Yong Chavez recalls selling bread as first job in America

Hollywood correspondent Yong Chavez shared her humble beginnings in America.

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8/20/2019 3:44 PM
Yong Chavez recalls selling bread as first job in America


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ABS-CBN Hollywood correspondent Yong Chavez went on a trip down memory lane as she recalled her first job in America. 

On Instagram, Chavez shared a photo of a watch given to her as part of her job at Disney's California Adventure. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I have this watch because I was part of Disney’s California Adventure opening team in 2001. It was one of my first jobs in America. My first time in Disneyland was during new employee backstage orientation. Saw Snow White daintily taking a break in the outdoor cafeteria. She was gorgeous. I sold breads in the park’s Boudin Bakery, and eventually, on certain nights, I gave tours of the bakery and California’s history in my cheerful FOB accent. The first times I did the tour, I got rattled and forgot my spiel, but the guests were kind. Americans were kinder to people with accents then. The park was magical, and at night, it was super-cold, but part of our cast member uniforms were these thick brown coats. They always ran out of small in the uniform center so I always ended up with one that was so big it went all the way to my knees. I loved it so much. It’s like being hugged by a giant dinner roll. This weekend I will be covering D23. It’s the first time that a Philippine TV reporter is invited. I’m trying to be cool but it is a huge deal to me to come back in this way to the park where my American journey started. ❤️

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“I have this watch because I was part of Disney’s California Adventure opening team in 2001. It was one of my first jobs in America. My first time in Disneyland was during new employee backstage orientation. Saw Snow White daintily taking a break in the outdoor cafeteria. She was gorgeous,” she wrote. 

According to Chavez, her work included selling bread and giving tours at the park’s Boudin Bakery. And this, she says, was the beginning of her American dream. 

She continued: “I sold bread in the park’s Boudin Bakery, and eventually, on certain nights, I gave tours of the bakery and California’s history in my cheerful FOB accent. The first times I did the tour, I got rattled and forgot my spiel, but the guests were kind. Americans were kinder to people with accents then.”

“The park was magical, and at night, it was super-cold, but part of our cast member uniforms were these thick brown coats. They always ran out of small in the uniform center so I always ended up with one that was so big it went all the way to my knees. I loved it so much. It’s like being hugged by a giant dinner roll,” she stated. 

Chavez, who will be the first-ever Filipino reporter to cover the D23 Expo this weekend, couldn't believe how far she’s come. 

“This weekend I will be covering D23. It’s the first time that a Philippine TV reporter is invited. I’m trying to be cool but it is a huge deal to me to come back in this way to the park where my American journey started,” she concluded. 

D23, Disney’s ultimate fan event, marks its sixth biennial expo this coming August 23-25.  

Over the course of her career, Yong Chavez has interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood.