Friday, September 7, 2012

Actually MAG's "Your First Move In The Fashion Industry" talk, Wed 5 Sept 2012.

Paul Khor, owner of the cool Actually stores, was getting so many questions from aspiring fashion students that he decided to get a group of professionals together from across the Singaporean fashion industry and do an hour of Q&A at Butter Factory, who kindly sponsored the space for the event.

Here was the line up of speakers. From left to right:
Pei Zhen Chong, Marketing Manager at Clout Shoppe.
Patricia Lee, Snr Fashion Writer at FEMALE magazine.
Cary Cheng, Fashion Sales and PR at Glamour Inc showroom.
Jimmy Lim, Regional Marketing Snr Manager for GAP and BANANA REPUBLIC at FJ Benjamin Lifestyle.
Nazry Zakaria, Visual Merchandiser at Club Monaco.
Me :)
Pang Ai Mei, designer with her own label, Mae Pang, from the Parco Next Next fashion incubator.

It was great that professionals were able to share their knowledge and expertise with a large group of people who were aspiring to work in the fashion industry. I know that if I was a fashion student, I'd love to attend something like this too! I think Paul might organize another one of these events in future!

The speakers didn't get much time to speak with each other during the event so we're meeting up for dinner and drinks and ask one another questions instead! :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Georgetown, Penang.

This alluring blue house is the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang. I knew that they ran daily tours within this heritage home and had arrived just as the  guide was starting a tour. I hurried in to try and catch up on what the guide was saying.

The front living room as you enter the house...

This I thought was the most beautiful part of the house - the central open-air courtyard with intricate gold leaf covered screens that marked the front part of the house.

And this shot below was my last shot inside the mansion. I had been snapping pics without realizing that photography wasn't allowed within the house! No reasons were given why and a male assistant following the group enforced it like he was actually enjoying the authority to tell people off!

Overall I enjoyed the tour, the mansion was beautiful, full of unique features and had such a colourful and intriguing history. My one criticism was that though very knowledgable and well spoken, the Penangnite guide's pride for her hometown bordered on arrogance when she openly slammed another heritage town in Malaysia. Now was that really necessary?

Well, I guess there will always be rivalling towns. Hope you get the chance to visit! :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

China House, Georgetown, Penang.

My half-Penangnite friend Sara clued me in on China House. Made up of 3 heritage buildings joined together, it houses a cafe, bar, bakery, private dining, art galleries, and was a place that we went to everyday during our 3 day stay, to sit, rest, eat and read.

The space has entrances on two different streets, so you enter on one street and emerge the other end on another street!

Their Tiramisu cake seemed to be the most popular but I went for the Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake which was REALLY REALLY delicious!

A leafy central courtyard.

Art galleries on the second floor space.

From the second floor, you can clearly see how they joined the once-neighbouring houses together.

And ping! You emerge into another street!