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I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2015!
Well, it has been an extremely long time since I blog on my site, and I absolutely feel guilty about it. I am still trying really hard to keep to my commitment to have at least a post written every month. So far, I have kept that record intact since August 2007.
With some time now, I thought of running some regular updates on my WordPress software, upgrading it to version 4.1. Then, I realized that there were several other plugins to be upgraded as well. Taking this opportunity, I simply proceed to write a short blog.
I really do need to keep up with my habit of writing my blog, only then it will keep my interest going. So, hopefully, you (my readers) may get to see more interesting stuffs coming along the way. In the meantime, it’s preparation for Christmas Day in 2014!
A surprising email came into my inbox today – I was invited to join Ello. After several weeks of waiting to try out the entirely new social network, I finally could get my hands on what it claimed to be the next generation, simple, beautiful & ad-free social network.
Without much hesitation, I signed up for it and got myself an instant account. Like other social media networks (e.g. Twitter, FaceBook), I could add friends. Ello made it really simple for me by displaying some of their favourite (recommended) profiles to add (see screenshot below).
This is the first time using Ello, so I am still trying to figure out how to best make use of this social network for my daily stuff. Nonetheless, the 2 best things that come along with it are: 1) no ad, and 2) privacy, by not selling personal data to third parties. Anyway, the bottom line is, with an account, I can invite up to 10 people – so if you are interested, please feel free to contact me.
This year, I celebrated a milestone (x number of years) in my company. As such, I am given an incentive of $500 to reimburse for any selected list of items for personal use. I realized that my home machine is more than 10 years old (Dell Inspiron Laptop 5150), and I do need to have a totally new system. This “opportunity” comes in handy.
After in the IT industry for quite a long time, I come to learn that one can never really keep up with the technology. So, it makes my decision easier – I went for a simple basic home desktop (instead of a laptop) that does not cost anywhere more than S$1000. Given that I do have a working, powerful 22-inch monitor at home (HP w2207h), I basically purchased the bare-bone system.
As a Singaporean citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident (PR), life shouldn’t be that bad. Despite the inflation happening all around the world, prices have been going up in this small island of Southeast Asia. The Singapore government has introduced GST Voucher quite some time ago, and it has still been on-going until today.
In the month of October, I have received a U-Save rebate of S$55 to offset my utilities bill (Singapore Power Services). This is quite significant, considering that U-Save is given out every quarter (the last time I received was in July 2014). Needless to say, it goes by the Flat Type that you are staying in. A smaller size apartment, e.g. 1-room flat, would receive much more U-Save rebate amount as compared to a larger size apartment.
For more information, please visit this site.
Due to overwhelming schedule, I have completely missed a post in the month of September. Hence, what you read here is basically a modified dated post.
SingTel sent me an SMS yesterday to inform me that all of its own postpaid mobile subscribers will get to enjoy free unlimited data bundle during Singapore’s National Day, on the 9th of August, 2014, as part of celebrating the nation’s 49th birthday. Of course, I am absolutely thrilled with it; thinking that I could watch endless YouTube on my mobile device (which never actually happened). What makes it even better was that, postpaid mobile subscribers who did not have a data plan bundle will also get to enjoy this promotion on this very day (p/s: special configuration is required)
Whilst this comes as a great news, I am kind of disappointed with Mobile One (M1) and Starhub; as there was nothing of that sort from these service providers. As a M1 subscriber myself (too), I think this could also come as a great opportunity to gain publicity, after gone through some bad events happening last year, to restore the consumers’ confidence. This goes to show that monopoly is about to return back to the Red Team, and things are going to get tougher (financially) for the Green and Orange teams.
Ok, telco aside, it’s less than 3 hours left for me to enjoy SingTel’s offer, I’m going to make the most use of it – especially, that my Starhub Home Broadband service has gone down once again…, happening as frequent as once every 3 days!