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Seashore drive December 31, 2006

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Bright sky, sandy beach, beautiful water, and a joyful drive.  It’s theraputical to be close to water.

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Ops! It got stuck… December 31, 2006

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It’s not fun at all to get stuck in the sea shell sand and couldn’t get out.  It’s the adventure part of the trip.  Trying to get ourself out of the sand with my precious “CRV.”  So much cleaning the pathway and so much pushing.  We are thankful to be out of there.  The other truck probably aren’t that lucky as us since the truck is so much heavier and those two fishmen are just not very smart people…

Sun Rise from Corpus Christi Beach December 31, 2006

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Beautiful sun rise on Christmas date from Corpus Christi.  It’s a merry christmas for me to wake up with the sun rising and with a sunny beach.

Time to let go? December 28, 2006

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Am I causing the unhappy life for my little sister because I try to push her to get a better education and better job?  Growing up, Funny always wants to just have a normal life and be with families.  A job that can just make a living.  She never wants to go beyond her ability for better opportunities. 

I have been pushing her so much to get back to school for a master degree.   She, on the other hands, wants to work full time and doing school for part time.  She wants to take a job in Vegas with a H1 visa.  She doesn’t even try to look for other opportunities and just take one job that was offered to her, just for the H1.

Spending a whole year and half doing certifications and without even trying to search for relevant opportunties, I really don’t understand what’s the points.  I understand it’s hard to find a job right now that will offer her a H1 visa.  But she didn’t even try to find one at all and decided to take whatever is offered to her and take an easy way out. 

If she doesn’t want to go back to school, that’s no point for her to find a job here.  She can just go back to Taiwan and get a job there.  There is really no need for her to stay with me just because I need help with house expenses during my PhD.   I don’t want her to be stuck here in Dallas just because of me.  If she is tired of the current life and doesn’t care about a master degree, it’s really time for her to go home and time for me to let go.   

Snow Storm in Denver December 22, 2006

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I guess Denver is in the Christmas spirit.  Jen and Mike got stuck at home and couldn’t get out for 2 days.  Eventually, clear the drive way.  The snow is even higher than Jen.  I guess at least someone is getting a snowy Christmas this year.  Dallas is still sunny and shinny today.

Jen with the snow in Denver! December 22, 2006

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Let it snow…

Let it snow…

Merry snowy Christmas!!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Too much snow…

Old Gangs December 20, 2006

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Met with Marion, Leslie, Emily, Sarah, Nataliya, Robert, Jeff, and Tania for a Christmas get together at Razoo tonight. It’s so nice to talk to old gangs again. Everyone seems to like their new jobs. Leslie, the one who started the quitting train, is actually working for TXU now as a Senior Associate Analyst. Robert enjoys DSS and mentions that he has this “Joan” person at work. Emily and Marion, working for different company, are in the same building in Irving. What a small world!! Jeff loves his job at Esselor and is learning French to explore the future opportunities in France. Tania mentions a potential promotion in Decision Analyst next year and how nice people are in DA. I also have a perfect job for doing a PhD with flexible hours, comp cards and chances of “wine taste testing” in the office once a while.

Looking back a year ago when everyone is stucking in the same company and fighting to get out of it. We all came out of a bad company and getting something with potential. Sometimes you don’t see the good after you come out of the bad situation.

Now look at how happy everyone is. I think it’s a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for the “OLD GANGS.”

Expiration Birth Age December 18, 2006

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It’s true that it’s harder for woman to give birth to a baby once they hit the expiration age at about 35.  That’s why men don’t look for woman who are 35 or older for marriage if they want to have babies.  That’s why there are so many weddings coming up.  That’s also why there are so many babies popping up.  It’s either getting married or having babies all around me.

The pressure is overwhelmed.  It’s so stressful and depressing when there is nothing you can do about it.

I am sure there are women out there who settle for someone just because they are approaching their expiration age.  To what point do you let go of all criteria and settle for a baby?  A marriage just for baby, does the marriage or the baby still mean anything?  What if a baby without a marriage?  Sometimes it’s harder to find a guy you want to spend the rest of your life with, but it’s easier to have a baby without a marriage.   It’s not the optimal condition, but a broken marriage can ruin a baby’s life as well.  Is it better to have a baby without a marriage or to settle for a marriage to have a baby?

What are the options do a single woman (a loser without a man and can’t seem to find one) approaching expiration age have?  If the marriage doesn’t come along, can she still move on with a baby without a marriage?

Thanh 6 months Pregnant December 15, 2006

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Wow! I always thought Thanh and Peter don’t want a baby at all.  She didn’t even tell me that she is pregnant.  All of the sudden, there is a baby girl.

Thanh’s Baby Girl December 15, 2006

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Thanh and Peter are moving to Shanghai next March, with the new baby girl. I guess everyone is moving to Shanghai. The city of actions and opportunties.

Jen will have the chance to meet the new baby girl in Shanghai.  Next time I visit Jen, I will have the chance to see Thanh’s new family.  More reasons to visit Shanghai now.