Monday, December 12, 2011

Farewell, my friend.

Our dear friend, T, lost his battle with cancer 10 days ago, 1 month shy of his 51st birthday. We couldn't believe it even though we knew that death was inevitable towards the end. He was a fighter till the very end, slipping away peacefully to be with God. He never gave up throughout his 26 rounds of chemo even at the last one. He always said if he didn't go thru with each round of chemo, no matter how debilitating the side effects were, he won't have a chance to fight his cancer. But, in the end, the chemo may have prolonged his life by a few months, it certainly destroyed the normal functions of his organs as well. When his kidneys went out and sepsis kicked in, his condition deteriorated very rapidly.
T was a very loving and caring person, loved his wife and kids, loved life, loved to travel, easy going, and generous with a huge dose of humor for life. He taught us the meaning of life. In the 15 years that we've known him, we definitely shared a lot of good times together. We watched his two daughters grew from babies to adolescents and vice versa. We were reluctant to see him go and saddened by his passing but we know that he's in a better place. Suffer no more, my friend. May you rest in peace.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mammoth and Mono Lakes

We had a chance to visit Mammoth and Mono Lakes over the thanksgiving weekend with my brother and my cousin's family. Of course, the ski area was crowded. Being beginner skiers, we decided to rent some ski equipments and went skiing on the snow slopes by the roadside. It was fun plus we had the whole area to ourselves. Mono lake is a salt water lake. Crystal clear and calm water provided excellent reflections for picture taking.

 A beautiful and very friendly horse by the roadside on our
 way to Mammoth/Mono Lakes area.
                                         Crowded and busy Mammoth Ski Area

                                                   Frozen Mammoth Lake
                                     Beautiful salt rock formation at Mono Lake

                                          Let the reflection speak for itself. Such tranquility.

                                                       Love the colors