Category Archives: Singapore

METAMORPHOSIS 变形记 II – WAITING 等待… PRESENCE 自我… BUTTERFLY 蝴蝶…

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I’m ready. I’m ready to emerge from the chrysalis. Inside the paper-thin membrane, my caterpillar-form has begun to self-digest, reducing itself into pulp… into nutrient soup. But in the midst of this primordial goop, identity markers remain. Imaginal discs, they … Continue reading

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Secret Geometries, or Re-acquainting Myself with this Personal Universe called HOME

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It’s been five weeks since the so-called “Circuit Breaker” in Singapore. For 34 whole days, I’ve sat at home, mostly alone – except for the virtual meetings for work, and the (far more enjoyable) virtual drinks with friends and family. … Continue reading

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Fashioning a Brand-New, Benign (World) Order

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What a difference a month and a bit makes! In late February, when I wrote my previous post, I had just returned from Mexico, anticipating change but hopeful that life would go on, more or less, with some, but not … Continue reading

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Edging towards RAPTURE

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I’m almost there. I can feel it. …clarity on what I want, who I am, who I will be in the years I come – what I will pursue, creatively, intellectually, socially, perhaps even romantically… I’ve been going around in … Continue reading

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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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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 FACTS OF LIFE – 4. MORNING

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  THE FACTS OF LIFE was initially conceived as a concept album, like my other concept album, DREAM OF A CITY, after which this blog was named. The idea was to write songs about life, love, the universe and everyday … Continue reading

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SEASON OF CHINESE ART: Guo Pei – Chinese Art & Couture, June 2019

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Last Tuesday (5 March), I did my first-ever Media Conference in Mandarin in the Chinese capital, Beijing, with China’s foremost couturière, Guo Pei, or 郭培老师,as I call her. Yes indeed, the news is out that Asian Civilisations Museum is partnering … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 2. E.M.P.T.Y.

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So here we are. The second track of the “album”, THE FACTS OF LIFE, is this (also) unabashedly romantic little electro-pop-rock ditty, written for those moments of exquisite loneliness when one is head over heels in love and missing the … Continue reading

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