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  • 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: November 22nd 2018 at 8:27 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Insights, Personal life

    I feel ashamed of myself and some people of the generations of mine, including of my generation.

    It was a rainy morning yesterday and I felt as lazy in waking up as usual. I continued to lie on my bed knowing very well that I would be late for work if I don’t wake up and start preparing for work. In the end, I was still late as usual and rushed to the bus stop to wait for my bus to come that will take me to my workplace.

    I was waiting at the bus stop, still thinking if I should get the new iPad Pro. Yes, the new one with Face ID. Then I saw an elderly man crossing the road and was rushing to cross the road as quickly as he can. His bony legs showed his struggle over the years and on hindsight, it seems like he has early symptoms of Parkinson disease.

    Then he finally reached the other end of the road but is blocked by the barriers at the side of the main pavement since he didn’t cross the road at the main section where you can just reach the pavement directly. He was kind of jaywalking but with the traffic lights in green. So he had to walk towards the pavement along the barriers and I can see how dangerous and scary it is for him because there were cars driving past him when he struggling to walk while holding to the barriers. It was at this moment then I thought to myself of how materialistic and naive of myself wanting to get another iPad Pro when I could have use the money to save for my retirement and use it on healthcare when I need it.

    He finally reached the pavement and suddenly he fell down and couldn’t got up by himself. Here’s the interesting part. The traffic light has just turned green and I saw a young lady (maybe in her late tens to early twenties) and an elderly woman crossing the road. I thought they would be able to help the elderly man. Turns out that the young lady walked towards the other side of the pavement, completely ignoring the elderly man. Disgusting young lady indeed.

    Then the elderly woman saw him and the man was signalling for help but she ignored him and continued her journey. She didn’t even help him get help from the stores nearby…

    I was thinking hard if I should cross over and help him but I was going to be extremely late for work. In the end, I didn’t cross over to help him out either. I feel disgusted by myself for not helping him out. Fortunately, a young man (with long hair so I thought it was a she) got down from his car and helped him out. Thank goodness! The fact that he actually got down from his car and help showed a lot about him and the previous generations. Yes, I think he is older than me. Probably in his thirties. There was a van with several middle aged adults coming out of the van to help the elderly man as well. Probably in their fourties and fifties.

    I’m glad that there were people who are kind hearted like the people who got out of their cars to help instead of the disgusting young lady who chose to walk to the other side. I can understand why the elderly woman did not help. She probably need some help herself but she could have asked for help from the nearby store…

    I do feel ashamed of myself for being one of the people standing at the bus stop and not going over to help.

    This incident made me rethink the part of buying new gadgets/stuff when I should be saving more money for the more important things in life – such as securing a home, maintaining my health and retirement. Will I end up like the elderly man in future? Probably yes. What should I be doing to make sure that I still live an enjoyable and comfortable life at that time? I probably need to save more. So yes, saving is important not just for vacation or emergency funds, but also for retirement.


    Posted On: May 20th 2018 at 1:37 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Insights, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    I went to NTU Art, Design and Media graduation exhibition 2018 at National Library and National Design Centre last Sunday (13 May 2018) and saw some cool exhibits. Heard from someone that it is an exhibition for potential hirers to seek the job candidates that they are interested in. Also a place for the graduates to find a job too.

    I’ll let the photos do the talking about the event then. :smile: 

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173990502268/3d-printed-design-on-a-food-court-area-its

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174022371218/its-one-of-the-exhibits-that-i-spotted-at

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174041780978/times-like-this-make-me-miss-my-macro-lens-but-oh

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174068169553/what-a-sweet-scene-do-follow-lihotography-for

    Every time I go to something design related, it always brings me back to the thought of “What if I really enter a design school by then?” Well, obviously I did not take the design route since I am in tech industry now. But somehow a little feeling that I always get when I go for such events is that… 

    If I have opt to enter design school…

    Where would I be right now?

    Will I be based in Singapore or some European country?

    How will I be like?

    Will I be able to feed myself and my family in future?

    Can I still afford the same kind of lifestyle or a better lifestyle?

    Will I be who I am right now?

    I don’t have answers to any of these questions right now and I don’t know if I will ever have answers to any of these questions. Am I happy with my current life based on the choices I made? Well, I am blessed with no significant issues in my life right now. Not in the best position that I would have hoped for but it is not too far away. Am I happy? Well, I can’t answer that since I don’t know my own definition of happiness yet. I’m still confused/lost. But I know I will find my way, just like how I always do.

    So did I go into music technology which I was thinking back in 2012? Well, nope. I went into information security domain after spending 4.5 years in quality assurance. Will I regret this route since it is not music technology? Well, I’m not sure but I know information security route is something that I want to do it now and maybe for the next 5 years. So here I am… Still in technology industry and loving it. :smile: 


    Posted On: May 12th 2018 at 4:06 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Insights, Korean related, Personal life, Reviews, Shopping, Skin care

    I was at Kinokuniya and was reading the book on Korean skin care (this one) and got inspired to blog about my own skincare routine. I have blog about it in my previous posts before:

    I’m going to use the same format again. :smile: 

    Day care

    1. Cleanser (I’m currently using Fancl Washing Powder)
    2. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing eye cream
    3. Laneige White Dew Ampoule Essence
    4. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream
    5. Clarins UV Plus Sunscreen (I’m using the tinted version that is only found in USA)
    6. CNP Laboratory Omega Perfection Sun Block (for my neck and arms)
    7. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX or Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion
    8. Belif Sun Powder (optional since I don’t really use it so often)

    Night care

    1. Makeup remover
    2. Cleanser (I’m currently using Fancl Washing Powder)
    3. Any masks that I happened to buy (which is a huge range so I’m not going to list them here)
    4. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing eye cream
    5. Muji Light Toning Water High Moisture (My all-time holy grail product!)
    6. Innisfree Green Tea Serum

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    Seems like I should expand on my night skin care regime… 6 steps is probably not sufficient, haha. 


    Posted On: April 23rd 2018 at 5:59 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Altosome, Insights, School life, Technology, Work

    I was thinking of posting on Altosome but realised that the blog post got a bit personal and thought it might be better to post it here instead. 

    Looking back at what I have done since last July (July 2017) till now…

    Firstly, I started reading up on cryptocurrencies and the craze around it. I went for the NUS Summer School programme on Cryptocurrency and got an in-depth understanding about it from Assistant Prof Prateek Saxena.

    Then I went on to explore the wonders of Machine Learning. That include both statistical classifiers and neural networks. Not to forget the unsupervised classifiers too! 

    On the academic research side, I started my own research in the field of Intrusion Detection using Machine Learning techniques. Yeah, it is a marriage of Intrusion Detection and Machine Learning. Perhaps it is more of an arranged marriage between 2 popular fields in tech space rather than a love marriage. Haha. 

    Other than being a postgrad student in Information Security, I have made a step forward in the career as an Information Security Professional and joined Uber Security team. Although it was short-lived, it is still a significant step forward and I have learn so much within a span of 3 months.

    So what is my next adventure? I’m joining another organisation (no prizes for guessing it right) and doing something under the Security organisation. :smile: