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Her sponsors have got her covered
by Gerald Goh


Talk about living every woman's fashion fantasy.

Local radio station 987 DJ Rosalyn Lee doesn't have to fret about shopping as her favourite sports-apparel brand adidas supplies most of her wardrobe.

"They've been so generous and supportive when it comes to dressing me up for events and photo shoots," she told The New Paper, adding that she receives a "four-figure sum" worth of adidas attire each year.

Lee, 32, also counts Swedish fashion giant H&M and British multi-national clothes retailer Topshop among her sponsors.

As with many DJs, Lee's monthly salary - which she puts in the "high $2,000 and low $3,000" bracket - is largely supplemented by fees from hosting external engagements.

She said: "Due to my erratic income, my CPF (Central Provident Fund) statement looks weird at times.

"I can host as many as two events a week, or as few as four events a month. And the fee for an event can range from $1,000 to $5,000."

Lee, whose parents have died, lives with her brother in a four-room HDB flat in Geylang.

They have no plans to upgrade their residence any time soon, she said.

Lee is also no spendthrift when it comes to dining.

No need for posh food

"I don't need to eat posh cuisine, but I really can't eat food that tastes bad," she said.

"I'm just as happy with a good $4 bak kut teh soup as I would be eating something that costs a bomb.

"I have a cap of $200 for each meal, regardless of the occasion."

Lee recommended the Tippling Club at Dempsey Road as an example of how to have a classy, unique meal without breaking the bank.

"You can get a meal (for one) with five to 10 courses for under $200," she said.

"What's more, each course comes with a unique cocktail that's specially mixed by their in-house mixologist."

Lee admitted that despite having her own set of "financial rules", she still isn't the most disciplined person when it comes to money.

"So, more than three years ago, I took out an insurance policy which 'forced' me to save $500 each month and which will mature only when I'm 45," she revealed.

"I don't believe in investing in stocks and shares...

"At the end of the day, you're meant to have what you're meant to have."

For Lee, this perspective also extends to her love life.

She revealed that she's dating a Singaporean photographer she would identify only as Kevin.

"He's a very flamboyant yet relaxed character. We had many friends in common, but our paths never crossed until March last year.

"We became really fast friends and it just went naturally from there."

Nevertheless, Lee still plans for a future of singlehood, because according to her, "nothing in life is guaranteed".

To illustrate her point, she mentioned a book she had recently read - The Joys Of Doing Things Badly by Veronica Chambers.

The book is about a girl casting off her inhibitions, which had been hampering her ability to live life to the fullest.

She buys a ticket to Hawaii as part of her journey towards liberty, describing it as the "best, happiest debt" she had ever incurred.

And this is a philosophy Lee subscribes to.

"Life is short. Don't hold back," she said.

"If you spend wisely, you can create great happiness for yourself and those whom you hold dear."

This article was first published in The New Paper.


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