Sylvia Park wins BAYO design competition

Last June 30, 2012, BAYO named the winner of the First SoFA Young Designer for BAYO Design Competition.
Co-presented by Kotex Luxe, the contest aims to promote young talents in the Philippine fashion scene.
Out of seven finalists chosen from a pool of SoFA students, Sylvia Park impressed the judges with her floral and lace collection.

Sylvia Park for BAYO
Sylvia Park for BAYO
Sylvia Park for BAYO

She bested other finalists: Alyssa Lapid, Bengt Enrique, Dan Concepcion, Genesis Alcantara, Majesty de Castro and Stefanie Caintic, who received BAYO gift items and certificates.
Park received a Php 100,000 cash prize, and her seven-piece collection will be sold in BAYO outlets nationwide under the the “Love, Bayo” label before the year’s end.

Sylvia Park and mom

Judges included celebrity stylist Jenni Epperson; Heima Store creative director Rossy Yabut; bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan; and BAYO founders Lynn Agustin and Yvette Lejano.
The competition is part of BAYO’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Help for Anna

Leukemia sucks.
Having lost a friend and relative to leukemia, I can’t help but feel emotional whenever I hear of someone fighting the disease.
This week I’m going to collect stuff around the house to donate to a group of friends helping out a friend in need.
It’s all for a good cause—you get to help a young mother and her family, and you get to clean up your house.
Please read the letter below and share with your friends. Should you be moved to donate in kind, please deliver your items to 60 Matahimik Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Or if you prefer to donate cash, please click HERE.
To know more about Anna, click here.


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.

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