Four.

Four? Only four books?! However will I squeeze a Chuck Palahniuk or Tolkien into this post? They are guilty pleasures. These below are my more sensible reads, essential in shaping a lot of who I am now. 1. Love Poems – Brian Patten / Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk I still managed a Palahniuk in…

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How to battle without your kneecaps?

Sun Bin is said to be a descendant of Sun Tzu. He was falsely accused of treason by the envious Pang Juan. King Hiu of Wei condemned him to face-tattooing and removal of the kneecaps. He was crippled and forever branded a criminal. Pang Juan was devious enough to keep Sun Bin from initially discovering that…

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Wu Wei, Sun Tzu and maintaining a straight face.

While in Manila last Saturday, I’d made up my mind to do biographies on the key characters of the battle of Red Cliff, next on my list would’ve been Sun Quan the young upstart. However, when I got back to Cebu I found the ground–literally–shaking beneath my feet. Sun Quan will have to wait. When…

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Zhuge Liang on leading 100.

Zhuge Liang first appealed to me when he was portrayed in the film Red Cliff. I must admit that it was the actor Takeshi Kaneshiro who’d initially won me over. He is known to be one of the greatest military strategists of his era. This was during the Three Kingdoms Period in Chinese History where…

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