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Tired

Jun 28, 2017

I’m tired of toeing the line. I’m tired of compromise. I’m tired of legalistic teaching.

I’m tired of being a pawn in a corporation. I’m tired of dragging my feet to work. I’m tired of working in an “offshore” company, waiting on white folks to tell...

On blocking Medium.com

Feb 17, 2016

Malaysians should probably realize by now that Medium.com has been blocked, and we all know the reason why. It was because Sarawak Report used it as an alternative platform to publish the already blocked sarawakreport.org articles.

As a software engineer...

My Scouting Experience

Oct 29, 2015

I was a scout for at least 8 years. To be fair, I'm an average scout. I missed out on many camping trips on the pretext of wanting the weekend to study. But in doing so I lost out on many memories.

In my high school, the scouts were the cool guys...

What the Introvert Saw

Oct 14, 2015

Today, I visited my paternal grandparents – at the cemetery. I'm not sure why, but I didn't speak much to them. I just said hi, and we just stood there staring at the stones.

The next time I visit, I would want to talk more to my grandmother. I feel...

The Hard Reality

Jul 30, 2015

I graduated from high school in 2005. It's 2015. There's talk of a 10th year reunion. I would go, but only because I feel obliged to, as I was the Head Prefect. I don’t really want to, actually. I’ve nothing great to talk about since high school.

Hard Things

Jun 7, 2015

Here are some hard things I want to accomplish in the next 5 years:

  1. Stay at my current job (BAE Systems AI) for at least 5 years. My longest stint was only slightly over a year. Perhaps things have changed, and people switch jobs every two years...

Living Dangerously

May 29, 2015

Most people live it safe. I'm not saying that they prefer stable jobs over entrepreneurship, but rather that they prefer to keep their time, money, and skills for themselves, rather than be generous with it. It might also be a preference for a stable...

Personal Encounters

Apr 6, 2015

I thought that the visiting pastor gave a good sermon on Easter Day. He touched on the topic of doubt. And along the way he brought up the reality that even though one may have had grown up in a Christian home and called himself a Christian, he is...

The Admirable Christian

Mar 28, 2015

As a duty-driven person who tends to do Christian things out of duty (and continue to keep on doing them in a dutiful fashion), I really admire the Christian who is able to serve continually with strong sense of grace and purpose. And even if they...

Moving to Enterprise Software

Mar 22, 2015

In my last semester of college (university, for those outside the US), I had the privilege and opportunity to learn Ruby on Rails (RoR) in Software Engineering (CS169, Spring 2012). Hitherto, I never had any "real-world" software experience — until...

Confessions of an ISTJ

Feb 19, 2015

Disclaimer: Well, perhaps not all ISTJs are like this. But it's true for me at least, most of the time. It may even be just me, not an ISTJ thing.

  1. When I'm engrossed in something, like when I'm actually busy on the computer, nothing goes in if you try to tell me something. I'd pay lip service a bit, but I'm really not paying attention. So please don't go mad later when I say, "I don't remember you saying that!"

Software Consulting Realities

Oct 26, 2014

I left my previous job and set out to do software consulting on my own around mid-August this year. People call it freelancing (to my annoyance), but I call it consulting. It's serious business. I'm not sitting at home working in my pajamas. I sublet an office room in SS2 and I check in to work everyday like any other worker bee.

A Fragile Life

Aug 7, 2014

As evidenced by the MH370 and MH17 episodes recently, life can literally take a nosedive such that we disappear into oblivion, or be shot down from the sky.

Regimented Christianity

Jul 28, 2014

Regimented Christianity is the sort of Christianity that seeks to organize the lives of those who are subjected to it.

For one thing, regimented Christianity reasons that you should follow a certain pattern in your life in order to be fruitful and not fall away from the faith.

JonLin.es gets a redesign

Jul 27, 2014

I was lazy when I first launched this website. I built v1 of this site without any prior design. I ended up spending a lot more time than necessary doing small tweaks everywhere just because the design was not set in stone before development began.

A tribute to Grandma

Apr 26, 2014

I am glad that I managed to visit my grandma in UH one last time on Thursday evening. She was asleep. At one point her eyes were open, and I faced her to look at her, and she at me. But she didn't utter a word, and her eyes soon closed again.

I didn't expect her to go so soon. On Tuesday when I visited, her oxygen level was unusually high in the 90s, and she showed great rigor in trying to untie herself from the bed. It was a vast improvement from days earlier. I thought that she might have a chance to go home.

Hello, World!

Apr 19, 2014

I would like to thank Allen of Snappymob for allowing me to build a personal site at work. We occasionally have twenty-percent time, where on Fridays we work on side projects or sometimes anything we fancy.