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Winners for Singapore Blog Awards 2013 announced at Shanghai Dolly

It is a wrap!

After four months of campaigning, the annual Singapore Blog Awards drew to a close a few hours ago at Shanghai Dolly in Clarke Quay.

This is the sixth year omy.sg has been running this event. This also marks my seventh year in omy.sg and the sixth Singapore Blog Awards which I got to be a part of. Click here for a walk down memory lane via all the blog posts I have written about the Singapore Blog Awards since the inaugural event in 2008.

I still remember when we first ran the award six years ago, we have to set-up “internet stations” with laptops for guests to upload images or surf our site. Now, everything can be updated by many people at once on social sharing platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via 3G or WIFI mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Amazing.

The blogging community in Singapore has evolved and grew quite a bit from the time we started the first Singapore Blog Awards and the omy Blog Club. There were bloggers who came and go, but there is also a core group who supported us through all these years. Thank you and do continue to support omy.sg.

Program booklets for Singapore Blog Awards 2013
Program booklets for Singapore Blog Awards 2013

The event this year is special for me because it will be my last at omy.sg. Adieus.

Here is the official press release from omy.sg on the results announcement:  

The winners for the Singapore Blog Awards 2013 were announced today at an awards ceremony held at Shanghai Dolly. Mr. Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour. Over 300 bloggers and guests were present to witness the awards presentation.

Minister Lawrence Wong arriving at Shanghai Dolly
Minister Lawrence Wong arriving at Shanghai Dolly

Organised by omy.sg, Singapore Press Holdings’ leading bilingual news and entertainment portal, and presented by Panasonic, the Singapore Blog Awards honours independent content producers who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

The winning bloggers in the ten main award categories each won a trophy designed by Mr Tan Swie Hian, the most expensive living artist in Singapore, and a trip, inclusive of air tickets and accommodation, to the Northern Territory, Australia, amongst other attractive prizes.

The ten winners for the main award categories together with the VIPs on stage
The ten winners for the main award categories together with the VIPs on stage

The theme for this year’s awards ceremony was “60’s Fever”, in line with this year being the sixth year of the Singapore Blog Awards. Many guests showed up for the awards dressed according to the theme, and had fun mingling with the various bloggers from different walks of life.

Group picture with all the winners across the 17 award categories with VIPs and sponsors
Group picture with all the winners across the 17 award categories with VIPs, judges and sponsors

In this edition of the Singapore Blog Awards, there was a total of ten main categories, two celebrity categories and seven special categories. Here is the full list of winners:

Main categories:

Panasonic Best Photography Blog:
Travelgraphy / Christina Gao
http://travelgraphy.wordpress.com

Exabytes Best Individual Blog:
Working With Grace / Grace Tan
http://workingwithgrace.wordpress.com

Levi’s Best Fashion Blog:
J U S T J A S L I N | Fashion Blogger / Jaslin Tan
http://www.justjaslin.com

Nanyang Optical Best Lifestyle Blog:
Scissors Paper Stone Blog / Jasmine Koh
http://www.scissorspaperstoneblog.com

Best Family Blog:
Sakura Haruka / Ai Sakura
http://www.sakuraharuka.com

Best Food Blog:
Johor Kaki Food Guide / Tony Johor Kaki
http://johorkaki.blogspot.sg

Best Travel Blog:
蓝天白云数格子 / Sock Peng
http://mylovelybluesky.com

Best What-The-Hell Blog:
俊凭|一个声音部落格 / 俊凭 Willy
http://www.lonelyclass.com

Best V-Log:
ninjagirls.sg / Ninja Girls
http://www.youtube.com/user/ninjagirlsSG

Best Micro-Blog:
Spin or Bin Music / Spin or Bin Music
https://twitter.com/spinorbinmusic

Celebrity categories:

Panasonic Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Blog/ Micro-Blog:
Alien Huang 小鬼
https://www.facebook.com/aes.alien

Panasonic Most Popular Local Celebrity Blog/ Micro-Blog:
Jeanette Aw 欧萱
http://www.facebook.com/xuantasy

Special categories:

Panasonic Best Beauty Blog:
Pinkbuble In Da House / Elrica
http://pink-buble.blogspot.sg

Ribbons, Rainbows and PixieDust / Elaine
http://www.elaine73.blogspot.sg

Love is Eternal / Karen aka Renzze
http://www.renzze.com

Panasonic Best Cooking Blog:
Celestial Delish / Celes
http://www.celestialdelish.com

Panasonic Best Eco-Challenge Blog:
The Lazy Lizard’s Tales / Ivan Kwan
http://lazy-lizard-tales.blogspot.com

Glossi Best Modelling Blog:
Love is Eternal / Karen aka Renzze
http://www.renzze.com

JBL Best Pop/ Music Blog:
Mint.Music / Mint Leong (1st)
http://mintleong.sg

Spin or Bin Music / Leo (2nd)
http://spinorbinmusic.com

Levi’s Best 501 Interpretation Blog:
Claire’s Flair / Claire
http://www.claires-flair.com

Qoo10 Best Online Shopping Blog:
mitsueki’s blog / mitsueki (1st)
http://www.mitsueki.wordpress.com

Youthinkicarewhatyousay? / ANdyStorm (2nd)
http://www.imandystorm.com

lukeyishandsome(dot)com / Luke Phang (3rd)
http://lukeyishandsome.com

Muses 맨날 속속한 것… / jeez-jia (3rd)
http://www.faithjoyhope.blogspot.com

Shopping Queen’s Haven / Regina Chow (3rd)
http://reginachow.blogspot.com

Minister Lawrence Wong interacting with the winning bloggers
Minister Lawrence Wong interacting with the winning bloggers

The winners for the Singapore Blog Awards were determined by a combination of online voting (30%) and professional scoring (70%) by a panel of independent judges appointed by omy.sg.

The ten best dressed people for Singapore Blog Awards 2013
The ten best dressed people for Singapore Blog Awards 2013

The Singapore Blog Awards is part of a series of events branded under Social Media Fiesta, an omy.sg social media initiative.

There will be more post-event coverage of the Singapore Blog Awards 2013 on omy.sg and the official website. Stay tuned to both. 🙂

The Optique of Tomorrow (T.O.T.) @ JEM

Eyewear fashionista who live in the west side of Singapore can now rejoice with the opening of the a new eyewear concept store in JEM, The Optique of Tomorrow (T.O.T.).

T.O.T. at JEM
T.O.T. at JEM

From the layout of the store, you can tell that it is not just a conventional eyewear store hawking just spectacles, but fashion statements. The eyewear are displayed prominently with strong visual merchandising to bring out the quirks of the diverse range of designer brands.

Shop for eyewear like you are shopping for clothes
Shop for eyewear like you are shopping for clothes

Instead of locking the frames behind glass shelves, the store display encourages interaction between wearer and the eyewear by adopting the layout of fashion boutiques. Shopping for eyewear at T.O.T. feels like shopping for a pair jeans or shirt at any leading fashion stores.

Glossi eyewear
Glossi eyewear

“Eyewear has become an essential fabric worn to flaunt the wearer’s individuality. At T.O.T., we bring in designs which come in a limited quantity to offer an one-of-a-kind wearing experience for the consumer.” Said Bernard Yang, Managing Director, Nanyang Optical Co. Pte Ltd.

Pick and try
Pick and try

Each designer eyewear brand under T.O.T. are carefully curated to reflect inspiration from pop culture, lifestyle, art and design.

Eyewear from Paul Frank and Super Dry
Eyewear from Paul Frank and Super Dry

Symbolizing the good old American style is the Arnel frame from Tart Optical in black, dark tortoise and smoke grey which was worn by James Dean in the 1950s. Glossi is another favourite brand of celebrities for its unique coating on the frame front that creates a kaleidoscope of colours. An exclusive brand at T.O.T., Glossi was worn by Joe Perry, singer of Aerosmith, to complete his flamboyant rockstar look.

Glossi look
Glossi look

Urband is another exclusive label which uses a patented S-clip technology to lock the frame to the temples in replacement of conventional screws and soldering.

Both Urband and Glossi are brands under Nanyang Optical Co Pte Ltd, the parent company that owns T.O.T..

For K-pop fans,  there is grafik:plastic, a well-loved Korean brand adorned by K-pop stars like Big Bang, 2NE1 and Wondergirls.

Other interesting brands carried in T.O.T. include Carrera, WOOW and February 31st. The later is an Italian brand which specialises in frames made of wood.

To celebrate the official opening of T.O.T, there is a storewide 20% discount on frames and sunglasses!

In addition, T.O.T. is running contests on their facebook page where one can stand to win up to S$1,800 worth of Glossi eyewear.

T.O.T. is located at JEM, #03-43.

If you prefer to purchase your eyewear online,local e-tailer ZALORA also offers a range of sunglasses for both men and women at reasonable prices. Visit their official website to find out more.

About Nanyang Optical

Nanyang Optical endeavour to deliver a holistic experience; providing professional vision solutions and making customers look good with niche unique eyewear. With pulses on the latest trends and consumer needs, Nanyang Optical design, manufacture and retail exclusive brands of quality products with unique identities. Undertaking research and development initiatives to produce innovative eyewear, Nanyang Optical have garnered several international awards (including Red Dot Product Design Awards, iOFT Eyewear of the Year Award) for their exclusive house brands – Urband, Glossi, Linkskin and Eyelet.

Casio G-SHOCK Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Singapore with Pop-up Store and Limited Edition Maison Martin Margiela Collaboration

Casio pop-up store at ION Orchard
Casio pop-up store at ION Orchard

Last Friday (14 June), the 30th anniversary celebration of Casio G-SHOCK kickstarted with the launch of Singapore’s first ever Casio pop-up store at ION Orchard Atrium Level 1. From now till 23 June 2013, the pop-up store will be displaying the latest and most exclusive G-SHOCK and Baby-G timepieces, along with a special limited edition G-SHOCK designed in collaboration with Maison Martin Margeila.

G-SHOCK + Supra Footwear
G-SHOCK + Supra Footwear
G-SHOCK + Be@rbrick
G-SHOCK + Be@rbrick
G-SHOCK + Stevie Williams
G-SHOCK + Stevie Williams

Thirty years ago in 1983, the founding father of G-SHOCK, Kikuo Ibe, created the original G-SHOCK after two years of trials and over 200 experimental prototypes. G-SHOCK eventually emerged as a global phenomenon, known for its innovative shock-absorbing and high water resistant material.

G-SHOCK Red & Blue series
G-SHOCK Red & Blue series
Series of red G-SHOCK watches
Series of red G-SHOCK watches
Gravity Defier
Gravity Defier
MR-G with titanium case
MR-G with titanium case
Baby-Gs
Baby-Gs

When I was in my secondary school, owning a G-SHOCK watch makes you very cool in school.  I remember saving hard to buy one together with two of my close pals. We even went down to the G-SHOCK warehouse to beg the retailer to sell it to us at a cheaper price (we succeeded). To date, I have more than seven G-SHOCK watches. All of them are still functioning, including the ones I bought more than two decades ago!

 The interior of the pop-up store is designed to be a walk-through museum, featuring 30 new and creative G-SHOCK designs conceptualised by G-SHOCK fans in Singapore as part of the “Design A Casio G-SHOCK” competition held in March this year.

Some of the watch designs submitted by fans
Some of the watch designs submitted by fans
G-SHOCK with butterfly wings
G-SHOCK with butterfly wings
Punk-rock G-SHOCK
Punk-rock G-SHOCK

There will be a “Casio Shock the World Party” to follow, whereby the top designs among the 30 entries will be announced. The winning design will win a pair of tickets to Japan, among other attractive prizes. Do go check out their designs, I was very impressed by some of them.

The “Casio Shock the World Party” is actually part of the “Casio Shock the World Tour”, which has visited 35 cities around the world since 2009, including Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Bangkok and Tokyo. It is slated to make a stop in Singapore on 19 July 2013. Keep a look out for it.

The Casio pop-up store will be open from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily till 23 June 2013. Selected limited-edition watches displayed at the store will be available for purchase at the nearest G-Factory outlet at Basement 3, unit B3-65B in Ion Orchard.

Particularly note-worthy is the exclusive G-SHOCK by Maison Martin Margiela (GA-300MMM-8). There will only be 48 pieces of this exclusive model available for sale in Singapore:

Limited edition G-SHOCK by Maison Martin Margiela
Limited edition G-SHOCK by Maison Martin Margiela

A well-acclaimed fashion brand founded in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela designed the bespoke timepiece inspired from the G-SHOCK GA-300, an orignal design by Casio. Each piece features Maison Martin Margiela’s signature “0 to 23” logo engraved on the back case of the watch and is tagged with an exclusive serial number.

Priced at S$399 each, the G-SHOCK by Maison Martin Margiela is available since last Friday, exclusively at G-Factory outlets at Plaza Singapura (#03-63), ION Orchard (#B3-47) and Takashimaya (level 1), while stocks last. Pre-orders or reservations are not available and consumers are limited to buy only 1-piece each.

Eyewear with Nanyang Optical – Part 3: Eyelet

I have grown addicted to eyewear from Nanyang Optical lately and will be sharing a series of blog posts on their different eyewear brands:

My thee frames from Nanyang Optical - from top to bottom: Eyelet, Urband, Glossi
My thee frames from Nanyang Optical – from top to bottom: Eyelet, Urband, Glossi
Top view from the side to illustrate how slim all the frames are
Top view from the side to illustrate how slim all the frames are

This post is on their Eyelet range of eyewear and is the last part in my Eyewear with Nanyang Optical blog series.

Eyelet is the world’s first soft-lock system using nylon string to lock the lenses within the rims of the frame. Yes, you read correctly, nylon string!

It is eco-friendly with no soldering involved, and the temples are made of recycled polymer. The full rim frame looks like a rimless frame, and its wearing comfort and weight are also comparable to a rimless frame. It is more sturdy and durable than rimless frame, and balance well on the face unlike most thin rimless frame.

It’s unique design has won a slew of international design awards since launch:

  • 2011 IOFT Eyewear of the Year 2012 Functions and Technologies Category
  • 2010 Nominated for the German Design Award 2011 [Designpreis Deutschland]
  • 2009 iF Material Award 2009 Gold [iF International Forum Design, Germany]

Here’s my pair of Eyelet spectacles with lenses from Crizal by Essilor (read here to find out more about the benefits of Crizal lenses over other brands):

My pair of Eyelet spectacles
My pair of Eyelet spectacles
Super slim rims and frame
Super slim rims and frame
The frame for Eyelet can be bent and kept this way
The frame for Eyelet can be bent and kept this way
Really unique spectacles case for Eyelet eyewear
Really unique spectacles case for Eyelet eyewear

The use of nylon string keeps the frame ultra slim and sleek, without the need for protruding screws.

I have been wearing my Eyelet spectacles for about a month now. The rim is so thin a lot of people initially thought it was a rimless pair of spectacles. I am a very clumsy and rough person with my stuff and it is good to know that my pair of Eyelet spectacles are definitely sturdier than they are designed to look.

Eyelet is perfect for those seeking a delicate look, but wants the frame to be tough at the same time.

If you are interested to find out more about the Eyelet brand, visit their official website  or facebook page for details. Eyelet eyewear is available at all Nanyang Optical stores. 

Eyewear with Nanyang Optical – Part 2: Urband

I have grown addicted to eyewear from Nanyang Optical lately and will be sharing a series of blog posts on their different eyewear brands.

This post is on their Urband range of eyewear and is part 2 in my Eyewear with Nanyang Optical blog series:

Urband is a global and cosmopolitan brand fused with innovative and technological breakthroughs. No kidding, it has collected a slew of international design awards since its launch:

  • 2009 President’s Design Award Singapore 2009
  • 2009 Red Dot Design Award 2009 [Red Dot Design, Germany]
  • 2009 iF Material Award 2009 Gold [iF International Forum Design, Germany]
  • 2009 Nominated for the German Design Award 2010 [Designpreis Deutschland]
  • 2006 iF Material Award 2006 [iF International Forum Design, Germany

What is so special about the design?

Urband frames are constructed without soldering, screws or hinges. The conventional frame uses screws at the temple hinges to attach the temples to the frame front. Urband is a new invention utilizing an S-clip to attach the temples to the frame front.

Assorted eyewear from Urband
Assorted eyewear from Urband

Here’s my full titanium Urband frame with with lenses from Crizal by Essilor (read here to find out more about the benefits of Crizal lenses over other brands):

My Urband frame
My Urband frame
Edgy modern oriental motif
Edgy modern oriental motif
Close-up of the S-clip
Close-up of the S-clip
Full side view
Full side view

I have been wearing them for over a month now. The frame is very light weight and the design is strong, formal, but with a touch of style.

The frames are not exactly cheap, but you pay for quality. Considering most of us who wear spectacles don them all the time except when we are sleeping, it is worth investing in something that shares such an intimate bond us daily.

If you are interested to find out more about the Urband brand, visit their official website for details. Urband eyewear is available at all Nanyang Optical stores. :)

Eyewear with Nanyang Optical – Part 1: Glossi

I am fussy about my eyewear.

I have been wearing spectacles since I was seven, a good 26 years now. I tried contact lenses for a while, but I never really got used to them. Moreover, I have a large, round face which I like to downplay by accessorizing with eyewear.

My first contact with Nanyang Optical was through Get Singapore, a non-profit organisation set up to collectively market some quality Singapore brands under a major “Singapore brand” umbrella.

Nanyang Optical at Bishan Junction 8
Nanyang Optical at Bishan Junction 8

Nanyang Optical is more than just a spectacle store chain, they have invested much money and effort in R&D on eyewear designs and have launched a number of their own eyewear brands over the years.

Inside the store
Inside the store

Nanyang Optical is also the first eco-friendly eyewear chain in Singapore, launching eco-friendly eyewear made of recycled materials and implementing a full circle recycling system.

I buy about two new frames each year, so I can safely claim to have bought at least 52 frames over the years. The issue I have with spectacle designs are that they are mostly boring and uninspiring.

Two decades have passed and yet frame designs generally stayed the same – boring. Large plastic frames were the in thing a few years ago, followed by round tortoise-shell designs with gold trimming currently. These were the same stuff that were in many years ago. It is just a revisit of yesteryears’ designs. Uninspiring.

This is why I am pleasantly surprised by the good work a home-grown company, Nanyang Optical has done for eyewear, setting it sights to capture the world market with snazzier and unique designs.

Glossi is one of the eyewear brands under Nanyang Optical. I will blog about another two of their brands, Urband and Eyelet in subsequent posts for my Eyewear with Nanyang Optical series.

Glossi emphasizes on vibrant and bright colours:

Assorted colour frames by Glossi
Assorted colour frames by Glossi

The eyewear is made of a strong, flexible translucent plastic polymer that is glossy (mirror effect), light weight, durable and comfortable to wear. The two temples are joined to the top bar, and a frame front of a different color is joined to the top bar by nylon string stitching. The two-color combination creates a third visual dimension to the whole glossi eyewear with a unique see-through overlapping color effect at the top bar.

The frames are immediately recongisable because of these unique design features:

What I like about Glossi is that the frame looks simple and elegant from far, but upon a closer look, you discover the playful and fun part of it with the glossy effect at different angles. It is small design detailing like this that gets me excited.

I also like the functionality in the use of nylon string stitching for the joints. No more unsightly screws that tend to get loose or rusty over time. The thin nylon string allows for a slimmer overall design, without protrusion at the joints. Practical, yet aesthetically satisfying.

Here’s my pair of red Glossi spectacles which I got earlier this year, with lenses from Crizal by Essilor (read here to find out more about the benefits of Crizal lenses over other brands):

My new Glossi frame in Ironman colours
My new Glossi frame in Ironman colours
Glossy frame that gives a different colour from different angles
Glossy frame that gives a different colour from different angles
Nylon stitching at the joints
Nylon stitching at the joints
Slim and elegant
Slim and elegant

I have been wearing them for over a month now and loving them more because of the chic design, slim build and weightlessness.

If you are interested to find out more about the Glossi brand, visit their official facebook page or website for details. Glossi eyewear is available at all Nanyang Optical stores. 🙂

Singapore Campus Likes – Which Secondary School Uniform is the Coolest?

omy.sg is running an informal voting contest to find out which secondary school in Singapore has the coolest school uniform.

Nomination was open from 12 May and the voting phase just started. Is your secondary school among those nominated?

When I visited the voting page, Catholic High School has the HIGHEST number of likes now, leading far ahead of the rest:

Seriously?

Catholic High?

Skimpy green shorts and white top with shiny buttons?

Singaporeans, what are you thinking when you voted for Catholic High School as the secondary school with the coolest school uniform?

I think by “coolest”, omy.sg did not mean the skimpiest and the breeziest…

Anyway, voting is still ongoing and there is still time for you to help determine the eventual winning secondary school. Visit the official Campus Like website to cast your vote now. 🙂