Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A College Play

Last Friday, I drove down to KL to watch a college play. Specifically, Fraser Business Park. The venue was HELP College of Arts & Technology, formerly known as HICT. Thanks to Michael for the invite and Dr Choong Yeow Wei for acknowledging my presence. And it was really great to touch base with friends.

The play is an intriguing study of cultures. Widely considered a landmark play, A Streetcar Named Desire deals with a culture clash between two characters, Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South – played by Jasminejit (exaggerated, neurotic and delusional) – and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban working class – played by Mathew Varughese (primal, brutish and sensual). A congenial performance from these two and also Nyu Precillia (as Stella, wife to Stanley and sister to Blanche). All ticket proceeds go to UNICEF which is a nice gesture.

And yesterday, I attended the MidValley Toastmasters meeting - it was kind of Moses Wong to have invited me to be the General Evaluator and Invocator. It was one of those rare meetings where guests - both Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters outnumbered members by something like three to one! Perhaps that explained why the meeting kicked off on a really serious note. I was, however, relieved when, as the meeting progressed, it became more relaxed and even moderately lively - I must thank the Money & You Toastmasters for touching us with their convivial charm. I have enjoyed this meeting and I look forward to coming back.

1 comment:

Moses Wong said...

Hi Victor,

It was a delightful experience having you as our GE. Our friends from Money & You also provided an added chemistry to the meeting.

For so long I thought that speaking was just the art of words and presentation. Now you have proven me wrong.

You had an overflow of facial expressions. There were humorous sarcasm (imported Ah counter) mischievous glee (eye-contact with Mallika), sigh of playful disappointments, exuberance, squeals of delight and much more. A toastmaster repartee indeed.

Oh my gosh! Where did you learn all that? How about conducting a workshop for us? Please, please!

All these soft skills and heart-felt camaraderie will serve to motivate me on this long road to Toastmasters excellence.

Warmest regards, Moses