Category Archives: Art & Architecture

Of Navels and Navel-Gazing – the Question of Singapore Identity in the Global Context

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I had the privilege today to be invited to deliver the Opening Remarks at the National Museum of Singapore’s international Symposium, ENCOUNTERS & CONNECTED HISTORIES: PRELUDE TO 1819, which the museum has organised in support of its new special exhibition, … Continue reading

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Summer is ending, and I feel closure approaching just around the corner, almost at my fingertips. As it happens, I have more song “demos” than there are months remaining in 2019. So I’ve got to speed up the “release” of … Continue reading

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Clarity & Authenticity – 3 Years at the Helm of Asian Civilisations Museum

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Time flies! It seems like only yesterday I made the one-year mark as Director of Asian Civilisations Museum. As 1 September 2019 came and went two weeks ago, just like that… without fanfare… I hit the THREE-YEAR mark as Director. … Continue reading

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Light… Blindness… Clarity…

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June and July have seen me travel extensively… for work and for leisure. Everywhere I went this Summer, I encountered the “Heatwave” – extraordinarily hot temperatures that are undoubtedly a result of climate change; weather that saw the barometer rise … Continue reading

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The Difference between Happiness, Fulfillment & Pleasure (or the Trials of being a Museum Director)

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A couple of days ago a colleague of mine asked me what had been the happiest day of my life since becoming a Museum Director, and I said that I couldn’t really remember what that was. I said that perhaps … Continue reading

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Cape of Good Hope, or Reflecting on What Comes Next

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In April I travelled to Cape Town to spend some time with friends and family. That trip would turn out to be the first real vacation since I took on my job as the Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III – Epilogue, and Journey’s End

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So this is it.  Two and a half years later, I’m finally here posting my Epilogue to THE GRAND TOUR III – PORT AND PRINCELY CITIES OF THE SUBCONTINENT. Unlike the first two Grand Tours, which took a year and … Continue reading

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