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Singapore Blog Awards 2009: Check out 100 of the best blogs in Singapore

Singapore, 15 June 2009 --- omy.sg today released the top ten finalists in the ten main categories of the Singapore Blog Awards 2009.

The categories are Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best Individual Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Youth Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog, with the addition of three new categories Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog and Best Food Blog.

Organised by omy (www.omy.sg), a bilingual news and interactive web portal by Southeast Asia's leading media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH), the Awards honour “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

There were 1500 blog registrations for this year's Awards. This was an increase of 50% from last year.

“The overwhelming response and a higher quality in the blog entries show that netizens have a greater impact now. Some overseas blogs are also in the running this year, and with such a vast diversity, one can truly expect a kaleidoscopic finale that’s worth waiting for,” said omy.sg Associate Editor, Ms Lee Kuan Fung.

The 100 finalists include a diverse range of individuals representing the multicultural aspect of Singapore.

Highlights include:
- A 15-year-old boy who is Singapore’s top Twitter user in the Best Youth Blog category (http://TechXav.com)
- A young doctor sharing about his work experience in the Best Individual Blog category (http://medicboyz.blogspot.com)
- Eye-brow plucker turned modeling agency boss, Steven Lim in the Best LOL Blog category (http://StevenLim.net)
- Ten gorgeous models in the Best Modeling category, including ladies who are not shy to post lingerie photos of themselves on their blogs
- A Singapore Management University student blogger who shares his blog with Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr George Yeo in the Most Insightful Blog category (http://ephraim.blogspot.com)
- A ghost hunter in the Best WTH category (http://sghc.info)
- A photographer who attempts to document the Singapore night life scene in the Best Photo Blog category (http://www.butheretonight.com)
- A blog shop that specialises in selling lingerie in the Best e-Commerce Blog category (http://www.sensualaffair.com)
- Singapore’s X-Box blog ambassador in the Best Lifestyle Blog category (http://sheylara.com)
- Three mums battling it out with their interesting recipes in the Best Food Blog category. (See attached appendix for full list)

The winners will be selected via voting and judging by a panel of ten professional judges.

Voting for the Singapore Blog Awards starts today and can be done via the official website – http://sgblogawards.omy.sg. Voters stand to win attractive prizes like portable hard disks and video cameras.

The judges this year are Mr Man Shu Sum, CEO of Mark Burnett Asia; Mr Kelvin Tong and Mr Royston Tan, both Singapore movie directors; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3FM 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 and Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor of omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao.

The winners will be crowned at a closing ceremony, with details to be announced later. The winner of each category will walk away with a custom-designed trophy created by Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Mr Tan Swie Hian and a variety of sponsored prizes.

Adding to the excitement is the finalists’ list for two fringe awards which are determined entirely by public voting. They are the Best Local Celebrity Blog and the Best Overseas Celebrity Blog.

All bloggers and voters stand to win a total of over $20,000 worth of prizes by participating in the Awards. Prizes include mobile phones, shopping vouchers, overseas hotel accommodation packages, food products and more.

The Singapore Blog Awards 2009 is sponsored by the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), United International Pictures (UIP), National Heritage Board (NHB), Asia Web Direct, Koka, ST701, HTC and Play Smart Pte. Ltd. It is supported by local search and directory service, Rednano and two blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg.



Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For more information, please contact:

Alvin Lim
Assistant Manager, Online Marketing
www.omy.sg
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 2490
Email:
limlh@sph.com.sg

Sherlyn Yap
Executive
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226

H/P: 9177 0747
Email: syap@sph.com.sg



About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 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.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Visit www.sph.com.sg for more information.