Andrea and Rich

Chapter 1: Chance Encounter

How we met, I’ll never forget. How we were happy before we met, I can’t even remember it. Our story begins by a chance encounter, serendipity if you will. A young lady with the most enchanting green eyes was seeking assistance in removing the amber diffusers from her front headlights.

This lady, Andrea, happened to wander onto a car forum that my friend and I frequent. What she sought, we just so happen to provide. That sparked numerous of private messages back and forth which eventually graduated to e-mails. The conversations were mainly about what she wanted to do to her car, occasional work related ranting, and just ranting in general. We’d also settled on the meeting time and date, Saturday, April 26, 2003 at about 10 a.m..

The amber diffuser removal went smoothly and we also installed the navigation conversion kit into her car that allows her to watch DVD movies and television (I had convinced her to get this mod during one of our many chat sessions. After that day, I think Andrea caught a case of the “mod-bug” (the continuing fascination to mod one’s vehicle and diligently searching for new modifications) because we continued to talk about more car modifications. Picture 007Part of it, I think, we were both looking for an excuse to continue talking to each other. By this point we were primarily communicating at work on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). After awhile we were calling each other up on our breaks, then breaks and lunch, and finally breaks, lunch, and at home also. We were spending more and more time talking less and less about cars and more about each other, our jobs, and life in general. To this day, I have not met anyone else who can capture my attention and captivate me for as long as Andrea can. We quickly became best friends. In the couple months we spoke since our first meeting (we had a few other ones after that one to continue modding Andrea’s car), we had such a familiarity and comfort level with each other, another person could have mistaken us for old buddies that have a long history together. We shared all our deepest, most private secrets, dreams, and hopes, unabashed with each other. At one point, we were speaking to each other on AIM, on the phone for breaks, on the phone for lunch, on the phone when we got home until we had to go to bed!

Chapter 2: Our Story

It should be no surprise where all that talking and sharing of secrets would 2006-12-11 - Las Vegas - 068eventually lead to. Our first date involved a romantic movie (Cold Mountain) at AMC Theater’s and dinner at a TGI Friday’s in San Jose. I remember being nervous, but very ecstatic at the same time; we spent the night immersed in each other’s conversation. This was in January 2004. I’ve found many interests that I didn’t know I had before I met Andrea; from music (I never even knew who Air Supply was until I met Andrea) to being outdoors to wine and champagne. Andrea has been a very positive influence on my life; actually she has been the other half of my life, in all honesty. Just a look at the many hundreds of pictures of places we’ve been together is but a small glimpse into the fun we have together. Without a doubt, she is the One.

Chapter 3: A New Chapter, Together

Before the mark of a new year, I finally proposed to my love; to which she accepted. Now begins our new journey towards a life together as husband and wife.

Chapter 4: I Now Present Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bui

On a beautiful day, October 6 of 2007, Andrea and I tied the knot becoming Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bui. It was a joyous day shared by family and our closes friends. To find out more about our journey, please visit our personal website at

Carnelian Room Restaurant Review

We were treated to a very nice dinner by Andrea’s grandma and aunt (Jane) at the Carnelian Room in San Francisco. This was a place that Andrea has always wanted to try; I’ve never heard of this place before. It just so happens that Andrea’s grandma and Jane have eaten here before and enjoy it very much. Continue reading Carnelian Room Restaurant Review

My Last Day At SJSU

Today marks an end of era for me, it is my last day employed by San Jose State University. After six years of wonderful experiences and incredible learning, I bid adieu to explore new opportunities. It has been an amazing journey and I have met many people there who I call friends. They have had made my six years there extradionary. I also had the opportunity in the last year or so to meet incredible clients who have made it a joy to come to work and work. I thank you, you know who you are.

I signed my paperwork yesterday, so starting Monday, February 12, 2007, I begin my new adventure and I a jumble of emotions all between fear of the unkown and excitement of the unknown.

More to come.

RoundCube Webmail

I’ve heard about RoundCube Webmail for a while now, but never had a chance to get it up and running. Webmail is an amazing thing, especially in a day and age where mobility is very important. Many people today are using pure webmail services such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and individual ISP webmails.

In many cases, those usually work just fine. But when you have your own webpage, its somewhat of a novelty to have your own email address, such as richard [at] Has a more “official” tone when you’re answering emails received from the website or what not.

So I just recently installed RoundCube Webmail, its basically a webmail program very similar to Squirrel Mail or Horde Mail, both of which are horribly slow and clunky. What RoundCube Webmail offers is a much leaner code that utilizes CSS and AJAX allowing for branding of the entire email system into a website, so essentially you could be your own Gmail or Yahoo with your site logos and own design. It’s an amazing program; very fast with drag and drop! I’ll continue to report more on it as I use it more.

Traded Lens With My Dad

I was visiting my folks yesterday and my Dad and I decided to trade lens for awhile. His only lens on his Canon EOS 5D is the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and I have always been a bit curious about how well that lens performs. Most of the sites I read that review that lens are pretty ho-hum about its performance reporting nothing spectacular or nothing really bad with the lens; just mediocre of a lens.

While I’m borrowing his lens, he’s borrowing my walk around lens, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. He was always curious about how well the Canon L lenses shoot, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to test his Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.

I will definitely say, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM on the Canon 5D focus amazingly fast!

Goodbye Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, Hello f/2.8L USM

I had been somewhat happy with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, but after using it a bit more, I found the f/4 to be somewhat limiting. To a number of people, the f/4L version is perfect, but to other people (such as myself), I found the f/4 to be too limiting of an aperture. Continue reading Goodbye Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, Hello f/2.8L USM