- 14 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 16, 2001
- Date of passing: Jan 18, 2016
- Place of passing:
|May your adventures in heaven and the infinite keep you happy and busy until we meet again. Love forever, Mommy, Daddy, Michael and Matthew|
This website was created in memory of our beloved Brandon, born on July 16, 2001 and passed away on January 18, 2016. May his memories live with us forever.
We share with you his life story and the happy memories we have in the form of photos and videos in the next pages. We encourage all of Brandon's family and friends to share stories, happy memories, photos, videos, songs and any other tribute here.
It's been a while since I last checked in. Hope all is well with you. I've been thinking of you a lot recently especially after certain events have caused me to loose motivation in photography. I keep thinking back to how much you helped me and pushed me to succeed in volleyball. Hopefully, the memories of your support will rekindle inspiration to continue my passion.
I received a lovely email from your mom shortly after the tree planting ceremony and I am glad to hear that your name has finally been cleared. Wishing you the best. We will talk soon. love you bro <3
"Thought of you a lot today :) ! Really miss you dude and hope all is well <3"
Wow, time really flies. I can't believe it's been over a year now. There hasn't been a single day that I haven't thought about you and missed you. I'm visiting HK in a few days and I'll be sure to stop by HKIS and look at your tree! I'm sure it's beautiful :). Also, I saw the message your mom put out and it makes me beyond happy that your name has been cleared. It's really going to be tough going back there again and not having you to pepper the volleyball with or hang out with during frees and at the club, but I know you're always in our hearts. Love and miss you everyday Brandon. <3
"Hey buddy, just want you to know that I miss you. I hope you're doing well.
How are you doing man? I'm glad to hear the good news that your name has been cleared after a year and that you're at peace now. Time flies by past but you still live inside of us, and now that the tree is there, a piece of you will be here forever. Most of us are struggling with our SRP's and other schoolwork day to day, so it's refreshing to hear this news.
I love you man, I hope you're doing well, and I miss you buddy.
It’s been over a year and it is a testament to your legacy to see all your friends share how you continue to brighten their lives. It is also a testament of your parents' strength to have the courage to fight a foreign country’s legal system to right a wrong.
There was never a doubt in our minds that the HK system added insult to a tragedy.
To everyone who has been sharing, I want to thank you for giving us those pieces of Brandon.
Brandon, we love you very very much, will miss you forever, and it is really comforting to know that you continue to live in our memories.
"Dear Brandon (and Brandon's friends),
I was originally hoping to make this announcement during your tree planting ceremony at HKIS the week before last, but unfortunately the wheels of justice weren't quite done yet so we had to wait another 2 weeks.
Some of your teachers and Scouts leaders are aware of this process which started last year; we hired a lawyer to compel the coroner's court to open an investigation relating to your fall. After 14 months and a full police investigation, the police report concluded, and the coroner's court has agreed, that there was absolutely no evidence of suicide and there should never have been any insinuation of such by any party.
After the first 24 hours, mommy had no doubts. But I am glad that we are finally able to fully clear your name and your memory.
You have probably not been bothered by this in your adventures across the infinite universe. But for some of your friends, it was perhaps doubly painful to have this lingering in their minds. I hope like us, they can find some level of peace with the knowledge that you lived your life fully and happily.
Love you always and forever.
We just held the tree planting ceremony yesterday and it was amazing to see everything finally come together so amazingly. After months of preparation and work, the beautiful tree was planted as your parents shoveled the last of the soil. It was amazing to see everyone who managed to attend the ceremony as some I hadn't seen in a while. When I went up to say a few words about the tree, without having prepared a speech, I couldn't talk. I failed to complete a single sentence. But either way, it was amazing to see everyone who came out for the event.
I managed to take some quick pictures of the flowers that have blossomed on the tree and I have added them to the photo gallery of this website. I will take more pictures when I come back from interim. Speaking of interim, I'm going to Telunas in Indonesia and I am really excited. My birthday is on interim every year so hopefully I can connect with the others in my group. I leave in 4 hours and haven't started packing so I should really get to that. Miss you loads <3.
Love you bro,
Today they held your tree ceremony at HKIS, and I really wish I could've been there for it. The tree is going to be beautiful and I'm so happy that we've found a way to keep you alongside all of your HKIS friends.
Anyways, I've been playing a lot of volleyball lately with tournaments out of town every weekend. It's getting a bit repetitive and can be frustrating not ever being able to sleep in, but I'm always reminded of you and how motivating and encouraging you always were to me. School is also getting really tough. I just registered for my AP exams in May and I'm already stressing to study for them! I know you would be so much more organized and prepared than I would :) I really miss you and your constant energy and laughter. I hope you're doing well up there <3
Interim is coming up this weekend. I feel like I've mentioned this but despite all of the fun regarding interim, it's a constant reminder of you. I'll never forget how excited I was when I found out that you were gonna come with me on our first interim trip. Neither of us knew anybody else on the trip all too well, and we had made an agreement to keep each other company throughout the trip. This year I have a fun trip, gonna be climbing a mountain in Japan... hmm... I'm gonna be spending a lot of time alone up there and will have you on my mind for sure.
On another note, track season just started. I was watching some people learning how to pass the baton for the relay and couldn't forget how in 8th grade we had attached the keyword, 'shrek' to our baton passing. I remember us all yelling it out at the top of our lungs as we went. Recently I've become addicted to track and am constantly reminded of the fun we had at all of the meets. Last Friday we had our first friendly meet and went early with a friend to test out the high jump mat. I tried to teach him how to high jump but then thought to myself how bad I was at it, and how he needed someone that was actually good at high jump, someone with a natural talent, pretty much describing you. The short line of duct tape which you refused to start from is still stuck to the ground. Along with the tree directly across the high-jump set where I waited with your mom and watched you finish your jumps after I had been knocked out. Later in the meet, after my race, I watched the relay team run, which was super nostalgic. They were running a good-ish race, in first place nonetheless. However, once they just barely finished first, the judge ran over and yelled out that they were disqualified from the race, having failed their baton passing. I giggled at how ridiculous it was, but it hit me later that that was exactly what had happened to you on the HKIS team in 8th grade. First place, but disqualified. I regret giving up my spot on that team, but I'm still happy I got to celebrate for a few seconds with you guys until it was called that you guys got DQ'd. Anyway, I promise to push my hardest this track season. Hopefully going to follow in your mindset, how first is the only goal, nothing else. If I win this year then it'll be dedicated to you for sure. I promise to come back and let you know how it goes too.
This year in math I've been having a bit of a hard time. I keep telling myself that it's because I never learned any background things due to being in normal math in eighth grade. But I never regret not trying to jump up to 8 plus. I would have never met you and wouldn't have gotten the chance to cultivate the friendship we created together. I'll never forget when we sat across from each other for those months in the corner of the classroom, just the two of us, and how one class you turned to me while Mr. Tibbits was talking and simply said, "yo Alex, you're cooler than I thought." We ended up saying that to each other for the longest time as we continued to talk. I've never been more jokingly serious about something that I've said in my life more than that line. "Hey Brandon! you're cooler than I thought." :)
I hope you're having a good time wherever you are. You never leave my mind and I'm super thankful for that every day.
Love you and miss you,
"Hey Brandon! Today is my birthday and i'm finally 16! I'm glad that everything is coming together and in the end the tree is going to be there and i'm sure the ceremony is going to be really fun. Everyone is coming back for this and i'm excited to have everyone united once again. The tree is supposed to look really nice, and has purple/pink flowers and can stand up to 8-9 feet tall, and it stands in the middle of the island. To think that your tree is likely going to stay there for years to come is incredible.
It's going to be really fun after school today, and I hope you're doing well.
Luh Ya Dawg :),
Hope you are doing well. It's been a while since we last talked. This is just an update on the tree that Calvin and I mentioned earlier. We have worked with Mrs. Fine and Mr. Hall to pick out the most beautiful tree and location.
We are just working on finishing up the plaque to get everything ready for the planting day. I'm super excited to see everything fall into place. We will for sure keep you updated. I miss you so much <3.
It feels like ages since I last wrote here even though it's just been a couple weeks. I just wanted to leave a note and say that I miss you so much and think of you all the time. I've been having a lot of volleyball tournaments lately and it always reminds me of all the amazing memories we shared during volleyball seasons throughout middle school and freshman year! I hope you're doing well up there :)
Love you always,
keeping you in my thoughts & prayers. It's crazy to think how long it has been. Thinking of you from Seattle, I feel like you would really enjoy it here. Tons of great running trails you could show off your mile time on! Thinking of you and your family always. It's nice looking at all the positive memories people left. lots of love."
"Brandon and Lin family -- we think of you often and you are missed. Our prayers are with you. Much love, Angela and the Janser family"
Your mom and dad's most generous hospitality had given me the joy to meet you and everyone at your home.
The yummy food, the happy chats, the fond memories...
Today, this verse came to me :
"In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am". JOHN 14, 2-3
We are reassured where you are now !! We will meet again .
Not a day has passed in this last year that I have not thought about you and all the light your brought to my life. It still breaks my heart but I want to thank you for everything. You were the most loyal, loving, and intelligent person I knew. I still catch myself thinking back to 6th grade and Chinese classes with you and how close we became as a result. You often appear in my dreams and that gives me so much hope that you're still thinking about us from wherever you are (and wherever that is, I hope you're resting easy). I love and miss you all the time. Sending all my love to you and your family.
"I'm trying. I swear. I wish we could have been closer."
I'm sorry I couldn't bring myself to write something tomorrow, but I did finish the song I've been working on for you. I remember that day after we made rice cakes with sushi when you sat me down, looked me in the eye, and did the thing you did best in the world: brought out the best in me. I'd told you many times while playing league, watching anime, chilling at the club, in rain-soaked tents at boy scout camps when we were dying with laughter while crammed for room, during AMIS when we were buried in our rooms playing "Osu!" (you were always so good at that game somehow) and so much more that I loved music. There was no reason at all, but something about that day was so memorable. So special. The way you were always able to vocalize your thoughts in such a genuine way was a true treasure.
You told me with that look that has been engraved on the back of my eyelids, "You should really go for it. You can make it, I just know it. And hey, whenever you are feeling unsure, just come to me - you know I'm always here"
Brandon you are the only person that I've ever known to have enough genuine compassion to spend over three hours helping make cover art "Anarchic Serenity" for no reason other than because your friends asked you jokingly.
I admire you endlessly. Even now I think about you every day and try to live my life parallel to the way that you did. It seems simply impossible to me that I could ever give as much of myself to others without expecting something in return as you did.
I can't believe that the last time I actually saw you was 8th Grade graduation when you were jokingly begging me not to move to America. I wish I hadn't. I wish I wasn't writing this letter, but the past has passed.
I'm still as confused about religion as I was when we last talked about it in your bedroom over a year ago. Recently, I was talking to someone who told me that we are all from starstuff and atoms and eventually, we all go back to that same starstuff. This really helped me and I hope it helps anyone else that may have a similar position on death and comes across this note. I believe that when we die, our consciousness and everything we are is gone. Despite this if you have completed the circle and have become starstuff again, I realize that you will be in everything I do. You will be everywhere I am. You are now starstuff like everything else around me. Who's to say that you aren't in everything around me?
This has really brought me peace and given me the strength to write this note that will hopefully reach you in some way that I might not understand.
We all love you so much Brandon, and will continue to remember you and take you with us everywhere we go. But I guess in a way, you will already be there. Huh.
It's been a year... I still think about you and miss you so much. Today, I read some of the conversations we had, and they made laugh so much :) We had so much fun talks and made stupid jokes that only two of us would laugh at. Do you remember when we were talking about being each other's favorites, we said after a year, I would be your favorite upperclassman and you would be my favorite underclassman? You are my favorite underclassman now, congrats!!
I'm going to HKIS this Sunday for APAC Basketball and I am super excited. I wish you were there so we could watch a movie together like we always planned to.. But I guess I will wait until I see you again :)
I really miss talking to you. I miss your kindness, the compliments you gave me, and the jokes we made. Thank you for all the great memories! Hope you are having a great time up there. I love you so much, Brandon!"
Thinking of you from Singapore. We hadn't seen you for a while, but we remember your big smile always, from the time you were very small. We've shared a photo of you with your dad--and Auntie Deborah and Ashley--at Liam's pool party when he turned 5. Remember those floaties! Thinking too of Alice, Joel, Michael and Matthew and sending a big big hug and much love to all of you from the Galeys."
I haven't talked to you in a while, but I wanted to update you on my life. This afternoon there was a memorial service for you and l literally could not stop crying the entire afternoon/night. I also got a bad grade on my AP World test and I lost my really expensive earphones... It's been such a bad day and I wish I could just talk to you omggg. I hope you're doing well, and there's probably better ping up there (I quit league btw are you proud??). I have a test tmr but I might be able to skip it because I honestly can't stop thinking about our memories. I'm also lowkey failing normal AA (ik you're judging me), so I wish you could tutor me. I also ate a lot of junkfood today (I forgot to drink sprite tho), even though I'm trying to be healthy (thank you ik, i'm proud too). I was in a mall today bc I didn't want to go home and a store started playing sad music and I started bawling my freaking eyes out bc I honestly miss you sosososo much :) Save me a computer up there, maybe I'll beat you in 1v1 one day!!!"
"Brandon left some beautiful footprints here and I know he is surrounded by love and peace. Big hugs to Alice, Joel, Michael and Matthew."
A year has passed. We love you and miss you every day. Thank you for all the joy you brought to our lives.
"Sending a big hug to the Lin family today - Alice, Joel, Michael and Matthew... and warm regards to Brandon who is up in heaven with all of our loved ones who have passed away. It's wonderful that you designed this website as a way to let Brandon's friends communicate with him. They miss him so much and take comfort in this. Alice, hope you're all well in Singapore. We admire your strength and positive energy."
"It's been a year, but nobody's forgotten you. You were a good friend and touched the lives of all around you. Your positive energy, wide bright smile, and kind spirit will stay with us all forever. Rest in peace, Brandon Lin."
I cannot believe it has been a year already. 365 days since I woke up and my heart was immediately filled with pain and emptiness. 365 days where you have crossed my mind every day. even though to this day there is still so much pain, this situation has also managed to teach me many valuable life lessons. the first one: always value everyone and everything in your life, because you never know when you may lose it. the second one: the words you say to someone really can effect them, whether they show it or not. i know you are doing great and are in a better place, and i truly do wish i talked to you more and kept in touch more. thank you so much for being such a great friend to me in the years you did, you were truly a blessing. you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten in our hearts.
my prayers & condolences go out to the Lin family, and to everyone out there who may be suffering with depression as well.
i love and miss you so much, and thank you for teaching me so many valuable lessons and helping me to always think positively. i hope you're doing great up there<3
"Whatsup Big Guy,
How you been? I didn't know that we could talk to you through this, this is pretty sweet now I can catch up with u and stuff. But I've been thinking about u a lot. A year and 1 day ago we were hiking together, but I didn't even say bye. I miss you man. Boy Scouts had changed so much, our old patrol doesn't even exist anymore hahaha.
Omg guess what?! I became SPL for the last semester. It was so much fun. I was in charge of everything HAHAHAHA. Anyways man I really miss you. I think about u a lot whether I'm happy or sad or listening to some songs we used to listen to. I really miss you.
I miss you bud, I can't believe it's been a year since your passing. I still think about you everyday, and frankly it hurts. However, today will not be another day of mourning, it will instead be another day to love, remember, and celebrate your life.
I love you so much man, I miss you a lot and I honestly wish we could've talked even more.
I hope you're doing great wherever you are, Brandon. Just remember that your friends and family down here all love you so very much, and that I love you very much as well.
I can't really believe that it's been a year already, everything has just been moving so fast. We still love you and miss you everyday and hope you're doing well. I remember that on this day last year I was so shocked to hear the news, and I didn't realise what I had lost until so many weeks later. I know you are watching and taking care of us from above, so I thank you for that. Though nowadays everyone is stressed, I think it is good for everybody to take a moment and stop to think of all the good memories we've had with you.
Arjun, Ellis, Wils, Damien and I have been working to get the tree done for you. The school has been very cooperative and hopefully we will get it done soon. We will make sure that it will be a healthy and beautiful tree.
Thank you Brandon and I hope you have a good day <3
I can't believe it's been a year. I vividly remember the morning of the 18th - I had a snow day in Tokyo so I was excited I could sleep in, but the moment I checked my phone my heart completely dropped. I remember getting tons of calls and messages telling me the devastating news, and I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it to this day. Not a day has passed where I haven't thought of you, and every day something reminds me of you.
I made so many amazing memories in 2016, but definitely wish I could've shared some of them with you. It was my first time being on a track team without you, playing on a volleyball team without your constant encouragement and pointers, or even going to the American Club knowing that I wouldn't run into you and we wouldn't have our impromptu games of volleyball and pool. It's been a year full of 'firsts' for everyone without you here with us, but you're always with us in our hearts.
Missing you so much everyday Brandon. Have lots of sprite, vanilla macaroons, and fries :)
It has been a really long and stressful one year without you. This past year has been filled with a bunch of new opportunities and undoubtedly filled with a lot of obstacles as well. If it wasn't for your presence in my life throughout those tough times, I'm not sure how I would have gotten through them.
Whether it be to have a positive outlook on every situation or to perfect that toss for a jump-serve, thank you for everything you have taught me. I love you and miss you loads. We'll talk again soon. <3
Thinking about you right now. I hope you're doing well up there. I can't believe you've been already been gone for 365 days. Although it has been over a year since we last met face to face (you even attempted to teach me volleyball heh) it seems that you have not been gone for long-probably because you're still here-just from above. Hope you're having a blast.
Crazy to think that the last time I got to talk to you was a long and tiring 365 days ago, a whole damn year. Every day I wish that I spent more time and effort talking to you that night on the 17th :(
Since we hit January I haven't been able to not see the days leading till today...I still remember the morning of the 18th when I woke up sick in bed when I first heard the news. At least now we're somewhat together every day <3
Thank you once again for being such a great friend to me for the few years when I was given you as a blessing..
Love you and miss you,
Missing you more than ever today. I can't believe it's been 364 days already. I still remember walking into school and going straight to lip sync practice with the letter I needed to give you still in my mind. In the past year, I have learned so much and your perseverance still keeps me going today. Tomorrow I'll have my accumulative AP bio midterm and I will make sure I stay as determined as you've always been in your life :)
Lots of love and hugs and I hope you're doing well!
p.s sending tempo, sprite and some fish from the pond!
You were probably somewhere in space looking out at us today (and clearing the clouds). We gathered to share happy memories of your life at Woodlawn. Hope you like the monument.
Love you so much and miss you every moment.
Recently, I've been having a tough time dealing with the stress of balancing school work, sports, and a social life. These aspects of my life are increasingly challenging to deal with. On the other hand, I've realized through these many months after having left HKIS that while tough times come and go, while they change us, we have the ability to decide how we respond.
Thinking of you, keeping you nearby, I feel that this has helped me make fulfilling choices. When I remember your consistent drive, productivity, and your cheerful disposition, I understand that while facing adversity is tough, it's necessary in order to step forward.
Talk to you soon,
Love and miss you,
"I miss you so much, Brandon. This month, you've been on my mind frequently. I've had to juggle schoolwork with outside prep and sports and extracurriculars even during the holiday, but every night I pray to God and contemplate what I would do to bring you back.
So your friends, Max and I, are in the process of creating two songs in your memory (one is a cover and one is an original track). We worked pretty hard to make these songs sound great, and we hope the songs' melodies speak to you as they did to us. I can't wait to show you, Brandon. Wherever you may be, I miss you forever.
"Happy New Year Brandon!
Missing you more than ever :) Things have been so much better and I'm hoping that 2017 will be a blast for you and me.
Love you so much,
"Happy 2017 Brandon!
I create a separate playlist on Spotify each month, and at the end of the year, I always listen through each one, reminding me of my memories and what made me happy each year when I added those songs. I was just listening to the very songs that remind me of you and memories we had. Thank you, Brandon, for everything in 2015 & 16, and I wish you a great 2017 <3.
I found myself listening to some music that you'd recommended to me years ago. Missing you extra today! I still think about you every single day. I love you forever."
Merry Christmas! I miss you everyday and I would do anything for you to be here with all of us and especially your family today. I'm sure you're doing well up there and please watch down on your family as I'm sure this is a hard time for them. Hope you're having loads of sprite, vanilla macaroons, and fries! Love and miss you everyday Brandon.
"Hey Brandon, sometimes walking past the fencing rooms remind me of you. Hope you're still smiling up there :)"
Last night our family finally moved into our new house!! At dinner earlier, we were talking about how we're getting a pool table soon. I immediately thought of all the times at the club where we'd sit around eating fries while playing pool (and of course you'd always beat me)! I miss hanging out with you and seeing you when I visit but I know you're in a better place and you'll always be with us :) Miss you so so much everyday Brandon.
Today was definitely not the best school day because I felt so much pressure for no reason. I'm taking pretty hard classes this year and I just wish you were up with me on skype. I was quite stressed and tired today though it was pretty easy to cope with until Alex started talking about his Honors Biology Turtle Cove Project and I started thinking of you.
I remember writing that lab in February and just bawling non-stop because of all the emotions I felt at the same time. There were so many questions I wanted to ask then and so many questions I have for you to today (Trust me, there's a lot of math related ones). I was so mad, sad, frustrated, confused and worried. You have no idea what I would do to just be able to have one last skype call or walk around the fish pond. I really miss you. I miss the way you tutored me for classes you've never even taken. I miss the way you would shake off everything you achieved . I just really miss you. Thank you for all the gifts you've given me, I'm a different person because of you :) !
Today ended up with me not taking my AP Biology test (because lol panic attacks are dumb) and I had to go to the counselor's office and talk it out. At first, I kept going over the fact that I was stressing over academics and grades but then I realized that wasn't really the case because there was so much more emotional stress behind everything. Your name came up around five minutes into the talk and it just reminded me of all the happy times we've had. I know if you were here you'd be happy that I went in and finally talked everything out :). Another thing that isn't going too well this year is that I've shut myself off from a lot of people which makes me sad. I remember you used to always tease me about "knowing" too many people and how if I wounded up with some social anxiety I'd be in a lot of trouble! Well, here I am today!! For now, I'm trying to focus on all that's good in my life and I guess just moving forward and letting the ups and down become a part of me. I'm going to start taking a lot of risks and will try my best to keep doing what's best for myself.
I know you're not literally here but I felt like I didn't realize any of my literal problems without sourcing it back to you and thinking of what you would tell me. Thank you for being here with me no matter what.
Thank you so much for listening to me and guiding me through tough and rough times.
Lots of love ( I apologize for any typos+grammatical errors, it is 1am and I really should be sleeping)
Life is great right now. Everything is the way you said it would be, and I just wanted you to know that. All those times you supported me when I felt alone here on the other other side of the world really did pay off. Things still aren't the same without you or your amazingly happy laugh, but I just want you to know that you lead me here to this awesome point of my life. Though I miss you everyday, I'm more glad than sad I got to get to know the wonderful, selfless, kind, giving, and extremely unique person that you were. I don't know where you are now or if you are anywhere, but I don't think it matters. I know that you would just brush off any thanks that I give you and move on as if nothing happened anyway. I still want whatever part of you that exists now to know that I love you and that I appreciate everything you were to me more than words can express. Thank you for helping me out of the darkest part of my life, and being a bright enough light to hold me until the day finally came.
I have to get back to an Essay, which I know you would probably offer to help me with despite your own needs. What an amazing person you were. If I was to write a story featuring the most lovable person in the world, I would use exact moments from your life to build his character. I know that never again will this world hold such an amazing force of goodness, and I am happy beyond words that I got to become best friends with him.
Thank you, Brandon.
Yesterday we got our interims back. I'll never forget the feeling of relief when I heard that one of the only two friends I had on my trip just happened to be my best friend. Although the trip looked kinda bad, we knew it would be fun because we could get to spend time together through the seven days. I had totally forgotten something like this website existed back when I got back from interim, but I couldn't help of think about you before, during, and after the trip. On one of the days, I was sick, and sat alone in the room for quite a long time. Back then, it really sunk in how much I missed you and just how much I wished that you were there on the trip to make it just that much better.
I've been training a lot for track recently, quite sadly ignoring cross country, but happily moving on. Was running 400m sets when it hit me that this was the event where you and the rest of the track guys back then (Nick, Paul, and someone else), ran the 4x400m relay, coming just so close to winning but getting disqualified in the end. I wish I didn't give up my spot on that team, so ashamed that I didn't give up cross country earlier in the year and instead working on track so that I wouldn't have any shame in taking the spot from someone else. I was talking to a friend of mine that runs track at HKIS, when he mentioned how he wanted to do long jump this year. This inspired some curiosity in me, and I instantly went in search of the records from that first and last track and field championship that we both participated in. Made me laugh about how we reacted when you did really well, even despite such little training, which we just did two to one coaching with Mrs. Green on the jumping mats at Stanely Ho. I might even try it this year, hopefully I'll be good enough to compete hahah :)
Anyway, this year has been pretty rough, I chose to take harder classes for some reason and regret it quite badly. Just, a lot of the time, I wish you were around to help me out with a concept or just to talk in general. I tried pulling an all-nighter the other day, just by myself, studying for a bio test the following day. Ended up falling asleep around at around four in the morning, half of it being just being tired, half of it being bored because I was alone, all the while thinking about how it would be different if you were around there with me. Honestly, I don't understand how you were able to juggle everything that you did so well. You were smart, funny, athletic, everything that I want to be. I haven't been studying for things all too much this year, just can't really find all too much motivation to sit and open a textbook and read, often thinking about you and wishing that I had your knowledge or talent to be able to just know everything because I had read it years ago on a wikipedia page.
Anyway, I've been sitting here typing for so long, that songs which I've never heard on hear started playing. Before I start getting emotional, I'm gonna go head to bed, have to go for a race tomorrow, running varsity for xc and hoping to place somewhat well, I'll be back to let you know how I did after I perform a bit more.
Even though I don't see you in person, thanks for always being there in my mind and heart to help me get along. To be honest, I miss you so damn much it's not even expressible in words. How I'd give anything to be able to chill with you one last time. Hopefully it's not ages before we see each other again, because I can't wait any longer.
Love you and miss you <3
It's been such a while since we've talked, but I just want to tell you how much I miss you. When the Varsity volleyball team members posted portraits with your name printed on their forearms on Facebook, it reminded me of how special of a person you were. And I remember you just as clearly as I did last year, by listening to one song I listened to on the day you left.
I wanted to dedicate that particular song to you prior to my performance in this year's pumpkin festival, but held back on the last minute, too scared to break everyone's happy mood. But when I'm ready for it, I'll let you know how much this song means to me. I'll perform it with all my heart and energy.
Miss you forever,
I tried out for a volleyball team last week and made the travel team! I went to practice this morning and you were on my mind the entire time - definitely wish I could've been out there practicing with you :)
Hope all is well with you!! Miss you everyday Brandon.
"I've been thinking of you a lot lately. My new school has just about the worst football team in the state, and so they might start a boys volleyball team! I made macarons the other day and they were great — vanilla, and almost as good as taste's bakeshop.
Hope all is well
"I still think of you."
It's been a while! Wanted to drop by and say hello. Can you believe it's already been a year since we met at APAC last year?
Just had my first round of college midterms, I screwed up my physics test today but at least I played some volleyball so all is well.
I watched some of the livestreams and it just reminded me of all those times I cheered for you and how you always gave me a little wave to the stands even though you probably should've been concentrating on the game.
Still thinking about you every day, just wanted to let you know :)
Love you with all my heart.
- your favourite noona"
Just got back from APAC today. It was so much fun! We played quite well, we beat CA and came 5th!! We also won the sportsmanship award! I remember you constantly telling me the amazing time you had at APAC last year. I wish you could have been there with me during my first APAC. As always we couldn't have done it without you man, we wrote your name on our arms for most of our games <3. I can't help but look back upon all the times you would patiently practice with me to fix my really messed up sets (I still somehow manage to set sideways from time to time lmao).
I miss you so much bro. I hope things are going well. We'll talk again soon. Love you. <3
"Hi Brandon! Missing you like always :)) my phone battery is on 3% and I need to sleep (it's 12:17AM I know that's early for you but )because HAHAH PSATS tomorrow :) (wish me luck on the math section!!) I just wanted to say hi because I really missed you and APAC volleyball is tomorrow !! I Remember when you came back from your volleyball tournaments you couldn't stop talking about the amazing time you had and the outrageous things you did there as well. Also!! Parent teacher conferences are coming up ! This time last year : You, Alex , Damien, Ellis and I snuck away from school and hid from our parents to eat Chinese food and climb rocks! Then someone decided to skip and fall and you ran to 7/11 and got a WHOLE 12 pack of tempos and of course in your other hand you had a can of Sprite. I miss you and wish I could talk to you about conspiracy theories again on skype !
Lots of love and sending hugs !!"
"Hey man, I hope you're doing well. My life has really undergone some changes lately, but I'm happy with where I'm at. I think about you every day, and I miss you so much.
All my love,
I hope all is going well. We're all missing you, and I know there are so many people down here are living for you, and doing everything with you in their thoughts.
I hope you are happy wherever you are.
I'm really missing you here on the other side of the world. I was pulling an all nighter on a science project and couldn't help but laugh thinking about how we would sneakily stay up to play league and work on "science projects". I love you Brandon.
Hope you have and are having your share of snacks, and eating all the foods you never could before.
It's been an extremely long 9 months but none of us have forgotten about you. You come up pretty often and we all miss you so so much. I'm visiting HK in November and it's going to be so hard not seeing your contagious smile and laugh again, but I've already thought of some ways to be sure to remember you while I'm back.
I miss you so much Brandon, but I'm sure you're doing well up there. Drink lots of sprite and eat lots of fries!! :)
How you doing? Wrote to you a couple weeks back and wanted to check in on you. Past month has been really tough for me and I would just find myself saying "What would Brandon tell me to do?". I really miss your positivity and constant support for everything.
As Calvin said, we are working on the tree situation with Ms. Fine. We will definitely keep you updated on that. Also this week we are going to APAC! I'm really excited and I can confidently say we wouldn't be the team we are today if it wasn't for you man. Thank you for everything.
We also took APAC portraits with your name written on our arms to show how much we value our 13th player <3.
I miss you more than I can ever express. We'll talk soon. <3 <3
It's been a while bro. School has started and everyone's putting their faces back into their books. Life has been moving on its own, but I still miss you. The tree situation has been halted because Ms. Fine has to ask Mr. Brayko and Mr. Hurworth for permission, so we'll have to wait for their response. I also went to the volleyball tryouts at the beginning of the year, and I think if it wasn't fencing, I would have tried to make one of the teams. I'll keep you updated on that tree, because after all, it is yours. <3
Miss and love you man, see you soon.
Just got back from China Cup today (I made it to varsity by the way!). You were in our thoughts every second of every game. I couldn't help but remember all the amazing volleyball memories we have shared. I remembered how you were constantly there to support me and help me improve every single day. I can't even begin to thank you for everything you have done for me.
We wouldn't have put up the great fight that we did in Beijing this year if it wasn't for you, our 13th player. It definitely was awful not having you physically present with us on the court, but I know that you are always going to be here with us every step of the way. I miss you loads bud. I'll talk to you again soon.
<3 love you
Our school just got back from volleyball China Cup in Beijing today. The teams did pretty well, but I couldn't help thinking of you and your mad pancaking skills (or vb skills in general I guess) :) It felt wrong not having you there and I, along with everyone else, missed you so much! I hope you're doing well! :)
"Hey Brandon, really missing you right now man. Thought of you when I was buying some sprite today. School's started, they have an insane volleyball team and I have no doubt you would have carried them to state if you played. Talk soon -Nate"
"Miss you and think about you all the time Brandon. You're still making us smile.
Love you always,
I wrote here about a month ago but I just wanted to check in again. I miss you so much and I think about you everyday. I hope you're doing well! :)
"Hi Brandon !
It's almost been a month since school has started! You've been on mind every day and recently I've been thinking about you even more because I've started taking the laps around the fish pond again :) I hope there are some ponds up there so you can take laps and laugh about fish as well !!!! Just for your information, I've started buying my own "cardboard" rice crackers so when I see you again maybe I can give you some of mine for a change??
I love you and miss you so much Brando!
Not a day has passed where I haven't thought about how much I miss you. Whether it's playing a video game, solving a math problem, or anything between, I always think how it would be different if you were around. I was just studying for a math summative, and I looked at my skype to see if anyone could help me solve a problem. There sat your name on my Favourites list, prompting me to look through all of our chats with each other. I wish you were still around to share your much valued thoughts with me. I really miss a genuine, smart, funny, and athletic friend like you, for me to admire and learn from.
I hope you're doing well wherever you are now, and hope that I can see you again one day.
Love you and miss you <3
"Dear Brandon, I held you in my arms for a moment in 2001. You were not impressed and spit up all over me! Your mom's smile looks a little different now, but it's still very beautiful. Shine bright and twinkle often, look after those who miss you so very much."
Just wanted to say you've been on my mind a lot and I miss you! I'm really missing our summer volleyball & fries sessions at the club :( Hope all is well with you.
I've been thinking of you! Even though it's been a long 7 months the great memories that I've shared with you are fresh in my mind. I smile every time I remember how you used to save a seat for me in the start of every religion class, defending my spot from our other classmates. I start school in the US just 2 weeks from now, and though I'll physically be away from Hong Kong, you'll be with wherever I go.
Lots of Love
"Hey Brandon, sorry for the late note but Happy Birthday! Sucks I can't celebrate your date with you but I know you're still happy. Stay strong fam!"
Happy birthday! I remember going to see Pitch Perfect 2 for your birthday last year and how we joked around the entire time about my present for you :) Wishing I could've spent yesterday with you too, but I hope you had an amazing day filled with lots of Sprite, vanilla macaroons, and fries!
I love and miss you so so much.
"Happy Birthday Brandon!
I still remember that night where we had some steak and you brought some grape flavoured-soda that we substituted for wine! :) It’s been quite a while, but I still miss you dearly Brandon. I hope that wherever you may be, you are at peace. Love you"
Happy Birthday my baby. Hope you liked the flowers we left yesterday. We moved out of HK in time to make it to Palo Alto for your annual bday bbq. We all voted and decided we would keep the tradition so we can celebrate your life. Miss you so much. But like Ms. Ho says, believing is seeing and I believe. Keep tab of all your adventures so you can share them with me one day. Be good like you've always been wherever your soul leads you.
Love forever, mommy"
Happy 15th birthday! Your brothers, Mommy and I flew into San Francisco on Friday night so that we could spend your birthday on Saturday at your cousins' house, as we normally do. We started Saturday by visiting you and then having a BBQ with all your cousins and aunts and uncles.
I miss you so much and think of you everyday. Although I get sad from time to time, I try to focus on all the happy memories we had. You have touched many people's lives in your 14 1/2 years on Earth. We are blessed to have had you in our lives.
Continue to look out for all your friends and family from where you are.
Happy birthday man! Sorry I'm a little late havent been keeping up with my HKIS email anymore ;). Miss you so much everyday, thank you for always inviting me to celebrate your birthday with you and I'm so sad that I wont get to celebrate with you anymore. I love you so much, hope you had a great day, drink lots of sprite:)
So much love,
"Happy Birthday Brandon,Volleyball seasons coming up soon for me,I hope you're proud of me that I took your advise to keep pursuing it.I want to thank you for everything that's happened these past few months.Because of you I got to meet your amazing Brother whom not only made me a stronger person,but gave me the drive to be better.When I talk to him,It feels like i'm talking to you,you guys are so similar that it feels like you're standing right by him keeping him safe.I hope you're doing well,don't be too mad that your brother's still a boosted animal, eventually he's gonna achieve so much more than our expectation exceeds us.Goodbye Brandon and remember,I'm still looking up."
Happy birthday man. I really wish we could celebrate it together. I'll make sure to eat some of those rice crackers you always had on you. It's been a while and everybody still misses you. I bet you're a special kid even in heaven. Thought and prayers go out to Lin family
"Thinking of all of you, Lin family, as you go through this one of many "firsts". My heart aches for you but I know that you will also have many fond memories of this day and will hold onto those dearly. God bless you all."
Happy Birthday! We celebrate your life today - it was a beautify gift to us all. So glad we connected for part of it.
Missing you, buddy."
"Time is passing by quickly, and everyone seems so busy with their lives but you are not forgotten, Brandon. You are brought to mind often. I am remembering you today on your 15th birthday and praying for your sweet family, who I am certain are missing you SO much. I am praying that God's presence and help would literally be tangible to them and bring them tremendous comfort, especially today. Brandon, God's peace can transcend our understanding of crazy situations that just make no sense, and so I pray, 'Lord, would you give this kind of peace to the Lin family today? Amen.'
From your MS religion teacher, one who believes in the seemingly unbelievable. Remember from class that I always say 'believing is seeing'? - With love and prayers from Mrs Ho"
"Hey, Brandon. Is it weird to say that even though I didn't even know you that well that I still think of you every day. That I think of what you favourite games must have been and the kind of ice cream you liked to eat or if you were here what would you be doing. Would you have liked me? Like, my own little imaginary friend. But I know that I will never know the real you. It makes me so upset that I couldn't have gotten to know you who knows maybe you could have been my best friend and I was. I have started to try making new friends. School friends are more difficult but I'm getting better. I hope. I want to say that I miss you but I don't think that would be the right thing to say because I only know you from my imagination or from brief moments of interaction (that I can't remember are real or not) So maybe I'll just say that I miss. I miss my real possible best friend. Most likely I sound crazy so I'll wrap this up. Bye. (PS appreciate the Ed Sheeran song)"
"Happy birthday Brandon! You're no longer the freshie on the team! :) I miss you and I don't know what I'll do without you when volleyball season starts. Hope you're doing amazing wherever you are and have a great day!"
"Happy birthday Brandon!
Thank goodness for skype notifications! I miss you so much, every day. You still pop up in my head at random times, and you're still there at the end of the day in my memory. It's days like these when I'm caught in a confusion of emotion. I still have dreams that I get to see you, and the only nightmare I have is waking up, and realising it's not real. Like so many others, I miss you. Just writing this has put a frog in my throat. Your story has not ended, and the love you shared continues to write pages in our books. We love you, and we miss you.
took me a while before I could bring myself to do this. Although its almost been 6 months, I miss you so much everyday. Im sure you're having a great time up there...anyways, Happy Birthday btw...I miss you :(
I miss you so much everyday but I'm sure you're doing great up there. I'm off to volleyball camp tomorrow and I remember last summer when I told you I was going to camp, you kept wanting to practice at the club and were constantly giving me pointers! :) Really missing your positivity and cheeriness & could really use all your pointers right now but I know you're watching down on all of us! You haven't been forgotten.
Love you always,
still missing you everyday and there's nothing I wouldn't do to go back and see you even once more just to feel your energy, see you smile, or watch you excel in everything. i Love you Brandon and I think about you every day. look after your parents with their move as that's a difficult time for them. don't forget about us because no one has forgottwn or stopped loving and missing you. have a great time up,there and have fun until we talk again.
so much love,
It's been nearly 6 months, and I still think about you on the daily. I miss you dearly, and the time that I've had without you has been especially difficult, but I know that you're in a better place. I hope you're doing well up there.
I miss you so much. I love you forever.
"Brandon, thank you for sharing your voice, your smile, your energy, and your love of music. Your friends and I are blessed to have learned from you and made music with you. You will never be forgotten."
Missing you so much, I can't believe that it's already the end of the school year! Hope you're doing well,
I only briefly said hi to you when I visited during winter break, but we should've spent more time together during that day. I remember the few times I slept over at your house, and the times we'd do our service projects at the recycling center together. I remember you letting me sleep in your bed while you slept on the window sill, telling me about how you were an insomniac so it didn't matter where you slept.
I hope you appreciated my friendship a fraction of the amount I appreciated yours.
How are you man? It's almost finals now and we're quite busy, but me and a few others have been contacting Ms. Fine to get a tree planted on the island for you. I'm not sure what tree you like, but we will definitely get the most beautiful tree in the world. :)
We all miss you a lot, take care. <3
"It's already June! How are you doing? I hope you are doing great.
I miss you so much. I sleep with your dinosaur every night! Have I told you that I named it Volleyball? Anyways... I just wanted to say that I miss you a lot, and I love you very much! Take care!"
Took me a while to bring myself to write this but thank you for having been a great friend for an incredible three years of my life. Whether it be our skype calls where we'd discuss everything from science to religion to literature, or during 8th grade grad where we were able to escape the loudness of the party and just talk and be introverted together for almost the entire night. Your drive and competitiveness during track and field has been missed and I was so happy to be a part of the team with you. Not to mention the constant help and support you gave me as you were such and incredible friend while I was having troubles and I really wouldn't have been able to complete the first semester of humanities without your essay writing help. Late at night when everyone else has gone offline, I reminisce our old conversations in which the subject would grow deeper as the night went on, and thank you for being one of the few people who shares my peculiar sense of humour. You haven't been forgotten at all and I hope that everything is okay.
"Miss you Brandon, could really use your constant happiness and positive energy right now, take care up there."
I really miss you. I hope you're doing well up there. I finally made that donation :)
Lots of love
I hope you've had lots of sprite and chicken nuggets and have been playing lots of volleyball! I still think of you everyday and I miss you so so much but I know you're up there watching down on us :)
Love and miss you everyday,
"Sorry this post is a little late, couldn't really bring myself to write something.
Can't believe it's been almost 8 months since I last saw you. Just kidding, unless you count that religion class Skype session. And those rare Snapchats that actually had your face in them. I like to think you're helping me get through senior year from up there. Did I tell you I got into college? I'll make sure to register for volleyball classes ;)
I hope that wherever you are, you're content and living a life full of Sprite, and that your allergies are gone so you can eat all of the foods you've wanted to eat (fried chicken!).
You've had such a positive impact on my life, and I'm so glad I met you during that short but amazing 3 day tournament.
Your 누나 is always thinking about you, love you so much"
I've been thinking about you everyday.
Remember that song we sang in Amis? Set Me As a Seal Upon Thine Heart? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAgct9yKgxI) I sang that with my choir and even had a solo. Rehearsing it everyday was so difficult for me. Even though it should have been healing to sing a song from an amazing memory with you, I can't help but focus on the part saying that you are still gone. Just thought you might want to know. Miss you so much.
<3 Love you forever, Brandon
"Love is as strong as death"
How are you? I bet you're doing well. I still remember in Chinese class when you, me and Ka Ming sat together, and I would go on my phone and Winnie Wang forced me to sit at the front :)
Miss you lots,
I've been thinking about you a lot, I know your doing great up there. I love and miss you so much.
I'm back! It's already May! How are you doing? I miss you so much and miss those video calls... I love you so much!!! I miss you everyday, but I know you are having a great time, and you are always watching/with me. I love you lots and lots and lots!
It's been a while and I miss you loads. I hope you're having a good time up there with unlimited vanilla macarons and sprite :). Even though we just met this year, I still remember when we talked and played league and when you beat me as zed.
Love you lots, and don't forget that all of us do."
I missed you on my birthday! I think you brought springrolls last year, or maybe soda. You're with me everyday, and I miss you everyday.
I think about you every day, and miss you so much. I hope your doing well up there :)
I'm back! How are you doing? I miss you so much. Just staring at your HKIS sweatshirt and the dinosaur makes me feel like you are right here next to me.
Right now, I just want to say I love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! I love you! :)"
I didn't write here too long ago but I just wanted to say hi again. It was weird visiting HK last week and not seeing your contagious smile and hearing your laugh but I'm sure you're doing well :) I really really miss talking to you about anything and everything but I know that you'll always be here with us.
Love & miss you always,
"Hey, I miss you a lot. I love you so much"
"Hey Brandon, It's me again. My last APAC was a great experience, and I guess a lot of the reason had to do with all of the fun I had with your team on the final day. I'm just writing here to let you know that I just recently had a request to try out for an NCAA volleyball team, so I guess you were right when you told me that our match against each other wouldn't be my last. I have been, and will always be playing this game knowing that I would make you proud doing so. You will be missed.
I miss you so much. I'm pretending that you're still the guy sitting next to me in Humanities class, where we made bonds that would last forever and ever. I really wish you were still here, I really do.
"A day hasn't gone by where I haven't remembered you. I miss you so much everyday Brandon, but I'm sure you're doing well :) Lots of love."
I've been thinking about you, I hope you're doing well! I miss you loads.
"Hey Brandon! We are going to interim tomorrow and I really wish you were here with us. I miss you a lot. You were, and will always be my favorite freshman! :) I hope you are doing great. Missing your big bright smile so much"
"Hey Brandon. I don't believe in an afterlife, but if there is one, then I hope you're doing well. You were an amazing person. So bright, talented, and kind. It is truly unfair that you had to leave us so soon. I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing you. Rest in peace. "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.""
"So much potential. Such a positive attitude. A free spirit. Brandon, you were one of those athletes that gets coaches excited about the possibilities. Our time together was short and intense, yet it was filled with many positive memories. All APAC as a freshman. You rocked!"
"Brandon the last time I see you it was 8 years ago! Now im here in taiwan with the Yuan's family, I thought that have chance to see you , but then I heard this sad news. Anyway now I know you doing well ! Your such a nice little boy I know , miss u brandon !
To your Dad, Mum and brother's im sorry to your lost . Promise time does heel..miss you brandon."
"Alice, I promise you time does heel. I hope in time you can accept this unfathomable loss and find peace. “Every cloud has a silver lining.” There is always a hopeful and a comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty. You are not alone. Sending you my love and know prayers are surrounding your family."
"Brando ! Every night when I watch everyone go offline on gmail or skype, I still wait for you to go online so we can stay up all night like we always do :) I love and miss you so much it is absolutely unreal. Thank you so much for being there for everyone and bringing joy to all of our lives by just laughing! I have you so much to tell you Brandon! But don't worry, I'll save that all for when I see you again :) LOTS OF LOVE"
"Brandon heaven now has another shining star to look down on your family. You will always be in their hearts and minds."
"Brandon, thank you for all of the amazing memories and laughs we've shared through sports, homework, and just hanging out. You've guided me through so much and I can't thank you enough for that. I miss you everyday, and you will forever have a special place in my heart. My love and prayers go out to the Lin family."
"Hey Brandon, I didn't get a chance to really get to know you, but it was nice to have played a bit of volleyball with you as an alum. To the Lin family, Brandon is awesome at volleyball, and you'll continually be in my prayers!"
"Brandon, what am I going to do without you. I'm going to miss not being able to do the things that we planned to do together rooming next year at APAC and China Cup, or just doing anything volleyball related. I miss being able to just talk to you about anything or just fool around with you. Thanks for being one of the most respectful, kind, silly, athletic, chill, smart, and talented friends I know. I hope you're doing great! I miss you."
"Miss and love you so much, not a day goes where I'm not thinking about you. Hope you're doing well."
"Not a day goes by where I don't think of you and all the good times we had. From Chinese classes since fifth grade to PEAK in sixth and everything in between. There've been too many fun times to count but I feel absolutely blessed to have been able to share them with you. Thank you for all the joy you brought into everyone's lives. I'll love and miss you forever."
"Brandon is in good company, among the angels. I know he will be watching over his Mom and Dad and his brothers. Gone but not forgotten."
"Hope you're chillin' and having a good time up there. We all miss you."
"Brandon, I will pray for your happy rest in heaven... you left us and specially your family too early but I am sure God loves you so much that he wanted to have you near Him. My heart is with you~!!!!"
"Wished we knew each other much earlier Brandon.. I am appreciated that you spend times with my boy-Leo over basketball at your place in Singapore which was a sweet memories for us. You will be missed and live in our heart forever."
"Hey Brandon, miss you man. 8th grade science with Mr.Rohrs was so fun and I will cherish those moments with you. Love you bro. Hope your doing well"
"I miss you and love you soooo much Brandon!! I hope you are happy and well up there. I miss playing volleyball before PE with you and Damien!! I also miss running away from your serves/spikes, even though they still really freak me out!! You were an incredible, caring, and funny friend. Thanks for letting me be a part of your life. I love you!❤️"
"I miss you so much, Brandon. I hope you are doing well. I'm praying for you, your family and your friends every single day before I eat, and whenever I can. I think about you and miss you every day. I go through the conversations we had on Facebook and Skype whenever I miss you, and they remind me what a kind, a nice and an amazing guy you were. I've also gathered my favourite messages that you sent me into one word document because they always make me smile and laugh - maybe I'll share some here haha. I love you so much. Please show up in my dream, at least once, so we can watch a movie like we've promised before. I know we will meet again someday, until then, please don't forget me, and listen to me talking to you. I'll probably visit this website and leave messages everyday.. I miss you and I love you."
"I hope you’re doing well, love and miss you."
"Never got to say goodbye. You were the best man. Goodbye."
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