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Miss Teen Calgary -World 2010

 

About Me

I am proud to be your MISS TEEN CALGARY -WORLD 2010. To me, being a titleholder doesn't mean fame, popularity, nor any previleges. I joined this pageant because I want to become a positive role model to youths. My platform is to promote volunteerism. I believe that giving back to your community is an essential element in teen’s growth today. When we volunteer our time for a good cause, the rewards we reap are far greater than any promotion we could get from work, or good grade from school. Perhaps volunteering can give new hope to those who may have lost something. My goal is to inspire teens to contribute their time, talent, and resources to the community, and to spread this generous spirit across the world. "True beauty will shine from your heart, in spite of any flaws of the exterior."

Shayna is a confident, motivated, and determined young adult. Being fluent in both Mandarin and English, she has won First Place in the Global Chinese Writing Competition. While being a in the Honors Society at John G. Diefenbaker High School, she has won many national math contests, and has been involved in extracurricular activities including leadership, the grad committee, speech club, amnesty, youth host, band, and track and field. Outside of school, Shayna contributed more than 100 hours of community services each year with organizations such as Alliance Françoise, Calgary Bridge Foundation, the Calgary Public Library, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, and up to 40 different senior centers. Shayna has a strong passion for dance; and was trained in multiple styles of dancing. She represented Canada in the World Championships of Performing Arts, taken place in Los Angeles. Shayna received two Bronze medals for Ballet and cultural dance, a Gold medal for martial arts, and was the overall youth winner in the category of Variety Arts. At church she enjoyed teaching children dance for free and also choreographed the Christmas Play. Recently Shayna and her friends have together formed the Calgary Youth Performing Arts Association to promote youths of all backgrounds to show their passion for the performing arts. She was honoured to receive the Immigrant of Distinction Award and $1000 in scholarship from the Immigrant Services Calgary. This fall, she will be going into University and study Science in hopes of becoming a dentist. Shayna wishes to become a positive role model in today’s society and will continue to follow her dreams in the same manner of desire and commitment.

 

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Vote for Me =)

Sat, July 10, 2010 - 4:31AM 0 Comments

Please vote for me here! Because I'm....

- intelligent

- dedicated in promoting community involvement

- talented

- a perfect role model =)

So spread the word, tell your friends, roommates, family, employers, employees, strangers on the street, etc, etc.

Thank you all so much for your love and support! =D


OMNI TV Interview

Sat, July 10, 2010 - 2:57AM 0 Comments

OMNI TV was kind enough to come to my house one day, interview my mom and I, and filmed many scenes of my "everyday activities including dancing, practicing the flute, doing homework, and jogging. This clip was shown on Friday, May 28th on Channel 4, in Calgary, Alberta. Now, I understand that many of you probably won't understand what they were talking about... So I decided to translate it to English! It took me a long time thinking of the right phrasing to correctly translate the reporting, but in some sections it might still sound a little awkard... sorry about that! ^^'

Reporter: At the Miss Teen Alberta -World pageant this year, Shayna Ding was crowned as Miss Teen Calgary -World. Her and her parents have immigrated from China six years ago. In these shorts years, her talent and dedication towards community service have led her to represent Canada at the World Championships of Performing Arts and has also received the Immigrants of Distinction Youth Scholarship.

Me: Time flys by so fast, and I always wanted to pack my schedule with different kinds of activities.

Me: Before I entered this pageant, I told myself that winning is not important, the important thing is that I tried my hardest.

Reporter: In fact, Shayna has been a little star in the Chinese community in Calgary. On many occassions, people often times see this confident and lovely girl dancing on the stage. Her motivation to win this pageant was actually to demonstrate the importance of community service.

Me: I also wanted to challenge myself, and see how far I could go. This pageant is different from the other stereotypical beauty pageants. The looks aren't everything, the key is to be resourceful to the society.

Reporter: Just as many immigrant students here in Calgary, Shayna's experience of accommendating to the Canadian culture was not easy. However, with her commitment and her mother's support, she overcame the language barriers by going out and work at the age of 13, as well as volunteering at many different events.

Mom: Canada is very different from China, what she needs is to be involved in the community and communicate more with others. By doing so, it could also improve her English. That's why I'm always behind her back to encourage her.

Reporter: Going into University in the fall, Shayna's career goal is to become a dentist. However, her biggest challenge today is to compete at the Miss Teen Canada -World pageant this July in Toronto. Let us wish her good luck! 

 

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Vote me for the People's Choice Award here =)


Rain on My Parade

Fri, July 09, 2010 - 10:37AM 0 Comments

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

<p>Jerry Chin

Blog Assignment #3

Fri, July 09, 2010 - 4:53AM 0 Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility and Our Citizen Journalism

The third and final blog assignment was to write about one of the corporate sponsors of Free the Children charity. Free the Children is the world's largest network of children helping children, with more than one million youth involved in innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Their partners ranges from TV phenomenon, Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network, the National Bank Financial Group, to media powerhouses in Canada such as CTV, MTV and Toronto Star.

 

Miss Teen Canada -World & Free the Children

Free the Children is the charitable alliance of  the Miss Teen Canada -Worldorganization. As many of you know already, each national delegate must raise at least $400 on our own in order to compete in the national level -- that's a total of $20,000 at the very least, all going to this wonderful charity. Last year the delegates have altogether raised $49,000! Imagine all the schools that they can build in the developing countries!

 

Me to We & Free the Children

 Since Free the Children is a global organization, it is sometimes limited in its scope and scale to sell products, proide empowerment programs, or offer international trips. Me to We, however, as a separate social enterprise, is able to do all this. The ultimate goal of Me to We is to bring Free the Children's administrative rate down to zero, meaning 100% of all donations to Free the Children will go directly to the projects. As of now, half of the profits goes to Free the Children and the other Half are reinvested to the enterprise.

 

About Me to We

I chose to write about Me to We, a corporate sponsor of Free the Children. Me to We is a social enterprise that provide people with daily choices that can truly change the world. They have developed many different ways to send their messages including books, music, style, trips, speakers, and leadership programs.

Their books share stories that will transform your life and the world around you. From step-by-step textbooks for young world-changers, non-fictions, and classroom resources, Me to We provides a textbook to children in need for every book you purchase online.

The music at Me to We are inspirational and motivative. They are perfect for family members of all ages and also are enjoyable by both teachers and students all over the world.

The Me to We Style clothing are made of Eco-friendly Fabrics in Canada, where the productions are all child labour free. 50% of the profits goes to Free the Children and the other 50% are reinvested. To encourage the customers in making a remarkable environmental impact, Me to We plants a tree for every item you purchase. This is a great way to taking one more step towards social and environmental sustainability.

At the Me to We trips, participants are given the opportunity to build a school, volunteer in an orphanage or hospice, teaching English, or a number of other activities. Moreover, the volunteers will also have an unforgettable cultural experience and an amazing time! Miss Teen Canada -World 2009, Siera Bearchell has spent 21 days in Kenya, Africa, to work on the school building project hosted by Free the Children. This year, the delegate who raised the most money will be given the opportunity to experience this amazing journey. How exciting!

The Me to We leadership program inspires youth to take action through interactive workships, seminars, and international week-long leadership academies. The passionate facilitators use an innovative curriculum and create a fun and engaging learning environment. The staffs work with the young people to help them strengthen and act on their passion for social change. By the end, each youth will be empowered with leadership skills, education, inspiration, and action tolls.

 

We Day

We Day was created to celebrate the power of young people to initiate positive change. In cities across Canada, We Day brings inspirational speeches and performances to the young leaders. This way, the student can embody that positive energy and take action on local and international basis. Since 2007, 51,400 students from across the country have attened the special event, and brought the message back to their schools, impacting hundreds of thousands more. Last year, the lovely Siera Berachell gave a speech at the Toronto We Day. Some of the speakers and performers are Nobel Peace Price Winner, Wangari Maathai, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Canadian musician K'naan. Also performed on We Day in the past, are Hedley, Justin Beiber, and Jason Mraz. The truly inspirational author, Eile Wiesel, has also given an inspirational speech in 2009. This event has been reported on Toronto Star, CTV, and the Vancouver Sun.

 

Watch Craig Kielburger's Me to We Clip:

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Me to We has planted tens of thousands of trees; saved over 135,000 pounds of pesticides from the environment by only purchasing organic cotton; and has touched the lives of over 550,000 young people. Today, Me to We is still chasing after the dream to change the world.


Blog Assignment #2

Thu, July 08, 2010 - 10:54PM 0 Comments

If I were to star in my own TV show, what would it be about?

I thought of many possibilities: reality competition shows like "Britain's Got Talent", "So You Think You Can Dance", and "Top Model"; talk shows like Oprah and Ellen Degeneres, game shows like "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" and "Do You Want To Be A Millionare"; comedy shows like "Hope and Faith" or "Friends", TV drama like "House" and "Grey's Anatomy".... I put in lots of effort brainstorming of what would be the perfect TV show for me, and I thought of an unique idea --

I would host a reality show featuring seven groups of teenagers who are committed to make their community a better place to live in.

It would be called, "LET'S DO SOMETHING AMAZING"

Objectives

I thought of this idea for my very own TV show because through the program, I can spread my platform to a much bigger audience. The ultimate outcome of my vission would be to inspire teens to get out and help to make the community a better place. I know it sounds very cliche and cheesy, but in real life, people would really appreciate the good things that you can do!

The General Idea & Rules

The show would be flimed in the summer time, when students are out of school. I would cast seven groups of High School students in the age range of 14-18. Each group would include two girls and two boys. The seven groups will compete against one another, and each member from the winning team will receive scholarship money. To make it more interesting, the contestants in each team won't know their teammate, so they have to make friends and bond in a short period of time! Every week, the teams will be given a challenge by me. Each team would receive a score out of 10, and the lowest ranked team will be eliminated each week. For the fundraising challenges, the team that raised the least amount of money will be eliminated. Now, rhe judges would be the people who they have helped that week. So what they really need to impress are the the seniors, children, and event organizers, not me. (phew, what a relief! It'll be too hard for me to decide who's done the best job lol)

Weekly Breakdown

Here is the breakdown of what to expect each week:

Week 1 - "Keeping Up With the Kids" - Babysit 50 children

Week 2 - "Protect Our Mother" - Promote the ways to save the environment

Week 3 - "Speak for the Animals" - Make a video of the ways animals have been mistreated

Week 4 - "It's Showtime!" - Organize an event or show at a local Senior Centre

Week 5 - "Free the Children" - Hold a city-wide fundraiser for the global charity, Free the Children

Week 6 - "Let Us Do This" - Raise awareness and fundraise for a charity of your choice

My Goal & Platform

By hosting this TV show, not only will it motivate the contestants to become extensively involved within the community, but also show the world of how volunteering can do a great favour in people's lives. Perhaps the younger audiences at home would be inspired to follow the examples on TV, and explore the ways that they can help to build a better society. As you guys know, my platform when entering the Miss Teen Alberta -World pageant was to promote community involvement among youths. I think that this will be a great way to communicate to the audiences of how important volunteering is and how it can make you an amazing person.

Sponsors

The show would not be made possible without these wonderful sponsors:

Faze Magazine is Canada's #1 Student Magazine. They have many popular teen topics organized in to sections including media, style, technology, leisure, careers, real life, fun, and special columns. Faze magazine has actually interviewed quite alot of people who chanced the world. These poeple include the Founder of Greenpeace, Bob Hunter and the Nobel Prize winner, Dalai Lama. I look up to both of these amazing people. Both Faze and "Let's Do Something Amazing" has desire to inspire teens of today. That's why Faze is a perfect fit as one of my sponsors. By sponsoring "Let's Do Something Amazing", the logo of Faze will be featured on the opener and closing credit. This way, there will be more visitors to their wonderful e-zine online.

Goody is a popular brand that delivers innovative styling tools and hair accessories to women. Goody has brought us revoluntionary styling lines and accessory collections such as the patented Ouchless Flex and the Slide-Proof Hold. In fact, Goody has been involved in the community by partnering with Girls on the Run program. They share a common mission of giving girls tools that make them feel great about who they already are and allow them to confidently express themselves. Goody supports more than a ponytail, it fits with the purpose of my TV show very well. As a benefit from sponsoring me, they will be given commerical times during the 1 hour TV show to advertise this amazing brand.

Friendly Note

This is a Blog Assignment, unless you want to watch Criminal Minds (I love that show haha), you don't have to tune in CTV tonight =)

The poster and the sun image were all made by me.


Blog Assignment #1

Wed, July 07, 2010 - 4:44AM 0 Comments

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Welcome to Calgary =) The first blog assignment assigned by the Miss Teen Canada -World organization is to talk about the city or town that each national delegate is representing. As the current Miss Teen Calgary -World title holder, I will be introducing Calgary - the largest city in Alberta, 80 km east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and most importantly, my sweet home.

HISTORY

Settlement

In 1875, a troop of Northwest Mounted Policemen came to the vast area and found what they have been looking for. Two clean rivers, a nice varied selection of vegetation around them, the rich grassy foothills, and the vast grass prairies. It was really the ideal place to build a fort, and later, a city. The name, Calgary, came up by Colonel James McLeod. The Canadian government had decided to open the territory to ranching. In 1883, the Canadian Pacific Railway came and a year after that, Calgary was officially proclaimed a city.   

 Oil and the Petroleum Industry

After when oil was first discovered in Alberta in 1902, it became a significant industry in the province. Calgary's economy is dependent on the oil industry. The city's ecnomic boom and bust cycle closely corresponds to the price of oil. With a number of Oil and Gas Companies in Calgary such as Petro Canada, Taliman Engery Inc., and Husky Energy, this industry provides millions of job opportunities for the Calgarians. It is one of the reasons of the city's economic growth and the steep rise in population between 1971 and 1989.

 CULTURE

Music

Believe it or not, Calgary is the centre for country music in Canada, often referred to as the "Nashville" of the North. Every night, there are live music jams at the bars and lounges in Stephen Ave and Uptown, 17th Ave. There are also many music festivals celebrating and honouring our fine Calgarian musicians and artists. The 31st annual Calgary Folk Music Festival unfolds on July 22 at Prince's Island Park. This festival creates a dreamlike balance of urban and bucolic, friendly and far-out, superfly and earthy. All you have to do is bring your blanket and enjoy the performances! The annual Calgary International Blues Festival will be held on August 5-8, featuring the best in local, regional, and internaitonal blues musicians for four days at Shaw Millenium Park. The Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival in March gives amateur musicians and speech arts performers the opportunity to perform, compete for scholarships, listen to others, and be adjudicated by national and international adjudicators. Last but not least, the Alberta International Band Festival provides a stage for more than 300 school and community-based concert and jazz bands in Alberta to perform, compete for awards/scholarships, and learn from adjudications.

Theatre

There are a few big auditoriums in Calgary that held thousands of Broadway musical, theatrical, stage and local productions over the past. The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is a 4 million square feet auditorium opened in 1957 and has hosted . The "Jube" is run by the provincial government, and is the resident home of Alberta Ballet, the Calgary Opera, the Kiwanis Music Festival, and the annual civic Remembrance Day ceremonies.

 The EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts is known as "Calgary's home of contagious creativity". It is where passion meets creativity. The EPCOR Centre is located in downtown, with four theatres, and the Jack Singer Concert Hall, which was among the top ten concert chambers in North America. The Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary International Children's Festival, One Yellow Rabbit, the Olympic Plaza Cultural District, and Theatre Calgary all take place at the EPCOR Centre.

 In pursuit of a rich and diverse event that reflects the values Calgarians treasure, the Calgary International Film Festival was held ten years ago and has became an annual event ever since. The festival was acclaimed to be "one of the top 25 film festivals in the world worth your entry fee" bu MovieMaker Magazine. What an accomplishment!

Art

The Art Central is located at the corner of Center Street and 7th Ave in downtown, Calgary. It opened in November of 2004 and became a venue for the production, display and sale of visual art. It also provides artists with a creative environment to produce works of art. The Art Gallery of Calgary is dedicated to present contemporary art exhibitions and provide quality art education programs for people all age. Unlike the Art Central, the Art Gallery of Calgary does not sell the art works.

Sports

Calgary has also been a popular destination for winter sports. Many ski-lovers from all over the world would come here in the winter and ski on the beautiful Lake Louise Snow Report, which is one of the North America's biggest resorts. Calgary has hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics. Since then, the city was well equiped with a number of major sporting facilities such as Canada Olympic Park and Olympic Oval.

 The Calgary sports teams has done extremely well in the National Leagues. The Calgary Flames has won the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Calgary Stampeders has won the Canadian Football League six times. The Calgary Roughnecks has won the National Lacrosse League twice. And the Calgary Vipers has won the Golden Baseball League last year. Go Calgary!

 

 ATTRACTIONS

The Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower is the city's most famous landmark. It is a must-see turist experience. Going on top of the Tower, and have a Calgary adventure 160 metres above the ground. The Admission rates are very reasonable and to have even more thrill, you could even go to the observation deck and viturally "step out into space" on the glass floor!

 Saddledome

 The Pengrowth Saddledome is Calgary's icon for entertainment excitement. With seating over 17,000, it's home to the NHL's Calgary Flames, the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, and the NLL's Calgary Roughnecks. Throughout the yera, it has also been used as the venue for big ticket concerts, rodeos, ice shows, circuses, conventions, and many more.

 Museums

 Several well known musems in Canada are located in Calgary. The Glenbow Museum is the largest in western Canada. It is not only a museum, but also an art gallery, library, and education centre -- all under one roof. With over a million artifacts and 28,000 works of art, it is commited to preserve our cultural and western heritage while providing the visitors with wonder and thoughts.

The Chinese Cultural Centre's Museum showcases rare replicas of different kinds of Chinese artifacts. Including replicas of horses, life sized soldiers, the mighty chariot, an eight-piece handcrafted dining room furniture of the Qing Dynasty Imperial Palace; the model of the Earliest Seismography; Emperor and Empress accessories from the Qing Dynasty, and more!

Other well known museums in Calgary are the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, the Military Museum, and the Nickle Arts Museum.

Telus World of Science

The Telus World of Science in Calgary has changed recently. They are now featuring the Body Worlds & the Brain exhibition. I was very fortunate to visit the exhibition in May with my school. I was left with awes. Body Worlds $ The Brain offers profound insight into the human body and puts anatomy in clear context. Featuring over 200 authentic human specimens and some of the latest findings in neuroscience. If you are into human anatomy and kinesiology like me, you will love the Science Centre! Fact: nearly 30 million people have experienced this acclaimed exhibition in over 50 cities across the world.

 Heritage Park Historical Village

 The Heritage Park is Canada's largest living history museum. If you're interested in discovering "How the west was once", this is a must-see! The Gasoline Alley Museum demonstrates how the introduction of the automobile changed our culture. To bring history to life, the staffs at Heritage Park are all dressed in vintage costumes, from farmer overalls to lacey corsets. Inside the park, there are also many historic buildings and a huge collection of working antiques and artifacts. The authentic steam train takes us on am old fashion ride back to the old west.

 Shopping

Eventhough the shopping centres in Calgary aren't as enmormous as the States', but we do have some very unique botiques and shops around the city. The Fashion Central, located at the corner of Stephen Ave and First Street SW. The boutiques at Fashion Central focus on unique contemporary and cutting edge fashion. One of my favourite places to shop in downtown is Echo Bribal and Evenings. They have gowns and weddin dresses from world famous dress designers such as Jovani, Tony Bowls, and Alfred Angelo. In fact, one of my closest friend from school modeled for Echo, she was also on the Where Calgary mazagine for 3 months!

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Calgary Stampede

One day, a cowboy promoter named Guy Weadick talked four of the most powerful men from Calgary area into investigating on an experiment called the Calgary Stampede. Since then, "The Big Four" has built the foundation of what has now become the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. The Calgary Stampede is an annual festival held evry july in Calgary. This ten-day event has attracted over one million visitors per year. The festival starts off on the first Friday of July with a parade. (I was in the parade in 2008!) The CAlgarians would put on their western wear, and enjoy free pancake breakfasts and barbecues! The Stampede also has the world's largest rodeo, and also include midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing, and First Nation exhibition. These events are held at the Stampede park on the southeast end of downtown.

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Even though I was not born in Calgary, I would still consider it as my home. I love the smell of the fresh-cut grass whenever one of my neighbours does the lawn, the clear blue sky above our head, the Stampede free breakfast, the Calgary Flames craze, the Canada Day fireworks, and the Manhattan-like skyscraper downtown building. this is my home, this is Calgary!

PLEASE CHECKOUT MY SPONSORS =)

Oriental Music and Dance School - The Oriental Music & Dance School is aimed at promoting oriental cultures. OMD gives children and young people who are passionate about learning music and dance, opportunities to develop their creativity and especially intelligent in music and dance. The School has been done lots successful performed with Calgary’s others perform team since the beginning.

Jerry Canada Inc.- The company engages in the services of developing, producing and marketing superior-quality pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. As an overseas business group, JBC also provides IT network techonology consultation, Rocky Moutains site-seeing as well as an education agent for the Access International School of Canada.

Calgary Chinese Online Forum - The calgarychinese.com is an online forum for immigrants and residences in Calgary who are of Chinese decent. With thousands of users, this forum is the most popular and convinient place to chat, advertise, and organize events among the Chinese community in Calgary.

Kingnet - is a leading supplier of network products and high performance network solutions. Now it is also one of biggest manufacturers of SOHO and SMB networking product in mainland China. Their products include wireless LAN, ADSL moderm, router, sweitch, IP camera, and network card.

Beauty Care  - visit Linda's spa for a very relaxing facial and massage, she also sells high-end skin products including brands such as Maria Galland, RVB, and Dr Lauranne

 Aaron's Photostream - Aaron is a fatastic photographer. Checkout his website, twitter, and facebook page

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HELPED ME DEVELOP MY PORTFOLIO

BSD Photography Inc.

Daniel Liu

Heather Minty

Panerama

Eternal Photography

Of Storms

 Maria Tchalakova

DMacStudio

Gorden Chen

Aaron Liang

Jania MacKenzie Harnum

Jeff MacDonald

FUNDRASING SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS

Robert Thivierger

Ronnel Chua

PhotoArt4U

Jania MacKenzie Harnum

ReneeG

Aaron Liang


For All You Soccer Fans Out There...

Mon, July 05, 2010 - 2:39AM 0 Comments

KidSport is a charity that provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent the from playing organized sport. No kids should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. In today's world, a significant number of families are still facing challenges in their everyday lives. Organized sport such as soccer not only bring the kids a fun time, but also assures them of a better health and fitness, as well as learning about the values of team work, discipline and overcoming individual adversities when the team come together and achieve goals.

KidSport Calgary is holding an event called "World SoccerFever". Where soccer fans in Calgary come together to Deerfoot Inn & Casino to celebrate the World Cup Final, participate in Live Entertainment, and enjoy a fabulous Sunday Brunch.

In 2006, the World Soccer Fever event has attracted over 600 soccer fans of all ages and witnessed Italy taking the

Gold Cup. The event raised enough fund to support 40 needy children to engage in different types of sports, from buying equipments, to getting them signed up in soccer camps or community teams. That was made possible by Kidsport Calgary, and they need your help to support this year's event! The ticket prices are $35 for Adults, $12 for 6-12 years-old, free for children under 6.

 

Date: Sunday, July 11th 2010

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Deerfoot Inn & Casino

11500 - 35 Street SE 

Get Your Tickets At:

Calgary Chinese Community Service Association

128 - 2 Ave SE

Contact Info:

info@soccerfever.ca

(403) 613-3381

Which team will take the Gold Cup this year?...


Canada Day, Free the Children Yard Sale, & Dance - "Jasmine"

Mon, July 05, 2010 - 12:11AM 0 Comments

O Canada!

On every Canada Day, my family always celebrate the "day of all things Canadian". I still remember when last year I had to work in the morning of Canada Day, and rushed to Prince's Island Park right after my shift to volunteer there and help out the Kids' Arts and Crafts corner. I love volunteering and I had so much fun last year guiding kids to make their own Paper Lanterns with maple leaves.

This year, I was very fortunate to be asked to perform a duet, representing Oriental Music and Dance School, at Prince's Island Park. This was the very last time that I am performing with OMDS. A few of my friends from school were watching me and a couple of photographers were also there to take pictures. (the picture on the right was taken by Aaron Liang) The dance was called "Raining in the Forest". It was originated from the Dai Ethnic in Southeastern China . This is the dance that I will be performing at the talent night so I won't be showing a video of it. =P

After the performance, I stayed at the park and played volleyball and frisbee with my school friends. At 10:45 pm, we went to Olympic Plaza to see the amazing fireworks. Sponsored by the City of Calgary, there is a 15 minutes fireworks show on every Canada Day on top of the City Hall. While watching the beautiful fireworks, I must admit that I felt so lucky and privileged to be living in this wonder country.

"In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect."
-- Bill Clinton

Yard Sale for..... FREE THE CHILDREN!

The last fundraiser that I held was a yard sale at my house. The yard sale went from Friday to Sunday, everyday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Since my family is planning to move to Vancouver next year, we have organized a few boxes of things that we no longer need. My friends have also brought along some stuff. There were computers, computer accessories, furnitures, clothes, costumes, shoes, accessories, jewelries, decorations, books, paintings, frames, DVDs, the list goes on... Every cent will go to Free the Children Charity. (It is a charity that dedicate towards the elimination of the exploitation of children around the world) This weekend was a long weekend for many people, and I thought people wouldn't come to this yard sale. However, there were still many costumers who came and bought a lot of things =) I would like to give a shout out to my friend, Aaron Liang, for coming over on Friday and Saturday to help me with the yard sale!

Chinatown Centennial Celebration - Multicultural Performances at the Chinese Cultural Centre

On July 4th, the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre held a free Multicultural Show to Celebrate the mark of the Chinatown's hundredth year. That afternoon, I performed a dance solo called "Jasmine". I choreographed this dance in January and performed it around six times in Calgary since then. The melodious, elegant and emotional tune praises the sweet jasmine flowers. The video for this performance was not very clear. Here is a video of me performing <Jasmine> in Cultural Centre for the Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb 14th, 2010.

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 English Poetic Translation:

Flower of jasmine, so fair!
Flower of jasmine, so fair!
Budding and blooming here and there,
Pure and fragrant all declare.
Let me take you with tender care,
Your sweetness for all to share.
Jasmine flower, oh jasmine flower.


Thank You Aaron

Sat, July 03, 2010 - 2:40AM 0 Comments

Thank you Aaron Liang, for helping out with my Free the Children Yard Sale, making the amazing slideshow, taking photos for me when I perform on stage, and sponsoring me to the Miss Teen Calgary -World 2010 pageant! You are such a great friend to have and I will miss you so so so much when I move to Vancouver!

Aaron Liang is a student at the University of Alberta studying electrical engineer. For the summer vacation, he came back to Calgary to live here. Aaron has a passion towards photography. He has his own website, twitter, and facebook page. Just as he told us on his page, Aaron's camera has "Capture the beauty of the world God created for us".

Aaron, I'm going to miss you greatly my friend! I will keep my eyes on your great work in the future. You will for sure make it big one day!

Below is the slideshow that Aaron made. All the pictures were photographed by him when his family came over to my house for a BBQ. I told my dad, "watch this if you miss me when I'm in UBC"; and he almost cried..

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Thank You Beauty Care

Sat, July 03, 2010 - 1:41AM 0 Comments

Thank you, Linda Chen, for sponsoring me to the Miss Teen Canada -World pageant this year!

(Her bussiness card is on the right)

Linda is not only the beautican at Beauty Care Spa, she is also the lead singer of the Mandarin Choir at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (I'm also in this choir =). In addition, Linda's vast stage experience in Peking Opera has also casted her as one of the lead roles at the Galaxy Performing Arts Society. I am so fortunate to have known such an amazing and talented lady.

My mom and I go to her spa for facial massages every month, and they are so relaxing! She also sells high-end skin products including brands such as Maria Galland, RVB, and Dr Lauranne. If you are interested in purchasing these products or having a relaxing facial, definitely drop by her spa!

 



Official Miss Teen Canada Sponsors