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I’ve made a “mesh”

#edcetera  |  2018.04.15

Tech advances really quickly. This week, you buy a wi-fi router at a sale then next week comes out a new model. Better specifications but at a higher price. Normally I would wait for a few months for the new item to go on sale but by then it will become obsolete, again.

So now I ended up with a number of wi-fi routers because I was buying the router that was on sale at that time. I’m only interested in the routers that can share 3G/4G internet. I have 5 types in total but only 2 are being used at a time for my two internet lines. One for my internet when I’m out of the house while the other for when I’m home.

I am currently using tp-link’s TL-MR6400 for my house with the sim card slot integrated with the router. I used to use tp-link’s TL-MR3420 but the 3G USB I’m using is old and would occasionally disconnect from the internet. Before that, I was using tp-link’s TL-MR3020, one of the earlier cheap versions in the market. So you see how I ended up having so many routers.

Browsing for newer network switch technology in the internet, I realized then that these same old routers can be used to extend my existing router’s coverage to the areas of our house where the signal could not be detected. In doing so, my old routers are now serving a different purpose: wi-fi extenders.

I setup my old tp-link router TL-MR3020 as a “repeater” and connected it to my current router. In doing so, I have extended my current router’s coverage. Now the whole house is covered. Even in the toilet. 🙂

Like I said at the start, technology advances very quickly. Even now, the networking “solution” that I just did has become obsolete (or maybe I just didn’t get it sooner.) Read more from the link below.

Router extension vs Mesh wifi

 

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Longsilog

Longsilog – a tagalog word derived from LONGanisa, SInangag, and itLOG. In english, they are pork sausages, fried rice and egg, respectively. These dishes are cooked mostly in the morning but nowadays it can be lunch or dinner too.

The longanisa or pork sausages are made from a mixture of ground fatty pork, garlic and spices then stuffed in the pig’s intestines. There are many versions of the longanisa from different regions in the Philippines. The version in the photo is made in Vigan, a town at the North. It is about 4-6 hours from Manila via the North Expressway. This sausage version is the none sweet type. It tastes slightly salty and it is best paired with vinegar mixed with garlic and pepper dip.

The sinangag or fried rice is a simple mix of garlic and leftover rice. It is stir fried with a bit of oil (preferably from the oil produced after the longanisa is cooked) and seasoned with salt to taste. While stir frying the rice, mix a bit of the longanisa oil to add flavor into the rice.

The eggs, in this case, are simply fried. I prefer it that way. It can be modified according to your liking but, so far, simple a fried egg is the best for this combo.

Enjoy!

Early evening walk 

When I woke up from a long siesta (I felt sleepy after doing some drawings earlier…), I decided to go for a walk. I realized that it rained in the afternoon while I was asleep. It’s good as it cooled down the early evening temperature. 

It was already half past six when I started off from the house. The sun was not yet set though, so I took a few photos  along the way…

Those were the stairs going to the jogging/walking path along the catchment. There were a few joggers that I saw at that time.

When I reached the end of our road, I turned right and walked along the Dairy Farm Road. I found that the construction (photo)  above is for a German school building. I did not see when it will be completed but from the look of things it could be late 2017.

When I reached the end of Dairy Farm Road, I turned right again and walked along Upper Bukit Timah where the Church of St. Joseph is situated. I also noticed the moon rise as I passed by the place.

I caught the moon again as the back drop of the houses along Cashew road by the park.

Before reaching the corner of Bukit Panjang and Upper Bukit Timah, I walked along the catchment and took a photo of it too.

As I turned right at the end of the pathway, I took a picture of the moon for the last time tonight.

My walk took an hour to complete. Check out the map below.

Check out my walk on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/895617428/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-US&v=1489232809

Walk around park connectors 

Check out my walk on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/887996467/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-US&v=1488681323

I woke up early today. I had to meet a friend at a nearby mall to handover some printed materials for the class that we are volunteering in.

After the handover, I then proceeded to walk around the blocks and park connectors. I stopped from time to time to take some photos using my mobile phone, the Xperia XZ.

Here I’m testing the phone’s speed shooting mode although I set some of the parameters in manual e.g. ISO and shutter.

The new park connector walkway along Bukit Panjang road is still not open…

So, I had to walk through the HDBs crossing to Fajar. The short park connector in that area led to Ring Road. Further up that road, there’s this Chinese temple where people are offering incense with their prayers to their loved ones…

Chi Hock Keng Temple
Chi Hock Keng Temple

map

I checked the map to look for the nearest park connector and found Fajar Nature Park. Here are some of the photos I took along the way…

Fallen
Flourishing
Same but different
Shelter
Touch me not
Dew drops

The park also has a playground and exercise ground with machines for the use of fitness conscious persons in the park. After a while I found the park connector going to Zenghua park.

While walking through the park connector, I passed by a couple of  playgrounds…

Exit…left.
Playground
Playground
Workout place

Finally, before exiting the park connector, this flower was hit by sunlight as if on a spotlight…begging to be photographed.

Sunlight spotlight
Sunlight spotlight

What an exercise! Hope you have a great day to!

(Not in picture is the part where I bought roti prata telur, curry puffs and chicken rice after the walkercise… 😅) 

Jog-walk around the block

Morning jog walk around our block. I didn’t hit the recommended 4km minimum but I got to see different sceneries including a…peeping doggy!

Peeping doggy…😊

I saw the (morning)  milky way along Cashew Road…

Morning milky way along Cashew Road

The new Cashew Park…

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On the way back, this is the jogging path along the water canal.

Finally, the shot…

Enjoy life to the fullest. May we all have a great day…always!

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