Alhamdulillah. This blog finally gained its first real award; the Malaysia International Tourism Lifestyle Blog. Thanks to Affan Ruslan, writer of Critical Angle, for the heads up and for believing that I can win this. Before I choose the category (yes, I nominated myself), I read through the criteria for all 16 categories and concluded that Lifestyle blog is the best category that I can submit my blog. The criteria stated “Lifestyle is an important aspect when it comes to tourism. Lifestyle bloggers are the ones who attract readers all around the world. Bloggers talking about Malaysian lifestyle are eligible to participate.” So…I am confident that I had choose the right category.
My blog actually falls under the category of ‘mixed bag’ but I do have quite an amount of travel posts covering some parts of Malaysia and countries that I visited. Overall travels posts in my blog accumulated to 207 posts while Malaysia 118 posts out of total 2084 overall posts of my blog. Other posts are about my illustrations, books and miscellaneous stuff; the lifestyle that I am living here in Malaysia.
There was a number of 77 posts in Mas Traveller’s website of which some I haven’t posted in this blog but sadly, the web is no longer operating and I regret that I was not informed about it. If I had known, I would’ve transferred everything into this blog. Same goes to the Yahoo! Special page meant for 3 top bloggers who won the iMasTravel contest, Yuven, Ti Ming and myself. I have some 30 posts in there. Anyway, I guess I have to re-write again. But I thank MAS and Yahoo! SEA for giving me the opportunity to write in Mas Traveller and Yahoo! iMasTravel respectively. Also thankful that from the website, a well-known travel blogger discovered me and invited me to write for a new travel website that he is setting up with a friend. I will reveal about this once the website launches in few months.
I still have many local travel posts to be written but as I am quite busy now with book illustrations, that will come slowly and I will try to write when I have the free time. I have a plan to set up a gallery with travel pictures from 2003 – 2012 but that too will come slowly.
For now, I am currently busy setting up a company with a publisher friend to publish my books only. And trust me, this will include illustrated books for children about Malaysia. I still have an illustrated scrapbook about KL pending editing but I hope it’ll hit major bookstores soon.
Thank you so much to all who have voted this blog to win the Malaysia International Tourism Lifestyle Blog. Although some think that this blog does not has the quality and what it takes to win this award, I truly believe that major votes and professional judging counts.
Here are a snapshot of statistic of Top Countries this month, just for my record to keep me believing that although my silent readers do not lavish me with their comments, at least they leave their footprints. Not much of a traffic but yeah, keeps me going. I write for these people including you who read my blog now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.