Source: The Straits Times via AsiaOne
One day after losing to her Filipino competitor Jonathan Allen Yabut in the finale of the reality television series The Apprentice Asia, Singaporean contestant Andrea Loh said that "there is no shame in coming in second".
Speaking to Life! over the phone from Manila, where she is on tour with the reality show contestants, Loh said: "It is a very bitter disappointment, but I am very proud to have made it to this stage. I definitely have regrets, but at this point I feel that it would almost be ungrateful to complain."
The 25-year-old civil and commercial litigation lawyer was the youngest contestant on the show and the only Singaporean representative.
The 11-episode reality show is a Asian spin-off of the American reality show helmed by celebrity real estate developer Donald Trump where business entrepreneurs compete against one another in tasks for an apprenticeship under the business magnate, with one contestant being eliminated in each weekly episode.
The show started airing in May with Malaysian aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, stepping into the shoes of Trump as host and determining which of the 12 finalists gets "fired" in every episode until the last one is hired.
In the final episode, which aired over AXN on Wednesday night, Yabut and Loh were given the task of organising a black-tie fund-raiser for the AirAsia Foundation, in which her task-oriented working style was pitted against Yabut's people-oriented personality.
"Jonathan was much more confident than I was. I was really overwhelmed in the final part given my relative lack of working experience," said Loh.
Yabut, a 27-year-old senior product manager, clinched a one-year contract and a six-figure salary job in AirAsia.
Loh will be heading back to Singapore on Friday morning, and says that she is exploring her options outside of her law career.
"I would say that I am excited right now, because I know that I can do anything if I set my mind to it."
Photos: Andrea Loh's Apprentice Asia Facebook, AXN