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Run Away (Late Night Drive Mixtape)

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” - Bob Dylan

This post is long overdue. I’ve had this mixtape in mind since the start of the semester and I had been putting it together for months now, but I never really found time to post it. So before my finals lockdown, here goes.

Three things had huge influence in setting the tone of this list. First is Drive (2011)’s OST. I highly encourage you to watch the movie before you listen to this mixtape. The other is Dubstep. A few appreciates dub because, let’s admit it, some of them are nothing but Transformer robot noise; but a lot are really good. Sound Remedy’s remix of Beethoven’s Midnight Sonata, The 2 Bear’s remix of DCFC’s You Are A Tourist, and a dub remix of Kings and Queens will change how you earspective towards dub. Last, there is the genius that is M83. Opening the mixtape is their most popular single - Midnight City. I’ll let it speak for its brilliance. If you have time, check the many remixes online but I’d highly recommend those by Who Killed JR and by Alcala. Enjoy!

01 M83 - Midnight City
02 Beethoven - Midnight Sonata (Sound Remedy Remix)
03 Kavinsky ft. Lovefoxxx - Nightcall
04 Handsome Furs - Repatriated
05 CITIZENS! - True Romance
06 Desire - Under Your Spell
07 College ft. Electric Youth - A Real Hero
08 Foster the People - Houdini (RAC mix)
09 Grouplove - Colours (Foster the People Remix)
10 Amadou & Mariam - Sabali (Miike Snow Remix)
11 RAC ft. Liz Anjos - 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins cover)
12 Christopher Norman - Maps
13 Death Cab For Cutie - You Are A Tourist (The 2 Bears Remix)
14 Punches - Sleepless City
15 Y Luv - All Night
16 Joywave - Golden State
17 Outasight - Figure 8 (Discotech Remix)
18 Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
19 30 Seconds to Mars - Kings and Queens (Dubstep Remix)

If you feel like you’re stuck, for whatever reason—expectations, insecurities, fear, stereotypes—, you don’t need to stay. Run away, change your stars, conquer the world. http://www.mediafire.com/?js9dsp9fadd0l47

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Anonymous asked: Hey there. I'm planning to take the LAE this coming January, and I was hoping that you could give some advice on taking the exam. How did you prepare for it? Was it really THAT hard? --M.

TIPS:

1. On which subjects to review, at this point, focus on reviewing basic math and grammar. For math, refresh your memory of college geometry, trigo and algebra. I remember the math questions were mostly problem solving and application. Practice. For grammar, unearth your old Prentice Hall book from HS. Put particular stress on reviewing proper use of prepositions, subject-verb agreement and tenses. Don’t memorize; understand the logic behind/of the syntax.

2. Get enough rest the night before the exam. Don’t stress yourself cramming. It won’t help.

3. During the exam itself, when in doubt, skip the question. Don’t panic if you skipped a lot. Just skip, skip, skip. Go back to them when you have time. Remember: Time is your most important asset during the exam.

4. Believe in your (smart)guessing skills. Don’t leave any question unanswered. It’s an MCQ-type of exam! Pick either (b) or (c). If you choose (b), shade (b) for all your unanswered questions.

You may PM me your e-mail; I’ll share something.

HOW I PREPARED: I didn’t enroll in a review program because it’s too expensive. In lieu of that, a couple of friends and I went out to review together for two or three Saturdays. It’s so much better to review with other people because you cover more and studying doesn’t seem much of a burden (we spent more time fooling around and playing in Timezone than actually reviewing haha). We bought/printed reviewers (for any college entrance exam/professional license exam) and sample tests from the net, compared answers, and looked up on the internet questions/answers we are doubtful about. Google is a lifesaver.

WAS IT THAT DIFFICULT? I found the exam difficult. In hindsight, I realize it wasn’t that bad (but it was bad nonetheless). Labo. I don’t have any benchmark though with which I could compare LAE’s level of difficulty. I cannot compare it with UPCAT or ACET because I took my undergrad entrance exams a long time ago; no self-deprication meant. Among the exam topics, I think reading comprehension, logic and grammar were the easiest, in that order. Weirdly, although I wasn’t able to finish the math portion, answering that part was most enjoyable. Vocabulary was tough, tricky and boring, but I particularly had a difficult time in the abstract reasoning portion. It was heartbreaking. I was depressed after the exam. I was almost sure I would not pass. Seriously. Haha.

Just my two cents, I think the real thing you should prepare for (mentally, psychologically, emotionally and academically) though isn’t LAE (or any other entrance exam), rather law school itself. Before you take the exam, first, think well if lawyering is really what you want.

Good luck, and see around in Malcolm!

Homage to the greatest female tattooer that has ever lived and one of my personal heroes:

Whang Od (Buscalan, Philippines)

When Whang Od was twenty-five, the man she was in love with died in a logging accident. Instead of looking for a new husband, she dedicated her life to tattooing and now sixty odd years later she is the last practitioner of an art form that many scholars believe is nearly one thousand years old. Whang Od is still tattooing in her nineties.

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