Singapore Blog Awards 2014: WINNERS!

Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners[Minister of State, Ms Sim Ann, taking a group 'wefie' with all the winners]

It was new faces galore at this year’s Singapore Blog Awards. Only one winner from last year’s Blog Awards won again this year. The rest of the winners in the 9 main categories seemed to be newbies or experienced bloggers who have not won previously.

And here are the 9 winners…

Judges’ Choice categories:

Best Family Blog: Mum in the Making

Best Fashion Blog: Shopping Queen’s Haven

Best Food Blog: Johor Kaki

Best Individual Blog: 女飞侠 (sent representative)

Best Lifestyle Blog: Smith’s Blog

Best New Blog: Travelled Paths

Best Photography Blog: 龟头部落 (sent representative)

Best Topical Blog: Seriously Man

Best Travel Blog: Allyoffduty

Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners

They will each receive a trophy, 5D4N trip to the Philippines, a pair of tickets to Alive Museum Singapore and hair care products.

My blogging mentee, Simon, won the Best New Blog award! :) Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners

{ Check out his blog at www.travelledpaths.com }

Another student of mine, Steven, who blogs at retiredowhat.com, is a finalist in the Best Individual Blog category.

I’m so proud of their achievements! Can’t wait to see them scale greater heights!

I’m looking forward to mentoring even more bloggers. It’s ‘achievement’ on yet another level for me. :)

21 Giveaway Winners! :D #BestGiveawayEver

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in the voting process for this year’s Singapore Blog Awards. On behalf of my students, Simon and Steven, I thank you! :)

This year, we have 21 prizes to reward those who have voted. Names were picked in a random draw, with those who voted more often given more chances to win. (Please note that all decisions are final, and no disputes will be entertained)

Some of you have sent in over 20 votes, and we are totally blown away by your overwhelming support. We have no fewer than 21 prizes to give away so, hopefully, your name is on this list:

(In no particular order)

 

Rilakkuma Giveaway: CinCin Chong

Mega Giveaway: Jamie Feng

Lego Friends Giveaway: Esther Chng

LINE Friends Giveaway: Eugene AND Evon Cheng

Barbie – Tennis Champion: Sarina Lim

Barbie – Track Champion: Rahama Tunnisa

Barbie – Gymnast Champion: Anna Adona

Barbie Glam Pool: Wen Hwei

Barbie Set of 3: Robert Sim

Novotel Seafood Buffet for 2: Tony Tan

Kenzo Fragrances: Janelle AND Joanna May

Sanyo Camcorder: Vincent Lee

Samsung Camera: Toh Pei Lin

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: Celyn Huang

Mystery Prizes: Neti Fashion, Teo Nguan Meng, Bea Danica, Jacelyn Tan AND Annabelle Tong

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To claim your prize: Send an email to voteforstevenlek@gmail.com and include these details
Email subject: [Your Name] + [Prize You Have Won] (e.g. Cin Cin – Rilakkuma Giveaway)
1) Name
2) Mobile Number
3) If you do not reside in Singapore, provide your mailing address (If you reside in Singapore, you’ll be invited to our prize presentation)
Your email must reach us by 9th August 2014, 23:59hrs. :)
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Once again, THANK YOU ALL for participating. I hope I have good news to share with all of you on 16th August 2014, after the Awards Ceremony for the Singapore Blog Awards 2014. :)

Make Your Blog An Award-Winning Blog: 1st Dec 2013

Singapore Blog Awards Trophy

It is one thing to win a blog award. It is quite another to help someone else get good enough to win a blog award.

This is the challenge I have thrown myself. :D

Today, 5 bloggers attended this workshop which have set them on the path to winning their first blog award. I’ll be with them the entire way and I’m sure that in 2014, I’ll be able to celebrate their wins with them. :)

What They Learnt Today:

1) What Is The SBA & Why Do People Bother?

2) Which Categories To Concentrate Your Efforts On?

3) Why Some Blogs Win Awards While Others Don’t

4) What To Do Between NOW And SBA 2014

What They Said After The Workshop:

“This workshop teaches me how to prepare for SBA 2014!”

“Good to know why and how those bloggers won this year!”

“Insightful tips!”

“Really awesome… and really worth the fees”

“Insider knowledge of what it takes to win!”

Singapore Blog Awards 2013 Winners

To find out more about upcoming workshops or to engage me for personal coaching, drop me an email at gracewwg [at] gmail [dot] com. :)

THANK YOU!

It’s pretty amazing how, before winning the award, I’d visualized the trophy sitting on a corner of my desk and how it now IS sitting prettily on that same corner of my desk. :)

I’d like to share with you what happened during those special moments after my name was announced on stage, and what’s going to happen next now that I’ve won the award…

I’ve already confessed right here on this blog that my nervousness was off-the-charts the week leading up to the awards ceremony. I love surprises but the anticipation really was killing me. I think I did alright after the emcee announced that I had won the award. Did not trip while getting onstage to collect the trophy (hur hur), smiled my best at the photographer, and got off stage…

Only to have tears well up in my eyes.

There would be a video interview right after each award recipient got off stage so on one hand, I wanted to cry a bucket’s worth of joyful tears but on the other hand, I had to hold myself together. I was staring at the ceiling the whole time, hoping gravity would help keep the tears from spilling out of my eyes. Janet from Omy gave me a tissue and helpfully suggested that I go freshen up in the washroom. :D

And the interview went well, I think. Though I have no idea when and where the video would be uploaded. :D

So, besides winning the uber-cool trophy, I have also gotten:

1) A $300 Exabytes voucher + 1 free Domain + a $200 Pebble Watch

2) A pair of Glossi sunglasses worth $280

3) A JBL On Tour Micro Speaker AND

4) A 9-day SPONSORED TRIP to Northern Territory, Australia in August!!!

I’m certainly looking forward to the trip with all the other Singapore Blog Awards 2013 winners! :)

And yes, I’ll definitely be back for more come Singapore Blog Awards 2014.

I’d already declared on Facebook that if I lost the award this year to any of the 3 cartoonist finalists (out of a total of 10 finalists) in my category, I’d start drawing cartoons come 2014. Thankfully, I can now spare everyone the horror of viewing my “artwork”. Hehe!

And coming up next:

1) My Book Launch – Just some final touches and my book should be ready for print. Exciting! It’s titled ‘Blogging for a Living’ and I think it’d be very useful for bloggers, people who work with bloggers, and anyone else who’s curious about whether bloggers actually make money and how they monetize their blogs.

2) Blogging Workshops! – I’ve actually taken a long hiatus from these as I have other projects I’m working on. But after winning the blog award, I have renewed confidence that what I have to share is going to be very helpful to those who attend my workshops. I’ll release the dates tomorrow so do watch out for the blogpost. :)

3) More interviews – This is what is unique about my blog so I WILL make it happen. I’ll be on the lookout for more interesting and inspiring people to feature here so stay tuned!

And finally, a big THANK YOU to…

1) My Creator. I don’t usually speak about my faith but trust me when I tell you I prayed really hard that I’d win the award! :D I have a little card I keep in my wallet that reads “Where the will of God leads you, the grace of God will keep you”. Amen.

2) My family, especially my dad – his interview helped me win the blog award :)

3) My fiance, who’s been by my side through my ups and downs, and topsy-turvy crazy blogger’s life.

4) My readers, fans, friends and all who cast their votes for me, a big big THANK YOU!

5) The hardworking Omy.sg team – Alvin, Janet, Ruilong, and everyone else.

6) All my interviewees. You guys make this blog special. I like eating the same food all the time so if I’d become a food blogger, this blog would receive a ‘flame’ award, not a blog award. I think it’s better off being an interview blog, with the occasional lifestyle post. ;)

Steve Jobs told us to “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” while one Facebook fan told me to “stay humble” and I replied with a “Why not stay awesome?”. So, here’s what I’d like to share with you…

Stay Humble, Stay Awesome! :D