Singapore, 9 July 2010 --- A teenage girl who blogs about her battle with lymphatic cancer and the founder of Asia's first lunch dating agency Lunch Actually are amongst the winners at this year's Singapore Blog Awards.
De Ming Wei, a 16-year-old Malaysian girl who is suffering from lymphatic cancer, clinched the Best Individual Blog award and Violet Lim, the founder of Lunch Actually, came in first in the Most Insightful Blog category. They joined eight other winners in their respective categories at the Singapore Blog Awards 2010. The winners received their prizes from Guest of Honour Mr Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Community Development, Youth and Sports, and Transport).
The 10 winning bloggers earned a trip to Hong Kong with air tickets and accommodation paid for by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, in addition to a trophy specially designed by Cultural Medallion winning artist Mr Tan Swie Hian.
This year's Singapore Blog Awards were presented at a glitzy event at Movida, St James Power Station on 10 July 2010. Organised by omy.sg, the bilingual news and interactive web portal of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the Awards honour “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to creating and maintaining informative and innovative blogs.
The winners were determined via public voting, as well as scores given by a panel of ten professional judges. Over a period of 3 months, more than 1000 blogs registered for the Awards and over 62,000 votes were cast to vote for the finalists.
Judges for this year's Awards were Mr Kelvin Tong, movie director; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3 deejay; Mr Josh Lim, Managing Director of Advertlets; Mr U-Zyn Chua, CEO of Ping.sg; Mr Samuel Ng, CEO of Marine Parade Family Service Centre; Ms Xiao Han, Director and Lyricist of Funkie Monkies Productions; Mr Walter Lim, Director of Corporate Services and Marketing Communications, National Art Gallery and Mr Danny Yeo, theatre practitioner.
In collaboration with EASB (East Asia Institute of Management), students who are majoring in Hospitality from the institution provided the invited guests with VIP treatment in their spiffy suits.
The main sponsors of Singapore Blog Awards 2010 are EASB, National Heritage Board (NHB) and United International Pictures (UIP). Other sponsors include the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Rednano, ASUS, Asia Web Direct and Fabrix. It is supported by blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg as well as Singapore's top Online Classifieds portal, ST701.
Event partners include EASB, The Event Age, Orange Clove and Tiger Beer.
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