These are 3 things you can get from bathroom breaks.
Recently, I have become more comfortable in sharing some of my romantic stories; simply because, it’s a common question.
An acquaintance would ask, “How young are you?”
I’ll say, “I’m 24.” Then it is followed by these questions “Do you have a boyfriend?” “Are you single?” or “What is your love story?”
Well, I say, “the whole experience was a search for a love story.”
It was November last year, when I made a proclamation. I said to myself “I will start dating.”
The first thing I did was get a paper and a pencil. (You see, women love checklist. We make checklist for everything such as, what to buy, what to do, what to read or what to look for.) So, I am looking for someone who is
- Tall but just enough for me to do this (a tiptoe)
- Good looking but not beautiful
- Persuasive but courteous
- Funny but sensitive
- Shy but will take risk
- He should be generous.
- He should be a gentleman with a dash of mystery.
So I was in a HUNT. Continue reading
This is initially a speech delivered for the Competent Communicator Manual of Toastmaster International. My Basic Speech 2.
Main objective of Speech 2 is to Organize Your Speech – It requires the speaker to use several Techniques in organizing one’s speech, with an effective opening and ending. The speech should be 5 to 7 minutes.
Never-mind that I am a Mass Communication Graduate for I have always loved math. Perhaps that is because I had a great Algebra teacher who left us five valuable tips to keep in mind in solving math problems which made equations much easier and less a threat.
Our teacher made us realized that solving equations does not require knowledge alone, for it also needs the right attitude.
Our teacher reminded us with much faith that “It is possible to find X;”
she never failed to let us remember to “Balance our equations first” before anything else;
and to keep in mind that “Right and wrong are not relative.”
When we were having our examinations, I still remember my teacher’s words lingering, the hurtful truth that “Staring at a question does not lead to an answer.”
And lastly we were so blessed to have a teacher who believes that “Efforts merit some points.”
Later on in my life, I realized that there are more to these five tips. Our teacher not only taught us how to solve equations but she gave us the basic instructions in living life. Continue reading
Advanced Speech 2: There Is Only One Story
I chose this particular poem because of its meaning. Right now, I am into this concept of us (as an individual) having multiple stories. And that it is a grave mistake to know a person just by a single story like being poor or being part of a certain race.
As much as possible, I would like to encourage us to look at a person beyond physical appearance, beyond the first impression and beyond on what society has characterized them to be. The more you know about a person’s life, the more you see each other’s similarities. We are after all a human being. So do not put a period in one’s personality. Perhaps (just perhaps) the person that you truly hate is much like you. (to continue)
Basic Speech 1: Who I am – A Case Study
Once upon a time, on the night of September 15, when the world is at war, Gulf War to be precise, my mother is having a war of her own, my birth to be exact. A thousand kilometers from the hospital, it was bombarded with missiles. Boom, boom, boom but my mother was whispering to her womb, asking
“please baby come out, do not make your mama suffer, it’s time to see the world.”
(This is initially a speech delivered for the Interpretive Reading Manual (Advanced Communication Series) of Toastmaster International. My Advanced Speech 1)
Main objective of Advanced Speech 1 is to Read A Story — It challenges the speaker to enthrall the audience with a story that the audience isn’t even aware of the reader. The speech should be 8 to 10 minutes.
I chose one of Edgar Allan Poe’s story for this project
The Tell Tale Heart
Aside from the story being a literary classic, I chose this because of the protagonist’s (who was also the narrator) sober madness, which I believe would be an advantage in telling a story. If I could deliver the speech in such a way that my audience would think that I am disturbed and ready for the psychiatric hospital then I could tell that I did my job right.
Another reason is that I am really into vicious, dark and eerie stories. So, if I could get my audience transported to this realm then it would be a good chill for them.
But then, if you can spare a few minutes and haven’t read The Tell Tale Heart of Poe, now is a good chance. The story is full of irony and suspense, also INSANITY for the part of the narrator. (summary & analysis)
You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded –with what caution –with what foresight –with what dissimulation I went to work! Continue reading
(This is initially a speech delivered as my Inaugural Speech during Queen City Toastmasters Installation of Officers)
I used to believe that to “live by emotion is to live in an illusion.” And that is to stress to myself the importance of good judgment in making decisions – meaning, every decision should be logical and practical. I should not let myself get involve on things that I ONLY FEEL like doing nor shall I decide on things that I ONLY FEEL is right.
That was my personal philosophy until I met Queen City Toastmasters – my Love at First Sight.
Who ever thought that one could find love online? Well, I learned about the club through its multiply site. At that time, the critical faculties of my mind tell me
“do not be stupid enough to join”
because I was a still student who was about to graduate. So, I had my courses, thesis, internship and other paper works to think about and also club responsibilities that take much of my time. But my heart was beating fast and I cannot think of anything else. “Mao na ni” (This is it) ika nga. Continue reading
(This is initially a speech delivered for the Competent Communicator Manual of Toastmaster International. My Basic Speech 8)
Main objective of Speech 8 is to Get Comfortable With Visual Aids — It examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.
For this project I use my drawings as my visual aids.
When I Was A Kid
Self-knowledge is represented in the individual’s memory, meaning – if you want to know yourself then think about what you remember from your past. It was John Locke who suggested that a person’s identity extends to whatever of his / her past that ONLY he / she can remember.
Locke’s memory theory of personal identity conclude that memory is both a necessary and sufficient condition of self, and, therein, personal identity. Of course, the theory has been through a number of scrutiny, debate and rejection. Nevertheless, supposing that it is true I materialized my childhood memories through drawings, hoping that in the process I might discover myself.
Seventeen years ago, when I was five years old, I remember looking out from a window. From that window, I could see my friends
playing. There was this yearning to play with them but I cannot because I was inside my room behind a desk with my tutor seating beside me. My tutor was a young lady, quite beautiful but beneath that sweet demeanor was a strict teacher.
“Finish your letters first,” my tutor said as I practice my scriptwriting.
“Once you are done, then you can go out and play,” she said.
(This is initially a speech delivered for the Competent Communicator Manual of Toastmaster International. My Basic Speech 9)
Main objective of Speech 9 is to Persuade With Power — It discusses audience analysis and the different forms of persuasion available to a speaker.
A CREATIVE FIGHT
I am Mariam Jaustine R. Sollano and I graduated Cum Laude in Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines Cebu.
This is the first time I will be speaking about this because in a radical environment, it is a weakness and a sign of betrayal to not take action.
I do not have to elaborate in saying that we are leaving in a developing country – just go out to the streets and look around. Our country is poor compared to Dubai, Singapore, Korea, Japan and the list will go on and on and on. According to foreign eyes, you are poor, I am poor, and we are all poor simply because our country is poor. Because of this we experience discrimination, exploitation and disrespect from other countries. It hurts doesn’t it?
So what shall we do? Please do not say protest because I had enough of that. Protesting in the form of rallying had its glory days during EDSA 1, perhaps even in EDSA 2 but there is a difference in rallying with hundreds of thousands of people compared to those fifty people who rallied on the streets.
(This is initially a speech delivered for the Competent Communicator Manual of Toastmaster International. My Basic Speech 10)
Main objective of Speech 10 is to Inspire Your Audience — This is the last of ten speeches, which challenges the speaker to draw all their skills together to deliver a powerful inspirational message.
I chose my Father’s story for this speech.
MY FATHER’S PROMISE
I was not delivered unto this World in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I will hear not those who whine and complain, for their disease is contagious. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.
Ladies and Gentlemen that was an excerpt from one of the greatest and most encouraging oratorical piece that I ever read; that was written by Mr. Og Mandino.
Fellow Toastmaster, friends and guests good afternoon; Persist, Strive, Tough it Out, Persevere, Hang On, Hold On and Keep Going, a wise individual might tell you. But, darn it! It is so easy to quit, to say “I can’t do it” or to even think that it is impossible. It is easy to limit yourself according to what society thinks of you.
I am just a student; I am inexperienced and my knowledge is not enough.
I am nothing but a woman; and I have physical limitations and emotional challenges.
I am human; I make mistakes. Continue reading
I am a Filipino raised in Saudi Arabia.
Being born and spending 17 years of my life in a different country is a challenge especially when I have reached my motherland. Questions regarding my hometown has always been difficult. I have understood Islamic Culture very well while I have known my country only through textbooks and films.
After my four years (and still counting) stay here in the Philippines, I had learned and witnessed Filipino culture. Each day I am amaze as I bear witness Filipino’s ingenuity and blithesome demeanor. Finally, I can say that I am at home.
Nevertheless, my 17 years did not guarantee my expertise on the Kingdom. This is because the main reason of the stay is to study and to save. I do not have the luxury of a tourist to enjoy and explore the wide Land of Saud.
However, twice a year, I have the opportunity to visit the place (at one time) I called home.
This time, I have the chance to experience the place not as an immigrant but a curious individual who has a land of her own.