Big Move

Okay... the (big) news time: We have moved out to all the way to the opposite coast and I've started my new work at Microsoft! More details will follow as I get some time from double pressure of moving and brand new job but suffice to say that Microsoft is possibly the ultimate geek destination on the planet and it shows up in all kind of little things. Microsoft technologies are driven to its maximum at the MS campuses and its perhaps the best showcase for the power of these technologies. In other news, the fall colors in Seattle area is much vivid and really bright from what I used to see on east coast and something we thought we would be missing at this Evergreen State ;). This place rocks!

Our Alaska Trip Photos (March 2004)

Here are our March 2004 Alaska trip photos.

I guess early March is among the best time to visit Alaska (thanks to my wife for figuring out fantastic itinerary) because you are still just in time to catch views of Aurora Boriales and there is so much festivities going on. We had our Yup'ik wedding ceremony at the Ice Hotel at Chena Hotsprings which is a hotel made of only ice with colorful lights shining through. Taking a dip in natural hot sulfur rich springs in below freezing temperatures with Aurora Borealis passing over head could certainly bring you one of the most memorable times even if its not your wedding ceremony night ;). We also attended the start of the world famous Iditarod Sleddog Race in  Anchorage, went to the Fur Rendezvous (a big festival in Anchorage were furs and various Alaskan crafts are bought, sold, and traded),  saw the World Ice Carving Championship in Fairbanks - a definite must see to believe these finely detailed sculpteurs carved out of ice, attended Chatanika Days (a festival in Chatanika where a outhouse, snowmobile, and other races are held), and visited Whittier, the strangest town in Alaska.  We also paid a visit to capitol "city" Juneau which is incredibly beautiful from "Lower 48" standards but not as desirable places to live from Alaskan standards :).  We also camped in 4 feet of snow overnight near Denali National Park, home of Denali/Mt. McKinley Mountain, the tallest mountain in North America. All that besides having lots of fun :).

Two Becomes One

Once upon a time, far far away from any real world you know, there lived a sparkle of light. Always trying to hide away in the kingdom of dark, it looked to the stars in the night. On one such magical night, it finally tried to look for itself in all the worlds that existed. And with the lightning of awe, it indeed found the one as unreal as itself in its own lone world. The two were far apart, unable to touch and see but still able to long and feel. They moved towards each other for they saw the face of love without seeing each other. Even when they fell, the face made them to stand up and walk again. And on one of the star covered dawns when the Sun was about to light up the sky, they met where the ocean meets the sky. Then they got bound to each other forever to make the wings and they flew away.

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Shital and Anah got married on 1st Of November, 2003 sunrise at Lanikai Beach, Island Of Oahu, Hawaii.