Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Last day of the decade

It has been 10 years since I was that clueless teenager just out of school ready to enlist into the military. What does one do in 10 years? Well, we grow up, for one. Military training, university, a year abroad, and two years in legal practice. I daresay that this decade, more than any decade, will be the decade that has most shaped my life, my beliefs, my psyche.

We are the Y2K generation, we lived through 9-11 and economic booms and busts. We are a cacophony of citizen media, the generation that has gained so much but (almost) lost it all as well.

Looking forward, what does the next decade have to offer? Reconciliation between the Koreas and the Chinas? Increased social and political freedom? The economic emergence of Africa? No one knows, and the above is conjecture at best. It's out of my hands, and what I can control, is but my own destiny, and the hope that my life may have some impact on others.

I'm still working on that. May the next decade be even better than this one. Happy New Year one and all :)

Friday, December 18, 2009


Time flies. Today is (hopefully) my last working day of the year. Its unbelievable actually, how I have managed to pull off being a litigator for the past year. The hours of toil i had to put in, of which I am glad I had a chance to, had moulded me to become a totally different sort of lawyer than what I first started out to be. It was a good move, indeed, to be doing this now at this point of time.

Now that I finally have some time until next year, lets get some stuff done:

(1) Lasik surgery
(2) Set up Structured Deposit account with the Bank
(3) Christmas shopping
(4) Get a nice tan (weather permitting)
(5) Catch up with old friends (call me!)
(6) Read "How to win every argument: the use and abuse of logic", and Beckman's "Case Analysis and Statutory Interpretation"(Hopefully doing (1) doesn't preclude me from doing (6))
(7) Dental Checkup
(8) Health Checkup
(9) Write Christmas cards
(10) Upload Taipei Photos

Its kinda sad how legal practice takes up so much time, I even have to take leave just to run errands. But so far, no regrets.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Because of you, I feel as if I am part of a big family