Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Most Beautiful House in Penang

The most beautiful house in Penang is located in Jesselton.

The house has been around for many many years and up till today... it still looks as beautiful and well-kept as it was when it was first built.

That house belongs to successful businessman Tan Sri Fumihiko Konishi who owns Texchem Berhad which also happens to own companies like Sushi King (Yes... he's the franchiser of Sushi King... NOT the Franchisee).

It's inspiring to hear of success stories like that.

The story goes that Tan Sri came to Penang many many years ago and fell in love with the place.

He then decided to stay and build his empire and build his empire he did!


Now every once in his lifetime, a poor Penang boy will have a chance to taste the life of the rich and famous and last weekend... that boy was me.

Through a friend, I was invited to a big garden party at Tan Sri's house.A house that I've been so used to seeing from outside the gates.

I arrived in the evening of the Garden Party to find a whole lot of cars parked at the side of the road outside the house.Ashamed of my tiny car, I parked somewhere far far away and walked towards the front gate praying that the guards won't change their mind and send me away in the last minute.

Just as I reached the front gate... it OPENED FOR ME.Note: This pic of the gate opening was taken earlier in the day before the party started

I was on a natural high as I walked
into the beautiful compound which was filled with cars of the guests of the party.When I reached the back where the Garden Party was being, a beautiful woman greeted me and took me to my seat.

Many of the seats were empty when I arrived but were quick to fill up.


The party started with an opening speech by a refreshing and inspiring speech by Tan Sri.

After his speech, an entire orchestra played music in the background while the rest of us guests rushed to get our food (ladies went first but the men joined the queue shortly after).


The place was packed, there must've been over 500 people there.
So pack that you would imagine a garden party like this in Malaysian weather would feel like we're all packed into a microwave... but this party had many of these outdoor air-conditioners to keep everyone as cool as they could get.

It turned out to be quite a fun party

In the end, the guests (which were mostly business associates and golfers) got together with the Tan Sri to dance the night away.

Ahh... I went home that night... sober (even though wine was served).

But I managed to take a few last pictures of the beautiful house before I left that night.
Ahhh... the life of the rich and famous... something I'm sure many of us hope to be a part of some day.


29 comments:

clem said...

beautiful house.

the life of the rich.. yes. of the famous.. not so I guess. I'd hate to be hounded by strange stalkers and paparazzi.

Eve said...

i tot that castle belongs to Fumakila boss? The garden party was held once a year for the neighbourhood also right? But i think Pearl Hill has really awesome house too

AhPau said...

LOL..that house you showed me!

Oohhh...u didn't get to see the inside of the house did u?

suicidalconversationjunkie said...

tiny car?? last i heard beemer 3series didn't quite count as small, much less "tiny" cars..

did u go "HoOoOOoooooOOOOoOo" upon seeing the tan sri? betcha did!!!

swee lin said...

i love that house! my piano teacher lives at the top of that road, so i see it every week, but never get tired of it! haha! it's so pretty.. sigh! i want one!

Jackson said...

yeah, on that pic with the gate, i was thinking: STALKER!!

And why are almost all cars silver? is that the rich colour?

l.li said...

hahahaha!!
timothy tiah's house is as big as that!!!!!!!!

Boss Stewie said...

clem: but in return u get to date people like Jessica ALBA!

eve: yeah he owns fumakilla as well

ahpau: *Sniff* unfortunately not... even toilet i had to use the outside wan

suicidal: and get myself kicked out of his party? hehehe nooo noooo.. i was very well behaved

swee lin: yes.. i want one too

jackson: hahaha! i have no clue.. i think black falls into the rich colour as well

l.li: ahh if only that were true

Anonymous said...

Didn't you dance with the crowd when the real boss started singing and dancing?

Boss Stewie said...

anonymous: yes i did :P

Applegal said...

So! Did you guys have sushi for dinner? ;)

When you said garden party I imagined people loungeing about the swimming pool in their expensive swim wear and a glass of champagne in hand, a scrumptuous buffet spread, chill out music, an infinity pool. . . I must be watching too much MTV XD

Beautiful house!

william leong said...

now boss, why are we more tempted to believe what l.li said than what you've rebutted?

Anonymous said...

How come you didn't take some of naughty naughty pics of the statues (ie. the 3 interlocking nudes)? You'll be surprise at the objets d'art inside the house! - faints -

Boss Stewie said...

apple: hahahaah yes there was sushi there too.. sponsored by sushi king :P

william: haihh... why would i lie about that?

anonymous: hahahaha no ler... i pai seh to take

MaN|acZ said...
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MaN|acZ said...

Why no poser photo wan?

Fei said...

eh, looks like my house. Eh, it IS my house! *dreams*

Gwen said...

First thing I noticed is that some of these people are gonna appear on the Worst Dressed List ... I mean c'mon something so nice, a nice place, even if it's informal, doesn't mean you can throw on yesterday's smelly T-Shirt and just attend right? That's as vile as wearing a tuxedo-t to your wedding.

Potong stim and ruin the niceness of the beautiful place.

Boss Stewie said...

maniacz: no poser photo? u mean i should do a smashpop jump? ahhaha

fei: yes yes ur house indeed

gwen: ok i'm sorry.. i'll spend some money and buy some better clothes next time ok?

hasan said...

Yeah, really nice house, really nice guy. The Japanese are cool.

lufiasism said...

no need to go to posh residence in the United States.... the picture alone makes u think ur there already...

I think this Japanese had enough of crampy houses and apartments, so to lepas geram, he built a Mansion instead....

If not mistaken his company is based in Malaysia... Must have migrated to Malaysia already...

mae said...

I don't remember that house.. But then again all houses in the Jesselton area are very big and impressive.. Eh Boss going to the Penang Bloggers Meet ma?

Chapree Da Grande said...

What for house so big...I prefer smaller house. But I wanted to have a garage as big as his house though. Put as many car as possible...maybe few airplanes, space shuttle, sr-71 blackbird etc...

Lance said...

I like my hamster's cage... *oogles*

Boss Stewie said...

hasan: yes hasan!

lufiasism: his company is based in malaysia... and he's moved here for good

mae: uhmm... i'm not sure wor... nobody invite :P

chapree: so u want a small house but big garage! lol

lance: hehehe

MaN|acZ said...

i want small house but with big garden. lol!

Dawn said...

Yup, I used to visit the house pretty often... he's my mom's old boss and my aunty is his executive secretary... nice leh the party? didja know their maid has her own apartment inside the house? and pg mutiara chefs go to his place to cook him dinner sometimes :)

aL said...

apalah you boss. i helped to extend the invitation to you from the host d. sumore said no invitation =.='

Melissa said...

FYI...this house is really not very old. It was completed in 1995 or 1996 (my ex is the architect)