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Singapore Blog Awards 2013

I was invited to Singapore Blog Awards by OMY.sg. This is the 6th edition and there was a total of 7 special awards, 10 main awards and 2 celebrity awards.

Evelyn Kuek

Hosted by the amicable Evelyn Kuek, the special awards was given out first and there are as follows;

Panasonic Best Beauty Blog
Love is Eternal – http://www.renzze.com
Pinkbuble In Da house – http://pink-buble.blogspot.sg
Ribbons, Rainbows and PixieDust – http://www.elaine73.blogspot.sg

Panasonic Best Cooking Blog
Celestial Delish – http://www.celestialdelish.com

Panasonic Best Eco-Challenge Blog
The Lazy Lizard’s Tales – http://lazy-lizard.blogspot.com

Glossi Best Modelling Blog
Love is Eternal – http://www.renzze.com

JBL Best Pop/Music Blog
Mint.Music – http://mintleong.sg

Levi’s Best 501 Interpretation Blog
Claire’s Flair – http://www.claires-flair.com

Qoo10 Best Online Shopping Blog
mitsueki’s blog – http://www.mitsueki.wordpress.com

Singapore Blog Awards 2013 Main Categories Winners

The show continued with the main winners as follows:

Panasonic Best Photography Blog
Travelgraphy – http://travelgraphy.wordpress.com

Exabytes Best Individual Blog
Working With Grace – http://workingwithgrace.wordpress.com

Levi’s Best Fashion Blog
JustJaslin|Fashion Blogger – http://www.justjaslin.com

Nanyang Optical Best Lifestyle Blog
Scissors Paper Stone Blog – http://www.scissorspaperstoneblog.com

Best Family Blog
Sakura Haruka – http://www.sakuraharuka.com

Best Food Blog
Johor Kaki Food Guide – http://johorkaki.blogspot.sg

Best Travel Blog
蓝天白云数格子 – http://mylovelybluesky.com

Best What-The-Hell Blog
俊凭|一个声音部落格 – http://www.lonelyclass.com

Best V-log
ninjagirls.sg – http://www.youtube.com/user/ninjagirlsSG

Best Microblog
Spin or Bin Music – https://twitter.com/spinorbinmusic

 

The two Celebrity Blog/Microblog awards goes to:

Panasonic Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Blog/Microblog
Alien Huang 小鬼 – https://www.facebook.com/aes.alien

Panasonic Most Popular Local Celebrity Blog/Microblog
Jeanette Aw 欧萱 – http://www.facebook.com/xuantasy

 

Besides the numerous blog awards, there was also a Best Dress Award where contestants dressed up according to the theme 60s Fever.

Group Photo of the Winners

A final photo of all the winners of the night. Congrats to all the winners as well as all the bloggers selected to be in the top 10. Final thanks to OMY.sg for the invite. Hope to participate in this award show again in 2014.

For more photos from the event, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/chin/sets/72157634509634187/

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Canon ‘Be Festive Be Creative’ Workshop

L-R: Me, Ai Sakura and Joanne-Marie Sim

I was invited together with 10 other bloggers by Canon PIXMA and omy.sg to their “Be Festive, Be Creative” workshop where 30 parent-child pairs learned how to make festive-related 3D photo frames, party hats and a wall clock using Canon Creative Park.

Ice-breaker game of Rock, Paper and Scissors

Hosted by Joanne-Marie Sim and Ai Sakura, the kids quickly warmed up with a game of paper-scissors-stone using their hands and bodies to signify each item.

Parents and Kids showing of their 3D projects

Although tiring, the parents and kids definitely enjoyed their afternoon making handicrafts judging from their enthusiastic cheers and smiling faces at the group photo-taking sessions.

Credit: Photo via Kaman of kamanbaby.blogspot.sg

The blogger group also enjoyed ourselves thoroughly!

At the workshop, Canon also showcased 4 new printers as well as My Image Garden, Canon new image management software.

Canon PIXMA MG4270

  • WiFi, AirPrint, PIXMA Cloud Link, Auto Duplex Print, FastFront, Quiet Mode, My Image Garden software and Print – – Your Days software
  • Print Resolution: up to 4800 x 1200dpi, FINE cartridge
  • Print speed (4×6” photo): approx. 44sec (borderless)
  • Print Speed (document): approx. 5.7 ipm (colour) / approx. 9.9 ipm (B&W) Copy Speed: approx. 4.3ipm (colour)
  • Scan Resolution: 1200 x 2400dpi CIS
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): approx. 449 x 304 x 152mm

PIXMA MG4270

The PIXMA MG4270 offers an exciting array of features and functions that goes beyond expectations for a standard All-in-one Photo Printer

The printer WiFi connectivity via IEEE802.11b/g/n allows you to print photos or PDF documents wirelessly from your iOS or Android devices easily via AirPrint for iOS devices or Canon mobile printing app ‘Canon Easy-PhotoPrint’.

Using the new PIXMA Cloud Link, printing from our online photo albums is quick and easy. You can access your photos direct from the printers itself without the need for a PC. It also supports Google Cloud Print, which enables users to print Gmail messages or Google Docs from their smartphone or tablet.

The Full HD Movie Print feature lets you produce high quality photos straight from your home videos. Simply play and pause to capture any frame to print.

In addition to printing photographs, an easy PhotoPrint app now let you scan any image or document and send it to any smart phone or tablet device giving you flexibility when you need it most.

My Image Garden

My Image Garden is a new software from Canon which can help you in three different ways.

1. Organise
Launch My Image Garden from your desktop and it would find your photos for you. With the date stamps from your photos exif data, My Image Gardens will placed your photos into a calendar date view. From there you can categorise and organise your photos based on events.

2. Recognise
You can also organise your photos by person by using the face recognition feature which lets you simply organise the images on your computer by person. Once recognise you can made a priority list based on the faces on the people you print the most.

3. Personalise
My Image Garden also acts as a creative coach. The software offers creative template in various colour combination and patterns for your photos projects automatically. The software also includes Fun Filter Effect like ‘fish-eye’, miniature effect’, ‘toy camera effect’…etc, which you can apply to your images which could only be achieved by special lenses. The software also include simple image correction by using the Auto Photo Fix tool.

For Facebook users, Canon has also released Print Your Days, an app nested within Facebook to help users print Facebook photos of your friends and family. Print Your Days also help users create powerful collages using one of 24 background themes. Users can add text and fun photos effects.

https://www.facebook.com/CanonPrintYourDays

PIXMAtown
www.canon-asia.com/pixmatown

Imagine a place whee you are inspired by everything you see. That is life in PIXMAtown because you cannot help being creative. Download template and have fun with all sorts of crafts projects. Be inspired by contemporary artists. In PIXMAtown, you are part of a creative community.

Creative Park
http://www.canon.com/c-park/

Canon Creative Park

Creative Park can be access by everyone online and offers a library of projects to helps you create and presents, from invitations to amazing 3D paper models. Have endless fun making personalised gift or create amazing origami and 3D paper sculptures.

PIXMA owners can also access Creative Park Premium showcasing exclusive projects template, artwork and images from famous artists all for free. Catch a sneak peek of Canon Creative Park Premium here.
http://www.canon-asia.com/creativeparkpremium/

With My Image Garden and Creative Park, you can stop worrying about managing your photos but instead of how much fun you can have by Being Creative Because You Can.

Date Night @ Kinki

It was a hectic 3 weeks since the new year but manage to squeeze in a date night with Lynn sans Amber. I abhor to think that our last date night was in Oct 2010 and decided that we should do this more often; at least once a month.

I scoured the internet for the latest mentions in eating place and found Kinki; a Japanese restaurant with manga wall art that looks interesting enough for a date night and made reservations.

Kinki is located at Customs House which houses several eating places like the Oyster Bar, Sabai (Thai), Procacci (Italian) and Nueva Cuba, a favourite after work drinking place of the financial district executives. Kinki itself takes up two levels with the restaurant on the 2nd floor and a bar with DJ console on the roof terrace.

A large fish mural specially created by celebrity tattoo artist Chris Garver of Miami Ink greets you upon stepping into Kinki. Also eye-catching are two manga wall art of a sumo wrestler and a blue astro girl. All these took a back seat though to the magnificent view of the Marina waterfront with Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop.

Kinki serves traditional Japanese sashimis and sushis but their specialty is in their fusion makis and temakis. There is a hot section featuring items like the Pomegranate Miso Black Cod, Grilled Giant Prawns, Kurobuta Katsu, noodles and dons. Kinki also has an excellent drinks menu of champagne cocktails, vodka, sake martinis, and other sake-influenced cocktails.

Lynn and I tried some traditional sushis, a dragon maki, minced kurobuta katsu with apple curry sauce and seasonal vegetables as well as Kinki special seafood okonomiyaki. Being a traditional sushi type of guy, the traditional sushi here was below my expectations but the rest of the fusion food was excellent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr282SeIZHs

Although Kinki is not a place for serious Japanese food, I would recommend this place if you are looking for a night out with friends in a fun and party atmosphere, good cocktails and decent food for sharing.

More photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chin/sets/72157625917859318/

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
70 Collyer Quay
#02-02 Customs House
Singapore 049323
Tel: +65 6533 3471
http://www.kinki.com.sg

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 27 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 59 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 10th with 38 views. The most popular post that day was Truffs – The Chocolate Atelier.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were staff.tpjcian.net, facebook.com, amberchu.wordpress.com, linkvalidator.net, and fienchannel.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for petville, 8wire.org, petville on facebook, truffs, and how to stop live feed on facebook.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Truffs – The Chocolate Atelier June 2010

2

Fixing Facebook Live Feed October 2009
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3

Aiba Masaki’s Blood Type Experiment February 2010

4

PetVille December 2009

5

Pupsik Studio Baby Products October 2009
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Birthday Dinner

Simple food is comfort food. I had a meal of pork chops at Hougang 105 Hainanese Village Centre for my dinner. 2 slices of pork chops with crinkled cut thick fries and a side of coleslaw or baked beans. A bun was provided together with butter and everything was washed down with good ‘ole’ Sinalco.

For my birthday, I learnt it does not take much to make me a happy man. Birthdays need not be celebrated with friends partying; a simple sit down dinner with family and friends will do just fine.

Lucky for me, my birthday is followed by a public holiday and 2 days of weekends so there is still time for another good meal with Lynn; another date night perhaps.

Pork Chop Burger (Bun) - Everything just taste better with butter

Shout out to Linee, Thiam Yong and Anthony Butler who share the same birthday as me.

Hello Blog

It has been a long time the last time I blog. With Facebook and Twitter, traditional blogs is on the wane. Amber (my daughter) has also taken a large part of my time and with work, there has been getting less and less time for a proper blog post. I just finished reading Sunday papers.

Changes aplenty. I am getting fatter with almost no exercise and it has taken a toll on my favourite activity; photography. This week alone, I vow to wake up at 5.30am every morning to walk but till today I have not walk at all. I hope tomorrow would be a better day. I have made a pact to pay Lynn and my mom-in-law $2 for each weekdays I do not walk and in return they will pay me $2 for each day I do. So far, I am $16 in arrears.

Though my days seems to be caught up, I do try to make an effort to meet up with friends whenever I received an invite. 24seven new office opening and TYLER BBQ. I go because I want to keep some sanity of my life. I even found some time to join in some events like the 1st anniversary of Woods in the Book, a little shop that specialises  in picture books for both children and adults

I do not want to make this all about me. I am glad for my daughter, who has in no small way make me happy whenever I see her. I am glad that I am here to watch her grow up. People always say that one’s child is an extension of the parents. Its true. I wish we could be good role models for her in her growing years. I don’t profess to be perfect; just good old fashion values tempered with freedom of choice.

Till next time.

Birthday

Celebrated my birthday with a lunch at Sushi Nogawa with family and dinner with pals (22 years) at Seafood Paradise. Happiest day this year next to the birth of Amber.

Thanks also to friends for the many birthday wishes I have received throughout the day.