But then I always have had an unusual taste in men.

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So at the ripe age of 30, I have given up on trying to find my Mr Right. In Beijing, even the most average Western men are able to attract pretty Chinese girls, who seem to be under the impression that they have all the style and sophistication of Daniel Craig.

As a result, the streets of the city are filled with smug-looking Western guys holding hands with their pint-sized Chinese princesses.

Living as I do in a city as vibrant and bizarre as Beijing has its good points – and its bad.

Although exciting and unpredictable, from its fascinating culture to its mind-bending language, it’s certainly not an ideal place to find long-term love, no matter how beautiful, smart, successful and hilarious you may be.

Give lots of gifts, pay for dinners and, oh yes, remember to acknowledge that the Chinese invented pretty much everything.

However, as in any relationship, small things – which at first made our relationship unique and extraordinary – started to become exasperating after a while.

And I went on three dates with a New Yorker who proudly boasted of a book he kept that contained the names of every woman he’d ever slept with (with scores).

However, unlike the majority of Western women living in China, who watch bitterly as the egos of below-average men swell from the admiring looks of Chinese girls, I took an altogether different approach and chose to date Chinese men instead.

Why do a good majority of Singaporean women think that they have the right to expect everything (money and effort wise) at no expense to themselves?