Asian, Civilisations, Museum – A Definition of Terms

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So I suppose it’s time to spill the beans. On 1 September, I will take the helm as the Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. It is a magnificent museum, and I am privileged and excited to be taking … Continue reading

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London, or New Beginnings

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A few posts ago, I wrote of my restlessness and my desire to wander; and my deep yearning for faraway places, for family and old friends. In the last three months or so, I have been doing exactly what I said … Continue reading

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Palermo – Splendours of Arab-Norman-Byzantine Culture

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Long before Dream Of A City and my fascination with port cities in Asia, I had been enamoured of the art and the architecture of the Middle East, particularly of the cities that sat at the intersections of Islamic and … Continue reading

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Shanghai, or The Consolations of Travel and Family

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I have found that when one is at a turning point – floating in that uncertain space between what has come and what will be – the best consolation, indeed the best panacea, is travel. Particularly if it is travel … Continue reading

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New York City, or When does Home stop being Home?

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This past week, I’ve been in New York City. Somewhat surreptitiously, I’ll admit. I only told a handful of people I was there. And I (deliberately) failed to meet a whole bunch of people I used to know.  I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Historic Hakodate Waterfront (and Hotel New Hakodate)

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The Port and Historic Waterfront in Hakodate also contains a high concentration of historic buildings from the city’s Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, and is well-worth a walk. The highlight of the historic Waterfront is the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses … Continue reading

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A Stroll through Motomachi, Hakodate

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Motomachi 元町 is the erstwhile Foreign Settlement in the Treaty Port city in Hakodate. Even today, it contains many examples of well-preserved buildings from the Treaty Port era. Like the other foreign settlements we’ve encountered on the Japanese leg of … Continue reading

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