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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Mughal Tombs and Paradise Gardens, Lahore

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In the suburb of Shahdara (The Way of the Shahs), some 16 km from Lahore, stand the tombs of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, and his Empress, Nur Jahan. Of all the Mughal Emperors (and Empresses), they loved Lahore the most; … Continue reading

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The Lahore Fort and Badshahi Masjid

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The Lahore Fort, also known as the Shahi Qila, or Royal Fort, is the third of the major Mughal Forts in its capitals, the other two being in Delhi and Agra. It is the most important historic site in Lahore. … 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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