paw prints weekly

I really didn't think it could be done.

On top of that, I didn’t think it could be done by me.

If you know anything about me, you know that I never set goals.

On top of that, I never accomplish those goals.

But here I am, with every single box checked off; signed, sealed, & delivered to classrooms around campus. Here I am, with my completed Journalism Bucket List, in all its glory.

header/folio: Last Issue of the Year. I did not think this was be so difficult when I asked Angela to reserve it for me a few months ago. But due to IB testing, double-registers, and blocked faces, I was forced to manually Photoshop 6 people. It’s worth it though; the header is going to double as my new Facebook timeline cover photo, and that translates to Likes. and for me, it’s always worth it for the Likes.

news article: so bland! But I think I got it off easy because I wrote about Guitar Club’s Jingle Bell (Acoustic) Rock concert, which I was actually co-MC for. Interviewing wasn’t so tough because I was familiar with everybody in Guitar Club. The best part was being able to input my own name (and Kenneth’s) into my article. I love loopholes~

editorial article: All editorial articles are anonymous, but nobody reads the newspaper or my blog, so I think it’s safe to reveal that I wrote about how PRIDE classes should improve on grade-specific curriculum. Editorials aren’t really my style of writing, although Wendy was a very helpful editor and supportive in my direction.

entertainment article: A spur of the moment decision, but I’m glad I was able to write about the Wizards of Waverly Place series finale. There was a lot more freedom involved in writing for this section and if I had the chance, I would do it again (almost asked to write about the Jonas reality show…)

perspectives article: my first article! I remember working on this back in October! It was when MEMBERies was born~ I’m really glad I decided to write about the appropriateness of fonts because it’s something I’m passionate about but I hate explaining individually. Alan was a butthole when I wrote for him but I know he only wanted the best for the paper and for me as a writer. I was also able to make my own graphic for my article!

feature: I had the pleasure of interviewing the 2012 Mr. Wilson candidates! It was hectic to have to run around and play scavenger hunt for all the guys, but I was able to talk to people I never had a chance to, but seeing the finished page (photographed & made my own graphics for this page too) made all the scrambling around worthwhile! Thank you to Grace & Daniel for all the encouragement and useful feedback~

sports: Just because he asked me to Prom doesn’t excuse me from having to write an article for Kenneth’s section. I saved this article for last because I knew it would not be fun to write Sports… In the end I chose to write about Badminton during the first week of CST testing. This made interviewing easier but I would still never write for Sports again~

graphics: Aside from those already mentioned, I recall making a graphic for the 9/11 Feature, April’s diet-betes Perspectives article, and just today, Aaron’s article. I really don’t consider myself a graphic artist, and my style is very clean & straightforward, but I’ve enjoyed the challenge.

word on the street: photographed for the 9/11 Feature and interviewed&photographed for the Dream Job article

art: drew my own art for my Editorial article

ad: designed the ads I sold (Varsity Waterpolo (lmao can’t believe they actually bought it) and Prom Hair/Makeup ad

briefcases: cannot believe I willingly wrote for News section again…. but this was easier so it wasn’t all that bad

photography: This was the position I originally signed on for at the beginning of the year because it’s what I’m most confident in, but I joined Journalism knowing I would also fulfill duties of other positions. My job as photographer on Paw Prints Weekly staff has really challenged my technical skills. And it has also allowed me to further share my photography with others not only through the school newspaper, but also through my Facebook album, home to all of my Journalism Rejects. 

I don’t regret not joining Journalism earlier. I actually don’t think I would feel comfortable had I joined as a sophomore or junior. There’s just something about the confidence I gained when I became a senior that was the perfect accompaniment for my role(s) in Paw Prints. Nevertheless, I remember why I wanted to join in the first place: it was because I wanted to be a part of a family; and oh, what a family we’ve become (apparently I’m the Mom…). Consider this a lame, shortened version of my Senior Goodbye (can’t officially write one because I’m not an editor~)

Leaving the last work day today put things into perspective.

This is the beginning of the end.

The first of the lasts.

Twenty more days (give or take) of high school left… T_____T

PS! Be on the lookout for a special edition of Paw Prints Weekly with all my work compiled~

EDIT: Wow… I’m really self-absorbed…

now he want a photo, you already know though

***disclaimer: I am completely aware that I am over-dramatizing this situation, essentially bitch ranting and causing a scene over something that has already happened and cannot be changed. Regardless, I am about to share this story. The way I see it, the sooner I vent out my emotions, the sooner I can get over this.

Saturday morning rain was falling (steal some covers, shed some skin~). The Paw Prints Weekly staff arrived at Alhambra High School promptly (ok our car was a bit late but that was my fault) for the ELAJEA Write-Offs. I registered to compete in the photography contest, but I hadn’t decided whether to enter the News or Non-news/Feature category. I figured I would decide while I got a feel of my stronger photos.

To be honest, the weather conditions definitely affected me (first of all, my hair went flat from it). But then I remembered those times, one in particular with Melinda, I took photos in the rain and recalled the cool effects it offered for photos. My strategy was to use the rain to my advantage.

All the photographers were given a good two hours to photograph around campus, return to the classroom, and submit ONE photo in ONE category. We were prohibited from utilizing Photoshop; the only tools at our disposal were our camera’s built-in editing/cropping and, of course, our pure skills/knowledge of photography.

Throughout the duration I would occasionally bump into Azusa, Kana, or Angela (the other photographers from our school newspaper) and we would check up on each other’s photos. Every time I ran into them I would feel a sense of relief knowing I wasn’t alone and that there were people eager to offer me second opinions. Not that the competition was that competitive– the other photographers (there were around 30 of us total) were mainly minding their own business. We were all in the same situation with the heavy rainfall, strong winds, and blurry camera lenses constantly in need of a wipe-down. I’m not gonna lie, the rain frustrated me (I’m a sunny mid 70’s - low 80’s girl myself) and at times I would feel helpless. It wouldn’t be long until I would have to keep pausing to playback my photos, set down my umbrella (it was a Sesame Street umbrella that could add a great splash of color to any photo on this murky rainy day) on the ground or use my sweater sleeve to clean my lens; this is when I noticed my competition taking photos… of me!

At first I thought, “wait, is this allowed?” and then I figured it probably was, since I saw other photographers doing it too. I think it was an understood idea that it was acceptable to photograph each other for photo submissions… but I did not get that memo~ There was even this photographer who camped on up on the third floor across from the library like a sniper, ready to take a “shot” (lulz. photo humor.) I didn’t want to be rude and call them out, saying I did not want them to take a photo of me. First of all, my hair was not presentable LOL As I mentioned earlier, it was damp from the rain and I persistently had to flip my hair out of my face so it wasn’t in its most flattering form. Secondly, I was not particularly enthusiastic to “pose” for their photo and potentially help someone else get a better picture than me. After all, this was a competition! 

However, I quickly brushed the thought off because I was getting too full of myself and my “modeling abilities.” I continued to take my photos and avoided being in as many of everybody else’s photos as I could. AND THEN, I found an abandoned custodian vehicle (I don’t know what else to call it) and the bright orange colors caught my eye; I decided to take a photo of the steering wheel and dashboard from a bird’s view, holding the camera up and using my adjustable screen to see the shot. This required me to stay incredible still, and caused me to be the perfect target for someone to take a photo of me… and someone did…

Again, I didn’t think too much about it because I was too concerned about obtaining my own photos. After consulting with Angela Chu (our visuals editor and someone whose opinion I trust) she helped me narrow down my best shots and I returned to the classroom. There, I shared my concerns with Azusa, Kana, and Angela Chow of unintentionally helping a competitor when they snapped a photo of us. I said something along the lines of “oh my gosh. Imagine the winning photo had one of us in it… I would be so mad HAHAHA”

So by now you probably can guess where this story is going (or you probably already heard me complaining about it in Journalism/afterschool today)


I saw the winning photo in class today and didn’t think much about it (too busy showing my excitement for Jin & Kana) until Angela pointed out that I was in the photo, just as I had dreadfully predicted T____T

(PHOTO/RICKY WAI/SAN GABRIEL: 1st Place non-news)

The hovering shadow tiptoeing over the dashboard is yours truly~

I’m sure he submitted the photo in color, and it looked a lot better that the copy we received did. It’s undeniable that that’s me in his photo though… 

all I have to say is, WAI, RICKY, WAI?!?!

AAANNDDDD this is my photo that I entered. notice the umbrella placement on the LEFT (faded but it’s there!) :

To make things clear:

I’m not bummed about the place I was awarded. 

I whole-heartedly agree with the judge’s comments about my photo.

It is the pure irony and unfortunate coincidence of my accurate prediction of this predicament that I’m upset about… :(

tl;dr: Someone took a photo of me taking a photo of my eighth place photo and placed FIRST. but on the bright side, I guess I made a pretty decent model HAH