What Really Happened at Singapore Blog Awards 2013

6 July 2013 was my first time attending the Singapore Blog Awards. It’s like what was being quoted in the promotional video, the Singapore Blog Awards is more than an award ceremony, it is also an annual gathering where bloggers can come together to mingle and know each other.

Other than the enthusiastic emcee Elaine Kuek (from OKTO) cracking a few jokes on stage and the Best Dressed Award competition, there wasn’t any entertainment on stage. But fear not! Cos we bloggers are a fun-loving batch of people who are good at self-entertaining.

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Many bloggers showed off their best moves on stage in an attempt to wow the audience and win votes for Best Dressed.

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For a minute, Colin Chang was the roadside Char Kway Teow boy offering free packets in exchange for more votes as Best Dressed. 

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Smith Leong attempting to do a striptease, fortunately for us, he was stop by the mata (police man). 

Below are 9 secrets bloggers used for self-entertainment, please do not try them at home.

Method 1: Camwhoring with friends

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Camwhoring is fun and it can be done with different kinds of hand gestures, with the V being the forever popular pose. 

Method 2: Self-cam / self-pic

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Tired of asking someone to help you take photos? Technology has allowed most cameras to be versatile with an option for self-cam. Why take photo alone when you can take with a friend, right?  

Method 3: Posing (with or without the backdrop)

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Obviously Smith Leong is a poser. And he does it shamelessly everything, with or without a backdrop. Ying Zi (left, below) demonstrating the correct way of posing with a backdrop. 

Method 4: Bring your partner with you to the event 

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Don’t like to take photos? No problem, just ask your boyfriend or girlfriend to attend the event with you. Pretending to be talking about secret and everyone will leave you two alone.

Method 5: Surprise birthday party

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A sweet surprise for our Minute Man, Colin planned by Music Girl, Mint Leong. Even the emcee paused for a minute to sing and wish our boy, ‘Happy Birthday!’

Method 6: Take photo with your award (only if you are a winner)

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If you have it, flare it. No winner can escape other people asking for them to pose with their awards. 

Method 7: Posing with random objects, i.e. GOOD MORNING Towel or spatula 

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Random props are fun items. Joyce and Colin showing you that a towel and kitchen utensil are more than just daily items. 

Method 8: Take photo with celebrity filmmaker, Jack Neo

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If I wasn’t so busy taking photos of them and helping them take photos, I would have also requested to have my photo taken with Jack Neo. After all, I grew up watching his Monday entertainment nights on Channel 8.

Method 9: More photo shots after the event

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After the event, I went with Regina and Karen for a drink at Liang Court. After that the girls wanted to have more shots taken with their sponsored apparel by the river side.  

Personal thoughts on Singapore Blog Awards 2013

I really hope that next time, Omy.sg can allow bloggers, who are selected to cover for the event, access to the VIP area, so we can take portrait shots of the VIP and invited guests. My disappointment is that I didn’t managed to take a good picture of the guest-of-honour, Mr Lawrence Wong (Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth / Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information), and the two judges who were present (Keith Png & Walter Lim).

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Light-hearted moments: Mr Lawrence Wong playing Scissors, Paper, Stone on stage with Jasmine Koh (left picture above) from Scissors Paper Stone Blog. And Mr Wong checking out Ai Sakura’s sexy back (right picture above).

Singapore Blog Awards mark MalcolmSunny.com 1st Year Anniversary

Last year, under the encouragement of a friend, Darren Ng I registered my previous blog malxc.livejournal.com for the Singapore Blog Awards. Needless to say, I didn’t even manage to get shortlisted as a finalist for any category.  Unsatisfied with just ranting about personal issues I faced, I started MalcolmSunny.com to scribble my happy thoughts. 

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A year on, blogging has certainly opened up a lot of opportunities for me. To begin with I got to know many friends. I remembered meeting Christina and Jeremy during last year’s Singapore Twitter Frenzy at Wave House, Sentosa which shaped my thinking of blogging. Previously I had always viewed my blog as a personal online journal for me to share my feelings with friends.

My interest in lifestyle blogging started while I doing marketing for Singapore Flyer and studying part-time at SIM University. Initially started out as a channel for me to hone my writing skills, blogging has become an integrated part of my life and a passion now. It has opened up more opportunities for networking, invitations to exclusive product launches and previews as well as trips overseas.

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Thanks to Omy.sg, I was given the opportunity to experience Brunei and it was during that trip that I got to know Karen, Andy, Tiffany and Deenise. Besides catching up like Bruneian bloggers, we also exchanged tips on blogging and social media.

I’m very proud of my travel mates. In fact, all four of them were the finalists for this year’s Singapore Blog Awards. Karen and Deenise were also nominated for several categories.

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Held at Shanghai Dolly, I spotted familiar faces and friends like Smith Leong, William Tan, Elrica, Mint Leong, Regina Chow, Joey Ong, Darren Sim, Hong Peng and Tse Lyn who were the finalists for the main and special categories for this year’s Singapore Blog Awards. Blogger friends like Joyce, Valentine, Colin and Damien were there to cheer them on too. Luke and Shirley were also the finalists but I didn’t manage to spot them.

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And now, the moment you have been waiting for, the results of Singapore Blog Awards 2013:

Main Categories

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Panasonic Best Photography Blog winner – Christina Gao

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Exabytes Best Individual Blog winner – Grace Tan

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Levi’s Best Fashion Blog winner – Jaslin Tan

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Nanyang Optical Best Lifestyle Blog winner – Jasmine Koh

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Best Family Blog winner – Ai Sakura

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Best Food Blog winner – Tony

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Best Travel Blog winner – Sock Peng

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Best What-The-Hell Blog winner – Willy

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Best V-log winner – Ninja Girls

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Best Microblog winner – Spin or Bin Music

Special Categories

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Panasonic Best Beauty Blog Top 3 Winners – Karen, Elaine & Elrica

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Panasonic Best Cooking Blog Winner – Celes

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Panasonic Best Eco-Challenge Winner – Ivan Kwan

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Glossi Best Modelling Blog Winner – Karen

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JBL Best Pop/Music Blog – Mint Leong

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Levi’s Best 501 Interpretation Blog winner – Claire

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Qoo10 Best Online Shopping Blog winner – Mitsueki

Congratulations to all the winners! 

Thank you Omy.sg for extending the invitation for me to cover for this event, click here to read their Chinese article for 新加坡部落格大奖 Singapore Blog Awards 2013.

Sweet Summer with Taiwan Beer

Taiwan Beer marks one year anniversary of Gold Medal Taiwan Beer and Sweet Touch Fruit Beer series in Singapore at Beerfest Asia 2013 and introduces two new fruit beers to suppress the summer heat.

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Launched at Beerfest Asia 2013, Kaimay Trading Pte Ltd which distribute Taiwan Beer, is introducing two new fruit-flavoured beers to Singapore’s market. Following the success of its Fruit Beer series, the two new additions Grape Fruit Beer and Orange Fruit Beer, bottled under the Taiwan Beer brand, are perfect for Asian cuisines, local snacks and pastas.

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Taiwan Beer Fruit Beer Series are easy-drinking beers with excellent fruit aroma and balancing dry sweetness. These fruit-flavoured beers have relatively low alcohol content of 2.8 % and contain at least 5% real fruit juice, from freshly-picked Taiwanese produces. They stand out from existing fruit beers which often just contains flavourings or lower real fruit juice content.

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In addition, the double fermentation process yields a clean brew, giving these beers a crisp taste.These beers are a harmonious marriage of real fruit juice with the Gold Medal Taiwan Beer. They leave a crisp finish and clean palate, eliminating the harsh bitterness of normal beers.

Taiwan Beer is owned by the Taiwanese government, initially developed as a way to help fruit farmers market their fruit produce, Taiwan Beer is Taiwan’s best-selling beer brand and is one of the most recognized brands in Taiwan’s business world.

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In 2012, Kaimay launched Gold Medal Taiwan Beer, Sweet Touch Lychee Fruit Beer and White Grape Fruit Beer to Singapore, in response to the increasing number of consumers who are seeking alternatives to traditional brews. Kaimay extended their fruit beer range with Sweet Touch Green Apple Fruit Beer, Taiwan Beer Mango Fruit Beer and Pineapple Fruit Beer.

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In search of an invigorating brew, Taiwan Beer developed a lager beer with a citrus twist – the Orange Fruit Beer. The citric acidity keeps the taste buds fresh and alert. The orange zest complements the underlying beer, making the Orange Beer a refreshing beverage.

With a unique formulate, the grapes’ aromatics integrate well with beer to form a perfect match. The rich fragrance is noticeable in the Grape Fruit Beer; immersing the drinker to a relaxing vineyard setting. The fruit character intensity has been set to pair well with the award-winning brew.

Taiwan Beer has also appointed one of my favorite Taiwanese actors, Chris Wang (王宥勝) to be their brand ambassador.

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Taiwan Beer is available at all leading retail supermarkets and selected bars and pubs in Singapore.

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