the biggest turn-offs is when your date is bitter about the past and their ex.

We ordered some food and drinks. I had the pork belly and offered to share because he only ordered some pumpkin but he mentioned he was on a diet. That was when I realised there was no spark — who says no to pork on a fork?

I’ve come off all the dating apps as I personally find them exhausting. I also feel like majority of people are on there just looking for something casual.

This was a nice date with a nice atmosphere. He was very easy to talk with and there weren’t any awkward silences. But it was nothing really deep.

Given it was our first date maybe that is how it is supposed to go? I guess with Tinder and Bumble you get a lot of that out of the way beforehand so when you finally meet up you know more about each other.

When the date ended, we exchanged numbers. I gave him mine and he called me straight away so I had his. I made a joke that he was making sure I didn’t give him a fake number. I sent him a text when I got home to say thank you for the date but have not heard anything back from him. I get the feeling I am not really his type. To be honest, he also wasn’t my usual type.

Rating: 7/10

Michael, 38, says:

I arrived at the restaurant for the blind date about 10 minutes early. I was pretty nervous. It is confronting meeting someone for the first time and having zero idea about who they are, but it is always good to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new.

Candice was lovely. She had such a bubbly personality and was friendly. We sat down, ordered some drinks and got chatting – the conversation flowed really well.

Candice is very interesting. She comes from a small town in Canada and has a lot of life experience and good stories. She strikes me as a very genuine and down-to-earth woman.

‘On a diet’: Michael.
Camera Icon‘On a diet’: Michael. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

I ordered some roast pumpkin for dinner. I’ve been busy recently with selling/buying another home and have been having a little too much Uber Eats and straying from my usual diet of tuna, rice and vegetables so I was trying to be good. Staying fit is a big part of my life. I’m into bodybuilding and taking care of my health.

Candice and I have similar outlooks on life – work hard, play hard. Life is worth living. We both enjoy the outdoors so we bonded over getting out and exploring. She did mention it was a little harder with two children and I can relate as I also have a son.

I usually date women younger than me — around their late 20s and early 30s. So it was a new experience going out with someone older.

I walked her to her Uber and we exchanged numbers. I don’t think anything will happen from here though. The date was great and Candice was great but I just felt that the spark was missing.

Rating: 9/10

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