Posts Tagged ‘miss’

So Who Owns the Koshland Mansion at 3800 Washington Anyway? Taylor Swift or CNET’s Halsey Minor or “Miss Xia Xu?”

Monday, May 19th, 2014

[UPDATE: Well, as of December 2014, 3800 Washington is, once again, off the market, or so they say. See the old webpage, below.]

Well, this was the big rumor of May 2014:

Taylor Swift Rumored To Buy Historical Presidio Heights Mansion for $18M

Then the Taylor Swift people said no way, Jose.

But hey, look what’s on the front door now, a weathered posting:

Here’s my stab at it:

MR HU XU AND I MISS XIA XU

OWN OUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE

3800 AND 3810 WASHINGTON STREET

IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

THIS PROPERTY IS NOT FOR SALE

MISS XIA XU

But here’s the For Sale sign that’s still there. (Note the smallish 3810 Washington next door on the left.)

And here’s the web site still offering the place for sale. Check it out – the floor plans make this place look amazing, with levels up and down into the earth

And here’s the current listing.

This certainly is a mystery…

Subterranean by design
I wonder what I would find
If I met you, let my eyes caress you
Until I meet the thought of Miss Princess Xu?

3800

It’s a Jersey Thing: Proof that New Miss California / Miss USA Alyssa Campanella is Actually From the Garden State

Monday, June 20th, 2011

See? Sashes Don’t Lie.

Believe it or not, she’s a natural blonde (so of course she dies her hair ginger, natch). More photos here and oh, SFGate is going wall-to-wall with 30 photos.

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She’s been running for Miss New Jersey-something for years, and only now does she come to California?

I cry foul.

But she’s up-to-speed on California-style marijuana legalization already:

“Well, I understand why that question would be asked, especially with today’s economy, but I also understand that medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically,” she replied. “I’m not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war,” she added. “I mean, it’s abused today, unfortunately, so that’s the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it’s OK.”

All right, next stop, Miss Universe 2012.

Welcome to California, Alyssa Campanella.

2011 San Francisco Chinese New Year’s Parade a Huge Success, Despite the Rain – Photos From David Yu

Monday, February 21st, 2011

(My Canon 1D Mark Whatever SLR died an early death at 140,000 clicks* possibly due to the fact that I wasn’t ascared of a little (or a lot) of rain. Nowadays I’m def. skittish, but no matter,) you can always count on famous photographer David Yu to be on the scene rain or dry.

As he was last Saturday night in Chinatown and North Beach and SoMA and the Financh and all over.

Check out his gallery of Year of the Rabbit festivities, why not?

Bunnies!

David Yu

Whoahhh Bundy!

David Yu

SuperLotto? No thanks! But SuperLotto PLUS? Sounds intriguing…

David Yu

And look who else was there – it’s your newly-minted Supervisor Malia Cohen:

(Yowser)

And your just-as-newly-minted Mayor Edwin Lee in the official San Francisco staff car, formerly used by General Burkhalter:

See you next year! (In scary, scary 2012, the year of the Dragon.)

*200,000 was the expected number of clicks I believe I was owed. ($300 minimum for a new shutter.) OTOH, my 5D Mark I has probably already exceeded its expected shutter life so I s’pose I shouldn’t complain too much. Living on borrowed time tho.

June Quan Crowned Miss Chinatown USA 2011 – Big Chinese New Year’s Parade Saturday Night

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Of course famous photographer David Yu was on the scene when June Quan was crowned Miss Chinatown USA for 2011.

The Coronation Ball is tonight, see below, and, of course, the big parade is tomorrow night.

(Don’t even take along a brolly to the parade – you’ll stay dry this year, most likely, Gaia willing…) [UPDATE: The Internet MIC just came by my house and tore up my prognosticator license. From now on, I’ll leave this kind of stuff to the experts.]

From David Yu

Bon Courage to June Quan and all the participants.

Harrah’s Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball
Friday, February 18, 2011
San Francisco Hilton & Towers
333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
(415) 982-3000

6:00 pm No Host Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Dancing until midnight

Tickets: $120

Congratulations to Miss Chinatown USA pageant 2011 queen June Quan and the court.

Miss Chinatown San Francisco queen 2011
June Quan 關蓮珠
San Francisco, CA

Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce/First Princess
Casey Him 嚴紫萌
Walnut Creek, CA

Miss San Francisco Chinatown
Lisa Fei 費麟
Berkeley, CA

Second Princess and Miss Talent
Joy Yin Le 樂音
Bellaire, TX

Third Princess
Cynthia Vuong 黃佩芷
Bellevue, WA

Fourth Princess
Anita Wong 黃綺婷
San Francisco, CA

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Sarah Liu Crowned Queen of the Miss Asian America Pageant at Palace of Fine Arts

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Photographer David Yu took his gear up to the Palace of Fine Arts yesterday to capture the 25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant. Can you see all the color in his set?

And here’s a first-hand report from Rose Chung‘s extravaganza:

Everyone was super gorgeous. There were plenty of attractive young women, and a surprising amount of attractive young men. Everywhere I looked it was like eyecandy overload. I was very happy. Very very happy.”

O.K. then. Here’s part of David Yu’s gallery:

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Sarah Liu was crowned Queen for 2010. Here’s her court…

and here she is, Miss Asian America 2010.

Congratulations!

Huge Vietnamese Website Rips Off San Francisco Photographer David Yu, Again

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Here’s the thing – Vietnam ranks pretty low on the list of places you generally need to worry about. Of course they’ve sent people to California to spy on us, but so has our good buddy Russia and a host of others and I’m sure America has spies over there in Hanoi as well, and S,S,S,S,Saigon too, or whatever they’re calling it these days. Fine.

But here’s a minor beef. Seems that a big .vn website, one with traffic greater than SFgate.com anyway, has no qualms about reposting a bunch of photos from Flickr after stripping copyright info.

Thusly. That’s not fair use, Dan Tri. You know, all that bay arean David Yu wants to do is add color to our lives, so it’s bad form to piss him off, right?

A typical kind of shot from DavidYuWeb:

Used with persimmon.

Should we expect more from huge profitable MSM websites operating out of our sister city?

Mmmmm….

The San Francisco Chronicle Covers the Heck Out of Miss Universe Australia 2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

How many photos do you think our San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate (San Francisco’s Online Newspaper) recently devoted to the topic of Miss Universe Australia 2010? Well, take a look here at 21(!)  high heels ‘n bikini-type shots.

Here’s the bulk of the copy:

“The 30 women were judged across three sections: evening-wear, question-and-answer and, of course, swimwear.”

Swimwear, “of course!” Of 19 action verbs in the captions, “parade(s)” led the pack – it was used 17 times. Throw in a “poses” and a “strikes a pose” and then all’s that left to do is wait for the Pulitzer Committee to call with instructions for the awards ceremony.

Let’s round things out and give you an even two dozen. The mise-en-scene, down under:

Oh no, high voltage electronics and hot tubs don’t mix, ladies:

And plunging necklines, as expected, sort of:

What should we expect next – 75 shots from Miss Universe Upper Volta 2010? Something like that.

What has SFGate become, the Huffington Post?

Stanford Frosh Crystal Lee Crowned Miss Chinatown USA for 2010

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This was the scene last night at the Palace of Fine Arts, where Stanfurd freshman and bay area local Crystal Lee was crowned Miss Chinatown USA 2010. It’s international news.

All the pageantry was caught by David Yu of davidyuweb. He always has great photos of whatever’s going on the bay area. 

The crowning the School of the Arts alum:

Here are all the contestants: Christine Lim 李汶娸, Kristina Owyoung 歐陽坤怡, Samantha Chin 陳冠曄, Leilani Soon 孫愛蘭, Anna Chiem 詹佩盈, Christina Zhang 張子倩, Crystal Lee 李萬晴, Gloria Mui 梅主恩, Angela Wang 王兆蓬, Chang Liu 劉暢, Li Li 李欣燃, and Tong Qiao 喬彤:

How many peacocks had to die for this outfit? None, I s’pose:

Congratulations:

Crystal Lee

San Francisco, CA
Miss Chinatown U.S.A.

Kristina Owyoung
Lafayette, CA
Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce/First Princess

Christina Zhang
Pleasanton, CA
Miss San Francisco Chinatown

Li Li
Flushing, NY
2nd Princess

Anna Chiem
Chicago, IL
3rd Princess

Angela Wang
Sugar Land, TX
4th Princess

Anna Chiem
Chicago, IL
Miss TVB Choice Award

And of course our Chinese New Year’s Parade is coming up (rain expected – it’s free to watch of course, or you can pay $30 for reserved seating) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010, right after the Coronation Ball:

Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball
Friday, February 26, 2010
San Francisco Hilton & Towers
333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
(415) 982-3000
6:00 pm No Host Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner and Dancing until midnight
Tickets: $120
The newly selected Miss Chinatown USA and her court will be crowned at the annual Harrah’s Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders, promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier Calls for a Female Supreme Court Justice

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Here’s the scene this morning in the outer Outer Sunset District / Parkside area of San Francisco – it’s Congresswoman Jackie Speier at her Town Hall Meeting. Here’s the news – as far as the replacement for departing United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter is concerned, Jackie has “no doubt it’s going to be a woman.” 

And who might that woman be? How about Miss San Carlos (San Mateo County) 1977 and current rust belt governor Jennifer Mulhern Granholm? She went to Cal and then Harvard Law and she’s the Democrat Sarah Palin - how’s them apples? Jackie helpfully points out that Ms. Granholm would be the first [actually second, see comments] naturalized citizen to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. We’ll see

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Look below to see what Representative Speier has been up to the past year.

Town Hall Meeting -Congresswoman Jackie Speier

When: May 2, 2009 – Saturday
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Ulloa Elementary School, 2650 42nd Avenue, San Francisco

Mark Nagales, Field Representative

2009 Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco: Year of the Ox

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Well just like last year, this year’s San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade went off without a hitch. Who was there? Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senator Leland Yee, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, newly-installed President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu, Supervisor Eric MarPolice Chief Heather Fong and a host of others.

What did Chinatown look like last night? Check out David Yu’s photos right here and you’ll also get to see what last week’s Miss Chinatown USA Pageant 2009, an event that included participants Amy Chu and Angela Chu and winner Cindy Wu, looked like as well.  

via -nanio- Click to expand.

And check the videos to hear what it sounded like.

Gung hay fat choy! See you next year.