Yes, finally! My long awaited trip of the year is here! I am sorry I did not have time to visit all your blogs and reply to the comments in my last post. I was too busy packing for the trip!
I will be in China for 10 days and I will make sure that I re-connect with nature and stay far, far away from computers and the Internet. For the first time, I will be offline for such a long time, and I don't know if my withdrawal symptoms will start kicking in!
But that is not stopping me from coming out with new posts and ..... contests! So if you want to win some souvenirs from China, make sure you come back to read my blog and participate in the contests!
I think most of you are not very fond of guessing games, so this time around, I will not have a "Guess this song" kind of contest. Instead I will just reward the top 3 commenters with souvenirs from China!
That's right! No need to do any guessing, just comment to your heart's content!
Of course, as in any contests, there are rules. But before I brief you on the rules, did you read in the paper yesterday that Malaysia is the world's 8th highest user of sugar? Wow! Looks like we love sweet stuffs, don't we?
According to a 2005 survey, we Malaysians consume an average of 26 teaspoons of sugar daily. That was pretty high considering that we only consumed about 17 teaspoons of sugar daily back in the 70's. And just so you know, the world's average consumption of sugar is a mere 11 teaspoons daily.
The International Diabetes Institute also recorded that Malaysia has the 4th highest number of diabetics in Asia with about 800,000 cases in 2007 and projected to reach a whopping 1.3 million in 2010! This looks frighteningly like an epidemic!
I have to admit I love sweet food and desserts. I have sweet tooth so I can never run away from desserts at any buffet spread unless they are downright lousy!
Do you know there are many food that have high sugar content and you are probably eating them everyday without a second thought?
Guess how many teaspoons of sugar these popular food contain....
Mc Donald's sundae ice cream (180ml)
A&W Root Beer (325ml)
Coca Cola (325ml)
Kellogg's Corn Frosties (275g)
Uncle Tobys Muesli Bars (125g)
100 Plus (100ml)
Chipsmore Cookies (180g)
OK, the first person who can guess the answers correctly will get to win a souvenir too!
I know, I know! I just mentioned earlier that there won't be any "guessing" contest, yet here I am, offering this "Guess The Correct Number Of Teaspoons Of Sugar" Contest! Can't help it! Haha!
In any case, do you have sweet tooth? Can you resist sweet desserts? What is your favourite "sweet" food? And more importantly, are you doing anything to stop yourself from eating all these sugary stuffs?
Ok, now we come to the rules for this "Top 3 Commenters" Contest. Read carefully....
1. Any comment that is less than 12 words will not be counted.
2. You can only have a maximum of 8 consecutive comments. Any consecutive comments above 8 will not be counted. (Hint: Come back to comment again after someone else commented)
3. Each comment must be a complete sentence or sentences. You cannot cut off a sentence mid way and continue the sentence in the next comment just because you have reached 12 words in order to maximise the number of comments. In such a case, both these comments will not be counted.
4. Comments must be related to this post or in response to comments left by others. All other comments will not be counted.
5. This contest is open to anyone in the world.
6. This contest ends at exactly 11.59pm Malaysian time on 7th August 2009. Comments that come in after that date and time will not be counted.
Example of comments that are acceptable.
"Hi, enjoy yourself in China and make sure you take lots of photos for us to see!"
"Wow! I love contests! I am going to try to win this!"
"I have sweet tooth and I will eat anything that is sweet!"
Example of comments that are not acceptable.
"Please drop by my blog to vote for me. Thanks! Really appreciate it!" (Reason - Not related to post)
"Have a great trip! " (Reason - less than 12 words)
"Contests? This is cool! I am going to stalk your blog and ..." (Reason - sentence cut halfway to continue in next comment to take advantage of the 12 words minimum requirement and maximise the number of comments)
That's all there is to the rules! I hope it is not too confusing for you. Anyway, please don't misunderstand. I do accept all comments whether they are short comments or long ones. And I appreciate all your comments. But since this is a contest, I have to set the rules so that it is fair to all contestants!
So have fun leaving comments here! Remember, you can continue to visit my blog daily and top up your comments! I think I will just let you guys fight it out! Haha!
Hmm, I wonder who will end up as my Top 3 Commenters for this post? Now that's something to look forward to once I return from my China trip! : )