Monday, December 27, 2010

Meeting on 16 December 2010

Dear members,

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Humour Session:

Project Speaker #1:

Project Speaker #3

Christine Chee goes to Europe!

Christine Chee has been a member of D'Utama Toastmasters Club since October 2009. Recently she went on a trip to Europe covering the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Switzerland and here she shares her experience with us :

Posing with the spitting image of King Henry VIII

A neighbourhood in Staines, West London

English snow made with Malaysian hands

Cycling in Staines

Views along the River Thames

What started out as just a notion to experience snow became a reality when a family friend decided to organize a winter holiday in Europe for the school break. Three weeks! I have not taken leave from work this long before and was feeling apprehensive about ‘What If’s’ and then with some kind of profound rational intervention, trailing it with a more pragmatic ‘Why not?’ and I was all set.

Friends were asking ‘Why go in the winter? It’s going to be cold and you will have shorter daylight time to do things.’ Well, I guess we were all mad then, all the three female adults (excluding two children) were virtually mad! Aside from pictures of winter and the occasional visit to Genting Highlands, I had absolutely no idea what winter cold would be like.

I was too lazy to poke my nose into the planning bit, i.e. choosing the places to visit and left it all to the chief organizer who had spent her university days in the UK some more than 30 years ago! (Yeah, I know, it’s a long time ago - things and places have changed.)

Stemming from a mother’s worry to clothe her child from the cold, I got slightly carried away in getting winter clothing.

We flew with Air Emirates and touched down at London Heathrow Airport where we were met by Jim, a wonderful friend of our chief organizer.

The following is a general idea of our itinerary. London (2 nights) > Paris (4 nights) > Venice > Florence then to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and back to Stansted Airport, London where we spent 10 days at Staines, west London.

On the first day at Staines, we went for a very lovely walk along the River Thames where the Windsor Castle is close by. Jim told us (still open for verification) that the Queen stays at Windsor Castle on the weekends and when she is there, there will be two flags flying; one, the Union Jack and the other, the Monarch’s flag. The children were firing questions at Uncle Jim about when it will snow. And Uncle Jim, the kind and very knowledgeable soul that he is (he is a retired ex-teacher/lecturer) filled us up on the history of the place. We stayed at Jim’s place. I wondered how Jim could take all the nonsense from 3 and one half Asian ladies and plus a nosy noisy boy in his house.

The next day, it was the EuroStar to Paris. We visited the usual touristy places like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc De Triomphe, Seine river cruise, Notre Dame (climbed all the 300 spiral stairs steps right to the top to the bell that was supposedly rung by Quasimodo. We did a bicycle ride tour to the Palace of Versailles where we stopped by the local market to get some picnic food stuff.

It is nice to admire man-made structures. Looking at their sheer enormity and intricate designs, I tried to understand the ancient technologies that existed back in those days, the people that were being used to build those structures. History is not my cup of tea but I do marvel at the ‘power’ within these people to make their dreams come true. The blood, sweat and tears of the nameless ordinary men who helped build them.

My personal interests were visiting natural landscapes, market places and interacting with the locals bearing in mind, language plays such a big part. French food at the cafes and pubs were delectably awesome.

Our next leg was to Zurich, Switzerland to see snow (actually the Alps has snow 365 days – no need to go during winter).

Zurich is such a clean and organized place and the people are so friendly. We signed up for the Mount Titlis tour. On the morning to the coach, it started to drizzled tiny bits of snow and that got us so excited, Malaysians seeing snow for the first time! Shortly after that, the snow came in bigger flakes and it was all over the place and we were so thrilled, snapping pictures away. It was a fantastic tour of Mount Titlis and I felt like I was inside a picture with the majestic snow covered mountains.

Next we traveled to Milan then Venice. Stalls upon stalls of the legendary masks (can I safely say from ‘Phantom of the Opera’?) greeted us. It rained on our full day and we just did a walk about. The Gondola was not working due to the rain so nothing romantic happened. We did have great food and wine though. Next stop to Leaning Tower of Pisa and then back to Staines, London.

We visited Windsor Castle. The State Room where the Queen receives her guests (which was opened to the public during our visit) was really grand.

We attended an afternoon matinee Theatre Show, Les Miserables, visited the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, London Dungeon, Eye of London, Big Ben and etc.

We had very short daylight hours and when 4.30 pm arrived, it was already dark like it was 8 pm.

I hardly ever watch the weather news in Malaysia. However, in London it is more than a daily event. We listened to weather reports and of course news of the Tube workers’ strike before planning the day out. For the record, we actually experienced the heaviest snow in the UK. The last heavy snow was 25 years ago. On the last 2 days before our departure, temperature dipped to -10 degrees Celsius. Did we get more than we bargained for? I guess we did.

I believe the best part of any holiday, is creating fond memories and spending time with loved ones and friends.

View of the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Arc De Triomphe

Outside the Saint James Club, Paris

Venice on a rainy day

The famous Venetian masks

Beautiful Murano glass artifacts

Having fun in the snow at Mount Titlis, Switzerland

YLP Dream Team!

D’Utama Youth Leadership Programme: Molding the Leaders of Tomorrow

D'Utama Toastmasters recently conducted its Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) at Menara Mutiara Bangsar on 20 & 21 November 2010 to 17 participants to a resounding success. Jonathan Moh was facilitator and a mentor during these 2 days and here is what he had to say :

Levin with a participant

Calvin Lim (above) was speaker for Listening/Evaluation and Alex Tan (below) was speaker for Voice and Vocabulary and kept the participants entertained throughout his 15-minute presentation.

"Communication and Leadership. Two simple words but they can take a lifetime to master the ins and outs behind them. That is what the D’Utama Toastmasters Club seeks to instill within the younger generation. One of ways we pass down these skills is through our Youth Leadership Program held from the 20th to the 21st of November.

The mastermind aka the Chief Coordinator was none other than Hoo Sze Ling, the Vice President of Public Relations of the club. Gathering a team of young and able members, they put their hearts and souls into mentoring the 17 participants who attended the 2-day course. The team ran workshops centered around topics such as How to Organize Your Speech, Body Gestures and Vocal Variety. Moreover, no Toastmaster Program would be complete without its workshops on Evaluation and Table Topics. Experienced Toastmasters like Johnson Yike, Alex Tan and Nancy Liew took their time to share their experience with the participants during the program. Their expertise proved invaluable to the participants who will apply these skills in the future. In addition, it was an eye opener for first-time speakers like Jonathan Moh and Jamie Phuah who found the challenge exhilarating as it tested their public speaking skills.

D’Utama Toastmasters Club always believes that practice makes perfect. Therefore, we had the participants craft their own speeches with the assistance of their mentors on any topic they desire. It was an encouraging sight to see mentors such as Bell Xun, Hafidz and Zad Datu adopt their roles with passion and dedication. The participants presented their speeches to the best of their abilities and received feedback from various evaluators on how to further hone their skills. Coupled with the talks from the workshop, we incorporated both theory and practice for them and a marked improvement was seen within them at the end of the program.

Sometimes the greatest lesson one learns by discovering it themselves. On the second day, the participants had to prepare a short presentation based on a scenario they were given and utilize the skills they have learnt within the 2 days. That was the moment they had to practice their leadership skills as their mentors stood watch nearby. The task required them to brainstorm for ideas, lead the following discussion and motivate their teammates. The mentors allowed gave them free reign over their ideas and only gave tips when needed. In this way, the participants unconsciously exercised the skills which they will need when they take up leadership positions in the future.

The YLP workshop utilizes both deductive and inductive learning where skills are explicitly taught and the participants can also glean it from their speeches and the conduct of the mentors. It was a great relief and satisfaction when the program came to and end. However, seeing the faces and appreciation on the participants’ faces just gave us another reason to continue maintaining our passion in the future."
Jamie Phuah gave an amazing performance
 as mentor for this YLP

Hafidz is a seasoned YLP mentor

Gan Poh Lin also served as evaluator giving
positive and helpful evaluations to the participants

Ruth Ting was evaluator for the second day

Leading by example, President Marcus Loi took on multiple roles
during the YLP : evaluator, Food & Beverage coordinator,
and ballot counter, amongst others!

Nancy Liew was mentor, speaker and videographer

Bell was mentor and facilitator for the
fun and invigorating Group Activities

Zad Datu also came on board as
evaluator for the YLP for the second day
Jonathan was faclitator and mentor for the YLP.
He is also the writer of this article.

Johnson working with his mentees

For more photos of the Youth Leadership Programme, please click on the links below :

For photographs taken by Stevem Lai, click here
For photographs taken by Ian, click here

Calvin Lim, ACS reports on the 18th District 51 semi-annual convention!

District 51 18th semi-annual convention was held from 29th-31st October 2010 at the Legends Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Immediate Past Area B4 Governor and Past President, Calvin Lim, ACS was there at the convention, also serving on the Organizing Committee for one of the events that took place at the convention.

"Ever since last term 2009/2010, District 51 Peninsula Malaysia has separated with Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesia – to form another District 87, I could not imagine how the Toastmasters convention would be without them. No matter, the semi-annual Kuala Lumpur Toastmasters convention was to proceed and we had it at the Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur from 29th October to 31st October 2010.

Due to work commitment on Friday itself, I had excused myself from the District Council meeting – perhaps it was the least of my concerns. However, I attended their Welcome Night Dinner on the first night and some members were in the mood to dress-up in their favourite costumes; in line with the theme “The Night of the Superheroes”. Some members did invest reasonably well (in time, effort, and money) to mimic their die-hard characters as closely as possible. For instance, I could see Superman, Superwoman, X-men characters, ancient Chinese empress, Zorro, Roman soldiers, and the list goes on!

Meeting up with old and new friends was indeed refreshing, meeting so many members from different Clubs, both local and from other states have drawn us closer as a “1Toastmasters family”. The first night was still young but I headed home to get sufficient rest. The next day early in the morning, the Opening Ceremony committee team and I had an important role to perform – under the leadership of Sue Ding.

And so before the sun rose, the Opening Ceremony committee team and I were already present at the Grand Ballroom (approximately 7.00am) to finalize the details and ensure that we had not overlooked anything. I was in charge of ensuring the volunteers such as flag bearers and ushers were briefed on what they needed to do and we had a quick trial run – so that everyone knew their positions and responsibilities.

It was first experience for everyone (including myself) and it was not surprising that confusion, anxiety, and frustration arose. Nevertheless, we behaved professionally and understood that everyone were trying to put the best show – for the audience and also to give a good impression for our invited VIP, YB Senator Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Despite the fact that we started 10-15 minutes later than planned for the commencement of the opening ceremony, we did put the best show and most members were impressed on how the ushers and flag bearers, especially, carried themselves with dignity and pride. After the opening ceremony, there was a feeling of huge relief that our job was “finally over”. Furthermore it was simply marvelous and unexpected that we performed tremendously well and I salute these people (opening ceremony committee team and volunteers) for their dedicated service to Toastmasters – willingly and unconditionally.

Thereafter on the same day, we continued with our itinerary of attending workshops conducted by invited speakers from personal grooming to creative thinking, self-development and so on. The lessons were thought provoking, interesting to know, and most importantly, we learnt something from these workshops – to be used in our work and personal life.

The Gala Night was held the following night and most members were in their best dress or suit – to glitter and to grab attention; like any superstars. Though the food was not up to my expectation, the company among friends and strangers made up for the “loss and disappointment”. The dinner was in a light-hearted atmosphere among friends and I enjoyed conversations and laughter with these people. As if the dinner at the gala night was not enough, some members adjourned to party and drink at the hotel’s “Monkey’s Bar” and I have never partied so hard and “drank so responsibly” for such a long time; since my school days – believe it or not!

On the next day, Sunday, it was the event highlight that everyone had been waiting for. The Humorous and Evaluation Speech Contest began with unexpected twist, smiles, laughter, and surprises. There were ten (10) contestants for the Humorous Speech and the champion is Ooi Ing Chyuan, with his speech title, “Dealing with Fluctuation”. Whereas for Evaluation Speech contest, the test speaker was Stephen Fernando with the speech title, “One More Day” and the champion for Evaluation speech is Muthukumaran Kodiappen. Both of the champions are from Penang and they have taken the crown and glory – fair and square!

As they say, all good things must come to an end with everyone heading for home with a heavy heart. Nonetheless, we knew that we would meet again at the Annual Penang Toastmasters Convention to be held from 29th April 2011 to 1st May 2011! I am quite sure that it will be another great event and I cannot wait for it!"

Click here for the special District 51 newsletter on the 18th semi-annual convention
Click here to view more photos of the convention (photos courtesy of Lim Lay Kun, Jamila Khan, Yeoh Cheng Lim and Yoges)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Meeting on 2 December 2010

This evening's meeting we say our dynamic gamer and rocking English teacher Toastmasters Jonathan Moh taking the reins again as the Toastmasters of the evening. He demonstrated an extended confidence and saw us through the evening with his colourful descriptions of each role player and witty remarks after each speaker presented their speeches.

He also rallied some of our senior members to the meeting such as our Past President ACS Allen Kam, who delivered an inspiring Teh Tarik for the Soul. For those who have missed it, do not fret and enjoy the video below;

D’Utama Toastmasters Club also celebrated the birthday of its members and they were greeted with song and cake;

After the usual scrumptious refreshment, the meeting proceeded with 3 assignment speakers and one was from one of our newest member, Guru who delivered his first speech in the club, the Ice Breaker,

It progressed to Nik Datu who is one speech ahead with his project #2, Organize Your Speech

And our final speaker for the evening, Eric Lim with project #4, How to Say It.

All in the all the meeting was filled with much laugher and excitement. It is always a refreshing experience here in D’Utama Toastmasters Club. I’m sincerely looking forward to the next meeting on 16 December 2010.

written by Johnson Yike

Sunday, December 12, 2010

For more information, please contact

Ng Soon Kheong (Organizing Chairman) HP No: 012-4713079 Email:


June Lim (Registration/Hospitality Director) HP No: 012-4380277 Email:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Club Visits in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai

Distinguished Toastmaster, Soh Fong Wai recently made a trip to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai and managed to visit Toastmasters clubs in each city! Here, he speaks to the Vice-President of Public Relations, Hoo Sze Ling, CC, about what he learnt and observed from these clubs, and just how different they are from D’Utama Toastmasters Club!

Hoo Sze Ling, Vice-President of Public Relations : You visited Toastmasters Clubs in these 3 cities: Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai recently.

Soh Fong Wai, Distinguished Toastmaster : I love club visits, most club have their own unique club culture and I am glad I had the chance to experience some of them in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

HSL : Which specific club did you go to?

SFW : The clubs I visited are as follows:

Taiwan-Prestige Toastmasters Club, Taipei
Hong Kong- Dynamic Toastmasters Club, Kowloon Toastmasters Club & Victoria Toastmasters Club
Shanghai-Amazing Friday Toastmasters Club, Lighthouse Toastmasters Club

HSL : Who were the key people you met in each club? Did you meet any Toastmasters in these clubs who really impressed you or were outstanding?

SFW : Yes, a person called Irene, who is a past Division Governor of Hong Kong. She shared many tips with me on how to make a club meeting successful. She had a very unique plan to help the new members to progress with their journey in Toastmasters.

HSL : What did you observe/learn from these clubs?


With Prestige Toastmasters Club, Taiwan - members focus on improving their language. The Language Evaluator‘s report is delivered after the General Evaluator’s Report. The Language Evaluator has 5 minutes for their report and the General Evaluator’s use of language is evaluated by the Language Evaluator too. Their meeting is held in a “coffee house”, very special indeed.

As for Dynamic Toastmasters Club, Hong Kong – the President is a senior Toastmaster as well as a Past Division Governor. Meeting attendance is good. Members need to “fight” for slots as Table Topics speakers and join a queue for speaking slots. Excellent leadership is evident here and it is a club with many strengths including :

1) Extra awards to motivate members to progress with their communication and leadership track
2) Lots of additional social activities to improve members’ bonding
3) Creative educational plan for new members
4) Senior Members actively involved in club meeting
5) Excellent Meeting quality
6) Many guests in each meeting
7) Senior members of the club help the club to build future leaders
8) The club promote both the leadership and communication track

In Kowloon Toastmasters Club, Hong Kong - Many professional members, good meeting attendance & a very friendly environment.

In Victoria Toastmasters Club, Hong Kong – The oldest Club in Hong Kong, the culture of this club is involves an “after-meeting dinner” and members have great fellowship and bonding after their regular meeting. The average cost per dinner is RM50/= or more and Gate fees (excluding food) is approximately RM25. So prepare to pay for RM75/= per meeting in Hong Kong!

Amazing Friday Toastmasters Club, Shanghai- Attendance reaches more than 80 people at every meeting! The club focuses on building leadership skills. They meet every Friday evening, 4 meetings a month and each meeting includes a small session which invites successful young entrepreneurs to share their success stories. Such sessions are very relevant to people who wanted to start their own business and they manage to attract many young, enthusiastic members.

Lighthouse Toastmasters Club, Shanghai- has a very nice meeting venue, meetings are very similar to that conducted at D’Utama Toastmasters Club. This club’s main focus is communication

HSL : How different were these clubs from D’Utama Toastmasters Club and what ways were they different? Is there anything that we can perhaps take from those clubs and implement in our own club?

SFW : The strength of DUtama Toastmaster’s Club is that we focus on communication and fellowship. We have good evaluation for members and on the whole, members speak reasonably good English.

Sometimes I feel we should also recognize the importance of leadership skills as this will lead to a successful career. A club must encourage members to move forward in both communication and leadership track to truly maximize their potential.

A successful club in my view is one which has many sound and strong leaders in its midst.

Our advantage over most of the clubs I visited is that D'Utama has a very comfortable meeting venue, compared to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai. Many clubs in Kuala Lumpur are lucky because we can have the furniture arranged in a U-shaped fashion, which is one of the most conducive formats for Toastmasters meetings. In countries like Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai, rental of premise can be expensive and many clubs do not have U-shaped meeting arrangement.
HSL : Fong Wai, thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I believe you have inspired some of our members to visit more clubs, especially those abroad and others may also realise that our club's door fee of RM10 now seem so miniscule compared to what others have to pay!

N.B. All photos have been provided courtesy of Soh Fong Wai, DTM.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Why Toastmaster of the Evening?

Ruth Ting became a member of D'Utama Toastmasters Club in November 2009 and recently took on the role of a Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) at the meeting on 18 November 2010. Here she shares about her experience as TME and encourages others to take on the role which most members would shirk away from at meetings. Ruth's theme for her meeting was “Try and fail, but don't fail to try”.

I had done emcee roles with my company & church events. Nevertheless, the high expectations I placed on myself prevented me from taking up emceeing again when I had encountered some glitches.

I would like to thank David Chuah who told me “You’ll get a guidance folder for you to start your TME journey with D’Utama”. I took advantage of the materials. I no longer worried what to say throughout the meeting. At least, I had prepared some parts of my speech.

My greatest fears were to encourage & convince others, speaking impromptu and last- minute changes which I needed to manage well.

Big thanks to the role players on 18th November 2010, especially 2 maiden ASAs (Yap Ying Shuen & Ho Liam Chang). They came with positive mindsets & attitudes (ie. Checking with members about what to do, let me know what they are confident in doing & the challenges they faced). This has eased my role as TME.

Looking through the packed agenda, I knew time was critical. I started the meeting without counting my sheep. I made some mistakes which I managed to detect later. Toastmasters is a place to make mistakes & learn from them.

I was very lucky to get supportive members who helped to guide me through my mistakes. Many thanks to Nancy Liew, Calvin Lim, Hoo Sze Ling, amongst others. I got my last minute stand in General Evaluator Yip Wah Pung. So what are you waiting for? Take up the role now & there are many of us willing to help you in one way or another.

Taking on the role of TME helped me regain my confidence. I developed skills in co-ordination, persuasion, motivation, time management, communication & leadership, I definitely look forward to taking on more TME roles in the future.

Ruth receives a token of appreciation from Club President,
Marcus Loi, CC, CL for her role as TME

Ruth Ting

D’Utama Toastmasters Club Mentor-Mentee Workshop on 25 November 2010

Lee Wei Seong, ACG served as facilitator for the mentor-mentee workshop
Zad Datu was at the workshop and reports as follows:

The Mentor-Mentee Workshop organized by Ginger Koh, our Vice President of Membership, and led by Lee Wei Seong, ACG was held at The Rocket United Café, Jalan SS2/63, Petaling Jaya on 25th November 2010 and started 7.30pm. It is the only café or restaurant I’ve ever seen or heard of, for me at least, which has a whole row of bed, which came along with pillows and lap bed tables. The cosiness and the sense of reassurance which the café brings to us with the addition of being with the wonderful people of D’Utama Toastmasters members allowed us to let go of any sense of insecurity deluding us to fall prey and sinking ourselves into the illusion of being in the comfort of our own homes amongst our family. But, in a way, we are. Well, at least the D’Utama Toastmaster family, that is.

Among present at the meeting besides the two previously mentioned were, of course, our current President, Marcus Loi, CC, CL; Johnson Yike, DTM; Nancy Liew, ACS, ALB; Calvin Lim, ACS; Steven Lai, CC; Yap Bell Xun; Yap Ying Shuen; Hoo Sze Ling, CC; Levin Ganesaratnam; Jonathan Moh; Ruth Ting; Joanna Tong; Jamie Phuah; Nik and myself.

After the wonderful and perhaps a ridiculously-generous-amount-of-food-per-person dinner, Ginger gave out a brilliant introduction speech to introduce Lee Wei Seong, while verbally revealing to all of us of how nervous she was during the introduction speech itself – the first joke of the evening, then Wei Seong proceeded to take over the session and Socratically asking the listeners a series of questions as a means to drive the discussion. Along with his notepad and a pen in his hands noting down the suggested answers given by us, Wei Seong was also sure to make it clear that at this point we are all naked and exposed – in the sense that this is a session of openness and frankness regardless of criticism or compliments.

The B-Word
The first question or arguably the question of the day was “What is the one word which is the key to mentorship?” And the correct answer is simply, Bonding.

Leadership or Communication? Which Comes First in Mentorship?
It was made clear that the answer is Leadership. Some, at least I did, may think that communication is the foundation of leadership, but Marcus later pointed out that one still can lead others who don’t speak the same language. Leadership can be carried out by showing example, which may not require communication in the conventional sense. Preaching something you don’t do is still communicating, but definitely not leading.

Lead by example.

Don’t preach something you don’t do.

Another point which I was sure to take note is that as a mentor, one should follow the objective and expectations of the mentee. A mentor should not push your values unto your mentee. Let the mentee move at the pace he or she desires. Another point which Wei Seong pointed out, which applies for new members is to take the ASA (Assistant of Sergeant in Arms) role as the first role as it is the role which makes you obliged to communicate and interact with everyone, hence getting to know the club.

The Good in the Bad and the Bad in the Good
The discussion then went slightly off topic, out and away from mentor-mentee issues and into the topic of evaluation – the challenges of evaluating a speech which Johnson put forth. It is always a challenge for an evaluator to find the bad in the good (the weak in the strong) and the good in the bad (the strong in the weak) in a speech. If the speech ‘sucked badly’, the challenge is to convey the message that their speech ‘sucked badly’ in a way that would make the speaker come to you and thank you for it. If the speech was so impressive to the point that it seems flawless and seems to have no room for improvement, the challenge is to find the room for improvement.

The actual reason why the discussion went off track was due to a point Lee Wei Seong was bringing up. Which is also has relevance of the phrase “the bad in the good”. What is good about D’Utama Toastmasters members is the family-like closeness and comfort and bonding between us. And the bad in this good is what Wei Seong was challenging us to find. Nik hammered the nail right on the spot with the answer Wei Seong was looking for. The bad in this good was that due to this family-like relationship, we become extremely hesitant to be up front and critically frank with one another. This then led to the discussion that at times, the evaluation isn’t frank and critical enough, which later led to further discussion on this topic.

Are You Equipped To Be A Mentor?
Yes, you are!... You all are. This was last question of the evening. The point put forth by Wei Seong was “Just get to know to know the club” – the people; and the answer will be yes, you are equipped. Don’t stress yourself up too much on the technical stuff of the club, and you’ll be equipped.

The meeting ended just before 11pm, with still some fried chicken left for us to finish off. The meeting ended with one more final question for each and everyone, or more accurately everyone were asked to give one last feedback about this meeting, and we all had something interesting to share. One thing my brother, Nik and I noticed and discussed about on our way home was that Wei Seong was the only one who was not at all the slightest bit confused on who’s who between Nik and I (due to our strong resemblance), despite having to met me only once before this meeting and meeting Nik for the first time here. One last pointer I would like to include here stated by Wei Seong, which will definitely help me in improving myself as a speaker is to not look at the Toastmasters manual too objectively, because when you do, it may act as a constraint to go beyond it.

Pinheads Galore! by Nancy Liew, ACS, ALB

D'Utama Toastrmasters Club strike a pose at Pin Junction


D'Utama marked the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of the millenium a most historical and memorable fellowship day !!!

When Vice President-Membership a.k.a. the Organizing Chairwoman Ginger Koh called for the 10-10-10 Fellowship Day, fifteen of us sportingly took part in the bowling game at The Curve Kota Damansara. The venue is well placed in the centre of Damansara and caused no difficulty to locate. The ample parking space saved us much time to the access point and the lift led us directly to 3rd floor of Cineleisure Mall effortlessly. If anyone happened to arrive early, shopping at the bazaar in front of the mall should not be a miss!
Pin Junction, one of the premier bowling alleys in Petaling Jaya, was the place we met to start the beautiful Sunday morning.

Ginger and her companions gradually turned up. We were eager to get the balls rolling, only to be informed that that system was not set up yet. So, we proceed to get something done to fill the time.

We switched to ground floor McDonald for some foods.   Ten of us, Ginger, Bing Yee, Mei Lee, Jason Chew, Viswam, Ben, Joanna, Karin, Li Ann and I mingled trading stories and jokes, sending sounds of laughter through the morning air! 

Soon after we were back at the bowling alley all well fed, everyone began the game. Firstly, we're advised to change the shoes. Each team was divided into 5 persons, 3 tracks were used for each team.  Upon the entering name of bowlers in the score board and picked up their appropriate sizes of balls, everyone got into their stride in the game.

Joanna was the first one started the roll, her posture was feminine-pro! 

Viswam came with a not too slow, but steady roll out....  and scored!

Mei Lee in sheer concentration from swinging the ball to taking down the bowling pins.

 Jason Chew also gave it a try, resulting in a perfect strike! As time wore on, our arms felt the weight and fingers started to perspire. The balancing posture and strength of throwing the bowling really tested our skills. None of us were professional bowlers; at times, a few of us let the ball roll out off track, went down to the drain. But the experience was truly jovial!

Amidst the perky delightment, Johnson, Poh Lin, David Chuah, Steven and his two daughters joined us. 

David jumped high as all the pins dropped completely! Steven seemed to be the most skilled bowler, made three consecutives perfect scores!   As the bowlers became caught up with each other,  the results shown vast improvement of everyone in the second part of the game!  The games continued to the finished line,  Steven recorded 132 points as champion, followed by two 1st Runner Up Ben and Mei Lee, and 2nd Runner Up went to David Chuah.

Dining at the Marche after a great bowling session

The overall game took about 2.5 hours.  The fellowship day came to the end at lunch time.  A few members bade their goodbyes and the rest continued with the 10-10-10 feast special at RM10.10+ treat at The Marche!