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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Omedeto Gozaimasu Tama Sii Tonga.

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Ph.D (Permanent Head Damage) Crew : It's so serious we can't even tell time. The watches are just fashion accessories.

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Palentina and I flanking our boy "Dr Viliami Uasike Latu"

Congratulations to our brother and collegue Vili or may I say Dr Viliami Uasike Latu. Our little Island community is extremely proud of what this son of the Pacific has achieved. He is the very first person to graduate with a Doctorate degree from our University.
Hosted by SparkleTags.comThe parent University Ritsumeikan in Kyoto is about 150 or so years old our one Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific Uni was only established in the year 2000.
The Graduate School opened in April 2003 and we were the first ones (yay I'm part of history...yeah rite) there was only 11 of us undertaking Masters then, 2 doing their MBA's and 3 in the Ph.D program Vili, and two other Japanese students Ai Sasaki and Toru??. Ai had her baby in 2004 and took a year off for maternity leave. Toru had to go back to work don't know much beyond that. So Vili had to tough it out by himself.

With no clear guidance and very limited financial help for research and the likes (yes yes we are APU's very own guinea pigs but are ok with it) Vili with the help of his supervisor Prof Mani, persevered and now has successfully completed the program. He is an inspiration to us all and God willing we hope and pray we can emulate his success.
Vili's final hurdle (last requirement) was his oral defence yesterday. After 3 gruelling hours he emerged exhausted but victorious.
Hosted by SparkleTags.comThe benchmark has been set, the path has been walked
.. So for the rest of us we need to put our heads down, push on and follow his footsteps. Hosted by SparkleTags.comThere is a light at the end of the tunnel and if an expression of elation is anything to go by..the one on Vili's face is enough to convince us all.

I can only imagine how happy he must be, and his happy mood was so contagious for a while I forgot about the sad cloud that has been hovering over me since I learned of the passing of my friend Raponi. For a time all was right with the world again.

I want to be able to experience this feeling. I pray that come February 2008 tentative date for my Oral Defence I can do my family, country most of all my Heavenly Father proud.
Malolo,Vili, Elsa and Felise @ Utaudo celebrating our boy's success.

Congratulations Again to Dr Viliami Uasike Latu of Tonga. Also to his supervisor,family and friends back home in the islands.
God Bless you bro. Will miss you when u return home but await your return for your graduation in September. We will be there to witness the official recognition of your proud achievement. A first for APU! The "P" (Pacific) always comes after the "A" (Asia) but this time thanks to you it has coveted first place.

"Malo le finau!"
Ofa atu.
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7 lilsifi:

  • At 2:25 PM, Blogger supasta said…

    mayne wat a smarty pants....
    DOCTORATE huh....
    can u smart people share ur brains wit me pweeeze...hehehe..
    congratulations tongan friend...and all the best with the rest of ur degree sifi gurl...you can do it...teeeheee:)
    over and out

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger dasifi said…

    Jenz I'll prob need to hire urs for the long haul as this old and worn pea sized brain has served me well over the years but it is fast reaching its EXPIRATION date.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence I hope I can reach that finish line with all mi marbles intact..choo hoo.
    Yeah we are very proud of our Tongan brother send a prayer my way phuleease I will be needing like a million of them ..lol
    Thanks for stoppin' by sugar.
    When u head back to Aloha Land knock em dead!!

  • At 1:27 AM, Blogger Tiffanie said…

    You have pretty graphics on your blog. Thanks for the kind words on mine - it means alot to me, (more than you will probably ever know) - especially seeing how far away from where I live you ARE. :)

  • At 6:22 AM, Blogger Shark Girl said…

    CONGRATULATIONS VILIAME!!

    Omedetoo gozaimasu!!

    Wow. He's really done it huh. Send him all my love and tell him I miss the beers.

    Love love...

    Tinto's momma

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger kolinyedcia said…

    Will do Nydz and I'll tell him also that you miss the view from where u used to check him out while he was tyin' to flash you during their cricket matches choo hoo *jokes*
    Hugs n kisses for Tinto.

  • At 4:17 PM, Blogger Jalvina said…

    HI AUNTEE HAVE JUST CHECKED THIS SITE AFTER HOW MANY WEEKS! LOL BUT AWESOME CELEBRATION IM NOT TONGAN BUT I FEEL TONGAN AT TIMES! LOL IM SOOOO BROUD OF VILIAME GOOD ON HIM YOU ALL INSPIRE ME TO FURTHER MY EDUCATION YOU ALL ARE DA BOMB AND A SPECIAL OMEDETO TO THE MASTER OF A.P.U. LOL I SAY THAT COZ HE THE FIRST PHD STUDENT TO GRADUATE THATS HISTORY IN THE MAKING!!! WOHOOOOOO ALL TONGANS SHALL BE PROUD OF THAT. TONGANS REPREZENTING AND CARVING IT UP IN JAPAN! LOL
    LONG LIVE THE KINGDOM OF TONGA OKAY AND MY BEAITIFUL ISLAND OF SAMOA!

  • At 7:55 AM, Blogger Shark Girl said…

    Hahahaha. I did not perve on Vili from L555. I was perving on the Pakistani guys. And the Jap security guard. Ewww. Dame!

    Love you guys heaps. Miss the karaoke. Lots of love for Elsa and the rest of your "chudren".

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