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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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《聊斋》Liao Zhai Rocks!

Liao Zhai Rocks!
Liao Zhai Rocks!

Thanks to the folks at The Theatre Practice (实践剧场), Rachel and I caught their latest theatre production, 《聊斋》Liao Zhai Rocks! at the Drama Centre Theatre last Friday.

This production also marks The Theatre Practice’s 250th production as they celebrate their 45th anniversary this year.

45th anniversary logo
45th anniversary logo
I left a note on behalf of the omy.sg team
I left a note on behalf of the omy.sg team
Good crowd at the show
Good crowd at the show

Here’s a short synopsis of 《聊斋》Liao Zhai Rocks! from the official website:

故事灵感取自于中国神怪小说集《聊斋志异》。这一回将推陈出新、挑战传统理念,带你进入凄美的人鬼妖仙迷离世界。风流书生桑晓爱上了狐妖婴宁,经过一番死缠烂打,终于夺得芳心。不久后,他又恋上女鬼封三娘,被欺骗喝下毒药而成了替死鬼。对爱执著的婴宁,决定不顾一切到阴间救回情郎,才发现。。。

Inspired by the colourful folk stories of Qing dynasty classic ‘The Strange Tales of Liao Zhai’, Liao Zhai Rocks! vamps up all things period and brings you into a fantastical world of captivating characters. The scholar, Sang Xiao, wins the affections of Ying Ning, a vixen spirit, only to fall for the ploy of a duplicitous ghost. But when he is poisoned and cast into the underworld, it is the vixen spirit who, driven by true love, embarks on a perilous journey to save him…

Rachel and I fell in love with last year’s 《天冷就回来》(If There’re Seasons…), produced by The Theatre Practice, with the musical talent of Liang Wern-Fook (梁文福). Hence we were really looking forward to catching this year’s Liao Zhai Rocks! which involves similar directing and producing talents, with the musical talents of composer Eric Ng (黄韵仁) and lyricist Xiaohan (小寒).

Me with the program booklet
Me with the program booklet
Rachel with some promotional standees
Rachel with some promotional standees
Together on the photo wall
Together on the photo wall
Waiting for the show to start
Waiting for the show to start

Overall, we enjoyed the stage extravagant for Liao Zhai with its colourful costumes and innovative fusing of traditional Chinese folklore with rock music. The story was simple to understand and the music was moving.

The only minor complain we have is that both of us found the male lead a little lacking in manliness. Maybe the casting was deliberate as olden days Chinese scholars should be this way, but we just could not feel the chemistry between the male lead and the two female leads, unlike in If There’re Seasons…

Still, it’s a production worth every dollar to watch. You can check out their official website or watch these trailers below if you are not convinced:

Behind the scene:

Raving Reviews of Liao Zhai Rocks!:

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Update on Dr Cai Mingjie – Singapore’s most highly educated taxi driver

Dr Cai Mingjie, Singapores most highly educated taxi driver
Dr Cai Mingjie, Singapore's most highly educated taxi driver

The various newspapers finally picked up the story of Dr Cai Mingjie, dubbed as the most highly educated taxi driver in Singapore, with a PhD from Stanford University.

Here’s Dr Cai on the cover of evening tabloid, Lianhe Wanbao:

Lianhe Wanbao front cover, 19 August 2009
Lianhe Wanbao front cover, 19 August 2009

Here are more news reports on Dr Cai:

omy.sg: 美顶尖大学毕业 博士失业改驾德士
Straits Times.com: PhD holder now a cabby
AsiaOne: S’pore’s most highly educated taxi-driver
Lyricist, Xiaohan’s Blog (Dr Cai’s former student): 驕傲地為華人寫歌

The blog entry written by Xiaohan is particularly moving, do read it. 🙂

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CLing.omy.sg – a new web portal to learn Chinese and understand modern China

Launch of CLing.omy.sg
Launch of CLing.omy.sg

Today, omy.sg launched a new web portal together with Business China at Dragonfly, St. James Power Station. The event was graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Other than the launch of CLing (http://cling.omy.sg), there was a youth forum held earlier to discuss on Chinese pop culture. Panelists for the forum were (许环良) Billy Koh, (李偲菘) Li Shih Song, (小寒) Xiaohan and (陈迪雅) Chen Diya.

I am in the organising committee for this event. Here are some photos I took to share with everyone:

Setting up the props
Setting up the props
Testing the lighting and launch mechanism
Testing the lighting and launch mechanism
My job was to man the slides on the screen
My job was to man the slides on the screen
Bomb squad van
Bomb squad van
Everyone has to go through a metal detector and a temperature scan at the door
Everyone has to go through a metal detector and a temperature scan at the door
Dragonfly resident singer, Skye, opening the event with her rendition of BAD BOY by A Mei
Dragonfly resident singer, Skye, with her rendition of BAD BOY by A Mei
CEO of Business China, Josephine Teo giving a casual welcome address
CEO of Business China, Josephine Teo giving a casual welcome address
Youth Forum Panelists (L to R): Chen Diya, Xiao Han, Li Shih Song, Billy Koh
Youth Forum Panelists (L to R): Chen Diya, Xiao Han, Li Shih Song, Billy Koh
Over 350 people turned up for the event
Over 350 people turned up for the event
Presenting token of appreciation to the panelists
Presenting token of appreciation to the panelists
PM Lee arrived - he was walking quite fast, hence the blurry image
PM Lee arrived - he was walking quite fast, hence the blurry image
Dragonfly bar manager, flaring on stage to prepare a special CLing mocktail for PM Lee
Dragonfly bar manager, flaring on stage to prepare a special CLing mocktail for PM Lee
PM Lee arrived on stage, smiling
PM Lee arrived on stage, smiling
Waving to everyone
Waving to everyone
(L to R): the two emcees, Josephine Teo, PM Lee, Chua Thian Poh, Robin Hu
(L to R): the two emcees, Josephine Teo, PM Lee, Chua Thian Poh, Robin Hu
Close-up of PM Lee and two students who volunteered to go on stage
Close-up of PM Lee and two students who volunteered to go on stage
PM Lee with three students who volunteered to go on stage and the other three VIPs
PM Lee with three students and three VIPs
PM Lee is to answer a series of three questions successful to launch the portal - heres the first question
PM Lee is to answer a series of three questions successful to launch the portal - here's the first question
Correct answer in blue
Correct answer in blue
Ang Moh Pai (AMP) closing the show with three solid sets
Ang Moh Pai (AMP) closing the show with three solid sets

Do go visit http://cling.omy.sg to take a look if you are interested in learning Chinese and understanding modern China. My editorial colleagues in omy.sg put a lot of effort into it. If you have any feedback or comments, feel free to drop a comment in the forum section. 🙂

Here’s the official press release:

Media Release
18 July 2009, 5pm

Fun with CLing – a new web portal to learn Chinese and understand modern China

Singapore, 18 July 2009 — “CLing”, a new Chinese-learning media platform jointly presented by Business China and omy.sg, is launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today at Dragonfly, St James Power Station.

“CLing” is a Chinese web portal which exposes young Singaporeans to modern China and help them learn Chinese through fun and interesting ways. The website consists of eight distinctive features – Good Read, Quiz Game, Daily C, Celebrities Talk, Chit Chat, Blog, Songbook and Useful links.

At the launch, Prime Minister Lee participated in the “CLing” challenge where he was asked three questions related to Chinese language and modern China. He also shared his experiences on learning Chinese with 300 participants from schools, tertiary institutions, as well as young working adults who attended the event.

Mr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman of Business China, said: “Business China strives to encourage the youths to deepen their knowledge in China’s economic, business, social and cultural and educational aspects. And we stimulate their interest towards China through various activities and platforms. We hope the youths will fully leverage on the new media platform set by Business China and omy.sg ‘CLing’ in their quest about modern China.”

Mr Robin Hu, Senior Executive Vice President of Chinese Newspapers Division and Newspaper Services Division, SPH, said: “It is important to pass on our Chinese heritage, language and culture to the next generation of Chinese Singaporean. ‘CLing’ plays an important role of reaching out to young Singaporeans via an interactive, new media platform they are familiar with. omy.sg is honoured to collaborate with Business China on such a meaningful project.”

A pre-launch quiz game was held from 2 to 15 July to promote the launch of “CLing”. The game, which tested participants on their knowledge of the Chinese language, culture and developments in China, was played nearly 35,000 times and attracted over 182,000 page impressions in just two weeks.

In conjunction with the launch of “CLing”, a Youth Forum was held, featuring four personalities from the local music industry, namely composer Billy Koh, lyricist Xiao Han, composer cum producer Lee Shih Song and singer Chen Diya. (Particulars of the Forum panelists are listed in Annex 2).

The four panelists spoke on the topic, “Beyond the Little Red Dot: Music Making for the Chinese Market”. They also interacted with participants on how Singaporean musicians and artistes are making inroads into China. Guests at the launch were also treated to a “CLing” mocktail, which was specially concocted by Dragonfly for this event.

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