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At the end of my reign, there are so many things I want to say and not enough words to say them. A brief paragraph would not be able to encompass the remarkable gratitude, joy, glamour, hardships, reflections, friendships, experiences, and opportunities that constitutes my year of being Miss Teenage BC. Pageantry used to be such a foreign term, but now it is one of the most endearing, nostalgic and commonly-used terms in my vocabulary, because pageantry has been redefined for me. It’s changed my life for the better and helped me grow in unprecedented ways. I don’t want to begin by talking about my experience, but rather, the people who’ve made it possible.

Thank you to Michelle Weswaldi, the director of Miss Teenage Canada. You’ve enabled me to do so many amazing things with my life and inspired me with the amount of dedication you put into this pageant. I wish you all the best!

Thank you to Ariel Cao, Miss Teenage BC 2016 and her family, I would definitely not be here if it weren’t for you. You are all so gracious and generous, and I will be indebted to you forever for the support you’ve gifted me.

Thank you to Blink & Brow, C & C learning center, and White Rock Learning Academy for being great sponsors. You’ve made this journey truly magical.

Thank you to Angeline Macdonald. Not only have you provided me, and many other girls, with beautiful gowns that enhanced our personality, you’ve been a wonderful judge.

Thank you to my mom. From encouraging me unconditionally to helping me pack my enormous gowns into a tiny suitcase, you’ve truly supported me in every way.

Thank you to all the pageant girls I’ve met along the way. All of you are incredulously positive and inspired me in ways you can’t imagine. You are all my sisters for life.

Having some fun with Ontario girls during our bikini opening number.

MTC Girls at the mall for some serious bonding time.

My lovely BC girls. Going to miss them so much!

Four different provinces. Sisters at heart.

 

Lastly, thank you to anyone who came out to my fundraisers, donated to my campaign, or wished me good luck. Your support means the absolute world to me.

When it comes down to it, people will ask me: “What’s the best part about being Miss Teenage BC?” To which I respond not with “all the glamour and fun”, “all the meaningful connections I made”, “all the confidence I’ve gained” or “all the people who want to take pictures with me”, (however, these are all true) but rather, the best part is being able to make a difference. Being able to use my crown and sash for something more than decorating purposes. Being able to tell little girls who come up to me that each and every one of them are natural princesses, they should believe in themselves, and follow their dreams. Being able to raise $1000 for the WE charity and provide educational resources to those who are in dire need of it. Being able to prove to the world that pageantry is life-enriching and confidence-inducing. Being able to broach social issues and spread multiculturalism with my platform. Being able to leave my reign, knowing that I changed the world somehow. That’s the best part of my year as a provincial winner.

The fundraiser I hosted for WE charity! Raised over 1000 dollars in the end for international education for children.

volunteering for Variety Charity, a local charity that supports kids with special needs.

Volunteering for TELUS walk to cure with diabetes. These kids’ faceprint looked so cute I had to take a pic!

 

I hope you have all enjoyed the documentation of my journey via blog, it was a blast to attend events hosted by wholesome organizations and have cool exchanges with the media. If you want to know the specific events I attended as a titleholder, read some more of my blog posts. It was heartwarming to volunteer for kind people and be able to help those in need, and exciting to make my first appearance on TV & in a parade!

I made an appearance on the Harpreet Singh Talk show on Joy TV! Check it out!

Vancouver Canada Day parade 2017! Biggest crowd I’ve ever seen, and they loved us

The best things in life are outside of your comfort zone. A year ago, I was an insecure, anxious girl who melted into the corners of a room. But today, I am open, free, and proud of everything that I’ve achieved and have become. My journey doesn’t end here, and I will keep trying to push myself to do my best and try new things, keep trying to empower those around me, and keep being my own kind of beautiful, after all, that is what pageantry is all about.

To all the girls competing this year or involved in pageantry, I commend you. It’s incredibly nerve-wracking to express yourself so openly on a stage, and heels hurt. A lot. But this will change your perspective on life, on pageantry, and most importantly, yourself. You will see yourself as a role model, a change maker, a confident person who’s deserving of love and appreciation. But don’t take my word for it, go out into the world, and take a chance. Whether that’s in pageantry or just in life, don’t be afraid to try. I don’t know where it will get you, but it will get you somewhere new, I can promise you that. It will get you to new territories teeming with promising opportunities and new ideas and people. I wish everyone reading this the best of luck in the future, and a bittersweet virtual wave of goodbye.

Love,

Tina

 

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The 2017 search for Miss Teenage Canada has begun! Ever since I arrived at the beautiful city of Toronto to attend this National pageant, it’s been surreal and ecstatic for me to meet everyone and attend the special activities—-which is what we kicked off with on the day all 59 delegates arrived! On August 7th, we all gathered in a room and began to celebrate all of our amazing sponsors and their services with a sponsor-hosted party! This blog post is entirely dedicated to these companies and all the cool stuff they did for us, let’s jump in!

Watches are often seen as just a tool that tells time, but to me, it’s also an essential and adorable jewelry piece! We visited the Up To The Time Watches booth and tried on our favourite watches, mine was definitely this vintage one, it’s absolutely gorgeous and I hope I can get my hands on it. Although the watch is vintage, it definitely keeps me up to the time!

The next sponsor brought provided us with a chance to express ourselves on stage, the Wandering Minstrel Music School in Mississauga challenged us to post a video of ourselves playing one of the multiple instruments on stage or to sing, and whoever gets the most likes on the post with #mtcsongsolo gets to win a useful cordless mike! I haven’t recorded my video yet, but I do have a few interesting ideas. 🙂

 

Us pageant girls definitely need to have bright, sparkling teeth for those winning pageant smiles, and Rob, who took over the Archer Dental booth, handed out goodie bags with dental supplies to help us perfect our smiles.

It can’t be a pageant without some chic high heels! Nine West, one of my favourite fashion companies provided us with some gorgeous black heels, everyone was obsessing over them, but how can you not? I can’t wait to rock the stage wearing these bad boys.

Golden Goddess had a cute booth with goodie bags full of skincare products and offered tanning services. They are super helpful as these services really prepare us for the upcoming competition this week, and I felt like a golden goddess using their African black soap and Shea butter moisturizer.

My inner girliness was fully satisfied by Super Adorbs and their super adorbs accessories they provided us with! I was freaking out over the headbands and had so much fun picking something out for myself and my new pageant friends.

Social media is such an important tool for us delegates, who do a lot of promoting. So, it’s only appropriate that I introduce, with great admiration, our sponsor Hashtagio! This organization displays a collected feed of pictures from the same hashtag so that people can look at all the highlights of certain events by searching a specific hashtag, like ours #MTC2017! Hashtagio also had a co-sponsor, Standard Telecom Business Phone networks. Together these two sponsors help us share our favourite MTC moments on social media and creates a memorable replay of all the behind the scenes moments.

 

The night ended with delicious slices of cake and pizza, the girls all got along so wonderfully well. We bonded over all the generous goodies our sponsors distributed, and had a truly fantastic time. As we brace ourselves for the upcoming intensity and excitement of the competition, this was a perfect way to ease ourselves into the busy week. An enormous, humongous, ginormous thank you to all of our sponsors, you all mean so much to all the delegates and I wish you well!

Love,

Tina

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I adore fashion, and especially street fashion, so you can imagine my uncontainable excitement when I received my second blog assignment for Miss Teenage Canada, which was to write a fashion article for Street Chic about Vancouver’s most representative street styles! For my street of choice, I chose Granville street located near the shore in downtown. Other than the attractive designer stores, some of Vancouver’s boldest and most stylish fashion can be seen on this very street. I decided to shoot a couple of young models and talk to them about their fashion choices, fashion icon, inspiration, favourite stores, etc. It was an absolutely amazing time.

In my fashion article, I talked a bit about each model who I interviewed and their personal background. From Alissa, who’s a fourteen year old high school student who loves to go for cute and casual, Phillip, a high school graduate who likes to stay in action and loose but well-paired clothing, to Jessica, a teenager who thoroughly enjoys trendy yet bold ensembles that really lets her inner adventurousness shine through, I explored each of our subjects’ wardrobe and personality. The conclusion I drew from these three amazing teens and their outfit choices is that dressing yourself is not always all about the brand names or conventionally appealing look, but rather how a piece can totally boost your confidence!

Behind the scenes at the shoot

This experience showed me that when choosing an outfit, it’s not about what other people think about it, it will always be about how the outfit reflects your personality and background as well as improving your self-image. And that’s why I love fashion so much, it’s so inclusive of everyone, no matter what age, size, gender, or colour, there’s always something for everyone, it can freely accommodate to your lifestyle and character. That is what Vancity street chic is to me: diverse, liberated, and fun! I also feel that it’s very well represented by the crowds on Granville street, or more specifically, Alissa, Phillip, and Jessica. Read more about it in my Street Chic fashion article!

Downtown Glam on Granville Street in Vancouver

I hope you all enjoy my fashion article and get a taste of the hectic city life of downtown Vancouver. Have a wonderful week and stay tuned!

Until next time,

Tina

 

 

 

 

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Perfect getaway 

Although I almost always love to curl up on the couch with a warm cup of hot chocolate in hand during the winter seasons, I also crave outside adventure and traveling to brand new destinations for a memorable experience in the cold! Our family has very often occurrences of wanderlust, and we love to explore the beautiful province of BC, having moved here only two years ago, so it might’ve been predictable when we set out on yet another family vacation during spring break this year! We went to the largest destination ski resort in interior British Columbia, right in the heart of BC and located in the alpine village, the Sun Peaks resort! This place has become my absolute favourite local getaway destination for a number of other reasons, keep reading to find out why!

About Sun Peaks

Although it takes around 4 hours of driving from Vancouver (and an hour from Kamloops) to arrive at the resort, the scenic route is very satisfying. The resort is surrounded by a total of three massive mountains, on which there lays 12 lifts, 135 trails with 16 gladed areas and up to 4,270 acres of skiable area!

The resort has a bit of history, with the first chair lift being built in 1961. Upon first glance, the village seems rather small, having only two to three main roads leading you through the skiing area, shops, homes and hotels, you can also ski right through the town! The view here is consistently breathtaking, from the the towering mountains covered in iridescent snow and lush fir trees to the welcoming european-style houses, there’s always something to see.

What can you do here?

Now that we know a little bit about what the resort looks like, let’s explore the activities and main attractions! The prominent feature of this resort is of course, the ski trails. I immediately put on my gear to hit the fresh power once we arrived. The sight of the thick layer of glistening snow was very alluring.

There are many different trails for different level-skiers and snowboarders here at Sun Peaks, being an intermediate skier, I glided past the bunny hills and went straight for the Sundance Express chairlift, which has an elevation of 1,730 m at the top. On the way up, I couldn’t help but gaze admiringly upon the monstrous mountainous ranges all around me, the height we were at was able to give me a perfect look of the cozy village, and with the sun gently beating down upon everything, it looked like something that belonged in a post card or commercial. Once we hit the top, I soared down the mountain. The sundance trail is amazing for being able to take you around the whole mountain, past bridges and steep slopes, which as always provided the most gorgeous views. The trail even won the best mountain trail design in North America once!

To me, there’s no better feeling than to hear the rush of the wind in your ears, the cold hitting your face as you glide with accelerating speed past the other skiers and trees, the rush of adrenaline and pure enjoyment is unforgettable. It’s the ideal way to take a break from your hectic life and take a breather. Other than skiing and snowboarding down many of its trails, sun peaks is also known for its hiking and biking trails, which provide you with that same incredible scenery while you get a good exercise or some bonding time in with family and friends. Other than that, you can also go on the bungee trampoline that will leave you jumping with joy, a fantastic dog sled adventure or sleigh ride, a chance to meet and ski with the Olympic gold medalist, Nancy Greene, or have an awesome time tubing down a huge slippery slide. Of course, if you want to wind down, the vast variety of restaurants and cafes are available.

The best restaurant recommendation I can give is probably to go to the sunburst lodge, which is located mid-mountain, offering stunning views and a fantastic menu of family-friendly comfort food. It’s a feast for your taste buds and your eyes! You can also relax by going to one of the many luxurious spas here after a long day on the slopes.

If you don’t want to face the cold, come during the summertime! The views are equally stunning, and the activities equally fun. With canoe tours, paddle-boarding, mountain yoga, horseback riding, and much more, the possibilities and excitement is endless here at the flourishing fields in Sun Peaks. The chain of shops is also worth paying a visit to. The best part is, the staff members here are all super friendly, and gives amazing advice on what you should do to best accommodate your wishes and personality! Ultimately, Sun Peaks resort is the BC dream getaway with all of these entertaining highlights and being so close to nature!

Tips

#1. My number one tip would be to go geocaching in the summer with family or friends, it’s such a unique experience!

#2. Book the coast sundance lodge because it is located at the base of the sundance trail, making it super convenient for you to hit the slopes whenever.

#3. Outdoors time doesn’t just have to be during the day! Take an evening tour and experience nature at its purest while getting a look of the glowing east village.

Why I love it

One of the reasons why I love coming to sun peaks is because it has something for everyone, no matter the age or preferences or skiing abilities. It’s not as crowded as other resorts, and even though it offers many exciting activities, it’s also serene here, for those who like a quiet and calm adventure. This resort never fails to please me with one of its many versatile features, and you know you are signing up for a great time when you a book a vacation here. Everything compliments one another, harmonizing to give you a one-of-a-kind time.

It also gives me a great flood of nostalgia, as I used to live in snowy Winnipeg, which has the nickname “winterpeg” due to its extremely cold weather. Being near the snow and cold brings me right back to Manitoba, and coming to sun peaks is like a taste of home, reminding me of precious memories all while giving me a new, memorable experience. You can also see the unique natural beauty of BC, and grasp how magnificently gorgeous this province is.

I hope you will visit Sun Peaks resort in the summer/winter to experience all the activities above, to escape your responsibilities and stress for a little bit, and to have a pleasurable, classic, exhilarating, and interesting vacation between signature Canadian mountain ranges!

Book your next getaway at Sun Peaks Resort!

Thanks for reading.

Until next time,

Tina

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June 21st of 2017 was the longest day in the whole year, and more importantly, it was National Aboriginal day—-a day where we come together to celebrate and recognize the traditional territory of Native groups as well as the fascinating culture of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. The city of Surrey hosted an event at bridge view community centre with many activities and booths that can help us better understand and further appreciate aboriginal culture. As a volunteer, I was appointed to multiple stations at once to help out, but I was mainly stationed at the food contribution booth, which was one of the busiest booths! We had a blast serving Bison stew and bannock to people attending the celebration. I was so busy that I had no time to take any photos at the booths!

 

There were also traditional drum, dance, and song performances happening on stage. It was wonderful to see elders, youth, and adults express themselves through art.

Overall, this was an event that was emphasized on inclusivity and appreciation of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, which is exactly what my platform promotes! I was genuinely joyful to be able to assist with the spread of multiculturalism. This event taught me and many others so much about the customs and traditions of Aboriginal culture, and I am so grateful to be able to live in a such a friendly, inclusive, and multicultural community! This event also reminded me what being a titleholder is all about—-spreading influence and positivity in my community. I hope everyone who came out had an awesome time!

All the best,

Tina

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I was up bright and early on Sunday to assist the TELUS walk to cure diabetes event hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at Stanley park. My responsibility was to watch over my given tent, and entertain people from my favourite age group. You guessed it, kids! I was occupied pretty much all day trying to ensure that the little angels that came to the walk had the greatest time possible. I cheered them on in games of bean bag toss, ring toss, mini golf, fishing ducks, and gave them water tattoos as prizes. Every one of these children, some as young as 4, were absolutely determined and tireless despite the difficult of the games. They sure were in it to win it!

Other than the kids entertainment tent, there were various other activity tents that were buzzing with old and new walkers and families. The great turnout on Sunday showed how many families are affected by or care deeply about finding a cure for diabetes. The way everyone had a smile on their face and were so excited to fundraise made me feel so blessed to be able to volunteer that day. It’s truly moving how even amid hardships and obstacles, people still choose to unite in love and inspire or uplift each other.

It turns out that in the last year, JDRF raised more than 300,000 dollars for finding a cure to diabetes!

This was yet another great event, for newly diagnosed families, for people with family members or friends living with diabetes, or even for people like myself who aren’t drastically affected by diabetes to learn about what others have to overcome everyday and help them out the best that we can. A huge thank you to TELUS for sponsoring this event and JDRF for letting me volunteer, I had a wonderful time.

All the best,

Tina

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I had the best time today at the boat for hope event in Vancouver with Variety Children’s Charity! Variety is a wonderful organization that supports kids with all capabilities and backgrounds, they do tons to enrich so many children’s lives. Today’s Boat for Hope fundraiser at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club was one of the funnest I’ve ever attended! There were many stations set up with all kinds of activities right by the sea, like the one I was at, which was an adorable pig racing station. There were electrically-powered fluffy pigs that kids could pick, and we made them race against each other. Believe it or not, the kids, and even some adults loved it! They cheered on crazy loud for their chosen oinkers.

Besides this, there were boating adventures, a bouncy house, face painting, and loads of other games for all the little pirates running around.

Overall, it was a magical afternoon filled with positive energy, joy, and excitement. I loved helping out with Variety’s events and strongly encourage you guys to donate at variety.bc.ca! I especially enjoyed being around so many cute little kids that were so prideful of themselves for winning the pig races. I wish everyone a fantastic and happy weekend!

Until next time,

Miss Teenage BC 2017

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On this lovely Sunday morning, I volunteered for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s event!

This event’s purpose was to raise money and awareness for individuals living with Alzheimer’s. It really inspired me to be more selfless and give back to those in need of support.

Everyone had a great time at the walk, we enjoyed the good weather, and some guests gave touching speeches.

I truly hope that everyone will make a donation to the BC Alzheimer’s society, because everyone can make a drastic difference in someone else’s life with little effort. Find out more at walkforalzheimers.ca.

This was a fantastic Sunday morning. I hope everyone who attended the event had a wonderful time, and for anyone who missed the event, this is annual so you can always go next year! I wish you all the best.

Until next time,

Tina

 

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Happy earth day! Today I volunteered for an event in Surrey called Party for the Planet, they’re all about getting people in the community involved in taking care of our planet. There were engaging performances, information booths, selfie stations, recycle zones, and many more fun activities for people of all ages to partake in.

I was at the Doors Open booth as a representative, where I got to hand out prizes, quiz participants with trivia questions, and promote the doors open event!

Doors Open is a free event taking place in June of this year where people get to see behind-the-scenes of Surrey’s organizations and services and also celebrate the city’s rich heritage, culture, and history while enjoying fun activities like nature walks and museum tours.

At the booth, we asked kids, adults, and seniors several questions about Surrey, and handed out ECO-friendly prize bags if they got the questions right. Did you know that Surrey has the largest RCMP detachment in all of Canada? Or that there are 800 birds in the art exhibit in city hall? Turns out, a lot of people (me included) had no idea! It was super interesting to get to speak with so many people and learn with them intriguing things about my community.

I had so much fun celebrating Earth day at Party for the Planet and getting to know how I could help achieve sustainability for our Earth. Anyway, I hope everyone had an awesome day, and if you are interested in the Doors Open event, I will leave the link below so you could check it out!

All the best,

Tina

http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/11056.aspx

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