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10:32 pm

Sporty Spice

25/03/2014, Accessories, Current Affairs, Cycling, Prada, Rome, Sports

The first thing that came to my mind when Citi Bikes launched in New York City last year was “THEY’RE GONNA BE THE DEATH OF ME!” I’ve always been petrified of using bicycles in a big city. I think it has something do with my constant fear of being hit by a fast-moving vehicle. It’s already bad that I’ve almost gotten hit MANY, MANY times by a car/bus/truck WHILE WALKING let alone being on a bike. The last time I used a bike was in Paris about a year and a half ago when Rumi and I rented Velibs, not to bike around Paris but to use as props for our blogs…HAH!

Moving along…

I walked past shop with a sign that said “BIKE RENTAL” on our second day in Rome. Mr. Sweden and I went inside. I was curious what their bikes looked like. I was amazed how they have mini bikes, perfect for my petite self. After two days of Uber-ing and cabbing around Rome, I thought it would be refreshing to channel my inner Sporty Spice, rent a bike for an hour or two, see where our bikes lead us. Lo and behold we ended biking for four hours that day, with a quick pit stop at our hotel for an outfit change.

We loved biking so much we decided to come back to the same shop the following morning to do it again but alas, the shop was closed. After half an hour, I found another company and we rented slightly bigger bikes, not for a few hours but for a few days!

In a span of four days, I biked approximately 150 kilometers. We literally biked EVERYWHERE in Rome. EVERYWHERE! EVERYDAY!For hours each day. Right down to our last day. We’d start a little bit after sunrise and go back to the hotel by dusk. Saw most of the tourist spots and of course, we even went to the city outskirts. We also biked through a huge part of Appia Antica, one of the oldest, most important roads in ancient Rome.

Who knew there was a cyclist in me? I’m shocked! Will I do it again? Hell yes. I think I found a new love. This is so much better than Soul Cycle (which I, agonizingly if I may add, tried once and never went back)!

Bryanboy outside the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy
Bryanboy biking on his way to Appia Antica, Rome

Feather crown, sweater, legwarmers and sandals by Prada, shorts by Rag & Bone, sunglasses by Balenciaga
Sweater by COS, sweatpants by Zara, sandals by Givenchy (click HERE), sunglasses by Balenciaga
Bracelets by Cartier and Hermes, watch by Rolex

5:44 pm

Tennis Match

12/03/2013, Current Affairs, Los Angeles, Phillip Lim, Sports

I hit the courts with Queenie and Rumi the other day. It was my first time playing tennis. I have to say that I did pretty well, considering I wore 3 inch Marc by Marc Jacobs wedge sneakers on the court. Mama Anna Wintour is probably beaming with pride and delight right now…

Unless you count swimming in hotel pools or online shopping marathons, I’m not big on sports. I really should be more active at my age. Handling racquets and chasing balls is my idea of a perfect Sunday activity. Why not?

Bryanboy in West Hollywood playing tennis wearing 3.1 Phillip Lim I Love Nueva York tank top

Shirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim (click HERE to buy), shorts by 3.1 Phillip Lim, shoes by Marc by Marc Jacobs, watch by Cartier

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12:31 pm

Sports, Illustrated.

16/09/2012, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs, Sports

Oh hi guys!

Bryanboy with Conor Dwyer, Amar'e Stoudemire and Henrik Lundqvist

Lace blazer and bag from Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Prada

I ended New York Fashion Week on a high note. At the Calvin Klein Collection dinner held at the new Beatrice Inn, I had the pleasure of meeting three wonderful sportsmen of the moment: the very handsome Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Conor Dwyer, superstar New York Knicks basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire and the Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist.

11:01 pm

LeBron James’ Shoe Closet

02/06/2011, Shoes, Sports

Remember LeBron James? The famous basketball star who was the subject of American Vogue’s controversial (with Gisele) cover? Check out a video with his shoe closet in the background. Amazing, his shoe display.

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2:11 am

My Life As A College Water Polo Jock

30/05/2011, Boston, Current Affairs, Sports

I’ve always wanted to be part of a sports team. Back in high school, I’ve always tried out at the beginning of the school year to be part of either the softball or volleyball varsity teams. Unfortunately, all the nasty queens vetoed me out year after year. Whatevs. Wind the clocks forward and look where I’m at. I’m not bitter. There’s a time and place for everything in life. Say hello to the newest addition to the Harvard Water Polo team!

Bryanboy as Harvard Water Polo Team Jock

Excuse my mess. I’ve just moved in to my new pad. Click click click!

4:08 pm

Formula 1 Shanghai Photo Diary

19/04/2011, Current Affairs, Formula One, Shanghai, Sports

As promised, here are some pictures I took on the final day of the Formula 1 Shanghai race. It was spectacular! I’ve also thrown in some photos during the Pit Lane Walkabout. Klaus, one of GQ Germany’s editors, told me that Paddock Club access is the F1 equivalent to sitting front row at the shows. I’m really glad I went to F1. Look at me — I’m turning into a sports fanatic! I told my bf the other day that it’s important to spread out to things other than fashion as well.

Bryanboy at Formula 1 Paddock Club Rooftop

Sunglasses by Karen Walker [click here], coat by Whyred, shirt by Banana Republic, bag by Mulberry, trousers by Whyred, shoes from See by Chloe [click here]

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6:50 pm

Formula One Shanghai Video Diary

18/04/2011, Formula One, Shanghai, Sports

Watching the Formula One race in Shanghai has got to be one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had. Ever. It really played with my senses — sight and especially sound. Here are some of the videos I took from yesterday.

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10:54 am

Formula Blogger

17/04/2011, Current Affairs, Shanghai, Sports

Two nights ago, I was presented with two Sunday options: Shanghai shopping tour or go to the last day of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix. A few people opted for Formula 1 so, in order not to be left out, I ended up choosing it. Fast forward to this morning, I was *this* close to bailing out attending Formula 1 (Me? Sport? Come on…) and then I thought, I probably won’t have this opportunity in my life so why not go and test it out? Again, I live my life with the mantra ‘when was the last time you did something for the first time?’

Bryanboy at Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai
Bryanboy at Michael Schumacher's Pit Lane at Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai

I went, I saw and boy, I had lots of fun.

It turns out, my (complimentary) Formula 1 Paddock Club access pass is worth 2,700 euros — just for today. Can you imagine how many shoes you can buy with that money? After spending the entire day at the races, I can understand why sporting events have lots and lots of fans willing to shell out tons of money. What I experienced was BEYOND amazing!

More to follow. I’m late for dinner!

2:08 pm

A New Passion Outside Fashion

20/03/2011, Current Affairs, Sports, Sweden

It’s my birthday tomorrow and I thought I’d take up something new. After a month of fashion high, I have a new obsession: motorbikes!

Bryanboy Bikerboy

5:55 am

Adam Carolla vs Manny Pacquiao

03/04/2010, Manila, Sports

Adam Carolla vs Manny Pacquiao

Oh dear. Here we go again. I’m gonna get myself some popcorn, sit back and watch Filipinos retaliate in droves. Radio comedian Adam Carolla is under fire for making these comments about boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Adam Carolla vs Manny Pacquiao

Some of Adam Carolla’s choice comments:

  • Here’s how you know when your country doesn’t have a lot going for it: When everything is about Manny Pacquiao.
  • All you fucking got is just an illiterate guy who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people? And that’s all you have as Philippines? Oh they are so proud of their native son. He’s gonna run for congress in the Philippines.
  • It’s fine to be proud of your countrymen and that’s it? That’s all you got?

I thought the whole thing is hilarious if you ask me. Some of the things he said are utterly, utterly crap while some do have home truths to it.

What do you think? Is he really, genuinely racist?