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  • 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

    Posted On: November 26th 2018 at 11:55 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Love, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    I went to the Changi Wizarding World at Changi Airport with Chin Hau yesterday. Basically it is a set of Harry Potter theme exhibits which look quite disappointing. In order to promote their event, they want to see at least 3 posts for 3 different exhibits before you can play the games. Some of the exhibits are quite disappointing. Anyway, I will leave you with the photos for you to judge. Nothing interesting, to be honest.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485241998/havent-post-for-a-long-time-but-when-i-post-it-is

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485247108/no-snow-in-singapore-but-we-do-get-fake-snow-d

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485248588/niffler-do-follow-lihotography-for-more-of-such

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/180485263788/photos-that-do-not-move-not-very-impressed-given

    Nevertheless, it was quite a fun date activity and I love to continue to disturb Chin Hau sometimes. :lovestruck: We had dinner at Paradise Dynasty which is kind of expensive and we were so full. Okay, I was very full while it was just ok for Chin Hau. He got a big appetite after all… :smile:


    Posted On: November 22nd 2018 at 8:27 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Insights, Personal life

    I feel ashamed of myself and some people of the generations of mine, including of my generation.

    It was a rainy morning yesterday and I felt as lazy in waking up as usual. I continued to lie on my bed knowing very well that I would be late for work if I don’t wake up and start preparing for work. In the end, I was still late as usual and rushed to the bus stop to wait for my bus to come that will take me to my workplace.

    I was waiting at the bus stop, still thinking if I should get the new iPad Pro. Yes, the new one with Face ID. Then I saw an elderly man crossing the road and was rushing to cross the road as quickly as he can. His bony legs showed his struggle over the years and on hindsight, it seems like he has early symptoms of Parkinson disease.

    Then he finally reached the other end of the road but is blocked by the barriers at the side of the main pavement since he didn’t cross the road at the main section where you can just reach the pavement directly. He was kind of jaywalking but with the traffic lights in green. So he had to walk towards the pavement along the barriers and I can see how dangerous and scary it is for him because there were cars driving past him when he struggling to walk while holding to the barriers. It was at this moment then I thought to myself of how materialistic and naive of myself wanting to get another iPad Pro when I could have use the money to save for my retirement and use it on healthcare when I need it.

    He finally reached the pavement and suddenly he fell down and couldn’t got up by himself. Here’s the interesting part. The traffic light has just turned green and I saw a young lady (maybe in her late tens to early twenties) and an elderly woman crossing the road. I thought they would be able to help the elderly man. Turns out that the young lady walked towards the other side of the pavement, completely ignoring the elderly man. Disgusting young lady indeed.

    Then the elderly woman saw him and the man was signalling for help but she ignored him and continued her journey. She didn’t even help him get help from the stores nearby…

    I was thinking hard if I should cross over and help him but I was going to be extremely late for work. In the end, I didn’t cross over to help him out either. I feel disgusted by myself for not helping him out. Fortunately, a young man (with long hair so I thought it was a she) got down from his car and helped him out. Thank goodness! The fact that he actually got down from his car and help showed a lot about him and the previous generations. Yes, I think he is older than me. Probably in his thirties. There was a van with several middle aged adults coming out of the van to help the elderly man as well. Probably in their fourties and fifties.

    I’m glad that there were people who are kind hearted like the people who got out of their cars to help instead of the disgusting young lady who chose to walk to the other side. I can understand why the elderly woman did not help. She probably need some help herself but she could have asked for help from the nearby store…

    I do feel ashamed of myself for being one of the people standing at the bus stop and not going over to help.

    This incident made me rethink the part of buying new gadgets/stuff when I should be saving more money for the more important things in life – such as securing a home, maintaining my health and retirement. Will I end up like the elderly man in future? Probably yes. What should I be doing to make sure that I still live an enjoyable and comfortable life at that time? I probably need to save more. So yes, saving is important not just for vacation or emergency funds, but also for retirement.