Non-Book Review: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Have you heard of Tim Ferriss? You probably have. He’s a pretty impressive guy: Praised by Fast Company, Forbes’ Magazine, and Fortune Magazine as a businessman and entrepreneur; investor of companies like Facebook, Alibaba, Uber, Shopify, Twitter, and dozens of other successful startups; New York Times best-selling author; and host of his own hugely popular podcast.
This, Tools of Titans, is his latest book. It’s sort of a compilation of the best interviews he’s ever had with some of the most interesting, successful, and creative people in the planet. His podcast has been around for many years, so if you want to get the best of what those interviews had to offer but don’t have time to listen to thousands of hours’ worth of podcast episodes, you might want to read this book instead.
Also, look at that cover art. Awesome. Get the book here.
(My apologies for this non-review. I’ll have more substantial things to say after reading the book.)

Book Review: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Have you read this book? You should.

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is a leadership book that has application on businesses/organizations, groups, and individuals.

At the heart of the book lies this one principle: extreme ownership, and that is what the book is named after.
It’s partly theoretical (it talks about principles) and practical (it talks about ways the reader can apply these principles in real life). Each chapter also begins with the authors’ stories and experiences in the field of battle, so it reads a little bit like a war memoir. The lessons and principles are drawn from these.
I had so many insights, but these are my greatest takeaways:
1. The success or failure of your organization, business, or group, including your family, depends solely on you as the leader.
2. Ego is a good motivator for winning and succeeding, but too much of it will destroy you. You need to be utterly humble as a leader. Keep your ego in check because it’s not about you, it’s about fulfilling the mission of your company or group.
3. Discipline equals freedom. Motivation is overrated. Discipline is the only key to winning and succeeding.
I highly recommend it! Go here to grab your copy:

Major News!

I have some major news regarding this blog! I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, and I think now is the perfect time to do this.

I plan to totally overhaul the blog. What that means is that the contents that I will share here will no longer be limited to books, reading, and writing. It will include many other things as well, things I am also passionate about, like vlogging, which I’ve done recently.

I realized that writing and reading are just two of the things I love: I also am fascinated by business, entrepreneurship, startups, public speaking, philosophy, technology, camera gears, vlogging, travelling, luxury, parenting, and many other things. So from now on, I will be doing all sorts of things in this vlog. It will be colorful, exciting, new, fun, different, important, and valuable.

Of course, I’d still be writing stories, and eventually I’d still be able to come up with my own book in the near future. All of my other literary dreams are still there and I’d still reach for them. But I will be expanding to other fascinating interests and ventures and I’d like you to journey with me.


By the way, I really hope to meet each of you in person one of these days. I plan to travel the world with my family in a few years’ time.

I Just Started Vlogging!


I’ve been watching Casey Neistat’s vlogs for many months now. Man, they are so addictive! Casey is one of the most interesting and inspiring persons I’ve ever seen on the Internet.

His vlog prompted me to start my own YouTube channel and make my own vlogs. It’s called The Cuales Family Vlog and here’s the first episode:

Here’s the description:

This is our first-ever vlog! We are a Filipino family living in Cebu, an island south of Manila. We’re doing this, vlogging, for several reasons:

1. We want to document our kids’ formative years. Our son, Luke, is almost 5, and our daughter, Lizzy, just turned 3. We want to give them something they can look back to when they are older, namely these videos, so that they’ll see what they looked like, how they talked, and what they talked about. That’s more awesome than merely having photos of their childhood years.

2. We want to develop our English communication skills by constantly speaking the language while we’re vlogging.

3. We want to compel ourselves to be creative as frequently as possible.

4. We want to show our viewers what it’s like to live in the Philippines, and in particular, Cebu City, at least from our perspective.

5. We are just huge fans of Casey Neistat!

Music: Meant to Be by Arc North (feat. Krista Marina)