Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Toastmasters Signal Lights for Timing Speeches - Part 3

(This is the continuation of Part 2 -Toastmasters Signal Lights for Timing Speeches)

The Toastmasters timing lights device cost me Php 800 - still relatively cheap. This was negotiated down from the original quoted price of Php 1500. Cost of materials (LED lights, box, wires, switch, etc.) was estimated at Php 400.

But still, the lack of brightness coming from the ping-pong "bulbs" is a major issue for me.

For one of the lamps, I removed the blue threaded plastic part where the ping-pong ball was glued. It exposed the two LED lights.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Toastmasters Signal Lights for Timing Speeches - Part 2

(This is the continuation of Part 2 - Toastmasters Signal Lights for Timing Speeches)

The timing lights device box was lightweight and seemed empty. When I got home I opened it to see how the inside looked like and where to replace the batteries.

Yes, the LED lights are all battery-operated.

The box is easily collapsible. All detachable parts of the box are actually held together by just a couple of screws at the bottom of the box. You only need a Phillips-type screwdriver to disassemble.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Toastmasters Signal Lights for Timing Speeches

Ever since I joined Toastmasters, I don't recall seeing a timing lights device being used either in my present club or in the previous one. If at all, the timers used colored cards or some other items.

Of course, it is different when it comes to Toastmasters competitions at the area (or above) levels. You can be sure that signalling lights for timing Toastmasters speeches would be available.

Usually, the sponsoring club or one other competing club will be bringing their own timing device for use. When I see these timing lights, I actually become envious. They look professionally made and look so cool.

Friday, November 23, 2007

An Abstract Concept-Sample Speech, "Food For The Dead"

Food for the Dead
(An Abstract Concept, Advanced Speech Project #5 in the Speaking to Inform Manual, Nov.23,2007, Cummins Sales and Services Phils, LIIP Mamplansan, Binan, Demo meeting. Evaluated by Gina S. Mapua)


Several weeks ago at the start of this month, many of us visited the cemeteries or memorial parks to observe All Saint’s Day. Unlike many people though, my family and I always choose to visit the cemetery on the second day, All Soul’s day.

And the reason is to avoid the crowds and traffic. Now if you’re like us, there are only three things we bring to the cemetery for the dead. And these are prayers, candles and flowers.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Fact-Finding Report-Sample Speech, "Drowning Prevention"

Drowning Prevention
(A Fact-Finding Report, Advanced Speech Project #4 in the Speaking to Inform Manual, Nov.15,2007, ACT Club, Henlin, Northgate Alabang, Evaluated by Lolet Gabay, ACG/CL)


How does a drowning child in the pool or in the beach look like? For that matter, how can you tell if someone is drowning?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Demonstration Talk-Sample Speech, "The Eggbeater Kick"

The Eggbeater Kick
(The Demonstration Talk, Advanced Speech #3 in the Speaking to Inform Manual, Nov.8,2007, ACT Club, Henlin, Northgate Alabang. Evaluated by Viviene Vargas)


Good Evening! Who among you here have visited my personal blog? Those who have visited my blog would probably know by now that the blog is essentially a swimming journal.