And I thought I could read more now because most of the time I’m just at home. But the irony is I have read lesser books these previous years.
My mind was pre occupied with getting online projects so I can go back to traveling so wasn’t able to focus so much on this passion. Interestingly, most of the books that I’ve read are all about financial literacy. I hope I’ve learned about them because I’m sick and tired of traveling and going home broke.. and I don’t want to be an OFW who become modern day slaves or second rate citizens in other countries, then go home and live a millionaire lifestyle in a few days, and go broke again forcing them to go back to being an OFW.. so as not to become like the previous chapters of my life, I tried to create more passive income streams so I earn while traveling.
Speaking of income stream, I’ve been researching on alternative medicines and alternative lifestyles so I can compile them in an ebook to sell.. the money received will be invested in travel scholarships and searching for more paradise on earth so others who belong to the low economy bracket get the chance to travel too. If you want to pre-order, let me know.
Meanwhile, here are the books that I’ve read these past years that I haven’t blogged yet.. I don’t necessarily recommended them but it’s still always a good habit to read.
1. Fat Girl Fairy Boy by C. McConkie – this is about a movie star and a gay makeup artist, their posh lifestyle, and how their life turned around when they were kidnapped in South America. The book was a light read, there were many back stories starting from the history of their mother to how they were born and grew up, but it adds up to a good storyline. I like the story because its an adventure, and reminds me of my past loves, whom some have became more beautiful than me, but I’m happy if they are happy ^_^..
2. Gatecrasher by Sophie Kinsella – a story of a social climber who victimize and attracts widowed men during their wife’s funerals. Then after the widow fall in love and gives money, the gatecrasher then disappears with the money, then finds another victim.
I got the book from a friend who was staying in Boracay and out of curiousity, I wanted to know how social climbers go up the ladder. So I guess, this is one of the ways. #sarcasm101
3. Ang pera na hindi bitin – this is a highly recommended book about financial literacy translated into local Filipino language. Lots of lessons to learn specially in the art of saving and investing. I really like the part of the book where the author writes about those who won the lotto, and end up getting broke again. It’s a lesson I don’t want to experience in my lifetime.. well I don’t bet on lottos anyway:
“Missourian Janite Lee won $18 million in 1993. Lee was generous to a variety of causes, giving to politics, education, and the community. But eight years after winning, Lee filed for bankcruptcy with only $700 left in two bank accounts and no cash on hand”
“Abraham Shakespeare, a truck driver’s assistant, was constantly hounded for his $30 million lotto winnings. Shakespeare’s brother , Robert Brown, told The Associated Press that Shakespeare often wished he had never bought the winning ticket, quoting him as saying, “I’d been better off broke” In April of 2009, Shakespear was murdered and burried in the backyard of his friend.
4. Bridget Jones diary by Helen Fielding – don’t judge me. I just found this book to be 50 pesos only so I bought it out of curiousity. Some people watch movies, I read books. The book doesn’t appeal to me or my current lifestyle despite being single for so long :P.. it’s about a working lady having a relationship with her boss.. so not my lifestyle coz I’m not working a 9-5 day job
The book is just interesting is all I have to say.. At least I get to know other lifestyles.
5. 10 habits of millionnaires by Nick Lee – one habit that strikes me most is that Millionnaires do what they love to do. They love their career or work or whatever they do, so work doesn’t feel like work.. and then eventually, money comes in. It is important to make sure you are happy with the way you are creating your income… I do know so many people who are getting fat paychecks yet very unhappy in their lives, they might be millionnaires but to be truly rich, you must love what you are doing so you can be happy.
Also, it mentions how millionnaires give back:
– donations thru charities
– mentoring and coaching their juniors
– provide a platform for colleagues to develop his or her career
– fund startups to give confidence for younger generations for their spirit of entrepreneurship
– give advices to fellow peers (or even competitors) for them to achieve breakthrough in their businesses
For those who think they are poor and have nothing to give, that’s what I think too because monetary wise, I’m not yet a millionnaire (hello cyber thieves, nothing to declare).. but you can give in so many ways:
– lend time to help a friend in need, whether that means a listening ear, an errand, a shoulder to lean on in times of trouble
– volunteer your skills or services, some organizations even give allowance for those who cannot afford yet are very skilled
– plant and tend a garden, and share the produce to your neighbor, it’s so nice to give.. that’s the true feeling of richness even without the money involved.
6. Investing Strategies For The Newbies – there’s no indicated author here. It’s just a PDF file that I got somewhere in the cyber space. It teaches the basics of investing and trading in the stock market. I’ve been investing since 2015 and learning how to trade. Some blue chip stocks that I bought are roller coaster but I’m using the sinusoidal wave to gain instead. Good and simple book, it’s just a few pages and worth reading. If you want it, let me know and I’ll email it to you.
7. Bakit baliktad magbasa ang mga Pilipino – the book highlights the interesting culture of people in the Philippines in a funny and punny way. Interesting read for those who wants to learn more about Filipinos. It’s a bit outdated already as culture and economy of the Philippines are changing. But it’s still a good read.
For those who wants to know what books I have read before, click here for more book reviews. Hope you enjoyed reading and gained a wisdom or two.