So, if you’ve been following my Facebook updates, or tweets, you’re all aware that I have safely arrived in Toronto! It’s been 4 days already, and these past few days have been JAM PACKED! Here’s a little bit about my journey in the Miss Teen Canada World 2013 Nationals in TORONTO!

Day one:

I arrived in Toronto on Saturday at about 3pm! A few of the British Columbia girls and I were on the same plane, we got picked up at the Toronto Pearson International Airport! When we arrived at the hotel, Holiday Inn there were already girls at the lobby waiting to check in. When I got to my hotel room, my roommate was already there all settled in, her name is Jasmine Herrera! It’s crazy how similar we are to one another! She’s super sweet, and every time we spoke about ourselves, it was super spooky how we said “Oh my gosh me too!” every single time! I think our director Michelle did such a great job pairing people up, I don’t know how she did it! Afterwards, at about 7pm, we got chaperoned up to the 12th floor for the Welcome party! Here we got to meet our wonderful sponsors such as HiTec Canada, PS by Pretty Sweets, Schwarzkopf Hair Products, and more! We also got to learn more about the pageant’s official charity organization, Free The Children! We also got to meet all the other delegates from other provinces such as Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, as well as our wonderful chaperones! I’m so blessed to have such an amazing team, I absolutely love our chaperones Mark (JWOW), Hazel (Snooki), Christi, and Michelle! They are so much fun to be around!

Day two:

Day two was such a hectic day. It was our official Miss Teen Canada World 2013 interview, video and photo shoot. There wasn’t much to it but tons of waiting, and butterflies. The judges were super sweet during the interview. They made me feel very comfortable, and welcomed. I loved them! The photo shoot was very quick, it was definitely shorter than the usual photo shoots I’ve done in the past. I was nervous for the video shoot, I’m not very good at speaking in front of the camera. I had a different dress on for this shoot, I put on an old rose high low dress that had sparkles and ruffles on it! I tend to trip over my own words when I speak, but I think it went better than I expected it to be! The downside however was that I had to wait till almost one in the morning for my turn to shoot. I had to be up by four in the morning the next day, so I was only able to get two hours of sleep.That was pretty much what we did on the second day.

Day three:

The third day was definitely the most tiring! I was exhausted due to my lack of sleep, but at least I got to take a few naps on the bus. We were required to wake up early for a public appearance on Breakfast Television! A few girls who had interesting facts about themselves got to speak up! Other than that, we just stood, smiled, and looked pretty hahaha! Afterwards we had breakfast and made our way to the CN Tower! I’m a girl who gets super shaky when it comes to heights! But surprisingly I didn’t freak out when we were at the very top, or when I was looking out the elevator on our way to the very top! I also got a picture with the glass floors, unfortunately my phone couldn’t capture the beautiful view of it! Later on we had a killer scavenger hunt at the Distillery District! Rob Campbell set up the whole thing for us, I was able to find one ticket that got me a stick of chocolate! I had so much fun at the Distillery District, I got some photos I’d keep for lifetime! We then had lunch at Cafe Uno, I had a burger and it was to die for! Yorkdale mall was our next stop! We went to Costa Blanca because they gave each delegate a $50 gift card! I was so thrilled because I absolutely love Costa Blanca! I bought a lovely skirt for my mom and I! Lastly, the highlight of my day was going to MUCH MUSIC! I had an unbelievable amount of fun! We were dancing, cheering, and we got to be on air with Lauren Toyota! It was crazy to be on air at Much Music Live! I usually just watch it in my living room, at home watching crazy fans plant their faces on the full glass windows making weird faces as the VJ speaks on air. I got to meet my favourite VJ Phoebe Dykstra, that was the best part of the day. I absolutely adore her! She’s the sweetest ever! This day was crazy busy, I was able to get a ton of sleep when I got to my hotel room however.

Day four:

Day four wasn’t as busy as day three was. We started off our day with the British Columbia delegates shooting their introduction video at High Park! We shot the video by a fountain! It was pretty quick, no more than twenty minutes. We then went for breakfast! Afterwards we went to Union Studio for some rejuvenating yoga!  We got to wear our brand new Hi-Tec Canada shoes! They were SUPER comfy! I had so much fun doing yoga with my fellow delegates, and as you all know, I’m not one who really works out haha! We then returned to our hotel and had rehearsal for who knows how long. I learned a ton of new choreography and worked on my catwalk. We covered runway walk, specifically evening and swimwear, and swimwear choreography!  Time goes by quick when you;re having fun! Later on, we had a little shopping spree once again, but this time we went to the Toronto Eaton Centre! When we entered we were immediately joined by a ton of security guard escorts. People were crowding around us taking videos, photos, and the press was also there! It was so welcoming, shoppers came to greet us and asked us what we were doing there, and asked to take photos. There were security guards everywhere following us around, and at every exit. It was crazy! Eaton Centre generously gave each delegate a $10 gift card to the food court, I got some Teriyaki Beef Yakisoba, my favourite! I’ve been rice deprived so I was craving for a little something from back home. Garage also generously gave each delegate a $50 gift card!! I was finally able to purchase a skirt I’ve been dying to have for months! I’m definitely a happy camper, I absolutely love Garage!

Thank you to all my kind sponsors, supporters, and those who voted for me! Please continue to vote for me, love ya all!

Danica Tan

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Time Square in the middle of the night.My dream vacation with S-Trip! would be to take a trip down to the one and only, New York City! I’d go during the summer time so I can avoid the rain, I’m not a big fan of getting wet. I chose New York because it has always been my dream city. I’ve been to New York already, and I definitely fell in love with it. I love everything about The Big Apple, the bright lights, the crowded streets, the fashion trends, and the tall buildings. Those are just a few things I love about New York. I’m very big in the fashion department, I’ve dreamt about becoming a high end fashion stylist in the future, and as we all know New York is known to be one of the fashion capitals in the world! The fashion industry is rapidly growing as we speak, models, designers, stylists, anybody and anything that is related to the fashion industry dreams to make it big in a place like New York. This is where your love for fashion matters. New York is my city of dreams, and I hope to return one day.

I would take my best friends on this trip, what’s a vacation without good friends? My friends would definitely enjoy the shopping in this beautiful city. They’d love to shop at night in Time Square as they watch the lights go off around them. The food is also something they’d die for! Although food can be quite pricey, heck New York is pricey itself, it’s definitely worth it! The experience staying in a city as beautiful and exciting as New York City is worth every penny. While I’m in this extraordinary city, I’d like to get as much shopping done as I can. Fifth Avenue and SoHo is definitely a must when your goal is to maximize your shopping experience. I’d also take another visit down to the Statue of Liberty, and take walk around Central Park. The last time I was in New York, the weather didn’t cooperate with us so we didn’t get to enjoy much of Central Park. The Empire State Building is also a must! Time Square’s city lights may be to die for at night, but the view from the Empire State Building is one of a kind. I would also take advantage of what Time Square has to offer, and watch some of their plays! Last time I visited, I watched Wicked, perhaps this time I’ll watch The Lion King. I’m a definite sucker for Disney films! Lastly, I’d squeeze in a visit to the Rockefeller Center. They’re known for their beautiful sculptures, enormous skating rink, shopping opportunities, and a perfect view of NBC Studios.

Travelling to New York with my friends would probably be as much fun as it was to travel to New York with my family. Although this time we’ll be a little more adventurous and do wilder things. 😉 But let’s be honest, going on a trip with your friends is more exciting! The vibe, and the experience will be wilder, crazier, and more carefree. The memories you make will be something you’d cherish for forever.

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Yesterday was the last of my provincial exams, man it feels like a whole weight has been lifted! I have officially kicked grade 11’s butt! It’s crazy to think that I’m officially a 12th grader. It feels like just yesterday I was in 8th grade waiting to become a senior to get high school over and done with. I must admit though, although there were tons of up and down’s throughout the past 4 years, I loved every minute of it. I’ve made lifetime friendships, I’ve realized who I could count on and who I couldn’t, and I’ve experienced and learned things money can’t buy. High school has made me the person I am today, I have become one of the strongest girls in my school and I thank the wild journey of high school for it. I can’t wait to see what twelfth grade has to offer in September, I’m excited to graduate with my loved ones.

But before all that, we have to get through the best months of a teenagers life.. SUMMER BREAK! This summer is going to be the best one yet (I hope)! I had a great start to it. On the last day of classes with a few of my group of friends, we all went down to Garry Point Park and had a bonfire by the beach! It was just like in the movies haha! The boys obviously came late, leaving us girls having to set up the fire pit, food, and logs for us to sit on around the bonfire! It was quite the challenge, but we managed to set up wonderfully. Starting the fire and lugging logs was the difficult part, after a few tries we succeeded! Later on we watched the sunset, and shared stories and cracked jokes by the bonfire. We also roasted marshmallows, made s’mores, enjoyed some fresh fruits, and tons of food!  Later on at about 10:00pm, the fire department came. We thought they were going to shut us down, but they were so incredibly understanding and kind about it, and understood that we just wanted to celebrate the last day of school. All they did was take my friend’s driver’s license and took down the information just in case something happened. They were so understanding about the whole situation and let us keep our bonfire as long as we were responsible. We were convinced they were going to make us put the fire out, I’m so glad they didn’t! We all got home safely at around midnight, and it was definitely a night to remember.  It was such a great way to kick off the last day of regular classes! Despite the fact that we had exams to study for we all had a killer night with one another. We definitely made some great memories, and stories we would tell again in the future.

A couple days later, after spending countless days at home doing absolutely nothing, my friend asked to study for the provincial exams with me. He picked me up and we drove to the library to meet up with my other friends! We obviously didn’t get much studying done due to our incapability of concentrating in a loud environment. Later on we just hung around my friends car for a bit while we figured out what we wanted to do. My friend Vivian and I were fooling around with the buttons; I love playing with cars hehe. After a bit we drove around town and my friend dropped Vivian and I off at Steveston for some gelato, my absolute favourite!

In conclusion, it’s been a pretty great start to my summer! In about 3 weeks I’ll be off to Nationals! The next couple of weeks will be hectic.

Danica Tan

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For the third official Miss Teen Canada World blog assignment, we were asked to describe a perfect 30-second commercial we would film if we got a chance to create a commercial for personalized towels.

When I think personalized towels, I think weddings! I think personalized bath towels with the couples surnames embroidered on the end of the towel would be a great, and thoughtful wedding gift!

The setting of this commercial would be somewhere hot and beautiful, perhaps Cabo San Lucas! You get a nice view, and you save so much money not having to rent a studio, and paying for all those extra lighting, props, and what not. The wedding would take place in a beautiful outdoor resort such as RIU Palace in Cabo San Lucas. I mean come on; a bath towel would definitely come in handy after a dip in the warm pool of RIU. The nice green palm trees would also complete the hot summer’s day look. I think this would be a perfect setting for an outdoor wedding.

The commercial would begin with a close up profile of the couple smiling at one another, staring hopelessly into one another’s eyes as the national wedding anthem plays in the background. With a fortunate budget of $250,000, I would bargain with a mega star couple like Beyoncé and Jay-Z to play as the happy couple. Imagine the publicity you’d get! The camera would then zoom out, and capture the beautiful view of Cabo San Lucas, capturing the priest standing behind the happy couple saying the words “If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.” Soon the camera will turn to the front of the outdoor wedding, filming a man in a spiffy black and white suit running towards the alter eager to speak to Jay-Z.  The wedding guests gasp at the same time as they become completely quiet. Jay-Z gives the man a very suspicious look telling him it can wait. Beyoncé becomes a little insecure and embarrassed due to this outburst, she looks around and sees a woman who completely stands out standing by the door and quickly assumes the worst out of Jay-Z and storms off. The crowd of family and friends are shocked to their disbelief as they watch Jay-Z run after her.

In this last scene it shows the couple in their beautiful Riu Palace suit, this suite is filled with yellow lighting with a mixture of natural sunlight. It’s covered in dark chocolate brown furniture. The camera focuses on Beyonce crying to herself as she sits on her king sized bed. The camera then turns to the room’s front door; there stands Jay-Z as he walks towards Beyonce to comfort her. Jay-Z comforts her and reassures her that nothing will ever come between them; as he wipes her tears away with a personalized bath towel, which is focused on by the camera.

As the commercial comes to an end with only 7 seconds left, the camera focuses on the couple in all white; sitting side by side in front of the beautiful sunset that Cabo has to offer. There will be a small and soft voice of a woman saying “Signature Towels, great for any occasion” as those words are written on the screen in fancy white cursive letters. This leaves the viewers a relaxed, and warm vibe before the commercial comes to an end.

This is a rough idea of my 30 second commercial for Signature Towels. It may not be the best, but with a little more work it could turn into something pretty great!

Danica Tan

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Every region has something special about them. In Vegas it’s the beautiful hotels and casinos, Egypt offers historical pyramids, and in my city Richmond, we are fortunate enough to have a beautiful village called Steveston.

Steveston is one of the hotspots people go to during the summer. It’s a very peaceful place to walk your dog, eat their famous fish and chips, and spend quality time with what nature has to offer. For all you historians out there, Steveston also has its very own museum to educate yourself about the history behind Steveston and how it’s linked to World War II! There are a variety of things you can do in Steveston, from food, to accommodations, and shopping boutiques!

Shopping is definitely something I enjoy doing during my spare time. Steveston offers many shopping boutiques for all ages. The boutique I visit most often is the Candy Dish store. It’s located in Moncton and no 1rd. They offer fudge in many flavours, and all types of candy! It’s a very colorful and cute little boutique. For women, there are many clothing boutiques. Even one that specializes in maternity clothes! And for men, usually men aren’t very big shoppers! So Steveston has got them covered, everyone knows food what men love, Steveston has got loads of those! As you tour around Steveston Village, you will see many little frozen yoghurt or gelato stands, Starbucks and Blenz for coffee lovers, and many, many different varieties of restaurants to satisfy your tummy!

If you’re a food lover like me, you would probably best come down to Steveston for their famous Pajo Fish & Chips. Everybody who is anybody has tried Pajo’s! They serve one of the greatest Fish and Chips and poutines in Richmond! They have two branches located in Steveston. The most popular one is residing by Steveston’s very own Garry Point Park! Garry Point is great for flying kites, and having a family picnic on its very large field. This is a seaside park that includes a fisherman’s memorial park, and a gravel pathway for pedestrians and cyclists! Garry Point Park is also located along the Fraser River, so it’s a great spot to go fishing! The best part about Steveston is that even by Garry Point Park, they have LOADS of parking space that is also free!

During Canada Day, Steveston hosts an annual Salmon Festival in celebration of our nation! This when everybody around Richmond comes down to Steveston to watch the annual Canada Day parade, eat their specialty salmons, and just bond and have a great time! It’s one of the biggest events of the year, where thousands of people gather and celebrate on behalf of our great nation!

There are many things about Steveston that you will surely love, if you have nothing to do on a beautiful sunny day, take a trip down to Steveston Village; it’ll be worth your while!

Lastly, I would like to thank Niagara Falls for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada World’s second blog challenge prize!

Danica Tan

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Click for enlargementThe Richmond Olympic Oval is known for many things, such as being the venue of the speed skating events during the 2010 Winter Olympics; proudly held in Richmond, Vancouver. Since the Olympic games have ended, the Richmond Olympic Oval is now the new hot spot for teens, and adults to work out and get fit. This beautiful sports center was built to qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and is definitely considered a “green building“.

WHAT IS A GREEN BUILDING?

In order for a building to be “green”, or in other words eco-friendly, it absolutely MUSTqualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED is a certification program that evaluates how a building is designed to protect the environment from further negative impact, and to save natural resources from going to waste. Energy efficient commercial lighting, efficient heating and cooling systems, as well as “rubber roofs”, “white roofs”, or “flat roofs” (like what Tiocoat flat roof provides) are all perfect factors that helps buildings become more eco-friendly to the environment.

WHAT MAKES THE RICHMOND OLYMPIC OVAL GREEN?

The Richmond Olympic Oval is a perfect example of an eco-friendly building. It has many key elements that show the use of eco-friendly materials and machinery.

This is a diagram of how a "refrigeration plant" works.

Let’s first talk about the Oval’s “refrigeration plant”. A refrigeration plant is a device that can be placed just about anywhere. They can be installed in facilities to keep the room cool, or even mounted on trucks! These special devices use gas, liquid, and mechanical energy to transfer heat from one place to another. The Oval uses one large refrigeration plant on the Olympic speed skating rink. The speed skating oval is equivalent to six international hockey rinks. In order to transfer the heat energy out of the water to create ice for the rink; you will need one big refrigeration plant. This device will then transfer the heat elsewhere in the building to prevent it from going to waste. This is a very smart way to save heat from going to waste.

This is a diagram showing how rainwater is used for toilet flushing.

A very large roof that collects rainwater and uses it to help address the project’s water needs, as well as reducing the amount of centralized drinking water supplies protects the Richmond Olympic Oval. The collected water then travels down the building’s pipes to supplement toilet flushing. Harvesting rainwater to use for toilet flushing is a very common way to save it from going to waste. The left over rainwater are then directed into a pond on the east side of the Oval, which provides a very attractive community.

This map shows the area's in BC that are infested by mountain pine beetles.

One of the most spectacular elements incorporated into the Oval is the use of salvaged pine-beetle-kill wood for its beautifully made ceiling. Approximately one third of British Columbia’s pine forests are currently experiencing a major mountain pine beetle infestation. The mountain pine beetle is a small insect that lives most of its life in the inner bark of limber pine trees. They attack the trees in a large group to defeat the tree’s defence system, leaving it to die and decay. The Oval’s choice to use dead and decaying trees for their ceiling is a great demonstration of recycling. The Oval’s roof is known to be the largest surface ever-covered in beetle-affected wood. Whoever’s convinced that these types of wood is useless and cannot be turned into something beautiful obviously hasn’t seen the Oval yet!

The Richmond Olympic Oval was built by the Fraser River foreshore; this helps preserve trees along the Hollybridge Canal. It diverts recyclable construction materials away from the landfill, and incorporates the use of healthier building materials. Some examples are wood laminates, and sealants.

In conclusion, the Richmond Olympic Oval is a wonderful example for others out there who lack an eco-friendly environment. It’s not difficult planting a few more trees, or even changing your outdated lights to fluorescent ones! You can even help save the earth just by turning off the lights when you’re not in the room! It’ll be the easiest thing you’ll do all day.

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Within the past 18 days, a ton has happened. May is usually the busiest month of the year next to December! Here is a brief summary of what has happened in the past few weeks.

On May 8th I turned 17! It feels crazy to think that soon I’ll turn 18 and be considered an adult. It feels like just yesterday I turned 16, talking about how fast time has flown by. I had an overall great 17th birthday, even though it fell on a school day. My cousins from the Philippines were here on vacation, so it was great getting to spend my birthday with them years! On the night before my birthday, my family and cousins went out to watch the new Iron Man movie, while my other two cousins and I stayed home to dye our hairs pink haha (it didn’t turn out as pink as we hoped). My friend JC worked at the theatres, without me knowing he gave my brother a box of popcorn as my “birthday gift” with a note on it to give me. It was so cute and unexpected. Afterwards, my aunt took my cousins, my brothers and I out for late night all you can eat at Ninkazu. Up to this day, the thought of eating Japanese food makes me want to gag.  On the day of my birthday, my friends made it a great day for me at school! My friends had decorated my locker, and stuffed it with presents inside. My best friend Celhina also added in a pink sash that said “birthday girl” haha. Later during lunch time, my friends brought me to the Foods Room and sang me happy birthday; then gave me a birthday cake that they baked themselves. It was so sweet of them to put together so much effort just to make sure I’d have a great birthday. Later on my family took me out for dinner at the River Rock buffet, we had a splendid time together! I’m so grateful to be surrounded by wonderful people, and blessed that I was able to wake up and celebrate my 17th birthday.

During the past few weeks was also Mother’s Day! My siblings and I took my mom out for dinner at Chops, and bought her a maxi skirt from Aritzia. It was something she was dying to have! I’m blessed to have such an amazing mom who is always there for me, and always puts her children before herself. I don’t think there is anything in the world that will show how much love and appreciation I have for her. She is the only person in the world who will love, and forgive me for all the stupid things I have done, and will probably end up doing in the future. Thanks for everything mom, love ya. :*

On Saturday it was my sister Trisha and her classmates First Communion! This is a very important and special occasion that both the kids and their parents have been preparing for! During preparation, the parents would attend meetings every Wednesday evenings. And the children participated in classes that taught them about the Lord, and why communion is so important.  The First communion is a very important Catholic Church ceremony for Catholic families, and is traditionally practiced by Catholic families. The Holy Communion is also the third sacrament received from the seven sacraments! I remember having my First Communion ceremony like it was yesterday! I was in 8th grade, taking classes with a bunch of 3rd graders. My oh my, was it something! But anyways, this ceremony is taken place during regular mass, so the church was packed! My mom and sister went 3 hours early just so they could get good seats. All the kids who were going to take communion wore a white gown, and wore something beautiful and formal that was white underneath! Most of them were 8 year olds, so you can imagine how cute and dashing they looked! It was so amusing to look at the excited faces they had throughout the whole ceremony. The proud looks the parents had on their faces was very touching, and to see how dressed up they were for their children! After the ceremony there were a lot of picture taking, the kids were running around with glee hugging each other and speaking in their own unique language. At about 8pm, we went out for dinner with two of my sisters classmates families! Like on my birthday, we had the celebration dinner at River Rock buffet. I got to spend time with the cutest little girl named Stella! She is the most entertaining 3 year old girl I have ever met, everything she does makes me laugh. In the photo on the right is Stella, my sister Trisha, and Stella’s older sister as well as Trisha’s best friend Isabella; who also received her first communion! She is such an intelligent and sweet little girl.

Also a friendly reminder that this coming Sunday, May 26th is the annual Run & Walk event for SOS Children’s Villages that I spoke about a couple weeks back! My team and I have been prepping for this event since February, it would mean a lot if you guys participated! If you’re not a runner, or a walker, you can swing by the Kid Zone and have your kids participate in some of the games my team and I have set up! There will be relays, face painting, arts and crafts, and a fun photo booth! For more information about it, click here! The games are free so don’t miss out!!

Lastly, I have set up a Free The Children fundraising page where YOU can help ME out! My job as Miss Teen Richmond World is to raise money for a worthy organization called Free The Children! Free The Children is an international non profit organization and youth movement founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger. This organization is funded to large extent by youth. They originally go by the motto “Children helping children”. Free The Children specializes in sustainable development in third world countries. So please help me, and less fortunate children out by donating here! Remember, every donation little or small counts!

Thank you so much and I hope you all have a great week!

Danica Tan

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Hey everyone! I apologize greatly for not blogging last week, but it was a pretty hectic week for me. As you all know, I went down to Victoria on Saturday for the annual Teen Expo event! I woke up at 5:30 in the morning to catch the 7am ferry, it was definitely a pain to wake up so early and to work with only 5 hours of sleep; however I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a ton of fun to reunite with a few other British Columbia delegates who chose to also attend this worth while event. I’d like to take the time to thank Ali Berman, for inviting me to this event it was an honour! And to Michelle for letting us know about it. Let me fill you in on what this day consisted of!

Like I said, a few Miss Teen British Columbia delegates joined in on the fun as well; such as Miss Teen Vancouver Island, Christina Scheurle, Miss Teen Fraser Valley, Brittany Clough, Miss Teen Burnaby, Herleen Sethi, and Miss Teen Port Coquitlam, Anastasiya Toropova! Most of us title holders who chose to take part in this event presented on stage! I decided to use this opportunity to promote my platform, which is to raise awareness to bullying. I wrote a 4 page speech, but decided to decrease it down to about 2 or 3 just to keep it interesting and avoid boring my audience. I spoke about the effects bullying may cause, and how it can cause a negative impact on not only the victim, but also to the bully him/herself.

Not only did we present in some sort of way, all of us title holders were given our own meet and greet booth! We met so many girls, and as well as boys throughout the day (10:15am – 3:45pm). I am still in the process of finding a company who is kind enough to sponsor me with my business cards, so I had to create my own business cards the day of the event. It was a lot of fun neither the less! I added my little signature in there, as well as my title, name and blog URL! It was a great way to promote my blog; I managed to gain a few more likes on my Facebook page as well by the end of the day (I’m almost at 1000 likes thanks to all of you supporters!). It was such a great feeling knowing that little girls and boys look up to you, and that they think of you as a mini celebrity! When I handed the little girl on the left my autograph/information card, her face was absolutely priceless! It looked as if she just woke up to a ton of gifts on Christmas Day, it made my heart melt. Being a public figure for the younger generation is definitely no easy task; you must always keep in mind that your actions can make a great impact whether it be for the good or bad. That’s something I have learned since I’ve been crowned as Miss Teen Richmond World. However I must say, it’s a rewarding feeling knowing you are considered a positive role model to little children around your community.

During our meet and greet session I was able to meet other special guests, such as Geroy Simon (on the right), which was pretty cool! I got to know Geroy and his close friend for a bit, they’re both very humble, kind, and humorous gentlemen. His friend (on the left) gave me some tips on how to answer job interview questions, it helped me a lot. Geroy presented a little speech about “Self Motivation, and Determination” in which we talked about for a bit before he got up on stage. He’s a very inspirational, and talented football player, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are very blessed to have him on their team. I wish him and his family all the best in the future!

All in all, the event was a huge success, jam-packed with a range of activities and workshops. There were many different booths, from health and fitness to even volunteer opportunities! I’m very grateful for being able to participate in this event. I loved every minute of it, and I hope everyone who came out did too!

Christina and I later cruised around Victoria for the rest of the evening. It was my first time back on the island since I was little; so Christina was kind enough to tour me around. We went downtown for some waffles, definitely the best waffles I have ever eaten. Knowing me, I went for the ham and cheese flavoured one, where as Christina got the pepperoni and cheese waffle. I had a blast catching up with her over dinner, she was one of the very first girls I made friends with at the BC Provincial Pageant back in February, and since then have stuck together through out this whole roller coaster ride. Christina drove by the “YOLO Frozen Yoghurt” store, which I found very amusing. For all those who know of Drakes popular song, The Motto you’d know why! I really enjoyed cruising around town, for those who know me well are aware of my love for cruising. I think it’s a very easy way to get rid of stress and to forget your problems for a little while; as long as you’ve got your music on loud, and maybe a friend or two keeping you company. Biggest thank you to Christina for taking her day off to spend it with her favourite Richmond girl! 😉 Love you to bits!

You can check out the rest of the Teen Expo photos on my Facebook page, and be sure to also check out my wonderful sponsors below!

I will try my very best to blog every Monday, so be sure to keep up with my weekly blogs! I’ll talk to all of you soon!

XO, Danica Tan

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Good afternoon everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! The sun is finally out which is quite a rare sight for Richmond in April, we should all savor each and every moment of it. 🙂 I have decided to update you all with a quick blog post!

In about 12 days and 15 hours (April 27 2013), I will be off to Victoria along with a few other BC girls to attend my first official Miss Teen Canada World organized event called “Teen Expo!” I will be making an appearance as Miss Teen Richmond World 2013; I’m very excited and pleased to be invited to this wonderfully organized event.

What is Teen Expo?

Teen Expo is an annual event that helps inspire teens to become better people. It runs from 9:30am to 5pm, and is filled with tons of activities, workshops, live entertainment, and food for you to enjoy! A part of the proceeds will go towards KidsStart, which is a mentoring program! More information here!

What will I be doing?

I have been asked to put together a 15-minute inspirational speech to present to everyone, which means I will be on stage from 3:30pm – 3:45pm.  I have also been assigned to do a meet and greet, this gives me a chance to meet all of you, sign autographs and take some photos! This will take place from 10:15am – 11am and 12:10pm – 12:45pm. I am very, very excited to meet all of you!

If you have any more questions about my participation with Teen Expo, you can either leave a comment/question below (remember to leave your e-mail address) and I will definitely get back to you!

And lastly, as you all know I have been working with Kids Help Phone! I have been asked to help promote their annual  “Walk So Kids Can Talk”! This is also an annual event that helps raise awareness to victims of bullying. People from all over the lower mainland will come together to walk together and just support one another. This run or walk event will take place on May 5th 2013, if you’re interested in being apart of this great cause, please don’t hesitate to sign up here! If you have any questions about this event, you can e-mail the coordinator at info@walksokidscantalk.ca. Like always, all the support received means a lot, so thank you!

In other news, that is completely irrelevant to the pageant life, have you guys heard of my idol, Selena Gomez’s (for those who don’t know who my idol is haha) new song? If not listen to it now here, and buy it on Itunes! It’s absolutely amazing and beyond catchy! It’s called Come and Get It! She’ll be performing it live tonight at the MTV Movie Awards, so be sure to watch it!

I have also started working out at Planet Woman. I tried it out for the first time and wow, working out isn’t as bad as I thought it would be! It’s actually really refreshing and addictive. I did the one day free trial, and I really enjoyed it so I started doing cardio with my friends! If you’re a female who is interested in working out, but you don’t know which gym to go to, I highly recommend Planet Woman! It’s a clean environment that is strictly only for girls! I know how awkward and comfortable working out in a coed environment can be hahaha.

And that’s about it for today’s blog post. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday, until next time!

Danica Tan

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Hey everybody! I hope everybody’s day wasn’t too brutal, since most of us BC kids just got back to school after a killer two weeks of Spring Break! My Spring Break was great! I was very productive running around my beautiful city of Richmond, doing just about everything, and soaking up the sunlight we were blessed to have! How was your Spring Break?

So let me introduce myself a little bit! My name is Danica Tan, and I am the most energetic, and I guess I can say entertaining person you’ll ever meet. I will never fail to surprise you with the weirdest things I say, or do.  Also, let me add that I am your newly crowned Miss Teen Richmond World of 2013! I was given this title on February 10th, 2013 (which by the way, was also my little sister Trisha’s 8th birthday, props to my mom for hosting my sisters birthday party, and leaving a couple hours early to watch me win my title.) at the BC Provincial Pageant. It was a very, very memorable night. I was able to make new friends who I will never forget, and experience something totally new to me. You can view the photos of the Provincial Pageant here!

I mean, if you knew me before I won this title you would have never thought that I would be the type to enter a pageant. I never thought I would either! Winning this title definitely shocked a lot of people. I remember my grade 10 science teacher Mr. Sidhu coming up to me during math class just to talk about my newly won title. I remember him clearly saying “Wow Danica, I’m so proud of you! And shocked! Like, I never, ever thought that you were the type to enter a pageant! I mean seriously, tell me, how did this all happen?! How did you get the idea to try out in the first place? I’m just so shocked! But in a good way, I swear!”. Well like they always say, life is filled with many surprises. Some are good, some not so much. But hey, life also moves on!

So what have I been up to since I won the title Miss Teen Richmond? Well, I haven’t dropped out of school yet due to the large work load it brings along, and I swear, I won’t any time soon! Or ever. 🙂 But in all seriousness, I’ve been using my time wisely! I’ve managed to find some sponsors, such as Boston Pizza, Mia Boutique, Paolo Montano, & Makeup By Heidi! I’m hoping to find more before Nationals! So if you’re interested in sponsoring me or know someone who’s kind enough to do so, please don’t hesitate to contact me at MissTeenRichmond2013@live.com. I don’t bite!

I’ve also made my very first public appearance at this years SOS Children’s Village BC’s Yoga For Hope. I had a lot of fun meeting new people, and trying out Yoga for the first time! It was painful at first, and then you get used to it. But trust me, Yoga isn’t as easy as it looks guys! Since then I have been working with SOS to make their upcoming Run & Walk event on May 26 2013, at the Olympic Oval in Richmond a huge success! I will be there, and so will other BC title holders, and a few of my school friends! For more information, click here! I am very excited to help make this event one everyone will remember! I’ve also had a meeting with Kids Help Phone, we have agreed to work together to promote my platform, which is to raise awareness to bullying! I myself, and two of my other friends Jasmine Lehal, & Connie Chan will be going to local Richmond elementary schools to talk about the effects of bullying. More information will be posted as soon as I return from my next meeting!

Boston Pizza has also been a very big help, they have helped me organize an event called Celebrity Server Night which took place on March 25th 2013! This event was such a big hit! I received 15% of everybody’s subtotal bill that night and was able to raise hundreds of dollars!  I was also able to meet new people around my community who were beyond supportive! I’d like to thank my family & friends for coming out that night as well! Richmond News contacted me a few days before to cover a story about it, you can read it here! This article also covers Boston Pizza’s continuous support for me all the way to June! They set up a rebate program for me where anyone can dine at Boston Pizza Ackroyd, and 10% of their subtotal bill goes towards my cause, Free The Children if they simply write my name, Danica Tan  on the back of their receipt and drop it off at the “Team Sponsorship/Rebate Program” box located in the corner of their bar.

 

Now that I’ve covered the work I’ve done so far around my community (I’m sure I have missed a couple more things but that’s all I can think of at the moment.), I’d like to share some recent news! My sponsors Paolo MontanoMakeup By Heidi and I put together my first official photo shoot as Miss Teen Richmond! It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work. We were in the studio for about 7 hours working on this shoot! My favourite part was doing the workout shots. My photographer, makeup artist and I had trouble thinking of poses for me to do because..

  1. I am not exactly the most fit person out there.
  2. I am also not very flexible.
  3. Honestly, I just don’t work out. I’m not that type of person. I play sports, but working out, stretching and what not is not my forte.

So you can imagine how much laughs we shared during the process of getting the right shots. They didn’t turn out that bad at least! Although I got a lot of teasing from my friends and family because they all know how unfit I am, and how often I really work out… Hahaha! Tough love. You can check them out here!

And lastly, before I wrap up this very, very long post, let me add that if you have nothing else to do you guys can check out a few news articles written about me! My personal favourite was the one the Philippine Canadian Inquirer wrote about me. It goes into detail about my lifestyle as Danica Tan, and as Miss Teen Richmond World. You can also check that out here! And here is a list of other news articles, biographies, etc. written about me! Just click the link “See More” underneath “Personal Information” and a bunch of links underneath the label “Press Release” should pop up for ya!

Thank you again for the unconditional love and support I have received from each and every one of you! Especially to my mom and dad, Lilani & George, siblings, Gershwyn, Francis & Trisha, as well as my two aunts Airie & Caroline. I know how much you guys have done for me during this whole life changing journey. I appreciate it very much!

I also apologize to all my readers out there if I put you to sleep as you were reading my very long blog. But hey! At least I started my blog off with a bang! Feel free to leave some comments, I always go through them. It’s nice to know that I’m not just talking to myself behind a computer screen as I type this out.

Until next time! 🙂

Best regards,

Danica Tan, your very talkative & newly crowned Miss Teen Richmond World of 2013

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