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Finalists of Singapore Blog Awards 2010 revealed

Vote for your favourite bloggers
Vote for your favourite bloggers

A plug for omy.sg’s Singapore Blog Awards 2010 – a campaign I am running. The top 100 finalists in the ten main award categories are revealed. Vote for your favourite bloggers and stand to win attractive prizes like a Garmin ASUS M10 smart phone, luxurious resort stays from Asia Web Direct and many more.

The full press release in both English and Mandarin are as below:

Media Release

Finalists of Singapore Blog Awards 2010 revealed

Singapore, 25 May 2010 — The finalists of this year’s Singapore Blog Awards are revealed. Out of over 1000 blogs registered for the awards, a total of 100 blogs made the cut. There are 10 finalists in each of the 10 categories.

Organised by omy.sg, the bilingual news and interactive web portal of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the Awards honour “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

The ten main categories are EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Individual Blog, Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog, Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog, Best Food Blog and The Y-Bloggist Award (for bloggers under 25), presented by tech brand iKnow. The winner of each category stands to win attractive prizes including a trip to Hong Kong with air tickets and accommodation paid for by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Out of the 1000 blogs registered for this year’s awards, a number of entries are by bloggers from Malaysia, Australia, The Philippines, China and other countries. This is a sign that the three-year-old Awards has gained popularity among overseas bloggers.

Some of the notable bloggers amongst the 100 finalists are:

– TechXav (http://TechXav.com): A 16-year-old boy who is Singapore’s top Twitter user. He also operates an international tech blog with content submitted by youths around the world.

– Aussie Pete (http://www.aussiepete.com): A self-professed “completely-localised and proud ang moh” from Australia who has been living and working in Singapore for many years.

– Violet Lim (http://www.violetlim.com): A successful businesswoman who is also a mother of two and founder of Asia’s first lunch dating agency, Lunch Actually.

– Gordonator (http://gordonator.com): A Star Wars fan boy who makes regular public appearances in his Storm Trooper costume. He is also a member of the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars non-profit costuming organisation.

– Ten gorgeous models in the Best Modeling category. These ladies are not shy to post provocative photos of themselves on their blogs and some of them appeared on television and even made news headlines.

The winners will be determined via public voting as well as scores given by a panel of ten professional judges.

Voting for the Singapore Blog Awards starts today via the official website – http://sgblogawards.omy.sg. Voters stand to win attractive prizes like a Garmin ASUS M10 smart phone, luxurious overseas resort stays and more.

Judges for this year’s awards are Mr Kelvin Tong, movie director; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3 deejay; Mr Josh Lim, Managing Director of Advertlets; Mr U-Zyn Chua, CEO of Ping.sg; Mr Samuel Ng, CEO of Marine Parade Family Service Centre; Ms Xiao Han, Director and Lyricist of Funkie Monkies Productions, Mr Walter Lim, Director of Corporate Services and Marketing Communications, National Art Gallery and Mr Danny Yeo, theatre practitioner.

Singapore Blog Awards 2010 winners will be revealed at a prize-presentation ceremony with details to be announced at a later date. The winner of each category will walk away with a custom-designed trophy created by Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Mr Tan Swie Hian and a variety of sponsored prizes, including a trip to Hong Kong, ASUS netbooks and more.

The main sponsors for Singapore Blog Awards 2010 are the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), National Heritage Board (NHB) and United International Pictures (UIP). Air tickets and accommodation for the 10 award winners are sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Other sponsors include Rednano, ASUS, Asia Web Direct (http://www.asiawebdirect.com) and Fabrix. The awards is supported by blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg, as well as Singapore’s top Online Classifieds portal, ST701.

Adding to the excitement is Rednano Best Mobile Blog Award organised by Rednano Mobile, the mobile platform of Singapore’s local directory search engine Rednano.sg. This is a new category introducing Mobile Tweet combined with Blogs for this year’s Singapore Blog Award 2010, which is predominantly online-focused. Participants who had submitted their tweets via mobile.rednano.sg had been evaluated by a Rednano panel of judges. The selected top 10 finalists are announced today. They can be found on http://sgblogawards.om.sg/category/. The public can now vote for their favourite bloggers by sending an SMS with the code of the blogger to 33833.

Please visit the official website for the full list of finalists and the categories.

新加坡部落格大奖2010

百大入围部落格出炉!

新加坡部落格大奖2010十个主要奖项的十大入围部落格已经出炉!

今年共有1000多个部落格报名”格斗”,与往年相比,有更多来自马来西亚、澳洲、菲律宾、中国等国家的海外部落格格主前来分一杯羹,说明迈入第三个年头的新加坡部落格大奖已更广为人知,也更被重视了。

百大入围部落格的格主们各有来头,其中年仅16岁的男生TechXav除了是本地人气第一的Twitter用户,他的科技部落格更是国际化,内容由 来自世界各地的年轻人编写;Aussie Pete则是一名在新加坡工作多年的澳洲男子,自称是”已完全被本土化却又自豪的’红毛'”;Violet Lim是育有两个孩子的成功女性,她也是红娘公司Lunch Actually的创办人,让会员通过午餐认识异性的概念在亚洲可谓史无前例;Gordonator经常穿着Storm Trooper服装出席活动的《星际大战》粉丝;入围最佳个人靓照部落格的十位靓丽模特,当中不乏上过电视或出现在报章新闻的美女帅哥。

新加坡部落格大奖的十个奖项是:EASB最具个人特色部落格、最佳生活资讯部落格、最靓摄影部落格、最佳个人靓照部落格、最佳饮食部落格、最不可思 议部落格、最具深度部落格、最具娱乐性部落格、最佳e-Shop部落格以及由科技品牌iKnow赞助的部落Y格斗(开放给25岁以下的博客参加)。每个奖 项的得主都有机会赢取总价值超过4万元的丰厚奖品,包括由香港旅游局赞助的香港来回机票与酒店住宿等,还可捧走由新加坡文化奖得主陈瑞献设计的部落格鼎。 颁奖礼详情将在稍后公布。

上网投选可赢取奖品

网上投选也即日展开,只要到活动官网http://sgblogawards.omy.sg投票支持心仪的部落格,还能赢取智能手机、豪华酒店住宿等丰富奖品!

奖项最终花落谁家,那就要视网上投选和专业评审的结果而定!

新加坡部落格大奖2010的主要赞助商是East Asia Institute of Management(EASB), National Heritage Board(NHB)以及United International Pictures(UIP)。其它赞助商包括香港旅游局、Rednano、华硕、Asia Web Direct以及Fabrix,并由部落格网络Advertlets.com和Ping.sg,以及本地顶尖分类广告网站ST701鼎力支持。

为新加坡部落格大奖增添趣味的,是与Rednano联办的最佳海外名人部落格和最佳本地名人部落格奖。这两个奖项纯粹由投票决定,投票的网友可赢取丰富的奖品。与此同时,Rednano也推出了最佳流动部落格奖项,这三个奖项即日起也将开放投选。

新加坡部落格大奖由新加坡报业控股旗下的双语资讯娱乐网omy.sg主办。

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Singapore Blog Awards 2010 – Win a trip to Hong Kong and more!

Singapore Blog Awards 2010
Singapore Blog Awards 2010

Plugging this for omy.sg. 🙂 If you have a blog, do join! The prizes are really great this year – the ten award winners get to go on a trip to Hong Kong, with tickets and accommodations fully sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. That’s not all, they also get to win ASUS net books, luxurious travel hotel accommodations from Asia Web Direct and many more. In addition, all registered bloggers will be entered into a random draw to win a Garmin ASUS smart phone. Hurry and register now!

The press release is as below. Visit the official website or official blog for more information.

Singapore Blog Awards returns with attractive prizes

Singapore, 09 April 2010 — The annual Singapore Blog Awards returns this year with more exciting events and prizes. Bloggers will stand to win a trip to Hong Kong, inclusive of air tickets and accommodation, an ASUS netbook and other attractive prizes.

In total, over $40,000 worth of prizes await participating bloggers, including a lucky draw to win a Garmin ASUS M10 smart phone for all registered bloggers. Participating bloggers will also receive exclusive invitation to sponsors’ events such as the movie premieres for Ironman 2 and Shrek Forever After.

Organised by omy (www.omy.sg), Singapore Press Holdings’ bilingual news and interactive web portal, the Singapore Blog Awards honours “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

A total of 1,500 blog entries were received last year with over 160,000 votes cast by online voters, a 50 per cent growth in participation rate from the inaugural Singapore Blog Awards in 2008.

omy.sg hopes the attractive prizes will help to build the Singapore Blog Awards into a premium online event that bloggers and the online community can look forward to every year.

Ms Lee Kuan Fung, Associate Editor of omy.sg, said: “Managing and writing a blog can be a life-enriching experience. Be it a photo enthusiast, foodie or just someone who likes to share random thoughts, blogging is a creative process which is rewarding for both the bloggers and readers. One objective of the Singapore Blog Awards is to recognise and encourage these bloggers who would go the extra mile in creating and sharing content online”.

Singapore Blog Awards, currently in its third year, offers ten award categories, namely EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Individual Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog (sponsored by National Heritage Board), Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog, Best Food Blog, Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, and Y-Bloggist (http://project.omy.sg/ybloggist), presented by iKnow.

Nominations and registrations for the Singapore Blog Awards are now open. The public can log on to the official site (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg) to nominate their favourite blogs. Bloggers can also participate directly by registering themselves for the Awards.

Judges for this year’s awards are Mr Kelvin Tong, movie director; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3 deejay; Mr Josh Lim, Managing Director of Advertlets; Mr U-Zyn Chua, CEO of Ping.sg; Mr Samuel Ng, CEO of Marine Parade Family Service Centre; Ms Xiao Han, Director and Lyricist of Funkie Monkies Productions, Mr Walter Lim, Director of Corporate Services and Marketing Communications, National Art Gallery and Mr Danny Yeo, theatre practitioner.

Adding to the excitement are the two fringe awards – Best Local Celebrity Blog and Best Overseas Celebrity Blog – in partnership with rednano.sg, Singapore’s local directory search engine (www.rednano.sg). The online and mobile directory service portal, launched in 2008, is operated by SPH Search Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of SPH. There will be no prizes given to the fringe award winners but voters stand to win attractive prizes via online and mobile votes. In conjunction with the Singapore Blog Awards 2010, Rednano will also be running a Rednano Best Mobile Blog Award from 15 April 2010. More details will be announced later.

The main sponsors for Singapore Blog Awards 2010 are the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), National Heritage Board (NHB) and United International Pictures (UIP). Air tickets and accommodation for the 10 award winners are sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Other sponsors include Rednano, ASUS, Asia Web Direct (http://www.asiawebdirect.com) and Fabrix. The awards is supported by blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg, as well as Singapore’s top Online Classifieds portal, ST701.

Singapore Blog Awards 2010 Categories:

1. EASB Best Individual Blog (Sponsored by EASB)
This category is for individualistic blogs with free-wheeling content about daily lives and musings that cannot be categorised.

2. Best Lifestyle Blog(Sponsored by National Heritage Board)
This category is for blogs that shares information that will light up someone’s mundane lifestyle.

3. Best Photography Blog
This category is for professional photographers to share their works with photography enthusiasts.

4. Best Modeling Blog
This category is for blogs with lots of self portraits and modeling photos.

5. Best Food Blog
This category is for blogs featuring food content.

6. Best What-The-Hell (WTH) Blog
Blogs which focus on the strange, the underground…topics that would make you go “WTH”.

7. Most Insightful Blog
This category is for serious blogs with interesting and revealing insights, analytical reports, and commentaries on social issues.

8. Most Laugh-Out-Loud Blog
Blogs containing humorous content that cackles up readers.

9. Best e-commerce Blog
This category is for blogs which deal with online commercial activities.

10. The Y-Bloggist 部落Y格斗 (http://project.omy.sg/ybloggist) presented by iKnow.com.sg
This is a blogging challenge for any youth bloggers aged 25 years and below. Participation is open to individuals or a group of no more than five people sharing a blog.

Judging Criteria

To crown the award winner for each of the 10 categories, a score will be computed based on public votes (30%) and scores given by professional judges (70%).

Judging Criteria And Points

Inspiring/entertaining content – 40
Expression/presentation – 30
Judges Total – 70
Voting Total – 30

Fringe Awards

1. Best Overseas Celebrity Blog
This category is for celebrities’ blogs written by celebrities in the entertainment and media industry, writers, sportsmen and others, excluding those from Singapore.

2. Best Local Celebrity Blog
This category is for celebrities’ blogs written by Singapore celebrities in the entertainment and media industry, writers, sportsmen and others

3. Rednano Best Mobile Blog (To be launched on 15 April 2010)
This category welcomes public to register at mobile.rednano.sg via their mobile phone with their own Twitter ID and start tweeting about the latest mobile gadgets. Participants are required to append #rednano at the end of each tweet. More details will be announced on the official Singapore Blog Awards 2010 website on 15 April.

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Project R in the media

Project R was reported in the two evening Chinese newspaper, Shin Min Daily and Lianhe Wanbao yesterday (27 Oct). You can read the article HERE via omy.sg. There’s also a vodcast covering the proposal process and photo gallery in the omy.sg article. 🙂

Shin Min news report on 27 Oct 2009
Shin Min news report on 27 Oct 2009
Wanbao cover page - 27 Oct 2009
Wanbao cover page - 27 Oct 2009
Wanbao inside article

Rachel and I also went on air at Radio 100.3 last evening at 7pm with radio deejays, Anna and Ken. Here’s the interview if you missed it (I edited away the songs and commercials):

Rachel and I have both been receiving well-wishes aplenty since yesterday and we are both thankful and appreciative that so many people care for us.

I know this proposal is not perfect and some have voiced concern that it’s a tad gimmicky and I seem to be using “gatecrashing” tactics on Rachel. To clarify, I spent three months planning the execution of the proposal so that everything would go smoothly. Would a person playing hard to get put in so much effort?

I wanted Rachel to have an enjoyable time solving the clues instead of feeling like she is being “sabo-ed”. For instance – I knew Rachel had classes that day, and had planned the clues such that she can solve them quickly during the lunch break and continue after her lesson ends at 5pm. Transport arrangements were also made for her so she did not have to run around tired and sweaty. The collaborators who helped me also knew about this and were helping to manage the timing.

Both Rachel and I are not fans of cheesy gate-crashing and ragging where the groom is made to do silly, meaningless things like putting underwear on his head or drinking questionable fluids, in the name of fun. That’s why I paired a resolution and a gift with each clue. The last thing I want is to humiliate and shame the love of my life on the day of proposal day.

Having said that, as both Rachel and I are work for a media company, we understand the workings of the mass media and communication. Hence, we are taking both positive and negative comments (and headlines) in our stride. Our mood hasn’t been affected at all and we are just glad to have each other. The only reason why I am blogging about this is because some of our good friends expressed concern. 🙂

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Project R: A success!

Thank you everyone! 🙂

A quick update. Rachel said yes to the Project R proposal yesterday night at Relish restaurant. 🙂

Rachel and I would like to thank everyone who made this union possible. I would particularly like to thank Mark, Meiyen, Wei Chian, Rachel’s parents and my parents, Han Joo and the rest of the omy.sg team, Josh from Advertlets.com, Uzyn from Ping.SG, Lai Chow from Youth.SG, all the bloggers and friends who helped viral my proposal message yesterday.

A big THANK YOU!

Here are some screen grabs I managed to capture of the buzz yesterday. I did not manage get screen grabs of the banner run on Youth.SG, Ping.SG and Advertlets.com. If you have them, please email them to me. If I missed your blog entries, can also drop me an email or just post a comment below.

omy.sg home page
omy.sg home page
Banner tiles across omy.sg
Twitter - #alvinandrachel
Me, spreading the proposal on facebook
Me, spreading the proposal on facebook
Facebook well-wishes
Facebook well-wishes
Holly Jean's blog
Boon Ming's blog
Darren Ang's blog
Chim Kang's blog
Daniel Hii's blog
Daniel Hii's blog
Yong Wei's blog
Grace's blog

FYI, the story was picked up by Shin Min Daily and Lianhe Wanbao for tonight’s paper (27 Oct) – can grab a copy of each to read more. Rachel and I will also be accepting a radio interview on Radio 100.3 later in the evening at 6pm. Do tune in. 🙂

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Project R: Wedding Proposal 2.0

Thank you for visiting my humble blog. 🙂

Whether you are a regular reader or a first time visitor, I, Alvin Lim (Alvinology) needs your help.

You see, I was racking my brain juices for the past month, thinking of the best way to propose to my girlfriend of two years, Rachel Chan. How should a self-professed geek like me propose?

Online of course!

Rachel and I met working at an online portal, Youth.SG and our initial contacts were via long MSN sessions late at night. Even the solitaire ring I will be proposing with is bought online.

That’s how Project R came about: Project Rachel.

Here’s how you can help me:

Being a firm supporter and user of online social media, I am leaving my happiness to everyone to viral this message below to my wife-to-be:

“Rachel, will you marry me? I am waiting for your answer at a secret location. To find me, you need to unlock a series of clues which showcase my five resolutions to you. The first clue is in a video posted on my blog. I will be waiting for you till you show up.”

You can help me spread this on your blog, twitter, facebook, friendster of whatever other social media channels as long as it reaches people who knows Rachel personally and can inform her about this. If you know Rachel personally, you can do the same plus SMS, MMS, email her so she is swarmed with hundreds of proposal messages. A thousand and one proposal messages will be romantic isn’t it? Just leave the number 1001 for me.

Right-click to save
Right-click to save

If you wish to provide me with additional support for this wedding proposal, here’s a banner I have created for you to post on your blog, websites or anywhere else online and link back to this blog.

Oh! Btw, if you are wondering why I chose to propose on this date, 26 October happens to be both, Rachel and my birthday.

I will be carrying my laptop around and will be LIVE updating everyone on the progress via this blog and my Twitter account, including uploading photos and information about my five resolutions as Rachel solves them one by one.

Wish me luck and a big thank you to all!

Alvin would especially like to thank omy.sg, Ping.SG, Advertlets.com and Youth.SG for providing me with precious web banners today for this proposal.

I would also like to thank all my friends and colleagues who helped me to plan and execute this wedding proposal – you know who you are, I will not reveal your names now so as not to spoil the surprise for Rachel.

LATEST UPDATE:

Resolution 1 Solved:

Alvin promises to pamper and love Rachel, paying close attention to all her needs and whims.

Q: The message is embedded in the video above.

A: “Look for your closest colleague” – Wei Chian.

Alvin presents Rachel: A portrait he painstakingly hand drawn with attention to the smallest details.

Resolution 2 Solved:

Alvin promises Rachel a lifetime of adventures, just like that sweet old man in their favourite movie, UP.

Q: Someone in omy

A: Connie Woo who shares the same birthday with Rachel and Alvin.

Photo album

Alvin presents Rachel: A photo album detailing the three countries they traveled together to – Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.

Resolution 3 Solved:

Alvin promises to lavish and shower Rachel with gifts, presents and all that money can buy.

Q: Someone who taught you before.

A: Alvin’s mom who taught Rachel dressmaking.

Alvin presents Rachel: A joint account, Alvin’s two other bank accounts. Alvin’s money is now also Rachel’s money.

Resolution 4 Solved:

Alvin promises to keep the romance alive in his relationship with Rachel, even when they are old and wrinkly.

Q: Someone who we traveled with before.

A: Mark and Meiyen who went Japan with us early this year.

Alvin presents Rachel: A bouquet of flowers. Yes, it’s cliche, but it is still romantic.

Resolution 5 Solved:

Alvin promises to grow old with Rachel. Please be mine. 🙂

Solitaire ring

Alvin presents Rachel: A diamond ring.

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