Archive for the 'Matters of Life' Category

August 17th, 2018

Let me present you a graph, a screenshot of my HRV4Training app:

This graph has the potential to be life altering for me. Why? Well, you probably have guessed that the "You" in that graph was me. As long as I am aware and can remember, I have never been at the bottom of a bell curve in anything. …more…

September 10th, 2015


July 18th, 2014

I'm in love with Henri.

February 14th, 2014

Glad that Mr. Mud and I could both take the Friday off at a last minute's notice. With the rain pending as well as friend's plan to climb at Pinnacles for the weekend, this looked to be our only chance to get a ride in, so we made good use of it. It was a gorgeous day. …more…

July 4th, 2013

Our friends Jeanne and Iztok invited a few friends to join them at Courtright for 4th of July, and friends invited friends… when the day arrived, we apparently got an Occupy Movement going — okay, not quite, but we got 15+ who showed up taking up four campsites along with the hardcore …more…

June 19th, 2013
May 3rd, 2013

Created on May 3.
Updated on May 5 with my Taj Mahal trip report. Please scroll down.
Updated on May 7 with some random observations and thoughts.
Wow, where do I start?! I remember asking my manager in the US what it was like when he visited India. …more…

April 26th, 2013

Newly updated on May 1! (Please scroll down.)
It's been a few days since I arrived in China, but I just realized that I had not taken many photos. I'm posting below a few that I found in my phone. Not something you see everyday from else where in the world.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel in Beijing. …more…

April 12th, 2013

What??? You started dinner without me??? (Note: she looks like our very own Roxy.)

A dog in a bar.

For more cuteness, see my post here.

April 5th, 2013

Ok, now, I'm tired.

Did you just rob a bank, sweetie?

I dare you touch any of this.

How do you sing "do-re-mi" in meows?

A training buddy

Why does the dog always lose?

What? …more…

February 28th, 2013

Thanks Charlie for the balloon!

January 28th, 2012

It seems that I have not officially introduced Roxie, who has been with us since last May, although I did talk about her in this post.  After she came home that time, she stayed. On average, I let the kitties outside to play two to three times a week. …more…

January 28th, 2012

A collection of old photos.


January 1st, 2012

I'm having a Déjà vu… Oh yeah, I said the same thing back in 2006. But that was when I took a long break from rock climbing and before I started mountain biking. This time though, it was after a long break from my extensive riding (mainly mountain biking) in 2010. …more…

June 4th, 2011
I guarantee you you will not find me in this one. I was in it, but we all look the same. 我打赌你是找不到我的。哈哈! And this one? I did my part to help you. Now, you try. 这个嘛。。。试试看。要找不到我,也没办法啦。
May 21st, 2011

Tsinghua University — in Chinglish, I should call her my "mother school" — is where I did my undergrad. She just celebrated her 100th anniversary. The Northern American Tsinghua Alumni Association put together a Variety Show on May 24, 2011 in Flint Center, Cupertino. …more…

May 10th, 2011

This video was from Friday, May 6, 2011. I haven't seen Roxie since that day. I like to think that the mole was Mother's Day present from Roxie.
To Roxie,
Baby, I know you are an outdoor kitty and you are born to explore. Or, maybe because you are such a cute cuddler that someone else has claimed …more…

April 6th, 2011
February 26th, 2011

I know I haven't been posting for quite a while. We haven't been getting out much — Erik's shoulder is injured and he was advised to stay away from climbing and mountain biking; plus, I have been quite absorbed in our research and preparation for our kitchen and living room remodeling. …more…

December 25th, 2010

Little One and Mange wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

September 20th, 2010

Four years later, finally. I've wanted to post the photos for a long time because the photos brought back fond memories. And Erik looked so handsome in the tux!


September 6th, 2010

I'll be honest. "Go with the flow." That was not a profound discovery through four years of marriage. It just summed up how this 3-day Labor Day weekend went for us… There were lots of plan changes, which I call "go with the flow". Here are just a few to illustrate the case:
Plan #1: Drive up …more…

August 16th, 2010

For a while, it did not look like we would ever get away for this two week long vacation. Our last time taking such a vacation was two years ago when we visited Whistler, British Columbia in Canada. The fond memories lasted us for a long time — Erik was telling anyone who cares, or does not …more…

August 1st, 2010

Little One's Report: Daddy did not come home this weekend…
听妈咪说爹地这个周末去和老朋友攀岩,所以这两个晚上是我们女人的世界,我们真高兴呀。我们其实很喜欢和爹地妈咪一起温馨,可是经常我和他们一起跳上床后 …more…

June 29th, 2010

Normally, I don't re-post. But I just can't resist this one — the men are too cool and the cats are too cute. The post (already a re-post) did not provide the original source of the photos (shame!), so I apologize to the original composer of the collection. …more…

June 18th, 2010

The socket and bit set on the right is for the Park Took Torque Wrench I recently purchased.
Now, I'd better go take my bike apart and give a thorough wipe down.
(Look, what Erik Got me for birthday last year!)
P.S. I just realized that this probably looked more like a Father's Day present than a …more…

April 19th, 2010

My 12 year old nephew, Xin Ran, from China was on a tour in the U.S. A group of 34 middle school and high school students came to participate in a couple of robot competitions. Besides the two days in the competitions, a pan-America tour was arranged for them. …more…

April 13th, 2010

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March 8th, 2010

That is if you move at all.
I normally do not advocate for any company or organization because I believe people are capable of making their own choices. But this time, I'd like to bring to everyone's attention this simple method of supporting good causes of your choice by just being alive. …more…

February 28th, 2010

My post to Mud 'n Crud forum:
I just had an epiphany: A picture is worth a thousand words. So forget about a longer report. Here are the pictures. But first, thanks F4 for hosting the delicious hotpot dinner and the one of a kind birthday gift! …more…

December 19th, 2009

Despite knowing that it would be a long drive, we didn't push for too early of a start. As a result, we did not get out of the house until 8am. It would be a very long day ahead of us.
We had four audio books in the car. Erik got those from the library and had been listening to some of them. …more…

December 17th, 2009

After a full year of being home bound, we decided to take a road trip to Tucson, AZ for the holidays. We'll be gone for a week. Can we all survive? I am already missing them even though we have not left yet! Feeling anxious about the separation, I wrote following post (in Chinese) to the pet forum. …more…

December 6th, 2009

Why does it bug me? Can't believe you have to ask –  Don't you see what's wrong here? It's asymmetric! Can that be even legal???
I even paused on my Henry Coe ride just so I can fix this messy situation:

There! This is better!

Haha… Just my rambling when it's raining outside.

November 5th, 2009

I don't know!!! Argh!
I think the rheumatologist likes me to think not, but he has asked me to go back to see him in four weeks so he can run some blood tests on me. See, he can't know for sure!
The ankle so far has been getting better everyday. …more…

October 27th, 2009

Initial report on Oct 27 (one day after onset):
Hmmm…First time using the crutches. First time wearing a cast boot. Will be getting an MRI the first time. I think the horizon of my life has just expanded.
Let's see… what happened? NOTHING happened, literally. …more…

August 13th, 2009

Gone was this one:
Came this one:
The Cash For Clunkers (C4C) program was pushed out by the government on July 27th. The intention of the program was to remove some gas guzzlers off the road (thus the clunkers are destroyed instead of being reused) and replace them with the new gas efficient cars. …more…

July 21st, 2009

A month ago, Erik built this for my birthday:

This time, he was gone for three weeks paying a visit to WA. I wanted to do something to surprise him. My eyes set on the vegetable garden. It grew very well when we moved in, but it had some plants that I would not use in my cooking, such as jalapeno, …more…

July 5th, 2009

A Harmonious Society (家里的和谐社会) (I)

今天我开门放她们出去玩。两个丫头玩得一身土回来。只好给她们洗了生平第一次澡。不容易呀。Today, …more…

July 5th, 2009

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June 18th, 2009

In two months, we'll probably be on our way up to Whistler again, and this time, I want to be better prepared. I must have thought to myself out loud because Erik started building these structures in our backyard and put them together on my birthday. …more…

June 16th, 2009

They were just sleeping neck in neck. Don't you let your imagination run wild. 脖脖相扣而已,不要瞎想。

May 25th, 2009

She fell off the tree in our front yard this morning right in front of Erik. In the beginning, he thought it was a big leaf… until he saw four cats — our neighbors' cats — suddenly all showed up out of nowhere. In the center was this tiny little chick. …more…

May 21st, 2009



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May 6th, 2009

I posted this on a pet forum in response to a question whether a cat needs a companion.
以前讲过我收留小家伙的经过。她曾经是街对过邻居的猫之一,后来因为没有及时计划生育的原因,一度和将近十只猫共处。开始看他们同出同进,和谐的很。后来 …more…

February 28th, 2009

Like this muddy…

It's Erik's birthday again. I think the last time it happened was a year ago, but I'm not sure. Ever since two years ago I surprised him with a trip to Hawaii (he did not even know we were flying until I dug out the suit cases buried under camping gear when we arrived at the …more…

February 27th, 2009
January 16th, 2009

We've had Mango for almost two weeks. She is a beautiful red tabby. She was born on May 15, 2008, so, still a kitty. As a matter of fact, she was born to Little One. It didn't look that way when we first got her into our house, because Little One, who had been our resident cat for a month, hissed at her. …more…

December 22nd, 2008
December 19th, 2008

We sent following newsletter to our friends as a summary of our year 2008. Click on the image to access the PDF file. (To activate a hyperlink in the PDF file, place the cursor at the start of the link.)

December 12th, 2008

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December 11th, 2008

Yesterday, I sent Erik a text message in the morning who left for work before I did:
     Me: Little One was playing with one of her toy mice when I left.
     Erik: Holy Cow! Is she all right?
Yep, that pretty sums up our Little One. …more…

December 7th, 2008

I'm sleep deprived. That is because Little One meowed all night last night, first time we did not confine her to her own room, our bathroom. There is nothing wrong with her. She just wanted someone to play with her. When we went to bathroom in the middle of the night, she would run up to us and start …more…

December 5th, 2008

Her name is Little One, that's the calling she responded to when she first time came into our house sniffing around last weekend. She was our neighbors' cat and grew up with her sister, both about one year old now. I've posted their story before, in Chinese. …more…

November 25th, 2008

It would be my father's 70th birthday. A month ago, plans were made that we would all meet in Shanghai, where my sister and her family are based. My father grew up in a village just outside of Shanghai (now all part of the big city) before he went to Beijing for college, so he treasures every chance …more…

August 1st, 2008

This is the third weekend in a row that we have gear piled up on the floor: on Thursday night, Mud throws climbing gear and camping gear in the middle of the room. We talk about going away for the weekend and climb. On Friday, we come home realizing we can't really just go away, so we spend both days …more…

May 27th, 2008

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May 24th, 2008

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April 29th, 2008

[Note: This is a short post I wrote about Ron and Liz's cat, Purr. He is the mellowest cat I've ever met and he is beautiful too. Oh, I love him. I wrote it up and posted on a Pets Forum I visit from time to time.]

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April 21st, 2008

The "Brits" are known among climbers here (in the US) to be bold and tough. Then I heard my MTB riding partner Bryn referred to himself as an English man. I decided to ask, "what is the difference between a British man and an English man?" Following is his answer, which I thought was very to the …more…

February 29th, 2008

Erik's friend pretty much summed it up. It was his birthday yesterday. We went to Gochi, a Japanese restaurant in Cupertino, with our friends Erik and Jenny. We all loved the food there. My favorite were bbq eel on thin crust pizza, braised pork in cripy rice clay pot, and all the desserts. …more…

February 25th, 2008

Erik and I watched Seducing Dr. Lewis recently and we both enjoyed it.  This movie is about a tiny fishing village in Canada (I thought it was France because it's in French).  I'm not good at writing movie reviews, so I won't even try. Just wanted to put it out there because I like the movie so …more…

February 14th, 2008

(Text Messaging Inbox)
Message 22: Happy Halloween!
Message 23: Er uh, Valentine's.
From? Oh, who else!
We did not go out to a nice dinner. We did not buy each other expensive presents. Instead, we went to the climbing gym tonight. He and I do not always climb in the same gym. …more…

February 7th, 2008

February 7, 2007 is the first day of Chinese New Year on the lunar calendar. It's the Year of the Rat. A simple search can lead you to a lot of resources on Chinese astrology and traditions such as this one.
When I was little (maybe twenty something years ag0), materials were not abundant. …more…

January 25th, 2008

Yesterday I was in my chiropractor's office for my knee problem. We started talking about pronation. In my case, I have low arches in my feet, which has caused some problems in my moving around. Anyway, two points he made I thought were quite interesting:

Parents should keep babies out of shoes as …more…

January 8th, 2008

[Note: This is a short post I wrote about our neighbors' cats. I enjoyed feeding them when our neighbors went on a trip. I wrote it up and posted on a Pets Forum I visit from time to time.]
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October 3rd, 2007

I wrote this trip report in the air plane back. Partly, this is to document our activities and my observations; and partly, I hope this TR serves as some kind of beta for others who are interested in visiting China. I will include links and resources wherever I can. …more…

June 18th, 2006

Simple. Strong. Sturdy. Not pretentious. Low maintenance. Everytime I look at the ring on my finger, it reminds me of the man who presented the ring to me. And it brings a smile to my face.I admit, it was not love at first sight. To me, an engagement ring has always been nothing but an anouncement …more…

June 1st, 2006

It only took me seven months.
Last time I updated this website was mid November, 2005, when the Pinnacles season started. Well, for Erik at least. I managed to trick him into going to Joshua Tree on Thanksgiving, but not for long — we returned earlier just so that he could climb at Pinnacles …more…

May 31st, 2006

I'm sorry.

March 31st, 2005

For a month! Boring…

January 26th, 2005

Well, for sure, I will still be climbing. Besides Yosemite, Pinnacles, and Table Mountain, I hope to go to other different places in this new year in front of me. It's always fun to explore.
It has been a pretty good start so far. I went to Pinnacles with Debby on Jan 16, Sunday– a rare …more…

December 31st, 2004

It's been a while since last time I put up a trip report. I did climb, but only got too lazy to type. We went to Gold Wall a few times and Jailhouse once — all were short trips. Sometimes, we went to Gold Wall with friends and there was lots of chatting and socializing; but sometimes we had …more…

January 3rd, 2004

It is a beautiful day. Allen and I decide to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium with his friends Jacob and Angie, Nathan, and Abrea. I am not a fish person, but I am very impressed with the beauty of the underwater world.
Do you like seafood? Well, I do. …more…

August 17th, 2002

Following are my old photo reports. These were from the early days of my website when I didn't write much.  But they marked the beginning of my outdoor adventures.

May 24-26, 2003
Climbing: Lover's Leap

Apr 5 and 6, 2003
Climbing: Gold Wall and the Grotto

Feb 16, 2003
Snowshoeing: …more…