Our Toastmaster of the Evening, TM Aziman Nasir, have been overwhelmed with work for the past few days. He shared his thought of the day as an advice to breathe so everything will slow down whenever we feel swamped with work or even with life.
It gives us the greatest pleasure to see past and long-absent members attend the meeting, as well as first time attendees come satisfy their curiosity about the Toastmasters program. Thank you for visiting, Nur, Hidayati & Donna.
The Grammarian for the evening, TM Hilman Omar, a visiting member from the UBD Toastmasters Club, introduced the Word of the Day; Sundry. It is an adjective, describing various kinds or several. It is synonymous with various, varied, miscellaneous, assorted, mixed, diverse, diversified etc. Quoting John Green, he reminded us that “The function of grammar is to make language as efficient and clear and transparent as possible.”
Our first time Timer and Tip, TM Maudena Hamid shared her tip that “Teacher’s day is around the corner and we should each write a special message to our favorite teacher”.
During the prepared speech session, each speaker took us on a trip back to their respective pasts. For his CC1 Ice Breaker speech, TM Faiz Zailani spoke about the power of choices in his speech entitled “Choose”. Past decisions always influence aspects of life and, to him, it all started when he had to choose a University course that was offered in his scholarship. The choices were limited but he knew he wanted a course either in environmental studies or in science since he excelled academically in these areas. In the end, he chose to major in Agriculture even though he had no idea how plans grow. Now, as a 23 year old graduate, his wish is to contribute back to the country as a proud patriot. Closing his speech, Faiz reminded us with a quote “Sometimes some things don’t go our way and sometimes we have to make things work. So choose and prepare for whatever comes.” Congratulation Faiz, for mustering the courage to embark on your journey to be a fine and confident speaker.
For his CC4 speech project on “How to Say It”, TM Dalton Lim delivered his speech entitled “Appreciation in Life”. Basketball is a demanding sport that is exhausting and competitive. Every second of the game is intense as Dalton pitted against seniors. Strict as ever, Dalton’s high school basketball coach, Coach Lim never allowed him to stop and catch his breath during a game. But Dalton’s recent run-in with Coach Lim had opened Dalton’s eyes to an important life lesson. Coach Lim was reminiscing with Dalton about how much he misses his grandchildren who are in. From this very conversation, it taught Dalton to have more appreciation in life. He then went on to express his gratitude to those who have helped him prepare his speeches. He now relates more to the Toastmasters spirit of taking care of each other. Well done Dalton!
Allen Ang, ACS, ALB delivered the third prepared speech for his ACG with a Dramatic Speech project from the Entertaining Speaker manual entitled “Most Important of All.” He started his speech with the moment he learnt he was going to be a father. He reminisced the trials and tribulations of going through pregnancy with his wife Fen and spoke fondly about how he became paranoid for her safety and comfort. By the 2nd trimester, he became an expert on baby nutrition and insisted that his unborn child to listen to music to stimulate intellect. By the 3rd trimester he had become a “Semi-Professional” gynecologist whilst Fen was distressed that their baby had too much of a resemblance to Allen. One night, Fen started experiencing shrieks of pain every 30 minutes. Not thinking much of it, Allen left for work as usual the next morning. Only after consulting with a friend did he find out that what Fen was experiencing were labour contractions. Allen immediately rushed his wife to the labor room, where he spent the next 2 hours waiting for Angela’s arrival. It was a moment that both Allen and Fen will always remember. Highlighting that life is a miracle, Allen reminded us of the importance to live for family.
After the break TM Jidun Dollah took the floor as Table Topic Master with the theme ‘Holiday Mishaps’.
Our guest Hidayati, was in Thailand recently when she found out in a taxi that her wallet had been stolen. She managed to convinced the taxi driver to take her to the Bruneian embassy for help where she stayed for a week to get her papers sort out before returning to Brunei.
The next impromptu speaker was a guest, Frank who shared an experience about driving a rental car in Shanghai with his family. If he were to get into an accident, he would first check all his family members were OK. Then proceed to report the accident to the police.
TM Rano Iskandar had to convince the airport check in staff to let him board with an overweight bag filled with Adidas gear. Pulling out his Royal Skies privilege card, it gave him extra baggage allowance and the check in staff finally admitted she was being uncooperative only because of a blog post Rano wrote criticizing her own mother’s cooking.
Upon touching down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, TM A’aqiil Ahmad received an announcement that there was a H1N1 outbreak. His worst fear was confirmed at the sight of NDC staff in lab coats converging towards the plane. Panicking, A’aqiil tried to resist quarantine and the authorities had to pry him off his seat by force.
When first arriving in America, Shawn Narcis, DTM was ushered to a holding room for questioning. He gave us an account on the ordeals he went through with the marshals but fortunately he revealed that it was all just a dream. Congratulations Shawn for winning Best Table Topic.
In his closing remark, Vice President Education Jordan Yau, CL took the opportunity to educate and remind us of the spirit of the club’s mentorship program. As a peer learning community, members are encouraged to help one another and learn from each other.
The meeting’s jovial energy would not have been possible without the great lineup of Role Players for the night. Special mentions to Aziman, Jidun, Muadena, Gerald and Faiz as first timers in their roles as Toastmaster of the Evening, Table Topics Master, Timer & Tip, General Evaluator, and Speaker respectively.
TM Gerald GOh
Reuben Chin, ACS, ALB
TM Gerald Goh