A lovely autumn day of sightseeing at Fukuoka attractions, including a side trip to nearby Dazaifu.
Need a crash course in traditional Chinese morals and virtues? Head right to the bizarre Haw Par Villa in Singapore.
Struggling with learning the electronic keyboard? Here are 20 practical ways to improve your keyboard playing skills.
Must you read music in order to play an instrument? Is there any age limit when it comes to formal music lessons? Here are answers to 9 questions frequently asked when deciding whether to learn music.
Serene, whimsical, lyrical, thoughtful. These are but some of the accolades used over the centuries to describe the beautiful Japanese gardens on this list.
Taking a Japanese train ride soon? Don’t forget to grab an Ekiben. This is one of the most exotic and colorful experiences to enjoy when traveling in Japan.
Previously the political and economic heart of Japan, the culturally rich Kansai region is a visual wonderland after sunset.
These 25 Japanese experiences cemented my lifelong love for travel in Japan. Many of these experiences, incidentally, are unique to the Land of the Rising Sun.
255 useful Japanese travel phrases and words to know when visiting Japan.
Who is the Peach Boy? Is the Snow Woman a fiend or a savior? Here are seven must-know Japanese folklore stories to spice up your Japanese holiday.
Curious about the roots of the unique Asian culture we know of today? Here’s a chronological summary of the major periods of Japanese history.
In this article, you will discover 15 key Japanese historical figures whose impact on the Land of the Rising Sun continues to be felt today, even for tourists.
250 frequently used Japanese words and phrases for Anime lovers who are learning the Japanese language. This epic list includes slangs and dialect variations.
10 gorgeous temples in Singapore you must visit when holidaying in the Asian metropolis. Be prepared to be blown away by their incredible architecture and stunning religious art!
25 tips for successful and effective public speaking. Your speeches and presentations are a breeze when you work these basics properly. When you emphasize content over style.
10 absolutely must-have skills for solo traveling. Whether traveling alone is suitable for you, or not, depends on what you look for in a holiday and how many of these skills you possess.
This is a list of 250 mythical and legendary swords for all your geeking and creative needs. Use them in your video games, RPG campaigns, stories, and artwork, whichever way you see fit!
It’s the stuff of dreams. A geek’s ultimate heaven manifested in digital flesh. But is the Oasis of Ready Player One fame within realistic reach?
Be in the know before visiting Singapore! Please enjoy this guide written by a Singaporean for all friends of the world.
China has enjoyed many golden ages throughout history, but it has also repeatedly suffered under nightmarish tyrants. Here are the 10 most terrible Chinese Emperors to have ruled the Middle Kingdom.
Playing these 5 retro video games had lifelong consequences for me. If you attempt to play these games, beware!
What can visitors enjoy for free at the Hong Kong Museum of History? Four hundred million years of heritage, towering statues, meticulous reconstructions, and much more. Join me on a gallery tour.
A brief write-up of my visit to Guangzhou’s Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. The Mausoleum is considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Southern China.
7 compelling reasons for you to play Yakuza Ishin! Officially known as in Japan as Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!
Here is a quick guide to visiting Ngong Ping Village, the heart of Hong Kong’s outlying Lantau Island. This is where you can experience the best of the ex-colony’s past and present in one day.
A quick guide to visiting Canton Tower—the newest symbol of modern Guangzhou and the second tallest tower in the world as of 2019.
A guide to visiting the Southern Chinese city of Guangzhou from Hong Kong using the Guangzhou–Kowloon Intercity Through Train service.
A visual summary of my visit to three classic Hong Kong Night Markets. What a cornucopia of colors, music, fragrances and exotic street food! These night markets are indeed among the best Hong Kong travel attractions.
4 areas that are too often overlooked by bloggers applying for Google AdSense Approval. Rectify these to start earning online!
Here are three enchanting and exciting Singapore museums you can visit in one day. All three are located at the heart of Singaporean downtown.
Japanese volcanoes are as beautiful as they are deadly. Here are 7 famous Japanese volcanoes that have inspired fear and love throughout the centuries.
Traveling alone in Japan for the first time? Here are 25 tips to help you get the most out of your first solo trip to Japan.
Chinese culture is full of symbolisms derived from amalgamations of Chinese characters or from Chinese folklore. Here are 9 Chinese Symbols for wealth, luck, and other blessings you are likely to come across during your China vacation.
Despite their simple writing style, many gamebook series contain incredibly rich and detailed worlds. Wouldn’t these creations be great for open-world video games?
Curious after watching the Netflix series? Or just revisiting the retro titles in this enduring game franchise? Here are 25 things to know about Konami’s best-selling Castlevania series.
Experiencing wanderlust, but can’t spare the time or money? No worries. Video games are your best friend for experiencing the world from your sofa.
Chinese eunuchs are more often viewed as wicked sycophants than victims of feudalistic times. No thanks to these 5 hated power-mongers from imperial Chinese history.
Chinese Empresses seldom feature prominently in the history of the Middle Kingdom. When they do, however, they leave legacies that either horrify or inspire for centuries.
There are many, many retro PlayStation games that allow you to experience Japan from the comfort of your sofa. Here are a few titles for you to consider.
With its cutting-edge technology, Sony’s PS4 can instantly transport you across time and space to Japan. Here are 5 PlayStation 4 games for gamers seeking an immersive Japanese experience.
5 retro ninja video games for those fascinated by these mysterious, mythical assassins of Ancient Japan.
They might be lacking in graphics and sound by today’s standards. But these retro video games are still splendid for experiencing the exotic world of medieval Japan.
It is sheer disaster if these 5 video game series are made into movies. That’s putting it politely, by the way.
I’m romantic in the sense I still believe movie adaptations of games could work, if produced by the right team. Here are 7 game titles I feel would fair well as movies.
Entrepreneurs, are you struggling with effective staffing for your company? Let mighty Zeus and his pantheon of ancient Greek Gods illuminate your way!
Also known as Ryu ga Gotoku, Sega’s Yakuza series is an utterly immersive experience into the Japanese criminal underworld.
Other than warlocks and dragons, there are over a hundred superbly written stories awaiting you in the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim books.
A dominatrix, vending machine porn, and a legendary video for gentlemen. What do these have in common? All are engrossing Yakuza 0 substories!
5 frighteningly disturbing movies I just can’t bring myself to watch. I know I wouldn’t be able to survive even one viewing of any one intact.
Asia is full of awe inspiring sacred sites to visit. Each promising a closer step to the gods and heaven.
One of the most important ethnic festivals in the city state, Chinese New Year in Singapore is a dazzling display of lights, food, and auspicious well wishes.
Why do Chinese wear red during Chinese New Year? How did the name for fifteenth night celebrations come about? These Chinese New Year legends explain all.
What is Christmas in Singapore like? Simply put, it is a season of dazzling lights, hearty celebrations, and gracious sharing.
It takes a lot to win the hand of the daughter of the God of Storm. As poor Ōnamuji is to discover.
Banished from heaven, Susanoo wanders the province of Izumo. And comes across a grisly tragedy.
Weary of her brother’s violent rampages, Shinto Sun Goddess Amaterasu hides herself in a sacred cave. Thus plunging both heaven and earth into a freezing darkness.
Great Izanagi did not believe death could keep his beloved consort from him. Or so he thought.
Singapore is an exotic Asian metropolis with something for every traveler. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive cities to have a vacation in. Here are 10 budget tips to help you save money during your Singapore Holiday.
7 awesome Chinese movies to give you a preview of China. Historically, culturally, or spiritually.
After several misses with Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard returns to form with Legion, the latest World of Warcraft expansion.
With a few millennia of history, China has a long list of glorious heroes. Here are five of the most famous Chinese heroes. Beloved for their moral uprightness, sense of justice and patriotism.
The magical world of Harry Potter is as dangerous as it is charming! Here are 10 Harry Potter fantastic beasts that would send even stately Dumbledore scrambling for his wand.
Even supreme sovereigns are not spared the drastic permutations of life! Here are 5 tragic Chinese emperors who ended their reigns in the worst way. They either died as slaves or captives.
From antiquity till modernity, China was ruled by over 800 emperors. Here are the greatest Chinese emperors in recorded history. The ones credited with China’s growth and survival as a major civilization.
Bewildered by the many terms and names used in the Chinese Wuxia stories? Here’s a glossary of terms, popular characters and legendary techniques for your reference!
What is Wuxia? Is it all about Chinese martial artists in death duels? A beginner’s guide for anyone keen to know about the fascinating world of Wuxia novels.
Learning Japanese could be a hair-pulling experience. Here are 10 tips to try when struggling with this devilishly difficult language.
My top ten favourite soundtracks from Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei. Entries include music from sister series, such as Persona and Devil Summoner.
So you have a perfect business plan. Is that all that's necessary for a successful startup? No. There are many, many other things to take note.
Sid Meier's Civilization deserves every accolade it has received over the years. Here are 5 reasons why you should be playing it.
Common Chinese New Year business customs for those new to working with the Chinese. Everything begins with the auspicious colour of red.
Burn in hell, ye wicked soul! The Chinese Ten Courts of Hell have the perfect punishment for you to suffer horribly in!
Visiting China soon for holiday? Here are 10 of the most popular and beloved Chinese myths to know for the perfect vacation in China.
David Leavitt was once hailed as the first gay fiction writer to crossover to the mainstream market. 20 years later, has this happened? Are his works worth your time?
If you are looking for something gripping and suspenseful to spend a night or two with, a Jonathan Kellerman mystery would be just the thing for you.
Elmo for president! Are you a supporter? Come on, let's all support our favourite furry red buddy to lead the country! Hurray!
The long awaited “eighth story” in the Harry Potter saga was released in end July 2016. Here’s what to expect from this episode, set two decades after the defeat of Voldemort.
Which Hogwarts house to join? Which memory to use for your Patronus Charm? Considering these Harry Potter questions could bring important changes to your daily life!
Which type of marketer are you? Are you the traditional type marketer? The savvy marketer? Or the evolved, modern marketer?
It wouldn't do away with the need to practice. But YouTube can vastly enhance music learning, if you use it correctly.
Stoicism is not about keeping a bland face when confronted by adversity. It has plenty of worth for business and crisis management.
There are many obvious signs of impending business failure. The question is whether you choose to ignore these warnings.
What should you do if trapped in a nasty job interview? Should you leave? Should you prove yourself worthy by remaining stoic no matter the ridicule?
One of the most worst frustrations of modern life is to call a company for assistance, only to be failed entirely by abysmal customer service mentality.
Are you working under a failed leader? Are you blamed for everything and still expected to be worshipful? Time to consider a job change.
A SWOT Analysis guideline for entrepreneurs. Examining both the business plan, and personal aspects required for business success.
Journalism offers various gems of advice for effective business writing. The most useful of these is the Inverted Pyramid writing structure.
Why is your business communication not working? Specifically, why are your marketing collateral not improving your sales or business?
Real business threats come from the people closest and around you. Your competitors in no way match up to these subtle hazards.
A social media campaign only works if you understand its nature and requirements. Otherwise, it would backfire on you big time.
The Straits Settlements were Britain's former jewels of Southeast Asia. Nowadays, their rich heritage and unique blend of the East and West draw tourists from all over the world.
Still bereft of new blog post ideas, after trying all recommended methods to come up with some? No worries. There are plenty of other things for you to work on.
Are you out of blog post ideas? Try one or more of these fifteen tips for inspiration on what to blog about next!
London's iconic Big Ben is not as easy to photograph as you might have thought. In fact, it's quite the challenge even with the right gear.
The Fifth Expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor, deserves an achievement. It managed to frustrate me enough to unsubscribe.
Was Theseus the perfect hero? Why was the Parthenon dedicated to Athena and not other Greek Gods? Knowing these 10 Greek myths would make your Greek vacation far more evocative and memorable.
Should you be visiting Singapore during the Chinese New Year season, here are ten delicious festival foods to try.
My love-hate, admiration-awe-frustration-love relationship, with that gorgeous symbol of Japan, the spectacular Mount Fuji.
My list of various travel photography fails from my travels. And some tips on how you can prevent these.
Grim as it sounds, it is often impossible to avoid bad weather when traveling in Japan. Fortunately, the country still has a plethora of activities to enjoy during gloomy weather.
Ever dream of being a vampire hunter like Simon Belmont? Well, you can, minus the whip, of course. Here are 20 real life castles perfect for all Castlevania fans.
The pickpockets of Europe are crafty. They come when you least expect it. And the weapon they use most often is the element of surprise.
Never assume that you would surely have the convenience of lockers at European train stations. A variety of reasons can ensure the otherwise!
An incident I once swore to myself never to share. A hotel assault incident that I still brood over every now and then.
Once a great way to enjoy Europe with, European rail passes may no longer be worthwhile. Because of the aggressive insistence on reservations.
Invigorating music was something I've always looked forward to in Konami games. Here are my 10 favourite Konami soundtracks from the NES and SNES eras.
A celebration of spring time using the classic theme of flower blooms. Pictures from Keukenhof Gardens, Japan and Singapore's Gardens by the Bay.
More dishes in Japanese cuisine to try other than sushi. This list includes foreign dishes that the Japanese have integrated into their cooking.
There is so much more to Japanese food than just sushi, seafood or raw stuff. Here are ten types of Japanese foods to try!
Remixing previous soundtracks is a cherished tradition in Castlevania games. Here are my ten favourite Castlevania remixes.
I love Konami games for many reasons, foremost of which being they always have such wonderful music. Here are my 10 favourite Gradius Soundtracks.
Castlevania is undoubtedly one of the greatest video game series ever made. But not every episode in it is a winner.
Many unforgettable games were made in the 80s and 90s. Not all survived into the current era, though. Here are 10 retro games & series I'm really hoping for remakes.
Tired of gorgeous architecture and exotic baths? Budapest has something else to offer. The excellent Budapest Zoo.
A fascinating, perfect blend of the past and present, Tokyo nights will mesmerize even the most jaded traveler.
Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, is a tiny abandoned island near Nagasaki. It shot to international fame after it was featured in the Bond film, Skyfall.
Embarking on a Hanami, or sakura viewing trip to Japan? Here are seven tips to ensure a memorable trip.
Before glitzy casinos and futuristic parks, visitors to tropical Singapore were entertained by its zoo, its cuisine, and the strange, strange Haw Par Villa.
The second part of my photographic presentation of nights in Singapore. This time, with bits of history on the founding of the city-state by the British Empire.
One of the most densely populated cities in the world, nights in Singapore features spectacular night photography opportunities at every corner.
Japanese castles are just as important as Mount Fuji when it comes to symbolizing Japan. No visitor to the Land of the Rising Sun should miss visiting one (or more!) of these majestic citadels. Here are seven spectacular castles for you to consider an excursion to.
For the busiest travel corridors of the world, what makes more sense? Train or plane? To ride or to fly?