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All Malaysia’s Best-Fed Vanity

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Malaysia, Truly Asia. Does vanity get better fed than that?

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Ashoka the Bystander

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Compassion for a being whose servitude I depend on is fruitless.

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Seven Years Ago, I Left

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If I can go from walking along a highway with an unemployment check in my pocket to flying across the Pacific in business class, just imagine what you can do in seven years.

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The Death of War

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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

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Dalmatian Yesterdays

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I can’t honestly say I would trade even a single tomorrow for all my yesterdays, as fondly as I remember them.

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The Scorpion and the Petunia

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It isn’t easy to be a travel blogger with a partner, at least not when you spend the first six years of your travel blogging career as a travel blogger without one.

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Land of Entrapment

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Four words pop into my head every time I think of the desert: “Aujourd’hui, maman est morte.”

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Ghosts and Referenda

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Yes: I shaved 13 days off a two-week trip, and flew halfway around the world (and back!) in two days so that I could make things right—and garden, bake brownies and watch the season finale of Veep—with the love of my life.

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