Sunday, July 24, 2011
Singapore Blog Awards 2011
The Singapore Blog Awards 2011 on Saturday was a lot of fun! The minute you walked into the venue (Shanghai Dolly at Clarke Quay), you were greeted with festive cheer and energy.
It felt bigger and better this year. It helped that this year the venue was well-lit, and we could see just how many bloggers were involved. We also had lots of entertainment. Local singer Shimona Kee performed some really nice numbers. Later on there was a costumed skit too, by some bloggers, I believe.
It was great meeting old friends and new friends.
I was also very enthused to finally meet in person some folks I had only known on Twitter or online. Thanks to everyone who came up to say hello!
And then we had the opening sequence, complete with confetti. The guest of honour was Major-General (NS) Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. He gave a speech glowing with praise for bloggers, even singling out notable examples.
The results were announced in quick succession. No "after the break" pauses to keep us in suspense. The Best Food Blog 2011 award went to Foodeology! Congratulations, Yiwei! In fact, congratulations to all ten winners this year!
As Domino's was a sponsor this year, we certainly got to sample some of their pizzas. We also had free-flow Tiger Crystal beer courtesy of Asia Pacific Breweries. There were other finger food and mini-cakes. The food is a lot simpler this year, which suited the occasion fine, since it was held at tea-time (2-5pm).
There was an award for Best Dressed (Male and Female). The theme was "History Goes Social" so we could dress up as any historical figure, famous or otherwise. So we had (from left to right): Pocahontas, Cleopatra, Liang Po Po, Cleopatra no.2, shepherdess and shepherd, Alexander McQueen, Marilyn Manson, Dick Lee (the "widescreen" version) and er, Michael Jackson (yes, that's Steven Lim who also did a somersault in his intro, accidentally knocking the beer bottle out of widescreen Dick Lee's hand.
We had a full reunion of the Royal Caribbean travel bloggers! Well, this photo is missing the bikini girl (she ran up a tad late) who incidentally also showed up in a bikini top at the awards.
Great job, OMY team! Now, we're all looking forward to SBA2012!
Full set of photos on Flickr and Facebook.
Yes, that's Darren up to his shenanigans. He should have been crowned Best Entertainer!
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