• Posted On: January 1st 2018 at 1:01 am | 4 Comments
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Technology, Work

    I got myself a new watch – Apple Watch Series 3. Hehe. I think I have everything under Apple umbrella now, except Apple TV which I won’t be buying since I do not own a TV in my bedroom. LOL.

    2018 is finally here and I’m starting a new job in 8 days. :shocked: Oh my gosh, now the reality is finally setting in. 

    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: November 13th 2017 at 8:41 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Technology

    Yay! I got my iPhone 8 Plus finally! Well, I can finally recontract and there is an offer for Singles Day (11 Nov) whereby I can get $150 off for my handset and enjoy a lower price for upgrading my data plan to 3 times of my current plan. That means I got 9GB of data monthly which is awesome. I don’t think I will need to worry about it again. Yay for more data for the data-hungry Sakura!

    Anyway, I wanted to get an iPhone because of iOS. I don’t think I can trust Android platform after my first semester in graduate school. Cause one of my assignments is to hack the Android platform. Now I find Android insecure and don’t really trust it anymore. Glad that I got iOS now… I guess I kind of completed the entire Apple environment with iPod Touch Gen 4, iPad Air 2, Macbook Pro and iPhone 8 Plus. I am still on Windows and Android though. But more for less secure work…

    After I got my iPhone, I went to get screen protector and a clear case for it. Well, because I got the Gold version and it is quite pretty with rose gold colours. Guess how much it all cost me? It is only S$8.40! :shocked: That is even cheaper for a case I got for my Samsung Galaxy Note 5… No more expensive and less variety of cases for me to choose from. Say hi to pretty iPhone cases for me now. Hahaha.

    One thing I missed is the back and side menu buttons which was on Android OS. Sigh, why can’t Apple bring them to iOS as well? :sad: I keep trying to click the back button…

    Posted On: October 18th 2017 at 3:08 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Online life, Personal life, Rants, School life, Technology

    Seems like Jetpack plugin is finally fixed since I can blog on my mobile phone now. Well, they finally figured out what went wrong… after I gave up communicating with them months ago.

    Well, what does that mean? It means that I will be blogging often again. Haha. Life has been really hectic and I don’t have much time to sit in front of a laptop and start blogging. 

    It’s a public holiday for me today so I don’t have to work today. Sadly, I have to go back to school for my group project meeting for my data mining module and perhaps do some work for my individual security project. I really should start writing my project report and maybe apply some leave to rush it later. Oh well… This semester is less hectic than last semester but it is still hectic for me. How I wish I can finish my degree as soon as possible… I am not sure if I can get used to not studying after my degree too. Hmm… Guess I will have to see how things go.

    Posted On: September 1st 2017 at 3:18 pm | 4 Comments
    Categories: Online life, Personal life, Technology

    Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I open a new photography blog called “Lihotography”. You can visit it here. I decided to post posting great photos on Foto Amore and moved it to LihotographyFoto Amore will still get the photos I posted on The Treble Story but the great photos at here will be move to Lihotography.

    The main reason why I opt for Lihotography? Cause I wanted a domain name or a brand name that I can tag the copyright of my photos to. Originally I wanted to use Foto Amore for it but the name Foto Amore is already being used by other photographers. Oh well. Fortunately I thought of another name which I can build my brand name on and that’s Lihotography. I have checked that there are no similar trade marks or brand names using Lihotography so that means I am the first person using it. :smile: