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Hartley Pool: Freedom never felt so...


An empty apartment can be a wonderful thing. No children running about, jamming rubbish into your iPod docks, defecating unexpectedly...

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Hartley Pool: The Day We Went Shopping


While around us joy was being spread, children were gleefully unwrapping presents and the sound of ‘Ding-Dong Merrily On High’ was in the air, we went about our everyday business...

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The Haze


Malaysia sometimes seems to me like a second shot of the same. A decade and a half ago I spent two years in Singapore, lived in a condo complex with a swimming pool, suffered through the haze and caught dengue.

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Hartley Pool: Chiang Mai


Riding elephants! Flying through the treetops with gibbons! Touching tigers! Unfortunately, a two-and-a-half-year-old was not compatible with any of those things.

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Hartley Pool: Life begins at forty?


If achieving four decades of life was to be accompanied by financial stability and a fond farewell to your 21-year-old son, I had none of that.

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Lucas


After watching your son for the past ten minutes, I’m afraid I have to tell you that he might be artistic,” said the doctor.

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Evolution


Five restaurants and a man selling chewing gum later, we were on the verge of grabbing a tuk-tuk and heading back to the hotel.

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Out on a limb at FRIM


Since re-familiarising herself with the controls of a car several months ago, my wife Anita has gradually been piloting us further.

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Lost in Translation


“Oh no! You are not the same woman as last time!” You couldn’t argue with this, especially given that the cashier was a 12-year-old boy.

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Gas Panic


I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a snail surprised into swiftness, but I doubt it, because it’s biologically impossible.

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