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December 14, 2013View More Photos →
Location: Carlton International Hotel
3 days before press conference:
Arrived in Nice, France after 13-hour flight. Now in the car on my way to my hotel, Carlton Cannes. Had a fun conversation with the French driver; I like their interesting points of view on things.
2 days before:
My breakfast: Different colors, flavors, assortment of macaroons and strawberry/banana/nutella/whip cream crepes. I love the desserts here!
I think I will go for a run to burn off all of these desserts…how about a walk by the ocean—the sun is shining, sky is blue, ocean is sparkling… Cannes is beautiful…
1 day before press conference: Preparation with Rainbow Island team. I’m so grateful everyone is working so hard, all 25 of them and others that are here to set up the sound, stage, light, and music. It’s coming together and looking beautiful…
15 mins before:
I showed up early before the press conference began, as I wanted to greet my guests as they arrived, to help them feel welcome. I wanted this to be a private and intimate event, even though we are in Cannes among all the craziness of the Film Festival. The team did an amazing job setting up the room with great lighting and Rainbow Island banners—it’s so cool, I’m excited!
10 mins before:
People are coming in, and the room is filling up. Wow! We didn’t expect so many people would show up… people from different countries, filmmakers, producers, people in media and the entertainment industry. I am so happy, having a wonderful time meeting everyone, hugging my friends that came to support me, and talking to new people that are curious about who I am and what I’m here to talk about… all good. I love meeting new people! The room feels in harmony, music is playing, people are having a good time, drinking champagne…enjoying appetizers.. .
French translator on stage just announced my name…time to go on stage…. I am ready!!! Super excited!!View More Photos →
Shanghai: Press seminar
Location: Puxi, Shanghai
21 hours before press conference:
Just landed Shanghai Pudong airport from Hong Kong, it was easy and fast. My friends and driver have already arrived and are waiting outside. It’s always so nice to see them as they are so sincere, they are taking me to my favorite hotel in Shanghai.
17 hours before:
Now in the car heading to the office to meet with our collaborators to go over tomorrow’s presentation.
14 hours before:
On our way to a very chic privately owned tea house. They have the best tea in Shanghai. We also ordered in Chinese food, more than 9 dishes! So delicious, our meeting continues.
11 hours before:
Wrapping up our meeting. “How about some Kareoke?” A friend asked, and has already reserved the hottest, latest, new Kareoke club in Shanghai. “Sure, why not?!” I answered delightfully. People love karaoke here in Asia, I always just go with the flow wherever I am. The driver dropped us off at the Kareoke place, I was impressed when I walked in, how fascinating, advanced and fast growing China is. I come to Shanghai every 2 to 3 months and every time I come there are more and more new clubs and restaurants being built, newer and better. This one is just beautiful and very well done by the top designers. The manager of the club gave us the largest suite, what a nice room, large screens with the best speakers and sound system and a stage in the front. Waiters bring us drinks immediately, champaign, western/eastern food, fruit platters, desserts…covering our long big table. Can’t believe they are still offering us more options on the menu.
More friends show up to join us. We are singing our hearts out!!!
7 hours before:
It’s 4am, I’m heading back to the hotel to catch a few hours of sleep before my press conference. I guess I’m used to the life of traveling, a few hours of sleep is sufficient…
1 hour before:
Now arrived at this spacious conference room in a building. The room is nicely lit, with warm lighting and comfortable chairs for my audience. There will be 800 or more at attendance. I am thrilled and very excited. I took out my Powerpoint presentation, refresh my memory, ready to go on stage…
15 mins before:
The presenter is now on stage telling jokes and giving people a brief introduction on me, “Let’s welcome Christie Hsiao….” I’m walking up toward the stage…short music begins, it feels like time just stops…all eyes on me… “Ni hao ma…” I greeted everyone in Chinese.View More Photos →
Location: Rainbow Magicland
36 hours before press conference:
Rome! This is my first time in Rome, and I am excited and very curious. I arrived at 10pm, ready to blend into the Italian culture, including late dinners, singing, and partying. I had the best pasta dish with white fish…I loved it! Now a friend is taking me to the city’s best gelato place, and I cannot wait! We arrived, there are over 50 flavors…the REAL Italian gelato…I had 3! My gelato stacked up like a mountain, and I’m loving it… The gelato shop owner is sweet, and kept giving me more and more ice cream and an amazing traditional Italian sweet. I am in heaven~
22 hours before press conference:
My Italian friends are giving me a tour on the major places in Rome. The history and town is so old, and so rich in history, and filled with the fascinating architecture of the Romans. My favorite touristy spot is Trevi Fountain, where I made 3 wishes! Who said we are only allowed to make 1 wish?
14 hours before press conference:
Dresses have arrived, specially made from a famous Italian designer here. I’m delighted…best part of being a girl with an unlimited supply of clothes—I love fashion! Trying them on…surprisingly all the dresses are slightly big…I thought I wouldn’t be able to fit in any dress, since I’ve been devouring pasta and desserts. They are calling the seamtress now…
2 hours before:
It’s 10am, and I’m super excited! Getting dressed. Now the car has arrived, and we are going to the best amusement park in Rome. The organizer arranged to have the entire park prepared just for Journey to Rainbow Island event. I can’t wait to see everyone and meet new people; Italian families, children, celebs and press.
1 hour before:
We are here at Rainbow Magicland. 1,000 people were invited. The organizer is showing us the park—we are going on roller coaster rides, mazes, and other rides with no lines. It’s so much fun… we are now walking to the stadium theatre where I will speak… I am excited! After my speech there will be a one-hour music show. After the performance, we will treat our guests to dinner in the park’s castle. This is like a dream come true…. Thanks to all my Italian friends and our organizer, and thanks to all the pasta and gelato! I will be back!View More Photos →
Photo 2 – On my way to the Press Conference Photo 5 - My speaking stage inside 1000 people theatre Photo 7 – Musical performance based on my book Photo 12- …View More Photos →
London: Pre-Cannes Press Conference
2 days before press conference:
Here I am in London, one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s international, posh, and you can pretty much find anything you are looking for here. For me, a crazed health maniac, the first stop I asked to be taken was not the most expensive restaurant or exclusive club: All I wanted to was to go Whole Foods Market, and thank God, they are everywhere in London! This is all I need; I’m happy with just clean water, fresh juice, and organic produce when it’s available. So coming to London was easy and I’m feeling in the best condition.
26 hours before press conference:
Feeling amazingly great, weather is oddly sunny and beautiful, I’m having such fun time touring around the city and showing my family my favorite spots in London.
13 hours before press conference:
I’m starting to feel a bit nervous . . . since I’ve been having too much fun without preparing my speech. I decided to do some homework, instead of playing all day. So I decided to visit the hotel where my press conference will be held, to take a look at the stage and the room, where I will be standing, etc., to get familiar with the place.
2 hours before press conference:
This is my first informal presentation before my other big ones. Thank God it wasn’t intimidating, with family and friends here with me. I’m feeling pretty good—grabbed a cup cake before I went on stage… Here I come … All eyes on me…
I did it! Yay!! Finished my first press conference … feeling great as a few people told me they felt inspired by my story… So grateful people liked it… Onwards!!View More Photos →