Today, I was at Radio 1003 in the late afternoon for the first time to attend an interview that was conducted in a radio show entitled “It is Sunday”. In Chinese, the program’s name is “就是星期天” and is hosted by Wilson Ng (黄伟胜). The program’s time slot is 5pm to 8pm every Sunday.
Radio 1003 is a Chinese radio station and I admit I was quite apprehensive at first to be on national radio because I have always thought I would be expected to speak in total Mandarin. I haven’t been conversing in proper Mandarin for eons and most of the time, similar to most Singaporeans, I would use a mix of Mandarin and English to talk to my friends and colleagues. If I were to use a single language, I would certainly prefer English. Luckily, the program, as explained to me Wilson Ng, is one that is quite laidback and hence it is acceptable for me if I were to speak via a mix of Mandarin with English. Phew!
I thought this interview was a one off thing. During our meeting before the show, Wilson had a proposal for me which I have agreed to it, that is to be part of the same show for the next three weeks until the end of this month. So, if you have missed this afternoon’s program, you can still tune in next Sunday!
I guess the interview this evening was a good opportunity for me to promote the gardening interest, as well as, Green Culture Singapore, a website and discussion forum which had been set up as a convenient platform for Singaporeans to share and learn about gardening.
During the show this afternoon, I have also shared with listeners about the Community in Bloom, which is a National Parks Board’s initiative to promote community gardening. As most of you are already aware, I am a keen supporter of the Community in Bloom because it really gives people like me who are highrise apartment dwellers a chance to garden in the open. A large part of the program this time was also to introduce me to the listeners too.
Lastly, I have also requested a photograph to be taken with the host of the program and here you have it, a picture of two Wilsons!
Many thanks to Wilson Ng from Radio 1003 for this opportunity! Also many thanks to my friends whom I knew tuned in to the radio show and for giving me their support, namely, Andy, Cheow Kheng, Swee Imm, Linus, Seng, Lam Foong and Yao Dong!