I was the Orangest Person that night while Winnie Sin wore an Albert King couture cocktail dress
Lillian Too wore an auspicious red gown and sparkling diamond necklace while I made do with Lego buckle belt
Two oranges; famous Hongkong star Maria Cordero and Kee Hua Chee
WINNIE SIN 20th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND 41st BIRTHDAY
Sin Cheang Loong and Winnie Sin cutting their anniversary cake with 3 of their 4 children (the eldest was at school in England) and Sin's parents.
DOUBLE WHAMMY OF A PARTY!
Malaysia’s most glamorous jeweller Winnie Sin and her husband Sin Cheang Loong threw an orange-coded double whammy of a party to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary and her 41st birthday on 19 May at Le Meridien.
A birthday kiss for the birthday girl
Winnie Sin with the entertainers of the evening; from left, Azhar Osman, Shela ND Lala, Syafinaz Selamat, Winnie Sin, Jacklyn Victor and Maria Cordero.
Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam of Westport, Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai, Group Chief Editor and Executive Editor of The Star and Datin Seri Florence Wong.
Le Meridien's Sultan Ballroom was transformed into an orange wonderland!
Guests looking bright, happy and orangey.
Jennifer and Chris Yeo of Feng Shui World.
Winnie Sin with Yvonne Chia, CEO and Group MD of Hong Leong Bank and Malaysia's most powerful female commercial banker.
Tony Tee, world's greatest feng shui author Lillian Too and Dato Colin Chai of YTL Group.
Left; Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam, Datin Su Day, Datin Anisah Khadar, Chok Leng Leng and Datin Annie Chin.
Desmond Tong, Joyce Ng, Datin Josephine Tong, Go Yu Yang (mother in law of Winnie Sin), Winnie Sin, Dato Jimmy Choo, Julie Yeoh, Irene Ng, Andrew Tong and Carrie Lee, Miss Chinese Cosmos 2004.
Jyy Mei, Carrie Lee, Teresa Zhang, Kee Hua Chee, Angie Lim and Ann Fong.
Chloe Ong, Kelly Jagan and Teresa Zhang
Stella Kok, Datin Seri Connie Kok, Ann Fong, Lillian Too and Datin Josephine Tong.
Datin Mina Foong of The Bodyshop
Rozita Shuib and Fabrizio Ferrari
Saleha Ali holding the wedding cake and Winnie's mineral water bottle
Hunky handsome actor Sharnaaz Basir and Winnie Sin
Owner of Rafflesia Pearl Centre, Mandalay Ruby & Jade and Jewellery Circle, Winnie Sin and her husband Sin Cheang Loong hosted a lavish soiree to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary and her 41st birthday. Held at Meridien’s Sultan Ballroom for 200 guests, the bash was attended by some of Malaysia’s most luminous pillars of society and blingnistas. The wife of the ambassador of Kazakhstan, Mrs Bagila Atamkulov, the ambassador of Uzbeksitan and several Puan Sris headed the VIP list. All wore Rafflesia, Mandalay or Jewellery Circles bling which was expected since all were clients who have become friends over the years.
Rick, husband of Maria Cordero, Puan Sri Cecilia Lim whose billionaire husband runs Genting Group and Maria Cordero.
As the 20th anniversary is symbolised by usually white china which is rather clinical, Winnie Sin decided the theme would be orange. “I like it as orange is the colour of mandarins, kumquats and tangerines. They are called ‘kum’ in Cantonese which means ‘gold’ which is very auspicious!’ beamed the birthday girl, all a-glitter in a dress by Albert King. It worked like a charm as everyone enjoyed the evening which flowed as smoothly as champagne.
Winnie Sin wearing her birthday gift from hubby Sin Cheang Loong---a RM 1.3 million white diamond and golden pearl necklace in platinum!
Her guests swooned over her birthday gift from her doting husband--- RM 1.3 million, magnificent golden pearl and diamond necklace. Very few women can claim to be so lucky but then, Winnie Sin did give him 2 sons and 2 daughters! The necklace was perfectly matched by her Jimmy Choo shoes embellished with similar gold pearls handmade by Datuk Professor Jimmy Choo who presented the pale cream shoes to the birthday girl on stage and even went down on his knees to put on her shoes the way he did for Princess Diana!
Dato Professor Jimmy Choo presenting Winnie Sin's pearl encrusted shoes.
Winnie removing her old shoes to try on her new pearly ones
One for the camera first!
This was how Dato Jimmy Choo used to bend down for Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.
There! The most well-shod lady in the room!
A close-up lookee at the pearlee okee!
Winnie Sin did not colour her nails so all attention could focus on her new Jimmy Choos!
All shoes should be like these, yes?
Many guests came decked in orange, the ideal foil for Winnie Sin’s green jade, another of her specialty as she deals only in jade, pearl and ruby, using diamonds as settings.
Datin Josephine Tong and Datuk Andrew Tong.
Lillian Too, Too Wan Jin, Jennifer Too and Chris Yeo.
Dias, Adelya and Bagila Atamkulov, wife of the ambassador of Kazakhstan
Mrs Sanobar Sobitova and Mr Shukur Sobitov the ambassador of Uzbekistan
Left; HE the Uzbekistan ambassador, Julie Yeoh, Dato Jimmy Choo, Winnie Sin and Yvonne Chia.
Dato Jimmy Choo and Kee Hua Chee
Saleha of Unreserved magazine with the reserved Kee Hua Chee
Lee Lee Loh and Robert Loh of Lord's Tailor, Malaysia's finest menswear boutique.
Adelya and Maria Cordero
Ann Fong, Datin Josephine Tong and Angie Lim.
Maria Cordero and Kee Hua Chee, the orangest couple ever!
Winnie’s celebrated touches were seen everywhere. The waiters and waitresses wore orange aprons embroidered with ‘Mandalay’ or ‘Rafflesia’.
The stunning floral displays of sunflowers and orchids nearly reached the ceiling.
The spectacularly decorated ballroom flaunted 2-metre high floral arrangements of sunflowers and orchids that almost reached the ceiling from the tables. There was a bottle of (what else?) orange juice for every guest and the napkin was of bright orange, so pretty many guests felt obliged to sneak one home as souvenir. Winnie’s official photographers and staff wore bright orange t-shirts emblazoned with her logo. I almost fancied it was a Vodafone party since that company’s slogan is ‘The Future’s So Bright It’s Orange’ as its corporate colour is orange! Since Vodafone is even more successful and richer than the Sins, it is great feng shui to share the same corporate colour!
Orange name card, menu, cake and napkin. Orange drink of course and mineral water bottles with photos of the ever glamorous Winnie Sin.
The champagne bottles also feature Winnie Sin's uber-glam images! What a great idea for a personal touch!
Actor Sharnaaz Basir tucking in as Champagne Winnie Sin took centrestage.
Lillian Too sportingly held a Winnie Sin mineral water bottle with her glamorous face.
Puan Sri Siew Yong, Maria Cordero and Rick promoting Winnie Sin mineral water bottles!
Jacklyn Victor's sensational orange gown.
Azhar Osman did not have an orange coat so he wore an orange shirt.
Each guest was given a mini wedding cake of white and orange inside an orange-ribboned transparent box. Her bottles of mineral water and champagne featured photos of a sultry, smouldering Winnie Sin looking like a Hong Kong superstar laden in jade jewels. Previously the bottles only had wrappers featuring the names of her companies but since my shirts and pants all contain my smirking portraits, I told her she should add her image to the wrappers. She is usually mistaken for an actress or Taiwanese singer and these professionally taken images simply reinforced her superstar persona. After all, Winnie Sin is so beautiful she should make good use of her God given gifts the same way I thank Buddha and Jesus Christ for their blessings by having around 35 shirts and 40 pants painted with my face! One should be pleased and proud of what God has given and celebrate by promoting whatever assets you possess!
Remember; whatever you do will always be criticised by some jealous plebeian so just do whatever you want inside the law!
The evening jump-started with Azhar Osman, the baby-faced winner of Idola followed by Jacqueline Victor who later dueted with Azahar with ‘Prayer’ dedicated to Mr and Mrs Sin. Sheila Hamzah, winner of One in A Million, sang a Mandarin number as she could speak Chinese. Shafinaz Selamat the operatic singer wowed the crowd with her usual flair and mastery of vocals. Teja Moss was in her element dishing out popular numbers but the evening belonged to Maria Cordero who flew in from Hong Kong just to attend Winnie’s bash.
Maria Cordero in her element
She had lost some weight...
Ever curvaceous and busty!
Coming down for the personal touch.
Winnie Sin and her husband were asked to do the first dance.
Here's wishing the Sins another 20 blissful years!
Mr and Mrs Sin, the parents of Sin Cheang Loong also took to the floor.
Winnie Sin's parents in law looked so happy
Datin Mina and Dato Simon Foong.
Ashley Chow and Dr Casey Chow
Mrs Sanobar and Mr Shukur Sabitova the ambassador of Uzbekistan and his wife
Julie Yeoh and Dato Jimmy Choo
Lillian Too, world's greatest feng shui author of nearly 100 books and devoted hubby Too Wan Jin
The ever affable and jolly Maria Cordero stormed the stage and bantered with emcee Bill Bora. Beamed the singer, actress and chef from Macau who is half Chinese and half Portuguese, “I don’t need any introduction! I am Portuguese from my face till my neck but the rest is Chinese! I have 6 children and am grandmother of 12! I am married to my darling ‘loukong’ (husband) and I am here to party! Did you know Richard Gere copied my husband’s hair? When he saw my loukong’s silver hair, he too changed his hair colour!
“I am impressed so many made the effort to dress in orange as I tell you, this is not an easy colour to come by. I brought an orange outfit but Winnie gave me this lovely caftan by Rifai who made it based on my photos as he did not measure me yet it fits so well and makes me feel so glamorous!”
Maria Cordero serenaded a love song to the couple before rousing the guests from their seats for the Baby Elephant Walk which meandered through the entire ballroom.
Maria Cordero starting the Baby Elephant Walk
The girls keeping a respectful distance from Winnie's hubby...?
Maria Cordero and Winnie Sin took the lead
Handsome Dias took time off for a royal wave
Maria Cordero remains so besotted with her husband she even walked to the floor from the stage to kiss him! Maybe she knew he had bought some big bling for her from Winnie Sin?
Winnie Sin making her maiden welcome speech before cutting her 20th wedding anniversary cake with her family and inlaws.
Delivering a polished and confident speech.
She seemed to have done this all her life!
Winnie's better half Sin Cheang Loong giving a speech in Mandarin.
Happy 20th anniversary!
Mr and Mrs Sin!
The cake even came with the family dog! Of course my darling Dedione was cuter!
Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai picking a lucky number.
This lucky winner won a RM 1,500 box of Rafflesia chocolates
There was a lucky draw for 5 winners and several cake cuttings at intervals. The first was in honour of Winnie’s birthday where she was flanked by 6 beauty queens. The second cake cutting had her family and inlaws and finally there was a line up of 9 birthday cakes on stage as Winnie is the sort who enjoys hosting and toasting. “I invited those who were celebrating their birthdays in May to join me in an advanced or belated celebration,” explained the generous Winnie Sin who preferred to share the birthday limelight.
Winnie Sin invited 8 others whose birthday were in May to celebrate an advanced or belated birthday!
Taking the lead was Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai, Group Chief Editor and Executive Director of The Star.
Checking to see if all candles were blown and if each cake was of identical size?
Knew it, Rachel Tan didn't do a proper blow job so now she had to do it again.
Winnie Sin, Rachel Tan, Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai, Dato Simon Fong and Dato Colin Chai.
The birthday celebrants included Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, The Star Group Chief Editor and Executive Director, Miss Malaysia 2004 Rachel Tan, Bodyshop’s Dato Simon Foong, Datin Kate Ong, Lim Beng Teck, Dato Colin Chai, Ashley Chow and Farah.
Winnie promised her 30th wedding anniversary will be even more spectacular as it will be her Pearl Anniversary while her 40th will be Ruby, two of her forte! I can see her 30th wedding anniversary party now; rows upon rows of pearls cascading from the ceiling, draped over floral arrangements and with edible ones coating the cake and food. All her guests would arrive in precious Rafflesia pearls and there would be a giant pearl made of cardboard/Styrofoam brought into the ballroom from which Winnie Sin would pop out dressed like a mermaid with pearls covering her décolleté and shining inbetween the scales of her tail!
Ten more years to go!