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Glitz and Glam for Birthday Bash

 

When Ipoh’s leading fashionista has a birthday bash, you can bet your sweet soul that it’ll be scintillating, sassy and sumptuous.

And so it was when Calvin Li threw a party for his wife Kwong Yue Chen’s birthday, at Citrus Wine and Dine recently.

Mellifluous music from a 4-person live ensemble captivated me as I entered and I was immediately enthralled by the sight of an exotic fantasy in this top floor private room of Citrus.

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Citrus Wine and DineMix brilliant blooms flown in specially from S.  Africa and chosen by Yue Chen; life-like faux birds in multi-coloured hues perched on table arrangements; delicate bird cages scattered in calculated random intervals; gold gilded chairs with flower bouquets attached; gold sequinned table cloths and a veritable tableaux of Arabian Nights cum tropical jungle awaited a select group of guests.

The birthday girl herself, Yue Chen, dressed in Roksanda Ilincic (a Serbian designer based in London) looked positively radiant as she welcomed friends and relatives. Radiating her theme of ‘Foxy Forties’ Yue Chen said of the choice of theme, “I feel it’s a time when a woman is at her sexiest.”

The buffet spread, curated by Ipoh’s own ‘Molecular’ Chef Simon Lee and served by wife Erica Kok and her team, was superlative as usual and included fresh shucked oysters (which as everyone knows, are renowned for their aphrodisiac qualities!)

As the wine flowed and the music provided by De Fusion Band a 4-member  group consisting of keyboardist Alex Oong; Saxophonist Foo Cheong Lin; Violinist/Erhu Ng Sue We and Double bass/Cello Liew Soon Yee played, guests actually got up to dance led by Dr Chakr Nagara and his wife Lisa followed by Dr Tan Chin Yong and his wife Lim Pui San, the four of whom I hear on the grapevine, have been taking ballroom dancing lessons in the gym at the newly-opened Meru Suites in Meru Valley Resort. And a creditable performance they gave too I might add.

All in all a wonderful evening.

SFCK

 

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SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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