I AM Scuba Miss USA!



After the Best Jobs in the World Contest, I got approached by a wonderful woman by the name of Ashlee Smith on Facebook. She informed me that she was the 2nd Runner Up in the 2012 Miss Scuba International Pageant, and that I would be a great representative for the USA this year. At first I was like, “Wait a minute..how did I not know of this amazing contest before?!” Well, after some research I learned that this pageant began in 2011. But, the basis of this pageant is right up my ocean conservation alley!

I turned in my application, and soon found out that I was a top contender to represent the USA in the Miss Scuba International Pageant. I was actually chatting with a long time friend today about this whole experience, and he said:

Well, I know you’ve been laying down the bricks for something like this for a long, long, LONG time. If you ask me, you’ve created this path yourself. Things happen for a reason, and this is proof you’ve been on the right path all along. Super stoked for you.
I really took this comment to heart. My whole life has been dedicated to learning and continually falling in love with the ocean. I am meant to educate as many people as possible about protecting our planet. The Miss Scuba International Pageant is made for me.

Please feel free to review the history of the Miss Scuba International Pageant as stated on their website:

The Miss Scuba International pageant was held for the very first time in 2011. There has been many a beauty pageant held in the past, many embracing great causes, however none yet have focused on our oceans. Life on Earth as we know it today began with our oceans. Thus, we decided that it is time that an event such as this is produced to celebrate, not only, the inner beauty and courage of today’s modern women, but also to simultaneously advocate worldwide marine conservation.

The Miss Scuba International Organization is founded by Mr Robert Lo who is also the proprietor of the Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART) and Mabul Water Bungalows, and as such is a strong believer in sustainable development within the realms of our marine environment. He hopes that by sharing the beauty and wonders of the underwater world via beauty queens, it will enable more people to understand how fragile our oceans are and how much more we all need to play our individual little roles to make a big difference in protecting it.

The winning delegate of the Miss Scuba International competition will undertake a year of ocean conservation campaigns to educate and inspire the desire in all of us to do our best to safeguard our oceans. The pageant will also offer her a unique and comprehensive platform to launch her career and personal development.

Additionally, we also aim to promote safe diving practices through worldwide professional training organizations, and elevate international tourism and cultural appreciation. As people travel to far off destinations to dive, they also learn to appreciate the cultural diversity that makes our world such an interesting tapestry.

Low and behold – I was chosen as SCUBA MISS USA 2013!!! I definitely did a little dance of joy and happiness after I got off that faithful phone call. I can’t express how honored and overwhelmed with compassion to represent my amazing country.


I am going to Malaysia for 2 weeks in December to compete in the Miss Scuba International Pageant. I never thought I’d participate in a beauty pageant before.. But to be honest, I view this pageant as something so much more. The MSI is sponsored by some big names in the marine conservation, tourism, and diving industries. As many of you know from reading my blog over the years, my passion is marine conservation and photography. I am hoping to gain some valuable connections within the marine conservation industry, and to of course just soak in this amazing once in a lifetime experience!


Although my accommodation while visiting Malaysia is covered, I am personally responsible for my roundtrip airfare (~$2000), plus all of my clothing/accessories needed for the pageant ($1000+). It sure does add up… which is why I am asking for help from all you kind-hearted individuals out there who recognize and appreciate passion when you see it.

I’ve raised almost $1000 so far from so many generous kind people in my life, and even some individuals I don’t even know personally. If you believe in marine conservation, ecotourism, women in science, and environmental education – please donate anything you have to spare :

Chanel’s PayPal Donation page

(Photo: Nicole Strack Photography)

(Photo: Nicole Strack Photography)


 Also, please visit my Scuba Miss USA FACEBOOK page and ‘like’ it! I can’t wait to share this amazing adventure with you all!


What’s Next?

Photography, Science, Thoughts

So I thought today would be a good day to update you on my crazy life. After the Australia’s Best Jobs 2 week Social Media Extravaganza, I was left looking for new employment. Luckily, my old boss (and mentor and great friend) for the past 2 years re-hired me to do my old job for the summer (Thanks Andre!). But what happens at the end of August…?


(c) Fashweekly.com

(c) Fashweekly.com

After the Best Jobs contest, I have been really thinking about getting involved in the Ecotourism field. Thus, my search of Masters Degrees in Ecotourism has begun! I am also looking into Masters Degrees in Marine Science/Conservation Biology as well.

To be honest, I feel that ecotourism really is my calling. Working for a hotel/ecotourism establishment would combine all the things I love: Marine Science, Education, Meeting people from all over the world, Photography, Living near the ocean, Being outside for the majority of my job, Traveling, and probably Social Media and Blogging of some sort! I do love marine biology, but I don’t want to get sucked into the research field per say. My happiness lies in educating people about our environment and how to protect it. So stay tuned to see what happens next for Chanel Hason 🙂

I also want to get my feet wet more – in terms of SCUBA Diving that is. I am FINALLY planning a trip (July 19-21) back to where I left a piece of my heart- Monterey Bay. There are so many amazing people that I haven’t seen in such a long time that I must reunite with 🙂 Not to mention the BEAUTIFUL sights that I will have to re-visit. I can already picture those 3 days to be filled with adventures including hiking, kayaking, frolicking under the waves in the kelp forests, wine tasting in Carmel Valley, behind the scenes tours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, saluting my old college stomping grounds at CSUMB, and so much more. Don’t you worry – I will definitely document it all so you can live vicariously through these adventures. Who knows, I might even make an epic video summary of the weekend … 🙂 GET EXCITED!



I am going to start showcasing more photography – from both myself and other fantastic photographers. My new (and SPIFFYCanon 60D has been so fun to play with over the last couple of months. I have already gotten some freelance work photographing a restaurant for their social media/website.

If you are a photographer who wants to participate in a photography showcase on my blog please shoot me an email CAHason@gmail.com . I will give you a category – then you will have to submit to me 3 photos after a certain time period that best summarize that category to you.

My first photographer will be JOE PLATKO – his photography challenge category is “Summer” – stay tuned to see what photos he showcases within the next couple of weeks! We went to college together in Monterey, and Joe has blossomed into a fantastic nature and underwater photographer in the meanwhile. I’m so excited that he is going to be my first photographer on my blog!

I also want to start a “Fitness/Health” section of my blog. Over the past year, I have really educated myself in terms of food/fitness/health and how to change my life for the better of my body overall. I want you to be part of my journey to living a healthier life as well in one central location.

Stop by my Facebook Page (and Like it too!) : Photography + Science = Chanel
 Shoot me a Tweet : PSChanel
Check out my Pinterest : PhotoScience

100 Days Project

Photography, Thoughts


My good friend Nicole told me about this great project: 100 Days Project

Here is a summary of the premise taken off the main webpage:

“The 100 Days Project is simple. 

Choose one creative exercise, and then repeat it every day for 100 days.
Record each daily effort and see what evolves in the work and in the self over time.

The project gives anyone a framework and the permission to be creative. It challenges you to dig deep into your creative reserves, to rely on your readiness to work in order to achieve creative breakthrough. It can be an end to procrastination, and the development of resilience. It takes a lot of energy, and yet the rewards can resonate for a long time after the 100th Day is over.

In 2011 Emma Rogan decided to start a 100 Days Project after reading about Michael Bierut’s ‘100 Days of Design’ class at Yale. She invited others to join her and word of the project spread. Since inception hundreds of people have participated in the project.

This 100 Days Project is not a commercial undertaking, and is not in any way (but spirit) affiliated with the Yale School of Art. Good things will come from the rigorous repetition of a process or idea over the 100 days. To see what others have done before, have a look at the previous projects.” – Emma Rogan

1 thing | Everyday | x100

I decided that my project would consist of one of my favorite hobbies : DRAWING

My artistic passion is fulfilled when creating pen & ink pointillism drawings (where little tiny dots make up the whole drawing). But, considering the time restraint and consistency of this contest, I thought it would be best to go with pencil sketches (which also fulfill my artistic passion). The time limit I put on my sketches each day is : 10 minutes. I think it’s the perfect amount of time to set aside each day to draw a quick simple sketch. Putting a time restraint on this exercise will help me with time management throughout the 100 day process, and allow me to not get sucked into a drawing for hours upon hours. Finally, I will take a photo of my finished sketch, and post it on my MAIN 100 DAYS PROJECT SHOWCASE PAGE. I will keep you updated weekly with my sketches on here too!

So you may be wondering, how will I know/pick/determine what to draw everyday? Glad you asked 🙂 Last year, my wonderful co-worker Roger gave a me the PERFECT gift for this project – it’s a drawing book consisting of 100’s of fresh white pages with a total of 642 different items printed throughout the book to sketch. I often use an image/photo as a guide in terms of shadows/proportions when I draw, but this time I will sketch solely off of what I concoct in my mind. Hence, the drawings may not be the MOST detailed, but I’m excited to see what I will be able to come up with 🙂

To be honest, I have only taken one Art Class and that was in High School (which was over 7 years ago-EEK). With that being said, another reason I chose drawing as my exercise for the 100 Days Project is to practice creating shadows/depths in my sketches. My goal by the end of this project is to hopefully SEE a steady progression of the realism of my drawings. Also, having a pencil and fresh sheet of a paper in front me puts me in a state of relaxation and intrigue. Just like how being in nature makes me the most happy in life, drawing does something similar for the happiness of my soul.

There are 760 other participants who are involved in this project as well – you can view all their creative projects HERE. Each person has come up with an exercise that relates to them- and they range from photographs, pieces of writing, videos, etc. Here are some random chosen examples:

* Tamai: Everyday I will draw a different alien. With different colors and different abilities. I will also give each one a name.

* Tara: Take photos of my husband’s pet skeleton, Nigel.

* Lester: Write a funny one line joke, or a funny story everyday.

* Karl: Shoot one, one shot, one minute video everyday, which when cut together, will create one, one hundred minute feature film set in New Zealand and the USA.

FOLLOW my Personal 100 Days Contest Page:
Chanel’s 100 Days Project 🙂

SNEAK PEEK – My first drawing of the contest – DAY 1 : SWIM FINS
Although, this is not what I’d call my best piece of work..it’s a start right? Cheers to the next 99 days of art!

Day 1 : Swim Fins

Day 1 : Swim Fins

Life Could Be A Dream, Sweetheart

Photography, Science, Thoughts

This contest has opened my eyes so much.

The amount of love & support from not only my family and good friends, but from acquaintances, and even people I don’t even know is OVERWHELMINGLY TREMENDOUS (for all the right reasons). The outpour of acknowledgments of my passion/life dedication for wildlife and environmental education and conservation, only makes my heart fill with joy. To be completely honest, I have found myself bursting into tears reading some of the supporting comments from my peers across all my social media platforms. I wish I could hug each and every person right now who has shared/liked my FB page, even though I wish there was something more I could give them as well.

Volunteering at my local YMCA Healthy Kids Day as CocoRoo!

Volunteering at my local YMCA Healthy Kids Day as CocoRoo!

My Contest Facebook Page is reaching 900 likes in just 4 short days, and over half the likes are from people I’m not even friends with on Facebook (which is AWESOME – I’m going viral)! That means, people are genuinely supporting a campaign just to help a person win their dream job. I’m a strong believer that there’s more right than wrong in the world 😀

If you want to help out - one way is to print this image and take pictures of it with other friends (human or animal :) ) who support Chanel's campaign and post it on the FB Contest Page or on here!

If you want to help out – one way is to print this image and take pictures of it with other friends (human or animal 🙂 ) who support Chanel’s campaign and post it on the FB Contest Page or on here!

I have a lot of fun adventures, trips, and visits planned at some pretty unbelievable locations coming up this week that you should all be excited about! I’m honestly putting 20000% + more into this social media push to win my Dream Job, because you can’t expect anything just to fall into your lap. Hard work, passion, determination, respect, creativity, open-mindedness, and a positive attitude are all some of the key qualities to portray in the pursuit of your dreams. 

Have you ever gotten the feeling that opportunities reveal themselves to you for a reason? The Australia Tourism Board saw something in my submission video that made it stand out compared to the other 45,000 applicants. There’s not doubt that my passion for conservation awareness of our precious wildlife and environment is what drives me each and everyday to make the world a better place. I could show you a slide show of my entire life, and the majority of the photos will show me volunteering with animals, going to wildlife camps, pursuing my passion of Marine Biology, and traveling the world.

I will admit, I’ve got a very competitive side, and I won’t give up even when the going gets rough. After 4 days of launching this campaign, I’m not going to lie, I  am exhausted mentally and physically. It’s draining when you have 85 million ideas and tasks to accomplish all at once in short 24 hour day. But, that doesn’t mean it is holding me back. I woke myself up at 6:15am this morning rearing to start this incredible week!

As I’ve said before, I’m learning a lot in this process and I’m so happy to be in this position. Thank you Tourism Australia for allowing me to compete for my Dream Job in a country I hold so close to my heart.

I started a daily video blog on my journey through this process. Take a peek at what I’ve got so far:


FACEBOOK – Like / Share / Comment

TWITTER @PSChanel #ChanelWC #BestJobs @Australia – Tweet/RT Why I Australia Should Pick Me!

INSTAGRAM @ChanelWildlifeCaretaker – Like and #ChanelWC


I Woke Up This Morning, and Won 2 Blog Awards!


I always check my email right when I wake up, and even though today I was feeling a bit sick and groggy..I smiled when I read a comment left on my previous blog post today:

You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger and One Lovely Blog Award! Please do not feel pressure to accept but if you decide you’d like to, check out our post… http://fashionstyleguru.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/very-inspiring-blogger-award-one-lovely-blog-award/ Cheers Fashion & Style Guru

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH Fashion & Style Guru team of two 🙂 You both are so fantastic! Check out their blog here

Usually when you are nominated for a blogging award, there are rules that go along with it. The rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire
  • Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

Seven Things About Me (I’ll try giving you things that you can’t tell by reading around my blog):

1. I have a weakness for bagpipes.. I think the music they make is beautiful

2. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life, and I plan I keeping it that way

3. I’m bionic. I’ve got a couple titanium bolts in my knee after 2 surgeries!

4. I make amazing breakfasts.. it is after all the most important meal of the day

5. I have 2 birthmarks, one looks like a tiny Texas (glad my body knows my roots!)

6. I’ve never been stung by a bee.. (knock on wood!!!)

7. I was just reminded this past weekend that I’m still AMAZING at foosball. Battle me sometime?

My 15 Nominations for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award are:

1. Those Young Moms

2. Adventure With Us

3. Bucket List Publications

4. Aware of the Void

5. LoveFitLife

6. Rawful News

7. What Life Says

8. The Chatter Blog

9. Nicole Metha Photography

10. The Pal Guy

11. Outside Air

12. Live Simply, Travel Lightly, Love Passionately & Don’t Forget to Breathe

13. The Conservative Hillbilly

14. Journeym4n

15. 365 Days

Have a fantastic day bloggers! 🙂