Monthly Archives: September 2010

Life with a Law Student: Witness

Mr Cinical: I’m supposed to find someone to act as my witness in my upcoming Trial Advocacy class.

Me: Me, me, me!

Mr. Cinical: I need a witness who’s cooperative, takes my hints and directions, and stick to the facts when answering.

Me: And in which way am I not?

Mr. Cinical: Urm, when we are quarrelling…

Regardless, I arm-twisted Mr. Cinical to schedule me as his witness. I promise to be on my best-behavior. Damn, no theatrics.


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Sweet Solitude

I chanced upon this quotation recently.

“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.” 

Albert Einstein.

Ahh, sweet. My travel plans for London & Edinburgh are all firmed up (yeah, I chose Scottish Whisky over Parisian Macaroons).  I’m looking forward to visiting Ms. J & Ms. F in London, and even more so for my lone 4-day travel up to Edinburgh & the highlands.

Edinburgh’s going to be my first “real” trip alone.  Sure, I have travelled alone by myself – work trips to Seoul, Bangkok and the one-year graduate school in Sydney, but that’s different. They were circumstantial decisions taken, rather than unfettered choices.

And, you know your relationship with yourself (and food & travel) has progressed to another level when you booked a dinner table for 1 at a michelin-starred restaurant. And no, I’m not going to bring a book, nor my iphone to the dinner.

It will be just me, enjoying the food and the solitude. Salut!


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Quotes from “Better off Ted”

These lines are from the now-defunct show, Better Off Ted, about characters working in a stereotypically evil company, Veridian Dynamics.
It’s one of my favorite TV series. Keeps me sane and makes me feel a lot better sitting in cubicle 124.
“People lie. Corporations protect their interests. It’s different.”
 Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Every day, something we make makes your life better. Power. We make that. Technology. We make that. Cows. Well, no. We don’t make cows, although we have made a sheep. And medicines, and airplane engines, and whatever this is, and all sorts of things. Veridian Dynamics. Every day, something we make makes your life better. Usually.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. We’re the future of food, developing the next generation of food and food-like products. Tomatoes… the size of this baby, lemon-flavored fish, chickens that lay 16 eggs a day, which is a lot for a chicken, organic vegetables chock-full of antidepressants. At Veridian Dynamics, we can even make radishes so spicy that people can’t eat them, but we’re not, because people can’t eat them. Veridian Dynamics. Food. Yum.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. We’re a family, just like yours. But we don’t waste our time throwing leaves around. We put our family to work. We mean real work. Not just eating mush. Our Veridian Dynamic family works for every member of your family. Even the dead ones. And we’re working to bring them back and copy them, in case you lose them again. We love our family, which is why we work nights, weekends, and major holidays, because that’s when families should be together. Veridian Dynamics. Families. Yay.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Diversity: just the thought of it makes these white people smile. We believe everyone works best when they work together, even if they’re just standing around. Just like we enjoy varieties of food, we enjoy varieties of people. Even though we can’t eat them. At Veridian Dynamics, we’re committed to a multiethnic workplace. You can shake on it. Veridian Dynamics. Diversity. Good for us.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Competition: whether it’s animals, or this old woman and baby, fighting to the death. Competition makes us stronger. In business, that means better products: pills that look like candy, hands that can shoot lightning, and a new generation of hurricane-proof dogs. Veridian Dynamics. Competition. It makes everything better.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Individuals: we believe everyone is special, irreplaceable, and will follow the thing walking in front of it. That’s why we celebrate all individuals, even ones going nowhere. Veridian Dynamics. Because you can’t spell “individual” without “Veridian.” And “U.” And an “L.”
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Teamwork: it’s a beautiful thing. In business, it means working together for a common goal. X-rays show that when people work together, they’re happier and less likely to do something weird. Veridian Dynamics. Teamwork. It keeps our employees gruntled.
Commercial: Bosses. Everybody has one. Without bosses, we’d be like these worms. Disgusting. Bosses make everything better. So listen to your boss. And don’t question them. Otherwise you’re no better than a worm. Veridian Dynamics. Bosses. Necessary.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. The environment—everyone likes it. And so, we do too. That’s why we’re committed to saving it. Veridian Dynamics is turning every one of our buildings 100% green. It’s ridiculously expensive and spending money makes us sad. But we’re doing it because we love nature, even when it’s being mean or just acting stupid. Veridian Dynamics. Greening our world.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Our team. Over 100,000 strong. And we love all of them. Unless they cross us. Then we’ll hunt them down and hurt them. Because that’s love, too. Veridian Dynamics. Don’t cross us. Ever. Seriously. Just don’t.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Friendship. It’s so important. But it’s different at work. Time spent with friends at work robs your employer of opportunity. And robbing people is wrong. Veridian Dynamics. Friendship. It’s the same as stealing.
Commercial: Veridian Dynamics. Doing the right thing. It’s important. What does it mean in business? We have no idea. We know what wrong is. Actually, no, we don’t. Because we’re a successful company, not some boring ethics professor. Veridian Dynamics. Right and Wrong. It means something. We just don’t know what.

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The Girl who was Lost

I was relieved to find a spot to rest while waiting for the train to arrive, carrying a new stash of library books and a box of mooncakes to enjoy and savour through the weekend.

Girl: “Miss, excuse me, I want to go to Orchard station.”

Me: “You aren’t on the correct side. The train to Orchard leaves on the other platform”.

Girl: “Miss, my friends, I don’t know where they are. And my phone is out of credit balance and I can’t call them. Can I borrow your phone?”

At this point, I was immediately filled with suspicion. No, I’m not proud to say this, but what with news of people borrowing your phone to call a friend that turns out to be a million miles away, raking up huge phone bills. Or those that borrows your phone and then runs away with it. I sized her up. She looked younger and thinner than I was. I probably could outrun and scream louder than her.

I asked for her friend’s number (a local number), keyed it in. No ring tone.

Girl: “Can you help send a SMS to them? Tell them where I am? I am new here and I don’t know where this is.”

Me: “If your friends do not turn up, do you know how to go home?”

Girl: “I think so.”

I brought her to the map of the whole train system and messaged her friend in the meantime. Her friend called. He was in Orchard station. I brought her to the correct train platform and she went on her way, and me, mine.

In (short) time, I’m sure, she’ll figure out how to navigate our train system, like what we do day-in, day-out. Without a second thought. Knowing or feeling exactly how many minutes the train has travelled before our destination. Every instance familiar, routine. Ennui.

And that’s probably why I love travelling, I think. To be in an unknown city, to explore and to learn even the most mundane, that of navigating a new subway/train system. Putting a thought in every step.

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Life with a Law Student: Conflict of Interest

At some point in a relationship, conversations will always steer towards money. “Your money, my money and our money” and the line to draw between them.

Mr Cinical and I had spent the last 2 years paying off our graduate school loans. I had recently finished paying off mine, while he had recently finished paying off his loan for the first year of law school. It was finally time for us to think about saving up.

Mr Cinical: I just opened up a new savings account at Bank X, the interest rate’s higher. Perhaps we should pool together our savings into an account?

Me: [Eyeing Mr. Cinical suspiciously. Evidently, I belong to that category of females who prefer not to let their husband know about their stash of savings.]

Mr Cinical: You look suspicious, like I’m going to cheat you of your money. Perhaps, I can provide you a legal opinion as to what you should do.

Me: You, providing me an opinion as to whether we should pool our money together in a single account under your name? Isn’t there a conflict of interest?

Mr Cinical: [attempting to look innocent] What conflict?

Me: Urm, my interest?


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