Happy New Year to one and all from Carlsberg, 2 Lucky Lions and 8 Gods of Fortune!
WHEN CARLSBERG, THE WORLD'S BEST BEER (BELIEVE ME, IT IS TRUE, HONEST INJUN) THROWS A PARTY, PEOPLE SIT AND TAKE NOTICE. SIMPLY BECAUSE A CARLSBERG PARTY IS ONE NOT TO BE MISSED UNLESS SEX IS INVOLVED.
Soren Ravn flanked by Mr Southeast Asia 2011 Adrian Winson and Kee Hua Chee. In Chinese costume at left is York Spencer, Carlsberg's director of sales and marketing
Deputy Minister of Finance Datuk Donald Lim, Datuk Professor Jimmy Choo and Dato Vincent Lee, deputy Executive Chairman of The Star
Dato Vincent Lee of The Star and Dato Danny Ooi founder of Miss Tourism International
Terence Fernandez, Dato Vincent Lee, deputy Executive Chairman of Star Publishing Bhd, Andrea Fonseka, Dato Danny Ooi of D'Touche and Brian Martin, editor of Star Metro
June Wong, Managing Editor of The Star and Adrian Winson, Mr Southeast Asia 2011
Sharon Lee, June Wong, Managing Editor of The Star and Chia Seow Ding
Brian Martin, editor of Star Metro, Datuk Wong Sai Wan and friend
Soren Ravn, MD of Carlsberg Malaysia, his handsome nephew Miran and wife Malene
Kee Hua Chee and Miran
Adrian Winson, Mr Southeast Asia 2011, Kee Hua Chee in full dragon regalia and orange shoes and Peter Yap
Andrea Fonseka, national director of Miss Malaysia Universe, Dato Professor Jimmy Choo and Kimberly Leggertt Miss Malaysia Universe 2012
Chantelle Chuah Miss International 2011 and Dato Wong Sai Wan, Executive Editor of The Star
Kumo, son of YTM Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar the Tunku Laksamana of Negri Sembilan and Soren Ravn, MD of Carlsberg Malaysia
Dato Danny Ooi, publisher of Malaysia Book of Records with Soren Ravn and his team and 8 Gods of Fortune as the giant green dragon has entered the record book as the biggest and longest and mighiest in the world!
From right; Tan Sri William Cheng of Lion Group, Tan Choon Hwa and 2 VIP guests
FIRST AS EXPECTED, YOU CAN DRINK FREE TILL KINGDOM COME. SECOND, YOU DON'T NEED TO QUEUE AT THE BAR AND ELBOW EACH OTHER FOR THE FREE BEER. PRETTY GIRLS ARE EVERYWHERE, SMILING, OFFERING AND EVEN CAJOLING YOU TO HAVE YET ANOTHER BEER AS IF IT WAS WATER.
COME TO THINK OF IT, THERE WAS NO WATER PROFERRED. ONLY BEER. FANCY THAT.
Usually it is the other way around when the liquor runs out and you make do with plain water. But at Carlsberg, especially when it is held at its Shah Alam headquarters, beer NEVER runs dry and it is yours for the asking and drinking. Indeed I think some sort of beer manners ('beerners'?) should be installed and adhered to----glasses can only be refilled or another glass given when it is empty. I have seen guys drinking halfway and grabbing another glass. I reprimanded him and he said "My beer got warm'. Another said "Carlsberg makes so much money they wouldn't notice it". Oh well.
Held on 1 February 2012 which happened to be Wilayah Day or City Day, I think almost all invitees turned up as it was a holiday in Kuala Lumpur. This was Carlsberg Chinese New Year to thank the media and friends as well as retailers and I counted nearly half a dozen Tan Sris which was quite a record for a casual lunch party. Everyone applauded when Tan Sri William Cheng of Lion Group turned up as this bon vivant is renowned for enjoying life to the hilt. Let's just say he is the richer version of Kee Hua Chee.
Of course the most important guests were the bosses and top editors from The Star, the nation's mouthpiece and most powerful newspaper with audited readership of 1.55 million daily! My blog gets around 8,000 a day so I have some way to play catch up. Big bosses like Dato Vincent Lee the deputy Executive Chairman, Dato Wong Sai Wan, Brian Martin of Metro, Leanne Goh and managing editor June Wong were there. I heard Carlsberg MD Soren Ravn mentioned Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai's name several times on the mike but I did not see him.
Other VIPs included Datuk Donald Lim, the deputy Minister of Finance, YTM Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar and his son Kumo, Datuk Professor Jimmy Choo, entrepreneur Tan Choon Hwa, Tan Sri and Puan Sri Ta, Ronald Quay and a bevy of beauties like Chantelle Chuah Miss International 2011, Miss Malaysia Universe 2012 Kimberley Leggett, beauty queen Andrea Fonseka and Adrian Winson Mr Southeast Asia 2011.
Datuk Leonard Tan sang and entertained. So did beat boxes Sean Yap. The highlight was a rap session involving Datuk Leonard Tan, Sean Yap and Soren Ravn. Yes, you read that correct---Soren Ravn the MD of Carlsberg Malaysia! No other Managing Director of a major, international firm in Malaysia can rap like Carlsberg's MD!
There was a fashion show courtesy of Kronenbourg 1664 the elitist French beer with models wearing funky gear in red, blue and white, the colours of the flag of France. Eight hot female dancers carrying football performed an equally hot dance holding footballs as Carlsberg is a sponsor of the European Cup while the Japanese ambassador went on stage to toast the Year of the Dragon with Asahi beer, Japan's top drop which is now brewed in Malaysia for the first time.
Food was served at our tables so we could all yee sang. As we left, all guests were given a 6-bottle pack of various beers brewed at the Carlsberg brewery worth nearly RM 100! Eat, drink and flee with more drinks, that's what I like!
The world's longest plastic green dragon at 118 ft floated loftily outside. A pair of lions stood ready to dance on poles. And not one but 8 Gods of Wealth waited outside to bless everyone with great good fortune. I know the Year of the Dragon will be yet another brilliant year for me!
Adrian Winson, Kee Hua Chee and Peter Yap
Adrian Winson, Kee Hua Chee in dragon gear and bling plus kumquat shoes and Peter Yap
Chantelle Chuah, Malene and Soren Ravn
Ho Kay Tat MD of Star Publications, Dato Garry Chua and David Yeoh Group Chief Editor 1 of The Star
I like this confusing photo of 2 lions appearing to sit on the back of the green dragon
8 Gods of Wealth bestowing blessings on me
From both sides I received blessings! LucKEE me!
The green dragon appears to be resting on the poles but look carefully as the dragon is dozens of feet away! This is just an optical illusion or triomphe l'oeil!
Auspicious salutations and greetings from the lions
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A grand greeting from 2 lions and 8 Gods of Wealth! Everyone who saw this auspicious assembly is guaranteed great good fortune for the rest of 2012!
Chantelle Chuah and Adrian Winson
The sexy girls from Asahi Beer---note their perky, shiny boobs!
Dato Danny Ooi presenting the certificate testifying to Carlsberg's dragon as the world's biggest longest and mightiest plastic dragon!
The Carlsberg dragon not only entered the Malaysian Book of Records but its entry was blessed by 8 Gods of Fortune too!
One for the road
Adrian Winson and Kee Hua Chee at their table
Yee Sang time!
For once Kee Hua Chee did not look at the camera and smirked!
Adrian Winson and Kee Hua Chee
END OF PART 1