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If you don’t already know, Nuffnang’s parent company, Netccentric celebrated our 10th anniversary on 30 August with a bang! To commemorate this momentous occasion, here are our top five favourite things we enjoyed at the party and we hope it will bring the celebration to you as well.

  1. Slow-mo videos at the photo/video booth!

Pictures are the best way to immortalize precious memories and what better way to do it than the ever popular photo booths!

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What made the photo booth at Netccentric’s 10th anniversary celebration so unique this time is that on top of what we are familiar with – the fun shots, props and the memorabilia we get to bring home, we also got to be involved in a slow motion video! All our confetti throwing, poppers popping moments were captured on video that we can look back on in time to come.

It was definitely more fun than simply snapping a photograph as we got to interact even more with each other when we knew that the camera were rolling! A new but equally merry way to snap pictures and even a video at photo booths!

  1. Thoughtful goodie bags

The theme of our celebrations surrounds #welivesocial. Apt, as Netccentric is a social media advertising agency and our goodie bags matched the theme perfectly.   Each guest – staff, clients and talents alike walked home armed with all the necessary tools to help us increase our social media savviness in the thoughtfully packed goodie bag!

Check out what we had in this cool stop motion video!

  • 2017 desk calendar

Following a water colour and calligraphy theme, the 2017 Netccentric table calendar is not only aesthetically pleasing but also contains a column for your monthly goals!

  • Macro and fish eye lens with a dare for guests to take a selfie with a stranger

Following the #welivesocial theme, we dared guests to make use of the lens for a selfie moment and to break the ice with each other ;)

  • New #welivesocial Dayre stickers

Our favourite in the goodie bags are none other than the limited edition #welivesocial Dayre stickers! Now, we can use them both online and offline for situations that are beyond any words.

  • Leather bind

A chic leather bind to keep your earphones tangle free. Definitely a must have for everyone because we know how frustrating it is to have our earphones tangle up in our bags!

  • An array of food vouchers courtesy of Creative Eateries

Last but not least, to fill our tummies even after the event are these food vouchers from Creative Eateries. Ranging from Bangkok Jam to Freemantle Seafood Market, we are looking forward to eat to our fill!

  1. Yummy food

The cocktail dinner of the night was proudly brought to us by Creative Eateries as well. The menu included grilled scallop, mini burgers and aglio olio. Bite sized food not only tasted delicious but also allowed us to continue mingling with guests!

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We always have space in our tummy for desserts; baked lovingly by our Blogger-preneur Jessica Loh (Shiberty) from Shiberty Bakes. We were treated to a whole range of Jessica’s specialties that included colourful macarons that not only tasted great, but looked so aesthetically pleasing as well! Definitely made us and our cameras happy that night.

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Of course, the night is not complete without some alcohol and we were honored to have Chang’s Beer. There is no better beer to have a jolly good time with our guests!

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It was a hearty evening with good food, sweet treats and a cheeky pint of beer!

  1. Music and entertainment

It is not a party without music! This year we are pleased to have with us 53A to serenade us with pop songs that we could sing along with. It was most relevant for us to have 53A that evening as they were also the band who sang this year’s National Day theme song Tomorrow’s Here Today, singing their hopes and dreams for the next fifty years for Singapore. As the Netccentric family came together to commemorate our milestone and also to look forward to our next milestone as well!

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Accompanying us through the night was our host, Cordelia, who engaged with guests and made the evening memorable for all of us. We certainly enjoyed having Cordelia with us as well!

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  1. Gathering as one big family!

The Netccentric 10th anniversary party was an occasion to thank everyone who has contributed to our success. It is definitely a good time to celebrate our accomplishments, learn from past mistakes and be forward looking!

It was heartwarming to see talents from Nuffnang, Churp Churp and Dayre interacting and having fun with each other, clients and staff from different departments bonding well and enjoying the night together.

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Thank you to everyone who has played an important role and helping Netccentric to get to where we are today!

If you want to see more of what went down at Netccentric’s 10th Aniiversary celebrations, head on over to www.dayre.me/nuffnangsg or www.dayre.me/blog to join in the fun (online)! ;)

Alison Ong
Nuffnang Community Team

 

Dear 2015,

You’ve been such an eventful year. This has truly been a year of many changes. There were quite a number of notable moments this year, so let’s take a step back to see how far things have come for Nuffnang.

 

Company trip

  • Company trip

The Nuffnang team has grown substantially since our first days. 2015 came with many internal changes and development plans for expansion. Naturally, we’ve also had new people come in to keep the energy up and operations going.

Company trips are an annual event for #nuffiesaroundtheworld where nuffies from the Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and China offices come together and get to know each other better. This is one time where we get to meet the others from the regional offices and get to know people from our own office even better!

 

8 birthday

  • 8th birthday

Our 8th birthday was quite a milestone! 8 years into the industry, and Nuffnang is still going strong as the top Blog Advertising Network. We are very proud to have come thus far.

The theme of the party was 8 onto ∞, where we aim for greater heights, and work towards a bigger and better Nuffnang, all around the world. This was also the time of the white/gold or blue/black dress viral phenomenon. Since our dress code was white & gold, Ming decided to be trippy and come in blue and black.

The birthday celebration was a huge success as there was an explosion of congratulatory notes all over social media. Both influencers and nuffies shared their well wishes for the company with hashtag #nuffnang8irthday. That was indeed one of our most favourite times of the year!

If you’re craving for more, relive the good memories through photos on our photo album!

 

Passing of LKY

  • Passing of LKY

With heavy hearts, Nuffnang went to pay our last respects to Singapore’s greatest founder, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. We joined the line on the very first day from 10am, and through that, witnessed the Singapore spirit as fellow Singaporeans helped each other with the long wait. Mr Lee might not be around anymore, but we will keep him and his aspirations close to our hearts as we work towards a home that he would be proud of.

 

NDP

  • NDP SG50

National Day was especially meaningful this year, not only because of the passing of Mr Lee, but also because it was a celebration of the amazing 50 years Singapore has come thus far. This SG50, Nuffnang partnered with the National Day committee and had our bloggers join in and share about the festivities. Older Singaporean icons as well as memorabilia definitely brought a lot of memories back!

Check out the thoughts of Becks, Kelvin and Joyce as they wrote about their exclusive experiences before and during the parade!

 

IPO

  • IPO

2015 was a big step for Nuffnang as we became a publicly listed company. Tons of sweat, blood and tears went into the planning and execution phases. When it eventually materialised, our CEO Ming and COO Timothy could not be happier. Big plans await!

 

Garuda

  • Garuda Indonesia Trip

We also had one of our biggest media trips with our bloggers this year- our Garuda Indonesia trip! 8 bloggers were invited to go on the trip – Andy, Charlene, Shenny, Evonne, Randy, Sheila, Zoe and Jessica Tham.

It wasn’t an easy trip as it required a good amount of physical endurance as the bloggers did quite a bit of trekking and hiking. Call times were also often at odd hours in order to catch certain events. But overall, it was a great trip as bloggers had the chance to explore places they would otherwise not be able to on a regular trip.

 

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  • Nuffnang Bloggers Conference

We had our first ever blogger conference! The blogging industry has been changing and we wanted to take time to also educate our bloggers on the changing landscape of the digital industry. We had speakers come in and share about various things- from online to offline, from Instagram photo taking skills to search engine optimisation. All in all, it was a really fruitful session for everyone.

After the event, Hotel Jen Tanglin also kindly extended invitations for a staycation for our influencers and Nuffnang stuff. Definitely a one of a kind experience!

 

new bloggers

  • New bloggers

Clockwise: Audrey, Andy, Sheng Jun, Keline, Rachel Wong, Nicole Choo

Here are some of the bloggers we have onboard in 2015!

Each of these bloggers have a unique take on life. Take a read at their blogs and you’ll find that they have plenty to offer.

 

Audrey

As a career mom to beautiful baby Kayla, Audrey writes about her different experiences as a mom and owner to Churros 101.

Blog: forgetgrowingup.blogspot.sg

Instagram: www.instagram.com/audt

 

Andy

As dad to 4 cheeky little kids, Andy shares about adventures he and his family goes on, and parenting tips when he can.

Blog: sengkangbabies.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sengkangbabies

 

Sheng Jun

As a national swimmer, we get an exclusive look into how it is like as an athlete in Singapore.

Blog: pangshengjun.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/swimpsj

 

Keline

Keline is a bubbly lifestyle blogger who loves sharing about every aspect in her life.

Blog: urbandoll.com.sg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urbandollsg

 

Rachel Wong

Rachel has been in the scene for some time now, and she continues to be loved widely by her readers for being very true to herself.

Blog: rchlwngx.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rchlwngxx/

 

Nicole Choo

Nicole is a blossoming YouTuber who has been building great rapport with fans from her YouTube channel and blog.

Blog: nicolechoo.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicole.choo/

 

NewYear2016

2015 has been a year full of ups and downs but has definitely re-energised us as we went through challenges to get to where we are today. We would just like to take the chance to thank every single one of you who have supported Nuffnang through the years. Plans for 2016 is already looking exciting and we look forward to the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Mabel Yeo
Nuffnang Community Team

The season of giving is upon us and RakutenSG is giving all of you an opportunity to WIN a trip to Japan!

In October, two of our Bloggeratis, Benjamin and Peishi, headed over to Central Japan, Kanazawa City for a scenic and cultural experience! You can head over to NuffnangSG’s Official Social Media accounts to take a look at our photos! :)

So many things to do, so little time to explore! We’ve listed down the 5 Best Things To Do At Ishikawa Prefecture, so read on to find out!

  1.   Pick your own fruits at Kaga Fruit Land

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In the Ishikawa Prefecture, the fields of different fruits like grapes, apples and strawberries are vast and beautiful. It was a one-of-a-kind experience as we had the opportunity to pluck and taste fruits directly from the branches. The fruits were extra sweet and fresh considering most of them were our handpicked pieces!

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You first choose the bunch of grapes that you like, take off the paper that wraps it, cut it off, and voila! Your very own bunch of fresh grapes! Enjoy your freshly plucked fruits on the slopes of the vineyard, and as the Japanese do, spit the grape skins and seeds into buckets.

Trivia: The Japanese don’t eat their grapes with the skin on! They usually spit out the skin along with the seeds.

If you haven’t gotten enough of the fruits, you can also help yourself to some fruit chips, fruit wine, jams and many other local produce at their store. You’ll find produce that you can’t find elsewhere in Japan but, only at the Kaga Fruit Land.

  1.   Be cultured at Yunokunino Mori, Kaga Traditional Cultural Amenity, Traditional Handicrafts Village

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From ceramicware to washi paper, glass-blowing workshops to chopsticks making classes, Yunokunino Mori offers many different types of traditional Japanese crafts. In the Ishikawa Prefecture, they are well known for their gold leafing- this was the place where we had a hands-on experience in creating our own gold leaf decor plate!

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There are many different ways of using the gold leaf, which we witnessed later on in our trip and it shows how innovative the Japanese can get. Everything from face masks, sweets to even a gold leaf tatami mat!

  1.   Kimono experience at the Geisha District (Higashi-chayagai District):

Kimono actually means “thing to wear” (source:Wikipedia), and it is worn during important festivals or formal events; a representation of courtesy and respect.

As some tourists like a taste of such cultural experience, many places rent out kimonos for a period of 2 hours to a full day to cater to their needs. Tourists can then wear a kimono for a day or two around Japan.

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Our kimono rental was in Kanazawa City, where Peishi and Benjamin both donned their kimonos and took a stroll along the Higashi-chaya District, one of the biggest tea houses there. These places are also known as the geisha districts.

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Arriving in the late morning meant there was already a crowd and it was difficult for us to take great photos. Nevertheless, as the area is maintained from its original glory, most tea houses were very photogenic and they make great photo spots!

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  1.   Kanazawa Castle Park:

The castle has been burnt down several times over the centuries and in the most recent fire in 1881, only two storehouses and the Ishikawa-mon Gate survived. The castle had a fort function with loopholes for matchlocks on the outer wall to defend the castle from enemies. (source: Kanazawa Tourism)

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The castle park is huge, although filled with tourists; there are many beautiful sceneries within the park itself. You can find ponds, water fountain and mini water falls linking from the castle to the park in a separate compound.

Breath-taking.

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  1.   Chirihama Beach Driveway/Rice paddy fields/Traditional Japanese Lodging House:

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Go for a car-ride on the Chirihama beach, the only beach in Japan where you can drive your car on. It’s made of tightly compacted fine sand making it firm enough for a pleasant drive. However, if you caught Peishi’s sapchat, you should’ve seen how we hit a pothole on the beach and everyone was thrown forward in the car.

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It was definitely a memorable and wonderful experience to enjoy a car-ride on the beach, stopping midway and enjoying the breeze, the sunset and the vast sea. Followed by a short eye-opening trip to Senmaida rice terraces to see it illuminated with the LED lights during the night.

Coupled with the amazing views, Peishi and Benjamin ended the day at Mangetsu Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. You can expect a shared toilet, public bath (for all guests) and the best handmade food including soba. Despite being secluded from convenience (the nearest 24hr store was about 15-20mins walk away), it was one of the best stays we’ve had.

It definitely marked off as one of the best experiences we had in Japan. We agreed that Japan is a country that you wouldn’t go to on a first choice (unless you’re really into Japanese culture), and if you’ve visited Japan once, you’ll ALWAYS want to return. The culture, courtesy, cleanliness and delicious delicacies of the country are what pulls us back.

Our adventure in Japan was such a memorable one as we learnt and understood more about the Japanese culture and what they had to offer at the Ishikawa prefecture. If you would like to go on a similar trip to ours, we have good news on how you can have the chance to WIN a trip to Japan!

This trip was made possible thanks to all our partners:

RakutenSG 

Check out the link HERE, where you can simply spend above $50 in a single receipt on Rakuten and stand a chance to win a trip to Japan!

For a limited time only, simply leave a comment on why you want to go to Japan with ANA on their Facebook page and 2 lucky winners will win a trip to Japan!

Be sure to take part before the promotion ends on 27th December!

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

We had an enjoyable flight experience thanks to the seamless transit and the pleasant in-flight comfort and service by All Nippon Airways (ANA), the 2nd largest airline in Japan that services both domestic and international destinations.

Not forgetting the hospitable team from Ishikawa prefecture for giving us the liberty to have a private car and a guide and translator, Yuko-san, to help in all the little translations required.

Phillip Insurance

As with all travels, come insurance, which we had little to worry about because we were all covered by Phillip Insurance.

Having partnered with more than 10 General Insurance partners, PhillipCapital would be your one-stop customised solution for all your insurance needs.

You can easily reach them at 6531 1555 or walk-in to any of their 12 Phillip Investor Centres.

VisionData

Lastly, being in the media industry and having our lives revolve around networking, we were kept connected through the trip with VisionData, we were glad to be able to update on the go, and share with everyone what was going on during the trip!

Finally, thank you everyone who made this memorable and amazing trip possible for us.

Check out their videos below for a concise summary of their experience in Japan!

Madeline Chin
Nuffnang Community Team

cineCinesleisure’s Next Online Sensation is back for the 4th year running and this time it’s bigger and dare we say, better than ever. The contest seeks to identify personalities that have a passion and flair for social media and in representing the different facets of Cineleisure orchard to the youth.

Starting from the 21st of March, challenges will span across 4 different categories ranging from food & entrepreneurship, video and virality, and red carpet ready. Did we mention that one of the challenges is an outfit of the day showcase? If this sounds right up your alley, check out http://blog.nuffnang.com.sg/cnos/challenge/ for more information!

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Besides being a platform for contestants to showcase their skills and potential, there are also generous prizes up for grabs, with the champion walking away with $2,000 worth of cash prizes and a dedicated result advertisement space in Cathay Cineleisure Orchard for one month. The list goes on, with 5 categories where contestants can walk away with various awards and prizes. 3

This year, the panel of judges include the biggest names in the blogosphere; Xiaxue, one of the most popular female bloggers in Asia Pacific.

Joining the crew is Jayne, who chronicles her daily musings and adventures at http://www.jjjayne.com, so hop over to see what she has to say about being a judge for CNOS here( hyperlink: http://www.jjjayne.com/2015/02/13/cineleisure-next-online-sensation-4/ )!.

Rounding up the panel is the effusive Don Richmond; not only is he a singer, songwriter, composer and music producer, the talented man still finds time to host over at clicknetwork.tv.

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With the deadline for registration on 7 March, head over to http://blog.nuffnang.com.sg/cnos/register-now/ NOW for your very own chance to live out the social media dream.

See you at the finals!

Madeline Chin
Nuffnang Community Team

Hola Nuffnangers! What’s crackin’?

NuffnangSG has had the busiest start to 2015, but before we share with you what’s in store for the year, let us have a brief recap on the events that occurred over January.

1. Regional Summit in Bangkok, Thailand

Boss Ming has stepped up to the mantle as CEO and Boss Tim as COO of the Netccentric Group this year – marking 2015 as an important year for Nuffnang and our sister companies!

The Management teams across 7 countries all over the region met up as they annually do for our 2015 Netccentric Summit in Bangkok, Thailand – the land of smiles.

There were intensive full day of meetings and planning for sure. But Nuffnang still has to do what they do best.

Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom and China all came together with one strategic goal in mind for 2015. So be afraid, or excited. Either way works :)

Sawadeeka!

2.      Company Retreat in Bali, Indonesia

After a fulfilling 2014, Nuffies from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and China were also flown to Bali for the annual company retreat from 12 to 15 January 2015.

It was not only an internal meeting to reflect on 2014 and to move forward into 2015, but it was also a time for us all to let loose together!  What could be better than a holiday with lots of sun, sea, padi fields and sacred temples?

Pick Ming’s and Tim’s brains about this annual tradition and their personal experiences this time round!

5 countries worth of Nuffies were present this time and hanging out with 70+ Nuffies is either no joke, or LOTS OF IT. It was a time to see both familiar and new faces again, and it was so much fun getting to know and bunk in with so many different people (yes, we had an international sleeping situation!).

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On the last night, as we were just getting closer to one another, Ming and Timothy brought everyone to Metis Bali Restaurant, a renown french fine dining restaurant. We had a luxurious three course meal!

“It has been a great 2014 for the Netccentric Group Internationally and we want to thank every one of you for your hard work. We celebrate today together as a family and from tomorrow onwards, we go back to our respective countries stronger, ready to take on 2015,” Ming said after dinner.

#nuffsaid

3. Netccentric unveils growth plans in Australia

Ming addresses the challenges and growth plans in Australia in his recent interview with The Australian. Plans include the opening of a Sydney office and expansion of the Australian team!

4. We’re turning 8!

Like the previous years, we are organising a birthday bash to celebrate Nuffnang’s 8 years of success. NuffnangSG is holding its celebration this year in March and we expect it to be an HUGE party. Keep your eyes peeled!

5. Nuffnang is now also on Dayre!

As pioneers in the blogosphere, how could we miss out on Dayre, the up-and-coming mobile-blogging platform?

Instead of traditional blogging constrained to the limitations of a desktop computer, we are now able to write to our readers as we go about on our daily activities as Proud Nuffies. Living in an era of constant “upgrades”, there is no other time for us to level up our blogging game!

Follow our official Dayre account now!

And it’s not just us – we have our allies across the world on board too. If you’re keen to join in on the Dayre fun, check them out: Malaysia, Thailand, UK, China and Philippines!

*waves Nuffnang flag*

6. Blogger Updates and what’s coming up for them in 2015?

Enough about us at the Nuffnang headquarters – apparently we are not the only busy ones this year. Many of our top bloggers are also expecting many things new.

              • Yina married her soulmate right at the beginning of this year!

  • Qiuting, is expecting the birth of her newborn in March this year! This signifies an exciting year for Qiuting and Nuffnang as she progresses to her next stage in life as a mother, which will also mean growth and development for her as a blogger and an influencer.

Many of our bloggers who have stayed on with Nuffnang over the years are maturing into roles of parents and we couldn’t be more proud to be around to see them through these milestones!

 

      • Peggy is currently on THE dream holiday that most of us can only fantasize about.. Think the Artics, riding dog sleighs and frolicking in the company of reindeer

        • Melody is off to London to step out of her comfort and to experience all things new and different!

  • Last but not least, with Wendy as an ambassador of Curash, Merries and Tyrequeen, and Qiuting’s partnering with several brands this year, look forward to bigger and better things from our brand new Talent Management Division that now represents Bloggerati by Nuffnang!

Cheers to an awesome year ahead for us all!

Li Lin Tan
Nuffnang Community Team

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