February 2008


It’s been a long trip this time, 18 days total. Hasn’t been away from Hy for so long since year 2000. I am blogging from the Singapore airport while waiting for my next flight to Seoul then SFO. It has been an exciting and fruitful trip to multiple countries & cities. Each city has its own vibe. I started for a week in Taipei. Then another 1 and half week in India. I’ve experienced many of the first in India. Most memorable one were my first time on a 3 wheeler rickshaw and first time trying to cross a busy street in India during the rush hours. I was fortunate the weather was good. My cold was healed. Now, I just can’t to be home πŸ™‚ 20 more hours ~

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This is another photo from Hawaii taken by Hy last year.

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Venue: Mauna Lani Resort, Big Island , Hawaii

Danielle called and booked us over the phone. Hy and Frank were honored to be in this beautiful wedding alongside the romantic beach of Big Island.

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Danielle did her own makeup and hair. She’s a professional makeup artist.

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This is our first traditional Jewish wedding.

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This is one of my favorite photo during the ceremony.

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Stay tune for the reception photos ~ They are so much fun!

Congratulations Danielle & Jeff!

I have been missing out the early bird special. But this time, I woke up early and tried to do the Ansel Adams thing. There were at least ten professional photographers already inline for the Half Dome shot below plus hundreds of tourists swung by in their tour buses.

The famous Half Dome at sunrise.

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Sunrise @ Village loop near Housekeeping

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Sunrise @ Village loop near Housekeeping
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Little Chapel
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While Annie is out there surviving the urban, I’ll show you how to surviving the wilderness. I took a short break during the long weekend and headed to Yosemite for a winter camping trip. This is the best time to camp in Yosemite right now since I don’t have to fight for space. Most would prefer to stay toasty and warm at home. There are, however, quite a number of kids were out there camping as well.

What I had with me were not the top of the class gears for surviving the snow and ice but probably much better than what Bear Grylls had. Needless to say, we all have to plan within our comfortable zone and plan for the worst and hope for the best. But the most important of all, you have to be man enough to say no and bail out when the condition turn south. I myself had aborted a few summits. (No, it is not Everest.)

 

Here it is, my tent on a wide open space

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Another view

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Hot tea for the spirit

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7PM pitch black, I took advantage of a car headlight lit up the trees, moonlight was hitting the ground, and the tent was lit by a flash light.

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8PM

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This week has been a week of mixed feelings. I didn’t get to blog as much as I wanted to in Taipei.

It is the week of Valentine. So, Happy Valentines day everyone πŸ™‚ I didn’t get to spend my Valentine with my dear hubby, but I did spend this special day with my girl friends in Taiwan.

However, this week, I experienced a tremendous lost at work, which put me into a whole week of grief. While I was digesting what had happened and contemplating my next steps, I got many supports from folks around me. Some friends from different International regions and folks I haven’t talked to for a long time pinged me on IM to send their condolences and support.

In the midst of emotions, I also got a cold to fight. A week flew by. This is my Friday night in Taipei, finally had time to do some soul searching. So, I went to today’s Our Daily Bread. (Click in to read the article). The title for today is “Growing Through Grief”, a perfect topic for my mood this week. While I was reading the bible verses, following verse jump out to me. They are from Psalm 119:75-77.

75 I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.

77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.

Tomorrow, I will be continuing my business trip to India. Actually, I will be traveling through Hong Kong, Bangkok, then arriving India all in a day. I will be traveling with this poem in the end of the article.

I have been through the valley of weeping,
The valley of sorrow and pain;
But the God of all comfort was with me,
At hand to uphold and sustain. β€”Anon.

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This photo fits perfectly for the beauty outside of the fence. It’s taken by Hy with his last wedding in Big Island, Hawaii last year.

Peggy and Greg are getting married next month. We are so looking forward to it as their wedding will be our first wedding in 2008!

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I love the winter sunset of SF beach. Frank did an amazing job capturing the color.

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Bride and groom to be πŸ™‚

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I am missing SF already ~Β  Frank did an amazing job capturing the winter light!

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I am writing this post from a hotel room in Taiwan. What a trip! I left SFO Friday midnight, arrived at Hong Kong airport after 13 hours of on-off sleep, then finally at Taipei this morning at 9:30am Taipei time. Since then, I’ve checked in to my room, visited my best friend and her 3 month old baby. Now, I am waiting for my grandma and uncles to pick me up for dinner tonight. It’s about 5:30pm in the afternoon Sunday night local time. I felt like I haven’t gone to sleep in days.

I will be in Taipei for a week, then, I will be hopping to HK, Thailand, couple cities in India, Korea, Singapore, then back home. Some places, I will be staying, some will be just hopping through. While Hy’s back home working on our next-gen website and album, I am starting my adventurous journey in Asia. Stay tune ~

3am. I should be in bed. πŸ™‚

But after a busy day, having some personal time for myself is important. So, here I am.

This week is the Chinese New Year. Hy would object, as Hy would like to call it Vietnamese New Year πŸ˜› Since the Super Bowl Sunday, I’ve already been eating in ‘celebration’/’holiday’ mode. Starting with Chips and Salsa, Chicken Wings, Beer to Vietnamese New Year Cake (both sweet and salty) to ‘heart shape’ krispy kreme donuts. I’ve experienced ‘Multi-faceted’ celebrations. When it comes to celebration and food, the more the merrier.

Coming Friday, I would be on a plane to the first stop of my Asia trip. I will be stopping at Hong Kong, then arriving Taipei on Sunday morning. I am so very excited, as after 18 years of living in US, this will be the first time that I can experience the authentic Chinese New Year celebration in my home town again.

Following photos gave me the feeling of sailing away to the far away land. Can’t wait for this wonderful journey to begin ~

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BTW, I still have 1 pending e-session and 1 wedding to show. In the mean time, Hy and I are working to rebuild our website and sample album. Many excitements upcoming in Feb. Even though I will be out of country most of the time, but I will be sure to keep the blog live and kicking. So, check back often for some of my fun ‘trip reports’. I will be going alone and take many photos. Hope my photo quality passes Hy’s high standard so you can see some of my ‘travel’ photos here on this blog ~

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