The Highlights & The Delights (08-Dec-2012)


The Highlights & The Delights

8th December 2012, Saturday

Outdoor Meeting @ Tampines Sun Plaza Park



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Zainal Abidin, the SAA called the meeting to order, requesting us to give our take on Gangnam or the bus fare increase.


Toastmaster of the Day

Albert Anto, IPP introduced the programme and the appointment holders.


Opening Address by Club President

Soh Siew Wee continued her anecdote of the tortoise and the hare. Her message: stay calm, be observant, analyse the situation and challenge any problems.


Prepared Speeches

Kevin Tan, took the challenge to speak on a topic thrown by the TMD, instead of the five topics handed to his evaluator. For his AP1 Speak off the Cuff (Specialty Speeches), he tackled “I Boast Myself as a Change Maker”.

“Fengshui” was Kenny Lim’s A5 The Abstract Concept (Speaking to Inform) informative speech. He encouraged us to take the right action, focus on our good deeds and education towards the path of success.

Li Hairong reminded us to “Be Gracious” in her P5 Your Body Speaks speech, narrating the common happenings and incidents involving commuters in the train.

Karinna Boey shared her experiences in “Cakes & Bakes” P4 How You Say It speech.  Success is not immediate.  One needs patience and passion in baking.

For his AP5 Bringing History to Life, Zainal Abidin’s “Civil Relationship” delved on the political and personal issues between political adversaries Lee Kuan Yew and Mohamed Mahathir, and their strained relationships.



Speech Evaluations

Evaluator:                            Speech presented by:

Richard Sng                          Kevin Tan

Kevin Tan                              Kenny Lim

Ta Susiwati                            Li Hairong

Kenny Lim                             Karinna Boey

Richard Sng                          Zainal Abidin


Two speakers had to double up as speech evaluators. The speakers benefited much from the valuable feedback dished out.


Just 4 (For) Laughs©

Zainal Abidin stepped up with a medley of humorous anecdotes . . . about who is more successful, the men or the women . . . and the immigration officer.


Tongue Twisters

Everyone had to recite a tongue twister, selected from the three given. Ta Susiwati was the Tongue Twistmaster (She must have the longest tongue!).


Fun with Table Topics

Kevin Tan had to take on a third role. Ta Susiwati, Albert Anto, Joshua, Li Hairong, Tay Juet Hui, Karinna Boey, Richard Sng, Soh Siew Wee, Kenny Lim and Zainal Abidin effortlessly handled the topics, distributed to everyone before the session.  The speaker made their pick of the member for the choice of the unknown topic.


Language Evaluation

We were not privileged to have this segment for the meeting.


General Evaluation

Our Past President Tay Juet Hui offered his opinions, made his comments and gave an overview of the outdoor meeting . . . the various meeting roles and appointments, and different aspects of the programme.



Li Hairong had an added role, despite having to focus on her speech.


Ah Counter

Karinna Boey, a project speaker also had to take on another appointment.


Awards                                              Presented to:

Best Speech:                                     Kevin Tan

Best Evaluation:                               Richard Sng

Best Table Topic:                             Richard Sng


Refreshment Break

We had mee goreng, bananas, pastries and mini chocolates (kind courtesy of Li Hairong).



We had our usual regular guest, Patricia.


Contributed by:  Richard Sng, Club Secretary


The Highlights & The Delights (24-Nov-2012)


The Highlights & The Delights

24th November 2012, Saturday


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Our Past President Teh Yun Ling, the SAA called the meeting to order.


Toastmaster of the Day

Kevin Tan took control of the meeting, extending a great welcome to everyone.


Opening Address by Club President

Soh Siew Wee narrated an anecdote of the tortoise, the hare and the lion. It was about working together as a team, quoting Henry Ford “. . . coming together, keeping together . . .  staying together”.


Prepared Speeches

Tri Nguyen, in his P8 Get Comfortable with Visual Aids, shared his speech on “Power Point Presentation”.  “It is about the presenter, not the power point,” a very informative speech.


“Help Us to Help You” was Neil Sarno’s P9 Persuade with Power speech.  He implored the members to visit our club’s website often.  A proposition was given: submit an article or tell the exco what they wanted or needed, to make our website more useful.



Unfortunately, Karinna Boey and Kenny had to pull out of their prepared speeches.


Speech Evaluations

Evaluator:                            Speech presented by:

Albert Anto                           Tri Nguyen

Teh Yun Ling                         Neil Sarno


Their feedback was balanced, addressing the objectives and requirements of the project speeches.


Special Talk: “Be an Effective & Credible Language Evaluator

“Who can be the language evaluator?  Who wants to be the language evaluator? Richard Sng highlighted the purpose, the role, the DOs, the DONTs, the techniques and main aspects of language evaluation in his 25-minute presentation.


Just 4 (For) Laughs©

Tri Nguyen took on a second role regaling the audience with a few humorous anecdotes about coincidences, the ring, the doctor and his patient, the chickens and the eggs.


Fun with Table Topics

Joshua, Joseph, Li Hairong, Yani, Zainal Abidin, Tri Nguyen and Krishnan bravely and gamely tackled the topics dished out by our President, Soh Siew Wee.


Table Topics Evaluation

Since Karinna was unable to turn up, his evaluator, Tay Juet Hui was assigned to take on this role.  He gave his take on how each speaker performed.


Listening Master

V Krishnan tested our listening and remembering skills, rewarding those who responded with the correct answers, with chocolates.


Language Evaluation

We were not privileged to have one for the meeting.



Neil Sarno, took charge of the timing device and the stopwatch.


Ah Counter

Li Hairong reported the culprits who uttered “ah, erh, erm, so, ya, and ………”


Awards                                              Presented to:

Best Speech:                                     (no voting)

Best Evaluation:                               (no voting)

Best Table Topic:                             Zainal Abidin


Birthday Celebrations

It was the generosity of our member Li Hairong (who was away in China at the 10th November meeting) to get a cake from Bengawan Solo to celebrate, a second time, for our birthday boys Tri Nguyen, Richard Sng and Zainal Abidin, who was not present the previous meeting.  Three candles for the Three Musketeers!


Refreshment Break

We had pisang raja, nasi briyani, cakes and ………………


“You cannot change the situations in life, but you can change the life in the situations,” was the parting shot from our club President, Soh Siew Wee in her closing address.



Lynn, Margaret (both from Pasir Ris East TMC), Patricia, Joseph, Yani and Joshua were our guests.  Yani and Joshua signed up as members and paid their membership fees on the spot . . . very decisive individuals.  Welcome on board!


Li Hairong, Kevin, Soh Siew Wee, Patricia and I adjourned for a chit-chat session over tea and soft drinks at a nearby coffee shop.


Contributed by:  Richard Sng, Club Secretary