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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

US Independence Day Gala Dinner 2017 at Hotel Equatorial Penang

It was truly a night of glam during the recent US Independence Day Gala Dinner 2017 held at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Equatorial Penang. Approximately 400 distinguished guests were present dressed up to the nines, looking stylish and elegant; well including me too hehe :)

The American Malaysia Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in collaboration with its organising committees - First Solar, Jabil, Hotel Equatorial Penang, Plexus, Venessa Diamonds and Smart Modular Technologies turned the night into such a memorable delightful event. This was the 3rd year the event has been celebrated in Penang.

The event was held in celebration with  America's 241st Independence Day of Unites States of America and is fully supported by the U.S. Embassy in demonstrating the growing strenght of the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and the United States.

The event signifies the strong ties between Malaysia and the United States. 2017 also marks the 60th year of the US-Malaysia bilateral trade. I was very much privileged to be among the guest for that night and it was such an honour to be attending such prestigious event. 

Guests were seen mingling around, enjoying the all-American favourite bites and drinks prepared at the cocktail reception and having lots of fun taking photos by the backdrop and at the photobooth.

Favourites such as donuts, hot dogs, friend chicken as well as pop corn were served.

It wasn't long before the doors were open for guests to enter.

The VIP table set-up was gorgeous. 

Everything was simply stunning.

The event started off with the Opening Speech by the Organising Chairman.

The event was graced by the presence of Her Excellency Kamala Skirin Lakhdhir, The U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia and Deputy Chief Minister 1 of Penang, YB Dato' Abdul Rashid Masnon. 

Her Excellency Kamala Skirin Lakhdhir, The U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia giving her speech to the guests.

The event was then followed by the speech from Deputy Chief Minister 1 of Penang, YB Dato' Abdul Rashid Masnon.

Guests were then served dinner while being entertained to popular oldies as well as new modern pop songs. 

First up was Amercan East-Coast inspired seared scallops with citrus quinoa, mixed herbs and roasted almonds, served with homemade Parker House, cloverleaf and butterflake rolls.

Wild forest mushroom soup with garlic croutons 

The Equatorial Surf & Turf
Roasted chicken breast and tiger prawns served with grilled green asparagus and American favourite Mac 'n' Cheese.

Grandmother Caramel Velvet Apple Pie served with Homemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache.

It was more than just a celebration of Independence but also a celebration of giving for a good cause. 3 charity organizations namely, School For Mentally Retarded Children Dato Keramat, The Penang Ru Yi Home and AMCHAM CSR Fund were handed with financial aid.

The excitement and thrill climaxed when it came to the Auction time and Raffle Draws. Bidders were seen outbidding each other for their favourite items.

"Contemplation" By Madam hee Wee Eng (Calligraphy Art)
Written on gold dusted paper with visible specs of gold via close up.

The calligraphy characters carry the meaning of
"Observe everthing quietly to gain understanding and knowledge or insight"

Angel's Envy Rye (Whisky)
Founded by well-respected bourbon distiller Lincoln Henderson, this is a 6-7 years old 95% rye and 5% malted barley aged for up to 18 months in Caribbean XO Rum casks that served as Cognac

"Serenity" (Wool Painting)
Beautifully framed up, this is an authentic felt carpet from Iran, reflecting the serenity during autumn. The fine weave of wool, enhances the soft touch and elegance which can be hang on the wall as a painting.

Luxurious 2-hours Sunset Cruise by Vangohn Seafarer (Cruise Ride)
Set sail for a memorable moment while sunset cruising with wine and cheese. A perfect setting for your next event. Be it a wedding, party, corporate event or product launch. Accommodates up to 25 guests.

"Merly" by Venessa Diamonds (Jewellery Piece)
One of Venessa Diamond's classic and timeless design, the Tahitian black pear pendant is adorned with diamonds and white gold settings. Accompanying the pendant is an 18-carat Italian white gold necklace.


While there were many lucky winners of the Raffles draw, below is the Top 3 lucky winners.

3. Mantel Clock by Royal Selangor Pewter (worth RM3900)

2. RM 3000 cash voucher redeemable for a cruise ride by Vangohh Seaferer.

1st Prize - "Celestial" by Venessa Diamonds (worth RM5000)
An exclusive & exquisite design, the South Sea While Pearl pendant, with white gold settings, encrusted with Diamonds. Together with the pendant is a 18 carat Italian white gold necklace, an elegant & classic design, suited for all occasions.

Congratulations to all winners :)

Let's look forward to many more years of amazing relationship between the 2 nations.

It was a remarkable night and many thanks to Hotel Equatorial Penang for hosting me.

For more information:
Hotel Equatorial Penang
1 Jalan Bukit Jambul,
Bayan Lepas, 
11900 Penang.
Tel : +604-732 7000

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Afternoon Tea at G Hotel Kelawai Penang.

It was another round of excitement and fun experience during the recent review invitation by G Hotel at 2PM, G Hotel Kelawai. 2PM, a lobby lounge that is a beautifully crafted emphasizing on lifestyle as well as architecture. The lovely contemporary design; cozy and relaxing atmosphere makes dining a pleasurable one always.

Ever wondered why the name chosen was 2PM? The start of the operation time at 2pm? Well they do start at 2pm but the reason behind 2PM is the address of the hotel. 2 Persiaran Maktab hence the initials PM.

Finally it's time to explore what 2PM is all about. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sangkaya New Menu & Raya Promotion

Sangkaya brings you exciting new promotional flavours and items. For this time, it was the Blissful Riang Ria series just perfect for the Raya Aidilfitri celebration. Sangkaya ice cream on its own is already so irresistible and with the twist of having Bandung flavour it in, it surely does offer a very local flavour with a twist. If you don't know, Bandung is made of rose syrup and milk. A refreshing unique taste.

I paid a visit to the outlet in Elit Avenue and enjoyed the creations they had for me. Dessert time!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dim Sum Delicacies at Hotel Equatorial Penang

Here's some good news! You can now enjoy Dim Sum right until lunch. How neat is that. You no longer have to wake up early and drag yourself to the shop. Hahaha Maybe that only applies to me LOL

The talented chefs at Golden Phoenix at Hotel Equatorial Penang has stormed up the kitchen with brand new exciting dim sum additions making it to over 30 kinds of pork-free Dim Sum delicacies for you to savour away. Be it steamed items, deep-fried, baked or the mouth-watering desserts, just be ready for your palates to be pampered with the exciting and delicious flavours.

Infact, this is my very first time stepping into Golden Phoenix. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tech Dome Penang Turns 1 - Partners Recognition Evening

Tech Dome Penang is the place created as an opportunity for children to explore, discover and experience the amazing and great wonders of science. Tech Dome Penang has just turned 1 and it was a night of appreciation for all the continuous contributions and support that they have received along the way. The Tech Dome Penang Partners Recognition Evening was an event specially dedicated to express their gratitude for the never-ending support poured in from all their business associates.

I had the privilege and honour to be invited for their night of celebration.

Here's a recap of what took place that night.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Farquhar Mansion Penang - The Luxury of Fine Dining & More

Located in the heart of Georgetown lies Farquhar Mansion, a historical building which has been given a new life and pampers your palate with a journey of gastronomic luxury at its best. Since opening its doors back in 6 July 2014, Farquhar Mansion has pleased the palates of many with their exquisite flavours of contemporary fine dining cuisine which was very much inspired by the famed French haute cuisine.

I had the privilege to experience the beautiful and scrumptious fine dining selection of the Chef's Tasting Menu. So join me on a journey where food is served in much detailed elegance, where selection of premium ingredients meets creativity that not only appeals the eyes but also leaving a memorable flavour and such pleasing experience on overall. 

As the sun sets in, the place turns into a magical beauty. Can't deny that it is beautiful building with the lighting lit.

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