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La Séparation: Falling Out of Love With Paris

| December 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

How can you tell when a beloved, elegant aunt is starting to lose it? When she starts fussing over trivia? Losing her jewellery? Switching off lights on some neurotic economy drive? Welcome — oooh là là — to Paris 2012. Once upon a time, if you were celebrating a birthday or anniversary or got engaged […]

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I See Dead People; So Can You

| November 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

  I was barely awake when I flipped open my laptop and saw the photo.  I gasped. It was of a dead woman — a nun — in a crystal casket, her face lit from the interior. And the caption read, “At the Mother Cabrini Shrine in NYC.” I emailed my friend asking him where I […]

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Scamography Vol. 01 – India

| July 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

  Over the years, and across five continents, I have seen many travelers fall prey to the cunning of scam artists. And it should be noted that their targets know no age, nor social strata. I’ve seen it everywhere, from teenagers weeping over empty backpacks on a train in Thailand; to a well-heeled woman in […]

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The Dutch You Didn’t Know You Knew — ‘Geeks,’ ‘Cookies,’ ‘Coleslaw,’ and More!

| June 24, 2012 | 7 Comments

  I admitted to the counterman in Amsterdam recently how embarrassed I was that I’d only learned a few niceties in the lingua franca for my trip. “Never mind,” he said. “Everyone speaks English here. Anyway, you already know a lot more Dutch than you think you do.” He was right; a few hours — […]

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Are Your Kids Eating Rat Poop? What Everyone Should Know About Thai Treats!

Five Ridiculous Things You Should Know About Thai Desserts When I was at university studying the science of cookery there was one course in the curriculum that I had to take called “Thai Desserts,” which so happens to the be the one I dreaded the most.  Being from Bangkok, I wasn’t expecting much – after […]

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Two Sides to Every Rupee – The Dichotomous Delirium of India

| May 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

It comes at you like a runaway freight train, that slack-jawed, saucer-eyed cartoon face: “Why, in God’s name, would you want to go there?” Trying to explain why isn’t so simple. In the world’s largest democracy, reason is nothing short of unreasonable, time is folly, and your gut is far too busy working overtime on […]

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