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First Project of 2018

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Two weeks into 2018, I'm pleased to say that I've completed my first project for the year.

I'd been thinking of buidling a mini-ITX PC for myself for the longest time but there was always nagging doubts in my mind, mostly centered around whether or not the cost and effort would be worth it.

Last weekend I suppose I had an epiphany of sorts and went on an online shopping rampage.

Best not to look at them credit card bills.


Here we are, days later, and my PC is the size of a small box!

This also means it's finally time to retire my venerable first build. So much nostalgia. This thing was my first major splurge after I started working.

It's been with me since I was living in Flora Damansara, followed me when I bought my condo and migrated yet again when I got married.

I must admit I never thought it would last this long but that Intel i5-2500 was a beast of a processor. Absolutely no regrets buying it (even though I distinctly remember my hands shaking as I handed over…

Remembering 2017

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January will be remembered for being our first Chinese New Year as a family without Ah Ma and Ah Pek. But the clan remains strong...

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February will be remembered for the time my wife and I took a random roadtrip around Hulu Langat. It was a rare adventure of the two of us. We ought to do stuff like this more often.

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March will be remembered as the month I explored Ipoh. My biggest achievement was getting the lot of them (my wife, my mum, my siblings) hiking up Gua Tambun. And Tasik Cermin (which is practically behind my house) was pretty nice too.

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April will be remembered for the first time I ever set foot on the Land of the Rising Sun. It left such a big impression on me that we went again in December. And guess what? I'm not done yet. I want to go again.

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May will be remembered for the time I paid a random amoi money for her spare ticket to a free K-Pop concert just so I can watch Red Velvet. Someday, I will watch a proper Red Velvet concert.

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June will be remembered fo…

As Real As It Gets

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Stop The Presses

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I bring you the most important bit of news I've seen in some time.

The First 365

A couple of days back I celebrated my first anniversary in my new department.
1 August 2017 marked a year since I left the relative comfort of my previous department for a new one in a completely different field.
In an instant, I went from being the senior in the department to the junior.
From the one whom very few questioned to the one no one listens to.
From subject matter expert to new kid on the block.
365 days later, the same still applies. I'm still the one no one listens to. Still the new kid on the block.
It's been a hell of a roller-coaster journey thus far, fraught with challenges (but what isn't?) and there's certainly been more downs than ups.
I dislike how I get anxiety attacks in the middle of the night just thinking about work. I dislike how I wake up every day feeling so much dread to the extent that I feel like calling in sick (I finally did that today). I dislike how when I sleep, my dreams are about the proposals waiting at work. 
I detest how everyb…

A Penny for Mr. Fairclough's Thoughts

My old headmaster, Mr. Fairclough, used to tell us during morning assemblies about how he'd stopped reading the news because he'd found it getting more and more depressing by the day.
And this was way back in 1999 when the world was less shit than it is these days.

I do not know if he's still alive but I do wonder what he'd make of the utter mess the world has become today with all the bombings, attacks, stabbings, humanitarian crises and natural disasters that seem to be happening on an almost daily basis.

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