Sunday, December 30, 2012

Next Meeting: 3rd January 2013

Dear members,

Its our first meeting of the year. Let's start the year with a bang !!

Kindly volunteer for the available roles and and speaking slots.
P/S: To the 4 Assignment speakers, please let me know your speech details as soon as possible by email to

Toastmaster of the Evening : Billy Low

Theme of the Meeting : A Brand New Year

ASA1 (registration) : Jo Chung

ASA2 (call meeting to order) : Vacant

Table Topic Master : Hoo Sze Ling

Table Topic Evaluator : Lim Bing Yee

General Evaluator : G.Sivalingam

Teh Tarik for the soul : Nancy Liew

Humor master : Ivy Fung

Ah Counter : VK Choong

Time Keeper : Jamaine Loo

Language Evaluator : Tan Kooi Ching

Assignment Speakers / Speech Evaluators

1. Tarca CC # 1 (Evaluator # 1 : Gan Teong Hock, DTM)

2. Jack Ng CC # 6 (Evaluator # 2 : Goh Sheen Yee, CC)

3. Teoh Chun Meng AC # 3 (Evaluator # 3: Chai Wen Lee, CC)

4. Steven Lai AC # 3 (Evaluator # 2: Johnson Yike,DTM )

Thank You. Role players, please be advised to arrive early, in any event you cannot come, please let me know asap. 

Yours faithfully,
Billy Low
Sergeant at arms
D'Utama Toastmasters Club (#5912) Catalyst @ Work

Monday, December 24, 2012

TM Members Getaway - Fraser's Hill

A write up from Jack and Billy for the trip to Fraser's Hill:

Day 1 – 15th December 2012


Its an early Saturday morning at 7am we were already gathering in anticipation of the fun and thrills that awaits us in Fraser's. Yes that's right, we are heading to Fraser's hill . Along the way we stopped for a short break in the Restoran Jejantas at Sungai Buloh and then another break at Kuala Kubu Bharu. We had a challenging time keeping up with Bing's Car. Guess she can't wait to see the birds.


Upon arrival we started off walking in the “Hemmant” trail, Bing, of course, is our tour guide of the evening. It was a wet morning so we were careful on our steps. Bing pointed out some of the trees and flowers to us but I was taking my dose of fresh air, ahhh..  i'm so addicted, since we don't get it very often in the city.


After the wet walk we went to the “Bird interpretive center” to learn something about birds. Finally we checked in to our rooms at The Pines Resort. Part of the gang went to rest after a tiring journey, for those with energy, we went out for a walk along the roads. Much to my amazement, I learned that Tarantula does exist in Fraser’s Hill. They were furry and they liked to hide in their own burrows covered with some leaves to avoid disturbance. We managed to see only 1 live Tarantula but that was enough for me to boast to my friends.


Towards the evening, the fun began with funny games. Thanks to our fun loving toastmasters. Some silly guy suggested Twisters, I think that was me. So most of us had a very good stretch after the game and who would have guessed that Alice and Kerryn (Steven’s 2 kids) beat us all flat.


After dinner, we had another dose of game called “Taboo” where each team had to guess the correct word behind the card which is described out by the partner without using the word itself. 2nd game was the fun part; the “Mafia” is a game which requires the power of strategic thoughts and social skills by a guessing game. The ability to read people is essential to win the game. I would love to play it again this time we will pay more attention to the pros, ie Bing & Johnson.


Of course we all wanted to save our best laughter for The Prank of the night where we had to find a victim who hasn’t played the game, and that is me. I was told to participate in a banana eating competition “Blindfolded”. The others quietly moved away from the scene and I was pranked live on video cam.


All in all we had a really fruitful day of fun and fellowshipping, and then we went to hit the sack.


Day 2 – 16th December 2012


After a few hours of recharge, the bird watchers (Bing, Billy, Jack and Sheen Yee) get ready at 7am to head out to Jerai Resort for the fun and exciting bird watching. Sze Ling also went along with us, she wasn’t into bird watching but a short morning jog back to the resort. 

It’s amazing to see the birds feeding on the moths. I’ve never seen anything like this before except on TV.  Bing explained to us on the name of the birds and taught us how to identify one. They are Spectacled Laughing Thrush, Javan Cukooshirike, Black and Crimson Oride, Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo and Large Billed Crow just to name a few.  People from all over the world purposely pay thousands of dollars to go Fraser’s hill for bird watching and photography. We are lucky enough to have an expert to lend us the expensive binoculars for bird watching and also thought us on identifying birds for FREE. It’s priceless.

After 2 hours of fun in bird watching, we went back to the resort for breakfast. Sze Ling joined us few minutes after. We were learned that her short morning jog turned out to be 10KM+ for her, she took the wrong turn.  She took about 1 hour and 30 minute to reach the resort which I think it’s fast considering the distance she ran.

After the breakfast, we all went to the Smoke House which had been in Fraser’s Hill since World War I. It was built by the British. We had light refreshment, nice chat and plenty of photographs.  There was where our group photos were taken. Nice job, Nancy!

Overall, we all enjoyed the trip. Everyone had fun!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Next Meeting: 20 Dec 2012

D'Utama Toastmasters Club will be held on 20th December 2012 (Thursday). This shall be the last meeting of the year 2012. It shall be lead by our diligent, determined and dedicated member, Chai Wen Lee, CC.

A memorable & Joyful day for us to celebrate '3 in 1' for Christmas, New Year and Birthday on this special day--20 December 2012, last meeting for our club in Year 2012 !

Theme of the Meeting: '3 in 1' Celebration

Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) : Chai Wen Lee, CC
ASA1 (registration) : Teoh Chun Ming, CC, CL
ASA2 (call meeting to order) : Marilyn Lim
Teh Tarik for the Soul : Henry Fu, ACB, CL
Table Topic Master : Jack Ng
Table Topic Evaluator : Paulyn Gan, ACS, ALS
Ah Counter : Andrew Chieng
Time Keeper : VK Choong
Language Evaluator : Steven Lai, CC
General Evaluator : Alex Tan, CTM

Assignment Speakers Project # Evaluators
1. Chee Fong Hoe CC#7 (Research Your Topic) Kok Loon, CC. from  Money & U
2. Chan Yew Choong CC#7 (Research Your Topic) Nancy Liew ACS, ALS
3. Billy Low CC#8 (Get Comfortable With Visual Aids) Sze Ling, ACB
4. Calvin Lim, ACS AC Speaking to Inform, project #3  (Demonstration Talk) Lee Wei Seong, ACG CL

Happy birthday to our D'utama birthday 'stars' in Oct/ Nov/ Dec :
1) Henry Fu       --14 Oct
2) Nick Tozer    --16 Oct
3) Levin             --19 Oct
4) Jamaine Loo -19 Oct
5) Berry Eng    --14 Nov
6) Gan Teong Hock--25 Nov
7) Teoh Chun Ming -28 Nov
8) Yip Wah Pung    -28 Nov
9)  Tan Kooi Ching -21 Dec

The staged has been set, now is to have FUN !!!!

[Updated as of 17 December 2012]

Friday, December 7, 2012

Meeting report for 'Time to Bloom'

Time to Bloom-a meeting develops by Lim Bing Yee ATMB...

Three months earlier a conversation between 'S.L and B.' ensued over scrumptious Korean food...

S.L.: So what can we do to make the meetings exciting?
B.: Why don't we have a 'Ladies Nite” only
S.L.: Yeah that would be guys!
B.: Think it'll be good to have all ladies speaking and do as many roles as possible.
S.L.: Yeah good idea, I'll suggest it to the committee.
B.: Ok let me know what happens. Gotta check to see if we have enough ladies to play roles. Send me the register please.
S.L: Will Do.

Two and a half-months earlier by Whatsapp an intelligent conversation continues...

S.L.: Ok the committee thought a Ladies Night would be a great idea. you be TME?
B.: Can, lah.
S.L.: Do you have a pic I can use to put up an advert on the website?
B.: Can, lah
S.L. You all right to get role players?
B.: Can, lah.
S.L.: Err sorry but I can't be there.
B.: Aiyah, no problem lah and thanks for all the stuff you've done so far.

Two weeks before meeting, to be held on the first Thursday of December, the intelligent conversation continues by Whatsapp...

B.: I've got all the role players sorted, Always like to get organised ahead of time.
S.L.: We don't have that many ladies in our club do we?
B.: Nope but don't worry, have sourced a quality lady TM from another club. She's good.
S.L.: But at least we have quality over quantity.
B.: Yep. And I like the mystery concept. Good to keep members guessing who our speakers are.
S.L.: So you're ready?
B.: Think so, will send out program via VK and let Boss know
S.L.: Good
B.: Now you go out and enjoy your holiday. We'll be right. Let you know how it goes.

The day after the meeting on the 6th December, Whatasapp connections continued between 'S.L and B'...

S.L.: Hi B! How was the meeting last night? I trust all went well
B.: Hey ho buddy. Meeting fab. A lot of guests. Possible sign ups. The mystery concept was fun. Our member N. T. last meet. We gave him a farewell card and had a good teh tarik afterwards.
S.L.: Last meet? Why? He returning to Australia?
B.: N. T. knew he was leaving. Sad huh but told him never be a stranger when you come back to KL for a visit.
S.L: Nice.
B.: And guess who dropped by? Our ex-member B X. Great to see him on hols and at meeting.
S.L.: Nice.
B.: Yep, meeting good. D'Utama always great to see friendly faces. Think Mr. resident J.Y will have videos and snippets of speakers and stuff. Check it out. Enjoy rest of hols. Don't forget to flash your best asset.
S.L.: My smile...
B.: Of course. :-) Catch you @ Frasers for 15...might go Tarantula hunting. Nite
S.L.: Can't wait. Yahoo Nite.

President's & TME's Opening Address

Teh Tarik For The Soul (Invocation Session)

Humor Session

Journey Of My Life

Evaluation Session:

A Lone Ranger Traveller

Evaluation Session:

Time To Bloom

Evaluation Session:

Speeches Evaluation Session


Monday, December 3, 2012

Toastmasters Meeting on 6th Dec 2012 (Thurs)

Dear Valued Members,
Yes it's going to be a a great night themed, 'Time to Bloom'.

We have all blossomed one way or another on our Toastmaster journey.
On the 6th of December, in full force and smiling, five mysterious young ladies will continue their ride to enrichment by presenting their speeches to you.
The ladies are only known to me as its a 'special night' for the ladies to speak. They will be revealed just before they deliver their speeches.
So who are they you say?
Ah Hah!
Come along and you'll find out. Continue to lend your endearing support and have a lot of fun.

To add more 'spring' to the evening do come dressed to BLOOM in florals or Gardening Flare! A mystery prize awaits those who dare...

A huge thanks to those who have already signed up to play a role for the Meeting of great Bloomers!
Much cheer.
Yours in Toastmaster Spirit,
Lim Bing Yee, ATM-B

The role-play line-up goes as following

Toastmaster of the Evening : Bing Yee, ATM-B
ASA 1(Registration) : Jack Ng
ASA 2 (Guest Intro) : Chan Yew Choong
General Evaluator : G.Siva, DTM
The Tarik for the Soul : Chu Shi Wei,CC
Table Topic Master : Nick Tozer
Table Topic Evaluator : Hui Eileen, CTM,CL (guest from UMW TM Club)
Humour Master : Steven Lai, CC
Language Evaluator : Teoh Chun Ming, CC ALB
Ah Counter : Ginger Koh,CC
Time Keeper : Levin G

Speakers...? Speakers Evaluators
Mystery Lady Speaker 1 ? CC #1 VK Choong
Mystery Lady Speaker 2 ? CC #2 Jason Chew,CC
Mystery Lady Speaker 3 ? ACL #4 Henry Fu, ACB,ALS
Mystery Lady Speaker 4 ? ACL #4 G.Jayam, DTM
Mystery Lady Speaker 5 ? ACL #5 Yip Wah Pung, DTM

Standby role-player :Allen Kam, ACS, AL


For Speakers thank you so much for taking the challenge.

Do bring along your manuals for the Evaluator to fill in and provide me with the following by the 4th:

1.Speech Title

2.Biodata-How long you've been with Toastmasters? Any TM titles gained?

For other role-players ...

I believe creativity is the key to growth. I leave it to you to decide whether you wish to follow the theme for the evening as I am sure you'll get a good bashing of it from me ALL night. Just enjoy your role.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Meeting Report on November 2012 by Gan Teong Hock

Regular Meeting held on 29 November 2012

The meeting started on a slow note with less than twenty participants, due partly to a heavy downpour just before the meeting. However, the good news was most of the role players were already at KDU. Once again, the commitment and dedication of D’Utama members is demonstrated by the role players tonight. Well done and congratulations to all the role players for your dedication.

As the meeting progress, more participants joined in and we ended the meeting with slightly more than thirty participants. As your TME for this meeting, I wish to record my gratitude to each and every one of you for your time and effort to attend the meeting despite the rain and heavy traffic. Thank you for your contribution to the success of this meeting.

I am also indebted to our Area Governor, Tan Saw Bee, ATMG, ALB, for taking her time off to visit D’Utama and grace tonight’s meeting; and for playing the role as General Evaluator in the meeting.

For this meeting, I had chosen “Gratitude” as our meeting theme as a reminder to all of us to appreciate what we have. Mr President DTM Johnson Yike opened the meeting with a short but powerful Presidential opening address, reflecting on the meeting theme.

The meeting proper began, as usual, with the “Teh Tarik for the Soul” (invocation). The speaker, Toastmaster Jo Chung, spoke on the topic “simple comments may destroy the honours of someone.” She reminded the audience to be appreciative of others and to be cautious in our speeches for intentionally or otherwise, simple comments may destroy the honours of someone.

Besides being the invocation speaker, Jo Chung also doubled up as the second Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms (ASA) for the meeting, while Berry Eng was our ASA 1 for the meeting.

The first session of the meeting, the “Table Topics” session, was led by a fairly new member of the Club, Marilyn Lim. Marilyn has selected a variety of table topics befitting the theme “gratitude” and four table topics speakers spoke for the night: Nancy Liew, ACS, ALS; Chan Yew Chong; Jack Ng and Berry Eng. Nancy Liew was voted by the audience as the “Best Topic Speaker”.

Alex Tan, CC, was the table topics evaluator and he gave a wonderful dissection of all the four table topic speeches presented. This was followed by the humorous speech by the meeting’s humour master, Yip Wah Pung, DTM, who shared with us his adventure in Paris.

After the interval (during which light refreshment was served), the meeting resumed with the second session - the prepared speeches. We had four speakers for the night: Both Chee Fong Hoe and Chan Yew Chong presented their 6th competent communication manual projects (on “vocal varieties”) while Billy Low did his 7th (on “research your topic”). The 4th speaker, our Immediate Past President Steven Lai, CC, presented an advanced communication manual project (from the entertaining speaker manual.) The audience voted Steven as “Best Speaker”. Congratulations to all the four speakers for advancing by another speech in their Toastmasters journey.

Stop Bullying

Evaluation Session:

Trekking Hutan Libur Ulu Kanching

Evaluation Session:

Real Estate Market: To Buy Or Not?

Evaluation Session:

Culture Shock Or Shocking Culture

Evaluation Session:

After the prepared speech session, AG Saw Bee took control and led the third session, the evaluation session, as the GE. Besides table topics evaluator Alex Tan (who had already given his evaluation earlier), the evaluation team also comprised the four speech evaluators, Chai Wen Lee, CC (evaluated Chee Fong Hoe’s speech); Jason Chew, CC (Chan Yew Chong); Ruth Ting (Billy Low); and Nancy Liew, ACS, ALS (Steven Lai); the language evaluator (grammarian) Henry Fu, ACB, ALB; the ah counter Nick Tozer; and the time keeper VK Choong.

In line with the meeting theme, LE had chosen the word “indebted” as the word of the day. All the evaluators presented their evaluation based on the speech objectives and with insight. Jason Chew, CC, was voted by audience as the “Best Evaluator”.

The meeting ended with the guests comments before the Club conducted its business session, which included the admission of a new member, Jamaine Loo. Welcome to the Club, Jamaine.

I hope everyone in the meeting has enjoyed the meeting as much as I enjoyed hosting it - As the TME, I have thoroughly enjoyed the meeting.

Reported by: Gan Teong Hock, TME of the meeting