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Giving prominence to lavish international events in all its magnificence

CONNECT CHT WITH Rolls Royce

In the world of luxury automotive brands, it is almost impossible to find a competitor that can come close to the history and beauty of Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur with CHTNetwork invited 16 VIP guests for an exclusive dinner party at their company’s showroom which was transformed to provide a one-of-a-kind dinner experience. Among the VIPs were Tan Sri Richard Koh, Dato Seri Desmond To, Dato Seri David Yeat, Dato Seri Damien Chua, Dato Cher Chen Chiang, Dato Dr. Nick Ng, Tengku Abang Faisal Amir, James Tee with Dato Michael Ong, Koong Wai Seng, Anas Zawawi Khalid from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur and Chng Huck Theng from CHTNetwork. Guests had the opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with the prestigious Phantom and Cullinan before dinner was served. 

VANILLA CREPE IN THE MALAYSIA BOOK OF RECORDS

Vanilla Crepe is now officially declared the ‘Largest Mille Crepe Chain in Malaysia’ by the Malaysia Book of Records with a total number of 23 outlets nationwide. During the presentation ceremony at 360 Atmosphere, KL Tower, Vanilla Crepe CEO, Nelson Liew said that achieving this recognition was one of his primary objectives for the brand when he started Vanilla Crepe back in 2015 with an initial target of 20 outlets by 2020. “I am very proud as it was a lot of hardwork from all of us to have actually met and surpassed our goal today” said Nelson. CEO of Malaysia Book Of Records Dato Michael Tio presented the official documentation to Nelson and his partner Lum Peng Keong accompanied by Ezzlyyn Lum. 

Vanilla Crepe currently has 23 outlets, with the majority in Klang Valley and a handful in Johor, Melaka and Ipoh. Some outlets are located in prominent shopping malls like Midvalley Megamall and Pavilion KL while some are stand alone outlets in historical places like Jonker Street Melaka. 

White On Land & At Sea

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. 

A Night Honouring The Best 

The Winners

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.

The Sponsors

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. 

The Night

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!

The Entertainment 

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 Auction 

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. 

WHEN STARS Glitter

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.”

Performances by Voci Classiche opera singers Cosimo Ciccone and Rada Tochalna

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, Nicole Chow & Ping

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. 

KL Ho

TikTok Travel comes to Penang!

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”. 

50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing

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. 

Faces of Penang Top 50 Below 50

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. 

From left : Alvin Poh, Anne Lee, Boey Tze Nin, Dato’ Cher Chen Chiang, Ch’ng Huck Theng, Puan Sri Datuk Joanne Phor, Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Dato’ Seri Damien Chua, Datin Poon Lee Fah, Allen Tan 
From left : Eric Tiw, Cheryl Ng, Tan Boon Cheong, Esther Loh, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Ch’ng Huck Theng, Jimmy Foo, Fifi Ch’ng, Dr. Lim Ban Keong, Chef Petr Feher, Chef Audee Cheah, Franco Tan
From left : Syed Aidid Syed Mohamad, Ravin Vello, Seah Kok Heng, Stephen Soon, Mei Tan, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Ch’ng Huck Theng, (represent Nigel Law), Leon Lee, Kevin Wong, Katharine Joan Chua, June Goh, Joseph Goh
From left : Toh Bok Piew, Desmond Toh, Ann Lee, Vincent Chew, Waqar Saeed Bhatti, Wong Soon Ping, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Ch’ng Huck Theng, Edwin Yeoh, Wilson Yeoh, William Koay, Tan Wei Xin, Tan Loy Sin

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. 

Spain in Le Venue

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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. 

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Chef Around The World with Ghee Hiang

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.