Scene: In car, driving my niece, Abby, 4 3/4, to dance class, waiting at red light
Me: Abby, let’s take a picture
Abby: ok (take first pic)
Abby: now a funny face one Aunty!
Me: ok (Abby laughs)
Abby: Aunty, watch this..My Mom says NEVER to do this, but watch Aunty watch me, ok? (Abby crosses her eyes and sticks out her tounge)
Me: (laughing hysterically) Don’t do that, your Mom said don’t do that, right?
Abby: Yes, because it will hurt my eyes and get stuck like that!
Me: Then why did you just do that? We will get in trouble!
Abby: Because I wanted to show you Aunty! It’s funny, right?
Me: (can’t breath because I am laughing so hard)
TO BE CONTINUED…
This year’s AX12 was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I picked up my badge on Day 0 which saved us from standing in line on Day 1. Day 1 was great and as always enjoyed the Artist Alley and watching all the cos players walk by.
Day 2 was not as much fun- the Staples Center was hosting the X-games and on Saturday they were holding a world record event and needless to say, downtown was a total mess. Parking was closed at the LACC and street parking was offered for crazy prices like $40 in a very unsecured corner piece of a business. We drove around for about 2 hours and decided to through in the towel and drive to Little Tokyo for some lunch…we went to one of our regular spots and the Korean BBQ was delicious!!!
Day 3 was great- we decided to get an very early start so we could get guaranteed parking spot- we got to see the rest of the vendors and revisited Artist Alley. I was So So Happy to run into my good friend, Brad at the So So Happy booth. He showed me a lot of great new merchandise like this super cute make-up case which includes a mirror and a super cute carrying case. They also have a temp tattoo kit in a painters can. Both are available at Toy R Us.
Aloha Hula Dance Studio will be competing today, June 15, 2012 and tomorrow, June 16 at the “Hura Tahiti” Tahitian Dance Competition in Fullerton, CA. There will be Polynesian vendors and food. Tickets at the door $15.
If the Hello Kitty collabo wasn’t enough to bring your to Yogurtland- then maybe this Twin Stars promotion might! I am an old school Twin Stars fan from 1976. Yes, I am a big kid, what can I say. I heart Twin Stars. This collabo launchs August 7, 2012.
If you have never been to San Dimas- make a plan to come out on June 9th and 10th. There will be polynesian vendors, ono grinds, fantastic performers and music…and believe it or not it’s totally FREE… yep, FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING. Bring the whole family- bring blankets, chairs, sunscreen and enjoy a wonderful fun filled day in the sun. ALOHA HULA Polynesian Dance studio will be performing on Saturday, June 9th at 3:30 pm.
I am very fortunate that I get to do what I love within the confines of where I work. My program co-manger, Thomas is very talented and a great friend (on my left). There would be no educational programs without him. He supports me in my crazy ideas and together we continue to have great programs every year. We were fortunate enough to have two wonderful speakers, First, Dr. Thomas Yoshikawa, (on my right) spoke to us about the aging process and the preventative things we can do lead a long, happy and healthy life. Second, we had a very dear friend of mine, Valerie Loo, NP (next to Dr. Yoshikawa), who I have known for over 19 years, spoke to us about Yoga and the health benefits related to incorporating basic yoga techinques in your daily life. We got a really good reponse from attendees and I would have to say this was our best programs yet!
The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) is located at 7th Street and Alamitos Avenue in the East Village Arts District of Long Beach, California. The district lies in the eastern half of downtown Long Beach, within the borders of Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach Boulevard, 10th Street and Alamitos Avenue. The East Village offers an eclectic mix of artist lofts, high-rise condos, and a wide array of cultures, coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries. A central feature of the Arts District is the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), which focuses on post-World War II contemporary artists from Latin America.
PIEAM is situated on a triangular piece of land bordered by 7th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, and Alamitos Avenue; it is, appropriately, an island. The mural design on the exterior of the PIEAM building, created by Long Beach native and famed muralist Art Mortimer, recreates a traditional Men’s House from the Island of Yap, one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia. Mortimer’s impressive resume and long history in painting murals throughout Southern California made him the obvious choice for this project. Many of his murals can be seen at www.artmortimer.com.
The museum also showcases the diverse cultures from the Pacific who call this area home, including the Marshallese, Samoans, Chamorro, Fijian, Carolinian, Tongan, Micronesian, Hawaiian, the Ni-Vanuatu, Niuean, Tuvauluan, Maori, Polynesian, Papuan, Austronesian, Nauruan, Melanesian, Palauan, the I-Kiribati and many more distinct nationalities.
PIEAM’s mission is to generate interest in these diverse cultures and educate its varied audiences by bringing the beauty and culture of Pacific Island ethnic art to Southern California. PIEAM stays true to the heritage of the Pacific Islands, highlighting all forms of Pacific Island ethnic art.
White Wash, the documentary, is a film exploring the complexity of race in America through the eyes of the ocean. Examining the history of “black consciousness” as it triumphs and evolves into the minds of black surfers, we learn the power of transcending race as a constructive phenomenon. The story is narrated by the legendary, Grammy Award winner Ben Harper (Fistful of Mercy, Relentless 7, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) along with Tariq “Blackthought” Trotter of the Grammy Award winning hip hop group, The Roots whom also originally scored the film.
Whether you prefer to travel by plane, boat, or train, the tokidoki characters will take you around the world with this playful palette. The collection of eye shadows are infused with hydrating Japanese rice lipids and vitamin B to ensure the rich formulas glide on beautifully smooth and provide long-lasting color. The collectable tin suitcase is adorned with Passport print—bright pastels, diverse characters, and iconic monuments from London to Tokyo, and a large keychain fob of the always sweet and sprinkled, Donutella.