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2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Written by Justin Yoo

01/01/2013 at 18:55

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A Few Things Should Know to Enjoy Holiday at Singapore

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Going overseas for a holiday must be an exciting experience. However, it can be disastrous unless getting well prepared. There are a few things you should know while you are planning to stay in Singapore. Please note that this is based on my personal experience, so not everyone will get satisfied with this.


Get Your Smartphone Ready

There are several mobile carriers in Singapore, but I would recommend SingTel as it is the biggest and most reliable. It is the same as KT in South Korea and Telstra in Australia. If you want to buy a prepaid SIM, go to currency exchange service once you get out of the custom.


There are, of course, heaps of service retailers, but using the currency exchange service next to the door of the custom is the easiest and fastest way. The currency exchange service is located in Terminal 2 but I’m pretty sure that the same currency exchange service selling the prepaid mobile SIM must exist in the other two – Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

Depending on your days of stay, you will be asked to buy a different amount, but $28 prepaid plan is the most common. Once you choose this plan, the service staff will setup your mobile phone to use SingTel, such as APN or something like that. Once your phone gets ready to use, you will be asked to call *363 to get your mobile phone ready to use mobile broadband service. Then you will get a text message from SingTel. Follow the instruction of the text message. The most common data plan is 1GB for 7 days for $7. After the 7 days expiration, you can just add $1 for additional 10MB for 7 days with the remainder rolled over. That $7 and extra $1 is deducted from $28 that you have paid already. How cool, isn’t it?

Store Your Excessive Baggage

Each terminal has got a baggage storage service. If you have a few suitcases that you do not need while staying in Singapore, you can simply leave them to the baggage storage service. It costs about $5 per day per bag. But remember that you should let them know about your next flight schedule to get your baggage prepared to pick up later on.


Get Tourist Pass Ready

If you want to use public transport in Singapore, using Tourist Pass will be the best option for your budget. It costs only $20 for unlimited number of travels for three days using subway trains – MRT and LRT – and buses. The pass is sold at the airport station, but its operating time is very limited – 12.00 to 15.45 and 16.45 to 19.30. So, you should ask any staff at the visitor centre for more information about that. If you arrive outside the time span, you should go to another station to buy the pass. Make sure that your children must pay for the same fee unless their height goes under 0.9 metre. If you provide your children’s passport to prove that they are less than 7 years old, they will get $15 discount.

We have reviewed three things that you should know before enjoying Singapore. If you are well planned and well prepared, your travel will be much better than expected.

Written by Justin Yoo

10/12/2012 at 21:55

How to Convert Korean Drivers Licences to Victorian Ones

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Based on reciprocity between Australia and South Korea, converting Korean drivers licences directly to Australian ones or vice versa is not reportedly possible. In order for Korean immigrants to obtain Australian drivers licences, they have to take several tests including paper test, hazard perception test and driving test.

However, in South Australia, the State Government classifies Korean licences with an “Experienced Driver” recognition group. It means that any Korean migrants who are older than or equal to 25 years old and hold drivers licences are recognised that they are eligible to convert their licences to the SA ones without tests. Make sure that only SA currently applies this rule. Please refer to this page.

What an issue!

Now, Korean migrants can legally and directly convert their drivers licences to Australian ones. Of course, there are some efforts necessary in reality.

Briefly the process for the conversion is:

  1. Convert Korean licences to SA licences
  2. Convert SA licences to VIC licences (or other State licences)

As Victoria State Government doesn’t allow Korean migrants to directly convert their licences to the VIC ones, refer to this page, but allows interstate conversion, refer to this page, if they willing to make their efforts above, they can convert their licences to the Victorian ones.

Written by Justin Yoo

19/03/2012 at 12:16

Lentil Soup

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Well, let’s start being a master chef!

This is my – not a first time, though – recent cooking. 🙂

Lentil Soup - Ingredients

Lentil Soup - Ingredients

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Seems to be easy, doesn’t it? Here’s my crappy recipe.

  • Grab any veggies from a fridge.
  • Chop everything.
  • Stir and fry them. Good to stir/fry bacons and onion first then the others later.
  • Stir/fry even lentils.
  • Pour water and boil. Try small amount of chicken stock with preference.
  • Boil.
  • Keep boiling.
  • Keep boiling until enough.
  • Done.
  • Enjoy!!


Written by Justin Yoo

25/10/2010 at 18:47

To-do list for this week

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Obviously both WordPress and CodeIgniter are very popular framework for PHP developers. Both are quite different from each other, though, there must be a way to integrate. Well, let’s have a look.

  • To develop the integration tool between WordPress and CodeIgniter by web services
  • To separate the login for admin by WordPress from the site login for general users by CodeIgniter
  • To customise Twitter Tools, in terms of displaying date – should follow the WordPress setting
  • To fix the CSS for the Disqus comment box

What else? Too many? Let’s do this!

Written by Justin Yoo

20/10/2010 at 09:55

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Moving into WordPress

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Welcome to AlienCube Networks. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

So far, I’ve been thinking of moving my blog systems from Tistory to WordPress. Now, I got the backup file of Tistory and playing with this.

Coming sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon~

Written by Justin Yoo

10/10/2010 at 20:44

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빅토리아주에서 전기회사 및 가스회사를 선택할 때

빅토리아주에서 살다보면 &ndash 물론 다른 주도 마찬가지겠지만 – 전기나 가스를 교체하라는 영업사원들이 집으로 종종 방문한다. 자기네들이 가장 경쟁력있는 가격을 제시할 수 있다면서… 사실일 수도 있고 아닐 수도 있다. 그걸 위해서 빅토리아 주정부는 아래와 같은 사이트를 통해 소비자들이 직접 비교하고 선택할 수 있도록 했다.


위 사이트에 접속해 보면 본인 거주지의 우편번호만으로 어떤 전기/가스회사의 서비스를 이용할 수 있는지 알 수 있다.

오랜만에 블로그 포스팅이 참…

Written by Justin Yoo

02/05/2010 at 04:52

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