Me, Myself and Irene – 2017 in Review

When I was first thinking about this post I thought to myself – man… I totally bombed the “will write a blog post every-week” goal, I “should” be making more money, I “should” be blah blah blah..  but as I looked through my rolo-dex of photos I realized that I had so many cool moments and while I didn’t meet all the goals I set out – I did achieve quite a bit and “should” remember those! This was definitely the year of “Me, Myself, and Irene” from my “Diary of a Beauty Queen’s Food and Travel Adventures (Instagram)” to opening up to my readers with my alias as @TheGeekyGuide (Instagram) to launching my College Consulting By Yu Youtube channel (website), I’m three people in one!

@yurockstar 2017 highlights

As @yurockstar I finished my term as Miss Taiwanese World Queen and passed the torch (blog entry), and visited so many cool restaurants – the Exchange Restaurant being my favorite this year! (blog entry) – and festivals as media including the LA Food and Wine Festival (blog entry 1; blog entry 2; blog entry 3) where I got to meet Tyler Florence and Brian Malarky. I also got to be a guest on Gordon Ramsay’s “The F Word” and critiqued the competitors dishes.  2017 was also the year when I got to visit San Diego Comic Con (blog entry) for the first time and hear Disney Legend Alan Menkin perform his classic hits at D23 (blog entry)! I also bought an annual pass to Six Flags Magic Mountain (blog entry) and convinced four of my friends to go on roller coasters with me. On a totally random note – I also won a mattress from an Instagram contest through yelp, woot!

@thegeekyguide 2017 highlights

To be honest, I was kind of a closet cosplayer and nervous about cosplaying one of my childhood idols. The live action Wonder Woman movie debuted earlier this year and I felt very conscientious about wearing a corset, let alone portray such an iconic character. I was selected as one of Game Spot’s Best DC Cosplay at SDCC  and WonderCon, and featured on the LA Time’s “Why Cosplay as Wonder Woman” video. But more importantly, I loved when kids came up to me to ask for a photo opt – just to see them smile made me feel that that 2 hours it took to do my hair and make-up all the worthwhile.

I also debuted Chun Li this year and was invited to join a Street Fighter group! Everyone does such a great job in portraying their character, and they inspired me to revisit and brush-up on my martial arts and dance techniques. I also upgraded some of my Sailor Mars uniform and had a blast with various photoshoots with the Sailor Scouts and Tuxedo Mask! I’ve made so many awesome friends through cosplay and it’s always awesome to see familiar faces portraying different heros and villians.

@Yucollege/ College Consulting By Yu Video Thumbnails

And yes, if you can believe it this was also the year that I decided to share my counseling knowledge through youtube. It’s been on my heart for a while so I finally bit the bullet and launched the channel:  College Consulting Youtube Channel (Instagram). I created 10 videos ranging from Survive a School Shooting to the Common App Tutorial, and boy you can definitely see improvements from video 1-10. There’s still much work to be done, and my goal next year is to do 40 more! Won’t you come and watch? (youtube link) 😉

I’ve learned that no matter what goal you’ve set yourself up for that if you didn’t meet it today, tomorrow is always a new day. My Resolution is to make each day count. What’s yours?

XOXO,
Rockstar

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New Role for 2016 – Miss Taiwanese World Queen! Pageant Photos (Part 1)

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in entires, I’ve took on a new project this past month and well I guess you can tell from the title of this post what I’ve been doing. Yup! I competed in an ethnic-oriented pageant and was crowned Miss Taiwanese World Queen. Yay! I’m still recovering from the weekend excitement and a new counseling job that I started recently (crazy right?!), but I thought I’d give you a few photos from the pageant.

img_8572Here I am with the Pageant Chairman, Jack Liu, and Senior Pageant Director, Cindy Wu. The chairman founded the Miss Taiwan World organization back in 2000 and the Pageant Director ran this show for the past 10 years. Essentially without these two people this show would not have been possible.

img_8574Here’s a photo with me and the Miss Teen titleholder. Isn’t she a cutie 🙂

I think she kinda looks like my younger sister, what do you think?

img_8578A group shot of the 2015 court, judges, and 2016 royal court (Miss, Teen, Preteen, Jr, Mr etc)

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Here’s I am with the 2015 Miss Taiwanese World.

I’d hardly consider myself a “pageant girl,” but fate decided otherwise. As the 2016 Miss Taiwanese World Queen I’m honored start my year of service to promote my Taiwanese heritage where yes I’ll smile and “wave” in parades, attend ribbon cutting ceremonies, and mix and mingle with politicians and community leaders, but I hope that through this experience I can also share my platform “Education Through Travel” to encourage everyone to explore and learn. There are just some things that a textbooks can’t teach you and as an educator and foodie I believe that traveling is the best way to learn about a new culture.

Follow hashtag #MissTaiwaneseEats on my instagram account @YuRockstar to get the latest scoop on my foodie adventures and #FollowYu to see the world through my eyes.

What type of entries are you looking most forward to read? Food? Travel? Pageant events? Comment below!

 

XOXO,

Rockstar

 

P.S. I will intertwine my #MissTaiwanese2016 series with my #SleeplessinSeattle series for the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

Explore the West Coast for Cheap – 8 Day Roadtrip!

If you’ve been following the hashtag #FollowYu on my Instagram account (Add @Yurockstar if you’re not) – you’d know that I recently took an 8 day road trip to explore some amazing destinations off the beaten path.

My friend and I took the scenic route and drove up PCH to hit some of California’s hidden gems and continued our adventures in the Pacific Northwest. We ventured throughout Oregon, and Washington and starting this week I’ll be posting some of the different highlights from my entire trip and of course it’ll be done in a fabulously frugal fashion. 🙂

img_5620Finances:

I allocated about $1000 for this adventure and together with a friend we were able to share many of the expenses and bring down the overall individual cost.

The major expenses (car rental, gas, room) was a little less than $850 total and for major cities we tried to minimize our costs by taking public transportation when we could or parked a bit further and walked. We allocated $100 on public transit, parking etc and bookmarked all the local free or near free activities. In total the per person shared cost was roughly $475.

I gave myself a rather generous budget for food (stomach souvenirs) – essentially the rest of the budget :D, but still took advantage of all the lunch specials or happy hour pricing. It’s great if you and your travel companion are both adventurous eaters because then you can share the cost and try even more items!

Click here to read “7 Travel Essentials to Bring on a Roadtrip”

City List – Here’s a list of all the major pit stops we made and we started in Orange County. Click on the hyperlink to read about my adventure!

San Luis Obispo, CA

Monterey Bay, CA

San Francisco (Part 1), CA; San Francisco (Part 2), CA

Bowling Ball Beach, Schooner Gulch, and Point Arena, CA

Glass Beach, CA and Leggit, CA

Eureka, CA

Roseburg, OR and Eugene, OR

Portland, OR (Part 1); Portland, OR (Part 2)

Seattle, WA

Redding, CA

Sacramento, CA

 

I’ll try to pump out a new entry for all the places I’ve visited – which city are you most interested to see? Comment below 🙂

XOXO,

Rockstar