Art of Us – Mini Documentary

Empire in the Air collaborated with the dance group The Company to create a dance summit for Project PEARLS titled “Art of Us.” After nearly a year of planning and fundraising, Ray@Empire, ChiChai@Empire, and Aiko@Empire headed to Manila with the Company choreographers Jolo Cabrera, Melissa Batesting, and KJ Estudillo.   Thank you to everyone who…

Pow! Wow! San Jose!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Going to Pow! Wow! Hawaii! was a dream-come-true for Chris@Empire and I. Written from a blog post on February 14, 2015 titled “A Stroll Down Pow! Wow!” :: I spent my last year in college saving all my tip money and putting money aside every paycheck for Pow! Wow! Hawaii! 2014, an annual…

Seoul City

– by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Ray and ChiChai After a year of planning and two weeks of executing, Aiko, Ray, and I decided to take a mini vacation after Art of Us. Where to? The beautiful Seoul! My mom and step dad recently moved to Seoul so we thought our mini vacation could be a…

Manila Chillin’

– by ChiChai@Empire – Photos by ChiChai@Empire and Ray@Empire We had a hella packed schedule while in the Philippines. But– to keep the spirits going and fresh– I made sure to schedule in some free time for exploring Metro Manila. When the opportunity came to dress-up dress-up, we were all over it. (Our Project PEARLS…

Beyond “Art of Us” pt. II: Medical Mission in Zambales

– written by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Ray@Empire and Sidney Snoeck (with PEARLS logo) Some of you may have heard of our project Art of Us in which we collaborated with The Company to create a  dance summit for Project PEARLS. (click here to learn more) Along with succeeding our mission to bring dance to the kids…

Beyond “Art of Us” pt. I: Cassie’s Bag of Dreams in Bulacan

– written by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Ray@Empire and Sidney Snoeck (with PEARLS logo) Some of you may have heard of our project Art of Us in which we collaborated with The Company to create a  dance summit for Project PEARLS. Along with succeeding our mission to bring dance to the kids of Helping Land in Tondo,…

“Art of Us 2017” Unfolded

– by ChiChai@Empire – Welcome to Art of Us A year-old idea recently came into fruition. This idea revolved around giving the children of Project PEARLS a positive “outlet” from their harsh environments. Project PEARLS is an NGO that aims to alleviate children from slum communities out of poverty through education and health. Its main community…

Off to the Philippines: Empire Team’s Travel Essentials

– by Ray@Empire, Aiko@Empire, and ChiChai@Empire – Remember our fundraiser show Art of Us? Back in February, we teamed up with the dance group The Company to create “Art of Us.” Together we fundraised to send three choreographers — Melissa Batesting, KJ Estudillo, and Jolo Cabrera– to Manila to create a dance summit for the Project PEARLS…

Ray’s Backyard Series #2

-by Raymond@Empire- Hello world, it has been too long since I posted my first blog about my adventures. Been busy with work, small projects, and honestly it was also hard for me to find the motivation to just even explore my very own backyard of downtown San Jose. But I’m back and I have some…

Volcano in Tokyo!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Chris@Empire and  I jam-packed our Asia trip so much …  our lives still look interesting on social media two months later.  Since coming back to the US in April, I’ve tried my best to recap our month-long voyage while catching up with reality. These blog posts have included activities like trekking…

Sunrise to Sundown in Seoul

– by ChiChai@Empire – Following mine and Christopher’s seven days in the Philippines and ten days in Vietnam was only one full day in Korea. Luckily for us, we met up with our homie Daniel who served as the perfect Seoul tour guide. He took us out from 8am to 2am all around the city and made…

Our last days in Vietnam: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay

– by ChiChai@Empire – I actually began mine and Chris@Empire’s Asia trip with a fever. It eventually dwindled down to a runny nose and coughs, but, fighting for energy to keep up with our tours was no easy task. I’m skipping days 6-8 in Vietnam for the blog because… well… the sickness caught up to me and…