9 Dec 2022 – A Dedication to Cousin David
Wed: needed a quiet day to rest and to gather my thoughts after being on the go everyday for over a week.
Thu&Fri: sad news that cousin DavidWT WONG(1940-2022) passed away peacefully in HI/USA, was really hoping to catch up with him next year, but alas it was not to be.
Apr2008 HNL/USA: a spiritual night, ie drinking, hahaha! Sat night at the KahalaHotel&Resort with some of the professors from the University of HI- Religion Faculty.
Dec2009 SIN: walked up MtFaber for old-time sakes! Pouring rains after HendersonWaves; had to abandon the remaining of the SouthernRidges/南部山脊 (18 Dec 2008/Walk- post search). For cousin David, this 1st visit to Vivo&H-Waves gave him another angle of SIN. Like his brother Wilki, they did not even know of the H-Waves’ existence until now!
May2010 SIN: cousin David, his Japanese friend Akira and two young female students, Jennifer&LaiLane from HonoluluCommuityCollege/HCC arrived Fri night, the smallest group for his last tour as he approaches his 70th bday. He claims that he will retire after this trip but will believe that when it really happens! They had one night lay-over in Taipei/Taiwan to ease the jet-lag. It is always a pleasure to show SIN off, especially to first time visitors. Was fortunate to be included in his 2004 trip which was an educational&fun experience.
Oct2010 HNL/USA: Christine&KevinTRAN met at a Thai refugee camp. As BoatPeople, both had struggled hard to escape Vietnam in the 1980s…their youngest and only daughter, Jennifer is in HCC, a student of cousin David and no doubts that she will good well and complete her studies under his guidance.
Jan2012 SIN: now that HI/USA has passed midnight, the whole world is in sync to the year of 2012. Being a wimp with crowds, the choice was to celebrate a quiet New Year’s Eve with cousin David&Leah from HI who will be flying off this evening. Tkx to Mica&Mun for drinks and food at the SINSwimmingClub where we found a quiet place.
Mar2019 HI/USA: thank you to Wilki&Pattie for a scrumptious homemade dinner of CornishHens, Ox tongue&tendons, home-grown cucumbers+other veggies, these were consumed in good company&conversations. Back to Manoa via the LikeLIke Highway just before midnight and crashed for 7hrs, tkx to Huang for driving.
Appreciations to a very special group of young ppl who crossed my path nearly 2decades ago when they were doing their SE-Asia Study program traveling thru’ The Silk Route. Husband&fatherhood becomes Adrian, glad to have him&Taylor into Lisa’s life where the of 3 of them make such a lovely family together.
The last time I was with David in HI/USA there was a double rainbow outside his house then. Mahalo/thank you dear cousin for crossing my path in this life journey.
When all the world is a hopeless jumble
And the raindrops tumble all around,
Heaven opens a magic lane.
When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There’s a rainbow highway to be found,
Leading from your window pane
To a place behind the sun,
Just a step beyond the rain.
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.
Fri8Nov2019 SIN: tkx to Wilki&Patty for this small family gathering@PorKee (where their parents used to frequent) with some of our favourite dishes. It is a very rare occasion to get all my 3Wong cousins together and the last time together with David here in SIN.
He will be greatly missed and may he now RIP. Thank you to all for the kind condolences&sympathetic words. Indeed my cousin lived his life fully with gusto&kindness, setting an example to his students&others to do the same – gone now, but never forgotten.