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  • Posted On: May 31st 2020 at 5:00 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life, Technology, Work

    I cleared 1 more course on Monday. Basis Technology is opening up their Autopsy Basics and Hands On training for free until 1 Jun 2020 due to COVID-19. I went for the free training and managed to clear it in a week or so.

    Definitely open up my eyes more on another Windows Forensics software. The first one I did was Mandiant Redline and now Autopsy. Well, Autopsy is available on MacOS as well but the course was conducted on Windows. Since I have became a MacOS user, I have to use my Windows virtual machine to go through the labs.

    I have started on my AZ-500 night classes and hopefully I can clear it next month.

    This circuit breaker is like clearing 1 course/certification every month. There’s no time to slack or play games. It’s hustle all the way! I hope I don’t get burned out though…


    Posted On: May 1st 2020 at 3:02 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Technology, Work

    I passed my Azure Foundations AZ-900 exam on Tuesday. Hehe, it was a long wait as I struggled with technical issues in taking the exam. I wanted to go for the training at Microsoft office in March but COVID-19 lockdowns started happening and they canceled the on-site training. So I have to wait for April to register for the online training class. I took about 1.5 to 2 weeks to prepare for the exam after the class and register for it. However, somehow my personal MacBook Pro is not suitable for the exam and it kicked me out before I even get to see the questions. :sad:

    Fortunately I got a replacement exam voucher and was able to take the exam on Tuesday. I’m quite happy to pass the exam and it starts my cloud certification journey. Time to get back to revise for my AWS certification.

    I am also spending time to learn new stuff thanks to the Circuit Breaker period. :geek: It gets pretty bored at home sometimes. :stressed: There is only so much dramas and movies I can watch. I miss going for violin classes too. But the idea of online violin classes is still pretty odd for me. Bleh. Anyway, hope that Circuit Breaker period will end soon…


    Posted On: April 26th 2020 at 5:50 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Korean related, Personal life, Rants, Work

    How is everyone doing? I have been staying at home other than to get food or groceries these days. Oh, I also managed to go for a short jog around my neighbourhood but that’s basically it.

    I also started doing HIIT exercises at home by watching some of the YouTube videos.

    I also finished watching Parasite movie last weekend and Partners for Justice 2 drama series this weekend. On the technical/professional front, I’m trying to take my Azure AZ-900 exam. Hopefully i can pass on my first try. I registered for it last week but due to some technical issues on my personal laptop, I have to re-schedule it. :sad:

    Working from home has an additional perk. It means I can focus on learning what I needed for work without much distraction from my colleagues. Haha, I can fully focused on it and apply what I learn directly at my daily work deliverables. I find myself more efficient and finishing more work at home. The down side? I feel like I end up working a lot more. Because you know, when work gets interesting and distraction-free, it means it’s harder to take a break. :stressed:

    Sadly, Circuit Breaker was supposed to end on 4 May but it has been recently extended to 1 June. In addition, bubble tea shops and hairdressers are not allowed to operate now. Fortunately, we can still buy bubble tea as some of the bubble tea shops have combined forces with restaurants to ensure that they can still sell bubble tea and food together to consumers.

    Sadly, no such collaborations for hairdressers so that means I will be forced to keep my long hair now. :blank:

    I can’t wait for this Circuit Breaker to end and for this COVID-19 madness to end soon.


    Posted On: April 11th 2020 at 6:41 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    Saturdays are supposed to be very crowded on trains because that was when most are not working, including some of our maids/migrant workers. Today is the first Saturday after the Circuit Breaker in Singapore. The trains are empty, you are allowed to put your food items on the seats because of social distancing. People in grey polo tee who are Social Distancing Ambassadors are patrolling the stations. People are either carrying groceries or food when they are out.

    Public transport is still available and there is social distancing to be followed even on public buses. We are not supposed to sit on certain seats with sticker or stand on certain spots with sticker (for trains). We have lesser cars on the road but to keep up with the frequency, the buses are moving slower than usual and stopping at bus stops longer than usual.

    This is Singapore with our Singapore residents doing our best to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

    You might think that empty malls means unrest but nope, we still have security guards patrolling the malls and looking at me at what am I doing at the mall. Luckily for my bag of groceries and Koi bubble tea cup, otherwise, I might be questioned.

    After getting my essentials and food, I headed back to home and wash up. I’m not going out until I really need to and please don’t hoard food. It took me 3 trips to different supermarkets to find any pasta/pesto sauce and granola. :sad:


    Posted On: April 6th 2020 at 11:14 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life

    Tomorrow is the start of the semi lockdown in Singapore due to COVID-19. Actually, it is not really a lockdown because we are still allowed to go out and exercise in parks. We can still go out and get food and groceries. Only offices, schools and shopping malls/entertainment areas/non-essential services are closed for a month. Everyone has to work from home for a month and practise social distancing.

    We are not required to wear masks to go out but we are also not discouraged from wearing masks. We are discouraged from gatherings or eating out but we still can buy our bubble teas. Yes, bubble tea is an essential service in Singapore. Haha, probably part of the F&B category. Of course, public transport is still operational as there are folks who still have to go to work as they are part of the essential services category.

    To all Singapore residents, please stay at home as much as possible and stay far away from everyone else when you see them. Let’s do our part and not overwhelm our healthcare systems.

    To the rest of the world, please stay at home too. Don’t overwhelm your healthcare systems.