Monthly Archives: November 2009

Life with a Law Student #1

Me: “Do you think I’m fat?”

Mr Cinical: “You know, in law school, they taught us 3 ways of response.

1. Remain silent. 2. Say something, but with qualification. 3. Say whatever you mean.

I think choosing to remain silent in this case is the best option”

 

 

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The Library

I wondered why I stayed away for so long. Finally, I decided to make a trip to the library after many many months.

That slightly musty smell of old untouched books, mixed with that new plasticky smell of new books. Comforting. Finally settling that listless, anchorless feeling between my heart and my tummy.

Paradoxically, by losing myself in the world of books, I find myself more anchored to reality.

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Epiphany

Sometimes, an epiphany is best delivered with a hard punch to your tummy, and you taste bile after.

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Things I realised recently

First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.  -Pastor Martin Niemöller

 

That sometimes, in a David v Goliath situation, David can’t win because there are just too many suckers willing to pander to Goliath’s commands, however illogical or unreasonable.

But that should not stop David from speaking up.

And when David speaks, he should do it with diplomacy and tact.

Diplomacy’s not about being soft and backing down on a position. But about framing an opinion in a palatable manner so that Goliath can only choose to disagree with the substance, and not the manner of delivery.

PS: I hope to blog about happier things soon. Always good to be optimistic.

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Craving

for some downtime to read, to think, to write, to photograph, and to make a mess of the kitchen.

Strangely, not for shopping.

Maybe I’m not as high maintenance a person as I thought myself to be.

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Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (and Suits)

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A Completely Made-up Conversation as the Power Ladies talk Fashion

Merkel: Don’t you have the perfect outfit – blue suit and black pants?!

Clinton: Don’t you have the perfect hair, and blond to boot?!

Note: Hillary meets Angela in Berlin, 9 Nov 09, to celebrate the 2oth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They dressed in identical blue suits with black pants.

Question, why is it when VVIPs meet, they tend to dress like each other? See here and here. Is it so as not to have a “one up” on the other on trivial matters such as choice of outfits?

I like what Madeline Albright (ex-Secretary of State, aka also a VVIP in her own right)’s take on fashion though. She’s one who believes that the outfit/accessories can convey a lot. She said, “People will comment on your clothes,” she says, “but if you comment, you’re called frivolous.” (Great interview, by the way)

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Anticipation

I’m going to see my house for the first time since I rented it out 2 years ago.

A tinge of anticipation, not unlike the feeling of getting a piece of (e)mail from or meeting an ex-lover, or an old friend after a long period of silence.

What will it/he/they look like now?
Is that slight deformity on the wall/forehead still there?
Does it/he/they still give you joy?

 

 

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