The little things:
- 14 Kopi.JS meetups organized this year. ☕️
- On January, I moved my 3-year-old app away from AppFog.
- I accidentally built RailRouter SG. With exits/entrances. Also made it more beautiful, complete and functional. Launched it on the 15th. 🚀
- I drew the pixelated Kopi.JS logo with Aseprite.
- My RailRouter SG app got featured on Winnie's article, Makers making together.
- I ate wanton mee with Jian Wei and Joshua.
- My Steepless app got featured by React Rocks.
- I published 'Building side projects' 📝. I also gave a talk about it twice at the General Assembly Web Development Immersive class and the NUS Friday Hacks #106 🗣. Thanks for all the nice feedback! 😊
- On February, I started working at Tech In Asia, after almost 4 months of unpaid sabbatical.
- I started sending out TestFlight invites for my HackerWeb app for iOS.
- On March, I launched my first ever iOS app on the App Store. I published 'Building HackerWeb for iOS'. 🚀📝
- I received a few cool Hacktoberfest stickers from Digital Ocean. 👾
- I played basketball in the Facebook Messenger app.
- I attended FOSSASIA 2016.
- I voluntarily printed stickers for SingaporeCSS and SingaporeJS meetups. 👾
- I launched TaxiRouter SG and published 'Building TaxiRouter SG'. 🚀📝
- On April, I attended the Tech In Asia Singapore conference.
- I launched my first ever Android app on Google Play and published 'Building HackerWeb for Android' few weeks later 🚀📝
- I co-organized Geek Brunch SG with Sayanee and Michael 😁. Also co-written 'The story of Geek Brunch Singapore'.
- On March, someone caught me looking at my streaming Twitter feed. 👀
- I gave a talk on my TaxiRouter SG project at the SingaporeJS meetup. 🗣
- I found my first pull request for the jQuery UI project on GitHub.
- I tried Apple Pay with my iPhone 6S at Toast Box. Pretty amazing.
- I tried UberEATS.
- I printed stickers of my HackerWeb logo. 👾
- On June, I got sick for a whole week and did a few blood tests. 😷
- I bought a React Native t-shirt from Teespring. 👕
- I attended Echelon Asia Summit 2016.
- I got featured on Digital News Asia. 😎
- I attended RedDotRubyConf and helped a little.
- I was interviewed and appeared on Channel 8 News. 📺
- I had a fun conversation with Huiren on Twitter. 😂
- I gave a talk on Introduction to Electron at the Singapore PHP Meetup. 🗣
- On July, I received a few nice stickers from DevSwag. 👾
- I started playing Pokémon Go.
- I published 'Being invisible', the most honest and bravest blog post I've ever written. Also surprised to be mentioned by Winnie on her writing. 📝
- I built Kopi Maker, a simple interface to generate Kopi names based on the ingredients, states and expressions. ☕️🚀
- I dined at the Pokémon Cafe.
- I launched Repokémon and published 'Building Repokémon' a month later. 🚀📝
- Somehow I got featured on VentureBeat because I tweeted about the WTFIT bot 😎🐔
- On August, I shared my findings on my MacBook, Nexus 5X, iPhone 6S and USB-C experiment.
- I accidentally triggered 'Hey Siri' by just watching a YouTube video. 😅
- I finally invested in custom-printed Kopi.JS t-shirts by Cottony, after so many months of consideration and experimentation. 👕
- I printed a few stickers for TechLadies and got free Pokémon stickers from StickerHD! 👾
- I had Salted Egg Prata Bom. 💥
- I attended PHPConf.Asia.
- It was publicly announced that I'm one of the JSConf.Asia speakers.
- I found a very old photo of me giving a talk at a conference called 'Neoteny Singapore Camp' back in December 2009.
- I gave a talk about Repokémon at the SingaporeCSS meetup. 🗣
- On September, I bought two shirts from Cotton Bureau. 👕
- I bought custom-printed Kopi.JS magnets from Sticker Mule. 👾
- I bought a formal made-to-measure shirt from Edit Suits, in preparation for my cousin's wedding. 👕
- I passed the Basic Theory Test for converting my Malaysia driving license to Singapore driving license.
- I published 'Designing artwork for RedDotRubyConf 2016'. 📝
- I attended LINE Developer Day in Tokyo.
- On October, I got featured by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim at the GovTech conference. 😎
- Finally I got my Singapore driving license.
- I attended iOS Conf SG. Designed some stickers too. 👾
- I bought the Samsung Portable SSD T3, 1TB space with USB-C port. No more Micro-B SuperSpeed port.
- I attended Geekcamp.SG.
- On November, I designed a panda wearing a pair of glasses.
- I released a new side project called Nobita. 🚀
- I printed even more stickers. 👾
- My Skype account got hacked. 😡
- I bought Google Pixel and Chromecast Ultra via ShopandBox, to replace my old Nexus 5X and Chromecast (non-ultra). 📱
- I attended the Product Hunt meetup at the new Google office.
- I bought yet another t-shirt from Cotton Bureau. 👕
- I attended CSSConf.Asia and gave a talk at JSConf.Asia. 🗣
- On December, I received free Dribbble stickers from Sticker Mule. 😻👾
- I got featured on Tech In Asia's Developer Spotlight column. 😎
- I celebrated my 10-year Twitter anniversary.
- I celebrated my 4K Foursquare/Swarm check-in milestone.
- I got my AirPods, before Christmas. 🎄🎁 Also reviewed it.
- I published 'Bridging connections', an extended written version of the talk I gave at JSConf.Asia. 📝
Some statistics; I've attended 9 conferences, launched 7 side projects, and written 9 blog posts (including this one) this year.
As for my travels, I'm kind of toning it down a bit this time, compared to my previous adventurous two years.
I didn't plan this trip initially but somehow I got a free ticket to the LINE Developer Day, so… why not?
On September 23, I departed from Singapore to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) with a stopover at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). By the time I reached there, it's already September 24 and the conference is held on September 29, so basically I only have 5 full days of doing touristy stuff.
This is my second time in Tokyo and honestly, it feels really good to be back. I know my way better now, including all the opening/closing times and station exits/entrances.
This time, Tokyo felt warm to me as I sweated every time I walk around the city. It rained on the first day and last day so I have to buy those transparent umbrellas from the convenience stores. 😅
I tried matcha, unagi don, sushi and Ichiran ramen again. I saw not one but two Ferris wheels; one at Odaiba and another one at Kasai Rinkai Park. I tried the ramen at the Michelin-starred Tsuta restaurant. I tried taking the bus instead of the usual trains.
I've also tried two exotic meals; raw horse meat 🐴 and whale sashimi 🐳. Not forgeting the quite-hyped melon pan, okonomiyaki, the 7-shades-of-green Nanaya matcha ice cream and the must-try oh-my-god-super-milky Cremia. 😋😋😋
I visited a few places, mostly the ones I didn't manage to go on my previous trip:
- Pokémon Store
- Hamarikyu Gardens
- Venus Fort
- Tokyo Sea Life Park
- Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo
- J-World Tokyo
- Sunshine Acquarium
- Yanaka Ginza, so-called "Cat Town"
A few more photos:
I flew back to Singapore on September 30.
- 120 Foursquare/Swarm checkins.
- 45 Instagram photos.
- 21 tweets.
- 507 photos and 10 videos on Flickr.
Best year yet
Even though I had less travels this year, it's been my best year yet as I write more, give more talks, release more side projects, meet more people, got interviewed a few times, and got featured by other people and publications a few times.
2015 was the year when my life took an unexpected turn and 2016 turned it around again, in a surprisingly positive way. It's rather unexpected but I guess that's what makes life so interesting.
Looking forward to 2017. 🚀