The Highlights & The Delights (28-Jul-2012)


28th July 2012 Meeting


Neil Sarno, the Sergeant at Arms, called the meeting to order punctually.

Guests present included ex-member Choon Lee, Grace, Glen, Apoorv, Runbin and a visiting Toastmaster from Hong Kong, Teresa Tong.  Thirteen members turned up to show their support.

Toastmaster of the Day

Kevin Tan performed splendidly, controlling and keeping the flow of the programme almost to the dot.

Opening Address by Club President

Soh Siew Wee inspired us with the story of a frustrated young lady. From the carrot (hard when raw, but soft and weak when boiled), the egg (soft inside, but hard when boiled) and coffee powder (changes when in hot water), we learnt lessons on difficulties, hardships and adversities.

VPM’s Plan for the Term

It was very ambitious, but commendable of Kevin to lay out what he had in store for us: retaining current members, recalling absent members, recruiting more members, biannual surveys, mentor/mentee, new member kit, monthly birthday celebrations, bonding activities, more awards, . . .  Wow!

Mock Speech Evaluation Contest

Soh Siew Wee handled the briefing and David shared the guidelines of the contest.  Test speaker Zainal Abidin gallantly bared his heart, sharing the heart ‘valve’ condition he has been living with, in “Matters of the Heart”. He faced the dilemma of making a choice of having a plastic, metal or keeping his original heart.  Kevin Tan, Kenny Lim, Krishnan and Neil Sarno gallantly stepped up to have a practice round before the club’s contest on 11thAugust.  Krishnan emerged the winner, albeit one time disqualification.  David rounded it up, offering his feedback for the contestants.

Prepared Speeches

Kenny Lim narrated “The Blue Rose” in AP1 The Folk Tale. The princess was in a dilemma of having to choose a man to marry . . . the one who offered a dyed blue rose, a blue sapphire shaped like a rose or a white rose appearing blue when sunlight shone on it through a blue-stained glass?  Who did she marry?

Darren Lim presented his Ice Breaker speech “The First Step” without script.

In her Ice Breaker speech “Dreams”, Karinna sang Doris Day’s Que Sera Sera and fooled us with her first and longest love, coffee.  Cheh!  Her other love is baking.

Fun with Table Topics

Neil Sarno was obsessed with our MRT trains and based his topics on the theme.

It was “No eating or drinking” for Glen, “Make it right for a better ride” for Jamil, “One child and one adult” for Janelle, “Suspect it?, Report it” for Krishnan, “Clean and Comfortable” for Runbin, “Reserved sitting” for Apoorv and “Please move to the rear” for Grace.

Speech Evaluations

Our guest, Teresa Tong, ATMB, CL, a member of four clubs in Hong Kong, was carried away and exceeded the time, evaluating Karinna’s speech. Krishnan had another go, practising before the contest, offering feedback for Kenny’s story. It was Zainal’s maiden speech evaluation for Darren’s virgin speech. Kudos to him!

Language Evaluation

Another creative tagline was coined to evaluate the use of the spoken English language, the “3 Bs”, “Butter, Bitter & Better”.

Richard Sng highlighted the beautiful and wonderful words and language used to ‘Butter’ the speakers.

On areas for improvement, he touched on the ‘Bitter’ . . . redundancy, tenses, agreement, overworked words, word usage and the ungrammatical use of language.

On what can be ‘Better’, he pointed out the numerous words being mispronounced.

He concluded his language evaluation with his quotation “The ability to communicate correctly, clearly and confidently is critical and crucial.”


It was an experience for first timer Li Hairong, manipulating the timing device, guided by Soh Siew Wee.

Ah Counter

Testing her listening skill, Janelle Cua was splendid for a first timer.


Best Speech:                                     Darren Lim               (Clap! Clap!)

Best Evaluation:                               Krishnan                    (Cheer! Cheer!)

Best Table Topic Speech:               Yew Runbin              (Hurray!)

Refreshment Break

Yum, Yum.  Bananas, carrots, mee rebus, banana and chempedak fritters, milo, coffee, tea, cereal drinks . . . what a variety!

It was another wonderful and fruitful session, filled with fellowship, fun and food.

Contributed by:  Richard Sng ,   Club Secretary



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