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Follow-up from Damira Kulakhmetova

Dear Toastmasters,

Below is a recap of the meeting on 9th of July.

On Saturday, we had a regular meeting with a theme “Top holiday destinations in the world” . We started a few minutes late due to the late arrival of some role takers. Two of the speakers, Anara Serikbayeva and ice-breaker Abylakhain Ganiyev canceled their speeches. Other than that everything went pretty smoothly.

At the meeting we were delighted to hear our three prominent speakers. The first speaker Olessya Akimenko did her project # 2 Speaking in praise from Special Occasions manual with the title “Speaking in memory of Millicent Fawcett”. Many of us did not know who Ms. Fawcett was, but thanks to Olessya we got to know a little about a suffragist of XX century who literally made a history and impacted the way we live now.

The next speaker, Anuar Unaibekov, introduced his HPL (high performance leadership) project called “Food Drive”. His speech was from the Persuasive speaker manual, project #5 – The persuasive leader. In the presentation, Anuar, touched our hearts by sharing a story supported by statistics on how unfortunate some people are in terms of food supply. Therefore, to solve this issue he presented his project “Food Drive”. A food drive is a form of charity to donate foodstuffs or money to people who cannot afford food. Contact Anuar if want to become a volunteer +7 707 709 9920.

The third speaker, Aigerim Akiltayeva, delivered her, believe or not, 9th project from the Competent Communicator manual! She’s been a member of ATC for not that long but already so close to getting her CC. Keep the speed, Aigerim. In her project she needed to persuade with power and she did by breaking the stereotypes of social dance. At the end Aigerim invited all of us to practice social dance in the Social Dance Academy “Bailamos Salsa” for beginners, +7 707 4694777.

Of all the prepared speakers, the award of the best speaker went to Aigerim Akiltayeva.

A table topic session was led by Olessya Akimenko. Her questions were about top places that we wanted to visit, advantages of staycation, disadvantages of being a top place to visit, etc.

The best table topic speaker was Yerzhan Omirkhanov. Yerzhan talked about his favorite city New York and how people there try to avoid crowded touristic places, like Central Park or Times Square.

The evaluation session was led by charming Aigerim Kosheken. Her team of a timer – Daniyal, an ah-counter Aidana, and a grammarian – Yerzhan, did a good job.

I’d like to thank speech evaluators of the prepared speakers, Assiya Babayeva, Asset Abuov and Zhanna Kussainova. The award of the best evaluator went to Assiya Babayeva.

At the end of the meeting, the vice president education of ATC, Assiya Babayeva thanked everyone for coming and invited us to the Burabay trip next weekend.

Thank you all,

Damira

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Follow-up note from Anuar Zhumabayev – Country Day – Spain

2nd of July was the special day for Astana Toastmasters Club in many regards. It was the first meeting for the new officers’ team. We opened the speeches session with the guest speaker – his Excellency Pedro Jose Sanz, the ambassador of Spain in Kazakhstan and it was the first meeting, when we did not have paper agenda.

The last fact was not a plan, but rather an improvisation, since toastmaster of the meeting got under 10 minutes of heavy rain on the way to the meeting, which destroyed copies of agenda in a split of second. Therefore, we decided to put agenda on the projector.

Five minutes after 12:00 pm guests started to fill the room and we started. After toastmaster’s routine in the beginning, we had a chance to listen to the ambassador, who spoke a lot about his country’s economics, culture and place in this ever-changing world. During questions & answer session, enquires about ambassador’s opinion on football, education and Kazakhstan-Spain relationships were coming from members and guests passionately. Overall, this session went quite well and got interest of members in guests in Spain.

What helped to induce this interest with additional spark was table topic session. Though some of the questions were quite tough and challenging, resulting in long pauses of awkwardness, when no one wanted to come to answer them, we had a revelation during the last two questions, when Kanat sang and Asset danced. The best table topic speaker award went to Asset Omirzhanov.

Then the “diamond part” of the meeting came around – prepared speeches session. Our ice-breaker, Assiya Kurmanova, shared her flame of love to Spain; Zhantuar Yertayev delivered science fiction story with human essence in what seemed were 1000 different words; Sogdiana Akhmetova showed us again that she is “one of a kind” girl with sharing her experience on climbing the mountains; and Yerlan Meirbek delivered bad news (his manual project) in the manner, which only he could.

The best prepared speaker was Sogdiana Akhmetova.

Evaluation session was led by Yerlan Meribek, and all speaker received useful feedback which I personally hope they will take into account for their next projects, but the “best” title went to the rising star of the club, recent competent communicator, Asset Abuov.

In its entirety, the “Country Day: Spain” meeting was a good example of one of our club’s main ideas: learn by practice, strive to excellence, but always remember – there is a room for improvement in even the most “ideal” performance anyone can deliver, and it is our job to not forget about it, when we step up on the stage, which ATC provides us.

Toastmaster of the meeting,

Anuar Zhumabayev

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A word from President: July

Dear Toastmaster!

Today is the start of a 2016-2017 officers’ term in Astana Toastmasters Club. Seven people, devoted toastmasters were elected by you to serve for the best interest of the club and its members.

As the president of Astana Toastmasters Club I’m thrilled to begin a new chapter in the life of the club and together with you I’m willing to write a great story of success.

Toastmaster’s path is pretty straightforward; take roles, give speeches, speak up and step up whenever it’s necessary. The more you do – the more you learn. And the main goal of any toastmaster club is in providing the Encouraging environment where this path is possible.

Most of you consider ATC as a family. The place you feel at home. And I want it to keep that way.

Every member should be able to strive for excellence in what he/she is doing, have respect from fellow toastmasters and be ready to serve for the club and the society. But the most important thing, that I’ve learnt from my toastmaster and officer experience, is that nothing can be achieved without a Teamwork. No wonder is that Integrity is one of the toastmasters’ values, which means not only honesty but also unity, being whole.

The first month of the term July will begin with a Country Day dedicated to Spain thanks to the efforts of the previous officers’ team and especially Secretary Indira Kiylybayeva who had been negotiating with the Spanish Embassy for several months. Later we plan to invite another important guest speaker and have once-in-a-year event in Burabay dedicated to the beginning of the new term.

There are many adventures ahead us, and as practice shows there may be some ups and downs along this way but I’m sure that together we will overcome all of them and in 12 months from now we will look back and say: That’s been a wonderful year!

ATC is definitely the place to be.

Sincerely,

KorlanBektassova

P.S. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford

Anuar-Zhumabayev

A word from President: June

Dear toastmasters!

It is the end of the June of 2016, and also the end of our officers term at Astana Toastmasters Club.

First of all, I would like to thank every single member of the club, who took any role during last 12 months. As we all know, our club is built by those, who were eager to learn by practice, and do it through team work, which is developing every single meeting, when, on one day, you present a speech and recieve effective evaluation, and on another, you are helping speaker to control his/her time or organizing the possibility to present a speech. All role takers are indespensible for our community and I send you my grattitude from the deepest part of my heart.

Secondly, I want to highlight the exceptional work of such officers as Korlan Bektassova and Elmira Baltabayeva. All officers were ready to fullfill their responsibilities and showed great respect to the honor they received, when they were elected. But Korlan and Elmira have showed for 12 months that they are ready to do even more, when necessary. And I am eager to witness what Korlan is preparing for her presidential term. Indira and Damira joined our officer team later in our term, but both took the initiative and proved myself wrong, when I felt that I cannot trust people hundred per cent in fullfilling their responsibilities. Anara, Asset and Daulet taught me a ton on leadership skills and I would like to thank them a lot. Whenever I had doubt, they showed me the alternatives and helped our officer team to see processes in our club from different perspective. I am proud that I was leading such people for past 12 months and, to be honest, I don’t think I deserved such opportunity in first place.

During last year, we reached a lot of goals, what our members aimed for. We had great events and some entertaining speech contests. So many members had fascinating ideas, and so many times I was surprised by creativity and desire people showed during organizing meetings and gatherings. During 2015-2016 term thrice I had personal moments, when I thought that I am failing as a president, four times I was told by members that I should consider resigning and twice I was recieved strong approval from members to continue work our officer team is doing. It proved to me again that ATC is the great platform to learn by practice your leadership skills and understand the basics of project management.

Astana Toastmasters Club is the place to find friends, opportunities and revelations. My last kind request as a President of ATC to our members is to not forget why you decided to join the club in first place and don’t be afraid to changes, don’t be afraid to speak up, when you think something is wrong, but be respectful in discussions and communicate more, talk more, connect more with each other, because, as a former civil enginner, I can say that bridges are very hard to build and so easy to damage.

Anuar Zhumabayev

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Meeting Follow-up by Assiya Babayeva

Dear Toastmasters,

Here is the follow-up note from the passed Saturday meeting, June 18th.

The meeting was devoted to pop culture. We had a full house of advanced speakers, 3 out of 4.  The first speaker was Olessya Akimenko presenting the 4th project from Storytelling manual. Olessya told us a beautiful story titled “The train to the warm lands”. The second speaker was Aigerim Akiltayeva who showed us three ways to discover our inner natural reserves.Then we were offered to pay our attention to music and wonderful things it might cause by our super advanced speaker, Assem Panova who was delivering a speech from Professional speaker manual. Assem discussed how music with only 7 notes is able to create miracle. The last but not least was another brilliant experienced speaker, Indira Kyilybayeva. Indira presented the 4th project from Speaking to inform manual and gave us a detailed and informative speech – Air Astana: 2015 annual report for the board of directors. The best speaker within that tough competition among titaniums became Assem Panova. Congratulations!

The table topic session led by Dzhamilya Serikbayeva was full of colourful images and curious questions. The audince were asnwering them easily and with pleasure. The best table topic speaker became our Mr. President, Anuar Zhumabayev. 

I’d like to express my gratitude and impression to the evaluation team, particularly to the speakers’ evaluators, Asset Abuov, Anuar Zhumabayev, Assiya Babayeva and Olessya Akimenko for giving great feedback and recomendations. The best evaluator of the last meeting was Anuar Zhumabayev. Mr. President you rocked that day.

Overall the meeting was nice and our current President proposed one interesting thing regarding word of the day… Which one…? Join us next meeting and I’ll share it with you 😉

Best regards,

Assiya, Toastmaster

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Success Story: My ACG story with Assel Stambekova

Why I joined ATC

I joined ATC in February 2014 because initially I wanted to make friends in Astana. I’ve already known about Toastmasters so my motivation to join the club was not linked to public speaking per se. However, as time goes, thanks to the club I’ve met a good number of smart enthusiastic and hilarious young people that shape ATC accordingly. Interesting young people and their hobbies is still the main source of my motivation to come back to the club from time to time.

What manuals I have chosen for ACG and why

Last two manuals I’ve chosen to complete during ACG were Interpreative reading manual and Professional Speaker. ACG is the last step in Communication track in Toastmasters which means that by this time you are expected to have grown as a speaker, as a professional speaker. You are able not only to conquer stage fear but also deliver great public speaking experiences both for the audience and for yourself. I knew my strengths and weaknesses as well as my personal goals in public speaking, that is why Interpretive Reading was chosen on a basis of pampering myself and Professional Speaker to test my public speaking skills.

My favourite speech from ACG manuals

My favourite speech among all ten for ACG was The Sound of Silence from Interpretive Reading manual. The first challenge was to recite a poem which demonstrates differences between poetry and prose, and recognise how poets use imagery, rhythm, cadence, and rhyme to convey the meanings and emotions of their poetry. Additionally, I had to meet time requirements of up to eight minutes. The second challenge was in the choice of the “poem” which originally was a four-minute song, and I twisted it differently to meet all project  objectives and also to have fun.

My preparation to speeches

In February 2014 I made a draft planning of delivering 2 speeches per month without skipping or missing an opportunity so that by 2016 I’d finish the Communication path. The rationale of this planning lies in experiential learning, seeing progress or if there is no progress, working on how to improve my public speaking skills and at the same time enjoying participation. In other words, my goal-setting on the whole and speech preparation process in details were connected to these values. Having understood that, it was clear for me to see my strengths and weaknesses. Thus, for example, I wrote one of my 46 speeches only once simply because speech scripts never work for me.
During my officer’s term in 2014-15 I was delivering slightly more speeches connected to my officer’s responsiblities as well on the topics of Success Leadership , Better Speakers or Success Communication.
The way I choose topics for speeches is based on many perspectives. It depends on the manual I’m doing, external reality, audience age range and their interests, etc. So I never choose topics from my self-perspective only.

What was the easiest and the hardest part in projects

There was never the easiest or the hardest part in projects I did. I believe apart from the stage fear that many speakers experience, the audience and how they will swallow and digest the speech is the ultimate challenge that speakers shall always keep in mind. Whether you’re a successful speaker or not depends on how the audience reacted to your speech content and delivery. If you made a difference at least in one person’s life, you’ve already done a lot!

What advice can I give to all members who want to complete or struggling to complete this manual

I’m not the best advisor 😉 However, I’d suggest to anybody who’s decided to do public speaking. Eventually we all want to be remembered for doing good things and delivering great speeches. Great speeches is a very vague notion. Define for yourself what you want to be remembered for and Why, and do your best to accomplish it.

 

I’d like to thank members of Toastmasters worldwide because they can make you feel home and treat you as a friend even if you do not know them very well or they’re complete strangers for you.

Enjoy your TM journey and have excellent speeches ahead!

Regards,
Assel Stambekova
ACG, ALB

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Follow-up by Zhantuar Yertayev – 24 MAY 2016

Good day, fellow toastmasters and anyone who is reading this!

Take a glance at a recap about ATC Tuesday meeting which was held on 24th of May 2016 at Nazarbayev University.

The meeting was started 10 minutes later because our General Evaluator was stuck in a traffic jam and we couldn’t start without his laptop, so the current President Anuar Zhumabayev gave the order to adapt and start from a Table Topic Session (TTS) after his opening speech. Anuar Unaibekov was performing as a Table Topic Master and asked unusual questions about adventures in our lives. We heard a story of 30 years old marriage from Gabit Mataev (who was also an Ah-counter) and saw a great example of coming to a solution and problem solving. This sincere sharing brought him the Best Table Topic Speaker award. Yernar Zhylkaidarov made us burst into laughter with his story about scorpion and slipper. Assiya Kurmanova told the plan she would follow if she was stuck like Tom Hanks on an island; I wish I will be stuck on that island as well. Anuar Zhumabayev was reminiscing the adventure he had when he was 4 years old and how collective work can bring results. Indira Kyilybayeva told us that the best book and a movie about adventures is Harry Potter. I can hardly deny that. Korlan Bektassova shared her first experience with law representatives and now we know where to seek for relatives. Overall, The TTS was emotional and personal, maybe that’s why I remember it in details.

Then we moved to General Evaluator Yerzhan Omirkhanov presenting his team. Our timer was also late so I thank Yernar Zhylkaidarov for taking this role. Yerkenaz Zholumbayeva presented the word, quote and joke of the day.

The Prepared Speeches Session started right after that. Yerlan Meirbek was talking about the feedback in our lives and gave us two techniques to give useful advices. He had a scene with me where he shared his experience in choosing a spouse which made me drown in my memories and emotions so I forgot my duties. The second speaker was Indira Kyilybayeva who gave us methodology of raising and coaching your team. She also talked about leadership and filled the presentation with a lot of examples from her work, life and ATC duties. That evening she was the Best Prepared Speaker. The third speaker Yerzhan Omirkhanov raised an issue of Healthcare system and told us a sad story which left our hearts weeping that evening.

Evaluation session was led by Yerzhan Omirkhanov. Anuar Zhumabayev evaluated Yerlan Meirbek and pointed out his “scientific approach” in personal advices. Korlan Bektassova, who substituted Anara Serikbayeva, gave a constructive feedback to Indira Kyilybayeva and got the votes as a Best Evaluator. Anuar Unaibekov gave a positive and motivating feedback to Mr General Evaluator and speaker Yerzhan Omirkhanov.

The guest talk session was held by 4 yet non members and after it Yerlan Meirbek, Korlan Bektassova reminded everyone about upcoming election on 28 of May, Saturday.

In the end we voted for our new member Yerkenaz Zholumbayeva to join our family.

Me as a toastmaster made sure that everyone enjoyed the meeting by asking the audience in the end.

I would like to thank my mentor Asset Omirzhanov for giving me advices and guiding me throughout my ATC adventure and moreover reigniting my passion to the fooling around. You are the best lighthouse bro!

Thank you all for being supportive and friendly while my personal ATC journey, as Anuar Zhumabayev told I have ups and downs in my performance but I promise that I will continue aiming to the top.

Sincerely yours,

Zhantuar Yertayev.

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Follow-up Note from Nuni Asker 14 May 2016

Dear toastmasters,

I apologies for the late follow-up-note about the meeting we held on 14th May 2016.

First of all I want to mention that it was my first time of being a toastmaster, so I was nervous and excited at the same time.

Well, 14th May morning was beautiful and sun was shining. It seemed everyone was pleased.

We started our meeting a little bit later than usual due to some of our participants were late.

Usually, our meetings consist of 3 parts. But this meeting was not usual, it was dedicated to Speech Marathon, that was why we skiped over Table Topics session, and left just 2 parts – Prepared speeches session and Evaluation session.

We had 7 amazing speakers, and our 1st speaker was Zhantuar Yertaev with his speech “ The heart is the strongest muscle”. I expected his speech was going to be about anatomy and physiology of heart, but I was wrong. It was all about the love, his love, about a girl he loved once. He told us very personal, sincere story and described his girlfriends’ appearance in detail with enthusiasm. Second speaker was Anuar Unaibekov, who presented his project Uplift the spirit from Specialty speeches. Next speaker was Indira Kyilybayeva, who was concerned and gave a speech “ Why we have too few women leaders?”. Forth speech “ Blood donation” was delivered by Yerlan Meirbek. This one was encouraging and motivated audience to be a blood donor and save the lives. Fifth speaker was our long-distance runner Aigerim Akiltaeva with inspiring speech “ My 36 km of heaven or how to start running”. Next speech was delivered by Olessya Akimenko on title “ Cheating is bad… if you get caught”. The prepared speeches session was closed by an ice-breaker Aidana Koptileuova with her “ The fish story”.

Second part of the meeting was led by general evaluator Asset Abuov with his wonderful team of speech evaluators, ah-counter, grammarian and timer.

The best speaker and evaluator awards went to Zhantuar Yertaev and Assel Stambekova accordingly.

In my personal opinion, to lead the meeting was not easy but interesting, fun and full of warmth. I really enjoyed the meeting and the role of toastmaster. Also we managed to finish on time.

I would like to thank all of the speakers, role-takers, members and guests who came to support the meeting and making it lively! Special thank to Korlan Bektassova for her help and advices!

See you soon!

With love,

Nuni Asker

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Follow-up Note from Anuar Zhumabayev

On 17th of May, Astana Toastmasters Club held an additional meeting at Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation Center. New venue – new possibilities.

The meeting was structured in a usual way – with three sessions: one, dedicated to prepared speeches, second, to the topic of the meeting, which was “Make love, not War” and the evaluation session. The audience consisted of members, soon-to-be members and a couple of experienced guests and first-timers. Due to the new location and traffic on the left bank, some of role-takers were late, but at 19:45 we were ready to launch the meeting.

After a small introduction of the meeting format and crack laughing between couple guys from the audience to relieve tiredness after a long working day, we proceeded with the Prepared Speeches Session. First speaker, Zhantuar Yertayev, incorporated a lot of “show on the body” approach in his “The Two Dialogues” presentation about how people interacted with each other by their body language, adding Yerzhan and Tana to his speech, as “supplemental instruments”. I, myself, in my presentation spoke a little about coaching session and performed a role-play with Anuar Unaibekov. Our final speaker – Olessya Akimenko told us the original story about traveling adventures, as her “Moral of the story” project. All speakers received votes for the “Best prepared speaker” nomination and the winner with one-vote advantage was Zhantuar Yertayev.

The table topic session was led by Yerzhan Omirkhanov, who prepared provoking questions, which were mostly related to the emotional side of love. Impromptu speakers tried to share their stories about their relationship with love, as their lives go on, and we heard six interesting takes on “the secret crush”, “love at the first sight” and “the essence of the feeling itself”. The winner took home a “Twix” chocolate and the second place was awarded with “Snickers”. Two chocolate bars in one pack went to Tansholpan Seisembayeva, who shared the story about crushes and how we go from there.

Evaluation session was led by Olessya Akimenko and all speech evaluators were out of time in their respective time slots, though all of them provided useful suggestions to speakers, trying to be constructive and positive. The best evaluator award went to me for “not that judgmental” take on speech of our third prepared speaker.

At the end of the meeting, we almost forgot to vote for our new member – Aidana Koptileuova, but, fortunately, we didn’t. Aidana shared her desire to become a strong part of our club and invited all of us to the “Night at the Museum” event. And after that, we adjourned the meeting and went outside at approximately 21:15, where Yerzhan was amazed that light from the sun was still there. Summer is coming, folks! Let’s enjoy it!

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Best Prepared Speaker: The Heart Is The Strongest Muscle by Zhantuar Yertayev

Best Prepared Speech (14 May 2016)

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My mother always told me ‘Float like an iceberg, sting like a thrown iceberg!’. But sometimes an icy heart just needs a warm smile. Madam Toastmaster, fellow members and welcome guests have you ever fallen in love? Today I will tell you a very personal story that I still keep in my heart even though the stars changed many times since that period. Many years have passed, but I still do remember that day like it was yesterday, the day when love came into my heart.

I’m on my graduation ceremony glowing in my suit staring at my proud parents and happy teachers but there is someone I miss… But first of all, let me take you back to the time when I did not know this someone who became very important for me.

It was October’s early morning. Rainy weather did not promise anything bright to happen that day. A bunch of sleepy, creepy and weepy people staying at the bus stop dressed in black as if they were going to funeral. Me personally dressed in black and wondering where that big white bus could be. But suddenly something caught my eye and I froze for a moment. A pair of green emerald shoes… It dissonated so hard with the atmosphere so my eyes continued their journey up to the top and found a very pretty face. I said ‘Wow! She challenges the reality with her appearance’. It felt like she heard my inner voice and responded me with a broad smile and an eye contact. I saw the whole new and enormously king-sized universe in her big brown eyes. I said ‘Whatever, we only live once’ and made my approach. I made her laugh, got her number, took her out and we started dating.

Guys, have you ever dated a beautiful girl? Put them all together and you will get my girl. I have already mentioned her eyes big as the full moon, brown as the warm aroma of coffee where you could melt like a chocolate forever. Her smile was so warm that you felt like a cat stretching itself under the gorgeous sun. Her hair was blacker than the darkest night and when I touched it I felt like the silk scarf was stroking my fingers. Her skin was white as the first January snow. Her breast guys… three. Her belly was flat as the ice rink that was just filled. Her waist and hips reminded me a guitar shape – the perfect instrument of love. Her legs were long, straight and beautiful. I enjoyed touching them. She moved like the caravel cutting her way through the tides of the ocean. People turned when she walked into the room. I have been already wearing glasses that time but she was all that I could see. And it was not only her beauty that I adored.

We had countless nights not only full of passion but full of heart to heart dialogues. We talked about policy, philosophy, society, the Matrix, the behavior, the mindset. I have never had such feeling, my heart trembled every time I held her hand because I could feel her heart. It took my breath away when I kissed her, when I cuddled her trembeling body in my strong arms. Have you ever felt so accepted and free with the opposite gender? Well I did. My first and ever given to a woman bouquet of red flowers is that what associates with her. Her kindness, her ringing laugh, her generous, pure and childish soul that forgave me everything. That’s what I miss. She always taught me that death is not sad. The sad thing is most people don’t live at all. She was a teacher, a lover and a friend.

Just before our breakup we had this conversation

– Will you marry me?

– I’m too young to marry you my darling

– But I’m 23 already and I need to build my life

– But darling! I’m only 18! I have the whole life in front of me

I’m on my graduation ceremony glowing in my suit staring at my proud parents and happy teachers but there is someone I miss. I miss my lady in emerald shoes. It was too late when I understood that I love her. That day she left me saying that I’m not a man enough, that I will never be serious, that I’m not ready for the responsibility… And you know what guys? She was right

Fairytales and love stories have a small difference. Fairytales have a sad beginning and a happy ending, but love stories are opposite: happy beginning and a sad ending . But don’t be too upset my friends because the darker the night, the brighter the stars. I’ve sailed to other countries, met many beautiful women, had my victories and defeats on the battlefield of love. I returned back home and heard a lot of advice that you need to lift metal, you need animal protein or at least vegan protein but guys the one thing that you really need to love and be loved is your heart. Remember, my friends, the heart is the strongest muscle! Madam Toastmaster.