44 guests invited for 44th celebration of life, friendship and opportunities – Andrew Chow

Business and Pleasure Mixer

These 8 pictures were taken within 3 min and I myself am amazed of the different kind of hand gesture I can create :)

( The left froggy was done by the wonderful staff of Jean Tan from Aago Pte Ltd :D)

Background:

I can’t remember the last time i organised a networking event for business friends whom I know for opportunities. I can remember the last time I celebrated my birthday in a party was 23 years ago when I turned 21. I couldn’t decide what to organise and end up doing a hybrid event – Business and Pleasure Mixer on 18 Feb 2011.

Details: My email invitation in a previous post

Sponsors:

Venue : Smartspace Singapore - a multidisciplinary co-working space based in Singapore. We aim to provide a zero to launch platform in Singapore for student entrepreneurs, start ups and non-profit organizations by taking care of their work space, office furnishing and business support services for their core business at an affordable cost.

  • 3 distinct zones.
  • Infinite ideas.
  • Infinite SmartSpace.

The gentleman in white is Mr Michael Zhan, the founder of Smartspace Singapore, giving a quick overview of Vision, Mission and future direction of the company. Michael is also a lawyer by training.

Wine : Angels Share Wines Pte Ltd - Angels’ Share Wines specialises in sweet, sparkling and sophisticated wines. Ancient winemakers believe that as wines age in barrels, a magical process occurs. When some of the wine evaporates, an Angel accepts it as her share, and in return, imparts many lovely, sophisticated flavours into the remaining wine.

Theme: Business and Pleasure Mixer

This nice balloon is a gift from my friend - Rachel Lee

Some of my guests captured on photo deserve special mention :

Min Zhen – a wonderful and bubbly up and coming top agent in DTL Property Network Pte Ltd, she can be contacted at minzhen75@gmail.com. She is someone I have known for 8 years and had numerous corporate experiences with leading banks of Singapore.

David Wee – CEO & Founder at Asia Speakers Bureau (ASB), David Wee can tell you how to improve corporate entrepreneurship in the New future, create new space in a crowded market, lead by serving, and let your business achieve the highest level of growth with more vibrant workplace.

Sophia Lim & Rachel Minn Lee, are consulting managers (Executive Search) of Anverson Consulting Pte Ltd

L1 : Eric Chan, Account Manager of Nanyang Tech Pte Ltd which specialises in IT Support, PC Sales/Rental and Trade-in/repair.

L2 : Charlene Ng, Business Manager of Star Fish Net

L3 : Au Yeong Yuen Mun, Strategist in Hospitality Star, a eUniversity.

George Wong – WineMBA, Founder of Wine Lovers’ Club, often described as “God of Wine” by local media. He is one of the most sought after speaker for wine in business and social events.

Gin Wong – A Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger who enjoys and love life at the beautiful moment, staying happy and constantly looking out for beauty remedy with a mixed of FUN and APPRECIATION to gorgeous things around. She is also one of the 3 lucky winners of a bottle of Moscato. Gin is the proud owner 0f Blog – Ginevi

Left : Ezen Ho – Manager of Eroma Marketing, a business for SPA, Beauty and Wellness.

Right : Yvonne Lim – Event Manager of Smartspace Singapore, she is a highly efficient event planner and organiser.

Aaron Koh – Business Development Manager of Taggo Pte Ltd, a social media channel for facebook fan recognition.

Left : Aik Boon, CEO of Crazy Bid, a online auction business. Right : Ellen Shi Min, Founder of Smart Translation, a professional multi-language translation agency.

Left 1 : Ocean Wang, the most under-rated oil painting artist in Singapore. She produced 3 oil on canvas portrait for F1 drivers in 2010 for Charity auction. Yes! she also produced 2 oil paintings of 2 Andrew Chows

Left 2 : Valerie Song, the founder of Match Resources Pte Ltd, which does ‘match great companies with great people’ and naturally ‘great people with great companies’ on a daily basis.

Left 1 : Kim Chua, Team Manager of Walton International Group (S) Pte Ltd

Right 2 : Teck Beng, Director of Performance Leadership.

Right 1 : Kent Chan, Asst Associate Manager of PropNex

Right 1 : Gavin Choo, Business Development Director of Chris Cooper Group. Together we manage the biggest family entertainment show in Singapore – Walking with Dinosaurs in 2010.

Right 2 : Richard Chew, a volunteer in Corporate Communication for Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS)

Left 2 : Serene Pan, Vice Director of Biz Asia, serenepan@gmail.com

Right 1 : Prasanna Srinivasan, the Senior Consultant of Skynapse, a Microsoft Technologies Solutions Provider. His company was the consultant to develop the website of Romancing Singapore.

Nazran Ahmad, is the producer of SUPER, dealing with events, productions and design. Nazran has helped me to co-organise many social events for singles including Dating@Sea in 2007

Douglas Quek, the Account Manager of Signetique IT Pte Ltd

Anita Ho, Programme Manager of Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA)

Right 2 : Rina Neoh, Co-Founder and Director of Mercatus Capital

Lady at centre : Jean Tan, a lawyer by training but a Brand Consultant in practise. She is the managing director of Aago Pte Ltd.
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I gave out 20 copies of my book in final draft. “Romancing the Media” is a business book written for the SME by the SME, equipping business owners with management skills and social media strategy.

The winners of Moscato : Aaron, Gin and Kent

Proudly sponsored by Angels Share Wines Pte Ltd


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My Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2010

What’s your top 10 moments in 2010?

Before you set new resolutions for 2011, it is always wonderful to reflect on the year and celebrate every wonderful moments so that we can grow from strength to strength.

My very best Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2010 are:

10. “The backup Plan” movie launch

On 29 April, Sony Pictures and my company (Table For Six) jointly organized the Back up Plan Movie and Dinner event. Our company conducted a survey on Singapore’ ladies’ backup plans should they remain single for the rest of their lives. The results were insightful and the press/media given us a lot of coverage.

9. Authorised Training Provider for NCSS

In early Jun, I was informed by National Council of Social Service (NCSS)  that I am granted the status to be the Authorised Training Providers for Charitable organisation and VWOs under the VCF Training Grant. I created courses:

  • Developing a Winning Social Media Strategy for NPOs
  • Social Branding for NPOs
  • Getting Sponsorship for VWOs and Publicity for Business
  • Coaching and Developing your Volunteers

8. Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment – Certification.

From 9 Apr till 15 June, I took 6 modules, get through the assessments under Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). With this Advanced Certificate, I am able to Develop, Train and Assess courses under WSQ framework from WDA.

7. Singles Cruise Asia

Many people would have heard of Dating@Sea since 2007 where it is only open to singles from Singapore. It was all along done with Star Cruises as our cruise partner. Finally from 6-10 Dec, the 1st ever Singapore-Malaysia social event (Single Cruise Asia), a 5D/4N cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas was organised.

6. Interviewed by Ian Wright for Discovery Channel

It’s not everyday you get to be interviewed by a host from a international media, much more a international celebrity host – Ian Wright. He was in Singapore in May to do a special 10-part episode on Singapore. At the very last part, there is always the angle of singlehood issue in Singapore. I was contacted to create a social event where his team can film the entire event with interviews about myself and some of my participants.

Picture with Ian Wright & Vernetta Lopez

5. Marrying Charity with Art

I had always wanted to do my bid for charity in forging strategic alliance between charities and business entities. I am glad in 2010 I have helped my good friend Ocean Wang to launch her career by painting 3 portraits of F1 drivers : Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. The Alonso portrait was successful auctioned silently for $4000 in the charity dinner of Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) with the kind planning and organising service of Annie Chan.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Ocean’s blog – www.oceantheartist.wordpress.com. The Hand over ceremony is done on 24 Nov

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4. 938live guest speaker for Positive Business Minute

3. 1st Malaysia media exposure

Though I have enjoyed more than 120 media and press interview and coverage of myself, business or events in Singapore and international main media, Malaysia was not one of them. This changed in August where I was invited to be interviewed on Malaysia radio BFM 89.9. From then on, i enjoyed 4 weeks of NTV 7 Breakfast show as a regular guest, 2 Newspaper features about being a Dating Coach for Singles Cruise Asia

2. Hosting 200 friends for Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs is the most successful and money-making family entertainment theatrical production in the world. For the first time ever, it came to Singapore from 1-12 Dec for a 10-day 20-show performance. My company won the tender to manage the social media marketing platform. One of my deliverables was to raise social brand ambassadors. I was given 200 tickets for the very first show and I invited charities and brand ambassadors to be the first few people to watch it. The turnout was 4000 so I had 5% of the stadium on 1 Dec.

1. Successful Entrepreneur award 2010

Since receiving the Spirit of Enterprise award as an honoure in 2008, this is the 2nd business award I have received in the space of 3 years.


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My 1st Successful Charity Project – linking Lutheran Community Care Services and Ms Ocean Wang

After months of conceptualizing a art project which will charity organisation with the passion of a racing sport – F1 Grand Prix, the Lutheran Community Care Services Gala Dinner puts a wonderful full-stop to a beautiful journey.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Almost a year ago, my good friend Ocean Wang were in advanced stage of pregnancy, and decided to paint portrait of famous people. I suggested F1 drivers as Singapore was preparing for our 3rd Night Race since 2008.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Believe it or not, we chosen Lewis Hamilton (not in picture), Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso months before F1 comes to Singapore. Little did we know the same 3 drivers were on top 3 driver standing vying for the ultimate driver championship. Though it went to Sebestian Vettel, it was a fun journey.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Ocean had always wanted to impact the society in her unique ways, though she didnt know exactly how her paintings at that time will achieve that objective.

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At about the same time, I was giving training to many VWOs, one of them was Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) where I met Rev Daniel Ang, the Executive Director. He was convinced that the new media is the way to go in engaging the public and the client they serve.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Intuitively, I visualise the linkage between F1 racing and the youth (client of LCCS). Ocean and I shared the same concern that the the problems youth are facing today are like challenges F1 drivers are facing. There decisions to be made and dangers to risk. There is a need for pit stop and the staff and volunteers of LCCS are like the crews of the team to help refuel, change the wheels and strategise for the rest of the race. This process is termed “Changing Stories, Transforming Lives” – the tag line of LCCS.

Finally on 19 Nov 2010, during the inaugural Charity Golf and Gala Dinner organised by LCCS in Orchid Country Club, we managed to put up the 2 paintings for silent auction.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110
Ocean was very excited!

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

The guest of Honour is Mr Ang Mong Seng, MP for Hong Kah GRC (Bukit Gombak)

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Yes! We sat at table 24!

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Ocean is awarded with the Certificate of Appreciation from LCCS and she is gracious enough to share the limelight with me. :)

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

We did a silent auction of both painting during the dinner to raise funds. At the time of this post, I heard there is a gentleman by the name of Peter who got the highest bid for Fernando Alonso’s portrait. Many thanks for Annie Chan, who coordinated all the event schedule and the wonderful hosting by Sebestian Sim.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

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A special appeal from a Volunteer Welfare Organisation (VWO) … for a Charity Gala Dinner on 19 Nov 2010

Dear Participants,

I need your help. I need some indication of interests to decide we will proceed with the auction of the 3 paintings above.

We have received two oil paintings of F1 Driver Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. They were donated by a professional artist Ocean Wang for our Gala Dinner Event auction.

Please see attached picture and write up about the artist. As the paintings have no autograph, there is a potential that it may appreciate in value should potential owner managed to get their signature in the future.

Another painting, is donated by Mr Ong Kim Seng’s student of an old Kampong House.

Please help me by indicating the minimum and maximum bid that you may be willing to bid should you be interested in the painting. Alternatively, should you know of any avid F1 fans, please forward the mail to them.

 

 

Warmest regards

Daniel Ang

Executive Director

Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS)

www.lccs.org.sg

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