Monday, November 26, 2012

Next Toastmasters Meeting - 29 November 2012

Latest update on 28 Nov 2012.
2nd update on 27 Nov 2012
1st update on 26 Nov 2012.

Gan Teong Hock

The Cast:
Toastmaster of the Evening       : Gan Teong Hock
Theme of the Meeting: Gratitude

ASA1 (registration) : Berry Eng
ASA2 (call meeting to order) : Jo Chung
Teh Tarik for the Soul : Jo Chung
Table Topic Master : Marilyn Lim
Table Topic Evaluator : Alex Tan, CC
Humour Master : Yip Wah Pung, DTM
Ah Counter : Nik Tozer
Time Keeper : Choong Voon Keong
Language Evaluator : Henry Fu ACB ALB
General Evaluator : Tan Saw Bee ATMG ALB (Area B4 Governor)

Assignment Speakers Project # Evaluators
1. Chee Fong Hoe CC#6 (Vocal Variety) Chai Wen Lee, CC
2. Chan Yew Choong CC#6 (Vocal Variety) Jason Chew, CC
3. Billy Low CC#7 (Research Your Topic) Ruth Ting
4. Steven Lai, CC AC#2 (Resource For Entertainment) Nancy Liew, ACS ALS

See you guys there !

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fraser's Hill Trip 15 & 16 December 2012

Where can you go to get a bit of peaceful slice of nature?
Where can you go to breathe fresh, mountain air?
Where can you go to meet your warm, friendly Toastmasters?

WHERE? Yep...Frasers' Hill (Pahang) is the place to be!
            *meeting time-Saturday 7.00am sharp at Supper Club ready to depart
            *return-Sunday late afternoon/early evening

WHEN? 15/16th DECEMBER 2012-one nite stay-Twin-sharing at PINES Resort.

WHY? To chill and get to know our fellow club members better.

HOW MUCH? RM120 per adult and RM80 per child - includes transport by private cars, accommodation and one dinner and one breakfast. Suggested picnic lunch on our own (both days)
            Deposit of RM 60 per person (non-refundable) to book your place ASAP. You can make payment at the next meeting on 29 November!

            *chilling out!
            *light jungle walk on trail, either Hemnant or Bishop or walk on quiet peaceful roads
            *Secret Games to pit “Brain versus Brawn”
            *Marathon Running
            *Nature walk with Bing
            *Sleeping competition with Sze Ling (That's me)!
            *Free and Easy...

WHAT DO WE BRING? Our own energy, enthusiasm along with...
            *own hot drink sachets                              *drinking water         *own wine
            *snacks/cakes/fruit offerings for Hi TEA sharing,in one of the apts on Saturday.
            *own medication                                       *mossie repellent and coil/vape mat
            *own towel(but Pines Resort provides     *own toiletries
            *reading book                                            *umbrella or raincoat or parka
            *torchlight (optional)                                *small day pack to carry things in

 WHAT DO WE WEAR? Suggestions below:
            *long trousers/jeans                                  *T-shirt...
            *sports shoes or trainers or hiking boots(soles must have good grip)
            *bring a jacket/fleece or Long-sleeve to keep warm at night or find a friendly TM to HUG!
            *flip flops/sandals to wear inside apartment.

Frasers' Hill Info
After a one and a half hours drive north-east of Kl you will reach Frasers' Hill. Enroute we will stop by the township of Kuala Kubu Baru(KKB) for refreshments and then continue our journey.
From the GAP the narrow road leads up 9km to the top.(drivers note that the one-way system that use to operate by time is now defunct). Coming down will be on the new road which is near our resort.

Frasers' is located on the Main Range at a height of 4000ft(1500m). A much cooler climate for walking about, breathing fresh air and chilling out. If we are lucky you can spot more than 250 species of birds, Dusky-leaf monkeys, Siamang(Largest Black gibbon in Malaysia), squirrels and a wild boar or two (or see their diggings of earth in the ground). Plants are plentiful with bright flowers blooming.
For food outlets there is the FOOD Court (local food) near the playground and a few restaurants near Puncak Inn. The more pricey places to eat of course is the Smokehouse. There are a couple of Sundry shops.
Other activities availble-boating on Alans' water, Horse-riding,archery,Golf. This will be on your own during Free and easy.

Members who have indicated interest so far:

  1. Johnson Yike & Gan Poh Lin
  2. Hoo Sze Ling
  3. Lim Bing Yee
  4. Steven Lai & Family
  5. Nancy Liew
  6. Billy Low
  7. Jack Ng
  8. Goh Sheen Yee (paid RM60 deposit)
  9. Siva (paid RM60 deposit)
Come join us and bring a friend along!! 
Contact myself (Hoo Sze Ling, or Lim Bing Yee at

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Weekend in Saujana Janda Baik

A Weekend in Saujana Janda Baik

On 3rd - 4th November, nine of us decided to spend a weekend away in Janda Baik which was only an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.

We had lunch at Restoran Chee Hong in Bukit Tinggi where we ordered the dishes recommended by the waitress. It was both Jamaine’s and Andrew’s first time trying the fried bacon in black sauce and it was apparently the restaurant’s signature dish! It was, in Jamaine’s own words “sumptuous”! It was one of the many delicious dishes Jack had ordered for everyone! When Andrew later found the sour soup being sold at the nearby stalls, he was beside himself with excitement. Some of us even bought the Bentong ginger which is known to be less fibrous than its regular ginger cousin.

We made our way up to Saujana Janda Baik after our hearty lunch. This trip was different from our regular trips --- the itinerary was completely open-ended! So we ended up playing games throughout the afternoon and any intention with regards to outdoor activities had to be quickly cancelled when torrential rains began pouring down. Even the thought of driving up to Genting had to be abandoned as by the time dusk fell, the roads were in pitch blackness. It would have been dangerous to drive to and fro in dark, slippery conditions.

So throughout the night (and this was Saturday night!), we played card games using variations of animal noises, names of capital cities, and names of cartoon characters. And we played relentlessly! It was a good thing that our accommodation was located in an isolated area as passers-by would have heard people shouting out strange names belonging to people and places that bore no relevance to the environment and bellowing out animal sounds ranging from horses neighing to pigs snorting to even wolves howling! The games truly tested our short-term memory skills and our ability to articulate non-human noises! Both Jack and Chee thought the silly card games were great fun, with Chee laughing like he hadn’t laughed in a long time and Wen Lee laughing till tears came to her eyes! Jack however thought it would have been better if we had imposed strict penalties for defaulters! A lot of us thought this was the best part of the trip.

The next morning was a leisurely one where we took a walk up the hill behind our house. Halfway through, Andrew and Wen Lee disappeared and the rest of us wondered what happened to the both of them! it was a good thing Wen Lee had her phone on her so we called her and the mystery of their short disappearance was quickly solved. They somehow found their way over to the other side of the hill! When they rejoined us, we spent some time by the river.

For Wen Lee, it was a retreat away from the hectic city life. The place we stayed in was isolated to the extent that we could not get much phone reception so there were hardly any incoming phone calls! At night, she found herself falling asleep to the soothing concert sounds of an insect orchestra

The trip was summed up by Marcus as “fun and relaxing. I had a good escape from the hectic life in town with inaccessible phone lines...kudos to Jack and Chee who drove us to this wonderful place.” Jamaine also thought it was a relaxing trip away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Levin definitely thought it was a truly enjoyable trip and hopes the club continues to organize such trips in the future!

Monday, November 12, 2012

15 November - Public Holiday

Dear members, friends and guest of D'Utama Toastmasters Club,

Kindly be informed that 15 November 2012 (Thursday) is a public holiday, 'Awal Muharam', hence we will not be having our regular meeting.

Our meeting will resume on 29 November 2012 (Thursday) @ Kolej Damansara Utama, Room 1.08 from 7:30PM to 10:00PM. Kindly check our website or Facebook page for the latest announcements.

Thank you & Salam Maal Hijrah to our Muslim friends.