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Hi, my name is Chew and welcome to my blog. I'm currently the CTO of Alphaus, a Tokyo-based startup doing cloud financial operations. My interests at the moment revolves around distributed systems and cloud computing. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, especially high fantasy with very interesting magic systems. I'm also into music. I play a couple of instruments (bass, guitar, piano, and drums) although I'm not very good at any of them.

Also, why Flowerinthenight? Good question. If you are thinking about Flowerinthenight, the princess from Diana Wynne Jones' Castle In The Air, then you are right. Anyway, it goes without saying that she is one of my favorite book characters of all time. Seriously, I can't think of any other princess with a name as fantastic as hers.

Work history

  • CTO, 2017-present | Alphaus Inc., Japan
    • Product/technology strategy, engineering management, recruitment
    • Overall architecture design, CIO hat, engineering processes
    • FinOps, Multicloud (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Senior Software Engineer, 2016-2017 | TeraRecon, Inc.
    • Image processing, 2D/3D rendering (C#, C, C++, DICOM)
    • Microservices (Go, .NET Core, Service Fabric)
    • Front-end (Angular, JavaScript, TypeScript)
  • Research Engineer, 2008-2016 | IBM -> Lenovo
    • Device driver development (WDM, KMDF, UMDF, Linux, Android)
    • BIOS development (C, x86 ASM)
    • Video, audio development (DirectShow, Media Foundation, OpenCV, DirectX, Intel IPP)
    • Windows development (Win32, MFC, COM, .NET, UWP)
    • Android development (framework level, JNI, C++)
    • Embedded systems
  • And many others (mostly C/C++)...


  • Alphaus engineering blog that I maintain, and
  • Mobingi's old tech blog that I maintain (archived).



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These are the books I’ve read so far. At least the ones I remembered. I’ll be updating this list from time to time. Current: Toll the Hounds, The Mercy Chair Washington Poe Series The Puppet Show Black Summer The Curator Dead Ground The Botanist The Malazan Book of the Fallen Gardens of the Moon Deadhouse Gates Memories of Ice House of Chains Midnight Tides The Bonehunters Reaper’s Gale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The BFG Matilda The Seventh Tower The Fall Castle Aenir Above The Veil Into Battle The Violet Keystone Series of Unfortunate Events The Bad Beginning The Reptile Room The Wide Window The Miserable Mill The Austere Academy The Ersatz Elevator The Vile Village The Hostile Hospital The Carnivorous Carnival The Slippery Slope The Grim Grotto The Penultimate Peril The End Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl The Artic Incident The Eternity Code The Opal Deception The Lost Colony The Time Paradox The Atlantis Complex The Last Guardian The Artemis Fowl Files Chrestomanci Series Charmed Life The Lives of Christopher Chant Conrad’s Fate Witch Week The Magicians of Caprona The Pinhoe Egg Mixed Magics Millennium Series The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl who Played with Fire The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Earthsea Series A Wizard of Earthsea The Tombs of Atuan The Farthest Shore Tehanu Tales from Earthsea The Other Wind The Emperor’s Soul Old Kingdom Series Sabriel Lirael Abhorsen Nicholas Sayre & the Creature in the Case Clariel Goldenhand Warbreaker The Stormlight Archive The Way of Kings Words of Radiance Mistborn: Secret History Wax and Wayne Alloy of Law Shadows of Self The Bands of Mourning The Reckoners Steelheart Mitosis Firefight Calamity Bartimaeus Trilogy The Amulet of Samarkand The Golem’s Eye Ptolemy’s Gate The Wheel of Time Eye of the world The Great Hunt The Dragon Reborn The Shadow Rising The Fires of Heaven Lord of Chaos A Crown of Swords The Path of Daggers Winter’s Heart Crossroads of Twilight Knife of Dreams The Gathering Storm Towers of Midnight A Memory of Light Hope of Elantris Elantris Mistborn Series The Final Empire The Well of Ascension The Hero of Ages Ender Series Ender’s Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide Children of the Mind The History of Middle-earth The Book of Lost Tales 1 The Book of Lost Tales 2 The Lays of Beleriand The Silmarillion The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the King Sherlock Holmes A Study in Scarlet The Sign of Four The Hounds of Baskerville The Valley of Fear Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief The Sea of Monsters The Titan’s Curse The Battle of the Labyrinth The Last Olympian The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Horse and His Boy The Magician’s Nephew The Last Battle Howl Series Howl’s Moving Castle Castle in the Air House of Many Ways The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows The Da Vinci Code Le Petit Prince Classics The Iliad The Odyssey The Art of War Pride and Prejudice Heart of Darkness The Time Machine The Wizard of Oz Utopia .

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