Books to read while you travel part 3

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 ^_^..


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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


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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.


bakit baliktad magbasa ang pilipino

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.

Book Review: iCon – Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

Book Review: iCon – Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

This book is a cynical description of Steve Jobs. I grew up having him as an idol even if I despise the sky high prices of the product of his company. But they are successful in brainwashing people that buying Apple products makes you an elite and you can have the bragging rights to discriminate those who don’t have Apple gadgets so the marketing strategy was effective.

Going back to the book, I think the author is either painting a realistic description of Jobs, or just plainly hated Jobs that he also focused on his ugly aspects. I do like the fact that he was minimalist, and went to India to learn about Eastern spiritual teachings. What I don’t like was he initially didn’t acknowledge his daughter Lisa, his freeloading style and manner of how he treat his employees.

This book was not Steve Job’s proper biography. If I were Jobs, I wouldn’t want to read some bad information about me too :))) but somehow I got the chance to read it.. Thank you to Anna Cleal Dawson, the original owner of the book.

Here’s some excerpts of the book that you might find interesting:

“Steve’s devotion to the philosophies of the East seemed to be tied to his quest for other truths – the absolutes and the loopholes of science and electronics-and tied to his own identity…
After the stop in Germany, Jobs arrived in India barefoot and threadbare. This was how he chose to dress, as an expression of a specific ideal or aesthetic.. His clothes may have been ragged, but they were Western clothes, and he had something more than “going native” in mind. His idea was to make the journey as mendicant – spiritual beggar dependent on the kindness of strangers. He immediately traded his tshirt and jeans for a lunghi, a loincloth that is the traditional India garb for mendicants, and gave away everything else he had. “ page 24

“It took him years before he paid for anything. He never had cash with him, and whenever we went out with him, we had to pay. I think it had something to do with not wanting to be taken advantage of.. Or maybe he was just skinflint..

It had become a running joke within the group that eating out with Steve was an exercise in embarrassment. First, there was an issue of sending plates back. He rarely accepted the first plate brought to him; he would find a reason to send it back. It would be “s—t” or dirty, or not what he thought the waitress has described. Another plate would be brought, and often that one would go back too. It was like a power trip gone mad. .. It was a though the gods had showered this young prince with money, power, and adulation but had failed to grant him humility or grace. He was an unmannerly brat with $200 million in the bank” – page 85

Steve understood the power of ownership. He had no interest in being on the payroll; in fact, the grown up Steve Jobs rarely accepted pay checks from any of his companies. His salary at Apple would be $1 a year, and his title was “interim CEO”, while the board half heartedly engaged a search firm to hunt for a permanent replacement. – page 234

So there goes some snippets of the book. If it spikes your curiousity, feel free to read it further.


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Book Review: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

Book Review: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

It has been 5 years ago since I began working on online projects from desks or couches of different coffee shops to different houses to bus stations to airport terminals.

I realized the ideal life I’ve written 10 years ago, to work from anywhere, manifested already at 80%.. there’s still needed tweaks but I’m looking at a bright future here..

And to move forward, I’ve been reading financial books to help me manage my money so I won’t go broke if I start that travel journey again like what happened before. Those horror reality stories where I was unfortunately the star victim should not happen again… but if just in case these unfortunate scenes should still happen, I should then go and make lemonade, lemon cake, lemon candy out of it instead :D.. go ahead, lemons pa more.


if life gives you lemons

And speaking of financial books, one of the books I just finished reading is The Millionaire Next Door. It’s a book about the study of the lifestyles of elites in the US and some revelations are very encouraging.. that anyone, with the right mindset and discipline, can indeed become a millionaire too..

This is not a get rich quick scheme though.. So if you’re in a rush, here’s a tip from me – go to Vietnam, or Myanmar, or Indonesia, your wish will automatically be granted.

Kidding aside, here’s some words of wisdom from the book:


[My] business does not look pretty. I don’t play the part . ..
don’t act it. … When my British partners first met me, they
thought I was one of our truck drivers. … They looked all
over my office, looked at everyone but me. Then the senior
guy of the group said, “Oh, we forgot we were in Texas!” I
don’t own big hats, but I have a lot of cattle.

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Victor’s well-educated adult children have learned that a high level of consumption is expected of people who spend many years in college and professional schools. Today his children are under accumulators of wealth. They are the opposite of their father, the blue-collar, successful business owner.


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Being frugal is the cornerstone of wealth-building. Yet far too often the big spenders are promoted and sensationalized by the popular press.

But the lavish lifestyle sells TV time and newspapers. All too often young people are indoctrinated with the belief that “those who have money spend lavishly” and “if you don’t show it, you don’t have it.” Could you imagine the media hyping the frugal lifestyle of the typical American millionaire? What would the results be? Low TV ratings and lack of readership, because most people who build wealth in America are hard working, thrifty, and not at all glamorous.


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Physicians often find that there are disadvantages to living in affluent neighborhoods. People who live in expensive areas are often bombarded with solicitations from “cold-calling” investment experts. Many of these callers assume that people in upscale areas have money to invest. In reality, many people who live in luxury have little money left over after funding their high-consumption lifestyles.


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For example, affluent parents often subsidize their children’s purchase of a home. The intent may be to help their children “get started on the right foot.” The parents assume that such gifts are a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. Some have told us that they thought “this would be the last dollar the kids would ever need.” They assume that the recipients of their kindness will be able to “do it on their own” in the near future. Nearly half the time, they are wrong.


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Gift receivers frequently are underachievers in generating income. All too often the income of the gift receiver does not increase at the same rate as his consumption. Thus, a gift of a down payment, whether full or partial, can place a recipient on a treadmill of consumption and continued dependence on the gift giver.


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Affluent parents instill this “dependence” characteristic in their daughters over time with subtle cues. Thus, many affluent parents communicate messages such as the following to their daughters:

Don’t worry If you don’t want to have a career of your own, you don’t have to worry about money. We will help you out financially. … If you do have a career, . . . if you do become a big success . . . and become independent~
you will not be receiving any major financial gifts or inheritance from us.


I am not impressed with what people own. But I’m impressed
with what they achieve… Always
strive to be the best in your field. … Don’t chase money. If
you are the best in your field, money will find you.

Book Review: Richard Branson’s Losing my Virginity

Ok, the book’s title is a bit odd. All the while, I thought Richard Branson lost his company which is named Virgin by the way.

But this serial entrepreneur got a different inspiring story.. it’s quite a motivational book to those who aspire to be serial entrepreneurs.. which means they run different businesses because they have this special talent.

The dare devil serial entrepreneur, who was dyslexic and who didn’t finished any degree, started out with a Student Magazine, then ventured into Music production, then eventually established his own Airlines.. I think he’s got a few more companies under his belt already.

I particularly remembered his encounter with a taxi driver trying to persuade him to listen to his song recordings.. eventually he realized that taxi driver was Phil Collins.

His strategy on how he run his business despite not having a university degree is awesome.. and you know, there’s a common theme when you talk about some guys that made it big like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.. go figure.

I don’t like how he dealt with multiple women in his life before settling down though. I still have that dalagang Filipina in me :P

I will have to update this to include some words of wisdom from the book (I forgot to bring the book here in Palawan). But overall, he’s a good (daredevil) person to lookup too. For the highspirited daredevils whose juggling multiple projects, check it out.

Book Review: Only at Night we see the Stars by Chiara Lubich

This book was given to me by a friend from India whom I met in Tagaytay when she was not yet a nun. When I traveled to Kerala, India, I went to see her as a full pledge nun taking care of many kids in their care home.


only at night we see the stars


How I miss her. ^_^ .. she is the perfect example of selflessness. Just like Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement.

This book is a simple book that feeds the soul and its yearning of peace. It’s religious considering that the author’s organization has a religious affiliation. But universally, I believe every religion has the same principles of doing good for the others. So not sure why some people are killing each other because of religion.

Anyway, here’s some words of wisdom from the book:

Often we are tormented by thoughts of what the future might hold. But.. “each day has enough trouble of its own” Mt 6:34

Tomorrow is another day, we shall then face tomorrow’s troubles. We need not worry; everything is in God’s hands.

A sudden misfortune reminds us of the words of scripture “Yes everything passes: people, health, beauty, possessions, God alone remains.”

God knows the road we should take at every point of our lives. For each of us he has fixed a celestial orbit for the star of our freedom to travel. But we must abandon ourselves to him, our creator. We each have our own orbit, our own life that does not conflict with the orbits plotted for billions of others, offspring of the same Father as we.

Have you ever noticed the little blade of grass, caressed by the winds of spring, that has broken through the surface of an abandoned road? Life insuppresible, is reborn.

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The book talks about how misfortunes and suffering are part of lives and that it should not make us bitter but encourages us to hold on coz like beauty, fame, glory, all this shall pass..

In my life, I also met people who can’t really handle suffering like we do.. they escape, travel coz they can, party coz they can, drink coz they want to forget about the problems..

On the other hand, I try not to go away from my suffering.. although it also might make me sadistic to myself. But I don’t want to escape challenges even if I can.. coz I want to provide solutions so it will never be misfortunes to other people as well. This is true – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

At the moment, I think the wheel of life is going around and i’m returning to the saddle. I’m proud of myself for overcoming challenges and patting myself at the back for being stronger. At the same time, I try to lend a shoulder to others who need it.. telling them that life is a wheel and everything is temporary, beauty, fame, glory.. including misfortunes.. for those who are currently down – all this shall pass.. hang on.