Jul 31, 2012

Stand-up comedy night at ChinaHouse!

This Thursday, August 2nd, 9pm at ChinaHouse, make sure to bring A LOT of tissue with you as you will for sure end up crying... with laughter! KL-ites Phoon Chi Ho, Alfred Loh & Papi Zak take up the stage at The Canteen and they're hungry for some Penang laughs (and food)!

Hope to see many of you there to support the Malaysian stand-up comedy scene! Spread the word!

Some further details about the show:
  • RM35 per head inclusive of first drink
  • All proceeds will be donated to LASSie
  • For bookings, please email art@chinahouse.com.my or call 04 263 7299
  • Each booking of 10 tickets per show will get the 11th booking for free for that same show.

153-155 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang
T 04 263 7299   E info@chinahouse.com.my

Jun 29, 2012

Get 20% off your bill at ChinaHouse!

ChinaHouse recently took part in the Tastes of Europe Fest 2012 and put out a special promotion for the fair. As followers of our social media pages (blog, Facebook & Twitter), we would like to extend to you the same discount!! See attached flier for further details, and remember to print it out to enjoy the discount!! Looking forward to hosting you in ChinaHouse... until July 6 only!

For more information on ChinaHouse, do feel free to get in touch!

153-155 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang
T 04 263 7299   E info@chinahouse.com.my

Jun 16, 2012

The George Town Festival is on!!!

The new edition of the George Town Festival was launched on June 15 and will last for one whole month!!!

ChinaHouse and Studio at Straits are of course involved in the hosting of art shows & performances during this period. You can view all the programme details on the following flyer.

Here are a few pictures from the 'Beautiful Junk' exhibition currently held both in ChinaHouse and Studio (all photos courtesy of Beautiful Junk). If you're interested in a dive into the dynamic, refreshing Malaysian art scene, you simply cannot miss this show!

This year's festival opened with the presentation entitled 'Silat- Our Heritage for the World', which recreated the well-known Malaysian tales of the legendary Hang Tuah and his magic kris dagger, Taming Sari.

May 28, 2012

LASSie on the French “30 Millions d’Amis” TV show

LASSie was just featured in the most popular animal programme on French TV, called 30 Millions d’Amis (“30 Million Friends”). It gives a great exposure to LASSie and we hope it was watched by many across France and othe French-speaking countries. Help us spread the word and the link to the video!
Here is a quick introduction to 30 Millions d’Amis foundation :
Founded in 1976 by the late Jean-Pierre Hutin and his wife Reha, 30 Millions d’Amis leads the way in France in terms of raising awareness about animal protection, fighting against human irresponsiblity and advocating the rights of our furry friends. More than 30 years later, the foundation still enjoys a huge popularity with the French-speaking public, especially through their widely-circulated magazine and their record-lasting TV show, both simply known as 30 Millions d’Amis.
For more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Apr 12, 2012

ChinaHouse in Monocle magazine

UK-based international lifestyle magazine Monocle has featured Penang on their 52nd issue. The 2-page spread focuses largely on the conservation of architecture and heritage buildings around Penang, while promoting property in the Heritage Core Zone of Georgetown. The article also mentions heritage buildings that have been turned into hotels, galleries and restaurants, including our very own ChinaHouse.

You can read the article by downloading the pictures below or browsing Monocle's website (subscription required).

For more information on ChinaHouse, do feel free to get in touch!

153-155 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang
T 04 263 7299   E info@chinahouse.com.my

Mar 14, 2012

Rafiee Ghani's 'Perfumed Gardens' at ChinaHouse

'Perfumed Gardens' features Rafiee Ghani's four months' journey in India. He is not a stranger there, having travelled to different parts of this land of varied cultures and traditions.
This time, he brings home a piece of India to share his journey with art lovers. This intimist artist portrays his trademark colours, which are brilliantly blended with the essence of India. These works are inspired by the ever vibrant, energetic but yet romantic land.
'Perfumed Gardens' suggests fragrances, flowers, gardens richly filled with flora and animals. These subject matters are evident in this series as well as details of the charming local architecture.

'Perfumed Gardens' marks ChinaHouse's second collaborative exhibition with Galeri Chandan in Damansara, KL. Together, Galeri Chandan @ ChinaHouse presents Rafiee Ghani's solo exhibition. 'Perfumed Gardens' which displays his search of enclosure for the beautiful things that we often overlook. Paintings, drawings and photography works by Rafiee Ghani will be exhibited at the gallery from March 15 until April 22, 2012. 

Opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 6 to 8pm. See y'all there!!

For more information on this exceptional exhibition, visit our website or feel free to get in touch.

153-155 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang
T 04 263 7299   E info@chinahouse.com.my

Mar 9, 2012

Penang Asia's best place for street food ?

To answer that question, follow in the footsteps of food writer Pat Nourse and photographer Christopher Wise and meet some of the movers and shakers on today's Penang tourism scene. Both Straits Collection and ChinaHouse have been featured in their article, which came out in the latest edition of the Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine. To read Pat's piece, you can either visit Australian Gourmet Traveller's website, or download the following files to view Christopher's amazingly vivid pictures. Only then will you be able to make up your mind about their question... Penangites sure know the answer already ;-)

Mar 1, 2012

A word from Narelle...

NarelleWell, we tried, but no way could we beat a competitor that put on 3,500 votes in three days… We voted in what we believe was the good old fashioned way and in the spirit of  the competition. The team around LASSie were superb. Jerome our volunteer worked tirelessly updating constantly Facebook, Twitter and blogs and even got us on YouTube! Alison and all Bon Ton and LASSie staff worked hard at it daily. Robert even took the computer round to each table to gather votes in ChinaHouse, Penang. Outside shelters came to our support – AnimalCare, SPCA Selangor and Penang and many others we didn’t know about, including one in the US. Devi in Penang who we never met, but who has always been a great supporter worked the whole month to find voters for us. Dr Geetha who is our co-founder in Singapore worked the Singaporean animal lovers for votes.

Thanks to all these people, and also to friends (including all our fans & followers!), family and guests who voted for us. Sorry for so many follow-up emails! A big thank you to Mark Batros who nominated us and Megaa who was his main support for his dream. The only regret is we can’t have the list of the people who did vote for LASSie. We can never thank them individually and might never know who they are. But please accept this as a big thank you.

A little note… The cute puppy on our first flier… His name is Chubby Chups, and he and his sister Storm were found in Beach St Penang, in a burnt building just down from our ChinaHouse food & arts centre. We had a few people that wanted to adopt Chubby as he was cute. But no one wanted Storm as she was not pretty. But the rule was they went together as they were so happy together. In the end we had no choice but to bring them to Langkawi… courtesy of Malaysia Airlines!! They are now 6 months old, inseparable and enjoy LASSie's seabreezes, lawn and space to play. Thanks Chubby for being our pin up boy!!


Feb 20, 2012

LASSie on SunSuper Dreams

LASSie, the Langkawi Animal Shelter & Sanctuary foundation, has just been nominated on the SunSuper Dreams website, which gives us a chance to win a much-needed AUS$5,000 grant for the shelter. Here’s a message by Narelle McMurtrie, owner of Brand Bon Ton and founder of LASSie:

“To all our friends, we have been nominated by one of our guests for his wish/dream to help the stray animals of Langkawi. Bon Ton Resort, Temple Tree Resort, Straits Collection and ChinaHouse Penang, all under the Bon Ton group, operate LASSie, the Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary. Not only do we provide shelter for the strays on the island but we also operate our own charity animal clinic to sterilize all the strays. In this way we hope to control the stray population. It is a huge job. Please record your vote for us, as we may be lucky enough to win AUS$ 5,000. And we need all the help we can get. Many thanks for your support, Narelle”.

If you wish to support LASSie's cause and cast your vote for our furry friends, go to the SunSuper Dreams website. Just click “Vote”, fill in your first name, email address and captcha verification code, and click on the confirmation link sent to your inbox. All in all, it’s free and takes less than one minute to complete. There are only worthy causes on SunSuper Dreams and you may cast your vote for three of them in total. We do hope that you will consider registering one of these three votes for LASSie before the deadline on February 29, 2012.

Thanks everyone for your support. And thank you to all the people and organizations that will be sharing our voting link with their friends and followers. And most of all, thank you to our guest who registered on SunSuper Dreams in the first place. Do check our LASSie website to learn more about the foundation, the island animal clinic and how to donate to the foundation.

Jan 23, 2012

Transience, Open Salon Exhibition in ChinaHouse

We are delighted to announce that ChinaHouse is currently hosting the Photography Open Salon exhibition, in partnership with the Arles Photography Open Salon and the Alliance Française in Penang.  

With 100 photographers from 32 countries from Arles (France), the celebrated 'capital' of international photography, to George Town, the UNESCO heart of Penang (Malaysia), this selection of ‘open call’ winning images from the 2011 Photography Open Salon showcases cutting-edge and emerging photography from around the world. Thought-provoking, visually exciting, the exhibition - featuring over 100 artists from 32 countries - culminates in 'The Poverty Line' project of overall winners Stefen Chow and HY Lin. All of this year's Photography Open Salon 2011 artists from Arles will be represented with at least one piece of artwork. Exhibited prints are for sale.

The Arles installation will be divided between ChinaHouse and Alliance Française. The exhibition dates and opening times are as follows:

Vernissage opening on 12 Jan 6.30pm
Exhibition dates:  12 Jan – 11 Feb 2012

Alliance Française de Penang
Vernissage opening on 18 Jan 7.30pm
Exhibition dates: 18 Jan – 8 Feb 2012

For more information on this exceptional exhibition, visit our website or feel free to get in touch.

153-155 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang

T 04 263 7299
  E info@straitscollection.com.my

Alliance Française de Penang
46, Jalan Phuah Hin Leong,10050 Georgetown, Penang
T 04 227 6008
  E pedagopenang@alliancefrancaise.org.my