Graduation day…

I guess everybody would know by now that we were in Wellington, New Zealand specially to attend Melissa’s advanced convocation ceremony on 12.12.12 upon her graduation…


…with a B.Ed (TESOL) degree…


The impressive event was held at the Michael Fowler Centre auditorium…


There was a jazz band to entertain everyone while waiting for the ceremony to begin…

Jazz band

Once the academic staff had taken their seats on the stage…


…they got the ball rolling with the traditional Maori welcome – the Haka. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the photo so I do not have one to share here. There was also some in-between entertainment including this performance of a Cole Porter’s song…


It certainly was a joyful and memorable day for all of us…


I bought this made-in-New Zealand Astina watch for Melissa for her graduation gift…

Commemorative watch

…to commemorate the occasion. It wasn’t anything expensive, nothing branded – she would not want that. She’s grown up to be a very simple lady and would not want such things – anything is good as long as it serves its purpose. It was a latest model though, very nice with something like those blue stones or seashell (what we see a lot used to make kiwi souvenirs) on the strap.

The next day, the 13th of December, 2012, there was the grand parade across the city…


I must say that we are very thankful that we were blessed with excellent, bright and sunny weather throughout our week-long stay in Wellington…

Beautiful day

Well, our little girl has graduated…

My girl

…but for her, this is just the beginning of what lies ahead as a full-fledged English language teacher. Hopefully, God willing, the paths she will travel on will be nice and smooth but whatever it will be like, one thing’s for sure – her father would always be by her side to help her through thick and thin and ย hopefully, God will bless and guide her in all that she may undertake in the days ahead. For this, we most fervently pray…

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34 thoughts on “Graduation day…”

  1. Congrats Melissa and her proud Papa and Mama!

    Whatever path she goes, I am very sure she will do very well because she has an awesome Daddy and Mummy… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Definately a gorgeous grand Graduation…

    Thanks. Ya, we’ll always be here for her…

  2. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts from Wellington! Especially this one! Congratulations to Melissa and to you, for making it through these 2 years and for graduating with flying colours! All the best in her future undertakings!

    Thank you. 5 and a half years altogether – the rest of the time in Sg Petani, Kedah. Sure glad she survived the tome there…

  3. Beautiful! A proud moment indeed for you, missus and Melissa. Congrats to Melissa! May she find fulfilment and happiness in her chosen path. She is very blessed to have such loving and supportive parents. I wish her all good things to come!

    Thank you, and thanks so much for all your good wishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Congratulations to Melissa & proud parents. Beautiful memories to cherish. Very nice & impressive auditorium. Love the graduation gift and it is always the thought that counts.

    Thank you. Ya, I feel it’s rather meaningful and appropriate.

  5. Congratulations to Melissa. She looks so diplomatic in the graduation gown. You too, look like of the professors in her uni. Nice watch that you have bought her too.

    This was the most precious moment of a parent to witness their child graduated from university.

    It was indeed. I wouldn’t want to have missed that for anything in the world.

  6. So touching… clearly shows how much love you and your wife have for sweet Melissa.. Proud day for you and Lucy..
    Congratulations once again to Melissa upon her graduation.. may her paths be made smooth by our Good Lord..

    Thanks. Appreciate the prayer, will certainly hope it will turn out so.

  7. Congratulations to Melissa!!
    Papa and mama looks so happy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks.It certainly was a very happy day in our lives.

  8. Congrats to Melissa and your family!!!
    It will be the beginning of a new journey for her. All the best!

    Thank you. Hope the road ahead will be smooth and easy to travel on

  9. Never forget this from English Literature class(..Cry thy beloved Country..if I recall correctly)..” DO THY YOUR PART AND I WILL DO MINE ”.
    You and Lucy have certainly done yours cuz and I say well done and Congratulation.
    The beautiful part is that I know for sure that Melissa is just as proud of the both of you as you are of her.
    Welcome Home (home sweet home) and BLESSED CHRISTMAS to you and Family.

    Thank you…and the same to you and yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Congrats to Melissa and her proud Daddy and Mommy again! Arthur, thanks so much for sharing your happy and proud moment with us. Tell Melissa, Quay Lo and Quay Po is VERY proud of her too.

    Thanks from me, Lucy and of course, from Melissa too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Congratulations to Melissa and her proud Daddy and Mommy, indeed!

    Yes, Paua shell products are a must-buy on a trip to NZ. They make great gifts for family and friends back home. What a memorable gift that serves two purposes – Melissa’s graduation and a trip to New Zealand.

    Thanks for sharing the occasion. Great memorable pictures. Btw, Melissa has an interesting second name. No Chinese name?

    Thanks. The grandpa gave her one which we cannot even pronounce properly and it is not that easy to write either.

  12. Love all the pictures especially of those Melissa’s smiling face. Lucy and you have done a wonderful job in bringing up Melissa. You couldn’t have done more ๐Ÿ™‚

    And we are truly blessed that she has grown up to be such a nice and sweet girl and daughter. For that alone, I am so very grateful.

  13. A moment where both parents look forward to! Be part of her graduation day and also feel proud. “Sheโ€™s grown up to be a very simple lady and would not want such things โ€“ anything is good as long as it serves its purpose.” <—meaning that both wifey and you, taught her well.
    CONGRATS Melissa. One step ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks. I do wish she would be a bit extravagant though…so I can pamper her a bit sometimes but no, she doesn’t want anything – said I could buy it for myself if I had wanted one.

  14. Congrats to Melissa and to the proud parents of her. That was truly a heartwarming moment witnessing the little girl’s greatest achievement.

    Thank you! A memory to last a lifetime… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. congrats to her now
    all her effort was starting to paid off
    hope she makes it big in the real world

    Thanks. I certainly hope so too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Congratulations to Melissa. I wish her well in her future career as an English teacher. I’m sure the Almighty One will be there, watching out for your little girl. (I know she’s no longer a little girl but a daughter is always her father’s baby. *winks*)

    I’m just wondering, has she decided on where she’ll be working at?

    Thanks for your good wishes. Not up to her to decide – at the mercy of the ministry concerned. She’s a government scholar…so we’ll just wait and see. One step at a time.

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