Looking for Chinese magical terms to imbue your fantasy stories with an oriental touch? Here’s an extensive list to choose from.
Origins, customs, and facts about the Dragon Boat Festival. One of the four most important festivals each year for the Chinese.
The deadliest monsters in world mythology all share one trait. They are capable of massacring entire cities, or nations, anytime they wish to.
Japanese horror cinema has long terrified worldwide audiences with vengeful ghosts and murderous demons. Here are the deadliest killers ever from J-horror.
From a golden rod that can pin the seas to an arrow that results in extinction. What are the most powerful mythological weapons in our world?
Terrifying Chinese ghosts and demons are the staple of Liaozhai Zhiyi, the classic Chinese compilation of supernatural stories.
What are the enjoyable things to do in Japan when it rains the whole day? There are plenty to choose from.
Xianxia movies are medieval Chinese sagas featuring supernatural battles and elements. They are a must-watch if you enjoy Chinese fantasy stories.
Did you know that mooncakes have been eaten in China for over a thousand years? Here's everything you need to know about these delicious traditional pastries.
Here's a business startup checklist for first-time entrepreneurs or veterans. The preparation you do before commencing operations often determines how successful you’d be.
Few things are as annoying as an unwanted house guest. But when it’s a Japanese Yokai, the situation gets downright insane.
Japanese Yokai can be cute. On the flipside, they can be utterly evil and scary too! Here are 15 deadly Yokai you’d never want to meet, within or outside of Japan.
There are as many as eight million Shinto Gods and Goddesses, according to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki. Here are 120 to know about.
Five notorious movies that are widely condemned for their brutality and offensiveness. But are they truly no more than tasteless entertainment?
Legendary Chinese female warriors and heroines 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 five famous Japanese rebels to know about.
These Seven legendary Chinese beauties all played key roles in the destruction, or decline, of the dynasties they lived in.
Five Japanese religious leaders who transformed the socio-political landscape of Japan with their beliefs, practices, and spiritual devotion.
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 monstrosities prey on children too.
Throughout history, humans have sought protection and recovery from diseases from gods of healing. Several of the nine outlined here are even 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 horror movie locations for a film buff? Here are 66 terrifying places that all scary movie lovers should be familiar 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.
Like other cultures, Japanese mythology is full of legendary magical weapons. Here are 12 of the most famous and renowned ones.
50 legendary artifacts and magical weapons 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 exploitation movies from the 80s a miss.
108 Chinese mythological gods, immortals, and characters for your creative needs. Use these in your video games, fantasy stories, RPG campaigns, whichever way you see fit!
Autumn sightseeing at the most famous Shimane attractions. The prefecture is home to Shintoism’s oldest shrine and 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, it’s more than 10 years since I started playing this MMORPG, and I’m still battling Orcs and slaying the 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 paradise, 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.
20 practical ways to improve your keyboard playing skills, if you’re struggling with mastering the electronic music keyboard.
The ten 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 for Japan. Many of these travel experiences, incidentally, are unique to the Land of the Rising Sun.
A selection of useful Japanese travel phrases and words to know when visiting Japan, divided into categories for you to pick from.
Who is Momotarō the Peach Boy? Is the Snow Woman truly evil? Here are seven famous Japanese folklore stories to spice up your Japanese holiday.
Japanese history began as early as 35,000 years ago. Here’s a timeline of the major periods Japan went through thereafter.
15 Japanese historical figures and heroes 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 cool dialect variations, and basic must-know cute Japanese words.
10 gorgeous temples in Singapore that you must visit when in the Asian metropolis. Be prepared to be blown away by their incredible architecture and religious art!
25 techniques and tips for effective public speaking. Anyone can deliver a great speech by understanding speech communication basics and by emphasizing content over style.
Is solo traveling enjoyable? Is it safe to explore the world on your own? It is if you’re capable of 10 all-important skills.
250 famous fantasy and legendary swords for all your 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 are the useful things to 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.
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 guide to visiting Canton Tower—the futuristic symbol of modern Guangzhou and the second tallest tower in the world as of 2021.
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!
How do you get approval for AdSense in 2021? It begins with 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 Netflix’s animated Castlevania series? Or are you intrigued by the retro titles after playing Konami’s 2019 compilation? Here are 25 Castlevania facts to know about.
Are you stuck at home, for one reason or another? Not to worry. You can still see the world, with these nine open-world games.
Chinese eunuchs are more often viewed as wicked sycophants than as victims of feudalistic times. No thanks to these 5 despised 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 PS4 can instantly transport you to Japan. Here are 5 PlayStation 4 games for gamers seeking an immersive Japanese experience.
Are you fond of ninjas, the shadowy warriors of medieval Japan? If you are, do consider playing these 5 retro ninja games and series.
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 for your new companies? 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 nine reasons why.
Other than warlocks and dragons, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” also contains numerous superbly written books. These stories 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 spectacle of lights, yummy food, and auspicious red and gold. This article explores the traditions and celebrations surrounding the lunar festival as it is celebrated in the city-state.
What are the most important Chinese New Year legends to know? Here are the top five 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 raised Japan from the sea and birthed a plethora of Shinto gods. Yet, even these progenitor gods 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 when visiting Singapore as a tourist.
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 returned to form with the "World of Warcraft: Legion" expansion. Learn about five of the best features added in "Legion."
These five famous Chinese heroes have been respected for millennia 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 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, common locations, 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 study 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.”
Sid Meier's "Civilization" series deserves every accolade it has received over the years. Here are 5 reasons why this legendary game series is worth playing.
It's important to learn Chinese New Year business customs and traditions if you are new to working with Chinese companies.
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!
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 entrepreneurial success.
Journalism has various strategies for effective business writing. The most useful of these is the Inverted Pyramid format.
Real business threats come from the people closest and around you. Your competitors in no way match up to these subtle hazards.
Penang, Malacca, and Singapore were Britain's former jewels of Southeast Asia. Nowadays, their unique heritage continues to attract 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 is the Parthenon dedicated to Athena? Knowing these Greek myths will make your Greek vacation far more memorable.
Check out this list of 10 yummy Chinese New Year foods to try, should you be visiting Singapore during the festive Lunar New Year period.
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.
Ever longed to visit Dracula’s domain as a valiant vampire hunter? You can imagine yourself doing so at these 20 real-life European castles.
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, thanks to the awesome BGMs. Here are my ten favorite soundtracks from this great space shooter.
“Castlevania” games are among the best action platformers ever made. But not every episode in the series is a winner.
10 retro games and game series that I’m still hoping for remakes. Would I ever get to replay these classic gems on modern consoles?
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, magical 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.
Heading to Japan for springtime sakura viewing? Here are 8 things to know to ensure a memorable experience with the cherry blossoms.
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 in 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?