It certainly has been a really awesome year, I would say…and here, I would like to take a little time off from my regular New Zealand posts to review some of the milestones along the way.

I turned 60 this year, the big SIX-O!!!

Birthday cake

…but we did not have a grand celebration and it slipped by quietly though not without presents and greetings from family and friends, thank you all so very much. It has been 5 years since I retired from government service but it was not until this year that I retired fully from teaching. Enough is enough, the younger blood can take over and let me relax and enjoy my golden years.

This year, Melissa completed her tertiary education and graduated with a Bachelor of Education (TESOL) degree and we went to Wellington, New Zealand for the convocation


She made it to the Dean’s List and was awarded something like what we refer to as 1st Class Honours here – it seems that there, it is a little different and to get something like that you would need to do another year of post-graduate studies and then proceed to do your Masters from there. Needless to say, her mum and I and everybody are all so very proud of our little girl.

In the course of the year, I had the good fortune of making new friends here, there and everywhere…

Bobby & Carole

…and I really must thank those who cared to keep in touch and go out with me for a bite or a drink when they were in town…and the blogger and non-blogger friends who came to visit me here in Sibu this year…

Blogger-friends in Sibu

…and also those who took sometime off to come and meet me when I went over to the peninsula…

Bloggers meet

Thank you, Mandy, for the delightful day-trip to Seremban and Malacca and Philip for the trip to Bintangor and to the both of you and everybody else for the yummy treats and all the gifts in the course of the year…and talking about those, I simply must give special mention to my friend and her family in Auckland, New Zealand, who went through great lengths to make our stay in the city a most enjoyable and memorable one, making it a truly fitting end to a superbly wonderful year, not forgetting all the gifts that they loaded upon us to take home – so many that we almost had to pay for excess baggage charges on our flight back to Malaysia.

There are simply too many people and too many things in the year and I’m not too sure whether I have left anyone out, my sincere apologies if I have inadvertently done so, but thank you all so very much to everybody for everything and most of all, for your love…and for all the Blessings that God has granted me, though must undeserving, this past year, I am indeed most grateful and give thanks and praise that He has indeed been merciful and kind.


Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

28 thoughts on “Awesome…”

  1. Happy New Year 2013! Now, go back to bed, will ya!

    Same to you and all in the family. Already hanyut long ago lah, scheduled post. Hehehehehe!!!! 😉

  2. Congratulation on Melissa’s remarkable achievement! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family! Thanks for the wishes too! Bless you!

    Thank you, thank you… Bless you too! 🙂

  3. Wow it is triple happiness for you…. Turn into big 6, your daughter graduation, get to meet new friends…
    Indeed I am glad to meet and know you….
    Stay healthy and wish all the best for the year 2013……

    Happy to have made the acquaintance too. It has indeed be a happy year for me, and hopefully, the coming one will be too. Wishing you that same in the days ahead.

  4. Blessed New Year 2013 to you and your lovely family. Sweet memories & beautiful photos to wrap up for the year 2012. May the Good Lord showers his blessing on us each passing days and a great year ahead. Cheerssss!!!!…

    Thank you, and may your year ahead be equally blessed and awesome. 🙂

  5. Arthur, you have achieved very significant milestones in 2012. May 2013 bring you and your family much joy, good health and all good things in life! And by the way, that chocolate cake up there is so shiny and I can’t keep my eyes of it 🙂

    Thanks, and the same to you. The cake wasn’t that great, just ok…nothing like what Shereen made and gave to me to take back to Sibu. Winder when I will get to post on that…. So many things to blog about. 🙂

  6. wow, turning 60 and getting younger and younger!! hail the King Kampuarthur the Food Mayor of Sibu cum New Zealand!! hahaha.. and you’ve met so many bloggers in this year, wow, sure a very popular blogger among the beautiful ladies, woot woot!! 😀

    Haven’t met you yet though… Jual mahal! 😦

  7. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and family.. may your new year 2013 be filled with an abundance of fun and excitement, health and wealth, and lots of food!!! 😀

    Same to you too. Hope to get to meet you in person in 2013, and don’t make excuses to avoid meeting me, ya! 😉

  8. Hi, Happy New year to you and your family. Wish you all the best in 2013. have a nice day.

    Thank you and wishing you and you family the same. Cheers!

  9. Keeping our fingers and toes crossed that 2013 will be much more awesome than 2012. Happy New Year to you and all at home from all of us here. Hope to see you all again soon 🙂

    Same to you all there. Am certainly looking forward to the same – if not there, then here perhaps…

  10. I think the most memorable moment is Melissa’s graduation! 😉

    Happy new year to you and family!

    Definitely a very proud moment to cherish and remember for always. Thank you for your wish, same to you and yours.

  11. Yes, we pray for more memorable gatherings!! There is one more memorable picture… the one taken in Penang.. with the Penang Taikor and one KL taikor too.. you remember who they are? 🙂

    Taken in Penang? That was not in 2012…so long ago, 2010 or was it 2011 now?

  12. i hope that when i turn 60, i’ll be blessed with the kind of loving family and friends that you have too. and with the wisdom that comes with experience, heheh 😀

    Thank you, thank you! I take that as a compliment. Well, I do believe that as one sows, thus will one reap… What goes around comes around.

  13. wow you didnt look like 60!
    and there’s just a lot of exciting things you have shared with us

    Let’s just say that I’m young at heart…very very young, and age is really mind over matter. You’re as old as you think. 😉

  14. happy new year my friend , looking forward for more of your mouth watering posts

    Thanks, and the same to you. Sure, you can count on that…food, food…and more food!!! Slurpssss!!!! 😀

  15. What a wonderful year to remember! Happy New Year to you and your family. May it be filled with all good things.

    It certainly was a very good year. Ya, hope the coming one will be just as great, if not better…and hope yours will be too! 🙂

  16. You are most welcome! Plan for another trip to somewhere.. We will be happy to bring you ad family jalan jalan!!
    Happy New Year to you and family! Big hugs!!

    Same to you and yours. Huggggsssss…in return! 😉

    1. * I will be happy to bring you and family…

      I know you would but you’re working and are busy with your studies. Cannot kacau you all the time lah… Sometimes, ok… LOL!!! 😀

      1. This is the only way I take my break and relax!!
        So when you all are here I have very good and solid reason to take a break and relax.. So I really and always welcome you to kacau my busy schedule!!

        Good to hear. Sure will grab the chance whenever possible. We sure appreciate it heaps!!! 🙂

  17. Happy New Year to you and your family! Wishing you all a wonderful and healthy 2013!

    Same to you and yours. Hope we will all have a great year ahead! Cheers!

  18. Arthur, your 2012 was really awesome. I wish you have an even more awesome year in 2013.

    You stay happy.

    Thanks, and you too… 🙂

  19. Ah a dual celebration! I was offline for a bit – happy new year and happy birthday buddy!

    I hope you and your family have everything you can ask for and more! 🙂

    Thanks, Huai Bin…and I hope you have the same too. 🙂

  20. Happy New Year…Okay I know I am bit late. School just started 2 days ago and I was running like a headless chicken.

    LOL!!! Same to you and your family. Come back tomorrow…you will see your things in the noon post… 😉

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