Betty Chen's 'Crazy Rich Asians' Tour
A force to be reckoned with, Betty Chen, who at age 92 is oldest person in our Tatler 300 list, shows no signs of slowing down. Most recently, she hosted a brunch for 18 friends from California and organised a Crazy Rich Asians-inspired tour of Singapore and Malaysia.
These Asian-Americans are huge fans of the novel and film–and some even know Jon M. Chu’s dad who also lives in California. They wanted to explore Singapore while paying homage to Kevin Kwan’s novel. So Betty gathered her closest friends, including Selena Tan (who plays Alix Young in the film, the youngest aunt to Nick), Peggy Jeffs, Celeste Basapa and Maniza Jumabhoy, to showcase the best of Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians style.
And this included a hearty Singaporean brunch at Violet Oon's Ion Orchard outpost with, of course, a dumpling wrapping session (we even scored the recipe). If that wasn’t enough, guests got to wrap and experience popiah, too. Alongside these iconic Singaporean dishes, Violet Oon served up a delectable spread that checks the boxes of every tourist: kuay pie tee, dry laksa, beef hor fun, curry chicken with roti jala, kaya toast and pineapple tarts. The guests lapped it up, but to be honest, the Singaporeans (including us) were even more thrilled.
Asha Melwani, Eunice Chua, Tala Alamuddin, Gerrye Wong, Carole Yamaguchi
Gerrye Wong, Kelly Matsuura
Celeste Basapa, Kelly Matsuura
Corinne Ng, Betty Chen
Dali Jones, Michele Young, Tay Su-Lyn, Patricia Lum, Mary Ann Sing, Christine Lim, Celeste Basapa
Mary Lim, Kimie Iwanaga, Michele Young, Joanne Tanabe, Tay Su-Lyn, Carol Fong, Selena Tan, Dali Jones, Maniza Jumabhoy
Corinne Ng, Gerrye Wong, Celeste Basapa, Selena Tan
Gerrye Wong, Anne Goh, Celeste Basapa, Selena Tan, Betty Chen, Irene Lee, Kelly Matsuura
Tala Alamuddin, Corinne Ng
Maelene Wong, Frances Gin, Nancy Mar, Muriel Kao, Marie Lee, Gerrye Wong, Kelly Matsuura, Selena Tan, Peggy Jeffs, Betty Chen, Helen Kwan, Carole Yamaguchi, Eunice Chua
Tala Alamuddin, Asha Melwani, Gerrye Wong, Tay Su-Lyn, Paul Chia, Helen Kwan, Marie Lee
Asha Melwani, Tala Alamuddin, Betty Chen