Monday, December 10, 2018

an exciting new career at Intel

I'm thrilled to say that I started my new job today at Intel. It's definitely great to be back in action after being laid off in October. For those curious, I'll be doing quality assurance for the Intel Sports team.

The morning consisted of the new employee orientation. The speaker went over Intel's history and benefits before an IT guy showed us how to set up our work computers. Our badges were then delivered to us. The nice thing is that both breakfast and lunch were survived during the orientation!

After everything was said and done, someone led us to the building with my actual office. I met up with my boss before spending the afternoon setting up accounts and completing the online training required for new employees. It's easy to get lost here as the building is huge, but I'm sure I'll know my way around soon enough. It's actually a nice place to work as the building contains cafeterias and lounges with TVs and games. I'm definitely loving my new job so far.

Of note is that Dad used to work at Intel many years ago. I'm sure he can give me advice about the company's culture. Like father, like son.

Currently listening to: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

Sunday, December 9, 2018

another awesome holiday party

Today was the annual book club holiday potluck and book exchange. I had been looking forward to it for a while. It was certainly lots of fun!

The event was supposed to be at Elizabeth's house like last year. But because she was going to be out of town this time, the party was moved to Dane's new house in San Jose.

Everyone brought lots of food as this was a potluck dinner. Everything was delicious, especially the IKEA meatballs. After we got desserts and drinks, it was time to do the white elephant gift exchange. It got pretty heated near the and as people kept stealing each other's books. That was hilarious!

We then played a round of Left Center Right afterwards. This was my first time playing this game, and it was pretty fun even though I didn't win. Although I left shortly afterwards because I'm starting my new job tomorrow and wanted time to prepare, this party was definitely one of the best ever. I certainly wish I could have stayed longer. At any rate, I'd like to thank Dane and Che for hosting this event and opening up their home.

In other news...

I mentioned earlier that I'm starting my new job tomorrow. I'm a little nervous but extremely excited at the same time!

Currently reading: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

level 99 Slayer in RuneScape — the start of a long journey

I just reached level 99 Slayer in RuneScape today. Here is the obligatory screenshot. :-)

However, it's worth mentioning that the cap for Slayer was raised to level 120 last year. Getting a skill to level 120 takes requires about eight times the experience as a level 99 skill. I've heard that training gets easier in the higher levels, but there is still much work to do. I'll get there someday - I promise. :P

Currently listening to: "Euphoria" by Markelody

Sunday, November 25, 2018

a busy but exciting Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving was a little different this year. You may recall that we spent Thanksgiving with the Changs for the past four years. They actually invited us again, but we already had plans. However, that's not a problem because we'll be seeing them later in December.

So we had our family friend Sheila's brother Howard's family over for dinner. This was our first time seeing them in over four years. I also met their son Wesley for the first time. Mom made great food while the Hus also brought some. Yum!

Wesley and I watched Avengers: Infinity War on Blu-ray Disc after dinner. That was an awesome movie. It's definitely as good as people say it is.

This year I'm very thankful for the support of my parents. Good times or bad, they have always had my back no matter the circumstances. On a related note, I recently received and accepted an offer for a position at Intel. I'm definitely very excited!

The rest of the break was uneventful as I've been busy preparing for my new job, although I did finish reading The Haunting of Hill House and continued reading The Power for my book club. I also found time for RuneScape and should reach level 99 Slayer in a few days. :-)

So yeah, the break was pretty good.

Currently reading: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Friday, November 9, 2018

level 99 Crafting in RuneScape

I got level 99 Crafting in RuneScape about an hour ago. Here is a screenshot of me leveling up. This is my third 99 of the year!

Although I've been pretty busy in real life, the game has gotten considerably easier due to new training methods. I'm one level from 99 Slayer and hope to get there in a few months. The upcoming double XP weekend should definitely help. :-)

Currently listening to: "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

a bittersweet 33rd birthday

So today is my 33rd birthday. I wasn't really in the mood to celebrate because I was just laid off several days ago. Therefore, my family decided to not go anywhere to eat this year.

On the other hand, my parents did their best to make my birthday enjoyable. For starters, Mom made us a nice lunch with ramen noodles. She also bought some snacks for me when we went to Trader Joe's and Nob Hill Foods for groceries. The three of us later went to Starbucks to redeem my free birthday rewards.

Even though recent events put a damper on things, my birthday wasn't too bad overall. I really appreciate the support from my parents during these difficult days.

Currently reading: Coding Puzzles: Thinking in Code by Lei Zhang

Monday, October 1, 2018

last day at Mocana

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

The week started badly as I was unexpectedly laid off from Mocana. I officially hate Mondays again. :-(

You may recall that I joined last year as a software QA engineer. According to my boss, the company was shifting its focus to a new product and no longer needed my services. Although he was satisfied with my performance, this is cold comfort and doesn't really help. This is unfortunate because I really loved my job and the people there.

Looking back

While my career at Mocana didn't end the way I wanted it to, there were some great memories. The holiday cruise was definitely one of my favorite moments. The summer potluck and the Thanksgiving feast were also enjoyable. The catered lunches and snacks were pretty nice too. The best thing about working at small companies is that everyone is like family.

All that having been said, the most important thing for me right now is finding a new job. So wish me luck on my job search!

Currently listening to: "All the Small Things" by Blink-182