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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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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If he has no talent, then take [the throne] yourself.

Liu Bei‘s life reminded me of this quote by Chuck Palahniuk: “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.” Though he’d begun as a simple shoemaker, he did not allow himself to be contented…

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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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Labaw Donggon should get a crane feather fan…

Takeshi Kaneshiro‘s portrayal of the epic military strategist Zhuge Liang has forever redefined my definition of feathery fans. These fans do not say: prissy and finicky–well, in the past, they did. Nowadays, they translate to resourcefulness, stratagem and guile. Despite Zhuge Liang / Takeshi Kaneshiro being a sight for sore-eyes, (there, I said it–but you…

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