Saturday, November 20, 2010

Breakfree & Breakaway Program in Malacca

Report by Freddie Yap, Past President

13-14 Nov 2010 (reported by PP Freddie Yap)

On the morning of Nov 13, 2010 a luxury coach waited patiently by the side of Suria KLCC. It was there to ferry the group of Friendship Toastmasters Club (FTMC) members to the historical city of Malacca. The mission – to “breakfree & breakaway” from the normal club setting and more importantly, TO HAVE FUN. Lots and lots of fun, great fellowship and to meet members of the Malacca Toastmasters Club (MTC)

We started our journey at 10.45am and reached the quaint town shortly after 1pm. The age old charming facade of Hotel Puri simply belies it vast compound inside. You would never imagine what looked like nothing more than a refurbished intermediate shoplot could turn out to be a sanctuary of sorts inside. “Heaven on Earth” ... that was how PP KC Lim described it.

After checking in, we could hear our empty stomach howling for attention. Yes, it was just the right time for a sumptuous Chicken Rice Balls treat. But hold it, you have to join a long long queue and it was a big challenge under the hot sun. Those who refused to succumb to the torturing wait opted for hotel fare instead. We had char-kway-teow and fried rice in the cooling courtyard nestled among some refreshing foliage inside the hotel compound. It was such a nice feeling indeed.

Once our stomachs were tamed, we headed for our first activity of the day- the guided boat ride. This boat ride initially appeared to be no different from any other. But lo and behold, our tour guide turned out to a be a macho man in his fifties who knows the place like the back of his hand. With a well-toned physique and a weather-beaten face, they simply tell you that he is a man who has seen-it-all. To the ladies, it was his manly voice and his unique brand of humour that kept them glued to him. To the men, it was his storytelling abilities and his uncanny ability to translate the word Goodbye in almost all the languages in the world, that left us in awe. To me, he was simply world-class!

After the tour, we found ourselves more endeared to this amazing historical city than ever before. It was actually a history lesson to many of us. With clearly satisfied faces, we strolled back to our cozy hotel rooms for refreshment. When the clock ticked 6pm, most of us were already at the Puri Restaurant busy preparing for a fun-filled nite. By 6.30 we were seen mingling with our guests from MTC. As in our usual FTMC spirit, there were no strangers among us. We had a superlicious buffet dinner Peranakan- styled and of course, we had the must-have ayam-poteng.

With members of MTC still streaming in, we then heard our TME cum CEO (Chief Everything Officer) Grace Tan taking to the floor. After our President’s welcome speech, the TME got everyone singing to the FTMC song “The Eagles”. Table Topics Master PP Teresa Choong got everyone on their toes with ten adrenalin-pumping Table Topics. There were a total of eleven Toastmasters from MTC so there was no problem getting volunteers for Table Topics this time round. The best Table Topic speaker award was won by Ahmad of MTC. Congrats Ahmad, you certainly spoke well on the given topic.

For the record, members present were:
IPP Joshua
President Melvin
VPE Sharon
VPPR Clarence
VPM – Lena
PP Jennifer
PP Guat Mui
Azizah (also DIV A Governor)

President Zaiton
PP Tan Lay Theng
PP KC Lim & his family and friends
PP James & Co
PP Freddie Yap
PP Teresa Choong
PP Tony Lim
VPPR Alexandra Lau & sister Kate Lau
Grace Tan

For the Toastmasters Got Talent session, the following members gave their best-ever performance which could have given Simon Cowell a run for his money. It was anytime better than Britain’s Got Talent!

PP James the crooner sang his hearts out with his soulful redition of ‘Le Bisikile De Belsize’
PP KC Lim demonstrated his martial art prowess learned from his Shaolin sojourn
PP Lay Theng shared with us deep thoughts about her journey as a Toastmaster
PP Tony Lim brought the house down with his well- executed punchlines
PP James and family dazzled us with their captivating Indian dance
CEO Grace Tan played Susan Boyle with an equally mesmerizing rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”

At the end, it was James & Co (his wife Regina & son Jayraj) who won the Toastmasters Got Talent contest. Congratulations PP James!

The meeting concluded with everyone singing to the ever-touching albeit a newer version of “We are the World”. It was certainly a memorable nite for all.

The second day saw all of us gallivanting the nook and corner of Jonker Street. The objective – to exploit our tastebuds to the fullest and fill our bottomless stomach with everything famous ranging from Baba Cendol, Laksa Mee, Assam Laksa, Assam Fish, Chicken Rice Ball to Pineapple Tarts! Oh, also not forgetting all the cute little collectibles bargained from the flea market.

With weary legs and bag-loads of takeaways, everyone hurried back to their hotel rooms to check out and later bade adieu to this famously charming city of everything old. By late afternoon, we were back to our own abodes in KL.

Breakfree & Breakaway Program in Malacca

Announcement from Alexandra, VPPR

From: Alexandra Lau []
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2010 11:00 AM
Subject: FTMC wants to share photos with you on Facebook Page

Dear Friendship Toastmasters,

Felt like it was just yesterday we came back from the FTMC's Breakfree & Breakaway Program in Malacca. It was FANTASTIC, FUN and UNFORGETTABLE. Of course, it will be even greater if ALL OF US have participated in this event.

I enjoyed myself taking the role as photographer in this event. Although my photography skill is rough than an amateur, I would like to share the photos with you. Please view the photos in our club’s Facebook page

If you do not have a Facebook account, I strongly recommend you to sign up and take 0.099 second to “LIKE” our FTMC’s facebook page. Feel free to put in your comments too. Your effort will help us to promote the club and create awareness. Thanks very much and have a wonderful weekend.

Alexandra Lau
VPPR 2010-2011

Monday, November 8, 2010

Photos @ 02 Nov 2010

Report by Angeline Lee, VPE


Our Leadership is Action, not Position meeting started off with the President’s address. Later in the evening, President Zaiton suited words to action as she presented “Delegate to Empower” from the Leadership Excellence Series. Our President who is working on her Leadership track, did not fritter (word of the day) the opportunity to present a module from the Toastmasters Leadership track.

President’s address by Zaiton

TME Chee Hoe also showed us that Leadership is Action when he demonstrated to us the various skills he has learnt as a Toastmaster since joining Friendship in January. Bravo, Chee Hoe !

We then had our New Members Induction ceremony for our newest members Ian and Susan. Our new members also did not fritter the opportunity to practice their leadership skills as they are also taking up roles of Grammarian and Ah-Counter.

New members Ian and Susan, with Induction Officer Grace

For the Table Topics session, Emily prepared questions related to the leadership theme. For each of the Table Topics speakers - Ian, Tony, Alex and Susan - she also thoughtfully prepared a gift.

For the prepared speeches, Wai Yee presented project no. 3 on “Break the Chain”. She elaborated on the dangers of chain email and the steps we can take to break the chain. Her informative speech ended with her appeal to us to be responsible email users.

TME Chee Hoe skillfully introduced Vincent by tantalizing us with the date that Vincent first saw the apple of his eyes – on 19 April 2009. We then find out that the apple of Vincent’s eyes is Ezochi. Finally the mystery was unveiled when he showed us slides of beautiful Hokkaido. We were intrigued by Vincent’s tale of squid-flavoured ice-cream, Hokkaido crab, Kobe beef and throwing apples at a bear. The hilarious conclusion of how not to use a handkerchief when enjoying an onsen made his speech memorable.

Laughter and smiles from Ah-Counter Susan, Evaluator KC, guest Michelle from KPMG & Evaluator Freddie

IPP Ben presented his “Invest!” speech for the Humorously Speaking manual. He shared with us several tips for the stock market. It was certainly a sharing of a deep subject on a lighter mood, commented our GE Hadzrin Shah, hailing from Pidato KL and UEM Academy Toastmasters Club.

GE Hadzrin, Evaluator Grace, Invocation Speaker Alex and James

Our GE is an energetic and dramatic Toastmaster. He shared with us a joke on Proton and Toastmaster CC title as he started off the Evaluation session. Never at a loss for words, he added insight to each evaluator’s report.

Freddie who is back after taking a two months break for his examinations, provided a dazzling Table Topics evaluation. His recommendation is to quickly connect to a subject you can talk about and deliver it with impact so that it will be memorable. He advocated, “Hold nothing back ! Speak with your whole body”. It was certainly an evaluation that not only benefited the four Table Topics speakers but all of us as well.

Speech evaluators Angeline, Grace and KC provided several recommendations to their respective speakers such as repeating the main points to help the audience remember what you have just told them, spell-check your slides, make use of more props for example an apple and a handkerchief.

Listening intently to KC’s evaluation speech is GE Hadzrin and TME Chee Hoe

Our newest and enthusiastic members did not disappoint us in their Grammarian and Ah-Counter report. Both Ian and Susan were listening intently throughout the meeting and delivered their reports confidently.

Project Speaker Wai Yee, Table Topics Master Emily, Grammarian Ian, Ah-Counter Susan delivering her report and Evaluator KC

Thank you, GE Hadzrin for sharing with us how to improve our meeting quality. We certainly should strive to speak with more energy.

Thank you, GE Hadzrin

The awards given out this evening are:
Best Table Topics Speaker – Ian Tai
Best Project Speaker – Vincent Wong
Best Evaluator – Grace Tan
District 51 President’s Distinguished Club Award – Ben Fong

Best Table Topics Speaker Ian. Looking on is TME Chee Hoe

Best Project Speaker Vincent

Best Evaluator Grace

Immediate Past President Ben Fong receiving District 51 President’s Distinguished Club Award 2009/2010 for Friendship

Our TME for our Nov 16 "You Are Not Alone" meeting will be Past President and former Area Governor Tan Lay Theng. It has been awhile since we witness this exemplary Toastmaster in a TME role at a Friendship meeting. Will Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone song be heard at this meeting? With our “Friends helping friends to succeed” motto, we will certainly not be alone in our upcoming Nov 16 meeting !

Newsletter_Volume 9 Issue 7

Volume 9 Issue 7

Newsletter was initiated by Mohamad Abdullah, DTM, in 2000
Ben Fong took over as editor from 04 July 2006 to 20 October 2009
Angeline Lee was the editor from November 2009 to June 2010
Alexandra Lau is the current editor

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Notice of Meeting

From: Cheehoe Chor []
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 1:55 PM
Subject: FTMC 2 Nov - Leadership is action, not position

All amiable Friendship Club Members,

Leadership is action, not position. This great quote comes from Donald H. McGannon, who served as President of the National Urban League. I totally agree with the quote. As an excellent leader, you can’t just talk about it; you have to do it. When people see you accomplishing something worthwhile, they will follow.

You cannot declare yourself as “leader”; you have to earn it. No position will make you a leader; you have to have followers.

In the upcoming meeting, we have a number of great leaders who will amaze us with their influence of leadership. Our dedicated President, Zaiton Zainal Abidin, CC is going to show us her true power by attempting the Leadership Excellence Series. Past President KC Lim, ACG, CL will be entertaining us with his humorous spirit. Our Immediate Past President, Ben Fong, CC, CL will compete with KC to show us his humorous side by doing his project in the Humorously Speaking Manual. Other responsible EXCO leaders, Alexandra, Wai Yee and Vincent Wong will show us their action, not position by doing invocation and project speeches.

What's more exciting? Well, we are holding the new member induction ceremony for the two great leaders-to-be! Our newest members, Susan Lim and Ian Tai are going to be inducted and they have decided to play the Ah-Counter and Grammarian roles respectively for the very first time. Our new member, Emily Kok, will be performing her maiden role as Table Topics Master. Do attend the meeting and support them!

People follow people, not positions. They respect people whom they trust. They tag along with people in whom they believe. They follow people who have demonstrated they deserve to be followed. That requires action, which doesn’t require any certain “position”. You have to take action that inspires people to follow you.
Attending the FTMC meeting on 2 Nov is the gateway to leadership by action, not position! Don't forget to bring as many guests as possible, as every guest provides you the greater oppurtunity to be the champion of the Membership Building Contest!

Your TME,
Chor Chee Hoe

Photos @ 19 Oct 2010

Report by Ben Fong, IPP
Photos by Chor Chee Hoe
We Are The World

Meeting in session with President Zaiton on the right.

Thank you for your participation in the starry starry night meeting featuring the theme “We are the World”.

The meeting earned Triple “F” rating: Fun, Fantastic, Fantabulous!

It started off with the touching lyrics from the president’s speech. As the TME, I tried to sing ... OMG! I should not do it again.

Out of the box table topics session was conducted by Jocelyn Lim from AFC TMC. Daring volunteers tore the box apart.

Best Table Topics Speaker: Dr Devi Menon, DTM, from Sai Master Toastmasters Club

The prepared speeches:

1st speaker
Sharing with us the importance of getting enough sleep by our "Mr. 20 cents" Leong Kwok Hung.

2nd speaker
Vincent, Vincent, Vincent ....... Van Gogh works in 7 mins by Alexandra Lau.

3rd speaker
Beauty transformed in front of our very eyes by Chor Chee Hoe.

4th speaker
Who mesmerised us with her crystal-clear and commanding voice "I dreamed a dream in times gone by, When hope was high, And life worth living, I dreamed that love would never die, I dreamed that God would be forgiving". The song sung by Susan Boyle brought to life by our angelic Grace Tan who has both the voice and the looks.

Best Project Speaker: Grace Tan

Best Speech Evaluator: Past President Tony Lim

All that in 2 hours under the supervision of the GE, DTM Dr. Devi Menon, from Sai Master Toastmasters Club.

President Zaiton presenting a thank-you card to Dr Devi Menon, DTM

Thank you once again for making it a fun night for everyone. It certainly helped me to relax after the stress caused by the overwhelming daily work! I hope you are like me - reenergised, recharged and ready for more onslaught of work.


Ben Fong
Immediate Past President
Friendship Toastmasters Club
Meeting Venue: Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort
(Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month)
Time: 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Newsletter_Volume 9 Issue 6

Volume 9 Issue 6

Newsletter was initiated by Mohamad Abdullah, DTM, in 2000
Ben Fong took over as editor from 04 July 2006 to 20 October 2009
Angeline Lee was the editor from November 2009 to June 2010
Alexandra Lau is the current editor

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