Singapore Blog Awards 2015 at F.Club Singapore

Thank you Omy.sg for the invitation to Singapore Blog Awards 2015 at F.Club Singapore on 23 July 2015. 

Interior of F.Club Singapore

This event was grace by Ms Low Yen Ling, Mayor of South West CDC.

This event was hosted by Xiaozhu, DJ from 100.3FM. – https://www.facebook.com/1003pig

Here’s the list of the following winners for the different categories:

For the voting categories:

  1. Favorite Local Celebrity Instagram

    Congrats to Jeanette Aw Xuan, one of my favourite local artistes! Visit her instagram – https://instagram.com/jeanetteaw_xuan/ for updates!

  2. Favourite Overseas Celebrity Instagram Winners

    Congrats to Choi Siwon 崔始源 from 슈퍼주니어Syupeo Junieo Super Junior.Do catch his upcoming cycling movie starring together with Eddie Pang in local Cinemas!

  3. Favourite Twitter Influencer: 

    Congrats to Our Prime Minister – PM Lee. Visit his Twitter: www.twitter.com/leehsienloong

  4. Favourite Youtube Channel:

    Congrats to Wahbanana! Visit the videos at www.youtube.com/user/wahbanana

Special Awards sponsored by Panasonic:

  1. Best Beauty Blog Winner:

    Congrats to Fiona Seah! Do visit fionaseah.com for her beauty updates!

  2. Most Popular Beauty Blog winner: 

    Congrats to Cheryl Chio! Do visit beautifulbun.wordpress.com for her beauty updates!

  3. Best Cooking and Most Popular Cooking Blog 

    Congrats to Diana Gale for being a dual winner for the cooking blog category! Do visit her blog at thedomesticgoddesswannabe.com for cooking tips!

10 Most Popular Blogs (based on public voting):

They are:

  1. Johor Kaki Food and Travel – Johor Kaki
  2. Bumble Bee Mum – Bumble Bee Mum
  3. A happy Mum – Summer Goh
  4. Mum in the Making – Mama J
  5. Little Miss Bento – Shirley Wong
  6. Life’s Tiny Miracles – Angie and David
  7. 小熊物语-阿宝的日记 – Ah Pou (阿宝)
  8. McDonald’s Around the World – TravellingMcDs
  9. theRantingPanda – theRantingPanda
  10. SG Unfit Runners – SG Unfit Runners

Judges Choices for the 9 Blog Categories:

  1. Best Family Blog Winner:

    Rascal Dads | 流氓老爸 – Darren How / Victor Tai  

  2. Best Fashion Blog Winner:

    ULIMALI – Uli 

  3. Best Food Blog Winner:

    Ms Skinnyfat – Ms Skinnyfat 

  4. Best Health & Wellness Blog Winner:

    PrisChew Dot Com – Pris Chew 

  5. Best Individual Blog Winner:

    @Filmnomenon [Reviews by Eternality Tan] – Eternality Tan 

  6. Best Lifestyle Blog Winner:

    It’s all about valyn – Valyn Lim 

  7. Best New Blog Winner:

    Kat Eyes – Kat Eyes

  8. Best Topical Blog Winner:

    Little Miss Bento – Shirley Wong 

  9. Best Travel Blog Winner:

    Pohtecktoes – Traveling in the Moment – Pohtecktoes 

Best Dress Contest – The contestants Group picture:

Featuring: Ah Gong and Ah Ma, Smith (dressed up with his labcoat), Ninja Girls and the lovely couple

The winner is …. Ah Gong and Ah Ma! (Sorry for the poor pictures taken!)

Left part of my trail for Omy Singapore Blog Award 2015!

Overview of this event: I would say that nowadays blogs are getting more and more interactive with more micro-updates from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It is interesting to read blogs with links, photos and limited words and even more creative. It will be more and more competitive and difficult for the bloggers to get blog awards. I can see how much effort many of these finalists and winners for writing wonderful posts that brighten up our lives! Well done, every bloggers! Continue the good work! 

Visit F.Club Singapore facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/f.clubSG for more events in F.Club Singapore.

For the updates on SG Blog Awards 2015, please visit http://sgblogawards.omy.sg/2015/whats-on/ for more information and updates!

Free Cooking Demo at Panasonic Event Hall on 20 June 2015

Thank you Omy.sg and Panasonic for the invitation for Free Cooking demo at Panasonic Event Hall on 20 June 2015. This event was hosted by Joanne Marie Sim and Chef – Madam Theresa Wong.It was a wonderful experience as many people and I saw the wonders of how Panasonic blender, bread maker and multi-purpose oven can make different dishes just by pressing the right buttons on these appliances. Some of them volunteered to be involved to make some of the dishes together with Mdm Wong..

Madam Theresa Wong uses these appliances to prepare nice dishes as simple as ABC. Just remember to use the right buttons, right timing and right functions and voila – nice dishes on the table.

The past – people had to use mortar and pestle to grind spices and prepare dishes (as seen from The Little Nyonya drama featuring Jeanette Aw). A lot of time and effort was needed to prepare nice food and dishes on the table then. Now times are very different. Mdm Wong would show us how to cook smart with a few dishes.

Above picture: My home mortar without pestle.

The Multi-function Panasonic Bread Maker – SD-P104

The 3-in-1 Panasonic Blender

Panasonic Multi-function Inverter Oven

Have you even heard Panasonic Bread Make SD-P104 can make delicious Kaya paste besides making bread? I never heard that a simple bread maker can make Kaya. In the olden days, people have to pound and stir very hard to make delicious food. I never taste homemade Kaya despite I love Kaya spread very much.

1st Dish: Kaya Spread

The blender and the bread maker were used in the production of kaya spread.

Have you see different types of kaya before in the market? Most of the kaya i seen are green while a few of them – in brown colour.

The degree of green for the kaya depends on how much pandan flavoring is used, If it is not used, it will be more brown in colour.

Sieving before putting the kaya “solution” into the breadmaker.

Programme number 12 is used for Kaya making. Madam Wong mentioned that while the bread mixer’s churning for the formation of kaya, she had to open up the lid and stir the kaya “solution.

After 90 minutes of stirring and here’s the end product from the bread maker. It looks more like green coloured coconut scamble egg right?

Madam Wong’s doing some magic using Panasonic Blender to make the kaya into a smooth paste.

Now it looked more like a real kaya to me….

Time to take a sample of homemade Kaya spread on home-made bread… Yummy

Homemade Kaya… Nice.

I got a small jar of Kaya to try. Homemade kaya must be kept in the fridge as soon as possible to last for 1-2 weeks time. If not, it has to be consumed within 1 day.

2nd Dish – Home made bread

Adding yeast after churning the dough for some time. You can also add ingredients into the square box section for this breadmaker. Programme number 2 was used for breadmaking.

It can be preset for up to 13 hours for the breadmaking if no eggs are used for the bread.

End product: Homemade bread (cut into smaller pieces)

3rd Dish: Herbal Steamed Chicken (using Oven)

Preparation of Chicken:

The Chinese herbs (Wolfberry aka Gou Qi Zi, Danggui, Orange peel and etc) can be purchased from supermarket and brew/Steam the chicken. The herbs were soaked beforehand and used for enhance the chicken taste while steaming the chicken.

Wrapping up the chicken with foil.

Chicken has to be steamed for at least 1hour. If you want a softer chicken, steam for 90 minutes.

Volunteer – helping to preset the steam time to 1st 30 minutes for the chicken. Water had to be added before steaming the chicken and top up more water after 30 minutes of steaming and resume the last 30minutes of steaming for the chicken.

End product after 1 hour of steaming:

Verdict: Soft, nice and the chicken does not taste spicy. With the Chinese Herbs, I could taste the sweet taste from the soup.

4th Dish: Steamed Yam Cake

Preparing Yam Cake with diced yam, pumpkin (without removing its skin).

Mdm Wong used the oven to fry the shallots, dry prawns and Chinese sausage.

Usage of oil to fry the scallops using Panasonic Inverter Oven – End product:

Usage of Panasonic Inverter Oven for making dried shrimp crispier:

Time to steam the yam and pumpkin to soften them before steaming for about 6minutes..

Then pour out all the ingredient onto the metal plate for 30minutes of steaming. (water will be added to the oven for steaming)

End product after 30 minutes of steaming:

Usage of spring onions and sliced chilli for decoration on Yam cake (to make it more colourful):

Voila – a more colourful steamed yam cake!

Last dish: Steamed Tapioca with Grated Coconut

Just pour in the right amount of ingredients and water, use the blender to mix well

Ready to be steamed on a pan… with Panasonic Inverter Oven.

End product for Steam Tapioca Kueh coated with Grated Coconut. Yummy.

Are you quite surprised that these 3 Panasonic appliances can help to whip up nice dishes and meals? Panasonic bread maker also have quite a number of functions such as making chocolates, adding ham, raisins into the bread dough, setting timer mode up to 13 hours. Panasonic blender can detached with whisp, blender. Panasonic oven can be used for steaming, microwave, heat up food, “fry” items. Isn’t it wonderful to cook smart with these Panasonic appliances?

Do visit https://www.facebook.com/sgpanasonic for more updates on the latest Panasonic Singapore posts and updates!

From now till 6 July 2015, do remember to cast your votes for your favourite cooking and beauty blogs viahttps://apps.facebook.com/panasonic_sg_vote/ to win fantastic prizes!‪ #‎omySBA2015‬ #sgPanasonic

Singapore Blog Awards 2012 @ Singapore Flyer – The Singapore Food Trail

What ‘s going on with this strong tremor here?


What is going on with this electrolyte blast? Ouch. Who is fighting?

Oh, This is the 5th Singapore Blog Awards 2012.  Guess the finalists were fighting with each other to be the winner in the categories they were in.

This’s the 1st time held at Singapore Flyer, the Singapore Food Trail area, with its theme – Superhero. Thank you Omy.sg for the wonderful invitation to this event.

I should have worn this green shirt to the event since it is relevant to the theme. But I did not have the time to change to that. Don’t you think so?

Yes, it’s Green Lantern, if you do read superhero comics.

OR wear something like this?

A picture of me during my company’s Dinner & Dance – I was wearing all in black.

I was wearing black for the theme – Heroes & Villains during dinner & dance then.

For this year’s Singapore Blog Awards – a total of 15 award categories (2 celebrity, 3 special, 10 main) + 5 super blogger awards were given out. This event was grace by Singapore’s current education minister  – Mr Heng Swee Kiat as the Guest of honor.

Can you see there’s some televisions at the venue? It’s from Panasonic.

1st up, super blogger awards to be given out. There were 5 bloggers who were given the honour of the title – Super blogger award. The 5 special recipients are: –

1. Peter Breitkreutz (also known as Aussie Pete) and he was the winner of Best What-the-hell blog for 2010 and 2011 Singapore Blog awards
Blogsite: http://www.aussiepete.com

2. Catherine Ling, who is known for her famous food blog and she was the winner of best food blog for 2010 Singapore Blog awards
Her blogsite: http://camerberu.com

3. Goh Yong Wei, a 20-year old guy who is a singer/songwriter, producer and film-maker. He was a contestant who took part in Guiness Live Competition under team dragonfly.
His blogsite: http://donotfeed-dieting.blogspot.com

4. Eunice Khong, a travel blogger and she was the winner of 2008’s best travel blog for Singapore Blog awards.
Her blogsite: http://travelfolio.com

5. Christine Ng, a model, a host and a writer. She has some interesting insights & bares her soul on her blog.
Her blogsite: http://chrispytine.blogspot.com

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Now. it’s time for prize presentation for the 15 categories. The results depends professional judging and public online voting. I did vote for some of the winners of 2012 Singapore Blog awards. 1 of them is none other than Jeanette Aw.

Special Category:

1.  GMARKET – BEST ONLINE SHOPPING BLOG
Winner: Kevin Soh (Double-Image)
http://www.double-image.blogspot.com

2.MARY CHIA – BEST BEAUTY BLOG
Winner: Elrica (Pinkbuble In Da House)
http://pink-buble.blogspot.com

3.ST701 BEST BLOGSHOP
Winner: Caren – CaraMabes
Blogsite: http://CaraMabes.com

Celebrity Category

1. PANASONIC 最受欢迎海外名人部落格/微博
PANASONIC MOST POPULAR OVERSEAS CELEBRITY BLOG/MICROBLOG
Winner: Alien Huang 小鬼(黄鸿升)
http://www.weibo.com/alien3647

Yes people have seen him more frequently on Singapore TV screens and movie screens since last year in Singapore as he was filming a movie with multi-talented Michelle Chong and TV serials Joys with Life as Chew Chor Meng’s son. With his higher exposure in Singapore media market, his popularity in Singapore has risen. Thus congrats to him for getting this award.

2. PANASONIC 最受欢迎本地名人部落格/微博
PANASONIC MOST POPULAR LOCAL CELEBRITY BLOG/MICROBLOG
Winner: Jeanette Aw 欧萱
Blogsite: http://blog.sina.com.cn/xuantasy

Yes, I voted for her and indeed she won. She’s none other than Jeanette Aw, who won this award for 5th consecutive year since the 1st Singapore Blog Awards. Her blogposts are quite good & reflective. She writes in both chinese & english on her blog. Congrats to Jeanette Aw.
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10 Main Categories Winner list

1.PANASONIC ECO 最佳生活资讯部落格
PANASONIC ECO BEST LIFESTYLE BLOG
Winner: Leo – Spin or Bin Music
http://www.spinorbinmusic.com

2.PANASONIC ECO 最佳摄影部落格
PANASONIC ECO BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
Winner: Jerome Lim – The Long and Winding Road
Blogsite: http://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com

I still enjoy reading his blog as well as his photographs on Singapore. It’s quite insightful as well. He was 2011 Singapore Blog Awards – Best Photography blog winner too.

3.PANASONIC 部落Y格斗 PANASONIC BEST Y-BLOGGIST
Winner: Joey Ong Jia Hui – I-IS-JONG
Blogsite: http://iisjong.blogspot.com

4.CASIO SHEEN 最佳时尚部落格 CASIO SHEEN BEST FASHION BLOG
Winner: Valyn lim – It’s all about valyn
Blogsite: http://valynlim.blogspot.com

She was the 2011 winner of Singapore Blog Awards – Best fashion blog and this is her consecutive win. Congrats.

5.DOMINO’S 最佳美食部落格 DOMINO’S BEST FOOD BLOG
Winner: Zhou Yiwei
Foodeology | 为食主义
Blogsite: http://www.foodeology.com

She was the 2011 winner for Singapore Blog Awards – Best food blog. This is her consecutive win.

6.SOLD.SG 最不可思议部落格 SOLD.SG BEST WHAT-THE-HELL BLOG
Winner: 俊凭 | 寂寞老师 – 俊凭 | 一个声音部落格
http://www.lonelyclass.com

7.最具个人特色部落格 BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG
Winner: F@N – 范的涂鸦空间
Blogsite: http://www.fanqh.blogspot.com

8.最佳旅游部落格 – BEST TRAVEL BLOG
Winner: 少俊 – 潇洒走一回
Blogsite: http://xiaosaujun.blogspot.com

9.最佳家庭部落格
BEST FAMILY BLOG
Winner: Leonny – Our Everyday Things
Blogsite: http://www.oureverydaythings.com

10.最佳视频部落格 BEST V-LOG
DrJiajia & BigBro – DrJiajia & BigBro
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/liangjiasun

Dr Jia Jia and Big bro are the youngest blog winners for this year’s Singapore Blog awards 2012. They are brothers.

All the super bloggers as well as winners from the 3 special categories and 10 main categories have the honour of riding Singapore Flyer with Mr Heng Swee Kiat. Don’t you think we can use different modes of social media to express ourselves?

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Up next, there’s a best costume competition. Of course, it’s related to the theme of this event – Superpower!

Picture from Singapore Blog Awards Facebook page

There are 6 contestants for the best costume. Cat Woman, Batman with his specs and poison ivy.

Image taken from Singapore Blog Awards website

The Joker, The Loki and a female superhero (standing next to Loki) took part in this contest. So guess who is the winner? This character used to appear in 1 part of the franchise of the superhero movie. Can you guess who is the winner?

Taken from Singapore Blog Awards website

Haha – it’s the Joker! Congrats!

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Anyway, since this event was held at The Singapore Food Trail, of course, I must intro to what was on the food menu!

Drinks – Sugar cane juice (serve in plastic cups or mugs in the olden days in around 1960s)

Here’s my lunch – Ang Mo Kio Yong Heng Fried Baby Squid Hokkien Mee 麵建福仔東蘇炒興永桥茂宏, Satay from Alhambra Satay Club, Fried Carrot Cake from Changi Village Mei Xiang stall ( but it was well camourflage by the food), Chicken meat from Bugis Street Ah Huat Hainanese Chicken Rice 白沙浮阿发海南鸡饭, and satay beehoon from Old Airport Road stall there. 

Rojak (Youtiao with pineapple & special sauce) and meatball soup from Bedok stall there, bak kut teh from Sin Ming Road Rong Chen Bak Kut Teh 新明路榕城肉骨茶, fried oysters from Katong Keah and Chinatown Ann Chin popiah (the view was blocked by the pots).

So people do not need to purposely travel all over Singapore (from Changi Village to Bedok to Ang Mo Kio) just to have good food. Just come to Singapore Flyer – The Singapore Food Trail and you can enjoy a variety of nice tasting food at 1 place. 

Well, I am looking forward for the 6th Singapore Blog Awards next year! See ya!

2011 Singapore Blog Awards – History gets Social

I’ve attended 2011 Singapore Blog Awards (新加坡部落格大奖) at Shanghai Dolly (near River Valley Road in Clarke Quay area) on 23 July 2011. I was happy to attend this event as I never expect that History gets Social??? This was the 4th year Omy.sg organised awards for bloggers.

This event was graced by our Acting Minister of Community, Youth and Sports – Mr Chan Chun Sing as the Guest of Honour for 2011 Singapore Blog Awards.

Great food and drinks were served while waiting for the show to start as well as listening to great music. Haha. Domino pizza’s on the house too as they are the sponsors for this event. I took a can of Zesta (gives me energy to last till the night since I had to attend Singapore Heritage Fest concert at Fort Canning Green after the Singapore Blog Award).

Although I am not nominated for any of the categories, but I did vote for people for all the categories. I will not tell you who I voted except that I did vote for Jeanette Aw and S.H.E. I also had a short chat with Mr Chan Chun Sing during this event too.

There were judging criteria for most of the blog categories as well as public online voting too. A total of 16 categories for this year’s blog awards. 4 special categories (70% by judging + 30% public votes) + 2 Celebrity categories (100% Public votes) + 10 main catergories (70% by judging + 30% public votes).

Results of the 4 special categories:

1. ASUS Best Tech Blog 2011 Winner – Elaine Chua (Write on Write)

2. Adonis Best Beauty Blog 2011 Winner: Moonberry (Moonberry)

3. Deal.com.sg Best Shopping Blog 2011 Winner: Darren Ang  (Darren Bloggie)

4. HTC Best Mobile Blog  2011 Winner: Kevin Soh (Double Image)

There were 2 of the celebrities’ blog categories – 1 is for local artiste and the other is for the overseas artiste. The results were announced before 2011 Singapore blog awards.

Here’s the results of the 2 most popular Celebrity blogs:

1. HTC最受欢迎海外名人部落格/微博, HTC Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Blog/Microblog 2011 Winner: S.H.E Hebe

2. HTC Most Popular Local Celebrity Blog/Microblog 2011 Winner: Jeanette Aw

Then all of us watched a skit on History gets Social. This shit is about Historical characters using technology and social tools to get social. It was quite an interesting shit. Sang Nila Utama and his assistant using HTC mobile phone application to navigate direction. Then his assistant using ASUS lab top to surf facebook. Beside that, Sir Stamford Raffles, Chinese Emperor and Hitler came into the picture too. With a “beauty” (Acted by Abigail Chay) bringing in Domino’s Pizza.

After the skit, it’s time to give out prizes for the winners of the 10 main categories… Winners will receive a trophy that was designed by Mr Tan Swee Hie as well as a trip to Melbourne. So cool right?

Results of the 10 Main categories for 2011 Singapore Blog awards:

1. Best Individual Blog 2011 Winner: Ah Pou (小熊物语-阿宝的日记)

2. Getyoursexyback (GYSB) Best Lifestyle Blog 2011 Winner:  Bing – Story of Bing 

3. Best What-the-Hell blog 2011 Winner: Aussie Pete – Aussie Pete.Com

4. Domino Best Food Blog 2011 Winner: Foodeology by Yiwei

5. Best Photography Blog 2011 Winner: Jerome Lim (The long and Winding Road)

I like to read his blogs on his KTM train adventures. It’s very interesting and makes people keen to come back to read on KTM trains.

6. Best Y-bloggist 2011 Winner: Kirsten Han (Funny Little World)

7. Best Family Blog 2011 Winner: Daphne Ling (Mother Inc)

8. Best Fashion Blog 2011 Winner: Valyn Lim (it’s all about valyn)

9. Best Travel Bog 2011 Winner: MSKY (mskydream.com)

10. Best integrated social Media Blog 2011 Winner: Eric Lim (the real Eric Lim)

Of course it’s not over yet. There’s a costume contest too for those who dresses up according to the theme. 2Cleopatras, Pocahontas (Clara), Liang Po Po (Mint), Shepard and his wife (Leony), Alexander McQueen (Eric Lim), Oversized Dick Lee (Yong Wei), Black lips guy with long fringe (Marilyn Manson) and Michael Jackson (by Steven Lim, the guy who stripped off part of his clothes for Singapore Idol 1 audition)

Of course, I got a chance to vote for 1 female and 1 male for the best dressed award. Congrats to Liang Po Po and Alexander McQueen for winning the Best Dressed award.

After that, it’s the LUCKY Draw. I did not win anything from the lucky draw but what I won was the fun and excitement from the event.

After that, I received my goodie bag from Omy. Haha. Here’s what I got…

Some vouchers from Rochester and GetSingapore.sg, Adonis Product Pamplet, Badges (1 from Youth.sg and 1 from Omy.sg on History get Social), Green Hornet Pouch and X-Men: First Class Glass. Domino’s Pizza was the sponsor of Green Hornet and X-Men: First Class movie as well as the Singapore Blog Awards.

Cannot wait to use the glass for my drinks!

Thank you Omy.sg for the invitation to such a great event and I did enjoyed myself too!

Here’s the links to the Highlights of Singapore Blog Awards on Omy.sg:

博客大玩历史主题 “梁婆婆”现身部落格大奖
Hope you all enjoy! =)

NEA Eco Music Challenge Showcase @ Timbre

Thank you NEA Singapore and Omy.sg for the invite to NEA Eco Music Challenge Showcase @ Timbre on 1 June 2011. I invited my sister to attend the event along with me.

So, What is Eco Music Challenge?
Eco Music Challenge is an online song-writing competition organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA) for talented and passionate individuals to express their appreciation and support for our beautiful environment through music. This activity was met with great success during its first season last year and this year, the Challenge is back with Season 2, and participants can get a shot at fame as they sing and write their way to a cleaner, greener Singapore!

It’s a great pleasure to listen to great works of some of the NEA Eco music challenge 2010 participants. This event is hosted by Dasmond Koh. I also saw some familiar faces – Mr Clement Chow and some of the Campus Superstar season 2 participants – Shawn Tok and Seah Hui Xian.

What to know is Mr Clement Chow? Yes, he sung this song – Let’s make our world a Beautiful home for Clean and Green Singapore. He is one of the judges for NEA Eco Music Challenge 2011.

While waiting for the showcase to start, my sis and I took some refreshments and watched the video on NEA Eco Challenge 2010 on the TV screen.The food was great and I do like it.

There are performances by 4 of the last year’s NEA Eco Music Challenge participants. They are Kaye Chia, Lim Yin Liang, Haramain Osman and Daniel Teng.

1st up, Haramain Osman singing his song Heaven on Earth (not the Clean and Green 2011 theme song). It is a song with a upbeat melody to encourage clean and green environment.

Next, Kaye Chia from SP with her SP band, performed her Chinese Rock Song -点亮梦 (Light Up Dream). Very rock. I did not expect that rock can be infused into eco-related song. Very nice and rockish.

3rd to perform was Daniel Teng with his friend Jon. They sang “The Earth is a friend of mine”. Daniel insisted to perform together with his friend, which I agreed. Their voices blended beautifully into this song. Well done.

During the midst of the performances, there are some simple questions for the audience to answer. Some are simple while some are not. During the quiz break, I enjoyed the pastry with my sister and took some drinks to quench thirst.

After that, Lim Yin Liang from SP with his SP band, performed a song called 我的世界(My World). Quite a nice song with some sad tune.

Of course if you wish to listen to their songs, you can visit NEA Eco Music Challenge Season1 Jukebox to listen to part of their song.

Finally, it’s Jill-Marie Thomas’ turn to perform!

Jill-Marie Thomas was the winner of OMG (One Moment of Glory). She performed 2 numbers – Clean and Green 2011 Theme Song – Heaven on Earth (by Kathryn Cheng and Rafaee Mahmood) as well as cover of Katy Perry’s song  -Fireworks (I love this song very much as mentioned on 1 of my blog posts).

Here’s a video of Jill-Marie Thomas singing the Clean and Green 2011 Theme Song – Heaven on Earth.

Here’s the original version (90sec commercial version that we watched on TV)

When I listened to Clean and Green 2011 Theme Song – Heaven on Earth, the melody is very calming for the verse and then become more sadder melody for the chorus to make people reflect on what is happening to the Earth. And with the meaningful lyrics for the song – it really brings out the whole song.

It is also a great pleasure to have NEA Eco Music Challenge 2011 poster girl – Ms Inch Chua at the event venue to give us (the audience) an impromptu performance. Inch Chua is 1 of the Singapore singers and she is just 22 years old.

Although she is petite but she has powerful vocals. Just like Angela Chang Shao Han 张韶涵 (Taiwanese Singer), Charice Pempengco (Filipina Singer acted in Glee and was performing on Singapore Idol 3 finale show) and Campus Superstar 3 1st runner-up cum 超級星光大道 participant – Xiao Bu Dian – Rachel Chua Ai Jia 蔡艾珈.

Inch Chua had sung 2 wonderful songs – Discern and Mount Epiphany. And they are great and I liked it. What to find out more about Inch Chua? Visit http://www.inchchua.com/ for more details!

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Wondering what to write for a song to take part in NEA Eco Music Challenge?

Here’s some of my previous posts to give you some ideas:
Is Global Warming a real problem? Why or why not?
“The Power of Lyrics in Songs” <歌词在歌曲中的神奇力量>

Captain Green

Captain Green

Clean and Green Carnival 2010 @ Sengkang

Or visit NEA ECO MUSIC CHALLENGE’s website for more inspiration and songwriting tips from Ms Inch Chua and Mr Clement Chow. 1 of the judges for the NEA ECO Music Challenge 2011 is Mr Clement Chow.

Songs can be in English or Mandarin. Rock, R&B, classic or Pop or any genre.

There are Attractive prizes up for grabs!
1st Prize: $5000
2nd Prize: $3000
3rd Prize: $2000
7 consolation prizes worth $300 each
Most Popular song: $300
Young Musician Award: $300

1 Lucky voter will win an Ipod Nano 16GB.

The top 10 finalists will also be selected for a special mentorship programme with Singapore’s veteran composer, Clement Chow, Timbre Music Academy’s Sara Wee and Mang Irama Dusqie, as well as Intune Music School’s Aaron Lim and Peng Chi Sheng!

The finalists will then pit their skills at the finale concert held on 27 August 2011 and the winning song will be selected as the official Clean & Green Singapore song for 2011/2012.

Top 3 will also get a chance to showcase their song at TIMBRE @ Substation.

Looks interesting, right? So what are you waiting for? Don’t be shy if you have great ideas to write a beautiful song for the environment and take part in the challenge.

Last day to submit your entry: 20 June 2011 (Monday)

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Just to add on some highlights that I learnt from “The Power of Lyrics in Songs” <歌词在歌曲中的神奇力量>forum to give you more inspiration to write good songs:

-It is good to have powerful lyrics to bring out the meaning of the song as what Dr Liang Wern Fook and Li Zhi Qing Lao Shi has mentioned during “The Power of Lyrics in Songs” <歌词在歌曲中的神奇力量> forum. Lyrics may not need to be complicated at all and can be simple for people to understand.

Here’s an example of a song of what 1 of the speaker has mentioned – 田馥甄 Hebe Tien’s song called Love! <愛>.

Part of the Lyrics of the song: I love you, you love her, She love him, He loves her.

Of course with nice melody and powerful lyrics – It will have 画龙点睛effect to the song and many people will remember it forever in their mind.

画龙点睛(Putting the finishing touch to the picture of a dragon) means good effect to touch up the product.

Good melodies with bad lyrics will not have good effect to the song. So remember to pen down meaningful lyrics to bring out the whole song!

Just like Clean & Green 2011 Theme song – Heaven on Earth. Beautifully written.

Chorus for Heaven on Earth
This Is Heaven On Earth,
Why Have We Forgotten
Does Our Heaven Deserve All The Pain We’ve Given,
We Have All Got To Change Before It’s Too Late.
Save Our Earth Before She Fades Away

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Besides that, I would also like to share with you some of the tips that I learnt from another talk from music maker.

I remembered I went to Mr Eric Ng’s workshop on Melody composition. He  mentioned that people should get some1 to listen to your melody 1st to hear whether people find the melody familiar or foreign. It is good not to copy other songs’ melody and treat it as if you own the melody (copyright issues). He said that there is background melody for the pop songs. Sometimes producers do insert a bridge to link the chorus and the verses together and the bridge is normally in a higher note range.

I will quote an example – Katy Perry’s Fireworks.

La-la-la-la-lah, La-la-la-la-lah…… (like repetition of the same melody for the verse of the song).

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So are you inspired to write your own eco song?

Of course, it is good to be original and comes from your heart.

Hope it helps you to find more ideas of how to write a song for the

environment!

Movie Review: The Haunted House Project

Ahnyeong Haseyo! Gamsahamida for omy’s invite for me to watch this Korean movie “The Haunted House Project” at Shaw Plaza.

The Haunted House Project, is also known as Deserted House. The poster above  looks C-CR-R-E-E-E-E-E-P-P-Y, right? Thus, it is a horror movie.

Just to let you know that the word ‘Haunt’ can be reshuffled into a malay word called “Hantu” which is ghost.

Great that there are English and Chinese subtitles for me to understand what is the story about as the dialogues are spoken in Korean (I only understand a bit of Korean). This is my 1st time watching Korean movie and 1st time watching a horror movie. Although I do watch Korean dramas, but it was dubbed in mandarin on TV channels.

Here’s the sypnosis of the story:

Over the course of 42 years, 6 went missing, 8 had accidents and 11 were murdered…  And 3 Paranormal investigators (Club Members) and 3 camera crew decide to look into this infamously haunted house. Ignoring the danger, the group of six entered the haunted house and disappeared without a trace. This movie shows  A video footage of what they shot during their visit was recovered and may reveal the truth of their disappearance…

While I was watching “The Haunted House Project, the movie was made it so real and scary as the story progresses as I thought it is really a real life story although it was just a movie. In this movie, what the villagers had mentioned to the camera crew about the haunted house and incidents happened while people visit the house, the camera crew just simply ignore those warning after their 1st visit to the Haunted House. Until something happened…..

In real life, I also heard quite a lot of taboos regarding haunted places and spirits.

For example, people playing Ouija board” (Oui is Yes in French and Ja is Yes in German/Dutch), some  people who got possessed with spirits (or followed by them) after they got addicted playing it while asking the spirits what’s their future will be like. Something like asking the spirit to move the pen and point at something and predict ‘future’.

There are also quite a lot of other beliefs for the spirits but I won’t mention much on.

Sometimes, it is better to believe in those beliefs than being possessed or get harmed. Personally, safety is more important than ignoring those beliefs. This is the moral of the story. So it is better to play safe.

So if you really love to watch horror movies, this will be one of the suitable movies for you to watch. Be prepared to see S-S-C-C-A-A-A-R-R-y scenes too! If you wish to find out more on what happened to the 6 characters, you can come to the cinemas to watch this movie which opens today, 2 Dec 2010.
HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-Ha!

That’s all folks! Once again, thank you Omy for this movie invite.