The Ghosts Behind The Legends

High on the Tibetan Plateau in 1682, a funeral got indefinitely postponed. The 5th Dalai Lama of Tibet had just died and the Regent, Desi Sangye Gyatso, decided that for the sake of socio-political stability, he ought to keep the death of the Dalai Lama a secret from devotees throughout Tibet, Mongolia and China. As […]

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The Buddha On Romance

A young woman approached the Buddha. She was weeping and feeling distraught. “Lord Buddha, I feel so terrible. My boyfriend has left me for another woman.” The Buddha said: “It’s normal to feel that way. How can one not feel sad after losing something that made her happy? But the wound will heal. You are […]

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Lonely In The Desert

Here is another very good but not very popular song. Sadly beautiful, it was written by Taiwanese songwriter 周传雄, beautifully sung here by China singer 孙露. It’s a song about love, loss and loneliness. The lyricist employed the poetic image of a desert to illustrate the feelings of the protagonist. Loss is always painful, but […]

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The Most Beautiful Love Stories

How often we leave things on the back-burner due to a lack of courage and/or motivation. But a disappointed traveller in China once said to me, 不去会遗憾终生,去了又终身遗憾. To not go for it and regret the missed opportunity or to go for it and be disappointed with the results. If you were to procrastinate, you might […]

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醉相思 by 湯茜

This is a rare China-produced song that has universal appeal. The lyrics are simple, but the melody is haunting and goes very well with the emotions being expressed. When something we want has left us, the yearning cuts and burns, delivering pain and melancholy. The natural thing to do is to get oneself drunk, but […]

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Labelling Thai Women vs Knowing the Realities

Chris has given these undesirable Thai women 12 different labels? Is it fair? Is it even useful for our clueless Farang friends who are seeking friendship and romance with women from a totally alien culture? What does author Chan Joon Yee have to say about this highly popular video? Understanding Thailand’s Money Culture Ins & […]

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When Conan Doyle Played Sherlock Holmes

Even fans of Sherlock Holmes may not be aware that its author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had actually played detective in real life. In Glasgow on the 21st December 1908, 82-year-old Marion Gilchrist was found brutally murdered in her apartment. A diamond brooch was missing and police came to the conclusion that the motive was […]

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A Beautifully Fruitless Scramble

When we are young, our lives are fuelled by passion and coloured by dreams. There is music everywhere we go, in the forests, in the streams, in our ears for days after that girl from a distant class had sung on stage. The aspiring scholars among us would shut out all the noise along with […]

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Dirty Secrets of Emperor Sui Yang Di 隋炀帝

Founded by the Yang family in 581 AD, the Sui Dynasty briefly united China under Han Chinese rule – that was after a long period of fragmentation and domination by various minorities. The first emperor, Yang Jian or Sui Wen Di 隋文帝 and was widely described as relatively monogamous, workaholic and a controlling micro-manager. He […]

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Evil Schemes and Dirty Secrets of Tang Emperors 2

Emperor Tang Xuan Zong 唐玄宗 was beaming with pride as the last bricks at Xing Qing Palace were laid. Just before he moved in, he decided to consult his geomancer for an auspicious date to move into his new palace. After surveying the palace, the geomancer shook his head. “What is wrong, master?” Emperor Tang […]

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