What happened to Jenna?

As I struggle with my own metabolism, I find it hard to watch Jenna Hamilton (actress Ashley Rickards) put on weight in Awkward‘s Season 2.
Why I love this show so much: it reminds me of my growing up years with all these crushes and getting to know boys for the first time.
We dealt with the mean girls and the popular girls in school while trying to find our own identity.
We tried to fit in or we did our own thing.


Awkward takes me back to the ’80s when I was really awkward. And we love Jenna Hamilton because she’s the regular girl who gets noticed by two popular boys in school—one of them, a class president who drops a cheerleader for her.
In Season 1, Jenna went to school with her arm in a cast after surviving freak accident in her bathroom.


She did not expect to stand out this way, but she managed


She fell in love with Matty McKibben


Got bullied by the mean girl, Sadie


But despite the mean girls’ plot to take her down, she ended up with the golden boy, Jake Rosati.


A highly anticipated Season 2 finally started last June 28.
But after watching the second episode last night, I was very sad to see Jenna’s looks deteriorate. She seems to be the only one in the cast who has gained weight drastically. This they tried to explain by having Jenna’s mom cook her favorite food every night to make up for a grave sin.


Check her tummy in this photo


Aside from the weight gain, she’s been looking especially haggard. Instead of reminding me of high school, she reminds me of being pregnant.


It’s getting hard to believe why these two guys would be fighting over her


What’s even more surprising is in Season 2, mean girl Sadie drops a lot of weight. What did she do??

Molly Tarlov sadie2
Actress Molly Tarlov as Sadie: Before and after

Here’s hoping Jenna gets her groove back this season. I need my favorite protagonist to look cute and credible, not homely.



Team Manila sends good vibes

I got the cutest swag bag from Team Manila this afternoon.


Inside: a Marc by Marc Jacobs-like cute tote and T-shirt, a zippered pouch, a tumbler, and a lanyard reflecting their new campaign of positivity.
Along with it, I found out I’ve been named a Ambassador of Positive Vibes—with Rajo Laurel, Divine Lee, Tim Yap, Tuesday Vargas, Everywhere We Shoot, Jugs Jugueta of Itchyworms, Diego Mapa of Pedicab, and Raimund Marasigan
of Sandwich.
Good to see that Team Manila’s also releasing a new shape of looser tees for women.

Ambassador of Positive Vibes (5)

I’ve always loved loose tees and want to encourage Filipinas to try new shapes.
Ambassador of Positive Vibes (2)
Ambassador of Positive Vibes (7)
Ambassador of Positive Vibes (8)
Watch out for the collection and campaign as Team Manila reopens at Rockwell this July.

Team Manila Lifestyle Stores are located at:
• 3F TriNoma Mall, Quezon City
• 2F Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
• 1F MarQuee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga
• 1F Harbor Point, Subic Freeport Zone
• 1F SM Davao Annex, Davao City

Opening soon:
Power Plant Mall • Market! Market! • SM San Lazaro • SM Manila • Bloomingdale’s Zamboanga • Trilogy Alabang Town Center


Boon Tong Kee opens at Mall of Asia

Chicken rice lovers might be glad to know another Singapore franchise just opened at Mall of Asia.
I’ve been to Boon Tong Kee a few times in Singapore. Jeroen and I have even sat down with its owner to talk about taking the franchise to Manila about five years ago.
We got turned off because we both found the Singaporean owner a bit on the arrogant side. That and it’s not my favorite chicken rice in Singapore.

Boon Tong Kee
Boon Tong Kee Singapore

That didn’t stop me from checking out the new Philippine franchise at Mall of Asia’s Entertainment Mall (by the bayside). I came alone yesterday around 4 PM and found the restaurant understandably empty.
The aircon inside wasn’t working and the floors were slippery—it felt like floorwax. It’s probably a good sign (for them). Maybe they had lots of guests for lunch.
Afraid to slip and melt in the heat, I decided to sit outside.

Boon Tong Kee

I ordered chicken rice and two kinds of chicken to taste. The waiter wasn’t the brightest, so I asked to be helped by someone else. The staff is really friendly here and love to do small talk.
Through its glass windows I saw that they could benefit from more cleaning around the corners.
The rice arrived first as a pyramid. Maybe Charice would love it. Personally, I prefer my chicken rice in a bowl or turned upside down on a plate—like a dome, not a pyramid.
Texture-wise it looked perfect and promising. But it lacked that chicken rice flavor in Singapore—when the rice is so good it’s a meal in itself.

Boon Tong Kee

The boiled chicken was excellent. Chicken-wise, this is probably the best in Manila.

Boon Tong Kee

Boon Tong Kee

The other chicken was fried to perfection. Crisp-wise, it doesn’t get better than this. Taste-wise, however, I think it lacked salt. But I’m not sure because my taste buds have been out of whack lately. Maybe it deserves another try.

Boon Tong Kee

Still it’s not everyday I go to Mall of Asia. I’ve been there maybe five times in my life. So maybe I’ll have to wait until a branch opens closer to us.

Penguin through the years

This logo gives the warm fuzzies as it reminds me of my late grandfather, Emilio Galang.

Munsingwear store

We called it Munsingwear and recognized it by its original penguin logo
My grandfather, an avid golfer back in the day, used to wear them a lot. A former Commissioner of Immigration, his portrait still hangs at the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros, where he used to hold office.

My grandfather, the commissioner

Started in 1955 as line of golf shirts, it was sported by gold legends Jack Nicklaus (R)


and even Arnold Palmer (in white) before his name also became a brand of sportswear.

Arnold Palmer in Munsingwear

It was worn by Clint Eastwood in the ’70s

Clint Eastwood

In 1995 it was relaunched as Original Penguin and has since been spotted on Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and Angelina

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Darren Criss of Glee

Darren Criss

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

and Niall Horan Of One Direction.

Niall Horan Of One Direction

(To be continued)

Georgina Wilson, It Girl

Esquire Philippines‘s “Woman We Love” is Georgina Wilson, who shows her bolder side in this July’s issue.
The British-Filipina “It Girl” unravels how she truly feels about certain issues in the country, and why it’s always important to take a stand—whether or not the majority agrees.
“Having a strong opinion doesn’t mean you’re negative or whatever. It’s just that you love your country and you have hopes for it. And that demands that you speak up and do something about it,” she tells Esquire.

Georgina Wilson Esquire cover

Esquire trains the spotlight on every man’s passion as it releases its Sports Issue, featuring legendary sports journalist Ronnie Nathanielsz, PBA player Mick Pennisi, and boxer Nonito Donaire Jr., who finds his match and greatest defender in his wife, Tae Kwon Do blackbelter Rachel Marcial.
More than just being The Filipino Flash’s equal, Rachel is all too capable in the controversy-riddled world of boxing as she reveals interesting details about Nonito, his family, her career, and their marriage.

Also in this month’s issue of Esquire are a couple of lists featuring songs every man should listen to in 2012, things your father should have taught you, Sonny Angara in Man at His Best, and more.
Esquire Philippines is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide at Php 195.
All iPad users also get a chance to have a copy of the Sports Issue’s alternate cover.

Georgina Wilson


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