May 2008



“I, ___, take you, ___, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”

Today, a falling rock flu passed Hy and I in Taroko National Park at Taiwan. It almost hit the passenger in front of us. Death was near. On the way back on the tour bus ride, our guide Johnny told us, there were tourists who got hit by the falling rock at high speed and died.

When switching on TV in Taiwan these days, channel after channel, the media was reporting news of China Sichuan Earthquake. On TV, celebrities are working together to gather funds to help out victims in Sichuan who doesn’t have home, shutter, food and water. At churches and temples around the world, prayers are spoken for the lost, injured, and rescue teams. Many heart broken news were reported, but in between, we heard story of courage, perseverance and love.

This morning, when I read my morning paper, I saw a really touching story. A baby was rescued from the collapsed building. The baby was protected by mom while earthquake happened. Mom was dead, but while she was protecting her baby, she put her baby in from of her breast in feeding position. This allowed the baby to have enough milk to survive.

Another story, for 2 days, a husband was looking for his wife under the collapsed pile of stones and concretes. He called for her name continuously. Finally, he found her, still alive, but her leg got stuck under a pile of stone. He stood by her until rescue worker arrived. However, the rescue worker couldn’t get in, all they can do is try to pull her out. They had to hand her a saw for her to saw her leg herself, so they can pull her out. Finally, she was rescued. Her husband stood by her in the rescue center, trying to distract her from her loss, trying to encourage her to recover.

I believe the story above of the husband and wife doesn’t end there. There will be challenges they need to face. We do not know the ending, but we know that journey ahead will not be easy for all the family who are affected by the earthquake in Sichuan. A marriage vow, is easier said than kept. Life is long, there are so many unexpected turns. In a society of high divorce rate, how many couples, can really honor their vow where they spoke passionately in front of the alter? How many vows, can with stand life’s unexpected turns? Many challenges as many couples exchanged: “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health”.

Recently, there’s a popular book named “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. Pausch is a professor in the Computer Science department in Carnegie Mellon University. I attended CMU’s CS master program. Many asked me whether I’ve met Professor Pausch or listened to his lecture. I haven’t, as my concentration was in networking while Professor Pausch taught HCI (Human Computer Interaction). A quote from him. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

As Jesus told us in Matthew 10:9:
“At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

I have faith in marriage. A vow that can stand life’s unexpected challenges, may not lead to a easy journey, but certainly a beautiful one.

I am going to break the blog’s rule of no blog entry goes w/o a photo. This one has to be, in respect of the victims in Sichuan; And for all husband & wife who are brave to honor and cherish their marriage vow, even though the journey ahead of them is not an easy one.

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Hy and I are heading off for our annual wedding anniversary trip soon. It will be our 3rd wedding anniversary. Most people have songs that represent their love stories at different stages of their love journey. Here is my love song at this 3rd wedding anniversary.

Happy Wedding Anniversary, my love ~

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Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power
Some people live just to play the game
Some people think that the physical things
Define what’s within
And I’ve been there before
But that life’s a bore
So full of the superficial

Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t you baby
If I ain’t got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you

Some people search for a fountain
That promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that’s the only way to prove you love them
Hand me the world on a silver platter
And what good would it be
With no one to share
With no one who truly cares for me

Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t you baby
If I ain’t got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you, you, you
Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t you baby
If I ain’t got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you, yeah

If I ain’t got you with me baby
So nothing in this whole wide world don’t mean a thing
If I ain’t got you with me baby

Here is the song on youtube by Alicia Keys ~

OMG was the first word I spoke when I saw the raw images of this e-session from Frank.

Irene & Charles selected deadly romantic location for their engagemnt session: Grace Cathedral of San Francisco.

The exterior of Grace Cathedral as a backdrop was just breath taking ~

Spring time ~

Nice moment ~

This photo totally rocks ~

Love Irene’s green flat

My favorite. This is such a sweet photo!

On this mother’s day, I really gotta say .. I am a proud MAMA. This is only the 5th engagement session Frank shot by himself. Hy & Frank got eyes for framing beautiful photos. I’ve got skill for incubating great photographers 😛

BTW, thank you all for supporting “Life Behind the Lens’ Blog. Today our blog hits breaks 50K. Yay ~ It’s very encouraging for the whole HyStudio crew!

Everyone heard of 4’C’s of diamonds. No, I am not talking about diamonds, even though you are on a wedding blog site 😛

On my work days, I have meetings after meetings. Phone calls sometimes continue through the nights. Occasionally, phone rings over the weekends as well. I am always talking, in action, solving issues.

It was a very quiet day today, since I woke up till now, almost 10:30pm already, I haven’t spoken a word. It is times like this, a busy Silicon Valley woman can take some time to breath and dig deeper in her life and get in touch with her soul. As you’ve seen in past couple blogs, I’ve been awfully quiet. There were lots of pictures little words. My outer life has been surely busy, full of actions, but my inner life suffers, feeling like a drought inside. “Time to recharge”, my brain told my heart. 🙂 Luckily, vacation is around the corner. I will be taking Hy to my birth place for the first time. Hy and I are both super excited on the upcoming long trip. I am looking forward for the rainfalls in my dry land.

Hy and Frank are out for a wedding at Ruby Hill Golf Club today. I am home all day. I worked on the garden, cooked 2 meals for myself, tightening up the house a little bit, and spent time on HyStudio. As summer approaches, more beautiful photos queue up in my computer. I enjoy looking through all the romantic happy moments. Not to mention, lots of beautiful photos from Nicole & Crystal’s Una Bella Sera.

“So, what’s up with the 4 C’s?” You asked. Patience girls! I will get there.

Last Sat., Hy and I had a romantic night at Carmel after an engagement photo shoot. We found this special place, Bubbly Fish Cafe, at Carmel downtown. We were looking for place to drink after having dinner with our couple. I was attracted by the 2 words subtitle the owner wisely used on their little blue square on the Carmel Map: “Indulgent Tastes”. A girl can never have enough indulgence 🙂 So, Hy and I followed the map and reached a romantic little corner in the alley. A guitarist played live music in the store. There are heat lamps next to the table outside for people who were accompanied by dogs. The store served “The 4 Big C’s” among gourmands: Caviar (more than 14 verities), Champagne, Cheese and Chocolate. Hy ordered a glass of Champagne. I enjoyed Chocolate with Floral tea. We two foodies were so excited that we discovered this treat!

No blog entry goes without a photo. This is a photo from Hy’s Hawaii Big Island Wedding Trip. Looks very tropical, symbolize our adventurous upcoming vacation.

Venue: Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose
Florist: Nicole Ha Designs

We open our year working with Nicole again. I love the vibrant colors she designed for this wedding.

Candy buffet ~ Kids must love love this table!

I love the view of Silicon Valley Capital Club! You can peek through the window.

Later at night.

Venue: Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose

Peggy and Gregory got married earlier this year at Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose. This is HyStudio’s first wedding in 2008. It’s also Frank’s first wedding this year.

Guest waiting before ceremony

Ceremony. I really like the back drop of the ceremony site.

One of my favorites!

It was a fun party! Congratulations Peggy & Greg ~