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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bucket Babe: Mishka Patel

There's just something about the month of April that just makes it special, it could be all the long weekends, or that is has 30 days, or that it's my birthday month, actually is mostly has to do with the fact that it's my birthday month! So in honor of this I also decided to go out and find an up and coming star whom also is born in this epic month. It wasn't very difficult as I've known this month's featured model for a while now through social media and witnessed the great things she has achieved so far and the endless possibilities that awaits her. Her tall slim physique is enough to make any man weak in the knees and her infectious smile would get even the toughest person grinning. She's already has an impressive CV, and at such a young age you can only see her destined for success.

Mishka Patel


Bio
Hailing from the Western Cape, Mishka Patel is most recognised for being a finalist in the Miss SA 2014 pageant. Little do we know that she has a host of achievements attached to her ever impressive CV. She was also Miss Veet South Africa Runner up and Miss Earth National Finalist, currently she has just reached the top 10 group of the SABC 3 Presenter Search and needs your votes! So see the link below to vote for her! 

Apart from competitions, Mishka is also very active in charities and giving back to the community, she has started her own "Success Class Project" at 3 schools, which helps equip girls with the necessary skills and knowledge to have a successful high school journey. Adding to her skill sets, she does Public Speaking, Motivational Speaking, Runway Modeling, MC and hosting of events. She also is an ambassador for a number of brands, and promotes a healthy lifestyle, with a balance of exercise and eating healthy,mwhich is so important in our current fast pace society. You wouldn't say it but she is also an avid gamer, World Of Warcraft being her game of choice.
Links


Twitter: @MishkaPatel
Instagram: Mishy13x
Facebook: Mishka Patel 
Presenter Search Voting link: Vote for Mishka



Q&A

1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
  • Haha, I don't see myself as a materialistic girl at all, especially looking at what I am driving, but if I need to choose and if I could afford it, I'd say a crisp white Bentley with white leather seats. One day! Hehe
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • Keep me out of the kitchen at all times - FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY! haha!
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • Plain salty popcorn.
4. Dream cover shoot?
  • I'd say a success Magazine/ Elle/ Glamour
5. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • I barely have time to listen to music, but anything with a good beat gets me going :)
6. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
  • EXECUTIVE for sure!
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • I don't kiss and tell. Haha, I am in a happy 4 year relationship.
8. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • Oprah, because of her success story and due to the fact that she is such an absolute powerhouse of a woman. Also growing up, my mother has always been my role model. 
9. Obviously being a female you would love fashion. Favourite label/ designer?
  • I am not one to look at what labels I am buying. I buy what I find appealing and attractive - but I do like the look and glamorous feel of Louis !Vuitton, even though I can barely afford it - other name brands I like are Michael Kors and Guess/ Sissy Boy too.
10. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • I won;t say this is the ideal "party" destination, but certainly is one I would LOVE to travel to and see one day. France/ Paris.








 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Whisky Live Showroom: Durban


The organisers of the popular Whisky Live Festivals that have been taking place across the country for the past few years with great success have announced that they will be hosting Whisky Live Showrooms in 3 cities around the country. Durban and Cape Town remain on the list whilst Pretoria is added on for the first time. The showrooms in essence will be a much intimate experience for the visitor as each event is purposely handcrafted for the cities and displays some of the best that the whisky world has to offer. 


The showroom kicks off this weekend, the 24th and 25th of April in Durban at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World with the exclusive tasting areas designated at the Suncoast Sun Zone.  Visitors to the showrooms can expect the best in whisky from local to international distilleries with experts at hand to answer any question , some of the familiar names include the House of Walker,  Chivas Regal, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie and Bunnahabhain and new comers Tomatin and Smokehead. For the more curious folk, Innis and Gunn a craft beer made in whisky barrels will be present as an intriguing interlude to the norm. 


Visitors to the event can also look forward to products that enhance the whisky lifestyle and that will add to the experiences, these include high-end fragrances from the likes of - Issey Muyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Bulgari and Burberry. Premium cigars from The Cigar Club and selection of Twisp's flavoured filters. The showroom in its sophisticated and luxury setup is the perfect place for friends to mingle, business associates to network and connoisseur's to chat and discuss the variety of products displayed. 


Tickets for the event cost R170 each and are available via the website www.whiskylivefestival.co.za or via www.ticketpro.co.za, visitors who register for the Whisky Live Festival Club at the event will receive R20 cash back or an additional 5 tasting vouchers. All tickets include a complimentary tasting glass, a 500ml bottle of Spring Water and 15 tasting vouchers. First 500 visitors through the doors in Durban each night will receive a free copy of the iconic whisky guide, the 2015 SA Whisky Handbook.


Tickets are limited for this event and its best for you to book tickets online to avoid disappointment. If you are a fan of fine whisky, you wouldn't want to miss out on this as it is the premier event to sample some of the finest and get to know more about this drink. 


For more info on the event, you can visit the website, follow them on twitter @WhiskyLiveSA or 'Like; the Whisky Live Festival on Facebook.


For those of you on Twitter, tonight we bring you a unique experience as myself along with other other whisky enthusiasts bring you a Live Whisky tasting with our host @JezzTheDJ, we will be sampling some of the great single malts from the Glenfiddich distilleries between 7pm and 8pm tonight, so be sure to join in on the conversation by following the hashtags #WhiskyLiveOnTwitter and #GlenfiddichLive 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday Choon: Talemono vs. Above & Beyond - Overload vs. We're All We Need (Armin van Buuren Mashup)


We're being spoilt in South Africa of recent when it comes to the calibre of EDM artists that are visiting our shores, shortly after Ultra South Africa, Showtek graced us just last week and this week saw Above & Beyond play out to sell out shows in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. There's no doubting that A&B are one of the biggest names in Trance Music for the past 5 years, whether its classics like Sun and Moon or their live, unplugged concert in Porchester Hall, the Swedish Group have gathered a world wide following. Their weekly podcast, Above & Beyond Group Therapy (ABGT) has also grown in leaps as their 100th episode was celebrated at a sell out show in Madisson Square Gardens. This weeks choon is a mash up of their hit song "We're all we need" with Talemono's Overload, done by none other than himself, Armin van Buuren, the video is taken from his ASOT700 in Utrecht.

                     

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bucket Scene: Sidebar


For those that know me, if I say I'm going out to eat or if someone asks me to recommend a place to go out to eat in Durbs, 9 out of 10 times I would say go to Spiga D'Oro. Often people joke with myself and friends that we have shares in the place, we don't but what keeps us going back is multiple things. The good and friendly service, the amazing quality of food that keeps to standard every time we go there and that family atmosphere you lack at many establishments. All of this makes Spiga great and hence you will find us there often.


A few months back, after their renovation and downsizing of the restaurant in Florida Road, they opened up the Sidebar. I, like many thought the space would be used as an extension to the restaurant but instead Marco and the team had other ideas. They turned it into an amazing bar with high stools, high tables, dimmed lighting and amazing rustic decor. The huge wooden doors that greet you at the entrance gives you this shed like feeling, which essentially what it is, the red brick interior adds to that industrial type look with exposed steel sections and rough edges. It offers the patrons a different experience all together but still has that Spiga touch to it.


Come to think of it, after they opened you feel the area needed something along the lines of this. It's a more vibey, trendy spot for people of all ages to come in, relax with their mates, have a drink and even order the great food that Spiga has on their menu. Whilsts not being over popular like other places on the strip, where one hardly has place to walk let alone sit, the Sidebar has that niche sense to it. It's perfect when you're with a bunch of friends looking for a quick bite as the restaurant at most times does have a waiting list or booking requirement. This place also serves as a place to wait for your table at the restaurant while enjoying a drink at the bar.


Speaking of the bar, it is the focal point of the place, the long counter which you would expect to be wooden but instead is cast concrete with a glaze finish that helps reflect the light off the over hanging glass rack. Besides stocking all your favourites, the bar stocks a host of Craft beer, with some of the bigger name local craft brewers available on tap.


Further down the bar, it opens up into a nifty court yard with some wall hanging plants and open sky which doubles as a smoking area. It's perfect for a hot summers day to chill out there with a few cold ones with your mates. The Sidebar is available for hire and they have been hosting quite a few events of late, most recently art exhibitions and even a live band. For more on whats going on there, check their Tumblr feed: http://sidebar031.tumblr.com/


Address: 200 Florida Road, Durban
Telephone: 031 303 9511
Twitter: @SpigaDurban
Instagram: sidebar031
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sidebar/

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Clarkson, Hammond and May - LIVE!


Well after much speculation, many fans around the globe are glad to hear that the 3 musketeers of the motoring world are returning but not to a TV screen but rather a live performance. Following the recent happenings with Jeremy and his former place of employments, many were unsure if the live show that was bookmarked to be held at the Ticketprp Dome in Johannesburg would go ahead, but producers of the event have answered that question now, stating that they will be touring South Africa and they cannot wait to be back. 


It's been 4 years since the team last had an event in Johannesburg and whilst they enjoyed success with it in Durban, they're equally happy to be performing in the North again. The shows creative director, Rowland French had this to say: "We absolutely love the fans in South Africa and we're thrilled to be returning to Johannesburg for the first time in four years, for a limited number of shows that are sale for 2015 only. Jeremy, Richard, James and the entire production team have always had a great time in South Africa and truly believe it has the best fans in the world. We;re looking forward to putting on an incredible show, featuring all the things people know and love the presenters, as well as the spectacular action sequences the production has become famous for."


Fans of the show can expect much of the same from the trio, the action packed 90 minutes show is sure to include smoking tyres, jaw dropping supercars, loads of entertainment and laughs galore. If you are a petrol head and miss seeing these three on your TV screens, you know you have to attend this show so making sure you booking your tickets early for the best seats in the house! Pre-registration closes tonight the 14th of April at midnight. Once pre-registered, you will be legible for pre-sales which open on the 15th of April. If not, ticket sales open to the general public on the 20th of April 2015.


There will be 4 shows in total from the 12th - 14th of June, with 2 shows on the Saturday. Ticket prices range from R395 to R995. For the die hards, there are also two hospitality packages available, 

  • the Supporters Village Package for R1999 excl VAT includes tented pre-show hospitality in the Amphitheatre at the The Ticketpro Dome with live cooking stations and a variety of meal options and the complimentary beer, wine and cool drinks (spirits on a cash basis), prime seating for the arena show and parking.
  • The VIP Package for R2999 excl VAT includes entry into the VIP Hospitality Suite with prime bleacher seating on the mezzanine, hot and cold snacks on arrival, a VIP buffet meal, a complimentary local bar (including standard brand spirits), a corporate gift and parking. 
To book these extremely limited packages, contact Wendy via email on wendy@befestivals.co.za or call 031 303 9177.

Show dates and times:

  • Friday, 12th June - Gates open at 2pm, show times: 9pm to 10.20pm
  • Saturday, 13th June - Gates open at 11am, show times: 1.30pm-3pm & 6pm-7.30pm
  • Sunday, 14th June - Gates open at 9am, show times: 11.30am-1pm
Visit the website for more info and to pre-register for pre-sales: www.clarksonhammondandmaylive.co.za

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Choon: Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (ZAXX Remix)


It's not Friday but we're doing a flash back of sort, who can forget Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone"? It's one of those songs that brings back the nostalgia of clubbing in the years when dance music was just hitting the scenes. At the time it was one of the biggest tracks around, being played at every party and every radio station, till this day the original is still a classic but as with most good classics, they get reworked. With this song there has been many and I mean many remixes, most recently Dash Berlin brought out his remix of the track but today's featured remix is by ZAXX , a 17 year old producer from Staten Island in New York. I think he's remix has done the song justice and brought it up to date with today's modern sound but still maintains that great tempo from yesteryear. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bucket Seat: 2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe


Yes I know the entire 6 Series line up has been revised but if you have been following me, you would know that there is only one variant in the range that catches my eye. In fact I think its the best looking BMW in production at the moment, yes even better than the i8 for me and that is the 6 Series Gran Coupe. 


Not sure why but it brings the best of a few worlds for me and combines it into a car that has everything. The sweeping coupe design gives it that sporty look with the elongated wheel base and two extra doors making it look like a super saloon. The car can be viewed in many lights, depending on the options you go for and that's what I like about it. 


The interior is the right mixture of modern, luxury and style, and even though you want to be in the drivers seat of the car, the back seats look equally welcoming as one could be driven around in something so elegant. Anyway, the revised model is out and should be hitting SA shores soon with subtle design changes which include new headlights, tail lights, new grille and front air in take and diffuser. It still is a beautiful looking car and if I had the cash, it would be in my garage already. 





Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Black Bottle Whisky - Launch


Although I don't mind the odd glass of craft beer now and then, I never was a fan of the drink derived from hops and barley. Many find this strange for a man but I just prefer the smooth, rich, textures of a good whisky. It's not the cheapest drink to buy at a bar but it satisfy's me, I don't have a preference when it comes to whiskies, whether it be Irish or Scottish, single malt or mixed blend, it all depends on taste and tones for me. 


Last week I was invited to the launch, well re-launch of Black Bottle Whisky at the Dutch in Umhlanga. Having never tasted this whisky before, one could tell that it wasn't an ordinary whisky by choice of venue. Black Bottle has been on sale in South Africa for a little over 10 years now but it never was quite promonent, also it should come in a green bottle as apposed to the name. You see when a group of brothers who were originally tea blenders decided to make their own whisky, they wanted theirs to be unique so they imported black glass from Germany, this however stopped at the start of World War 1 and they had to use  local sourced green glass.


Now after many decades they decided to revert back to black. After meeting "Mr Black" as they called him, we learned the methods of how the whisky is distilled and left to mature in used wine casks which add extra flavour and dimentions to it. The whisky itself is quite pungent, smooth on the tongue and pallete with a rich spicey after taste that follows the warmth from the whisky. This along with the decadent finger snacks supplied by the Dutch on the evening, made for a delightful Monday night.

Mr Black with Chia Kougianos from The Socialite
I normally have my whisky neat on the rocks, with the ice mainly there to chill the whisky than to dilute it, but I learnt that the ice has an effect on the whisky and sends it into a state of "shock" but as explained by the brand ambassodor, it all depends on the preference of the drinker. Black Bottle even encourages cocktails to be made from it. I tried a few on the evening and got to say, I really did enjoy them, even though I don't like cocktails very much. 

Myself and Chia, captured on Polaroid
It was a great evening of whisk, food and entertainment, but I got to learn and appreaciate whisky a whole lot more. The average selling price of Black bottle should be in the R200 range which slots right in with the popular ones that people tend to buy, next time you're out at the bottle store, be sure to try it out and remember, its back in Black!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Choon: Zedd ft Selena Gomez - I Want You To Know


Never thought that an EDM DJ and a Disney actress would combine and make a good song but these two have! Rumour mill has it that they're dating but we don't really care about Hollywood gossip, we just want good music. This song has been out for a while now and been received well on most radio stations, its borderline commercial but I like it and Selena is hot.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bucket Seat: BMW i3 & i8


Recently BMW South Africa launched their new i range of vehicles in South Africa, its been a long time coming, lots of hard work behind the scenes and finally after all of this we were ready to receive them, thus opening up a new era in motoring. When BMWi began their mission to build electric powered cars, there were loads of research and development with various prototypes and concepts but with every one the method was the same, to build a new vehicle that is purposely meant to be powered by an electric plant not simply putting an electric motor in a car that exists already, hence the term "Born Electric".


The fruits of their labour saw the i3 and i8 come into form and were displayed 3 years ago to the world as concepts. Futuristic and bold designs, made the cars look like they were 20 years ahead of time but little did we know that BMW were very close to production with them. When news broke of production ready cars, we waited to see how much of the outrageousness was discarded seeing that concepts always go heavily under the knife to cut costs for the models that make to the showroom but to everyones surprise, with these two much remained the same. 


This weekend I was invited by BMW to partake in the regional launch of the iSeries vehicles at their pop up store in Gateway. We were given a brief insight by BMWi Manager Deena Ralph Govender, into the reasoning for BMW to introduce electric cars and the complexities that they went into to ensuring that the cars were geared to be environmentally friendly in every aspect. From the carbon fibre plastic shell being 100% recyclable to using eco friendly materials to decorate the cabins of the cars. It was then time to get behind the wheel of the i3, a short route to KZN's only "i ready" dealership, BMW Supertech was planned. The route offered a bit of urban driving, city driving as well as freeway driving so we could put the i3 through its paces. 


The first thing that you realise when you're next to one, besides the futuristic design, is its size. While pictures do make the car look rather small, in actual fact it is quite a respectable size and when you get inside you recognise how spacious and comfortable it is with it being able to accommodate 4 adults with ease and comfort, with the car also having suicide style doors, not having a B pillar makes entering an exiting the car that much easier. The dash follows the BMW philosophy of clean cut and simple design with a modern touch, the conventional speedometer is replaced with a LCD screen and a secondary screen in the centre of the console to display entertainment and navigation along with BMW's Connected Drive. If you haven't heard of Connected Drive, it is basically your very own concierge service at the touch of a button. Its a 24 hour service for your every need, need directions? No need to punch it in manually into the GPS, simply tell the operator the place you need to go to, and in a matter of seconds your GPS will have the route for you to follow. 


Starting the car is an experience on its own, because the electric motor is so silent you don't know if the car is on or not! The car comes with an automatic gear box with the selector finding a new space up next to the steering column, now it's just a single gear system to regulate the speed so it's a smooth ride from the go. Acceleration is instant as you tap the pedal, the propulsion of the car is intense with the torques kicking in at drastic speeds, 0-60kph in 4 seconds, that's faster than some sports cars! and as a top speed of a 150kph. When you release your foot from the accelerator, the car begins to brake on its own to regenerate power to the batteries, this in effect recharges your car as you drive. The i3 comes in two versions, the BEV and the REx, the BEV being full electric which offers the driver a range of 160km from a full charge with the REx having a range extending petrol engine not to power the car but to generate power to the batteries allowing the cars range to be just over 300km on a full charge. 


With SA not being fully equiped for electric cars just as yet, BMW are offering owners of the i3 an option to exchange their car for a combustion variant should they require to go on a long distance trip. This is all factored into the price of the car. The BEV comes in at approximately R525,000 and the REx at R585,000 at base prices. Yes it does seem a bit steep for a city car but if you do the math, you will be saving tons of money in the long run. To fully charge your car using a normal wall socket takes 6 to 7 hours and costs a mere R21, if you get the BMW iWallbox installed at home charging time is reduced to just 2 hours. There is another quicker option but will only be available at BMWi dealerships where a DC charger is on hand to do the job in just 20 minutes. Getting back to the savings, with your average 1.6 hatch, many average 400km on a 45 litre tank which costs you close to R500 now, you can do 400km in the i3 BEV for just R63, that's a good R400+ saving for you. 


Now I've already touched on how futuristic the car looks and the amazing performance and economy but there's still more cool things to the car. BMW have an app available on both Android and iOS platforms for owners to download and use, this makes use of Connected Drive and gives you live data of your car, so for example the amount of charge left in the battery, where you car is parked within a 1,5km radius (for when you can't remember where you parked in the mall?!) and the best feature for me, is pre-conditioning your car from your phone. With our blistering summer temperatures, we often park our cars out in the sun and when we get back in, it feels like we stepped into the sauna, with this app you can tell the car to run the aircon at a specific temp before you get to your car, so by then the car is at the perfect temperature for you to be in, how cool? The app can also lock and unlock your car so if you leave your keys inside by mistake, there's no need to call a locksmith and you can also use the hooter, may sound like a weird feature but when you have a car like the i3 or i8 you will be attracting attention from others so you may want to clear the crowd as you get to your car. 


Later that evening I got the chance to drive the i8, its been little under 24 hours since I've driven the car and I still have this smile on my face. I expected it to be a lot like the i3 but it was nothing like it at all. Being a hybrid, the car makes use of a 1.5 ltr, 3 cylinder petrol engine but unlike most hybrids on the market, the emphasis is on the electric motor with the petrol engine just their to assist. The low stance and tub cabin makes it feel like the ultimate sports car with the dash reminiscent to that of a space ship which is quite fitting as when you flick the car into sports mode, the dash colours change from blue into red and when the pedal is floored it feels like you've hit hyperspeed and about to jump into a new vortex. I still can't put into words what feelings that go through you when driving that car, it really is a piece of art, in fact both cars are in the own right and are real game changers. It will be interesting to see what other manufacturers will do now since they have to play catch up. 


For more info on the i3, you can visit their campaign site at: http://goo.gl/CwkthW
Or if you want to book a test drive, simply fill your details at: http://goo.gl/KqKsRD