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  • Posted On: August 4th 2020 at 12:25 am | Add a Comment?
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Technology, Work

    I realised I haven’t been blogging much. In fact, no new entries in July 2020. Omg. :shocked:

    Anyway, I’m going to summarise what has been going on in my life in July 2020 in this post.

    Firstly, Singapore has started Phase 2 since mid June 2020 and life has been back to the new normal in July 2020. Shops are open and shopping malls are really crowded.

    Secondly, I also got my Nintendo Switch on 4 July 2020 from Amazon. Chin Hau got me Animal Crossing and I have been playing it since July 2020. :grin:

    Thirdly, I bought my nephew’s 1st birthday presents too. I got him a watermelon romper and a customised cardigan from Kids Crafters. August is his birthday month and I wanted to get his presents early. :grin:

    Last but not the least, I cleared my Microsoft Azure Security Technologies exam. Whee! Now I’m AZ-500 certified. :smile: I cleared it on 29 July 2020 and was spending the past 1.5 months to study for the exam. It was tougher than AZ-900. :stressed:

    Now onto Splunk Core Certified User certification. :smile:


    Posted On: May 31st 2020 at 5:00 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life, Technology, Work

    I cleared 1 more course on Monday. Basis Technology is opening up their Autopsy Basics and Hands On training for free until 1 Jun 2020 due to COVID-19. I went for the free training and managed to clear it in a week or so.

    Definitely open up my eyes more on another Windows Forensics software. The first one I did was Mandiant Redline and now Autopsy. Well, Autopsy is available on MacOS as well but the course was conducted on Windows. Since I have became a MacOS user, I have to use my Windows virtual machine to go through the labs.

    I have started on my AZ-500 night classes and hopefully I can clear it next month.

    This circuit breaker is like clearing 1 course/certification every month. There’s no time to slack or play games. It’s hustle all the way! I hope I don’t get burned out though…


    Posted On: May 1st 2020 at 3:02 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Technology, Work

    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. :sad:

    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. :geek: It gets pretty bored at home sometimes. :stressed: 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…


    Posted On: April 26th 2020 at 5:50 pm | 1 Comment
    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. :sad:

    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. :stressed:

    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. :blank:

    I can’t wait for this Circuit Breaker to end and for this COVID-19 madness to end soon.


    Posted On: January 11th 2020 at 12:56 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Work

    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. :sad:

    I had fever earlier but fortunately it is gone now.