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Singapore Blog Awards 2012 @ Singapore Flyer – The Winners Are…

Award winners, judges, Minister Heng Swee Keat, sponsors and all the important people on stage
Award winners, judges, Minister Heng Swee Keat, sponsors and all the important people on stage

The winners of the fifth Singapore Blog Awards were unveiled at the awards presentation ceremony at the Singapore Flyer today! Among other prizes, the ten main category award winners each received a trophy specially designed by Cultural Medallion winning artist Mr Tan Swie Hian, and will be off on a trip to Macau to experience the annual International Fireworks Festival!

Closer shot
Closer shot

I met many bloggers and trade friends at the event. I wished I had time to talk and interact with everyone, but as usual, together with the rest of the omy.sg team, we were too busy running around. If I accidentally appeared rude or ignored you when you approached me at the event, a big apology. I am not like that!

Packed to the brim
Packed to the brim
Superb turnout despite the heat!
Superb turnout despite the heat!
The omy.sg organising team behind the Singapore Blog Awards 2012
The omy.sg organising team behind the Singapore Blog Awards 2012
Me with three of the winners, Valyn, Jerome and Leonny
Me with three of the winners, Valyn, Jerome and Leonny

I did not manage to take much photos, but fret not, stay tuned to omy.sg and the official Singapore Blog Awards website for more updates; event photos and video coverages.

For now, here’s the full winners list – congratulations to all of them:

WINNERS for the MAIN CATEGORIES

PANASONIC ECO 最佳生活资讯部落格
PANASONIC ECO BEST LIFESTYLE BLOG
Leo
Spin or Bin Music
http://www.spinorbinmusic.com
PANASONIC ECO 最佳摄影部落格
PANASONIC ECO BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
Jerome Lim
The Long and Winding Road
http://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com
PANASONIC 部落Y格斗
PANASONIC BEST Y-BLOGGIST
Joey Ong Jia Hui
I-IS-JONG
http://iisjong.blogspot.com
CASIO SHEEN 最佳时尚部落格
CASIO SHEEN BEST FASHION BLOG
Valyn lim
It’s all about valyn
http://valynlim.blogspot.com
DOMINO’S 最佳美食部落格
DOMINO’S BEST FOOD BLOG
Yiwei
Foodeology | 为食主义
http://www.foodeology.com
SOLD.SG 最不可思议部落格
SOLD.SG BEST WHAT-THE-HELL BLOG
俊凭 | 寂寞老师
俊凭 | 一个声音部落格
http://www.lonelyclass.com
最具个人特色部落格
BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG
F@N
范的涂鸦空间
http://www.fanqh.blogspot.com
最佳旅游部落格
BEST TRAVEL BLOG
少俊
潇洒走一回
http://xiaosaujun.blogspot.com
最佳家庭部落格
BEST FAMILY BLOG
Leonny
Our Everyday Things
http://www.oureverydaythings.com
最佳视频部落格
BEST V-LOG
DrJiajia & BigBro
DrJiajia & BigBro
http://www.youtube.com/user/liangjiasun

WINNERS for the SPONSORED CATEGORIES

GMARKET BEST ONLINE SHOPPING BLOG
Kevin Soh
Double-Image
http://www.double-image.blogspot.com
MARY CHIA BEST BEAUTY BLOG
Elrica
Pinkbuble In Da House
http://pink-buble.blogspot.com
ST701 BEST BLOGSHOP
Caren
CaraMabes
http://CaraMabes.com

WINNERS for CELEBRITY CATEGORIES

PANASONIC 最受欢迎本地名人部落格/微博
PANASONIC MOST POPULAR LOCAL CELEBRITY BLOG/MICROBLOG
Jeanette Aw 欧萱
http://blog.sina.com.cn/xuantasy
PANASONIC 最受欢迎海外名人部落格/微博
PANASONIC MOST POPULAR OVERSEAS CELEBRITY BLOG/MICROBLOG
Alien Huang 小鬼(黄鸿升)
http://www.weibo.com/alien3647
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Singapore Blog Awards 2012 – Cast your vote for the best Blogs in Singapore!

Singapore Blog Awards 2012 Finalists Revealed!
Singapore Blog Awards 2012 Finalists Revealed!

Singapore, 22 May 2012 – omy.sg has released the top ten finalists in the ten main categories of the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 as well as the other finalists in three sponsored categories and two celebrity categories. The 100 finalists include a diverse range of individuals representing the multicultural aspect of Singapore.

Voting for the Singapore Blog Awards starts today till 30 June and can be done via the official website – http://sgblogawards.omy.sg. Voters stand to win attractive prizes like a Casio Sheen watch, Domino’s Pizza vouchers and more.

In conjunction with Singapore Blog Awards reaching its fifth year milestone, five bloggers were also awarded with a first-ever “Super Blogger Award’ by omy.sg. These five bloggers – Peter Breitkreutz, Catherine Ling, Goh Yong Wei, Eunice Khong, and Christine Ng, have not only been supportive of the Singapore Blog Awards over the years, but more importantly, are exemplars of the value of sharing information and experience via blog content.

Super Blogger Award
Super Blogger Award

The winners of the ten main award categories will be announced at this year’s award ceremony on 21 July at Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel. Invited guests will get to sample the best of local hawker delights at the Singapore Food Trail, a unique 1960s-themed food street, while the winners of the respective categories are unveiled.

As a lead-up to the award ceremony, omy.sg will be hosting three bloggers’ workshops (http://project.omy.sg/panasonic-workshops/) together with presenting sponsor, Panasonic. The workshops, helmed by well-known Singapore bloggers, will cover topics on photography, eco crafts and a cooking demonstration. Registration is free and all are welcome to participate.

In a tie-up with Far East Hospitality this year, omy.sg is also extending an invitation to bloggers outside of Singapore to attend the Singapore Blog Awards ceremony with 3D2N hotel accommodations sponsored by a group of seven hotels under the Far East Hospitality group (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg/2012/overseas-blogger-sponsorship/).

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.

More information are available on the official Singapore Blog Awards website. 

Why Join the Singapore Blog Awards?

This year is the fifth year omy.sg is running the Singapore Blog Awards. If you tell me five years ago that an event like this can grow to the scale it is now, I would not have believe it either.

omy.sg would not have been able to pull this off year after year, without the strong and growing support of our sponsors and the blogging community.

The 5th Singapore Blog Awards

Here is a link to a page showcasing all the previous winners from the past four years. 

Nostalgic?

Check out the past years Singapore Blog Awards sites for a walk down memory lane:

Singapore Blog Awards 2008 – Pink Party @ Asian Civilisation Museum 

Singapore Blog Awards 2009 – Slumber Party @ Supper Club

Singapore Blog Awards 2010 – Hollywood Glam @ Movida, St James Powerstation

Singapore Blog Awards 2011 – History Gets Social @ Shanghai Dolly

If you are a blogger and have not joined us before for the previous Singapore Blog Awards, here’s five reasons why you should join the Singapore Blog Awards 2012:

1. Fantastic prizes. Over $30,000 worth of prizes are at stake this year.

2. You get to travel to Macau for the International Fireworks Festival and make new friends with other bloggers. Check out what fun the 2010 winners had in Hong Kong and the 2011 winners in Melbourne, Australia.

3.  You get to attend the award ceremony in July. It will be held at the Singapore Food Trail at the Singapore Flyer this year. Guests will get to sample the best of local hawker fares and of course, ride on the Singapore Flyer, the largest Giant Observation Wheel in the world!

4. Get your blog known. The award organiser, omy.sg, is part of the Singapore Press Holdings media group. Expect coverage from many of the top news media in Singapore if you are among the winners or even the finalists.

5. Join for the fun of it! There’s no registration fee and it takes less than ten minutes to register online. You do not need to be a part of any blog network or cliche to join – the award is open to anyone who owns a blog, including bloggers from outside Singapore. There’s nothing to lose even if you do not win.

Singapore Blog Awards 2012 – Blog your way to the Macau International Fireworks Festival!

The Singapore Blog Awards is here again!

Singapore Blog Awards 2012
Singapore Blog Awards 2012

This is the fifth year I am running the Singapore Blog Awards together with the omy.sg team. Time flies, seriously.

Yong Wei was still under 16 and was a finalist in the Best Youth Blog category in the first year. Now, he is working at omy.sg a few tables away from me.

This year, we have over $30,000 worth of prizes lined up for participating bloggers and voters, including a trip to Macau for the International Fireworks Festival; Panasonic cameras and camcorders; Casio Sheen watches and more!

Register your blog or nominate your favourite blogs now! Do not miss the deadline on 6 May 2012.

A few tips for bloggers taking part:

– you do not have to wait for others to nominate you, just register your blog directly. You have a public blog, you can’t be that shy! (besides, you cannot tell if a blogger was nominated or registered directly on the website)
– you can register for as many categories as you like if you deem them relevant
– omy.sg accept blog registration from foreigners outside of Singapore; get your foreign blogger friends to join too
– the new Best V-Log category accepts youtube pages or other video hosting pages and not just conventional blog hosting sites
– do not clutter all the registration in the Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Individual Blog categories; look through the other categories and join them too if they are relevant. The more bloggers there are in a category, the lower the chance of getting selected as a finalist.

Special categories to watch out for:

Gmarket Best Online Shopping Blog: All ten finalists will get S$100 Gmarket shopping credits each! Three winners from among the finalists stand to win over S$1,000 worth of Gmarket shopping credits and products!
– Mary Chia Best Beauty Blog: All ten finalists will get to organise a spa party at a Mary Chia outlet for your friends – with expenses covered by Mary Chia! The top blogger in this category stand to win over S$5000 worth of products and services from Mary Chia!
ST701 Best Blogshop: All ten finalists will get S$1000 worth of banner impressions on ST701.com to promote your own business. The top blogshop will win an additional S$5000 worth of banner impressions!

Create Your SuperPower Contest

You can download the official Singapore Blog Awards 2012 logo and superpower speech bubbles to come up with your own creative images. Submit your photo to campaign.omy@gmail.com and stand to win a mystery prize if the team at omy.sg likes your creation!

Here’s the official media release sent out today:

Singapore, 10 April 2012 – The annual Singapore Blog Awards return for the fifth year with more exciting events and prizes. Bloggers stand to win a trip, inclusive of air tickets and accommodation, to experience the annual International Fireworks Festival in Macau, among other attractive prizes worth a total of $30,000.

Organised by omy.sg (www.omy.sg), Singapore Press Holdings’ leading bilingual news and entertainment portal, and presented by Panasonic, the Singapore Blog Awards honour new-age wordsmiths who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

There is a total of 10 main categories, two celebrity categories and three sponsored categories. A complete list of award categories can be found here.

This year, omy.sg introduces the “Best V-log” award, a brand new addition to the 10 main categories of Singapore Blog Awards, created to acknowledge the increasing popularity of home-made videos shared on YouTube and other online video services as a form of blogging.

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 sponsored categories are “Gmarket Best Online Shopping Blog”, “Mary Chia Best Beauty Blog”, and “ST701 Best Blogshop”.

Ms Lee Kuan Fung, Associate Editor of omy.sg, said: “Thanks to the growing support and participation from bloggers and the online community over the past four years, the Singapore Blog Awards has established itself as one of the biggest social media event which everyone looks forward to annually.

This year, we will be expanding the Singapore Blog Awards platform into an umbrella of social media events under the omy.sg’s Singapore Social Media Fiesta brand. Upcoming events include Singapore Check-In Bonanza, Singapore Twitter Frenzy and Singapore Social Media Day, spread across four months from now till July, reaching more audiences through various social media platforms.”

Nomination and registration is now open till 6 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 andomy.sg as well as a slew of other engaging events organised with other sponsors.

In line with the fifth anniversary of the Singapore Blog Awards, omy.sg would be acknowledging five “Super Bloggers” who have contributed to the blogosphere in their own unique ways. The identities of these bloggers will be revealed on the official Singapore Blog Awards site (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg) on a later date.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel, where invited guests will get to sample the best of local hawker delights at the Singapore Food Trail, a unique 1960s-themed food street, while the winners of the respective categories are unveiled.

Members of the public can log on to the official SBA site 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.

This year’s Singapore Blog Awards is made possible by our generous presenting sponsor, Panasonic; main sponsors, Casio Sheen, Macau Government Tourist Office, Domino’s Pizza, Gmarket, Mary Chia, SOLD.SG, Singapore Flyer and ST701; sponsors, Golden Village and Singapore Food Trail. 

Ushering in the Year of the Dragon at Singapore Flyer

A butler in the capsule going through the itinerary for the Singapore Flyer Lou Hei
A butler in the capsule going through the itinerary for the Singapore Flyer Lou Hei

Thanks to the folks from Singapore Flyer, I got to experience their in-capsule Canapés “Lou Hei” Flight to usher in the year of the Dragon. Each flight can accommodates up to 24 guests and comes with a personalised butler service. More information on the package is available via the Singapore Flyer website.

The Yu Sheng is laid out earlier as time is precious in the capsule
The Yu Sheng is laid out earlier as time is precious in the capsule
Getting ready to Lou Hei as we reached the highest point of the Singapore Flyer
Getting ready to Lou Hei as we reached the highest point of the Singapore Flyer
Reaching the highest point of the Singapore Flyer
Reaching the highest point of the Singapore Flyer
Huat ah!
Huat ah!
My toss to good fortune in 2012
My toss to good fortune in 2012
Enjoying the Yu Sheng
Enjoying the Yu Sheng
View of Marina Bay Sands
View of Marina Bay Sands
Canape items
Canape items
Small dessert items
Small dessert items
Giant gong to throw coins at for the Auspicious Trail
Giant gong to throw coins at for the Auspicious Trail (coins will be collected and donated to charity)
Chinese calligraphy is available at the Singapore Food Trail
Chinese calligraphy is available at the Singapore Food Trail
Tang Yuan to round up the day
Tang Yuan to round up the day

There’s a special Chinese New Year promotion now; simply purchase a full-priced adult flight ticket and receive*:

– 1 x Singapore Flight to embark on the Signature Auspicious Trail journey
– Free limited edition red packets
– Free 1-for-1 voucher for a return visit in March 2012
– Get a chance to win $888 cash for every $150 spent at Singapore Flyer (including flights and participating tenants)

* Offer is valid for walk-ins at the ticketing counters from 09 January to 6 February 2012 on Saturday and Sunday only. Other terms and conditions apply.

Other than the flyer itself, there are a slew of different activities lined-up, ranging from their Signature Auspicious Trail to a God of Fortune Goodie Bag Giveaways to a Chinese traditional wedding culture exhibition.

Planning for something to do together with your friends or family members for this Chinese New Year period? Perhaps you can consider ushering in the year of the Dragon with good luck, prosperity and fortune at Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel. 🙂

Halloween FrightFest @ Singapore Flyer

This October, Halloween creeps in at Singapore Flyer, with its rainforest being transformed into an eerie hideout of ghouls and ghosts.

The new Director and Group CEO at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Isabelle Loh, may have ruined Halloween for many by abruptly canceling Night Safari’s iconic and very successful annual Halloween event; other local attraction sites like Singapore Flyer are quick to chip in and fill the demand gap.

I attended the media preview of the Halloween FrightFest at Singaopore Flyer last Thursday (20 Oct), together with a group of omy Blog Club bloggers. Many came dressed in a mix of scary, pretty and fun costumes in the spirit of Halloween.

Rachell and her boyfriend’s costumes especially rocked. Their make-up was so good that many found them to be even scarier than the hired professional talents! It was no surprise Rachell won the top prize for best costume of the night. 🙂

Me with Rachell and her boyfriend. I swear I cannot recognise both of them when they called me!
Me with Rachell and her boyfriend. I swear I cannot recognise both of them when they called me!
I love these two Ghostbuster characters too
I love these two Ghostbuster characters too

For the media preview, we started off with a tour in the Singapore Flyer rainforest where costumed talents were planted to jump out of bushes to scare visitors:

Entrance to the Halloween rainforest
Entrance to the Halloween rainforest
Costumed bloggers waiting to enter the rainforest
Costumed bloggers waiting to enter the rainforest
Bloggers Holly and Jacqualine posing for photos
Bloggers Holly and Jacqualine posing for photos
I like this ghost's costume - pretty lady on one side and disfigured ghost on the other side
I like this ghost's costume - pretty lady on one side and disfigured ghost on the other side
Another ghost talent
Another ghost talent
Some props to add to the scare factor
Some props to add to the scare factor

Many of the bloggers were more busy taking photos with the poor talents than getting scared by them. To be fair, some of the talents’ costumes were pretty good. The scare factor should be there for the general public who are not click-happy bloggers armed with their array of photos and videos capturing devices.

After the scary stuff, we got to take a ride on the Singapore Flyer.I think this is the fourth time I boarded one of their capsules this year. Each time, Singapore’s city landscape changes and I would marvel at how fast we have progressed (or regressed in some areas like public transport).

Inside one of the capsules
Inside one of the capsules
At the highest point
At the highest point

The day ended with a Special Halloween Brew (non-alcoholic) at the Singapore Flyer lounge. I find this a rather thoughtful, children-friendly gesture.

Costumed bloggers hanging around the lounge
Costumed bloggers hanging around the lounge
Rachell and her boyfriend were crowd magnets - everyone wants to take a photo with them
Rachell and her boyfriend were crowd magnets - everyone wants to take a photo with them
Announcing the winner for Best Costume
Announcing the winner for Best Costume
Collecting our drinks
Collecting our drinks
The Singapore Flyer Special Halloween Brew
The Singapore Flyer Special Halloween Brew

If you are interested to visit Singapore Flyer for  their Halloween FrightFest:

Tickets are priced at SGD$25 nett each for a Singapore Flyer ride, including entry into FrightFest @ Singapore Flyer Rainforest and 1 Special Halloween Brew (non-alcoholic)*

There are also special deals available on Deal.com.sg and for PAssion card members.

How to Purchase:

Walk into any of Singapore Flyer’s ticketing counters on-site or call or email at 6333-3311 or sfsales@adval.com.sg to pre-book.

* All tickets are valid for Friday (28 Oct) at 9pm & 10pm and Sunday (30 Oct) at 9pm & 10pm only. Saturday’s tickets are sold out.

Enjoying the 2011 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix @ Singapore Flyer

Me enjoying the F1 races at the roof top of the Singapore Flyer
Me enjoying the F1 races at the roof top of the Singapore Flyer

Thanks to the nice folks from Marina Bay Singapore and the Singapore Flyer, I was given a pair of complimentary walkabout pass (including flights on board the wheel) to the Singapore Night Race on 23 September 2011.

It was a Friday night and the F1 drivers were having their practice races, but I have to make do as I have to attend a wedding dinner and was unable to make it for the qualifier race the next day.

I invited my pal, Mark along with me. He is a motorsports enthusiast and I figured he would best fit the role as my human encyclopedia F1 guide.

We entered via Gate 7
We entered via Gate 7
Program booklet: so many stuff going on!
Program booklet: so many stuff going on!
View for walkabout passes
View for walkabout passes
Pose and smile
Pose and smile
Official merchandises
Official merchandises

The Singapore Flyer is fully integrated into Zone 1 and 2 of the 2011 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix’s circuit, giving guests an additional unique viewing experience of the race.

With our passes, Mark and I were able to access the usually restricted roof top of the Singapore Flyer to get a fantastic view of the Singapore Night Race, along Turns 22 and 23. One advantage of coming on Friday instead of Saturday was the exclusivity and privacy. Other than Mark and me, we counted less than five other guests. We practically had the whole roof top to ourselves!

A staff from the Singapore Flyer leading us up to the usually restricted roof top
A staff from the Singapore Flyer leading us up to the usually restricted roof top
Excellent, unobstructed view of the race from the roof top of the Singapore Flyer
Excellent, unobstructed view of the race from the roof top of the Singapore Flyer
I think this is the Malaysia Petronas car
I think this is the Malaysia Petronas car
Red Bull gives you wings
Red Bull gives you wings
Fantastic view of one of the Turns
Fantastic view of one of the Turns
I told you it was super private - just Mark and me!
I told you it was super private - just Mark and me!
View of the Flyer capsules from the roof top
View of the Flyer capsules from the roof top
Mark is happy
Mark is happy
Even without the roof top access, the public can get a fantastic view from the 2nd floor as well
Even without the roof top access, the public can get a fantastic view from the 2nd floor as well

As the sky darkens, Mark and I headed for dinner at Popeye’s, situated within the Flyer complex itself. The restaurants and food stalls were all in operation, including the popular hawker food trail. I cannot understand why others would choose to buy marked up drinks and food from the various temporary kiosks instead of making their way down to the Singapore Flyer. There’s a wide variety of food and prices were controlled. I shall bear this in mind for future F1 visits.

The hawker food trail was open for business as usual :)
The hawker food trail was open for business as usual 🙂

Mark and I rounded up our day at the F1 races taking a ride in one of the Singapore Flyer capsules. Situated right next to the pit building, we were treated to a spectacular view of the Night Race from various angles, on top of the beautiful Singapore night skyline.

At the highest vantage point of the Singapore Flyer
At the highest vantage point of the Singapore Flyer
Singapore skyline changes rapidly - it looks different every time I ride the Singapore Flyer
Singapore skyline changes rapidly - it looks different every time I ride the Singapore Flyer
There's some light show on the MBS building featuring F1 cars, can you see them?
There's some light show on the MBS building featuring F1 cars, can you see them?
Helicopter view of the cars zipping past from the Singapore Flyer capsule
Helicopter view of the cars zipping past from the Singapore Flyer capsule
Top view of the pit building
Top view of the pit building

Next time you head for the races for the Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, do consider viewing it from the Singapore Flyer for a different experience. 🙂