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  • Posted On: February 9th 2019 at 8:35 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    Happy Chinese New Year! It’s a few days as I was sick last week. Took 2 days of sick leave then had 2 days of leave which I applied a few weeks ago. Then 2 days of Chinese New Year and 2 days of weekend for me to rest before I go back to work.

    I’m still a bit sick with a bit of coughing. Hopefully it will get better since I had medicine and 3 rounds of afternoon naps today.


    Posted On: January 20th 2019 at 12:33 am | 3 Comments
    Categories: Insights, My violin, Personal life

    I’m still trying to get used to the new WordPress editor when I am typing my blog posts on laptop. It’s quite different from the old editor and I haven’t been blogging much on laptop. So it feels a bit odd and I need more time to get used to it.

    Work has been hectic and my violin pieces/studies are getting tougher. I wish I have more time to practise them.

    On a bright side, I have been exercising every week. Well, at least once a week – either yoga or running. It’s important to keep a healthy lifestyle so that I don’t regret in future. That means I should be sleeping early too but sadly that’s something that I have yet to achieve… My colleague was telling me about 1 colleague who recently passed away due to heart attack. :shocked: He was in his late thirties or early forties. It’s very important to have a healthy lifestyle and take care of yourself all the time. Having said that, I think I want to reduce my sugar intake, not just to lose weight but also to reduce the risk of getting diabetes or high blood pressure. Health is gold. No amount of money can buy you good health.

    Anyway, time for me to brush my teeth and sleep earlier than usual. Health is gold and I should start letting my body rest earlier so that it can last longer…


    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: December 15th 2018 at 12:36 am | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Shopping, Technology

    I had the most facepalming customer service experience with Watsons.

    Well, basically I want to buy my essential stuff like toothpaste, toothbrush, etc from Watsons online store when they are having 12.12 sale. It turns out that their cart automatically added Whisper sanitary products into my cart and I couldn’t check out because it has too many Whisper sanitary products which I do not need. I suspect it’s because of the “Buy 2 Get 1” promotion that Whisper is having and Watsons e-store can’t handle it properly. Really bad error handling and user interface too, given that I cannot remove any Whisper items without it automatically adding more items to make it in multiples of 3. 

    So I dropped them an email which they didn’t reply. Fortunately they replied to my Facebook messages. After asking them for 2 days, they still couldn’t remove my Whisper items in my shopping cart. I’m concerned if I can still use the “1212BEST” promotion code (S$32 off for purchases above S$120) that is for 12.12 sale and the customer service person just reply, yes you can still use it. We just checked it. After the second day of waiting, the items are still not out of my cart and now the promotion code is not working. :sigh: 

    Oh, the funniest part in the whole conversation is not about me missing the promotion. It’s more about adding 6 Whisper sanitary products in my cart – basically 9 to 12 months supply of sanitary products (because each packet has 14 to 24 pieces of sanitary pads). Seriously, who ever buy so much sanitary products at a go? Oh, in order to remove the items in my cart, they asked me for my userid then my password. :shocked: Seriously, you need my password just to remove the items in the cart?

    That really got me concerned if this is how they operate. So I emailed their DPO (Data Protection Officer) to ask what personal data they collected from me and how do they protect my data. Let’s see if they will reply me.

    Now the really sad part? I have to go to the physical stores to get my essentials now and carry all my items back by myself. :sad: No shipping of items at my doorstep anymore… :cry: 


    Posted On: December 13th 2018 at 11:59 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Birthdays, Food, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    Happy birthday to myself!

    Whee. I went for Sulwhasoo facial treatment today (thanks to Sulwhasoo member points for the free facial!) and added S$40 for the eyecare treatment. It’s surprising that they charge eyecare and facial separately but I’m glad that I went for the topup. :smile: 

    Then I went to meet Chin Hau for dinner at my favourite hotpot place – Beauty in a Pot.

    {Update (19 Jan 2019)} I finally uploaded and posted my birthday cake for 2018. Quite overdue but better than nothing. Hehe. It’s fruits cake this year. Looks like I have grown up from chocolate cakes.

    Happy 28th birthday to myself!

    Here’s the photo of the birthday cake Chin Hau bought for me. Hehe it’s my favourite chocolate cake! :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/182132780608/what-a-cute-reindeer-chocolate-cake-its-quite