A quick update this time — and a rather more personal one too.

Yesterday I accepted a job offer in Singapore. I’ve a couple more bureaucratic hoops to jump through before I get my work permit, but once that’s done, I’ll be contributing to this nation’s much-lamented brain drain once again. Like so many of my fellow countrymen and women, it seems I’ve succumbed to the, uh, “Singapore grip” — the grip it has on so many young Malaysian professionals, at least.

I’m really excited about the new job, a research assistant gig at an architectural conservation lab. I’ve been wanting to get involved with built heritage in a much more hands-on way, and this job seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that. The lab is doing some great interdisciplinary work, and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how new technology and a scientific approach can help better our understanding of architectural heritage.

I’m also looking forward to learning more broadly about approaches to built heritage in Singapore, and how similarities and differences between the Lion City and Malaysia play out in both policy and practice.

This doesn’t mean I’ll stop writing about Malaysia. There are far too many interesting things happening here in terms of architecture and the built environment right now. But the scope of this blog will slowly extend from George Town to Singapore, via KL, and I hope this proves interesting to readers.

On the subject of readers, I’d like to thank everyone who’s shared these posts — and your thoughts along with them. I’ve particularly enjoyed the discussion prompted by the piece on Runnymede and Kampung Siam in Facebook groups. I firmly believe open conversation is vital to heritage conservation. If heritage is about how we manage change — what we think is worth keeping, and how we go about doing that — then it is essential that we talk about what it is we value in our historic urban environments. So I’m delighted to see such lively discussions of our cities prompted by my little blog posts, and look forward to more of the same.

Stay tuned.

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