I was watching the latest YouTube video by landscape photographer Thomas Heaton just now. For some reason, it resonates with me. There are too many things bothering me in 2018. Things that, when I looked back, are so minor and not worth my attention. Yet I spend so much time harping on it when my time could have been spent on something more meaningful.

It’s time to start over.

And this is really a good time to start over. It’s a new year. I’m moving to a new web host. (sorry about the mess. I’m still bug fixing) I left my job in late July and it’s time to find something new. It is good to be on sabbatical leave once in a while. Take a break and look back before the next push forward.

But don’t get me wrong. 2018 is a good year. There are ups and downs but life is better when you are not facing it alone. And we’ve been travelling quite a bit this year. Been to Taiwan, KL, Batam and Bangkok. That’s nothing to many people but quite a lot for someone who seldom travel out of Singapore.

I must say that I really love the Taiwan trip. Taiwan is a beautiful place and full of surprises. I think I’ll be going back again. (and yes, I know I wanted to blog about the trip but I haven’t) And Bangkok is nice too. I always thought that I prefer a holiday by the beach but it turns out that the nicer holidays that I had were all in the cities.

As we look back at 2018, it is also a great time to look forward to 2019. I don’t know what 2019 will bring but I’m ready. It’s time to start over. Goodbye 2018. Happy 2019.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Don’t panic. If you are seeing this as the first post on my blog, that means I’m still migrating my blog. The good news is that we are now on the new web host. The bad news is that we still have lots of things to fix.

So expect everything to be broken for now.

I know, I know. I haven’t been updating this blog much lately. Even though I should be more free to update this blog nowadays since I’m on sabbatical leave. I have no excuse. 

Anyway, just a little update here. My hosting plan with my current web host is almost expiring. This made me think about what I should be doing with this blog going forward. Don’t worry. I’m not shutting down this blog. I cannot imagine ever closing down my blog. After all, I’ve been blogging since 2003. (This blog only contains entries from 2005 June cause nobody wants to read the emo shit that I wrote in the past) But I’m definitely changing my web host. I’ve been on HostGator for almost 10 years. I’ve always been happy with them until recently when their standard dropped significantly. Since my plan is expiring, I think this is the best time for me to move to a new web host. 

Which is quite scary come to think of it. Even though I have IT background, I’m not good when it comes to web related stuff. (Maybe I should have paid more attention during my Internet Programming lecture) But sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. 

So yes, I’m moving web host. If you see this post on top of my blog, it means that I’m still struggling to move. Let’s hope this will be a pain-free process. I’ll blog more about the move when the move is over. In the meantime, if I’m not back by Christmas, then Merry Christmas to you. If I’m not back by New Year, then Happy New Year to you too.

If I’m not back by Chinese New Year, then something have gone wrong. 

Getting a new Sound Bar this holiday season? TC Acoustic just launched a new service called Sonos-On-Demand, a unique online service that offers music lovers and their families a 15 day free trial of the new smart speaker Sonos Beam (RRP S$699).

Simply place a refundable deposit of S$99 for the Sonos Beam at Lazada with the option of completing or cancelling the purchase fifteen days from the date of delivery. Those who wish to complete the purchase following the trial period will receive a $50 discount. The service is available for a limited time only, from 19 November 2018 to 18 December 2018 on Lazada.

OPPO Singapore just launched their brand new concept 3.0flagship store at Suntec City Mall. Singapore is the first country outside China to launch this store that focuses on the customer, creating an interactive experience for them.

The store features a “humanistic design concept” emphasizing on being people-oriented and experience-driven. Key features of the OPPO 3.0 flagship store includes large LED touchscreen table to browse through OPPO products and infomation.
The store also features an in-built photobooth. Leveraging on the OPPO phone’s camera, customers have the opportunity to snap and upload images of themselves onto an LED wall and download to post these photos on their social media platforms as well.
There is also a miniature diorama of Singapore’s landscape in a 3D model with an OPPO phone capturing images on a track running through the city.
The OPPO Singapore 3.0 flagship store is located in Suntec City at Tower 3, #01-627-630 and is open from Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm.

Razer recently announced that it is partnering with the NETS Group to launch Razer Pay in Singapore by first quarter of 2019.
Razer and NETS are working to enable Razer Pay acceptance on NETS unified POS terminals, with the goal of enabling full interoperability by the time Razer Pay launches in Singapore in Q1 2019.
The NETS network currently includes 40,000 Unified POS terminals and 55,000 QR acceptance points.
In addition to NETS, brands such as Reebonz, Sistic, SP Group, and WTS Travel are also working with Razer to integrate its e-payment capabilities into their systems. For example, Razer is working with SP Group to integrate payment directly within the Razer Pay app – no scanning of QR code necessary. In this way, users can experience unprecedented convenience and ease of payment for their utility bills. Similarly, customers will also be able to pay Sistic when buying tickets.
Razer Pay users in Singapore will also enjoy gaming and digital entertainment offerings, such as Steam Wallet codes, Blizzard balance PINs, and Sony PlayStation PINs.
In other news, Razer Pay inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singapore-based digital security firm V-Key Pte Ltd to foster strategic collaboration over digital identity and e-payments. Under the agreement, V-Key will look into providing leading technology to support and facilitate the highest standards of authentication and security for Razer Pay, and across the entire Razer ecosystem at large.
Razer also announced that it is collaborating with UOB’s fintech accelerator the FinLab to develop a proof-of-concept (POC) to test cross-border remittance using blockchain technology. The blockchain-based POC aims to improve operational efficiency by increasing the transparency and speed of cross-border remittances.