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Penang – the Pearl of the Orient – and a terrific compare and contrast to our time in Singapore. Almost everything is different here – definitely the prices and yes it is grubbier and not as well maintained – but this is Asia, in a way that I know Asia …

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Singapore – how would I find it nearly 40 years after I first visited? My emotions drifted from excitement and anticipation through to fear that I was visiting a City which was hyper-expensive and lacking character. Whilst we aren’t budget travellers we also don’t travel in the heights …

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Employment for the over 50s is nearly as much a hot potato as housing for younger Australians. Many baby boomers feel pushed aside and this adds to the invisibility factor I talked about a couple of weeks ago. It isn’t nice to feel undervalued or unappreciated. Many of us …

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