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A collection of my favourite pictures gathered from the trips below. These images are presented in slightly higher resolution than my normal web images.
Big Island, Hawaii
Serene and I spent a week on the Big Island of Hawaii between September 5 - 11. Between being constrained to domestic destinations, finding cheap air tickets, and not seeing everything that we wanted to on the Big Island on our previous trip almost 10 years ago, we quickly decided to return to the Big Island.   New!
Redwood National Park and the Oregon Coast
Our first trip of the year was to drive up the Oregon coast and also check out Redwoods National Park over the July 4-6 weekend. I'm not sure why we haven't made this trip before and it turned out to be spectacular. On this trip, we hiked the Boy Scout Trail in Redwoods National Park, a number of short day hikes in the Samuel Boardman State Parks, and the John Dellenback Trail in the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area.   New!
From Singapore, we made a quick 2 day trip to Borobudur and Prembanan in Indonesia in December 2009.   New!
Serena, Ray, Serene and I went to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument over Thanksgiving break in 2009.
The Kalalau trail has been pretty high on our list of trails to hike ever since we saw pictures of the Na Pali coast a few years ago. Up to now, we were always deterred by the high cost of travelling to and staying on Kauai compared to other destinations on our travel list. When prices finally came down enough, we rounded up our usual travel companion Ray, and made a 4 day trip specifically to hike the trail.
As has been the case for our vacations in the past couple of years, we'll stumble on cheap last minute tickets to a destination that is on our to visit list and then go with a few days notice. Istanbul and Western Turkey has been on our list for a while, and despite it being winter (and hence cold and rainy), when we found tickets to Istanbul from San Francisco for $700 departing in a week, we snapped them up, hoping that our luck with the weather in off-season travel would hold. This time around, however, our luck with the weather was not so good and it rained throughout the first 7 days of our trip.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
I visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium every once in a while when friends/family come to the area for a trip. I've never brought my camera along until this trip in December 2008 to try capturing some pictures of the jellyfish exhibit that I like. Unfortunately, most of the other tanks were too dimly lit to photograph decently.
Serene and I visited Ireland between the 11th to 19th of April, 2008. The highlights of the trip were Skellig Michael, the Dingle Peninsula, Bru na Boinne, and the live Irish music at Kinvara. On hindsight, we would have skipped the Ring of Kerry drive from Portmagee to Kenmare, and instead head straight to Dingle after Skellig Michael so as to spend more time in the Dingle Peninsula (which we think is superior to the Ring of Kerry). This trip was a change from the usual South America vacations that we'd been mostly doing in the past few years, and we had a great time and no hassle trip with our own car. We were also very fortunate to enjoy an entire week of bright blue skies and sun in Ireland, which greatly increased our fun level. Skellig Michael, in particular, was rather impressive and scenic.
My company took all its employees to Maui for a long weekend in January 2008. On the first day, I drove down the Hana Coast with a couple of friends to Kipahulu. At Kipahulu, we hiked the Pipiwai trail to see the spectacular bamboo forest and Waimoku falls. On the second day, I went on a long snorkelling trip with Blue Water Rafting to the Kanaio coast, as well as Molokini. We were extremely fortunate to see and swim with a whale shark in the deep water just off Molokini --- swimming in seemingly bottomless water alongside the whale shark with sunrays lancing through the water was a singular experience.
The Galapagos Islands has been on our list of places to visit since we started vacationing in South America in 2004. After visiting, I must say that the Galapagos lives up to its reputation. We were constantly thrilled by all the stunningly colored wildlife, and that the wildlife are unafraid of us humans getting really close. We visited the various islands over 8 days on the Monserrat II with Williams as our naturalist guide and had a great time. After returning from the Galapagos, we had 4 days left in Quito during which we did some high altitude hiking up Rucu Pinchincha (4698m / 15,413ft), Guagua Pinchincha (4794m / 15,728 ft), and finally Cotopaxi (5897 m / 19,347 ft).
Serene, my parents, and I visited Seattle during the 2007 Thanksgiving weekend. We had a good time and I got the obligatory Seattle photos.
Thailand - Bangkok and Ayutthaya
While in Singapore, Serene and I took a short trip to Bangkok. We visited a variety of temples, museums, and eating places in Bangkok, as well as taking a day trip on the local train to Ayutthaya. Thanks to Sabrina and Meng for putting us up in Bangkok!
Peru - Cordillera Huayhuash and Blanca
We'd heard so much about how spectacular the Cordillera Huayhuash is and we made another trip to Peru to hike it; those reports are quite accurate and the Huayhuash circuit is the most spectacular extended hike that we've done so far. There were four of us on the hike, Emily Rains, Ray Woo
, together with Serene
and I. I also stayed an extra week after the Huayhuash circuit to climb in the Cordillera Blanca with my friends from the Stanford Alpine Club, Jared Brown and Chuck Booten. Jared and I climbed Ishinca (5530 m) and Tocllaraju (6032 m), both of which were great fun.
Peru and Bolivia
In Dec 2006, Serene and I went on our second trip to Peru and Bolivia. There were a large number of things that we didn't get to see on our first trip to Peru
and we hoped to correct that on this trip. Even after this second trip, there's still a lot in both countries that we haven't seen, so I guess we'll be back for a third trip sometime.
Guatemala and Honduras
Serene and I visited Guatemala and Honduras in September 2006. We spent 10 days visiting the usual tourist stops (Antigua, Chichicastenango, Panajachel, Tikal, Yaxha, Ceibal) in Guatemala and (Copan) Honduras. I'd always wanted to visit Tikal ever since a former officemate mentioned how amazing it is. After visiting it myself, I think it certainly lives up to its reputation. September appears to be the ultimate low season in Guatemala and we saw hardly any other tourists, even in the Tikal and Copan. We had the ruins to ourselves most of the time and I certainly enjoyed the lack of crowds. The flip side of the low season is that the weather wasn't especially great for photography, with overcast skies giving little contrast most of the time.
I was honored to be asked by BC to take his wedding/engagement photos in preparation for his wedding. This shoot was my first serious attempt at portrait work and I'm glad it turned out ok. We spent 3rd Dec 2006 driving around San Francisco and the wine country, and having a fun time in general. Congratulations to BC and Yolanda, and wishing both of you many happy years ahead!
Serene and I visited Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and other temples near Siem Reap in Cambodia in June 2006.
The Southwest States
Serene and I spent our 2006 Spring break travelling with Eric and Janet to the American Southwest. We visited Chaco Culture Historical Park, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelley, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park.
Chile, Bolivia, Argentina
Serene and I spent part of our December 2005 winter break in South America again, this time visiting the San Pedro de Atacama area in northern Chile, the Salar de Uyuni in southern Bolivia, and both the Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia.
Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (South Rim to North Rim to South Rim)
Ray, Eileen, Serene, and I went to Grand Canyon National Park over Thanksgiving break in November 2005. We spent two days hiking Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim and then drove around the various South Rim overlooks on the third day before heading home.
Serene, Ray, Mark, and I day hiked Mount Whitney on Saturday 8th October 2005. We spent Thursday night at the Cottonwood trailhead (10000 feet) and Friday night at Whitney Portal (8400 feet) to acclimitize, and started our hike at 0415 hrs on Saturday. It had stormed on the mountain two weeks earlier and the trail was completely snowed in from about 12000 feet to 13700 feet. Since that section is a north facing slope, the trail was icy throughout the day. We'd brought traction devices for our shoes for the icy sections and most hikers who didn't turned back. We fortunately had good weather on the day, with the winds dying down just as we left Trail Camp to hike up the icy switchbacks.
In August 2005, Ben
Reichardt and I spent three days hiking part of the John Muir Trail
from Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley to Devil's Postpile. Ray and
Serene joined us for the first day and headed back to the valley the
next day. We covered about 14 miles the first day and gained 5000 feet
to reach Sunrise High Sierra Camp. The second day, we covered about 22
miles and 1000 feet to camp below Donohue pass. The last day was also
the most spectacular but unfortunately the light wasn't ideal for
I went to the National Aquarium in July 2005 on a Sunday while I was spending a few weeks at Johns Hopkins University. I thought the Monterey Aquarium was better.
Scandinavia: Denmark, Sweden, Norway
In May 2005, Serene joined me in Copenhagen after my conference in Aarhus and we spent two weeks on a whirlwind trip around Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
Death Valley National Park
In April 2005, we visited Death Valley National Park to catch the wildflower bloom. This year, Death Valley received one of the highest levels of rainfall recorded in the park and as a result, the wildflower blooms were spectacular. There's also a fairly large (but shallow) lake near Badwater and we saw kayakers paddling on it.
In April 2005, we visited Antelope Canyon, which is a slot canyon that is almost entirely enclosed from the top. The small amounts of light that gets in illuminates the walls and makes them glow.
Ray got his pilot's license sometime in late 2004 and I accompany him on his flights whenever he has space.
Dominica is the nature island of the Caribbean and it has everything from diving to hiking in volcanic terrain. It's less touristy than most other Caribbean destinations and it shows in the attitude of the people and the prices. I stayed for a week in Dominica and tried scuba diving for the first time.
Cape Cod National Seashore
On a conference trip to Boston, I visited Cape Cod with my college friends Eric and Janet, who are now in graduate school in Boston. It was a beautiful winter day with clear blue skies.
Serene and I, together with Ray Woo, Bob McGrew, and Mihaela went on a trip to Peru in December 2004. We flew into Cuzco and went off the next day for a 9 day hike in the highlands. The highlights of the trek were Choquequirao at the beginning, Yanama Valley in the middle, and Machu Picchu at the end. After returning from the trek, we took a bus to Puno and Lake Titicaca. This is my first extensive trip using my new Canon Digital Rebel with the Sigma 18-125 DC lens. The technical quality of the photographs increased as the trip progressed as I slowly learnt how to properly use a SLR.