#51 – Rina

Remember Eevil Midget from date number 45? She became date 51 as well. I met her outside Chilango on Upper St for the penultimate time. I really have become a damn fine burrito eater, I must have eaten between 100 and 150 of the meet, beans, rice, salsa, cheese, sour-cream, lettuce and guacamole – 1,000 calorie burritos (guesstimate)! And today was my best yet. Not one bit spilled out and I only needed to use one napkin! The same can’t be said for Rina, who resorted to eating the burrito with her fingers, that’s the first time that’s happened!

Rina is the girl from the Philippines, attractive, outgoing, into art, works in advertising and almost as mad about Social Media as I am. I’ve got more followers than her though, which I don’t think she likes. We met once since our last date, but have Tweeted, emailed and text-ed as well. And while we hit it off on the date, it didn’t develop in cyberspace as well as I had hoped. But I guess I was keen to give it another date to see if there was something more than friends.

We talked Social Media and work. One of the things I like about Rina is all the fun stuff she does outside of work, for example this weekend she is working of the Becks Pub / Art Crawl in Shoreditch.

Dan from Lucky Voice, the Karaoke place, got in touch a few weeks ago. They do private booths and so it seemed like the perfect post burrito date activity. Singing isn’t something that I’ve ever done well, it wasn’t going to be my comfort zone. But I felt I knew Rina a little bit already and wasn’t worried if my voice didn’t impress her.

Rina on the other hand could sing. We ordered a couple of whiskeys and she got the ball rolling with The Sundays. I sang a couple of old staples like Westlife’s Mandy and Elvis’s In The Getto. We dueted on Wheetus’ Teenage Dirtbag and The Killers’ Mr. Brightside. An hour and a half had passed before we knew it.

She used to sing in church as a kid in the Philippines. I used to do the same in Ireland. They must have better singing priests in the Philippines. Rina thought I could sing, I just needed to try a little harder. I told her it’s that kind of support that leads to deluded tone deaf appearing on X-Factor. I won’t be trying harder. But I would do this kind of date again, if I had discovered Lucky Voice on Upper St. earlier on in the Burrito Dating adventure, I would have used it more often.

There were moments in the booth when I thought differently, you know the feeling when you’re singing face to face with a girl the lyrics ‘It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss’… but walking Rina to the tube at the end of the date it was clear to me that this burrito dating episode wouldn’t have a romantic ending. Ah well, we tried.

So, 1 to go. I’ve pencilled it in for next Wednesday but I haven’t organised a date yet. I have been trying to finish with a splash, dating someone famous. You know like, if you could have a burrito date with anyone in the world, who would it be type of finale. No joy as yet, I’ll keep ya posted.

Vote for Rina!


5 responses to “#51 – Rina

  1. I appear to have an apple growing out of my head in this photo 🙂

    Ah Fitz. Thanks for the fun karaoke session. I am sorry if it didn’t have the romantic ending you wanted, but surely it’s all about romantic beginnings, and the best stories are always about the long play. In any case, you must have known that I am currently #chasingcavill: http://rinabelle.blogs.com/eevilmidget/2011/04/henrycavill.html

    Also, I was amused that you wanted the offline chemistry to be more prominent in cyberspace! Well, be careful what you ask for 🙂

    Good luck with the Final Burrito Babe. Though I have a sneaky suspicion that I’ll still see you around Londontown again.


  2. So Fitz, the question is, is there gonna be a burrito party to celebrate the end of this thing with all the babes?

    Also (and of much less interest to me), what will become of you now? How will you fill the coming year? Do you have any other adventures planned?

    I want answers dear man!

  3. As for the apple, obviously Mr Tell-it-all wanted to add an symbolic extra layer of folklore.

  4. Shame 51 turned out to be celebrity obsessed (and thinks she will meet the actor who will fall in love with her) Richard maybe for your final date you can meet henry cavill? you might be in with a better chance than 51..

  5. I love the courage of anonymous comments.

    @fitzyrichard Rather amusing that ‘anonymous hmm comment’ seems to have forgotten that you too are looking for a celebrity for Date #52.

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