Women sent another warning to guys: Don’t skimp on proposal events. Thirty-four women said they don’t want to feel as though their men tried to keep costs to a minimum.
Take our first anonymous woman, a 30-year-old office worker called Kim. On Valentine’s Day last year, her boyfriend of one year told her he wanted to take her somewhere special. She had been considering marrying him and Kim sensed he was about to pop the question.
But, alas, her expectations only bred disappointment. Kim was led to a cheap motel, where girls who looked to be at least 10 years younger than she were hanging out in the lobby. She broke up with him right away. The man had prepared flowers and wine inside a room, but Kim was convinced this was no occasion to skimp on the finances.
Speaking of money, we have one more message for men. Diamonds are indeed a girl’s best friend. In our survey, 61 women said they would like a diamond ring as part of the proposal package, compared to just 19 men who said they thought a diamond ring was appropriate.
Do be sure you check out the handy chart at the end of the article. For example, 35 men surveyed said they considered "hiding the ring in food" as the best proposal, whereas 21 women ranked it the worst.
So I'm relieved that I'm with someone from the other side of the Sea of Japan. But it does raise the question, what are all these young women buying for their men? I mean, if he's putting down thousands of dollars for a ring that will be forgotten in a few months, what type of expensive engagement gifts are women buying for him? Sorry, "vagina" doesn't count.
Tangentially related, but last month I ranked some of the most hated English phrases in Korea, and gave "propose" an honorable mention. Some people didn't get that inclusion, so here's a recent example from Baskin Robbins:
I have no idea what it's suppposed to mean.