Adjusting the screen brightness on my Samsung Note - the EASY way.

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I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy Note for about a month now and I’ve been loving it. It was a HUGE upgrade over my old phone (Blackberry Bold 9000) and it beats the BlackBerry in every possible way. Wow, I cannot believe just how much I missed out on by carrying a BlackBerry all these years. I thought I’d miss the BlackBerry keyboard, but nope, the touchscreen Swype keyboard has served me quite well and can type pretty fast now, almost as fast as I could on my Bold. Now, many people around me have commented on how ridiculously ginormous they think the phone is and I’ve gotten my fair share of (unwanted) attention and even some scoffing thus far; but, I think the size is just fine. And it fits quite easily in my jean pockets, just in case you were wondering. I can sort of maneuver it with one hand but I really don’t think it’s all that important that phones are operable with one hand. The only time when handling the phone with one hand is useful IMO is when I’m driving and we all know that we shouldn’t be on our phones while we’re driving. Of course.

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Been awhile.

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The last time I wrote in this thing was 10/22 of last year, which is also the time when wedding preparations got crazy. Well, thank God the wedding is now over (what an amazing experience!), honeymoon in South Africa was incredibly memorable, and now it’s April of 2012. The sad thing is that there are still wedding-related tasks that need to get done–such as writing thank you cards and putting together our wedding photo albums. Ugh. Not really looking forward to it to be honest, but I know it’s gonna feel SO good when all of that is completely over with. Married life, by the way, is pretty darn sweet.

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Taking a breather... in San Francisco

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I arrived in San Francisco last night with Jenny and a friend of ours at around 10:30 local time to attend Jenny’s friend’s wedding which takes place later today. I was so extremely dead tired last night and was thinking that I’d be able to sleep in until around 7:30 am, but no, I woke up at around 5:15 and instead of fighting myself to fall back asleep, I thought I’d get up, iron my dressy clothes I brought w/ me, check into a Starbucks located across the street from the hotel, and create some free time for myself.

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Writing good software. Simple reminders to self.

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One of the main purposes for keeping this blog is for me to think through and reflect upon things and to remind myself of the lessons that I’m learning. I keep myself pretty busy (there never seems to be enough hours in a day) and from time to time (more often than I would like) I will go through an entire day without having reflected upon what I’m doing and how I can improve upon my work.

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Commuting to downtown Chicago for work

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My office moved from Westmont to Chicago about 2 and a half months ago and ever since then I’ve been taking the Metra train to get to work. There are some things I like about it and some things I don’t like much.

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Wow, 7 years already! (since undergrad)

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This past Wednesday, I paid a visit to my alma mater (UIC) to be among the panelists to share my post-college experiences of working in the corporate world. It was part of an “All Campus Worship” event that was being hosted by a number of student Christian organizations on campus and since I was heavily involved with Asian American InterVarsity all throughout my undergrad years and as such, there was absolutely no way I could not accept invitation to take part in this event. My fiancée also took part in this event as a fellow panelist which was pretty neat.

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My engagement ring selection process

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One of the main motivations behind why Jenny and I wanted to start this blog in the first place was so that this blog would (eventually at some point once there’s enough content) serve as a resource for those who are in marriage-bound relationships. While it’s only been just a little over 9 months since I’ve met Jenny and only a few days since we’ve been engaged, I can safely say that I’ve learned a lot so far and my guess (and hope) is that I will continue to learn as a result of being in this relationship with Jenny.

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I am engaged!

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On Saturday, I got engaged to the most amazing girl I know. :) It still hasn’t quite hit me yet. To be honest, I’m guessing it’ll hit me once I get used to the daylight savings time and get some much needed rest after one unforgettable weekend.

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