I can’t get over this conversation that i had with my friend’s girlfriend last night. I said the only thing that i’m not happy about Celine Dion is how she married her manager, wherein he divorced his wife for her. My friend’s girlfriend said she thinks there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact she said, “Sometimes you meet someone worth divorcing for.”
When i heard that, first thought that came to my head was, good grief! Do you even know what you just said? Gosh. If she ever gets divorced cos her husband met someone younger, you bet I’ll tell her, “Well, sometimes you just meet someone worth divorcing for”.
And if that’s her value system, maybe my friend ought to reconsider too.
Came across this trial user programme Microsoft was running for their Surface RT devices so I registered for it and was fortunate enough to be selected. Before getting my hands on the device, I tried to do some online research about the Surface, what are the apps available, etc. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be much info available – especially when it came to apps. The issue was that in order to properly explore the Windows Marketplace, I had to do it from a MS device. I thought this was totally dumb because if I were going to spend money buying a device, surely I needed to know beforehand what it offered right?
That peeve aside, the Surface RT is a pretty decent device. I like how the keyboard that comes with it doubles up as a screen cover. Although I initially struggled with the keyboard, I soon got used to it and realised I can type quite quickly and accurately on it. I also love the on-screen keyboard and the various display option it gives (split/ normal qwerty/ tablet friendly qwerty, etc). The word prediction was also accurate and the keyboard is a joy to use.
Battery life is decent and I get 3-4 days of moderate use (mainly games/ browsing/ Facebook for about 1-2h per day) with each charge (not that the battery runs flat after that but I tend to charge once it drops to 20-30%).
The MS Office apps that came pre-installed are definitely a plus – full functions and I didn’t need to spend any money on them. What I love most got to be the IE browser. Yeap! Never thought I’d say this because I have been using Chrome on my laptop for years but it is fantastic to have a proper browser on a mobile device. I’ve been able to watch Flash videos (all my TVB dramas!) and play Facebook games like Pet Saga and Candy Crush that run on Flash.
The main drawback is the lack of apps. No instagram (not yet at least), no official Facebook app, no WordPress, the Citrix app can’t use web interface to connect, etc. Which is a pity and the reason why I struggle to call the Surface a tablet. In my mind, a tablet is a mobile device that’s all about apps! I have been blogging and accessing Facebook on the Surface but that’s all done through the IE browser – which essentially means I’ve been using the Surface like a laptop. The fact that it allows you to plug a USB device (e.g. a thumbdrive) into it really makes it akin to a laptop.
Thus after using the Surface for almost a month, I think my conclusion is that I may buy one in future to replace my laptop (the soon to be launched Nokia tablets running Win 8 look really swanky!)… but if I were looking for a tablet, this wouldn’t fit my needs.
The problem with taking over someone’s accounts or portfolio when they quit is that certain things may not have been done in the most efficient or correct way. And you can’t lay blame on the person who left without coming across as bitchy but you still have to clear the shit and hope your newly acquired clients will not think you’re ineffective. Argh. Pisses me off.
Private Class with Deborah (26 Oct 2013)
1. Sugar Push / Tuck Turn
Make sure full weight transfer on 3. Back leg bends as front leg straightens.
During triple step turn, do a small small big, i.e. turning right, last left step will be big step and remember to drag in right foot.
3. Differentiate Tone and Frame
Frame moves the whole body. Tone is firm arms that allows the lead to move you.
4. At All Times!
Do not split weight.
Always have weight in straight leg while dragging in bent leg.
Private with Chuck on 24 Oct 2013
1) Foot Position
- Don’t open feet outwards so much. Small V.
2) Sugar Push
- Count 3 – should feel like a “check”. Weight should push into the floor. Do not pitch forward. Breathe in to expand frame.
- Count 4 – push/ glide back, marginally diagonally right. Make sure to post on 4.
- So not rush the 5 & 6.
- Hold the 5-and. Make sure nose over toes. The “and” should be at the base of right heel.
- Step 6 slowly. Make sure not to land on heel till last moment.
- The 5 & 6 should feel like walking backwards. Don’t think too much.
- If there’s a need to adjust distance on the ”and”, make sure to collect right foot b4 moving forward for 1.
3) Underarm & Left-side Pass
- Do not bend knees / plie on count 3-and.
- Step right foot slightly out on 4 so left foot doesn’t detour around right foot.
- Make sure to post on 4.
A couple of things I’ve been thinking of the last couple of days. Firstly, what makes a good broker? Is it someone who’s fantastic at admin work? At billing? At documentation? Or someone who is able to structure solutions to difficult risks and get insurers to underwrite the risks? Someone who’s good at client management?
I suppose ideally, a good broker should be all of the above. Unfortunately, all of us have our limitations which means we each have to figure out our core competencies. More importantly, these core competencies must be in line with our choice of work. If you’re unable to bring something meaningful to the table, then your skill set is probably not relevant to the job at all.
Secondly, if you think you’re good at your job, on what basis did you arrive at that conclusion? You may have excellent academic qualifications but head knowledge is useless unless applied.
Thirdly, we cannot be scared of competition. Without competition, how would you know what’s good? If we fall short when benchmarked against our peers, then we should review and see how we can work on and strengthen our core competencies. Griping about others or trying to make them look bad isn’t of any use. The only way to come up tops is to improve yourself.
An underwriter from an insurer I work closely with resigned recently. He told his soon to be ex company that he was going to be a broker but refused to say which broking firm he was joining.
Too bad for him he told my client which competitor broker he was joining and it didn’t take much work for me to get my client to share the intel with me. Am a little cheesed off that this soon to be ex underwriter has approached my client while he’s still serving his notice. But I’m even more insulted that he thought my client would shield this “secret” for him. 也太低估我了吧!
Passed by an accident site on the way home last night. Was exiting PIE into Simei Rd when I saw the taxi in front of me stop and put on his hazard lights. As the taxi inched towards the right side of the road, I saw a motorcycle on its side and the biker on the road, seemingly motionless.
A young chap was standing slightly in front of the biker and waving a torch to warn cars coming down the slip road and another 2 men were checking on the biker.
There were another 2 cars stopped on the road shoulder and a few women on the pavement.
I didn’t see any blood on the road when I inched past the motionless biker…hopefully there were no major injuries either.
It was quite a scary sight but I’m glad the people who stopped to help got themselves well organised. Passed by the ambulance at the next junction. Thank goodness CGH isn’t too far away.
Kudos to all who stopped to help and hope the biker’s ok.
Am typing this while on the Amtrak train from Philly to NYC. It was a great visit to Philly. Loved the visit to the Masonic temple and the Eastern State Penitentiary. Lovely city and I can’t wait to share my photos when I get back.
One thing I observed was that the vagrants in NYC tend to be Blacks but in Philly, most vagrants were Whites. I’m assuming Philly, which was one of the first cities to abolish slavery, had something to do with it. Maybe having more free Blacks historically also meant more who were hardworking and keen to earn their own keep. But I’m not sure. This is purely my conjecture.
Anyway, here’s wishing the Malay community Selamat Hari Raya and HAPPY NATIONAL DAY SINGAPORE!
Wanted to use my laptop to check my credit card statements and Windows wouldn’t load after I keyed in the password! Tried a few times, rebooted, used face recognition to log-in but everything failed! The error message was:
User Profile Service Failed The Login
Yikes! No idea what that was. Win 7 has been pretty stable and my Lenovo laptop hasn’t given me much problems to date. My husband said his colleague had this error previously and the laptop was taken to IT – and could be fixed.
So I did as he suggested – turned to the almighty Google. Found a very useful site (https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=15318) to resolve this error:
- Boot into safe mode
- Click on the start button, and type “regedit” into the search bar.
- Hit enter to open regedit.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
- You’ll see two “S-1-5….” folders with long names. One of them will end in “.bak”
- Rename the one that does not end in “.bak” to “(long string of numbers).bad” or “.old”
- Remove the “.bak” from the other one.
- With this folder selected, double click RefCount and type 0 and then click OK.
- With this folder selected, double click State and type 0 and then click OK.
- Reboot the machine, and it should be fixed.
It worked. Phew!
I may not be in IT but I can solve my own IT problems. Yay! Heehee.