Tina Balch

Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) National Convention 2013

Official date was Sept 19-21, 2013 at Hyatt, Century Plaza in Los Angeles! We came early (arrived Sept 18) to get a taste of our “Hollywood Experience” by going to Jay Leno Show with 20+ others AREAA board members. No picture inside studio (sorry…they were very strict, if you take a single picture..they come up to you and MAKE you delete it!) guest stars were Christina Aguilera and Joy Behar…that was definitely a fun experience!

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Then wrapped up our night with a good Korean BBQ, who does not like Korean food right? Pic shown is with my partner Loida Guevara and her son who lives nearby…gotta love when you can mix work and family together!

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Day 1 — I was stuck (in a good way) in a beautiful class (truly..i learned a lot!) pursuing CIPS designation. CIPS stands for Certified International Property Specialists. I am blessed to belong to this association who offers a lot like membership benefit like this! We paid a fraction of the “true” cost to get this class. I love it! Pic shown is San Diego delegates (the most in the class!)


Day 1 night event was PACKED! From First time Attendee to International Reception to Fashion Show to Greater LA Chapter’s Networking Event…wow, no wonder my feet cramped (seriously…I did!)

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International Reception (umm….why are you guys not wearing your “international” dress? not following instruction? hmmm…) by poolside of Hyatt…lots of great food, music and silent auction for AREAA Education Foundation~ success!

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I had the priviledged of wearing the traditional Filipina dress called “Maria Clara” In the old days, Maria Clara being religious, the epitome of virtue, “demure and self-effacing” and endowed with beauty, grace and charm, was promoted by Rizal as the “ideal image” of a Filipino woman who deserves to be placed on the “pedestal of male honor”. Here’s Maria Clara and how women dressed in her times!

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Here’s a link (video) from the fashion show..basically we had AREAA members wore different dresses that showcase different Asian country’s national dress! Korea…Japan..Vietnamese..India and a lot more!


Then of course the night is not over so we head to Drai’s of W Hotel in Hollywood…Greater LA Chapter’s Networking Event! This is definitely one of my favorite thing in AREAA…awesome networking event, I get to meet a lot of awesome people in the industry!

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Day 2 was EXPO opening as well as more breakout sessions, but we also took the time to do some “shooting” for San Diego promotion for next year! It will be in Las Vegas so don’t miss it! We also had fun during The Edge Event!

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Day 3: finale…another day packed with good break out sessions, very touching luncheon moderated by well known journalist Lisa Ling then concluded our night with Gala to install new AREAA Chair for 2014, Ivan Choi as well guest performer and winner of “America’s Got Talent” Kenichi Ebina. Truly an amazing event I won’t forget!

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