Hello! I'm a Singaporean living and working in Perth, Australia.
I was interested early with computers and tech, and decided to pursue a diploma in IT. I especially enjoyed the programming modules and even took on additional courses and certifications. Sometimes I seek out more coding challenges to complete and have worked on several hobby web apps, userscripts, and bots.
During my service in the army, I made use of my programming skills to code web pages and scripts to automate templates and improve efficiency at my unit, which was awarded several monetary grants. I also engaged in knowledge sharing with administrative personnel from other units via email and internal forums.
I went on to take up a degree in IT at Curtin University. The Computer Graphics project was one of the most challenging but satisfying to deliver - it was even showcased by the lecturer! Also, I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that I topped the unit in one of the major final-year projects - developing a text corpus search engine utilising remote procedure calls and parallel processing.
Throughout my years of employment, I gained experience with developing and maintaining a diverse range of websites from governmental, health, banking, utilities, real estate, investor relations, contests, interactive touch screen kiosk displays, web apps, blogs, e-magazines, and web portals. One of my favourite accomplishments is developing a microstock photography website, which involves e-commerce transactions and implements complex business logic as well as image processing.
In 2018 I was elected as a moderator on Stack Overflow - a popular Q&A site for programmers. On top of moderation duties, I have also developed many userscripts that improve the user interface as well as aiding moderators and community members in curation activities.
I am currently happy with my "semi-retired" life, being able to afford the time to learn new skills like taking up a patisserie course at the local polytechnic, meeting other folks from volunteering with St. John Ambulance during my spare time, enjoying a well-paid casual job at the local hospital, and best of all having the freedom to live with my partner in our very own apartment!
“Being a good listener is not just listening when another is speaking, but also understanding the unspoken.”- Samuel Liew
“We are not perfect, but we should not let that discourage us from doing our best.”- Samuel Liew
RC quadcopters, photography
instrumental music, salmon, chicken, tau sar piah, kweh bahulu, tamago boro
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