Monthly Archives: January 2012

That Surreal “Zone” between Leaving One City and Arriving at Another

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I’m in the “zone” again. That transitional state of mind just before I leave London for New York.  It usually starts a couple of days before I’m due to fly, and doesn’t end till I’m spat out rudely onto the … Continue reading

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The Apparent Britishness of Quintessential Britain

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Ok, I admit I am a bit of an Anglophile.  But then, who isn’t?  Just recall the millions of people worldwide who tuned in to last year’s Royal Wedding.  (I didn’t. But I was in New York at the time … Continue reading

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On London’s Diversity

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After a week in Berlin, I’m back at my friend’s flat in Hackney, East London, where I’m staying for the duration of my time here. The flat is in an old, Georgian building, just off Clarence Road. This was the … Continue reading

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IKEA and the Globalisation of Home, or The Same Couch in Berlin and Singapore

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Quite by coincidence, my friends here in Berlin have the same IKEA couch that I used to have in my apartment in Singapore in 2009.  And so I have this strange feeling, sitting on the couch and tapping away on … Continue reading

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Berlin’s Bleak Majesty

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There is a certain bleak majesty to Berlin. You feel this immensely when you walk alone at night through the streets.  It’s raining and freezing cold.  Barely illumined by the streetlights, the buildings look imposing, imperial, impenetrable.  You can see … Continue reading

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Dream Of A City 2011… Summer (夏)

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This is the second part of my Best of 2011 – a dash at break-neck speed through New York, Boston, Provincetown, London, Berlin, Singapore, Shanghai, Suzhou…. in search of some deeper purpose to life. My journey ended at an ancient … Continue reading

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Dream Of A City 2011… Spring (春)

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In the last 12 months, I have travelled constantly and obsessively, attempting to re-capture moments from my past, and to experience new places and phenomena. During the same period, I have also restlessly shuttled between three cities that I called … Continue reading

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On Killing Time

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The one thing about travelling on one’s own, or in my case, returning to places I once lived in or visited to catch up with old friends, is that one is very often by oneself, with too much time on … Continue reading

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Home is in the Little Things

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Or, to put it in vernacular terms: Home is really your stuff. Since I haven’t actually had a place to call my own this past year, my sense of home is invested in the stuff that I own (and have … Continue reading

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In search of London circa Aug 2011 in LoNDoN circa Jan 2012

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7 days into 2012, and I find myself preparing to travel again. This time, it’s back to London for a short stay, four months after I packed my bags (and my life) up and said goodbye to it. It’s weird … Continue reading

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