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Singapore Food Festival 2006

Posted in general by sausheong on May 27, 2006

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It’s packed, noisy, oily, full of shouting vendors and screaming children, people shoving free samples to you, aunties ‘stall-hopping’, whole families hanging out at the tables with childen gobbling up the goodies, the smell of fried, pop-sizzling prawn crackers, beaming sweating salesmen and women with black waist-pouches touting their special-exhibition-super-prices-can’t-find-outside-four-for-two-dollars
packs.
Like a strange hybrid of a pasar malam and Comdex IT exhibition. Stocked up snacks in preparation for World Cup in two weeks time.

Arbitration notes for laymen

Posted in general, law by sausheong on May 27, 2006

I added more of my laymen notes on arbitration. Plenty to update.

It’s over!

Posted in general, law by sausheong on May 26, 2006

My draft award writing exams are finally over! That has been occupying most of my free time for the past month or so, and it’s a great relief that it’s finally done with. One word — arbitration is much harder than it sounds or looks. It’s both an art and a skill — I think the psychological factor is probably the harder of the two. To be truly neutral, or if not, to at least look damn close neutral is tough work. It’s not about poker face either — it’s about reassuring the parties that you are fair and just and they have to believe it. Judges have it easy since their powers are derived from the law and the consitution (in many countries) but arbitrator’s powers are derived from the parties who appointed him or her to be the arbitrator. It’s literally power from the people. As Prof Boo (my lecturer) said — it’s like being a politician.

The final award writing part is the toughest amongst the 3 exams — writing a coherent and sensible award in 3 hours is no kidding. I’m not confident at all that I will pass this one …

But I suppose the harder part is yet to come. If I ever do pass and graduate, I think the hardest part would be to get people to trust me enough to appoint me to arbitrate their disputes. That’ll take a lot of selling though.

It’s over!

Posted in general, law by sausheong on May 26, 2006

My draft award writing exams are finally over! That has been occupying most of my free time for the past month or so, and it’s a great relief that it’s finally done with. One word — arbitration is much harder than it sounds or looks. It’s both an art and a skill — I think the psychological factor is probably the harder of the two. To be truly neutral, or if not, to at least look damn close neutral is tough work. It’s not about poker face either — it’s about reassuring the parties that you are fair and just and they have to believe it. Judges have it easy since their powers are derived from the law and the consitution (in many countries) but arbitrator’s powers are derived from the parties who appointed him or her to be the arbitrator. It’s literally power from the people. As Prof Boo (my lecturer) said — it’s like being a politician.

The final award writing part is the toughest amongst the 3 exams — writing a coherent and sensible award in 3 hours is no kidding. I’m not confident at all that I will pass this one …

But I suppose the harder part is yet to come. If I ever do pass and graduate, I think the hardest part would be to get people to trust me enough to appoint me to arbitrate their disputes. That’ll take a lot of selling though.

Berkeley DB Java Edition

Posted in java by sausheong on May 26, 2006

This looks like a pretty interesting product, from Oracle even. Will have to take a closer look at it after tomorrow.

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