Greetings Toastmasters, friends, and our loyal readers!
Our blitheful Toastmaster of the Evening, TM Aziman Nasir, hosted our meeting with great confidence and humour. He wisely encouraged us to be positive with his Thought of the Evening – “As long as you learned something today, you are better than yesterday.” Thank you, Aziman, for hosting our meeting with such positive energy.
A visiting member from the UBD Toastmasters Club, TM Raffy Lim, took up the role as our Timer and advised us to appreciate time – “Although time is intangible, give meaning to time and make good use of it.” Thank you, Raffy, for your tip and for helping our speakers to keep track of their time.
Our Grammarian, TM Rano Iskandar, introduced the Word of the Day to be “blithe”, which refers to our feelings of happiness, or states of being carefree and casual. Thank you, TM Rano Iskandar, for adding a new word to our vocabulary.
Chirpy TM Dalton captured everyone’s attention with his prepared speech entitled “TACK TACK TACK”. It was his attempt for the CC2 speech project ‘Organize Your Speech’. He highlighted the importance of teamwork by sharing his life-lesson journey as a computer gamer. He had changed from a solo gamer, who liked to be within the comfort of his own home, into a gamer, who went out to cyber cafes and played alongside other human beings. He started his first gaming experience in a cyber cafe when he competed with a real opponent. As much of a great player as he thought he was, he struggled to defeat this particular opponent. Dissatisfied with his loss, TM Dalton determined to speak to his opponent in person. Instead of remaining strangers to one another, he eventually found a new friend in his opponent, Shaminan. Their friendship grew when they moved on to playing a game called ‘League of Legends’ where they had to form teams with other players. Initially, they were often defeated due to TM Dalton’s lack of teamwork. However, over time, he quickly learnt teamwork and secured his team’s greater chance for victory. TM Dalton ended his speech with an impactful quote – “Individually, we are a drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
Our next speaker was the technical TM Gerald Goh, who was attempting his CC8: ‘Get Comfortable with Visual Aid’. With his speech on “Biogas Technology”, he educated and increased our awareness that we, humans, are warming up mother earth with high methane emission from our industrial activities. Instead of allowing methane to further contribute to global warming, scientists have come up with an ingenious way to capture the biogas (in this context, methane) where the end products can be re-used to produce electrical power, central gas heating and fertilisers. TM Gerald compelled us to harness the power of biogas, reduce our carbon emission and be a big part of the global contribution to sustainability.
Our Table Topics Master, TM Ada Raini, led the Table Topics session with tough questions that made us contemplate our life and existence.
TM Rahul Breh took up the challenge to answer the hardest question – “Why do you matter?” For Rahul, as long as he continues to contribute something new, useful, better, and beautiful to this world, he has a certain worth, even if it is just for his wife.
Pranika Lama, CC, ALB, asked for the easiest question – “How old would you be if you don’t know how old are you? Regarded as the “mother” or “grandma” amongst her friends, Pranika finds that she can connect and relate more to people who are older than her. Perhaps, she ponders, she shares the same mental age as them.
“What’s the best part of growing old?” Being the second youngest child in her family, our guest, Jeera, expressed her satisfaction when she could tell younger children what to do as she was now growing older. Congratulations, Jeera, on your second attempt at Table Topics. You appeared more confident this time. Well done!
TM Hayati Kamis, a visiting member from the OTTERS Club, shared with us her thoughts on the question – “How will the world be different if you were never born?” She reminded us that, no matter what we do, our existence plays an important role in the lives of others, even if we might not have realised it.
Chirs Woo inspired the audience with his response to the question – “What’s the difference between living and existing?” According to Chris, living requires one to give, sacrifice, and do uncomfortable things while existing is just an existence of a physical form. Congratulations, Chris, for winning as the best Table Topics speaker for the evening. Keep up the good work.
The best evaluator of the night was won by TM Hilman Omar. Congratulations, Hilman, you have grown and improved so much as an evaluator. Keep learning!
Thank you to all role players who made the meeting a successful one: TM Aziman Nasir (Toastmaster of the Evening), TM Raffy Lim (Timer), TM Rano Iskandar (Grammarian), TM A. Faiz (Ah Counter and ‘Who Said What?’), Reuben Chin, ACS, ALB (Dalton’s CC2 Evaluator), Liyana Sidek, CC (Gerald’s CC8 evaluator), and Chang Seng Yee, CC (General Evaluator).
Let’s learn together and live our lives to the fullest. Thank you all for a wonderful meeting.
TM Adah Rani/TM Supatra Lee
Photography & Caption by;
Elaine Tsang, CC/TM Gerald Goh