Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Curious Thing about Starbucks

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Alright, I’ll admit it. I spend a significant amount of my time at Starbucks. Every morning in London, I would get up, rain or shine, shuffle two blocks down to the nearest Starbucks in my flip-flops, PJs and a pullover, … Continue reading

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For All Practical Purposes: Premier Banking Accounts

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Ok, following two weeks of meandering, I think it’s high time I posted some practical information on this blog. So I’m starting a regular column called “For All Practical Purposes,” which will focus on practical issues related to relocation and … Continue reading

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Home is a State of Mind

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“There’s no place like home” because home is a state of mind.  More specifically, home is Jay-Zee’s multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning track, Empire State of Mind. While I was interviewing another friend of mine on what his experience was like relocating … Continue reading

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Journeyings and Visitations

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Dreaming is a kind of spectral journeying.  In the past year, I have dreamed of more than a dozen cities, strange and familiar. These dreams were (ghostly) re-visitations. Like a phantom presence, I re-meandered unnoticed along familiar pathways, water bodies … Continue reading

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Home is Elsewhere

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A friend of mine, speaking on the subject of Home, said that what’s most important to him was flexibility – the ability to just pick up and go anywhere in the world; to be elsewhere easily. As long as he … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of the Divine

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I’m not religious. Not in the least. However, there are some places that spur one into belief; that provide a glimpse of the divine. The ancient Balinese weren’t that far off the mark when they decided to worship their mountain, … Continue reading

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The Quality of the Evocative

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I re-visited Portsdown Road today – where I used to live in Singapore – to wander and to relive memories. The area is a beautiful and rare patch of well-preserved countryside (for lack of a better way of describing it) … Continue reading

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“There’s no place like home” because home is not a place

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One of the earliest conclusions I made about Home this past year was while re-watching the classic motion picture, The Wizard of Oz. In the final scenes of the motion picture, Dorothy Gale of Kansas is told to close her … Continue reading

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“Victims of Globalisation”

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“Victims of globalization” was what a friend / interviewee of mine in Dubai joking-seriously called himself and other latter-day nomads when I interviewed him for a recent research project.  I told him I’m not so sure I agreed completely. I … Continue reading

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A Statement of Purpose

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In the past year and a half I have journeyed extensively and restlessly through a dozen cities to catch up with and interview old friends and their friends, to find out what home meant for them, in the context of … Continue reading

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