Alexa

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I have my been able to spend time doing development work because my work does not require me to do any. It is such a waste because in the past, I have been quite competent in this area. I guess, we need to work on things that can make more money!

In the past couple of weeks, I have been getting myself engaged into the New IT space. Where refreshing some fundamental principles is that I have learnt in the past and been practicing it for many years.  Obviously – things has definitely evolved and most of the things that I know especially architecture related is out dated. I do feel that I am damn old. Perhaps when I have more time(and not in MRT) I would post some of my key learnings. 

Within this space – there are also new trends that are emerging. Things like robotics, AI and quantum computing. I guess – if I don’t get myself acquainted with these new trends, I will forever be living in the past. More importantly, I need to explore new areas in which I can bring to my client. 

One of the areas that I’ve looked at last weekend was Alexa. Alexa is an amazon technology in which they have this device called Echo that works as a speaker/mic. The user will interact with Alexa thru that device. 

One beautiful thing about Alexa is that, you can build new skills to it. It’s just amazing the things that you can build. I was able to quickly build a new skill in less than 15 mins. Amazing indeed. With the new serverless capabilities from Amazon, I could get my stuffs up and running in a very short time. 

I will definitely post my codes and how I got it enabled when I have time. It’s a miracle that I was able to pull this thru. 

MRT Ramblings #2

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Today yet again I am on the MRT. Now am typing in the bus. Shit I must say it’s damn fast. I mean the speed. Not that it’s moving fast but because:

  • I am seated at the back, hence the momentum
  • Windy road from Midvalley to Bangsar. 

In anyway – it’s still very convenient. I hope I won’t get any  headache! Nevertheless it’s still OK!

This morning bus ride was pretty interesting. I can see the adoption for the feeder bus getting more and more. By the time the bus stopped at the station, almost all the seats were occupied. It’s a good sign. I do suspect soon I would need stand!! Which I am fine la. Need to get better shoes though. My current shoe is just painful to have long walks ?


Duck face! Haha. I am probably the only dude wearing office clothing. It’s ok. 

Can’t have enough of Japan

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Back when I was having a holiday in Japan – my favorite chill out place for quick food would be 7-11. Over there – they would have all sorts of good, from your instant noodle to your full blown rice. If something simple, there’s a rack full of onigiri!

I was hungry when I reached Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station just now and wanted to tapau some food from 7-11 here. Obviously it’s nothing compared to Japan, but a small bun not going to kill me or anything. Just so that I can not be hungry for couple of hours. 

You know what? I saw a pack of Onigiri. Yes it is expensive which RM4 – but it doesn’t stop me from buying. Well generally Onigiri is good for a quick small pack. 

By the way – one thing that I am pretty annoyed with the 7-11 in Pusat Bandar is that it is so bloody small. Almost impossible for me to fit into it, but yet I did. I need to make sure I remove my back pack though. ?