Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fellowship Trip to Gopeng and Ipoh

Greetings to you, my fellow D'utama Toastmasters members,

Have you block your calendar on the 16th & 17the April 2011? Come on, let's pack our bags and have some fun!

In about 5 weeks time and you can look forward to our yearly D'Utama Toastmasters road trip to GOPENG and IPOH.

The main highlight, Whitewater Rafting on Sungai Kampar, has 22 rapids for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Enjoy the stunning landscape with an exciting series of "drop and pool" cascades that are surrounded by rain forest; a nature reserve for the Rafflesia flower and the Rajah Brooke butterfly. On the lower section of the river, the view opens up with vistas of Perak's unique country side featuring magnificent limestone outcrops and rustic villages.

And then, followed by IPOH FOOD-A-THON along the way and "NIGHT TOASTING TIME" at Ipoh Tower Regency Hotel & Apartments and also sight seeing activities.

Spaces are limited to 16 pax only. So reserve your spot ASAP to avoid disappointment!!!

Yours truly,
Ginger Koh
Vice President of Membership,
D'Utama Toastmasters Club

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 17 March 2011

Greetings Fellow Toastmasters,

We had a total of four speakers during our regular meeting on 17th March 2011. We have our very eager new Toastmasters delivering their speeches and hence able to see three speech projects from the Competent Communicator manual in the following sequence;

Speaker & Evaluator #1: CC#1 - Ice Breaker

Speaker & Evaluator #2: CC#2 - Organize Your Speech

Speaker & Evaluator #3: CC#3 - Get to the Point

Speaker & Evaluator #4: CC#8 - Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

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Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 3 March 2011

Speaker #1: CC #2 - Organize Your Speech

Speaker #2: CC #7 - Research Your Topic

Speaker #3

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Video: D'Utama Toastmasters Table Topic Contest (2010/2011)

Greetings Fellow Toastmasters & Guest,

On 19 January 2011, D'Utama Toastmasters Club conducted it's annual club level Table Topic Contest for the term 2010/2011. It was a truly amazing contest with 10 courageous contestants aiming for the position of CHAMPION !!!!

Question: "How relevant is the Servant Leader concept in today's world?"

Contestant #1 - Calvin Lim

Contestant #2 - Henry Fu

Contestant #3 - G. Sivalingam

Contestant #4 - Jonathan Moh

Contestant #5 - Joseph Tham

Contestant #6 - Christopher Leong

Contestant #7 - Allen Kam

Contestant #8 - Hoo Sze Ling

Contestant #9 - Gan Teong Hock

Contestant #10 - Johnson Yike

To know the results, kindly view the following post;

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Jonathan Moh is seen here receiving his ribbon from President Marcus Loi, CC, CL for achieving Competent Communicator.

Jonathan Moh joined D'Utama Toastmasters Clubin September 2009 and attained Competent Communicator (CC) status in December 2010. He talks about how he felt the day he became a CC.
"It was over. My first 10 speeches done and Competent Communicator status achieved. As I sat down to the applause of the audience, I slowly reflected over the past year when I first started my Toastmasters journey.

Contrary to what I first thought, it wasn’t happiness or a sense of achievement that flooded me but rather the feeling of relief. It was relief that I had finally finished learning the foundation of the art of public speaking. The words of a friend came back to me in the midst of my soliloquy about a discussion we had about martial arts. “Now I’ve gotten my black belt and I’m finally going to start learning taekwondo.” It was like he had finally mastered the letters of the alphabet and now he’s ready to learn to construct words and sentences. It was the same with my Toastmasters journey. I’m now finished with the foundation and now I’m going to further explore the alphas and omegas of public speaking from entertaining speeches to interpretive reading. Another turn of the page on the path to enlightenment.

I shall choose not to dwell for too long on this victory but take it in stride as I move forward towards greater challenges. We are all pilgrims on this road to success and this is where we stand by each other during this period, now and always. This is the time where bonds are formed, friendships are forged and disciplines perfected and refined. As I await the arrival of the manuals I ordered, I shall rest, observe and prepare for the next leg of this journey. I for one know that the road will be tough but I will never be alone. As long as there are people whom I can call friend and allies, we will succeed together."


Jonathan Moh, CC is an English teacher by profession and meets many students from all walks of life and nationalities.

As D’Utama Toastmasters welcomes more members that hail from different countries and cultures, Jonathan takes this opportunity to remind us how crucial it is for us show respect for other people’s culture and beliefs, and never assume that others will automatically understand and accept our own. This is what he has to say :

"Culture. It is the one magic word that can make or break a society. She can start wars or lead us into understanding. She has many sisters who are different from her but yet the same. Therefore, to understand Culture’s differences we must first define who she is.

Culture is the way a society’s way of life, certain practices which is handed down from generation to generation. Culture defines how this group of people think, the food they eat and even their cultural gestures. Due to the vast difference between cultures, what is considered polite in a certain society may be considered rude in another one. I once had a group of Malaysian and Saudi students in my class and they were good friends with each other. The Malaysian students wanted to ask their Saudi friends out for lunch one fine afternoon and being students, they puckered their lips and made kissing sounds like how many people call the waiters at the mamak stall. The Saudi students were incensed at that gesture and a fight almost broke out. I diffused the situation quickly by explaining to the Saudis that some Malaysians (particularly the youth) use it to call their friends. That was when I found out that it was a very rude gesture in their country so the Malaysians then explained to them that they meant no offense at that gesture. This was the time I started to read up on cultural gestures from different countries.

One thing which I’m proud of the D’Utama Toastmasters Club is that we have a lot different from all walks of life including other countries. Hence, to ensure good relationships are formed among members, respect for each other’s culture is imperative. The first thing we can do is not take things personally. There are times when someone from a different culture may offend us unknowingly with the wrong gesture or something else. This is when we can ask the person or someone else the reason behind his or her actions. Take the time and trouble to find out the reason behind their actions and you may discover something new about a person’s culture and the way they look at things. However, do bear in mind that there are certain gestures that mean the same thing almost anywhere such as the handshakes and emphasis on punctuality due to globalization. It is these gestures and social rules we must not get them wrong.

To sum things up, experience is usually the best teacher as no matter how well read we are on cultures; there may be certain individuals who choose to behave differently from their fellow peers in their society. Therefore, have fun discovering a new world and you will be richer as a result."

Levin does New Year Eve in Singapore!

G.Levin recently took a trip down to Singapore (his first one too!) to usger in the New Year. Here's how he spent it:

"My New Year’s Eve celebrations in Singapore begin on the afternoon itself. My friends and I took the monorail into Sentosa Island from the connecting shopping centre. One of the first places we went on the island was the Resort Casino. At the entrance of casino was what I think is the model of a Lamborghini. Naturally we took photos and post our best glam shots. Contrary to what you might think, we did not gamble in the casino; however we did have some drinks at the bar. Next stop at Sentosa was Universal Studio. Instead of entering the theme park, my very stylish friends and I spent one hour again taking photos of the huge globe outside the theme park. Just before we left Sentosa, we just had to stop at the Hard Rock CafĂ©.

After Sentosa Island, we arrive at Marina Bay. This was where we planned to spend the rest of the night until the countdown. The main attraction of Marina Bay is the Las Vegas Sands hotel and casino. Again we visited the casino at the hotel but did not gamble. While waiting for the countdown, we visited many shopping centers. When midnight finally arrived, the spectacular fireworks were truly a sight worth waiting for. The only sad note of the evening was the journey back to our local residence. Immediately after the fireworks, we zoomed back to the MRT station along with everybody else. My friends were standstill in a people jam for an hour waiting to enter the MRT station. But fortunately we did manage to get on the train back to our station.

In conclusion, despite a relatively short first trip to Singapore, I believe I covered a lot of ground. I look forward to return to Singapore and taking a little more time to enjoy the sights the next time around."