Sunday, February 28, 2016

16 February 2016 - Honoring the past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future

Have you ever heard of this quote: “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or loseSometimes, people tend to cling on the past and hardly move on their lives, just because they have fear for the uncertainties waiting ahead. 

Too often we identify ourselves with our thoughts, we believe we are the dialogue inside our mind. However, we are much more than just our thoughts, we are the force that moves through our mind, spirit and body. Realizing that the past cannot be changed and the future is yet in our power will definitely motivate us to move on with our lives bravely! It is human nature to see the present through the lens of the past. If all of us can live on this quote that we honor our past, treasure and appreciate current moment, we can shape our future based on what we truly want in life!

The evening was gracefully kicked off by our VPPR, Ng Lai Leng, CC as the Toastmaster of the evening. 

TME shared one of her favourite quotes in conjuction with the theme of the evening: 

"Past is experience, Present is Experiment and Future is Expectation. 
Use your experience in your experiments to achieve your expectations"

Chor Chee Hoe, ACS, ALB chaired the Table Topics session. 

Three brave souls came to the stage and demonstrated their impromptu speech. 

1. Lim Terng Fui - Living in the moment 
2. Edwin Wong (guest) - Embrace the past 
3. Gladys (guest) - My future holiday plan 

We have a speech marathon again! Looks like some of our members are gearing up to improve themselves by delivering speech after speech. It has been a while since our club has speech marathon almost every meeting! This is definitely a good start for all. Practice does not make one perfect, but practice will make one better! 

Our first project speaker, Malynda Tan, delivered CC#3 - Get to the point
Title : Hero 

Malynda shared how she perceive little act of kindness to people and being responsible to the society can reveal the true heroic value of oneself. 

Our second project speaker, Lim Terng Fui delivered CC#4 - How to say it 
Title : Appreciation in Time 

Terng Fui reminded us of the time of appreciation and acknowledgement of the people in our lives. He briefly introduced us to his colleague, "Bas" and how he has impacted Terng Fui in his career and live development. 

"I am lazy, we are all lazy, so keep our work simple"  said Bas. 

The true value of appreciation is that "Not only must appreciation be done, it must also be seen to be done". 

Our third project speaker,  Keny Tai delivered CC#7 - Research your topic 
Title : Think twice for fast fashion 

Many may not realised that fast fashion is a resource wastage. Do you know that it requires only 4 liters of water to grow a walnut tree, but it takes up to 20,000 liters to produce a pair of jeans? 

We should 'reduce, reuse and recycle" to eliminate the waste and to conserve for our future generation.

Our fourth project speaker,  Grace Loh, ACS, ALB delivered Advanced Manual (The Entertaining Speaker) - A Dramatic Talk
Title : Courage 

Grace Loh, a visiting Toastmaster from KPMG shared with us how she conquer her  'imaginary fear' and face it anyway with her no.1 fear - The Stinky Tofu! 

Panel of evaluators comprise of: 

Alexander Lau, ACB ALB - TT evaluator 

Cheah Beng Tack - KPMG TMC

Belinda Wee - WIM TMC 

Desmond Foo, CC

May Ong, CC - OUM TMC

                                       Award Time!!!!!

Best table topic speaker goes to....... our guest - Gladys! 

                                  Best Prepared Speech Goes to........ Grace Loh, ACS, ALB! 

                                                 Best Speech Evaluator Goes to..... Desmond Foo, CC! 

Last but not least, a big thank you to our General Evaluator, Ricky Soo, ACB from MAD TMC. 

He has introduced a very creative evaluation session by having all toastmasters and guests to write down their feedback on the sticky notes. 

We are truly happy with all the kind words from our guests and members :) 

As usual the club meeting ended with photo taking session and networking time! 

Word of the Day: Vivacious 
Meaning: attractive, lively, energetic and enthusiastic (especially a woman)
Example of Usage: Our club has a few vivacious ladies, at very young age.

Idiom of the day : Ball is in your court 
Meaning: It is up to you to make the next decision or step 
Example of Usage: The GE has given the club a list of area for improvements, the ball is in your court now to make any improvements. 

Ng Lai Leng 
Vice President of Public Relations of Term 2015/2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Grammarian Report - 16th Feb 2016

Word of the day:


  • Meaning :- (Especially, for a woman) Attractively lively, energetic & enthusiastic 

Idiom of the day 

Ball is in your court

  • Meaning: It is up to you to make the next decision or step.

Specific comments & good phrases/ words used :-

  1. Future is fearful but the past is our experience (some will say “the past is our teacher”)
  2. Taking charge of her own goal & aspiration (cue to Malynda)
  3. Reduced, reused (re-purpose), recycle (and another play with word – resourceful)
  4. Countenance also fall (talking about facing expression)
  5. Blinded with fear
  6. Embrace the future
  7. Courage is the 1st of many human qualities, the rest will follows.
  8. Past is the experience, present is our experiment & the future, our expectation. Eg, use the experience to do an experiment at present so that it can lead to a better expectation.

Areas of improvements :-

  1. I lost any idea (I lost my train of thoughts)
  2. Chinese educator don’t focus on communication skill (Chinese education don’t focus ….)
  3. I still nervous when I stand up (I’m still nervous whenever I stand up {to speak})
  4. She was run to her car (She ran to her car)
  5. Hero is not measured by the size of your strength (Heroism is not measured by the show of strength)
  6. More vividly description (More vivid description) … when describing the taufoo
  7. I was never on plane (I had never taken a plane)
  8. I might be not welcome by my counterpart in Holland (I might not be welcome ….)
  9. Call him to concern about him (Call him to comfort him of his predicament)
  10. Please be mind that the water (Please be mindful, or please be reminded that the water ….)
  11. The human right behind the piece of cloth (The human right violation  behind that piece of cloth)
  12. He is a Taiwan (He is a Taiwanese)
  13. I give him tissue (I gave him a piece of tissue)

Pronunciation errors :

1) Closet and not closeted

2) Share and not shear

P/S: Special thanks to Johnny Yong (MIA TMC) for the report summary 
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Keny. T
Sergeant- at arms of Term 2015/2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2 February 2016 - Plan, Propel, Prosper

To welcome 2016 Chinese New Year, we came out with the theme “Plan, Propel, Prosper”.

Plan your life - When was the last time you took a moment to sit down alone and just think about your life, what you have done and what you still hope to do?  Power off all of the distracting devices you own, ditch your phone for a little while and devote a few minutes to determining what truly matters to you. Are you happy with the path you have chosen for yourself? Now, based on that answer, what can you do to change or maintain your situation?

Propel in life - I always believe that one of life’s most beautiful purposes is to continue to grow and learn as we walk through our paths of life. Every situation, every relationship, and even every hardship teaches us lessons that make us into the amazing people that we are meant to be. Sometimes, we can get so determined to grow and progress in life that we can actually notice when we feel stuck or in a rut. However, despite all these difficulties, there are a lot of ways to keep propelling your life forward, even when it feels hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Always remember, life is all about the journey, not the destination, live your live to the fullest every moment and you will have no regrets.

Prosper in life - Prosperity teachers teach that if we give, God will in turn give back more to us than we have given. Practice giving & forgiving in life , I believe will bring us endless prosperity in life. Just like this toastmaster, my journey here has been a prosper one and continue to be!

The evening was gracefully kicked off by our dedicated IPP, Chor Chee Hoe, ACS, ALB as the Toastmaster of the evening. 

We started an Induction Ceremony to welcome our newest member, Carrie Ooi. 


Despite being the newest member, Carrie is enthusiastic and eager to break the ice! 
Our first project speaker, Carrie Ooi delivered CC#1 - The Ice Breaker
Title : To be or not to be 

Carrie, a Penang born lad lives a rich culture by having a Taiwanese mother and a Hokkien father. Carrie believes that life is a life long journey, so do it with the comfort of our own skin. 

Our second  project speaker, Malynda Tan delivered CC#2- Organize Your Speech 
Title : Love at this Chinese New Year 

Malynda sets the CNY festive mood right by reminding us the angpow, annual spring cleaning, and the favourite 1 million dollar question by relatives : 

Malynda also made us ponder and reflect on the true value of family and our elderly parents. 

Our third project speaker, Lim Terng Fui delivered CC#3 - Get to the point
Title : You Only Live Once! 

Terng Fui stressed that YOLO!!!! He enlightens the audience how to bridge the past, present and future. He believes in "Slowly, but surely". Stay patient and trust your journey.

Our fourth project speaker, Keny Tai delivered CC#6- Vocal Variety
Title : The beauty of communication, accent-ly


Sawadikapppppp........ The audience burst into laughter when Keny imitates the different accents in her speech. She draws out the 3 key highlights of Thai-speaking English:
i. Drag on every single word 
ii. Emphasize on second syllabus 
iii. Mix English behind each sentence 

She ended her speech by applauding the audience to speak their language when you are abroad. The people will open their arms to accept you. 

Our fifth project speaker, Tan Lay Theng, ACS, ALS delivered Advanced Manual - Storytelling - The Folk Tale
Title : Old is gold 

Lay Theng reminded us that Old is Gold, just like rice, it is very precious. We should treasure our elderly parents and spend valuable time with them. 

Our sixth project speaker, Sylvia Tan, ACB, CL delivered Advanced Manual - Interpretive Reading - Interpreting Poetry. 
Title : The Bridge 

Kudos to Sylvia for gracefully reciting the poem, with blend of various emotions. 

Panel of speech evaluators comprise of: 

Edrea Poh, CC
Grace Loh, ACS, ALB - KPMG TMC
Slyvia Tan, ACB, CL
Chor Chee Hoe, ACS, ALB
Ng Lai Leng, CC

Award Time!!!!!

 Best Prepared Speech Goes to........ Tan Lay Theng!!!

Best Speech Evaluator Goes to...... Chor Chee Hoe!!!!

A big thank you to our General Evaluator, Azizah Abu Hassan, DTM (Kotra Toastmasters Club)

As usual the club meeting ended with photo taking session and networking time! 

Word of the Day: Stupendous
Meaning: Very surprising, usually in a pleasing way, especially by being large in amount or size
Example of Usage: Stupendous news! We have won RM500,000!

Ng Lai Leng 
Vice President of Public Relations of Term 2015/2016