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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 3 of 5: Long Beach King (长堤海霸王海鲜酒楼) and Marina Mandarin Peach Blossoms (滨华酒店 鸿桃轩)

In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) will be bringing a group of readers on an exclusive gourmet food trail for five consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their signature dishes as well as specially created dishes, not available on the restaurants’ menu.

Other than eating, participants will also have the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who will be answering questions and even sharing a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the third event. I attended the food trail together with fellow bloggers, Cherie Lee and Calvin Timothy.

We visited Long Beach King (长堤海霸王海鲜酒楼) at Kallang for the first session and Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin (滨华酒店 鸿桃轩) for the latter session.

Here’s the menu for the first stop:

莺歌活龙虾
蒜蓉圣旨王
丽影凤翅
东坡骨
冷热甜品 杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕+千丝猫山王榴梿卷
Surprise Dishes: Cuttlefish with fried Kang Kong, Fried Hor Fun with Seafood

I particularly like their award-wining chicken wing, pork ribs and Mao Shang Wang (猫山王) durian dessert.

The fried, crispy Kang Kong vegetable and fried, crispy Hor Fun were both delightful surprises. This style of cooking is not available in the regular menu, but are available upon request when ordering. Next time you head down to a Long Beach restaurant, do try ordering them. 🙂

The hosts, Ah Lun and Xiao Peng introducing the head chef at Long Beach King
The hosts, Ah Lun and Xiao Peng introducing the head chef at Long Beach King
莺歌活龙虾
莺歌活龙虾
Ah Lun mingling with the participants as the food was served
Ah Lun mingling with the participants as the food was served
蒜蓉圣旨王
蒜蓉圣旨王
丽影凤翅
丽影凤翅
东坡骨
东坡骨
Introducing the surprise dishes
Introducing the surprise dishes
Cuttlefish with fried kang kong which tasted like crunchy Japanese seaweed
Cuttlefish with fried kang kong which tasted like crunchy Japanese seaweed
Delightful seafood hor fun, whereby half of the hor fun was fried
Delightful seafood hor fun, whereby half of the hor fun was fried
冷热甜品 杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕+千丝猫山王榴梿卷
冷热甜品 杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕+千丝猫山王榴梿卷
千丝猫山王榴梿卷
千丝猫山王榴梿卷
杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕
杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕
Salute to this 81 year old grandma who has worked with Long Beach for eons
Salute to this 81 year old grandma who has worked with Long Beach for eons
All the chefs came out to greet everyone
All the chefs came out to greet everyone

Moving on to Marina Mandarin, here’s the menu for the day from their Peach Blossoms Restaurant:

海鲜鱼翅瓜汤
XO带子花枝片
艳丽麒麟鲈鱼
霸王海鲜炒饭
Surprise Dishes: Dang Gui Chicken, Chilled Mango Sago & Pomelo with Lime Sherbet

The dishes I enjoyed here were the two surprise dishes. The other items were more ordinary, with lavish ingredient.

At Marina Mandarin
At Marina Mandarin
Menu for the day
Menu for the day
海鲜鱼翅瓜汤
海鲜鱼翅瓜汤
XO带子花枝片
XO带子花枝片
艳丽麒麟鲈鱼
艳丽麒麟鲈鱼
霸王海鲜炒饭
霸王海鲜炒饭
Cooking demonstration by the head chef
Cooking demonstration by the head chef
Dang Gui Chicken
Dang Gui Chicken
Cherie and Calvin bonding over Dang Gui Chicken
Cherie and Calvin bonding over Dang Gui Chicken
Chilled Mango Sago & Pomelo with Lime Sherbet
Chilled Mango Sago & Pomelo with Lime Sherbet
Various stage games
Various stage games
Ah Lun bonding with the participants
Ah Lun bonding with the participants
Cherie and Calvin
Cherie and Calvin
Group picture of the working crew
Group picture of the working crew

Registration for the food trail is priced at $75 per pax or $58 per pax if you register in a group of 2 to 3 pax. All the slots for the remaining sessions have been fully booked. Nonetheless, you can stay tuned to omy.sg’s Ah Lun’s food column for more reports and photos of the events.  :)

To read about the previous Ah Lun food trails:

Part 1: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

Part 2: Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurantand Lao Beijing

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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 2 of 5: Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurant (文华酒店 文华苑)and Lao Beijing (老北京食堂)

Group photo of all the participants in the second food trail with Ah Lun
Group photo of all the participants in the second food trail with Ah Lun

In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) brought a group of readers on an exclusive gourmet food trail for five consecutive Saturdays.

Last Saturday was the second event. Together with omy bloggers, Aussie Pete and Keropok Man, we visited Mandarin Court at Mandarin Orchard (文华酒店 文华苑) for the first session and Lao Beijing (老北京食堂) at Tiong Bahru Plaza for the latter session.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their signature dishes as well as specially created dishes, not available on the restaurants’ menu.

Other than eating, participants will also have the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who will be answering questions and even sharing a few cooking tips on the spot.

Below are some photos taken at the event.

Participants trickling in
Participants trickling in
Our big boss at SPH's Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Robin Hu (centre) welcoming everyone
Our big boss at SPH's Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Robin Hu (centre) welcoming everyone
Ah Lun introducing the Mandarin Court head chef
Ah Lun introducing the Mandarin Court head chef
The Mandarin Court menu
The Mandarin Court menu

We sampled the following dishes at Mandarin Court:

前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球)
热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡
海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼
面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面
甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻
Surprise Dish: Peking Duck

前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球) - I particularly enjoyed the salted egg version in the middle
前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球) - I particularly enjoyed the salted egg version in the middle
热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡 - very nourishing!
热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡 - very nourishing!
Fish soup demonstration
Fish soup demonstration
海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼
海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼
The chefs skillfully skinning the Peking Ducks on-the-spot
The chefs skillfully skinning the Peking Ducks on-the-spot
Peking Duck - love this!
Peking Duck - love this!
The remaining duck meat served, stir-fried with veggies
The remaining duck meat served, stir-fried with veggies
面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面
面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面
甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻
甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻

The chef gave an on-the-spot demonstration of how to cook the fish soup which was served. This was followed by some stage games including an impromptus “fashion show” by gaming food trail participants.

A lucky draw was conducted at the end, whereby the top prize was an one night weekend stay at Mandarin Orchard, very generous of the hotel to sponsor this.

Winner of the Mandarin Orchard hotel stay
Winner of the Mandarin Orchard hotel stay
Food trail hosts, Xiao Peng and Ah Lun with the head chef at Mandarin Court
Food trail hosts, Xiao Peng and Ah Lun with the head chef at Mandarin Court
On board the bus to the second location
On board the bus to the second location

At Lao Beijing, we had the following dishes:

老北京炖鸡汤
剁椒鱼头
京酱肉丝
农家香干煲
三菇炒菠菜
小笼汤包+三鲜锅贴
太后养颜美点之驴打滚
Surprise Dish: Popiah

The head chef at Lao Beijing greeting everyone
The head chef at Lao Beijing greeting everyone
I was seated at a table with Pete and Keropokman
I was seated at a table with Pete and Keropokman
The menu at Lao Beijing
The menu at Lao Beijing
Chef entertaining everyone with his singing
Chef entertaining everyone with his singing
老北京炖鸡汤
老北京炖鸡汤
剁椒鱼头 - looks very spicy, but doesn't taste as fiery as it looks
剁椒鱼头 - looks very spicy, but doesn't taste as fiery as it looks
农家香干煲
农家香干煲
京酱肉丝 - to be wrapped in a beancurd skin
京酱肉丝 - to be wrapped in a beancurd skin
The beancurd skin
The beancurd skin
Wrapped pork slices in beancurd skin
Wrapped pork slices in beancurd skin
三菇炒菠菜
三菇炒菠菜
Surprise birthday cake for three participants, courtesy of Lao Beijing restaurant
Surprise birthday cake for three participants, courtesy of Lao Beijing restaurant
Popiah ingredient
Popiah ingredient
Popiah rolling demonstration by the chef
Popiah rolling demonstration by the chef
Ah Lun's turn
Ah Lun's turn
Pete's turn
Pete's turn
Everyone getting busy making popiah
Everyone getting busy making popiah
Rolling my popiah
Rolling my popiah
My self-wrapped popiah
My self-wrapped popiah
三鲜锅贴
三鲜锅贴
小笼汤包
小笼汤包
太后养颜美点之驴打滚
太后养颜美点之驴打滚

The chef greeted everyone with a traditional opera song, followed by an on-the-spot demonstration on rolling the perfect popiah. Ah Lun chipped in to demonstrate his version of popiah rolling too. Aussie Pete was also roped on stage to make his first popiah.  You can read more about Pete’s experience on his blog.

Tomorrow, I will be heading to Long Beach King and Ah Yat Seafood with bloggers, Cherie and Calvin Timothy. Stay tuned. 🙂

To read about the first food trail with Ah Lun:

Part 1 of 5: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家)

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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 1 of 5: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家)

In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) will be bringing a group of readers on an exclusive gourmet food trail for five consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their signature dishes as well as specially created dishes, not available on the restaurants’ menu.

How much gourmet food can you stomach in 6 hours? Register for the food trail now to find out!

Other than eating, participants will also have the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who will be answering questions and even sharing a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the first event. Together with omy bloggers, Shanice Koh and Foodeology, we visited Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) at nex for the first session and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家) at Shaw Centre for the latter session.

Guests signing in at the first restaurant
Guests signing in at the first restaurant

Here’s the list of 5 feature dishes served at Crystal Jade, plus an additional surprise dish which was only revealed on the day itself:

The 6 feature dishes at Crystal Jade Korean BBQ
The 6 feature dishes at Crystal Jade Korean BBQ

迎宾六味小菜
艳彩什锦饭团
韩式白切猪肉
韩家风味凉面
火锅烧烤自助大餐 (including beef tongue and choice cuts of pork)
Surprise Dish: Steamed Tilapia

迎宾六味小菜
迎宾六味小菜
韩式白切猪肉
韩式白切猪肉
艳彩什锦饭团
艳彩什锦饭团
火锅烧烤自助大餐
火锅烧烤自助大餐
韩家风味凉面
韩家风味凉面
Yummy fatty pork
Yummy fatty pork
Three-layer fatty pork
Three-layer fatty pork
Veggies
Veggies

The restaurant is buffet-styled, offering a wide selection of fresh meat, seafood and vegetable for barbecue and steamboat dining.

Participants enjoying the food
Participants enjoying the food
My lady boss from omy.sg, addressing everyone
My lady boss from omy.sg, addressing everyone
Wide selection of barbecue ingredient
Wide selection of barbecue ingredient
There are ready cooked items on the buffet spread as well
There are ready cooked items on the buffet spread as well
Participants enjoying the buffet spread
Participants enjoying the buffet spread
I quite like these dessert items
I quite like these dessert items

The 6 feature dishes were already arranged neatly on the tables when we sat down. These items are not normally in the buffet menu, but were specially served for this occasion.

I particularly like the beef tongue and fatty pork. Ah Lun taught us to barbecue the beef tongue quickly, flipping it just once so that it will be chewy on the outside and tender on the inside. Delicious!

Yummy beef tongue
Yummy beef tongue
The two invited bloggers, sharing the cold noodle platter
The two invited bloggers, sharing the cold noodle platter

The restaurant chef did an on-the-spot demo on making kimchi which attracted the attention of many of the participants.

Chef demo on making kimchi
Chef demo on making kimchi
Participants playing a "word continuation" game
Participants playing a "word continuation" game
Steamed tilapia surprise dish which was rolled out last
Steamed tilapia surprise dish which was rolled out last

Moving on to the next restaurant, here is the list of 6 feature dishes served at East Ocean plus the surprise dish:

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Ah Lun addressing everyone
Ah Lun addressing everyone

前菜~ 贵妃醉酒
热汤~ 金钟宝
主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉
海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)
面食~ 掌门虾仔面
甜品 杨枝甘露
Surprise Dish: Animal-shaped Dim Sum

前菜~ 贵妃醉酒
前菜~ 贵妃醉酒
Close-up of the starter which consist of fresh clams, needle pin mushroom and jellyfish
Close-up of the starter which consist of fresh clams, needle pin mushroom and jellyfish
热汤~ 金钟宝
热汤~ 金钟宝
There's morsels of seafood in the soup, including abalone and shark's fin
There's morsels of seafood in the soup, including abalone and shark's fin
The restaurant chef came out to greet everyone and introduce his creations
The restaurant chef came out to greet everyone and introduce his creations
海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)
海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)
Half of the fish was fried while the other half was steamed
Half of the fish was fried while the other half was steamed
The fish was nicely plated and many people were taking photos of the dish
The fish was nicely plated and many people were taking photos of the dish
主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉
主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉
Close-up of the luxurious Japanese black pig meat
Close-up of the luxurious Japanese black pig meat
面食~ 掌门虾仔面
面食~ 掌门虾仔面
Close-up of the goose feet
Close-up of the goose feet
甜品 杨枝甘露
甜品 杨枝甘露
Rabbit-shaped coconut buns
Rabbit-shaped coconut buns
Penguin-shaped lotus paste buns
Penguin-shaped lotus paste buns

At East Ocean, dishes were served course by course. The highlight was a dish called “咸鲜”, whereby a fish was served both fried and steamed with heavy salt.

I enjoyed all the dishes served. From the seafood golden pumpkin soup to the Kagoshima Kurobuta (かごしま黒豚) to the goose feet noodle. Each was unique and delightful.

A game that involves putting on and off multiple tee-shirts
A game that involves putting on and off multiple tee-shirts
The boss of East Ocean Restaurant (centre) picking the lucky draw winners
The boss of East Ocean Restaurant (centre) picking the lucky draw winners
The restaurant manager, Dennis, gamingly took to the stage to serenade everyone with some Hokkien songs
The restaurant manager, Dennis, gamingly took to the stage to serenade everyone with some Hokkien songs

The surprise dish featured a platter of rabbit-shaped coconut buns and a platter of penguin-shaped lotus paste buns. They were so cute to look at that one can barely wolf them down.

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions at $75 per pax or $58 per pax if you register in a group of 2 to 3 pax. 🙂

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Singapore Entertainment Awards 2010

At the VIP reception with SPH colleagues and partners
At the VIP reception with omy.sg colleagues and partners

The Singapore Entertainment Awards (新加坡e乐大赏) is back again this year. 🙂

Organised by Singapore Press Holdings’ Chinese media Lianhe Wanbao, Radio 100.3, omy.sg and UW (U-Weekly), the event attracted a 10,000-strong crowd in 2009. The objective of the Singapore Entertainment Awards is to support the Chinese entertainment industry that popularises the use of the Chinese language. Apart from honouring the best talents in Singapore and Asia, it also helps to promote the local and regional Chinese entertainment scene.

The award presentation cum concert took place on 13 March (Sat) at The Float @ Marina Bay. Stars who graced the event include Eason Chan (陳奕迅), Shinee, Yoga Lin (林宥嘉), Tanya Chua (蔡健雅), JJ Lin (林俊杰) and more.

If you missed the show, fret not, the full video recording of the entire show is available for viewing online on the official SEA website.

In addition, there will also be lots of other exclusive back-stage and interview videos as well. Do check out official site if you are into the Asian entertainment scene.

This year, I am not in the working party and hence got to enjoy the show from the audience seats.

Here are some pictures taken at the event. I will not be uploading any videos as there are lots of good quality videos available on the official site. 🙂

Show hosts
Show hosts
My colleague, Carol who kept me entertained with her wild antics
My colleague, Carol who kept me entertained with her wild antics
Me with my other colleague, Adrian
Me with my other colleague, Adrian
Yoga Lin (林宥嘉) and Olivia Ong
Yoga Lin (林宥嘉) and Olivia Ong
Ah Du (阿杜) and by2
Ah Du (阿杜) and by2
Budak Pantai and Liu Ling Ling (刘玲玲)
Budak Pantai and Liu Ling Ling (刘玲玲)
Shinee - everytime they go on stage, the girls scream their lungs out
Shinee - everytime they go on stage, the girls scream their lungs out
Rachel Liang (梁文音)
Rachel Liang (梁文音)
Alien (黃鴻升/小鬼)
Alien (黃鴻升/小鬼)
Olivia Ong - the first singer for the night
Olivia Ong - the first singer for the night
Singing twins, by2
Singing twins, by2
Really look like clones
Really look like clones
Singing twins, by2 showing off their dance moves
by2 showing off their dance moves
Budak Pantai singing
Budak Pantai singing
Enthusiastic crowd
Enthusiastic crowd
Liu Ling Ling joins Budak Pandai on stage with her outlandish costume
Liu Ling Ling joins Budak Pandai on stage with her outlandish costume
Liu Ling Ling changed to a weird foetus costume
Liu Ling Ling changed to a weird foetus costume
Rachel Liang singing
Rachel Liang singing
Kevin Chen Weilian
Kevin Tan Wei Lian (陈伟联)
Taiwan actor, Mark Zhao (趙又廷)
Taiwan actor, Mark Zhao (趙又廷)
Hong Kong actor, Moses Chan (陈豪)
Hong Kong actor, Moses Chan (陈豪)
Another shot of Rachel Liang
Another shot of Rachel Liang
Rachel Liang full body shot
Rachel Liang full body shot
Alien singing
Alien singing
Closer shot of Alien
Closer shot of Alien
Full body shot of Yoga Lin
Yoga Lin singing
Full body shot of Yoga Lin
Full body shot of Yoga Lin
Chou Pi Jiang (臭皮匠) rapping
Chou Pi Jiang (臭皮匠) rapping
The two Chou Pi Jiang lead singers
The two Chou Pi Jiang lead singers
Ah Du (阿杜) - still remember him or not?
Ah Du (阿杜) - still remember him or not?
Ah Du singing
Ah Du singing
Full body shot of Ah Du
Full body shot of Ah Du
JJ Lin on the piano - he dedicated his song to Jack Neo and his wife
JJ Lin on the piano - he dedicated his song to Jack Neo and his wife
JJ with his fans
JJ with his fans
JJ singing a song with all the members in his fanclub, JJFC
JJ singing a song with all the members in his fanclub, JJFC
Tanya Chua (蔡健雅) performing
Tanya Chua (蔡健雅) performing
Another picture of Tanya Chua and her guitar
Another picture of Tanya Chua and her guitar
Song tribute to Liang Wern Fook (梁文福)
Song tribute to Liang Wern Fook (梁文福)
George continues the Liang Wern Fook tribute
George continues the Liang Wern Fook tribute
George + Tay Kewei
George + Tay Kewei
Kewei on er-hu
Kewei on er-hu
Time for the pretty boys to hit the stage
Time for the pretty boys to hit the stage
Another picture of Shineee for all the ladies
Another picture of Shinee for all the ladies
Shinee dancing
Shinee dancing
Shinee fans going crazy, trying to push across the security
Shinee fans going crazy, trying to push across the security
Jumping around
Jumping around
All the girls going crazy
All the girls going crazy
Turn and pose
Turn and pose
Shinee getting an award from our big boss, Mr Robin Hu
Shinee getting an award from our big boss, Mr Robin Hu
Full body shot of Eason Chan
Full body shot of Eason Chan
Eason getting his prize from Guest-of-Honour, Mr Teo Ser Luck
Eason getting his prize from Guest-of-Honour, Mr Teo Ser Luck
Eason cracking jokes with the emcees
Eason cracking jokes with the emcees
Gathering all stars for farewell
Gathering all stars for farewell
Confetti and bye bye
Confetti and bye bye

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臭皮匠 “NOW OR NEVER” Launch Party

Event Poster
Event Poster

Plugging for my colleague, Bernard Teo (front row, right with the goatee)’s band,臭皮匠 (Choupijiang). 🙂

In Bernard’s own words: “CPJ launching “Now or Never” Singles on 20th Sept 2009. Its not just a rock show, its a show with our heart and soul. Please come down support your local boys. RSVP ASAP!!!”

To RSVP, either email unitymusicjohnny@gmail.com or SMS to +65-82435302 by 17 September 2009. You can find out more about their new single via uni7ymusic official website.

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Singapore Blog Awards 2009: Check out 100 of the best blogs in Singapore

Finalists revealed
Finalists revealed

The top 100 finalists in the ten categories of the Singapore Blog Awards 2009 were released yesterday. You can visit the official website to check out the full list. 🙂

The full press release is as below:

Media Release

For immediate release

Singapore Blog Awards 2009: Check out 100 of the best blogs in Singapore

Singapore, 15 June 2009omy.sg today released the top ten finalists in the ten main categories of the Singapore Blog Awards 2009.

The categories are Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best Individual Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Youth Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog, with the addition of three new categories Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog and Best Food Blog.

Organised by omy (www.omy.sg), a bilingual news and interactive web portal by Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH), the Awards honour “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

There were 1500 blog registrations for this year’s Awards.  This was an increase of 50% from last year.

“The overwhelming response and a higher quality in the blog entries show that netizens have a greater impact now. Some overseas blogs are also in the running this year, and with such a vast diversity, one can truly expect a kaleidoscopic finale that’s worth waiting for,” said omy.sg Associate Editor, Ms Lee Kuan Fung.

The 100 finalists include a diverse range of individuals representing the multicultural aspect of Singapore.

Highlights include:

– A 15-year-old boy who is Singapore’s top Twitter user in the Best Youth Blog category (http://TechXav.com);

– A young doctor sharing about his work experience in the Best Individual Blog category (http://medicboyz.blogspot.com)

– Eye-brow plucker turned modeling agency boss, Steven Lim in the Best LOL Blog category (http://StevenLim.net)

– Ten gorgeous models in the Best Modeling category, including ladies who are not shy to post lingerie photos of themselves on their blogs

– A Singapore Management University student blogger who shares his blog with Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr George Yeo in the Most Insightful Blog category (http://ephraim.blogspot.com)

– A ghost hunter in the Best WTH category (http://sghc.info)

– A photographer who attempts to document the Singapore night life scene in the Best Photo Blog category (http://www.butheretonight.com)

– A blog shop that specialises in selling lingerie in the Best e-Commerce Blog category (http://www.sensualaffair.com)

– Singapore’s X-Box blog ambassador in the Best Lifestyle Blog category (http://sheylara.com)

– Three mums battling it out with their interesting recipes in the Best Food Blog category. (See attached appendix for full list)

The winners will be selected via voting and judging by a panel of ten professional judges.

Voting for the Singapore Blog Awards starts today and can be done via the official website – http://sgblogawards.omy.sg. Voters stand to win attractive prizes like portable hard disks and video cameras.

The judges this year are Mr Man Shu Sum, CEO of Mark Burnett Asia; Mr Kelvin Tong and Mr Royston Tan, both Singapore movie directors; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3FM 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 and Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor of omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao.

The winners will be crowned at a closing ceremony, with details to be announced later. 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.

Adding to the excitement is the finalists’ list for two fringe awards which are determined entirely by public voting. They are the Best Local Celebrity Blog and the Best Overseas Celebrity Blog.

All bloggers and voters stand to win a total of over $20,000 worth of prizes by participating in the Awards. Prizes include mobile phones, shopping vouchers, overseas hotel accommodation packages, food products and more.

The Singapore Blog Awards 2009 is sponsored by the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), United International Pictures (UIP), National Heritage Board (NHB), Asia Web Direct, Koka, ST701, HTC and Play Smart Pte. Ltd. It is supported by local search and directory service, Rednano and two blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg.

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Singapore Blog Awards 2009

Singapore Blog Awards 2009
Singapore Blog Awards 2009

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We have roped in more sponsors this year and two blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg to help omy.sg to rally for more bloggers to take part in this award.

You can now submit blog nomination/registration; join omy’s Blog Club; vote for the most Blogged-About Event in 2008; join the official Singapore Blog Awards facebook group and even chat with other bloggers.

The official press release as below:

Singapore Blog Awards return with more categories and prizes

Singapore, 28 April 2009 — The Singapore Blog Awards return this year with more categories and prizes for bloggers!

Organised by omy (www.omy.sg), a bilingual news and interactive web portal by Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH), the Awards honour “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

A total of 6000 blogs were nominated and over 70,000 votes were cast for last year’s inaugural event.

This year, three new award categories, namely Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog and Best Food Blog are added to the existing list of seven categories, which are Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best Individual Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Youth Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog.

With more sponsors participating in the event, prizes will also be more enticing for participating bloggers.

Ms Lee Kuan Fung, Associate Editor of omy.sg, said: “The blogosphere gets more exciting with more people sharing their stories online and more readers supporting these stories. With the launch of the second Singapore Blog Awards, we hope to bring these voices to a new high. ”

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.

The Awards will be divided into three phases. The first phase consists of nomination and registration, which will end in June 2009. Following that, the omy editorial team will select the top ten blogs for each category. These blogs will then be put through a rigorous public voting process as well as scoring by a panel of ten professional judges.

The judges this year are Mr Man Shu Sum, CEO of Mark Burnett Asia; Mr Kelvin Tong and Mr Royston Tan, both Singapore movie directors; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3FM deejay; Mr Josh Lim, Managing Director of Advertlets; Mr U-Zyn Chua, CEO of Ping.sg; Mr Samuel Ng, Executive Consultant of Marine Parade Family Service Centre; Ms Xiao Han, Director and Lyricist of Funkie Monkies Productions and Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor of omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao.

In the third and final phase, the winners will be crowned at a closing ceremony, with details to be announced later. 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.

Commenting on the Awards, Mr Kelvin Tong, who is one of the judges, said: “There were pagers. Then, there were mobile phones. Now there is the blog. Blogging has become a vital and intrinsic part of youth culture. They express the experiences, thoughts, ideas, dreams, hopes and fears of the new generation.”

Adding to the excitement are fringe awards which are determined entirely by public voting. They are the Best Local Celebrity Blog, Best Overseas Celebrity Blog and the Most-Blogged-About event in 2008. There will be no prizes given to the fringe award winners.

All bloggers and voters stand to win a total of over $20,000 worth of prizes by participating in the Awards. Prizes include mobile phones, shopping vouchers, overseas hotel accommodation packages, food products and more.

The Singapore Blog Awards 2009 is sponsored by the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), United International Pictures (UIP), National Heritage Board (NHB), Asia Web Direct, Koka, ST701, HTC and Play Smart Pte. Ltd. It is supported by blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg.

Singapore Blog Awards 2009 Categories:

1. EASB Best Youth Blog EASB 最佳青苹果部落格

This category is for all blogs written by bloggers below 16 years old.

2. Best Lifestyle Blog 最佳生活资讯部落格 (sponsored by National Heritage Board)

This category is for blogs with strong lifestyle content.

3. Best Photography Blog 最靓摄影部落格 (sponsored by Asia Web Direct)

This category is for professional photography blogs.

4. Best Food Blog 最佳饮食部落格 (sponsored by KOKA)

This category is for blogs featuring food reviews, cooking and recipes content.

5. Best e-Commerce Blog 最佳 e-shop部落格 (sponsored by ST701)

This category is for blogs which deal with online commercial activities, including corporate blogs and blog-shops.

6. Most Insightful Blog 最具深度部落格

This category is for serious blogs with interesting and revealing insights, analytical reports, dealing with various social issues.

7. Best LOL Blog 最具娱乐性部落格

This category is for blogs with strong humour that cackles up readers.

8. Best “WTH” Blog 最不可思议部落格

Blogs which focus on the strange, the underground – topics that make you go “What-the-hell is this?”

9. Best Modeling Blog 最佳个人靓照部落格

This category is for blogs with lots of self portraits and modelling photos.

10. Best Individual Blog 最具个人特色部落格

This category is for individualistic blogs with free-wheeling content about daily lives and musings that cannot easily fit into any categorisation.

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

Judging Criteria And Points

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

Other Fringe Awards:

Popular Choice Awards (sponsored by HTC)
This will be awarded to the top five most voted bloggers among the finalists in the ten main categories.

2008 Most-Blogged-About Event
A voting-only category for the public to determine a news event that generated the most interest in the local blogosphere in 2008.

Celebrity Blog Award

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

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

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