A Whole New World

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Oh boy, it’s been a really long time huh? This year has been a real roller-coaster ride for me. I left my earlier job of 8 years, spent 2 months looking for a job, and finally found one in the building right next to my old office. Oh ironies of ironies!

I shall not dwell on the reasons that led to my sudden decision to give up the comforts of my old job, since I don’t think it’s ethical to talk bad about your previous employer on such a public place like the Internet. Let’s just say I had great passion for my job, and the 8 years I spent there were definitely the most memorable times of my life. Although I miss my old comrades terribly, I’m more and more convinced that I made the right choice. I was getting too comfortable for my own good. This realization hit me each and every time I went for an interview. I needed more challenges, technically and career-wise. I was also too dependent on my leader of that time, who acted as the big brother for the rest of us, and it was time to learn to take care of myself.

It’s been almost a month since I started my new job. The job scope looked like what I did before, but yet was also unfamiliar to me. The technologies used and the development platform used is totally different to what I was used to. I’m the only female developer in the office, where as the ladies were the majority in my old job. My current team is not as chatty as my previous team, and the company culture was different as well. There are lots to learn and catch up with, but I’m gradually settling in and starting to see some light.

The good thing about being located near your previous company is that you get to meet-up and lunch with your ex-colleagues regularly. The down side of course, is that you’re bound to bump into your old bosses or other people whom you’ll rather not talk about your new job with. But then again, Singapore is a small country.

With all the reading and catching up I need to do, I probably will not be updating and posting to this blog regularly for quite a while. I know some of the links in the Podcasts and Links pages are outdated, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and update them one by one. Please bear with me for the time-being. Meanwhile, you might want to checkout my Tumblr page, which I plan to use as some sort of aggregate site, where posts from here and some my other site will be reflected here. It’s also a place where I can easily share short rantings and musings on the go.

I have to get back to my reading again. Until next time, adios!

Life Continues..

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As you’ve probably noticed, it’s been a while since I last updated. Life has kept me busy, especially with the recent title change that I had at work. Nonetheless, I managed to steal some time off my crazy work life last week to enjoy some quality time with myself.

I’ve been meaning to watch Puss in Boots when it started its run 2 weeks ago, but I noticed The Muppets was coming up too. So rather than taking 2 days to watch 2 movies, I decided to have a mini movie marathon.

Naturally, before the movies started, we were served some trailers for upcoming movies:

We Bought A Zoo

The trailer claims that the movie is based on a true story. I’ve not done any research on this yet, but the trailer does make it look like quite a touching story about love. Love of your family, love between man and woman and love of animals. This sure looks like a movie I might want to catch next year. Storyline and animals aside, I just want to say “What happened to Matt Damon????”. I mean.. he looks so.. matured!! On the hand, it sure is refreshing watching Scarlett Johansson fully dressed for once.


The Amazing Spider-man

Yup, I said Amazing Spider-man and not Spider-man 4. Why we need so many Spider-man movies, I’ll never know. The effects look good though and I already know a handful of my friends who’ll want to watch this. As for me, I’m not much of a Spider-man fan, as you can probably tell, so I might just skip this one.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Alvin, the troublemaker, and rest of the Chipmunk gang are back. This time they go on cruise but somehow the 6 furry friends get stranded on a lone island. I nearly laughed my head off when I saw them singing and dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. I may not watch this one in the cinema, but I’ll mostly like catch it on DVD.


After the movies, I popped over to the nearby H&M that opened in Singapore recently to see what’s the fuss. Sure, the apparel is fashionable and all, but most of the items were a little above my budget. I did pick up a knitted beret at a reasonable price though. Not exactly my “go to” place to shop for clothes, but I’ll definitely be back to look at accessories.

I went on to make a brief stop at Cold Stone Creamery for some ice cream. I’ve heard lots of good things about the ice cream here, but somehow I was a little disappointed. I had the Cheesecake Fantasy, but the strawberries and blueberries tasted nowhere near sweet and had a distinct “frozen” aftertaste. Maybe next time I’ll just have the ice cream and only mix in extras that I like.

It felt good to relax and recharge for a day, even though I’ve no one to enjoy it with. The last time I did something like this was  on my birthday, which is almost half a year ago! I really should do this more often.

Meanwhile, watch out for my movie reviews coming up in the next couple of days.

100 Truths

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I came across this meme on an online friend’s blog post. Since I haven’t done one in quite a while, I thought this might be a good one to “break the silence”.

100  Truths:
1. last beverage: Black coffee
2. last phone call: My dentist, to make an appointment for next week
3. last text message: My insurance agent asking for clarification on something
4. last song you listened to: CU Episode 146: The 2010 Christmas Special
5. last time you cried: Can’t remember exactly when, but I think it was some time last month, while watching a TV drama

HAVE YOU EVER:
6. dated someone twice: Yes
7. been cheated on: Yes
8. kissed someone & regretted it: Yes *headdesk*
9. lost someone special: Yes  – Dad, April 19, 1997
10. been depressed: Not clinically, and hardly ever in general
11. been drunk and threw up: No

LIST THREE FAVORITE COLORS:
12. Maroon
13. Pink
14. Turquoise

THIS YEAR HAVE YOU: (2010)
15. Made a new friend?: Yes
16. Fallen out of love?: No
17. Laughed until you cried?: Yes, all the time
18. Met someone who changed you?: No
19. Found out who your true friends were? No, I found that out quite a while ago
20. Found out someone was talking about you?: Yes
21. Kissed anyone on your FB friend’s list: No

GENERAL:
22. How many people on your FB friends list do you know in real life: A third of them, I think
24. Do you have any pets: Not anymore. I used to keep terrapins
26. What did you do for your last birthday:  Nothing eventful
27. What time did you wake up today: 6:00AM
28. What were you doing at midnight last night?:  Watching Korean drama with Mom
29. Name something you CANNOT wait for:  Christmas
30. Last time you saw your Mother: This morning before I left the house
31. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life: My bad temper
32. What are you listening to right now:  Geek Loves Nerd/Explicit Answers Show 13 – Justin Bieber & Weddings
33. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom:  Not that I know of
34. What’s getting on your nerves right now:   My financial situation.. or perhaps the lack of it
35. Most visited webpage: Google Reader
37. Nicknames:  Jas, neko, nekogal, girl-girl (Mom’s pet name for me)
38. Relationship Status:  Single and available
39. Zodiac Sign: Cancer
40. He or She?: I’m a she looking for a he, thank you
41. Elementary?  We call it Primary over here. A small all-girls Catholic school
42. Middle School?   A larger all-girls Catholic school
43. High School?  Not really. I went to a Polytechnic, since I decided to pursue my interest in IT
44. Hair Color?  Dark brown, it’s always been that way
45. Long or short? Short
46. Height? 1.68m so that’ll be about 5 foot 6 inches
47. Do you have a crush on someone?   Not at the moment
48: What do you like about yourself? My eyes
49. Piercings? Ears
50. Tattoos?  Nope
51. Righty or lefty? Righty
52. First surgery?  Left kidney
53. First piercing:  I had my ears pierced when I was 16
54. First best friend:  A girl who studied with me throughout Primary school. We went to the same Secondary school too, but she decided I was too nerdy for her and went to find cooler friends. We’ve lost touch since
55. First sport you joined: Squash

RIGHT NOW:
59. Eating: No
60. Drinking: Still sipping on my black coffee. Mystic Monk Christmas Blend 2010, for those interested
61. I’m about to: Get back to work
62. Listening to – Podcasts
63. Waiting for – 6PM, so I can knock-off and go home
64. Want kids? Not now, since I’m not married
65. Get Married?  God willing
66. Career?  Yeah.. sort of. I’m happy with what I’m doing so I guess that’s what counts

WHICH IS BETTER :
67. Lips or eyes?:  Eyes
68. Hugs or kisses?:   Hugs, followed by kisses
69. Shorter or taller?:  Taller
70. Older or Younger?:   Older
71. Romantic or spontaneous?:  Spontaneously romantic
72. Nice stomach or nice arms?:  Arms
73. Sensitive or loud?:  Sensitive to my needs but not the touchy-feely type of sensitive
74. Hook-up or relationship?:   Relationship, definitely
75. Trouble maker or hesitant?:  How about rational and considerate

HAVE YOU EVER :
76. Kissed a stranger?:  No
77. Drank hard liquor?: No
78. Lost glasses/contacts?:  No, thankfully
79. Sex on first date?:  No way!
80. Broken someone’s heart?:  Yes
81. Had your own heart broken?: Yes
83. Turned someone down?: Yes
84. Cried when someone died?:  Yes
85. Fallen for a friend?:  Yes

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:
86. Yourself:  Self confidence, yes. Self-worship/narcissism, no
87. Miracles:  Yes!
88. Love at first sight: Not anymore. I’m too old for such fairytales now
89. Heaven:  Yes!
90. Santa Claus:  see #88
91. Kiss on the first date: No
92. Angels: Yes!

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:
93. Had more than one bf/gf?  Not at the same time
94. Is there one person you want to be with right now?  No
95. Did you sing today?  Yes
96. Ever cheated on somebody? No
97. If you could go back in time, how far would you go, and why? Back to when my Dad was still alive. I will let him know how much I love him
98. If you could pick a day from last year and relive it, what would it be?  12th March, the day I fell from the stairs and badly sprained my ankle. Only this time I’ll make sure to be more careful and not hurt myself again
99. Are you afraid of falling in love?  No
100. Posting this as 100 truths? Why not?

Tumble Thots Highlights (11-17 Aug 2010)

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Weekly highlights from my tumblr blog.

沸点与冰点…

水的沸点是100摄氏度。
水的冰点是0摄氏度。
究竟人心的沸点是什么,冰点又是什么呢?

水沸腾时,会变蒸汽。
人心沸腾时,会变热情。
同样充满了力量,
同样容易让人灼伤。

水冻结时,会结冰。
人心冻结时,会冷却。
同样的沉静,
同样的默默等待能让自己再融化的温度。

a swollen eye..

apparently does not increase your field of vision..

Ramadan..

a time when our Muslim friends fast to cleanse body and soul..
and I take over (the food) from where they left off..

saying sorry..

is a basic form of politeness..
especially if you just stepped on someone’s foot..
even if it was just by accident..

just saying.. in case you missed it during morals and ethics class..

Tumble Thots Highlights (04-10 Aug 2010)

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Weekly highlights from my tumblr blog.

saying sorry..

is a basic form of politeness..
especially if you just stepped on someone’s foot..
even if it was just by accident..

just saying.. in case you missed it during morals and ethics class..

to the folks who enjoy talking loudly on the phone..

1) I know you have a working mobile phone.. I have one too.. there’s really no need to grab our attention that way..

2) I’m really not interested in listening to your lunch catering arrangements, your logistics plans on how to pick up your dog from the vet, and the results from your mom’s health check.. neither do the other passengers on the PUBLIC bus, so please keep your conversation to yourself..

Fri Aug 6

hurray..

to the long weekend that just started!

The z-monster gets to go on overdrive while I slide low on the couch.. sweet!

Tumble Ramble

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I know it’s been a while since I last updated this blog with some substantial content, but I’ve been rather busy with work and catching up with past dramas/variety shows, so I apologize for neglecting the handful of loyal readers that I have.

Just as a brief update, I’ve been messing around with other social networking sites recently, such as the likes of Tumblr and Sina’s wei bo (微博). I’ve been using the former for posting short, adhoc thoughts that may be a little too short for this blog and too long for Twitter/Plurk. The latter is  China’s equivalent of Twitter, and I generally use it to keep track of updates from my favorite celebrities from Taiwan/China. Speaking of Twitter, please note that the big whale currently has a bug where as an owner of a private profile, I’m unable to access follower requests. So if you’ve requested to follow me on Twitter but has yet to be accepted, please be patient and do not spam my mailbox with repeated requests.  The big whale is currently working on a solution, so let’s cross our fingers that a fix will come soon.

I’ve also been playing with AudioBoo, since they now have an Android app that I can use on my new phone. Currently there’s only one entry, which is my test boo. I hope to utilize this more often in future, but for now, I have to first get used to hearing my recorded voice and stop tripping over myself during recording.

To make up for the lack of activity here, I thought perhaps I can port some of the posts I’ve been doing recently on Tumblr on a weekly basis. Currently, I’m doing this manually as I haven’t found a while to automatically update WordPress from Tumblr, so if you have any solutions/suggestions, please let me know. Here are my Tumblr from the past week. God willing, I hope to find some time to do a couple of reviews of some of the Android apps I’ve been using.

time..

must be the scarcest resource on this universe in this life..

waking up..

is hard to do..

similarities..

are abundant between 2 good friends who share the same birthday..

similar outlook on life..
similar struggles with the z-monster and procrastination..
similar freedom from Monday blues..
similar interests in technology and gadgets..
not forgetting our similar appearances (glasses)..
and similar sounding Chinese names..

no wonder people used to believe us when we told them we’re twins ;)

Nothing endures but change. Lives of the Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius

热…

热血青春? 非也…
热恋激情? 非也、非也…
是这酷热的天气
真是难耐啊!

无奈…

是当你想要完成,
却不知从何开始,
而在你挣扎、思考的过程中,
一切却早已匆匆的过去了…

laughter..

when it makes everyone sigh in disgust, it’s no longer funny..

taking the tumble..

inspired by some friends who’ve recently started their own tumblr blogs, I decided to toss away my procrastination (for now at least), gather some thoughts, and take the tumble..

posts here will most likely be rather random, not just in theme, but also in choice of language. So sit tight and enjoy the tumbling ride!

Touchy After-thoughts

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It is now 2 days after the much anticipated Apple event of 09/09/09, and even though I’ve already found out what I needed to know via various tech blogs, tech podcasts and Twitter, I finally got to sit down and watch the keynote speech where Steve Jobs reappeared to a crowd who welcomed him with a standing ovation. Although not an Apple user myself, I was looking forward to the announcement of (much speculated) new features on the iPod Touch. I must admit, I was kinda disappointed at the outcome.

Sure, the addition of a video camera, a voice recorder, a pedometer AND an FM receiver (finally) to the iPod Nano IS exhilarating indeed. The colors and the polished anodized aluminum finish are BEAUTIFUL! All that goodness at an even lower cost is definitely most welcomed. The return of color to the world of iPod Shuffle is a big relief. The stainless steel version is SHINY, but that just about it (duh?). But where are all the changes that almost everybody prophesied about the iPod Touch?

I wasn’t wanting any cameras, nor anything particularly shiny or lofty, but I was secretly wishing for Apple to add 3G capabilities to the Touch to make it a more all-rounded internet device (for me at least). In the very least, I was hoping for slightly more dramatic changes to make the 3rd generation Touch more viable. I’d say that Apple was rather tame this time, to the point that it was a slight let down. Still, the drop in prices despite the increase in capacity still deserves credit.

I had originally wanted to get myself an 8GB 3rd generation Touch that would hopefully have all the wonderful new features that everyone was raving speculating about at a MUCH reduced price. What Apple has now is just an 8GB 2nd generation Touch with nothing new about it except the updated OS and the slightly reduced price of S$308, a reduction of S$80. I don’t think I’ll be running into an Apple store just yet. With the hardware improvements only available for the 32GB and 64GB models, I’m now deciding between getting a 32GB 3rd generation Touch (S$468), where I can finally house all of my music collection on a single device, and hopefully getting a Windows 7 netbook at less than S$600. The final decision will probably surface early next year.

Thankfully, iTunes 9 saved the day, despite all the disappointment and anti-climax I felt regarding the iPod Touch. I gleefully updated both the work PC and the home laptop. The new iTunes Store is fantastic! I love the way things are organized and how easy it is to navigate now. The iTunes LP feature looks great too, even if I don’t normally buy my music from the iTunes Store. The new “Show all available episodes” and “Copy Podcast URL” options are much welcomed. My only gripe is.. why can’t I do a “Update Podcast” if the feed doesn’t contain any episodes? The only options are “Show Description” and “Delete“. I used to be able to do that in the previous versions. Come on Apple! Do something! Please?!?