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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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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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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 7. RISK

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  RISK is the very last song I wrote for the planned album, THE FACTS OF LIFE. It was the 15th song in the album, and I completed writing, arranging, recording and mixing the demo in New York City, rather … 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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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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RAFFLES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA – REVISITING THE SCHOLAR AND STATESMAN

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Today, Asian Civilisations Museum’s first special exhibition of the year – RAFFLES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: REVISITING THE SCHOLAR AND STATESMAN opens. In typical risk-taking fashion, the exhibition tackles Southeast Asian colonial history head-on, and reveals how this history is complex … 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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