Right here…

Actually, we had already gone for Melissa’s convocation in December last year in New Zealand. She was doing a TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree programme, twinning with the Victoria University of Wellington there…

1st Class Hons.

…and one could opt to attend the ceremony there or here…or both. Well, as I have mentioned in an earlier post, Melissa wanted to go to the local one as most of her friends were not at the one in NZ and she would like to take this opportunity to get together with them, knowing that once everyone has started working, chances like this would be few and far between.

So there we were at the graduation ceremony at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre…

PICC

…where they were holding the convocation for all the different faculties in all the teacher-training institutes throughout the country. There were various sessions, of course, as it would be virtually impossible to accommodate everyone at one go and the one for languages – Malay and English – was the 1st one on Monday, 27th May, 2013.

We were informed that we had to be there by 7.00 in the morning…

Putrajaya at dawn

…and luckily, my friend, Ivan, stays nearby and was able to go to the hotel to get us at around 6.30 and drop us off at the venue at the break of dawn.

Unfortunately, as usually would be the case with our Malaysian rubber time, it did not start till 9.30 and even before this, there were bumps along the way. Initially, they fixed the date on the 29th and luckily, I did not bother to make all the necessary bookings. Subsequently, they changed it to the 27th and those who had already booked the air tickets and hotel had to go through it all over again to make the necessary changes and as everyone knows, these days, you can’t change your flights for free – one will have to pay the penalty and it is, by no means, a small amount.

I wished they did not hold such things during the school holidays as the airfares would be extra expensive, even if there were seats available. With everybody coming home for the Gawai Festival, there were no seats in the direct flights via the national airline and nothing cheap in the so-called cheap airline – I had to pay over RM700.00 per person return! That was why I decided that we might as well spend a few days enjoying ourselves in KL, after we were done with all this, and come back on the 2nd of June – after the festival day on the 1st.

Other than that, no doubt it would have been a lot more convenient if they were to hold the convocation at some place in KL and the surrounding areas instead of all the way in Putrajaya. The hotels are expensive (and I did not know then that they have a new one now opposite the shopping complex there – that I would have been able to afford using my government pensioner privilege) and public transport isn’t that easily available unless one makes prior bookings in advance. We stayed around KLIA in Sepang (and luckily, I had friends to help out with our transport to and fro)…and I heard there were people staying in Puchong or Kajang…or even KL!

Anyway, since we were there early, we were able to snap a few photographs…

Mel 1

…together…

Family

…before we went into the grand auditorium to wait…wait…and wait…for the ceremony to begin.

Photographs were not allowed inside but I did manage to snap one of Melissa after she had received her scroll and had come down from the stage…

Mel 2

…and was walking back to her seat.

After that, I went to the washroom…and from there, I sneaked out (we were told not to leave before the ceremony was over) and did not bother to go back into the auditorium again as by then, I was already in dire need of some fresh air… Ahem! Ahem! LOL!!!!

Author: suituapui

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

38 thoughts on “Right here…”

  1. i love the photo of you and melissa and your wife. you all are so beautifully dressed, and it’s such a nice family portrait. and the pic of melissa with her scroll is terrific too, it looks like a very happy day for her! really glad you all managed to make it despite all the logistical trouble.

    Thanks for your compliments. Sigh!!! Anything she wants, I would do my best to see that she gets it – always my little girl.

  2. That convention centre looks like a UFO at night when lighted up. Need to view from the bridge in front. I didn’t even know it is a convention centre la. Hey you looked handsome in the batik shirt. Where did you buy this nice and lovely pattern? I can make it my table cloth too! Muahahahaha…..

    Melissa is wise that once the grads start working and busy with their lives, the chances of being together is almost zero like me.

    Ya, Putrajaya’s most beautiful at night – too bad it is always deserted, hardly anybody around.

    That batik cloth? Long, long ago…they were distributing it for free to every teacher in the school to make a shirt or dress – some kind of uniform for some special occasion. Poor old retiree, where got money to buy nice batik for a shirt…much less use it as table cloth? Tsk! Tsk! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. table cloth?? nah, not at all.. it looks like curtain to me, a huge walking curtain at the convo, muahahaha!! but of course the curtain looked good on our Food Mayor, see he was so handsome!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Humphhhh!!! Sneaky! I don’t think curtain’s quite right though. A tent would be a more appropriate comparison, don’t you think?

  3. Wah nice pictures. Especially the view at the dawn.
    Congratulations to Melissa! Proud moment…

    Thanks. Ya, Putrajaya is indeed an awesome place. Too bad it’s too far away, a ghost town at night…when it is even more beautiful.

  4. Congrats Melissa! “Malaysian rubber time” – I’m still not accustomed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If they had been less disorganised, there would not be any necessity to get everybody to turn up at the break of dawn…and that too, I noticed that most of the people nonchalantly trickled in one by one. I just can’t get to do things like that – no, I’m not always punctual. I would be early, if I can help it…VERY early. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  5. That was lovely except for the waiting time. My partner experienced the same thing for his daughter’s convo and worst they were not allowed into the hall and it was so hot! I was disappointed I couldn’t attend because I was sick. But when I heard about them baking in the sun, I was glad I was sick ๐Ÿ™‚

    They only allowed two guests – my friend, Ivan, wanted to tag along but could not so he just dropped us off and left. Felt so bad. If they wanted to be so strict, they should have been stricter with the dress code – formal: baju kebangsaan, batik or lounge suit…and I even saw people in t-shirts, many in ordinary shirts…though at least, some made an effort to wear long sleeves and put on a tie. If that is the case, might as well not mention anything about this, let everyone wear what they like. NATO – no action, talk only.

  6. Firstly, my warm congratulations to your Melissa! A nice family picture on top of the stage! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cannot leave once you are inside? Yeah, can understand..if everyone starts leaving when their kids have taken the scroll, the last student to take will face an almost empty hall.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I understand how “tedious” it is to sit there for the whole ceremony…

    Ya, that’s true…and I wouldn’t have sneaked out if there had been handphone coverage inside the hall – at least, I could spend the time browsing through Facebook and such. No need to switch off or to silent mode, even though they instructed everyone to do so – absolutely no contact with the outside world…in there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. Congrats to Melissa again! Wow, she graduated with first class, must be a brilliant girl!

    Thanks. Like father, like daughter? Hehehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Melissa graduated with first class honor…. Daddy must be very proud of his lil girl.

    Congrats to Melissa and wish her best in the working world.

    Ya, thanks. At least, all her efforts paid off… ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Beautiful family pix you have there. You are blessed to have such wonderful friends to help you out with transport. Naughty!!!naughty!!!…sneaked out from the auditorium. Once again, Congratulations to Melissa.

    Thank you. Yes, I wouldn’t know what to do without their help. I did ask at the hotel in the middle of nowhere – using the hotel taxi – one way – RM100!!!! About the same if coming from KL, I guess…since they are going back empty. One taxi driver said he would charge by the hour…if I wanted to pre-arrange all the trips. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  10. Yeah after start working sure no more time to gather around with friends.

    Guess they never really plan the things out properly but the silver lining is that you get to stay here longer. So many people want meet you leh

    Ya, a chance to have a well-deserved holiday indeed. Long enough already lah – can’t afford to stay that long.

  11. how nice!! attending two convocations at two different places.. congratulations to Melissa again for that flying color result, 1st class!! fuyoh~~

    Thanks. Looking forward to attending yours – don’t forget to invite me, ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. How nice to have multiple convocations! RM 700 is really steep but yeah, it’s coz of the Gawai holidays.

    Congrats to Melissa! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks. Ya, it was expensive but I guess it was worth it as Melissa got what she wanted and we did have a great holiday. After all, it’s only money…

  13. Congrats to Melissa….with first class summore! U must be very proud.
    You look good in that Batik shirt..while ur Missus looks nice in her Baju Kebaya ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you. The shirt & kebaya, Nilai there a lot…all nice, nice one. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  14. 7AM in the morning? Don’t say KL lah…….Even in Sibu also considered early. They (the organiser) thought eating breakfast meh. Anyway, congratulations to Melissa.

    Precisely!!! At least, here, it is bright already by 7, not over there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thanks.

  15. STP,
    this is out of topic. Sorry.

    But thought I’d share it wit you since sharing is caring
    http://www.tristupe.com/2013/06/processed-meat-declared-too-dangerous.html

    Yup, yup…saw that sometime ago. And in case you do not realise it, that, of course, includes ikan masin, ikan bilis, ikan budu, cincaluk, belacan etc…etc…etc…and here we have others like salai ikan, kasam babi hutan and what not. Best to consume in small quantities…and not too often.

  16. congratulations to melissa! and to you too!
    anyway that Putrajaya International Convention Centre
    somehow reminds me of our very own cultural center of the philippines haha
    by the way nice shot

    Thanks. I wonder if it’s the same one that was around during Marcos’ time… Probably not – that was so long ago.

  17. Congrats again Melissa and congrats to the proud parents too!

    Two different places, two different convos, and Melissa looks different too, one with long hair one with short hair. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I notice you three, the batik colour quite similar or matching, do it in purpose? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nope, it was a sheer coincidence. In fact, I noticed that too. That’s my only batik shirt that is suitable for day wear, not too formal. Thanks for the wishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Congrats to Melissa! You and wifey must be so proud!

    Miss my convo moments too~

    Thanks on her behalf, and yes, we are!

  19. Wow Arthur! You and your missus must be very proud of Melissa! First Class!

    Congratulations to your family!

    Oops! Dunno what happened – your 1st attempt went to spam. I’ve retrieved it though… Never mind. The more the merrier. Hehehehehe!!!!

  20. Your Mrs looks beautiful in her kebaya! Love it. ‘Fresh air’ eh? tsk tsk.. notti you.

    Hehehehehe!!!! Wink! Wink! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hmmm…you also tak kalah leh…in your kebaya. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Yippeeee….finally normal speed Internet. Last week was slower than turtle . Cant load any website ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    True la once working no more time to time gather . Everyone will be scattered all over the country. Yeah..still hv FB to link up but still….it’s not the same.

    Yalor…and if kahwin and have own families, even worse. Lost contact liao!

  22. Lucy looks so good in her kebaya and I could see how proud you are of Melissa! I love her new hairstyle, the short hair makes her look so cheerful! She is such a sweet girl ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, I agree…but the mum insisted on her keeping her hair long to look more feminine. I don’t quite agree. Some ladies can be bald and yet come across very feminine.

  23. congrats to Melissa again! Love the family photo….

    oo, Putrajaya really has nothing much to eat and see… oh well, next time then when you come to KL, let me know ya…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sure will. I always love meeting my blogger-friends…but usually, I will drop hints that I would be going and wait for them to make the first move. Shy lah…want to meet people and then they are not keen.

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