Friday, December 3, 2010

Bakertan's Very First Giveaway

An idea struck me sometime back. I want to do something different for a change, apart from my routine of bakes and blog posts. A giveaway would be good.

The first thing that came to mind for the giveaway is to present my bakes for the winner. In my opnion, the reason why netizens read food blogs come from the very basis that they have an interest and love for food. Hence, a giveaway in the form of baked sweets would be well appreciated by my visitors/readers.

Another grander idea, something out of the norm, has been circling around my mind for a while. I remember catching a film titled "Pay It Forward" when I was a secondary school kid. It was nearly 10 years back since I watched the movie and I could hardly remember the details. One thing I do recall is the notion behind the phrase - pay it forward. It means doing a good deed for another person and having that same person do the same good deed for others.

Now I am going to apply this concept as "Bake It Forward". Instead of choosing to recieve a pack of baked sweets, participants in this giveaway may choose to have a baking-sharing session with me instead. Hopefully, the interest towards baking will be passed on to others after the baking-sharing session.

To clarify, I do not have a wealth of experience under me. Nor do I have a very well equipped kitchen. I can manage some simple baked goods though and share some useful tips and knowledge that I have picked up. The baking/sharing session is not meant to be a demo class or a baking class, but rather a simple session for baking enthusiasts or those who are interested in baking. No experience is required. For those who are keen to take up baking but have been comtemplating do to so, you might want to have a feel of how baking is like. I will be choosing a simple cookie recipe for this baking/sharing session.

Bakertan's Giveaway
  • One winner will be chosen at random among all participants. To participate in this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post. Your comment must contain the following codeword: "Merry Xmas!"
  • Each participant is only entitled to one chance in this giveaway. Multiple entries/comments will be deleted.
  • This giveaway will close at 12am (midnight) on 12-12-2010.
  • This giveaway is only opened to residents in Singapore.  

The winner of this giveaway may choose from one of the following:
  1. Either a pack of homemade crunchy chocolate chip cookies, OR
  2. A baking-sharing session with me at my humble abode. All costs involved will be borne by me. The chosen recipe would be crunchy chocolate chip cookies. No baking experience is required.
I will be announcing the winner on 12-12-2010 at 12am and he/she would be required to email me.

Disclaimer: I do not conduct baking classes nor am planning to conduct any baking classes/sessions. Please do not email me to enquire regarding this. Thank you.


  1. Merry Christmas Bakertan! I read your blog often and have tried some of your recipes and they are awesome. Thanks for sharing your recipes and tips.

    I like the way you hold this contest - winner will be given a pack of homemade cookie or baking-sharing session.


  2. I like your idea of Baking It Forward. You may just start a baking revolution! It's nice that the 'prize' is homemade bakes or baking time with you. Has a very personal touch :) May you and your loved ones have a Merry Xmas! (Don't need to put me in for the giveaway. Just wanted to leave a msg to show my support.)

  3. ZY, very novel idea! This old hen will make way for others and hence won't put in the codeword. LoL!

  4. lol i want to participate! December is sure going to be a crazy month for people who have passion for baking hehe

    Merry Xmas! Bakertan! :P

  5. Wow, So nice of you Bakertan! I would love to have a baking-sharing session with you~ *^_^*
    "Merry Xmas!"

  6. Oh wow! Very innovative idea! Well done! I'm also not a professional baker, and i like baking sessions! I'm going to send my entry to qualify. Hehe...
    Here's wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  7. Hmmm...can I just go and bake with you or get the cookies without going through this? Lol! But sure very sweet of you to do this....:))

  8. That's a really cool idea! Unfortunately I can't participate, cos if I am the lucky winner, besides having a baking partner, you'll have 3 extra pair of tiny hands to help you mess up your kitchen.

    Have fun!

  9. This sounds fun, interesting idea!! It will be fun, the baking session.

    I wish you and your family Merry Xmas!! :)

  10. Bakertan,
    There's a program here in the U.S. called Bake It Forward, sponsored by the Imperial Sugar Co. We'd love to have you and your followers join us in our campaign to share a smile through baked goodies. You can learn more here:

  11. Hey Jess,

    Merry Xmas!

    Hi VD,

    You're welcome. thanks for your support! Do let me know if you have any suggestions or if there is anything I need to improve on.

    Cheers and Merry Xmas!


    Hey Eelin,

    Merry Xmas and thanks for the support!


    Hey Jean,

    Merry Xmas! I look forward to your dec bakes =]

  12. hey Cathy,

    merry xmas too! look forward to having a session with you if possible.


    hey Jane,

    you're more professional than the average casual baker. May you have an enjoyable festive season!


    Hey Bee Bee,

    haha sure. Drope me a message. If I happen to be doing bakes you can come drop by and pick them up =]


    hey blessed homemaker,

    I wouldn't mind having several extra pair of hands to help me out. lol. Merry xmas and enjoy the festive season!

  13. hey Hanushi,

    Merry Xmas to you too!


    hi Jessica,

    I didn't know such a program exists. Thanks for inviting me to join.

  14. hi bakertan (: is really nice and sweet of you to come up with this really good idea (: merry xmas to you and your family! (:


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