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Apr. 28th, 2017 10:19 pm
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I'm here! Figuring out what I want to do with my LJ - it's still around, but (a) I haven't posted much and (b) I think it might be time to move on from there.
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Quick post - I'm just about done packing and will start driving to San Francisco in about an hour and a half (with a stop for breakfast at Shari's).

It's a fairly short trip - about 10 days (excluding the 2 days that I "lose" when flying there), but I'm looking forward to seeing my family again, and meeting up with friends.
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Today is the 3 month anniversary of my moving to Folsom and starting a new job at Intel. The work atmosphere is interesting and challenging in the right ways, and I get along quite well with my colleagues. I'm also slowly exploring more of Folsom and Sacramento and figuring out what artistic activities there are - I've already seen a few plays, including AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie, which I liked greatly - I have a weakness for her stories.

I also went to the Dickens Fair in San Francisco a few weekends ago, and words can't describe how wondrous an experience it was - the closest I can come to is that it was like being in an 1830s cosplay where everyone was completely immersed in the experience!

Some photos of the trip

Since then, I've also gone to Houston to watch several of my friends perform in two ragtime concerts and I have some photos on my Flickr as well.

Other than that, things are going along fairly well. I'm missing Seattle, still, but at the same time this is also an opportunity for me to explore new places, make new experiences and meet new friends!
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There isn't an easy way to say this, and I don't feel like beating around the bush.

I was one of the people laid off last Thursday from Microsoft. It was a huge shock and, honestly, something neither me nor my boss had seen coming.

I have a LOT of friends who have offered support, links to recruiters at other companies (apparently Amazon is hiring like crazy) and a shoulder to lean/cry on. To all my friends, THANK YOU.

There are also some resources (severance package, help with resume reviews and so on) which were provided, which is nice.

For now, back to updating (basically re-writing) my resume and sending it out.

Still Alive

Jul. 7th, 2014 09:58 pm
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No, not the song from Portal. But... it's good to have (or rediscover that you have) a semi-private space sometimes, where you don't have to worry about whether something you post gets enough 'likes' or 'comments'.

It's been a while since I've posted (more than 3 years, according to the preview button), and more than that since I really wrote down anything really personal. I figure now's as good a time as any to start again.
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It's been a year since I last posted... whoa. Lots of stuff has happened, which probably should go under a cut!

A year in a few paragraphs )

Work has been really quite busy, with the release of Windows 7 SP1 and other projects still in progress. I've sometimes gotten home around 12 midnight and fed Belle and Lillian, then collapsed in bed. Belle had a minor scare in March when she started losing weight rapidly and developed fatty liver. Fortunately, the vet and I - and other friends who sent their love, light and healing purrs/reiki - were able to reverse it, and she's made a full recovery (and gained a bit too!) She is a lot more agile now and likes climbing up on cat trees.

I recently saw The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, which was a 2-hour monologue about Apple, Steve Jobs and conditions in the Chinese factories that produce the vast majority of consumer electronics. Some of the conditions described are literally unspeakable - 14-hour days, 7 days a week, rooms which have beds stacked to the ceiling with about 10 square feet of space, extremely low pay, lack of basic medical care, among others. I will make another post listing some of the things you can do if you believe that this situation should be changed; it's quite Apple-speciifc, but would likely work with other companies as well. [livejournal.com profile] summercomfort, have you seen this? (He started performing in the Bay Area/SF last year and came up to Seattle for a few weeks)
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I haven't posted in a while - more than 2 months. Part of that is because I haven't been good about remembering to update, but it's also because of being quite busy )

I'm leaving on a week-long vacation tonight, which will take me to Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis:

- I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] tanyad in Chicago and hanging out with her. While I'm there, I need to try some authentic Chicago pizza (sorry [livejournal.com profile] testing4l, but Pizz'a Chicago in San Jose is probably not the real thing) and check out the city - would you believe I've never been to Chicago before, even thouigh I've passed through O'Hare several times?
- On Friday afternoon, I'll be driving down to Peoria for the Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. It's my first time taking part, and I am a bit nervous about it, particularly since I'll have to play all my contest entries from memory! Fortunately, most of them aren't a problem since they're ragtime pieces I'm familiar with - the only one that might be difficult is Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me", which is the required non-ragtime entry. The other pieces I'm performing are "Queen of Love" by Charles Hunter (who is probably more known for "Tickled to Death"), "Kitten on the Keys" by Zez Confrey, and "Swipesy Cake Walk", "Peacherine Rag" and "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin.
- I'm meeting a friend in Carbondale on Monday, and will head back to Chicago to arrive on Monday evening. The reason is...]
- I will be taking a train to St. Louis! It's the first time I've taken a train since I took the Acela in 2007 (from Boston to New York), and it'll be nice to enjoy the countryside without having to deal with traffic or rest stops. :D
- I'll be spending an evening in St. Louis and have several places in mind to visit (thanks to some suggestions from [livejournal.com profile] reannon) before I fly out the next morning.

I'm going to miss Belle and Lillian, but I have a cat-sitter coming over to feed and play with them daily, so I hope they won't be too miffed when I return. Speaking of Lillian, I uploaded some new pictures on Flickr of her on the harness - she seems to like it more than she used to!

People and places I want to visit this year:
- [livejournal.com profile] samurai_ko and her hubby will be moving to Seattle, so I will definitely need to visit them more often.
- [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie and [livejournal.com profile] reannon - the best way to meet both of them would probably be at a con, but I also have an invitation to have breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie at a Pfunky Griddle in Nashville. This makes me happy. :D
- I might drive to Vancouver to visit my aunts- I've been putting it off for the last 3 years, for no reason in particular, but this year is as good as any.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of this year!
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14/02/2010 12:32:59 <&basket> YUO, lava|droid?
14/02/2010 12:33:00 <PyRC> basket, bayoab, we do exchange hosting at work. *no* droid user who has called us without that data plan has been made in modern gunnery.

I also owe [livejournal.com profile] tanyad an entry with my thoughts on the iPad, and will write that up soon.
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I haven't really made any entries ("serious" or otherwise) in a while, and it's a new year, so I figured writing about the highs and lows of 2009 would be a good way to start off the new year.

2009 in review: the good and not so good )

Phew... that was quite a lot of thoughts! In no particular order, here's what I'm looking forward to in 2010:
- I'm going to take part in the Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Peoria, IL during the Memorial Day weekend! Registration hasn't opened yet, but I fully intend to submit my entry form and get my period costume ready. I've gotten some very helpful advice from [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie, who happens to be a costume designer and has a degree in it! She's also a great author, by the way. :-)
- Spending more time being happy. I've spent so much time over the last few years (particularly when I was at home) trying to please other people that I've forgotten what it's like to please myself without getting material goods (though having a new Zune HD as a New Year's present to myself certainly doesn't hurt!)
- Re-discovering my social skills through karaoke and other activities. I bravely sang Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" at karaoke last week, which was certainly unexpected, but I didn't feel any shame in doing so. It's also a good way of getting to know new people, and staying in touch with friends.

I hope everyone's year will be a good one! Right now though, Lillian is kneading my bedsheet, so I think that's a signal that I should go to sleep. :)
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It's a bit slower compared to handwriting but it can recognize my writings pretty well!

I haven't tried going out with it yet but plan to sometime soon. It has a SIM card slot for 3G access too.

For some reason I've been feeling particularly tired these few days. I hope it's nothing serious.

The Semagic UI isn't very touch friendly though.

ETA (via the keyboard as I'm sleepy): Happy holidays, everyone!
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Paid/permanent members can place ads on their journals?




I am trying to think of a good reason for this move.

At least it's an opt-in system, so most people shouldn't be affected. I do view it as another sign of LJ's slow decline into "yet another blogging site", though...
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Here's the official announcement.

Now I can finally talk about what I was working on publicly for the last year and a half :)

(edit: Fixed the link)


Apr. 5th, 2009 03:15 pm
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... do I even need to put anything here?

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It's [livejournal.com profile] winifred and the Troublefakers!
Live at Jewelbox Theater

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I can't believe that I'm leaving tomorrow morning... *cue emo sad music*

It's been a great holiday, even if I had to deal with everyone making comments about my size and my apartment (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wao's heroic cleaning efforts). They were not undeserved, and I actually have made plans to address both of those issues. However, I'm going to keep the details a secret. ^^;;

I'm really glad that I got to meet a lot of my friends, including some from primary school, as well as Espada and Rosina (all the best for the concert!) There wasn't enough time to meet everyone, but that is one of the reasons why I will come back soon. :D

Other things that were notable:
- The humidity is still the same as ever. On the one hand I don't have to deal with chapped lips, and I drank a lot of water (even my mum was surprised), but being sweaty and sticky isn't that great.
- My niece is obsessed with cats. I wonder what will happen if/when she meets Belle and Lillian.
- Speaking of Belle and Lillian, everyone wants more pictures of them. I shall graciously oblige. But [livejournal.com profile] wao can't kidnap them.
- It will be interesting times ahead with the economy going the way it is, both in Singapore and in the US. I really hope things will be well for everyone.
- I bought almost 2 kg of bak kwa. Hopefully it will get through (it's vacuum-packed, so it should be okay).
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The Seattle Symphony is having a concert with the Labèque sisters! And it's featuring two-piano music! *squees!!!*

Must... book... tickets...

Hmm, I wonder if I want to attend the season premiere (September 12th) as well - featuring Rach 3 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1. Of course, these concerts are only from the UBS Masterworks series and don't include any other concerts that I might find interesting - I'm sure there will be something else that I like! (The Four Seasons in March... Doc Severinsen at the end of February... Itzhak Perlman... Tasmin Little... in April, Joshua Bell and the Seattle Symphony!?!!!! As well as Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Holst's The Planets and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue)

Slightly bummed that I'm missing out on Rach 1 and Ravel's La Valse this weekend (Valentine's Day), but oh well...

Details and other concerts under the cut )
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I haven't updated since I got here, because I have been busy running around town, meeting friends and catching up on all the things that happened while I was away.

Outwardly, a lot of things haven't changed - most places still look the same (although Orchard Road and Clementi look very different now), and I can still find my way around without getting lost. :) There are a lot of new bus services now, though, and some existing bus routes were altered (some in ways that are rather incomprehensible). A lot of my old friends are still around, and even my former primary school classmates have found me on Facebook. It's really surprising to hear from them after almost 20 years - a lot of them are out of Singapore, but we can keep in touch through messages and so on. Quite fascinating that a lot of them are in the US and Australia, though a fair number are still in Singapore :)

There are also a lot of new places around - I went to a tapas bar with my sister, my friend and some of her friends and we had a really good time relaxing and talking about life in general. Working overseas means you have more to talk about with people, too - you can ask them about where they work and what they're doing, how the hours are, and things like that. And in return, they ask you about life in the US - it's quite illuminating talking about it with other people. A lot of people are settling down or getting engaged; perhaps that's just because I've been away for so long, but it comes as news to me. People have been asking me too when I'm going to settle down, and for the time being I haven't thought about it in particular.

The weather is still the same, and it took some time to get used to, but it's good to be back with humidity and tropical rain showers. :D Other things are the same too, like the home environment - I'm glad that I don't have to deal with it full-time...

My visa interview is tomorrow, and hopefully there won't be any problems. We'll see, though; if I need to extend my stay I'll do so, but it won't be particularly cheap (I think the change fee is $200 plus the difference in the ticket prices).
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Tomorrow morning (well, actually, in 13 hours) I leave for Singapore for 3 weeks on a holiday. It's going to be an interesting time since the weather in Singapore (hot, humid, currently extremely hot) and the weather in Bellevue (cold and snowing) couldn't be more different. :P I haven't posted much since just after coming back from [livejournal.com profile] testing4l's because I was really busy at work diving in to failure investigations and other work-related things that came in unexpectedly. In that sense it's good that I'm taking this break because, frankly, I need to get away from checking work emails for at least a week.

Things that happened the last few weeks:
- I met [livejournal.com profile] nakaemi for the first time and we had hot chocolate at a Denny's. While the hot chocolate itself wasn't too bad (especially the whipped cream), I found it a bit hard to talk to [livejournal.com profile] nakaemi for some reason. It could've been shyness, but I also felt like I was blocked in some sense. Anyway, I hope [livejournal.com profile] nakaemi and [livejournal.com profile] itsacz are feeling better now.
- [livejournal.com profile] wao and I went for Karaoke with some of my friends. There was a lot of bad singing, including some Japanese songs and [livejournal.com profile] wao doing Bicycle Race (the one Queen song I can't stand). I did Kylie Minogue passably well (well, for a guy anyway) although I'm still hoping some karaoke place has Sophie Ellis Bextor's music (Take Me Home / Murder on the Dance Floor). I felt bad that I couldn't see [livejournal.com profile] nakaemi off at the airport when she was leaving, but I had already planned this karaoke event for a few weeks. Given that it could've been an emotional parting (according to the text message I got), maybe it's better that I didn't go?
- [livejournal.com profile] wao and I went to the San Juans. Due to a mixup on my part we ended up getting there in the afternoon and didn't have much time to see anything in particular. The sunset was gorgeous though, and wao took a picture of it here, which I am using as the desktop background for one of my office computers.

There are a lot of friends to catch up with in Singapore - my family's interested to know how owning a car has changed things (or whether it even has) and a lot of my friends are going through changes in their relationships towards the next level. If I do decide to get married, I would like to get married at Lime Kiln Point in the summer. :P
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Driving in the snow is really interesting. That is almost all.

Well, except for the fact that [livejournal.com profile] wao has helped my ungrateful, lazy self by cleaning up and sorting out most of my living room/entrance to save her sanity (cries of "mpitten~" can be faintly heard).

Work is paradoxically getting more interesting as fewer people are around - I have a lot more things to work on now (covering for others) and I finally have some time to get around to projects that I wanted to do but didn't have time for previously because fewer people are around to raise questions and/or distract me from work. I am gaining a new awareness of the power of makefiles.


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