My name is Lui. I am a computer engineer based in Vancouver, Canada. I graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. Currently, I am working as a software engineer at a networking company headquartered in California but with an office in Burnaby, Canada. I am always learning new things here and there, and I think I will be doing this for the rest of my life: a life-long learner, as one would call it.

Outside of daily work, I also work on personal projects on the side. One of them is helping out with maintenance tasks on SFU Anime Club online infrastructure, including their Discord bot named Ren. Another is playing around with my small home lab setup, which I try to improve upon here and there as the times keep changing and I want to continue learning things here and there.

When I’m not doing that, I enjoy watching anime, playing mobile phone games such as iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage (also known as deresute), and listening to music. I collect figurines from said series and occasionally take photos of them. I also carry a box of two smaller Nendoroids of which I occasionally take photos with.

This blog

This is my web log, where I talk about random things, including anime figures, my coding adventures, and daily life.

It exists because:

  1. It is a way to keep a running “highlight” diary of sorts, whether it be positive or not so positive.
  2. It serves as a place for me to just gather my thoughts and express it freely.
  3. It is a way for me to unwind and relax.
  4. It provides an inherent “time capsule”-like ability if I keep at it for a long time.

Although I’m a software developer by day, in the context of this blog, I just want to write stuff and post photos, so I’ve stuck with WordPress to just get things done. That being said, I am self-hosting this blog so that I have full control of the data I put on and how much space I need to allocate. As such, this blog might be occasionally offline, but you can always keep track of its status on this external status page.

If you’re here, welcome, and enjoy the journey. I hope some of my blog entries may be of use to you. If you’re interested in hearing about new posts, feel free to add yourself to the mailing list or fetch updates anonymously from the RSS feed. I also occasionally micro-blog on the Fediverse via Misskey.

My writing style

I revived this blog from the dead in May 2019.  As I sort of alluded to above, my goal is to write about things that I care about, such as the figures I’m collecting, the games I’m playing, the animes I’m watching, and my various coding adventures. I have left my old blog posts up as a blast to the past. I don’t really want to delete them, as I think they’re a vital part of who I was, and show how I’ve changed since then. Oh, and did I mention the time capsule part? 😉

I don’t really have a set format: I sort of just write what’s on my mind and see where that takes me. Once I have something written out, I come back and do a check for grammar and overall flow before posting. Currently, I am aiming to have one longer piece of writing per month, which will contain more photos and screenshots. 🙂

Interestingly, I still have things that I wrote back in school (e.g. grade 7), so this is already serving as somewhat of a time capsule for me. Some of it is kind of bad/cringy, but alas, here we are.

As well, just in case it wasn’t clear, all opinions expressed on this blog are of my personal opinion only, and do not represent the views of my current and former employers. I have tried my best to not directly mention my current and previous employers.

The banner image

The banner image was taken in September 2019 at the Azur Lane 2nd year anniversary event in Akihabara, Japan. At this particular venue, this was an event mural at an entrance to an Azur Lane gallery with fanart from a plethora of artists. You can read more about it in this blog post.