I passed my Azure Foundations AZ-900 exam on Tuesday. Hehe, it was a long wait as I struggled with technical issues in taking the exam. I wanted to go for the training at Microsoft office in March but COVID-19 lockdowns started happening and they canceled the on-site training. So I have to wait for April to register for the online training class. I took about 1.5 to 2 weeks to prepare for the exam after the class and register for it. However, somehow my personal MacBook Pro is not suitable for the exam and it kicked me out before I even get to see the questions.
Fortunately I got a replacement exam voucher and was able to take the exam on Tuesday. I’m quite happy to pass the exam and it starts my cloud certification journey. Time to get back to revise for my AWS certification.
I am also spending time to learn new stuff thanks to the Circuit Breaker period. It gets pretty bored at home sometimes. There is only so much dramas and movies I can watch. I miss going for violin classes too. But the idea of online violin classes is still pretty odd for me. Bleh. Anyway, hope that Circuit Breaker period will end soon…
Categories: Korean related, Personal life, Rants, Work
How is everyone doing? I have been staying at home other than to get food or groceries these days. Oh, I also managed to go for a short jog around my neighbourhood but that’s basically it.
I also started doing HIIT exercises at home by watching some of the YouTube videos.
I also finished watching Parasite movie last weekend and Partners for Justice 2 drama series this weekend. On the technical/professional front, I’m trying to take my Azure AZ-900 exam. Hopefully i can pass on my first try. I registered for it last week but due to some technical issues on my personal laptop, I have to re-schedule it.
Working from home has an additional perk. It means I can focus on learning what I needed for work without much distraction from my colleagues. Haha, I can fully focused on it and apply what I learn directly at my daily work deliverables. I find myself more efficient and finishing more work at home. The down side? I feel like I end up working a lot more. Because you know, when work gets interesting and distraction-free, it means it’s harder to take a break.
Sadly, Circuit Breaker was supposed to end on 4 May but it has been recently extended to 1 June. In addition, bubble tea shops and hairdressers are not allowed to operate now. Fortunately, we can still buy bubble tea as some of the bubble tea shops have combined forces with restaurants to ensure that they can still sell bubble tea and food together to consumers.
Sadly, no such collaborations for hairdressers so that means I will be forced to keep my long hair now.
I can’t wait for this Circuit Breaker to end and for this COVID-19 madness to end soon.
The flu bug came for me a few days back. A bad time to fall sick since I am quite busy at work this week. Sigh, I really should do something about increasing my body immunity. My colleague came to work after down with flu bug but hasn’t fully recovered. I only sit opposite of him for a day and I fell sick. Well, I had a bit of sore throat the previous night but that was just it. Guess my weakened immunity system caught the flu bug and boom, the full effects of flu.
I had fever earlier but fortunately it is gone now.
Categories: Birthdays, Food, Korean related, Makeup, New stuff, Personal life, Pictures, Shopping, Skin care, With my LX10, Work
Happy Birthday to myself. Hehe. This is an overdue post since my birthday was over for a few days. The older I get, the more I don’t want to share my age now so I am just going to use the same blog entry title for all my birthday posts from now on.
This year’s birthday is quite different. I basically don’t feel that it is birthday since I have been really busy at work. It don’t feel like December since work is quite hectic this month. I remembered how work slows down from November till December when I was at Autodesk. Well, I had Week of Rest back in Autodesk. It basically means that we don’t have to work on the last week of December. Many of my colleagues (back in Autodesk days) also clear their annual leave in December so the office is kind of empty in the last month of the year.
I didn’t stayed long enough at Uber (due to merger) to know what is it like in December but I spent my last December at Grab. Oh boy, December is a busy month. It’s the same in last December and even busier this December. Oh well… Luckily I started clearing my leave in November, otherwise, I may not be able to clear them this month.
So what did I do during my birthday (13 December)? Well, I didn’t schedule a Sulwhasoo facial treatment (like last year). I didn’t get myself another electric violin like back in 2017. I also didn’t get a new ukulele like back in 2016. I spent my day resting at home since it was raining for the past few days and it was still raining for the entire day on my birthday.
I did, however, got out of the house to have dinner with my boyfriend at Beauty in the Pot. Hehe, it is one of my favourite restaurants and I love hot pot. Chin Hau got me Hello Kitty balloon bouquet for my birthday too which was a great surprise. I have always envied the kids who got Hello Kitty helium balloons when I was outside and this time, he got me not just 1 but 5 helium balloons. 1 of it is a huge Hello Kitty figurine too! I was quite shocked at first but I kept looking at it and smiling to myself when I am seeing it at home. Sakura is a happy girl with her helium balloons.
I also went shopping by myself then Chin Hau joined me after some time on 14 December. I got myself a mirror with lights which is useful for applying makeup. I got Chin Hau a simple yet pretty photo frame for Christmas and he got me a really pretty rings/accessories holder. Then we had dinner and went to admire the Christmas lighting at Orchard Road. Sadly, it was raining so a bit hard to really go out and take photos.
We passed by Kiehls at ION Orchard and realised they have a storewide 20% sale. Not sure why that was the only branch with the sale though since I passed by the Plaza Singapura and TANGS branch today and there were no sale. I got my Kiehls skincare products which is going to last me for the next 6 months. Together with my other products, I think whatever I got so far is going to last for the entire year 2020. Oh, maybe except eye cream which I need to get from Sulwhasoo soon.
I got my Innisfree stuff today and VIP members get 20% as a birthday gift for their birthday month. I guess that is better for me since I am struggling to finish their samples from their birthday gifts or other purchases. I wanted the jewellery case which is their December month promotion and managed to spend exactly $100 for my essentials. Okay, fine, not really essentials as I splurged on diffuser (which is totally not an essential) and 1 lipstick and mascara – oh gosh, I don’t use mascara that often. Shopping is really bad for my wallet, indeed. I’m feeling really poor this month. Fortunately, I don’t usually buy skincare/makeup stuff for the rest of the year so that’s not too bad. Okay, minus June because sometimes my products ran out and needs to be topped up before December. :shy:
Anyway, I will post a photo of my birthday cake later since it is like my tradition now for all birthday posts, haha.
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. Then I stayed on to work in Beijing office and was helping my Beijing colleague at work too.
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. 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.