Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards – NAPBAS 2011 recap

nuffnang asia pacific blog awards

I was one of the finalists for Best Lifestyle Blog at the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 – quite a mouthful so NAPBAS it shall be henceforth. I was at the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2009 in Singapore too – this is my second time here. It was held at Marriott Hotel in Putrajaya and I was stuck in traffic for almost 1 ½ hours. Nevertheless, here are the photos:

finalists

Finalists registration

linda

The nominees all got this flower thingy pinned on by Linda

best lifestyle blog sixthseal

There was a feature wall with all the finalists

nuffnang finalist

That’s mine – sixthseal.com

sixthseal nominee

#selfpimpage

mimi interview

There was an interview done by Mimi too

cindy sixthseal sara

Feeling blue – with Cindy and Sara

napbas board

Erm…

marriott putrajaya

The Marriott ballroom

performers

Performers!

pole dancing

Pole dancing!

Here’s a video of the pole dancers. Song: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These). They’ve got muscles on top of muscles to get a grip like that.

Mediterranean Seafood Terrine with Wasabi Tobiko Dressing

Mediterranean Seafood Terrine with Wasabi Tobiko Dressing on Crispy Lettuce

Puree of Split Pea Soup

Puree of Split Pea Soup with Herb Twist

Grape Sorbet with Fresh Mint

Grape Sorbet with Fresh Mint. I like.

Pistachio Crumbed Baked Chicken

Pistachio Crumbed Baked Chicken Supreme with Thyme Gravy. Should have gone with the fish.

tiramisu

Tiramisu in Chocolate Cup with Strawberry and Vanilla Sauce

harith iskandar

Harith Iskandar. I love his performance, had me in stitches.

cheesie ringo

Cheesie – winner of Best Fashion Blog

audrey fourfeetnine

Aud

sixthseal ky

KY

xiaxue sixthseal cheesie

Xiaxue and Cheesie – both who won awards

Here’s a video of the Best Lifestyle Blog nominees

vanessa nuffnang

Vanessa from Nuffnang Australia – best table ever ;)

napbas finalists

There’s too many photos will upload the rest on my recently created SixthSeal.com Facebook page but here’s a final shot of all the nominees on stage.

It was a great night and the after party at Zouk was awesome. Cheers Nuffnang! :)

I’M A FINALIST FOR BEST LIFESTYLE BLOG!

awesome

I got a phone call while I was sleeping just now.

Fresh: Did I wake you up?
Me: Yeah, but it’s okay. What’s up?
Fresh: I just want to tell you right….you’ve been selected as a finalist for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards in the Best Lifestyle Blog category.
Me: (stunned silence)
Me: REALLY??? OMG!!! FUCK!
Me: (incoherent happy blabber)
Fresh: Erm…that was not the reaction I expected.
Me: (continues blabbering happily)

…and then I dropped back to sleep coz I was volunteering for a soup kitchen till the wee hours of the morning last night.

soup kitchen

I don’t even know if I dreamt it at first when I woke up the second time. *inception music

I looked at my email and…

best lifestyle blog

YES, IT HAPPENED. :)

Thank you all for nominations everyone! You totally made my day, week and year. :D :D :D

I’ve been blogging for a long time now. I started in April 2002 back when I was studying in Melbourne. Why should you vote for me in the Best Lifestyle Blog category?

Well, I do a lot of crazy shit like the above and it’ll be nice to know that I’m risking arrest to provide you with quality content and my work is appreciated. smirk

Browse through the Best of sixthseal.com category and have a look around if you’re not familiar with my blog and if you like what you see, I’ll very appreciative if you could cast a vote for me.

vote

Two years ago, I sat #foreveralone at the tables while I watched the nominees win.

This year, I have a shot at going up on stage.

It is admittedly a long shot, but with your help, maybe, just maybe, I’ll be standing up there at the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011.

The voting period starts from 15th November and will end on the 27th November. I’m under the category Best Lifestyle Blog.

finalist

Vote for me please?

My Nuffnang Story

start

I started blogging really early. I started out way back in April 2002 when I was studying in Melbourne. There were only a couple of people blogging back then and it was still called a weblog and WordPress didn’t exist (needless to say Blogger).

melbourne

Anyway, back in those days, people didn’t exactly have a super fast connection but I did. I was using the university OC-12 line so I wanted to be the first weblog updated daily with photos. I moved to Movable Type a few months later for a better CMS. I lost my entire blog once but got it back thanks to David Hicks from Australia, who had saved a copy of it.

I lost all the previous comments during a disastrous server migration once. That’s the reason why there are no comments in the previous posts. I switched to WordPress recently and will be finishing my design soon – but hell, I’ve been saying that for ages. ;)

restart

My Nuffnang Story did not start until 2008. I just got out of rehab, started blogging again and saw that there were two Malaysian ad networks out there. I talked to Tim, who has a very sincere and personal touch, so I went exclusively Nuffnang.

nuffies

The first time I met the Nuffies (although I don’t know if that term existed then) was in August 2008. I went to KL for the Chelsea match and had dinner with them in Jalan Alor. It was great to meet the people I’ve only known over the net (I was working in Sibu) for the first time.

…fast forward three years

nuffnangers

I’ve been with Nuffnang for more than 3 years now and I have to say that it’s been a great time. I’ve been to a lot of their events and got to know all the Nuffies and fellow bloggers. It was still a small and close knit community about two years ago where you know everyone’s name.

Nuffnang, or rather, Nom Nom Media has grown by leaps and bounds since then with branches all over the world and sister companies like Churp Churp.

nuffnangers

The community has grown larger now and the first Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards was held in Singapore in 2009. I went and had a blast! It was a very grand event that honored bloggers who excelled in their respective fields.

rrma awards

I won my first (and I think only) award for my blog when I snagged the Red Ribbon Media Awards in 2004. I believe that was the first time blogs were actually recognized in Malaysia in mainstream high-profile events. I didn’t submit my blog and never even knew such an award existed and was pleased when MAC flew me down to KL and put me up in the Mandarin Oriental for the gala dinner.

certificate

I got a pewter bowl for winning in the category of Non-Traditional Media (Blogs) and RM 2,500. It was a lot of fun and I can see how having awards can make a blogger feel appreciated. *cough* HINT *cough*

The nominations for the second Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards is open now. If you wish to do so, you can nominate my blog – I don’t know which category I’ll fit in though. It certainly doesn’t quality for Most Original Blog Design. ;)

Which one do I like to think I’ll be categorized under? I’ll say Best Lifestyle Blog seems to be the most fitting one, although I’ve always harbored a secret desire to win the Best Travel Blog. Heh.

nuffnang blog awards

Anyway, the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards has always been a very exclusive event and if you want one of the 500 seats available for the dinner, here’s how you get it:

Step 1:
Choose one of your preferred options. 

OPTION A
a)    Write a blog post titled “My Nuffnang Story”.
b)    Tell us about your journey with Nuffnang – the fun times you had, the friends you’ve made; if you’re new to Nuffnang, you can write about the things you are looking forward to as a part of the community!
OPTION B
a)    Write a blog post titled “Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come”.
b)    Tell us the top 3 reasons why you want to attend the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011.

Step 2:
Your blog post must include information about the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards as below (can be re-written in your own words if you wish):

Come 16 December 2011, 500 bloggers from around the Asia-Pacific region will flock to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in Putrajaya Marriott. The Awards aims to not only honour the region’s best bloggers, but also to bring together blogger communities from across Asia-Pacific. The Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards is brought to you by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Marriott.

Step 3:
Head on over here to submit your details and permalink.

The best and most creative entries will win one of the 500 seats available! Most important of all, have fun writing the post coz that’s what blogging is all about.

blogging

I’ve always had fun writing on the blog. I used to have a category called The making of… which is a bit like the Bonus Features you’ll find in a DVD disc. You have to see it to believe it. Heh! I believe that blogging should be fun above anything else, so enjoy yourselves! :)

Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2009

Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2009

The first Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards was held on 23rd October 2009 at the Grand Ballroom of Pan Pacific Singapore. I just realized that I have too many photos to write in my usual verbose (some just call it long-winded) full-fledged event coverage style so:

Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards

Like a scrotum here it is in a nutshell! ;)

registration

Registration! Spot Carol (MY), Raine (SG) and Pinky (AU) behind the desk! Hanis (in white) was with me on the bus, thought I went on the wrong one.

jestina rina

Here’s Jestina and Rina behind the (very long) registration desk.

aussie

This is the Australian contingent at the wall where you can take photos courtesy of Canon.

aud

I always feel (slightly) better about my height when I stand next to Audrey. ;)

hat

I. Must. Resist. Pulling. Audrey’s. Tiny. White. Cap. Off.

tim

Tim and Ming with the rest of the Nuffies did a great job in pulling an event of this scale off.

jestinas

Two Jestinas!

xiaxue

I also met XiaXue who snagged 3 (!!!) awards that night. We don’t exactly see eye to eye on some issues e.g. substances, so barbed remarks were occasionally exchanged (to be fair I started it first – I think) but seeing her in real life suggests she’s an alright person.

The stage is set…and the Grand Ballroom slowly fills up.

sweets

I love these custom made Nuffnang APAC Blog Award candy – it comes with three varients: I (heart) blogging, NN Blog Awards, and the Nuffnang logo.

cheesie

Cheesie’s reaction after I politely put forth the suggestion of using Cheddie as an ingredient in a cooking experiment.

Hot bread rolls and butter

Hot bread rolls and butter

Marinated Smoked Tuna with Feta, Herb Salad and Balsamic Olive Oil

Marinated Smoked Tuna with Feta, Herb Salad and Balsamic Olive Oil

Light Cream of Asparagus and Green Peas topped with a Chive Mousseline

Light Cream of Asparagus and Green Peas topped with a Chive Mousseline

Rosemary Marinated Chicken Breast with Saffron Cheesy Mash Potato and Balsamic Reduction Mediterranean Vegetable in Mango Coriander Salsa Sauce

Rosemary Marinated Chicken Breast with Saffron Cheesy Mash Potato and Balsamic Reduction Mediterranean Vegetable in Mango Coriander Salsa Sauce

Praline Hazelnut Gateau with Raspberry Jelly

Praline Hazelnut Gateau with Raspberry Jelly

Camwhoring with:

tzia

Tzia

vivien

Vivien

karen

Karen

michelle

Michelle

ning

Ning

zeus

Zues

jolene

Jolene

photos

Natalie. The sheer amount of photos here will probably rape your bandwidth…

clipboard

I really like this photo. Haha! Nice pose there, Jestina.

wei zhi

Wei Zhi

carol

Carol

nicholas

Nicholas

cheng leong

Cheng Leong

jolyn

Jolyn

nara

Nara

jojo

Doing the attitude pose with Jojo!

nuffies

It was an awesome night. Here’s to Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2010! =D

Indulge in the Uniquely Singapore experience

One night in Singapore and the world’s your oyster!

singapore-night

Singapore…the Sin City (used fondly in this context of course). Oh, let me enthuse how many reasons I love you, and your rich blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture (okay, I just copy and pasted that but it doesn’t mean I don’t love our neighbors down under!)

I’ve been to Singapore a few times, and I have had one memorable experience as a kid where all the hotels were fully booked and my dad was trying to get a roof over our heads. Most of the Singaporean hotel receptionists were rude and downright fucking condescending to Malaysian tourists (we’re like 10th rate travelers to them or something) back then. My dad, being the head of the family slogged on to hotel after hotel with us trudging along behind him.

singapore

I am sad to report that being young (was 10 at the time) and not fully appreciative of my dad’s efforts, I snapped at him for not having the foresight to book a hotel beforehand. My dad took it in his usual stoic stride. He didn’t say anything. You know how many years back that was? 18 years, my friends.

I still remember it and feel guilty about it coz my dad is a really solid all around nice guy.

However, the thing I remember the most was the patronizing tone the Singaporean hotel receptionists took to my dad and to this day I feel like choking them and their holier than thou attitude. It’s like they feel they’re part of a higher purpose, riding on their high horses, and generally acting like the fucking smiting left hand of God.

singapore-esplanade

However, with age, I’ve come to accept that not all Singaporeans are like that, so here’s your chance to prove me wrong okay? ;)

I’ll love to go to Singapore on a one day itinerary as listed below:

0900 hours

roti-prata

I shall be waking up (grudgingly dammit) and head out for some roti prata.

1000 hours

geylang

With some food in the tummy, it’s time to hit…erm, Geylang can? :p

1200 hours

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I know the math doesn’t work here, but hell, if I decide to spend 2 hours sightseeing in the famed street, who’s gonna stop me? :p

Next up: Chilli crab lunch!

1230 hours

chilli-crab

I’m going to the famous Long Beach restaurant for chilli crabs! I’ve got something else planned for dinner so I’m going to eat this (and black pepper crabs) for lunch instead!

1400 hours

Clarke-Quay

After a nice, leisurely lunch where I eat at least 6 crabs, it’s time to churn the undigested food at the reverse bungee at Clarke Quay! G-MAX is supposed to be the ultimate reverse bungee, and having tried the one in Sunway as well as the real thing, I feel it’s my duty to see how this measures up.

1500 hours

sentosa

Okay, now we’ve come to a crossroad. Difficult decisions to be made and what not. Do I do the tourist thing and head to Sentosa? Or do I go to St John’s Island instead? Well, since I’m alone in this scenario, I’ll head to Sentosa. St John’s Island would be ideal with a loved one though.

sentosa-luge

Sentosa would take up most of the afternoon so after all the rides and attractions over there, it’ll be time for…DINNER!

1900 hours

singapore-flyer

I’ll be going for the world’s first full butler service sky dining experience on the Singapore Flyer! I’ve never been on the Singapore Flyer before so it’ll be fun…besides they have bottles of wine and champagne upon request.

2000 hours

Orchard-Road

This is the time to head to Orchard Road to do some shopping before painting the town red. I remember buying some great He-Man toys here as a kid. I think my tastes have evolved but Orchard Road has evolved with me so I’m sure I can get some fine looking threads for the next destination. ;)

2200 hours

zouk

Zouk! One People, One Tribe, One Dance, 1Malaysia(n). It’s practically an institution so not hitting this club would be akin to going to Egypt and not visit the pyramids, going to Paris and bypassing the Eiffel Tower, going to Rome and…well, you catch my drift.

zouk-singapore

Open till late so I’m going to drink, party, dance and see if I get lucky. ;)

Photos stolen from too many sources to list via Google Images.

Indulge in the Uniquely Singapore experience!

Its Krrunch Time, Get Playful

Remember the good old days as a kid when you had to actually WAIT by the house phone to get calls and “mobile phones” were the size of a car battery?

old mobile phone

Cell phones, the Internet, (insert 21st century invention) has made everything a lil’ bit impersonal, but I bet our grandparents said the very same thing about the 19th century too. ;)

Now think back to when you were a little kid, doing stuff kids back then do, like talking to your sister in the other room with good old string and paper cups.

paper cup telephone

Yes, I got along better with my sis when we were kids.

I kinda miss that bit.

I happen to live in an apartment that is chock full of students and I can hear distinctively female voices coming from the next unit (that is apparently the master bedroom shared by at least four girls, or so I deduce) which is separated from my bedroom by a 1 foot thick wall.

It’s really hard for me to sleep at night so I like to turn off the monitor, lie there in the dark and think.

One day I had this bright idea to recreate the chatting escapades of my youth. You know how every little project is Krrunch when you’re a kid with a hyperactive imagination? I wanted to recreate the innocence of childhood too. I decided to make PCTN (Paper Cup Telephone a.k.a. two cups and a string) with Pringles cans!

Its Krrunch Time, Get Playful

You will need:
Two (2) Pringles cans
String
Needles

1. Eat the Pringles.
2. Thread the string through the needle and use it to pierce the bottom of the empty Pringles can and knot it.
3. Repeat with the other Pringles can.

pringles convert

Now for this to work the string must be taut and in a straight line so some improvisations in posture might be necessary.

I dangled one side out of the window, and hollered at my neighbors to pick it up.

pringles listening

They didn’t. I have no doubt there was much talk that night about the “crazy guy next door”.

It’s Krrunch Time, Get Playful!

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