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
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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!!