At the bank on a Friday and right before Raya



우리는 요즘 은행에 거의 가지 않는다. We seldom go to the bank these days but when I went there today—being firstly, a Friday afternoon and secondly right before the Raya hols—it took me the longest time to get my thing done.

I had no choice but thankfully it wasn't that bad. Unlike the days of old, at least I have my phone with me to keep me occupied for the entire hour of wait.

And the CIMB staff in this branch are the nicest bank staff I've met, making it very pleasant. Are they better engaged staff compared to the Maybank ones I met yesterday?

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p/s please don't mind me trying out my Korean once in awhile here in my blog. And probably my Mandarin too sometimes. Learning them slow and steady but it does feel like I'm getting nowhere. 

Helter skelter headless chicken



I have so much on my plate at work these days I really feel like I am running around helter skelter like a headless chicken.

Gone are the days when I can sit down and be quiet to think.

And for a person who loves to be quiet and think, it is getting to me. I need to make time to do that at work.

But there is just too many things to keep up with.

How do you do it?

pearlie

Life's governed by passwords

Life is so complicated these days when you have to remember hundred and one passwords. 

I just saw an email this morning saying that one of my account login passwords have been compromised and I was advised to change it.

Grrhh...I woke up at 5:16am and I shouldn't have checked my notifications. I spent the next 2 hours securing my accounts and I am only 20% completed.

I then began to wonder how safe my passwords are anyway.

I found this very interesting article: Calculating Password Complexity

In brief, it takes:

0.0085 seconds to break a password with all numbers like 123456789

1.8 seconds to break a password with all lower case like strawberry

7.6 minutes to break a password with a mix of lowercase and uppercase characters like capPuCciNo

31 minutes if we include in numbers in a 8 character password like r2d2c3PO

4 hours if we add in symbols for a 8 character password like %ZBGbc]8

4 years if we increase that to 10 characters

It is therefore advised that our passwords should be at least 10 characters long and one that uses upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

And we are not to use the same one on multiple accounts.

How are we then to create and remember all those passwords?! Worse when some accounts require us to change it every 30 to 90 days!

But here's an idea. 

I watched a video recently on LinkedIn Learning on how to improve your memory and there was a section on creating and remembering passwords. It quite simple actually though you do need some creativity and memory to remember it.

You make up a sentence and you use the first letter of every word in that sentence. For example, you can say Hi! My name is Chloe and I am 20 years old. How do you do?

H!MniCaIa2yo.Hdyd?

Your password will be very strong and you'd actually remember it.

Awesome right?

pearlie

This song really makes me happy

I can't remember which church I was in when I heard it being played over a video presentation when I Shazammed it.

If you are curious, yes, I've been visiting churches these days to sing under Grace Notes.


How I wish I can do this song in my church. But with my team being just one keyboard and one vocal, there is no way I can do it.



Tak terbayang kebesaran-Mu
Your greatness is unimaginable
Dan tak terbanding kekuatan-Mu Tuhan
And Your power is unmatchable
Kau megah bagiku
You're majestic to me
Seg'nap jiwa dan pengharapan
All of my soul and hope
T'lah kuserahkan 'tuk rencana-Mu Tuhan
I surrender them to Your plan, God
Kau Raja atasku
You are my King

Hanya Kau yang layak di tinggikan
Only You are worthy to be lifted up

Ajaib Kau Tuhan
You're miraculous
Agung dan perkasa
Great and mighty
Kau sumber kemenanganku
You're my source of victories
Layak berkuasa
You deserve to rule
Mem'rintah s'lamanya
Reigning forever
Yesus Kaulah raja mulia
You are the King of Majesty

~by JPCC Worship

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My take: Android vs. iOS

After using iOS for the past 10 years, I've finally jumped ship and have been using Android for 2 months now. I'm still discovering new things and having fun with it. 


And so for those who might want to consider shifting from Apple to Android, here's my take on what's better in Android and what's better in iOS. 


How Android is better than iOS

1. I find that Hey Google is way better than Hey Siri. It's much more more intuitive and you'll get more things done with Hey Google. 

2. I like it so much how I can customise how my screen looks like in my Android phone. It uses Nova Launcher where I can pack all apps that I frequently use into the home screen–all 47 of them. I do the same with my iPhone too but it can only fit 28 in the home screen. 

3. I also like how I can remove the app names from the apps in my home screen. It looks much better visually and I recognise them by their app icons anyway. I do this via Nova Launcher and here is how it looks like, all 47 apps:

In comparison, I had this old picture posted in 2016 on how my iPhone looked like back then, all my screens. I've cropped out the bottom 4 apps that stays on every screen though. Yea, I sorted them all by colours. I suppose I'm quite a visual person and I found apps much easier this way:

4. It is much easier to find what you need in Android's Settings. When I'm in iOS, I always find myself trying to think and remember where the item is situated. Locations? Privacy? General? Where on earth? And I will be poking here and there until I find what I want if at all. In Android, I can simply just perform a search and find it in no time. 

5. I use the Android back button a lot. And it works seamlessly in and between apps. In my iPhone, I'd have to double click the home button, scroll to the app before to get back to where I was before. In Android, it's just a back button away and I'd get back to the previous app immediately. 

6. This is more the phone than the operating system, but I can add memory to my Android phone now. The Razer Phone 2 has a pathetic 64G internal memory and so I bought and installed a 128G SD card in it as external memory. With the iPhone memory, what you buy is what you get. 


How iOS is better than Android

1. I must say that the keyboard in the iPhone is much better than the one in Android when it comes to selecting text, hovering over text to position the cursor and using the spacebar to move the cursor. But Android is quite accurate when you tap where you need the cursor to be and you can move the cursor with your finger which you can't do it as easily in the iPhone. 

2. The one feature I miss most is the ability to shake to undo and redo in the iPhone. How I wish it's the same in Android. I once accidentally deleted a whole line of text. I never got it back and I couldn't remember what it was to type it back. 

3. I like the iPhone's ability to return to the top of the screen by just tapping the top. In Android, I'd be furiously swiping it up to get back to the top. 

4. As much I used to hate having badges on my apps in the iPhone with the number of items pending, I got used to it and it didn't bother me anymore. I soon found it useful to see whether my attention was needed. When I started to use my Android phone, I began to miss that. I didn't know what needed my attention. But now, I use Notifications a lot more. I don't remember using it much in my iOS days. But there is the Notification Dot in Android, without the number though. 

5. I prefer the management of pages in Safari where I can move them front and back. It cannot be done in Chrome. I suppose I should go find another internet browser app. 


Things to consider if you decide to move from iOS to Android

1. If you have purchased apps in iOS, you will now need to repurchase them in Android, if you still need them that is. I did buy quite a number of apps in iOS but when in Android, I've only repurchased 3 of them. Not too bad. But not cheap though. 

2. Some apps are only available in iOS. I once read that developers prefer to create apps in iOS compared to Android and so you might not get what you want in Android. I tried to look for alternatives in Google Play and so far so good. I got what I needed and what I couldn't I've ungrown myself out of it. 

3. The only casualty I had was my WhatsApp texts. I couldn't figure it out initially and couldn't transfer any of my text over. Had I known earlier, I would have at least save the important ones on the cloud. 


That's just my take anyway and with Android I think it also depends a lot on the phone model and not just the operating system. 


You may have other items on top of what I've listed above. Please leave a comment below or in Facebook. I'd love to hear from you!


pearlie

Me? Apple to Android?

I have gone Android! Haha. My friends and colleagues were so surprised because I was as Apple as I can ever be, beginning with my 3G, to 4, 4S, 5S right up to the 6S, and not forgetting my iPad 2, 3 and Air 2.

Not anymore.

And with that my whole family has gone Android and I'm not to be left behind. And I meant it—behind. It's another blogpost altogether but we felt that Apple is stuck in the their former glory and not only that, their prices have gone absolutely crazy.

Anyways.

It started with my son getting the Pixel 2, having sworn off Apple products. My husband bought the S10 when it was launched here on 5th March. He who does not line up for anything lined up 3 hours to get the phone and a free pair of Galaxy Buds.

Me?

I was left alone with my iPhone 6S. Not that I mind and I was prepared to continue to use it for two more years since I just got its original battery replaced.

Until...

I won a phone another phone at a lucky draw! For the record, this will be the third time I won a device in a lucky draw. I first won a Palm V back in year 2000. Then I won a Samsung Galaxy A7 in 2017.

And now?

I just won myself a Razer Phone 2! Two months ago. And I'm loving it. Though it is a gaming phone and I'm no gamer to begin with, I'm enjoying the change to Android and the experience of discovering new things. Android is more fun than iOS. And the screen and speakers are just awesome. I have even somewhat abandoned my iPad.

Just look at this beauty.



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The elusive writing bug

I have not been writing for a long while now and I must say I miss doing it.

So let me just try to kickstart it again and see where it goes. I do hope I get back into the bug of writing.

For reasons unknown, at least to me, some photos in my blog have disappeared. It was frustrating and it did hamper my motivation to write but finally I got to it and managed to replace one, just one.

But then one entire post disappeared on me! I must have accidentally clicked something by mistake.

So that post about gamifying your daily life is gone forever. I can't even remember what I wrote in order to recreate it. I can probably write a fresh new piece from a new perspective after about a year gamifying my daily life.

Surprisingly a few people I met did ask me why am I no longer writing and blogging. I was encouraged (thanks guys!) and even though it is taking me awhile but let's hope this work.

Let's hope my writing bug is back and here to stay.

pearlie