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Ex-colleagues win CATS Food Race

Singapore, 25 November 2013 - 29 teams of four travelled around Singapore to some eating places and performed food-related tasks at each location in the inaugural CATS Food Race organised by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) CATS Classified. Held in conjunction with the CATS Classified Food Fest, the Food Race was flagged off at SPH News Centre on 23 November, and ended at Singapore Expo Hall 4.

The winning team
The team who called themselves “J-Sea” emerged the winner. They were a group of ex-colleagues who used to work together in a semi-conductor company and had decided to take part in this contest as a get-together. The members were Edward Tan, 30 (team leader), Huang Junjia, 32, Sim Chee Soon, 37 and Phua Yi Tak, 29.

Mr Tan said: “This is the first time we are taking part in such an event. Eating the fruits was the easiest thing to do, and separating the egg yolks and whites was the hardest. We never had to do such a thing before.”

The tasks performed by the winning team were:

Game: Tooth Pick Mee
Location: Kim’s Place Seafood
Task: Each team had to finish a plate of Hokkien mee with a pair of tooth picks in the fastest time possible.

Game: Fruits Relay
Location: Ubin Kitchen
Task: Each team had to finish eating four fruits (apple, orange, banana and 10 longans) as a relay team as fast as possible.

Game: The Pocky Face-off
Location: XO Chicken Pot
Task: Each team had to eat 10 biscuit sticks, leaving behind the shortest length of uneaten biscuit, forming the shortest line possible. 

Game: Giant Gulp
Location: Gu Ma Jia
Task: Each team had to finish drinking a 1.5l bottle of soft drink in the fastest possible time.

Game: Eggs-pert
Location: Hai Zhong Bao
Task: Each team had to separate the yolk from the white of five eggs as quickly as possible without breaking the yolk.

End point: Orange Squashed 
Location: Singapore Expo Hall 4 (Asia Pacific Food Expo)
Task: Each team had to squeeze out as much juice as possible from 5 oranges using a manual juicer within the time given.

Some of the other games played at other locations included making and eating popiahs and drinking soup using a teaspoon attached to a long pole.

Awards and prizes

CATS Food Race
The top three teams won these prizes:

1st prize: $2,000 shopping vouchers
2nd prize: $1,000 shopping vouchers
3rd prize: $500 shopping vouchers

All participants also received an exclusive CATS golf umbrella worth $20 and food vouchers.

CATS Classified Food Fest Top 10 Restaurants
Awards were presented to the Top 10 restaurants of the CATS Classified Food Fest. These restaurants were voted in by members of the public during the period of the CATS Classified Food Fest advertising promotion.

The ten restaurants are: Boon Lay Raja Restaurant, First Culinary Restaurant, Good Chance Popiah, Gu Ma Jia, Hai Zhong Bao, Kim’s Place Seafood, One Ocean, Padang Palace Restaurant, Ubin Kitchen, and XO Chicken Pot.

Food Fest Grand Draw
The winner of Food Fest’s grand draw of $10,000 cash was also picked. To participate in the draw, diners had to spend a minimum of $20 at any of the Food Fest 2103 participating restaurants.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Goh Mei Yi (Ms)
Communications Manager
Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5942

Kim Soo Nan (Mr)
Head, Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5978

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226

About CATS Classified

CATS Classified is part of the Marketing Division of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. It offers the most comprehensive marketplace for products, services and employment through CATS Classified in The Straits Times, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News & CATS Klassified in Berita Harian.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

In the radio business, SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. 

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