Monday, October 20, 2008

Globalization


Haha, I stumbled upon this photo of me doing my very first Ice Breaker speech, "The Present" when I visited the D'Utama Advanced Toastmasters blog today, and I took the liberty to reproduce the photo of me here! It's not that I am vain or anything but this is for posterity, kan? Anyway, this is the only photo – so be thankful lah! I am!

Lately, I have been reading up on Globalization - after all, it's a very hot topic now. I don't think anyone would disagree that globalization is to be blamed for this scourge that has descended on this unsuspecting(?) world – the financial meltdown that is both crippling and impoverishing companies and people alike. Michel Chossudovsky wrote in http://www.globalresearch.ca/ (posted September 18, 2008) that "the crisis is not limited to the meltdown of financial markets, the real economy at the national and international levels, its institutions, its productive structures are also in jeopardy". How frightening! How shocking! And Globalization as a subject has grown to epic proportions, so much so that there are today so many books on the topic that I have lost count. I used to only hear of Thomas Friedman, Kenichi Ohmae, Naomi Klein, John Tomlinson, Arjun Appadurai and a few others. But now, so many are writing about this subject that it's mind-blowing! Now, just to give you a quick insight into how big this subject has become, I checked Amazon.com to locate books related to Globalization - and guess what? There are 61,547 results!

Last Saturday (October 18, 2008), I attended the Division C District 51 Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest held at Kolej SEGI, Subang Jaya - it was a humdrum affair because I thought the humor was mostly lame, with the exception of two speakers, Stephen Fernando and Chong Jay Vee - the former an old hand at delivering humor and the latter, a bundle of nerves even though she came up with an original proposition that had funny possibilities! Well, to listen to Stephen Fernando (this is the second time I have heard him - the first time was at a Humor Workshop a while back at the Women's Institute of Management in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, where he was one of 2 speakers) is itself worth the price of the admission ticket! So, it wasn't a wasted Saturday - besides it made me resolve that next year, we will compete... (And don't ask me who is the "we"? I don't know yet!)

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