Parties Galore!

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Woohoo! What a rush! November has flown by with a lot of excitement  - Bam! Bam! Bam! - and now here we are - right in the middle of it! A big part of the excitement stems from the pleasure of attending some pretty awesome parties this month and with the end of the year coming up, nothing screams festive quite like a p-a-r-t-y!

I initially intended on being more organised with my posts by chronologically bringing you guys up to speed with what’s been going on throughout the whole of 2018, but it made no sense to keep sharing stale stories when I have so many new ones. And to be honest, if I don’t get round to writing, it’s very likely I’ll forget all about it in a few weeks’ time!

1. Dad’s 55th birthday

Although this was initially meant to be a surprise party for my dad, when he kept making suggestions to us about where we should go for dinner and who he was thinking of inviting, we ended up telling him all about it before he ruined his own surprise. When the guests turned up, they were the ones surprised because my dad was already so prepared for it.

We celebrated my dad’s birthday at Latest Recipe at Le Meridian, which is one of my favourite places to go to for a buffet because of their live teppanyaki counter. You’re presented with a choice of beef, scallop, prawn and chicken to be cooked in a creamy gravy that is so delicious, I can’t help but salivate when thinking about it. Their live pasta station is also fantastic for the pasta of your dreams. I ordered a mix of cream and bolognese sauce topped with lots and lots of garlic and prawns. My “no veggies” combo gets no judgment here.

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To celebrate the occasion, we ordered a 3D durian cake that I found online. It totalled to about RM100, which is a really decent price considering how absolutely breathtaking the cake was - both because it was gorgeous, but also because it smelled so strongly of durian. The cake itself was fluffy and light; a real treat for durian lovers. I got mine at Moonlight Cake House at Sri Petaling by ringing them a few days before and picking it up on the afternoon of the party.

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With my lovely cousin, Sarah!

2. Diwali with the Valirams

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I had the privilege to attend the party at the Mandarin Oriental, feeling like a guest in a surreal Great Gatsby-like party, where guests were dressed to the nines, there was delicious food for all and champagne on tap throughout the night. We scanned a QR code at the entrance and were soon swept into a wonderful flurry of colour and decadence. I was stunned by their generosity and warmth, as the Valirams stood by the door greeting every. single. guest. that came - and there must have been thousands!

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I was really tempted to get a traditional Indian outfit for the event because the shopaholic part of me told myself that I’d find many occasions to wear it again. Eventually, sense prevailed and as the dress code specified either Indian wear or national wear, I went for a simple kaftan with a kebaya skirt I’ve had for a while.

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Although royalty (e.g. Sultan of Perak!) and celebrities (e.g. Deborah Henry, Chef Wan) made up a portion of the guestlist, there was plenty of attention on the food! There was such a variety to try from the buffet spread, with highlights being the lobster briyani which packed such a satisfying kick in its sambal, handcrafted dishes from Nadodi and a free flow of Godiva soft serve.

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To my pleasure, I bumped into some old friends, and made some new ones too! A conversation of note would be when I met a retired lady who took it upon herself to remind me of a few choice words from Alvin Toffler’s popular quote - which in entirety, reads as “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” - but in the version that was delivered to me throughout the night sounded more like - LEARN, UNLEARN, RELEARN AND EXERCISE!!!! Sound advice! I took it gladly.

Another highlight was the brilliant music, which has now convinced me that no dance party is quite complete without some Indian music to round it off!


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With my handsome +1.

3. Chinese World Economic Forum 2018

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A friend of my father’s invited us to the gala dinner of the Chinese World Economic Forum 2018, marking diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. The event was held at the Palace of the Golden Horses which although beautiful in its grandeur (golden horses frozen mid-march across the field by the entrance and towering marble pillars in the lobby), it was starting to show signs of age with its water-marked walls and barren orchid conservatory. Even the grand ballroom we were in had water dripping from the ceiling! A few dinner tables were shuffled around and the water was left dripping in a bucket on the ground. Hmm.

The event was pretty significant for me because it was my first time hearing Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim speak in person and I even got to snap a picture with Lim Kit Siang, whose illustrious and long history in Malaysian politics have made him quite the respected veteran.

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When accepting the Benevolence Leadership Award that was presented to him that evening, DS Anwar spoke of being undeserving of comparison to Nelson Mandela and how he felt that rather than “suffering” in jail, it was a time of recuperation and rest for him as he slept and ate well. I suppose that’s a very positive way of looking at it because it would be a time in one’s life without having to spend any money, yet be fed and clothed. And you’d have time to embark on creative and mental projects such as writing a book or planning the country’s next blueprint idk. It’s not too bad as well having a relatively cushy prison cell.

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I wore a dress by twenty3 that went on sale for RM60 from RM239, which is honestly, such a steal!

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I especially love the buttons and concealed zip.

4. The Entertainer Launch Party 2019

One of the more exciting parties I went to was the Entertainer Launch Party! I love the app, which is really no surprise considering how often I use it.

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Basically a digital voucher book for buy-1-free-1 deals, you pay a fixed price for the app and in it are some pretty amazing discounts. You’ll very quickly earn back the sum you’ve spent for the app, especially if you enjoy eating out (which I most certainly do) and it’s one way to help you decide on what to eat. I’ll spend a little more time talking about this party in another post, because I want to share all about it in a little more detail.

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That’s my November so far! There’s a few more events that I’m excited about in the coming few weeks, including my workplace’s Annual Dinner and mom’s birthday dinner. 

What about you? Any parties you’re looking forward to now that 2018 is coming to a close?
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