“Do nothing that is of no use.”

“Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.”

— Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

I’ve been writing about a samurai named Miyamoto Musashi a lot recently, but I can’t seem…


Find peace in nothingness.

In the West, feeling empty is viewed as a negative condition. Emptiness is often associated with dark terms like depression, apatheia, or nihilism. In Asia though, things are a little different.

The Chinese word for emptiness is kōng (空); devoid, the void, the space between breaths, between lines, between lives…


Not all friends are created equal.

It’s a longstanding tradition among the Chinese to have steamboat for dinner on the first day of the Lunar New Year — and an even longer-standing tradition to trade stories, gossip, and bond over the simmering communal stew.

2020 was no different — except this was the first time in…


And the third — creating a library of content — is ultimately superior.

“So, how do you actually make money off this writing thing?”

In my experience, this is the most common question an aspiring writer has. I know this because my mind was burning with the very same question when I first started my writing journey a little over a year ago.


And here’s exactly how I did it.

After my previous rant about the obscene failings of the Medium Writer’s Challenge, I thought I’d lighten my feed (and yours) with some good news.

And the good news is I won my very first writing challenge!

Here’s proof:


Piss-poor communication and suspicious winning entries put a damper on what could’ve been a great event.

The above picture is a screenshot taken from I was a contestant on “The Apprentice.”

My expression — both hands thrown over my head, face frowning in an expression of stress and abject frustration — is the perfect representation of how I currently feel towards Medium‘s latest bungle: the hotly…


Our appearance is more important for our art than we think.

I’m not the best-looking guy in the world, nor am I the best put together.

In fact, I can be rather sloppy.

After the pandemic hit, I gave up on my looks entirely. Since I was a writer who was conveniently stuck at home with no people to see and…


How to succeed in the game of online writing.

Top Writer Tags Don’t Matter

My first top writer tag was in Sports.

When Medium awarded me that tag, I thought I made it to the big-time, so I immediately changed my bio to include the term “Top Writer.” I then sat back and waited for the views to roll in.

None did.

It was…


Confessions of a former reality TV show star.

This picture was taken when I was a contestant on “The Apprentice.”

When I got accepted to the show, I thought I’d made it. For many millennials like me, fame is synonymous with success. Nowadays, it isn’t enough just to be rich; no, no, no.

In the Instagram generation, you…


Number one — give yourself more time to write.

The photo above was taken when I got brutally knocked out in front of my friends and family.

Now, getting punched in the face hurt. Getting beat down into the bitter canvas hurt. …

Alvin Ang

👑 Former contestant on “The Apprentice.” Current Top Writer on Medium. Reach me at 📧: sgbjjopen@gmail.com

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