There is an old Chinese proverb:
"When you drink water, think of its source; show gratitude and blessings for it."
I want to specially welcome and thank my parents William Wong and Angela Haw who flew all the way from Malaysia 🇲🇾 for this occasion. Please give them a round of applause 👏
FilmNeverDie respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.
Also want to honour and thank Gino Giacobbe and the team from Far East Consortium, the ground staff that is here day and night looking after this place from Upper West Side. Thanks for this amazing premises and this opportunity to work with you guys.
Thank Sun and the team from Rolling Nori and Korean Table for the catering, Common Place for the amazing pastries! Pop Me Fatale next door for the popcorns , Londsdale Cellar for the drinks and for the amazing community around Upper West Side, which includes, various eatery, a hair salon, massage and wellness centre, baggage storage and an Asian groceries. If you think there is nothing here in this end of the city think again.
Special thanks and welcome my covenant family from Bridge Church for their on going support and prayer - special mention Pastor Erin Planner, Pastor Sharee Rice (from the exec team) and Pastor Liz Trotter and various staff, you know who you are. Also special thanks to our church life group, special mention to Suling and Yen thank you for your care and leadership.
Special thanks for our FilmNeverDie team, Mike Liu, Daniel Hidajat, Tim Treasure, Cole Sale , Raphaël Stradiot , Que, Bha and Wei Wei
Please come up!
Also special mention and thanks past, present and futureFilmNeverDie crew, volunteer , interns .
Not to mention my VERY SPECIAL WIFE : Wei Wei Chong for your on going support. YOU ARE THE BEST!!
And finally for all of you here who came and celebrate with us, customers and friends from all walks of life, from the bottom of my heart I want to welcome you.
Back in 2011, FilmNeverDie started as an eBay store, Wei Wei would pack the parcel and walk to post office everyday with our belated dog Headie, even if there is one parcel, fast forward, 8 years later and 5 staff on we are very happy to say FilmNeverDie is still here and is going strong. I thank God and pray for everyone of you here for your on going support and generosity to be cheering us on.
Today We do not only sell Polaroid , 35mm and medium format camera and films, we are also doing developing and scanning, ( oh remember to drop off your one free roll of film for process on the house (only on the day BUT see here if you are interstates or overseas or could not make it for the night) We now also have a vending machine.
We also do monthly photos walk and been praise frequently for our friendly and approachable attitude to new comers and for the ongoing support of the development of the community. I can’t thank my team enough for that. Please come up here my team, around of applause .
Everyone here is a champion, especially in the FilmNeverDie team , Mike Liu for being able to run with the vision and execute the build up and concept from Wei Wei to the T. Daniel to be able to welcome customer , show them the rope and run postage consistently, Cole and Tim for developing and scan all the job swiftly, Raph to be able to fix camera and run our social media effectively .
Everyone here are champions and I am very proud to say in the coming weeks we will be adding a few more rockstars to our team . As we will fare well to Cole and Raph, as they go back to Belgium to start their own lab, watch that space.
Anyway enough of my long rambling, just want to say a final thank you to you all, please eat up, drink up and make a few friends along the way! And make sure to come explore what our business community at Upper West Side has to offer :D
If you like to raise your glass I would like to cheers to FilmNeverDie, being plant on the 7th of November 2019, on this ground and we will work hard for this space to be fruitful and multiple for many generations to come!
*bring a cake 🎂 out! ( was going too, but did not end up doing that, but there was cupcakes! ) 🧁🧁🧁🧁
Yesterday, on the 6th of November was my Dad, William Wong's and also our amazing staff Timothy Treasure's birthday, so let’s all cut the cake together and sing happy birthday !!
Thank you all, and thank you for reading this!
With lots of love,