Iron Lady

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

During her reign (which was one of the longest), her title was actually “Emperor” instead of “Empress” to emphasize that she was a ruler and not someone’s subordinate. Politically, Empress Wu was a ruthless leader. She was notorious for showing no mercy to those who opposed her, and she had plenty of them to contend with. Apparently, a lot of men were unhappy that the leader of their country was a woman and were engaged in numerous plots to dethrone her. In term of her management of the empire, Wu was a highly capable ruler. She did not hold grudges against legitimate critics of her policies. Instead, she often embraced the criticisms and even promoted her critics to high office. Wu’s biggest contribution to history was her insistence on meritocracy. As a consequence, many talented but underprivileged Chinese were given a chance to demonstrate his or her abilities.


A great week for sports fans

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Summer is almost over, and the season for sports is about to start. The first week of September is packed with big sporting events. For starter, there is the 2010 U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows, NY. This is a gathering of the world’s top tennis players (male and female), competing for one of the sport’s most elusive prizes. For soccer fans, the road to Ukraine and Poland starts next week with the commencement of Euro 2012 qualifying. All of the top European teams, including world champion Spain and runner-up Netherlands, will be playing. Finally, the world basketball championship (headlined by a strong U.S. team) is also set to commence. Truly, there’s something for everyone.

It’s not a waste of time!

August 25, 2010 § 1 Comment

I have received several offers, in the last couple of months, to sponsor this blog. Unfortunately, such an activity is against WordPress rules. And I intend to remain in good standing with WP. Nonetheless, I would like to thank all those who show an interest in my blog. At the very least, this shows that my blog is something of value and for that I’m pleased.

Postseason for Golf?

August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Many people say that golf is a bore to watch, and I tend to agree. Apparently, PGA Tour officials seem to also acknowledge this reality. In order to spice up interests from the viewers, professional golf has recently become the first non-team sport to adopt season-ending playoffs (or post-season). This year’s contest is called the 2010 FedEx Cup Playoffs and is consisted of four tournaments. There is a cut after each event, and the highest points garner wins the Cup. What other individual sports (ex. tennis, bowling, figure skating) would benefit from a playoff system?

Trivia: China, India

August 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

How much do you know about China and India, the world’s two most populous countries? Here are two cultural trivia quizzes for you to try. Tell me how you did.

1) Chinese culture
2) Indian culture

Who is faster than whom?

August 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

Competitive swimming is the most underrated sport in the world. People love watching it in the Olympics, but tend to forget about it afterwards. Personally, I enjoy watching competitive swimming on TV as well as in person. What makes this sport unique is the fact that winning is often not the only goal. Swimmers want to win it in style by breaking as many world records as possible. This is why we often see top swimmers expressing disappointments even after winning a race. Anyway, the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships is set for this week. This is the year’s most significant race, featuring top swimmers (including Michael Phelps) from around the world. Give it a chance.

Fall is for sports, autumn is for show

August 11, 2010 § 2 Comments

Fall is almost here. According to most polls, Fall is everyone’s favorite season and it has little to do with the weather. People like autumn because it marks the start of the professional sports season. Major sporting leagues like the NFL, NBA, NHL, and college sports all start their seasons in the Fall. Additionally, the English Premier League season (soccer) is scheduled for this weekend. I guess the huge salaries enjoyed by professional athletes are well-justified.

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