the many faces of 


Tan Wee Cheng, Singapore



Copyright: All rights over design, text and images on this site, unless otherwise stated, implied or otherwise, are the copyright of Tan Wee Cheng of Singapore. Please contact him if you need further details, clarification or intend to use any of the material here.  

Accreditation to the following websites for use of images on banknotes, animated flags, flags and maps:, Ron Wise's World Paper Money Homepage, Atlas Geo,, Multimedia Palace, FOTW Flags of the World & Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection.  The author expresses gratitude to the webmasters of these sites.

Also thanks to Tony Tan of for the design of the current index page of this website and the java scripts.

Caveats: The information contained in this site may contain some inaccuracies or typographical errors. All information made available from within this site is for information purposes only and contains no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, any warranties as to non-infringement, satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose.

The tales and opinions expressed on this site are the author's and by their very nature, personal and opinionated. You may not agree with them and you are welcomed to voice them by emailing to the author. However, if the intention is to pick a fight, such efforts should be directed to soc.culture newsgroups. The author will not entertain anyone who furl insults and vulgarities. The names of individuals mentioned in this site have been changed to maintain their privacy.

History: This site was first created on 25 February 1996 using Hotdog website editing software. The main focus then was my 1995 journey through Eastern Europe and Turkey. Between 1996 and 1999, additional pages on Sichuan Province, Middle East, Central Asia, philately and economics were created using Netscape Composer. From 2000 onwards, Microsoft Frontpage was used to create new pages, plus the use of Paintshop Pro and Ulead Photo Explorer.  Prior to 2003, a Fujifilm digital camera was used but the author has since switched to an Olympus C730 Ultra Zoom (10x optical zoom).  Some images of the North Korean site were taken using a conventional camera and scanned using a HP Scanjet 5530 Photosmart scanner, courtesy of HP. 

The following major websites were added subsequently: Morocco (1999), Patagonia/Argentina/Chile/Uruguay (2000), Caucasus (2000), Cuba/Central America (2001), Greenland/Iceland (2001), Round The World (2003), Indian Ocean (2003), North Korea (2004).

Check out the historical screenshots of this site since its founding.

Other Interesting Facts: A photo from this site ( was featured on the cover of a CD by the Gravitate Band in Melbourne, Australia.