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101st Zazzle Bay To Breakers

Bay To Breakers 2012

The 101st Bay To Breakers hit the streets of San Francisco on May 20th starting from the San Francisco Bay to the breakers at Ocean Beach. The 12k race brought in thousands upon thousands of people either running for sport or leisure.

The Women’s competition started first with the Men’s competition starting soon thereafter. The Zazzle Bay To Breakers Men’s winner is Sammy Kitwara of Kenya (34:40.5) and the Women’s winner is Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia (39:02.4).

Although, many love to participate in this race one thing that Bay To Breakers runners/walkers dislike are the rules and regulations prohibiting alcohol. Although what the authorities and race officials have good intent behind their justifications, it was really difficult to enforce. There were checkpoints throughout the race, but how can you stop miles of people. From my estimates about 500,000 people attended the race, but that’s just my judgment considering 3 hours worth of people passed me as I was posted at one spot. Now try to enforce a rule and not expect mass chaos.

The most entertaining thing about this cross-city race is the costume aspect. Participants that run or walk the race for leisure have the opportunity to basically put on whatever their hearts desire or not wear anything at all. This is one of the few exceptions that the authorities in San Francisco look the other way and look the other way they literally do. This year I think there was a record number of nakedness. The ratio of naked men to naked women was about 15:1, something I had to estimate because I surely wasn’t counting them one by one.

While photographing this race, the biggest challenge I had was trying to find the most creative costumes/themes and the ideas behind them. I found that this year was one of the best to date. This year seemed to be more entertaining because the costumes were compared to other years more creative and ingenious. I often found myself laughing at just the pure wackiness of things. People in San Francisco are just weird. Well, I can’t blame all San Franciscan’s, a lot of runners come from out of town too. Let’s just say everybody is weird.

Next year, I might tough it out and walk with the crowd through the entire race and document my experience. This is a great race that when everybody is given the chance to let loose, they let loose. Anyhow, onto the photos of wackiness, the  descriptions are below each photo. These are just the highlights of my race experience.

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Bay To Breakers 2012 (1)

The sea of runners are not far behind the competitive Men's Heat

Bay To Breakers 2012 (3)

San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum takes a warm up run before having to pitch against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park or this is his twin. You decide.

Where's Waldo? Here he is juggling while jogging

Where's Waldo? Here he is juggling while jogging

I laughed out loud as I saw this woman run by, she laughed too.

I laughed out loud as I saw this woman run by, she laughed too.

Who says tacos can't limbo?

Who says tacos can't limbo?

Tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary

Tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary

Stop ... Hammertime!

Stop ... Hammertime!

This is the best Smurfette outfit I've ever seen

This is the best Smurfette outfit I've ever seen

Green Eggs and Ham anyone?

Green Eggs and Ham anyone?

These Muppets must be hot

These Muppets must be hot

I got no answer from these guys when I asked them to pose, guess they're just mimes.

I got no answer from these guys when I asked them to pose, guess they're just mimes.

Pretty hilarious beer pong group, the whole table set soon followed after them

Pretty hilarious beer pong group, the whole table set soon followed after them

Poor Kermit, another group right after had Miss Piggy in a soup pot.

Poor Kermit, another group right after had Miss Piggy in a soup pot.

These Baywatchers ended up walking to become Breakerwatchers

These Baywatchers ended up walking to become Breakerwatchers

Who remembers the game Operation?

Who remembers the game Operation?

Patriotism

Patriotism

These muscle men lifted these weights with such ease.

These muscle men lifted these weights with such ease.

Hotdog on a stick anyone? Thanks for the snack ladies

Hotdog on a stick anyone? Thanks for the snack ladies

It's about that time for High School Prom, although this couple is reliving a moment from the 80s

It's about that time for High School Prom, although this couple is reliving a moment from the 80s

Sushi Combo anyone? This was one of my favorite groups

Sushi Combo anyone? This was one of my favorite groups

Construction crew for the Golden State Warriors Arena?

Construction crew for the Golden State Warriors Arena?

SNL's Ambiguously Gay Duo

SNL's Ambiguously Gay Duo

Michael Jacksons

Michael Jacksons

I'm glad my real pageant friends don't pose like these Grand Supreme ladies do. The pose is dead on and just so funny it's true

I'm glad my real pageant friends don't pose like these Grand Supreme ladies do. The pose is dead on and just so funny it's true

These busy bees pollinate this flower in Golden Gate Park

These busy bees pollinate this flower in Golden Gate Park

These censored women had to be escorted by two bodyguards, too bad there were a lot of uncensored things I saw that day

These censored women had to be escorted by two bodyguards, too bad there were a lot of uncensored things I saw that day

These animals can be cute, but ferocious
These animals can be cute, but ferocious
Good Credit No Problem, Bad Credit No Problem. The potential disaster coming? Big Problem

Good Credit No Problem, Bad Credit No Problem. The potential disaster coming? Big Problem

GO GIANTS!

GO GIANTS!

Anyone up for a game of Rock Paper Scissors?

Anyone up for a game of Rock Paper Scissors?

Pac-man, Ghosts, and Fruit altogether in harmony, then after the photo Pac-Man ate them all.

Pac-man, Ghosts, and Fruit altogether in harmony, then after the photo Pac-Man ate them all.

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

SNL's Spartan Cheerleaders or reliving their San Lorenzo Valley Cougars cheerleading days.

SNL's Spartan Cheerleaders or reliving their San Lorenzo Valley Cougars cheerleading days.

This guy came again with the same jersey as last year.

This guy came again with the same jersey as last year.

At least he reminded me that the year is 2012 as he went.

At least he reminded me that the year is 2012 as he went and we will look forward to 2013 and the 102nd Bay To Breakers

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8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration

The Asian Heritage Street Celebration occurs every Third Saturday in May. This year it was held again in the Little Saigon District and Civic Center of San Francisco. The Street Fair brings awareness to visitors about Asian culture, food, entertainment, and even brings health awareness and prevention to those that don’t know about such health programs.

The festival started off with a Thai Blessing ceremony (Wat Buddapradeem Temple). Next up was the Faces of Asia procession that had participants from numerous Asian ethnicities. Throughout the street fair there were live entertainers, musicians, marital artists, and cooking demonstrations live on four stages.

All day events at the fair were the food booths/truck vendors serving delicious food, wine tastings, arts and crafts booths, an import/exotic car exhibition, a kids zone, a healthy living pavilion, and the Asian Art Museum open to the public sponsored by Target.

New to the street fair this year was the cooking demonstrations that took place at the cooking demo stage on Larkin and Eddy Streets. (There was no Muay Thai Exhibition and Tournament this year.) Special guest chef, Martin Yan, began his program at 2:30pm. He created a delicious noodle dish and entertained the crowd with his humor and his quick knife cutting skills. He also brought along with him his sidekick noodle chef who stretched out fresh dough while dancing. He used the noodle dough as if it were a lasso, spinning and twisting and turning it in the air.

I had the privilege in eating Martin Yan’s noodle dish and I can say that it was delicious, it is not just a show that he puts on, but he can sure cook. The noodles were fresh and delicious (silky smooth), chicken and shrimp were cooked to perfection, and all the vegetables provided great texture and aromas to complement the dish. Chef Martin Yan even fed me shrimp, which I think is pretty unique. I don’t think he’s ever fed anyone else other than his family. I guess I’m that special. He did this in front of a crowd which photographed me, I felt a little funny, but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I just went with it.

Other chefs demonstrations were presented by Kayne Raymond,Andrea Nguyen, Mari Takahashi, Charles Phan, and Steve Cortez.

At the end of the day, the whole event was a great success. I think this was the most foot traffic at the festival that I’ve ever experienced in its 8th year. Hopefully, next year will bring more people and much more activities and culture. Until next year AHSC.

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8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (1)

Faces of Asia procession down Larkin Street

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (2)

Korean Culture

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (3)

Indonesian Culture

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (4)

Johnny Hi-Fi

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (5)

Martial Arts Demo

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (6)

Thai Culture

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (7)

A guest is tested at the Hep B Testing Tent

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (8)

Larkin Street looking north

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (9)

A volunteer pours wine at the Wine Tasting Tent

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (10)

Joel Del Rosario

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (11)

Guest Chefs at the 8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (12)

Martin Yan tells the audience how to quickly remove the seeds from a red bell pepper

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (13)

Martin Yan fillets a red bell pepper, and then continues to fillet the skin twice more.

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (14)

Martin Yan shows the audience how to quickly julienne vegetables

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (15)

Master noodle chef from China, literally whips his noodle around.

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (16)

Martin Yan shows off his Asian noodle dish

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (17)

Martin Yan feeds me some delicious shrimp

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (18)

Car exhibition

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (19)

Volunteers at the Hep B Testing Tent

8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration (20)

Collectors wine glass at the 8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Other featured performers include: Arianna Tolentino, Chloe Yu, Johnny Hi-Fi, One Hunned, The Seshen, DJ Mike Nice, Native Elements, Beach Blanket Babylon, Kenneth Ronquillo, Sheryl Ann Padre, Brian Lee, Celeste Ignacio, DJ ToneDef, Rocky Rivera, US Wing Chun, Parangal Dance Company, Francis Wong Unit (Asian Improv aRts), Joel Del Rosario, GenRyu Arts, Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center, Burmese Youth Association, CARA’s Cambodian American Dance Troupe, Richmond Temple Music Group,Traditional Performing Ensemble from Thailand, Mari Watanabe “San Francisco Sailor Moon”, Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music, GoldenVardo Tribal Bellydance, Ms. Margot Lederer Prado’s Dance Group (Indonesian Consulate), and Diwa Kulintang Circle.

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45th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program

Queen Program

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program last night put on it’s 45th Annual Program. This year five lovely ladies competed for the queen title. Miki Fukai, Asaki Osato, Megumi Yoshida, Manami Kidera, and Chihiro Hirai put on a great show at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown.

Scoring for the competition was broken up into five catagories: Essay (15%), Personal Interview (20%), Introduction Speech (20%), On-Stage Interview (30%), and Talent (15%)

The competition started off with introduction speeches in traditional kimonos, the ladies then sat down to answer five questions with a 4-minute limit, but none of the contestants used up their whole time. The ladies then presented gifts to their sponsors followed up with the talent portion of the program.

Talent portion started with Chihiro Hirai who performed a monologue. Manami Kidera sang a song in Japanese. Asaki Osato danced to her own choreographed dance. Miki Fukai played the trumpet with accompanied music. Megumi Yoshida sang a song in English with an accompanied bass player.

Following the talent portion, some awards were given out and the 2011 Cherry Blossom Queen and her court came up on stage. Queen Jeddie Kawahatsu gave her closing remarks about her court and she thanked them individually.

Lastly, the ladies came out on stage in their evening wear and performed a quick routine before they lined up to have the winners announced. When the names were being called the moment that was unforgettable was when the Queen was to be announced. Asaki Osato was stunned to find out that her name was being called. She was in disbelief. As she was being sashed and crowned she gave out a couple of confused-like grunts as if she couldn’t believe it. This made parts of the audience laugh as the theater was silent with no background music. Everyone could hear her and see her smirks. Just made me laugh inside, but trust me I was trying to keep my composure as a photographer.

Overall, the program was good though this is one of the first pageants that I’ve been to that had less than at least nine contestants. The lighting was a bit disappointing, but then again, this is moreso a movie theater and not really a theater focusing on live performances, though there are performances there sometimes.

Queen Program results for 2012:

Queen: Asaki Osato

1st Princess: Megumi Yoshida

Tomodachi Award Recipient (Miss Congeniality): Miki Fukai

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Queen Program (1)

Queen Program (2)

Queen Program (3)

Queen Program (4)

Queen Program (5)

Queen Program (6)

Queen Program (7)

Queen Program (8)

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Summer Fashion Show presented by Cathay Post

Cathay Post Summer Fashion Show Fundraiser Event 2010 (click here for images)

The Summer Fashion Show presented by the US American Legion Cathay Post #384 took place at New Asia Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The event was to help raise funds for the Asian American veterans of Cathay Post. The evening started out with dinner, then throughout dinner there was a fashion show and live entertainment, and the night finished off with a raffle with amazing prizes. After-party concluded at Lot 46 nightclub. Grand Prize for the ultimate raffle will be drawn sometime in August and it will be for a brand new Mercedes Benz.

Featured designers included Victor Tung Couture, Orange Caterpillar Designs, Constance Kim Ng Swimwear, and Starlite Jewelry. The event was hosted by Em Zhu and emcees for the evening were Ken Mai and Snow Yuan. The night’s featured entertainers included Dao Tran, Hyde Zhan, Dennis Woo, Mindeey, Andy Ng, and much more. Special thanks go out to all the models and Miller Brewing Company for sponsoring the drinks for the evening.

The meal was great, the fashion show was great, and the entertainment was wonderful. For more information on the designers please feel free to leave me a message.

Pictures of the Summer Fashion Show can be seen by clicking on the picture link above. If this post was informative and helpful, please feel free to leave me a comment or donation below. Thank you.