Micky Vann is a semi-retired journalist, travel writer and columnist, who lives in Bangkok despite its awful climate, perpetual traffic jams and ensuing pollution.
Ask him “Why?” and he’ll tell you that he is about to work it out.
Then he’ll ask you what on Earth you are doing here.
However, if you insist, he will divulge that he has a family here and that continuity and stability win over (eventually frequently) moving hands-down.
Besides, there is the decisive quote from Oscar Wilde: “There are only two tragedies in life; one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
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The General’s Daughter
English language expert Rodrigo Hernandez de Vargas is a familiar face in Jakarta’s (in)famous Jalan Jaksa kampong, having lived there several years. He’s got the place mapped, including where the open sewers are, is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, got a great rooftop pad and makes enough money to look after himself.
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