Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Cookie Monster Batman

This week, a new semester is just starting and I spent most of my time meeting SUBS students to advise them on the subjects to take as well as to ‘counsel’ students who did not do well in the last semester – the latter is referred to as the APRC (i.e. Academic Progress Review Committee) interview. This proved to be stressful to the students summoned to meet me as well as the Program Chair for the BBS course who chaired these sessions. So to de-stress, I had been watching the video clip below! I am also thankful that I had Dr Choy Tuck Yun to help me in these two days.

For those who didn’t know, Cookie Monster (left) is the philosophical, googly-eyed character from Sesame Street. A muppet who is best known for his voracious appetite and his famous eating phrases: "Me want cookie!", "Me eat cookie!", and "Om nom nom nom" (said through a mouth full of food). So the YouTube video shows him “impersonating” the Batman.

And yesterday, I was at the Palace of the Golden Horses to attend a Toastmasters meeting – this was only the second meeting for the Elite Toastmasters Club. The speeches were well-delivered but even more importantly the English used in this meeting was exhilarating. The Elite Toastmasters Club has made a very promising start to showcase “a quality Toastmasters meeting” that dares to challenge itself, every time and all the time. At this meeting, all it took was just twelve Toastmasters who were prepared to push self-limiting boundaries and eclipse exacting expectations in order that they can consummate a first class Toastmasters meeting. For sure, it was a successful effort and I am happy to give it an 8 out of a 10.

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