Special gift…

Another year has passed and it’s my birthday again – my big SIX-O…today!!!

So how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets…in midnights, in cups of coffee?
In inches, in miles…in laughter, in strife?
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes?
How do you measure a year in the life?

Let’s celebrate…
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love
Measure in love
Measure your life in love

…and I must say that if I were to measure the year gone past in love, there can be no denying that I have indeed been abundantly blessed with lots and lots of it from family and friends alike…and I really have to thank each and everyone of you for the love, the joy and all the precious memories to treasure and to cherish. To whom it may concern, thank you all!

Well, sixty years is indeed a very long time but it feels like only yesterday when I was growing up, going to school and eventually working, trying to make a life for myself and bringing up a family. I do not know if this song is all that relevant or not – it is sung by the daughter of the late Lydia Sum and the veteran singer-composer Liu Chia Chang but my limited language of the language tells me that it is something along these lines – something about standing behind someone or by his or her side, supporting and encouraging him or her to be brave in  “crossing the seas and climbing over mountains”. You can click the link here to watch the video clip and listen to the song:


On my part, I certainly would like to believe that I have done just that – supporting my daughter through school, college and university, always there by her side through thick and thin, always there…for her

Little graduate

…and now that she has completed her B.Ed (TESOL) degree and would be going for her convocation very very soon, it, of course, makes me feel so very proud and immensely happy that I have done my part as a father, a mentor and a friend.

This, I would say, is the best birthday present, the most special gift that a father can ever wish for…