Thursday, August 11, 2016

It Really Gets Better

Looking back, it really gets better.

A lot of things had happened in my life but I am actually extremely grateful that some things did not work out the way I once wanted them to. Imagine that they really worked out..

..I would not be a MEF-ian.

..I would not be a Toastmaster.

..I would not be making a lot of friends.

..I would not be holding a lot of leadership positions.

..I would not be in contests from a Club level with about 20 listeners up to a District level with about 100 listeners.

Most importantly, I would not be able to meet him.

Bad things happened so better things can come into our lives. It really gets better.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

One Term

When I was elected to be the Club President of MEF Toastmasters Club, I doubted my own capability to lead the club. I was worried that I would not do a good job and that I might disappoint those who trusted me. However, when I started to look around, I was not alone. I had 6 friends who would be leading the club along with me.

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The term started well where we organised a group activity – laser tag. Though it was just a few of us who went, it was fun. We met two Japanese some more and invited them to join us.

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In that same term, I was still part of Division H Council Members. I was in charge to organise Division H Joint Installation Dinner and guess what? I only had a few weeks to prepare. It was not easy but I was glad to have a capable team to work along with and the dinner was a success.

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When I started the term, I had a few goals that I would want to achieve. First was the team building for the club. Though I was hoping for a 2-days-1-night thing, half day was good as well. Honestly, I was really proud that my members did a great job in making this team building a success.

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Second would be an education workshop. We managed to get non Toastmasters to join the workshop and recruited one member that day. Personally, I learned a lot in this workshop.

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For the club, some of us went all the way to Teluk Intan to attend the second Club Officers Training. We managed to bond with other clubs’ officers – exchanging ideas and experiences.

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MEF ended year 2015 with celebrating Christmas at one of the members’ place. We had food, games and the moment everyone was waiting for, gifts exchange. We had a lot of returned members to join us that night.

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MEF then kick-start year 2016 with a big explosion. Thanks to one of the members, 4 club representatives joined a public table topics contest in SPICE. Guess what? Our club swept off all the grand cash prizes. All of them!

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Of course what came after was the club contest. In order to convince the other members to participate the contest, the leaders must participate as well – and that was what I did. I joined the Table Topics Contest and was delighted to win second place. Unfortunately, I was not able to represent the club in the Area Level as I had a company training at that time, boo!

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A few of us then represented the club to participate Division H Team Building. We were split into different groups which was a good thing. Unfortunately, I had reflux that night and had to end the night early and did not participate the second day. I went home to rest.

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We even organised a makan-makan and it went on to makan-makan 2.0 and so on. Trust me, when it comes to food, we will definitely have members to join us. We just love to eat so much.

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For the very first time, all of us under-dressed for the meeting. The meeting theme was Hawaiian Beach Party and all of us dressed up like we were at the beach. Well, not all but, most of us.

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MEF never missed to organise a karaoke session for the members and this year was no exception. Though a few of us turned up, we had a great time as each of us had plenty of chances to sing.

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Of course, every term has to come to an end and that the new leaders are born. I am proud to present the new leaders that will lead MEF Toastmasters Club for the next one term.

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And every term that comes to an end should be celebrated with everyone. We had a term end celebration at one of our members’ place. Similarly, we had food, games and oh, awards presentation by yours truly. I just wanted to show my gratitude and appreciation to all those who contributed and supported the club.

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And yeah, MEF EXCO 2015/2016 is bidding farewell but of course, we are not going anywhere. Especially myself.

Why?

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I am taking another step in Toastmasters in the next one term…

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Boracay: Day 4

It was another free and easy day for us in Boracay. We decided to walk to Station 1 in the morning after our breakfast to have a nicer shots at Willy’s Rock.

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The view never failed to amaze us. You would want to wake up every morning to see this. The girls spent a lot of time taking pictures here and there. Well, it was our last day on this island so, we did not want to waste it. The guy, well, he was nowhere to be seen. However, we were sure he was somewhere enjoying himself too.

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We had our lunch at Yellow Cab before we dispersed – Chee Teng and I went back to our room while the others stayed back by the beach. My stomach was not feeling well at that time so, I had to rest on the bed. It sucks when you are having gastric problem.

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Since it would be our last dinner in Boracay, we decided to have a glamour dinner by the beach. We went to a few restaurants until we finally settled down with one that has a good live band. The band members were very engaging. Very engaging until I was invited to sing on stage with them. What a way to end my trip in Boracay.

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Before we went back to our room, we walked around the shops for the last time – to look for souvenirs and postcards. The ladies went to hunt for a massage. I wanted a foot massage badly and had an hour of it. I felt so relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Back in the room, I was hoping to have a bonding night before all of us turned in. However, we were all so tired that we decided to sleep straight..