23 September 2018

Got $20 Ang Pao from DBS

I signed up for the multiplier account in Jul this year, didn't know I qualified for a promotion where they give $20 to people who open new account.

So this morning when I checked my bank account, noticed extra $20 referenced as "Online Acct Gift", thought who send me free money lol, actually is from DBS.

Anyway the multiplier account not bad la, interest is good, for me I like all in one bank, since I already use their services so might as well just continue, any problem just look for one entity.
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15 September 2018

Want to Buy Laptop

Thinking of getting a laptop, now looking at some of the more popular brands, did a comparison and seems like Aftershock laptops are the most value for money.

The worst is Acer Predator, expensive and lousy specs, see the last one is 128GB SSD, personally I find that minimum for primary drive need to be at least 256GB regardless of SSD or HDD, but nowadays SSD is cheaper so I might as well make it the de facto for primary drive, so I won't even bother to consider laptops using HDD as primary drive.

As for operating system, laptops running on Windows 10 Home also can forget it, because I want to run Docker so Windows 10 Professional is mandatory, so the last four confirm out.

Graphics card I think 1050 Ti is good enough, 1050 can forget it, but I hope the new 2050 can come out soon, not sure when Nvidia is going to release it but so far no news on it.

Right now I'm liking the MX-15 ELITE, it's just right for me. The MX-15 PRO and APEX-15 also nice. Hmm.

Collected Passport at iCollect

This morning went to ICA building to collect my passport, the collection mode is iCollect, but very strange that I still need to book appointment for it, even though it is fully self-service.

Anyway when I reached there so many people at the eLobby, now they have so many kiosks there but not sure those are for what purpose. The iCollect kiosks only two, only wait for one couple to collect then my turn.

The procedure same like my first time, only difference is now need to do iris enrolment, it's just a new piece of device to scan for eye images, need to scan 3 times, quite fast. Overall I think less than 3 minutes done, technology is awesome.

14 September 2018

Day 15 at New Job

Today marks the completion of 3 weeks into my new job, so far so good, noticed that this week passed by really fast, maybe because I'm starting to blend into the new place, getting to know the people more and understanding more about the the work processes so now feel quite comfortable, which is a good thing I suppose.

But so far my job scope seems to be first level support like sifting through emails related to my scope of work, then log case for developers to fix bug, file request for back end data or log retrievals, tracking cases, replying to enquiries and liaise with users to check stuff. My mentor did code walk-through and gave some briefing on the infrastructure, but other than those, nothing much technical. So now I feel like I'm a helpdesk support lol.

I find it quite strange that they pay me quite well to do these low level stuff lol, I mean a fresh grad or intern can do all these stuff too, but I don't mind, all these are just very repetitive stuff, do for a while is fine, but I hope can get exposure to much more, especially if they can send me overseas is the best, or setup some projects, configure some servers and etc.

At my own free time I play around with the code, setup a local version of the system, otherwise can be very boring.

12 September 2018

Nice and Simple Dinner

Simple home-cooked meal is the best, cheap and good.

10 September 2018

Day 11 at New Job

Today is the 11th day at my new job, so far two hiccups, one was I accidentally deleted quite a number of files in a google drive shared folder via the google drive file stream, but luckily managed to recover, phew, got a warning from the big boss though but I suppose it was well deserved. Another one was the sudden stomach pain last week, but good thing my project manager was very understanding and he covered for me so end up no need to take MC, because now I'm on probation so if take MC is considered unpaid leave.

Other than the hiccups, so far so good, but today got a surprise because the guy who is showing me the ropes tendered his resignation, phew, so now a bit of pressure to quickly pick up more from him before he go because he is the only one who really understands this particular back end functions, but good thing is that most of the stuff that he showed me are stuff that I have worked on previously so technical-wise not too much of an issue, just that the business process and back end logic need more time to explore and understand.

So far my direct superior which is my project manager is very kind and fair, then my colleagues all also ok type, the users that I have met so far are also nice and friendly, the workplace also alright, decent chair, decent table, then everybody have their own scope, not like last time one-man show and some more have to support other projects or teams, I mean I have worked in much harsher environment so this new place is like heaven for me.

08 September 2018

Windows 10 Superfetch More Like Superslow

My new office laptop is running on Windows 10 Home edition, I find it a bit too cluttered for my taste so after tweaking and removing all the crap, it finally is decent to use.

Then today when I was setting up some stuff, found it super slow, disk usage was at 100% even when I'm not even opening any program or clicking anything! Wtf?!? So I googled and found this "Superfetch" windows service which runs in the background, a lot of articles were telling me to disable it, and so I did, and now the laptop is so much faster.

Anyway out of curiosity I checked my home computer which is running Windows 7, it also have this service but somehow it doesn't cause any slowness.

By the way what the service does is just to act smart and pre-load your frequently used programs into the RAM, I find it quite stupid, I rather just click on the program that I want to use rather than have some program guess it for me, so it's actually safe to disable it.

05 September 2018

Sudden Abdominal Pain

Today early morning around 3 AM+ suddenly woken up by an unbearable pain at my abdominal area, pain until cannot go back to sleep, woke my wife up to see if she have any medication, she gave me some pills to try but no help. Previously I also experienced similar pain and she gave me some liquid Antacid after that was ok, unfortunately ran out of this magic liquid, she bought it during our Phuket trip.

So I quickly went to the 24 hour Sheng Siong, bought one pack of Actal tablets, ate two but still pain. Then really no choice, I took taxi to NUH A&E, reached there around 6 AM.

Now A&E price increase to $115, used to be $108, but for my case I think quite ok because they did quite a number of stuff, see the Total Charges $342.30, and I only paid $115.

They did the following:

  • Oral medication to stop the pain, a combination of liquid Antacid, Gaviscon and 3 pills.
  • Blood test.
  • Pain killer via 2 injections, one is painkiller another is to counter the vomiting side effect of pain killer. (because still a bit pain after the oral medication)
  • Took blood pressure.
  • Took ECG.
  • Consultation and physical examination.

Anyway of all the pains in my life, this one is not the most painful but definitely the most unbearable, sibei jia lat, not sure what is the cause though.

So A&E gave me 1 day MC, now I on probation because new job, MC I think is unpaid leave, didn't read about this part in my contract, only know leave is confirm unpaid, anyway doesn't matter because I also don't wish to take MC unless absolutely no choice, and good thing my boss is really kind, allow me to come in later and leave earlier by way of time off so I don't need to take MC and end up as unpaid leave, he is the very understanding type of boss, very rare breed.