Cedrick Chan

Cedrick Chan
Cedrick Chan is a dear friend close to my heart. We met back in 2004 at a NAAAP event. We instantly clicked as we were both working in media at the time – I was at KPIX CBS 5 and he was at ILM. Cedrick and I collaborated on a pilot called Hook’d which was like the popular MTV show Punk’d, only we concentrated on the Asian nightclub scene. We taped our pilot on Seascape, a boat cruise hosted by Synergy and Beyond Entertainment. Cedrick and I planned to show the pilot to various networks in the U.S. and China as he was working on plans to move overseas at the time. Due to my health and...
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Eat, Drink, Pray

Eat, Drink, Pray
  Eat, Pray, Love was a top-selling book written by a woman who was detailing her journey after a painful divorce to healing and finding love again. When I first read the book in 2007, I thought to myself, “I can definitely write a book like this. After all, it’s just a woman writing about her journey to finding love again after a heartbreak.” Now, six years later I am finally ready to release my own version of Eat, Pray, Love only my version is Eat, Drink, Pray. I admit it – I am a lush who enjoys her wine. I do believe that wine is God’s proof that he loves us human...
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Gizmo

Gizmo
My family has had a lot of pets – from rabbits and hamsters to turtles and dogs. Ten years ago, my sisters and I brought home a puppy whom my youngest sibling named Gizmo. He was a mutt whose father was a Pekingnese and mother was a Shih Tzu. Gizmo was two months old when he came to our house. He was a gift for my youngest sister’s 13th birthday. My parents were not happy at first. We had had two dogs already at that point and neither had lasted in our household for long. But it was hard not to fall in love with Gizmo. He was an adorable puppy who had a striking resemblance to ewoks and...
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Asians In Excellence II

Asians In Excellence II
For the second part of Asians in Excellence, we are featuring Ava Anhdao Do. She immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam, went to UCLA and is now working in the magic community. She connects this with science and even shows us a trick.
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The Power of Love

The Power of Love
Love is all and the love of a family is what is most important in this world. Every time I’ve fallen down, my parents and two sisters have rushed to push me back up. Today is Valentine’s Day. It’s a commercialized holiday that capitalizes on love. I leave you with these two quotes that I especially find relevant today: “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” -Japanese Proverb
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2013 – Year of The Snake

2013 – Year of The Snake
I have always had an aversion to snakes and the number 13 growing up. Now that I am 33 years old, I realize how snakes have actually been my friends and that the number 13 has always been around to guide me. 2012 was a tough year for me and I don’t think I am alone. It seems that a lot of people struggled last year what with mass shootings, a poor economy and a contentious election. Personally, I went through a breakup, leaving a lucrative job and serious health setbacks. Through it all, I have emerged much stronger and I know that 2013 will be my year to shine. I was in a 3-year relationship...
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Message of Peace

Message of Peace
I took my first trip to Washington, DC during the 9/11 weekend. I was one of the first group of people to fly out of Washington Dulles Airport the morning of September 11, 2012. It was such an emotional journey for me. I couldn’t help but let the tears fall as we flew across the country in the comforts of a Virgin America airplane. After all this time, I realized I was on the wrong path. All my life, I have been picked on because I am small and I am a woman. It gets me so angry when people think they can bully me around because of these two factors. I spent the last 33 years constantly fighting...
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Rock The Vote

Rock The Vote
I am very thankful for this Election Day for many reasons. First, I am so glad I no longer work in TV news to have to deal with all of this election and Hurricane Sandy madness. Secondly, I am grateful to all the people who have paved the way for a minority woman like myself to be able to cast a ballot. It is truly a privilege too many of us take for granted. Regardless of who you want to choose, make your voice heard. Otherwise, you have no right to complain. Be proud to be an American. Get out and vote if you have not already.
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Phonejacked

Phonejacked
Over the weekend, I took BART into San Francisco for the NAAAP Gateway to Leadership Convention. I thought about driving my car to the convention but after getting two parking tickets and nearly hitting a bicyclist in the span of a week a couple of months ago, I’ve been reluctant to drive my car into the city. I was suppose to meet with a former colleague in Daly City and carpool to the event together. As I was texting him my location, a young black man snatched my brand new iPhone 5 from my hands and ran off. I yelled and jumped up from my seat but the doors to the train had closed before I was...
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Ninja Nun

Ninja Nun
When I was 16, I lived with my grandparents for a year. During that time, I developed a very deep bond with them. Every night at dinner, my grandpa would have a glass of red wine and some olives. Back then, we had a lot of discussions about the Vietnam War as I was studying the event in high school at the time. Grandpapa would share with me a very different perspective of the war, one that I did not read about in American history books. He told me how he wanted to be a priest when he was a young boy and how he even ran away from home to the monastery. But since he was the only boy in the family, he was...
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