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Submitted my application for a student loan

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Blog, Education

That’s right! I’ve just submitted application for a student loan request to the Student Finance England website. Hopefully, it goes through and I receive it back as early as possible. Thinking about it now I probably should have applied for this a lot earlier in the year.   This is the same course that I’ve wanted to do since the beginning of this year, and I’ve really only come around to just going in head first and actually doing it. I did go to an open day that Birkbeck University setup just around the corner from where I work. And from this I talked to a professor teaching the ‘Web Technologies’ course at Birkbeck. I told him a bit about myself, where I work, what I do etc and somehow from this he said that his only concern was...

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Back to Studying Web Development?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Blog, Education, Life

In August, last year, I briefly touched upon the idea of wanting to go to university to study ‘Web Technologies’ at Birkbeck University of London. I’ve since not followed through on this and that is due to the fact that I’ve been busy at work and generally a little stressed. I have aspirations and personal development goals – gaining a qualification from university is one of them. I’ve yet to fully work out how it will work. But from the way that I’ve worked and the passion that I’ve shown, I feel I have the right motivation to do something like this now. Before working at ZenithOptimedia, I don’t think I had that and as time has gone on I’ve just wanted to better myself and develop my skill set. I now have a focus on life where before I had...

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1st day in the new house

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Blog, Health

I have to say that I’m delighted at the fact that I’ve moved to Farringdon. I walked around the area for 3 hours yesterday, which in total led to around 8 miles of walking. Luckily my new running shoes are really, really comfortable. I’m even wearing them to work now and even during work hours as well — instead of my smart shoes. Not that that would be an issue. One of the nicest things that I’ve discovered is that I don’t actually need a drying rack anymore. The fucking washing machine is a tumble dryer as well as a washing machine. However, I’m too afraid to use the bloody thing in case my clothes shrink. I’m a poor sod at the moment having spent quite a bit of money moving into this place and I don’t want to...

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Moving to Farringdon – Room Found

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Blog, Life

Let’s just say that I have been extremely stressed this month because I’ve been frantically looking for a place that is close enough to where I work. Now, I work on Tottenham Court Road and it’s really expensive if you want to be within walking distance (up to an hour on foot is what I call walking distance) of Tottenham Court Road. According to Rentonomy, if you wanted to live within the City of London then the average rent for a 2 bedroom flat is £592 p/w, 87% higher than the average elsewhere. I assessed that it was going to be bloody expensive, unaffordable and likely horrible to find a place in London. I looked in Angel, Islington, Camden Town, Regents Park, Shoredtich and found a few places that looked good. But of the few places I went to...

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Dating with Tinder in London

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Blog, Life

It’s one of those dating apps similar to ‘Hot or Not’ that allows you to flick through thousands of people’s photos where you essentially ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ people based on the way they look (although there is a short bit of text you can add underneath your photo). The app is actually quite controversial, but I don’t really see it any different to finding people in real life. Sure, you could reject someone based on their looks on Tinder, but you’d more than likely do the same in real life. Essentially, Tinder doesn’t change the way you’re in real life. In any case, I think a large majority of people who use Tinder use it for self-gratification, but it does have features that make it possible for it to be much more than that. So, I started using this...

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A Trip To SanYi, Miaoli (Taiwan)

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Blog, Travel

March 5th, 2012 – I went to a place in Taiwan called SanYi in Miaoli County. According to Wikipedia it’s a rural township located close to mountains. I went to SanYi to climb a beautiful mountain and destination. Along the way there were paddy fields and greenery everywhere. It’s really a site to see. Here are a few photographs that I took along the way with my now defunct camera: This is almost half way up the mountain. I love this photo. The reflection is perfect. Beginning. The two photos above are pictures of my doggy in Taiwan. She’s called Maoji and is a Maltese crossbreed. Isn’t she cute? 🙂 Spectacular view of Miaoli (Taiwan) I hope you enjoyed my images! 🙂 The trek up this mountain is well worth it. The view and scenery is just wonderful, and...

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Holiday Calculator – Cost of Living Abroad

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Tips & Advice, Travel

NatWest has recently created a travel tool called the ‘Holiday Spending Calculator’. And this tool essentially compares the cost of everyday items in 25 capital cities around the world with London. For example, a litre of milk will cost you £1.48 in Beijing whilst a litre of milk in London would only cost you £1.06. Or that a taxi trip on average will cost you £2.75 in Beijing and in London £12.00. It’s these vast differences in prices that informs you how much it’ll cost if you travel to any of these locations. Why not give the tool a try...

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New Smart Shoes for work

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Blog, Life

I don’t seem to be a very good picker of decent shoes. Any of the shoes that I do buy break or start wearing down considerably within a month. And it’s not that I’m buying them cheap either. The last pair of shoes that I bought was on ASOS for £60. £60 for a pair of men’s smart shoes seems to be quite reasonable, no? The last pair before that cost me only £26.99 as there was a deal going on and it seemed like a bargain at the time. I think it might be due to the way I walk that these shoes are breaking. I walk in a very stern manner and I’m thinking that is what is making my shoes wear down so easily. It’s the fact that I almost glide when walking and think it’s quite...

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When’s the right time to find another job

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Life, Opinion

How do you know when the time’s right to move on and find something that you really find challenging? A colleague of mine very recently was accepted for a job at Twitter. It kind of opens your eyes as to what is available out there when someone doing the same job as you is able to get a nice job like that somewhere. You kind of think, “if she can do that, then maybe it’s possible I can find something as prestigious as Twitter?” I mean at the moment I find my job challenging to a degree. I love my colleagues (who I consider friends) and life isn’t going too badly. The only bad thing that has happened is that it’s a little difficult finding somewhere in London that is affordable (and decent) and not too far of a journey from work. Aside...

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A visit to London’s Olympic Park in Stratford

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Travel

I recall seeing the Olympic stadium being built during early construction stages before leaving this country and I wanted to the see the games in person, but jetted off to the island of Taiwan where I then spent the next two years of my life studying and working. During this time, I missed the Olympics and didn’t really care for it too much, but it was quite a big deal in Taiwan, especially as there was that whole fiasco surrounding the sort of flags that were being displayed around London for the Taiwanese Olympic team (officially, the Chinese Taipei team). Now that I’m back in the UK, and specifically living in Stratford, I thought it would be quite the opportunity to visit the Olympic park, as it has only just been opened to the public. Here are a few pictures...

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