About a week after the Vietnamese dinner event, MAS was asked to be a part of the Wedding/Cultural Fashion Show located at the Citrus Heights Community Center. We were asked to parade in our national costume in the show. Christina -3rd Princess MTAS, and Susan and Emily-MAS Princesses joined me on stage that evening. However, Emily and I were given the opportunity to model bridesmaid and prom dresses too. On the day of the event I was asked to be part of the Good Day Sacramento news segment, so I got hair and makeup done before the 8am newscast. The show did not start until around 1pm, but like all events, there follows a lot of preparation in front of it. All in all, the event was a success and all of the girls and I had a fun time. There were booths set up to look at and fun activities to do. It was a blast!
As being a part of the pageantry world, and holding a title, one of your duties is to attend other pageants when invited. The recent one I’ve attended was the Miss Sacramento Country Pageant. Emily and Debra joined me in watching teens and misses compete for the title and in hopes of being crowned Miss California. One of the Miss Asia Sacramento princesses Lily was a part of this competition and placed as First Runner Up, which is hard to get! I am so proud of you Lily! It was a night filled with a variety of talents, and outfits regarding fitness/swim, and evening gown! Many other visiting queens were there, and one of them happened to be Kristina, she was once a starting MAS 2010 contestant, but no longer can compete after winning the title as Miss Alameda. Its always nice to see familiar faces! As always, I am honored to have been present and see the potential future Miss California/Miss USA in the process!
To start the new year off, Miss Asia Sacramento Pageant scholarship foundation was invited to a Vietnamese dinner near the end of January in celebration of the Little Saigon opening a year ago. Christina and Jessica, a princess from each Miss Teen and Miss royal court came with me to support the event. The event was held at Happy Gardens, a restaurant in the Sacramento area, which consisted a full night of dinner courses, music. and entertainment! The whole night, the event was held in Vietnamese and even though Jessica, Christina, and I all happened to speak Vietnamese, it was still a challenge to take in all that was happening. Once we all arrived we were immediately given the task to greet the guest and assist them to their tables. After everyone was seated, we too joined them in the celebration having conversations among others while eating the traditional Vietnamese food. Groups of individuals were brought to the stage in recognition and live presentations were presented after the Chinese New Year dragons paraded around the restaurant. To end the night, I was placed in a small fashion show modeling the Vietnamese costumes. It was sure a long night, but a fun one! Thank you to the Vietnamese community for having us there.
Just a few weeks before Christmas Miss Asia Sacramento was invited to be a part of the Santa Christmas Parade Downtown Sacramento! Christina -3rd Princess of the Miss Teen Asia Court- and I had a fantastic time helping spread the holiday cheer! I have to admit, prior the parade began we had the hardest time finding our float. But once we did, we both had an amazing time! We were set in a car infront of Santa’s Float and the CHP Officers! I loved seeing the expression of everyone’s faces and loved the vibe of holiday spirit! Its such a great way to end the year!
From Miss Teen Asia Sacramento, I’m wishing you a safe and jolly holiday season! I am truly grateful for all that has come and hoping you get the opportunity to spend the holidays with the ones you love. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year! xo
Deanna Nguyen ~Miss Teen Asia
On the last day of November, an Asian organization known as the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association had a grand opening in the heart of Natomas, and it was a privilege to be a part of the event.
“The grand opening of the national headquarters was an important step in APAPA’s history and is a culmination of APAPA’s hardwork and advocacy. It is with heartfelt appreciation to see the turnout of sponsors, elected officials, donors, community organization leaders, APAPA members and volunteers. Though the new national headquarters serves as a centerpiece for APAPA chapters, we must remember this organization is here for the community at large and we must work together to achieve unity, so our voices will be heard loud and clear.” Susie Low, APAPA Executive Director”
One of the Princesses from the Miss Asia Sacramento Royal Court, Susan Lin, stood by my side as we greeted guests as they enter the door and associate ourselves with numerous political leaders. We witnessed speeches, distributions of awards, recognitions, and even the red ribbon being cut. I ran into many familiar faces, as well as grew brand new relationships with many others. On the same night of the event, we were given a chance to take photos ops with Miss Vietnam Sacramento and Miss China! I was serenaded the song Baby by Justin Bieber by a MTAS/MAS fan, and enjoyed every minute of it. I also got to meet and talk to future Miss Teen Asia contestants for 2011! It was a well put on, amazing event. I had a great time and happy to have been a part of it.
Just recently, Miss Asia Sacramento, the girls and I all teamed together to the Hyatt in Davis for a photoshoot. Not just any photoshoot, but the photoshoot for next years magazine and flyers! It was a very productive morning. I have not seen most of the girls in awhile and we have not all been united ever since pageant night. So it was just like a mini reunion for us all. I cannot wait to see the results of our photos. Everyone looked amazingly gorgeous and the MAS team did so well into coordinating the event and poses. Magazine/flyer photos are being made in time for next years Miss Asia and Miss Teen Asia Sacramento Pageant, which is to be held April 23rd of next year, which should be exciting! I highly encourage everyone who qualifies to participate. It literally is an experience that will last a lifetime! All in all, I cannot wait for the events to come.
Right when I’ve arrived to the airport from the East coast, I went directly to an event held at the park across the Sacramento Zoo. Having a very exhausting schedule prior to the event, I made it in time to appear at the children s festival to help support Crossings TV at their booth. The event was chaotic. I have never seen so many children running around in my life! The event had fun filled activities planned for the kids; from jump houses to bean bag tosses and walking mascots. However, I absolutely adore kids and it was a different feel of an environment that I really enjoyed it. The ages of children ran from 1 month to 12 years old. For the most part, I helped Crossings TV pass out flyers and goodies and took pictures.
Throughout the entire time the California State fair was taken place, they’ve invited MAS to be a part of their parades. I went a majority of the time, so if you think you thought you saw me, you most likely did (: However, the state fair did ask us to be a part of the Cal Expo Global Fashion Show. The Global fashion show took place in the large cultural building exhibit and a variety of cultures were present to proudly represent their culture and discuss what makes their culture unique. Some cultures wore traditional clothing, did rituals, traditional dances, etc. MAS had the honor to represent the Asian race by modeling our traditional outfits and explaining the history and meaning to our clothing. After the show, the girls and I paraded through the fair in our traditional costumes and even participated in the parade in it.