Life In General

I have been using a Samsung S3 for almost two years. Even though there are some aspect of the phone that I don’t like ( short battery life and no LTE! ), it actually serve me well for the past two years. Here are some of the application that I really like it a lot and use it daily.

After trying out many to do apps, I stumble at Any.Do. This is by far the best to do apps I have ever tried. I like its clean interface and it’s user friendliness. What’s more it’s free! Cal

Also made by the same developer as Any.Do. I was prompted to download Cal in app.  Having a good impression of Any.Do app, I decided to download it. Usually I will dismiss any in app request for external download. Once again Any.Do Cal surprise me with it’s clean and user friendly calender. Even though Google did a good job with it’s calender application, this is actually much better!

Google Keep

This is the best not taking app ever. After switching from iphone to Android, I tried many apps that do note taking and none of them beat the note app from iphone. That is until I discuss Google Keep. And what makes it even better is that it is synchronise with my Nexus 7 and any web browser.  It even has a version at chrome store.

Hacker News

This is where I get my daily dose of technology information. It is filled with many interesting and informative articles. It’s supported by a strong community of people who are interested in technology and how technology affects the world and people around us. What’s even better is that it’s does not consume lots of data, which is great as I only have 2gb of internet data every month.

Honourable mention
Instagram, 9Gag, Facebook, all these are great applications but they take up far too much data. I enjoyed instagram a lot but browsing around 15-20 post consuming almost 10mb of data. I hope Instangram can improve on this aspect.

whatsapp. SMS with a no worries of busting your SMS count and you can send pictures and have group chat. Makes group discussion so much easier.


Steve Jobs most famous speech was one that he made at the 2005 Stanford University commencement. He briefly talked about three stories of his life and the last one is about death.

” When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I never experience death or even near death experience before. But recently I experience the death of my cousin. It is the first time I saw someone not just dear but a human being died in front of me. I started to question myself, what if I am in his shoes? Have I really live out what I am purpose to do? What is the legacy that I left behind? Sadly the answer to all these questions is No, I have not lived out my purpose, I didn’t left any legacy behind. I told myself then, I got to do something with my life. I have to have a eternal view of who I am and what I am purpose to do.

My cousin died shortly before his 32 birthday. He left life with many regrets. Because of that I decided to that I need to make changes in my life. I once saw this quote that a little change make a big difference. I started to make little change in my life. and I know that as long as I don’t stop, one day when I die, I can proudly say that I live my life to the fullest.

This week went pass like any other week fast. I been trying to wake up early the first two days was alright but by the start of the third day I am out of steam. I think I still need some time to get use to it and instead of sleeping 5 hours daily, I think I might need more. SO this week I am pushing for 6 hours,

This week hasn’t been as productive as I would want it to be. I read about an article and decided I will stick to 2-3 core activities every day which will lead me closer to my dreams.

As for my fitness, I am eating healthy most of the days but couldn’t keep out with the daily exercise routine. My weight has been shifting around from 74.1 to 75kg. I hope that by the end of June I will drop it at least at 73kg. Next few weeks will be tough due to deadlines and exams so I will be pushing myself.

I have been asking myself questions and one of it is that I actually do miss design. After so many years, seeing or coming out with a good design is sometime that motivate and drives me. I hope that I will continue to work on design regardless of the outcome.

I was browsing through and saw how some some bloggers and youtubers that shared about moments of their 2011. I thought that was really cool! I wanted to do something similar but realized that there is only one major thing is running through my head about 2011. STUDIES!

2011 wasn’t exactly a year that was filled with interesting events but I do learned ALOT! No regrets. However I think that there were some events that I should have made more effort capturing it down but did not.

Therefore this year I promised that I will try to take more photos and blog more often about my life. Hopefully at the end of 2012 I can have an interesting review!

If I can turn back time, I wished that someone will tell me all this. If I knew this earlier I will never give up on designing. Maybe I will live a life very much different from what I am now. But there is no point looking back. Sometimes I felt that life is like a circle, things that you didn’t overcome, It will haunt you back in future. I think after going through all these, I have learned to bite through the bullets and just kept doing. And hopefully by shear volume that I will be better. Better than what I imagined I would when I first started out. It’s going to take a while. Till then bear with me for the lack of quality. I will be better. I promise.

My aunt and grandma visited my family this morning. It was out of the norm as my aunt will only visits us  during the Chinese New Year. Anyway my mum started to show case some Chinese philosophy/Confucius VCDS which she got it from giving to a donation. I wasn’t really close to my aunt or my grandma and I couldn’t connect to them but out of respect I did the next best thing that I knew, which was to hang around, trying to be part of the conversation. My aunt will always give me strange advice, not necessarily bad but just strange consider coming  from someone I don’t meet very often.

Going back to the VCDS, my aunt had watched some of them and started enthusiastically recommending me one that talked about sex. Describing to me a testimony of a person that used to be really good with his studies but because of pornography that caused his studies to suffered and after watching the video, he recovered. Then she went on to talked about some interview with a dog unit police officer, on how the dog’s sense of smell greatly suffered after having sex for one time. And if the dog had sex for more than three times, he will be considered useless.

I find it the whole experience really awkward. I guess she’s just being concern but it felt so weird coming from someone that I don’t meet often. Anyway she end off  by telling me not to get distracted with having a girlfriend when I’m studying. I couldn’t take it any more so I quickly made my exit back to my work while they started gossiping about family politics.