18 June, 2015

Covering Future Self Insurance

Never thought I would jump in buying life insurance when I don't really feel like getting one. However, with some changes and restriction made to the bank policy in Brunei for applying investment. I hardly able to think of a way securing safe financing in the bank not unless you have at least 100k lying around when I hardly able to save 1k in a year. What option should I look into? Life Insurance.

This is the simplest way to financing and securing your own future saving especially after retirement. Why now? Well, considering when I started working just earning $400.00 per month. There's no way I am able to pull that off paying life insurance per month. Only until today my pay are stable enough to move forward with the plan because the car loan have remaining three more years to go and looking at my current age. It is time adding extra accident plan and finance into it.

As far I remember, the agent said it was premium insurance (accident + life). Yes, it going to cost quite a bit more and cheaper idea going with this plan. If you never buy before, there are indeed some different between the price working in office and in construction area. I asked the agent listed me in construction zone because I do sometimes involving site office and in constructions. It's just a way having some peace of mind in case shit happen no matter if companies have strict safety policy or not.

06 June, 2015

Action Figure Very Slow But Not Plastic Kits

Yeah, again and again not doing any update post this month. I spend most of the time now motivating on work out and jogging to get myself in healthy good shape 4-5 times a week. Even my sleeping hour adjusted as early 9.30PM after watching one hour shows. So the mindset about blogging simply put, already forgotten when the body automatically hits bed time alarm.

Now the toys, I still trying to get rid some Transformers MSIB that I don’t need or interest keeping. However, the selling prices in the market are entirely screwed over. Just this month when I visit Toy R Us shop in the capital. Few Transformers toys like Voyager Sound Wave (Blaster) were sold for $25.00 (BND) each and generation Shockwave $12.00 (BND) each for clearing sake. My mind was eventually blasted by it seeing how bad the Transformers market has become. Selling your MSIB or used toys are now harder at Facebook. The competition is terrible slashing between more than 60%-80% for complete loose even for MSIB toys. The result of this actually affect the resales value no matter if its great new or loose condition. I'm not really desperate getting back the money. Recovering lesser than what you paid for doesn’t worth it despite we face bad financially. My MSIB price will remain as it is following the local market or online price.

Well, as for the plastic kits, nothing change at my end. Bandai screw the builders by offering too many P-Bandai exclusive and limited kits this year. I actually went crazy with Pale Rider (ground type) by buying five of them and all three Jegan variation from Gundam F91 movie. The RGM-89A2 Jegan Type-A2 (General Revil) version was announced last month so this is definitely going to be high priority wish-list. Hopefully they might consider reissue the ReZEL Type-C (GR) and Jegan D type again. The build fighters Cathedral Gundam and Hi-Nu Gundam Influx also got me interested. As for now, I am looking forward finding ways to get RGM-89s Stack Jegan CCA-MSV version because I am too late to pre-order.

10 May, 2015

Where to Go?

Well, my company happens to asked me clear some leave pile up last year so I wonder where to go. I’m not sure if I should visit Miri since almost more than two years never drive there despite only half an hour trip. But I am kinda not really interested and even cross my mind what am I suppose to find over there other than eating foods. Oh I forgot there are changes to the road direction over in Miri so I am going to get lost for a while.

My brother has asked me if I wanted to visit Japan in September. From what I am able to save in the bank today, wasn’t enough to cover the expenses in Japan, not to mention in Singapore itself. Sure, I got place to stay and save a lot. To be frank, I don’t really feel like traveling at all this year. With so much drama happening in Brunei and locals losing job in oil and gas industries, I need backup money around if anything should happen.

I got to say I really done a good job on saving. The past years are totally zero. Now I see something so it's good as long I continue cut the spending on toys and feel bitter every day unable to buy a house. Probably there will be more progress other than blowing the saving.

20 April, 2015

Taking Unfinished ‘Introduction to Linux’

The unfinished ‘Introduction to Linux’ course at edX that I didn’t complete last year left hanging. Since I am starting to find Linux more interesting than ever and decided to give myself a chance to study again on IT fields area. The course however requires understanding all three popular Debian, SUSE and Fedora which is quite challenging and time keeping up.

The direction is uncertain if I should move on to the self-paced Essentials of System Administration training course after completing edX. At this unemployment time and struggle year, I have to be extra careful what to spend wisely on because unexpected things do happen. Like my car broke down again and luckily so far not that serious.

Well, I will see how it goes when reaching the exam section until satisfactory result of my leaning to decide again.

12 April, 2015

Nearly Sick But Tiring

Gosh, these past few weeks were tiring working on site office before the deadline and sleep at early hours. Now the site operation has started and continue to go back and forth almost every day going to get you sick sooner or later with such terrible hot weather. Not only that, we all had to deal with the bad smell from the haze as well that burns non stop for weeks.

I don't remember when did the last sickness kick in last year. But because terrible heat, it finally caught me with fever, flu and cough on Friday. Never like this kind of combination. Luckily I recovering now today since taking lot of resting during weekend, my day off, dammit! Only the flu are annoying as usual. Tomorrow, I should be fine working again and just need to be careful what to eat since I even had three mouth ulcers which I accidentally wounded biting.

01 March, 2015

Buying a House in Brunei is Harder Than Ever

As an average income person, I don't even know how much time, sweat and stress to achieves your dream owning a house in Brunei. The more I try to save, the higher the price goes up in time or brought by the rich for renting and resale higher strategy market. This is really sucked thinking about it every day. Seeing how Brunei has change so did the Governments, economics and religion. I already gave up waiting for the citizenship result and now focus towards studying bit by bit hoping for better chance switching job with good pay. Was never a bookworm or bright student back then. You just need to try something new but age seem to be problem sooner.

It is very regretful not telling myself saving money when I was a kid working in chicken farm and then went out to buy toys for what I earned. If I knew my father would give everything away to the second wife, this could have been avoided in the first place. Things just never goes what you wanted to, and no, I don't hate my father making such decision. He's the lord in the house so he can do whatever he wants.

Everything was a past now and still living in my own father house, renting, of course. So far no movement yet from his second wife asking higher rent or robbing us for spending luxury. I told my sister we need to find ways to buy cheap house. Size of the house not our concern, as long there are three bedrooms and able to park two cars at least. Nowadays apartment only can hold one parking space. Unless you buy for yourself. Other than that, terrible idea getting it when the Brunei transportation sucks.

Not like we never look for houses or apartment less than 120K below. You can just hardly able to find such price range nowadays. No one can imagine how much further both house and apartment going to cost in the future. But reaching the target just seem to be impossible even our salary combine together. Bank loan only gives out 70% and need good deposit to cover 30%. We have no choice but to keep looking and hope for good news. I want our renting money goes to our own home not flowing everything to her.

Play With This Too Kickstarter

I have been watching this guys designing quite an interesting action toys for a while. After they announced fund raising campaign using Kickstarter, the toy itself doesn't seem to appeal me. I was hoping they would put up the human faction. But it seems not happening so if you guy interest and wanted to get one. You can now place your order over there.

28 February, 2015

Exchange Server Disaster Before CNY

Never imagine one of my clients Exchange server would be busted before Chinese New Year. Well, this is a sign to work during holiday. There is no way to escape and the reason is simple. They only have one server and manage everything. This is what I fear the most working with people leading the department who have stingy mindset and not bother to foreseen such situation. There is no excuse on myself too not spending time monitoring the server health using some free tools such as Spiceworks. It just simply too hard to be working a bit server administrator, then IT Technician and then admin job nowadays. When you are exhausted, you going to forget your next pending job sooner or later if you don't focus on one thing properly.

Despite being good at maintaining Windows Server 2012, but when it comes with Microsoft Exchange. I am nothing with no single knowledge managing and understand how Exchange really works. Using search engine looking for troubleshooting and solutions from time to time does help. Not much helpful when it comes to serious problem. I tried to study Exchange, so far not much progress except learning how to set up does give me some experience.

Looking at the problem my client server is facing, for one, the Exchange storage hit with low disk space. Secondly, the external mail entirely stop coming due to its high pressure suffering low disk space. Lastly, I found Outlook 2007-2013 no longer able to connect to Exchange and kept getting errors. I do not know if Exchange shutdown all its running services causing such errors. My mind is telling me this is not good.

I don't denied my part miscalculate the partition size back in 2013 I personally first setup the server. Back then, I am confidence the mail database won't expand when the Outlook would download everything into the user computers. However, later I found out the fucking new Microsoft Outlook 2013 option to deliver Exchange emails to a pst-file has been officially removed. This backlash is the result of fast growing mail database size in one year. The solution to such problem either can either create POP3 account or add rules to do the job. To me, this is just unnecessary extra works.

Another way, is run Exchange maintenance mode and perform compacting mail database to squeeze the size maybe once or every few months. Honestly, this is something I trying avoid and even well suggested by many Exchange expert because it's very dangerous task that can corrupt the mail database. Again, I have no good knowledge and best not to touch such maintenance duty when never once done any recovery mail database experience before. Why take that risk?

My friend told we can take it slowly to find solutions to fix this problem instead jumping straight suggesting reformat the server. The problem here is our clients have no patience playing waiting games during their crucial time working with upcoming new tenders and projects. So it's not good idea to drag any longer before they start working on Tuesday (after Brunei National day). Moreover, there's no guarantee we can solve the problem because none of us are even trained Exchange admin in the first place. The only thing already perform are the necessary solutions to get the Exchange working again for two days straight and seeing so many weird errors showing up in the events log drive me crazier before the CNY holiday starts. Reformatting and rework the server is the best option during the holiday time.

I bring it back to the office on CNY eve and starts working on the Friday and Saturday. On Monday afternoon, I send back and starts rejoin all domains and slowly warp up the remaining pending setting until Thursday this week. It was tiring and stressful reworking from scratch. I revised the Exchange storage size from 200GB to 700GB by sacrificing 80% data size. I also upgrade to Service Pack 1 and Cumulative Update 7 for Exchange Server 2013. There are no second thought or regrets doing so since everything now fresh installed. Why not just throws in everything? I did somehow notice Microsoft puts out quite a few new options or features in the Exchange console. Nonetheless, my priority are as long the emails start coming in and out. Those shitty new features or not are not my concerns.

By laws, Exchange must need to have its own powerful server to run and separate from the main server. It was not supposed to run with single server in the first place. Like I said earlier, stingy mindset brought the problem. If I in charge on the sales, there definitely going have two servers rather one. In case my client can only afford one server, I would convince them have their Emails hosted on Cloud. Even though we have crappy ISP in Brunei, why bother with so much worrying when you get 100% up time, 24hrs support and can use anywhere anytime?

What do I learned from this? I lost my holiday mood and unnecessary stress. That's it. It was supposed my resting month. Things just doesn't turn out to be after this incident. Hard to say how many times had repeated itself. I seriously really need to rethink my role if its wise to continue working as multitasking job this year with the company.

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