NAPBAS: A Celebration of Bloggers and Blogging in Kuala Lumpur

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There was a lot I had thought was a possibility for our travel blog when we first began it.

We had visions of creating a digital lifestyle full of travel sustained by our efforts sharing travel tips, stories and information. Sponsorships, book deals, consulting and speaking gigs many of which have become a reality.

As I sat and watched y travel blog flash up onto the big screen, eagerly, yet nervously waiting to see if our name would be called as the Best Travel Blog at the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards, I thought how I never imagined this was part of the future of our blog.

The NAPBAS awards was indeed an “Oscar” style event for bloggers in the Asia Pacific Region. There are so many “Best of” lists that go around the internet that I often don’t pay attention to them.

Best Travel Blog
Best Travel blog Category

But these were serious awards. So much so that all Aussie finalists were flown over from Australia for the gala evening at the Marriott hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Marriott Kuala Lumpur
Marriott Kuala Lumpur

We wore glammed up cocktail dresses, media were present flashing their cameras and conducting interviews, professional photos were taken, local celebrities hosted the event, we ate a 5 course 5 star dinner, mingled with hundreds of “star” bloggers, and were entertained by singers, comedians, and bizarre pole dancing burlesque troop, which was the talk of the evening.

media at Napbas awards in Kuala Lumpur
The media go mad for us

best travel blog

napbas 2011 5 course meal
delicious tirimasu desert
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Pole dancing show

The event didn’t stop there. We were hosted at Zouk, one of the most famous nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur, for the after party. Its popularity most noted for the ferraris and porches lined up out the front.

Napbas after party at Zouk
Aussie bloggers at Zouk

A few of us oldies, too used to the comfort of a smoke free environment where you could hear one another speak, left not long after our arrival, but a good time was had nevertheless.

The next day we were given a tour of Kuala Lumpur, followed by a celebration dinner with the Aussie blogging contingent hosted by the ultra-cool Nuffnang Australia crew.

Photo: A Sea of ghosts

A couple of mojitos and an Assam Laksa were enjoyed before we were whisked away to the final Nuffnang exclusive party at the G View Tower, one of the highlights of the whole weekend.

The views were superb and the Kronenbourg 1664 beers were fruity and flowing. Thanks so much to the Singaporeans who invited us to join them and help make a dent in their growing pile.

Yes! We drank almost all of them. With Racheal and Alicia Photo: Melburnian

Steve from Melburnian, Alicia from A Sea of Ghosts, Racheal Divine from Sesame Ellis, Nuffies Tim and Kruppie, and I did a damn good job of doing so!

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My roomie Lizosarous dino tail poking out- such a great outfit

Throughout the evening of the Awards dinner, bloggers were announced as the best in categories such as food, travel, photography, and micro blogging.

I sat stunned at the way bloggers were being celebrated and so grateful for Nuffnang for putting on this weekend to acknowledge the valuable platform blogging is.

Grateful for them for believing in us and what we do and rewarding us all for our hard efforts and passions that often go unrewarded.

And even though we did not win, I felt like I had won.

I had a fabulous time, made some amazing new blogger friends, learned a lot, laughed with new Asian blogger friends, was able to experience a country I had not been to before, and was made to feel special for an evening.

Napbas 2011 gala dinner
Having a laugh at our table

It was a celebration of blogging and of bloggers. Even those who weren’t at the event, the celebration was helping to pave the way for this industry and to open up many doors of opportunities for all of us.

The more official glammed up ceremonies like this that happen, the more that the world outside of blogging will recognize just what a valuable contribution we all make.

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Some of the Aussie finalists

Congrats to all of the deserving winners especially justwandering.org who took out the travel blogging category.

May the world open up to embrace bloggers in this manner even more. What we do every day is valuable as we entertain, inspire, inform and give others hope.

With Melburnian and our new Singaporean fashion blogger friends

I believe blogging is helping to bring the world closer together, like travel does, as it shows each of us just how much we are more alike than different and it’s the similarities that are most important and the differences are there to celebrate, not to be in fear of.

Major Thanks

To Nuffnang and Nuffnang Australia for hosting the awards, being a great support group, and giving us an awesome experience.

nuffnang australia
Nuffnang Australia

To all the Aussie blogging Finalists, you were all deserving finalists and fun to hang out with. Not only do I have new friends, but new blogs to read, and I learned a lot from all of you.

To the Aussie blogging support crew for cheering, encouraging, sharing your wisdom and just being fun to be around.

Cover-More Travel Insurance

To my insurance provider Cover-More who sponsored my travel insurance for the trip, something that Craig and I never travel without.

Cover-More are very easy to deal with and I absolutely love that their travel insurance policy automatically covers lap tops and cameras.

As a travel blogger I can no longer travel without them and it is usually an expensive headache to get them added on. I think Covermore is helping to make travel insurance sexy!

48 thoughts on “NAPBAS: A Celebration of Bloggers and Blogging in Kuala Lumpur”

  1. Glad you had this wonderful opportunity and the ability to meet others who equally deserve recognition – Continue having fun

  2. Earl Squirrelson

    That’s an awesome post Caz, looks like you had an awesome time. Sorry you didn’t win the award but as you say you won anyway by just being there. Hope you are feeling better after your op.

  3. What a great ceremony! I really like how the media was there to capture and report on it. Hopefully bloggers will continue to be recognized formally like this.

  4. So good to see you having fun and enjoying the red carpet treatment! Love that you got to see another country, and for your hard work to be acknowledged! Congratulations.
    Cheers
    Lisa

  5. Congratulations for getting nominated! So glad to hear that you had a wonderful time in our country 🙂 We certainly feel blessed to be visited by so many famous bloggers from around the region! 🙂

  6. What a great set of bloggers! You guys definitely deserve to be among the best given all the hard work you’ve put into this blog! You are all winners and there’s no doubt, you’ll again be among the best next year! Congratulations on your nomination and best of luck for next year! Happy new year to you and Craig from Jeremy and I at Idelish!

    1. I know. It is so awesome! I think the next one could be hosted in Australia but they are only every two years. Would love to see more of them happen. It was mind blowing

    1. I don’t feel I got to really experience KL as we were so busy doing NAPBAS things, but I am definitely interested in going back and getting to know it more. i liked the little that I saw

    1. Thanks Abi!! And thank you.
      By the way, do you know of any good travel writing courses I can do? Your writing is so great and I need to sharpen my craft a little. I’ve done Matador but need something a bit more now

      1. Thank you for your kind words! Travelwriters.com have a good range of online courses – plus they offer line by line critiques of your work. You’ll never be the same after that! Enjoy 😉

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