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).

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.

Like their Facebook page to be the first to know their latest promotions and new products!

Battle for the next Hawker King

The time has come. Once again, hawkers at Food Republic battle out for the crown to be the next Hawker King!

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Last Thursday, we were invited by Food Republic for a food tasting session at their newly re-open ‘White Garden’ theme food court at Suntec City. Located at Fountain Terrace, Food Republic continues their commitment to serve quality food at affordable prices.

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Back for the second year, “Food Republic Hawker Kings” is an initiative to motivate existing food operators within the Food Republic chain to enhance their offerings to the patrons.  The organizers hope to recognize and honour the food operators that have committed to excellent dining experiences with top rated cuisines and warm personable experiences.

From 8 to 26 May 2013, vote for your favourite hawker now and propel them to the top 10 list!

Voters will be rewarded with instant privileges and stand a chance to win up to $8,000 worth of prizes.

How to Vote:

1) Send your SMS in the following format to 1460 77877:

Enter ZBFR <Space> Hawker Number <Space> NRIC <Space> Name <Space> Email Address or Mailing Address

Example: ZBFR 01 S8530540Z John Heng 98164512 john@gmail.com

2) Log on to www.foodrepublic.com.sg/hawkerkings,

Food Republic Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FoodRepublicSingapore) or

7UP Singapore Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/7UPSingapore) to submit your votes.

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[Left: Tiffany from MissyTiffany.com showing off her skill to balance a 7Up can.]

The highlight for the session is of course the food tasting itself. Here are some of the stalls and dishes you can find in this White Garden theme food court filled with treasure of hawker delights!

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Chinatown Tan’s Tutu – Peanut & Coconut Tutu Kueh @ $1.40 (for 2 pieces)

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Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice – Chicken Rice Set Meal @ $6.50

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Chai’s Original Sliced Fish Soup – Bittergourd Double Fish Bee Hoon Soup @ $5.00

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Yong Soon Dough Fritters – Soya Bean drink & You Tiao @ $2.60

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[Left: Christina from HuneyZWorld.blogspot.com smitten the taste of dosa.]

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Saravanna Bhavan – Special Dosa with Masala @ $4.60

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[Left: dOnn from dOnnlicious.com and Missy Tiffany trying out Thunder Tea Rice for the first time. Right: Ying Zi from whirlwind-dreamz.blogspot.sg having fun mixing up the Thunder Tea Rice.]

Thunder Tea Rice – Thunder Tea Brown Rice @ $5.50

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Formosa Delights – Dao Xiao Mian @ $6.00

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Ya Fu Mini Wok Delights – Kung Pao Chicken Rice @ $6.00

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Gu Zao Mian (Traditional Noodles) – No. 1 Kway Tiao @ $6.00

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Zhong Hua Curry Rice – Curry Chicken @ $5.00

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Baek Doo San Korean – Seafood Tofu Soun @ $6.80

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What You Do Prata – Chicken Briyani Set @ $5.50

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Guan Chee HK Roast Duck – 5 Combination Platter (duck, char siew, roast pork, chicken and sausage) @ $28.00

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Fortune Food – Popiah @ $2.00

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Gazza Pasta – Spaghetti Creamy Mushroom & Salmon @ $6.80

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Toast Box – Peanut Butter Thick Toast @ $1.70

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Shoku Okini – Kushikatsu 7-stick set @ $24.50

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Fu Lin Yong Tofu – 6 piece meal @ $5.50

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Food Republic at Suntec City is now open, Monday through Sunday, including public holidays.

Unit address: #B1-115 to 120 & #B1- 126/127 (near Fountain Terrace)