Well we reached end of the year. As you had notice, I did not post much about other people stuff. There is two post this year taken down due to posting of my family stuff which they are uncomfortable with recently. So after this incident I had made decision that marriage is for me and my love one got nothing to do with family. As me a Christian there is no point having a banquet as my love one is not a Christian to do church wedding. I need to find a simple job next year to do save up a bit like a few years to buy a small house in remote area. I should be standing up on my own try not to depend on my family much, my family of course can have their wish how much to give me. Marriage is not for show, so if I really getting married, maybe just a simple ceremony with one or two table to witness my marriage, my family, one mum side family and one dad side family, plus my love another one or two table will do.
I having a very serious family issue right now, is not much about my work. God said ” Money cannot buy happiness, cannot simply buy what I want.”
Well this is the first time I resigned in slighty less than a year, which I submitted my resignation in my company HR system. My lead did not even text me to ask how am I or call me to show some care, why I resigned did I found a job. Simply approved in two working days. This is so far the first time I encountering this since I started working in full time like year 2007. The reason I put was health, too many demand and e-mail cannot cope well with the stress. Mid of last month my colleague suddenly go Hospital leave since Monday 15 Nov 21. I asked my team what happened to her, no one knows. I just took one day leave on Mon 15 Nov 21 as was having staycation with my girlfriend on Sat for 2 nights. So on 30 Nov 21 my project manager in afternoon called me up to amend whole of last month time sheet to another project code as I given new project code in month of Oct 21 to use from 1 Nov 21 as he said felt sorry she took so much hospital leave should not charge too much money to my client as another project left some money there to deduct from it. So 1 Dec I submitted my timesheet using the new project code from 1 Nov manually to my client for approval as yesterday told by my project manager say can proceed and any claim under this new project code also. So Friday 03 Dec morning I send reminder to my client to approve my timesheet and also asking him when is he free to talk as I changing project so my company may need to find a new replacement for my position next year asking what he think as some difficulty working here. He read my message shortly did not call me or reply me at all. So afternoon still did not approved my timesheet as he never take so long to approve all the while this whole year I working with this project under him. I called up my project manager again and he told me my colleague just got pregnant will give birth in next year april. I was shocked told him I did not know she was married as I come in end of last year she still single. He also said she just got married but need to keep a secret about she got pregnant cannot tell anyone. I do not know what to do, did not ask her about this as can be sensitive to her also. So Monday 06 Dec evening I finished my work then tender my resignation on system. Last day is Wed 05 Jan 22 which is so happened my family won a big sweep in Jan 21 fall on first week Wed also as my First day should be 08 Dec 20.
Compare to last time I working in same government organization but different project as that one is more on end user computing doing imaging hardware software testing hardening script GPO for 4.5years left mid 2018. There is a lot problem working in this team and project compare to last time there lasted 4.5 year left due to completed contract cannot jump to another agency doing same project as no approval from my previous company stated clearly in job offer letter.
Well the people in the team does not have proper knowledge about network basically. For example, I handle one network request and was approved in 2018, some servers now cannot work to connect so asked me to look at it. In the first place, the network request source was put a subnet of IP addresses a whole range which can basically put thousands of server there and destination of course one IP address. Since there is a few servers there from source, just put a few server ip address with hostname will do as a source not a whole subnet. Secondly, as I do not have network diagram did not request too much to see the whole infra as they said is confidential, so no knowledge how big is the subnet in this vlan. Maybe the actual subnet is just a half of class C which can go up one hundreds plus servers or IP addresses instead of putting in the network request subnet for thousands of IP addresses. So I see the routing table to trace that few IP addresses as login to my firewall just got my system administrator status after a few months from my first day, question my senior engineer is in house staff as basically I just a contractor why one matched routing subnet was put as class C so small than one thousands plus IP address bigger subnet, he told me no need put so big as they will never use so many IP addresses. Also I asked my Principal engineer also in house staff to come help me see, so he asked me how I trace. I show him my routing table and point to that routing, he used subnet calculator to see if I trace correctly. Very clearly, I can start not to trust him anymore as he using subnet calculator for such a simple task as he had no basic knowledge of network. I do use subnet calculator but very rare, unless is a complex network for finding or planning. He done some check on his equipment and told me is user issue asked them to check their side. I replied e-mail attaching my firewall logs in GUI said out cannot see traffic but in can asking other team to trace this route. So next hop IP addresses the other team ask me to check my team what is that equipment. I asking my team again got no info so replied honestly speaking I tried my best to ask my team got no info about this IP address did not dare to say does not belong to my team equipment. Also there is another network request got approved but I found out got typo error as cannot find the IP address too obvious less a digit send back. They ask me process the rest and that one they will correct it submit approval again so I completed their request. Basically the approval is normally a scholar. I thinking they got scholar by simply singing praises and lie at the same time as no network knowledge at all.
I was also handling VPN equipment. My team had 7 contract staff, handle two different network. I and my colleague who took long hospital leave handle a smaller network, the 5 contractors handle another bigger network but report to different company not same as me. If if one was away left 4 of them they can distribute work load compare to me one man in an island handle everything till I resigned also even handled some part of her e-mail gateway. So he work as contractor over 2 years, I observe him that his english is not that good can ask me how to reply sometimes to others in e-mail. He cannot read the client VPN logs to understand some of it well. So where there is network unstable issue sometimes will disconnect client will send in VPN logs. His network is affected and mine also to check. I checked mine from the logs clearly shown is the wifi disconnected a few seconds and reconnected back after that so VPN reconnect again so end user problem not my equipment and network problem send e-mail ask him to reply user like that. He argue cannot reply like that will piss them off made the issue worsen. He check his network said to me they pull out the smart card causing VPN disconnected, asked him to check if logs can see but he could not find it.
So in staff conference only inhouse staff all of them are invited. I need to monitor their network performance hopefully no issue as a few thousands connect mostly via VPN as work from home so I hear it. I was sadden that they mention money a few times as it gathered the most likes among many question, in this period of covid19 they should not mention this so openly should take this offline speak to their direct boss or HR instead. If this is recorded and my country Prime Minister heard it, is a shame to the whole country. Many people loss job and many pay cut. Minister announced last year they took no pay leave for 3 months at least, they can choose to do nothing, instead they serve the nation and fight covid19 with us together. This is my highest pay job over 5K monthly. Last time I work in end user computing left in 2018 pay was 3.5K monthly SGD. Next year I not sure what job I can find, maybe 4K or lower. I had been feedback I do not have much soft skill need to be soft with my client as they paid my service, hence I cannot become like Lead or manager to handle even one staff not just a team under me well to work. Also this company also said got feedback I slow in my work to catch up well from my client, need to do performance review as I worked close to a year as they no info about my work in 03 Dec 21 Friday afternoon phone call, but I resigned after that.
After I work about 3 months plus, I was offered a perm job converted from contract job. So End June this year I started my perm job but project is the same no change. Received pro rata completion bonus and some increase in basic wages. Benefit will be more like leave. Will be finishing my probation soon this month end for 3 months.
Previous post of my blog is not myphp, is mysql to mysqli. Anyway, about the tithe or give 10 percent to church they said from bible got blessing is false that causing covid19 to happened, I do not wish to comment much.
Since last year mid, I moved this blog to another webhost, find that my port folio some scripts are not working. It is due to myphp function is already end of life which I did not update since before last year had received some error logs. Now I change to newer function myphpi and is working. This port folio is about a web site that I done during my higher diploma days major in web development in 2013. It is located at http://www.thomas81.com/tmc and admin login where now can login as function updated to myphpi spend 4 hours in http://www.thomas81.com/tmc/admin.html username is abc password is 123. Source code to download is http://www.thomas81.com/tmc/tmc.zip
My life is still good. After a year of job contract finished, got my bonus and changed a new job with a better offer. I had started my new job last week Wednesday, after my staycation with my girlfriend since last Sun 2 nights before this new job started. I known my girlfriend over a year and we just celebrated one year anniversary after we got engaged on 07 Dec and first met is Oct last year. I work in network engineer basically not much after office hour work and standby need to call back or phone support mostly at night and over weekend which my previous job happened sometimes that why quit no personal time have to response soon not a planned scheduled support work. This new job will put my CCNA cisco network cert into good use, but bad things is I am required to keep this cert valid which requires to recertified every 3 years. Due to Covid19, my CCNA passed in Apr 2019, extended 6 more months till Oct 2022 and before to sit same exam or higher certification exam like CCNP to pass exam in order to keep certification valid another 3 years. If failed money wasted and retake will spend money again. Now I am in Singapore, Covid19 is in phrase 3 from 28 Dec this year, vaccine is coming need to take like next year, then settle down buy house getting married go overseas honeymoon in a year or two to save up next year start.
I chosen to marry a Buddhist believer as at start trying to find many Christian but not much success. Due to last time I was water baptized in City Harvest Church Singapore, pastor went to jailed due to misuse of funds and already out of prison. At that time where church was in crisis, I attended the overnight prayer meeting, and I was surprise by the prayer list to pray for pastor not to go jail. I went back home in the morning and read bible to realize that in New testament, Jesus did not believe in Tithing and he does not Tithe, only says cheerful giver to give out of love and heart and generously, which the bible is perfect in teaching, but human lust for money instead by encouraging believer to tithe or give ten percent of income to church to be blessed which is a false teaching end up pastor in jail for misuse of church fund. Tithing come from old testament which there is no Jesus, they worship God by law of tithe, not new testament where there is birth of Jesus is love and grace we should follow. Those who believe in tithing and does it is not a believer of Jesus to follow him, rather they are worshipper of old testament not a true teaching of what Church is. Church is not formed in old testament does not exist, but rather temple where they worship idols, and tithe. So I ask Christian lady if they believe in tithe and do it to be bless, the answer is Yes. If one says no, she is perfect and I will marry her but I found none after so many years of dating met many Christian Single ladies. So I will not influence or and pressure my girlfriend to believe Jesus. Even I have a family I will do the same to my kid also as I believe as long they love itself and others to do good is more than enough to grow up as adult. If I have kid later on believe Jesus will be good but I let them choose the best to believe in which faith or free thinker.
It had been a year plus I did not update my blog. There are a few updates. Firstly, Since I service my debt under DRS in 2015, End Dec 2019 I fully paid off my debt. I am now debt free, no house as I currently stay with my sisters, also no car can use sis one if available. Of course any credit facilities cannot get any approval due to default record in my credit report where I service my debt, which will take 3 years to clear all in year 2022 to try apply again.
There is covid19 now, I still have my job. Also a girlfriend. But not a Christian. I no need to convert her to believe or trying to influence her. As you had seen my posting, I having different views with the church, had been seeking God why I cannot find a home church follow well. As God says, his twelve disciples does not worship God with a heart, causing him to hang himself to shows his love. Covid19 also shows church is most useless organisation. Also I google about yoke verse unequally yolk https://www.bible.ca/ef/expository-2-corinthians-6-14-18(2).htm, it refers to idol worship, it does not mean believers cannot have love marry with unbelievers in a few top search. As I am a water baptize Christian, I am clear what I am doing. Yes definitely my girlfriend is a Buddhist, she will go find a fortune teller about going into marriage, I fully fine with it no issue to go with her so no church wedding. Even if i have child later on, I will have the freedom for child to believe or not in any faith, of course my faith is better but without any influence. God had spoken to me through the holy scripture that just worship him with a heart, no matter how big or small is good enough compare to his 12 disciples in new testament. Even Pastor and leaders in church cannot ensure they will go heaven but I can go in if there is a heart with him all the way, stated in John 3:16,17 not a simple prayer accepting him all those as me 20 years of believing him did not turn cold.
It hard to say when we get married like my parents wish next year end, but we can plan after vaccine is found for covid19 everyone has it to travel overseas vacation to plan, end up actual day can be two years or more from now.
Since start of last month, I started to buy study material and book to study. On Fri 12 March 2019 afternoon I passed my exam in part 1 to be CCENT certified. Just now in afternoon 1 April 2019 Monday I passed the second part of exam which is ICND2. Overall cost me over 500 Singapore dollars to book exam to study. S$450 for 2 exam each cost S$225, exam material like S$30 each X 2 for ICND1 and ICND2, with video lectures, PDF study material and most importantly premium exam dump questions.
I want to share about my job hunt from last week ago 5 weekdays I send a lot of resume in online job advertisement, in total I have received 11 interviews, 1 last Friday, 8 this week including tomorrow, 1 next Monday and 1 on Tuesday like from recruitment agency, next week got upcoming one also from recruitment agency but pending confirmation as they given me a date time got crash with another appointment.
In Summary out of 11 interviews appointment confirmed, I have 1 interview which is from job agency. Last 3 months ago, at least hit some recruitment agency, but some recruitment agency may ask you come to their office sign a application form stated like if you resign in 3 or 6 months need to pay agency a month of pay for service fee. This month I rested for a week in first week then prepare resume started to mass send online job advertisement, but this time a lot lesser to recruitment agency more on company direct job posting instead. This whole week and last weekend I stop send out my resume to prevent my call too flooded for job inquiry so I wait till next week start see how if I need to send mass resume online job advertisement again unless now I accepted a job offer.
So quite a big improvement as no need send my resume much to recruitment agency still can get a lot of job interview, provided there are some condition need to follow like resume must be very clear, detailed, not messy and duplicated information and also expected pay cannot jack up too much from last drawn also need to indicate in some others like clear passport photo for example.
That bring me to a point why I send you this e-mail. There is one job recruitment agency I caught her on hand due to my recently personal data protection precaution I take. This job recruitment agency called me my first mobile number, had send e-mail to confirmed appointment and stated near appointment date time she will contact me to prep through, so I replied her e-mail to confirmed appointment again. I do some search which I did not submit my resume through online job advertisement to this job recruitment agency at all only this month. So she called a day before, asking me if I free to prep before going for job interview, I told her 2pm onward can call me. So I waited at 830pm she called me using a different mobile number which is not in her e-mail signature stated to my second mobile number, asking me can talk, I told her make it quick, she ask my pro and con. So I told her this is not right and hang up the phone immediately. I send her e-mail immediately after I end her call asking I did not receive the JD, asked where do you see my resume to know this number, how come called using different number also. She replied my e-mail she found it from monster my resume which donkey years I never use monster online job advertisement web site to deposit my resume and make it public searchable. She also said the phone number talk time value run out did not top up so use another phone number to call me instead. I replied her e mail please delete all my resume and no need to find any more job from me due to personal data protection act.
I going to share what is good business practices on sales deal. This will exclude small simple business self employed like small food stall in hawker for example. Basically the sales should be working as a team, not as individual like one person more sales more commission and other less sales less commission earned. Maybe the organization can make sales team basic pay a bit less from other team or department or the same, but will enjoy commission equally just like round robin operation that kind. The sales team will have fair share of some difficult and easy client to get business deal in instead of people says those commission earn a lot than others due to having too many easy client causing it. Of course the organization will have to set a minimum sales target if not people come in to work after 3 months will have a mindset since first days onward that just get zero do nothing at work. Another example will be people sell laptop for S$100 as many as possible just to earn a bit of profit and or to hit sales target, but client use a few days become faulty does not work at all so other department or team will handle it cannot fix will cause the whole organization to suffer.
Hope my sharing is helpful to you and your team as well as to the nation. No action is required from you and your team. No law enforcement needed to set unless your team thinks is needed especially private organization have its way of running business as some organization will suffer or gain even they follow my suggestion or not. Your team can raise any small or big meeting to discuss if there is a need or issue going on now or later.
There is many issue happening recently, this is what am I feel about and my sharing.
Well, even people in church asked me to start serving in ministry, but I thinking as to become minister for me instead even though I already left nothing now.
Resident can come and make all the complaint to me, I can always keep listening pretending for me to be their minister to serve the nation on stage later shown in local TV news, the only fellow who suffer is only me get nothing in the end that so simple.
Everyone born to be rich and generous is already in their mindset who do not want, only just want to stay poor all their life?
What kind of richness we all should have?
In the New testament, Jesus taught us to be love god, love people, love yourself, to preach the gospel where old testament does not have any four of these.
If people want to be rich lack any of the four, even not preaching the correct gospel to be good not great, this is what happen to the churches and the world a lot of problem.
If we give more bless more, people, churches priest pastor and leader also will give more bless more provided is according to the God word. This is so much better than spend a bit of money buy any lottery even.
For example, people sent up a business, get some contractor do task, once task done business owner get the credit but contractor get none, when bad things happen, contractor will be the first to get loss, what is these? Business owner no work done, or no good work or do not know what is good work? Of course contractor had some advantage, maybe learn more things but business owner know nothing only knows how to make money?
Our faith is the only one so far in the world had nice music where we can worship god mostly old music like classical or a bit secular pop music can some relate to, good story to know god also, which faith or no faith or against any faith people practice will have any of these?
I not against tithe, or giving 10% anything like time at least every Sunday 2 hours to be in church, money totally. For me I do not believe in especially in New Testament about tithing that why I do not have a home church locally till now. Well if people want to tithe, they should understand what is the meaning the truth like what I said in any of the four as above paragraphs of this e-mail reply. Of course people should be encouraged to give generously so that the ministry can do more good works.