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The Grand Tour II-Postscript: Boxy Mansion…(函館)

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So just when I thought I was done with the second China-Korea-Japan leg of my Grand Tour of the East, I find myself in Hakodate, in Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido. Hakodate was THE very first treaty port in Japan, … Continue reading

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(Almost) 3 Years…or Time’s Amazing Elasticity

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So it’s hard to believe that I’ve only been back home in Singapore 2 years and 9 months. I moved home officially from New York City in October 2012, and in three months time, I commemorate three years of homecoming. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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Home is a Non-place

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Marc Augé (1995), in his seminal book Non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity, sheds light on the concept of “non-places,” noting that: “[i]f a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which … Continue reading

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错综复杂 Out of Place

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I recently finished reading Edward Said’s memoir, Out of Place (he wrote the seminal book, Orientalism, on Western conceptions of the Middle East). His main theme – how being out of place can be a defining factor in one’s life … Continue reading

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For All Practical Purposes: Premier Banking Accounts

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Ok, following two weeks of meandering, I think it’s high time I posted some practical information on this blog. So I’m starting a regular column called “For All Practical Purposes,” which will focus on practical issues related to relocation and … Continue reading

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Home is Elsewhere

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A friend of mine, speaking on the subject of Home, said that what’s most important to him was flexibility – the ability to just pick up and go anywhere in the world; to be elsewhere easily. As long as he … Continue reading

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A Statement of Purpose

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In the past year and a half I have journeyed extensively and restlessly through a dozen cities to catch up with and interview old friends and their friends, to find out what home meant for them, in the context of … Continue reading

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