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Ivan Teoh

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Dong Ho's Folk Painting

I knew about this during one of the Vista Penang Toastmaster outing. That was Huy's farewell dinner and his last speech on Competent Communicator manual. At first, the venue is Temple of Fine Arts. Due to unforeseen circumstance, last minute it changed to El Mondo, Bayan Lepas, Penang. Our immediate past president, Ee San and her family also attended the event. More then ten people attended the event. Firstly, we must fill our stomach with food. We ordered different varieties of pizza. Sicilian Pizza is my favorite. After this, Hock Chye hosted the event by starting with this funny welcome speech. After Ee San, as Huy's speech evaluator, explaining Huy's speech objectives, Huy inspired us with his speech "Simple Happiness". He summarized the speech with one word, "Bliss", which is coming from few points: the beautiful day, the love of family, individual strength, and simple kindness of stranger. Due to limited time, we only had two table topics, which were done by Rishi and Peng Yew. This followed by Ea San evaluation and round-table evaluation. Lastly was the award recognition. Ee San hand over CC ribbon and Division S pin to Huy. Our current president, Usha hand over the President's Distinguished Club Award to our immediate past president, Ee San. The participates also got a gift. A gift from Huy all the way from Vietnam. It is Dong Ho's folk painting.

This Vietnamese folk art is originating from Dong Ho village, north of Hanoi. It is very special painting, which only use natural materials. Moreover, this painting is very long lasting, due to the coating from sticky rice paste for protecting the painting and their colors.

Thank you, Huy for the wonderful gift. I wish you all the best and hoping you will continue your Toastmasters journey in Vietnam. Wishing your dream, setting up the first Toastmasters club in Vietnam, will come true.

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