Celebrating 11 Years of WomenBizSENSE at Olive Tree Hotel

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Bayan Baru, Penang (22 July 2017) – More than 100 women comprising WomenBizSENSE members and friends dressed up in their best kebaya to celebrate the 11th anniversary of WomenBizSENSE, a Penang women entrepreneur association.

The luncheon themed “Kebaya Delights” at Olive Tree Hotel was in line with the association’s objectives to connect women entrepreneurs in Penang.

Generous WomenBizSENSE members also sponsored 8 single mothers and their children from Special Children’s Centre and House of Hope so that they too could be part of this event. Honouring underprivileged women and children is part of WomenBizSENSE’s charter – social responsibility is one of the 5 pillars of the association.

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The event also featured a special sharing session by author, Nyonya food consultant and 5th generation Nyonya, Pearly Kee.

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Pearly Kee, our guest speaker

As an enterprising business woman, she shared how she started her business because she loved Nyonya food.

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She wanted to share her love for Nyonya food with everyone and that started her off on her cooking classes which later became two cookery books and countless interviews in the media.

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Kebaya Delights Organising Chairperson, Regine Lim (in gold).

She has been featured in cooking shows on TV as well as cooked alongside some of the best chefs internationally. She was recently in Germany to consult with a catering company that had requested her feedback and thoughts on their Asian food menu (which was served on airlines flying out of Europe).

She had brought some of her cookery books and the entire batch was bought up by the women who lined up eagerly to get Pearly’s autograph.

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Besides the guest sharing session, the ladies were treated to an exquisite jewellery showcase featuring Stephanos Jewellery as well as Penang jeweller Jonathan Yun’s newest Peranakan range modelled by selected WomenBizSENSE members.

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Ratu Kebaya 2017 – Our 10 handpicked finalists.

The event was made even more interesting with a Ratu Kebaya competition where Pearly Kee, as well as Datin Rohana Weiler and Susan Chong (both representing Penang Women’s Development Corporation), put their heads together to pick the top 3 winners.

They took into account not only the attire but also their shoes! As Datin Rohana put it, the Ratu had to embody the whole Nyonya look.

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Kathrane Beh was crowned the Ratu Kebaya. Kiki Saw (green) and Jeanne Ooi (fuchsia) were runners-up.

One of our guests, Kathrane Beh, was eventually picked the winner from a shortlist of 10 finalists and crowned the 2017 WomenBizSENSE Ratu Kebaya. She took home a tiara, trophy, perfume and cash. The first runner up was Kiki Saw while Jeanne Ooi was the second runner up. Both took home perfume and cash.

Guang Ming Daily came to cover this event and the article appeared in the Sunday edition, 23 July 2017.

Sponsors for this event included Josh Lee Fragrances, Klein & Fine, 3 Leg Cat Cafe, Precious Pages Resources, Human Nature Malaysia, Stephanos Jewellery, Kitchen Chemistry Cafe, Pinang Nenek Venture, Gayo Cafe, Eco Pest Management, Pearly Kee, Nova Mulia Development, Crystal Palace, Soap Cart Enterprise, JORA Reignmakers, House of Amber, SG Sales & Services, Olive Tree Hotel and Redbox Studio.

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Jeanne who sponsored our anniversary cake in the shape of a purple kebaya!

In June 2018, WomenBizSENSE will be organising a Bollywood Night for its 12th anniversary celebrations.

If you’d like to be part of this as an exclusive sponsor, email: info@womenbizsense.com or call any of our committee members.

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WBS Committee 2017-2019

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