Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My exams are coming in about 2 weeks! How did I get here? I remember last year in January when this day to me was a little unimaginable. Here's a quote: 

"Even when a man is obliged to decide cases and to be a judge, still let him beware of the dangers to himself, lest by judging perversely and against the laws, through entreaties or for a price, he should purchase for himself the measureless sorrows of eternal damnation for the momentary enjoyment of a paltry gain" (Bracton, De legibus et consuetudinibus Angliae) 

This is damn good literature... Or textbook. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Comparing Degrees & Fighting Over It Like Children

There's an article that has been circulating around which says that Law is the most difficult degree to get a First in. With articles like these, I'm usually more interested in the comments section because it is a certainty that people will bicker about this sort of simple nonsense.

Also, the other day, in my secondary classmates' group chat, we were talking about exams. One of the guys said that he wanted to hang out and I said I can't because my exams are about two and a half months away (which is REALLY not a lot of time).

He was saying it was enough, and while he is a good friend generally, what he kept insisting really irked me. I can't fault him though, a lot of medical students or engineering students or math students (or any student generally, I suppose) will probably have a holier than thou attitude.

70% of my friends are science-related students (medicine, engineering etc). Others being arts and humanities.

He said something along the lines of: in medicine, no matter how good you are or how much you study, you will never get good enough grades because that's the system.

It's a "med school thing" ie. it's the most difficult thing ever.

I stopped replying and walked away because I just... can't. I couldn't very well snipe at him in front of 20+ people in the conversation. Plus, I never snipe.

First of all, let me tell you something about comparing degrees. 

You don't compare an apple with an orange. You don't compare your grandmother with your 20-something best friend. You don't compare ice cream with cake (both are delish, of course).

You simply DON'T compare two completely separate things. Because you just CAN'T. 

1. How would you know? Unless you've gone through two or more separate degrees, you are not in a position to judge.

2. You can't say law school is more difficult than med school because they are two DIFFERENT species. The difficulty of med school that you are facing now, is probably akin to how I need to fit 3000 words (more or less I haven't counted) in an essay in 45 minutes. Besides, law school tests your application, reasoning, arguing and memory skills and I suppose med school tests your application and memory and whatnot skills as well!

3. Once again, humanitarian subjects tests you on DIFFERENT things. You can calculate to a tee all the PIES in the world and get a First in Maths, but that does not mean a Literature degree which tests your creativity, reading, critical analysis skills and not to mention writing speed isn't difficult in its own way.

4. Please bear in mind that "DIFFICULTY" is the most subjective thing ever. If everyone is brilliant in that class, naturally the marking levels will be higher. But that doesn't mean the syllabus itself is difficult. If a degree is open to everyone in the world, they will naturally not give out as many distinctions to safeguard their standards. Because of that, people will say it's "difficult". If everyone is stupid in that class, the person getting the highest score can still be on top even though he's actually stupid. Do you get what I'm saying?

5. Although, I should qualify the above by saying that, sometimes, some things are easier. Like, perhaps designing something is relatively easier than cutting somebody open.

What we're having is an education. It is to educate us on a specified field -- teaching us how to draw information and retain them. It is NOT so that we can act like spoiled, entitled, nonsensical kids!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What Happens When You're a Tea Drinker

Yeah. The cover and a good 1/4 of the book is affected too. Black tea IS strong. I'll experiment with other teas another day when my stupidity seeks to accompany me again. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

If I Was Stuck on an Island

I adore, adore, adore disaster or apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic movies -- or just generally, anything that requires the hero/heroine to survive. So, it's no surprise that I've always wondered what I would do if I was stuck somewhere like Tom Hanks in the classic Cast Away. 

What would I do if I was stuck on an island -- with no communication devices?

1. The first thing is, let's be real, my hair. My hair barely makes it through the second day without washing. It drives me up the wall when it's oily and itchy. So, what am I going to do about my hair?! What if I didn't bring my hair tie with me? Can coconut milk be used as a shampoo? I assume there's going to be lots of coconuts laying around in a desert island. The movies out there don't portray an ACTUAL representation of how women who don't wash their hair look like. They magically look flawlessly messy and oily.

2. The second scariest thing is THE SUN. If you know me, you'll know I abhor the sunlight. I know the sun keeps everything alive, but it's the EFFECT of the sunlight on my skin that I hate. Ain't nobody got time to be tanned. We need to address this issue, but I know, I know, it's hardly supposed to be an issue.

3.  Shelter. I've learned that it's best if you build your shelter above the ground, away from animals and whatnot. But WHAT ABOUT THE ANTS? I assume there'll be ants. There'll be plenty of palm trees around everywhere so let's just tie a hammock between palm trees. Now, don't go asking me about where to find a cloth to make a hammock..

4. Water. Now this is a tricky one. If it's a tropical island, there'll be rain, I'm sure(?) I get real cranky without water every 10 minutes. Remind me to take a spile with me every time I travel ala Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

5. Food. Well, Kenny said that if we get stranded on an island together, he'll catch and cook rabbits for me. WHAT? I'm not French, I refuse to eat lapin! I don't know if one can survive on coconuts. Or maybe some sort of seafood. I heard you can catch fish with strands of your hair. If I'm ever stranded with Kenny, I'll let him sort out this department.

6. Build some sort of SOS sign on the beach and light it up at night. But, what if that attracts dangerous animals? But then, I read in a "cerita panjang" in Doraemon, that if you hide behind a fire, dinosaurs wouldn't come near you. Not sure how credible Doraemon comics are, though..

I'm a reasonably tough cookie, in today's city girl standards (ahem). I've watched probably all the Man vs Wild episodes (not just because I have a man crush on Bear Grylls) and I think I've got all the basic rules planned out.

Not withstanding the fact that every time I have a disaster dream, I am always the one who saves everyone!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I am definitely not one of those girls who can have long nails, even when it is a tad bit longer, I can't stand it. I think the best length is when it is short with just a bit of length. Just annoys me when it gets so dirty!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Oh, and may everyone achieve greater things this year!

Products I Use for Hair, Body and Face!

It's 2014, guys.

I've decided to whip out my beauty products -- there is no correlation, whatsoever, it's just my adventurous self. I thought it would be a cute idea.

Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo is exactly what it says. It is moisturising and nourishing. A really good one if you have damaged hair. It isn't entirely suitable for me because I have an oilier scalp and when I use this, my hair gets oilier quicker (I don't wash my hair everyday).

Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater Shampoo is something I recently got from Mum and it is amazinggg. Really recommend this! This is a more of a clarifying shampoo, I only shampoo my scalp as the ends are too dry.

Sunsilk's Pink Conditioner This is really inexpensive, I got it URGENTLY because I ran out of my Dove one. I really recommend Dove for damaged hair conditioners. This conditioner smells great but it's more suitable for people who don't have healthy hair.

Two bottles of this shows you how good it is! The shampoo is at RM115... and that's a lot of money for a bottle of shampoo but it really does make it quite healthy!

Sebamed's Liquid Body & Face Wash This is a huuugeee bottle. I have used Sebamed for years. It's a German brand, and it specialises in problematic skin. I have (really mild) eczema on my arms and legs and when I use this, it poses no problem. No scent, not drying, looks like a badass green chemical liquid.

House of Rose's La Rose Body Soap I'm currently using this because I ran out of Sebamed. It's from Japan. If you want to smell like a GARDEN of roses, use this.

L'Occitane's Almond Shower Oil This one is REALLY made from almond oil. It is oil so I'd recommend it for special occasions and dry areas like elbows, knees and front of your legs.

Organic Olive Oil's Exfoliating Body Scrub I recommend everyone to exfoliate themselves, even if you have sensitive skin. It is especially so for your back, shoulders, elbows and knees. This one does the job, but the best ones are from The Body Shop.

Haba's Micro Force Cleansing Oil This makeup cleansing oil is stupidly expensive at RM210 BUT it is the best. It doesn't break me out and works so WELL. (Haba is NOT to be confused with Hada Labo, they're different. Haba works waaayyy better. You can only get Haba in Pavilion and Isetan)

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser I've been using this and this doubles as a cleanser and makeup cleanser. It doesn't break me out which makes it amazing. Thanks to the male dermatologist who recommended it who has literally GLOWING skin.

Avene Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser I use this as a backup cleanser. Avene is a really good French company for sensitive skin and I think the French and Japanese do skincare impeccably. It doesn't break me out, but it doesn't add anything to my skin either, which is why it's a backup.

Haba's G-Lotion (toner) I highly recommend Japanese toners, though they may be expensive. This one is RM152. Most of it are water-based. You pour some on your palms and pat it on your skin, and that's that. Whereas most Western brands use cotton pads, are stinging and drying. This one I've used for years, it is refreshing and gives you a glow. I've used it for so long, so it doesn't give me so much glow anymore :(

Yves Rocher's Ultra Sensitive Day Treatment I use this on the left side of my face only (LOL) because the left side is prone to redness and dryness which can be VERY painful. This is a god send to the left side, haha. I cannot use it anywhere because it will give me acne :(

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Moisturiser Averagely priced at RM90, I use this on my forehead and nose only (LOL) it controls oil and heals scars but if I use it for too long, it'll give me acne :( The small Kiehl's jar is one I've recently tried and it's good for acne-prone skin.

Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream This one is a god send. It doesn't give me acne, ever. This moisturiser is weird, because it's not even moisturising? Not only that, it heals pustule acne and acne scars! OMGSOGOOD. And so cheap, it's RM15 for a whole jar! Your grandma probably used this years ago.

I have such a tedious routine because my face is sensitive, acne prone, dry on the left cheek and combination elsewhere.  Kenny just cleanses his face and has NO acne (hit list includes Fiona, Shufy, Yen, Garett, Lyn, Liza.. they all have fabulous skin) You're lucky in that you have glorious hair or glowy skin without trying!