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  • Posted On: October 12th 2020 at 10:05 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Technology, Work

    I left my job at Grab and is joining PayPal. In fact, today is my first day of work at PayPal. Due to the extraordinary times of the pandemic, I am not able to go to office and have to start work virtually. It’s an interesting experience indeed. Well, even changing jobs in the middle of a global pandemic and recession is interesting.

    I’m happy to receive the MacBook Pro for my work laptop. I haven’t been using Windows laptop since I switched to do security work at Autodesk. I am also on MacOS for my personal work. Actually, I have iPad, iPhone and iWatch devices as well so I am in the Apple ecology of devices. :smile: I’m glad that I won’t need to take time to adapt to Windows OS.

    Hopefully I will get used to virtual onboarding. I wish I can meet my new colleagues but I guess I will make do with virtually meeting them for now.


    Posted On: September 2nd 2020 at 7:00 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Technology, Work

    I realised I haven’t blogged about how I passed my Splunk Core Certified User (SPLK-1001). Hehe I passed it on 18 Aug 2020 which was awesome. Now I am studying for AZ-104 which is Microsoft Azure Administrator certification. I’m still waiting for the AWS Security Specialty exam voucher which I signed up for but my company hasn’t distribute it. I’m definitely loving the time and free exams from Azure to upskill myself.

    I paid for my Splunk exam at full price and it’s only after I passed, the account manager at Splunk messaged me that there is a promotion of $50 (not sure USD or SGD) for any of the Splunk exam (one time usage). Gah, I think I might go for Splunk Core Certified Power User (SPLK-1002) after my AZ-104 and if my AWS Security Speciality exam voucher is not here yet.


    Posted On: August 31st 2020 at 11:12 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Work

    How is everyone doing so far? COVID-19 situation is getting better in Singapore and we are getting used to the new normal. Shopping malls are much more crowded than pre-covid days since we are essentially locked in Singapore. We can’t go anywhere else and Singapore is such a small country. There’s only so much you can do in Singapore and it’s so freakingly hot in Singapore too. So where do the locals go? All rush to shopping malls to chill and retail therapy. Surprisingly, the number of community cases are still pretty low (like less than 5 cases in a day). Everyone is obediently wearing masks and social distancing even in crowded malls. That’s something that the westerners can learn indeed. If such a densely populated country like Singapore can manage the COVID-19 situation, I am sure other countries that are less densely populated can do.

    I’m happy that COVID-19 situation is getting better now but Dengue situation is getting worse. Those mosquitoes are spreading dengue around us instead. :sad: Sadly, both disease symptoms are kind of similar. These days people prefer to get dengue instead of COVID-19. I don’t want any of the diseases. :stressed: Hopefully the weather gets colder and makes it hard for the Aedes mosquitoes to spread dengue…

    I’m getting used to working from home and got an office chair to sit comfortably while working at home on my dining table. I guess this arrangement is going to last longer and I can’t wait to go back to office. I miss working in an aircon environment. :sad: Singapore is just too hot to work in non-aircon environment, unfortunately. Fortunately, it has been raining heavily in the afternoons and that certainly helped in relieving the heat in Singapore.

    Anyway, I shall prepare to sleep soon. I feel like I am abandoning the blog so need to come here every now and then and blog a bit. I wish I am much more active in blogging though. Oh well. Life has been busy with all these learning and hustling. Bleh…


    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…