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!
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!
#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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Wow, I am super stoked to be sharing my experience with you guys in my first blog post as Miss Teen BC 2017. This is so exciting! I can truly say that I never would’ve imagined coming this far in this pageant, everything still feels so surreal. I’d like to start off with a enormous and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported me, I would’ve never made it this far without you guys, I value and appreciate each and every one of you. Now, I’ll let some new friends on here get to know me!
Competing in the Miss Teenage BC competition was truly a life-changer for me, although it only lasted for 2 days, the amount of joy, knowledge, friends, and opportunities I gained from it will be remembered for a lifetime. When I first applied, I was completely lost and uncertain. Being extremely unfamiliar with pageants and one of the youngest girls there, I was intimidated, but I didn’t let the fear hold me back. I remember saying to myself that no matter what the results are, whether or not I win a title, I would walk away satisfied, because I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new. To this day, I am still so proud of myself for taking this incredible opportunity, because not only did it lead me to where I am today, it also opened up brand new windows for me, it boosted my confidence, it made me believe in myself, and it lead me to make some awesome new friends! The outcome of the pageant taught me an important lesson: believe in yourself, have courage, and you will conquer in life.
Next, let me tell you a bit about my personal life! I was born in Beijing, China in 2002, and I immigrated to Canada when I was 10. It was very difficult to fit into Western culture, where everything is so different, not to mention learning a whole other language. I would often get lost during class because I didn’t speak English well, and I struggled greatly when trying to familiarize myself with Canadian customs and traditions. But despite these obstacles, my family and I eventually settled in. Now, my English has improved tremendously, and we love the life we’ve built here in Canada. This arduous but gaining process taught me that change will always be difficult or uncomfortable, but if you are courageous enough to overcome certain obstacles, in the end, it can be very rewarding.
My personality is very colourful. I am a very ambitious, artistic and outgoing person. I love to create, perform, and socialize with others. As a level-six pianist and a rhythmic gymnast of five years, I absolutely adore the stage as well as expressing myself through movement. I’m also a passionate writer and debater. Writing takes me to whole other world, one where anything can happen, one where I can dream freely. Public speaking, however, brings me back to this equally fascinating world. I become ecstatic when speaking to an audience about what I’m passionate about, because inspiring others makes me feel so content and happy. I believe in every single person’s ability to change the world, and I love to encourage those around me to turn their dreams into a reality. My ambition in the future is to be a journalist, so I can write for a living while influencing others with my positivity and ideas.
Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up. As a leader who leads by example, I hope that I will continue to teach others about persistence, being brave, being unapologetically yourself, and much more. I cannot express my gratitude and excitement as I head onwards to the National competition in August, and I’m so thrilled to have all of you join me on my ongoing journey in this pageant. Follow all of my social media accounts to stay tuned for updates, events, and more on pageantry!
WOO I CAN’T BELIEVE IT IS ALL OVER! After a week of fun activities and intense rehearsals, this time around I have made TOP 20 again and I have also won the award “Miss Teen Social Media 2016”. I was given a $1500 Top Model Search Canada scholarship along with 8 other girls, and I am excited to say that I will be going back to Toronto on August 14-21, 2016 to compete and meet with national & international model agencies! I can’t wait to reunite with my #MTC2016 friends!
#MissTeenageCanada2016 top 20 girls
The week was a blur and I want to say thank you to everyone for making this a memorable journey! The 53 girls I’ve met this past week have been some of the kindest, smartest, most talented, and most gorgeous friends I have ever made, and I am beyond gracious for being a part of the pageant family and the Miss Teenage Canada organization the past 3 years!
Top 20 in 2014 & 2016
Thank you to Michelle Weswaldi for opening all these doors for every girl who has stepped into the MTC-W family; I have learned so much throughout the years and I will continue to strive and become a positive role model!
To our wonderful chaperones, Christi W., Courtney M., Ryan W., Miss Teenage Canada 2015 – Sarah Wojcik, and Hazel Q., thank you for dealing with us crazy teenage girls throughout the week and giving us all the amazing advice! You have all played an essential role and thank you for keeping us organized & always ready!
I also will be missing Shawn and Hollywood, our choreographers, for their bubbly energy! Thank you for creating the awesome dance numbers and for making sure we looked our best on stage!
With Shawn, our choreographer.
To Marlon S., Fernando B., and Zvonko, our wonderfully talented videographers and photographers: rewatching the videos have made me laugh and cry; thank you for documenting this precious memory!
I express my sincerest gratitude to Angeline Mcdonald of Bells & Bows Bridal Centre for helping me in picking the most stunning gowns from provincials to nationals! I felt like an angel on stage and I highly recommend Bells & Bows for all your dress needs!
My official headshot by Zvonko. Dress by Terani from Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Lethbridge, Alberta.
Another figure to be highlighted is Robert Campbell, our social media director, for his week-long blogging updates on what we were up to! Thank you for giving me the award of “Miss Teen Social Media 2016” and I will continue to blog/Facebook/Tweet/Instagram during the rest of my reign!
Photo by Tony Chan. Dress by Rachel Allan from Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Lethbridge, Alberta.
Special shout out goes to my roomie Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016 – Isabella: you are a wonderful person and I have faith in you that you will go far! To my loves, the BC ladies, thank you for always sticking together through thick and thin; I can’t wait to meet up again with y’all once we are all back in west coast! From fundraisers to charitable events to parades, we have been through so much together and let’s continue to use our titles for good causes! Last shout out to every other delegate: we all shined bright like diamonds and don’t let a number discourage you from continuing to make differences in your community! I love you all and hopefully we will cross paths in the near future! Big congratulations to Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016 – Samantha for winning Miss Teenage Canada 2016! Bring that TEEN UNIVERSE OFFICIAL crown back to Canada!
Tina is a compassionate young individual with interests in both arts and athletics. As an RCM level 9 flautist, Tina has been a section leader of the Richmond Youth Orchestra and her school’s band for the past 4 years. You can often spot Tina playing basketball or ultimate with her school’s team or hiking and enjoying the beauty of nature. Travelling has been a big part of Tina’s life since she was 4 and she wishes to continue exploring the cultures of all countries. Tina wishes to meet new friends and learn valuable lessons from joining this pageant.
Tina's platform is to support cancer research spread awareness for the disease as her grandfather passed away from lung cancer and 1 in 4 Canadians get affected by the disease. She has founded a club in her community to fundraise for the Canadian Cancer Society and has already fundraised over 500 dollars since March. Tina wishes to expand her club into different cities to create a bigger impact while inspiring other young individuals to follow their passions and create positive changes in their communities.