Toastmaster District 80 Singapore 2006 Annual Convention

Just back from Furama Riverfront Hotel, a place where the Convention was held.

It was a great one.

The Toastmaster District 80 includes 9 divisions in 4 countries and areas.

Singaore: 6 divisions
Hong Kong & Macau: 2 divisions
Thailand: 1 divisions

8 persons participated in the Table Topics Speech Contest. The topic was “Who do you love most in the world?” Although the topic was the same to every contestant, each contestant got to know the topic until s/he went onto the stage. S/he was required to think on their feet and have 2 minutes to deliver the speech.

These were very smart speakers. Within seconds, they could get the idea and start making speech. I was surprised that, though there were 8 responses, none of them was the same.

The results,

Champion: Benjamin Cheng
1st run-up: Ng Seng Chuan
2nd run-up: Laksha Metha

All were from Singapore.

In the International Speech Contest, Ramesh Muthusamy from division U Singapore beat the other 8 contestants and won the champion. His speech topic is Expectation. He cited his personal experiences and advised people to maintain a high expectation in their life.

It was an impressive speech. His speech skills were powerful and nature. People near me all believed he would go into at least top 3.

1st run-up: Donald Yee from Hong Kong
2nd run-up: Pradeep Kumar from Singapore

In fact, it did not need much training to tell who was a better speaker. So the results were not much surprise to the audient.

I heard some comments that a few contestants were over-prepared or overacted. Yes, I agree that the content and sincerity are the most important things to a speech. However, since most of them actually were talking about the same topics, so those exaggerated actions did capture my attention and help me sit through the event.

Interestingly, the most exciting moment to me was not from the contest.

Hong Kong is the host for the District’s 2007 annual convention. There was a marketing pitch for the Hong Kong event at the end of the convention. All Toastmasters from Hong Kong, over 60 people, went on the stage, waving the Bauhinia flag with the Chinese National Anthem reverberating across the hall. It really turned me on. It was the first time I heard this melody in a public place of Singapore.

The connection with homeland is hard to break, even for a cosmopolitan.

Jili-guru 5 (Fifth Malay Class)

Marhaini is our teacher in the Malay class. She is a very nice lady. We called her Mar. I was always late for the class, so I got to know her name until yesterday.

Mar always smiles. But once in a while during the class, she gave us problems.

“Please tell me how to say 6875908 in Malay.” She put a random number on the white board, and smiled.
We were all stunned, for 5 seconds, staring at the number, and broke into big noise simultaneity.

“Brrrr, brrrr. kkzzzz, ssssaaa, rrriii,…” counting the figure, searching on the cross table, reading loud in Malay/English/Chinese. Noisy indeed, we were really concentrated on this big challenge.

After 1 hour (I felt), we started giving the result, “Enum Juta Lapan Tujuh…”

I was very happy when I got my answer correct.

A primary 1 student got an big arithmetic problem solved.

But life became more difficult as we came to time expression yesterday.

We learnt how to say a time in Malay yesterday. That’s not that difficult actually, except we have to know how to express “pm” and “am” in Malay.

But Mar gave no simple problem. She asked us to do the whole time and date together in Malay!

“1.56pm Wednesday, 10th May, 2006”

We fainted this time. That included number, time, day, month, year… all we learnt in previous classes!
I substantially, concretely felt I needed some lubricating oil for my brain. I could feel it was rusted at that moment.

Anyway, here are the class notes for yesterday. Going to Indonesia tomorrow, hope I can use something I learnt from the class.
Duduk – sit
Tutup – close

Hari ini hari Rabu
Today is Wednesday.

Bulan ini bulan Mei
This month is May.

Marhani

Tahun Year

Year 1963
Tahun Sembilan belas enam puluh tiga

2006
Tahun Dua ribu enam

Today is Thursday, 26th July 2046
Hari ini Hari Khamis, Dua Puluh enam, Julai Tahun Dua ribu Empant puluh Enam

Today is Saturday, 15 October 1802
Hari ini Sabtu Lima belas Oktober Tahun Seribu Lapan ratus dua

Pukul – beat, hit

Pukul satu – 1 o’clock

Jam – Hours/clock

24 Jam – 24 Hours

Suku – quarter(15 mins)

2.15pm – Pukul dua suku tenghari (petang)

Setengah – Half (30 mins)

1.45pm – pukul satu empat puluh lima tengahari

4.05pm – pukul empat lima minit petang

Minutes below(include) ten, we use minit

Hadapan – ahead

Lepas – over

Musim – Season

Hujan – Rain

Sejuk – cold

Gugur – something which is attached and fall, such fruits.

Bunga – flower

Panas – hot

Hari cudi – Holiday

Jili-guru 4 (Fourth Malay Class)

I am seriously thinking of starting a systematic on-line Malay course now, because there are not many on the net. I just found one entry for Malay course in the Omniglot on-line language course list. Though I still have not had a schedule, I have a good name for it. 🙂

As for now, I continue post my class notes here.

We learnt days of the week yesterday. Here is the cross table:

hari Ahad / hari Minggu
Sunday
hari Isnin
Monday
hari Selasa
Tuesday
hari Rabu
Wednesday
hari Khamis
Thursday
hari Jumaat
Friday
hari Sabtu
Saturday

Don’t be surprised that you find a people named Selasa in Malasia. Most possibly, she was born on Tuesday.

We learnt the months also. They are very similar to those in English. But some of them, such as April and Januari, have different pronunciations in Malay.

Januari
January
Februari
February
Mac
March
April
April
Mei
May
Jun
June
Julai
July
Ogos
August
September
September
Oktober
October
November
November
Disember
December

Other things we learnt:

Sudah makan?
Have you eaten?

5112
Lima ribu satu ratus sebelas

312968
Tiga ratus dua belas ribu semilan ratus enum puluh lapan

9432801
Semilan juta  empt ratus tiga puluh dua ribu lapant ratus satu
 
Kuah lebih
More soup

Umur
Age

Datuk
Grandfather

Tepat
Exactly

Tahun
Year

Hari ini
Today

Anak
Child

Dalam
In

Kereta
Car

Ini
This / These

Hari ini
Today

Itu
That /Those

Ibu/ama
Mother

Membeli
Buy

Berat
Heavy

Berat badannya
Weight

Dia
He/She

Memandu
drive

Sejauh
Distance of

Rumah
House

Tingkak
Level/Floor

Terakhir
Last

Bapa
Father

Beri
Give

Hari
Day

Isnin
Monday

Hari ini hari apt?
What is the day today?

Hari ini hari Jumaat
Today is Friday.

Ialah
Is

Semalah
Yesterday

Semalah hari apa?
What is the day yesterday?

Esok
Tomorrow

Esok hari apa?
What is the day of tomorrow?

Nama
Name

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