The 5 Best Articles of 2016

Hey guys,

At the end of every year, I like to take some time to reflect about the past year.

Which articles did you guys like, comment and share the most this year? I looked into the stats and here’s what I found. Here are my five most popular articles of 2016.

Hopefully you still like them:


1. This is the First Ten Years of Your Career

My biggest hit of 2016. When I meet new people, they sometimes tell me they’ve already read my work — and this is usually their first article. It was actually inspired by a writer in Silicon Valley, and is part experience part observation.

I don’t give many answers in this one, but raise lots of questions. If you’re between 18 and 36 and want to confront the hard questions you’ll face in your career — take a read. I think you’ll like it.


2. How to Start a Limited Liability Partnership in Malaysia

I actually wrote this in 2015. And it’s a very traditional “How to” article, so there’s no inspirational razzle dazzle in this one.

If you’re looking to start your own small business in Malaysia though, I encourage you to consider starting a Limited Liability Partnership. Here’s how and why.


3. Why I Quit My High-Flying Job, Said No to a Six-Figure USD Promotion, and Went to Work for a Social Enterprise

I used to have a pretty cool job where I traveled the world and made good money. This is the story of why I decided to leave that career behind, said No to a huge promotion, and decided to try something new.

I love my job of training young people now, but it came with a lot of doubt and sacrifice too.


4. Malaysian Credit Card Strategies for 2016

2013 – 2014 were the glory years of Malaysian credit cards. The banks were super generous with their privileges, the authorities were lenient about approving cards and waivers, and my credit card guru Mr. GenX was still writing.

Fast forward to 2016 and things aren’t what they used to be. But in these difficult times, are there still credit card strategies worth doing? I think so. This article explores three strategies, and recommends several cards which will continue to serve you well in 2017.


5. Why I Bought a Cheap Second-Hand Car

About one and a half years ago, I decided to buy a car. But not a shiny, fast one. Instead, I bought my sister’s nine-year old Perodua Myvi. Some people were shocked. I was shocked that they were shocked.

So I wrote this article explaining why a cheap second-hand car is good enough for me. (And maybe good enough for most people.)


Top 5 Referrers

I also wanted to take this opportunity to make a shoutout to some of my Internet friends. I owe a million thanks to these guys, who consistently send me traffic:

1. SAYS – SAYS call themselves “Malaysia’s social news company.” They curate and share content to millions every month. When I write a great article, you’ll usually see it on SAYS too!

2. Pakdi – Pakdi a.k.a. Suzardi Maulan is a really cool guy. He’s also one of the top personal finance writers in the country.

3. iMoney – iMoney helps people compare financial products — to make the most of their money. They run a great Learning Centre; and I’m proud to be one of their contributors.

4. Ringgit oh Ringgit – Suraya Zainudin is the founder of Ringgit oh Ringgit, and arguably the best new personal finance writer in Malaysia. She’s also an expert in Bitcoin. Thanks for all the support Suraya!

5. JewelPie – JewelPie is a home lifestyle magazine for Malaysians founded by Sara Khong. Though predominantly focused on food, home and recipes, I’m still happy that mr-stingy made it to Sara’s recommended list.


My Best Articles of All Time

Looking for more of my articles to read? Check out my best articles of all time here.

Thank you again for all your support in 2016. Wishing you all the love, success and happiness in the world for 2017.


– – –


Pic from Pexels.

Join more than 2,820 subscribers to receive free updates on living a better life.

I respect your privacy and will never spam you.


  • Dear Aaron,

    You’re too kind, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you too for your friendship, support and self-improvement articles. I really, really enjoyed the PTPTN and the LLP posts. And your helpful plugins information was a great resource for me – Ringgit Oh Ringgit wouldn’t be half as good as it is now if not for that.

    But beyond that, it’s the general vibe that you exude, via this website and your online personality. I can tell that you care about helping young people get better. You care about making the most out of life, and the role of self-determination in that process. You brought a refreshing breeze into the Malaysian blog space. You are the catalyst that allowed my (and other similar websites) to grow.

    Please take this credit. You deserve it. I have no doubt that you will have a wonderful 2017, full of opportunities to learn and subsequently, improve. I can’t wait to learn more from you.

    Best, and much love,

    • Thank you so much for all your kind words Suraya. You give me too much credit, but I really appreciate your support. Wishing you the best ahead for 2017, and looking forward for more great things from you!

Submit a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *