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The Will To Live

It’s been 10 years to the week of my father’s passing.  Although he was terminally ill, everyone in the family was attempting to live with a degree of normalcy-chemo treatments, endless doctor appointments, the shrunken apparition of my Dad notwithstanding.  I’d even moved to Hong Kong and my parents planned a visit from the US, presumably approved by the …

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Contemplating The End

Recently a friend of a friend passed away from colon cancer in his early 30s, after battling it for the last 10 years.  He passed away at the same hospital my father did, who also succumbed to the same cancer.  It brought back a few pangs of regrets, memories of searching for closure. Both sides …

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Balkans Trip Planning

How did you choose travel destinations? During my year of constant travel, I tagged along on as many planned trips as possible.  After the 20th or 40th country, planning every little detail like where to stay or how to get around becomes tedious.  When a friend mentioned a Balkans trip with his banker buddies, it was …

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Glam Dubai

It’s easy to draw parallels between glitzy Dubai and tropical expat cities like Hong Kong/Singapore.  They attract foreigners (the population of Dubai is 80% foreigners), entertainment is built around malls (a sensible shield from the sun), and the landscape is littered with new construction.  Although in Dubai there are remnants of the housing bust from unfinished …

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Zucchini Chips

Oven baked zucchini chips, delicious for an appetizer or snack. Prep time: 30 mins (I’m slow) Cook time: 30 mins Ingredients 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs (panko or even crumbled crackers work) 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (unnecessary if your bread crumbs are salted) 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional) 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black …

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