My Weekend

Veronica Young, a popular singer in Singapore in the 1960s, enjoys bowling and cooking on weekends.
Veronica Young, a popular singer in Singapore in the 1960s, enjoys bowling and cooking on weekends.ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN

Veronica Young, 67, was one of the most popular female singers in Singapore in the 1960s.

Married to a retired French engineer, she has been living in Rancogne in south-western France since the late 1980s, but comes back regularly to visit family and friends, as well as to perform.

The mother of two recently became a grandmother for the first time.

She will perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall tonight with other 1960s stars such as Vernon Cornelius and The Checkmates, who like her, were crowd-pullers at the now-defunct music club Golden Venus.

The gig, titled Stars Of The Golden Venus, is part of A Date With Friends, the Esplanade's annual festival for senior citizens (see Gigs Picks).

What is a typical weekend for you?

It would depend on the season and what the weather is like in France.

I am part of a bowling team and we take part regularly in tournaments on weekends and these can happen either in our town or somewhere several hours' drive away.

Did you continue singing when you moved to France?

In the early 1990s, I sang with a group of musicians on weekends. We would sing in English and French.

But at that time, my kids were still young and sometimes the shows were in venues five, six hours' drive away.

It took up too much of my time so that lasted only about a year.

What would be a good weekend for you?

A good weekend is when I have my two children and granddaughter come over to our house.

I will cook for them.

I can whip up many local dishes, anything from char siew bao to mee siam and laksa.

I also cook French dishes such as pot-au-feu, a type of beef stew commonly eaten in winter.

We have a garden where we grow produce such as chestnuts.

When I need specific ingredients for the Asian dishes that I cannot get in my town, we drive more than an hour to Bordeaux or Limoges, which has Chinese stores.

Eddino Abdul Hadi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 06, 2015, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe