MALAYSIA Giveaway: Can you introduce yourself?
Suzie: I’m a mother of 2 kids. Currently staying in Nottingham UK, pursuing my PhD. By profession, I’m a lecturer.
MALAYSIA Giveaway: How do you started blogging?
It all started when I came to UK in Sept 2007, alone, leaving hubby in KL and my Zharfan at kampong with my parents. The blog was for the sole purpose to express my loneliness, separation sufferings, and also to write some of the things that I did while I was in UK (Sept 2007-March 2008). Having said that the blog was left dormant the moment I came back to Malaysia (end of March 2008), as the purpose of that blog ceases. But I decided to revive it in Feb 2009 to enable me to join blog contests and giveaways (additional info : I only registered with Nuffnang April this year, but do nothing about it….and now only I keen to make lil money from Nuffnang since last few weeks!)
MALAYSIA Giveaway: When do you started participating in the contests and how you become addicted to contest?
Suzie: As far as I could remember, I have been a contest freak since I was in primary school. I still remember, my first winning was a Swatch watch that I won from a kids tv programme (can’t remember the exact name of the programme now). The watch has been my fav watch for many-many years!. And then, I was kind of forgotten about comping (buzy with study and then I worked in a bank after graduation). The passion grows again after I delivered my first baby. Being a proud, happy mommy, I started with joining baby contest, mostly sending my baby’s pics to parenting magazines, and then it expands to travel magazine, beauty/lifestyle/fashion magazines…and then my comping passion expands to some consumer contests in Malaysia, mostly baby-based, and sometimes slogan-based.
MALAYSIA Giveaway: What is your biggest winning so far?
Suzie: Not so big actually if compared to other pro compers. But personally, my biggest winning in terms of value is when my mom ( I was the one who joined the contest) won 2nd prize in Anugerah Hari Ibu Karangkraf in year 2007. The winnings, including cash total up to RM7K. Last year was also great for me, as there were two big winnings, first, I won Grand Prize in Johnson& Johnson Salaman Kasih (picture- based), the prize was holiday to Bali worth RM2.8K and cash of RM2K, but last minute I converted the Bali holiday to Langkawi. And before flying off to UK, I also won RM5K singer vouchers in 7-11 Lifestyle Bonanza (sms contest). I redeemed the vouchers with an air-cond, a fridge, a washing machine, an oven and a jug kettle.
MALAYSIA Giveaway: Any contest moment you want to share...
Suzie: For me, almost every contest that I won is a memorable moments..but one of the unforgettable experience for me is when I won second prize in Johnson Baby Milk Bath, and the prize was to be on air (TV3 WHI) with Anita Baharom (other prizes include hamper and spa session). So the experience of being make-up by make-up artist, and then to memorize some scripts, indeed an new experience for me. My Zharfan also appeared on that programme, when his bathing moment using Johnson Baby Milk Bath was recorded.
MALAYSIA Giveaway. Any tips to win a contest?
Suzie: High passion (sometimes it could amount to obsession), consistent and willing to learn and enhance comping skills from other pro compers. Knowing your niche and strength is also essential.
MALAYSIA Giveaway: Any comments for blog contest organizer?
So nice to see blog contests mushrooming nowadays. But a very small percentage of them (they’re individual blogger after all) did not deliver their promise, like no result announcement (blog become dormant), or the prizes were never delivered at all. It happened to me for a number of occasions (less than 10 so far, but it is very annoying!)
MALAYSIA Giveaway: Any comments on MALAYSIA Giveaway? Suggestions, recommendations, criticism..
Suzie: Keep up the good work!! MALAYSIA Giveaway is my main source and reference for blog contests/giveaways. I know there are few other blogs with similar contents, but so far, MALAYSIA Giveaway is the most comprehensive in terms of contests coverage in the blogsphere. Perhaps, MALAYSIA Giveaway could organize some contests (say once every two months), JV with some other bloggers to sponsor the prizes. In fact, I have a pile of stuff that I won but never utilized, so giving it away as part of the prizes would never be a problem (but got to wait till I come back to Msia next year!!)
p/s thank you for your comment, but MALAYSIA Giveaway would love to be the person behind the scene at the moment :) Maybe end of the year, I will come out with BIG contest!! stay tune!!