Pages Navigation Menu

"It's not about the destination, it's about the journey. "

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...

Read More

Lauren Simmiss – An Inspiring Digital Marketer

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Life, SEO

At first I was going to take the piss out of my manager (now a director) about a post she wrote called “Jonathan Jones — An Inspiring New SEO Candidate“. But instead I would like to help her on her quest to have a picture of myself ranking top in Google images. Here’s the image that I mentioned of the handsome man (amazing hair as well) we are trying to rank for the term “Jonathan Jones” in Google images: The pic below is currently what the search engine results page looks like when you type in “Jonathan Jones”, with a Guardian journalist being at the top of the results. However, would it be possible to effectively rank and replace one of those images if I start posting that image everywhere imaginable (starting with this blog)? It’s a nice tiny...

Read More

Lloyds Bank just closed my Cash ISA and took all the money

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Life

I’m a little shocked actually. I logged onto internet banking to find that my Cash ISA with Lloyds Bank had become as if it were non-existent. It simply wasn’t there. The £2k that I had in that account was also missing. You can imagine my surprise when I opened up internet banking to find £2k missing. To give some background to this: I recently opened up the Cash ISA as I’m becoming quite serious about saving money and managing my money accordingly. The closing of my Cash ISA has set me back a bit and has got me in panic mode. I still do want a Cash ISA and I’ll see if I can re-open the same Cash ISA that has now been closed. So, why did they close my Cash ISA? They will not tell me. All they’ve...

Read More

What travelling into London was like today

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Featured, Life

The tube strike affected me dearly, and it will in the coming days as well. I’m actually dreading my journey back home – as I write this. It usually takes me half an hour to get into work from Stratford to Tottenham Court Road (Oxford Street), but today it took me two hours. I live near West Ham underground station, which was closed at 7:30 am when I arrived there. I was told that I could take the DLR to Stratford International station. I did so and had to walk a mile to Star Lane DLR station near Canning Town. When I arrived, the person on the tannoy had announced that they had reopened West Ham Underground station. Essentially I walked a mile to hear that where I had walked from had reopened. I felt like a real mug....

Read More

Opened up a Cash ISA and Credit Card Account

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Life

Yep, it’s true. I’ve gone ahead and done it. I have opened myself to debt and a life of monetary despair. I’ll now be poor forever paying back whatever credit I’ve borrowed from the bank using my delicious credit card. On the other hand, I’ve also opened up a Cash ISA and have chucked half of my savings into it. There’s also a special feature on the Lloyds Bank internet banking website that allows you to rename your Cash ISA account. I’ve appropriately renamed it to: But ouch. A 0.75% gross interest rate — that’s pretty weak-sauce. I suppose it is 0.05% better than the 0.75% gross interest rate on my eSavings account, and plus you’re aren’t being charged tax on that interest. It works out in the end I suppose. However, if you compare the gross interest rate with...

Read More

Annual Leave Time – What I needed

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Health, Life

From the 17th of December to the 2nd of January, 2014 – I’ll be on annual leave. I haven’t planned too much, but I have spent quite a bit of money on a new laptop that arrived on my doorsteps today. Here are the specifications of my new laptop: Windows 8 64-bit (pre-installed) 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Toshiba TruBrite® HD TFT High Brightness display with 16 : 9 aspect ratio and LED backlighting 750 GB Ice Blue Brushed Aluminium Finish, black keyboard 8,192 (4,096 + 4,096) MB DDR3 RAM (1,600 MHz) AMD Radeon™ HD 7670M Graphics (2GB dedicated memory) maximum life : up to 3h00min (Mobile Mark™ 2012) weight : starting at 2.3 kg W x D x H : 380.0 x 242.0 x 32.55 mm I’ve started using the laptop....

Read More

Chinese food at Westfield Shopping Centre & Pretzels

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Featured, Food, Life, Tips & Advice

This weekend has been somewhat eventful. I have actually found a Chinese restaurant, which isn’t too expensive and that actually serves some great Chinese food. In fact, it’s inside Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Centre and they actually cook the food fresh – believe it or not. It’s made me rethink the whole idea of going to buffet restaurants, as the food just doesn’t stack up in terms of quality. I guess I expected too much out of those buffet restaurants in London’s Chinatown. Lotus Leaf Fresh Chinese Street Food The restaurant is called “Lotus Leaf” and they actually cook all the food they make in front of you – similar to how it is in Taiwan and perhaps China, too. It was pretty cool seeing them make strands of dough, which eventually became my noodles! Unfortunately I didn’t take a...

Read More

GumTree – A scammer’s wet dream

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Blog, Life, Tips & Advice

I’m writing this as I’ve recently been scammed out of 235 pounds. I’m of course now going through that stage where I’m thinking I could have handled things better. I basically looked on GumTree for a HTC One smart phone and came across a great deal. In fact, a deal so great, that it sounded like it was too good to be true. That is something that I’ll never make the same mistake on again. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably bloody well is. What actually happened? I sent an email to the person who listed the HTC One smart phone on GumTree and he responded to me fairly quickly. He asked for my mobile number so he could speak to me. I obliged and gave it to him. In no time he gave...

Read More

Tower Hamlets College — Learn to communicate

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Education, Life

I am in a pissed off mood today as the college that I signed up to do an “Access to Web Design — Standards” course is suddenly no longer doing the course due to lack of interest/students. I usually wouldn’t be annoyed at something like this. This is, however, a course that I signed up for last month. I also had to do a Math and English test to get into this course. I passed those with ease and thought I was on my way back to a life of education in a field that interested me. Of course, as usual with my life — things don’t always turn out to be what they are and whenever something is going well there is always a downer to cause stress or to just piss me off. I am actually quite...

Read More

In turns out unpaid internships aren’t so bad

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Life, Opinion, Tips & Advice

I’m glad, ecstatic, amazed, overjoyed and every other happy adjective you can think of. Today I was told that my internship was turning into a full-time job. I’m to start work as an employee on Monday (12th of August) and I’ll finally get paid for the work that I’ll be doing after suffering 6 weeks on no income and purely just burning through my savings. What’s the job I’ll be working in Central London of off Oxford Street for a division that does Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for clients in the United Kingdom. I don’t have an assigned title yet, but I’ve kind of crowned myself as an SEO Specialist. I’ll be working on 50% technical SEO and 50% content marketing. Essentially I’ll be doing a mixture of both and I’m hoping to improve my technical knowledge of implementation and...

Read More