Change of Venue of Tiarel Meetings in February!


Following are details for our next two chapter meetings, please take note.

For the next two meetings (11 Feb & 25 Feb), we will be having joint meeting with NTU Alumni Toastmasters Club.


Free Transport (to & fro) will be provided for Tiarel members from Tampines North CC
(Exact timing to be confirmed).

As usual please indicate your attendance & preferred roles/projects at the easy speak website. However, since this is a joint meeting, your request for speech/role may not be satisfied. If there are more speakers than available slots, priority will be given to those who are rushing to complete their CC or AC projects before end of this term.

Do indicate early as I have to liaise with the VPE of NTU Alumni. Thanks!

**The Club International Speech & Table Topics contest will be postponed from 25th Feb to 10th March 2012.



Kenny Lim


AP1: What is a Hurricane

14 Jan 2012

We often hear news like ‘Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Ophelia is attacking the shoreline!’. how many people are dead and how many places are flooded.

Every time when I hear this news, the first thought that comes into my mind is: I must do a research, why do Hurricanes has so many different names!



My dear fellow toastmasters, I am presenting today: what is a hurricane, where do hurricanes take place and how are they named?


What is a hurricane?

Hurricane is a huge storm! It can blow for up to 965 kilometres and have strong winds spiralling inward and upward at speeds of 119 to 320 or more kilometres per hour.

Hurricanes gather heat and energy when it passes over warm ocean waters.

Hurricanes rotate counter-clockwise around an “eye.”  It usually happens from 1 June to 30 November and often lasts for over a week.

They are classified into five categories. Category 1 is the smallest, at 119-153 km/hour, however, Category 5 is the greatest one at the speeds of 251 km/hour or up.


Where do Hurricanes happen?

Hurricanes form in the Western North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Places like Cuba, Haiti and Florida etc.

You may like to ask how about the Typhoon and Cyclone?  Are they the same as Hurricanes?

Actually they are similar. Different places just use different names. The same storm occurring over the NW Pacific Ocean near places like Philippines, Taiwan is called a typhoon; “Taiwan – Typhoon” ,  Is it easier to remember?

Another one over Australia or the Indian Ocean is called a tropical cyclone, but the winds rotate clockwise.


How is a hurricane named?

On the Atlantic Ocean, tropical storms which reach a sustained wind speed of 63 kilometres per hour are given a name, e.i. “Tropical Storm Katrina”.  If that storm’s wind speed increases to 119 kilometres per hour or above, then, the name will change to “Hurricane Katrina”

Last year, in 2011, there were 19 tropical storms took place around the Atlantic Ocean.  e.i. Arlene, Bret, Cindy and so on.

All these names are assigned in advance, in six-year lists by the World Meteorological Organization.  It is reused every six years, and there are only 21 names per year.

The names are given in alphabetical order, but the characters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used.

So, the names in 2005 are the same as 2011.

Also, in odd-numbered years, the first name is female and the second is male. The third name will be female again.

However, in even-numbered years, the first name is male, the second is female. For example in 2012 the first name is Alberto, Beryl, Chris and then Debby. So on and so forth till ‘W’.

What happen, If more than 21 tropical storms took place in one year, what shall we do? We use the Greek Alphabet instead, like Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.

If the hurricane is too drastic and cause serious damages, then that name will be removed and replaced by another name.  For example, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States.

So, Katrina was replaced by Katia so that it will not bring back sad memories in the future.      In 2005, there were total 5 names replaced.


Hurricane is a natural disaster, we really can’t do much about it, but we can save the planet by cutting less trees, producing less pollution and making less destruction of the environment. In the way, it could help to slow down the global warming.

If one day, when you travel to this areas, especially during 1 June to 30 Nov, there are some things you can do to protect yourself if a hurricane happens.

Stay indoors, basement is the best. Get a disaster supply kit nearby,  don’t forget the flashlights and batteries. Please don’t use your hand phone’s flashlight and make long calls, because you may have no electric supply to charge your hand phone.

Finally, stay calm and relax to welcome the Hurricane.




Evaluation by John Liew, ACS ALB

1. Topic relevant and engaging to the audience

The audience, who live, work and travel in the tropics, were drawn to the topic ‘Hurricane’ which is a kind of tropical storm that affects their daily lives.

2. Speech very informative, educational and interesting

Categories of tropical storm or cyclone.

Definition, characteristics and negative consequences of ‘Hurricane’ and different names in different parts of the world.

Lessons and helpful suggestions to handle situation of tropical storm or ‘Hurricane’.

3. Presentation organized and smooth, complemented by power-point slides and displaying confidence and ease of public speaking.


1.  ‘Typhoon’ would be a more appropriate speech title as it is the name of tropical storm in North-Western Pacific Basin and more familiar to the Asian audience. ‘Hurricane’ is the name of tropical storm in North-Eastern Pacific Basin and Atlantic Basin.

2. More emphasis on the relevance to and measures for the audience  e.g. lying low or take shelter to avoid lightning strike outdoor, be alert to news broadcast when going outdoor or abroad.

3. Do away with certain power-point slides that were (a) unnecessary with details not relevant to the audience, and (b) hardly legible or readable with too small prints. This would have helped to keep the speech within the time allotted.


P1: My Past, My Present, My Future

14 Jan 2012

Has anyone here been to Vietnam?

That is where I am from. Fellow toastmasters and guests, today I want to share with you something about me, how I struggle with English language and that’s one of the reasons why I join toastmaster.


I was born in a small town in Vietnam, about 300km from the capital city.

That is a poor area of the country. We were not very poor but certainly not rich – at the time, only rich people in Vietnam were government officials. Since both of my parents are teachers, they truly believe education would help me and my sisters have a better future so we focus a lot on study when we were younger. And to have a better education, I went to a boarding school before I turned 14 and only came home once in every month or two. I had a tough time away from home at such a young age. But I survived the school and for better or worse, those years helped me to grow up and learned how to survive in life. I guess it is like what you guys here go to national service but just a few year younger.



After high school, I had a chance to study overseas when I started university and I chose to go to Australia. That’s when I started learning English – it would be hard to believe, but my first English lesson was only after I finished high school. I spent a year to learn English. But because the objective was to get admitted to University, the focus was actually more on the exam than to learn the language itself. I was pretty good at exam, so I passed my English exam even though my command of English was pretty poor. I still don’t understand how I could survive in an Australian university with that level of English but I guess I did a degree in Computer Science that basically involved in computer programing, mathematics and engineering in general so you did not have to talk much.

My poor communication skill continues to my work life where I started working in banks here in Singapore. I then went back to Australia after working for 4 years in Singapore and it was more challenging to work in Australia with my level of English even though I did improve along the way. I had to read books and learned more English by myself but then luckily, I rarely gave any presentation at those jobs.

Then I joined my current company – where I require to do some presentations; meeting clients so I know that I need to improve my presentation skills, and my friend recommended me to join a Toastmaster club but I kept delaying until now. But this time, I determine to get over my fear, throw away excuses and work on English speaking.

So here I am – and what a better way than to start a new year, first meeting of 2012 with my first project speech. I know it is not something I can complete overnight, not even in a year but rather it is a long journey. That’s what I believe in life – know what you want; take one step at a time; and if I am on the right track, I will get there one day.


Evaluation by Albert Anto, CC


A fabulous afternoon fellow toastmasters, visiting toastmasters, guests and to you Tri! Congratulations for defeating the fear and stepping forward to join the toastmasters and delivering you are maiden speech, “My past, My present and My English”. You have such a wonderful command of language, I could hardly spot any errors in your English!

Your speech followed

  1. An interesting and involved opening, where you described your background.
  2. A strong body, describing your struggle with the English, how you overcame the challenges you faced, the put offs and excuses and the inspiration you got from your kid’s Kindergarten concert.


Strong points of your speech are

  1. You have a sweet and melodious voice that attracts the attention of the audience. The delivery was very smooth, without any show of nervousness, if you had any.
  2. You used a question to open the speech, which is a good technique to get the audience involved.
  3. You did not use any notes, a brave effort!
  4. Your English was almost flawless, except for minor pronunciation errors, which I am sure could be fine-tuned over this toastmasters ‘s journey.


Overall, a very interesting and informative speech, well done!

I look forward to your next speech!

P10: You can do it if you really want

14 Jan 2012

(music and Zainal singing ‘You can do it if you really want’)

To be successful in this life is not easy but not impossible. First you must have a dream which you must believe in, because a dream is born from an idea, a simple idea conceived in the mind, and with a combination of determination, enthusiasm,

perserverence, diligence and patience, you need to step out from your comfort zone and use your god given talent and abilities. God do not have time to make a nobody somebody, you can.


Let me share with you some true stories. When a friend of mine working as Administrative Officer was retrenched at the age of 47 he could not get another job after attending many interviews. He was determined to change vocation and decided to become a taxi driver. He do not have a vocational and driving license and start to enroll in driving classes. He took 21 times to pass his driving test. A true grit and determination.

In 1891 Samuel Langley had a dream to fly. He made model airplanes with whirling arms powered by steam engine. It crashed immediately after being launched. He was disappointed and gave up trying to fly. He died a broken man.

At the same time 2 school dropouts had the same dream. It also crashed after being launched, but every time it crashed they rise up and try again and again. About a dozen trial and error finally they taste sweet success. In 1903 the first plane ever to fly.

The next time you hear or see an airplane or travel on one remember where it all started. A simple idea conceived in the minds of 2 school dropouts who do not finish high school. They did not have a degree, aeronautical engineering, mathematics, physics or any other subjects. They were not scientist in the true sense of the word and yet 2 bicycle mechanics accomplish what they had believed in.

What idea or ideas are you working on. Have you said to yourself you cant do this or that because you are not a scientist. Have you limited yourself in saying you are not smart enough, or have you join the majority in saying that everything has already been invented or discovered.

There are 3 kinds of people in this world, those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happen. I leave it to you to decide which category of people you want to belong to. It is your birth right to have anything you want in this life. The choice is yours.


Evaluation by Teh Yun Ling, CTM


Here are the main points of the evaluation:


  1. A song as the opening was attention catching.
  2. Zainal maintained excellent eye contact with the audience.
  3. Loud and clear voice which is magnetic. Both points 2 and 3 displayed his sincerity.
  4. Humour was injected in the speech.
  5. Both positive and negative examples were given.




  1. Avoid swinging hands.
  2. Use one or two personal stories especially how the speaker overcame obstacles and eventually succeeded by beliveing in himself.





How do i become a member?

We’re glad you want to join us!

Simply come to any Chapter Meeting and soak in the atmosphere.

Whenever you are ready, ask for a membership form from any member, fill it in and you’re set to go.

The membership fees can be paid by cash or cheque.

They are $180 yearly + $65 registration fee, totalling to $245.


The lawyer and his BMW


A very successful lawyer parked his brand new BMW in front of the office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he got out, a truck came along, too close to the curb, and completely tore off the driver’s door of the BMW.

The counsellor immediately grabbed his mobile phone, dialled 999, and it wasn’t more than 5 minutes before a policeman pulled up.

Before the cop had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically. His BMW, which he had just picked up the day before, was now completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter how the body shop tried to make it new again.

After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disgust and disbelief. “I can’t believe how materialistic you lawyers are,” he said. “You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life.”

“How can you say such a thing?” asked the lawyer.

The cop replied, “My God, don’t you even realise that your left arm is missing? It got ripped off when the truck hit you!!!”

“My God!” screamed the lawyer………..
“Where’s my Rolex?!!”



Morning Excercises

Every morning I wake up and do my exercises. Doing exercise every day is important to keep in shape and to stay healthy.

First my eye exercise – (blink) left, right, left, right, left, right

Next my nose exercise – (blow) left, right, ……

And last of all my mouth exercise. (Blow cheeks. One, two, three). Wait a minute. Why do I need to do mouth exercise if I talk everyday and when I use my mouth so much in Toastmasters.