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Finalists for Singapore Blog Awards 2013 Unveiled!

The 190 finalists for the sixth Singapore Blog Awards have been unveiled. Voting has begun in fervour, with bloggers rallying on their own blogs and leveraging on various social media platforms to garner support.


Organised by Singapore’s leading news and entertainment portal, omy.sg, the award is presented by Panasonic this year, the second year the global brand has been fronting this exciting campaign to engage the online community.

The winners in the ten main award categories this year will stand to win a trip to the Northern Territory, Australia as well as a trophy designed by Singapore’s most expensive living artist, Tan Swie Hian.

The list of finalists saw a good mix of old and new faces in the blogging community. Some blog highlights include:

Here’s a fun video by the Ninja Girls:

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

The theme for the event is “60s Fever”, in line with this year being the sixth year of the Singapore Blog Awards. The award ceremony will be held at the chic Shanghai Dolly club in July.

Official hashtag on Twitter and Instagram is #omysba2013. 

Voting is now open till 23 June 2013. Visit http://sgblogawards.omy.sg for more information. Voters stand to win attractive prizes like speakers from JBL.

The Singapore Blog Awards is part of a series of events branded under Social Media Fiesta (http://project.omy.sg/social-media-fiesta), an omy.sg social media initiative.

Why am I plugging this?

If you really don’t know, I am part of the organising team behind the Singapore Blog Awards since the inaugural award six years ago. 🙂

Singapore Blog Awards 2013 – Blog Your Way to a free trip to the Northern Territory, Australia!

Singapore Blog Awards 2013

Last Friday (5 April), the annual Singapore Blog Awards returned for the sixth year with more exciting events and prizes. Bloggers stand to win a trip, inclusive of air tickets and accommodation, to the Northern Territory, Australia, among other attractive prizes worth a grand total of over S$35,000. 

Organised by omy.sg (www.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. 

There is a total of ten main categories, two celebrity categories and seven special categories. A complete list of award categories can be found on the official website.

This year, omy.sg introduces the “Best Microblog” award, a brand new addition to the ten main categories of Singapore Blog Awards, created to acknowledge the increasing popularity of short format blogging platforms like Twitter and Weibo.

The two celebrity categories, “Panasonic Most Popular Local Celebrity Blog/Microblog” and “Panasonic Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Blog/Microblog”, will be determined entirely by public voting.

The seven special categories are organised together with different sponsors, challenging bloggers to participate in specific blogging assignments to make the Singapore Blog Awardmore fun and engaging for everyone.

For instance, finalists in the “Panasonic Best Cooking Blog will be required to showcase their culinary flairs and those in the “Glossi Best Modelling Blog” will be required to best model and showcase Glossi eye wears. 

Other special categories include “Panasonic Best Eco-Challenge Blog”; “Panasonic Best Beauty Blog”; “Qoo10 Best Online Shopping Blog”; “Levi’s Best 501 Interpretation Blog”; and “JBL Best Pop/Music Blog”. 

Lee Kuan Fung, Head, Chinese Newspapers Division Digital Strategy, Singapore Press Holdings, said: “Blog content is diverse in nature, fusing written text, still images, as well as videos to bring about a dynamic reading experience. Leveraging on the advent of social media, bloggers are now able to propagate their content to wider and more diverse audiences. As the Singapore Blog Awards enters into the sixth year, omy.sg‘s commitment to reward and develop outstanding independent content producers remains and is more resolute than ever.”

Nomination and registration is now open till 10 May, followed by a voting and judging phase which will end in June. This year’s Singapore Blog Awards will see a series of exciting events in the months leading to the finale event in July. These include three bloggers’ workshops hosted by Panasonic, various movie previews with Shaw as well as a slew of other engaging events organised with sponsors.

The theme for this year is “60s Fever”, in line with this year being the sixth year of theSingapore Blog Awards. The award ceremony will be held at the chic Shanghai Dolly club in July.

Members of 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 Singapore Blog Awards is part of a series of events branded under Social Media Fiesta (http://project.omy.sg/social-media-fiesta), an omy.sg social media initiative.

Walt Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D Premiere

movie poster
movie poster

I attended the 3D movie premiere for Walt Disney’s A Christmas Carol on Monday (9 Nov) with Rachel and a group of omy.sg bloggers. You can read the reviews written by the other bloggers who attended the premiere HERE. A Christmas Carol opens in Singapore cinema on 19 Nov and is available in 3D.

Door gifts
Door gifts

The movie is based on the classic Charles Dickens’ tale and is re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, starring JIM CARREY, GARY OLDMAN, BOB HOSKINS and ROBIN WRIGHT PENN.

Here’s the trailer:

I am familiar with the Dickens’ story, having read the book when I was a boy. Hence the movie was a little draggy for me because I know the ending.

Nonetheless, the 3D effects were awesome. I particularly like the scenes where Scrooge (Jim Carrey) was zipping through the snowy landscape and across old England. It’s almost as good as riding on a roller coaster for the tame-hearted.

The story pack no surprises, but the 3D effects for this movie is definitely the best among the 3D movies I have watched this year. 🙂

BTW, if you are interested in winning some of the movie premiums, you can check out their custom-made Facebook App.

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A Visit to the Koka Factory

One of the many mini cups of instant noodle I ate

I got to visit the Koka factory a  few months back with a group of omy.sg bloggers. Here are some photos taken on that day. You can also read the other bloggers’ posts on the excursion HERE.

Bloggers tasting the various flavours
Bloggers writing down their feedback on the noodles
Putting on our hair net before we step into the factory
Inside the factory
Guided tour
Checking out the machinery

I think I must have sampled over 20 little cups of instant noodles of all brands and all flavours. Particularly worth mentioning were a few flavours which Koka have yet to launch in the local market.

Instant noodle taste tasting
More noodles!

There’s a lot that goes on in the production process for a simple item like a packet of instant noodle which we take for granted. From the R&D to the taste test to the production to the marketing of the product – all requires much unseen efforts.

The staff at Tat Hui Foods gave us valuable insights into their business operations and I sincerely appreciate it. 🙂

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