Monthly Archives: November 2011

城市与艺术 Art and the City

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I love art, and I love cities. As a cultural policy-maker in a past life, my role was to examine how art could be used to transform cities, and to apply what I uncovered to Singapore. I loved my job. … Continue reading

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Journeyings and Visitations II – Unstable Places

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Over the holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to reflect upon time, upon travel, and on my journeying this past year. What I discovered was that I am often struck by places of instability and ambiguity, in which the past … Continue reading

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On Time-travelling

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I’ve always been anxious about time.  I can’t sit still without hearing it whirring past me inexorably. And I stress myself out with thoughts like: Am I spending my time right? Should I be doing something else more useful with … Continue reading

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The Subtle Contradictions of Williamsburg, New York

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It would be painfully apparent by now that I live in Williamsburg, New York. A place more commonly known as hipster nirvana.  For those of you who don’t know what a “hipster” is (or for those of who are “hipster” … Continue reading

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A Note about Food and Service: London vs New York

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OK, so here’s the thing. I’m tired of New Yorkers, Londoners, and just about everybody else telling me that New York has better food, better service and cheaper prices than London.  Because that is just nonsense.  London has much better … Continue reading

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The Colours of the High Line

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Have I mentioned I love the High Line in New York? Because I do. I can’t get enough of it, this Emerald Road to nowhere, floating like an ersatz Garden of Eden above the post-industrial landscape of Chelsea and the … Continue reading

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The Why and How of Travel

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Over the weekend, I finished reading celebrity philosopher, Alain de Botton’s (2002) excellent book, The Art of Travel. In it, he very humorously and counter-intuitively examines why and how we travel, using his own experience, and excerpts from travel narratives … Continue reading

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Home is a Non-place

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Marc Augé (1995), in his seminal book Non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity, sheds light on the concept of “non-places,” noting that: “[i]f a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which … Continue reading

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The Middle East… and Dubai الشرق الاوسط … و دبي

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Since my late teens, I have had an enduring fascination with the Middle East, particularly its art, architecture and urban landscape. Every year, I make a pilgrimage, of sorts, to Dubai. The intent is to see how it’s changed, while … Continue reading

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茶之忧,人之欢 The Simple Pleasures of Drinking Tea

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OK, maybe it’s ‘cos I’m Chinese (by descent). But I can’t get through the day without a few cups of tea. Not just any tea, mind you. Chinese tea. From China. I’m less likely to have other varieties as they … Continue reading

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