"Begin with the end in mind"

Always set goals, and always measure them. Here is a list of things I’ve done in the year of 2016.


I managed to read 26 books this year, that’s exactly 1 book every 2 weeks. I was hoping I could read more but there were too many things to work on at First Code Academy. My secret is carrying my Kindle everywhere with me when I know I will be waiting, flying, or having no Internet. I did not really have a theme for the year, I would say towards the end of the year, it became more focused on Leadership and Personal Growth.

  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
  • How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
  • When Breath Becomes Air
  • How to Lie With Statistics
  • Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People
  • Delivering Happiness
  • The Internet is My Religion
  • Tribal Leadership
  • I Love You More Than My Dog
  • Shoe Dog
  • Augmented Age
  • High Output Management - yet to finish
  • Building Great Software Engineering Teams
  • Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) - Audiobook
  • Mindset - stopped, not interesting
  • The Course of Love
  • Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
  • Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most - stopped, not interesting
  • Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow
  • Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind
  • The Amazon Way
  • How Google Works
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever


Compared with a lot of jetsetters out there, I don’t think the list is even worth sharing. Anyway, I would like to travel more with purpose, say running an oversea half marathon.

  • Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Rhode Island and Maine, USA
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • San Francisco, USA
  • Singapore
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Bali, Indonesia


Including this post, I wrote 5 blog posts this year, far from my initial plan to get 12 blog posts out the door. Definitely something to work on in 2017.

  • 7 Books to Read in 2016
  • 7 Life Mottos I Live By
  • How We Define Our Company Culture at First Code Academy
  • You Have Been Finding Jobs The Wrong Way
  • 2016 Year in Review

Public Speaking

I set myself a goal to take on a challenge of speaking in the public this year. It just so happened that WHub was hosting an event about “working at startup” and they invited me to be a panelist. It was my first ever public speaking gig and I was excited to share my startup experience with the audience.


After my 1st half marathon in 2014 in Singapore, I told myself that the next one would not be coming soon. 2 years later, I figured I needed some new challenges in my life, and so instead of joining another half marathon, I joined 2. With a training plan in mind, I ran regularly throughout the year and achieved a personal best of 2h4m at Angkor Wat Half Marathon, 4m behind my target yet still a major improvement. I’m thinking to sign up more half marathons in 2017, anyone?

  • HKDRC Half Marathon - 2016 Oct
  • Angkor Wat Half Marathon - 2016 Dec