Thursday, February 28, 2008

D'Utama Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2008

'Tis the Season for Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2008!

Date: 28th Feb 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 7.00 PM (7.00 - 7.30 is for light refreshment)
Venue: KDU Room 1.08

Accept the Toastmaster International Speech Contest Challenge so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory !!!

Don't Hesitate. Be Bold. Take up the Challenge. Discover your true strengths in Public Speaking. Pit your speaking skills against the great speakers in the club. Commit yourself to personal improvement.

If you have not already been listed as a contestant, please consider this golden opportunity... Be a Contestant! And deliver a spectacular speech that would vow the audience.

Here is the latest list of contestants for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest!!!
1) Eugene Ng
2) Calvin Lim
3) Johnson Yike
4) Jessy Chahal
5) Hanzo Ng

The Role Players are:
ASA1 :Joanne Tham
ASA2 :Joey Wong Wei Liang

- Peter Yu
- Teoh Chun Ming

Ballot Counters:
- Ooi Li Ann
- Karine Koh

Feel free to drop me an e-mail to me if you feel like taking part in the Toastmaster International Speech contest.

Warmest Regards
Goh Sheen Yee, CC
D'Utama Toastmaster International Speech Contest Chairperson

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Dear reader,

March is the third month of the year and therefore D’Utama Toastmasters Club has prepared some exciting activities for all.

· 6th March 2008
1st Thursday of the month and we have our regular meeting as usual.
Venue: KDU College, Room 1.08
Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00pm

· 10th March 2008, Monday
Area B4 contest for International and Table Topic Speech Contest
Venue: Shah Alam Toastmasters Club
Kelab Shah Alam Selangor
Jalan Aerobik 13 / 43
Persiaran Kayangan
40704 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00pm (Registration begins at 7.00pm)

Attached with a location map

· 20th March 2008 (3rd Thursday of the month)
Status: No meeting due to Prophet Muhammad’s birthday

· 22nd March 2008, Saturday
Division B contest for International & Table Topic Speech Contest
Venue: Women’s Institute of Management, 2nd Floor, 7 Jalan Abang Haji Openg
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm (Registration starts at 2.00pm)

Attached with a location map

· 23rd March 2008, Sunday
MPH Bookstore Sdn. Bhd. & D’Utama Toastmasters Club Collaboration Campaign
Venue: MPH Bookstores Mid Valley
Unit JA1, Ground Floor
Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley City
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

For more information, please contact Ms. Angelene Chong via e-mail at

Sunday, February 24, 2008

If you missed the contest, fear not!

From Table Topics ...

Thanks to our videographer Johnson Yike, we have all the latest speeches captured in full technicolor for your viewing pleasure. The videos below showcases the 3 winners of the night.

For a full video coverage of the entire contest, you can go here.

If you want to view the photos by Ian Cheong, go here.

The topic presented was:

Poor people are happier than rich people, do you agree?

1st Place: G. Sivalingam with his winning entry.

2nd Place: Hanzo Ng speaks with a purpose.

3rd Place: Vijay Balasegaram makes it to the podium.

Results of the Table Topics Contest

And the Results are:
From Table Topics ...

Winner (1st place) : G. Sivalingam
1st runner up : Hanzo Ng
2nd runner up : Vijay Balasegaram

The Table Topics Contest held on the 21st February 2008. The crowd was most supportive. What an evening that was. 10 powerful speakers entertained and impressed!

1. Johnson Yike
2. Peter Yu
3. Calvin Lim
4. Marcus Loi
5. G. Sivalingam
From Table Topics ...

6. Goh Sheen Yee
7. Eugene Ng
8. Jessy Chahal
9. Hanzo Ng
10. Vijay Balasegaram

The contest Chairperson for the night was Tan Kooi Ching

The role players were:
- Time Keepers: Henry Fu and Joanne Tham
- ASA 1: Ooi Hun Beng
- ASA 2: Leong Hoe Wah
- Ballot Counter: Ian Cheong and Ooi Hun Beng
- Photographer: Ian Cheong
- Videographer: Johnson Yike

From Table Topics ...
The standard of speaking was very impressive in terms of delivery and content. Syabas to all speakers! We had five Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) as guests and their positive feedback was a wonderful encouragement.

I would also like to thank the role players for making this event a success. A big thank you goes out to the judges. It was truly amazing event.

Remember Yourself As Successful!

Jack Leong
President 2007/2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Table Topic Contest on 21st February 2008

Thinking on your feet is an art especially under duress. Come and watch master speakers who can spin without notice. Watch the one with the fastest wit emerge from a crop of extremely talented speakers.


1) Eugene Ng
2) Calvin Lim
3) Johnson Yike
4) Jessy Chahal
5) G. Siva
6) Vijay Balasegaram
7) Marcus Loi
8) Goh Sheen Yee
9) Hanzo Ng
10) Peter Yu

Role players:

Contest chairperson: Tan Kooi Ching

ASA 1: Ooi Hun Beng
ASA 2: Leong Hoe Wah

1) Henry Fu
2) Joanne Tham

Ballot counter:
1) Teoh Chun Ming
2) Ian Cheong

Sunday, February 17, 2008

PJBTC 3rd Demo Meeting

Please be reminded that the next meeting of PJBTC (3rd Demo Meeting) will be held on the 18th February 2008 (Tommorow)!

On behalf of the Protem Exco, I invite all of you to PJBTC's

3rd Demo Meeting (Chinese)
- When: 18th February 2008(Monday), 7.30pm,
- Where: Room 1.08, KDU College, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya
- Theme: Spring Festival / Chinese New Year

Do invite your family members and friends to come and have a fun-filled educational evening on 18th February 2008. Hope to see many of you at PJBTC's 3rd Demo Meeting at KDU College...

Looking forward to seeing you and your friends and relatives in our 3rd Demo meeting next Monday.

Gan Teong Hock
Mobile: 017-351 7033
Office: 03-2142 1611

Friday, February 15, 2008

Secrets to Success in a Speech Contest

Start 2008 by fulfilling your educational goals with this workshop. Give it some thought and if you feel it beckons, DON'T FIGHT THE URGE!

Life's short; devote it to growth! Forward it to anyone whom you feel might need it as well! :)

Warm regards
Angelene Chong

As instructed by Area B4 AG cum Organizing Chairman G Jayam, NANCY LIEW will be selling tickets for the abovementioned workshop on behalf of Division B Council at RM15.00 per person. Please refer the details in the attached brochure.

Please contact / pay NANCY LIEW directly as SHE has only 10 tickets as early as possible or during the upcoming TT Speech Contest on 21/2/2008. Her details are as follow:


PJ Bilingual Toastmasters Club


PJBTC is a Bilingual toastmasters club sponsored by D'Utama Toastmasters Club. This is an unique club which uses dual languages (Chinese and English) during meetings. Details about the club is found below.


(i) To provide an avenue in which, via the Toastmasters International programme, every person in Petaling Jaya and surrounding vicinities can has the opportunity to learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind;

(ii) To provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment to members to develop communication and leadership skills in both Chinese and English languages; and

(iii) To provide an avenue for existing Toastmasters from Petaling Jaya and surrounding vicinities to join as a dual-club member (“dual member”) so that they can further develop their communication and leadership skills while improving their command of both Chinese and English languages.

Club Meeting Days:

Regular meetings on 1st and 3rd MONDAY of every month, as follows:
(i) 1st Monday of every month - Meeting conducted in English*; and
(ii) 3rd Monday of every month - Meeting conducted in Chinese*.
Time: 7:30pm to 10:00pm (Registration starts on 7:15pm)

Club Meeting Venue:

Room 1.08
Kolej Damansara Utama (“KDU”)
Jalan SS22/41, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Note: Same as D'Utama Toastmasters Club. Map can be found here!

Contact People:

Protem President: Ivy Cherng, 012-281 3253
Protem VPE: Gan Teong Hock , 017-351 7033
Protem VPM: Simon Tan, 012-481 6699
Protem VPPR: Henry Fu, 012-302 3088
Protem Secretary: Jatson Ho, 012-751 4376

Meeting Schedule:

MonthMeeting DateDayLanguage Remark
Jan 20087th Jan1st Mon, JanChinese1st Demo Meeting
21st Jan3rd Mon, JanEnglish2nd Demo Meeting
Feb 20084th Feb1st Mon, FebN/ANo Meeting
18th Feb3rd Mon, FebChinese3rd Demo Meeting
Mar 20083rd Mar1st Mon, MarEnglish4th Demo Meeting
17th Mar3rd Mon, MarChinese5th Demo Meeting
31st Mar5th Mon, MarChinese6th Demo Meeting
Apr 20087th Apr1st Mon, AprEnglish 7th Demo Meeting
21st Apr3rd Mon, AprChinese8th Demo Meeting

International Speech Contest on 28th February 2008

It is that time of the year when powerful toastmasters from the D'Utama crop of speakers gather to pit their skills, wit and class against each other to determine the best of them all. Come witness their titanic struggle to emerge at the Best Speaker of 2008!


1) Eugene Ng
2) Calvin Lim
3) Johnson Yike
4) Jessy Chahal
5) G. Siva
6) Hanzo Ng
7) Marcus Loi

Role players:

Contest chairperson: Goh Sheen Yee
ASA 1: Joanne Tham
ASA 2: Joey Wong Wei Liang

1) Peter Yu
2) Teoh Chun Ming

Ballot counter:
1) Ooi Li Ann
2) Karine Koh

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year!

On behalf of the D'utama EXCO, here's wishing you...


Gong Xi Fa Cai
Ang Pow Nah Lai
Smile, laugh, don't cry
Remember, this year, your limit is the sky


Get down to doing what you always wanted to do and be HAPPY!

Get started on that ice-breaker, start making your first speech after 3 years and continue improving and enjoying good company!

Warm regards,
Angelene Chong

Monday, February 4, 2008

How to Maintain Your Membership with D'Utama Toastmasters

As the treasurer of the club, I would like to share with you on how to maintain your membership with D'Utama Toastmasters Club.

The membership subscription fee to Toastmasters International is due every 6 months. The semi-annual dues are from April to September and from October to March. The payment must be made to Toastmasters International by 1st April or 1st October.

Therefore, the collection of semi-annual subscription fee at our club level will start 2 months prior to the deadline set by Toastmasters International.

Hence, we would like to take this opportunity to bring the following items to your attention:

  1. Semi-Annual Membership Subscription Dues to Toastmasters International, for period from April 2008 to September 2008, is RM150.00.

  2. Prepaid Entrance Fees to our regular Thursday meetings (April 2008 - September 2008) is RM100.00 (optional).

We believe as a toastmasters member, you and I have been exposed to the international life long learning syllabus to enhanced our communication and leadership skills. In order to further develop and nurture these skills, we would encourage members to continue their membership with our Club.

As this Membership Subscription must reach Toastmasters International on time, your prompt payment is greatly appreciated. Your prompt payment will also ensure that you continue to receive, without disruption, the Toastmasters monthly magazine, amongst other benefits.

In addition, we would like to encourage you to participate in the Prepaid Entrance Fees programme of only RM100.00 for 6 months. For this period (April 2008 – September 2008), there will be about 13 meetings. This means you will save up to RM30 by prepaid system. If you choose to join this programme, your payment of the Semi Annual Membership Subscription and Prepaid Entrance Fees will be a total of RM250.00.

Kindly take note that any payment later than 30th April 2008 will subject to re-instatement fee of RM50.00.

Mode of Payment:

  1. Cash payable during Club regular meetings (1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of every month)

  2. Issue a cheque payable to D'Utama Toastmasters Club.
    a) by hand during club meetings; or
    b) by post
    The Treasurer, Marcus Loi, No. 34, Jalan 1, Kg. Cheras Baru, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.
    Note: Please remember to write your name on the reverse side of the cheque

Finally, we would like to wish all members Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Holiday and Happy Valentine Day.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Marcus Loi
Treasurer 2007/2008
D'Utama Toastmasters Club
Mobile : 012-654 9755

Friday, February 1, 2008

ACL4: My first time...


This is speech no 4 in the ACL Manual (Speaking to Entertain). It is about adding drama to your speech. The speech was conceived with the main theme of dancing especially Salsa. It was presented with some co-coordinated dance moves and was generally funny.

Actual Speech:

“Ok! Everyone put your left feet forward and step… Now step back and pull your left back. After that, put your right feet back and step. After that pull it back and finish. That is a Mambo! Vijaaay, what’s that?”.
[Show bargirl dance! tatatatata]… “Mambo?”
“No! I don’t think so”

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen.

My first dance move I learned was called the Mambo. It was a simple move which goes front and then back [demo]. But when I learned it for the first time, it was as hard as learning to walk the first time.

My salsa teacher’s name is Fasilito. He is the master of dance masters. The guru of salsa. A Malaysian who should have been born a Latino. Fasilito has been a salsa dancer for 17 years and has been transforming guys like me who don’t know their left butt cheek from their right to men with EXTREMELY good butt co-ordination skills.

This story is about my extremely talented dance teacher and his equally untalented student who god decided to bless with two left feet. In the beginning, it was like this:

“Class! You start off with the left, right, left, right, right, left, right and finally left. Vijaaaaay, can you show the class!” – Fasilito

HUH! Show the class? Hmm… [Show bargirl dance! tatatatata]… One of the most daunting thing about dance is the legwork. Knowing which leg goes where is harder than it sounds. After a couple of dance instructions, you start questioning the left from the right… Part 2.

“Men! I want you take your dance partner by hand. Don’t stand there lar, go hold the girl! By the hand and not other parts Ok!”

My first time holding a girl. I am usually comfortable with girls but actually holding their hands for an extended period of time. Now, that is strange. The last time I did that to a girl, she started crying and ran off to complain to my kindergarten teacher. And yet! Dance defies social limitations… It teaches you to be comfortable with your fellow human being especially from the opposite sex. And with that, we move on to Part 3.

“Men! lead the girl… Don’t just hold her hand. Guide her through the turn… Don’t push her until she break her leg. Remember, she break her leg, after that she will break your leg…”

Ahhh! The art of leading. Dance is the last arena where guys will always lead and girls will have to follow. Having said that, most guys who are beginners like me sometimes wish it was the other way around. There are sooo many things to remember in dance like timing, music and footwork that trying to lead just overloads the mind. It is just like asking a girl out, if not done properly, you could suffer a fate worst than death… Humiliation! Moving on to Part 4 of the lesson.

“Now remember the timing Class!… 1,2,3… 5,6,7… 123… 567; 123…; Vijaaaay! What comes after 3?”

Emmmm! 4?

“No!No!No… Its 567! Aiyoh! You never learn counting at school ar”

Hmm… For as long as I can remember there was always a 4 in class. No wonder it is called the creative arts. You are supposed to creatively leave out numbers! However, I did find out later that the 4 is there… Just that it’s a silent 4 which helps you keep track of the song’s rhythm. At the end of the lesson when I got most of the stuff right...

“Not bad! You can dance after all… I think you can be a good dancer. Just that it take 15 years that’s all ! “

Fasilito always had a sharp sense of humor! It is hard to hate someone who is teaching you how to become graceful. [step forward turn] When the steps really started to gel and I wasn’t tripping over myself, dancing becomes really fun. [Sycopath and turn]. There is no better feeling in the world when you are able to slide your way on a dance floor with your partner and for a moment, the whole world fades away in the background and all that is important is just you, her and the rhythm of…

Rhythm of SALSA!

Thank you!

By, Vijay Balasegaram

CC8: Citius, Altius, Fortius


This is speech no 8 in the Competent and Leadership manual.

Actual Speech:

Thank you TME. Citius, Altius, Fortius. Worry not, ladies and gentlemen. You’re not in the wrong room. We are all still in the Toastmasters meeting.

Good evening Mr President, fellow Toastmasters and guests. Tonight I’m going to talk about the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games is often referred to as ‘The Olympics’ or ‘The Games’. The Olympics Games is a multi-sport event, subdivided into summer and winter sporting events.

The Games is held every four years. The summer and winter games were both held in the same year until 1992 whereby the two games were separated and held two years apart. The most recent Summer Games was held in 2004 in Athens while the most recent Winter Games was held in 2006 in Turin.

Now, let’s move on to some brief history of the Olympic Games. The original Olympic Games was held for the first time in 776 BC in the ancient city of Olympia in Greece. The Games was celebrated until AD 393. The Olympics was revived after discontinued for centuries when the International Olympic Committee or IOC was set up in 1894. The Summer Games held in Athens two years later in 1896 was the first Modern Olympics.

The Olympic Motto is ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’. It is actually a Latin phrase meaning ‘Swifter, Higher and Stronger’. That probably explains why the Olympic Games is regarded as the competition ground of the world’s greatest athletes.

The Olympics is so highly regarded that even an athlete that qualifies to the Olympics is already so well respected and called an Olympian, regardless whether or not he wins the competition. Winning is not everything in the Olympic Games. The famous Olympic Creed reads:

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.

The Olympic rings are five intertwined rings each representing the five inhabited continents in the world. The Americas are regarded as one single continent. So they are the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. They appear in five colours – red, blue, green, yellow and black. The colours were chosen such that each nation would have at least one of these colours in its national flag.

Here we have the list of host cities of the Modern Olympic Games from 1896 to present. This time would be the third time an Asian city hosting the Olympic Games. The Europe has organised the Games for a record of 15 times, the North America six and the Oceania twice. Only two continents have never hosted the games before, the South America and Africa.

The upcoming Games will be held in the Chinese capital of Beijing. Beijing won the bid to host the Games in 2001, defeating Osaka, Istanbul, Madrid and Paris. The Games will be held from August 8th until August 24th 2008. Probably Joanne would have the answer why the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee has chosen August 8th 2008 to start the Games.

The Games this year would be one of the biggest and the most expensive in the Olympic Games history. Some 12 000 competitors from 203 countries around the globe will compete in 302 events in 28 sports. The theme for the Games this year is ‘One World One Dream’. Official mascot of the Games is the Chinese dolls called Fuwa.

Here are some of the pictures of the competition venues. This is The National Stadium where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held. It has a 80 000-seat capacity and nicknamed the ‘Bird’s Nest’. This is the National Indoor Stadium where the gymnastics and wushu events will be held. This is the National Aquatic Center nicknamed the ‘Water Cube’. The swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events will all be held here. Impressive huh?

Most of the events will be held in Beijing. Hong Kong will host the equestrian event. Football preliminaries will be held in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao.

It is now less than 200 days left before the Games begin. The Beijing Olympic Organising Committee is now busy with the last phase of the preparatory work before they usher the world to the Games in August. Among the preparatory work currently under way are completing the sports facilities, reducing the traffic congestion, reducing the pollution level and upgrading the public transportation.

Let us all hope everything will go well and Beijing will host the most successful games ever. Over to you, TME.

By, Teoh Chun Ming

ACL: The Xavier Institute (Evaluation Included)


Toastmaster Calvin Lim presents a speech from the ACL Manual (Special Occasion Speeches). The speech was about a famous comic character. This was during the Speaker's Night on 31st Jan 2008. Evaluation was given by Yap Chean Sheong.


Evaluation presented by Yap Chean Sheong.