“I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone,” said the birthday girl who is celebrated eye surgeon and Singapore Tatler 2016 Style Award winner Ho Ching Lin. And that is what she did by choosing to hold her 50th birthday celebration in Kuala Lumpur. From high-society stalwarts to colleagues in the medical field, to long-time patients who’ve become friends, about 70 guests descended upon the Malaysian city for a weekend filled with unbridled feasting and merrymaking. Dinner was a gilded affair at Nobu restaurant, after which guests trotted off to Bar Trigona at the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel, crawled into their beds in the wee hours of the morning, and then woke up again at 9am for a farewell breakfast. For Ching Lin, this was a coming-of-age party that was worth waiting 50 years for.

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