Possibly the earliest Christmas celebration to be held on Collins Street, Melbourne this year, CHTNetwork Australia invited close associates and friends to join ‘The Finale 2018 – A Small Effort to say a Big Thank You’, an appreciation cocktail party on the 22nd of November. The evening started off with a warm welcome speech by Ms. Ping Chng (CEO, CHTNetwork Australia), followed by a short speech by CHT himself (Founding President, CHTNetwork) who flew all the way from Malaysia to join this joyous occasion.
Three years ago, CHTNetwork took a big step and expanded its wings to Australia, launching the prestigious high society and beyond contemporary luxury lifestyle magazine – EZ Australia (available in print and digital copies). Today, EZ Australia is widely available in many airline lounges which include Qantas Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and SkyTeam, selected premier banking and hotel lounges, branded boutiques, cafes etc. Apart from the success EZ Australia has achieved, Connect CHT which is also presented by CHTNetwork is another international platform created to bring together good friends and associates to events so they have the opportunity to connect and further explore possible collaboration opportunities.
Melbourne is well known for its unpredictable weather, and during this occasion it turned out to be a rather wintry day on what was supposed to be a warm day of spring. The chilly evening saw many guests arrive shivering from the cold, but they eventually warmed up with all the big smiles, friendly greetings and handshakes being exchanged around. The glowing lights of the Christmas tree gave that extra magical touch to this auspicious event at Space@Collins. Guests were in a merry mood, taking many ‘selfies’ and ‘wefies’ with old and new friends. An impressive flower arrangement stood tall over an impressive spread of scrumptious food which included spring rolls from Michelin Star restaurant Tim Ho Wan, chocolates from Lindt, satays, smoked salmon pastry puffs, a fancy cheese platter, fresh fruits etc. Beverages included award winning beer by Temple Brewing Company and a free flow of red and white wine by Bass Phillip. Not forgetting Ghee Hiang, the 163 years heritage brand handmade biscuits that were flown in all the way from Penang.
The Art Exhibition
Complimenting the evening was a solo art exhibition by Yao Yao Jiang. It was a CSR effort by CHTNetwork to help promote art and culture, this time being an emerging Chinese artist residing in Malaysia. Yao Yao is an up and coming artist showcasing her work for the first time in Australia. The response was very encouraging as some artworks were sold and collected before the night ended.
Three years ago, CHTNetwork surprised Consul General of Malaysia, Westmoreland Palon, with a chocolate cake during a dinner function when he first arrived in Australia. He was again caught off guard when CHT presented him with the same chocolate cake to congratulate him on his new posting as Malaysia Ambassador to the Vatican City. West thanked CHTNetwork in his speech for the wonderful friendship and believes that this proudly Malaysian brand would go far in the world of media and networking. It was indeed an emotional yet joyful moment for West and his lovely wife, Elwina.
One would think that there were no more surprises left, but CHT still had something up his sleeve. Another cake was presented to celebrate the birthday of Jason Yeap OAM, who also happened to be the owner of Mering House, Underbank Development in Bacchus Marsh and Temple Brewing Company. Over the years, Jason’s advice and guidance has been instrumental in the success story of CHTNetwork and EZ Australia. It was the perfect opportunity for CHT to show appreciation towards his contribution. This was then followed by all guests singing Happy Birthday together for the birthday boy. His son, Chuan Jun, and daughter, Nai Yan, were also among the guests invited.
Coming Soon 2019
In his final note, CHT hinted that CHTNetwork would be organizing a new and exciting red carpet gala in 2019.
首先，由CHTNetwork 首席执行官Ping Chng女士致序幕词，随后由CHTNetwork的创始人兼总裁-CHT本人致词。他从马来西亚远道而来，参加了本次聚会。
在Space@Collins盛会现场，圣诞树明亮闪耀的灯光为这喜庆活动增添了一抹奇妙的色彩。宾客们心情愉快，主动和新老朋友们自拍、合影。而令人印象深刻的美丽鲜花布置在美食之中，有米其林星级餐厅“添好运”所呈献的精致点心春卷、Lindt巧克力，还有沙爹烤串、熏鲑鱼糕点泡芙、花哨的芝士拼盘，水果等。而全场饮料包括获奖的手工啤酒，由Temple Brewing Company酿酒公司提供，还有Bass Phillip的红与白葡萄酒。别忘了，尚有具163年历史的传统品牌手工饼干“义香”，从槟城千里迢迢而至。
Yao Yao Jiang 个人艺术展为当晚的活动增添创意姿彩。这是CHTNetwork为倡导艺术和文化，作为履行企业社会责任(CSR)的努力，而Yao Yao Jiang这位居住马来西亚刚崭露头角的华裔新兴艺术家，作品首次在澳大利亚展出。在当晚活动结束前，展出的艺术品也成功卖出和被收藏，反响鼓舞人心。
叶绍礼也是Mering House, Underbank Development in Bacchus Marsh和Temple Brewing Company的创始经营者。多年来，叶绍礼在CHTNetwork和《御智》澳大利亚成功进驻的路上，提供许多起了重大作用的建议和帮助。这也是CHT对于他的无私贡献表示感谢。当晚所有的宾客一起愉快的唱起“生日快乐”祝福，而他的儿子Chuan Jun和女儿Nai Yan也在受邀嘉宾之列。