Yuan Fen 缘分

There is probably no equivalent word or phrase in English. Yuan fen is easy to understand but difficult if not impossible to explain or define. Why do some people get along so well even when they are so different? Why do people fight even when they have so much in common? Dewdrop Books – Fiction […]

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Lessons Under Duress

Calm seas don’t make good sailors. You need to encounter some of life’s sufferings before you become a good manager of your own life. Adversity also puts friendships and even marriages to the test. Dewdrop Books – Fiction and non-fiction with a focus on the colourful and exotic Asian realm. Check out our titles.

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Revenge Or Ignore?

Revenge was a favourite theme in Chinese sword-fighting dramas. There seems to be a feel-good factor in seeing those who have wronged us get what they deserve. This is a primal instinct we all need to rein in. But why do some cultures/societies glorify revenge even as they espouse Buddhist values in the same breath? […]

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Hating The Truth, Loving The Fake

There is so much truth in this. You only need to check the popularity of some bullshitting lifestyle/fashion bloggers. They enjoy free meals, free clothes and free skincare products and show them off on platforms like Instagram. Somehow they manage to influence thousands if not millions who seem unaware that they are obliged to say […]

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Mistakes Are The Best Teachers

The fewer mistakes someone makes, the higher we value his expertise. But what did he have to do to get there? Everyone makes mistakes in the course of learning. Those who somehow manage to hide their mistakes command the most respect and confidence from the ignorant public. Dewdrop Books – Fiction and non-fiction with a […]

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Love Trap

A man came to a temple to consult the Buddha. He was haggard, unkempt and miserable. “What is wrong?” asked the Buddha “My girlfriend left me for another man.” “Why would she do that?” “I don’t know!” cried the man. “I went out with her, bought her gifts, looked after her when she was ill […]

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All Will Come To Pass

Time heals all wounds. All tears will dry up, one way or another. I avoided the pain you brought. Soon, I can even joke about how we broke up. I’ve been so happy for you. we’ve been through thick and thin, I’ve embraced you, depended on you. I thought I couldn’t let go. I thought […]

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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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