So there are calls for Lee Kuan Yew’s home to be turned into a heritage site.
As always, I’ve got a better idea, ladies and gentlemen: Oxley Cultural Centre (OCC).
OCC will be an arts and cultural centre at which artists will stay at for residencies between a month to three months.
It’ll follow the same concept as Toji Cultural Centre, where I had such a fruitful time during my residency back in 2013.
Food and lodging will be provided by the OCC, which will have a National Arts Council-appointed manager/administrator to handle finance matters, maintenance arrangements, residency rosters, events such as poetry readings, etc; a part-time chef to provide lunches and dinners for the artists; and other support staff, where required.
After all, Lee was always one for pragmatism. Putting 38 Oxley to practical purpose – as the OCC, in higher service of the nation – would’ve been what he’d’ve wanted.
Find out more about the Toji Cultural Foundation, and read what others have to say about their Toji Cultural Centre residency experiences.
I didn’t have anything textual or visual to add to the conversation.
Listen to it here on YouTube.
Interestingly, none of the artists that came to mind when creating it were Singaporean…
My take: When it comes to romance, neither of you is expected to give up your life for the other.
Your individual careers and hobbies are important too; you need to be whole yourself before you become part of a whole.
But the conventional wisdom is: if you really like someone, you’ll make the effort and give them time – in a reasonable quantity, but with maximum quality.
So you should be spending enough time together, and having a great experience while you’re at it.
At the end of the day, though, you can’t base relationships solely on what happens when you’re together. Because they’re also about what happens when you’re apart.
You still have to keep in touch – although this is subjective.
What is reasonable for some may be anathema for others; X may want an update every hour, on the hour, while Y may be comfortable with a daily summary.
This is where compromise begins, but if it ends there, then it is what it is.
And – as always – if it’s not happening, it probably ain’t gonna happen.