Friday, January 31, 2014

SHINee's Taemin and A Pink Naeun for "We Got Married"

I know about this variety show for some time before  I decided to catch episodes of it. Some idols that were in the show were YongSeo couple (CNBlue's Yong Hwa and SNSD's Seohyun), Khuntoria (2PM's Nickhun & f(x)'s Victoria), SunHee (ZE:A's Kwanghee & Secret's Sunhwa).

I am a big fan of A Pink for their excellent songs and my bias is Na Eun, the visual of the group. When I heard Na Eun was confirmed for We Got Married with SHINee's Taemin, I watched their first episode without hesitation and I never missed any subsequent episode with them in it. The couple was nicknamed the Taeun couple. I was glad for an opportunity to see more of my star.

Another reason for me to watch Taeun couple was my thirst for first love. I've been dreaming of getting my first love, but yet to get it. Perhaps I can learn from them? Their on-screen marriage that revolves around first love made them so cute in the show.

When I watched We Got Married, I actually didn't bother to watch other couples. I scroll the video to Taeun's part and sat back. Since I watched their part only instead of playing the full video for each episodes, I was able to marathon a few episodes in one go.

There were many cute moments involving them, and I laughed whenever they show up. Taeun couple has brought me much joy. Seeing how clueless they were at doing things made me think of the first time I did something.

What I like about them was the sincerity of interaction between Taemin & Naeun. Members of the show even commented that they should become a couple in real life based on how they interacted [in the show]! What a great compliment to my star couple.

Taeun couple has left the show. But they'll forever be in my hearts, as my model for first love. We Got Married is ongoing and I expect more idols and other celebrities will be featured as couples. You can head on to to check out the episodes.

The screencaps of the show were taken from photo albums of A Pink Malaysia Community.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Looking forward to Singapore

Before I started work, I have submitted an application for PhD at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. All I can do now is wait and pray that my application be successful. To kill the time, I'm now working as sales assistant at Viewnet Hyperstore inside Low Yat Plaza.

I was offered to see a lab head in Monash Malaysia but declined it. Instead, I went to Singapore to enquire about a project in animal cell biology. The lab head's research interest lie in membrane trafficking and primary cilium.

Praise be to God, the interview went well. Seeing the lab head in Nanyang was an eye opening experience. He introduced me to a paradigm not taught in my class - that all events in a cell does not involve only proteins but most importantly, it must be placed in a spatial context (where, which organelle) which the event occurs.

Nanyang Technological University was a change from Melbourne University I had been attending. Architecture of the buildings speaks of a young university that takes an innovative approach to knowledge seeking. My prospective supervisor's lab was also a departure from the open lab I had in Walter & Eliza Hall. Nanyang may not rank as high as her NUS counterpart but I'm rest assured that quality is there.

After supervisor acceptance, it's time to formally lodge an application. Before this, I had been reluctant to take an additional test - the Graduate Record Examination - the test preparation book was bought in January 2013. In order to gain admission to Nanyang, there was no other way - I sat for the examination in October.

Another important part of my application was to come up with a research proposal worthy for doctoral study. The amount of readings required was unpredictable but I'm glad that I've started reading early before I sat for examination - a smart move indeed. No one is telling me what should be done, but I had to decide what needs to be done to close the knowledge gap.

Now that I have submitted my application, my fingers are crossed. And, pray to God for His favour in my application.