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September 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

Friday is upon us and the weekend is here! 🙂

Very grateful for this recess week which involves copious amounts of late night chatting with the Up All Night squad till 2am and being old women chatting about the past hohoho and the awesome feeling of waking up at 12/1pm with no worries. 😀

Of course the work I actually revised is not.. a lot LOL but I did catch up on some tort and contract readings. Crim is still an elusive magical deer which I can fantom abstractly, but never really understand up close. So… that’s a work in progress? (trying to be positive here) Still need to:

  1. type out notes for tort introductory
  2. type in additional notes for DoC in torts
  3. read Gary chan’s chapter on special situation for negligence
  4. Read consideration chapter of Andrew Phang (contract)
  5. type in certainty readings into notes (contract)
  6. At least read Simester’s readings causation and intention goddamn it.
  7. edit my PBG slides AH
  8. pay my tuition fees for this sem

That is a lot to finish in three days. If I’m honest, I’d be lucky if I finished 60% of the list, so will update as I go – public accountability yeah? haha

On a more personal note, I have been doing Blogilates (pilates instructional videos on Youtube) for about a week plus and it really has done wonders for my physical and mental health. I always look forward to the evening after 5.30 because that’s when I can stop work and do the videos and have fun and I always feel happy and accomplished after I finished a session. And despite the whole no weights or heavy lifting/gymming, I do see like physical changes in my core strength and muscles (because lbr, I am a vain person and I do it partly so I feel more confident about my body) And it provides a good routine for me to separate the afternoon from night ^^

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Will try to blog more when school starts again, because I always love reading back my old entries and see where I was a year ago when I was still battling A Levels haha

Let’s get Lit.

September 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

Wasted the whole of today – mainly because I woke up at 1pm because I went on a Hamilton bender last night. Got to go to sleep before 12 tonight so I can wake up early tomorrow morning and start my revision proper. *muscle arm emoji*

/this post is very very rambly and incoherent and is basically about me whinging about missing literature and yeap. brilliant Towerofivories (TM) content as usual/

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I have three new books in my to be read pile. One is from Australia and two from SG. I just can’t not buy a new book whenever I walk into a bookshop. It is physically impossible for me not to pick a new baby to bring home with me because I always feel like buying books is like adopting them. And I feel strangely happy whenever I go to Kino and I see all these people with new books cradled in their arms as they queue at the register – like new owners adopting a new doggie in the ASPCA.

Reading/buying books a fucking expensive hobby (as brought to my attention by my supervisor when we had a mini debate about books and the merits of having a rainbow colour-coordinated book shelf – I am a huge proponent of rainbow bookshelves). It’s a luxury that I recognise that not everyone can afford, so I’m grateful if for anything, I always have reading as a hobby to fall back on. Because my interests wane so quickly, nothing really has been in a constant in my life. Violin, art, writing tumblr-famous poetry, dabbling in my various fandoms – all phases in my life that I once loved passionately but over time, the love fades and these things becomes part of who I am, but no longer a definitive part of me. But reading has always been a constant every since I was little. I could go weeks and weeks and weeks without reading a new book, but I still love going to bookshops, I still love words and quotes and pretentious characters. I love I love I love.

And I miss studying lit so much. Reading for pleasure is so different from being in a structured environment where you can discuss and write and theorise about character motivations and themes and just feel the little sparks of pleasure when you make an original connection or analysis. There is really no greater feeling of satisfaction other than to get into a ‘zone’ – where you tear these characters and their symbols and works into the barest of bones and then stitch them back together – it’s like you are playing God because you can suddenly see everything as clear as day.

I was talking to a Y3 senior randomly in school and we can apparently take elective modules in year 3. There was one about Literature in Law (or Law in Literature, can’t remember) and I was telling her how excited I was to take that course because it meant I could do lit again. But who knows whether it will still be a popular module by the time I even get to Y3…

I don’t think I could have love ROTD if I had merely read it for pleasure, in fact I hated it when I first did a read through before it was taught in class. ROTD is one of the only books I still remember what I felt, where I was when I was reading it for the first time. I think I love it not only because it has reflected so much about myself in the characters, but because I was taught how to appreciate it and how to empathise with the characters that I couldn’t not love it. Reading it on my own, I probably wouldn’t have made the same connections that I made when I was taught it.

(on an unrelated note, I wanted to buy Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled – because lord knows I am a Ishiguro fanwhore – but stopped myself upon remembering how many books I haven’t even touched yet… But I will get it. One day)

Law is so technical now. I can’t say I hate it because I genuinely… don’t. I don’t feel a surging passion for it, but I do find everything being taught interesting and fascinating and so much more complex than what it appears on the surface. Writing is a different challenge for me because unlike Lit, law requires you to be specific, and technical and so definitively accurate in your word choice, it’s like your margin for error in language is too small, too tight.

In Lit I am used to being more flowery and open with my language – I never realised how extreme my language is until it was pointed out to me in a seminar discussion. We were discussing about the government’s function in Singapore and I said the government serves to “guide a cultural rhetoric to shape the people and society”. And the prof looked at me and asked, “okay, but why did you use the word rhetoric?” I didn’t even know why I chose the word ‘rhetoric’ and his questioned pushed me to kind of say something along the lines of the government creating an ideal that it wishes for society to be adopted. The prof then explained how the word rhetoric subtly also underscores something vaguely negative about how and the kinds the messages and ideals the government is pushing onto us – and this undertone was something I hadn’t even consciously considered when I blurted the answer in the first place.

I suppose there could have been thousands of more “neutral” word choices I could have used, but that instance really made me think about how word choices subtly betray our beliefs and our viewpoints without us even being conscious of it.

Yeah anyway, back to law writing. The margin for vagueness is so much smaller than it had been with GP or lit. And the analytical skill set although very very useful – also takes a bit of adapting. In law, precedents and case authorities is key. When you find a quote supporting a stand you want to make, you have to wholesale lift the entire quote and plonk it into your analysis. This is different from lit, because you have to explain or rephrase the quote and you don’t lean back on quotes alone as heavily as you do in law. Which of course meant my first assignment went down disastrously because the only safe way to ensure your word choice is accurate is to rip it fully from the original judgement instead of clunkily trying to rephrase it in your own layman words.

But! I did find some of the analytical thrill in law as I had in analysing lit. No idea whether what I am doing is correct or not, but I did have a lot of genuine fun on our recent office memorandum. Hoping that I will start to love law as much as I love literature – maybe not in the exact same way but still love it nonetheless. 🙂

P r e t t y.

September 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

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