Monday, December 31, 2007

Division B, District 51 Winning Humor Speech

This is a funny one from Toastmaster Eugene Ng. A cracker of a speech which is sure to tear you up... ;)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Fellow Toastmasters,

Have a wonderful christmas and an awesome new year!

Yours truly,

Friday, December 14, 2007

CL10: To Become a Vet!


This is speech no 10 in the Competent and Leadership manual. The most challenging speech in the manual. Toastmaster Goh Sheen Yee has joined the rank of Competent Communicator.

Actual Speech:

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow Toastmasters and guests. It is indeed my pleasure to stand here right on this stage tonight to deliver you a speech.

Have you ever experience the difficulty of making an important decision? A decision so important that it would change your life or determine your future? Like a decision to get married……

When it comes to making decisions, some people follow the crowd; others take the road less traveled. Whatever it is that we chose, there is one thing for sure, once we made a decision that is it! We have got to take full responsibility of our own decision or believe in the decision that we have made is the right decision.

I decided to pursue a veterinary medicine course a year and a half ago. I am going to share with you how I feel about the decision that I had made.

The grass is always greener on the other side. Here are my thoughts:

What if I pursued a different course? My life would be different. I will get a whole new and exciting experience. I wish I could turn back the pointing hands of the clock.

I entered the vet school and I didn’t quite like it initially. The lectures I had to attend were boring and dull. Since topic of lectures did not suit my taste, I found myself half asleep in the lecture halls. Everyday life seemed like a tiring routine and I really missed my home (and the home-cooked food). People asked me why I want to become a vet. I prefer not to answer that question. When they knew that I am a vet student, people ask: So you really like animals huh? I prefer not to answer that question too considering the fact that not all animals are adorable, for instance the scaly slimy Sunbeam Snake makes my skin hairs stand. At the end, I convinced myself that I didn’t like vet school.

After a year and a half doing vet medicine course, I realized that veterinary knowledge is a precious set of knowledge. Veterinary knowledge encompasses all knowledge on animals’ health and animals’ welfare.

Vet students learn like human doctors. We treat. We treat animals with medicine and drugs. We vaccinate animals against diseases. We also take good care of animals’ welfare by ensuring that animals are treated kindly and humanely.

This field of knowledge is really worth pursuing because we learn almost everything.

We learn about the invincible microbes such as viruses, bacteria and others; some which cause diseases. We study them to control the harmful ones like the Nipah virus. The animal’s anatomy is important. Now I know the precise location and shape of the bull’s testicles and penis (for surgery purpose)! Besides, we need to acquire the surgical skills such as fixing broken bones and neutering small animals to control the problem of over population of strays.

This knowledge that I am acquiring makes me feel great and proud to be in a vet school.

Besides, Vet students were encouraged to participate in organizing activities and events. The Vet faculty has always been very supportive of student organized activities. Recently I was part of the organizing committee for International Veterinary Student Association Symposium held in Asia, Malaysia for the first time where delegates from 16 countries come to Malaysia to share knowledge, exchange cultures and opinions and learn new skills. It is through activities that I learned that working with other people as a team has not always been easy. Armed with good communication skills and leadership skills, conflicts and misunderstandings had been overcome.

My life is going to be centered on animals. Since I entered vet school, I visited numerous zoos, horse units, farms and animal clinics. I touched snakes. I loved my dog, Black Jack more than ever especially the way he smells. I think like animals too considering the fact that I always put myself in their shoes.

There is no right or wrong decisions. Go ahead and make a life changing decision. Embrace whatever the challenges that comes our way upon the road that we have chosen to partake. And after we made that life changing decision, don’t look back; just step forward!

”A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins

By, Goh Sheen Yee

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Speaking in Advance

Agenda for the meeting

From Joint Meeting...
All veteran speakers eventually make their way to the prestigious D'Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club. Because of that, it was honor when President Lee Wei Seong graciously invited me to speak at the club. There is a reason why his club is deemed advance though. Only toastmasters who are achieved the level of Competent Communicator is allowed to join as members. The current D'Utama Advanced members are a constellation of veteran speakers who have achieved many titles in the toastmaster’s universe.

Although both D’Utama and D’Utama Advanced share the same meeting room, due to renovation, the venue was changed to a big hall down the corridor. The room was different but the familiar toastmaster camaraderie was ever present.

From Joint Meeting...
I think what most toastmasters will find unique about the way the meeting is conducted in the Advanced club is that a lot of emphasis is placed on evaluations. Speeches are still important but you will not find the familiar humor, table topics or even the “Tarik for the Soul” sessions which are corner stones of D’Utama meetings.

On the other hand, instead of table topics, another form of open speeches are facilitated – Open Evaluations. During this session, speakers are evaluated from anyone in the meeting… It is an interesting session for us speakers as we are able to immediately gauge the response of the audience. At the end of the session, speakers are then given an opportunity to “defend” their speeches. I place the word defend in inverted comma because the real purpose is to provide a feedback to the evaluators thus completing a circle of valuable reflections.

There were 3 speeches from different advance manuals on that night. I was the last one and to say it was a daunting experience will be an understatement. After spending more than 5 years in D’Utama, I can safely say I know most of the people in the crowd by name. But here, I am faced with an audience of competent speakers who have practically witnessed and experienced every form of speeches there are out there. Even more, I have a feeling that they are not only there to enjoy the speech but are secretly evaluating every move I make. All in all it was a stressful experience.
From Joint Meeting...
Which is why I will probably recommend speaking on such a daunting stage to all speakers who have completed the Competency manuals. It will help you break a plateau or even accelerate your improvements that much faster.

I was evaluated by a very capable and funny speaker – Toastmaster Denise Wee. His evaluation was delivered with such panache and humor; it made me wish my speech was as funny as his evaluation of it. His points of improvement were spot on and something I can definitely use for my next speech. But what really impressed me was his mastery of humor. It was almost nonchalantly delivered cracking the audience with each punctuation mark… Wonderful stuff!

From Joint Meeting...
During the second half of the meeting, we had the charismatic Sheila Wong with her 20 minutes long about using scarves. Considering that scarves are usually associated with the fairer members of our species, it was with a sense of polite dread I sat there waiting for this mysteriously stylish lady to take center stage. And take the stage she did.

Her presentation was amazing. A powerful speaker who is able to take the dullest of topics (it was to me anyway) and make it exciting and keeps you glued to your seat deserves high praise. I was riveted by not only her presentation skills but the way she commanded the crowd and drew our attention to the subject matter.
From Joint Meeting...
Sheila Wong is an obvious master at the art of presentation and I was thanking my lucky stars that I was able to witness her in action.

The meeting pattered off after Sheila Wong and as usual the president took control to facilitate the familiar business session. Shortly after we said our good byes and closed another night of laughter and performance of the most advance order.

By, Vijay Balasegaram

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Invitation to DU Advance on 13 December 2007 (Thursday)

Dear D'Utama Members,

The President of DU Advance, ACG CL Lee Wei Seong has graciously extended an invitation to all D'Utama members to visit his club this 13 December 2007 (Thursday).

The venue and meeting time is the same as D'Utama's (Room 1.08 @ 7.30pm).

I will encourage all members to visit DU Advance to witness and learn from the dynamic team of people there !!!

Cheers !
Johnson Yike ACB ALB
Vice President - Membership
D'Utama Toastmasters Club.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

CL7: Let’s Make The World A Better Place To Live In


This is speech no 7 in the Competent and Leadership manual. It is about researching your topic and producing a piece full of specific facts to appear convincing. Toastmaster Teoh did an excellent job and here is his finished product.

Actual Speech:

Thank you TME. Good evening Acting President, fellow Toastmasters and guests.

Before I start, can I have a show of hands, how many of you threw rubbish today? Wokeh Nancy, would you mind sharing with us how much rubbish did you throw today? What about you Vijay?

Have you all ever thought where does the trash that we all throw everyday go? Yes, the garbage trucks collect the garbage from our houses every other day and send them to the landfills. There are currently about 230 landfills in our country, each about the size of 20 to 150 hectares.

Thing is, the capacity of our landfills are now very limited. Each time a landfill is full, another new one needs to be opened. The Government spends lots of money to open new landfills year after year. Not only that, there are also pollution and health related issues.

According to statistics by the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Malaysians averagely throw about 0.7kg of trash a day. Multiply that with the population of our country, we are all throwing

15 000 tonnes of rubbish a day. Not sure how much trash is that? It’s about 750 full container loads. Scary huh?

Well, is there anything we can do about it? Certainly YES. It’s the 3R’s. Nope, I’m not talking about the 3R TV programme on TV3. The 3R’s I meant is actually short for reduce, reuse and recycle.

The First R – Reduce. We must reduce the amount of plastic bags we use. It is a common sight that we see customers asking for more plastic bags at the payment counters in supermarkets. That is NOT the right thing to do. In fact, we should have brought our own bags when we go shopping just like what the westerners do. Plastics are not biodegradable. Using lots of plastic bags unnecessarily will harm our mother earth.

The Second R – Reuse. We should always reuse the products that are still durable. For example, we can always use the reverse side of the paper, both at home and in the office. Do you all know that to produce a tonne of paper, we need to fell a total of 17 trees?? Reusing paper can certainly help save the forests.

The Third R – Recycle. We should recycle our trash. Most of our daily items can be recycled. The items are among others newspapers, magazines, papers, glasses, aluminum tin cans and even plastic!! Not only we can save the environment by recycling these products, we can also earn some money. So think before you throw!!!

For the convenience of the public, the Housing and Local Government Ministry has prepared some 15 000 recycling bins in over 700 recycling centres nationwide. Most of these recycling bins are usually located at the schools, petrol stations, shopping centres, residential areas and government offices.

So instead of throwing away our daily items, find out which of the items can be recycled. Clean and sort them and put them into the recycling bins accordingly.

Now you may ask, why must we go though all this hassle of recycling when we can just throw the garbage away? After all, we’re not even paying for the rubbish to be thrown away.

The reason is simple. Recycling brings us lots of benefits. We can preserve the environment by recycling. We can leave behind a good environment for our children and the descendants to come. There’s this headline in the recent edition of The Edge that reads ‘What we leave for our children is how we will be remembered’.

Secondly, recycling helps us save money. We can save on the transportation charges to transport the garbage to the landfills. We can also reduce the cost of maintaining the landfills. And like I said just now, we can earn some money if we sell our used items like old newspapers, bottles, etc to the collectors.

Not only that, recycling also saves energy. Do you know that the energy saved by recycling an aluminum tin can can be used to turn the television on for three hours?

So, ladies and gentlemen, start recycling today!!!

Before I end my speech, let me repeat the 3R’s to make the world a better place to live in. Reduce what is unnecessary, reuse the products that are still durable and recycle our trash. We are all part of the environment. What we do to the environment, we do to ourselves.

Back to you, Toastmasters of the Evening.

By, Teoh Chun Ming


December 6th, evening, Room 1.08, KDU...

It was a rainy day, but the rain could not stop 37 brave hearts from flocking to KDU for the end-of-the-year meeting. Yes, we have a big turnout despite the rain: 25 D’Utama members, 2 guest-Toasmasters and no less than 10 guests gathered in Room 1.08, KDU for our first and only regular meeting in the month of December 2007.

The D’Utama members present were: Club President Jack Leong, CTM; VPE Calvin Lim, ACB; VPM Johnson Yike, ACB, ALB; Club Treasurer Marcus Loi; SAA Teoh Chun Ming; Exco members Vijay, CC; Jatson; and Goh Sheen Yee, CC; Immediate Past President Nancy Liew, ACB, CL; Past Presidents Siva, DTM; Allen Kam, ATMB, CL; and yours truly; as well as (in no particular order) Henry Fu, CC; Jason Chew; Leong Hoe Wah, CC; Tan Kooi Ching; Joanne Tham; Asylynna Lee; Karine Koh; Lim Bing Yee, ATMB; Soh Fong Wai, ACG, ALB; Ooi Hun Beng, CTM; Eugene Ng, CTM; Joanne Tan; and Julene Haw.

We have lots of guests last night too – Two of them guest-Toastmasters, i.e. Azrai from IEM Toastmasters Club and May Yin from SJMC Toastmasters Club. The other guests include Asylynna’s mother, husband Azmi and son; Karine’s guest Andrews; another Andrew; and Yvonne (both Bing’s guests from the MNS); Ken; Joanne Tan’s guest Yee; and two others.

Thanks to all the role players, we managed to start the meeting on time … but as usual, no matter how we tried we just couldn’t end the meeting at ten o’clock sharp. But none of us was complaining – we just loves the fun and the energy. I was particularly pleased as all the role players turned out in full force, and that makes my job as the TME so much easier as I didn’t need to do any last minute re-shuffling of role players. In my years of Toastmasters experience and many TME roles, this is indeed one of the few occasions where role players are all totally committed to “JUST DO IT!”. Thank you, every one of you, my team of role players.

I must commend on the four first timers who not only took up the challenge to play their roles for the first time, and did a fantastic job! Toastmaster Jason Chew started the ball rolling as the ASA2, and he had to lead the singing of our National Anthem (Negara Ku) as we were without the tape recorder last night! Competent Communicator Leong Hoe Wah gave a good two-minute invocation speech to inspire all of us to “just do it”. And Toastmaster Joanne Tham showed us that beneath her serious outlook, she can be humorous too as the Humour Master. Best of all, she actually took the humour material from her personal experience rather than stringing up some internet jokes – well done, Joanne. To top it all, our ice breaker Toastmaster Asylynna was voted by the audience as the Best Assignment Speech Speaker for her maiden speech!

Up till Wednesday, I was still short of one very important role player, The ASA1, whereas all the other roles were already filled. But in D’Utama’s true spirit, help is only a phone call away – one phone call to Henry Fu, CC, and the problem was solved. Thank you, Henry.

Toastmaster Tan Kooi Ching chose potentially sensitive topics, “If you were the Minister of...”, and managed to get three “ministers” to speak: Toastmaster Marcus Loi as the Minister of Transportation; guest Andrew (from MNS) as the Minister of Environment; and G Siva, DTM, as the Minister of Health. These three speakers demonstrated their array of public speaking skills to give a good account of their ministry, while avoiding controversial without touching on the sensitive issues of politics. And all the three Ministers have good humour, quite unlike the seriousness of the real Ministers. The Minister of Environment Andrew was chosen by the audience as the Best Table Topic Speech Speaker, once again proven to us some guests could speak as good as, if not better, than us Toastmasters.

Besides Asylynna, the other four speakers too mesmerized us with their speeches. Karine Koh spoke about “Fear Factor”; Jatson told us his “Toastmasters journey”; Teoh Chun Ming taught us to love our Mother Earth and to make it a better place to live in; while Competent Communicator Vijay was also in his element yesterday, to give a speech on “got astro-or-not?”

We have a very well-balanced and experience team of evaluators last night, ably led by the General Evaluator, Johnson Yike, ACB, ALB. Our Language Evaluator, Nancy Liew, ACB, CL, dangled a carrot in front of us and got almost everyone to use the Word of the Day, “mesmerize”. (The prize was won by Johnson for using the word most times.) Table Topic Evaluator Goh Sheen Yee, CC, could afford to be more thorough last night as she only had three speakers to comment on. The five speech evaluators, Lim Bing Yee, ATMB; Soh Fong Wai, ACG, ALB; Marcus Loi; Ooi Hun Beng, CTM; and Allen Kam, ATMB, CL, certainly gave the speakers very good feedbacks in the true spirit of Toastmasters evaluation. Allen Kam won the Best Evaluator’s ribbon.

Special mentions must be given to our Ah Counter and Time Keeper: Calvin Lim, VPE, the Ah Counter, did not just count the ahs – he pointed out to the speakers what the common ahs they each have, and I thought that was very good – it can make us more aware and hence lead to improvement. Time Keeper Eugene Ng, CTM, too did not just report the time and the fact that we were behind time, but actually pointed out why we were behind time – the time taken for our “commercial”; the transition time between speakers, etc, were the main time-stealer. I think that is food for thought for future TME – to factor in all the “unaccounted” timing, so that our programme sheet would be more accurate, time-wise. I would certainly do that the next time I take the job again.

At the end of the meeting, I was very pleased that everything had gone smoothly, and all’s well end well. I believed all the Toastmasters were equally charged up and I could see there was a rush to sign up for roles in future meetings, everything else come secondary – our poor SAA and ASAs had to do all the packing and keeping of stuffs by themselves. I felt that this is something that we as members of the club should take note – we should help our SAA and ASAs to tidy up the place after meeting.

Despite having played the role of TME so many times, every time I do it, it is a new experience altogether. Especially so this time, as I was playing the TME again after more than a year, it is kind of de javou. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the experience. I must thank all the role players for all your help extended. Last but not least, my sincere appreciation goes to everyone in the audience (both members and guests), for your participation makes it possible. Like the old adage, “You can’t learn how to swim without getting wet” – so, members and guests, keep coming back, continue to engage and participate, remember yourself as successful, and the space is the limit... (after all, a Malaysian has already went to space...)

With that, I end my report of the D’Utama regular meeting held on 6th December 2007. Here is an early Christmas and New Year wish to every one: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May you be well and happy throughout the year 2008 and beyond.

TME Gan Teong Hock signing off...
6th December 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

Regular Meeting on 6th December 2007

Thank you for all your support of the First Meeting for December 2007, which falls on 6th December 2007 (Thursday). The complete line-up below:

Theme of Meeting: "Just Do It"
Toastmaster of the Evening (TME): Gan Teong Hock , CTM, CL
Assistant SAA #1 (Registration Counter) (ASA1): Nil
Assistant SAA #2 (Announcement) (ASA2): Jason Chew

Invocation Speaker ("Teh Tarik of the Soul") (TTS) : Leong Hoe Wah, CC
Table Topic Master (TTM): Tan Kooi Ching
Table Topic Evaluator (TTE): Goh Sheen Yee, CC
Humour Master: Joanne Tham

(1) Asylynna Lee [Basic Manual Project #1 - Ice Breaker]
(2) Karine Koh [Basic Manual Project #2 - Organize Your Speech]
(3) Jatson Ho [Basic Manual Project #5 - Your Body Speaks]
(4) Teoh Chun Ming [Basic Manual Project #7 - Research Your Topic]

Evaluation Team:
General Evaluator (GE): Marcus Loi
Language Evaluator (LE): Nancy Liew, ACB, CL
Ah Counter: Calvin Lim, ACB
Time Keeper (TK): Eugene Ng, CTM

Speech Evaluators:
Speech Evaluator for Asylynna: Lim Bing Yee, ATMB
Speech Evaluator for Karine: Soh Fong Wai, ACG, ALB
Speech Evaluator for Jatson: Johnson Yike, ACB
Speech Evaluator for Chun Ming: Ooi Hun Beng, CTM

Assignment Speakers (Asylynna, Karine, Jatson, Chun Ming and Li Ann) - Please indicate the Manual Project (Number and objective) that you will be attempting. In addition, please also email to me your bio-data and speech title so that I am able to introduce you appropriately - you may write your own "Introduction script" and email to me, if you so wish.

Gan Teong Hock
Mobile number: 017-351 7033
(Please reply to or

Sunday, December 2, 2007

YLP Dec 2007

It's all started about 3 months ago when our Club Vice President of Education, Calvin, called me and asked me whether I am interested to be the Chief Coordinator for Youth Leadership Programme (YLP). At that moment, I have a little hesitation but finally I agreed to take up the challenge. Although this programme has been long discussed in the Exco meeting and the date and venue already been fixed since early of the term, I was lucky that no one has pick up the role yet. Otherwise, I will miss this wonderful learning opportunity.

The preparation work for the programme was tremendous. At first, I was a bit lost as I don't know where to start with. Luckily, Calvin, who is also the advisor of the programme has discussed several times with me on some aspects of the marketing, budget and flow of the programme.

Before the YLP, I felt anxious and cannot really have a good sleep especially when the programme is approaching. There are so many things that I am afraid to miss since this is my first time as Chief Coordinator. It's a great help from Kooi Ching to get 8 participants for the programme and Wei Seong to arrange the venue and food for the 2-day programme. Not to forget, Hun Beng for lending his own projector to be used during the 2-day programme. The programme will not be a success without their generous and altruistic concerns.

On the first day, I felt more comfortable and relaxing as everything was already in place. Anyway, it was already too late to pull out. Once I reached Mutiara Bangsar and stepped out from my car, I already saw the Table Topic Master, Ian, and Test Speaker, Karine. I was released. All participants arrived very early before 8.45 am except one. There were 14 participants in total and they were Chia Zheng, Jean-Nie, Javin, Gavin, Jia-Yun, Guan Hong, Po Hong, Jia Yi, Wen Yi, Hafidz, Yee Tong, Zhe Min, Pin Hern and Yen In. As for the mentors and facilitators, we had Ian, Karine, Julene, Tien Sheng (Julene's son), Kooi Ching, Jack, Christopher, Siew Peng, Wei Seong, Johnson, Eugene and Calvin. The participants were also amused with the educational presentation. We had Ian with a short presentation on Impromtu Speaking, followed by an ice breaking demostration by Karine. Right before the lunch break, Johnson presented an animated session on Organising Your Speech with his SpongeBob and followed by Eugene on Listening / Evaluation with his 3K method (Kiss-Kick-Kiss). The last presentation for the first day is on Introducing the Speaker by Christopher. As for the atmosphere, it was a little quiet in the morning but the participants got into the fun and exciting mood towards the end of the day. Overall, first day was a success.

On the second day, the atmosphere was very positive and exciting. All the participants were taking on a proactive role and I saw that they were unleashing their true potential in speaking before the audience. I assumed that the first day programme was very interesting as we had full attendance. As for the mentors and facilitators, we had Hun Beng, Nancy, Calvin, Siew Peng, Vijay, Julene and Tien Sheng. Both Hun Beng and Nancy had given a lively presentation on Gesture in Speaking and Voice & Vacabulary respectively. Of course, the most interesting part of the programme is awards. Following are the list of awards and recipients.

Best Impromptu Speaker: Javin
Best Assignment 1 Speaker: Jean-Nie
Best Assignment 2 Speaker: Javin
Best Assignment 3 Speaker: Gavin
Best Evaluator for Assignment 2: Hafidz
Best Evaluator for Assignment 3: Gavin
Overall Most Improved Speaker: Yee Tong

Before the end of the programme, we had a short sharing session with the participants. Majority of them said that they enjoyed themselves very much throughout the 2-day programme and learned many new things in a fun way. The only comment for improvement was the food. They demanded for a better caterer.

After the programme, I felt relax and released. My shoulder suddenly became lighter and left with me an unforgetable experience in my toastmaster journey. The programme will not be a success without the participants and roleplayers. Hence, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the roleplayers for lending their valuable time and experience in making this programme a success. If I have another chance to carry this programme, I will volunteer myself much earlier without any hesitation. My 2 cents for the future chief coordinator: "Believe you and me, it is a wonderful and exciting learning experience not to be missed." With that, I wish all the best to the next chief coordinator and once again, thank you to all the roleplayers for your generousity and supports.

Yours truly,
Marcus Loi
Chief Coordinator
Youth Leadership Programme
1-2 December 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007

CL10: Walk the Dream


This is speech no 10 in the Competent and Leadership manual. Not only about inspiring people, it is also about challenging them to change. It won speech of the day and marked Toastmaster Joanne's entry to Competent Communication.

Actual Speech:

Good evening fellow toastmasters, ladies and gentlemen, when I first sat down this afternoon to think about what to talk about tonight. I thought it will be good to share with you about my dream. Everyone has his own dream. The dream may change from time to time, or even from a smaller one to bigger one. The one without a dream must has been dead!

Let me begin to by telling you about myself. As a child, I love drawing. I could draw crazily and continuously until I had finished using one rim of paper. The drawing I did was mostly cartoon characters like animal, people, houses and scenary.

When I was 7 years old, I saw my sister sketch of a famous Hong Kong movie actress. It was so beautiful and I was deeply inspired, immediately I follow her to do my first sketch of another movie actress! It took me around 3 to 4 hours to complete the sketch. To my amaze, it really turnout to be beautiful! Since then, I started to sketch many portraits and I dream to be an artist when I grown up.

Somehow it does not happen, later on, after completing my secondary school studies. I did not pursue the dream by enrolling myself into art and design course; instead I have enrolled a diploma course on computing science, with the thought that it will assure me better income in future. After graduated from diploma in computing course, I started to work in IT industry for another 10 years. Anyhow, I wish to explore a different role in my career. I found myself insufficient, besides doing programming and some other technical work; I am seriously lack of good communication skills on reading, writing and thinking! And worst still, I don’t have knowledge about the business world. It is the real business world which demands and drive the advancement of IT and technology.

I have come to a life junction. In order to make a decision on which path to continue for my next career move, I need to first equip myself with the right skill, so I decided to pursue MBA( major in ecommerce)which is a distance learning program with Charles Sturt University. The course is very expensive. In order to pay the course fee and to manage other living expenses like house and car installment. I have sold my car. I spent a lot of time to study, attend classes on weekend, stop going out for parties and other social activities. After completing the study, I have changed my job to work for a call center. It is an IT Hub for Standard Chartered Bank in Asia Pacific region. Meanwhile, I have continued to explore other job opportunities. The head hunter (job agent) found me a job which required business administration skill. Without any prior experience, I was lucky enough to offer the job and I took the challenge joining this Telecommunication Company as business support manager. The working life with this corporate is truly exciting; it opens up my mind to a competitive commercial world. Again, it challenge me a lot of my communication and management skills. I need to liaise with various stakeholders within and outside of the company. At times, I also need to do lots of arm wrestling with the vendors and people within the corporate. The supply chain management cycle of this company has undergone a lot of changes due to merger, staff movement and demand from business and market. It is a very tough and exhaustive task, I have to work for long hours and even over the weekend but I manage to hang on for two years. During the two years, I have gained good exposure. I am happy to have a short tour to Netherland and meeting up with colleagues at operations and finance department. At the end of 2006, my new boss decided to handover my task to finance department, and I need to report to a new lady boss. After working with her for 1 month, I gave a deep thought over and over again. I am not happy at all, if I continue my job it will be a crisis and no longer a career growth with the company. I don’t think I am suitable for the job so I decided to quit the company after losing my freedom for 2 years. At that time, I am at the bottleneck again. I need to ask “WHAT IS NEXT?” I have managed a career shift from IT industry into Telecommunication industry with totally different role, should I take a break? But sad to say, the situation does not allow me to do so. So I continue to make a lot of contacts to agent and friends, finally a friend responded and she recommended me the job with IBM. That is how I end up working for IBM. IBM is a well organized corporate, it offers a lot of learning opportunities and career growth on different areas. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe every crisis has an opportunity. If not because of leaving the Telco company I will not found my new love, a good place to work with IBM. If not because of taking up MBA studies I will not make the shift and widen my career path. Many times, we may want to ask what have we achieve so far, are we on the right path or should we give up on what we are doing now for our dream? If you have this frequent thoughts, please read Steve Job’s speech, it is truly inspiring!!

Everyone knows Steve Job is the founder of Apple computer, NexT and Pixar. He has never graduate successfully from the college. He has dropped out from the college after six months, during his free time, he pick up the interesting calligraphy class, which is now becomes the wonderful typography in personal computer. He started Apple in his 20s, but was fired by the man he hired when turning 30s. For the next 5 years, he started Next and Pixar. Pixar has created the world most first animated computer animated feature film, Toy Story which is now the most successful animation studio in the world. Apple bought Next, and it is at the heart of Apple’s current reanaissance.

Please let me share with you his speech:

He said: If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.

Ladies and gentlemen, just like Steve Job, let us connect the dots and walk our dream step by step together.

By, Joanne Tan

AC3: The All Rounded Sport (Evaluation Included)


Toastmaster Johnson Yike shows us how to swim with this speech from the Advanced Manual (Speaking to Inform). Informative and fun. It also won the speech of the day on Speaker's Night (29th November 2007). Evaluation of the speech was done by Vijay Balasegaram and coincidentally, the evaluation was also voted the best evaluation of the night.


Points of review given by Vijay Balasegaram.

AC1: ?

Toastmaster Leong Hoe Wah sure knows how to warm up the audience. This was a funny speech done on Speaker's Night of 29th November 2007. It is also part of the Advanced Communication Manual (Humorously Speaking). Enjoy!

Friday, November 30, 2007

First Time Toastmaster of the Evening

It was my first time being the TME. I was not very nervous before the meeting but actually felt a little worried that things might go wrong during the evening. I took a day off from work that day as most of the materials were not prepared yet although I have had most of the role players and speakers confirmed.

The atmosphere was rather cold initially as most of the members and audience came late due to the bad weather outside. It was unfortunate that some of the speakers were late too and I decided to start a little later to try and maintain the program. In the end, I had to start the meeting although the first few speakers have not arrived yet but with a little juggling around and some luck that they finally arrived, I would say there was no disaster.

Fortunately things got better after the break with more guests and members arriving. I guess after this, I will not take up the TME role again during the monsoon seasons. At least people will come on time when the weather is good.

I would think that the meeting was a good one with a variety of speeches presented as there were 2 ice breakers and 2 C&L #10 speeches which allowed the guests to observe the contrast between the new speakers and the more experienced ones.

The guests were also able to witness 3 speeches from 3 different advanced manuals, thus in a way shows them that Toastmasters is a never ending movement and progress never stops.

We also had the opportunity to witness the recipients of the following Education Awards:
1) Goh Sheen Yee: Competent Communicator
2) Joanne Tan: Competent Communicator
3) Johnson Yike: Advanced Leader Bronze
4) Simon Tan: Advanced Communicator Bronze

The winners of the night were:
Best Speaker (1st Session): Joanne Tan
Best Speaker (2nd Session): Johnson Yike
Best Evaluator: Vijay B
*Note there was no table topic session because it is a speaker's night

I felt that I could have done better and noted a few points for improvement after seeking the advice from some of the more experienced members. I would like to especially thank Calvin Lim as he never failed to provide guidance to me when I required them and also gave me pointers throughout the evening.

I will need to improve on my vocal variety and body gestures to hopefully make the evening a livelier in my next attempt as TME.

Ian Cheong
29th November 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Speechcraft Nov 2007

From SpeechCraft D...

Organising a Speechcraft Program is always a big challenge. If we could not get the minimum number of participants, we could not proceeds with the Speechcraft Program. I encountered this problem in 2001 when I was the chief coordinator. This time I was appointed the chief coordinator by the Exco to run the Speechcraft Program on the 24th and 25th of November 2007 at Shah Village Hotel, Petaling Jaya. The thought of not getting the minimum number of participants haunted me again. Luckily, our Past President ATMB Allen Kam managed to get seven participants from his company to start off with. The rest was history.

On the first day of the Speechcraft Program, I was there early to see that everything was in order before we commenced the session. We started the Speechcraft Program exactly at 9.00am sharp even though three participants were not there yet. All the twelve participants were there to participate in the program. They were Baljin S Gill, Choo Kok Hou, Chuah Lee Kim, Azlina binti Ahmad, Wan Norlaila Abdullah Sani, Edmund Hah, Martin Lee, Tan Ting Fong, Tan Suan Keng , Cheong Huey Charn, Michael Chew and Lee Li Na. TM Teoh Chun Ming played three roles on that day and they were ice breaker speaker, ASA and timekeeper. The mentors were ACB Johnson Yike, CTM Ooi Hun Beng, CTM Eugene Ng, ACG Soh Fong Wai, ATMG G. Jayam and ACB Calvin Lim.

Johnson Yike acting on behalf of the President gave the opening speech. DTM G. Sivalingam gave an educational presentation on “ Organising Your Speech”. Eugene Ng gave a talk on “Evaluating the Speaker”. ACB Johnson Yike then gave a presentation on “Introducing a Speaker”. All the participants were very happy that they had learned something about public speaking at the end of the first day of the program.

From SpeechCraft D...
On the second day of the Program which was a Sunday, most of the participants were late. We only managed to start the session at 9.25am which was twenty five minutes late. All the twelve participants turned up for the session. The mentors helping out were ATMG G. Jayam, CC Vijay, ACB Nancy Liew and ACB Calvin Lim.

On this day, the participants were required to participate in the table topic session, to give their evaluation on the table topic speaker, to introduce a speaker, to give their third speech and finally to evaluate a speech speaker.

In order to help them to perform a good job, ACB Calvin Lim gave a talk on “ Impromptu Speaking” before he conducted the table topic session. CC Vijay gave an educational presentation on “Body Gestures”. CTM Angelene Chong gave a presentation on “Vocal Variety”. In the afternoon session, the speakers had to compete with the speaker at the next room for the audience attention.

At the end of the session, awards were given to the best speakers. The awards were as follows:-

1) The best Ice breaker speaker : Martin Lee

2) The best Organise Your Speech speaker : Edmund Hah

3) The best Table Topic Speaker : Martin Lee

4) The best Body Gestures and Vocal Variety speaker : Tan Ting Fong

5) The best Evaluator : Michael Chew

6) The Most Improved speaker : Wan Norlaila Abdullah Sani

The Speechcraft Program was closed by the VPE ACB Calvin Lim and all the participants were happy that they did not waste their weekend .

I will like to thank all the role players for helping out during the two days.

Chief coordinator,
Yip Wah Pung ATMS, ALS
Speechcraft Nov 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Humor Contest: They Just Don't Understand

Found this little gem on the Internet by our very own G. Jayam. It was a speech for the Humorous Speech Contest 2004. Really funny stuff. Thank you Azmi Shahrin for uploading it!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Speaker's Night on 29th November 2007

Here's the latest development on 29th November 2007 for the speakers' night.

ASA 1: Joanne Tham
ASA 2: Karine Koh
General Evaluator: Teoh Chun Ming
Time Keeper: Marcus Loi

Assignment Speakers - Speech Evaluators:
1) Joey WONG Wei Liang - Lim Beng Yee
2) CHOW Siew Mee - Eugene Ng
3) TAN Kooi Ching - Nancy Liew
4) GOH Sheen Yee - Gan Teong Hock
5) Tan Kooi Ching - G. Siva, DTM
6) Leong Hoe Wah - Calvin Lim
6) Simon TAN Gim Aik - Soh Fong Wai
7) Johnson Yike - Vijay Balasegaram

Please be advised that I would really appreciate the assignment speech does not exceed more than 10 minutes due to time factor otherwise our meeting might end
beyond our usual time. Thank you for your understanding.

Ian Cheong

Friday, November 16, 2007

From the table of the Toastmaster of the Evening

Hi Handsome Guys and Pretty Gals of D’Utama. It’s a great honor for me to be the Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) for D’Utama on 15th Nov 2007 and here’s a recount of my experience:

Before the Meeting:

1) How do you feel before the meeting?
Nervous! I never knew that a TME needs to do so much work:
- Preparing the timing (somebody get me a calculator.)
- Getting members to take up roles.
- Getting their titles correct! (I didn’t know there are so many titles, perhaps we can put it on the blog since the Directory may not be updated as one progresses to the next stage)
- Getting backup role players and backups for the backups! Just in case the first backup can’t make it.
- SMS-ing speakers and evaluators to remind them of their roles for the day. And having all of them reply at the same time. (My boss asked if I have a side business, so busy SMS-ing and getting replies).

2) How many time before have you been TME or is this your first time?
This is my first time as an ‘official’ TME. I was supposed to be a TME in Vistana Toastmasters Penang a good few months back, but was late…so that didn’t count.

During Meeting:

1) How do you feel during the Meeting?
The Meeting went well, until I took over as TME…then the kelam-kabut started. Fortunately, we have the very experienced TTM and GE who steadied the ‘boat’ along the way. The atmosphere was great! Though we have less people this time, the energy level was going through the roof!

2) Anything interesting happened during meeting?
During the Impromptus:
- You bet! We have Allen Kam & Peter Yu who brought the house down with their humorous responses to the table topic questions posed by Calvin the TTM of the day. We also managed to get the participation of a guest. She was very nervous the first few seconds, but continued confidently after that. Her table topic question was “What does the word beautiful means to you?” From the looks of it, by the time she sat down she was convinced of the ‘magic’ that Toastmasters can do to one’s public speaking confidence.

During the Prepared Speeches:
- Jason wowed us with his lessons inspired by the bestseller Simple.ology.
- Johnson did a very detailed presentation on how Toastmasters can help boost one’s speaking and leadership skills.
- Henry Fu did an interesting Demo on how to use the more advanced MS Word function, AutoCorrect & Autofill. I wish I can just type “GO” and have the entire TM Meeting Agenda written for me.

3) Who won the awards of the day?
- Table Topic: Who else but the GE, the Man Himself, Allen Kam.
- Kudos to Johnson Yike for achieving his ALB.

After Meeting:

1) How do you feel after the Meeting?
Relieved! I felt we had a great evening.

2) Anyone you will like to thank etc roleplayers?
For this meeting, it’s our honor to have Muhammad Shafiq, from LaFarge Toastmasters as our guest and TT Evaluator. Special thanks to Calvin for his tremendous help. I couldn’t ask for more as a TME. I am also grateful to Allen for ‘fortunately’ appearing at the right time…and right place as the GE. Thank you, President for your valuable guidance during the meeting. Thanks also to Nancy & Gan Teong Hock for their evaluation. Thanks to Joanne, Ian, Marcus, Chun Ming, Bing without whom our meeting wouldn’t have gone as smoothly.

Thousand apologies, if I left anyone out.

3) What will you do differently next time?
Observe very carefully what other TME does from now on. And of course Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

Thanks and regards,
Leong Hoe Wah
TME - 15th November 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Regular Meeting on 15th November 2007

"On your mark!", "Get Set!", and "GO!!!" Ahh... those were the days in school during sport event we run like mad people, from the start to the finish line... and more often than not, we didn't win any prize! "Sigh..."

For this Thursday meeting, nobody would be running because the only "physical" movement we will observe and perhaps enjoying ourselves would be the lips and tongue. And you shall use it "reasonably and maturely" for the Table Topic Marathon session!

So within another 48 hours to go and we shall meet again!

Calvin Lim
Vice President of Education (VPE)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

DUTM sweeps Division B Humor and Evaluation Contest 2007

Today, 3rd November 2007, at Sunway University College, had the Division B contest for Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest (2007/2008). And it's with the greatest and most proud moment for D'Utama TM Club because G. Siva and Eugene Ng are the CHAMPION for both evaluation and humor contest, respectively.


They will now represent Division B at the District 51 contest in Medan on 16th & 17th November 2007! So we wished them all the best and have a wonderful journey there.

Calvin Lim
Vice President of Education (VPE)

Marriage Toast


A rather long speech about how the husband and wife met. I played the part of the matchmaker, so it makes sense for me to present this one. This was one of the most important speeches I have ever presented due to the fact the couple is practically family. It was also one of my hardest. Using a mike in a big hall which had around 300 people from which half of them were scarcely paying attention due to a big language barrier.

Another interesting note is that at the end, I did not have to execute the toast as written which goes to show that a script does not always turn out as it was planned. Enjoy!

Actual Speech:

My name is “Yue Sia Lao Jen” which loosely translated means “Old Man Under the Moon”… The Greeks and Romans call me Eros and sometimes Amor. Indians call me Kama but I am best known universally as Cupid. A real one though. Not the commercial white baby with dimple cheeks and blonde hair with angel wings. Nope, this cupid is tall, dark and handsome. But this story isn’t about me, it is about them [direct to ken and carol]… One a good looking superstar who just finished his studies in Australia and like a conquering hero was returning home to fame, fortune and women. The other was sweet princess who just finished her degree and was about to start a job.

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the story of how Kenny met Carol…

About 6 years ago around this time, I setup a get together with friends from my higher diploma which was Kenny and friends from my degree year which included Carol. At that time I didn’t realize it but it was historical night. It was the night when the fates of two people became intertwined… Thinking really hard back to that night, I remember Kenny shooting occasional glances at Carol who was sitting at a corner. He will deny this but fact is Kenny couldn’t take his eyes off Carol. When Kenny first saw Carol, I think the whole world went into slow motion sort of like those love scenes from a classic Bollywood movie. Only thing missing was trees…

Like a good Bollywood movie, the heroine (Carol), couldn’t be bothered less with Kenny and was more engrossed in her hand phone. And those who knew Carol those days can testify to this. She will always be on her hand phone smsing to just about anyone. There was a joke that was going around in college once that if Carol had something to say to you, she will sms you… EVEN if you were sitting just next to her. I personally thought that the hand phone was actually connected to Carol’s hands. It was only after a few years with Kenny it got surgically removed.

What I learnt much later on though is that the Carol did put her hand phone down for a second and actually managed a decent conversation with Kenny when the night was winding down and they realized that they actually had a lot of things in common. He was from Lasalle PJ and she was Sri Aman girl. It was a match.

Everything was quiet after that. Kenny was never the player type who will pick up girls after just one meeting. He needed help and it came once again through the same tall, dark and handsome Cupid. It was accidental though, Cupid needed a job and who better to help him find one but two of his best friends. And this was the meeting when the sparks really flew. Passion ignited. It was like fireworks. And poor old Cupid was reduced into the role of a tall lamp post! :P

Let me described to you the experience of being with two people who have not realized they have fallen in love. For humans, when we talk. It happens one at a time. One person speaks and another listens but on that day, I for the first time witness two people being able to talk and listen at the same time… And they did this at an amazing speed. It was like two fast talking chipmunks. It was quite cool at first but quickly turned into horror when I realized this form of communication was only for 2 people and did not include anyone else. It was like trying to call Carol’s hand phone. You always get the engaged tone.

The courtship was fast. They were in love since job hunt day. They just had to figure it out. Unsurprisingly, shortly after on 4th April 2002, Kenny popped the “Would you like to be my girlfriend” question and the hand phone princess accepted by putting down her hand phone and taking Kenny’s hand instead.

What Kenny doesn’t know is that before they become a couple, Carol being a girl (a sweet girl but still very much a girl) was confused about him and on one sunny afternoon, called me up during work to get a character reference.

Now, what Carol didn’t know was that the person she was calling up was none other than the President of Kenny Tham Sai Kuen fan club. I am not ashamed to say it but despite being a true blue straight guy I have always an admirer of our handsome groom and have very bias opinions of him. I am glad to say my buttering worked and here we are 5 years down the road…

About a year ago, the couple called me and a bunch of our close friends including Charles, Richard, Jolin and Sui Jin to Starbucks Sri Hartamas. I remember this event quite clearly. He waited for us to sit down around this small round table and he looked at us all sad and serious. I was thinking “Whoa! This looks bad.” Then he said “Guys, I have an announcement… Carol is no longer my girlfriend!”. And he said it really depressed. I remember my heart actually going to my toes. It didn’t occur to me what was going on. I thought this was Kenny and Carol’s break up. And then I saw his face again… It was lighted up like a kid who stole candy and got away with it. He looked me straight in the eye and then said “Carol is no longer my girlfriend but is now my fiancĂ©e!”… I have known Kenny close to 10 years and one thing I learned during this time is that he can really be a cheeky bastard sometimes! :P

Despite his cheekiness though, we have been through a lot together. From killing terrorist to slaughtering demons and launching rockets at each other… In other words, playing computer games. To more serious stuff like growing up, sharing lives and supporting each other in times of need. He is a pillar of rock. Generous, kind and very strong! A credit to his parents. He is the sort of husband that will laugh with you when there are jokes to be cracked, cry with you when tears can’t be held back and best of all, he will stand by you when you feel most alone.

And I am glad that you choose him Carol. I am glad because like Kenny, you are my dearest friend and we have been for many years. In you, I think Kenny will find a woman who is still the same cheerful, innocent and sweet little girl who was in my degree class with her nose always in her hand phone. However, despite your child like innocence, there is a maturity about you. I think it is this maturity which will be vital to Kenny as he sails through life. You will always be his compass, to make sure he never losses his way.

You guys are a great team and I foresee a horizon of filled with love, happiness and a football team of babies. You two were meant for each other and I am ecstatic I got to be the [Yue Sia Lao Jen] in your beautiful love story.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please raise your glasses to Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Tham Sai Kuen… May their love be ever strong and Carol pregnant every other year. CHEERS!

by, Vijay Balasegaram

Friday, November 2, 2007

ACL: A Watched Pot Never Boils

Toastmaster Lim Bing Yee with her speech from the advance manual... This was a presentation done on 1st November 2007 during our regular meeting. It won speech of the day... Enjoy!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Practice makes perfect

I was very surprised when I arrive at the meeting room at 7.00 pm yesterday. The room was already decorated by Jason Ho and Marcus Loi before I reached. And after the meeting, both of them stay until every thing is settled. I also noticed Johnson Yike spend time to explain the toastmaster matter to our guest Patrick. I was very impressed and touched by your strong support and commitment to serve our club.

In the table topic section, despite of time constraint our TTM Chow Siew Mee still able to get 4 speakers to speak up. She was able to interact with the speaker subtlety by asking the speakers to select a lucky number to get the speech question. It is a very good attempt. Congratulation! All the table topic speakers CTM Simon Tan, TM Marcus Loi, ACB Johnson Yike and Patrick (guest).

I notice the standard of the ice-breaker speeches of our members has increased. Most of them are very confident and speak without a lectern. Well done TM Karine Koh for your very well crafted and entertaining speech with speech title "The girl who doesn't look her age". But I still did not get your age and cannot understand how one can keep young by watching horror movies. What theory and logic is it?

TM Ian Cheong, I can understand your feeling of being left out by your company along the journey to the peak of Mont. Kota Kinabaru and also the your hungry, wet and shivering experience in a raining day at Mont. Kota Kinabaru. But you learn a very valuable lesson from the experience, i.e., "What Doesn't Kill You Can Only Make You Stronger". And I believe you will be able to challenge the higher mountain in the future.

TM Leong Hoe Wah (CC), in your "Road Less Traveled" you have inspired us to dare to dream and be persistent to strive to realize our dream that may have been forgotten with success stories from Malaysian entrepreneur that is close to us such as the founder of Genting Group Bhd late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong and Air Asia founder Tony Fernandes.

ATMB Lim Bing Yee, I do agree with you that "Watched Pot Never Boils". Thank you for sharing with us your personal experience on how to train your son to stand on his on foot when he was a teenager through daily activities. Despite spending more and mistake made by your son, Bing was able to teach her son to town to buy a pair of shoes by himself. What a blessing for Bing's son to have such a patient and wise mother.

ACG Soh Fong Wai, together with the help from a potential actor ACB Johnson Yike, he had demonstrated to us how to use the 5-step method to calm and diffuse the verbal attack from an angry tenant (acted by Johnson Yike). Thank to Johnson Yike amusing actions and conversation on the stage, a supposing serious presentation also become very entertaining to all the audience.

Of course without the attendance of guests and members and the strong support from all role players, TM Jason Ho, TM Julene Haw, TM Joanne Tham, TM Chow Siew Mee, TM Marcus Loi and evaluators CL Henry Fu, CC Vijay B, CC Jessey Chahal, ACB Nancy Liew ATMB Anthony Sebastian from Kuching TMC, DTM Sivalingam, (TTE), CTM Eugene Ng (LE), ACB Calvin Lim (GE), the meeting will not be able to success. All the kudos should go to you all.

Oop! Almost forget to inform the award winner for the night is as follow:
- Best Table Topic Speaker: ACB Johnson Yike
- Best Assignment Speaker: ATMB Lim Bing Yee
- Best Evaluator: Anthony Sebastian

Last but not least, congratulate to ACG Soh Fong Wai for completing Advance manual and CC Leong Hoe Wah for completing the CC Manual.

This was the second time I chaired toastmaster meeting. Personally I think I managed to handle the meeting better compared to first time and able to enjoy during the meeting as well. This may not be a perfect meeting and can be better. But I believe a better meeting will be coming because "Practice Makes Perfect". Let's continue to preserve this noble spirit of "Practice Makes Perfect" and move forward together in the journey of toastmaster.

Thanks and regards,
Tan Kooi Ching
TME - 1st November 2007

Youth Leadership Program: 1-2 December 2007

D'Utama Toastmasters Club is organising the first Youth Leadership Program (YLP) for this term and yours truly is the Chief Coordinator for this program. If you have any friend, cousin, nephew,niece, etc. who is interested in this program and age between 13-19 years old, feel free to contact us for more information.

Some general information about the program.
Date: 1st & 2nd December 2007 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: Menara Mutiara Bangsar, 8-0-13 Ground Floor, Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur (Wei Seong's office)
Age Group: 13 – 19 years old
Price: RM 120.00 per participant (inclusive of two lunches & four tea breaks)
Deadline: 20th November 2007
Contact information: Marcus Loi (H/p: 012-654 9755; Email: or Calvin Lim (H/p: 012-202 3553; Email: )

Click Here for Map

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Marcus Loi
Chief Coordinator - YLP
Mobile: 012 - 654 9755

Division B 2007/08 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest

Did you enjoy having your funny bone tickled by our very own Humorous Speech Champion, Eugene Ng CTM and amazed by the Evaluation Contest Champion, G. Sivalingam DTM ?!?

The moment has arrived, our club's very best will be pitting their wits againts the best of the best at The Division B's Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest !!!

The contest details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, 3 November 2007
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Auditorium 7, 2nd Floor, Sunway University College, Jalan Lagun Utara, Bandar Sunway.

Click here for Map!

Tickets are priced at RM10.00 and they are going fast !! How fast you ask?

Well the tickets are available from Johnson Yike and he only has 4 left in hand. Members who are interested, please contact Johnson and any reserve ticket payment are to be made by 1st November 2007 (Thursday).

Let is go cheer and support our best !!!

Yours truly,
Johnson Yike
HP: 017-8898438

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Speechcraft 2007

D'Utama Toastmasters Club is organising the first Speech Craft for this term and yours truly is the Chief Coordinator for this program. If you have any friend, age 20 and above, please refer them to this wonderful program as it will benefit them tremendously.

The details are as follows:
Date: 24th & 25th November 2007 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: Shah Village Hotel, Petaling Jaya
Age Group: 20 and above
Price: RM 300.00 per participant (inclusive of lunches & tea breaks)
Deadline: 3rd November 2007
Contact information:
- Yip Wah Pung: H/P No 012-2016881, Email:
- Teoh Chun Ming: H/P No: 012-4568491, Email:
- Jatson Ho: H/P No: 012-7514376, Email:

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Yip Wah Pung
Chief Coordinator - Speech Craft
Mobile: 012 - 2016881

Monday, October 22, 2007

Regular Meeting on 1st November 2007

Come to witness great performances by the DUtama members.

Role Players
TME: Tan Kooi Ching
ASA 1: Julene Haw
ASA 2: Jason Ho

Table Topic Master: Chow Siew Mee
Table Topic Evaluator: Sivalingam

General Evaluator: Calvin Lim
Language Evaluator: Eugene Ng
Ah Counter: Allen Kam
Time Keeper: Joanne Tham

Assignment Speakers - Speech Evaluators:
1) Soh Fong Wai - Vijay B.
2) Karine Koh - Henry Fu
3) Ian Cheong - Jessy Chahal
4) Lim Bing Yee - Angelene Chong
5) Leong Hoe Wah - Nancy Liew

Standby speakers:

1) Lim Siew Ling

Yours truly,
Tan Kooi Ching

* Notes to all the speakers: Please send me your Project# and the objective and notes to the evaluator for my preparation as soon as possible.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Metamorphosis of a meeting

Last Thursday was my first time to become the Toastmaster of the Evening with the theme "Metamorphosis". The theme was rather unusual and it came across my mind when I was surfing the internet. I thought it could be a twist and analogy to explain the journey in toastmasters. In science, metamorphosis is a biological process or life cycle of insect transforming from egg to adult. This life cycle is related to toastmasters program from transforming a guest (potential member) to a member and finally to reach the highest educational awards, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).

Before the meeting commence, I had a mixed feelings – happy, afraid, worry, etc. Why? I do not know how to do it. I feared that I will make mistake and ruin the meeting. But when the meeting commenced, it is too late for me to pull out. I still do not really know what to do but I just followed through. After all, it is not that fearful and thing just fell into its own place. Despite the cool room condition, I felt the warm and friendly energy from the audience.

The meeting started by our first time ASA 2, Chow Siew Mee and followed by the President Jack's opening speech. The representative from Queen to protect the dignity of English Language was Vijay B. and introduced the word "Initiative". Then our IPP Nancy Liew shared her expanded version of stories to invocate our soul before the Table Topic Master, Peter Yu , took over. He brought in a lot of laughter and tears with his "CHANGE" questions. The questions were kept on changing until he was satisfied (that is fun to me, maybe not for the speakers ). The Table Topic Evaluator was none other than the lovely Jessy Chahal and followed by the smart, Ryan Loh, to tickle our funny bones during the Humour Session.

Right after refreshment break to fill our stomach, there was a special announcement. We were able to observe the crowning of a new Distinguished Toastmaster. It was such a coincidence with the theme on that night; we had two ice breaker speeches and one member who achieved the DTM title. The first timers were Joanne Tham and Chloe Leong while the newly crowned DTM was none other that our dedicated member and past president, G. Sivalingam. Congratulations to the first timers to be able to deliver their maiden speech with much confidence and poise while our new DTM had shared his insight in toastmaster journey for the past 15 years. Not to forget, we had Julene to present her fifth speech from C&L manual and our beloved VPE Calvin Lim with his first project in Advanced Manual – Special Occasion Speeches. In fact, the events reflected just like the theme – there were people in the stages of egg, caterpillar, pupa and butterfly.

A toastmasters meeting will not complete without evaluation. The evaluation session was led by another dedicated member, Soh Fong Wai . His team of evaluation includes the speech evaluators – Johnson Yike, Tan Kooi Ching, Goh Sheen Yee and Eugene Ng, Language evaluator Vijay B ., Ah-Counter Jatson Ho and Time Keeper Karine Koh.

Do you know who had bagged the awards of the night?
- Best Table Topic Speaker: Angelene Chong
- Best Assignment Speaker: Calvin Lim
- Best Evaluator: Eugene Ng

I would say that the meeting will not be successful without the enthusiastic role players, speakers, evaluators and most importantly the audience. Here, I sincerely thank everyone who participated directly or indirectly in the meeting on 18 th October 2007.

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Yours truly,
Marcus Loi
TME – 18th October 2007

It is never too late to change and start changing today to realise your dreams

Thursday, October 18, 2007

CL1: Its About Me

Toastmaster Chloe Leong with her ice breaker speech... This was a presentation done on 18th October 2007 during our regular meeting. Good start to a great journey.

Find out how you can start your journey by contacting us!

ACL1: 23


This is project 1 from the Advanced Communication (AC) Manual – Special Occasion Speeches and it is about Mastering the Toast. It won speech of the day on 18th of October 2007. There is a narration at the start to set the stage for the speech

Actual Speech:

Narration part:
Members and guests of D’Utama Toastmasters Club were busy wining and dining at the exclusive and posh atmosphere of Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The fellowship was called to mark the Club’s 23rd anniversary and this event ought to be celebrated with pride and joy.

Marcus Loi rose from his comfy seat and gently sailed through the stage and made his announcement! “… and now I presenting yours and mine, the Club’s Vice President of Education (VPE), Advanced Communicator Bronze, Calvin Lim, to say a few words!”

There were thundering applauses from the audience as I stepped forward to the stage and we exchanged handshakes like gentlemen. Later, Marcus exited from the stage, as expected.

Speech Start:
“Thank you Marcus Loi, our emcee of the evening” I acknowledged his presence with gleaming smile. “Good evening ladies and gentlemen of D’Utama and distinguished guests,” I continued. Tonight’s celebration is a memorable day where the Club is very proud of. And henceforth, this event would not be made possible without your support of being here to stand witness to this celebration.

Dear friends, do you know that D’Utama Toastmasters Club was established since June 1985? And today, this Club is 23-year-old! So figuratively speaking in terms of age factor, the Club is definitely younger than most of us. Nonetheless, for any non-profit organization (NGO) to grow from and within such a timeframe is remarkable.

Because the Club consists of members from all walks of life – who strongly and truly believed that Toastmaster is the “cure” to all mother of fear; namely public speaking, and we, the present generations, still holds true to that belief! Some “veteran” members; since the Club was founded – continuously remaining with us, while “new elixir bloods” are needed to rejuvenate the Club’s youthfulness. However, there were some, whom we have not forgotten from our memories, have departed to and for a better “journey”. Despite the Club’s founder and the majority of the successors and former contributors are not physically here with us, we should, at least, be thankful for their hard deeds and work to build this fearsome and formidable organization, as of what it is today.

The faithful “descendants” may vividly remembered when this Club was formed and thereafter, it started with only a handful of people, ratio gender between male and female is 5:1, and at one point, the Club’s memberships were frightfully declining, and the list goes on. In short, this supposed-to-be “good” organization has had experienced its’ ups and downs moment. Yet the Club managed to survive for 23 years and still counting!

Now, lo and behold, as of present time, the Club’s membership has increased tremendously and there is a reasonable balance ratio between male and female members …at last! Furthermore, we have members with positive thinking and encouraging values whereby regardless of his or her status and occupations, everyone would share his or her thoughts and personal opinions to strengthen and enhance the Club’s strengths while striving to overcome the Club’s area for improvements.

In addition, the Club is never short of hands where able-bodied of young and matured people are ready to extend their service to serve the Club, in any and every way they could offer. In short, through thick and thin scenario, we work as a team and marched towards the said direction as one family, as to ensure our objectives are fulfilled and met!

I have personally watched how this Club has grown from leaps and bounds, ever since I was a member in August 2003. Each term that passes by, every president have a theme to act on and served as footnote for us to channel towards achieving the goodness where we hope to be and become – a better communicator and exercised commendable leadership skills.

For the benefit of the guests, I shall spell out a few themes designed and given by the past presidents of D’Utama Toastmasters Club. During the term 2003/2004 under Lee Wei Seong’s presidential heyday, his theme was “Expand Your Horizon”; then 2004/2005, was Gan Teong Hock, “To Succeed is to Excel”; then 2005/2006, was Allen Kam, “ Your Name, Our Fame”; then 2006/2007, was Nancy Liew, “Success within Us”; and at present moment, 2007/2008, under the stewardship of this Club runs by Jack Leong, his theme is “Remember Yourself as Successful”!

Dear friends, I am fortunate that God has allowed and guided me to find and “rested on” this beautiful Club and I have no reservation neither regretted of getting to know some many people, which I never knew of. And I am sure, members of D’Utama Toastmasters, would felt the same way as I did.

(Hand gesturing the audience to stand up)
So let’s rise and raise our glass as high as our arms could reach for the sky, to commemorate the Club’s 23rd anniversary! As then, the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir has set his eyes on Vision 2020, so to for the next 23 years, I hoped the future generations of this beloved Club, would gracefully continue to glorify and nurture the Club for a brighter future and in God we trust that HE will lead and show us the way!

Cheers to us, all and to D’Utama Toastmasters Club!!! Cheers!!!

After the toast, I have ended my speech and the stage was taken over by the emcee of the evening.

By, Calvin Lim (VPE of 2007/2008)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Regular Meeting on 18th October

Finally, the contest is over and it is time again to enjoy our usual club meeting on 18 October. The theme has been set, "Metamorphosis", and yours truly will be the TME for the night.

Having no idea about the theme?
Having no role yet?
Then what are you waiting for?
Come and be part of my team to walk through the night together.

There are only five roles left - ASA1, ASA2, Table Topic Evaluator, Language Evaluator and Speech Evaluator for Hui Mei. Take up the challenge now and send me an email or sms saying YES.

Role Players:
TME: Marcus Loi
ASA 1: Jason Chew
ASA 2: Chow Siew Mee
Teh Tarik for the Soul: Nancy Liew
Table Topic Master: Peter Yu
Table Topic Evaluator: Jessy Chahal
Humor Master: Ryan Loh
General Evaluator: Soh Fong Wai
Language Evaluator: Vijay B.
Ah Counter: Jatson Ho
Time Keeper: Karine Koh

Assignment Speakers - Speech Evaluators
1) Joanne Tham (Ice Breaker) - Johnson Yike
2) Chloe Leong (Ice Breaker) - Tan Kooi Ching
3) Julene Haw - Goh Sheen Yee
4) Calvin Lim - Eugene Ng

Looking forward to see all of you on the coming meeting on 18th.

Please contact me at the following:
Marcus Loi
Mobile: 012-6549755

*Assignment speakers – please let me have the title of your speech, duration, objectives of your speech and notes to the evaluator and how you wish to be introduced to the audience by Monday, 15 October 2007.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Target article collection by 18th October 2007

Hullo once again! It's time for Target-article-collection!

Do send me your articles and opinions in whatever forms deemed fit and comfortable for expression - poems, limericks, jokes, riddles, thoughts to ponder on, experiences with club and non-club (but educational) activities... I want them all!!!

Looking forward to receiving them by 18 October 2007!

Send them through email to your favourite VPPR Angelene Chong

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Division B Humourous & Evaluation Speech Contest

Dear fellow Toastmasters & friends,

They came, they spoke, they conquered... Support Eugene and Siva once again as they impress us with their wit and intellectual prowess, up against the best of the best.

Behold the details of the upcoming exciting evening!

Division B Humourous & Evaluation Speech Contest
3rd November 2007
Sunway College

For tickets or further details, please contact our President, Jack Leong at 3915) or VPE Calvin Lim at (012-202 3553).

Feel free to send Eugene and Siva your well wishes personally at (Eugene) and (Siva), respectively.

*Smiles and thumbs-up for Eugene and Siva*

Good luck guys!

Warm regards
Angelene Chong
DUtama Toastmasters Club

Friday, October 5, 2007

Outcome of the Area B4 Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest

Yesterday's Area B4 Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest was something to behold !

Our very own Eugene Ng battle his wits which his 'arch nemesis' (as he would refer to her) from Western Digital (whom gently reply that she would rather be friends (as oppose to being an enemy). Anyway it was just the spirit of competition and it was all in good fun … hehee … Both contestants pit their wits against each other and did extremely well … truly they are the best representatives from each club … alas as in all competition, THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE! and


Next up was the Evaluation Contest and we had a Test Speaker from Deloitte Kassim Chan (DKC) Toastmasters club. We had our club champion (the newly crowned) Distinguished Toastmaster G. Sivalingam !!!! against the champion from Western Digital … both presented different yet very impressive style of Evaluation. Both Evaluators had great insides and we the contestants were able to learn from such skill. The contestant from Western Digital gave our Siva a run for his money (well I thought personally) and the results was in …


The audience was a winning qualities too … as in the spirit of Toastmasters, the visiting clubs were not rivals but cheering supporters towards ALL the contestants. I believe we (the audience) truly had benefited. Both our winners and their respective 'arch nemesis-es' will be going to the Division B level contest in the month of November ... so stay tune and find out where and when the amazing speakers and evaluators will display their 'powers' again! ....

"What's this I hear?""Darn! I should have went !!"

Fear not as we have the Humorous Speech contestants' speeches were captured on photo! Click on the photo below to see all the photos.

Area B4 Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest

Yours truly,
Johnson Yike
(Amazed Audience)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Melaka Joint Meeting Sept 2007

We had a successful joint meeting with The Malacca Toastmasters Club at the cosy The Semabok Inn.We were given a warm welcome and seated in a comfortable conference room.

Our D'utama team comprised of:
- Lim Bing Yee
- Soh Fong Wai
- Johnson Yike
- Eugene Ng
- Marcus Loi
- Ryan Loh
- Karine Koh

Our stalwart member ATMB Lim Bing Yee whose present made us feel assured. It was great to have you joining us Bing Yee, a big hug from all of us.

Our club team carried out their role duty very well with
- Marcus Loi as GE (Wow)
- Lim Bing Yee (TTM)
- Eugene Ng (TTE)
- Karine Koh (AH Counter)
- Ryan Loh (cameraman)

Assignment Speakers:
- Soh Fong Wai
- Johnson Yike

When DUTM organises another joint meeting do jump in the band wagon it is exciting.

More great photos of the event (Click on the photo below):

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Outcome of Club Humor and Evaluation Contest 2007

Breaking News!

The following took place at the College KDU, on the 20thSept07, in Room 1.08 time 7.30 pm to 10pm.

My Fellow D'utama Toastmasters, you guessed right!

It was our club's Humorous and Evaluation Contest.

The humorous Contest Chairperson was ACB Johnson Yike.
The Contestants were:
1, Peter Yu
2. Leong Hoe Wah
3. Calvin Lim
4. Eugene Ng.

The winner was Eugene Ng. and 1st runner up was Peter Yu.
The other four contestants were truly brave hearts .

The evaluation contest chairperson was TM Teoh Chun Ming.
The contestants were:
1. Calvin Lim
2. Johnson Yike
3. Marcus Loi
4. Vijay Balasegaram
5. Eugene Ng
6. Martin Hen
7. Alex Tan
8. Joanne Tan
9. G. Sivalingam

Nine formidable evaluators.

The 2nd runner up - Johnson Yike, 1st runner - Vijay Balasegaram and the Winner - G. SIVALINGAM

Eugene Ng and G. Sivalingam will represent D'utama Toastmasters Club in the Area B4 contest to be held on the 4thOct07 at the same venue ie college KDU, time 7.00 pm.

I would like thanks the role players who had performed their duties superbly. Such a show ofspirit and enthusiasm. Not forgetting the members and guests who made the both the contest a success. My fellow contestants your participation go to show that competing bring the best out of us. It is better to succeed than to win. SAY YES TO SPEECH CONTEST.

Remember Yourself As Successful
Your President, Jack Leong

Friday, August 17, 2007

DCP: Membership Achieved!

I'm pleased to inform that we have achieved the 4+4 new members for the DCP (4 points), with the following new members;

- Karine Koh
- Joyce Chong
- Jason Chew
- Chloe Leong
- Asylynna Lee
- Joanne Tham
- Wong Wei Liang

I know it's only the beginning of the term but I must truly say,
"With proper planning, follow through, and teamwork... THIS IS THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOUR!"

Yours truly,
Johnson Yike ACB
Vice President of Membership
Term 07/08

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

ACL1: Actor for a day…


This is speech no 1 from the "The Entertaining Speaker" manual. Its all about entertaining the audience. Was very well received and won speech of the day. Most people commented that it should be the base for humor contest but I did not pursue it for personal reasons...

Actual Speech:

[Salsa Step: N5] ! Ladies and Gentlemen, I know the art of moving my bons bons when I need to. I recently started leaning salsa. It is an awesome skill to learn. I get to meet many interesting people. And guys, not all of them wear tight mini skirts… Anyway, in my previous class, I got talent spotted by this guy who happens to work in a casting agency.

Being talent spotted is quite exciting. It is quite a compliment actually. Suddenly someone thinks that you are good looking enough to be on TV! What he doesn’t tell you is that in casting it is not about how good you look… It is more about how well you fit the role. The role I was cast for was as a computer nerd…

Good Evening L&G… For your listening pleasure, I expose the secret thoughts of an amateur actor.

The whole casting to shoot process took about 2 weeks. End to end. From the initial audition to the final take which just ended 2 days ago; it was a fast paced, jam packed, eye popping, comfort zone jumping experience. There were a lot of different stories I could tell you but I am going to tell you about the best one – The story of the actual shoot!

The studio itself was quite plain but big. It was big empty warehouse with a large green wall. Other than a red chair, there was nothing else in the room. These days, they use computer to fit in the scenery and background. The green background will be replaced with some computer graphics eventually. My role was to be a young ultra hip computer whiz kid who was creating a 3D car animation projected in front of the chair. Not too hard for someone who is actually works with computers.

The entire action was just this. You look down at the laptop, look up at your creation… move your head a bit. Look back at the laptop and finally look up as if there are screens all over.

First 5 times of doing the scene, I was doing great. The director asked me to smile a bit and I gave him my best smile. The one I only reserve for tight mini skirts. Initially, we kept on repeating the scene because there was many technical faults. Angle wasn’t good, the camera movement was not fast enough, the zoom not clear enough etc etc. Finally after 12 take, the technical shots started to get better.

However, this is when my acting started to deteriorate. How many times can you smile on cue anyway? After the 7 shot, I couldn’t bring myself to smile anymore. It was more like a snarl than a smile [Show snarl]. That was not bad enough. When I had to look up, I had to give an expression of wonder. The closest I got to it a mischievous smile. That got the director screaming from his chair. He said “No childish smile… No mischievous smile… Just give me a professional look”

So, there I was thinking about professionalism and telling my mind to stop smiling. So when the director said action! I went [Smile]… Immediately, he shouted “Cut! What the hell was that!”. Phew, talk about stress. By this time, it was already take no. 23 and I was sweating.

Can you imagine the studio was something like a camera studio whereby they had yellow lights all over streaming down on you? It was alright at first but after a while, it became blinding and exceedingly hot, stuffy and uncomfortable.

It was not working out. I couldn’t produce the good acting I did initially and the director and crew was getting worked up. You know you were in trouble when you see your director’s head in his hands going “Why Why Why”… :P

Initially when I sat down on the chair and the director was shouting action, I was thinking “Whoa! How cool is this man… An actual production set”. After the 30th time doing it, your heart starts beating wildly whenever he says “Action!” and it doesn’t stop. Last time I felt so stress was when I was doing my ice breaker. Its only when he says “Cut!”, you are able to breathe easy but only for an instance because before you know he is screaming “Action!” again.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to say that after the 32nd time we did the scene, the director suddenly shouted “Alright! Good take… It’s a wrap…” which I gather was a good scene capture and I was free to go. I was just about to jump out of my seat and do a salsa dance when one of my make artists ushered me into the make up room to get a change of clothes. Guess what… We were going to go through the whole thing again with a different shirt. OMG!

Needless to say the second shoot went a whole lot smoother than the first time. This time around it only took another 15 takes before we nailed it. At the end of it, I couldn’t smile anymore even if I wanted to. Never ever have I felt so tired just seating in a chair typing. The best part was, my laptop which practically was my loyal co-star throughout the scene was not even ON!

Thank you L&G!

By, Vijay Balasegaram