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This time it is about campus food. Everyone and their grandmothers know about the bad food at the NUS Bukit Timah campus – the canteen that calls itself “The Summit”, when one has to eat there every single fracking day, could possibly lead one to cannibalism as a better alternative.

In the past three days, for various reasons, I’ve been coming to the main campus. Today, it was to pick up some books from the Business School library for the equity assignment. I have eaten here before, and was looking forward to trying the western food stall again (and of course. anything is better than Summit food). But another stall caught my eye – I saw a franchise of one of my favourite restaurants, Cafe Le Caire (operating in Arab Street). It can’t be, I think… a franchise like that would cost about 6 bucks per me– wait, do mine eyes deceive me? Does nothing in this cost more than 3 bucks? Is the signboard playing tricks on me? Turns out it was true, and I was made a very happy woman after eating a shish kebab sandwich (the proportions are fairly okay) for 2.50.

And just yesterday, I had bought a set of Hana Maki (salmon-wrapped rice with a dollop on mayo and salmon roe on top) for 2.50 at the Japanese restaurant in Yusof Ishak House (which would have cost upwards of 5 bucks at normal restaurants), freshly prepared on the spot. I am still standing after eating it (no stomach troubles or whatever), so clearly quality isn’t what they are skimping on.

So, really, what is causing the food at Summit to suck so much? And cost more than the gems I’ve mentioned here?


April 1, 2009 Posted by | Campus Life | , | 3 Comments

Broken Hearts and Time-Travelling Case-theories

Yes, I know, this blog is starting to look like No Man’s Land. You know the excuse even before I say it. Zixian has been bugging me to blog as well, because you know, I am apparently so much freer than her and I need to entertain her.

My heart is currently broken. The L Word Season 5 just ended, and Lost is taking a four-week break, while they catch up the on time lost during the Writer’s Guild strike. It is not so much watching the shows, by themselves, but also listening the podcasts and the reviews/recaps of each episode, that I’ve kinda built into my working schedule. *sobs* No more Kelka, no more We’re Getting Nowhere, no more Jay and Jack, no more Transmission, for a while. Yes, I’m obsessed with Lost. So sue me.

No idea what is going on in Lost, but hey, all the back-and-forth-ness, and the time-travelling, and the complex timeline cannot be worse than my time-travelling case-theory for LAWR, part of which is the status of Chinese customary marriages in 1972. I still cannot figure out whether a case decided in 1982 about a “marriage” performed in 1957 can be used (Yeah, I know, worse than Lost) and all I want to say is, “screw you Carol, couldn’t you just freaking register your liberal hippie marriage” instead of talking about the sanctity of marriage in front of a panel of judges who I am sure include the distinguished family lawyer Prof Leong who has consistently held opposite views to my (assigned) stand in her publications. *facepalm*

Screw Er Gek Cheng and the test for intention.

At least the nightmare will be over on Monday.

March 26, 2008 Posted by | Campus Life, Law, TV Shows | , , , , | 5 Comments

They Tried To Make Me Go To Moots…

But I say No No No
Yes I been practicing, but when I go up there
You won’t know, know, know

I ain’t got the time
And if Eleanor thinks I am fine
They tried to make me go to moots
I won’t go go go

I rather be at home with Grey’s
I ain’t got 17 days
Coz there’s nothing, nothing you can teach me
That I can’t learn from Mr Neumann

Didn’t get a lot in lecture
But I know it don’t come in a snap

They Tried To Make Me Go To Moots
But I say No No No
Yes I been practicing, but when I go up there
You won’t know, know, know

I ain’t got the time
And if Eleanor thinks I am fine
They tried to make me go to moots
I won’t go go go

The man said, what do you think you doing here?
I said, I got no idea
I’m gonna, i’m gonna lose my GPA
So I always keep a DVD near

Said, I just think you’re stressed
Kick me, yeah baby
And go away

I’m tryin to make me go to moots
I said no, no, no
Yes I been practicing, but when I go up there
You wont know, know, know

I don’t ever wanna moot again
I just, ooo, I just need a break
Im not gonna spend 2 weeks
Have everyone think I am going to be a lawyer

It’s not just that it is timed
It’s just til this ego is re-inflated

They Tried To Make Me Go To Moots
But I say No No No
Yes I been practicing, but when I go up there
You won’t know, know, know

I ain’t got the time
And if Eleanor thinks I am fine
They tried to make me go to moots
I won’t go go go

For those of you who still didn’t get it… a very obvious parody of Amy Winehouse’s Rehab.

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Law | , , , , | 3 Comments

Speaking Too Soon

Just when I thought we were temporarily free from the evil, crushing, asphyxiating, life-draining clutches of LAWR…

Memorial I.

3000 words.

Due in three weeks.

Someone PLEASE kill me right now.

February 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

A Shot at Heaven

After handing in the [insert expletif] memorandum in 3 hours shy of the deadline, Zixian and I went to watch Atonement, my stab at a semblance of a normal life since the day we were given the memorandum assignment. I swear, without LAWR, the food tastes better, the sky looks bluer, the roses smell sweeter… *revels in heaven* And the upside is, they wouldn’t dare give us another assignment next week, because of Chinese New Year.

At least… I hope they don’t.

More on Atonement coming up.

February 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Anatomy of 24 hours

“You should be able to finish in 8 hours”.

8 hours, my foot… To paraphrase Sawyer, “[They] lied, brother.” [say that with a Southern accent]

I don’t know anyone who was able to do the SLS take-home exam under 12 hours, much less 8 hours. Most of my friends, including me, stayed up all night to finish it and then went directly to school all bleary-eyed to hand in, and then came back home and collapsed on the bed.

I still prefer take-home exams, despite the no-sleep marathon. Cramming volumes of facts into my head and then writing until my hand breaks, while shivering in a cold exam hall is not my most favourite hobby.

December 1, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

17 Reasons Why I Should Quit Law School

  1. LAWR
  2. Bad food on campus
  3. No hostel on campus
  4. Have to walk up the hill every morning
  5. Did I mention LAWR?
  6. The smell of the canteen food makes me want to puke
  7. She Who Shall Not Be Named
  8. The disciple of She Who Shall Not Be Named
  9. LAWR is sucking up my life
  10. I feel like I am not cut out to be a lawyer because of LAWR
  11. All the cute girls are boring
  12. All the cute guys are gay or attached
  13. Legal Research sucks.
  14. One of the few branches I am interested in, litigation, is the one that is the most painful and LAWR-like.
  15. My other branch of interest, Human Rights, is probably going to be taught by She Who Shall Not Be Named
  16. Contract law sucks
  17. There are no cute gay girls on campus [J, you are my friend and you are confused. You don’t count]

And only one reason why I should stay: I can’t imagine doing anything else.

November 7, 2007 Posted by | Law | , , , | 1 Comment

Intelligent Design aka Christian Chauvinism

I have been seeing this poster around the campus lately: it is advertising this talk on “Intelligent Design”, or rather as it says, “Christian Perspective of Evolution”. It purports to explain away Evolution as a scientific theory, replacing it with the only thing that could possibly make sense… Intelligent Design.

It makes me really ashamed to have such an event on campus, really. Intelligent Design is not science. It is at the best, a pseudo-science. The only things backing up Intelligent Design are speculations, theological arguments and “Evolution doesn’t cut it” logic.

Intelligent Design is essentially Genesis repackaged – it is an extremely Christian ideology, and only Christians have been fighting to teach this theory to our kids. They still can’t seem to accept that we have descended from monkeys, it seems. I know there are Christian readers of this blog, and you probably do believe in Genesis – which is your choice. But why are your people trying to force this theology down the throats of everyone, even non-Christians? If you don’t believe in Evolution, then take it to the church. Let the priests talk all they want about how the Lord made the world in 6 days. Stop trying to masquerade it as a credible scientific theory.

What is ironic is that in the poster, the learned speaker is trying to convince us that Evolution is simply a scientific postulation, and does not have enough evidence to back it up. If that is the case, Intelligent Design has much less proof than Evolution. It may or may not be true – I personally believe in evolution, but I do acknowledge it is not completely scientifically proven. But it is the most credible, most well-researched one around. The fact that we can’t conclusively prove Evolution is an indicator of our own short lifespans, not the invalidity of the theory. We haven’t been here long enough, been researching this long enough to prove it either way – but it makes sense. The only reason people have been systematically opposing this has nothing to do with science – and has got everything to do with religion.

I am not going to bother systematically rebutting Intelligent Design as a theory, because that’s for more informed people to do. But I have this to say – if you insist that evolution and intelligent design be taught side by side, I insist that you teach every other genesis-like theory in the world as well, from every religion. I am not the only to come to this conclusion, as the satirical The Flying Spaghetti Monster was formulated on similar grounds.

I’ve really had enough of Christian chauvinism. For a change, do consider people from other faiths.

October 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 15 Comments