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  • 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: 


    Posted On: December 31st 2017 at 7:55 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Insights, Personal life

    It’s the last day of the year and it is also a time to reflect on my past year. 2017 has been good to me. I have been juggling with:

    It is pretty crazy and busy for me but I somehow managed to survive through all of them.

    I also got myself a new phone (say hi to iPhone 8 Plus) and a new watch (yay for Apple Watch 3). Oh, I got myself a new laptop that is much lighter so that I can bring it to school without breaking my back. Lots of new gadgets for myself this year indeed.

    What I absolutely love is the 9GB data plan that I signed up for cause that means I no longer need to bring another phone out to tether for internet access or pay excessive phone bills cause I burst my data limit again.

    I have also started my investment journey and slowly (and steadily) building my portfolio this year. Kind of late but still better than nothing? Hehe. :happy:

    I wonder what 2018 will bring me…

    How had 2017 treated you guys and what do you look forward in 2018?


    Posted On: July 6th 2017 at 5:41 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Advices & Tips, Insights, Personal life, Technology, Videos

    I was surfing Youtube earlier and found this video which I find it quite inspiring. It’s about the perks of being single life.

    Some pros of being single pointed out in the video:

    1. Save money! Whoa, totally. But I think I am quite a spender though. Hahaha.
    2. No need to consider about the significant other. More YOLO-ness, maybe? :smile: 
    3. More time for yourself to learn new stuff?
    4. Friendships get infinitely better – know who are the friends that can last longer.

    I particularly liked this quote from Wes in the video too.

    “Investing in yourself when you are single is going to pay when you get into a relationship” – Wes

    Anyway, the video is embedded below so watch it if you are free? :grin: 

    Oh, it’s great to have a 15inch laptop (such as MacBook Pro) cause I get to put the Chrome on my left side of the screen to blog while watching Youtube. Hehe. Glad that I listened to Nicholas’ recommendation to get a 15inch MBP instead of the 13inch MBP. It’s really good for school stuff too.