Journal #233 – November is coming to an end

In a few days time, November will be over and we will be looking at December. Damn. That’s fast. It also means that I’m approaching three months anniversary at my new workplace.

I don’t know whether to feel excited or sad.

But what I do know is that those three months, I did learn some new stuff like a new programming language and software stack, working in a bigger team (compared to what I had in the past), and maybe I found my pacing. But I don’t know how long can that pacing go. My only concern now is becoming too comfortable.

Come to think about it, it may be a good thing. I decided that this job is my last software development related job. So that means there is really no need for me to push excessively hard until I neglect the things that I really want to do.

Continuing on the topic of work, I suppose I felt like I did good today.


I spent less than an hour implementing a series of minor enhancements that will improve the user’s search experience. I also went about fixing some bugs found during yesterday’s deployment.

Towards the end of the day, I actually went about changing the alert boxes and confirmation dialogs from the default Windows API version to the ones provided by the custom UI framework, Telerik UI, that we are using.

I went and show my team leader the alert box and he liked it. He also suggested something which I have already considered and that was implementing the alert boxes and dialogs as a form of utility so that everyone can use it.

So I did that and changed the implementation in various sections of the application. Other than that, I also went about using the #region and #endregion to format my codes for ease of reading and maintenance. Without those markings, I couldn’t find the codes that I want to change without relying extensively on the Find function.

With the codes changes, I checked them into the company’s Team Foundation Server, packed up and leave the office.

So far so good I think.

Now let me talk about something else. Since it is Black Friday weekend here and soon for people living on the other side of the planet, I suppose what I want to talk about is relevant. It got to do with minimalism.

Singapore doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving but Black Friday is a thing here. I see the banners and posters everywhere. It has become a day where companies and businesses are trying to encourage people to buy stuff by putting almost everything on sales. Whether they need those stuff or not, I don’t know. For me, it doesn’t do anything. I don’t give a shit about things being on sales or discounts.

Don’t recall ever have. I think my friends can attest to that.

Oh, Please don’t interpret as I don’t buy stuff. I do consume stuff. I’m someone who loves buying gadgets and electronics but it’s that I have never found myself particularly drawn to Black Friday or Great Singapore Sales or any major days that encourage people to buy more stuff. With me being a minimalist now, it’s even more clear cut. I am now very intentional about the gadgets and electronics I buy. That means, it must at least be several times more energy efficient, several more times more powerful, support all my use cases (current and future), convenient to use, and of the highest quality.

So for me, I don’t do heavily discounted items either because they are several years old or no one wants them anymore.

But I also know that such discounts is important. It affects other people’s ability to get an item that they want or need. Not everybody is that well-off or is earning more than they need. For that, I am very grateful I have a decent job which made me much better off financially. I’m also grateful for the fact I was given that opportunity to even have a decent job with a decent education.

One last thing, I think I may have gotten tinnitus caused by a sneeze that I had yesterday. I keep hearing a whining sound in my right ear. If it doesn’t go away by tomorrow, I will see the doctor. I just hope I didn’t destroy my right middle ear.