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2012 Miss LA Chinatown Pageant

Friday, 01.27.2012

There’s nothing that will make you feel more old than attending a pageant you participated in two years ago, a pageant filled with pretty young thangs strutting their stuff on the stage.

Nonetheless, I covered up my wrinkles and sucked in my belly and attended the 2012 Miss LA Chinatown pageant.

‘Twas lovely to catch up with my adorable court (including Jani who emceed the event and missing dear Dow-Ning and Chantel)

Congrats to the new court Cialis! Get ready for a year of servitude selling raffles chipaos ogling from strange old men of fun!

Lucky(?) for the 2012 pageant contestants, I was itching to make more use of my monopod so I documented their entire q&a section and posted it on Youtube. I think this will be helpful for all future pageant contestants interested in seeing different ways of answering the q&a’s. I consider them educational videos. You’re welcome, future Miss America.


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posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Chinatown, Los Angeles, Pageant, Public Appearances

I’m A Hustler, Baby

Saturday, 10.2.2010

When people ask me how I’ve been these days, I always respond that I’ve been hustlin’.  Then, I realized that I’m not even really aware of what this word hustlin’ means.  So I looked it up. Good old Urban Dictionary got my back, yO

Hustlin: Havin the ambition and drive to do everything and anything to make mad money. See hustler… Also a term used for “tryin to obtain sum booty”.

Err… not quite what I’m doing. How about the next definition?

Hustlin: hustlin’s doin whatever you gotta do to get that paper.

Okay, so I think that these days, the term hustling should be expanded. I think if you replace “money” and “paper” in those definitions with “dream,” it would be a more accurate description of what I see my friends and cousins and sister, even my dad, and I going about doing everyday.  Yes, we are still trying to make a living, but doing it the way we want to live. We’re hustling to make our dreams come true. Working hard 24/7 to do it. We don’t have everything mapped out because in this day and age, there is no clear path to get you to where you want to go. And anyway, where do you want to go?  Best to go with the flow. But keep an itinerary in mind. But stop and smell the roses. You catch my drift? (It doesn’t smell like roses, huh?)

I don’t know how everybody else is going about it, but here are snapshots of my hustle:

I spend a lot of time on my computer. I don’t usually look this clean doing it (this was for a photoshoot) but I do have to stare at my macbook a lot.  I wish I didn’t spend as much time as I do on Facebook or G-chat or Twitter or Google Reader. They give me a headache.


America’s Next Top Chinese American Model?

Tuesday, 01.19.2010

I was born tall. Have always been the tallest gal in my class, always stood at the back for pictures, always played the target for people to spot in large crowds, always was able to reach the top shelf for the cookie jar.

My long limbs always led to two natural assumptions from strangers; “you should be a basketball player,” or, “you should be a model.”

Alas, I lack the grace and coordination for either occupation. I have severely injured myself while jogging on concrete, coming down from a ski lift or skipping to a dance and have the scars and crooked ankle to prove it. Nonetheless, it was fun to play supermodel for one day.

The Miss LA Chinatown pageant has come and gone. Poses were struck, drama queens were unleashed and attitudes were strut down the runway. We even ended up in the Chinese newspapers!

My ridiculous pose and face notwithstanding, all the girls were fabulous!

My favorite moments were those backstage when we were trying to get each other hyped up for the actual show. Some of us led warm up exercises reminiscent of my old LCC days (“old LCC days? What am I, 140?).  I love live performances because of this. I love the energy of the performers, of the audience members. I love how anything can happen and to make the best show possible, we have to band together.
We rocked the runway.

We even got interviewed afterwards!

Large thanks goes out to the current court (pictured here with a former court member and CACC member, Karin), John, Ginger, Junko, Miss Tina and many other crew members for their amazing production of this fashion show.

Their dedication to the show was tremendous and I know that if we didn’t have Joyce, Jennifer, Marisa, Janice and Suyun guiding us this entire time, we would have pulled something like Miss Bradshaw here:

[Thanks for the photos, Jane, Marisa and Mom!]

posted by Janice | Comments: 6 | Category Fashion, Pageant

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