Category Archives: Literature & Philosophy

Change, Connection and Care

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Two months into Phase Two, things are not what they had seemed to be… For starters, it’s now clear that the virus is not going away any time soon, and the “new normal” that is emerging is one that is … Continue reading

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Resolution for (the Rest of) 2020 – Read More, Write More and Give More Thanks

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Having recently emerged from a lockdown, I’ve found myself actually missing those days spent at home alone, leisurely exploring my own private universe. As much as I missed being at the museum and my office, I have – surprisingly – … Continue reading

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CLOSURE & DISCLOSURE – Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

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These past two weeks I’ve been hiding away in my own personal, private, solitary retreat in Bali, thinking through all that has happened in 2019 (and before). To tell the truth, I needed to go away. The work had become … Continue reading

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Glimpses of EPIPHANY

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In the last post, I waxed lyrical about Rapture and Epiphany. I suggested that the latter was something that could be man-made, precipitated through (careful) design and curatorial, in the context of an exhibition at the Museum. That much is … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 14. WAITING

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  WAITING is the only track on the 2019 version of the album that I did not master. It sounds exactly as it did 10 years ago and I’m completely pleased with it. The song is a straight-up, throw-back, soft-rock … Continue reading

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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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Tsundoku 積ん読, or the Elegant, Obsessive Art of Book-Hoarding

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So in the spirit of balance, I thought I’d post something completely frivolous, and almost nothing to do whatsoever with work.  Well, almost… I’m an incurable bookworm, and a TOTAL geek.  There’s nothing I like more than curling up in … 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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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 8. MASOCHISTIC

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In 2010 – almost 10 years ago now – I was at a sort of crossroads in my life, on the professional, personal and creative fronts. Feeling completely lost and unsure as to where I was headed, I threw myself … 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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