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Friday, July 3, 2015

Bucket Seat: The new BMW 7 Series


Couple weeks back BMW lifted the covers on the much anticipated new 7 series, being the flagship model from the German manufacturer, a lot of what the car has to offer now will be filtered into future models. The car has changed a lot from concept stages which is sad as I quite liked the look of the Vision, it was bold and different where as the new 7 doesn't look that much different from its predecessor, okay it is slightly bigger and bolder but not striking like the concept. Guess I'm just upset about that part. 


But its good to see BMW didn't drop most of the gadgets and cool stuff, hand gestures are a real thing, touch control aircon, laser lights, remote control park which is damn cool! The body structure is made from a new carbon fibre re-inforced plastic compound that has reduced weight of the car significantly, almost by 130kgs! An all new engine line up which includes a 740e plug in hybrid.


Being bigger, the cars comforts levels have been improved with increased space for passengers. Staying on the inside, as always there will be a host of interior trims, colours and textures to chose from. There is an executive lounge option for the car that comes with automatic 4 zone air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats with massage functionality with a foot rest. Other features include a fold out table, extra cup holders and a removable 7" tablet that fits onto the center console and controls all the functions stated.


Anyway as cool as the back may sound, its up front is where the action is. Gesture control as mentioned before is a big one, for now it's limited to things such as audio control and phone calls. The infotainment screen is now touch sensitive so you can control it like an iPad. Standard iDrive toggles will still be available if you chose to still do things the old school way.


There's still loads to this car that I haven't even begun to talk about and I'm sure there's more we will learn about it as we wait for local launch which could be early next year. As much as I am disappointed with the cars exterior design, there's no denying that they have made up for it in abundance every where else. Like I said, most of what we seeing here will be phased into the BMW's of the future as BMW Group's Senior Vice President, Adiran van Hooydonk said "At BMW we believe the future can be predicted most effectively if we're helping to shape it. The primary objective in the development of the new car was to create a vision of modern luxury and to exceed our customers expectations."

                     

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tsogo Sun: Fly the Flag


With just under 80 days to go to the Rugby World Cup, the country is gearing into Green and Gold fever. Last week I was invited by Tsogo Sun for the launch of their regional 'Fly The Flag' initiative. Held at Durban's Suncoast Casino, we were there to witness the start of a campaign that unify's the nations support of the Springboks in a way that has never been done before. 


Fans around the country can make their way to participating Tsogo Sun resorts to sign ribbons with messages of support to the team before they embark on their tour to the British Isles to contest in the Rugby World Cup and hopefully bring it home for a record 3rd time. These ribbons will be in place from the 24th of June till the 25th of August before they are collected an sewn together to make a 3m x 8m South African flag that will be displayed on the Montecasino Piazza.


Tsogo Sun's Director of Marketing Noeleen Bruton had this to say: "We've created a campaing that would give Springbok fans the chance to do something tangible in support of their team; to be involved in a unifying project that will no doubt be inspiring and encouraging for the Boks as they face this mighty challenge


A smaller replica of the flag will be handed over to the team at the Springbok send-off cereomny at Montecasino on September 11th. Tsogo Sun is the proud hotel partner of the Springbok rugby team since 1995, the year that we won the cup for the first time, 20 years on and this partnership has strengthened with Tsogo Sun announcing that they've extended this for another 3 years. 


In addition to this, Tsogo Sun have pulled out all the stops for an amazing competition that forms part of their RWC initiatives where a fan and five friends can win a weekend at the Palazzo Penthouse to watch the final game at Montecasino Boktown, as well as host of great prizes from major sponsors, simply by posting the best Springbok supporters selfie. 




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Monday Choon: Jay Hardway - Wake Up


Jay Hardway is best known for his colaberation with other Dutch DJ sensation Martin Garrix as well as some remixes but Jays music is more than just colabs and remixes as he displays in this week's featured track. Wake Up has been out for a whlie now but the official music video was realised on the 26th. The video is made up of GoPro footage by Jay on his tours around the world and has candid features of various DJ'S as well. Pretty cool insight into a life of a DJ.




Friday, June 26, 2015

Bucket Babe: Vivienne Waibel


We're halfway through the year already and deep in the clutches of winter, as the country prepares for another cold spell to hit our shores we've been working endlessly to scour the land for the hottest ladies to feature and to warm us up. Today's featured beauty is from the Cape but has German heritage. She is extremely qualified and from that is very passionate about education to our countries less fortunate. She has a soft spot for animals of all kinds and shapes, and currently obsessed about Nutella. She sounds like our kind of girl, here's more about her.

Vivienne Waibel


Bio
I am originally from Germany but my mother side of the family is South African. I went to school in Joburg and after that completed my Honours in Developmental Studies at UCT. Currently, I am doing my Masters in Health Economics. If I had to choose between a baby and a puppy, I would choose a puppy. I love animals and I have a horse back home in Germany but really I love any kind of animal, ranging from horses to snakes, to snails... lol. I am also modelling and have just come back from an overseas trip to India. Modelling overseas is such an adventure! I would recommend ti to anyone that has got the opportunity to go. I was lucky to have an amazing agency in India, "TOABH" which made the culture shock a very pleasant experience. In Cape Town my agency is Faith Models and they are amazing, I love each and every single one  of my bookers. I am not very domesticated at all and urgently need to learn how to cook, I most survive of Pasta, Nutella pancakes and fruit, hence I certainly don't believe in low carb myths. To compensate for the carb overload, you can find me at the Yoga Life in De Waterkant where I try to hang out most days of the week. During my time at UCT I also actively participated in the SHAWCO outreach programme, where I taught High School children. I firmly believe in Mandela's quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world"! And I wish our government would do more to give every child the opportunity to receive the best education possible.

During my teaching experience, I found that while so much emphasis is being placed on Maths and Science skills, a lot of the students actually struggled with a language barrier, coming from a Xhosa, Zulu, or other African language background. As a result, a lot of them struggle to understand complex concepts in Maths and Science when they are being taught to them in English. Thus, one of my personal goals would be to find an outreach program that teaches kids Maths and Science skills in their mother tongue.
 Links
Instagram: @viviennewaibel



Q&A


1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
  • Anything that is not on the top 10 most hijacked car list. However, if I really had to choose, I would go for the Aston Martin DB9, I find the design beautiful!
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • My latest obsession is Nutella, so I will make you Nutella and Banana toast.
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • Butter and salt is over-rated! I would definitely go for M&M's. In Germany frosted popcorn is quite big, I'm not sure why it's not available here (hint hint ster kinekor and nu metro)
4. Dream cover shoot?
  • That's quite a tough question, there are a whole lot of magazines I would like to be on, from Vogue to Harpers Bazar, but let's keep it local, Cosmopolitan SA.

5. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
  • I'm going to say a mixture of both. Both have their ups and downs
6. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • My mom. She has inspired me from day one and I can be a fraction of the person she is I would have succeeded in life.
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • I'm engaged! So excited for the wedding =D
8. Obviously being a female you would love fashion. Favourite label/ designer?
  • My closet consists of Zara & Topshop. But my favourite local designer is probably Gavin Rajah.
9. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • Robin Schulz, "Shake it off!" (Taylor Swift) haha!
10. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • Of late I've been having the best nights in London ("Cirque le Soir" in Soho) and Goa (India) made for a few memorable nights too, but my dream destination for partying will have to be New York. It has both the chic and urban kind of nightlife, so it will allow for a nice change up every now and then.









Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ultra 2015 - Official Aftermovie


The memories of Ultra 2015 still linger on like it was just yesterday even though the event was 3 months ago, that is the magnitude of the festival that wowed crowds both in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This week organizers of Ultra South Africa released the much anticipated Aftermovie, produced by legends Final Kid and available in 4K! Watch as Martin Garrix takes you through his story behind ultra, all while reliving Ultra 2015 in quad HD, if you missed the video, we have it for you below and at the end don't miss the special message pertaining to next years event.


                    

Every year Ultra aim to please crowds by bringing in the hottest and biggest names in electronic dance music to our shores and this year was no different but from the time the festival ended in the early hours of February 15th in Joburg, there were loads behind the scenes already beginning work on next years event. Its going to be bigger and better with the schedule changing a bit by Joburg getting to host the event before Cape Town and the big news is that the Joburg leg will be over 2 days! From the 26th of February 2016, 3 days of EDM madness will engulf the country with the final leg being in Cape Town at a new venue, the River Club on the 28th of February 2016. 


From what we've witnessed over the past 2 years, there little doubt that next years is going to be yet another unforgettable experience. Pre-registration for early bird tickets has opened on the website, so make sure you get your details in now to stand a chance to get your hands on the first batch of tickets that go on sale on the 30th of June next week! 


For more information:

Website: www.ultrasouthafrica.com
Facebook: UltraSouthAfrica
Twitter: @UltraSA
Instagram: ultrasouthafrica

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Monday Choon: Eric Prydz - Generate


Eric Prydz needs no introduction, the man has built up quite a reputation in the industry and with it has a massive following. From early hits like "Call On Me" to most recent tracks like "Panjo" really still get the crowd going. A few months back, for the first time ever,  Prydz was asked to be part of an elite few in Miami to play during the ASOT700 festival at UMF. He literally blew the crowd away. It was a magical set and today's track is the song he opened that set with. Enjoy!

                       

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bucket Seat: BMW 228i Convertible


When BMW launched the 2 series, it was a whole new model with a sense of individuality to it, they didn't want it to be just a 1 series with a boot like the previous 1 series coupe. Yes while it still may have been based on the 1 series, the 2 series was different in many ways. The styling was quite different with much longer and sleeker head lights, the car itself seemed a bit lower in height and of course the redesigned boot and rear headlights. The car looked like a mini racer and with the various packages offered by BMW, the customer had plenty to chose from . 


Funnily enough one of the most sold models is the range topping 235i, which was the star in the infamous BMW Drift Mob video, might I add that it was shot on our shores in Cape Town. I was never lucky enough to get the 2 Series coupe to test but upon my recent visit to the Mother City, I was handed the keys to the BMW 228i Convertible, its like the coupe but with an optional roof. I must add that the thought did cross my mind to re-create the Drift Mob video but on second thought I knew it would land me in a lot of trouble with the authorities. 


Comfort
The car is a 4 seater, almost all the time I was there, there were 4 people in the car. It's a bit of a squeeze, especially for the passengers sitting in the back but all in all we manged to fit. I'm sure if you asked the guys who sat in the back, their answer might differentiate to mine but I thought majority of the time we were comfortably seated in the car. Ride quality is good, even though the car looks low, it isn't that much as perceived. The seats are fully adjustable should you require specific seating positions and when there are less passengers in the car you can sit however you like, just not like an idiot where you half sleeping. Even though the car came with a fabric roof, there was little to none noise when closed, and even when open, the deflection of the wind kept the chill out and allowed us to enjoy the sun...okay since it was winter we had to turn on the heater a bit.



Storage
I'll be honest, I thought our luggage was never going to fit but the boot did well, 335 liters  manged to fit 4 fully packed cabin sized bags in the trunk along with 2 nap sacks. Being a fabric roof, it also didn't require half the boot to fold into, so merely pulling down the level in the boot which minimized the boot space by a fraction, bringing it down to 280 liters and that was all that it took to drop the top. Then again the car seems like a cruiser weekend car, but if its just for two people you can event stash some of your extra baggage on the back seats.



Power
It seems that I always tend to get this engine from BMW, whether its on the 3 series, 4 series, and now the 2 series. Not that there's anything wrong with the "28i", I personally feel its one of their best engines. It gives a little bit of both worlds, which is fuel economy and power when needed. The 2 Series 228i packs 180kW and 350Nm of torque, that power along with its small and well balanced chassis is more than enough power to send you smiling side ways into a bend. The car is extremely agile and at times felt like a Mini. Because of its size it makes it feel like a go-kart but the distinct BMW flair and luxury is still pretty evident, it was much enjoyed testing this cars abilities on Chapmans peak drive in Sports mode, just aim and accelerate and watch it devour those turns!



Control
As I said above, control on this car is something else, its size and turning circle gives you confidence to attack bends more aggressively. Although the car is known for drifting, it doesn't feel like you will lose your back end easily, maybe in Sport Plus mode with the traction control off it might be a different story but from Eco mode up to Sport, it holds its own very well. The 50/50 weight distribution is spot on with this car, like I said earlier, that go-kart feel when driving just escalates the drivers senses when driving. Things change when you drop the top tough, immediately you want to slow things down to 60Kph which ultimately helps with your fuel bill! Not that handling is affected without the roof, wind noise and enjoying the environment you're plays a big part of it too.



Extras
This particular model came with most of the toys, front and rear PDC's, full screen satellite navigation. BMW Connected drive which came handy on more than one occasion. Harman Kardon sound ensured the quality of sound was not distorted even with the roof down. The luxury kit came with some great finishes, such as the oak trim and cream leather as well as the turbine rims and chrome edgings. It's one of my favourite packages from BMW and looks great on any of their models.



Verdict
I'm not the biggest fan of sunroofs or convertibles but this car might have changed that for me. Its small, nimble but quite a good looking car as well. Many people who saw the car fell in love with it and I can understand why, it has a certain charm to it and while everyone preference might be the M Sport kit, I am personally a big lover of the detail in the luxury kits BMW offer. Driving with the roof down was an amazing experience, even in winter, it also made it great for the budding photographers I had seated in the back, no roof meant they could capture much of the areas we were driving through in greater detail. Another thing with the roof down, you're guaranteed to be checked out by the people you pass, heck! a lady seated in the Ferrari was also checking this car out! So it goes to show, size doesn't always matter!



Specifications
  • 2 litre, 4 cylinder twin scroll turbo charged engine
  • 8 speed Sport Automatic Transmission Steptronic
  • 180kW
  • 350Nm torque
  • Consumption: 6.6ltr/ 100km
  • Top Speed: 250kph
  • 0-100kph: 5.8 seconds 
  • Price: R484 800 (excluding extras)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Recipe: Deconstructed Chicken and Mushroom Pie


I cook all the time, more than often things don't come out as how I thought they would but when they do, I blog about it. I love chicken and mushroom pies, its probably my favourite pie and having tried out the pot pie version of it a while back recently I decided to add a twist to it and modernise it a bit. Thus creating, the deconstructed chicken and mushroom pie! I thought I'd make it since it wouldn't require a lot of work but it was, though worth the effort. 


Ingredients:

  • 2 Skinless Chicken Fillets (marinated with garlic, green chili and spices)
  • 6 Button Mushrooms
  • 1 Large Potato (mashed  until creamy and smooth with butter and milk)
  • 5 Tbsp of Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 1 Green pepper Chopped
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (10cm x 10cm)

Method:
After marinating your fillets, coat them with the flour and shallow fry them until golden and crispy, you can leave them in a preheated oven to crispen more and remove excess oil. 

To a pot, add your onion, green pepper, mushrooms and oil. Fry only the onions become limp and mushrooms become dark in colour. Add your 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour. mix continuously until the paste is brown in colour, then add the milk. You can add some seasoning to the milk. Stir on high heat until the sauce thickens. 

Cut your sheet of puff pastry to a suitable size that will fit your plate. For added effect, I brushed the top of mine with milk and sprinkled some sesame seeds on top. Bake in the oven until puffed up and golden brown in colour. 

Boil large potato, peel and mash, whilst adding butter and milk to get a creamy texture,  


Plating:

First spread the mash at the bottom of the plate, give it good height as you want it to be a generous element on the plate. There after place your chicken breasts on top of the mash then pour the mushroom sauce over the fillets. Lastly add the puff pastry top to the dish. It's not that hard to make, just uses a lot of dishes but damn tasty!







Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Choon: Alpharock - FAWL


Jeffery Lens, the 20 year old DJ from Ede in the Netherlands hasn't been the biggest name in EDM that's surfaced from that country but never the less he has been noticed now by today's featured track. FAWL is an acronym for From Amsterdam With Love, the music video is a pretty cool one as well, featuring the great city and many of its tourist attractions. 

                      

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jack Daniels Boomtown 2015



With less than a month to go to the countries biggest and best horse racing event, the Vodacom Durban July, people across the country would be searching frantically at which marquee they're going to be at but reality, there really is only one place to be and that's Jack Daniiels Boomtown!

Besides being the biggest marquee at the countries showcase horse racing event, this year organises have gone out of their way to secure the countries freshest and hottest talent to perform on stage. Previously the line up included the likes of hip-hop royalty Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Da L.E.S, KO, Riky Rik, Okmalumkoolkat and Dreamteam along with DJ Dimplez amd the Major League DJs, superstar DJs Fresh and Black Coffee, international exports Mafikizolo, Uhuru and Black Motion.


Thats a pretty stellar line up right there but now promoters Airy Scott have announced 13 additional acts, Durbans own WTF, Aewon Wolf, Gemini, Breeze, DJ Feel, Benny Maverick, Chynaman and Gagasi FM;s TP and Vumar. Hip hop fans will be glad to see that Jozi's DJ Speedsta has been included to the line up as well, along with up and coming rapper and Jack Daniels Music Scouts 2014 winner Gigi Lamayne who will perform her hit single Ice Cream.

Jack Daniels Boomtown will be powered by exclusive media partners Vuzu Amp, YFM and Gagasi FM. 


Ticket Information:

Tickets are available now from Computicket, group bookings can be made via Airey Scott office on 031 566 2720.

GENERAL TICKET - R490 per person
  • Carpeted cocktail lounge
  • 50 metre of bar
  • Cafe restaurant 
  • Plasma screens with racing feed
  • Betting facilities
VIP TICKET - R1700 per person
  • Exclusive decked VIP Lounge
  • 40 metres of a bar
  • Full complimentary bar* (11am-5pm)
  • Buffet lunch (1pm-4pm)
  • Light dinner (6pm - 8pm)
  • Private toilet facilities
  • Trackside viewing deck
  • Plasma screens with racing feed
  • Privte betting facilities
*Premium spirits, wines, beers and sof drinks are complimentary. Selected Super stock on sale. 

VVIP TICKET - R2750 per person
  • Exclusive decked VVIP Lounge
  • Premium decor
  • Full complimentary bar* (11am-10pm)
  • Upscale buffet lunch (1pm-4pm)
  • Light Dinner (6pm-8pm)
  • Trackside viewing deck
  • Plasma screens with racing feed
  • Private luxury toilets
  • Private betting facilities
  • Fully staffed facility, including dedicated waitresses, bar staff, hostess, security and senior management.
*Premium Spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks are complimentary. Select Super Premium stock on sale.



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