Pong Pong

Ah Bit, my angora mix rabbit of 12 years, passed away on 7 Feb 2014. I cried myself all the way home from work after receiving the news, called the cremation service immediately, and they collected him within two hours of the call. I only started accepting his death when I received the urn with his ashes the next day. I thought I’d be ok, I still had Melon, my pudding hamster. To my horror, he passed away a couple of days later.

I went from having pets the past decade, to no pets in a week. I was devastated. Han asked if I would get another rabbit. I couldn’t. I broke down every time I looked at a photo gallery of rabbits. So I asked if I could have a puppy instead.

Buru

When I was in my early twenties, I discovered “teddy poodles”. Red toy poodles with teddy bear cuts from Taiwan. I was really obsessed with them, and researched extensively on where I could get one, how much it would cost, etc. I had even decided on the name – Buru – after Buru the Gorger, a boss in the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj in the World of Warcraft. My best friend’s dad knew me as the girl who loved dogs, but never had one.

We already had Oreo (my brother’s Miniature Schnauzer); I was not allowed to have Buru. Plus, I already had Ah Bit at that time. But my obsession lived on, I kept a red toy poodle named Buru in my NDSL, bought a little red toy poodle plush and named it Buru, and later kept another red toy poodle in my 3DS, AND named it Buru. Everybody in my close group of friends knew that I had always wanted to have a toy poodle as a pet for 1/3 of my life.

Today, my lifetime wish was granted, by my in-laws and Han. We bought Pong Pong (Fluffy in hokkien) from a home breeder today, and he’s coming home with me this Friday.

Hey baby, I hope we will give you a long and healthy life for the next decade.

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Han Fang Wedding

Same as last year, I can check 2 out of 3 of my resolutions off!

  1. Not to lose my temper at work ✓
  2. Go to the gym at least once a week
  3. Have a blissful marriage (2 months and counting) ✓

Here’s the usual monthly highlights :D

  1. Started Project 365
  2. Ah Bit had to have his left front arm amputated due to the tumor that was growing at an alarming rate. Extremely nerve wrecking moment.
  3. Finished The Hunger Games trilogy
  4. Maxed out D3 beta character
  5. Pre-wedding Photoshoot, Diablo 3 Launch, Hello Orange and Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball
  6. Jaye’s Wedding, and Farewell Alice
  7. Hong Kong Trip (first BFF holiday!) and ended Project 365
  8. My first NDP Preview, MK joins, bought S3 and Alexis farewell
  9. Han was my hen’s night stripper, ROM, flashed my S3 and wrote a tutorial about it
  10. Got married, I haven’t started uploading the photos for the dinner yet. :(
  11. I has red hair and bye bye Fred
  12. SingTel Team Christmas Party, ended the year in Seoul with my first white Christmas

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In July, I found out that AT&T released the red Galaxy S3, asked a couple of sources (official mobile operators and ah beng shops), and there were no confirmation we would get them in Singapore. On impulse, I bought it off the Internet (eBay has everything, you know?). Anyway, we now have the red S3 available in Singapore. It’s the i9300 model, which is quad core. The AT&T model is i747 and it’s only dual core.

Received from SingPost (bloody charged me additional 7% GST) on 23 Aug, but haven’t been able to update to Jellybean as the software wasn’t available.

Randomly did a Google search for “i747 jelly bean” today and found out that CyanogenMod has a Jellybean nightly for my device.

Follow the steps below to get Jellybean nightly from CyanogenMod into your i747 from AT&T.

  1. How to flash ClockworkMod Recovery
  2. How to root and install BusyBox (Note: Installation of BusyBox is not mandatory)
  3. Download and install ROM Manager from Google Play Store
  4. Start ROM Manager
  5. Tap on “Backup Current ROM” and select your device “Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T)”
    Note: If it prompts you to install ClockworkMod recovery, wait for the app to finish processing, allow Superuser access to ROM Manager, and tap on “Backup Current ROM” again.
  6. Name your backup and tap “OK”, your device will perform the backup and reboot.

    Backing Up

    Backing Up

  7. Download the latest nightly build from CyanogenMod Nightly Builds for Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T) i747 and Google Apps Package into your computer
  8. Connect your device to your computer and copy paste the nightly build and Google Apps package into your device’s internal memory
  9. Start ROM Manager
  10. Tap on “Install ROM from SD Card” and select the nightly build file
  11. Check “Wipe Data and Cache” and “Wipe Dalvik Cache”
  12. Tap “OK” twice, and wait for your device to finish processing and reboot.
    Installing CM JellyBean

    Installing CM JellyBean

    Ta-dah! You are now running the latest nightly from CyanogenMod.

    CyanogenMod Loading Screen

    CyanogenMod Loading Screen

  13. Start ROM Manager
  14. Tap on “Reboot into Recovery”
  15. Tap “OK” to confirm
  16. Tap “Allow” Superuser access to ROM Manager
  17. Use the down volume button to navigate to “install zip from sdcard”, use the home button to select this option
  18. Use the home button to select “choose zip from sdcard”
  19. Select the Google Apps package
  20. Use the down volume button to navigate to “Yes – install…”, use the home button to select this option, and let your device process
  21. Tap the back button
  22. Press the home button to select “reboot system now”. That’s it, you’re done! :)

What is BusyBox and when do you need it?

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My lak jiak liu lian from papa

My lak jiak liu lian from papa

And this is the last Project 365 photo for 2012.

I realised that my life is not exciting enough to generate a photo a day, and sometimes I get sucked into a whirlwind of work that I might not even see Han for a couple of weeks, so I gave up on this project. :x Additionally, I generate truck loads of photos for each event, and since I am only able to share one per day, I have to then pick the most significant one. Too much work, so I’m sticking to drowning people with photos for every significant event in my life, instead of struggling to generate a photo, or having to pick the most significant one.

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