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    • If you sang that in the tune of Keala Settle's hit song from The Greatest Showman, congratulations! We are now friends. If you didn't, go watch that film. It's one of my favourites from last year.

      This isn't actually my first post on Cake, but I just realised there was an "Introductions" topic, so I thought "better late than never". I've actually already written somewhat of an introductory post explaining why I wanted to join this promising platform, so this will be more of a personal introduction.

      I hail from Malaysia, which is in South East Asia, right in between Thailand and Singapore. I'm currently pursuing my PhD in oral microbiology, having previously obtained my bachelor's and Master's degrees in biomedical science and bioscience respectively. I'm not really a lab-rat though, as many people believe scientists tend to spend all their time cooped up in a lab. I have many hobbies, perhaps too many, as I tend to spend more time focusing on them instead of my studies.

      One such hobby is writing (I plan on writing another post on this soon). I've been blogging on and off for the past, 10 years maybe. I started out during my undergraduate years, writing in a personal blog about how I think we can be better people. Went on a few years until I lost that spark. Then I started blogging again, this time about mobile technology, another interest of mine. That lasted a few years too. That brings us to today, where I am now on my third blogging spree, here on Cake. Hopefully, this stint will last a little longer.

      I have a strong interest in superheroes. I don't have a preference between Marvel or DC, but Batman is the best (you could probably guess that by my profile picture). As I mentioned earlier, I am also a big mobile technology enthusiast. I probably know more about smartphones than the average consumer, and constantly keep myself up to date with the latest news from the smartphone industry. I also watch football (soccer for you Americans). Been an avid Man Utd supporter for perhaps 20 years now (it's tougher being a fan now than it was in the 90s/2000s). Even though academic research is kinda like work, I actually do enjoy it too. Intellectual discussions get my mind working, and I'm kinda fascinated by language. I enjoy video games, going to the cinema, and eating (might publish some posts about food from Malaysia).

      I guess that's about it. I'm really excited to spend more time here on Cake. I have the writing bug now, so I have a few topics in mind already. I look forward to being part of this community.

    • Thanks, Jazli, fascinating! I've seen you reference American movies in the past. I loved The Greatest Showman, watched it with three girls aged 6,8, and 10 and they all loved it too.

      Is it true that young Malaysians are more and more being drawn to Hollywood films over Malaysian films?

      A Phd in oral microbiology sounds fascinating. What do you plan to do once you get it?

    • Thanks, Jazli, fascinating! I've seen you reference American movies in the past. I loved The Greatest Showman, watched it with three girls aged 6,8, and 10 and they all loved it too.

      I did say I enjoy going to the cinema after all lol, I love watching movies.

      Wow, three little girls. You must be looking forward to when they're 16, 18, and 20 at the same time ;)

      Is it true that young Malaysians are more and more being drawn to Hollywood films over Malaysian films?

      That's a very interesting article. I knew local films were no where near as popular as Hollywood films, but I didn't know the local industry was that bad. You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that I myself pretty much never watch local movies, let alone in the cinema. The last local film I watched was "Think Big Big", which is actually a Chinese movie released in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations back in February. Prior to that, I can't even remember the last local film I watched, even at home. Local films just lack creativity. They're all pretty much cut from the same cloth, and there's barely any variety in the local market. Which is weird, considering Malaysia is made up of three major ethnicities.

      But once in a while, a local film does see great success. "Paskal" being the most recent example.

      A Phd in oral microbiology sounds fascinating. What do you plan to do once you get it?

      I'm going to be a lecturer at my university after I graduate. Got a scholarship so I'm going to be paying it back with my service for a few years.

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