MessLook Hair and Spa
We started off our busy day by arriving at Messlook, which is located at 104 Bowery Street. Messlook Hair and Spa, if you haven't known already, is one of our sponsors. The talented staff at Messlook do our hair and makeup for each of our events and ensure that we look flawless every single time. Josephine Xu is one of the main makeup artists that work on us. They start off by matching foundation with our skin and emphasizing our eyes with different colors of eyeshadow so that we look beautiful, yet natural at the same time. Each of our hair is then beautifully curled. However, today, Charles Lam, the owner of Messlook, decided to make a change and put most of our hair in updo's. Nevertheless, we all walked out of Messlook looking glamorous. We've formed a strong bond with each of our hairstylists and makeup artists already. They have been with us from day one and we cannot wait to see how beautiful they will make us look again during our upcoming pageant.
LAM Group and Lam NYC
EB-5 Fund Regional Center
On August 25th, 2014, we had the pleasure to go to Lam Group, located on 202 Centre Street, A large real estate investment group based in New York City. In addition, they are a large hospitality firm that focuses on hotel management in New York City. One of their many hotels, Brooklyn Sheraton Downtown, in which our pageant will be held on September 6th. They are also a sponsor of ours in which we are grateful for. The Lam Group also manages numerous other prominent hotels including Four Points by Sheraton, Hotel Indigo, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, and more. We were also given words of encouragement by Hung Luk, the Chief Operating Officer, who spoke about the challenges of the hospitality industry, as well as how we can get started in it. We were given lots of opportunities to ask questions, in which we inquired John Lam, the chairman of Lam Group, about the Lam NYC EB-5 Fund Regional Center. Mr. Lam explained that the projects were very important not only to assist immigrants in gaining their immigrant status, but provide opportunities for different businesses for the future. He wanted the Chinese community to go beyond opening restaurants and factories and venture off into different opportunities. For example, he hoped that in the future, there will be a larger amount of Asian-American working in civil duties with political influences. We ended off by Mr. Luk reminding us that we are all winners already.
We visited the Chinatown Partnership where we spoke to Executive Director Wellington Chen. Mr. Chen has supported us at many of our previous events such as the Chinatown weekend Walk and more. We each presented ourselves and spoke to him about why each of us would be ideal candidates for Miss Chinatown, while inputting our own ideas into how we can improve Chinatown. For example, Tina Jia suggested for miniature landmarks such as the Forbidden City to be built in areas of Chinatown. That way, we can preserve our culture by being able to learn of China's history without stepping outside the city. It can also be made more fun, rather than just educational, by perhaps making it into a maze. Many of our ideas were considered by Mr. Chen. Mr. Chen emphasized on gentrification issues that are occurring in Chinatown. He wants to preserve the community aspects of it and ensure that Chinatown will remain prominent in the future. He pointed out that the logo for Chinatown Partnership has five points for each borough, the previous towns of Little Italy and Chinatown, the different districts such as the Jewelry district and more. The logo also had a V imprint, in which it represented victory and Lady Liberty. In conclusion, Mr. Chen told us that we are all unique and that we will be successful regardless of the results of the pageant.
Worker's Health Day
As some of you may have already known, one of us will be awarded the Miss Medical award. This will go out to the contestant who can best promote good health. We did this by participating in the Worker’s Health Fair, which was held at the Chinese Community Benevolent Association. There were many people who attended, especially senior citizens. Many organizations also participated in it, such as the Charles B. Wang Health Center. Prominent doctors such as Dr. Warren Chin spoke about various common issues that may affect the Asian-American community. For example, he spoke about the dangers of high blood pressure. We learned that in order to control your high blood pressure, you must exercise regularly, cope with stress well, and eat a balanced diet. The importance of vaccinations were also mentioned in which we must keep up to date with them so that we can lessen the chance of catching some diseases. Each of us introduced ourselves and proposed different methods to promote a healthy lifestyle. We then finished off with the traffic safety song, which has always been a crowd favorite.
Chung Wah Chinese Broadcasting System
One of the most unique and fun things that we did was being interviewed at the Chung Wah Chinese Broadcasting System. It is one of the oldest Chinese radio stations in New York City. We were grateful to be able to each do ten minute radio segments. In fact, Tiffany Luk and Angela Wang were able to have their interviews broadcasted live on Monday afternoon, August 25th. The radio MC, Lilian, was very accommodating, and made us feel very comfortable. It felt like we were talking to a friend rather than someone we just met. We were able to introduce ourselves to the audience and answer questions about ourselves that we thought the audience might be interested to hear about. We also sang the traffic safety song in all three languages because we believe in continuing promoting it so that it can reach as large of an audience as possible. It was definitely a new experience for most of us, and we would be happy to do it again. If you would like to listen to the rest of our interviews, they will be broadcasted every day for the rest of the week on CWCB!
Po Wing Hong Food Center
We finished off the day by venturing off into a place related to our favorite foods, Po Wing Hong Food Market! Po Wing Hong Food Market is another one of our sponsors that is located on 49 Elizabeth Street. It is a Chinese food center known for its traditional Asian health products. We went there because we wanted to thank them for giving us their support. There were many workers and customers that were happy to greet us. They gave us a warm welcome and complimented us many times. Of course, we couldn’t leave without doing our traffic safety dance, which we performed flawlessly. We also took many photos with the owners, Patrick and Nancy, as well as with customers. We even had the chance to interact with some children there, which is something we always love to do. There were many great things in the market that we all wanted to eat, since we were all very hungry. It was a perfect ending to our day.
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