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KUTMC International Speech & Table Topics Contests 2014

KUTMC International Speech & Table Topics Contests 2014

Dear Friends,

Let us congratulations to all the participants of ‘International speech and table topics contest’!

KUTMC International Speech & Table Topics Contests 2014

I am glad to announce the winners once again.

Speech contest
Champion- Suhail Hamid
1st runner-up – Sean Seah

Table topics contest:
Champion- Sean Seah
1st runner-up – Kwan Hong
2nd runner-up – Puspita

The winners will represent the Kampong Ubi Toastmasters club for the Area U4 contest on 15 March 2014.

– Thank you

Dr. Suvarna Latha
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Pay It Forward and Make a Difference!

Hi, The following is my contest speech. The title is “Pay it Forward and Make a Difference!”
I want to share the message with you and hope that you will like it.

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KSTMC International Speech Contest 2011
Title: Pay it Forward and Make a Difference!
By: Yetti Chiu

Do you know more than 22,000 children die every day around the world?
That is 15 children dying every minute…
The main killers are poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.

We are lucky! We live in a well-developed country. We have plenty to eat. We have clean water to drink. We have a good health care system. Our children here receive proper education and grow up in a healthy environment.

But in many poor countries, people are starving. They don’t have clean water to drink. They are forced to drink dirty water and may get diarrhea or other sicknesses. But they cannot afford to see doctors when they are sick. That’s why many of them die of preventable diseases and illnesses. Very few children can afford to go to school. Children begin working as garbage pickers as soon as they can walk. Waste dumps are toxic, but there is no other choice. If those poor children do not collect money by selling the rubbish, they would have nothing to eat.  Quite often, gangsters force children to take drugs so as to control them. Some parents even have to sell their children into prostitution so as to support the rest of the family.

Yes, the world is unfair!
Don’t you want to make the world a bit better?
All children need love and care! They should have their basic rights and have the chance to receive a proper education.

Make a difference!

Some people may think…Yes, poor children are indeed very unfortunate. But it is impossible for just one person to change the world! Our ugly world is like that… It is a fact even though it is cruel. How can one person alone change the world? It is impossible…

Yes, one person’s efforts may not be enough to change the world…

But think about this statement: “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do!”

The quote is said by Jana Stanfield at the “I Can Change the World Tour” in November last year. The tour was a program for a group of kind-hearted professional speakers to raise funds for homeless children by making use of their speaking talents. They want to touch lives and make a difference. They pay it forward, giving generously without asking for any returns.

You may wonder at the meaning of “pay it forward”. “Pay it forward” means somebody does a nice thing for you, and instead of paying them back, you “pay it forward” by doing a nice thing for other people. The words come from the movie with the same title.

The story is about Trevor, a 12 years old boy living in a small California town. He accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better. Trevor chooses 3 persons for doing those favours. Instead of having them pay back, he told them to “pay it forward” by choosing 3 other people for doing favours to.  It’s like a human chain letter of kindness. The idea is to positively change the world and make a difference!

Have you heard of the organization “Doctors Without Borders”?  The organization “rejects the idea that poor countries deserve third-rate medical care and strives to provide high-quality care to patients.” Some of the kind-hearted doctors, nurses and other volunteers make use of their professional skills to help people who are caught in crises around the world. They save thousands and thousands of lives every year. They pay it forward and make a difference!

If you have some kind of talent or professional skill, think about how you can make use of your talent or skill and make the world better. Make a difference!

But it does not matter whether one has a talent or possess a professional skill or not. Everyone can contribution if we have the “heart”.

We can all do our part.
We can donate some of our money to charities.
Why not sponsor a child?  Build a better world for the poor children…

At World Vision Singapore, it costs only Forty-Five dollars per month to sponsor a child. I think most of us can afford that.

Every little bit counts, any amount is welcome.

My husband and I have been sponsoring a few children in the past 12 years. We feel happy when we see those smiling faces from the photos of the children. They can get a proper education and a healthy environment for growing up because of the money that we donate every month.

One person may not be able to change the world, but we can change the world by one person at a time.  We cannot do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good we can do!

What might this mean for Toastmasters?

We are Toastmasters and we can speak. You may consider choosing topics that can make the world a bit better for your project speeches. Maybe you can influence some of your audience and make a difference. And your audience may influence some others and make another difference!

Why not start now, Pay it Forward and Make a Difference!


What Do You Want?

Hi, The following is my contest speech. The title is “What Do You Want?”

Hope that you will like it!  : )

Immediate Past Club President
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club


KSTMC International Speech Contest 2009
Title: What Do You Want?
By: Yetti Chiu

One Day a young business man by the name of Money went out for fishing. He met a fisherman called Simple. He realized that the fisherman was very good at fishing.

Money called out to him, “Hey, you are an expert in fishing. In just one hour and you have caught so many fishes. Why don’t you teach other people how to fish and you can earn more money? I can help you to market your business. I am a business man.”

The fisherman smiled, “Thank you…but why do I need more money?”

Money replied, “Why? With more money, you can open a fish farm. Then you can make even more money. And then you can afford to retire and enjoy your life!”

The fisherman smiled again, “I like a simple life. Everyday I fish for only 2 hours. That’s enough for my living! Then I can do what I want to do. I like to relax under a tree, watch the sunset, and spend time with my family. Why do I need to earn lots of money and enjoy my life after I retire? I am already enjoying life now!”

Contest Chair, Honorable Judges, Ladies and gentlemen.

What are you looking for in life?

Whether you like it or not, we live in a materialistic world. We are judged by how much money we have or how successful we are in our career. A rich man is regarded as a successful person. A man with outstanding achievements in his career will be admired by other people.

Is that what life is all about?

Have you heard of Jennie Chua? She was the former General Manager of the Raffles Hotel. She’s very successful in her career. She devoted herself to her job. But in an interview, Jennie Chua seemed to express some regret. She said “If I could do it all over again, I’d like to be a housewife. I got divorced when I was young. Given the chance, I think I’d like to have spent more time with my children, although they seemed to turn out pretty well. But do I remember distinctly when they took their first steps? No.”

Ladies and gentlemen.

If you ask me to choose between family and career, I’d definitely go for family.

You might know I was an accountant. But now I prefer to stay home as CFO and maid to my man. Why? Because I want to spend more time with my husband, I don’t want to work daily from 9am to 8pm. Everyday I can cook healthy dinner for my man. Even though it may not taste good, it’s good for his health. Don’t you think good health is more important than having more money?

Let me tell you another story

My uncle lived in Hong Kong. He was quite poor when he was young. He worked very hard and started his own business. Because of his hard work, he made some money. He used the money to buy property. The value of property sky-rocketed in the 80’s. He became a rich man.

However, he did not live any better! Even though he was rich, he hardly spent any money on himself or his family. They still ate leftovers and wore old clothing. The ten of them lived in one small apartment.

Finally, he passed away in early 1995 because of a cancer. He was rich, but I don’t think that he was happy! He never enjoyed the fruits of his labour. WORSE!!! After his death, his children started to fight over the inheritance! The money tore the whole family apart.

Why would you work so hard if you cannot enjoy all that you have earned?

Why did my uncle save all his money when he could not bring a penny with him when he died!

I wonder if he could rest peacefully if he knew of his children fighting over his money.

So do you know why you are trying to make more money?

Why are you chasing for a promotion or trying to be recognized?

Are these the things you want out of your life?

What do you want?

What do you really want?

What do you really want deep down in your heart?

Think about it!

Success should not be restricted to certain aspects only, such as your career or financial status. A rich man might not be happy as he may not have peace of mind or good health, just like my uncle. A man with a successful career might not be happy as he or she may not have good loving relationships, just like Jennie Chua.

To be happy we need to maintain a “Balanced Life” rather than focusing on a few aspects only.

If you only focus on your job or making more money, you might neglect your family, your health and your own personal fulfillment. Then when you are sick or out of a job, you may not have your family to take care of you (because your spouse might already have divorced you)! You will have no self-worth as you have nothing else besides your job!

My friends and fellow Toastmasters, Life is uncertain! We should live life to its fullest!

Tonight, when you go home, try to find a quiet place and close your eyes.

Listen to the voice of your inner soul…

What do you really care about in life?

What do you really want?

Contest Chair.


Results of 2008 KSTMC International Speech and Table Topic Contests

Dear Club Members and Friends,

Thanks for your participating in our club contests, either being an appointment holder or as a contestant!

I would like to say to a Big Thank You again to our Chief Judge DG Michael Wee, DTM.

Here are the results for 2008 KSTMC International Speech & Table Topics Contest which was held on 23 Feb 2008:

International Speech Contest

Champion : Edward Ma
1st Runner up: Yetti Chiu

Table Topic Contest:

Champion : Edward Ma
1st Runner up: Yetti Chiu
2nd Runner up: Raymond Yuen
Congratulations to all the winners!

Edward will represent our club to take part in the coming Area U4 Contests.

Combined Area U2 & Area U4 International Speech & Table Topics Contests 2008
12 April 08 (Sat)
1.30pm – 5.30pm
Whampoa C.C, Mini-Theatre
Free Admission

You can view the photos taken at our club contests at

Cheers !
Club President 2007-2008
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club

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