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  • 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: 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: September 22nd 2018 at 12:01 am | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Music, My violin, Personal life, Rants, Work, Yoga

    Oops I went for a hiatus without informing everyone again. Well, I have been busy with violin, work and dating.

    Things are fine at work and I am learning a lot of new stuff daily. Tons of work to clear but still manageable.

    I probably need to send my violin for servicing/cleaning after my exam. It’s more than a decade and I think it deserves some tender loving care. Not sure how much it will be though. Hopefully not too expensive…

    I realised how fat I have become and now really need to lose weight before I become overweight. So I have been watching my diet closely and reduce in eating on snacks. Went for core yoga class yesterday and power yoga class today. It is my first time going for yoga class 2 days in a row. Definitely one of the rare times when I go for yoga twice a week. I need to go more often to work out more and lose weights. Oh, do you know that an adult is recommended to have 150 mins of physical activity a week? I got to know it from the local news channel when they were interviewing Health Promotion Board in Singapore. So yup, that would be 3 yoga class a week. Hopefully I can keep up to the routine and lose some weight. I realised I lost 1 kg after 2 weeks. I just need to lose 2 kg more and I’m happy. That means 1 more month? Hopefully I can keep up to it.

    Oh, and also regular blogging too! I will reply the comments when I use my laptop…


    Posted On: August 9th 2018 at 11:59 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Pictures, Work

    I was previously based at Marina One office where the headquarters of my company is and they have really good scenery (well, I think Guoco Tower has better scenery though). There’s an Indian restaurant nearby and I ordered chicken biryani for lunch. It’s pretty cool that there is a layer of prata/roti on top of the biryani.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176159435423/first-time-trying-a-briyani-with-a-crust-on-top

    Doesn’t it look cool? It doesn’t taste that nice though but it certainly looks really cool though.


    Posted On: June 3rd 2018 at 1:22 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Friendship, Personal life, Pictures, With my LX10, Work

    One of my ex-colleagues from Autodesk, Mubashir, came to Singapore for his business trip (he’s from India, by the way). I have always worked with him over phone or Skype and it’s interesting to actually meet him face to face for the first time.

    It was kind of funny because I only realised that I won’t be able to recognise him at the time when we are meeting. Yeah the realisation is slow. I know I can’t really recognise him and he may not know his way that well. So I decided to meet at the nearest train station of the hotel where he was staying. Turns out that it wasn’t such a wise choice because the train station is crowded. It’s not as crowded as the usual since we met on a weekday. Nevertheless, that moment when I realised I don’t have his photo on Whatsapp and have to go to his Linkedin to see his photo so that I can recognise him is pretty funny for myself.

    Anyway, he looked different from the profile photos on the office Skype (when I was still working at Autodesk). Well, people do change. After all, he is already married with a kid ever since 2014 when we first started working in the same team.

    As a host, I recommended him to Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao restaurant since he mentioned that he wanted to try Chinese food.

    Well, I love food from Crystal Jade but never tried the chili crab xiao long bao personally. Well, it’s awesome! Would I order it again? Definitely yes! 

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174402534498/my-first-time-trying-chilli-crab-xiao-long-bao-i


    Knowing the type of Chinese food that my Indian friends like, I recommended him to try the Kungbao Ji Ding (basically spicy chicken with cashew nuts). This is the fried chicken version which I have not seen before…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174468602313/a-popular-choice-loved-by-my-indian-friends-this