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Today was a very fun filled day. I ended up lucky with 4 hours of sleep. Most girls got 2 from being up to do video shoots all night. We were up at 4am today to head off to Breakfast Television Toronto! The traffic in toronto was CRAZY! There was traffic jams left and right of us. I eventually fell asleep on the bus on the way there so i had to fix my hair. GOOD THING I DID! When we got there the producer was asking for me. For a second i thought i was in trouble, it turned out to be the complete opposite. They wanted to interview me on LIVE television… that left me no room to mess up. Knowing that though I stumbled over my words and forgot what to say. But it turned out okay.
After Breakfast television we went to have real breakfast and had hash browns, bacon, eggs and toast. From here we went to the CN tower. While we were waiting to go in we had to line up for a group picture and video were we all cheered ‘whoo!’ Before you can go up the tower you have to go through a ‘sniffer’ machine. It blows spurts of air at you while another one pulls it back in to see if you have any bomb residue on you. It was kind of weird. Once we were at the top we were greeted by the glass floor. I’m scared of edges because I don’t like the thought of falling or dropping. I did manage to sit on the floor for a second for a picture, but it took me a while to get there.
Once we were all tuckered out from exploring the tower we went to the Distillery District for a scavenger hunt. There was 85 grey ‘tickets’ with pink writing thought the district. The district was set up like a little town. 65 of the tickets had prizes on them, and 20 were blank. The ones with written prizes ranged from cookies to phone cases to cute buttons. There was two Grand Prizes values at $45.00. I didnt know this until after though when I brought in my tickets. I had one of the grand prizes! I had one a foundation type sunscreen. It came in very handy in the heat that day. Whoever had the most blanks won a grand prize as well. We also had lunch at the distillery district.
With our bellies full we headed off to do some shopping! Each girl was given a $50.00 gift card to Costa Blanca. I got a cute shirt to keep my sunburned shoulders covered, and spent the rest of my gift card a few days later after the pageant. All the other girls will agree with me here. Yorkdale Mall had the best bathroom for 65 girls. There was enough stalls that no one needed to wait for 15 minutes they only needed to wait for one person. We all had to go in one group so the wait was usually long. This is when most girls changed into their new clothes. Once we were ready to go we went to Much Music Live! We got to meet the producers, and the hostess and take pictures with her! It was a blastto be there! After we got to go back to the hotel, got briefed for the next day and headed off to bed.
On the second day we had tons of fun! We didn’t have to do any hair or makeup so we just had to roll out of bed and go down for breakfast. Breakfast was a buffet style with amazing food! Bacon, eggs, oatmeal, chocolate milk, muffins, pancakes, the whole works. After breakfast we went upstairs to get ready for interviews, video introductions, video shoots, and our photo-shoot. I was one of the first girls to go down for my interview. I was so nervous, so I just kept telling myself to be myself and that making it to nationals was an amazing accomplishment in itself.
Once my interview was finished I went back to hair and make-up. The hair stylists were so overwhelmed so I got my roommate to do my hair. She did a beautiful job! Thank you Janelle !! I got my make up professionally done and my eyes done as a brown smokey eye, fake eyelashes, and red lipstick. Finally it was my turn for my photos, I wore one of my favourite dresses which is blue with white underneath. I ended up getting a horrible head ache so my video shoot had to be pushed up. I felt so bad having to cut in front of all the other girls, but I’m so thankful they let me. I kept forgetting my questions for the video interview, and kept on stumbling over my words, so my video took a while. Once I figured it out I was fine. Off to bed I went and had to get a good sleep for a very fun filled next day.
I woke up this morning with possibly the most rambunctious butterflies in my stomach was so nervous to fly not only for the first time but totally and completely alone. My flight departed at 8am, and arrived I’m Toronto at 1:20 Toronto time. On the plane I watched a movie, listened to some music, and watched the temperature gauge until it reached -50! There is a two hour time difference between Toronto and Alberta so this will be some early mornings for me!
After my plane landed in the big city I was met by one of the chaperones and taken to a shuttle to the hotel. Once I arrived at the hotel I had to check in and go to my room. This was the easy part. To get from the shuttle into the hotel there was three teeny tiny steps. Trying to carry a 46 pound bag up steps of any kind is hard. Especially 3 at once!
Once in my room I met my roommate, Janelle Sparrow from Brandon Manitoba. We unpacked a bit and got to know each other as best we could before the welcome party! At the welcome party we were all fitted for shoes from HiTecCanada! I of course picked out a pair of pink shoes! We were also treated to some tasty treats from PS by PrettySweet. Each girl was given a cookie that had their name on it, and was treated to mini cupcakes and brownies. Also some great osis products from schwarzkopf-professional.
Once the craziness of supper was over everyone was to head back to their rooms and get ready for bed and the day that lies ahead.
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This brings me to the hard part, If i could choose where to go for my dream vacation where would I choose? I would choose the Euro Grad Trip. I would choose this trip to learn about cultures, see amazing things, and learn some history. The Euro trip takes you to 8 countries: England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany and Holland, and 11 cities: London, Paris, Lauterbrunen, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Verona, Venice, Tyrol, The Rhine Valley and Amsterdam.
I’d love to see the Eiffel tower, Leaning tower of Pisa, and take a gondala ride through the canals of Venice. You know, just like they do in movies right before the guy proposes!? I think that seeing rome would be an absolutely amazing experience. There is so many things to see! The Trevi Fountain, The Colosseum, Spanish Steps, ancient ruins, the Pantheon and I’d really like to see Vatican city as well. It is the smallest country in the world stretching only 0.2 square miles. I remember learning about it in the history unit in social class. The trip also goes to the Uffizi Gallery! The Uffizi Gallery is one of the worlds most amazing museums; it has some of the most amazing works of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci’s work, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It’d be an honour to even see their work!
I can see my 10 year old brother just running up the spanish steps as fast as he could just so he could tell people he made it, and my parents taking an evening gondola ride of their own just to get away. Me and my brother would battling it out with sticks where gladiators once were. My sister and I would admire amazing art from many amazing artists. I would go to the colosseum at night when it was all light up To admire its ancient beauty. I’d love to see the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to not only walk under it but to climb the stairs to the top, re-live the history behind it and watch the 8 lane traffic circle.
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A commercial is meant to advertise amazing products to the public and get them interested. If I won a job and had a $250K budget to shoot a 30 second TV spot with actors, cameras and sets for Signature Towels, Personalized Bath Towels this is what I would have in my commercial.
Signature towels is famous for making high quality monogrammed towels that are perfect gifts because they convey a personal touch. Signature Towels embroidered items are perfect for weddings, and make truly exceptional house warming gifts and graduation presents.
My commercial would be at a beach. Being from Alberta I’m used to the freezing cold winters and blistering hot summers. I spend most of my time at the beach in the summers and know what its like to not know what towel is who’s.
It would be mid day when the sun was at its highest, birds would be chirping, and there would be a slight breeze. You’d also be able to hear the buzz of people talking and every other family in the background would be doing something.
There’s be a family making sand castles, an older couple dancing, a group of people playing volley ball, and badminton. There would be children splashing each other, people floating on beach blow up toys, and a few boys passing the football across the water. A wide shot would be shown of the entire beach then would focus.
The camera would focus on three children near the edge of the water, two boys both with dark hair ages 7 and 10 , and one girl age 6 with very light hair. The song playing in the background would be “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
The camera shows the three children running up to their large colorful umbrella where their mother sits and reads a book in a long white dress. The mother is very young, with long loosely curled brown hair and a large blue sunhat. There is three towels, one blue, one red and one purple.
The little girl grabs the blue towel, and her brothers yell ” HAHA You’re a boy with that towel!” So she throws down the towel into the light sand and grabs the purple one and walks away. The older brother realized that his towel is the blue one and starts complaining to his mom that it is now full of sand. The younger brother whines to his mom that the purple towel is his because red is for girls. The little girl also starts getting mad and crying because she cant have the towel she wants. As the children get louder and the mother gets involved all the heads start to turn to look at the family. As her crying turns to screaming the sun begins to hide behind the clouds, the wind gets stronger, and the beach goes silent.
The camera pans through the beach of people amazed by these children’s behavior over a few towels then zooms in on one guy. He is sitting in a beach chair with a white back, he has black hair, dark sunglasses, and a suit. The sounds fighting of the family starts to fade as the camera gets closer to him. he turns around looking over his right shoulder and leans on the arm rest and asks, “How would that have worked if they each had their own Personalized Bath Towels?” The person I would choose to play him is Will Smith
Scene Four The sun is again shining, birds are chirping and families are happy and smiling. The camera shows the three children again running up to their large colorful umbrella where their mother sits and reads a book. There is three towels, only this time two blue and one purple. The little girl picks up a blue one and flips it over she reads “MOM” on it. So she asks her mother “Where’s my towel mommy!?” The mom gets up from the chair and looks at the towel she has hanging on her chair and it reads “VAYDA.” This is her daughters towel. “I have your towel!Sorry! Good thing we got our names on them.” The mother and daughter laugh and hug. The daughter reaches up for her towel showing her hands and blue nail polish. “Look mom! My hands match my towel!”
Scene Five The camera zooms out and shows the three children laying on their towels with their names at their feet. The camera then shows the man in the suit this time he is standing and he takes of his sunglasses while walking towards the camera and says “Personalized Bath towels, Preventing This mom from Grey Hair, and making everyone’s life a little easier.”
Thank you to Signature Towels for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada third blog assignment.
The Ponoka Stampede!!
Ponoka provides family fun all year round. Wether it’s swimming, curling, tennis, cycling, skateboarding or bowling. One thing people from near and far come for is the stampede. Ponoka Stampede is a 7 day long rodeo and midway held in Ponoka, Alberta every year near the end of June, beginning of July. The week consists of a rodeo everyday, midway rides for 12 hours a day, concerts, carnival food (yumm!) and fireworks. This year I happened to go to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert which was held after a rodeo, and i must say it was AMAZING!!
The rodeo is one of the largest among the world! It attracts thousands of people all camped out around town to watch the amazing rodeo. In honour of the rodeo and all of the hard work that goes into it every year; the town has a statue that is the world largest of its kind. The statue is of a man riding a horse.
Ponoka also is home to the The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury. It is a state of the art centre that treats and cares for people with psychiatric disorders as well as those who have suffered brain injury. The facility has over 800 staff members and psychiatric specialists ensuring those in need have the best care and protection they need.
Also A huge thank you to this years second blog sponsor Niagara Falls! Thank you for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada- World 2013 2nd blog assignment.
Lets start with what a green building is.
A green building is a structure that leaves little to no carbon footprint. This building is fully self efficient in heating itself, power supply, and lighting. One method of green energy is power turbines. A power turbine is like a windmill, the spinning creates energy which then gets converted into usable energy. A second common method is extended over hang from the roof to the wall on buildings. What this does is creates a larger shadow covering windows, stopping direct sunlight and heating of homes.
Krest homes is a semi local homebuilder that builds green homes throughout Alberta. Their homes have more efficient furnaces, higher efficiency air conditioners, and extra insolation creating the perfect home temperature. They also install one of the most used green items, water conserving toilets. These toilets have two buttons; one for lighter flushing, and one for heavier flushing.
Alimita is a screw pile industry that is located in Ponoka. Almita also is a green building because they have solar panels, and wind turbines. Solar panels collect rays from the sun and convert the energy which helps to heat and cool the main buildings. The wind turbines also help contribute to powering the machines that manufacture screw piles.
Sponsored by Tiocoat flat roof solutions this company makes a white roof or rubber roof coating that is guaranteed for the life of the building.
A few weeks after being crowned as Miss Teen Ponoka County-World 2013 I was invited to judge a pageant for Miss All Canadian Girl Pageants in Red Deer. Miss All Canadian Girl Pageants allows boys and girls to compete from ages 0-19 then there is a mothers pageant. The morning consisted of 0-3 yrs competing, the afternoon was 3+.
I knew a few of the girls that happen to run in the same pageant systems I do, so it was a nice little reunion during the lunch break. It is alot different being the one judging than being the one getting judged.
The best part about being a “Judge For A Day” is getting to interact with all the young girls who love pageants for the same reasons I do: The sheer fun, and friendships that come with it.
The girls asked me questions from how much glitter to put in their hair, to how to walk and talk on stage.
I enjoyed this experience so much and am very thankful I was invited.