Lee Min Ho opens 3rd Kyochon branch in the Philippines

Lee Min Ho, we meet again.
Let me just say this: I love Lee Min Ho. Thanks to my cousin-in-law Keri Zamora, I discovered the wonders of Korean dramas via Boys Over Flowers, where Lee Min Ho plays the crushable rich spoiled brat, Gu Jun-pyo.
Since then I’ve been seeing Lee Min Ho all over Asia—for Bench

Lee Min Ho for Bench


Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho


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OSIM uDiva

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Samsonite Red

Lee Min Ho


Lee Min Ho for Fila

and so much more. I have seen him a couple of times in Manila for Bench and I feel so lucky that all my encounters with him have been effortless.

Lee Min Ho

And now we meet again.
The traffic in Greenhills last Tuesday reminded me of Christmas season—except people weren’t there to shop.
We were there to get a glimpse of the most popular Korean actor probably in Asia.
The event was set for 6 PM but fans of Lee Min Ho were already at the venue as early as 10 AM.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Kyochon, famous for its double-fried chicken, with over 950 branches in South Korea, recently opened its third branch in the Philippines at Greenhills Theater Mall.
We made it just in time to take our seat when popular Korean host Sam Oh and my cousin, San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, welcomed Kyochon ambassador Lee Min Ho amid screaming fans.
In fairness, I didn’t know Francis was that good onstage—showbiz na showbiz ang dating!

Sorry, my battery died.
Had no idea Lee Min Ho is almost as tall as my cousin Francis, who stands 6’5″.
According to Wikipedia, the Korean actors stands 6 feet 1 ½”. (Take a look at his shoe.)

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

This is the actor’s fourth visit to the Philippines. The 28-year-old is best known for his roles in the TV dramas Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter, and The Heirs. He also stars in the upcoming movie, Gangnam 1970.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Love that smile

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Last year, after opening at SM Megamall, Kyochon promised it would bring Lee Min Ho to the Philippines.
During the program, fans who had won in Kyochon’s Facebook contest received signed posters from Lee Min Ho and had a photo opportunity with the actor.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

He also signed few tables that will be placed inside Kyochon stores.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Asked about his Kyochon favorites, Min Ho said his choice depends on his mood. He prefers spicy chicken when stressed, but normally goes for honey.
My personal favorite is the original wings. Yum!

Kyochon chicken

Min Ho urged Filipinos to try Kyochon’s Soonsal series, which are chicken strips coated in special rice batter and served with three sauces.
Kyochon chicken is fried twice, making the skin crunchier and the meat less greasy. It is known for its thin batter and double frying method that removes excess oil.
Kyochon is now open at Greenhills Theater Mall, SM Megamall, SM City Fairview and soon at Eastwood Citywalk.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

To know more about Kyochon, click HERE.
(Photos: Daniel Tan)

Watch all episodes of House of Cards, Season 3 on February 28!

If you love House of Cards, February 28, 2015 is your day.
On a Saturday, beginning 4 PM, stay home because RTL CBS Asia Entertainment HD will air the latest 13 chapters (episodes) of its third season.
After the weekend watchathon, the series will air weekly every Wednesday at 9:55pm beginning March 4, 2015.

House of Cards

“As a TV network, we have taken a bold and unique step to air the complete series in the same way as it premieres in the US,” said Jonas Engwall, CEO, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “We believe this will curb alternative and illegal sources for the series that historically have been used.”

“We are extremely happy to be able to bring all 13 chapters (episodes) of the latest season of House of Cards to audiences in the region on the same day the series is released in the US,” said Jennifer Batty, EVP Programming, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “This shows our commitment to bringing programs as close to their original release dates as possible.”

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as President Francis Underwood in a one-hour political drama series that goes behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C.
Francis and his equally ambitious wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, stop at nothing to ensure their hold on power.

House of Cards

Developed and produced by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), House of Cards has earned several accolades including Kevin Spacey’s most recent Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Drama, Robin Wright’s Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Drama, as well as Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
It was also honored as one of the American Film Institute’s TV Programs of the Year for 2013.

Top 6 Best Dressed at the Oscars 2015

Don’t hold your breath. I am extremely hard to please when it comes to fashion.
I look forward to the Oscars each year and try to wake up early to watch the Red Carpet arrivals.
After spending a couple of hours looking at everyone’s attire online, here’s my Best Dressed List for the Oscars 2015, in no particular order.

The given: Cate Blanchett in Margiela. Because I’ve never seen Cate Blanchett get it wrong. She’s kind of perfect.

Cate Blanchett in Margiela

Pretty in pink: Vogue Editor Anna Wintour looks youthful with the perfect hair and the dress

Anna Wintour

Keira Knightley in Valentino. Because it’s hard to be gorgeous and pregnant at the same time, and we’re so over the skin-tight, show-off-your-baby-bump pregnant look.

Keira Knightley in Valentino

I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga, but I really love her in Alaïa—red rubber gloves included.
Bit of trivia: One of my teachers at Parsons scolded me back in the ’90s for designing dresses worn with potholders.
I so get this look.

gaga in alaia

Juman Malouf. Wes Anderson’s partner reminds me of Mich Dulce with the hair, the glasses, the vintage-looking bag, and the dress that looks thrifted.

Juman Malouf

Finally, I’m not a huge fan of Adam Levine, but I am now. I love that he’s wearing a prom look to the Oscars, with the pomade hair, the rolled-up sleeves, and the tattoos. I lovett.

Adam Levine

To sum it up:
Simple jewellery.
Simple hair.
No cleavage.
Minimal accessories.

Found: Olympia Le-Tan’s LeSportsac collab

So I went crazy and got some Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac.

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan is known for combining two of her passions—embroidery and books—into limited edition bags and clutches, lovingly made in France.
The self-taught designer used to work at Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld before joining Gilles Dufour at Balmain.
Now her creations have charmed Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Clémence Poésy.
Personally I find her bags so expensive, so when I found out she created a line for LeSportsac, I went nuts and ordered some pieces.

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan and the soft clutch at the launch of her LeSportsac collab in Paris

For Spring 2015, LeSportsac celebrates the literary tradition of love letters with three original prints designed by Le-Tan: Blooming Hearts in soft pink is a romantic sheet of postage stamps, while Love Letters comes in blue and black backgrounds splashed with letters, books, stamps, and kisses, and more.
Available in LeSportsac’s heritage nylon, the collection also includes three soft sided clutches inspired by Le-Tan’s signature Book Clutch
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

It also has specialty totes

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsacOlympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

and 31 classic LeSportsac styles.

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

See the other styles online and at LeSportsac locations. Now available at Estancia Mall, Robsinsons Magnolia, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Cebu, Rustan’s Gateway and Rustan’s Robinsons Place Manila.
In the Philippines, LeSportsac is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc.—a member of the SSI Group.

Tried & tested: Greenwich Pizza Thins

“What do you love most about the Philippines?” I asked Jeroen when we were dating in 1997.
(Hmmm….I though he would say me…)

Around 2:30 PM, I still look for merienda. Especially when I’m writing.
Dinna and I were working at home last week when we decided to try Greenwich Pizza Thins.
Since I was already online, I just went to this site and ordered all five flavors: Signature Special, Hawaiian, 7-Cheese, Pepperoni, and All-Meat.

Greenwich pizza thins

It was 2:37 PM.
At 2:48 PM, I received a text message from Greenwich confirming my order. I was impressed that nobody called to bug me and repeat everything I ordered. I would really like to cut the middle man when ordering food, so I love this.
The pizzas arrived at 3:20 PM.

Greenwich pizza thins
Greenwich pizza thins

They were still warm. We didn’t have to heat up anything. This was our pizza buffet.

Greenwich pizza thins
1) Pepperoni • 2) Signature Special • 3) All-Meat • 4) Hawaiian • 5) 7-Cheese

And yes, there is a cracking sound when you bite into it.
The best thing about a thinner pizza crust is it doesn’t “compete” with the toppings. A thicker crust can sometimes be too filling or overwhelming, while a thin pizza crust is firm and crispy.
The 9” Double size is good for two people. There’s also a 12” Barkada size.

My favorite was the 7-Cheese pizza, with mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, blue cheese, queso de bola, special cheese and cream cheese. If you like salty and sweet, you’ll enjoy this with ice cold Coke.

Greenwich pizza thins

Hawaiian, a Filipino favorite, has ham and pineapple chunks. Dinna liked this, because of the interplay of sweet and salty.

Greenwich pizza thins

The Signature Special has 10 premium toppings of meat, vegetables and cheeses.

Greenwich pizza thins

The All-Meat has pepperoni, ground beef, salami strips, Italian sausage and bacon.

Greenwich pizza thins

And the Pepperoni is spicy and savory.

Greenwich pizza thins

Choose the better pizza and #CrackThat with Greenwich Pizza Thins.
Order online or call 5-55-55.

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