In celebration of not one, but two parties, Alvin Poh celebrated his 35th birthday in fashion and style where friends and associates were all in white. The first mysterious party was held at open sea where guests were ferried by boats to The Floating Island and treated with an amazing spread of fresh seafood. Party number two was on land in Penang’s latest fine dining restaurant – CaTCH by DAM. This birthday boy and CEO of InSync Group does not only know how to manage his clients’ private wealth, he is as good when it comes to partying.
The evening started off with the presentation of the 3 CHT Emerging Entrepreneur Awards. This is an award to recognize the young and upcoming entities that have shown great potentials in establishing themselves in the market. The three winners were Skinnergy Resources, PHC (Penang Hotel Collection) and Innovatif+. Next, 10 established leaders and organizations were awarded the CHT Pursuit Of Excellence Awards for achieving success in their respective industries and their contribution to the society. Among the prestigious awardees were Rhone Ma Holdings Berhad, Quill Group of Companies, Sunway Medical Centre, Doux Visage Sdn Bhd, Mega Fortris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, The House of MOD Sdn Bhd, Nilai Popular Sdn Bhd, Prof. Datin Paduka Dato’ Dr. Aini Ideris and Dr. Hayden Clyde Pooke. The CHT International Awards this year was awarded to some very high profile individuals including the Senior Minister Of Cambodia H.E. Ly Thuch, Race Discrimination Commissioner Australia, Chin Tan and Thailand Royal Artist, Prof. Suchart Vongthong. Last but not least, the CHT Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 was awarded to Dato Seri Michael Chong, a person who is well known and highly respected in Malaysia who has spent decades handling and solving public complaints.
Chng in his speech thanked the sponsors namely Rolls-Royce Motor Cars KL, BMW Quill Automobiles, JW Marriott KL, AGL (Asia Gemological Laboratory), Malaysia SME, Music Box, Schwarzkopf Professional, Alantic by Motion In Style and TSM.
This year’s CHT Awards was held at JW Marriott KL. The event saw Dato Seri Michael Chong presented with the CHT Lifetime Achievement trophy by Guest Of Honor Dato Lokman Hakim Ali, Secretary General of Ministry of International Trade & Industry. With an impressive guest list of 400 movers and shakers, industry magnates came from near and far. Gentlemen were in their best suits and ladies dressed to the theme ‘Fire & Ice’. It was truly a night to remember when guests posed for the red carpet along with a handsome white BMW 320i Sports by Quill Automotive. At 7.30pm, the doors to the Grand Ballroom were opened and guests were welcomed into an impressive dining space that was fit for kings! Many guests were also surprised that they would be dining with a Rolls-Royce Black Badge in the hall!
CHT Awards is never just an award presentation night. With more surprises in store, the evening was also filled with amazing entertainment including a beautiful ballet dance performance with the theme ‘The Power Of Nature’ by Asia Ballet Academy. Guests were not only mesmerized by the Chinese song rendition ‘You Are The Reason’ by singers Ying and Hang, but even more shocked when founding President CHT himself walked up stage and told everyone that both singers were actually his children. Later in the evening, international acclaimed award-winning fashion designer KL Ho Of The House Of MOD presented a sequel of his stunning fashion showcase that was specially flown into Malaysia for the night.
The Best Dressed
Both ladies and gentlemen were welldressed for the occasion making this CHT Awards 2020 a gathering of amazing people with beautiful outfits. The night was filled with camera flashes capturing these moments. 4 ladies and 1 gentleman were selected for the Best Dressed Award. Among the winners were Tengku Normah, Datin Maylene Ong, Datin Biskwita, Datin Caroline Wong and Dr Kelvin Liew. The award was presented by Richard Gan, the General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional Malaysia and Singapore.
The evening came to a close with three main categories up for auction. The first was a 18k white gold set with an oval cabochon natural Tanzanite of 7.12 carat surrounded by eight rare color-change Garnets. The ring was designed by Royals Blue accompanied with a certificate of authenticity AGL. 3 fine watercolor paintings donated by Professor Dr. Suchat Vongthong were collected by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mai and Dato Dr. Nick Ng whereas 6 high fashion dresses by couture designer Ho Kok Leong were sold within a few minutes. Part of the proceeds of this auction will go to charity.
EZ Australia was launched 5 years ago and it was the initial trust and support of the Melburnians that made this magazine where it is today. Hence we have decided to acknowledge the selected few Melburnians that have contributed and shaped this beautiful society as ‘Faces Of Melbourne’.
It was as if the universe conspired to make the CHT Gala Dinner 2019 one of the most celebrated events in Melbourne this season. Held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, the event saw to the attendance of more than 300 socialites, entrepreneurs, tycoons and the well-heeled, in their finest attire. Designer evening wear, sequins, tuxedos were the order of the night, while some even spotted capes and lacey trains.
Master of ceremonies Ian Goldsmith started the glittering event by introducing the CEO of CHTNetwork Australia Ping Ch’ng who gave an inspiring speech. The audience was also held captive by brother and founder of CHTNetwork Ch’ng Huck Theng who concluded his speech with flair and panache, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, I am Ch’ng Huck Theng.”
The evening took on a high note with spell-binding performances by Voci Classiche opera singers Cosimo Ciccone and Rada Tochalna who delivered an unforgettable and moving repertoire that left the audience in awe. Reigning over the runway was the creative and talented international designer KL Ho who recently showcased his collection at the New York Fashion Week. In Melbourne his work is nothing short of spectacular.
Winners of the Best Dressed Awards, Nicole Yap, Penny Sun, Nicole Pugsley, Christina Chia, Mazita and Nicole Chow, paraded on the runway for all to admire and emulate their ensemble of the evening. Ripples of excitement floated through the glitterati when famous auctioneer Toni El-Helou from Biggin & Scott took the floor to auction off art masterpieces, dinners cooked by celebrity chefs, media and photography services from KMT Events and DLX Creative respectively.
Just when the guests thought things could not get anymore exciting, the latest issue of EZ Australia magazine was unveiled featuring Kim Lowman from Rothelowman Architects on the cover. This was followed by a rousing and boisterous raffle draw offering prizes like air tickets from Odyssey Travel, high tea and hotel accommodation from Sofitel, eight-course degustation meal from Silks at Crown, beautiful songket fabric from the Malaysian Consulate office, electrical goods from Buffalo, wines from Rochford Estate, Royal Selangor pewter, OMI dining vouchers, and beauty treatments from Secret De Beaute.
The exquisite menu for the night was specially designed by celebrity chef Jeffrey Tan (OAM) who paired beautiful wines with Sofitel’s delectable cuisine of salmon, duck, lamb, fine cheeses, pastries and desserts.
Finally, when the curtains closed, a great night was declared by all, with many exchanging contacts and promises to keep in touch, venturing into new social and business partnerships.
TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform has announced its strategic partnership with Penang Global Tourism in a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony witnessed by Yang Berhormat Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang State EXCO of Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage. Penang Global Tourism is the first of Malaysia’s tourism boards to partner with TikTok in South East Asia.
The pilot programme in Malaysia for #TikTokTravel is an initiative that aims to inspire users to creatively capture and share their favourite travel moments. #TikTokTravel aims to become the go-to destination for social media fans’ various travel moments on mobile.
In Penang, this partnership will begin with a series of online initiatives to promote the state’s splendour. These include online challenges, bespoke filters and stickers. The campaign kicks-off with Experience Penang 2020, a campaign by Penang Global Tourism that showcases every aspect of Penang’s amazing diversity.
As part of the campaign, users can also take part in TikTok’s latest online challenge, #ExperiencePenang. Users simply have to capture their best moments in Penang and tag the post with the hashtag “#ExperiencePenang”.
George Clooney and NASA veterans joined OMEGA at Kennedy Space Center to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. The gathering of greats at Cape Canaveral in Florida brought actors and astronauts together to celebrate the world-changing Apollo 11 mission and to raise glass to the OMEGA Speedmaster: the first watch worn on the Moon.
After a day of discussions on a range of space-related subjects – including “Pushing at the Limits” and “The Moonwatch: Then and Now” – media and VIP guests enjoyed a “Golden Moments” dinner, attended by George Clooney, Amal Clooney, Charlie Duke and Thomas Stafford.
The mood was light and the memories flowed freely as the astronauts shared compelling stories about the challenges they faced to ensure the Apollo project was a success. Though a huge star in his own right, OMEGA Ambassador George Clooney was clearly in awe of his boyhood heroes and made sure their extraordinary achievements were the prime focus of the event.
Also in attendance at both the daytime talks and “Golden Moments” celebratory dinner were Astronaut and artist Nicole Stott, NASA pilot and ISS commander Terry Virts, ESA astronaut and NASA veteran Jean-François Clervoy, and former NASA engineer and the man behind the Moonwatch, Jim Ragan.
Influential captains and upcoming leaders were honored during the launch of the EZ Malaysia Special Edition – Faces Of Penang at the Imperial Court Restaurant at The Top. Organised by CHTNetwork in collaboration with EZ Malaysia, this event was to present 50 influential Penangites from various industries below the age of 50 and have contributed to the society.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, a Guest Of Honor at the event praised the organiser for showcasing the beauty of Penang and its young talents to the world. Furthermore adding to his speech, he was confident that this project would be successful in reaching millions of readers through the print, digital and social media platforms of CHTNetwork.
CHTNetwork president Ch’ng Huck Theng also cited the importance in branding and showcasing the bright and capable Faces Of Penang as an important step forward to connecting them to the world with the intention to further strengthen the economy through exploring business opportunities in both local and markets abroad.
Among those who attended the function include state executive councillor and PETACH chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, Director of Tourism Malaysia Penang Jonathan Bagang, Penang Port Commission chairman Jeffrey Chew and Malaysian Hotels Association (Penang Chapter) chairman Koo Boo Lim, Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau chief executive officer Ashwin Gunasekaran, Penang Tourist Guides Association president Chin Poh Chin, Ideal Property Group executive chairman Tan Sri Alex Ooi and executive director Puan Sri Joanne Phor.
Le Venue’s Penang Guest Chef “Series 2.0” dining experience saw a three days exclusive dining experience with award winning Chef Jose Martin Ruiz Borja. The specially curated 6-course dinner brought guests on an exciting Spanish gastronomical journey paired with a fine selection of quality wine.
Celebrating its impeccable relationship with chefs globally, Malaysia’s oldest heritage name in traditional Chinese pastries and sesame oil Ghee Hiang recently unveiled its latest initiative themed ‘Chef Around The World with Ghee Hiang’. The debut program welcomed top New Zealand guest chef Craig Martin who presented his signature creations for a one night special appearance in Teels Heritage Cafe. ‘Chef Around The World with Ghee Hiang’ encourages guests to immerse themselves in an authentic and extensive New Zealand production. Two lucky guests walked away each with a Ghee Hiang premium gift set and a plaque autographed by Craig.
The INPenang International Awards recently celebrated its 4th edition honouring some of Penang’s bright and successful personalities and organizations in a sophisticated soirée held at The Banquet, The Top, an iconic entertainment tower boasting an indoor amusement park located right at the center of the hustle and bustle of George Town, Penang.
Endorsed by the Penang State Government, 19 awards were presented on the evening attended by over 400 local and foreign VIPs and dignitaries including Chief Minister of Penang and Guest of Honour for the evening, Chow Kon Yeow, Deputy Agric Minister and YB Yeoh Soon Hin.
Themed ‘Vanity Fair’, the glamorous evening pays tribute to leaders who have achieved prodigious success in their careers and fields of expertise. Following CHTNetwork’s principle of “Where All Good Things in Life Meet…”, the event plays a huge significance creating business opportunities and advocating the competitive spirit among key players in Penang and its international counterparts.
The most prominent award of the evening – INPenang Lifetime Achievement Award – was presented to Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lim Gait Tong, the Chairman and CEO of Farlim Group (M) Bhd a prominent figure known for his relentless fortitude who continues to contribute to Penang and Malaysia’s economic growth today.
Guests were entertained with serenading tunes from the popular musical show ‘Phantom of the Opera’ from the Penang Symphony Orchestra conducted by its Music Director Dato’ Woon Wen Kin. A hallmark of CHTNetwork includes a runway fashion show specially presented by The MOD House, Venessa Diamonds and Marque Deluxe. To end the night, a high energy dance performance titled ‘Echo Victory 2019’ was presented by Triple I Production House.
Penang Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dato’ Woon Wen Kin
Luxury items auctioned for the evening include a painting by watercolourist Khoo Cheang Jin, handcrafted carpets by Nasim Carpet, a glamour photo shoot session with Michael Deeb, traditional cheong sums by The MOD House, a luxury bag by Marque Deluxe and jewelleries by Venessa Diamonds.
Recipients of the InPenang National Awards include Dato’ Teoh Hai Hin (Hong Seng Group), Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi (Ideal Property Group), Dr Lee Kim Siea (The M Clinic), Anne Lee (Anovia Bridal), Tan Sri Datuk Seri Richard Koh (The Top), Sean Lau & Cheryl Ng (Wonderfood Museum), Cynthia Hwang (Sunshine Retail Group), Lim Ee Keong (David Xuan), Dato’ Woon Wen Kin (Penang Symphony Society), and Ong Thor Guan, Choon Jin Kooi, Koay Kai Bin (TG Ocean Health Food Industries).
Yeoh Soon Hin Chairman of PETACH presented 5 InPenang International Outstanding Achievers Awards. Recipients include Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, William Lye OAM S.C., Adrian Ng, Yeap Huey Huey and Dato’ Henry Goh.
The award show debuts the InPenang Emerging Entrepreneur Award dedicated to movers and shakers who have directly played a significant role in influencing their community and placing Penang at par with other growing cities regionally. And awarded 3 of its newest trophies to Tan Li Mei (Scoopoint), Derick Ooi (Global Story), and Jason Ong (Triple I Production House).
Sponsors for InPenang International Awards include Thai Airways International, RHB Premier, Cycle & Carriage, Schwarzkopf Professional, Red Box, Venessa Diamonds, Marque De Luxe, The MOD House, Nasim Carpets, Focal Concept, Anjeri, Malaysia SME, and Miura Group from Australia.
INPenang Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lim Gait Tong
INPenang International Awards Winners
- Best Tourism (Museum) Penang – Wonderfood Museum
- Top Bridal Studio – Anovia Bridal
- Best Musical Conductor – Maestro Dato’ Woon Wen Kin
- Best Geomancy Sevice Industry – David Xuan
- Best Automotive Manufacturing Industry – Hong Seng Group
- Top Developer – Ideal Property Group
- Best Household Brand Group – Sunshine Retail
- Top Health Food Manufacturer Industries Sdn Bhd – TG Ocean Health Food
- Best Plastic & Aesthetic – The M Clinic
- Best Transformed Tourist Attraction – The Top, Penang
INPenang International Outstanding Achievers Awards Winners
- Adrian Ng (Malaysia)
- Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Kenya)
- William Lye, OAM S.C. (Australia)
- Yeap Huey Huey (Myanmar)
- Dato’ Henry Goh (Malaysia)
INPenang Emerging Entrepreneur Awards Winners
- Derick Ooi Tze Wei
- Jason Ong Han Yee
- Tan Li Mei
The 2nd edition of PILCW 2018 once again saw an exhibition of luxury items including antiques, art, stones, vintage cars, properties, carpets, etc. Chairman of Penang State Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Art, The Honorable Yeoh Soon Hin in his opening speech acknowledged the fact that Penang is lacking in exclusive products and services in the luxury tourism sector. He applauded PILCW for being a very good initiative to provide this beautiful island with such a platform. Organiser and President of CHT Network, Ch’ng Huck Theng said that it was not easy to organise this event, especially when market sentiment is rather slow as the public is still very much in a wait and see mode to monitor how the economy will be reacting to the new government’s budget announcement. However Ch’ng stressed that life has to move on. “Rather than waiting in shops, such events do help in bringing in new potentials and reconnecting with existing clients” Ch’ng added.
The three day event started with a Grand Opening where Yeoh was the Guest of Honor and all guests sang Happy Birthday to celebrate his birthday after the opening. One of Penang’s top jewelry boutiques Venessa Diamonds presented an exclusive contemporary Nyonya jewelry show during the VIP preview evening. Two specialists from KL were invited to speak about investing in art, coins and notes. Winson Loh from Pinkguy Gallery talked about Collecting vs Investing in Malaysia Art, whereas Cho Chun Long gave an insight of Collecting Rare Coins & Notes. The last day of the event saw MNP Auctioneers hammering off arts, antiques and collectibles.
Sponsors for the PILCW 2018 were the Penang State Government, RHB Premier, Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur, Thai Airways International, Sunsuria Berhad, Royal East (Australia) and Gurney Paragon Mall.
今年堂堂迈入第二届的 2018 年槟城国际奢华周 (PILCW)，结合了古董、艺术品、珍石、古董汽车、房产和地毯等奢华臻品公开展出。槟城旅游、古迹及文化事务委员会主席杨顺兴在开幕致辞时表示，槟城在奢华旅游领域中，一直缺乏独特性的奢华产品与服务，
而 PILCW 恰好弥补了缺失的这一块，为此，他称赞 PILCW 为槟城这座美丽的岛屿，提供了一个绝佳的奢华旅游推动平台。活动主办者兼 CHT Network 创办者庄学腾表示，在这个市场笼罩着低迷氛围，民众普遍抱持观望心态，等待新政府颁布的财政预算案是否能够振兴经济的大环境下举办这场活动，实属不易。无论如何，庄学腾认为生活始终要回归正常。“与其守株待兔，不如主动出击，透过活动开发潜在新客户群，以及和原有客户保持良好联系。”庄学腾补
荣誉嘉宾尊敬的杨顺兴受邀主持开幕仪式，正式掀开这场为期三天的活动。仪式结束后，众出席贵宾也同时为尊敬的杨顺兴高唱了一曲生日歌以庆祝他的生日。在贵宾预展当晚，作为槟城最具知名度之一的珠宝精品店，Venessa Diamonds 呈现了一场独一无二的现代风格娘惹珠宝秀。两位来自吉隆坡的专家，受邀前来主讲艺术品、古币和古钞相关课题。来自 Pinkguy 画廊的卢詠申主讲马来西亚艺术品收藏与投资课题，而 Cho Chun Long 则深入探讨珍稀币钞之收藏课题。活动最后一天，MNP 拍卖行现场举办了一场拍卖会，拍卖品包括了艺术品、古董和其他珍稀收藏品。
是次 2018 年 PILCW 主要赞助单位为槟城州政府，RHB Premier，Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur，泰国国际航空，Sunsuria Berhad，Royal East (澳大利亚) 和葛尼百丽宫。