accepted to the University of British Columbia in Engineering.
Following in the footsteps of his older brother? Whatever his
motive, it didn't take long for him to realize he didn't like
it. I don't know what exactly he didn't like about it. According
to Mom (I wasn't living at home then) he did absolutely no homework.
This had Mom worried greatly. She asked me to talk to Mako and
try and help him. Every time we did talk though, he would just
laugh at how he just aced his last mid-term without studying
at all, and that he couldn't understand why everyone else were
having problems with such easy topics. Not quite having Mako's
natural intelligence, I cringed at how half-heartedly he went
about school and pulled off the grades that he did. When all
the smoke cleared, he passed first year Engineering with flying
colours and got accepted into Electrical Engineering.
second year at UBC, he spent the summer in Japan working at
a resort. This is where he began to do things impulsively. He
suddenly quit without notice and returned home to Vancouver.
acts continued at school the next year. He quit school impulsively.
He simply decided to not go to his exams, even though he was
averaging near 80% at the time. So he went to work and live
in Whistler, wanting to become a ski expert.
actions (as well as his girlfriend Erika's) gave their lives
some excitement. While they both lived in Whistler, they impulsively
decided to go to Mexico together, among other places.
Mako and Whistler. He was fascinated with mogul skiing. But
then he realized how boring skiing can get when you have a season's
pass and not many people that would tag along. And I don't think
he was enjoying work too much either. Retail is probably not
in his blood. One of his co-workers told him that if his work
is worth complaining about, then he should quit. He took her
advice and walked out the door. Again, an impulsive move.
He was one
that liked to spend a lot of money. The only thing that held
him back at times was his lack of it. But he really liked to
spend on others. I can't tell you how many times he bought me
things for no apparent reason. And when he bought stuff, it
was the best of its kind. He didn't bother with second best.
And there's a lot to be said about that. His belongings always
seemed to last longer than mine (both in wear and style).
home, we started to see many traces of his no-fear attitude.
If a car cut him off on the street, he would catch up to it
by the next red light and pound the *^*^& out of it. What
if it was a semi? Not scary enough for Mako. He grabbed on to
one while it was moving and attempted to get inside the driver's
cabin. The best time for him to do such stunts was when he was
on his bike and not driving. He got away with a lot more when
on his bike, as his identity could not be traced by anything.
a bike to school a lot of the time. He developed a hobby of
breaking cars side view mirrors if they came too close. (I don't
think this is bad. I have wanted to do this many times. And
I think we(cyclists) need someone like Mako to get the message
across.) After a while, he was able to accumulate a list of
cars that had strong side view mirrors and ones that didn't.
Take note everyone, BMW mirrors are super wimpy and Mako can
break one off with a single whack. On the other hand, Acuras
always took him a few whacks.
Mako story on his bike is when a Honda Civic cut him off. He
caught up to him at the next red light and started to jump on
his hood. When the driver got out to try and get a hold of Mako,
Mako ran around the car into the driver seat and started driving
off with it. No fear. No fear.
after his Whistler days ended, he decided to go back to school.
This time in Computer Science, back at UBC. After a couple of
years, he started to find it a little easy and boring. But he
dedicated himself to complete his degree. He went about his
normal ways of not studying too much and getting top notch grades.
he felt that a Computer Science degree was a little limiting
for him. So he stated several times that he wanted to go into
Electrical Engineering after completing Computers. The last
time he said this was days before his death.
I started investing a little together. We both started learning
a bit about the stock market, while playing with a small sum
of money. The last time I heard from him was when I was in Europe.
He sent me an email and told me that he really wanted to buy
Redhat, and that they were about to go public. I gave him the
green light to do whatever he wanted with our money. He didn't
live long enough to invest in Redhat. He didn't even live long
enough to see Redhat skyrocket 500% on its first day of trading,
and up 1500% 5 months later.
even get to witness the Y2K bug saga fold out. With his knowledge
in computers and his interest in technology in general, I'm
sure he was excited about the whole thing.
19th, 1999, Mako killed himself. To this day, no one is certain
why. I believe it was an impulsive move. The night before his
death, out of anger, he said that he would kill himself. Mako
was always one to do whatever he said. This was no exception.