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METAMORPHOSIS, or The Garden

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Something is happening to me. These past few months I’ve been spinning a silk skein around myself; enveloping myself within a cocoon. Inside it, change is afoot. Just what change, it is impossible to fathom at this stage, not even … 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 – 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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Resolution for 2019: Instigate Subversive Beauty All Around Me

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2018 has been an extremely challenging year. Despite all, I have somehow managed, this year, to always carry myself with a sense of purpose, duty and positivity, smiling and laughing through the many lunches, dinners, drinks, meetings, tours, speeches I’ve … Continue reading

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RE-PRESENTING SOUTHEAST ASIA – Asian Civilisations Museum’s Year of Southeast Asia 2018/19

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It so happens I wrote another manifesto for the museum earlier this year, this time to explain our “YEAR OF SOUTHEAST ASIA 2018/19” – the why and how of our focus on Southeast Asia, and the approach we took in … Continue reading

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