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Holiday Creativity with Canon PIXMA

Holiday Creativity with Canon PIXMA Workshop @ Sheraton Towers
Holiday Creativity with Canon PIXMA Workshop @ Sheraton Towers

Just before the June school holiday, Canon Singapore and omy.sg held a Holiday with Canon PIXMA Workshop on May 25 at Sheratons Towers. The workshop was fully sponsored by Canon Pixma and over 120 parents and children had a fun-filled day, discovering exciting ways to create amazing holiday craft projects with the help of the Canon PIXMA printer.

The event was hosted by two popular bloggers and children show hosts, Joanne-Marie Sim and Silver Ang. Check out this video for the event coverage from omy.sg:

Hosts Silver Ang and Joanne-Marie Sim showing off their Canon PIXMA crafts
Hosts Silver Ang and Joanne-Marie Sim showing off their Canon PIXMA crafts
Parents and their children, ready for the workshop to start
Parents and their children, ready for the workshop to start
A father with his two sons at work
A father with his two sons at work
Mother and daughter pair
Mother and daughter pair
These two are clearly having fun
These two are clearly having fun
A father with his two daughters
A father with his two daughters
Happy group shot with all the children and the two hosts
Happy group shot with all the children and the two hosts

If you have missed the workshop, fret not. Canon and omy.sg have appointed ten “craft guru” bloggers to blog and share on their workshop experience as well as their experience making their own own holiday crafts with Canon PIXMA printer.

After reading through their blog entries, remember to vote for your favourite “craft guru” and you stand to win ten Canon scrapbook kits for yourself! 

Vote for your favourite craft guru to win 10 x Canon scrapbook kits!
Vote for your favourite craft guru to win 10 x Canon scrapbook kits!

To find out more about the Canon PIXMA printer, you can visit the official Holiday Creativity with Canon PIXMA site or the official Canon PIXMA site itself.

With the haze making it hard to bring children outdoor, why not consider doing some indoor holiday crafts this June holiday? 🙂

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Parenting with Pampers – Part 1

I am not exactly the best father in the world, but whatever good stuff I can impart or provide for my one and a half year old son, Asher, I will try my best to do so.

Same for my wife Rachel who switched to teaching over her journalism career in order to spend more time with Asher during his formative years.

Together with four other parenting bloggers, I am given the chance to try out Pampers range of ultra dry diapers: Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants while at the same time, share some simple parenting tips.

You can read the other parents blog posts via omy Blog Club.

My first parenting post will be on potty training.

We started Asher young, from when he was less than one year old. He was taught to gesture to us if he needed to pee or pass motion.

Later on when he learned to say simple words like “niao niao (urinate)” and “put put (pass motion”, we teach him to articulate when he needs the potty. Alternatively, we may also ask him if he need to “niao niao” or “put put” and see if he shakes or nods his head.

It helps that we bought him a small portable potty that he can mount on his own.

Currently, he is trained to use the potty before and after meals; before we go out; and when we arrive home. This builds up a routine which Asher can adjust to.

He gets lazy sometime and will refuse to use the potty even when he needs it. This is where we have to be really firm with him. Rachel’s approach will be to mollycoddle him. I will just strip him and plant him on the potty.

If he can sustain a dry diaper for a whole day, we will praise him for his effort.

When we are home, we sometimes use cloth diapers, while disposable diapers like Pampers are used exclusively when we are out.

We have been using conventional sticky-tape fastening diapers mostly. With the Pampers Active Baby Pants, Rachel and I can now experiment on getting Asher to take off his own pants to use the potty. I think Asher now knows that a soiled diaper is not something desirable. A few days ago, he pinched his nose and told my mum “chou chou (smelly)” after he soiled his diaper while they were shopping at a mall. 🙂

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. 🙂 

Domino’s Pizza’s Ultimate Hawaiian Party for Bloggers

On 3 May, 16 bloggers headed down to Domino’s Pizza @ Kovan for an “Ultimate Hawaiian Party” in conjunction with Domino’s brand new Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza launch, where everyone enjoyed great food, fun games and awesome company!

Group picture with all the bloggers who attended the party
Group picture with all the bloggers who attended the party

Jazzing up Domino’s best seller Hawaiian Paradise with a First Class touch, the new Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza is loaded with more than double the amount of chicken by adding premium succulent roasted sliced chicken topped with smoked chicken breast, toasted turkey ham, juicy pineapples and the freshest garden mushrooms.

Combined with a rich tomato-based sauce and sprinkled with Italian herbs, these are the new scrumptious additions to Domino’s First Class range of premium pizzas, which use only first class ingredients for a first class pizza experience!

Well, enough of all the introductions. Knowing what’s in a pizza doesn’t tell you how it tastes like right? So HOW does the new Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza fare in terms of the yum factor?

Check out the bloggers’ reviews. 

Below are some photos I took during the party:

Linda from Domino's Pizza giving the bloggers an introduction to the brand
Linda from Domino’s Pizza giving the bloggers an introduction to the brand
Take pictures
Take pictures
The pizza highlight
The pizza highlight
Happy bloggers
Happy bloggers
Yong Wei doing a demo on the hoola hoop
Yong Wei doing a demo on the hoola hoop
Angie on the hoola hoop
Angie on the hoola hoop
The winner of the hoola hoop contest
The winner of the hoola hoop contest

Craving for Domino’s Pizza now? Click here to browse their menu or place an online order.

BTW, Domino’s Pizza Singapore is now on Facebook! Go LIKE them on Facebook if you are fan and show Domino’s Pizza some love. 🙂 

Alvinology vs Mr Smith – The Day I Got “WONGed” by A Tattooed Ah Beng

Trolling is Serious Business
Trolling is Serious Business

I love to troll.

It is harmless; it relieves stress and it brings a little laughter to those around you.

Following the footsteps of Xiaxue vs Silver Ang, I decided to pick an online quarrel with a random male blogger. Mr Smith Leong is the lucky guy… little did I know the Tattooed Chao Ah Beng will go to the extend of recording a Aaron-Tan-style gangster video to threaten me. Enjoy:

Online quarrels work magic for female bloggers in terms of blog traffic (especially if the two females are “美女博客”). I always wonder if two fat, ugly male bloggers were to do the same, would it have the same effect?

Jokes aside, I am a peace-loving family guy hor. Please don’t come pick a quarrel with me after reading this post to get web traffic. You want quarrel go look for Mr Smith Leong. 🙂

Busy period at work

Picture via Nancy Harrison

Apologise for the slow updates lately… this is a busy period for omy with the upcoming Singapore Blog Awards on Friday, a trade show later today as well as planning for omy’s anniversary going on at the same time. There’s only one marketing guy at omy – if not for the kind help of my other colleagues, I think I will die of overexhausation now.

It’s 12 midnight now and I am still checking email, after getting home from the gala premiere of The Days movie – a collaboration with Sinema.SG to treat omy blog award finalists to watch the movie first-hand even before the movie starts screening. I hope everyone who showed up had a good time. Remember to blog about the movie. 🙂

If you are one of the Singapore Blog Awards finalists reading this, please COME for the award ceremony this Friday hor… and please check your email regularly; answer your phone; read RSVP instructions properly; do not fly aeroplane after you have RSVP for anything – be it a movie invite or gathering. Pardon me for the harsh language because I think some people really need to learn some basic courtesy and be appreciative of the effort put in by others to make all these happen.

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