8th September 2012 Meeting
“Hari Raya Celebrations”
The meeting was promptly called to order by Zainal Abidin, the SAA, all dressed up in the Malay garb. He explained that Hari Raya Aidilfitri is not a new year for the muslims but a celebration after the fasting month of Ramadan.
Guests present included Zainal’s spouse and daughter, Lay Yong (NTU InSpire) Joshua and Ting Ren . Many members showed up to spice up the festive mood.
Toastmaster of the Day
Kenny Lim, dressed up with a sarong and songkok assumed the role, and made a couple of nifty Malay dance moves, as he performed his tasks.
Opening Address by Club President
Soh Siew Wee, dressed in a baju kurong, narrated a folk tale of happy cats in a village and thousands of mirrors, travelling over hills and valleys, meeting thousands of angry, snarling cats. The mirror images reflect us. Are we cheerful and optimistic? Wherever we go, we find encouraging and supportive people. Make Tiarel a dynamic club!
Kevin Tan in his AP4 The Touching Story ‘Light’ dramatized the story of the girl in slippers, cold and hungry, with a bundle of matches on a snowy day. Finally, she saw her grandmother, and was safe in her arms, in a better place.
‘Taking Advantage’ AP2 Leave Them with a Smile, was about an incident in the train when it went through a tunnel. A kiss was heard. Someone was slapped. There were a lady with her granddaughter, an army lieutenant and his boss. Everyone was stone-faced when the train emerged from the tunnel. Who was the one taking advantage of the situation? Ask Albert Anto, the speaker!
Krishnan Venugopal presented his AP4 Presenting a Technical Paper ‘Know Your Diet’. What do Bill Clinton and Martina Navratilova have in common? They are vegetarians. It was a very useful and helpful speech with a rich source of information. He cautioned us on the steps to take if we wish to convert to vegetarianism.
P2 Organise Your Speech was Karinna Boey’s ‘Breakfast’ speech. It is not about eating anything (Choice) for breakfast. Forty is the number of times we need to (Chew) every mouthful of food, for the nutrients to be absorbed, together with the saliva. We need to make the (Change) to our eating habits.
Evaluator Speech presented by
Ho Eng Lye Kevin Tan
Richard Sng Albert Anto
David Kow Krishnan Venugopal
Teh Yun Ling Karinna Boey
The evaluators are all Past Presidents of the club. Whoa!
Hari Raya Celebration ~ Cultural Talk
Balkis Md Yahya Patel enlightened us on the common Hari Raya greeting, that Hari Raya Puasa is not a new year for the muslims, but to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, the Haj, Hari Raya Haji, and the five pillars of Islam. What an educational and passionate presentation! She could have gone on …
Birthday Celebration (Month of September)
Our VP Membership, Kevin brought forth the birthday cake and invited our birthday girl Li Hairong, dressed in green, to bask in the limelight and spotlight. Her birthday was the day before. Our other birthday girl, Janelle Cua could not attend our meeting. Happy Birthday, Hairong! Cheers! J
Just 4 (For) Laughs©
Teh Yun Ling regaled us about clapping for the mosquitoes, the vet, the hamster, (cat) scan, lab test, the phone call. Missing members, you missed the laughter! J
Fun with Table Topics
It was a first-time role for our birthday girl, Li Hairong.
David, Joshua, Ting Ren, Lay Yong and Zahora gamely stepped forward to say their piece on a range of topics, wise sayings and quotations.
We decided to leave this segment out for the meeting. But still, watch your words!
Traditional Malay Games
Zainal Abidin engaged and encouraged the audience to participate. Albert, Richard, Kenny, Joshua, Ting Ren, David and Hairong gamely stepped up and tried their hand (one leg standing actually) at ‘capteh’. Karinna, Yun Ling, Balkis, Eng Lye and Siew Wee preferred to have both their legs firmly on the floor. They played with “Five Stones’. Bravo to the sporting guys and girls! Hurray!
Our President, Soh Siew Wee took over the role from Janelle Cua.
Our birthday girl, Li Hairong (Thank you!) had to take over from Darren Lim.
Awards Presented to
Best Speech: Kevin Tan
Best Evaluation: Richard Sng
Best Table Topic Speech: David Kow
Lontong and other festive goodies were the order of the day! Makan! Makan!
It was another exhilarating and enlightening afternoon among wonderful friends.
Contributed by: Richard Sng, Club Secretary