Sayonara summer: February at a glance

Second month of 2019 is pretty much done and dusted! It seems to have absolutely flown by (unmistakably the shortest month of the year) and I’m reaching a very important stage of my PhD candidature. This month has been pretty slow in terms of progress, but I have (guiltily) taken some extra time to chill out. I think it’s doing me some good, honestly, so let’s recap what’s happened this month:

Work-related achievements

  • Won the poster award at the local conference!
  • Submitted an important report for an upcoming milestone
  • Took some really beautiful photos on the microscope

Things I’ve watched

I made the mistake of getting Netflix and have fallen into an endless hole of sitcoms and kdrama.

The Good Place
I’d been wanting to watch this series for the longest time, so of course it would be my first pick after getting Netflix (≧∀≦)
Smashed through 3 seasons in record time too. What a breath of fresh air!

One Day At A Time
If you’re looking for something to watch that is equal parts hilarious and wholesome, look no further. Finally got around to finishing season 1 and completed season 2 just in time for season 3 to come out!

Memories of the Alhambra
This one was also a great choice. So nice to see a different concept like this and the plot definitely kept me on my toes.

Strong Woman Do Bongsoon
My first time seeing Hyungsik act and was not disappointed! Kung Fu Hustle meet Criminal Minds, this drama did so well balancing comedy and an intriguing plot.

Things I’ve read

I haven’t been very good with my reading this month. I had initially picked up The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons but have since put it aside. I’m only about a chapter in, but I feel that it’s definitely written for a younger teen audience. It’s probably that now is not the right time for me to pick up a novel like this, so for now it’s shelved as on-hold.

I did also start Antigoddess by Kendare Blake, after having watched The Good Place and felt itchy to read something mythology. This one fits more with what I needed to read at the time rather than The Color of Lies, but then managed to get distracted by Netflix. It’s definitely not unusual for me to cycle through reading-watching-playing different things, so I will come back to this eventually!

Things I’ve listened to

While backtracking music, I came across 내비게이션 (Navigation) by Pentagon’s Hui. I’m a huge fan of Wanna One’s Energetic, which is also one of Hui’s songs so it made sense to look for more! This one was a great find.

And of course, MONSTA X dropped their comeback album We Are Here, full of quality songs. Definitely MX style and the B-sides are incredible too!

Some fun things

  • Worked an easy cover shift at my tutoring job and had a nice lunch with a friend from work
  • Caught up with the girls from high school over a night in with pizza
  • Felt alive again after doing an exercise class I haven’t done in around a year and released what “no pain, no gain” means
  • Celebrated the completion of 2 PhDs in our lab!

Things I’m looking forward to in March

  • Getting over this confirmation milestone so I can move on with my life
  • (Getting over this confirmation milestone so I can start a new drama)
  • Getting started with this pilot study so I can move on with my life
  • Putting in some applications for some important programs/events!

We’re about to officially step into autumn, but ironically the 1st of March will be a toasty 37°C… Hopefully the weather is a bit kinder, and may we all have an enjoyable month!


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Welcome to 2019: January at a glance

I c a n n o t believe it’s already time to say goodbye to January. I’ve been back at uni since the second day of the year, but somehow, things have felt pretty stagnant! I know in my case (and definitely not uncommonly), I am much harsher on myself and expect much more compared to what I expect from others. I’m still coming to terms with being satisfied with how far I’ve come, and reflection is a big part of this process. That being said, let’s see what I got up to this last month!

Work-related achievements

  • Made my first poster for a local conference
  • Took on a new leadership position for a student association
  • Smashed through a series of experiments with our post-doc, E
  • Found out some really interesting results!

Things I’ve watched

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

After hearing A absolutely rave about it in the lab, I went to see it with a few friends and was completely blown away by the animations!

Currently watching: Duet Song Festival
I’ve seen plenty of amazing performance cuts on Youtube (like this one and this one) and decided to start watching episodes in full.

Things I’ve read

Picked up my Kindle again sometime in December and read steadily into the new year!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

This one was a reread. I picked up this series initially probably 10 years ago!

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Followed through with Book 2 from The Iron Fey series

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Got ~70% of the way through this and couldn’t read any more.. I wrote a few things about it here.

Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh

Thoughts on this one are here.

Currently reading: The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons
Reviews are a little mixed but I’m giving it a go!

Things I’ve listened to

APink’s title track응응 (Eung Eung) from their new mini Percent dominated my top tracks in the first half of the month! An absolute jam

Then second half, ASTRO came back with a full album All Light and I fell down a rabbit hole (note my Youtube history consists of a bunch of their fancams, live performance vids, and the iconic Catching Cicada video). 전화해 (All Night) is a true masterpiece. Congratulations to the boys for their first music show win with this album!

Aside from these songs that I put on repeat 741,879 times, there are some other picks for the month.

Some fun things

  • Testing my green thumb and saw my first seedling sprout (am likely to win a challenge against our post-doc, N)
  • Established a culture of playing Monopoly Deal during lunchtimes

Things I’m looking forward to in February

  • Crunch time with new experiments
  • Long overdue catch-ups with a variety of friend groups

After listing all these things down, I realise I did quite a few things after all! (≧∀≦) May Feb be even better!


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