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  • Posted On: May 1st 2020 at 3:02 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Technology, Work

    I passed my Azure Foundations AZ-900 exam on Tuesday. Hehe, it was a long wait as I struggled with technical issues in taking the exam. I wanted to go for the training at Microsoft office in March but COVID-19 lockdowns started happening and they canceled the on-site training. So I have to wait for April to register for the online training class. I took about 1.5 to 2 weeks to prepare for the exam after the class and register for it. However, somehow my personal MacBook Pro is not suitable for the exam and it kicked me out before I even get to see the questions. :sad:

    Fortunately I got a replacement exam voucher and was able to take the exam on Tuesday. I’m quite happy to pass the exam and it starts my cloud certification journey. Time to get back to revise for my AWS certification.

    I am also spending time to learn new stuff thanks to the Circuit Breaker period. :geek: It gets pretty bored at home sometimes. :stressed: There is only so much dramas and movies I can watch. I miss going for violin classes too. But the idea of online violin classes is still pretty odd for me. Bleh. Anyway, hope that Circuit Breaker period will end soon…


    Posted On: April 26th 2020 at 5:50 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Korean related, Personal life, Rants, Work

    How is everyone doing? I have been staying at home other than to get food or groceries these days. Oh, I also managed to go for a short jog around my neighbourhood but that’s basically it.

    I also started doing HIIT exercises at home by watching some of the YouTube videos.

    I also finished watching Parasite movie last weekend and Partners for Justice 2 drama series this weekend. On the technical/professional front, I’m trying to take my Azure AZ-900 exam. Hopefully i can pass on my first try. I registered for it last week but due to some technical issues on my personal laptop, I have to re-schedule it. :sad:

    Working from home has an additional perk. It means I can focus on learning what I needed for work without much distraction from my colleagues. Haha, I can fully focused on it and apply what I learn directly at my daily work deliverables. I find myself more efficient and finishing more work at home. The down side? I feel like I end up working a lot more. Because you know, when work gets interesting and distraction-free, it means it’s harder to take a break. :stressed:

    Sadly, Circuit Breaker was supposed to end on 4 May but it has been recently extended to 1 June. In addition, bubble tea shops and hairdressers are not allowed to operate now. Fortunately, we can still buy bubble tea as some of the bubble tea shops have combined forces with restaurants to ensure that they can still sell bubble tea and food together to consumers.

    Sadly, no such collaborations for hairdressers so that means I will be forced to keep my long hair now. :blank:

    I can’t wait for this Circuit Breaker to end and for this COVID-19 madness to end soon.


    Posted On: April 11th 2020 at 6:41 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    Saturdays are supposed to be very crowded on trains because that was when most are not working, including some of our maids/migrant workers. Today is the first Saturday after the Circuit Breaker in Singapore. The trains are empty, you are allowed to put your food items on the seats because of social distancing. People in grey polo tee who are Social Distancing Ambassadors are patrolling the stations. People are either carrying groceries or food when they are out.

    Public transport is still available and there is social distancing to be followed even on public buses. We are not supposed to sit on certain seats with sticker or stand on certain spots with sticker (for trains). We have lesser cars on the road but to keep up with the frequency, the buses are moving slower than usual and stopping at bus stops longer than usual.

    This is Singapore with our Singapore residents doing our best to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

    You might think that empty malls means unrest but nope, we still have security guards patrolling the malls and looking at me at what am I doing at the mall. Luckily for my bag of groceries and Koi bubble tea cup, otherwise, I might be questioned.

    After getting my essentials and food, I headed back to home and wash up. I’m not going out until I really need to and please don’t hoard food. It took me 3 trips to different supermarkets to find any pasta/pesto sauce and granola. :sad:


    Posted On: January 11th 2020 at 12:56 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Work

    The flu bug came for me a few days back. A bad time to fall sick since I am quite busy at work this week. Sigh, I really should do something about increasing my body immunity. My colleague came to work after down with flu bug but hasn’t fully recovered. I only sit opposite of him for a day and I fell sick. Well, I had a bit of sore throat the previous night but that was just it. Guess my weakened immunity system caught the flu bug and boom, the full effects of flu. :sad:

    I had fever earlier but fortunately it is gone now.


    Posted On: October 13th 2019 at 2:06 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Reviews

    I had my haircut yesterday at The Space Korean Hair Salon. Well, I am not going back to Dusol Beauty hair salon because my usual hairstylist, Mikhaela, is no longer working there. Not sure which hairstylist I can go for but I have been on a lookout for another hairstylist I can go for regularly.

    I tried Zinc Korean Hair Salon and somehow I didn’t like that I don’t get to choose my bangs style. The hairstylist, Rena, also cut my hair while it is wet. It gets a bit cold when that happens and I have to request her to blowdry it a little.

    So I opt for Jenny at The Space Korean Hair Salon and nope, I am not going back. My haircut wasn’t that bad but it is not worth S$48. She hardly do any layering. In fact, there was no layering until I requested her to cut my back hair shorter and with some layering. Oh well. Not going back there again…

    The salon is also quite crowded and I spent quite a bit of time waiting. In the end, the whole thing just took 45mins. Pretty fast for a haircut with wash and blow. It typically take at least 1 hour. Even while blowdrying my hair, the hairstylist were just talking and talking. My hair keeps flying towards my eyes and irritate my eyes so I have to close my eyes.

    Oh, the hairstylist is the one who is washing my hair which is quite odd. Usually you will get another person washing your hair and blowdrying your hir.

    Well, I didn’t have a good experience at The Space Korean Hair Salon. Cutting hair used to be relaxing with nice head massages and stuff but the experience at The Space Korean Hair Salon is so bad that you might as well go for your S$10 haircut instead. It’s simply too overrated.