Goodbye Lush 99.5

Like many in Singapore, I read the news with heavy heart.

In a Facebook post on 17th July:

Lush 99.5FM will be stopping transmission on 31st August at 1159pm after 13 years.

(Yes, the irony of reading this on Facebook is not lost on me.)

I loved this station for being a tastemaker, for crafting an identity that is the antithesis of mainstream radio. It had a bold voice, and it used that voice to build a community around the creative arts. Lush 99.5 championed the arts and local music more than any of us did.

It’s sad that Mediacorp Radio cannot recognise that, and even if they did, they couldn’t find any other way to preserve that unique voice.

It’s sadder that in an industry supported by airtime sales, there just isn’t enough advertisers who wants to target this community of listeners and fans who appreciate good taste in music and arts.

Saddest still, we will be forced to put up with the remaining stations, with lowest-common-denominator music tastes, interjected by the meaningless chatter of bland, bottom-of-the-barrel disc jockeys.

Goodbye, Lush 99.5. It’s been a great 13 years. You will be sorely missed.

Goodbye Lush 99.5

A New Era

The past seven days were emotional for many Singaporeans.

The Singapore community in Hong Kong gathered today for the State Funeral Service. I heard Singlish spoken, and they served us pandan cake and even gave us packets of tissue paper. It was rather comforting being around fellow Singaporeans today as it almost felt like home.

I got emotional just thinking about how my life and the lives of millions of other Singaporeans benefitted from his life’s work.

His dedication to his life’s work is truly inspiring. You could say he was Singapore’s first entrepreneur, and our 50-year old nation was the start-up. As a CEO, he walked the talk, rolled up his sleeves, and worked tirelessly for his employees’ and their future.

Today we celebrated his life and everything he worked for, and we mourned and grieved that he is no longer around as the guiding light. As an era in Singapore history ended, a new one began. It’s time to move on, as he would have wanted us to, and look forward to tomorrow. His legacy lives in every one of us.

Here’s to another 50 years, Singapore. Majulah Singapura.

A New Era

Joie de Vivre

“You begin your journey not knowing where it will take you. You have plans, you have dreams, but every now and then, you have to take unchartered roads, face impassable mountains, cross treacherous rivers, be blocked by landslides and earthquakes.

That’s the way my life has been…

I’m grateful that I got where I am, happy that I’ve made a contribution to many people, and reassured I’ve selected a team of people to keep Singapore going…

At the end of the day, all I have cherished are human relationships. Your worldly wealth you can’t take with you, your life has been lived.

It is the friends you have made, your family ties, which sustain your spirit with a certain warmth and comfort.

So you cannot say that you plan your whole life. And that’s why I feel life is an adventure; exciting, unpredictable, and at times exhilarating.

What is crucial is never lose the joie de vivre. That zest for life, to watch the sun go down and wake up to a new day rested and refreshed after a good night.”

Lee Kuan Yew, 2003

Goodnight, Mr Lee.