ProgRiff

A life journey

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Me

Loves programming, music and appreciates what God has given us.

I’m a software developer and you can visit my programming blog here. During the weekends, or when I’m not working or spending time with the missus, I enjoy playing music on my bass. Here are some of me and my band’s original composition over the years.

Sometimes, I enjoy going out for a walk and enjoy the life. Here are some of the photos that I’ve taken through out the past couple of years.

 

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Finally Moved to iOS

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As a long time Android user (since HTC Hero back in 2009 mind you), the release of iOS 7 finally caught my eye. Sure, I wouldn’t be able to root my phone and install custom roms and kernels on my phone, but I’ve always loved Apple’s polished user interface and ease of use. So yes, it’s been a while since I’ve itching to own an iDevice. Finally, there was a 1 hour flash sale from Wireless 1 which was selling the iPad Mini Retina for AUD$383.

Here are some apps that I’ve been using so far after a month using my iPad.

Alien Blue Reddit Client

Alien Blue is a Reddit client. Incase you do not know what Reddit is, Reddit is a social networking and news site where registered users can submit contents. Unlike Bacon Reader, I’ve felt that Alien Blue feels more light weight. Alien Blue only cost me USD$4.99 which is the same price as a cup of coffee.

alien blue reddit client

Newsify RSS Reader

Like me, if you’ve moved to Feedly from Google Reader, you might want to check out Newsify. Newsify allows you to sync with Feedly and download your unread items into your iPad. Newsify is free but it’ll come with advertisements. I’ve used it so much that I end up buying it.

Newsify RSS Reader

CloudMagic Email Client

CloudMagic was free a few weeks ago, so I’ve decided to download and test this email client. CloudMagic is an email client that allows you to sync your email from multiple email accounts. I’ve only tested with GMail and my work’s exchange email. Seems to be working well for me.

Cloudmagic Email Client

Evernote

Evernote is a cloud based notepad that allows you to sync your notes from your tablet, computers or your phones. I find it extermely useful for me to write down my tax claims, songs, poems, thoughts and lectures.

Evernote

Spotify

Spotify allows you to stream music from the internet. If you’re willing to pay for the premium membership, you can download the songs into your device so that you can listen to the songs when you do not have any internet connectivity around.

Spotify

Bible

I’ve been using this version of the Bible since the day I owned the HTC Hero. This app allows you to bookmark, highlight and switch between the versions of Bible.

Bible

GarageBand

As a synthesizer player, I enjoy the simplicity and ease of Garage Band. This app allows me to record or even be a synthesizer as well. The app is free, but I would recommend buying the extra sound contents which is part of it’s in app purchase.

Novation Launchpad

I’m not a DJ but Novation’s Launchpad is quite fun to play with. The basic EDM has alot of catchy beats and tunes. So if you need to impress some one, try Launchpad :)

Novation Launchkey

Another fun app from Novation, the Launchkey is another Synthesizer app that I use.

Sovereign Hill

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To experience the old Victorian mining days, one should visit Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. On the day when we visit Sovereign Hill, it was a scorching 45 Degrees Celcius. Good times!

town Feels like I’ve went back to time and warped to a cowboy town.

looking for gold Visitors trying to look for gold flakes.

billboards Old style advertising.

gun man And a guy showing us how to fire an old school rifle.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

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I’ve been to Rye many times but one day, my aunt’s friend told me about Cape Schanck Lighthouse. So we’ve decided to check it out. No disappointment at all because it is a nice spot to take pictures and fishing.

stairs and more stairs Nice fishing area

Big Day Out 2014

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I was pretty excited about BDO 2014 because it was my first music festival ever since I moved to Melbourne. My main highlights were Violent Soho, Primus, Mud Honey, The Hives, Beady Eye, Arcade Fire and Pearl Jam. Which one was the most memorable? That’ll be Beady Eye. Not because their performance was awesome, but Liam Galagher threw a hissy fit at the end of the gig because the crowd only respond to Oasis songs.

main stage The two main stage at BDO 2014.

Primus Primus with the bass legend, Les Claypool.

The Killers Not a fan of The Killers, but they gave us one hell of a performance!

Mud Honey Mud Honey, which I heard some of the members from Pearl Jam are from.

Beady Eye Beady Eye with the ultimate hissy fit at the end of the show. Basically Oasis without Noel.

Pearl Jam And finally, we have Pearl Jam. Now I can rest in peace.

Everyone enjoying Pearl Jam Everyone enjoying Pearl Jam.

A Camping Trip to Portland

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End of December 2013, our Church’s Young Adults group decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne city. Our group leader, Dara proposed that we drove 4 hours to a town in western Victoria called Portland. Eventhough it is 1 month into summer, the weather was quite cold in Portland. We stayed at a caravan park, but since none of us has a caravan, we stayed in a tent.

Hiking We started our adventure in Portland with a nice bush walking session. Sunset during hiking Until the sun sets….

Light House Jumlie is trying to fit a local light house onto his hand.

Wind turbines Full of wind turbines by the coast. Clean energy for everyone!

beach Eventhough the weather was nice and sunny, the water was pretty cold.

Local tram A local tram carrying mostly visitors.

South Australian border Mount Gambier On our second last day, we drove to a town near the border between South Australia and Victoria called Mount Gambier.

Hope City Centre 2013 Christmas Fete

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On the 8th of December 2013, Hope City Centre Melbourne had a Christmas Garage Sale called “The Christmas Fete 2013”. There were stalls selling books, clothes, toys and collectable items. There’s even a sausage sizzle outside the Church and a photo taking booth.

Garage Sale Everyone was busy setting up the stalls before the sale was open to the public.

Photo Booth Our worship team taking a potential album cover picture.

DJ Booth My DJ booth playing Christmas Jazz songs.

Spring Is Here

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Oh Spring is here!
The magpies are near,
Creating fear,
As they come for your ear

Oh Spring is here!
The flowers are blooming,
And so the bees are working,
Distance away you could hear sneezing,
With allergies that were so severe

Oh Spring is here!
With the rising temperature!
It’s once again for BBQ and beer!

cherry blossoms

Some valley near Maribyrnong river

Simple Pizza

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Thanks Daniel Long for the simple to make pizza!

pizza

Ingredients:

  • Ready made pizza base (I know this is cheating, but hey, this is a recipe for the lazies)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Mozarella (Shredded)
  • Tasty Cheese (Shredded)
  • Choice of Kabana, Bacon or Salami (Or all of them!)
  • Mushroom
  • Baby Spinach
  • Mixed Herbs

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Take a table spoon of tomato paste and spread it around the pizza base
  3. Sprinkle chilli flakes evenly around the pizza base
  4. Add the tasty cheese around the base. Be slightly generous it’s the cheese that glues the toppings to the base
  5. Add your choice of meat and then cover it with mozarella cheese (which acts like a glue to the toppings too)
  6. Add your your mushroom, and then cover it with mozarella cheese
  7. Add your baby spinach and then add some olive oil on top of it.
  8. Put into the oven for 20 minutes

Wednesday Night Prayer

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Do we always have to wait until the Senior Pastor calls for a night prayer and then we’ll get together as a Church to pray? We should be praying everyday, constantly interacting with God. We should just get together with our friends from Church to pray together as well.

I’ve seen with my own eyes that the power of prayers are very powerful. It heals relationship, heals life and brings back people to the light. Whoever is reading this, I urge you to get together with your friends or families and pray.

ps. Add candles. Candles are awesome ;)

prayer night

Run Melbourne 2013

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On the 21st July 2013, I ran the 21 KM Run Melbourne and then head on to Church to worship God. It is quite a walk of faith really. If I didn’t make it on time, our worship team will not have any bassist.

That morning, I completed my half marathon with the following result:

  • 10KM : 0:53:59
  • 20KM : 1:56:23
  • 21KM : 2:02:39

After limping to my car, drove to Church, served in the Worship Team and guess what? Full attendance in Church! The spirit was flowing and people were hungry to worship!

That was definitely the best day ever! The sweetness of God’s presence after a 2 hour run hardship cannot be expressed with words!

Run Melbourne 2013 Cert