Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Party hopping 跑趴
This is Carina Lau at a Fendi party this past weekend. Sporting a spring/summer dress and jacket, Carina's entire outfit for the evening is valued over TWD 300.000 (USD 9.900), the publicist told me. I was there to report; of course not on the outfit or her beauty. It was on her gossip - why was she suing a particular media? Is she really pregnant? Why was she drinking like mad last night? Will her boyfriend propose to her tomorrow night? More or less in that order. I hate these kinds of reports, but well, I have to execute what is ordered.
Here's the press invite that was faxed to us.
Superstar heavyweight Carina Lao
appears for the first time after apology incident,
personally designs Baguette bag.
Other guests include:
Daughter of ABC corporation owner, Wang AL
Second generation of DEF airlines owner, D AT
Sons of GHI hotel owner... etc
I only recognized (Jenny's brothers) John and Fudy's names, but Anita and Lorna from junior high school also showed up at the party too. I never knew what family they're from or what their Chinese names were.
The crazy reporting and jockeying for a view/shot of Carina Lau aside, I however, had very mixed feelings that night.
1. It was good to see old classmates, especially Lorna, whom I haven't seen in 17 years. (Thank you Anita for re-introducing us!)
2. My old classmates were so glamorously standing on that side of the red carpet, wearing the latest, most expensive clothes and stilettos, holding a champaign glass in one hand and an expensive purse made of animal in another. Meanwhile, I was on this side of the red carpet, behind the cordon, wearing jeans I expect to dirty and tear, a jean jacket with Chinese embroidery and knitted top underneath (I didn't look bad, just casual). I had in one hand a microphone and in the other hand a notepad full of scribbles. AND I was squished to death but still trying to dodge big cameramen holding big betacam video cameras, moving around trying to get a good shot of the actress. I almost got smacked in the face by someone's video camera that night!
3. Although envious about the royal treatment, I didn't agree with how these kids allowed their names and their family's names to be used in such a frivolous manner.
After some asking around, I realized that some attend these parties because they feel like it's something like a girl's night out, and the event organizer will loan party goers clothes for the night so they can look appropriately beautiful (or handsome). Some attend to find another cute and rich guy or girl to date and to show themselves off. Some attend to know the rich. And some attend because their friend or acquaintance organized the party and they were asked to show up to help create buzz.
I don't think I'm up for these kinds of gatherings. I don't like being compared, because there are always people who are better looking, have more money, have more influence, have more friends... I especially don't want to be labeled as someone of such-and-such family. It's as if I am nothing and nobody without my family and without the last name I've inherited. And worse, it's as if my effort to live a meaningful life and my hard work to have a successful career also mean nothing. No, thank you. If I were asked to help a friend out by attending one of these commercial/retail events, I would have to think long and hard. If I promise this one time, it'll be much harder to turn down the next ones.
所以，no, thank you.
I guess I'm not party hopping material. Perhaps people will feel I'm weird, but I feel OK about it, because I'm Michella Jade Weng.
(Carina Lau's picture via UDN)