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Flight of the Phoenix 凤凰涅槃

Ping Chng 庄雪冰
CEO of CHTNetwork Australia
CHTNetwork 澳大利亚首席执行官

Recently calling Melbourne home, Ping Chng first arrived here in 1997 to study law in Monash University. Falling in love with Melbourne at first sight, she enjoyed her Australian university life but went back to Malaysia to build her legal career.

“Everything starts from the first step.”

Her first six years were spent in litigation before moving on to corporate law and eventually settling in conveyancing. With 20 years of law practice in Malaysia, she is still attending to Malaysian clients in the areas of conveyancing and corporate law. 

January 2018 marked her milestone move to Melbourne. Malaysia’s loss is Australia’s gain. With a heavy heart Ping left behind family, friends and a successful career in Malaysia to embark upon her new journey in life. Equipped with top class legal expertise and a wealth of experience and wisdom, it wasn’t long before she was admitted as a lawyer in the state of Victoria. “Everything starts from the first step. This new chapter of my life is not going to be easy, but my mind is set, and I’m determined to make this crucial journey a successful one.”

Putting her legal career on the back burner and re-inventing herself, Ping added dimension and diversity to her portfolio. Diving into the world of publishing, this multi-talented individual took up the position of chief executive officer with CHTNetwork, a publishing company set up by her brother Ch’ng Huck Theng in Melbourne, Victoria. Championing and celebrating the good things in life, Ping is now heading EZ Australia magazine with extensive online and hardcopy subscriptions. She is also managing the CHTNetwork office, promoting the company’s art gallery and art/event space in Collins Street. Running CHTNetwork, producing the EZ Australia magazines and immersing herself in the art industry and the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the worthy and the artistic, has propelled Ping into the upper echelons of Melbourne high society. Modestly she claims that, “Every day is a learning process for me.”

“Always let go of the past and live in the now.”

In retrospect the move did not come without challenges. Juggling between her business, social duties and family life in a new country can be trying and demanding, at best. Always a trooper, Ping remains optimistic and persistent in achieving her goals. Born into a family which has been in the food manufacturing and retail business for 165 years, she has always believed in credibility, being fair and genuine in life. Her stronghold on values have won her many acquaintances, school mates and clients who have evolved to become good friends and business partners even. 

One will always know where one stands with Ping as she is honest to a fault, principled and shares her views and comments sincerely. Commanding respect and admiration, she has always strived for the best in all her endeavours. A compassionate and loving personality, she firmly believes in friends and family, and is extremely grateful for all their support and love. “Always let go of the past and live in the now.”

Ping also holds a fascination in property investment. Coupled with her legal background and a keen eye for interior design, Ping has displayed quite a good track record in property investment for the last 10 years. One of her goals in this new chapter of her life is to become a successful property developer in the beautiful and bountiful land down under. 

从最近定居墨尔本,Ping Chng 犹记得1997年首次来到墨尔本,是在莫纳什大学攻读法律。而当时她第一眼就爱上墨尔本,享受了几年的澳大利亚大学生活,直至后来返回马来西亚发展律政事业。

她的前6年是在诉讼案件中度过的,直至转到企业法且最终承接处理财产或权益转让方面的法律事务。她在马来西亚具备20年的执业律师经验,目前仍为马来西亚客户进行财产权益转让法律服务。

2018年1月是她从马来西亚迁移到墨尔本的人生分水岭。当然,挥别马来西亚就是拥抱澳大利亚,她带着沉重的心情向家人、朋友和成功的事业告别,开始生活新旅程。凭借日积月累的法律专业知识和丰富的经验,不久前她在墨尔本维多利亚州被录取为律师。“一切从踏上的第一步开始,我人生的新篇章并不容易,但我已经下定决心,打通这个关键时刻达致成功。”

“放下过去,活在当下”

她目前选择把律师职业搁在次要位置,积极重新塑造自己,为她的投资组合增加多维度和多样性。而她也尝试踏入出版业,发挥自己的多项潜能,一肩挑起了CHTNetwork首席执行官的职位。CHTNetwork是她的兄长庄学腾在墨尔本维多利亚州创办的一家出版公司。这家以倡导并迎接生活中一切的美好事物理念所设的企业,Ping现在身为《御智澳大利亚》杂志的主编,拥有大量的电子和实体杂志订阅用户。她同时管理CHTNetwork的属下办公室产业,推动位于柯林斯街的艺术画廊与活动空间。从运营CHTNetwork,主导制作杂志,沉浸在艺术行业,还有与富人名人,有价值的人们共处于艺术感生活方式中,让Ping跻身墨尔本上流社会的高层。她谦虚的说:“对我来说,每一天都是一个学习的过程。”

其实再回望,这项决定充满挑战性。在一个全新的国度,她必须在工作、社会责任和家庭生活之间游刃有余,充其量只能是一种努力的尝试和要求。作为一名战士,Ping在实现自己的目标时保持着乐观和执着。她出生在一个从事食品制造和零售业长达165年历史的家庭,在生活中一直信奉诚信、公平和率真。她的良好价值观虏获了许多熟人、同学和客户,并且进一步发展成为她的好朋友和商业伙伴。

人始终清楚本身的立场,她诚实面对错误、有原则,真挚的分享观点和评论。她赢得了人们的尊敬和钦佩,她总是力争做到最好。她是一个富有同情心和爱心的人,信任朋友和家人,并对他们的支持和爱充满感激。“永远放手过去,活在当下。”

另外,由于对房地产投资有着浓厚兴趣,加上她的法律背景和对室内设计方面的敏锐眼光,过去10年里,她在相关投资方面表现可圈可点。在她人生的新篇章中,目标之一就是在这块富饶的土地上成为一名成功的房地产开发商。

Photography by David Liao & text by  Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik     

Pillar of Sophistication 精巧之核心

When Penny Sun looked to her Pillar development project in the prestigious Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn, she was moved by the beautiful heritage listed church that was to become the property’s neighbour. Where some developers might have placed a fence, Penny saw an opportunity to embrace the presence of the church quite literally. She and her team at Miura Group worked with the architects to design a colonnaded, curved structure that would open the length of Pillar to the church, gently curving around the building. It was not necessarily the most cost effective design option, but it epitomises her development philosophy, one that respects the development’s context and looks to complement and involve itself with its surrounds.

This sense of purpose, integrity and respect is in Penny’s DNA. Her mother is of Manchu descent, a Chinese ethnic minority famed for horsemanship and archery skills in both men and women. 

China is well known for its preference of sons, but Penny’s family raised her and her sister to be strong and independent, giving them every opportunity men in the culture would receive. 

Her parents would even refer to Penny and her younger sister as “first son” and “second son”! This upbringing has been a major factor in her career journey and the success she has enjoyed.

She arrived in Australia as a student and completed three master’s degrees, in finance, accounting and management. After graduating, she entered corporate life and worked her way up through the listed company she joined, before deciding to take more control of her destiny and moved on to property development.

The world of property development is dominated by men, but Penny has brought the strength of her upbringing to bear and has shown remarkable progress in breaking down the gender divide associated with the industry. A no nonsense, “firm but fair” way of working has seen her deliver a range of projects, including a luxury beach house, a chic, 15 apartment development in Brunswick and now the aforementioned Pillar apartment development in Hawthorn.

A major inspiration in Penny’s life was her grandfather, a kung fu master. His own “firm but fair” style is characterised by a philosophy of stepping in and responding to help others, but never being an aggressor. Penny has modelled her own behaviours on this, and though she is known for being strong-minded, direct and opinionated, she’s also known for being uncompromisingly honest and dependable.

Penny’s success is steeped in laserlike focus on quality.  It’s clear that hers is no cookiecutter approach to building homes. It’s bespoke, purpose led development, created by teams of designers and craftspeople that have responded to Penny’s ethos and direction.

It’s not hard to see that Penny applies her experience when working with her teams. She sees the strengths and weaknesses in the team and sets them up so they complement each other. She really knows how to bring out the best in people. This approach has gained her respect in the industry, as well as results in the market.

It’s fair to say that there’s a strong sense of collaboration in how she works, forming the right team for each project and charging them with the responsibility for delivering high quality work. This is underpinned by a great ability to read the situation and the people involved. This ability itself seems related to some of her earliest experiences in China. Her family owned a timber business there and Penny learned from early on to recognise what quality meant. She visited plantations with her parents and came to know the different varieties of trees.

Her parents would expect her to know whether it was a hardwood or a softwood, and understand the best uses for each type. She learned to examine trees and see beneath the surface, understanding its value and appreciating its natural variety. Every tree contains its own imperfections, but if you know the timber well, you know how to work with those imperfections and get the best results from it.

That intimate knowledge of timber has also become a major characteristic of her design aesthetic. If there’s an opportunity to bring the natural world to the design through the use of materials like timber, she takes them. This appreciation of natural materials has become a hallmark of her developments.

Penny’s balanced approach to development is informed by her balanced approach to life. Her deep affinity with nature grew with her exposure to plantations and forests, and now through a range of outdoor activities, meditation and yoga, she cuts through the noise that life as a busy citybased property developer can bring. This allows her to crystallize innovative, inspiring solutions to the design problems she meets.

Penny is clearly not an average person. Focus, hard work and a love of meeting challenges head on sets her apart. It’s become apparent very quickly that the work of this exceptional young women is going to turn heads throughout the industry. More importantly, the quality of her projects will deliver incredible living experiences for those lucky enough to take possession of one of her homes. It’s worth keeping your eye out for her name and if you can, make one of her developments your home. 

当Penny Sun在著名的墨尔本Hawthorn郊区勘察由她负责的Pillar开发项目时,被比邻一座优美的文化古迹教堂深深吸引。在类似情况下,一些开发商可能会选择筑起围栏以隔开,但她却从中预见和教堂共依存的方式。

Penny与Miura集团建筑师团队联合设计了一个带曲线形态的柱廊结构,让Pillar项目具备朝着教堂敞开的盈余弧度,温柔地环绕着建筑。这并非是最有效控制成本的设计选项,但体现了她的发展理念­讲究建筑物和周围环境融为一体,浑然天成。

使命感、正直感和尊重感早就深植于Penny的遗传基因。她母亲具满族血统,为中国的少数民族,男女皆以骑术和射箭技艺闻名于世。众所周知,华人或中国家庭普遍重男轻女,但她的父母却自小灌输她们姐妹坚强独立的观念,给予她们不亚于男孩的任何资源和机会。父母甚至常会把她和妹妹以“长子”与“次子”名义看待。而家庭教育是她职业生涯顺遂和成功的一个重要因素,因为她感受快乐。

当年,她作为一名留学生来到澳大利亚顺利完成了三项硕士学位,包括金融,会计和管理。毕业后随之展开就职生涯,她在一家上市公司工作一路晋升,在思考决定自己的方向前,开始涉足房地产开发。

在由男性主导房地产开发领域,Penny凭借着坚韧不拔的品性,以令人惊讶的速度弥补了这项性别差异。精练、坚定且公平的工作方式让她取获负责一系列项目的机会,包括位于Brunswick区15套豪华海滩别墅公寓项目和前面提到位于Hawthorn的Pillar开发项目。

Penny的人生观深受她祖父的启发 – 一名功夫大师。他所提倡的“坚定且公平”的风格特点是一种哲学,可以介入或回应帮助别人,但是永远不要做侵略者。她以此为榜样并塑造自己的行为—意志顽强、单刀直入和固执己见,不过,她也是以绝对的诚实可靠而为人知晓。

她的成功源于对打造质量的坚定不移。千篇一律或模式化建设房屋方式是她所否定的,Penny倾向于目标明确的开发形态,由积极响应她的精神追求和方向的设计师和工艺团队所创建。可以说,她的工作方式具备强力的合作意识,整合高效的负责项目团队,提供高质量的工作成果。至于超前的情势分析和相关人员的解读能力,也似乎与她在中国早期的经历脱离不了关系。她的家族在中国拥有木材业务公司,Penny很早就从中认识到质量的意义。她跟随双亲参观种植园,深入了解不同种类的树木,而经过父母的科普解析,她学会分辨硬木与软木,并且知道每种类型的最佳用途。她学会了检验树木,透过它们的表皮,了解它们的价值,欣赏它们的自然变化,每棵树都有本身的不完美之处,但如果得以善用,类似不完美也可提炼为最佳的成效果实。

不难看出Penny将上述经验应用于她和团队的合作中。她擅长解读一个团队的优势和劣势,并设置互补形式,让人们发挥出最佳水平。这是她获得业界尊重以及拥有市场成果的典范作风。

另外,对于木料的娴熟运用也成为她设计中的一项特征美学。她不会放过任何可以使用木料设计的机会,尤其是穿插在带有自然环境元素的设计中。而关于天然材料的高度鉴赏能力已经成为她的项目标志。

Penny讲究均衡的工作项目格式也复制到她的生活中。她与大自然的亲密关系随着她沐浴在植物园林和森林中不断增进,现在更通过一系列户外活动,包括冥想和瑜伽以远离喧嚣。而作为一名忙碌的城市房地产开发商,她尽量捍卫自己沉静的生活模式。这也使她能够凝聚创新力,在遇到设计问题时刻启动鼓舞人心的解决方案。

Penny显然并非一般人。全神贯注、努力工作和热爱迎接挑战让她与众不同,让人很快感受到这名特殊的年轻女性的项目作品将在整个行业中发挥影响力。但更重要的是她的高质量项目-将为那些幸运的业主们带来更美好的生活体验。因此,值得密切关注她的名字, 亦或选择她的精致项目成为你的家。

The Art Angel Michael 艺术天使

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Michael Buxton

Executive Director of MAB Corporation

One of the richest men in Australia, Michael Buxton is ranked on the Financial Review Rich List of 2017. Sixth generation developer and Executive Director of MAB Corporation, this good-natured personality is the tour de force behind Melbourne’s most established property conglomerate.

Creating beautiful cities in Victoria, MAB Corporation is involved in residential, retail, industrial and commercial developments, as well as fund management. NewQuay, Docklands and University Hill in Bundoora are some of MAB’s winning projects. In a joint venture with Gibson Property Corporation, MAB has just embarked upon its largest and most visionary development – Merrifield, a new city for Melbourne comprising more than 900 hectares located on the Hume Highway in Mickleham.

The artists’ passion, intelligence and creativity enrich and make us more knowledgeable, and our lives more beautiful and meaningful.

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Making nationwide headlines Buxton recently donated his private contemporary Australian art collection worth $26 million to the University of Melbourne.  Inspired by legacies, not just acquisitions, he says, “Twenty-three years ago, I had a dream to develop a major, forward-thinking private collection that would demonstrate excellence in contemporary Australian art. To have Buxton Contemporary Museum designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects and located at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus, alongside the Victorian College of the Arts, amid such a major arts precinct, is better than what I hoped for.”

Melbourne is a very safe place to do business. There are good governance, healthy work force and well-planned cities.

That’s not the only collection this art connoisseur has amassed.  “I have three collections – one in Australia, another in America and a South East Asian collection in Sicily.  I just bought a 17th century hotel in Sicily and plan to transform the interior into a contemporary space featuring the best 26 artists from 26 different countries, in each suite.” Buxton recently redesigned his holiday home in Portsea. “We took out the tennis court to incorporate a Moroccan garden and a sculpture park featuring the works of David Mitchard, Callum Morton, Francis Upritchard and Jamie North.”

With an emphasis on the intrinsic values of life, Buxton describes himself as “a person who loves life”. He plays sports, golf, swim, surf, fish, scuba dive and has sailed around the world in his yacht Black Pearl. “We have worked very hard and become successful, but wealth is not that important to us.  We use our wealth very well to do good things so that we can leave some great things for the world.”   

身为澳大利亚最富有的人之一,Michael Buxton 在 2017 年的《金融评论》富豪榜上名列前茅。这名性格温润的第六代房产开发商和 MAB Corporation 的执行董事,也是墨尔本成熟房地产集团背后的强大力量。

在维多利亚州量身打造美丽的城市,MAB公司积极参与住宅、零售,工业和商业发展,也包括基金管理。NewQuay、Docklands和Bundoora的University Hill这一连串的标志性亮点都是MAB的一些成功项目。而在与Gibson地产公司的合资计划中,MAB刚开启了最大型、最具远见的发展-Merrifield,被誉为墨尔本的新城市,在位于Mickleham的Hume 高速公路上有超过 900 公顷的发展地段。

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“艺术家的激情、智慧和充沛创造力丰富了我们的知识,使我们的生活更美好和有意义。”

全国范围热络的话题是Michael Buxton最近以私人名义向墨尔本大学捐赠了价值2600万澳元的当代澳大利亚艺术收藏品。由于受到文化遗产的启发,他想做的不仅仅是收购。

“23年前,我有一个梦想,那就是开创一个大型、超前思维的私人收藏,展示澳大利亚当代艺术的优秀之处。而由建筑师Fender Katsalidis所设计的Buxton当代艺术博物馆,位于墨尔本大学南岸校区,比邻维多利亚艺术学院,比我所预想中的更好。”

当然,这并非这位艺术鉴赏家的唯一珍藏。“我有三个艺术收藏,一个在澳大利亚、一个在美国,还有一个东南亚收藏位于西西里岛。另外,我刚在西西里岛买了一家17世纪的酒店,打算把内部空间改造成一个当代艺术区,每个套房都有来自26个不同国家中26位最佳艺术家。”而他最近重新设计装潢波特西区的度假别墅。“我们把网球场分别设计成摩洛哥花园和雕塑公园,里面有David Mitchard、Callum Morton,Francis Upritchard与Jamie North的作品。”

“墨尔本是很适合从事商务活动的地方。也是治理稳妥、具备健康劳动力和规划良好的城市。”

Buxton强调生命的内在价值,并将自己描述为“热爱生命者”。他从事的运动包括高尔夫球、游泳、冲浪,钓鱼,深潜,以游艇环游世界。“我们努力工作而取得了成功,但财富并非是最重要的。我们必须懂得善用财富去做好事,这样我们就可以为世界留下伟大的遗产。”

Text by Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik   /  Photography by Layzhoz Yeap