Alhamdulillah!!!!! I won the Grand Prize for BLOG4FT contest!! Really, I did not expect to win as the competitors are all very strong! When I arrived at KLIA this morning and switched on my mobile phone, I saw two messages; one from my husband and one from Bain. As I read them, I was jumping to joy and Linda Tan who was walking with me curiously asked why I was jumping. I told her the good news and she jumped along!
Congrats to all winners!
Peugeot 308 VTi
Nor Emila Mohd Yusof
Entry: KL: A to Z Fun Things To Do & Places To Visit With Kids
Naza Prisma + 1 Dell Studio Hybrid + 1 MacBook
Nigel Sia Ling Wei
1 Dell Studio Hybrid + 1 BlackBerry Bold + RM500 Bubba Gump voucher
Loke Seng Hon
Entry: History, Heritage & Architecture – All in KL & Putrajaya
Tan Keat Eng
Entry: Spread Your Wings – reaching out – KL Bird Park
Khairunisa bt Abdullah
Entry: Aku dan P. Ramlee
Kia Optima Novus
Cheong Peck Beng
Entry: My Bangsar
Naza Prisma + 1 Dell Studio Hybrid + 1 MacBook + Piala
Sonny Ikmal Bin Ahmad Kamil
Entry: Pasar Chow Kit, Pasar Satu Malaysia
Dell Studio Hybrid + 1 BlackBerry Bold + RM500 Bubba Gump voucher
Azizul Fahmi Ahmad Zabidi
Entry: Cerita kemasyhuran Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad
Flight tickets for 2 to Kuala LumpurÂ + Hotel Stay (5 stars) for 3 nights + Air Asia flight ticket to Penang + Hotel Stay at Naza Hotel in Penang for 2 nights + 1 Dell Studio Hybrid + Certificate
Barbara Mckay (Australia)
Entry: The Magic Hour Show @ Annexe Gallery
Flight tickets for 2 to Kuala LumpurÂ + Hotel Stay (5 stars) for 3 nights + Air Asia flight ticket to Penang + Hotel Stay at Naza Hotel in Penang for 2 nights + Certificate
Keith Jenkins (Holland)
Entry: Ten things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Flight tickets for 2 to Kuala LumpurÂ + Hotel Stay (5 stars) for 3 nights + Certificate
Dhanya Parthasarathy (India)
Entry: rock solid on the precarious edge
1 Dell Studio Hybrid + 1 Sony PlayStation 3 + 1 Sony PSP + 1 iPod Touch
Entry: 350! 350! I say 350!
1 Dell Studio Hybrid + 1 iPod Touch + 1 Sony PSP
Entry: My Most Enjoyable Holiday in KL in Dec 09
1 Dell Studio Hybrid + 1 iPod Touch
Sharifah Hani Yasmin binti Syed Abdullah
Entry: Kuala Lumpur: The Lost Art of The “Serunai Burung”
The prize-giving ceremony was yesterday 28th March 2010 but since I was on a flight back to KL from Italy, I missed it. But I did send my two handsome guys to represent me.
A BIG THANK YOU to the organiser of BLOG4FT, Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan especially the minister himself, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, BLOG4FT team members especially Hakim, Syahriman, Nazim and Sheila, the public as well as professional judges, namely Tan Sri Datuk Sri Elyas Omar, Tan Sri Dato Dr Lim Kok Wing, Datoâ€™ Tony Fernandes, Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai and Datuk Ahiruddin Attan (Rocky) who have made it possible for me to be the Grand Prize Winner!
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to the sponsor as well; NAZA Group of Companies for the great prize!
A VERY VERY VERY BIG THANK YOU to all who voted for me for the post!!
Here’s Yassin posing with his dad and uncle Bain!
Toot has posted a link in The Malay Mail in my blog comment: http://www.mmail.com.my/content/31641-graphic-illustrator-wins-ft-competition. Thanks toot!
Here’s the article, I copy-paste for my record:
Graphic illustrator wins FT competition
Mum blogs her creations and is awarded a Peugeot 308 VTi car
Monday, March 29th, 2010 10:23:00
A pleasant surprise this morning at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport when she met her husband, Mohd Za’im Mohd Tahet, 47, and son Mohd Yassin, 7, upon her arrival from Italy.
From them, she learned that her blog entry KL: A to Z Fun Things To Do & Places to Visit with Kids was declared the best by judges of the “Blog for FT” competition and had been awarded the grand prize of a Peugeot 308 VTi car. (Picture caption — CREATIVITY: (From left) Za’im with his son, Raja Nong Chik and S.M. Faizal Nasimudin of Naza at the prize-giving ceremony. Pic by ASHRAF SHAMSUL AZLAN)
Her husband told The Malay Mail last night: “The organisers told Emila to attend the awards ceremony tonight as her entry was listed in the top three.”
However, she was not able to do so as she was in Italy for the Bologna’s World Children’s Book Fair.
It was only when Emila was on a flight back that the announcement was made. On her behalf, Za’im said:
“This is definitelyÂ one of the highlights of Emila’s life. “She decided to quit the corporate scene three years ago to spend more time with our only son. She also wanted less restrictions on how to express herself as an artistÂ and writer.
“I think her creative style to include illustrations in her write-up on KL’s positive lifestyle and environment garnered the attention of the judges.
“She is very creative and likes to blog about almost anything. Emila’s knack for writing as well as her love for illustration and graphics was expressed well in her blog emilayusof.com.”
The inaugural competition was mooted last year by FT and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin after an informal discussion with a group of bloggers.
Since its launch in October, the competition had attracted 4,278 entries with 300,000 page views recorded during the six-month time frame of the competition.
“I can say this was a success,” Raja Nong Chik said at the ceremony last night. “I am happy with the qualityÂ and scale of responses from the blogging community as well as the international participation which reached as far as Australia, Belize, Tanzania, Kazakhstan, Netherlands and India.”
The competition had four categories â€” general, teens, international and media. The teen winner was Yeow Minyi, Australian Barbara McKay topped the international entries while Cheong Peck Beng bagged the media prize.
Raja Nong Chik said he wanted to capitalise on the impact of new media and create a positive Internet buzz among bloggers about the Federal Territory as well as promote it at the same time.
“Blog for FT is one way to reach out to the public. I also actively interact with my Facebook friends to listen to their suggestions, comments or complaints about the Federal Territory.”
Credit: The Malay Mail