Single ladies, put your hands up

Single ladies, put your hands up
AVERAGE GUY: Mr Terry Chua says he hopes to get a girlfriend by Christmas to show that the “average guy” can do it too.

He is 24 years old, and has never had a girlfriend. So what's a guy to do?

In Mr Terry Chia's case, it's taking to YouTube to sell his virtues as a potential boyfriend to all the single ladies.

In the 2½-minute video, titled I'm looking for a girlfriend!, the chap earnestly lists why he would be a good boyfriend, talks about getting attached, and asks viewers for tips to improve his chances.

"I hope to find a girlfriend by Christmas this year, so that I can prove to everyone that an average guy can have a girlfriend like everyone else," he says in the clip, which calls for interested applicants to leave a comment and has a link to his Facebook account.

Does Mr Chia's YouTube gambit make him Singapore's bravest bachelor - or the most desperate?

Going by the reactions to his heartfelt video, it's probably a combination of both.

Many of those who have seen the clip praised him for his bravery and sincerity, with some offering advice and encouragement.

But several others left snide remarks.

And despite the video getting about 19,000 views since it was uploaded on July 25, Mr Chia has yet to find a girlfriend.

One netizen took the opportunity to reflect on "picky" Singaporean girls: "12,000 viewers and not one girl take up your offer... wahhhh....Singaporean girl really picky these days (sic)."

SHY AND STAMMERS

Mr Chia, an assistant producer in a production company for the past two months, reckons his extreme shyness may be the reason that he is still single.

"The last time I really made a move on a girl was when I was in secondary school. I had a crush on her and wrote her a note, but she never wrote back.

"Since then, I've never really dared to ask a girl out," he said in a phone interview with The New Paper.

The Shatec graduate, who studied hospitality management and lives with his parents, thinks he doesn't have "very good qualities".

"When I'm nervous, I tend to stammer. I also talk in circles, taking some time before getting to the point. That can be a little frustrating for girls," admitted Mr Chia, who has a younger brother.

He has tried a dating app, but gave up after two days. He did not receive any responses and was too shy to make the first move.

He also considered matchmaking agencies, but they were too expensive.

A few weeks ago, his colleagues mooted the idea of creating a video to help him get a girlfriend.

Initially, he was apprehensive.

"I thought people might think: 'Looks so average, still wants to show himself on camera,'" he said.

But his colleagues' encouragement helped him put his fears aside. "I'm not very good at editing and filming, so they helped me with it," he said, adding that the bedroom backdrop in the video was in his company, Writemind Productions.

His boss and colleagues have been supportive as they want him to find happiness, he said.

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