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Hello everyone! I am blogging to you live from the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, which means that the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has officially begun!
As a regional titleholder from Toronto, Ontario, I arrived at the hotel around 3PM, after a 30 min drive, ready to take on the activities for the day. Feelings of excitement rushed through me as I walked into the hotel with my heavy luggages and dress bags, then greeted by the videographer. Time to shine! I greeted many girls with warm hugs and smiles, and it felt nice to reunite with the Ontario girls, or should I say Ontario squad? We checked into our hotel rooms and met our room mates, and the struggle was definitely real trying to bring all of our belongings up to our hotel rooms! My MTC roomie is Shawna, from British Columbia!
Around 7:00PM, after unpacking and getting to know some of the national delegates, we headed into the ballroom at Holiday Inn-Toronto International Airport to attend the opening night festivities of the 2016 search for the new Miss Teenage Canada. As I walked into the ballroom, I felt a rush of excitement because I realized that I am actually here, competing for the title alongside 54 delegates across Canada. I’m grateful to be given this opportunity and I am making every minute count.
The sponsor night party was a blast! I truly enjoyed getting to know more of the delegates and meeting our lovely sponsors. Products and goodies were laid out on different tables for us to keep. First, me and a bunch of girls headed to get our provincial sashes and a cool MTC button to put our sash together. I felt pride putting on my sash and I will continue to wear it with pride and honour because I am representing not just myself, but my entire province supporting me through this journey.
Our lovely sponsor, Nuvango, is a team of talented art lovers who showcase their talents by making great products. Me and my new group of friends went to the table with bright coloured clothing! It looked very attractive so we had to go check it out. The woman behind the table explained how these clothing designs came to life and the story behind the artwork. There were clothes laid out according to sizes, so I picked a shirt in my size that had an animal print on it with a great variety of colours. Every single one of us got our #nuvangostyle on! I’m looking forward to visiting the Nuvango headquarters on Tuesday. Thank you for the great gifts Nuvango!
For all of our outings during the week, I needed a new pair of sunglasses for protection on these hot summer days. Luckily, V.P.I Canada was there with free designer sunglasses giving one pair for each delegate! I found my pair of V.P.I Clubmaster Sunglasses (2514), as soon as I tried them on I knew they were the ones. The ones I picked are $28.00 plus shipping and handling. Thank you V.P.I Canada, I will be sure to make you proud. Now, I will feel fashionable everywhere we go this week!
Hashtags are a great way to share posts on social media! All thanks to Hashtagio, all of our social media posts tagged with #missteenagecanada2016 was collected and projected live at the opening party! Cool right? Everyone was able to see their posts live in only one quick step, using the hashtag. Not only that, they make a single feed URL in which all of our friends and family can subscribe and also see the different activities that we are doing throughout the entire week in real time. All of these posts can also be found on the Miss Teenage Canada website. Thank you Hashtagio for incorporating this into our week!
As a person who absolutely loves chocolate, the Sweets Canada table caught my eye! Better yet, we were free to try some of the goodies on the table. Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada, gave out samples, and I chose an edible flower chocolate bar. Specifically, I got “Dark Chocolate Matcha Green Jasmine Petals.” The chocolate was not too sweet and it has a kick to it as you eat it because of the flowers. It was very different but it tasted good! It is affordable as well! Referring to the original packaging, the chocolate is in a brown pouch and has a green label. The packing is so unique and cute!
BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY
Time to get active! Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy, which hosts golf lessons at six golf courses west of Toronto, was at the sponsor’s night. All delegates got the chance to take pictures and practice their golfing skills before the real deal on Wednesday when we will visit the golf academy and play a one-hole golf game for golf jackets for ladies (prizes given by SWING Active Wear) at the end of our lessons at two different locations. See you!
Archer’s Arena brought a bow and arrow with a big orange marshmallow attached to it. It was definitely a good opportunity to bring out my inner Katniss. On Thursday, we will all be going to play Archery Tag in Toronto at Archer’s Arena. Time to really bring out my inner Katniss in the game of archery tag! So exciting!
BATA SHOE MUSEUM
We visited Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday and we were educated about the history on different styles of shoes. We even got to hold a replica of Shaquille O’Neal’s size 22 double wide Timberland shoe! It was as long as my arm! We got to hold all of the shoes and then we got to tour the actual museum and learn a little about the story behind each shoe. Interesting!
Follow them on twitter at @BataShoeMuseum and use the hashtag #batashoemuseum
Fishd by EDO
We have yet to visit Fishd by EDO this week, but for now follow them on instagram/twitter/facebook at @fishdbyedo
Thank you Yogen Fruz for the $15 coupon for us delegates. It will not go to waste!
STORIA PR INC.
Storia PR located in Toronto was at the party! The wonderful ladies are a part of our 2016 MTC experience through reposting the media postings we make, everywhere we go this week! Definitely, social media is a big aspect of our world today.
GOLDEN GLAMOUR GODESSES
Golden Glamour Godesses offered spray tans and eyelash extensions at a discounted price just of the MTC delegates so that we will be ready for the pageant! They also offered homemade body butter!
RIMMEL LONDON & SALLY HANSEN
Thank you for the goodies in our gift bag! Very much appreciated.
More sponsors that have yet to make an appearance: Archer Dental.
What a packed Sponsors Night! Thank you to all of the Miss Teenage Canada sponsors!
-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016
Hey everyone! Just before I talk about how hectic today was..some of you may be having trouble with the voting. We are aware that the site may be down sometimes due to traffic, but please keep trying by checking throughout the day to get your vote in, this is very much appreciated!
So, Day 2!
We had to be ready by 8AM ready to go for breakfast, followed by a full day of photoshoots, video shoots, and rehearsals. For breakfast, there was a variety of fruits set on the table and we had Tim Horton’s biscuits, my favourite! Typical Canadian? Maybe. Upon finishing, we were sent by groups to get our hair and makeup done. Thanks to Modern Makeup Canada and Trichos Evolution, all of the delegates looked gorgeous and glammed up our photoshoot and video shoot. I love being in front of a camera while simply being myself, so I was enthusiastic entering into the room prepared to meet the talented photographer and of course, smile. I was very comfortable working with him and it went by very quick. My favourite part was when the fan was on, model status right there. So following the photoshoot, I had to do the video shoot which was a little more nerve-wrecking but in a good way. The videographer seemed very laid back, which is good and I just did my thing through my answers and introduction. Then voilà, all finished
before 1PM! There was time to relax and post pictures and updates on social media.
After lunch, we had a couple hours of straight rehearsals learning the opening dance (the song is a surprise, sorry) and our evening gown and swimwear walks taught by our amazing and hilarious choreographers, Hollywood and Sean.
Finally, it was time for dinner! There were different types of food set on the tables for us to choose from. Thank you to everyone who prepared them! It was delicious!
Now, it is time for me to go to bed..Can’t wait for day 3!
-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016
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Hello! I am blogging live from the Miss Teenage Canada pageant! I am incredibly happy to be here and I can’t wait for the rest of the week.
I arrived at Holiday Inn at around 3 PM with feelings of excitement and happiness. I got to reunite with the Ontario girls as well as meet the other delegates from different provinces. Later on, we checked into our hotel rooms and got to finally meet our room mates for the week. My roomie is from British Columbia and I can’t wait to get to know her a little more. In the evening, we had a welcome party/sponsor’s night. There were goodies everywhere and we were given plenty of opportunities to take photographs with our new sashes.
From sunglasses to chocolate to shoes, it was a pretty good night receiving all of these cool products from our lovely sponsors. Thank you to all of the sponsors of Miss Teenage Canada! We are all very happy to have you as a part of our experience. I won’t go into too much detail because I have another blog post coming soon about the opening festivities.
For the last portion, there was a cake that had “Welcome 2016 Miss Teenage Canada” on it, and it was delicious! All in all, it was a fine evening getting to meet more of the delegates. I can’t wait for what is in store next!
VOTING HAS BEGUN!
The delegate with the most votes will advance to the Top 20 and will become “People’s Choice”!
Make sure to vote for me by following the instructions below. One vote per email address, so get ready to vote and share! Thank you in advance!
-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016
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Tomorrow, I will be leaving to compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2016! I am very grateful for the support that I have received ever since I joined Miss Teenage Ontario back in January. Ever since I won the title of Miss Teenage Scarborough, I have worked hard to be where I am today, but none of this would be possible without my generous sponsors.
Sponsors of Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016:
Lingerie 4 “U”– Thank you Shaw family for sponsoring me some of my outfits for pageant week and for all your support! The store is located in Whitby, ON providing swimwear, sleepwear, ladies lingerie including regular and special bra sizes. Visit their store and they will provide you with anything you need.
Baskin Robbins (York Mills Plaza, Toronto)- Thank you Laury for donating ice cream tubs for my BBQ For A Cause Fundraiser. Your donation contributed to helping me reach my fundraising goal. Thank you for the support!
Mrs. Leora del Rosario and Family- Thank you for financially supporting me for my journey towards Miss Teenage Canada and for your constant support! See you all on the finals night!
Chez Jordan- Thank you to all the staff at Chez Jordan located on 4041 Steeles Avenue West. for partially sponsoring me my beautiful evening gowns for Miss Teenage Canada and my photoshoot gown. You all made sure that everything was just right from the gown style to the gown fitting just in time for the pageant. Also, thank you for your patience and support! I will be sure to take lots of pictures to show you when I get back! I definitely recommend Chez Jordan if you are looking for bridal and evening gowns or cocktail dresses.
Friends at Sunnybrook and Sick Kids Hospital- Thank you to each and every one of you for your constant support on my social media pages and for supporting me financially. I hope to see some of you on the finals night as well!
Bong Molano Photography– Thank you Bong Molano for supporting my first photoshoot as a titleholder. I loved all of the pictures! If anyone is looking for a photographer for events, etc. contact Bong Molano.
Ino Pascua- Thank you for your support and tips, and for doing my hair and makeup for my photoshoot as a titleholder.
Anne Yamoto- Thank you for supporting me financially and for your continuous support!
Also, thank you to everyone who donated to support my fundraising efforts for Free The Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire. Your help is very much appreciated!
Thank you to my family and friends for your never ending support, JIA Family, and my supportive community. I am proud to represent the province of Ontario!
Special thank you to everyone who has supported me from day one, you know who you are. I would not be here if it wasn’t for all the kind words and motivation. I hope to make my entire community proud. I will be thinking of all my supporters as I walk on the stage on Sunday. THANK YOU!
-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016
Being a finalist for Miss Teenage Canada 2016, we are encouraged to fundraise for the charity Free The Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire for a total of 7 weeks. I set a goal to reach by the end of my fundraising efforts. As soon as I started my fundraising period, for my first fundraiser I decided to sell raffle tickets that were to be drawn on the day of my second fundraiser, BBQ For A Cause. Of course, I kept the prizes a secret until the time I drew the winners.
On June 26, 2016, I hosted a fundraiser right in my very own backyard for Free The Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire called “BBQ For A Cause.” Tickets were affordable prices: $10 for Adults and $5 for kids and it was an all you can eat event! At the door, I also sold raffle tickets that were to be drawn near the end of the fundraiser.
Since it is the season of summer, I decided that a BBQ Party would be a great way to fundraise money for these two causes. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the warm weather by attending a BBQ fundraiser with music, raffles, and fun the entire day, and at the same time helping two causes at once? We also included a twist, instead of actually having a boodle fight, meaning all of the food is placed on banana leaves and everyone sits around the table and eats altogether, at the food table we had a boodle fight setting instead where people could just get their food buffet style. We made sure that everyone enjoyed and would go home with a full stomach.
In addition, Baskin Robbins (York Mills, Toronto, ON) sponsored tubs of ice cream for my fundraiser. I sold cups/cones with a choice of a variety of ice cream flavours that brought a smile on the kids’ faces. The teenagers and adults loved it too since everyone is a kid at heart. So, thank you Baskin Robbins for contributing to the success of my fundraiser!
After selling raffle tickets for many weeks, the day of my fundraiser was the day I drew the raffle winners. I made sure that the prizes were items that would be useful and enjoyable. There were 3 winners, with the 1st prize being the best one out of all of them. After drawing the names, the winners were delighted to hear that they won! Quick thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket to help Free the Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire, all your help is greatly appreciated!
A great number of people came to “BBQ For A Cause” to support my fundraising efforts. I am very grateful for the support I have received from my community ever since I was crowned back in January. I hope to make everyone proud this next coming week as I leave to compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2016! Once again, thank you!
Reminder: Online voting will start this coming Sunday, July 17-24! The delegate with the highest votes will automatically fast track to the Top 20. I will be posting the link to the voting page soon so get ready to share it with all of your friends! Follow my social media pages for more information!
-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016
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For over 200 years, Scarborough grew from a collection of small rural villages into a great city with a diverse cultural community. Scarborough is a popular area for new immigrants in Canada to reside and is known to be one of the most multicultural regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Scarborough is a district within Toronto, and there are countless tourist destinations in Toronto, but where I am from we have one destination that is well known to be one of Toronto’s most popular natural landmarks, the Scarborough Bluffs.
What is the “Scarborough Bluffs” and where is it located?
The Scarborough Bluffs is located along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Scarborough, Ontario. For exact directions, click here. The eroding white sand cliffs offer breathtaking views of sunrises, sunsets, moon rises, and shooting stars and is awaited by many on warm summer evenings. Originally, the Scarborough Bluffs was owned by the borough of Scarborough, but is now under the City of Toronto. Bluffer’s Park refers to the waterfront park at the base of the Scarborough Bluffs. There are different parts of the Bluffs, which are the marina, the beach area, and the park.
This destination is open to people of all ages all year round and is great for time with family and friends. The Bluffs features a sandy beach, picnic areas, and trails for walking. The beach is great for swimming, especially on hot summer days. If swimming is not your thing, don’t worry, there are so many more activities that you can do at the Bluffs. The various activities that can be done at Bluffer’s Park are swimming, volleyball, water sports, picnicking, boating, walking on trails, and jogging. All activities onsite are FREE! These activities are usually done in the summer because of the warm weather, but walking and jogging can also be done in the spring and the fall. Due to the accessibility and features of the Bluffs, it is an ideal destination to do all of these various activities that all ages enjoy.
Now, almost all tourist destinations have a few fascinating facts, myths, or legends that make the place a little more..interesting.
- The Scarborough Bluffs consists of many other parks, such as Rosetta McClain Gardens and Cathedral Bluffs Park. Several parks in one area, isn’t that cool?
- The erosion of the Scarborough Bluffs created the Toronto Islands, such as Centre Island. In the past, the First Nations used the sandy platform for hunting, fishing, and relaxation. The sandbar only became an island when the connection to the land was cut off in 1854.
- The Scarborough Bluffs was named after Scarborough, England by the wife of John Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. From there, the area expanded to be an accessible recreational area for local residents and is visited by many tourists annually.
- The Scarborough Bluffs are 300ft high, which is equivalent to 25 storeys!
- The Scarborough Bluffs has been eroding at a rapid rate since the 1940’s and has alerted the city to create a multimillion project to prevent further erosion. For now, the cliffs are stable and hopefully in the future, this great landscape can be seen by many more people!
And now..the scary myths..
- There is a shrine on the road down to the Bluffs and it has been said that the ghost of a little girl comes out of the small wooded area around the shrine when someone stands near it. The ghost does not seem to pay attention to anyone, but is described to be very happy, playing, and laughing.
- Not only that, a young woman has been seen walking on the road down leading to the Bluffs and appears on the side watching cars drive by. She also has been seen in multiple locations.
Creepy! Do you believe that these myths are true?
My little secrets..
The absolute best times to visit Bluffer’s Park are summer afternoons on weekdays if you’re free, but weekends work too if you don’t mind the large amount of people, and the evenings as well around 8PM to catch the sunset and take pictures of the stunning view. Given that the park is open all year round, it is best to visit in the summer in my opinion. If the beach area is too busy, there is the park area on the other side or you can relax at the marina and grab a snack at the restaurant.
If you are going to have a picnic, I suggest arriving early on the day of to get the best picnic spot with picnic tables and a BBQ. If you are not bringing any snacks, there is a restaurant called Bluffer’s Restaurant with a variety of meals that match what you’re craving for. The restaurant offers delicious appetizers, seafood, chicken, steak, and pasta dishes. The choice is up to you! Special events can also be held here since they have a banquet hall for rent.
If travelling by car, the parking rates vary throughout the day on weekdays and weekends. In the late evenings,the parking is free. Don’t worry because the parking rates aren’t pricey.
Growing up in Toronto, I have visited many tourist spots such as the CN Tower, but nothing compares to the view of such a beautiful natural landmark, the Scarborough Bluffs. Since I was a child, I have visited the Bluffs countless times and I still love going there. My favourite things to do there are picnicking, swimming, and playing sports like badminton and volleyball. I love swimming so almost every time I’m there, I go swimming with friends or my cousins. After, in the evening I take a walk through different trails and see the wildlife including birds.
My most recent visit was only a couple weeks ago. I wanted to go for a walk in the evening so I went around 8PM just in time to watch the sunset. I felt joy as I embraced the natural beauty of the scene. Not everyone gets to enjoy the view of the natural landmark so I am grateful to be living in an area where it is accessible for me to visit more often.
I enjoy visiting Bluffer’s Park since it offers a wide variety of activities so there is always something to do! It allows visitors to enjoy the outdoors and to embrace nature. Check your calendars now to see when you’re free and plan your visit to the Scarborough Bluffs! If you’re reading this, visit the Scarborough Bluffs..I promise you it is worth your time and you will not regret it!
When you’re in the Toronto area, take a trip to the east end in Scarborough and visit the Scarborough Bluffs!
Until next time,
-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016
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