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  • Posted On: June 9th 2019 at 10:50 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Food, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Talks, Technology, Travel, Work

    I’m back from Beijing. Hehe, I went Beijng for a work trip for 9 days. It was kind of rushed, hence didn’t blog about it.

    I went to Defcon Beijing 1.0 (yes, the first Defcon in Beijing after last year’s beta version). It was quite exciting since it was my first time going to Defcon. Well, the main one in Las Vegas is too expensive – flight tickets, hotel and event ticket combined. Hence, I went for the one in Beijing. I paid for my own event ticket while the company paid for my flights and hotel stay. :smile: Then I stayed on to work in Beijing office and was helping my Beijing colleague at work too. :grin:

    Defcon Beijing is mostly bling (lots of loud and nice decorations) and not many people went for it. Well, it’s not cheap – US$170. But the talks and workshops aren’t that technical. Not as technical as the one in Las Vegas, according to my colleague who went with me.

    The location of the event is really old. Like rusty and stuff. Then they hid it by decorating it with lots of photos but they didn’t decorate it every single part… It was also located at a remote location. It was not near train station or bus stop. Not exactly easy to find unless you take DiDi. Oh, DiDi in Beijing is really bad. The air is already so polluted and most DiDi drivers just open the car windows to air the car. Well, I get that they want to save money for aircon but still… sigh.

    It was near an arts district (751 D.Park) so we went to explore after the event. It was pretty rundown and had a rustic feeling to it. I guess that’s part of the distinctive feel of the place.

    I also saw an old Uber stand/booth while on the way to 751 D.Park.

    It was my first time to Beijing so it was an eye opening experience. The air is really polluted. Will I go back there again? Yes. Will I stay for more than a week? For the sake of my health, no. Will I go to Defcon Beijing again? No if it is at the same location.

    There are really a lot of people working in Beijing. The traffic was really bad, but at least the cars are moving very slowly and not stuck and not move at all. We need to queue up to get into the train station during rush hour. We can’t take DiDi during rush hour or we will be stuck in traffic jams. There were bag checks at every entrance of the train platform.

    Ignoring the air pollution and bad traffic conditions, Beijing really have lots of nice bubble tea shops and food. Lots of cheap food around too. I had a great time eating and drinking bubble tea. :oops: Really need to work out more after the trip now… I am also having a phobia of bubble tea after 9 days of bubble tea.

    Oh, we went to Quan Ju De, the famous Peking Duck restaurant but didn’t order any duck meat. Haha, my colleague didn’t want duck meat again since we had it at another restaurant. I had soy sauce chicken instead which turns out to be extremely salty. Will I go there again? Nah. I will go to the peking duck restaurant that my Beijing colleague brought us instead. It’s “Liu Lin Kao Ya Dian” if you are interested to visit.

    I had the best soup dumplings in Beijing – Yi Pin Xiao Bao. I highly recommended there. I had 2 meals there. The one on the left in the following photo is the usual pork soup dumplings while the one on the right is spicy pork dumplings – which was really awesome!

    I also went to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Gate and also Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan). I will blog about them in future when I am free. Hehe.


    Posted On: May 5th 2019 at 12:50 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Wants

    Hello everyone! I realised I should make it a point to try to blog every week. Maybe even on the small things in life that happened for the week.

    I am finding my life pretty boring these days. Weekdays is just working and sometimes dating after work. Then weekends is just violin class and dating. I need something to learn and spice up my life.

    I didn’t manage to go for violin class last week and haven’t been regularly practising my violin either. Not sure how long it will take me to prepare for my ARSM violin exam. Sigh. :sigh:

    I am starting to go for yoga class once a week as well. Hopefully this habit lasts as I should learn how to take care of my body and exercise more.

    I recently saw a dress from Esprit which costs S$99.95 which is quite expensive. I’m not sure if it is worth to buy it but it looks so pretty. :stressed: Oh well. I also saw a new pair of shoes from Charles and Keith which looks pretty too but it is like S$46.90. Bleh, I should be saving money. I feel that earning money is tougher as I grow older. I remembered how I spend more freely when I just started work before I start to curb my spendings a bit more.


    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!


    Posted On: March 19th 2019 at 11:59 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: Insights, Personal life

    I realised I haven’t been blogging again. Life is just as exciting as before – I am still going for museums and enjoying myself at exhibitions such as Minimalism at National Gallery and Artscience Museum. I went for the one at National Gallery twice since I signed up for Gallery Insider membership previously. The tickets are free since I already paid for my membership. If you are coming to Singapore or already in Singapore, do pay Minimalism exhibitions at National Gallery and Artscience museum a visit!

    It is a refreshing exhibition that showcases different aspect of art pieces and its interpretation. Minimalism is an art movement after World War II. Definitely one of my favourite after Impressionism. :smile:

    What are some of the nice exhibitions you have been to?


    Posted On: February 28th 2019 at 11:51 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    I haven’t been blogging much recently as I was sick and flooded with work. I am struggling to find time to practise violin too. :sad: Fortunately, I have a supportive and accommodating boyfriend and is still able to meet him regularly despite my hectic schedule.

    Sometimes I wish I have 48 hours in a day. There are so many things to do, so many things to learn and yet so little time. I got so many things I want to learn but is not able to learn due to lack of time. I need more rest but don’t have enough time to sleep much. Despite having a vacation back in November (I flew to Korea), I don’t feel that recharged and is thinking of flying to somewhere else again.