After reading Kathy Sierra's post about her coffee table, I have decided to show off my coffee table, too. Ok, I don't exactly have a coffee table, but I'll show you what I have on my desk anyway.


  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms - one of the Four Great Classical Novels in Chinese literature;
  • Book of Han;
  • The Art of War - the original by Sun Zi; probably the best known of the Seven Military Classics; I also have another version with annotations by eleven Chinese historical figures, including the ambitious Cao Cao from the period of the Three Kingdoms;
  • Kong Ming's Art of War - Kong Ming (Zhuge Liang's courtesy name) is a great politician, strategist, and tactician of legendary fame from the Three Kingdoms period; many people's favourite character in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, mostly for his wit, sense of honour, and loyalty;
  • Wei Liao Zi's Art of War - Wei Liao Zi is not as famous as Sun Zi or Kong Ming, but still a great strategist and political theorist; another one of the Seven Military Classics;
  • Questions and Answers between Emperor Taizong of Tang and Li Jing - another one of the Seven Military Classics;
  • Four Books - the reference for Confucianism;
  • The Heavenly Sword and the Dragon Saber - wuxia novel by Jinyong;
  • The Deer and the Cauldron - another wuxia novel by Jinyong;
  • The Legend of the Condor Heroes - another one by Jinyong;
  • Three Hundred Poems of the Tang Dynasty;
  • Le Petit Prince - (finally some non-Chinese stuff, haha);
  • Technology & the Future - this is actually a required textbook of one of our engineering core classes; I kept it because it is an interesting read;
  • Invitation au latin, 4e - Highschool textbook to learn the Latin language and Roman history; written in French;
  • Invitation au latin, 3e - Despite the number, it is actually more advanced than the 4e.

Please note that I would rather read the Jinyong novels than watching any of these movies: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, or House of Flying Daggers. I consider the Hollywood effect dangerous and harmful to the proper development and preservation of the authentic wuxia genre.


I have so much music that I can't make an exhaustive list of it, so I'll just list my favourite artists and albums in general.


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