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  • Posted On: December 31st 2021 at 6:00 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    The year is ending and I feel like I have not done much this year.

    Didn’t manage to pass my GCP Cloud Security exam hence have to retake again 2 weeks later. I have been working hard for it for months and didn’t understand why I will fail it since I can answer most of the questions. Oh well.

    I hope I can do more in the new year and gosh, I need to stop slacking. :stressed:


    Posted On: December 16th 2021 at 12:13 am | 1 Comment
    Categories: Birthdays, Food, Personal life, Pictures, With my LX10, Work

    I forgot to post on my birthday again but I will post what I did on that day.

    I’m clearing my annual leave this week (since it’s my birthday week). It was good since I get to rest for a week instead of the usual 1 annual leave day which I take usually. Unfortunately, that means I missed the action of log4j vulnerability at my workplace. Not sure if that’s a good thing but I think it is going to be a long cleanup since there are so many applications that are using Java and there are so many exploits/ransomware/state attacks using this vulnerability. It’s likely to last for some time.

    I guess I’m quite a workaholic to be still thinking about work on my birthday. :shocked: I try to make sure I don’t work or don’t think about work on my birthday because it is like an off day for me for the entire year. :grin:

    For my off week, I planned to study for my Google Cloud Platform Cloud Security certification and also catch up on some personal errands. Not to forget to have my favourite cup of tea latte to chill. :smile:

    On my birthday, I had dinner with my boyfriend at Beauty in the Pot because we couldn’t get a booking at KOMA restaurant. It’s not too bad since I love Beauty in the Pot. It’s basically what I had for last year as well.

    He surprised me with a gigantic floating/helium balloon on the day itself too. No birthday cake but I got a helium balloon. :happy: He got me a pair of gold earrings and a windmill pendant from Chow Tai Fook a few days before. I realised as I get older, my skin is having issues when I wear costume jewellery or mixed metals. I can still wear them but if I wear them for too long, it will get a bit red/swollen. :sad: Oh well. I love my costume jewellery for earrings. Now I have to wear at least 18K gold earrings otherwise my ear holes might sealed. Oh well. Age related issues, I guess.

    Before the dinner, I had a free facial (TIMETREASURE INVIGORATING TREATMENT) after I redeemed my free facial voucher after spending over S$500 on my first purchase on my birthday month at one of the Sulwhasoo boutique. Well, I tend to buy 6-month supply of skincare products at a go so hitting S$500 is not too difficult, especially when Sulwhasoo products aren’t that cheap either. I opt to top up the eye care facial on top of my package for S$50 because it’s worth it. I can see my face more lifted after the entire session, including my eye area. If I have a choice, I will want to go the facial sessions once a month. Sadly, it’s quite expensive (worth S$360) and I’m not going to spend so much on it.

    Pre-covid, it is very difficult to book a slot for the facials but I think the pandemic has made people try to avoid facials given the close proximity while mask-less. So I got the voucher and is able to secure a slot 2 days later. Quite surprising but I think I want to use the voucher ASAP given how dynamic the situation and the ever-changing restrictions brought by the pandemic.

    Can you believe that we are still in the middle of the pandemic after close to 2 years? Gosh, I am certainly sick of it but I guess I rather stay in Singapore than to deal with the additional stress of travelling with so many different restrictions. I shall enjoy other people travel stories from Instagram stories.

    As usual, I got myself a birthday cake. This year, I got a black forest cake. :happy:

    My black forest birthday cake for this year.
    My black forest birthday cake for this year.

    I’m loving my off week so far although I do feel FOMO about missing out on the log4j vulnerability related work. It’s like one of the key vulnerability of the year and I miss out the initial action on it.

    I think I will make this a new tradition – to clear my annual leave for a week on my birthday week. :smile:


    Posted On: October 7th 2021 at 12:29 am | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Korean related, Personal life, Rants, Work

    Today’s my last day of my 3-day off days. I took 3 day leave from work as I was feeling burnout but now I feel like a kid, dreading when the “school” reopens. Haha. Back to work tomorrow and hope things go well.

    It’s important to take breaks sometimes to prevent burnout after all.

    I cleared 1.5 courses for my GCP Security certificate preparation. Still got 3.5 courses more to go. :sad:

    I also finished the “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?” korean drama too and had a haircut at Walking on Sunshine. Don’t think I will be going back to Walking on Sunshine for haircut next time. I miss my usual hairstylist, Mikhaela. She went back to Korea and relocated to Australia in 2019 after her marriage. Oh well. She’s the only hairstylist who knows exactly what I want for my hairstyle. I haven’t found a hairstylist as good as her so far. Elin from Zinc Korean Hair Salon is the closest to her standards. I think I will just stick to Elin next time. Although it’s a bit expensive to keep going to Zinc Korean Hair Salon… :sigh: Oh well…

    Nevertheless, I’m loving my new haircut even though it is not the usual style that I prefer. Well, there were some miscommunication with the hairstylist and I. Oh well.

    I also went to try Eggslut with my boyfriend and the egg burger he ordered is better than my bacon burger.

    I’m looking forward to my next break in December. Time to start counting down!


    Posted On: September 6th 2021 at 10:59 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    Singapore is on track to another lockdown. I think this is the fourth lockdown if it really happens. We are encouraged to work from home and if you want to go back to office, we need to do Antigen Rapid Test (ART) weekly. We are also encouraged to reduce social gatherings to once a day and no workplace interactions from 8 Sep 2021 onwards.

    Hopefully things get better after 2 weeks with the upcoming guidelines, otherwise we will be welcoming our fourth lockdown. :sad: Oh well. At least we can still dine in and shopping malls are not closed. Anyway, our shopping malls are not closed during a lockdown. It’s only the first lockdown that has shopping malls being forced to close.

    I’m getting a bit of backache after carrying my violin and my heavy bag to go shopping yesterday. Gone are the days where I am able to shop with heavy bags and my violin. Oh well. I need to use smaller bags to force myself to carry only what I need and not anything more. I’m becoming old after all. :sigh:


    Posted On: September 4th 2021 at 5:17 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping

    Hi everyone! How have you been? Time really flies this year. I thought it’s just 2021 yesterday and now it’s September? :shocked: Like whoaaa.

    I still need to clear my trainings for this year and it’s September. I got the approval to do 2 trainings by the end of this year and I haven’t even start any of them yet. I will need to find time to start them this weekend.

    I bought 2 comic books on Animal Crossing. I found them at Popular bookstores. When I first saw it, I’m like: Yes I want it! Luckily it’s not too expensive. 2 comic books and a sticker pack for S$19.90. I unbox it but haven’t start reading it. I haven’t bought any comic books before so this is the first. Animal Crossing is also my favourite game now so of course I want to get its comic books.

    Otherwise, life is still the same. Singapore is having more COVID-19 cases and clusters in various bus interchanges. Life still goes on and we are still opening up for travel, etc. Guess we have learned to live with the virus.

    It’s not even the August lunar month and mooncakes are selling out now. I guess the mooncake production is lesser this year, which explains why it is snapping out so fast when there are many people who are ordering it. Lesser companies are buying for their working partners too.

    I haven’t meet some of my cliques and I just meet the closer ones these days. I know I will lose contact with some of my friends as we get older but I didn’t expect it to happen so fast, aided by COVID-19.