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    Arriving in Canada was quite an experience. I was excited to explore the country that’s going to be my new home but sad at the same time since I’m away from my close-knit family. The people that I came with which were also sponsored by the company I worked for, became my close friends. Together we went through the ups and downs of starting a new life in a foreign country but with time we were able to adapt to the new environment, culture and climate!

    The dating idea came in the picture when a friend suggested for me to try online dating since I have just moved to a new city with a new job and does not know anyone in the area. Even though I was not convinced, curiosity got the best of me and signed up for an account. I made my profile as generic as possible since my initial purpose was to just browse through the other profiles to see who is out there. I’ve chatted with quite a number of men but no one really piqued my interest, for me to go out with anyone. I must admit that I am being too guarded because of my fear of getting emotionally hurt.

    I'’ve had the account for over a month when Dan messaged me. I then read his profile and perceived him to be mysterious and intellectual which I find attractive in a man. It also didn’t hurt that the photo that he sent me of himself was that of a good-looking fellow. Through chatting, we discovered similar interests. After a week, he messaged if we can meet in person. Without me thinking things through or weighing the pros and cons, I agreed to see him that night after work. I arrived first at the meet up place then got anxious since I was afraid it’s going to be a disaster. I didn’t know what to expect or what to talk about. It was too late to check google or wikihow for tips! When he showed up, I felt relieved since my first impression of him was that he’s a nice and genuine guy. My inner dialogue beckoned for me to just be myself. Our conversation flowed freely. We talked about everything under the sun. He is also a good listener which I appreciated. There was no awkward moment. I had a great time. He seemed too good to be true.

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