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Winners for Singapore Blog Awards 2013 announced at Shanghai Dolly

It is a wrap!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main categories:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrity categories:

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

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

Special categories:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 🙂

omy.sg launches Singapore Check-In Bonanza 2013 with Shaw Theatres

In conjunction with the World Foursquare Day on 16 April, omy.sg launched the second Singapore Check-In Bonanza with Shaw Theatres from now till 7 May 2013. 

On 16 April itself, Shaw Theatres and omy.sg will be treating cinema goers to over 100 pairs of tickets to catch either Dark Skies (in cinemas 18 April) or Admission (in cinemas 25 April), two new movies coming soon to Singapore cinemas.

Dark Skies trailer:

Admission trailer:

Two hundred lucky individuals will get to watch either movie for free at the preview screening on 16 April, even before either movie is officially released. 

To get the free tickets, simply register yourself on the official Singapore Check-In Bonanza site and “check-in” at Shaw Theatres on 16 April if you are among the lucky few selected via a random draw. 

In addition, from 17 April to 7 May, everyone can enjoy $3 off a pair of regular movie tickets at Shaw Theatres Bugis, Balestier or Lot-One, simply by “checking-in” at the respective Shaw Theatres on Facebook and/or Foursquare* (please refer to Terms & Conditions). 

Janet Ong, Digital/ Social Media Strategist, omy.sg, said: “Checking-in” via location based apps has become a habit for plenty of smartphone users, and omy.sg initiated the Check-InBonanza as an opportunity to celebrate this action which has become second nature to many of us. However, here’s our spin, don’t just check-in. Get rewarded for it! By providing check-inincentives, the Check-In Bonanza aims to encourage social media savvy folks to explore special deals at various locations, while also getting more users to engage in check-inactivities. This creates a win-win situation that benefits both users and our event partners, with the former enjoying exclusive check-in deals and the latter getting greater brand awareness.” 

For more details, visit the official Singapore Check-In Bonanza website.

Organised by omy.sg, Singapore Press Holdings’ leading bilingual news and entertainment portal, the Check-In Bonanza is an expansion from the Singapore Foursquare Day which omy.sg organised in 2011. The event rides on the growing popularity of location based applications on social media sites like Facebook and Foursquare that allow users to “check-in” at venues they are at to share with their friends.

The Check-In Bonanza is part of a series of events branded under Singapore Social Media Fiesta, an omy.sg social media initiative. The Singapore Social Media Fiesta is an umbrella of events focused on social media to reach out to the Singapore online community. The Social Media Fiesta brand was introduced in 2011 and consists of four flagship events from April to July in 2013 – 6th Singapore Blog Awards, 2ndCheck-In Bonanza, 2nd Twitter Frenzy and 3rd Singapore Social Media Day.

Following the footsteps of the successful Singapore Blog Awards, the Check-In Bonanza is an annual local social media check-inevent that Singaporeans can look forward to every year.

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. 🙂