Friday, January 01, 2016


Oh look at that! the last post was herding in the start of 2015 and this port is now herding in the start of 2016.

It really is a once a year post. I suppose it is always the arbitrary selection of this particular rotation of the earth making yet another lap around the sun that makes one rather.. contemplative.

I've decided in a 'manner-of-fact' way that 2016 will be different than 2015.

Time really is our most precious resource. It is probably the most cliche saying but 2015 has gone by really quick. Time passes quicker when there are no new experiences, and it seem to hold particularly true in 2015. I mean, I moved countries in 2014, got a new job in 2014, and moved three places in 2014.. In 2015.. hmm...

So perhaps I will partake in this odd human practice of declaring a change on this arbitrary lap around the sun to decide to do things differently in 2016.

Welcome 2016. Hopefully, in a year's time when I do 2017's post and look back, I can be proud of 2016 me. Hopefully.

Signing off,

P.S. - this blog is really a living museum of the past.

Monday, February 16, 2015


It's pretty much a year a post kinda blog now.

This blog has been with me for so many years and is one of the very rare public avenue of my rants, prior to the days of Facebook and Instagram. I'll look back, read back, all the posts I've made over the years.

2015 has arrived, and it's hard to forget that 10 years ago would be 2005 and not 1995. Turning 27 this year feels unreal, and I can't help but wonder where has the time gone. Many, if not most, are engaged, married, or have kids now, leaving me pretty much in the dust behind still trying to figure out my life.

Many times in life, things don't work out how you have had it planned. Many times, it just slaps the nicely planned map out of your hands and stomps on them. It's exhausting, it's defeating, and it's just very saddening.

Sometimes you just have to force yourself to accept and move on. To smile and be happy, if not for you, then for someone else. To convince yourself things are for the better this way. Eventually you will believe it yourself.

Here I stand, yet another chapter of my life closed behind me firmly, with just solitude ahead. Smile. Strong. Survive.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Melbourne - I'm back!

So I'm back in Melbourne, more than 3 years since I left. Oh boy, is it nice to be back.. or so I felt for the first few weeks.

Don't get me wrong, Melbourne is an awesome place. I love the city, I love the food, I love the people.

But unless I'm super rich, I need a job, or at least a source of income. It's proving to be only marginally better than 3 years ago a a fresh graduate and that's saying something.

I can only hope and hope that eventually things will work out :)

It's funny because when I was working, I was so looking forward to life without work, and now that I'm not working, I miss work =.=" Never in my life I would think I would utter such words.

I'm thinking of what kind of stuff I can do to earn some side income in the meantime. Any ideas?

Amazing, amazing Melbourne.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Vostro 5470 Mini Review (Malaysia)

While shopping for a laptop, I got interested in the Vostro 5470's slim and the light design.

Surprisingly, I couldn't find many reviews on the laptop, and decided to make my own mini version of a review. I also didn't like the spec choices given by Dell as they essentially do not have any more customisation options - but unfortunately there wasn't much other choices available for the requirements I wanted.

Vostro 5470  

RM1799 (as at 28 Dec 13)
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-4010U processor (3M Cache, 1.7 GHz)
Windows 8.1 Single Language (64Bit) English
4GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx1)
500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
14.0 inch LED Backlit Display with Truelife and HD resolution (1366 x 768)
Intel® HD Graphics 4400
51.2Whr, 3-Cell Battery (integrated)

The 'bag' comes in a bigger box than the laptop itself

Dell used to be about customising your laptop to what you want it to be. Today it is a very different company than what it used to be.

It comes preloaded with unwanted bloatware (which you paid for) like McAffee, 5-6 unwanted and useless Dell software, apportion a section of your HDD or SSD for 'recovery', comes with an unwanted bag, and gives zero options for any real customisations for hardware and software alike.

The laptop itself
The laptop itself is sleek, slim, and relatively lightweight at about 1.6KG. It's an amazing piece of hardware that has come a long way, particularly for its price tag.

i3 performance is adequate for work and study purposes. I did not choose the nVidia graphics card as it would just be an additional heat, weight, and battery drain. 

One of my main gripe is that there was no option for SSD. I decided to buy my own SSD and replace the 5400RPM WD Blue SSD with a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD.


The SSD is significantly lighter than the HDD, and I've noticed significantly less heat, improved battery life, and amazing, amazing speeds since.

The performance of the laptop, even with an i3 processor is really snappy and quick.

Overall Verdict
+ Pros
  • Great for work, studies
  • Slim & light (1.49kg with SSD)
  • Decent battery life 6-8 hours with SSD
  • No heat issues / No hot palmrest.
  • Best laptop in its class and price.

- Cons
  • Dell-filled bloatware. Cleansing and repartition required.
  • Does not come with SSD
  • Battery is integrated - unable to swap batteries on the go.
  • Oil marks from fingers on keyboard after several months of use.
  • Glossy & reflective screen - unusable in bright environment such as outdoor when the sun is up.

Got a question? Try the comments! :)

6 Months Later.. 
Oil marks are beginning to be seen on my keyboard - as shown below. Granted, its not visible unless at a certain angle under the light, but it's still there.

Can you see the marks??? 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A lot can happen within 2 months.

Sometimes time seems to pass so fast (Gosh its April 2013 already) and more than 2 months since my last post. At this rate there's only gonna be 6 posts a year :P

A lot can happen within two months. A lot has happened within these two months.

There is a direct correlation between having to take my CPA exams and the frequency of my blog posts. Do anyone still even read blog posts anymore? Isn't Vlogging the new thing for like years already?

Crap better hit my KPI before I kena marah. lol. laters.

Logging off,