Friday, December 11, 2009

The Frog and the Prince at The Mage Cafe


I attended the D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters meeting at The Mage in Damansara Jaya yesterday evening, together with Shireen and Mike (HICT Toastmasters). If last year it was Moghul food, this year, it was Penang hawker fare – although I thought the food was just so-so. Maybe Malacca tastebuds are different from Penang's.

I did my speech project # 3 “The Moral of the Story” from the Storytelling manual, titled ‘The Frog and the Prince”. Loosely based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Frog Prince”, I adapted it to give the story a very different and even offbeat twist. I am honored to have DTM Joseph Gomez to be my evaluator – maybe it was the Xmas setting and so, I did not document his feedback. I did remember however, receiving compliments and I also remembered his comment that I moved my hands excessively enough to be distracting. On my part, I believed I did well – but I was somewhat anxious and nervous just before I started my speech. I sensed all the speakers were jittery, probably because we had in our midst, a big contingent of guests from Crystal Toastmasters Club. In fact, their President was sufficiently impressed with my speaking skills that I have been invited to speak at their Club early next year. That’s nice – it’s a Club that I have heard a lot about, but until this evening, I did not have the opportunity to insure an invitation to speak!

BBC News in a December 10, 2009 posting had this as a headline: ”Global average temperature may hit record level in 2010” – according to the UK’s Met Office. Forecasters had predicted that the annual figure for 2010 will be 14.58C (58.24F), 0.58C (1.04F) above the long-term average of 14.0C (57.2F).

"The latest forecast from our climate scientists shows the global temperature is forecast to be almost 0.6C above the 1961-90 long-term average," a Met Office statement said.
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"This means that it is more likely than not 2010 will be the warmest in the instrumental record that dates back to 1860." The current record is 14.52C (58.14F), which was set in 1998 – dominated by an "extreme El Nino" condition – the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific that releases heat stored in the deep ocean into the atmosphere, raising temperatures globally. The burgeoning El Nino conditions this year are expected to continue into 2010 and this is a contributing factor.

So, we are more likely to stay indoors (is it any wonder ‘malling’ is a favorite pastime among Malaysians?), rely more on airconditioning (electricity bills will go up!), and as for me, I will be drinking more chilled beer to keep temperatures down! Those who study the macroenvironment will know that the natural environment too does have a momentous impact on our lifestyle!

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