Category Archives: Museums

THE FACTS OF LIFE – 12. GLOWING

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In the mid-2000s, I took a trip with some old friends – the same ones who would live in Dubai later – to Barcelona, Lisbon and Marrakesh. It was to be a rather memorable trip if only because I came … 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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Finding Balance – A 3-Point Action Plan

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It’s been a gruelling few weeks of travel (including weekend travel) and multiple evening/weekend events. Even though I’ve achieved more than I imagined I would in a very short time, I can’t help but remind myself that just a couple … 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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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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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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