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.
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:
- A second degree (Masters, whee!) while working full time and studying part time.
- 2 jobs in a year? Well, it’s not exactly by choice but the turn of events ended up this way.
- Finally passed my ABRSM Grade 8 violin after waiting for more than 1.5 years for my finger to recover
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. 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.
And, no new year resolutions since I know I won’t actually fulfil them.