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

By , April 11, 2012 12:54 pm

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.

omy.sg and Wanbao Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Shin Yeh Restaurant (欣叶台菜) and Fairmont Hotel Szechuan Court

By , November 16, 2011 2:11 pm

I attended a second feast event last Saturday, organised by omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with omy Blog Club bloggers, Goh Yong Wei and Kiyomi Lim.

This time, we feasted at Shin Yeh Restaurant (欣叶台菜) and Fairmont Hotel Szechuan Court. The previous feast was at Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) and Swissotel Merchant Court.

The event is a special collaboration with eight well-known restaurants, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦), tasked with bringing a group of readers on an exclusive festive gourmet food trail for four consecutive Saturdays.

We visited Shin Yeh Restaurant first for a Chinese New Year meal and Szechuan Court next for a Christmas meal. To find out more about the event, you can check out omy.sg’s event report.

The Chinese New Year menu at Shin Yeh consists of:

风生水起: 腾龙大鱼生 Fortune Yu Sheng

大鹏展翅: 台式佛跳墙 Taiwan-style “Buddha Jump Over Wall”

年年有余: 树子蒸筍壳 Steamed Marble Goby with Small Olives

金凤迎春: 乌龙茶蒸鸡 Smoked Chicken with Premium Oolong Tea

祥瑞迎福: 红豆椰香雪花冰 Red Beans over Shaved Coconut Ices and Yam Cubes

Surprise Dish 1: Wok-fried Prawn Balls with Fresh Lily Bulbs and Gingko Nuts

Surprise Dish 2: Glutinous Rice Balls coated with Ground Peanuts (Muah Chee)

Shin Yeh Restaurant, specialising in quality Taiwanese cuisine

Shin Yeh Restaurant, specialising in quality Taiwanese cuisine

Fortune Yu Sheng

Fortune Yu Sheng

Lo hei!

Lo hei!

Chef welcome

Chef welcome

Shin Yeh chefs joined in too for the lo hei

Shin Yeh chefs joined in too for the lo hei

Budhha Jump over Wall - Double-boiled Shark's Fin with Abalone, Pig's Stomach, Chicken, Scallop and Sea Cucumber in Casserole

Budhha Jump over Wall - Double-boiled Shark's Fin with Abalone, Pig's Stomach, Chicken, Scallop and Sea Cucumber

Lots of good stuff in the soup

Lots of good stuff in the soup

Orange peeling competition

Orange peeling competition

Steamed Marble Goby

Steamed Marble Goby

Smoked Chicken with Premium Oolong Tea

Smoked Chicken with Premium Oolong Tea

Wok-fried prawn balls with lily bulbs

Wok-fried prawn balls with lily bulbs

Taiwan Muah Chee

Taiwan Muah Chee

Award-winning Taiwan-style Red Beans over Shaved Coconut Ice and Yam Cubes

Award-winning Taiwan-style Red Beans over Shaved Coconut Ice and Yam Cubes

Chef thank you

Chef thank you

The Christmas menu at Szechuan Court consists of:

前菜~ 冬季椎茸凉拌菜 Winter Salad

热汤~ 鲍肚滋补养颜汤 Abalone Soup

海鲜~ 圣诞浓酱烧鳕鱼 Christmas Codfish

主菜~ 四川秘制干葱鸡 Szechuan Chicken

三甜品~ 杨枝甘露+麻辣雪糕+寒冬清汤 Desert Platter

Surprise Dish: Christmas Cake

Chef welcome

Chef welcome

Winter salad

Winter salad

Abalone soup, filled with other goodies like the dried oyster in the picture

Abalone soup, filled with other goodies like the dried oyster in the picture

Christmas codfish

Christmas codfish

Stage game where contestants have to pick mahjong tiles from a tank of icy water

Stage game where contestants have to pick mahjong tiles from a tank of icy water

Szechuan chicken with yellow rice

Szechuan chicken with yellow rice

Very beautiful desert platter

Very beautiful desert platter

First time I tried Chili Ice Cream!

First time I tried Chili Ice Cream!

Chef introducing his surprise dish

Chef introducing his surprise dish

A Christmas cake to round up the day

A Christmas cake to round up the day

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions on 19 and 26 Nov at $108 per pax or $88 per pax if you register in a group of 2 or more.

阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃 – Part 5 of 5: 厦门街潮州发记 and Casserole @ Rasa Sentosa Resort

By , May 23, 2011 7:53 pm

In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) brought a group of readers on exclusive gourmet food trails for five consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers visited two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their signature dishes as well as specially created dishes, not available on the restaurants’ menu.

Other than eating, participants also had the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chefs, some of them even sharing a few cooking tips on the spot.

All good things come to an end - participants at the final Ah Lun food trail

All good things come to an end - participants at the final Ah Lun food trail

For the fifth and final event, I attended the food trail together with fellow bloggers, Catherine Ling and Darren Ng.

We visited the Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee (厦门街潮州发记) for the first session and Casserole @ Rasa Sentosa Resort for the latter session.

Here’s the menu for the first stop:

四拼盘(肝花+春卷+猪脚冻+猪头粽)
草菇鸡片汤
传统包菜鸡
菜脯炒粿条
玻璃芋泥
Surprise Dishes: Roast Suckling Pig

Being half-Teochew (my mother’s side), I was brought up to enjoy and savour many traditional Teochew dishes like Orh-Ni (yam paste) and pork gelatin at many banquets. Teochew people love to host banquets at every occasion possible – during my grandparents’ birthday each year, Chinese New Year and other festive periods that call for large family gathering and celebration.

This was the first time I ate at Huat Kee though, and I must say, I was impressed by practically all the dishes presented.

The five plates of appertisers were all a delight, ranging from pork gelatin to the simple fried spring roll.

The cabbage chicken was particularly lovely. When the cabbage was cut open, the aroma of the chicken lures one to wolf it down with a bowl of pipping hot steamed rice.

猪脚冻 - one of my late maternal grandfather's favourite food

猪脚冻 - one of my late maternal grandfather's favourite food

猪头粽 - Made from pig's head meat, this dish sounds daunting, but is delicious

猪头粽 - Made from pig's head meat, this dish sounds daunting, but is delicious

Not your usual fried spring rolls, these comes with "Tau Suan" bean fillings

春卷 - Not your usual fried spring rolls, these comes with "Tau Suan" bean fillings

肝花 - Not your usual ngoh hiang either, these comes with pork liver filling

肝花 - Not your usual ngoh hiang either, these comes with pork liver filling

草菇鸡片汤

草菇鸡片汤

Teochew chicken soup for the soul :)

Teochew chicken soup for the soul 🙂

传统包菜鸡 - One of the restaurant's signature traditional Teochew dish

传统包菜鸡 - One of the restaurant's signature traditional Teochew dish

The chicken is stuffed into a whole cabbage and broiled. Cutting the cabbage open unwraps a sweet aroma.

The chicken is stuffed into a whole cabbage and broiled. Cutting the cabbage open unwraps a sweet aroma.

菜脯炒粿条 - fried kway tiao with cai por

菜脯炒粿条 - fried kway tiao with cai por

Teochew Restaurant's genourous towkay presenting the surprise dish

Teochew Restaurant's genourous towkay presenting the surprise dish

Roast suckling pig! - One per table some more

Roast suckling pig! - One per table some more

Happy diners tucking in

Happy diners tucking in

玻璃芋泥 - Tradition Teochew orh-ni dessert, complete with a silver of pig's fat, definitely not for health nuts

玻璃芋泥 - Tradition Teochew orh-ni dessert, complete with a sliver of pig's fat, definitely not for health nuts

Traditional Chinese tea to clear palates before heading to the second stop

Traditional Chinese tea to clear palates before heading to the second stop

Towkay sharing with Catherine the wide array of abalone selection in his restaurant

Towkay sharing with Catherine the wide array of abalone selection in his restaurant

The second stop for this final food trail with Ah Lun was at Casserole Restaurant at the Rasa Sentosa Resort, owned by the Shangri-la Group.

Here’s the menu at Casserole:

热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱
摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup
摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼拌小米饭Couscous
北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉
泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡
新加坡风味 民间甜品
Surprise Dishes: Indian crackers with mint sauce, wanton noodle

The menu

The menu

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

The chefs making sure everything runs smoothly

The chefs making sure everything runs smoothly

Head chef greeting everyone

Head chef greeting everyone

热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱

热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱

Darren doing his photography round

Darren doing his photography round

摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup - Morroco's national soup

摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup - Morroco's national soup

摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼

摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼

小米饭Couscous, to go with the fish

小米饭Couscous, to go with the fish

The Morrocan chef presenting his dishes to the guests

The Morrocan chef presenting his dishes to the guests

北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉 - Mughal mutton curry

北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉 - Mughal mutton curry

Raisin rice to go with the mutton curry

Raisin rice to go with the mutton curry

Indian crackers with mint sauce

Indian crackers with mint sauce

The full spread of fine Indian cuisine

The full spread of fine Indian cuisine

Ah Lun mingling with guests

Ah Lun mingling with guests

泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡

泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡

Wanton soup noodle

Wanton soup noodle

新加坡风味 民间甜品 - Cheng Tng

新加坡风味 民间甜品 - Cheng Tng

The holiday atmosphere at the resort was a fitting venue to host the food trail finale. Upon arrival, guests were presented with a garland of seashell-strung necklace each.

A garland of sea shells for everyone

A garland of sea shells for everyone

Heading to the resort restaurant

Heading to the resort restaurant

Holiday atmosphere

Holiday atmosphere

Upon entering the restaurant, each guest was presented with a glass of fresh mango juice to freshen up.

Fresh juices to rejuvenate

Fresh juices to rejuvenate

The menu for the day at Casserole consists of various international cuisines from Moroccan, Thai, Indian and Chinese.

The full team of international chefs, together with the head chef greeted everyone warmly and went around mingling from table to table.

The event ended on a high note when the chefs got together to serenade the guests with a medley of international songs.

Singing chefs serenading the crowd

Singing chefs serenading the crowd

Impressed audience

Impressed audience

With that, the 5 weeks of gourmet dining with Ah Lun wraps with a cheery closure. Till next time. 🙂

To read more on all the previous Ah Lun food trails:

Part 1: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

Part 2: Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurantand Lao Beijing

Part 3: Long Beach King and Marina Mandarin Peach Blossoms

Part 4: Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel and Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City

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