From 13 Years in Education to a Lifetime in Music

I was 19 years old when I signed my scholarship agreement with the Public Service Commision, and from that time until now, I’ve been a civil servant, serving my whole career with the Ministry of Education as an Education Officer. If not for the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to pursue my University studies in Mathematics and Music. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. I will also be grateful for my 13 years as an Education Officer, and having the privilege of experiencing 5 very different and challenging postings. At each stop, there was so much to learn, so many wonderful people to meet, so many difficult situations to overcome. Not everything was perfect and not everything went smoothly of course, but I believe that everything, good or bad, happened for a reason. For this, I will choose to be grateful. 

Many people have asked me, why I chose to walk away from a seemingly promising career in public service. My answer is, I simply reached a point where I had to. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe strongly in education, in giving back to society and remembering one’s roots, but there is also more to life than just cruising and doing what one can do. I felt that it was time I made a stand and choose to do what I was meant to do. 

Ever since the first day, I wanted to write music. I might not have been the most talented or accomplished musician in my batch, but I knew that I enjoyed having my own musical voice. I might not be Mozart or Beethoven, but I needed to explore what Lennie had within him, the message that he had to share with Singapore and the world. I honestly do not know if I’ll ever be a success in this area, but I do know that if I didn’t give myself the opportunity and time to grow and develop in this area, I would regret when I come to the end of my journey on this earth. 

The transition between having a stable income and an unpredictable one has been hard. For sure, I expected that it would not be an easy one. But I am extremely grateful for the people around me, my friends and family who have rallied behind me, to encourage and support me. You all are the wind beneath my wings. Thank you!

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