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159. That’s the exact number of days left till graduation. I’m not even counting towards end of this sem’s exams.

Last Friday of Y4S1. Spent the whole day binging on salad and cupcakes from Plain Vanilla that eediot Pong surprised me with. Threw mini-tantrums, formatted Pong’s report many times over by drawing squiggly ribbons and green circles, got infatuated with Champagne & Limousines font, continued editing Pong’s report till we had to take last trains home.

When you’re a nerd, there’s so much bliss in mugging till last train. HA. We need help.

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                        Shazam! Cupcakes from eediot

Didn’t much like the red velvet but salted caramel was awesome. I know I know I have an insatiable sweet tooth, but four cupcakes is a little excessive and you don’t have to get four just because you wanted all packed in a pretty box. Typical Pong.

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I’m telling you, look at the camera! -__-

 Reading week and one week of exams and that’s it for Y4S1. Push on, everybody!

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

- image from Amazon

Finished this book – a gift from Pong (again) recently and what do I make of it? Well, I must say I was hooked to it from the very first chapter. The book opened with this character, Clay, who recently lost his job as a designer, searching desperately for some sort of meaningful employment. Desperate, he stumbled upon a local bookstore, in a shady part of town – and well, surprise, surprise, that bookstore was of course Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. It happened that the bookstore was looking for help and Clay cluelessly went into the bookshop, only to find the strange Mr. Penumbra asking him ‘What do you seek in those shelves?’ Through the workings of fate and luck, Clay then ended up getting employed at the bookstore. Then, as the book progressed, Clay discovered eccentricities of the bookstore and its visitors, which led him to decoding a 500-year-old code, which the visitors of the bookstores had always been trying to solve for centuries.

I know right, it sounds bad, like something out of a young adult section. Well, I must admit the language is a little childish at times, but I got hooked to it and I just had to finish it because I wanted to know the answer to that 500-year-old code. The answer was a little of a surprise, and it was kinda genius how everything connected together: think secret messages embedded within typefaces only observable when zoomed in at a bajillion times. Yep, to a typography fanatic like me, it was pretty cool. I wouldn’t recommend for much more serious readers though, ‘cos of the one-dimensional characters with I guess pretty predictable behaviour, but the plot was pretty much of a surprise.

Anyhow, it’s week 12 of the semester already! One more week to end of school. Yeah!

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Amidst all the craziness that end of term is snowballing into, this picture that Pong randomly sent me today makes me feel so happy and warm inside. Imma proud recipient of perfect attendance audience award for Guitarissimo’s concerts since 2011.

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WOOHOO! IP RP down – close to 5,000 words written, could you believe it? At least to me, it’s my longest individual submission ever. Hey, cut me some slack, I’m only an average law student.

Stuff coming up in what’s left of the semester (WOOTWOOT!):
Week 10: Trade midterm + IP presentation
Week 11: EAL presentation
Week 12: Prep for Investment presentation
Week 13: Investment presentation
Week 14: EAL RP
Week 15: EXAMS

So fast! To think I was doing a similar list less than five weeks ago – I love love love crossing things out.

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Recess week is coming to an end; fleeted by way too fast. Spent the whole week just trying to meet all the deadlines. On the bright side, five more weeks to end of the term (not counting the exams in).

Why do we spend so much time on something that makes us all so miserable inside?

‘She was the girl with the broader shoulders
But she would die before I crawled over them
She is taller than I am
She knew I wouldn’t mind the view there
Or the altitude with a mouth full of air
She let me down the doubt came out until the now became later’

Gotta be a warrior to carry on with the rest of the term. Feels like my recent entries have been centred around school (and just whining). Bleh.

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22

22 on Wednesday last week – exactly a week ago, expecting nothing from anybody except maybe from Pong and family; I had evi presentation anyways. First October has always coincided with either exams or mid-terms or whatever that I had learnt to expect nothing when this time of the year rolls around. In this day and age, who really bothers remembering your birthday, unless Facebook notifies you, isn’t it?

Our generation – we grow up in an age when networking is made so easy, and sometimes it’s so hard to discern what is genuine or otherwise. This is exactly the reason why I had shied away from social media like Facebook and Instagram since the start of this year.

Being friended is not the same as having friends. And this year, in my recluse, I was expecting close to nothing on Wednesday last week but had pretty pleasant surprises when Wednesday rolled around last week. It’s a pleasant feeling to be surrounded by a handful of real-life well-wishers (sincere or otherwise) this year. Pong, with two cakes (one including my favourite carrot cake) and a flower, followed by nice drinks and bar bites at CHIJMES’s Here & There; family, waiting up with my ‘surprise’ cake until the nerd me got home from after a long day at school; Pong’s friend with the brownie; law school kids with cake; Sam with her rather ‘unique’ birthday card; and evi group mates’ yummy carrot cake and all. And my constant two – Klam and Nana – celebrated two days after as well.

Plus, we did well for evi presentation that day; what more could I ask for? :)

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Happy birthday me!

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Angst

In an attempt to feel slightly chirpier and not look like crap when going to school, whipped out my yellow clothing out of wardrobe today. IMG_5573.JPG Not that it feels any better. Recess week faster come already. I’m so sick of reading over and over again about expert witness opinions and hearsay and crap. Gosh, almost half the sem down. Can’t wait for HK in December. And after my presentation on Wednesday, I need to get back my fitness on track; I’ve been binge-eating and not exercising at all. And losing all my gains. I need help. Five more days until Wednesday. Just faster come already.

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F1 Weekend – but I’m in school

While I’m typing this post – I have three other parallel screens that have multiple WTO documents open heh. I’m tearing my hair over my group report on TRIPS (due in less than 16 hours’ time). Well, we’re more or less done – spent the past four hours editing it in school and got home around 12am. Taking a break now to update my semi-dead blog ‘cos I had been MIA for a week after uploading Pong’s video on my last post – holy! I warned you, didn’t I? That I may be disappearing.

Well, the past week has spiralled off so quickly and my doomsday week 7 is approaching – hence my absence. Last week was week 5: Monday was Pong’s concert; Tuesday was filled with tuition; Wednesday with meetings; Thursday and Friday with studying and working out; then, weekend with F1 (yay!) and foregoing F1 finals tickets to study instead, thanks schoolwork.

And, just like that week 6 is here and a similar pattern awaits. Anyhow, I should be more regular with updates after second third week of October (which is in a month’s time).

Signing off with a collection of photos from F1 studying weekend - iPhone and unedited.

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Snapshots from F1 (on Saturday) with Papa

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Tickets? (Checked!) Going? (NO!)

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The Birthday Project

Had an early birthday celebration for Pong’s birthday at Flock café yesterday; came home feeling so loved, and then started prepping for his birthday present (due in three days’ time) – the plan was to make a video for him using sketches. So I started researching a little bit into iMovie, Draw My Life videos and what not and heh, landed upon a gem, teaching how to use Mac’s basic apps to make a cool green-screen movie intro. And bingo! It gave me an idea for a really cool basic animated lyrics video.

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Funny how my brain always works under pressure when very close to deadlines – like now – getting Pong his present just three days before his actual birthday, heh. This is gonna be my weekend project – besides studying and giving five classes of tuition of course.

Will upload this by 15 Sept (Monday)! Stay tuned!

xx