Monday, July 26, 2004

week off from serious content?

as most of you already know, i'm at this summer's Developments in Public Policy Seminar, which started today. today was much better than i thought it would be, despite having a hard time finding the place (ok, so i didn't, because dad knew where it is -it's next to ISEAS- but lots of ppl were late 'cos they couldn't find it) and it being a damn ulu place to begin with. but the overview thingys went well, and i found the various briefings that we had today rather interesting. no doubt by the end of the week i shall craft a post detailing my impressions and expectations of the public service career ahead of me.

also ran into a whole bunch of old old friends i haven't seen in the longest time, some from RJ, some from RGS, and some even from Rosyth. it's been years, and it's good to see them all again, catch up with what's going on in their lives, rediscovering the old friendships are still alive and well despite years of neglect. it'll be a good week, i think - the programme is promising, and discussion has been fierce, and people are open and willing to listen to criticism (which may well be a rare thing), so perhaps we shall have a good time and learn something after all. more on this by week's end.

but for now, a placeholder post - more E. E Cummings:

may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile


At 10:00 PM, July 27, 2004, Blogger Readymade said...

It already sounds far more interesting than mine. The only exciting thing that happened then was the guy who came out of the closet during DPPS, and asked nothing but leading questions about the government's attitude towards gays during Q&A sessions. Like how arts students *always* ask why the govt isn't doing XYZ to support the arts. Bleh.

At 11:06 PM, July 28, 2004, Blogger J. said...

i think how fruitful DPPS ultimately turns out to be depends on (a) who is in the batch, (b) who the facilitators of the sessions are, and (c) the attitude the batch has toward DPPS -how willing people are to accept things at face value or dig deeper; how willing people are to ask difficult questions and not be cynical about the answers people give. how willing people are to put themselves and the speaker on the spot.

we have a lot of argumentative, opinionated and confident people in our batch, which i think helps make DPPS a more useful experience for all of us.


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