May 27 2013

The Singapore Blog Awards 2013

Published by at 11:02 pm under Life

The Singapore Blog Awards 2013

Back in ’08 I had a band and we’d gotten a crazy idea in our heads that we could play at Singapore’s biggest indie rock festival, Baybeats. In order to play, you had to submit one of your original songs, and then audition if you were shortlisted. We didn’t have any original songs, so our singer wrote one and we hit the studio to record it just days before the submission deadline. The song was barely a minute long but that was easy to fix–we played it twice. Now it was barely two minutes long, which was… OK.

Somehow we got through to the audition stage. We hadn’t played “live” with our singer before and this was pretty much our first showing. On audition day, when it was finally our turn, we calmed our nerves enough to play our two-minute song and the judges asked to hear another. Silence. “We don’t have one yet. How about we play our song again?”

Miraculously, we made it to the final list of bands that would perform at the festival. That’s when the backbiting started. People (other bands, their fans, concerned members of the public) couldn’t believe we’d gotten in. We were criticised for many things including the simple construction of our song, featuring “just one guitar through a distortion pedal.”

I never got to say this to anyone so I thought I’d use this chance to set the record straight. Sorry guys, I didn’t even use a distortion pedal. I plugged my guitar straight into the amp. Deal with it.

Well that’s competition for you. I stayed away from contests after that–until I decided to join this year’s Singapore Blog Awards. Unlike the auditions, prepping for this didn’t give me palpitations. All I had to do was submit three posts that I thought represented the best of my blog, and if you’re curious about what I picked, you can read them here, here, and here.

Which brings me to what I really wanted to say: I made it to the finals! And no hate mail yet! I’m thrilled, but also half expecting someone to mail me to say they made a mistake. Until then, you can vote for me in the Family Category here. Or don’t vote for me, but vote for your favourite parent bloggers if you spot them. You’re allowed one vote a day (per category), and you can vote every day from now till June 23. Whether you choose to vote for me just once, or once daily, I’m grateful. Thank you for voting.

But mostly, thank you for reading.

p.s. If you don’t receive a mail after registering, check your spam folder. It should be there!

  • 25 responses so far

    25 Responses to “The Singapore Blog Awards 2013”

    1. Adoraon 28 May 2013 at 9:51 am

      Haha I’m not sure what that pedal is but I’m sure you rocked the song anyway! Congratulations on getting into the top ten!

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      Evelyn Reply:

      It’s something that makes your guitar go from plinky to GRrrrrowling! Congrats to you too, and catch you soon!

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    2. Ai Sakuraon 28 May 2013 at 10:56 am

      Congrats on making it to the finals :) thank *you* for writing such heartfelt, inspiring posts

      Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Thank you Ai, for dropping by and always leaving thoughtful comments! Love your willingness to try different things, and your big cheery smile that I see on Instagram all the time! :) Congrats to you too, can’t wait to see how your 60s project turns out!

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    3. Cindyon 28 May 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Voted today! Would love to hear your songs one day!!

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Hehe you can hear that particular song here: http://thebottomsupblog.com/?p=12114. I’m not sure if we’re still on Youtube but I’ve always been too embarrassed (to watch myself) to google for our old vids. Oh! And thank you for voting!

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    4. Emilyon 28 May 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Congrats, Eve! I’m a big fan of your blog. Will definitely vote for you! :)

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Emily, thank you for your support! I’m so touched, and honoured to have you as a “fan!” :)

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    5. Juson 28 May 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Congrats! Am so glad you made it to the finals, and you have my vote! :)

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Thank you Jus! And now I can congratulate you officially too! Really looking forward to meeting up when you feel better, or this Sat–whichever comes first!

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    6. Naton 28 May 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Congrats on being a finalist! :) Ya know, your blog was actually the first family blog that I followed locally and empowered me to follow my own maternal instincts (and to take other nosy advice with a huge bucket of salt) the day I became a mom.
      I absolutely love the honesty and heart put into the posts. Hope to be able to meet you in person someday and u’ve got my vote too.

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Nat! I owe you so many big hugs for all the nice things you’ve said! Thank you–for reading and then going on to follow your heart! It’s exactly what I’d hoped to do with my blog. :) Yes I’m sure we’ll meet soon!

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    7. Shir Oon 28 May 2013 at 11:55 pm

      “I plugged my guitar straight into the amp. Deal with it.” HELLYEAH EVE! lol. good times..

      I’ll vote for u anytime! :)

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Hahaha! Good times indeed! If I ever pick up the guitar again, I’ll call you, just for old times’ sake! And I’ll vote for you next year!!

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    8. Sanon 29 May 2013 at 9:47 am

      Haha u are one cool rocker-turned-mama! I could never pick up the guitar, too lazy to put in the hrsneeded. Haha! All the best for the SBA! ;)

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Thanks San!! Hehe this is the one time where I’ll say if the boys or little Z is interested, make them start young! I did put in the hours, but my fingers were too stiff and well… maybe I was pretty stiff as well by my late 20s! But hmmm… talking about it is making me itch to play something again!

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    9. Rachelon 29 May 2013 at 2:30 pm

      If there’s ever any hate mail, it’s most probably written by someone with a big sour grape head!

      We’ve eyes to see and rights to follow and support the ones we love. So big congrats Eve!! Love your blogging!

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Thank you so much Rachel! Am really humbled by all the goodwill and well wishes. Will find time to take one of your classes, if you’re still holding them. I love your work!

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    10. Winston Tayon 29 May 2013 at 4:26 pm

      I went to play the song, and I don’t understand. The song is very much Baybeats fodder whaaaat.

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Thanks for listening! Power chords all the way, no solos… Just a few of the things I can think of to pick on! But I’m a no-frills gal, so I like it that way. All best for the finals!

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    11. Estee Teaon 30 May 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Congrats! Been loving your ‘writing-more-than-pictures’ style for a long time. Go and win it girl!

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      Evelyn Reply:

      Aww thank you, will give it my best shot! Haha! I’ve been trying to put more pictures in with my posts lately, but I guess it’s mostly still ONE picture! Old habits die hard. Btw, I popped in to your blog and was blown away, what a visual treat–I have so much to learn! Loving the creativity, adding you to my google reader!

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    12. Gayathrisushilon 30 May 2013 at 10:45 pm

      #vote for me or don’t vote for me# …… How can you say this and that too at the finals Evelyn!!!!!!!!
      if I had written it I would have said
      *vote for me and even by mistake don’t vote for anyone else OK*

      Hey Evelyn how can u be so down to earth ???? Luv u …….hugs and kisses ……

      Me and my family are voting for u everyday

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      Evelyn Reply:

      LOL! Rest assured that I am harassing–or should I say, reminding–family members to vote for me. I’m not sure they like me very much for it, but too bad! Love you Gayathri: Thank you not for voting, but for being my friend. I’m so blessed. :)

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    13. Juneon 11 Jun 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Congrats again, Evelyn! Rooting and voting for you! :)

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