Saturday, December 13, 2008

Martial Arts Holiday Party

I planned the Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do holiday party on December 13th at a very chic restaurant called A Cow Jumped Over the Moon. Over 35 students and families came and enjoyed kosher certified appetizers and cocktails at the lounge and outdoor patio. The venue was perfect for an intimate gathering and centrally located at the Rodeo Collection in Beverly Hills.
The bar and lounge area.

We also recognized students and parents during our awards ceremony with random and fun awards including Most Improved, Wildest Hair, Most Injured, and Best Attitude. All winners received a certicate and t-shirt. Thanks everyone for coming and making this year so great!
Happy holidays!
Guests enjoy the party.
A very special thanks to our instructors for all their hard work and dedication: Mason Williams, Richard Alonzo, James Goller, Phillip Rhee, Siaka Harding.

Friday, December 5, 2008

9th Annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive and Reception

Tonight my friend Mike and I went to the Japanese National Museum for a Holiday party and Toy Drive hosted by several prominent Asian Law Associations. I arrived too late to try any of the food, but I was able to catch the end of the live jazz music, a few drinks, and the awards ceremony. They honored all the different organizations there, included TALA, APEX, and JABA.

Councilwoman Jan Perry was also there as a guest speaker, and the highlight of the event was Far East Movement performing with DJ Verman (Power 106) mixing for them. It was an awkward scene, men and women lawyers in their dress suits listening to 3 young Asian rappers in hip hop clothes telling them to "hammer the air with their fists!!" but I had a good time. =)

I got Far East Movement’s promo CD for their new song Low Rider and took a picture with the group. They are so talented and just have so much positive energy, I really admire that about them. I also took a picture with Ms. Taiwan World, she was just recently crowned and very nice to talk to.

Afterwards, we walked down the street to the famous ramen shop, Daikokuya and ate way too much food for the rest of the night.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nintendo DS "Personal Trainer" Competition!

So I was convinced to go and compete in a Nintendo DS "Personal Trainer" contest where partners would run around the Whole Foods supermarket in Pasadena using the new DS cooking game "Personal Trainer" as a guide for shopping.
My partner Locke Webster ( and I did pretty well together. We came in 3rd place in the race. The first two winners actually got to cook their recipes. My partner and I, as 3rd place winners, along with 2 other judges, got to try to food and judge who would be the winner.
First place went to my boss and her partner from Parent Magazine. They won a trophy, a free DS, and a copy of the Personal Trainer game. I won a tote bag and a gift card to Whole Foods. Overall, I'd say a good day at work!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Judi and Ben Wedding

I met Judi while teaching English in Japan last year. She was from Anaheim, which was the closest city to anything similar for home, and we became good friends in a very short time. So I was surprised and honored when she asked me to be her bridesmaid at her wedding in November.
It was a great experience helping plan all the bridal shower games and help coordinate everyone at the wedding rehearsal. The wedding was held at the Dad Miller Golf Course in Anaheim. I also ended up being the MC during the reception, which was really interesting and fun because of the interesting mix of young and older generations and ethnicities!
Meet the MC.
My boyfriend and I with the happy couple.

Congratulations in a wave of bubbles!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bow Wow Meow Event

I volunteered at an event called Bow Wow Meow in Brentwood over the weekend, which was an outdoor fair that promoted pet adoption and caring for your pets. I got this gig through my friend DeAnne and met the founder of the Four Legged Friends Foundation Sandra Lollino.
I have never met more people who love and are so passionate about animals! There were dogs everywhere, pet hotel booths, water stations, organic food for pets, little outfits, pet photography!! I worked for the "Dancing with the Dogs" show, which was described as "Dancing with the Stars" but with their owners and pets. I helped coordinate the dancers, kept to the given timeline, gave the MC their lines, and assisted the judges, actress Barbara Niven, actress Kate Linder, actress Mariana TOsca, actress Dana Daurey, radio talk show host Phyllis Botti, and singer Monique Powell.
But the one who I was surprised to see the most was actress Linda Blair who was also the founder of the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation. My father made a movie with Linda Blair back in the 80's called Silent Assassins and I distinctly remember shooting at my house and blowing up my kitchen door, etc. I met up with her after the show to take a picture for my dad. She still remembered my parents and the movie, but is definitely more active in her pet adoption than acting now.
While working I also bumped into an old college friend Seth Castelle who was photographing the entire event and working with Little Friends Photo. And during my lunch break I crossed paths with several former and current students of my father's martial arts school (I was wearing a shirt that everyone seemed to recognize), so that was a trip.
The "Dancing with the Dogs" show was a huge success! We had 5 acts and the most adorable dogs doing awesome tricks to music with their owners. We also had a dog trainer on the other side of the stage giving demonstrations about training your pet to be a professional show dog. We had to repeat the show 5 times so that everyone in the fair would get a chance to see the dogs in action, so by the end the dogs were pooped out!
The performances were judged on music performance, execution of movement, the bond between handler and dog, and fun! Everyone was able to win a prize for something and over a dozen pets were adopted by the end of the day, which was the whole point of the event and very rewarding. It definitely left me wishing I had my own house to own an adorable dog...but hopefully one day soon!
Sandi with her 2 dogs Snow and Chaplin were truly comedic!

Jennifer with her dog Etta in matching outfits.

Dog Trainer Sue with her rambunctious dog Jack were definitely crowd pleasers!