Unlock the key to my heart, no?
Many girls, including myself got their hearts unlocked in Lunch Actually's Lock & Key event.
Why was I there?
I was there because I heard about this event from Violet Lim and her PR man David while I was interviewing them for something of a different sort. And so I fell for the fun.
The basic rules: Guys get keys and girls get locks. Guys/girls must not hesitate to find the perfect match to unlock the key to her chastity belt. NOT. Perfect key to the lock more like it. And you must have a minimum of 12 matches before the night bitches at you. Simple as Jack.
There are many parties that do not match up to people's expectations. At first, when I was there, I expected the crowd to be mundane and filled with shy faces. The room proved me wrong, it was happening, crowded, and noisy like a semi-club except they got all that high from drinking just the free-flow of soda and party snacks.
There was a very subtle energy that surrounded the night, many single Chinese girls were parading with personality and bubbly affection. The guys were feeling hot and sexy enough because they were a minority.
However, I feel there's a humongous misconception on LOCK & KEY parties or anything involved with people having to pay to meet other people. These people are not desperados nor are they pathetic. They find that their life has rapidly passed by and here they remain still single and searching for not even the right one, just someone to share the laughter and tears with. A companion for the week, month, be it forever. The issue here is that they are busy working professionals that do not possess the time to pound lines on chicks, talk to friends, or have a social life. Most of them are single and successful individuals that probably have no choice but to put their schedules on hiatus and block their clients for the night just to attend this one event, just so he/she would feel wanted by a person, instead of their work.
After all the running around, I was exhausted but intrigued by the singles out there who still managed to remember more than 12 names of new friends and intermingled from one corner to the other.
I managed to get some facts right from the attendees of the event. Most of them were uncomfortable of revealing their night outs for these events to their relatives or friends because they are merely embarassed of what people think. These individuals spend more time on their desk than going out, they are confident in the office, but once they get to the real world, they have no back-bone of self-confidence or self-esteem. Which is why I think this program is good, it gives them a place of belonging, friends to reconsider, guys/girls to think about when they are busy off at work. I feel that these people do not mind paying RM60 just so that they can bring home memories of fun-filled laughter of shared jokes and conversation. That's my opinion, they aren't just in it for the soulmate search, they are in it to boost their social skills and their lifestyle.
I actually brought a friend along with me. She too is a busy working professional and after all her failed relationships, I figured she needed a breakthrough of fun and excitement. At first, she was giving me grins when we arrived. A few hours later, she was getting her grooves on this pretty good looking guy. And when I witnessed the chemistry between the two and how they they discovered they were working in the same industry, I was so proud of myself for bringing her with me. It felt really HOLLYWOOD to me and no matter how mushy it was, when cliche in movies happen in life, it's as if you're in a dream. It's true. We always say this and that's so cliche in movies, but if these cliche moments hit you, it is much more magnificent compared to your daily dull life.
Anyways I'm going to get cracking on work. Damn, i'm getting a writers block. My mind is slowing down.