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  • Posted On: June 9th 2019 at 10:50 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Food, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Talks, Technology, Travel, Work

    I’m back from Beijing. Hehe, I went Beijng for a work trip for 9 days. It was kind of rushed, hence didn’t blog about it.

    I went to Defcon Beijing 1.0 (yes, the first Defcon in Beijing after last year’s beta version). It was quite exciting since it was my first time going to Defcon. Well, the main one in Las Vegas is too expensive – flight tickets, hotel and event ticket combined. Hence, I went for the one in Beijing. I paid for my own event ticket while the company paid for my flights and hotel stay. :smile: Then I stayed on to work in Beijing office and was helping my Beijing colleague at work too. :grin:

    Defcon Beijing is mostly bling (lots of loud and nice decorations) and not many people went for it. Well, it’s not cheap – US$170. But the talks and workshops aren’t that technical. Not as technical as the one in Las Vegas, according to my colleague who went with me.

    The location of the event is really old. Like rusty and stuff. Then they hid it by decorating it with lots of photos but they didn’t decorate it every single part… It was also located at a remote location. It was not near train station or bus stop. Not exactly easy to find unless you take DiDi. Oh, DiDi in Beijing is really bad. The air is already so polluted and most DiDi drivers just open the car windows to air the car. Well, I get that they want to save money for aircon but still… sigh.

    It was near an arts district (751 D.Park) so we went to explore after the event. It was pretty rundown and had a rustic feeling to it. I guess that’s part of the distinctive feel of the place.

    I also saw an old Uber stand/booth while on the way to 751 D.Park.

    It was my first time to Beijing so it was an eye opening experience. The air is really polluted. Will I go back there again? Yes. Will I stay for more than a week? For the sake of my health, no. Will I go to Defcon Beijing again? No if it is at the same location.

    There are really a lot of people working in Beijing. The traffic was really bad, but at least the cars are moving very slowly and not stuck and not move at all. We need to queue up to get into the train station during rush hour. We can’t take DiDi during rush hour or we will be stuck in traffic jams. There were bag checks at every entrance of the train platform.

    Ignoring the air pollution and bad traffic conditions, Beijing really have lots of nice bubble tea shops and food. Lots of cheap food around too. I had a great time eating and drinking bubble tea. :oops: Really need to work out more after the trip now… I am also having a phobia of bubble tea after 9 days of bubble tea.

    Oh, we went to Quan Ju De, the famous Peking Duck restaurant but didn’t order any duck meat. Haha, my colleague didn’t want duck meat again since we had it at another restaurant. I had soy sauce chicken instead which turns out to be extremely salty. Will I go there again? Nah. I will go to the peking duck restaurant that my Beijing colleague brought us instead. It’s “Liu Lin Kao Ya Dian” if you are interested to visit.

    I had the best soup dumplings in Beijing – Yi Pin Xiao Bao. I highly recommended there. I had 2 meals there. The one on the left in the following photo is the usual pork soup dumplings while the one on the right is spicy pork dumplings – which was really awesome!

    I also went to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Gate and also Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan). I will blog about them in future when I am free. Hehe.


    Posted On: December 13th 2018 at 11:59 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Birthdays, Food, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    Happy birthday to myself!

    Whee. I went for Sulwhasoo facial treatment today (thanks to Sulwhasoo member points for the free facial!) and added S$40 for the eyecare treatment. It’s surprising that they charge eyecare and facial separately but I’m glad that I went for the topup. :smile: 

    Then I went to meet Chin Hau for dinner at my favourite hotpot place – Beauty in a Pot.

    {Update (19 Jan 2019)} I finally uploaded and posted my birthday cake for 2018. Quite overdue but better than nothing. Hehe. It’s fruits cake this year. Looks like I have grown up from chocolate cakes.

    Happy 28th birthday to myself!

    Here’s the photo of the birthday cake Chin Hau bought for me. Hehe it’s my favourite chocolate cake! :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/182132780608/what-a-cute-reindeer-chocolate-cake-its-quite

    Posted On: December 2nd 2018 at 8:50 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: Food, Love, Pictures

    Chin Hau bought me to Dancing Crab on our 4th monthsary yesterday. Actually he wanted to go there earlier but we didn’t have the time to go. So we went on our 4th monthsary.

    Wow I naively thought it only cost S$9.80 for the lobster they labelled it as S$9.80/100g. The lobster weight 850g so it basically costs S$83.30. :shocked: We ordered 1 steamed and 1 grilled corn along with spicy fries.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180716134763/first-time-trying-lobster-at-dancing-crab-i-see

    We ordered 1 crab and 1 lobster originally which is too much. Luckily we managed to cancel the order for the crab and just have the lobster. Chin Hau treated me which makes me feel blessed. Hehe, he don’t treat me all the time so I feel blessed when he treated me and it was such an expensive meal. :smile:


    Posted On: November 26th 2018 at 11:55 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Love, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    I went to the Changi Wizarding World at Changi Airport with Chin Hau yesterday. Basically it is a set of Harry Potter theme exhibits which look quite disappointing. In order to promote their event, they want to see at least 3 posts for 3 different exhibits before you can play the games. Some of the exhibits are quite disappointing. Anyway, I will leave you with the photos for you to judge. Nothing interesting, to be honest.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485241998/havent-post-for-a-long-time-but-when-i-post-it-is

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485247108/no-snow-in-singapore-but-we-do-get-fake-snow-d

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485248588/niffler-do-follow-lihotography-for-more-of-such

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485263788/photos-that-do-not-move-not-very-impressed-given

    Nevertheless, it was quite a fun date activity and I love to continue to disturb Chin Hau sometimes. :lovestruck: We had dinner at Paradise Dynasty which is kind of expensive and we were so full. Okay, I was very full while it was just ok for Chin Hau. He got a big appetite after all… :smile:


    Posted On: September 1st 2018 at 3:44 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Food, Friendship, Love, Personal life, Pictures, With my LX10

    I have been posting several food photos but have not been sharing them on ViolinStar.NET. So now I am going to share them… and also talk a bit about them too.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176776758023/when-in-doubt-order-the-same-food-as-your-friend


    I took this photo of my meal at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse. It’s probably my most expensive meal. It’s also my Masters graduation dinner which I had with my friends (Alan and Jeffrey). It’s a bit sad that how graduate school can be a little cold. But I’m glad that I have made some friends whom I will still meet up every now and then. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176336731943/when-you-got-a-lighter-weight-camera-you-tend-to


    I had lunch at Toast Box (silly me for not realising that the cafe that we want to visit is closed on public holidays). I went with Eunice and Rui Yun and had a HTHT (Heart to Heart Talk) with them. It’s interesting to see how different we have all become but we are still together. Friends forever, hopefully!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176776825403/yay-for-spicy-dry-hotpot-do-follow-lihotography


    I had mala xiang guo at Fusionopolis I. I used to have it when I was still working at Autodesk. Now that I left Autodesk, I didn’t have much chance to have it for a long time. So glad that Chin Hau agreed to go with me after we collected our graduation gowns back in June.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176776804488/havent-had-fish-co-for-a-really-long-time-and

    I had this with Chin Hau because he hasn’t had Fish and Co for a long time and he loves it. Haha, he looks so excited (like a little kid) when he orders his dinner. I get my chocolate bingsu from Nunsongyee too. Yay, I finally found someone who is willing to have chocolate bingsu with me!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/177614117848/you-cant-seem-to-be-predict-how-much-you-can


    I met up with Randumps and they met Chin Hau for the first time.

    “You can’t seem to be predict how much you can eat…” – Chin Hau

    This is not the first time he said it and somehow he always helped me finish the unfinished food. Hehe. On a side note, I really should order less in future.