I thought I’d be upgrading to a new 13 inch MacBook Pro, but I changed my mind and got the new 16 inch instead.

I got the base model, but this is still a capable machine. It packs:

  • a 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • a 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage

I’ve set up all my accounts and apps on the new machine now. iCloud and 1Password made it incredibly easy.

I also thought of installing Windows through bootcamp, so that I can finally play the first two Witcher games.



After some consideration, I’ve decided to get an upgrade to my workstation this year. I’ve been using a Mid 2014 MacBook Pro 13, and while it still runs pretty smoothly, I’m concerned that the battery, the SSD or something or another will fail on me suddenly.

I’ve decided to get a Mid 2019 MacBook Pro 13 with

  • 2.4 GHz Core i5 Quad-Core
  • 16 gigs of RAM
  • 256 gigs of storage

Black Friday is coming up. And I just discovered Presto, so everything is working out quite well.

Journal Snippets

June 3rd

June 3rd is getting nearer.

There are 2 reasons I’m looking forward to this date.

  1. WWDC. That means new iOS, macOS, watchOS, everything.
  2. But most importantly, the selected attendees of the Google Local Guides Summit will be announced. I’m pretty sure I have not been selected, but it’s still exciting to look forward to.

I think I should prepare myself a little for the fact that I would not be selected. I’m sure it won’t affect me a lot. I won’t feel upset or anything, because I know very well that I don’t deserve it, but it’s still good to have some self talk.

Firstly, even though I’m a Level 8 Local Guide, my contributions to Maps are very minimal. A bulk of what I do is making minor edits. To be a better contributor, I think I should write more reviews, and upload more photos. And to do that, I have to visit more places. I’m not keen on visiting a lot of places, so that’s a little difficult.

Secondly, I’m not active in the community. I don’t attend a lot of meetups, and even on the Local Guides Connect platform I rarely engage with people. I hardly ever post anything there.

Thirdly, I’m not proactive. I haven’t organized any meetups here, and probably never will.

So, apart from the 30K points I have accumulated over the years, I don’t have a very good profile. If I ever want to go, I will have to try a lot harder.