A writer’s bio by @hustlelead

Hi, this is meant to be a dynamic post where I update my progress on Medium and anything else interesting. Sorta like a starter writer’s bio.

I joined Medium writing during the height of the quarantine buzz, on May 16th. That is about 2.5 months now. I am still very much a beginner.

I have my fair share of ups and downs. I am actively trying to increase those times when the earnings go up. So far, my earnings had peaked at a little over $300 a month on June, then dropped to $200 on July.

I signed up for…


The story arc of this character would have made for a more compelling tale.

Image by bavillo13 from Pixabay

[Spoiler alert: Article contains mentions of various objects and scenes present in the movie.]

I snapped a quick photo of the life-size figurine of the Gal Gadot Wonder Woman as I waited outside the theaters for the movie screening.

It was the movie premiere of the much-awaited film. Wonder Woman 1984 is the sequel to Wonder Woman and the ninth installment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which set the bar high for the series.

Having consumed almost all of the DCEU and Marvel Superhero films, I entered the movie with no expectations, deliberately keeping my mind open for any…


“Rest, there’s always another time for training.”

Side view of athletes running on the track
Side view of athletes running on the track
Photo by Nicolas Hoizey on Unsplash

“There’s always another time for training.”

That’s what my high school track and field coach would tell us when another one of our team bit the dust.

More specifically, the injured athlete would either have torn his hamstring during an interval or developed a severe case of shin spleen akin to microfractures on the sensitive shin bone due to overtraining.

Overtraining. That word seems to be the least of concerns to anyone who is not an athlete, let alone an average sedentary desk-bound office worker.

But lately, I have been having trouble recovering from gym sessions although I could barely…


Move aside Bitcoin, we have a new contender for high risk high return investment.

My Friend’s Charizard Card, encased and graded with score 7 | photo taken by author
My Friend’s Charizard Card, encased and graded with score 7 | photo taken by author
photo by author

“Should I sell my Charizard?”

My colleague asked me yesterday, the same day a Pokémon card was auctioned off at $260,000 US dollars. It was a Charizard of certified grade 10.

He knew that I talked much about finance and investing — I once raved about the Tesla rally that I concluded was too risky for my taste — and he wished to hear my take on this new niche market. If he were to liquidate the innocuous piece of cardboard right there and then, he would have earned himself a handsome one-year salary.

“Keep it,” I told him eventually…


Some resolutions are bound to fall out with time.

Image by Valerie Castano from Pixabay

I was in Taipei, Taiwan on New Year Eve, huddled with other students under the dizzying tower of Taipei 101.

The sky was dark and musky, and the rain did not help. I was with a group of newly made friends brought together by circumstances. We had a “brilliant” idea of catching the fireworks in the prime district of Taipei, where thousands of party-goers gather and crowd the single most popular building that was now shrouded from view in the wet atmosphere.

As we huddled in the cold, donned in raincoats and jackets with umbrellas literally blocking the view, I…


With the bull market hyping up crypto sentiments, it is high time to keep our confirmation bias in check and stay grounded.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

I am optimistic about Bitcoin.

As the year closes to an end, price projection for bitcoin has ranged anywhere between an outrageous $500K by 2025 to a more muted $40K at the end of 2021. These forecasts are hard to ignore because they are made by increasingly established figures such as Catherine Wood, the Founder and CEO of Ark Invest, and Tom Fitzpatrick, Citibank’s global head of CitiFX Technicals.

Self-professed pundits littered social medias with emotions-stoking blog posts and video content, all of which contained some sort of disclaimer and absolution of responsibility.

“Investing is and always will be one’s…


Where there is money, there is fraud.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

You may have heard of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. If there is anything more exciting than the recent meteoric rise of the price of Bitcoin, it is the invention of Decentralised Finance or DeFi for short.

While the word “decentralised” may immediately propel your newest tech project into the realm of other exciting and novel tech developments, it does not necessarily make the tech the better way of doing things.

For one, DeFi lending may be the latest victim of this decentralizing craze. I think that loans and credit should not be decentralized.

Is Security Obsolete?

If DeFi is immutable, secure, and transparent, does…


P.S. There is a special place in hell for those who bully freelancers.

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I was waiting for my haircut when I received the email.

For the past week, this marketing CEO, whom I shall call Mark, had been bugging me to put up a link to his website on one of my articles. I planned to go through the editing process over the weekend as the workweek has been rather hectic.

Suffice to say, I finally squeezed some time into the schedule to get a haircut.

I opened the third email from Mark this week, and read the message. I was now having my reservations about his request. …


F*ck the FOMO. Now I’m buying again.

Photo by Frank Busch on Unsplash

The past few months were great for Bitcoin. The rally began on September on the news of PayPal’s adoption, which was followed quickly by more good news that include DBS’s secret Bitcoin project.

I was none the happier though. Having took the short position since $8000 thinking that a $10,000 bitcoin was too expensive to buy, I was pretty much in denial.

And now? I renewed my position with a $18,000 price tag.

The FOMO here is real.

Riding the wave

Given the momentum of the charts, the price is hitting a 2017 resistance of $17,600, between the $17,000 to $18,000 range.

A…


Millennials stories told

“I hate to say it, but the hedonic treadmill of life is very real in the sense that you do get used to things after a little while.”

Photo by Anastase Maragos on Unsplash

For some of us millennials, there comes a time in our 20s when reading about biographies of extraordinary people seem more interesting than the fantasy realm of fiction. While books are good, there exists an easier yet deep resource that still showcases both authenticity and originality— that is, YouTube.

Few things scream coming-of-age more than thinking about one’s own personal finance. YouTube videos about personal finance may just be the twenty-somethings’ new past time.

Unique Stories of 4 YouTubers

As I spend an indecent amount of time watching the endless rabbit hole of YouTube videos, I found a few gems that are worth mentioning on…

hustlelead How S.

aspiring writer striving to love the process | Cybersecurity analyst | Physics tutor | Owns bitcoin TW&IG&LI:@hustlelead E:hustle.lead@gmail[.]com

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