E-Interview (Singapore Blog Awards 2012)

When did you start blogging and what drew you to it? Where do you get inspiration for your blog content?

2,407 days. 980 blog postings. I wrote my first blog entry exactly 6 years, 7 months, 3 days, 23 hours, 45 minutes ago. Back then in 2005, there wasn’t any Facebook or other social media platform for us to record and share our stories, photos and words. I started blogging to keep my good friends and loved ones connected.

When I left Singapore in 2006, my blog became one of the main channels for my family and friends back home to stay tuned with my new overseas life. My blog is a journey of my life outside Singapore. There are many postings of happy reunions and heart-breaking goodbyes. During my loneliest expat days in Shanghai, blogging helped me to download release those heavy emotions off my chest. There were many beautiful moments when I was alone, blogging was the only way I could share those beautiful moments with my wife and son back home.  Over the last 6 years, my blog readers and me went through many beautiful and remarkable journeys. My blog is a vault of my memories and emotions. It is my priceless heirloom for my little boy.

My blog would be empty and colorless without my friends and loved ones. They are my biggest source of inspiration and support. They are also the ones who keep my blog traffic going. My son, Elkan is one of the biggest “traffic drivers” to my blog. He has lots of fans out there who love to tune in to read his stories. My wife, Felicia is also one of the key contributors for my blog. She is a better writer than me. Whenever there is a big family outing, she will email me the family news and photographs. I always remind myself how short and precious life is. We should always remember and celebrate the most beautiful side of life.

How do you feel about being one of finalists in Singapore Blog Awards 2012? How do you feel about the other Finalists in your category this year? How do you think you will fare compared to them?

I would like to thank the Singapore Blog Award Team and judges for shortlisting me for this year’s award. There are a lot of good bloggers in my category and I wasn’t expecting to be in the finals again. (This is actually my 3rd consecutive finals) All of us are different and special in our own ways – that is the beauty of bloggers. It is going to be very difficult for the judges to pick an individual winner. Nevertheless, blogging is never about winning or losing, making money or pursuing fame. It is about being true to yourself and that is what makes a good blogger stands out amongst the crowd. Be original. Be bold and be free to make your own expression.

Give a reason why readers should visit your blog and vote for you?

If there is a reason why readers should visit my blog…this is what I want my readers to remember: We are the authors of our own lives. Your life, your path. Don’t let someone dictate your life. Always look at the positive and beautiful side of life. Happiness is the currency of life. Spend it wisely.

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