Tag Archives: Travel & Mobility

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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The Question of Home

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This is a blog about cities, about geographical mobility and about home. It is addressed to friends and strangers alike who wander the cities of the world, and who, in their sleep, dream of a city that they once did … Continue reading

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