Speaker: Tzyy Fung
Good evening fellow toastmasters and guests. Tonight I am going to share a little bit about myself, my identity. Identity, as defined in oxford dictionary, it means the characteristics determining who or what a person or thing is.
Firstly, who am I? I am a Malaysian, east Malaysian to be exact, coming from a simple, small family that only has 4 immediate family members including myself. I have a shy, conservative, disciplined dad, an outgoing, modern, cool mum and a very “special” brother.
Why I said he is special? Since young, we have roughly the same attire and haircut. We ate the same food. We hang out with a same bunch of friends. We played the same video games and also sports. We went to the same school from Kintergarten all the way to University. Lastly, we have roughly the same height, same physique and similar face. Ya, you are thinking what I am about to say, he is my lovely twin brother.
That’s one of my identities, the twin brothers! My twin brother and I have been staying with each other for more than 20 years. We haven’t been separated more than a month since we were born. I still remember when I was in primary 1, one day my brother was sick and he was staying at home. I didn’t know that until I reached school and I cried in the classroom. In the end, the class monitor gave me a sweet to stop me from crying, what a sweet girl she is.
Having a twin brother is actually not an easy task. We are competitive, I repeat, we are very competitive to each other even until now. Basically we compete for everything. When we were young, we were competing about our school result, typical Chinese. When we grew older, we were competing the amount money that we save. And now, we were competing about the daily calorie intake. Well, I guess that’s another way to show our love to each other, by making sure that the other half has gotten the same amount of nutrient. Being a pair twins, I always got this frequently asked question; do I have telepathy with my brother? I believe that will your first question in mind too. In my case, sadly we don’t. But we do share a similar way of thinking, share the same point of view and value in life, largely influenced by the environment that we were brought up to.
My brother and I are in our mid-twenties, born in December, making us Sagittarius babies. I am quite fascinated with the way horoscope defines our characteristics, although it is pretty generalized. For a Sagittarius, being adventurous is one of my attributes. I like to try out new experiences. For example, I have travelled by myself alone to Vietnam when for my graduation trip in year 2013. I knew new friends, tried out unplanned trip and hitch-rode from the airport to the town with strangers. That’s one of the craziest thing I have done, not to mention cliff jumping too! In the future, definitely I will do more crazy activities as I believe that experiences and memories are the most valuable asset of a person.
Besides adventurous, being free is Sagittarius’s nature. I will like to have the freedom in choosing what I want to do and being where I want to be. I prefer a lifestyle that is free and easy; thus corporate ladder isn’t really my thing. However, right now I am still stuck in my corporate life but one day, I will take a leap of faith and start endeavoring my free and easy lifestyle. Like what Bob Marley said, “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” Thank you Toastmasters.