Legendary Chinese female warriors such as Hua Mulan continue to be regularly depicted in pop entertainment. But how many existed in Chinese history?
Despite the country’s reputation for conformity, uprisings are not unknown in Japan. Here are 5 famous Japanese rebels who have left a mark in Japanese history.
Seven legendary Chinese beauties who played key roles in the destruction, or decline, of the dynasties they lived in.
Five historical Japanese religious leaders that permanently transformed the socio-political landscape of Japan with their beliefs and practices.
Remixing classic soundtracks is a cherished tradition in Castlevania games. Here are my top ten favorite Castlevania soundtrack remixes.
Seven horror movie villains who have been sidelined for too long. Surely these fiendish evildoers deserve a cinematic revival?
Even Dracula will keep away from these nine terrifying East Asian vampires. Horrifically, many of these specifically prey on children.
There are various gods of healing from world mythologies and religions that humans have long sought protection from. Several of the nine outlined here are still actively worshiped.
Nine plague gods and demons who have terrified Mankind since antiquity. Are modern epidemics still the handiwork of these dreaded beings?
5 video game movies that would be wonderful if produced by studios that thoroughly understand why the original games were beloved.
What are the must-know imaginary worlds for the true movie buff? Here are 40 wondrous, and occasionally dangerous realms, for you to familiarize yourself with.
What are the must-know famous horror movie locations for a movie buff? Here are 66 terrifying places for you to familiarize yourself with.
Singapore has a reputation for being a global gastronomical capital. Here are 10 delicious Singapore noodle dishes to enjoy when visiting the city-state.
Wuxia stories have fascinated East Asian audiences for over half a century. Here are 7 classic Wuxia stories to read if you are curious about this unique Chinese storytelling genre.
12 fantastic weapons and armaments from Japanese mythology to know about.
50 legendary artifacts from Chinese legends, mythology, and classic fantasy sagas such as Journey to the West.
88 Chinese mythical creatures, demons, and monsters to know about. The great Middle Kingdom is positively full of such fantastical beings.
Unless you have a really strong stomach for gore, rape, and the downright gruesome, you might want to give these 7 Hong Kong 80s exploitation movies a miss.
A list of 108 Chinese mythological gods and characters for all your creative needs. Use these in your video games, fantasy stories, RPG campaigns, whichever way you see fit!
Shimane Prefecture is home to Shintoism’s oldest shrine as well as what is possibly the world’s most visually stunning Japanese garden.
Traveling between Tokyo and Nagoya? Don’t forget to pop by the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, one of the most fascinating museums in Japan.
An examination of Japanese manga and anime culture. These pictures will convince you that manga and anime are never only for geeks in Japan.
Is “World of Warcraft” still worth playing? Well, today marks the ninth anniversary of my introduction to Azeroth, and I’m still battling Orcs and slaying Old Gods minions every night.
What is there to enjoy at Jewel Changi Airport Singapore? A stunning waterfall, a man-made forest valley, an indoor adventure land, to name but three.
3 wonderfully atmospheric and colorful Japanese food markets that should be on your Japan travel itinerary.
Size and fashion do not matter when it comes to the quality of political advice. As the new Lord of Izumo learns from Sukuna Hikona.
My Fukuoka Day trip included the city’s historical and modern attractions, as well as nearby Daizaifu and Kyushu National Museum.
Need a crash course in traditional Chinese morals and virtues? There is no better classroom than Singapore’s bizarre Haw Par Villa.
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.
10 of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Japan. Serene, whimsical, and lyrical are but some of the accolades often used to describe these landscaping gems.
Taking a Japanese train ride soon? Don’t forget to grab an Ekiben meal box. 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 today a night photography wonderland for travelers.
25 Japanese experiences that cemented my lifelong love Japan. Many of these experiences, incidentally, are unique to the Land of the Rising Sun.
What are the Japanese travel phrases and words to know when visiting Japan? Here’s a selection, divided into categories for you to pick from.
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.
A chronological summary of the major periods of Japanese history, for those curious about the roots of the unique Asian culture we know of today.
15 Japanese historical figures whose impact on the Land of the Rising Sun continues to be felt today, even for tourists.
250 Anime words and phrases that are common used in Japanese animation. This epic list includes slangs and dialect variations, and basic must-know Japanese terms.
10 gorgeous temples in Singapore that you must visit when holidaying in the Asian metropolis. Be prepared to be blown away by their incredible architecture and stunning religious art!
25 effective public speaking tips and techniques. Anyone can be a great public speaker by understanding communication basics and by emphasizing content over style.
Can solo traveling be enjoyable? It will be if you are capable of 10 all-important skills.
250 fantasy 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 possible in our world?
What should you know before visiting Singapore? Here are 25 areas to pay attention to, before traveling to the Lion City.
China has enjoyed many golden ages throughout history, but it has also repeatedly suffered under brutal 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 houses 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!
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.
How do you get AdSense Approval easily? It begins by understanding the four areas of business attraction, content, copyright, and organic traffic.
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 volcanoes in Japan that have inspired fear and love throughout history.
Traveling alone to Japan for the first time? Here are 25 tips to help you get the most out of your first solo trip to Japan.
Nine Chinese Symbols for love, wealth, luck, and other blessings that you are likely to encounter during your China vacation.
Despite their simple writing style, many gamebook series contain incredibly rich and detailed worlds. Wouldn’t these masterpieces be great for open world video games?
Curious after watching the Netflix "Castlevania" series? Or are you intrigued by the retro titles after playing the 2019 compilation? Here are 25 things to know about Konami’s best-selling "Castlevania" series.
Are you stuck at home, for one reason or another? Not to worry. You can still see the world, with these nine video games.
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.
Many retro PlayStation games allow you to experience Japan from the comfort of your sofa. Here are a few leading titles for you to consider.
With its cutting-edge technology, Sony’s PlayStation 4 can instantly transport you across time and space to Japan. Here are 5 PS4 games for gamers seeking an immersive Japanese experience.
5 retro ninja games and series for those fascinated by the mysterious, mythical assassins of medieval Japan.
These retro video games might be lacking in graphics and sound by today’s standards, but they are still splendid for experiencing medieval Japan.
Video game movies are seldom great. But if these five were ever made, they would be nothing short of disastrous.
Entrepreneurs, are you struggling with effective staffing strategies for your company? Let the ancient Greek Gods illuminate your way!
Should you play the “Yakuza” series? Also known in Japan as "Ryu ga Gotoku?” The answer is a resounding yes and here are 9 reasons why.
Other than warlocks and dragons, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” also contains numerous superbly written books. These stories within these might entertain you more than the game itself.
A dominatrix, vending machine porn, and a legendary video for gentlemen. What do these have in common? They are all are engrossing "Yakuza 0" substories!
5 disturbing movies I just can’t bring myself to watch. I know I wouldn’t be able to survive the viewing of any intact.
Asia is full of awe inspiring sacred sites to visit. Each promising a closer step to the gods and heaven.
Chinese New Year in Singapore is always a dazzling display of lights, food, and auspicious well wishes.
What are the most important Chinese New Year legends to know? Here are the top 5 myths and stories associated with the Lunar New Year.
How is Christmas in Singapore celebrated? Simply put, it is a season of festive lights, hearty celebrations, yummy food, and yuletide 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 horror that is the Orochi Serpent.
Weary of her brother’s rampages, Shinto Sun Goddess Amaterasu hides herself in a sacred cave. Heaven and earth were thus plunged into a freezing darkness.
Izanagi and Izanami rose Japan from the sea and birthed a plethora of Shinto gods. Yet, even they are unable to transcend death.
It’s hard but not impossible to enjoy expensive Singapore on a budget. Here are 10 budget tips to help you save money during your Singapore Holiday.
7 must-watch Chinese movies that will give you a historical, cultural, or spiritual glimpse of China.
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 legendary heroes. Here are five of the most famous Chinese heroes. Beloved for their moral uprightness, sense of justice, and undying patriotism.
The magical world of Harry Potter is as dangerous as it is charming! Here are ten terrifying Harry Potter fantastic beasts that would send even mighty 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 died as slaves or captives.
Since antiquity, 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 and death duels? Here’s a beginner’s guide for anyone keen to know about the fascinating world of Wuxia novels and movies.
Learning Japanese could be a hair-pulling experience. Here are 10 tips to try when struggling with this devilishly difficult language.
This article lists my top ten favorite 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 this legendary game series is worth playing.
Learn about some 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!
10 popular and beloved Chinese myths to know before visiting China. Familiarity with the gods and heroes in these legends will make your holiday much more meaningful.
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.
Stoic wisdom is not just about keeping calm when confronted by adversity. It has plenty of worth for business resilience and success too.
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 example for entrepreneurs. One that examines both the business plan, and personal qualities, required for entrepreneurship success.
Journalism has various strategies 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.
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.
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? Knowing these Greek myths will make your Greek vacation far more 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.
Don’t let dark skies and rainy days dampen your Japanese holiday. Here are 9 fun things to do in Japan when it pours.
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!
As difficult as they were, I always persevere when playing any “Gradius” games because of the awesome BGMs. Here are my ten favorite soundtracks from this great space shooter.
"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.
Tokyo night photography to showcase the best and the diversity of the Japanese capital after sunset.
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.
Heading to Japan to enjoy the country’s gorgeous Sakura season? Here are 8 things to know to ensure a wonderful trip.
Looking for a weird experience in Singapore? Head on down to Haw Par Villa, hands-down Singapore’s most bizarre statue theme park.
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.
Few other structures represent Japan as much as stately Japanese castles. Here are seven majestic Japanese castles that you must visit when touring the Land of the Rising Sun.
For the busiest travel corridors of the world, what makes more sense? Train or plane? To ride or to fly?