So over the weekend Squishies and I stopped over at Malaysia and somehow ended up leaving with the award for Best Original Blog Design!
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, it came as a massive shock to hear Eat, Show & Tell called out and to be honest, we’re still in shock *laughs*.
This year the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards (NAPBAS) were held at the gorgeous Marriott Putrajaya, with a blogger attendance of over 500 people it was a crush of cameras, gorgeous dresses and some awkward food bloggers (us) cowering in the corner.
We were paired up with the brilliant Lizosaurus in our category, her vibrant personality, hairstyle and tail-dress were easily the best combination of the night and would have won the award for best outfit, if they were awarding one on the night!
Kristie of Childhood 101 was the first Australian to take to the stage with her 2nd consecutive win for Best Parenting Blog! The table seatings were organised by country and the Aussie tables pretty much went crazy cheering.
I can safely say that my mind went completely white for the 2 or so minutes after we were announced as the winner for Best Original Blog Design. I have a very clear memory of dragging Squishies up on stage with me determined to not have to go up alone *laughs*.
I’m sure at one point I shouted, ‘Go Aussies!‘ before promptly abandoning the stage ridiculously grateful that we hadn’t fallen over.
Apart from the NAPBAS, there was one thing that I really wanted to do in Malaysia. And that was… eat.
Our first stop after landing in Kuala Lumpur was to head straight for Mid Valley Megamall which as its name promised, was super super mega. It took us a few loops and 4 floors before we located La Manila, a daintily decorated store advertising tiramisu on the walls but also served up a mean Assam Laksa.
I was sweating by the end, but the Milo Ice made it all so much better afterwards! (I MISS YOU MILO)
And obviously because I hadn’t eaten enough, I went out for 2nd lunch about 2 hours later for a bowl of Prawn Hokkien Har Mee, which packed a prawny punch.
Squishies succumbed to the icy comfort of Red Ruby, after choking on tiny sips of my noodles.
And of course, you can’t eat in Malaysia without washing it down with a Tea Tarik, warm or cold!
A welcome revisit to the KLCC food court saw me reunited with my beloved Ayam Goreng, sadly it was a little too dry but I double teamed with Lemon Ice Tea and another Milo Ice and all was good with the world. Because I know Squishies way too well, I predicted that she’d end up at the Chicken Rice stand… and I was right! Haha.
Sadly because we are bad bloggers, we may have neglected to take photos of the rest of our food… In the end I lost count of the meals we ate but it also included: Grilled Stingray in Banana Leaf, Oyster Omelet, Wontan Mee, Rojak, Roti Canai, Soft Boiled Eggs with Kaya Toast and as much Milo and Soy Milk as I could get my hands on.
Mmm, I like food. But I still wanted to eat more
Nuffnang treated us to some sightseeing around Kuala Lumpur (which Squishies was pretty excited about being her first time in Malaysia). I was mostly excited for KLCC and my subsequent visits to Vincci where I may have left with a new pair of shoes or two (or four…).
Even the Storm Troopers came along for the ride.
The cocktail drinks were held at a super trendy bar aptly called The View at the G Tower (and what a view!). It was really amazing how many people we managed to squeeze in the place, especially when it started raining rather earnestly.
Those Storm Troopers really want to join the fun! Or maybe steal our beers… either or, it’s hard to know with them.
A special note to thank AirAsia X for their sponsorship of flights over the weekend, it was with their help that Squishies was also able to come over to Malaysia with me and thus ensuring that I wouldn’t have to stand on stage alone!! For that I will be forever grateful.
Our long-haul flight flew out of Melbourne, and was remarkably similar to the flight I was on a year ago on my last trip to Malaysia (they’re an offshoot of AirAsia who does short-haul flights). I was eyeing up the Premium Seats with envy as we walked past them, but Squishies is the tiniest person on earth and basically curled up in the seats with her comfort pack and passed out!
I kept myself entertained with the pre-purchased meals (hello Milo!) and some well deserved Kindle time. Luckily our flight back to Melbourne was on a half empty plane and I ended up playing footsie with Helen in a row alllll to ourselves. Oh hai Helen ;).
We all know why we really came to Malaysia… IT’S JUMPING TIME.
Yes!! After 2 years of practicing, I have finally mastered the jump kick! However, Helen still wins the award for most consistent.
Finally, thank you again to everyone and Nuffnang for all of your support!
Eatshowandtell attended the 2011 NAPBAS courtesy of Nuffnang and all of the NAPBAS sponsors. Congrats to all the nominees and finalists because we all rock.