December 16th, 2012 by Ivy Suryasentana
[singlepic id=528 w=320 h=240 float=right]On December 15th and 16th Santa Claus made his annual visit to the Alameda and Millbrae offices of Trans Pacific National Bank taking pictures with over 200 good boys & girls. More than 400 customers and other moms and dads enjoyed hot apple cider, coffee, and holiday treats. Each child received a candy cane and a goody bag filled with surprises from Santa. With enough smiles, holiday tunes, and Christmas cheer to go around people couldn’t say enough about how wonderful it was that TPNB had Santa visit for this special free event for the community.
October 31st, 2012 by Ivy Suryasentana
On Halloween afternoon over 300 Trick or Treaters ended their search for candy from the businesses on Webster Street in Alameda at Trans Pacific National Bank’s haunted parking lot at 1442 Webster. Throughout the afternoon children from ages 1 to 12 enjoyed a bounce house (provided by Localize It!), special treat bags full of goodies, face painting, and a special Taiko Drum performance provided by Rhythmix Cultural Works. The drum performance, which could be heard up and down Webster Street, included several opportunities for some of the attending Trick or Treaters to to participate in their own drum performance. The afternoon concluded with a costume contest which saw scary, original and amazing costumes on display and winners getting some ghoulish awards and trophies. Many of the winners and attendees also took home a pumpkin provided by Dan’s Fresh Produce. The staff at TPNB wished all the goblins, superheros, and princesses “Happy Halloween” as headed home to get ready for their night of more trick or treating and told them to come back next year for more fiendish fun.
October 14th, 2012 by Ivy Suryasentana
The hottest culinary class act of food, wine, desserts and artisanal producers was showcased at the Wa Sung’s 12th annual ‘A Chef’s Delight’ , a food & wine tasting fundraiser festival on October 14th at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Trans Pacific National Bank was there and was a sponsor. There was a fabulous variety of over 30 vendors with a dozen of specifically in-demand wineries, desserts including not-so ordinary cupcakes, chocolate that sinfully melted in your mouth , cool traditional Hawaiian shaved ice, and creative drinks. Entertaining the crowd were unique demonstrations which included TPNB’s customer Dan’s Fresh Produce “pumpkin patch 101”.
The main auditorium that showcased wineries, microbreweries, the best BBQ pork loin, mouth watering ribs, & chicken, Pan-African Cuisine, a traditional Chinese Roast Pig, Hummus with vegetable dressing, meatballs in a tangy sauce, huge selection of tasty bakery items, Mango & Milk Tea coolers, garlic noodles, a variety of 9 flavorful breads, cheeses, blueberry cream cheese spreads, stuffed tomatoes, curry chicken, tacos, and a lot more! The adjoining rooms 4 & 5 had a live jazz band, an exquisite silent auction of over 70 items, refreshing authentic Hawaiian shaved ice and the ambiance of an outdoor seating area for the socially inclined.Guests enjoyed all of these delicacies while walking around with wine glasses provided by TPNB.
This annual fundraiser is presented by Wa Sung and the co-beneficiary is two-fold: the Wa Sung Community Center and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC). OACC is instrumental to Wa Sung for our community center office, public programs, meetings and events! The event raised a gross of $30,000 and was a highly successful fundraiser! Mark your calendar, next year’s event will be on October 20, 2013!