• Posted On: December 28th 2017 at 4:48 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: Articles, Technology

    Cryptocurrency is getting really hot these days… Not sure for the right or wrong reasons but literally everyone I know is asking me about it and some wants to get into the action (at trading or speculation). Not a healthy phenomenon but I guess I can contribute a little by sharing my knowledge on cryptocurrency and how to join in the action (also to be used as a blog post to reference when more people ask me about it since I am getting tired of answering the same questions again and again).

    So what do I need to get started? It just take 3 steps to get started. :wink: 

    #1: First of all, you should set a budget. Well it is going to be an investment (a digital one) and you should set a budget on how much you can afford to lose. Like all high risk investments, you should not invest money that you cannot lose. You don’t want to burn your own fingers in the market after all.

    #2: Secondly, you need to open an account with a cryptocurrency exchange. So using the budget you set at the first step, if your investment is less than 2 bitcoin in value, you can either open an account with Bithumb (Korean cryptocurrency exchange) or Binance (China cryptocurrency exchange) without the need to submit your passport photo or other identification for verification. You can just verify your account with a valid phone number and email address. Yes, that means you can have multiple accounts if you have multiple phone numbers and email addresses.

    If you are planning to invest more than 2 bitcoin in value, you will need to submit identification documents for verification.

    Binance is good since they only charge 0.1% for transaction fees. Bithumb charge 0.15% for transaction fees. However, they also charge 0.01 ether when you withdraw from your account. However, if you foresee yourself doing multiple transfers, then I would recommend you to use Gemini. Gemini charges a higher rate for transactions fees (maximum of 0.25%).

    Transactional fees

    Binance – 0.1%

    Bithumb – 0.15%

    Gemini – 0.25%

    (Do sign up for the accounts using my referral link for Binance and let me gain referral bonus!)

    In addition, Binance and Bithumb has a wider range of cryptocurrencies. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to transfer money into Bithumb unless you have a Korean domestic account. You can’t transfer actual money (USD) into Binance either so that leaves you the only option of Gemini. You can transfer USD into Gemini account and buy bitcoin (BTC) or ethereum (ETH). Then you can transfer either BTC or ETH into Binance/Bithumb account to do the actual trading. In the cryptocurrency world, BTC and ETH are like fiat money so you will definitely need 1 of them to buy other cryptocurrencies. ETH is required for ICO (Initial Coin Offering)/TGE (Token Generation Events) while BTC is like the USD in cryptocurrency world.

    Gemini only trade in BTC and ETH so for more action, you will need to transfer your BTC/ETH into Bithumb/Binance. I personally find the action more in Bithumb because Koreans are really into cryptocurrencies. So the swings between the highs and lows is more significant than in Binance and Gemini.

    Variety of cryptocurrencies

    Bithumb and Binance – Too many to choose from. Binance  always list the newest tokens though, as compared to Bithumb.

    Gemini: Only BTC and ETH.

    #3: Now that you have the account and the budget, it is time to determine when is a good time to buy the cryptocurrencies. Personally I use a mixture of apps like Cryptowatch, Blockfolio and Delta apps. I use all of them to decide if I want to take a long or short positions in any cryptocurrencies. Reading up on the latest cryptocurrency developments and security breaches and how they arise is important too. Fortunately, I am already in the security sector so doing all these readings are kind of my kind of thing (on top of Korean dramas, hahaha).

    Advantages of each app

    Cryptowatch – for MACD and Volume analysis

    Blockfolio – for the latest cryptocurrency news

    Delta – for the most up to date cryptocurrency price and covers many exchanges 

    It takes some creativity to find new ways to earn money in the cryptocurrency world as well. Do share some of your tips if you do. :smile: 

    And… that’s it! I hope you don’t lose money but if you do, be prepared that you might lose all of them. :blank: 

    Posted On: September 9th 2017 at 4:12 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Articles, Japanese related, Overseas, Personal life, Travel

    I finally finished blogging about my Japan trip back in June 2017. It’s my first time travelling in Japan, although it is not my first time landing in Japan. I took a transit flight in Narita Airport when I was flying to SFO back in 2015.

    I didn’t blog all the places we visited because I didn’t upload those photos. I also visited Uniqlo near the Ramen Town as well, and of course Sapporo too. Sadly, I didn’t really take much photos because I was really tired in the trip (I fell sick for 1 month after I came back from the trip too!) and my camera body was spoilt too. :sad: 

    This probably is my shortest compilation of an overseas trip. I promise to be more hardworking in future. Haha. :grin: 

    Iwazamiza Town



    Other attractions

    Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 3:51 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Articles, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Travel

    Okay, now that I have finished blogging about my Korea trip back in January 2016 (whoa, what a delay!). Here’s the list of blog posts for easy reference. :grin: 



    Posted On: February 12th 2017 at 7:52 pm | 6 Comments
    Categories: Articles, Friendship, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Reviews, Travel, With my NEX

    I went to Legoland with Huang Yin and Lay Lian during my Week of Rest last December. I have never been to Legoland so that is quite a refreshing trip. I have never been to Johor Bahru either so that’s my first trip to Johor Bahru too. :smile: 

    I took quite a number of photos and uploaded tons of it on my Instagram. So I shall let the photos do the talking now. Hehe. :grin: 

    It’s Legoland!

    Finally went to Legoland in Malaysia after it has opened for quite some time…

    It’s the shipyard… in lego. Hahaha.

    Quite cool to see a camel made of lego blocks…

    Probably the worse chicken rice I ever had… And this costs around S$10… :(

    We went during the Christmas season and they have this Christmas tree made of lego. :shocked: 

    Christmas tree at Legoland.

    This somehow reminds me of Lee Kwang Soo… Hahaha.

    I got myself the gold and silver lego keychains and a ice mould for lego. Hehe.

    Wow, so many lego keychains!

    The lighthouse. I would love to get on top of it but seems like it is not allowed…

    “Let us fix the banner up…”

    Not exactly sure what is this…

    Fireman character in lego!

    Look at those children having fun with water!


    I actually went to check the souvenir shops and see if I can find any musical themed lego items. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any. :sad: 

    Musical fountain, literally.

    They have this special section called the Mini World which displays the famous buildings around the Asia (or was it Southeast Asia? I already forgot it…) The one for Singapore is huge. But the one for Malaysia is massive. :shocked: 

    To be honest, I read about it and was quite excited to go there and take tons of photos at Mini World. Unfortunately, it is one of the last stations that we went at Legoland and we were running out of time since we have a 4ish pm bus to catch to go back to Singapore. So I had a mad rush to take as many photos as possible. But I think I missed out some exhibits though. Sigh. :sigh: 

    The old scenery of Singapore river, Merlion and Fullerton Hotel – in lego blocks.

    Another old scenery of Singapore…

    I love Canon. Haha, just kidding. I love my Sony NEX-5R camera more (i.e. Sony) than my Canon compact camera. Hehe.

    And now for the non-Singapore ones…

    Forgot what is this but it reminded me of the palaces I visited in Seoul…

    The famous Twin Towers from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Forgot what is this…

    Bollywood dance with lego figurines, anyone? Hahaha.

    The Perdana Putra building made in lego blocks. It’s the Prime Minister office in Malaysia in case you didn’t know…

    Karaweik Hall from Myanmar.

    Taking flight!

    There are random figurines around Legoland when we move from 1 station to another station too…

    It’s parrots, in lego blocks!

    Anyone needs new swords?

    Oh, I also took 2 rides when I was at Legoland. Hehe.

    I don’t usually take rides but when I do, it is because it is not scary and I get to take nice photos.

    The Merlin’s Beard ride. I used to love that Disney storybook but I have forgotten what is the title…

    Of course there are other more exciting rides which I will never take…

    No, I didn’t take this ride and will never take.

    And lastly I saw this lovely wild flower (okay, probably it is not really wild) while on the way back to the bus stop for our bus back to Singapore…

     Finally the last photo from my Legoland trip. Hehe. I wish I have my macro lens to take this photo…

    Posted On: February 12th 2017 at 5:57 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Articles, Friendship, Personal life, Pictures, Reviews, Travel, With my NEX

    I went Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum with Zhe Wei during my Week of Rest since both of us got free admissions as NUS staff (him) and student (me). I didn’t really upload much photos from the trip though since some are a bit not-so-nice for social media. I love those seashells though. Hehe.

    This seashell has a very unique name. It’s called Triton’s Trumpet. Somehow it reminds me of a trumpet in a way. Hahaha.

    Striped Helicostyla. What a nice set of seashells!

    Real dinosaur fossils even though I don’t know what dinosaur it is.

    Will I go there again? Definitely since it is free for me. Will I pay to go there again? Probably not. It’s a nice place for kids and intrigue them with the wonders of science and nature though. But I’m not a kid, hahaha.