Since the demise of Reddifusion Singapore, Gran has been having the withdrawal symptoms.
“The house is so quiet.’ She complained.
I said I’ll get her a radio so at least she can listen to FM958. ‘They have Teochew news.’ I told her.
‘Do they have stories, songs in Hokkien or Teochew? I am not interested in news,’ said the very particular old lady.
‘Okay, I shall buy you CDs,’ I promised her.
I didn’t know where to start. I have not bought a CD for a very long time. I thought the best place would be the CD shop at Bras Basah Complex.
Mike and I made our way there yesterday. They only have Teochew Operas in DVD. Desperate, I whatsapp-ed a friend, P, who grew up in Sago Lane. Bingo. She directed me to the shop above CK at Chinatown.
There, I managed to grab all the Hokkien songs Granny requested – Chen Jin Lang 陈金浪 and Wang Sa Ye Fong VCD. Gran also specially requested 雪梅思君 and 十二莲花. I was impressed she could tell me the song titles, and even more impressed with myself for understanding what she said in Teochew.
Last night, at a pasar malam in Toa Payoh, we managed to buy some Teochew CDs. Only just now, Mike also managed to find 陈澍城Chen Shu Chen’s Teochew CD at ebay. So Gran should be pleased.
Mike told me in the car. ‘Let me copy the songs into MP3 for myself first before you pass to your Grandma.’
I looked at him in mock horror. ‘You and I are really from different generations.’
He laughed. ‘Yes, I am more your Grandma’s generation.’