1. The Haven CEO Mr Peter Chan's birthday celebration-cum-thanksgiving

1. The Haven CEO Mr Peter Chan’s birthday celebration-cum-thanksgiving

Delectable buffet spread, classy music and awesome friends from near and far set the tone for the early birthday celebration of Mr. Peter Chan. On the guest list of The Haven Chief Executive Officer included close friends, unit owners, business partners and associates as well as staff members.

2. Mr. Peter Chan gives thanks to the many blessings in life

2. Mr. Peter Chan gives thanks to the many blessings in life

3. L-R: Mr. Peter Chan, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin  and a couple of friends from Kuala Lumpur

3. L-R: Mr. Peter Chan, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin and a couple of friends from Kuala Lumpur

The evening was also a time to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings in life. In his brief opening speech, Mr. Peter said, “Let’s give thanks to the many great miracles of the universe! We give thanks to our precious life, to the nature that surrounds us and last but not least, to our relationships.

4. a duet by Dempsey (L) & Dr. Joanne Lim (R)

4. a duet by Dempsey (L) & Dr. Joanne Lim (R)

5. a scrumptious buffet dinner

5. a scrumptious buffet dinner

“Life is a difficult journey full of sufferings but these challenges only make us stronger, to be better. Overcoming hardships gives meaning to life.

6. when old friends meet up again

6. when old friends meet up again

7. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin dedicates some words to Mr. Peter Chan

7. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin dedicates some words to Mr. Peter Chan

“Let us give thanks to this blessed development, The Haven. It is a 5-star hybrid property of a resort hotel and residences. Over the years, it has unfortunately received over two hundred accusations, which I can say, are all false. And today, you are here to see for yourself what a fine property The Haven is and I can assure you that we are here to stay.”

8. a toast to the birthday boy

8. a toast to the birthday boy

9. Emerald House Symphony

9. Emerald House Symphony

In his speech, Mr. Peter also announced the good news that The Haven has bagged another international award: World Luxury Restaurant Award for categories of Luxury Wedding Venue (Global) and Luxury Hotel Restaurant (Country). The awards ceremony will be held in Switzerland later this year.

10. Mr. Peter Chan cuts his birthday cake as Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin (R) looks on. The cake was baked by The Haven's pastry chef Emiey.

10. Mr. Peter Chan cuts his birthday cake as Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin (R) looks on. The cake was baked by The Haven’s pastry chef Emiey.

11. the three alumni of Raffles Hall, University of Singapore singing their hostel song (L-R): Mr. Peter Chan, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin  & Mr. Simon Thong

11. the three alumni of Raffles Hall, University of Singapore singing their hostel song (L-R): Mr. Peter Chan, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin & Mr. Simon Thong

The event was an opportunity for Mr. Peter to unveil his Bintan (Indonesia) project to his guests. The development, named The Haven Bintan Resort, is a S$1 billion integrated hospitality project, located on Bintan Island, 40km from Singapore. Bintan has been dubbed the Hawaii of Southeast Asia.

12. The Haven General Manager Jimmy Yeo (L) presents a birthday gift on behalf of management and staff to the Best Boss Ever, Mr. Peter Chan (R)

12. The Haven General Manager Jimmy Yeo (L) presents a birthday gift on behalf of management and staff to the Best Boss Ever, Mr. Peter Chan (R)

13. with Puan Sri Suzan (L)

13. with Puan Sri Suzan (L)

This outstanding environmentally-friendly development of The Haven Bintan Resort sits on a 60-acre site at Lagoi Bay, along the northern shore of the island, and will comprise eight 26-storey towers of both serviced condominiums and condotels.

14. group shot with old friends

14. group shot with old friends

15. performance by (L-R): Dr. Joanne Lim, Mr. Eugene Pook &  Dr. Andrew Filmer

15. performance by (L-R): Dr. Joanne Lim, Mr. Eugene Pook & Dr. Andrew Filmer

The development, boasting the tallest, largest and most exclusive towers in the entire Riau Islands Province, will consist of a convention centre, condotels, villas, a hotel, and commercial retail lots.

16. free-flow of wine

16. free-flow of wine

17. lovely ladies take a wefie with The Haven's security personnel

17. lovely ladies take a wefie with The Haven’s security personnel

Similar to The Haven Ipoh, The Haven Bintan Resort is surrounded by natural environment. The site boasts three idyllic water bodies of sea, river and lake.

18. The Haven staff present a rap song written by Mr. Peter Chan

18. The Haven staff present a rap song written by Mr. Peter Chan

19. the hula dance presented by The Haven's F&B team

19. the hula dance presented by The Haven’s F&B team

A couple of surprises were sprung over the evening. First, it was Mr. Peter’s talent as a lyricist, followed by the talent of staff as dancers, singers and even rappers!

20. L-R: Mr. Peter Chan, singer Anith, Director of The Haven Sdn. Bhd. Ms. Amy Lau and a Japanese friend sing the evergreen 'Friends'

20. L-R: Mr. Peter Chan, singer Anith, Director of The Haven Sdn. Bhd. Ms. Amy Lau and a Japanese friend sing the evergreen ‘Friends’

21. a 'high' Gabriel (in coconut bra)

21. a ‘high’ Gabriel (in coconut bra)

We were all having a whale of our time until a piercing scream broke out in the ballroom. Two gigantic gorillas invaded the party and attempted to kidnap the birthday boy!

22. Mr. Peter Chan was about to be abducted by two gorillas

22. Mr. Peter Chan was about to be abducted by two gorillas

23. Mr. Peter Chan was saved by The Haven's Tyrannosaurus Rex

23. Mr. Peter Chan was saved by The Haven’s Tyrannosaurus Rex

The Haven’s Tyrannosaurus Rex came to life and barged in to save the day. What a memorable birthday celebration-cum-thanksgiving it was! And I dare speak on behalf of all the guests that we really enjoyed ourselves!

24. group shot with old friends

24. group shot with old friends

Event: The Haven CEO Birthday Celebration-cum-Thanksgiving
Venue: The Haven, Ipoh
Date: 11th June, 2016
Time: 7pm

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