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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. 🙂

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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.

Blogging for Leisure vs Blogging for Profit – Insights from Singapore Bloggers

We have all read horror stories of diva bloggers misbehaving, demanding fees from restaurants for positive paid reviews, bringing along many friends to eat for free at food tasting, among many other complaints. Likewise, there are positive stories of bloggers who spend considerable efforts maintaining and crafting quality entries on their blogs out of interest rather than for commercial gains.

With the advent of social media and digital media, more and more brands are looking to working with and engaging bloggers for their campaigns and publicity.

Where do bloggers strike the balance? How should brands leverage on this trend? Why not hear it from the bloggers themselves?

Me moderating a panel of bloggers
Me moderating a panel of bloggers at SPH News Centre (picture via omy.sg) 

As a prelude to the launch of the 6th Singapore Blog Awards this year in April, the team at omy.sg organised a causal sharing and networking session with a panel of prominent bloggers in Singapore. I was the moderator for the panel discussion.

Joining me in the discussion were bloggers, Daniel Ang, Peter Breitkreutz, Grace Tan and Christine Ng. 

Check out the full video recording below if you missed the event:

Personally, I think the panelist did a great job and were candid with their replies. If there were more time, we could have gone deeper into the topic and stir up more controversy.

The conclusion I draw is regardless of your motive for blogging, a common arduous task is how to grow your readers base or get yourself noticed by organisations and people that matters.

One shortcut is of course to join a blog awards (shamelessly plugging for the Singapore Blog Awards).

To find out more about the 6th Singapore Blog Awards this year, bookmark this link to the official website. Coming soon in a few days time. 🙂 

omy.sg wins one Gold and two Bronze at the inaugural Asian Digital Media Awards 2010

Me with two of my bosses, Kuan Fung and Guey Er with omy.sg's three trophies
Me with two of my bosses, Kuan Fung and Guey Er with omy.sg's three trophies

omy.sg won a total of three awards this year at the inaugural Asian Digital Media Awards, the most among all single publications.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), omy.sg’s parent company, swept a total of ten awards from its various business and editorial units.

SPH's haul of ten awards
SPH's haul of ten awards

The award is organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in conjunction with the second Digital Media Asia Conference.

This is sweet validation for the hard work that the omy.sg team put in over the past year.

More details are available in the press release below:

Singapore, 24 November 2010 — Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) today scored big at the inaugural Asian Digital Media Awards (ADMA) 2010.

SPH picked up a total of 10 awards at the ADMA 2010, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in conjunction with the second Digital Media Asia Conference. The awards, presented today at 7pm at Velvet Underground @ Zouk, attracted over 120 entries from 53 media companies across 13 countries.

The ADMA acknowledged the best of how individuals and organisations embraced new technology, innovative thinking and creativity in digital media in Asia.
SPH topped the Best in Mobile Media Award (Mobile Publishing) categories with The New Paper Football Kaki, SoShiok.com and Stomp clinching a Gold, Silver and Bronze award respectively. The award honoured the best and more innovative services offered by a newspaper publisher on a mobile platform.

SPH also made a clean sweep of the Best in Social Media Award (Innovative Use of Social Media) with omy.sg, the bilingual news and interactive web portal, clinching a Gold and a Bronze award. straitstimes.com bagged a Silver in the same category. This was omy.sg’s second accolade within a month, following its recent win of two silver awards at the 2010 W3 Awards in October.

Kuan Fung and I, collecting omy.sg's Innovative Use of Social Media wins
Kuan Fung and I, collecting omy.sg's Innovative Use of Social Media wins

Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), the leading citizen-journalism website in Asia, clinched a Bronze for Best in Digital Content (User Generated Content). The award evaluated the capacity of a media company for attracting and publishing relevant content from their readers and users.

Demonstrating its strength in cross media marketing, SPH picked up three Best in Cross Media awards. omy.sg’s “Four Heavenly King Food Contest” scored a Bronze Award for Best in Cross Media (Cross Media Editorial Coverage) while SPH’s two promotion campaigns – Night Out 2010 and Fashion Season @ Orchard 2010, won a Gold and Bronze Award for Best in Cross Media (Cross Media Advertising) respectively.

Night Out 2010 fulfilled the advertiser Singapore Tourism Board (STB)’s objective to change local perceptions that Singapore has nothing exciting to offer after dark by showcasing a variety of exciting night activities beyond shopping. It involved a host of SPH’s multimedia products such as print (The Straits Times, The Straits Times Urban, Lianhe Zaobao and The New Paper), online (AsiaOne network), on air (Radio 100.3) as well as on mobile (location-based advertising).

The Fashion Season @ Orchard promotion campaign aimed to celebrate fashion and drive retail sales for Orchard Road. It involved cross media platforms including print ads (The Straits Times, The Straits Times Urban, Her World, Female and Nuyou magazines), online (AsiaOne Diva, Rednano and The Straits Times Razor TV), as well as out-of-home media and events via SPH MediaBoxOffice outdoor digital screens and its events arm.

Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH, said: “It is heartening to see that SPH’s commitment to develop and enhance our new media products has paid off. Being recognised by industry professionals is a testament to our dedication in providing the best digital media offerings to both our users and advertisers. I wish to thank our staff who are always looking for new and exciting ways to grow our products and engage our audiences.”

Awards won by SPH at the Asian Digital Media Awards 2010

Best in Mobile Media Award – Mobile Publishing
Gold – The New Paper (Football Kaki)
Silver – http://www.soshiok.com
Bronze – http://www.stomp.com.sg

Best in Social Media Award – Innovative Use of Social Media
Gold – http://www.omy.sg (Singapore Blog Awards)
Silver – http://www.straitstimes.com
Bronze – http://www.omy.sg (Jack Neo’s Affair Scandal)

Best in Cross Media Award – Cross Media Advertising
Gold Award – Singapore Tourism Board Night Out 2010
Bronze Award – Fashion Season @ Orchard 2010

Best in Cross Media Award – Cross Media Editorial Coverage
Bronze – http://www.omy.sg (“Four Heavenly King” Food Contest – Durian Puff)

Best in Digital Content Award – User Generated Content (UGC)
Bronze – http://www.stomp.com.sg

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

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Halloween Horrors at Night Safari 2010

Halloween Horrors at Night Safari
Halloween Horrors at Night Safari

This year’s Halloween Horrors at Night Safari is definitely scarier than 2009 and 2008. Thanks to an invitation from the nice folks at the Singapore Zoo, Rachel and I visited their Halloween Horrors for the third year in a row.

Third year I have seen this ghost - so much so it's endearing to see her again :)
Third year I have seen this ghost - so much so it's endearing to see her again 🙂

For the past two years, the costumed ghosts were generally placed in more predictable spots and on a fixed stretch of route on the tram ride.

This year, the costumed ghosts were placed randomly. When I say random, I really mean it. The ghosts seemed to pop out everywhere – at random points along the tram ride, somethings even between animal enclosures; along the empty pavement you are walking on; and even from behind harmless looking signboards.

This year, a few of the ghosts managed to make me jump. A difficult feat as I am a very calm and composed person. Kudos to the organisers this year! 🙂

Queuing for the tram ride
Queuing for the tram ride
Me in the queue
Me in the queue
This year, some of the costume ghosts ride together with you on the tram
This year, some of the costume ghosts spook you before the tram starts moving off
Entering a Chinese Opera ghost section on the tram ride
Entering a Chinese Opera ghost section on the tram ride
Bloodied eyes ghost spotted along the tram ride
Bloodied eyes ghost spotted along the tram ride
Fat lady ghost
Fat lady ghost
Manequins were placed as decoys to confuse us with the roaming ghosts
Manequins were placed as decoys to confuse us with the roaming ghosts
This guy spooked me quietly
This guy spooked me quietly
Not too sure why this ghost is carrying a musical instrument
Not too sure why this ghost is carrying a musical instrument
Dude with a large axe
Dude with a large axe
Funny shot of one of the ghost trying to block my camera
Funny shot of one of the ghost trying to block my camera

I like it that the Halloween walking trail this year managed to incorporate some of the animal enclosures into the setup, making the trail longer and more unpredictable.

Entrance to the walking trail
Entrance to the walking trail
Managed to spot this dude before he jump out
Managed to spot this dude before he jump out
Another one standing in wait
Another one standing in wait
This dude is seated really low, but I still managed to spot him
This dude is seated really low, but I still managed to spot him
The snakes enclosure was converted into some sort of haunted caves showcase
The snakes enclosure was converted into some sort of haunted caves showcase
Spotted Medusa in the snake enclosure - how adept!
Spotted Medusa in the snake enclosure - how apt!

I also like it that there are more Halloween attractions added this year – like the Haunted Mansion at the Singapore Zoo for instance. I did not get to visit it as we arrived rather late, but I am sure it is a blast.

Rachel and I caught the Creatures of the Night Show though. We have seen this a few times and it is still as entertaining and refreshing with each visit. Rachel particularly loves the Asian small-clawed otters segment where they picked up empty drink cans and bottles to chuck them into recycling bins. She will be going “Oh so cuteeeee……” throughout the performance.

Rachel and I before the show started
Rachel and I before the show started
Some giant furry creatures that smells of pandan leaves
Binturong, or Asian bearcat, that smells of pandan leaves
Some wild cat with a very strong sense of smell, sniffing out an odourless grape from the boy's hands
A civet cat with a very strong sense of smell, sniffing out an odourless grape from the boy's hands
A Hyena lifting a giant tree branch
A Hyena lifting a giant tree branch
Giant python
Giant python
Wrapping the python around this American tourist
Wrapping the python around this American tourist
Raccoons
Raccoons
Rachel's favourite segment of the show featuring the adorable otters
Rachel's favourite segment of the show featuring the adorable otters
The otter picking up more cans
The otter picking up more cans

Specially for Halloween, the Grim Reaper and a slew of other scary costumed characters also made their appearances at the Creatures of the Night Show.

Fire dancers
Fire-eaters
The Grim Ripper and some fancy laser beam show
The Grim Reaper and some fancy laser beam show

If you would like to visit Halloween Horrors at Night Safari, you still have till this Sunday (31 Oct) to do so. Book your tickets online first to avoid disappointment at the door. At the time of this post, only tickets for 29 and 31 Oct are still available for online booking.

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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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