Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

I am a Singaporean born here in 1964.

Singapore is a rich place. No, I’m not talking about money. It is culturally diverse, interesting, vibrant, ever changing, steeped in tradition while always looking ahead.

We’re not just the little Red Dot. We’re like a rubber ball. We’ll keep bouncing, not matter what. We roll with the punches. We make things work.

A few years ago, I started documenting Singapore to capture its diversity – not just Marina Bay Sands, the skyline, the Merlion and such like – but the fullness of what we have. It’s an ongoing project on http://www.streetsingapore.com.

I’ve put a few of my pictures into a video with the classic “Home Truly” and this year’s SG50 song, “Our Singapore.”

I may or may not be here during SG100. If I’m not, raise a toast on my behalf.


Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, wishing you a very blessed birthday. I know you have a penchant for handwritten notes. This is a hybrid. Handwritten and digitised – representing the romanticism of the past and progress for the future.

I also just finished your book, “One Man’s View of the World“. I enjoyed it. I’ll post one man’s review of the book soon. In the meantime, have a fabulous birthday. God bless you. (I know your religious worldview sir, but please indulge me).

Danesh Daryanani, Singapore, 16 September 2013


Google celebrates with you! 

I spent so much of my childhood with him (and Scarry) and I still think he’s genius. Happy Birthday Dr. Suess. Thanks for everything. Here’s a little birthday piece for you 🙂

New day

Good day

Good is day?

Day is good

Bad news

No News

Good News

I like news in bed

I like news in red

Wait? Red news?

Read News

News I read

Read the news

Eating Green Eggs and Ham

With the Cat in the Hat

What’s the news?

There’s a goose on the loose

And a moose in my juice

Happy Birthday Suess.

Happy Birthday Suess!

On Saturday, I got this email that made me very happy:

Dear Danesh

Thank you for entering your play for consideration to Short+Sweet Singapore 2010. We have now finished assessing the scripts that were submitted for our festival.

We are pleased to let you know that your play The Last Birthday Party has been included in the shortlisted plays.

These shortlisted plays have been sent to our Top40 directors.  They are currently in the process of reading through all the scripts and then selecting their preferred plays.  This process should take around a week. Short+Sweet will then make the final allocation of plays to the directors.

We are aiming to have the season finalised by the end of May. We will be in touch with you again later this month, to let you know if your play has been selected by one of the directors for this year’s Short+Sweet Singapore festival.

Kind regards
Nicole Stinton
Festival Director

I was most pleased to receive it because last year, when I took part with another submission, I did not get past the first round. If I get through the final round, my short play will be produced! I’m so excited and really pray that I will be selected.

Will keep you guys posted. You can read more about Short and Sweet, here.

So, I discovered this site (www.joshhosler.biz). The person behind this site has the feature where you can look up the Number One hit single on any date in history back to 1940. These were the singles that was number one on the US Billboard Charts on my birthday, 20th August, since I was born in 1964.

2009            I Gotta Feeling                                                The Black Eyed Peas

2008            Disturbia                                                Rihanna

2007            Beautiful Girls                                                Sean Kingston

2006            London Bridge                                                Fergie

2005            We Belong Together                                    Mariah Carey

2004            Lean Back                                                Terror Squad

2003            Crazy in Love                                                Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z

2002            Dilemma                                                Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland

2001            Fallin’                                                            Alicia Keys

2000            Doesn’t Really Matter                        J            anet

1999            Genie in a Bottle                                    Christina Aguilera

1998            The Boy Is Mine                                    Brandy & Monica

1997            I’ll Be Missing You                                    Puff Daddy & Faith Evans

1996            Macarena [Bayside Boys Mix]                        Los Del Rio

1995            Kiss from a Rose                                    Seal

1994            Stay (I Missed You)                                    Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

1993            Can’t Help Falling in Love                        UB40

1992            End of the Road                                    Boyz II Men

1991            (Everything I Do) I Do It for You            Bryan Adams

1990            Vision of Love Mariah Carey

1989            Right Here Waiting                                    Richard Marx

1988            Roll with It                                                Steve Winwood

1987            Who’s That Girl                                    Madonna

1986            Papa, Don’t Preach                                    Madonna

1985            The Power of Love                                    Huey Lewis & the News

1984            Ghostbusters                                                Ray Parker, Jr.

1983            Every Breath You Take                        The Police

1982            Eye of the Tiger                                    Survivor

1981            Endless Love                                                Diana Ross & Lionel Richie           

1980            Magic                                                            Olivia Newton-John

1979            My Sharona                                                The Knack

1978            Grease                                                            Frankie Valli

1977            Best of My Love                                    The Emotions

1976            Don’t Go Breaking My Heart                        Elton John & Kiki Dee

1975            Fallin’ in Love                                                Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

1974            (You’re) Having My Baby                        Paul Anka with Odia Coates

1973            Brother Louie                                                Stories            Amazon

1972            Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)                        Looking Glass

1971            How Can You Mend a Broken Heart            The Bee Gees

1970            Make It with You                                    Bread

1969            Honky Tonk Women                                    The Rolling Stones

1968            People Got to Be Free                                    The Rascals

1967            Ode to Billie Joe                                    Bobbie Gentry

1966            Summer in the City                                    The Lovin’ Spoonful

1965            I Got You Babe                                    Sonny & Cher

1964            Where Did Our Love Go                        The Supremes