Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant - Day 10 - Chautauqua

July 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

While our trip is winding down, our activities continue to move full force! We started our day today visiting the museum of one of the most iconic TV/Film stars of the 20th century. This museum is located in the city of her birth, Jamestown, NY. If you haven't guessed by now, it is Lucille Ball, star of the show, "I Love Lucy". Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Xiren Wang, Lili WatStephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Xiren Wang, Lili WatFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-10-lucy-desi-museum-lawson-boat-museum-chatatauqua-belle-steamboat-chatatauqua-villiage-tour/

Next up on the agenda was a quick tour of the Lawson Boating Heritage Center, located in Bemus Point, NY. The museum is home to many boats (either on loan or donated to the museum) and has a rich history for sailing as well as rowing. Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Tracy Liu, Wei WangStephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Tracy Liu, Wei WangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-10-lucy-desi-museum-lawson-boat-museum-chatatauqua-belle-steamboat-chatatauqua-villiage-tour/

We enjoyed lunch aboard the Chautauqua Belle Steamboat. This beautiful boat is only 1 of 4 fully functional steamboats left in the United States. The girls and crew were treated to a beautiful cruise along the scenic Chautauqua Lake. Our day finished up with a guided tour of the village of Chautauqua. We had an opportunity to catch a dance show located in its' Amphitheatre. This little village is home to a community that showcases the arts to its visitor’s all summer. This looks like a great place to vacation for those who have an appreciation for the arts... Tomorrow is the final day of our journey, be sure to check back to see what's in store! Stephanie Hau, Tracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Charis Chu, Jiaqi Xu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Xiren Wang, Lili Wat, Yixuan Feng, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Wei WangStephanie Hau, Tracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Charis Chu, Jiaqi Xu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Xiren Wang, Lili Wat, Yixuan Feng, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Wei WangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-10-lucy-desi-museum-lawson-boat-museum-chatatauqua-belle-steamboat-chatatauqua-villiage-tour/

© Erik Teng Photography 2014


Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant - Day 9 - Greater Niagara

July 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Today was a day of “Wows!” We started our day visiting the home and now museum of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak. As a photographer, I was super excited to visit. I was wowed at his contribution to the industry, as I know it. If it had not been for his contributions, the photography world would be completely different. Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Tracy Liu, Wei WangStephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Tracy Liu, Wei WangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-9-george-eastman-house-niagara-falls-spirit-of-buffalo-schooner-cruise/

Our next stop was Niagara Falls. This was my first time visiting from the US side. It was completely exhilarating! Please visit here, you will not be sorry! For full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-9-george-eastman-house-niagara-falls-spirit-of-buffalo-schooner-cruise/

Our day ended with a relaxing day on the Spirit of Buffalo schooner. The girls and crew had a chance to relax and grab some beautiful photos of the girls... 2 days left, so please check in tomorrow with what the final days have in store for us.

Yixuan Feng, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Tracy Liu, Charis Chu, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Alice Zhang, Wei Wang, Sitong Chen, Malena YangYixuan Feng, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Tracy Liu, Charis Chu, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Alice Zhang, Wei Wang, Sitong Chen, Malena YangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-9-george-eastman-house-niagara-falls-spirit-of-buffalo-schooner-cruise/

© Erik Teng Photography 2014

 


Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant - Day 8 - Finger Lakes

July 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tired doesn't begin to describe how I am feeling; however this is the good type of tired.  It’s the kind of tired you get after a full day of activities and you’re just trying to take it all in…  Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Danielle Yu, Yixuan Feng, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Alice Zhang, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Catherine Hui, Joyce ShengTracy Liu, Wei Wang, Danielle Yu, Yixuan Feng, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Alice Zhang, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Catherine Hui, Joyce ShengFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-8-erie-canal-cornell-university-robert-h-tremen-state-park-corning-museum-of-glass-and-rochester-big-ribs-bq-jazz-festival/

Our day began with a relaxing boat ride down the Erie Canal.  I know I have mentioned that everywhere I go, it is picturesque but Lake Erie is no exception to that rule.  We all boarded the ferry with our guide, Dan.  He gave us a brief history of the canal and how many changes it has undergone since it was first built in 1817.  I didn't know (or probably forgotten since Middle School) that is was used to transport items.  But the relaxation of this ride didn't last long as we had to head to Ithaca to tour the campus of Cornell University. (Back Row) Alice Wang, Catherine Hui, Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Joyce SHeng, Sitong Chen, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu (Front Row) Stephanie Hau, Danielle Yu, Yixuan Feng, Malena Yang, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu(Back Row) Alice Wang, Catherine Hui, Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Joyce SHeng, Sitong Chen, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu (Front Row) Stephanie Hau, Danielle Yu, Yixuan Feng, Malena Yang, Xiren Wang, Charis ChuFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-8-erie-canal-cornell-university-robert-h-tremen-state-park-corning-museum-of-glass-and-rochester-big-ribs-bq-jazz-festival/

Cornell University is an Ivy League college that I can only hope my daughter gets into one day…(only time will tell) But the campus itself is beautiful and was founded in 1865.  The student body consists of 14K undergraduates and 7000 graduate students.  Our guides (both still students) gave us a quick tour of the campus and filled us with it’s rich history.  Lili Wat, Xiren Wang, Sitong Chen, Yixuan Feng, ALice Wang, Joyce Sheng, Wei Wang, Tracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Malena Yang, Charis Chu, Jiaqi Xu, Stephanie HauLili Wat, Xiren Wang, Sitong Chen, Yixuan Feng, ALice Wang, Joyce Sheng, Wei Wang, Tracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Malena Yang, Charis Chu, Jiaqi Xu, Stephanie HauFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-8-erie-canal-cornell-university-robert-h-tremen-state-park-corning-museum-of-glass-and-rochester-big-ribs-bq-jazz-festival/ Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Lili Wat, Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Catherine Hui, Alice ZhangYixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Lili Wat, Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Catherine Hui, Alice ZhangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-8-erie-canal-cornell-university-robert-h-tremen-state-park-corning-museum-of-glass-and-rochester-big-ribs-bq-jazz-festival/

The next stop was a hike in the Robert H. Tremen State Park.  We hiked about a mile into the park to arrive at a beautiful waterfall ironically named, Lucifer Falls.  I just wished I dressed better for the hike.  Overall, it was a great experience.  Please If you have the opportunity to visit, please do so.  You won’t be sorry. Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena YangJiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena YangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-8-erie-canal-cornell-university-robert-h-tremen-state-park-corning-museum-of-glass-and-rochester-big-ribs-bq-jazz-festival/

Our second to last stop, we headed to the Corning Museum of Glass.  We were greeted by Kim Thompson, and headed through this beautiful museum.  I never knew glass could be works of art, and was literally blown away by the pieces on display here.  All the girls too were in awe of these pieces of art.  They were even given the opportunity to design some of their own pieces.  Again, this was a one of a kind experience and I look forward to visiting here with my family. Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Tracy Liu, Wei WangStephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Tracy Liu, Wei WangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-8-erie-canal-cornell-university-robert-h-tremen-state-park-corning-museum-of-glass-and-rochester-big-ribs-bq-jazz-festival/

Finally, we finished our day off in Rochester, NY.  As luck would have it, we arrived just in time for the Big Rib & Jazz Festival.  Now, I have heard of Southern hospitality, but the folks in Rochester made us feel so welcomed.  Claire Wysokowski , Director of Public Relations for Visit Rochester welcomed us with open arms.  As a jaded NY’er, it’s so refreshing to meet genuine people.   The girls with their bellies filled with some of the bet ribs I have ever had ventured over to the concert to hear Robert Randolph  & the Family Band perform.  Needless to say, we had a great time.  Thank you Rochester and all the folks we met today. Lili Wat, Stephanie HauLili Wat, Stephanie HauFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-8-erie-canal-cornell-university-robert-h-tremen-state-park-corning-museum-of-glass-and-rochester-big-ribs-bq-jazz-festival/

© Erik Teng Photography 2014


Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant - Day 7 - Central

July 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and that seems to hold true, especially if you mine for them yourself... Today, we headed towards the Herkimer Diamond Mines, which are home to quartz crystals only available here. Renee Shevat, owner of the Herkimer Diamond mines, met us and gave us a warm welcome as well as an introduction into what we were looking for and a history of the world famous, Herkimer Diamond. Tracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Malena Yang, Charis Chu, Jiaqi Xu, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Xiren Wang, Sitong Chen, Yixuan Feng, Alice Zhang, Joyce Sheng, Wei WangTracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Danielle Yu, Malena Yang, Charis Chu, Jiaqi Xu, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Xiren Wang, Sitong Chen, Yixuan Feng, Alice Zhang, Joyce Sheng, Wei WangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-7-herkimer-diamond-mines-gems-along-the-mohawk-howe-caverns/

So armed with a sledgehammer and goggles, the girls headed into the open-aired mines. Anything found, the girls got to keep and even could be made into jewelry. So after about an hour out in the mines, the girls headed back to sort through and appraise their take. This was a one of a kind experience for all of us. In addition to being able to keep everything they found, the girls were gifted a wonderful set of earrings made (of-course) with Herkimer Diamonds. Wei Wang, Tracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Lili Wat, Stephanie Hau, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice ZhangWei Wang, Tracy Liu, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Lili Wat, Stephanie Hau, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice ZhangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-7-herkimer-diamond-mines-gems-along-the-mohawk-howe-caverns/

Afterwards, we headed to lunch along the Erie Canal. We were treated to some of the juiciest burgers and chicken sandwiches I have ever had. But lunch didn’t last too long as we had to rush over to Howe Caverns. Now this experience was something I never thought I would ever do in a million years. Actually, these caverns are believed to be over 6 million years old. Situated 156 feet below the surface of the earth, this chilly 54-degree cavern houses some of the most geologically interesting formations ever seen by man. Our guide, Sparky led us through 1-mile walk within the cavern. All the while, letting us know interesting facts at every turn.  Wei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Xiren Wang, Lili Wat, Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Tracy LiuWei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Xiren Wang, Lili Wat, Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Tracy LiuFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-7-herkimer-diamond-mines-gems-along-the-mohawk-howe-caverns/

For full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-7-herkimer-diamond-mines-gems-along-the-mohawk-howe-caverns/

Overall, the day was chock full of tours and events. This photographer is just lucky to be a part of it. Tomorrow we are off to the Finger Lakes... Stay tuned everyone. (Back) Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Beekman Boys, Lili Wat, Xiren Wang, Sitong Chen, Alice Zhang (Front) Tracy Liu, Yixuan Feng, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Wei Wang, Joyce Sheng(Back) Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Beekman Boys, Lili Wat, Xiren Wang, Sitong Chen, Alice Zhang (Front) Tracy Liu, Yixuan Feng, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Wei Wang, Joyce ShengFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-7-herkimer-diamond-mines-gems-along-the-mohawk-howe-caverns/

© Erik Teng Photography 2014


Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant - Day 6 - Thousand Islands

July 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The day started off with a 4.5-hour journey to our destination. I guarantee you that the drive was well worth the trip. We arrived at the Thousand Islands in Alexandria Bay, NY. I did not know places like this existed in New York State. The Thousand Islands (yes, also the origin of the popular salad dressing) consist of ~1800 islands that border NY and Canada.

Wei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Xiren Wang, Lili Wat, Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Tracy LiuWei Wang, Joyce Sheng, Alice Zhang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Xiren Wang, Lili Wat, Stephanie Hau, Jiaqi Xu, Charis Chu, Malena Yang, Danielle Yu, Catherine Hui, Tracy LiuFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-6-thousand-islands/

These islands are picture perfect. The girls and crew were treated to a boat ride to Boldt Castle, which is a quick 7-minute ferry from our arrival point. The castle itself sits on Heart Island and is one of the more popular attractions of the Thousand Islands. Don’t take my word for it, have a look at some of the beautiful pictures I was able to capture here. Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Tracy Liu, Wei WangStephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Jiaqi Xu, Xiren Wang, Charis Chu, Sitong Chen, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Danielle Yu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Tracy Liu, Wei WangFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-6-thousand-islands/

Our next destination was another 2 hours away, so we pretty much felt like we spent much of the day on the bus. Tomorrow we are headed to the Herkimer Diamond Mines. I am hoping I can find a big rock to bring home to the Mrs. So until tomorrow everyone! Tracy Liu, Wei Wang, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Charis Chu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Danielle Yu, Xiren Wang, Jiaqi XuTracy Liu, Wei Wang, Malena Yang, Yixuan Feng, Sitong Chen, Stephanie Hau, Lili Wat, Charis Chu, Alice Zhang, Catherine Hui, Joyce Sheng, Danielle Yu, Xiren Wang, Jiaqi XuFor full article: http://www.asianfusion-mag.com/miss-new-york-chinese-beauty-pageant-day-6-thousand-islands/

© Erik Teng Photography 2014