Friday, February 25, 2005

Spring Dinner

Spring dinner for my new firm took place this Wednesday which was also the 15th day of Chinese New Year. The theme of the dinner was "Colourful". Although I did my best to wear the sharpest jacket I can find in my closet, I was not good enough to receive a single vote for the Best Dresser Award....

Allegedly a True Story

You probably have seen it before, but I'd just put it here for your amusement.

A Charlotte, NC, lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive
cigars, then insured them against fire among other things. Within a month
having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars
and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy,
the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the
lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires." The
insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man
had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued and won!
In delivering the ruling the judge agreed with the insurance company that
the claim was frivolous. The Judge stated nevertheless,that the lawyer
held a policy from the company in which it had warranted
that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would
insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be
unacceptable fire," and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than
endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted
the ruling and paid $15,000.00 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare
cigars lost in the "fires."

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested
on 24 counts of ARSON!!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from
the previous case being used against him. The lawyer was convicted of
intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24
months in jail and a $24,000.00 fine.

Can someone please buy me.....

an Air-Con? Mine is not working and is more like a heater.

Air-Con, Coke, Internet

Speaking of Air-Con, it must be one of the inventions of all time.
Certainly I cannot live without it especially in Hong Kong this hot
and humid place.

The other 2 things that I cannot live without are Coke and Internet. I
like drinking coke while the others like drinking beers or smoking
cigarettes - so I assume I am still the healthiest of the 3. I like
coke so much that I now have its necessary accessory - a mini-fridge
in my room now.

As for internet, I'd feel really strange if I do not have access to it
everyday. Blogging, keeping track of Spurs news, playing online games
and football betting - all part of my daily life - are all done on the
internet. So take away the internet, you take away half of my life.

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Aviator

I am not saying it is a bad movie. But I just don't know why the heck
is this movie so special for it to earn so much rave reviews and is
currently the hot favourite to land the Oscar Best Film Award.

I was stuck at the cinema for 3 hours waiting for its climax and
before knowing it, it ends. During the 3 hours, I didn't cry, laugh or
giggle at any part of the movie. If I was attached to a pulse machine,
the meter probably remained constant for the whole duration. If I have
to give one emotion / feeling that I have towards the movie, it
probably would be "Miserable".

Give me some milk, give me some milk, give me some milk....

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Judge

I came across this news from a website this afternoon....

Judge Allegedly Had Sex Device Under Robes

POSTED: 2:54 pm CST February 9, 2005
UPDATED: 3:09 pm CST February 9, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma judge faces indecent exposure charges for
allegedly masturbating in court.

Investigators in Oklahoma City charge that Judge Donald Thompson used
a device called a "penis pump" under his robe during trials.

Thompson denies the allegations. He says the pump was a gag gift from
a hunting buddy on his 50th birthday.

Thompson retired from the bench in August in the face of the
embarrassing allegations, but now prosecutors have decided to press
criminal charges.

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson expects there will be a
string of appeals from defendants who were tried before Thompson,
including those who faced murder charges. Investigators said they've
recovered DNA samples from carpet, the judge's chair and his robes.

Random Mumblings

Today is my secretary's (K's) birthday. I have placed my present on her desk before she arrived at office. She was pleasantly surprised because she had not expected me to know her birthday (which I know from the telephone list which contains one b-day - without the year of birth of course) and had not expected to receive a present from me as she was only my secretary for merely 10 days or so. She said that I am "細心" in knowing her b-day and "有心意" in choosing the gift. These are of course nice words to hear, but what she didn't know was I had bought this present for my ex-secretary at my old firm before.....

Speaking of my new firm, I am really enjoying every minute of it (bar the 8:30am meeting every fortnight!). I think I have settled in quite well. Some Aussies even said that my English contains Australian accent! But yesterday, there was a Aussie newcomer who sits in my adjacent room. He entered into my room and asked me for a "case". Being confused, I thought he was asking what case I am working on and I mumbled something. 30 seconds later, he again asked me for a "case". I again asked "what case?". He said "the 'case' to the male toilet". Shit, he was asking me to lend him the "keys" all along!!! How embarassing!!!!

After 2 weeks observation, I can confirm my boss is an all round nice bloke. He is polite, humble, approachable and well, just very nice. He always apologises to me for having to make me stay at office till 6:45pm (!!!!!), always says my points are intelligent and good (it is encouraging even if fake) and always puts blame on himself for revising my draft letter or pleadings (which clearly isn't his faults!!!). Like today, he came in and told me that he would leave office early to attend a duty lawyer session. He said "I wanted to chat with people and learn something", but the truth is - he is sacrificing his time to give free legal advice to people. Very likeable guy.

He is so likeable that I have decided to room with him when our Construction team go to Sunshine Island, Brisbane in mid March for the annual retreat. Looking at the photos of the resort (Twin Water Resort - a 4.5 star resort), it looks like it is an exciting trip to look forward to.

As to my old firm, another friend in my LLB/PCLL year will be leaving in early March. It seems that it is a relief for people to leave my old firm. From my brief tele con with her, she gave me the impression that "the sooner I get out from this hell the better". In my circle of friends, only 3 are remaining there. I wish all good luck!

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to everyone!

The relationship between Ellen and I has risen to a level that no special gift or arrangement is necessary in celebration of the apart from an bunch of roses at an inflated price, we had a simple dinner + dessert for the day.

To make this blog more educational, below are some extracts as to the history of Valentines' Day

Valentine's Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration of this new feaSt. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

I thought I was God of Gambling.....

and I lost big time in the annual playing cards game with my relatives! Blackjack, Carribean Poker, Mahjong and 鬥牛 - you name it and I blew it! But it was good fun all the way, and it is nice that Carribean Poker has invaded into our annual card game this year after establishing its presence in Macau casinos.

My lai see income has also dropped significantly. It is time for me to ask the married ones out for meal to pursue for the lai sees actively!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Kung Hei Fat Choy

Kung Hei Fat Choy my friends!

When I was small, 年初一 used to be a day of gambling with my cousins and relatives....mahjong, blackjack etc. $2 for a game. This year the day of gambling will probably take place on 年初三, and in anticipation of the day, I have bought six packs of playing cards from 7-11 tonite - because we will be simulating the game - Macau casinos style!

Instead, today I went to a few places to get the red packets and ate some incredible turnip cakes. Gosh, I like turnip cakes!

Monday, February 07, 2005

Try beat this game

The rule is simple.

There are 3 rows of marbles. You can take as many as you like in any row for your turn. Likewise the computer. Your objective is to let the computer takes the last marble.

I tried, I failed.....

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Macau Trip

The weekend before the commencement of my new role, we had a nice trip to Macau.

I had a magic recovery from my illness the morning we depart, and we boarded the Turbo Jet in the afternoon. We went to have some 緬甸 food at "三盞燈" and then went on to the kart racing track. While we are waiting for our turn, we played the 估錢 game where each of us will grab some coins in our hands and we will take turn to guess the total held in our hands. The winner takes all. Edmund, Cyrus, Christie and Simon were the big winners, and I was the big loser!

Our time has come and Simon, Cyrus, Edmund, Jo, Eva and I played the first round, but no matter how fast I drove, I couldn't seem to catch up with Cyrus and Simon. Then the 2nd round came and only Simon, Cyrus, Jo and I remained. The different acceleration and braking mechanism of 2 different karts made my life difficult (that's my excuse anyway!) and I crashed 3 times in my first 3 laps!

After a great sharkfin dinner at 寶石 restaurant, we then proceeded to get some souvenirs and Simon/Eva, Edmund went crazy to buy the 豬肉乾 etc.

Then it was time to make some money - the Sands! I have won $600 off their blackjack table and Cyrus / Christie went one better - they won $1300 on a 老虎機!!!! We took the 23:30 jet back Hong Kong and thanks to Jo's copy of 蒲王, we had something interesting to read on the turbojet!

My new role

I started my new role this Monday. I was quite tense for the last few days of my month long leave. Perhaps that made me sick again.

Anyway, things have been great so far. I got a nice room which the set up is pretty much the same as my old room but only this time it is a square room instead of a rectangular one. The window oversees the Bank of China Tower and erm....the ICAC and the carpark. But still, it is nice to have a room filled with posh hardwares - an 19" LCD monitor, a handsome chair etc.

The people there are predominantly Aussies. But they have been very nice and friendly to me, and that helps me settling in very well. I have been working closely with a senior associates who is a Christian who is a genuinely nice person - he kept telling me to leave office early after I got the work done. He was also nice enough to spend a lot of time explaining how the office operates etc to me. A top bloke!

The most pleasant surprise is that there is a fellow newcomer - an LLB colleague of mine and it is good to have someone you know to start with. Of course, I now get unlimited supply of Coke, Lemon Tea etc. which is NICE!

Long may it lasts!!!