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  • Posted On: May 16th 2022 at 7:22 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Technology, Work

    I got my Google Cloud Platform: Professional Cloud Security Engineer certification in March 2022, today I renewed my Azure Security Associate certification for another year. I’m happy that the renewal is free. I originally thought I needed to register for the exam again but turns out it is not required.

    I thought I failed my GCP Cloud Security exam since I took it last December and it said that I failed it. Fortunately they revised/audited their exam and realised that it was a mistake and not I passed it. :smile:

    Now I need to clear Azure Administrator Associate certification before I am done for the year in terms of cloud certifications.


    Posted On: December 18th 2021 at 3:32 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Work

    My annual mandatory block leave has ended. It’s a 5-day period where we are not allowed to use office laptop and corporate phone as part of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) requirement. Basically, it is to make sure that the company will still run well without you. Obviously nothing will happen without me but my leave happens when Log4J vulnerability is announced so that means I missed most of the initial action from the vulnerability. There’s still work to be done with regards to it and I’m excited to join in the action next week.

    I guess that’s what it means to be working in the field of Cyber Security. Excitement always happens at the end of the year – or close to it.


    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!