Wednesday, December 9, 2015

From Orange Alert to Red Alert

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Chinese artist Kong Ning dressed in her costume made of hundreds of orange plastic horns symbolically made warning sounds during her art performance on Monday to raise awareness of the hazardous smog enveloping Beijing.
Kong, whose works include themes related to China's air pollution problem, named her performance "The Orange Horns Bride Marries the Blue Sky". Orange was featured because it represented the color of the second highest pollution alert level issued in Beijing this month. [Kindly read my post titled "Smoggy Beijing" dated December 03 on the subject].
And then the following day, the Chinese capital was issued with its first ever pollution "red alert" – the highest possible warning on a four-tier system – which means authorities have forecast more than three consecutive days of severe smog.
The order will last from 07:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT on Monday) until 12:00 on Thursday, when a cold front is expected to arrive and chase away the smog.
Yesterday, I presented my second CC speech in Malay at the Kelana Bilingual Toastmasters meeting. There were only four Toastmasters present but I didn’t care! The desire to deliver speeches was so impassioned that audience numbers didn’t matter.
My speech title was “Satu Cabaran ” (One Challenge). It wasn’t easy because I paused regularly – strenuously searching my mind for the right words. Maybe I should start reading a Malay dictionary!


Since this particular meeting finished in less than twenty-five minutes – I opted to go to another meeting nearby at the Money Mastery Toastmasters Club, also in Petaling Jaya:

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