Two Days in Kuala Lumpur + AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017

I think this year is looking bright for the nomadic me. Well, I'm claiming it! =D After Bohol, I was invited again by AirAsia to cover one of their events--- this time in Malaysia! This time I, together with a few media friends and my loves Kelly, were asked to cover the launch of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017. What is this all about? More details below as well as random stories and photos!

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AirAsia in Malaysia

Waiting for our luggage

I wasn't able to withdraw money in Manila so I called up BPI before boarding the plane and had my card activated for international withdrawals. Worked like magic in Malaysia! Yey!

Woots! My money for 3 days! Kashang kasha!

Kelly having some bills exchanged

Their airport is HUGE. Hello, Huawei!

AirAsia's RedQ office is located beside KLIA2 so we checked in sa nearest hotel which is Tune Hotel. It's just across KLIA2 exit and bus stops. So convenient! If you need someplace to crash before a connecting flight, then book a room here. 

You would immediately see the hotel upon KLIA2 exit

Lakas maka Boracay hehe

Here's my room!

Toilet was clean

I was supposed to share this room with a blogger from Brunei but she didn't show up. All to myself! Hehe.

View from my window

The event was scheduled the next day, so we had the rest of the afternoon and night all to ourselves. It was Kelly's first time in Malaysia so we both decided to go to the city even for a few hours. We just wanted to take a photo of and with the Petronas and also try some local cuisine. 

Our uber ride to the city!

Instead of taking the train or riding a cab, we opted for Grab and Uber! It's much cheaper by 30rm! We only paid 77rm from our hotel to the Petronas Tower. Same rate going back. That includes the toll na.

Finally here!!!

It was my first time to see the Petronas up close at night, all lit up!


Cutie ni ate

Ako din dapat haha

Kelly and his Gucci obsession. Haha

In fairness, malakas ang self control! Nilet go nia! Haha

Missed this!

After going around the mall, we decided to go to Petaling Night Market for dinner. Bought tickets going to Pasar Seni

We got to the city at around 6pm. We took mandatory tourist shots in front of the Petronas, strolled inside the mall and then took a train going to Pasar Seni, the nearest train station to Petaling Night Market. There was some kind of religious Hindu event going on when we got there so the area was so lively and crowded. After eating, we headed back to the hotel. 

We followed the signs and the people until we reached our destination

Made it!!!


Favorite dinner place!

Kelly and I finished everything. So good!

The event was not until 2:30pm the next day, so we all agreed to check out Mitsui Outlet Mall muna, do a little shopping and eat lunch there. I skipped breakfast because I opted to sleep more, so I just followed the group to Mitsui. Even if I was alone, it was really easy going there. The shuttle bus terminal was just across Tune Hotels in front of KLIA2 exit. :)

Commercial muna! Here are a few products I really swear by (I buy them talaga): The Body Shop Drops of Light, Biore UV Perfect Brightening Milk, Beachborn Healing Toner, Maybelline Hyperink Liner!

Free shuttle to Mitsui mall from the airport. Look for this bay! B09 okay?

There's a bus every 5-10 minutes

They are just parked outside Mitsui's main entrance

It was like Paseo in Nuvali! 2 floors of different outlet stores. I saw Mango, Cotton On, Typo, Sasa, Bratpack, Samsonite, Nike, Adidas, Versace, DVF, and many more! I was THIS close to buying a luggage set for P7000. Good thing I still had self control haha. I, however, bought lots of face masks from SASA for just P300 and loafers from Mango for P800. So many good deals. 

That one! Bought it! So comfy.

I wanted to buy lamps and lights but they were heavy huhu

Masks galore in SASA! They even have tax refund and extra discount waaaah

Lunch time at ME TIME Restaurant!

In fairness, meals are reasonably priced!

I shared with Kelly again, we ordered ribeye steak, pasta, cheese baked rice with chicken. SOOO GOOD!!! Naubos na naman namin! I love sharing with Kelly. Hihi.

After our sumptuous lunch at Me Time, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and dress up for the event. I was so excited to see AirAsia's headquarters in Malaysia. It's literally just a few blocks away from the airport and Tune Hotels.

OMG, the AirAsia RedQ office is HUGE. It's what office dreams are made of. Anyway, we were warmly welcomed by the Malaysia team who were all so nice. The event did not immediately start so Kelly and I went around to take photos. :) Yen (who is AirAsia Manila's current PR superstar) said they even have a gym and footsal room on the 2nd floor! They also discourage smoking because they want to promote health and wellness to their employees. Well, that also explains the huge salad bar in the middle of the floor. Can I live here? Haha.

Philippines reprezent!

Aspiring fashion designers across the Asean region are set to receive the opportunity of a lifetime! AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 is back for the third season and this time they will be expanding the search to all 10 Asean countries! The competition will see audition tours across the capitals of each country throughout April to June to find the top two aspiring fashion designers to represent their country at the Grand Finale taking place in Kuala Lumpur this August.

Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad

Ms. Omar said, “Asean is a region filled with rich culture, which has inspired many fashion designers across the globe. But most importantly, Asean also has a strong talent pool which we hope to help bring to the forefront of the fashion industry through this regional designer search. We are very proud to announce that we have expanded the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search to all ten Asean countries, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s competition will bring.”

Andrew Tan, Founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear

He said, “We are delighted to once again partner with AirAsia for AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017. The energy and creations witnessed last year was fantastic which is why we are even more eager to see what is in store for this year with the expansion of five additional countries in Asean. AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search is without a doubt one of the most prestigious designer search event in the Asean region. With enormous media and industry exposure provided to all the finalists, it has shortened the gap between dreams and reality for those who aim to have their own brand one day. We can’t wait to see all the finalists feature their collections down the runway this August at the KLFW RTW 2017.”

2016 winning collection by Thailand designer Anuruq Jaidee. Beautiful!


This designer search is open to any individual of any nationality, 30 years of age or below and residing in any of the ten Asean countries. Three (3) women’s ready-to-wear sketches inspired by Asean destinations are to be submitted.


Click here to register: klfashionweek.com
For more infos, email: aarrds2017@klfashionweek.com

(2017 Panelists from L-R) Alia Bastamam, Malaysia Renowned Fashion Designer; Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad; Andrew Tan, KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear; Yang Mei Ling, Editor of FEMALE Magazine Malaysia; Vivy Yusof, Co-Founder of FashionValet at the official launch of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017​


Renowned fashion designers from each country such as Q Design and Play from Thailand, Anthony Ramirez from the Philippines (Go Pinas!) and Mel Ahyar from Indonesia will be part of the panel of judges for the auditions at each respective cities; while Founder of KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear, Andrew Tan and Co-Founder of FashionValet, Vivy Yusof will be permanent judges across all auditions throughout Asean. Malaysia’s very own Alia Bastamam, renowned fashion designer as well as Yang Mei Ling, Editor of FEMALE Malaysia magazine will also be part of the judging panel for the Malaysian auditions.

Holding the mic is Vivy Yusof, Co-Founder of FashionValet

She said, “I'm very excited to be a part of the third season of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search - the biggest season yet! Last year was truly an amazing experience, but I know this year will be even greater. There is no other opportunity like this for designers in Asean so we are expecting to see a wide variety of styles and creativity.”


The winner of this regional designer search will walk away with prizes worth at least RM350,000 (or more than Php4M) including a confirmed slot in KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear 2018, RM25,000 (or equivalent of Php350,000) sponsored by FashionValet to produce a capsule collection which will be sold on FashionValet.com, 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points as well as AirAsia flights and more. Why am I not a designer?!

AirAsia is also KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear 2017’s Preferred Travel Partner and will be flying in fashion designers throughout the AirAsia Group’s extensive route network including from India, China, Australia, Japan and South Korea to be featured on the KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear runway from 16 - 20 August 2017.

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 Audition Schedule

1 April 2017
Manila, Philippines
8 April 2017
15 April 2017
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
22 April 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6 May 2017
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
20 May 2017
Bangkok, Thailand
 27 May 2017
Yangon, Myanmar
 3 June 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia
10 June 2017
Vientiane, Laos
 17 June 2017
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We were treated to a wonderful performance by singer & AirAsia ambassador, Guy Sebastian!


So designer friends, I hope you all join! I believe in the Filipino talent & creativity and I'm confident we could win this year. I know a lot of designers with strong potential to become global so I'm so excited for this. Don't forget to sign up and join! Go, Philippines! :) 

Follow AirAsia’s YouTube Channel (youtube.com/user/AirAsia) for webisodes featuring the journey of all participants or follow the hashtag #AirAsiaRunway on other social media channels such as Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia).

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