Word of the Day: Fiesta!
On the 4th day of Raya, 13 Sept 2010, we kicked out our meeting with a celebratory blast!
First, apparently the chefs from KGPA Golf Course has read our blog! Our Webmaster has expressed his wish to have ketupat for refreshments, and to his amazement, the ketupat REALLY CAME! It’s no wonder the food came late, the chefs are busily preparing ketupat and big servings of spicy sambal for our members and guests!
Second, DTM S.K. Ratnam from Extol TM is here to grace our meeting, alongside with Victor Ong from D’Utama Advanced TM and Ruth Ting from D’Utama TM!
Third, our IPP Ismail Fahmy came adorning his best baby-blue Baju Melayu, and Michele with her silky Baju Kurung. The room was dazzled with Raya cards all over the room, and even dates were served to everyone in the room! (This is the first time our Webmaster has ever eaten a date in his entire life!)
Dates! mm.. Sweet and chewy!
Our TME Ismail Fahmy made an important point in our meeting: It’s OK for Toastmasters to make mistakes, because from mistakes come opportunities to learn and grow into a better speaker. That’s how Toastmasters improve their speaking skills by listening to evaluations and focus on aspects that needs a touch of spiciness!
Funnyman DTM K. Loghandran shared with us, during Hari Raya time, our Muslim friends fast & feast at the same time! But it is during Hari Raya time when they have a fixed date to ask for forgiveness. After telling two heartwarming stories on forgiveness, Loghan cheekily asked us to also fix a date and ask for forgiveness from our parents for any wrongs we may have done in the past. To ask for forgiveness is perhaps the most powerful but sincerest expression in our lives.
In the spirit of Hari Raya, our Table Topics Master Asyfar Rahman has provided us topics in Green Packets, with money inside!
Yes! Money slipped in with Table Topics!
Our newest member Christine Hwee got herself the topic Duit Raya. She was ‘excited’ receiving the money and told us that by receiving money packets from our family relatives, aunties, uncles alike, we can appreciate celebrating the festive season together.
Spontaneous Mark Lee shared his personal view on Balik Kampung using his favorite movie Slumdog Millionaire to express his ideas.
‘Troublemaker’ Jasper struts to the stage to attempt his topic: Meeting old friends & family members. He said he loved meeting old friends and catching up with life, and also goes back to Penang, despite the treacherous journey on the way there, to see his parents whom he loved.
Charming Ruth from D’Utama TM went on with her crunchy topic: Baking home-made cookies and opined that how delicious you bake your cookies will determine how wonderful you can be a housewife!
Bubbly Michele lets her experience known on her topic: Open houses. Even though she have never attended any open houses at all, she lets out her frustration when it was hard to navigate to her house when all the parking lots were taken by open house visitors, and she could even smell the over-powering smell of food from the open houses. Gosh, our Webmaster is hungry typing this.
And finally we invited K. Loghandran to Do His Thing for Table Topics! (It’s been ages since he has done one Topic) He got his favorite topic: Food! He spent his well-earned 2 minutes with two stories, one where he attended an open house for drug addicts, and another experience when he knew a blind friend, who attended an open house, is able to listen to all the happiness and excitement there. He is able to play with the 5 human senses. He made his speech flavorful, but also with an important message in it.
(DTM S.K. Ratnam jokingly asked us to challenge K. Loghandran in Table Topics for future meetings!)
And with that, Mark Lee won the Best Table Topic Speaker award for delivering a strong impromptu speech!
Mark Lee - Best Table Topic Speaker!
Up next, comes in our awaited CC Speech Assignments!
Newest member Christine Hwee is up with her Ice-Breaking Speech! She is used to living under a single-parent. When Christine was a small young innocent girl, her mother used to take her to the playground and bought her ice-cream. Living under a single parent sure has made Christine to be more courageous to live out her life.
She used to be an ugly duckling during her kindergarten years, and may be a black sheep among her other younger, naive classmates. However, he met a boy brimming with sunshine, and they soon become a romantic couple. Unfortunately, after graduation from kindergarten, she lost contact with her charming Romeo for years.
Finally, Fate decided that they meet up together when Christine grew into a big girl. She realised that the boy she adores actually stays in the same neighborhood, and his dad working as a herbalist. She never had a chance to say ‘Hello’ to her boy because she was worried the boy might not recognize Christine anymore. So she let him be.
(The Webmaster feels awful and advised Christine to go back to her Romeo now!)
She also introduced her profession as a pharmacist. What inspired her to sell medicine to doctors was her fascination to how vaccines can be the best medicines to cure mankind. Christine also mentioned that our President, Lawrence Hoo was a good mentor and colleague to her too.
She ended her speech by saying that the many people she met has left her strong impressions in her heart. She encouraged us that
1. We should not be ashamed of our past.
2. We should not take things for granted.
3. We have to persevere and be determined to live out our life.
Our next speaker, Ming-See Michele Chang got off to her flying start with her CC No. 2 speech “Uniqueness of Malaysia”.
Michele and her family went for a small reunion at a relative’s house and her mother’s grand-aunt came back with her two granddaughters from the island of Aruba, near Venezuala of South America. The granddaughters couldn’t held their excitement when they told Michele about their trip to Malaysia, and that what got her inspired to do a speech on Malaysia.
Michele said Malaysia is unique in 3 ways:
Firstly, the big varieties of food and the rich cultures dotting Malaysia, especially the Mamak culture!
Second, she touched on how so many Malaysians are so conversant with their proficiency in many languages, particularly the usage of the word ‘LAH!’
Third, we also agreed with her that Malaysia breeds a unique kind of kiasu and kiasi drivers!
Kiasu drivers! Hmmrph!
Our third speaker, Vincent Chow is up with his inspirational CC No. 6 Speech: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries.
Vincent touched on the life of Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker from Melbourne, Australia who was born with no arms and no legs.Yet he is able to live and adapt his life doing things that we normal human beings can do like shaving his face, combing his hair, swimming and even playing soccer! Yet he also achieves in becoming a successful stock market investor, a loving husband and an author to his soon-to-be-released book “Life Without Limits”.
Nick Vujicic is an inspirational figure
Vincent vitalizes us to follow three simple steps to make life great:
1. Look at life through a fresh perspective. By making mistakes into lessons for advancement.
2. Broaden your own vision. Set a goal and direct all your energy towards fulfilling it.
3. Make your own choices. Rely less on other people’s judgment.
And with that, our Best Assignment Speaker award goes to Ming-See Michele Chang!
Michele made us love Malaysia a bit more.
We also give the Best Evaluator Award to ACG Victor Ong for evaluating Vincent Chow!
Victor Ong - Best Evaluator Award!
Speakers’ Dream also celebrated the induction of our newest member, Christine Hwee!
Christine - From ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan
Speakers’ Dream would like to wish again: Selamat Hari Raya to all Musliman and Muslimin, and happy holidays to the rest! Deepavali is coming around the corner!
Cheers! On behalf of Speakers’ Dream,
– Vincent signing off =P