Got back from the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards in Singapore about two weeks ago but I still haven’t gotten around to posting. I confess, I haven’t even started sorting my photos yet, so even if I have gajillions to share, it won’t be anytime soon. Still, one thing I wanted to do when I got back was a link-luvin’ round up of all the food blog finalists. We were seated together during dinner, and while it was a bit difficult talking to each other because of the program, it was still fun sharing anecdotes and stuff. If would be awesome if you guys can get to meet them too, but I guess the best we could settle for is knowing them through their food and their blogs.
The evening’s winner was i eat • i shoot • i post. Leslie, the man behind the blog, is actually a doctor. Who would’ve thought that a doctor would espouse all those evil, evil calorific delights? Well, he does. And actually, going through his blog, it all makes sense. “Never waste your calories on yucky food,” his blog tagline goes. I’d toast to that!
Then, there’s my roomie, Meena, of A Whiff of Lemongrass. Unlike me who’s never been to Malaysia, she has actually been to my country! And she professes that her family loves Purple Yam Ice Cream, or what we call Ube Ice Cream. How cool is that?
Brad of Lady Iron Chef was there also. It was interesting to meet the person behind the very beautifully photographed and designed blog, especially since he was also wielding a point and shoot that evening. I guess everyone wanted to take a night off from photoblogging duties?
Eat, show and tell also flew in from Sydney. There’s actually five of them and we got to meet three: Harold, Qing and Teresa. I think it’s pretty cool that their group of friends keep the blog together. That definitely makes eating out loads of fun.
Honestly, despite not winning, I felt like I did, just being with these people. Bloghopping through their blogs, I was in awe. How the heck did I manage to get in there with them? Mind-boggling!
The Blog Awards was a great eye-opener, so I’m inspired to take Kitchen Cow to new directions. Of course, I may end up eating my words once real life kicks in, (and I’m definitely looking at a busy year ahead) but let’s just see how far we can go. So to all of you guys who have stuck with me for the past 3 years, Maraming maraming salamat sa inyo. (Thank you very very much.)
Photo taken from the official Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards photostream.
To the lovely ladies of Marriot Guam – Shoko-tan, Airi-chan, Shinako-chan and Ms. Pan: Thank you so much for the lovely presents! I love everything! And most of all, thank you so much for the support you’ve been giving this blog. I can’t express my gratitude enough. Maraming salamat! / Thank you very much! / Arigato gozaimasu!