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  • Posted On: February 28th 2019 at 11:51 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    I haven’t been blogging much recently as I was sick and flooded with work. I am struggling to find time to practise violin too. :sad: Fortunately, I have a supportive and accommodating boyfriend and is still able to meet him regularly despite my hectic schedule.

    Sometimes I wish I have 48 hours in a day. There are so many things to do, so many things to learn and yet so little time. I got so many things I want to learn but is not able to learn due to lack of time. I need more rest but don’t have enough time to sleep much. Despite having a vacation back in November (I flew to Korea), I don’t feel that recharged and is thinking of flying to somewhere else again.


    Posted On: February 9th 2019 at 8:35 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    Happy Chinese New Year! It’s a few days as I was sick last week. Took 2 days of sick leave then had 2 days of leave which I applied a few weeks ago. Then 2 days of Chinese New Year and 2 days of weekend for me to rest before I go back to work.

    I’m still a bit sick with a bit of coughing. Hopefully it will get better since I had medicine and 3 rounds of afternoon naps today.


    Posted On: January 6th 2019 at 2:10 pm | 5 Comments
    Categories: Insights, Personal life, Rants, Technology, Work

    Happy new year everyone! Sorry that I didn’t post any new year blog entry on New Year’s day. I think I am becoming really lazy in blogging, which is not really a good thing. :sad:

    I started 2018 with an upcoming new job at one company and ended the year working hard at another company because of a merger event. Well, it has been a rollercoaster ride in 2018. What a ride, literally!

    I have achieved quite a bit in 2018 as compared to previous years. Well, 3 main events happened in a span of a year:

    So what’s up for me in 2019? I am still waiting for my Sony A6500 and SEL1670Z to come back from the repairs. Well, another hole in my wallet since it has passed the warranty period.

    I’m also waiting for Watsons to provide what kind of personal data they have collected from me over the years. I sent an email to their DPO twice and they ignored me on both instances. It’s sad but I guess I got no choice but to go through the formal complaint route to Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) just to get information on my personal data in Watsons’ systems.

    What have I learnt from this incident? Don’t fall prey to cheap discounts and stuff. You might be paying for the “discounts” when your data gets leaked in the Deep and Dark Web (DDW) or in the surface web (WWW – basically out in the open for everyone to see). Especially so given the level of security awareness they have in some employees… I feel like facepalming every time I got reminded how they asked me for my password in plaintext on a social media platform. :sigh: Now I can only pray that they didn’t collect as much data as I hoped. Physical shopping and carrying heavy shopping bags for the win. No or minimal online shopping.

    Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to an amazing 2019! I know it’s going to be amazing because I will make it amazing for myself. Hehe. :happy:

    And, no new year resolutions since I know I won’t actually fulfil them.


    Posted On: December 15th 2018 at 12:36 am | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Shopping, Technology

    I had the most facepalming customer service experience with Watsons.

    Well, basically I want to buy my essential stuff like toothpaste, toothbrush, etc from Watsons online store when they are having 12.12 sale. It turns out that their cart automatically added Whisper sanitary products into my cart and I couldn’t check out because it has too many Whisper sanitary products which I do not need. I suspect it’s because of the “Buy 2 Get 1” promotion that Whisper is having and Watsons e-store can’t handle it properly. Really bad error handling and user interface too, given that I cannot remove any Whisper items without it automatically adding more items to make it in multiples of 3. 

    So I dropped them an email which they didn’t reply. Fortunately they replied to my Facebook messages. After asking them for 2 days, they still couldn’t remove my Whisper items in my shopping cart. I’m concerned if I can still use the “1212BEST” promotion code (S$32 off for purchases above S$120) that is for 12.12 sale and the customer service person just reply, yes you can still use it. We just checked it. After the second day of waiting, the items are still not out of my cart and now the promotion code is not working. :sigh: 

    Oh, the funniest part in the whole conversation is not about me missing the promotion. It’s more about adding 6 Whisper sanitary products in my cart – basically 9 to 12 months supply of sanitary products (because each packet has 14 to 24 pieces of sanitary pads). Seriously, who ever buy so much sanitary products at a go? Oh, in order to remove the items in my cart, they asked me for my userid then my password. :shocked: Seriously, you need my password just to remove the items in the cart?

    That really got me concerned if this is how they operate. So I emailed their DPO (Data Protection Officer) to ask what personal data they collected from me and how do they protect my data. Let’s see if they will reply me.

    Now the really sad part? I have to go to the physical stores to get my essentials now and carry all my items back by myself. :sad: No shipping of items at my doorstep anymore… :cry: 


    Posted On: November 21st 2018 at 12:21 am | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    I have not been blogging as often as I thought and my Instagram accounts are covered in cobwebs. Well, the thing about uploading on Instagram is that I need to prepare the right hashtags, edit the photos and add watermark. It’s a lot of work if you have tons of photos. I think I have posted from April 2018 that has yet to be posted. And yes, my overdue posts from April 2018 too. I haven’t posted about my SF trip back in March and I just came back from Korea too. Hopefully I get more time to slowly (but surely) tackle one by one.

    On a happier note, I’m proud of myself to be able to complete a Masters degree and my Grade 8 violin certification this year. 2 major milestones in a year! :smile: I’m preparing for my first AWS certification right now as I struggled through my online trainings. Yes it is a struggle to go through the huge load of online trainings but I will get there. Gambatte, Sakura!