‘Malay Mail’ writer wins tourism award

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IPOH — It was an accolade unexpected for writer and travel and food blogger Emily Lowe Poh Choo who won a special recognition award in conjunction with the recent Perak Tourism Awards 2017 for her contribution in promoting tourism in the State.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir presented Emily the award during a dinner at Kinta Riverfront Hotel recently.

Also present were Perak Financial Officer Datuk Mohd Ghazali Jalal, Perak Tourism and Culture exco chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd, State Secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan and State Tourism Association chairman Mohd Odzman Kadir.

“Writing has been my passion and I write without expecting benefits or anything in return and I am humbled with the award,” Emily said.

“This recognition was given to me as the state government and Tourism Perak finds my stories in my blog helpful in promoting Visit Perak Year 2017.”

The 42-year-old, who manages the Emily2u.com blog, was the first ever recipient to bag the award under the social media category.

“I won the same award in 2013 with my team when I was with Ipoh Echo. However, back then the award was for the print publication category,” said Emily, who was born and had her upbringing here.

Emily, who also writes for Malay Mail, said she first started blogging in 2005 as she likes to write and share.

“I started blogging in 2005 and after two years of blogging, I created the website Emily2u.com.

“I choose blogging as it was the famous platform at that time to express one’s ideas and stories. Some bloggers may have stopped writing, but I have continued until This day as I find joy in writing and sharing,” she said.

Emily’s blog is focused mainly on travel, life, events and food.

The blog provides information on the diverse tourism offering in Perak and has been a source of reference for local as well foreign tourist on how to access these tourist attractions.

To date, the website has nearly 3,000 posts and garners over two million unique viewers, with an average of 86 per cent from Malaysia.