Friday, 26 February 2010

This Month's Notes

Every day of my pupillage, I jot down a few words to remember the day by.
February has been a short due to its 28 days and many holidays. These are my notes for my second month, starting from the 2nd (the 1st was Federal Territories Day).

D20 (2nd February): New chambie in today.

D21: Forms 3, 4 & 5 extracted today. Short call date: 15th March 2010, 2.30pm.

D22: Do not cast aspersions.

D23: Pagination is a dirty word.

D23A & D23B (Sat 5th & Sun 6th): Came to the office. Was not the only one.

D24: Another new chambie!

D25: I think I killed about 2 large trees today.

D26: 29 bundles. 5 letters. 3 different locations. 2 pupils. 1 Proton Persona and 1 wonky trolley.

D27: You have to fight to have any semblance of a life outside of the office, you have to fight for you.

D28: Off work till next Thursday for CNY. Hurrah!

D29 (Thur 18th February): Back from CNY holiday (which was no fun). Quiet office. Highly unusual.

D30: I left on time today. Everybody was shocked.

D31: I think I'll get by with a little help from my friends.

D32: Time is of the essence.

D34: My partner asked me: why so serious?

D35: Long weekend, hurrah! Paycheck coming soon, double hurrah!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Quote of the Week

"They, that unnamed “they”, they’ve knocked me down but I got up. I always get up — and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I’ve long ago named them me."
Gregory Corso (March 26, 1930 – January 17, 2001), American Beat Poet.
From A-S.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho

Work begins tomorrow. I both loathe it and long for it, because my CNY "break" (an utterly inappropriate term) has been at various times frustrating, tiring, lacklustre and at one moment downright depressing. I hope you had more fun.

Enjoy this song, to all those who are returning to work with me tomorrow morning.

You See...

You think you care about people, but really, you just care about what people think.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Cold Cold Hamburg

For SKR.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Double Happiness

Dear World,
Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.
May the year of the tiger usher in much fulfillment, peace, health, wealth and happiness for you.
To all you lovebirds out there, have a nice Valentine's.


P.S. I'm terribly sorry for the lack of posts—I have been working practically everyday, including last weekend and today I had to do chores in preparation for CNY.

Monday, 1 February 2010

You Know You're A REAL Lawyer When...

You stock more food in the office fridge than in your home fridge.

You have seriously considered installing some sort of sofa bed in the empty cubicle at the back of the office.

Your regular lunch hour spot serves you first because you told them how much you lost on your hourly rate when their food came late.

Your idea of a pleasant dream is your client paying your bill promptly without disputing anything.

Your idea of a nightmare is losing a case...then getting sued for professional negligence.

You call your secretary to check your email when you're out, just in case.

Your drawers contain more than 3 of these: paracetamol, sachets of sugar,  ketchup, instant coffee, energy bars, file ribbons, a spare tie, a spare shirt, small bottles of shower gel and shampoo, breath mints, periodicals from the Bar Council or other law firms, multivitamins, the Contracts Act, the Companies Act, the National Land Code, the Penal Code, the Evidence Act, the Sale of Goods Act, the Banking and Financial Institutes Act and a voodoo doll of your managing partner.

You invite lawyers from your firm over for Sunday dinner....

....then talk about work.

You have read both Adorna Properties v Boonsom Boonyanit and Boonsom Boonyanit v Adorna Properties...and you know which came first.

You have to be pre-booked 2 months in advance for anything.

You print everything with a one inch margin.

You take longer to answer "Who's your favourite actor?" than "Who's your favourite judge?".

You have broken at least two Practice & Etiquette Rules.

You know the corresponding High Court and Sub Court Rules by heart.

You have been to the Bilik Jilid of the Court Complex more than 3 times.

You spend your weekends planning how to spend your work week.

You know the difference between Letters of Administration, Letters of Administration with Will Annexed and Letters of Administration de bonis non.

You use Latin even when unnecessary.

When your friend promises you something, you ask "Can you give me that in black and white...with a time-frame?".