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Little Saigon Walking Tour

Our Little Saigon tour had completed. It was a long and tiring day yesterday. Although there was no major damage happened during the tour, it did not go as well as we expected because we missed out a major landmark during the tour which was the mural located on Olive Street and Polk Street. This should be my fault because I knew where the mural is but I did not put in good effort to persuade my two fellow tour guides to go there during our pre-tour, so we know where to go during the real tour yesterday. Also, during the tour we did not cover a lot about the history of the four cultures: Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Burmese. We did make time toward the end to cover the history part of these four cultures, but only a few people really pay attention. Moreover, we did not know that we should not let the tour group go explore Chinatown and buy food on their own. The reason we let the group went on their own was they complain that they were tired, hungry, and thirsty, so we let them go for thirty minutes to buy food, go to restroom, and explore around Chinatown. However, some people might have misheard or did not pay attention and said that we let them go eat and shopping for one hour. This was our fault because we should not have let them go on their own in the first place. We should have better control of the tour instead of they controlled us.

Some of the things we did cover in the tour were the Little Saigon Gate, the Burmese Kitchen restaurant, The Tenderloin Children’s playground/Recreation Center, Indochinese Housing Development Corporation, the Tenderloin Afterschool Program, and VYDC.

Overall, I feel that our tour did finish with a good ending with just some mistakes due to the lack of preparation .Therefore, what I need to improve for future tour are better preparation, project my voice louder, and better group control.

Tour Guides in the Tenderloin

Last Friday, my fellow tour guides and event planners ventured to the Tenderloin District of San Francisco to prepare for our pre-tour so that we will know what we want to show you on the day of. We visited the IHDC (Indonesian Housing Development Center), the Tenderloin Boys and Girls Clubs, and the VYDC (Vietnamese Youth Development Center), where many youth of all races, mainly from South East Asia, go to for day care and counseling from the many problems that the South East Asian community faces: poverty, drug use, lack of proper education, abuse, discrimination, misogyny, etc. We got to talk to some of the business owners/operators about their programs and how they make a difference in these kids’ lives. Unfortunately, some of these businesses do not operate on Saturdays, however, we will be visiting the places so that you will all know where to find them if you wish to utilize or provide for their services. Surprisingly, I’m really looking forward to this tour. I’m anxious because I’ve been trying to find the medium between balancing school work and other extracurricular activities and planning out this event with my fellow tour guides. We put in a lot of hard work for you guys, so we hope you enjoy what we have to show you! Thank you.

The Student Finally Becomes the Teacher

Growing up I was never above and beyond, I was always the average student. Things didn’t always flow and come to me naturally, and my parents saw that. Being the loving and caring parents that they are, they got me a tutor. Fast forward a couple of years and few hundred dollars later, the roles have switched. I found myself lending my words of advice and my knowledge on to others. Coming into SEACHAMPA that Wednesday afternoon and sitting in the other chair of giving advice instead of receiving advice was extremely rewarding. Watching these two young boys struggle in the beginning and help them tweak a few things here and there and slowly observe their body language, memorization techniques and delivery of their speeches change, was an amazing thing to experience. I could relate to them so much, I remember when I started public speaking and how awful I was at it. It took much time and so many nerves to got to where I am today with speeches. Two days went on of tweaking and slamming these speeches into their head before the contest on Saturday, but a good two days they were. After sending them off with all my advice and watching them recite their speeches from memory time and time again and with great body language, I felt much confidence in those boys. After having a very rough day I was looking to coming and tutor, I couldn’t wait to hear how they did. After asking and receiving the answers of 3rd and 10th place with not much joy on their facial expressions, I was a little concerned. Then I got the news that the contest had just about 300 contestants! I was so happy for them, for being so young and doing so well, I couldn’t help but feel so proud.

First Thoughts

It has been two weeks so far as Media Intern for SEACHAMPA and it’s going to very well. The flyer for tutoring I created last week is going to be used to advertise to get students to come and be tutored by SEACHAMPA. This week I met with the Media Editor James and discussed ideas for the three year anniversary for SEACHAMPA. These next couple of weeks I’ll be taking and compiling pictures of SEACHAMPA. Along with that I’ll be taking videos, the videos will include interns as well. So if other interns see me around expect to possibly be in the upcoming videos. There are also other flyers that I shall be creating with my fellow office in the media intern group. I am also part of team 2 to help fund money for SEACHAMPA. I will start dedicating my time to tutoring as well if time permits in my schedule. I’m expecting a busy week ahead for me!

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