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Kayla Wong Talks Comfort Food and Her Ideal Partner

The budding philanthropist is more than just the daughter of supermodel Janet Ma and actor Michael Wong.


PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 April, 2016, 5:04pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:04pm

A budding philanthropist, Kayla Wong has promoted causes from the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Fund to speaking openly about LGBT causes through her public profile as the daughter of supermodel Janet Ma and actor Michael Wong. Wong also launched her own fashion label, Basics for Basics, which emphasizes fair trade practices and clothing that is made with love and care. Wong chats with us about spreading love and living simply in Hong Kong.

What does style mean to you? Style to me is the way someone shows their character and personality. It is very personal and allows us to be creative and think out of the box. My style varies with my mood, but my go-to outfit is usually a plain tee with comfy worn out jeans and sneakers.

What’s your favorite spot in the city? My secret place is actually a spot in Causeway Bay called Dream On Cafe. They have nice drinks and yummy snacks, and they feature different local artists from time to time which is a great plus. I love to discover new artists so getting the chance to do that while sipping on a warm drink is great.

What’s your favorite meal in Hong Kong? There are too many to choose from! I love food so it is impossible for me to pick one, but I’d say my go-to comfort meal would be a bowl of fishball noodles from Kong Chai Kee (江仔記) in Causeway Bay, just a few steps away from Times Square.

Favorite under-the-radar place to shop in town? I normally shop online, but if I were to choose a shop that I like in Hong Kong it would be The 9th Muse in Central. I am a big fan of jewelry and I love collecting rings—The 9th Muse always has interesting brands and designers. They even recently launched their own in-house designed jewelry!

What do you do to unwind? At the moment my favorite thing to do is yoga—I go to Pure. I’ve been practising for a few years now, but I’m not the most diligent student. On a day I feel like treating myself, I go for a spa massage. It’s the ultimate relaxation time where I get to just enjoy my own company. I don’t really have a go-to place for a spa treatment as I don’t go that often and I always like trying new places. But if I were to pick a place that never fails, it would be Flawless in Central.

Do you believe in a higher power? I believe there is a higher power and I believe in the power of prayer.  

What was the most romantic thing your partner has ever done for you? The most romantic thing my partner did for me was when I was very sick in bed but she wasn’t in town, she had flowers sent to my home. It made my day!

What quality do you think is the sexiest? I think a creative mind is the sexiest. I love being around creative people because they inspire me and they make me feel more alive.  

What quality do you strive to have in your everyday life? I think perseverance is a very important quality to have. In anything you do, whether if it’s work or being in a relationship, it is important to never give up no matter how hard times may be.