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  • Posted On: January 1st 2020 at 11:03 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Love, New stuff, Technology

    My birthday gift from my boyfriend has arrived. It’s the pretty Anne Pro II in white. A very pretty colour. It is also my first mechanical keyboard and I opt for the brown switch so that it is not too noisy for my family when I use it on late nights.

    It feels different to type on a mechanical keyboard as compared to normal membrane keyboards. I only use external keyboards in office for work purpose and have always been using a normal keyboard that is provided for office use. I don’t use keyboards at home so this is my first keyboard that I can use at home and for personal use. Hehe.

    It’s awesome that I can switch to different devices even though there is a slight lag. Hehe.

    I’m an excited girl while blogging with this new pretty keyboard. :smile:


    Posted On: December 15th 2019 at 11:02 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Birthdays, Food, Korean related, Makeup, New stuff, Personal life, Pictures, Shopping, Skin care, With my LX10, Work

    Happy Birthday to myself. Hehe. This is an overdue post since my birthday was over for a few days. The older I get, the more I don’t want to share my age now so I am just going to use the same blog entry title for all my birthday posts from now on. :blank:

    This year’s birthday is quite different. I basically don’t feel that it is birthday since I have been really busy at work. It don’t feel like December since work is quite hectic this month. I remembered how work slows down from November till December when I was at Autodesk. Well, I had Week of Rest back in Autodesk. It basically means that we don’t have to work on the last week of December. Many of my colleagues (back in Autodesk days) also clear their annual leave in December so the office is kind of empty in the last month of the year.

    I didn’t stayed long enough at Uber (due to merger) to know what is it like in December but I spent my last December at Grab. Oh boy, December is a busy month. It’s the same in last December and even busier this December. :sad: Oh well… Luckily I started clearing my leave in November, otherwise, I may not be able to clear them this month.

    So what did I do during my birthday (13 December)? Well, I didn’t schedule a Sulwhasoo facial treatment (like last year). I didn’t get myself another electric violin like back in 2017. I also didn’t get a new ukulele like back in 2016. I spent my day resting at home since it was raining for the past few days and it was still raining for the entire day on my birthday.

    I did, however, got out of the house to have dinner with my boyfriend at Beauty in the Pot. Hehe, it is one of my favourite restaurants and I love hot pot. :happy: Chin Hau got me Hello Kitty balloon bouquet for my birthday too which was a great surprise. I have always envied the kids who got Hello Kitty helium balloons when I was outside and this time, he got me not just 1 but 5 helium balloons. 1 of it is a huge Hello Kitty figurine too! I was quite shocked at first but I kept looking at it and smiling to myself when I am seeing it at home. :smile: Sakura is a happy girl with her helium balloons. :happy:

    I also went shopping by myself then Chin Hau joined me after some time on 14 December. I got myself a mirror with lights which is useful for applying makeup. I got Chin Hau a simple yet pretty photo frame for Christmas and he got me a really pretty rings/accessories holder. :smile: Then we had dinner and went to admire the Christmas lighting at Orchard Road. Sadly, it was raining so a bit hard to really go out and take photos. :sad:

    We passed by Kiehls at ION Orchard and realised they have a storewide 20% sale. Not sure why that was the only branch with the sale though since I passed by the Plaza Singapura and TANGS branch today and there were no sale. I got my Kiehls skincare products which is going to last me for the next 6 months. Together with my other products, I think whatever I got so far is going to last for the entire year 2020. :happy: Oh, maybe except eye cream which I need to get from Sulwhasoo soon.

    I got my Innisfree stuff today and VIP members get 20% as a birthday gift for their birthday month. I guess that is better for me since I am struggling to finish their samples from their birthday gifts or other purchases. I wanted the jewellery case which is their December month promotion and managed to spend exactly $100 for my essentials. Okay, fine, not really essentials as I splurged on diffuser (which is totally not an essential) and 1 lipstick and mascara – oh gosh, I don’t use mascara that often. :stressed: Shopping is really bad for my wallet, indeed. I’m feeling really poor this month. Fortunately, I don’t usually buy skincare/makeup stuff for the rest of the year so that’s not too bad. Okay, minus June because sometimes my products ran out and needs to be topped up before December. :shy:

    Anyway, I will post a photo of my birthday cake later since it is like my tradition now for all birthday posts, haha.


    Posted On: November 10th 2019 at 2:44 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Love, New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Technology

    I got myself a iPad Pro 11inch in 64GB yesterday. Well, I needed to recontract my phone plan at Singtel and I want to downgrade it. I can either go for a SIM-only plan or one of their new data intensive plans – XO series. I went for XO48 plan in the end and paid S$632 (including discounts) for the iPad Pro. I wanted to get the 256GB version in Space Grey but the last unit is reserved so I can’t get it. I have to go other stores in order to try to get it. I went to the third store (Singtel Bugis Junction) and the sales guy is much better than the first sales guy (at Singtel Comcentre). He actually helped me check if there are stocks for 256GB version in Singapore and apparently there aren’t any stocks for 256GB and 512GB in the whole of Singapore. Luckily there are still 64GB version at the store so I got that instead. The first guy lied to me and said it is no stocks even for 64GB for the entire Singapore. :glare: What a liar. He just want to do quick business and wants me to get something else instead. Boooo.

    I’m happy that I managed to get it in the end even though it is not the preferred storage option or the colour that I wanted (I got it in Silver).

    I’m even happier that my iPhone 8 Plus lasted for close to 2 years now and I don’t have to get another phone when I recontract.

    Also, cheaper mobile plans for the win!

    I’m thankful and lucky to have Chin Hau as my boyfriend. :happy: He encouraged me to go Bugis outlet to ask. We basically go from Singtel Comcentre at Somerset MRT to ION Orchard at Orchard MRT then to Bugis Junction at Bugis MRT. All for that iPad Pro. :oops:

    Our original plan of studying got foiled because of iPad Pro shopping. I didn’t expect Comcentre not to have any stocks and being so unhelpful.

    He is so patient with me and didn’t complained about not able to study. Lots of other things happened on the same day too – like not getting cash when I withdraw cash from ATM machine.


    Posted On: September 22nd 2019 at 11:01 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Love, New stuff, Rants, Shopping, Technology

    The haze season is back in Singapore – thanks to Indonesia burning their trees to clear land, again. I bought the Sharp air purifier back in 2015 and the filter don’t really last for very long before producing the dusty smell. But after switching it on for a while, the dusty smell will go away. But still, not very good. In addition, the coverage area for the air purifier is insufficient to cover my living room so I decided to get another air purifier.

    I was thinking of getting Philips AC2882 but it went out of stock while I was still thinking if I want to get the model.

    Then I switched to Philips AC2887 but it went out of stock after I ordered. There were still 8 pieces left when I ordered and I got a shipping number when the seller shipped the product after 2 working days. I even confirmed with the seller. However, I still didn’t receive it by the 4th or 5th working day so I decided to contact the seller again. Then the seller said that they got 1 staff trying to contact me as the air purifier that I ordered was out of stock. :glare: They wanted to switch my order to another “high end air purifier and dehumdifier” as a replacement which I declined. So I opt for refund and now Shopee (the platform which I ordered it from) is processing the refund.

    I went shopping yesterday and tried Dyson air purifiers. I was thinking of getting Dyson Pure Cool Me which is around the same price as Philips AC2887 on discount (S$499) at Shopee. I can’t find any discount on the same Philips model and it was out of stock almost everywhere. So I was thinking of getting Dyson Pure Cool Me instead.

    Turns out that there was some discount at Harvey Norman for Dyson air purifiers so I was thinking of getting Dyson Pure Cool DP04 (the one for table tops). I love the strong airflow and it was not as expensive as its tower standing peer (Dyson Pure Cool TP04).

    Luckily for me, there were discount for Dyson Pure Cool TP04 when I went to Harvey Norman store at Millenia Walk. I got it at S$674 and I haven’t decide if I want to top up S$142 to get 3 additional years of warranty coverage.

    Dyson TP04 works well for me so far. It definitely works well in my bedroom and not too bad in the living room so far.

    So yeah, I got myself another Dyson product. My first product is the legendary hair dryer which I forgot when I got it. But I don’t use it everyday even though I should be doing that.

    Kudos to my boyfriend, Chin Hau, who helped me carry it back to my home. :love: And fortunately that our grab car is big enough to squeeze it in. :happy:


    Posted On: April 19th 2019 at 4:42 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Work

    It’s Good Friday today and that means a public holiday for me. No work on a weekday is good. I finally get to catch up on my sleep which is awesome. The past few weeks have been really busy and I wish I have more time to just stay at home and do some readings.

    I got myself a Kindle Paperwhite 2018 version and have been reading research papers in the cybersecurity space. It can be quite boring sometimes but I bring it everywhere I go so that at least I can get some reading done. :smile: I aim to read 1 paper a week but have not been very successful. Maybe 2 papers in a month? Hmm.. :hmm: Hopefully the reading bug continues as gaining new technical knowledge is essential in staying relevant in the industry.

    I also went to Changi Jewel sneak preview. Many thanks to Jin Quan for helping us to get the tickets at 6am. It is a really huge shopping centre and reminded me of Gardens by the Bay in an ION Orchard setting and a size bigger than Vivocity. You get a fountain, hiking trail (with some aircon) and bouncing mats all in a shopping centre next to the airport. Talk about convenience. You basically can do everything – from exercise to shopping, all in 1 shopping centre. Definitely a good place to hang out in future if I have the time!