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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mr Price Sport BlogO14


They say "consistency is the key to success", well that's not always the case as I found out the hard way. Last week saw me and 23 other sport and lifestyle bloggers compete as teams, region specific, for the crown as Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics champions for 2014. Being one of the surviving 3 members of  #TeamDBN from last year, I knew how competitive things were going to be. I was confident in our team's abilities, even though we came 3rd in the first challenge, that did not deter us as we kept our focus to win the second challenge of the day by a matter of seconds. 

@NJDbnRocks killing the hullahoop
If no one realised it by then, the fun and games from the opening party at Tsogo Sun's Suncoast Hotel the night before was quickly forgotten as we all were focused on one thing and that was bringing glory to our cities name. Next challenge was the super frisbee, it was a tricky one as we had to throw them into Durban's iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium with the swirling wind. Many got caught out by this and saw their efforts fly backwards into the stands. I seemed to have timed it well with myself and Jonas, also from TeamDBN looking to have thrown it the furthest. The jury is still out as to who did actually get the furthest but I'll be happy to collect the points for my team. 

Super frisbee time
It was a pretty warm day in Durbs and I along with everyone else was quite thankful for the cool refreshments provided by the sponsors, one of them being Sir Juice, nothing beats fresh fruit juice. The next few events which included the waboba ball and electric scooter race saw Team Cape Town claw back into the lead on the points table. I'm not the fittest guy around so most of these activities were quite energy sapping so the SportsMax recovery zone was quite welcomed. Not only were energy drinks given to the competitors but massages as well! 

@gordsried, @gijane_zn, @mynamesjonas, @AMG133, @sillysilson, @AndyCarrie, @NJDbnRocks, @SandyNeneSA #TeamDBN

After a short break which saw us go for lunch, we got straight back into the thick of it with Zooper Zarts, similar to darts but with no sharp pointy edge to poke someones eye out. It's probably more difficult as one has get the trajectory right to get it to stick to the board. Being Indian, one would think darts is second nature to me but it wasn't really. Although I was pleased that my catching skills were up to scratch from my cricketing days, pity it wasn't a ball but a water balloon that I was catching for the next challenge. Needless to say the cool water wasn't that bad seeing that I was in the sun the whole day. 

@gjane_zn chilling out
7 events down and with no clear cut leader it was time for the final challenge, the obstacle course. I consider myself an obstacle as it is so you can only imagine what went through my mind when I heard everyone had to take part in it. Last year I sat out but this year I had to suck it up, tumble around in that zorb ball, get lost in the maze and climb up a giant inflatable slide. Far from the pace of Usian Bolt I managed to some how complete it without dying and tagged my next team member in. Team Jozi eventually won the last challenge but everyone was rewarded with ice cream, not just any ice cream, protein packed ice cream! Some were rewarded in another way though, like jumping off the arch, yeah I'm glad my name didn't go in that hat but the people who did seemed to have enjoyed it. 
The competitors

The day ended off with a prize giving back at Suncoast Towers Hotel where the inevitable happened.., I was handed a lemon for getting lost in the maze. Eventually it was time to see who the winners were, as I said at the start consistency isn't always great as TeamDBN retained the bronze. I was proud of my team though, we did much better than the year before and showed great fighting spirit which I'm sure made the scoring extremely tight. TeamCPT remained consistent as well as they retained the title as winning city. We Durbanite's have a knack of showing our guests a good time when they in our city but I think next year we going to have to change things around. 


Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable event once again, even bigger and better than last year. It's the one event that allows the participants to get to know one another and are forced to interact with each other which is great for networking. The sponsors that came on board just took things to another level, a massive shout out to them, especially MR Price Sport & the folk at Paton Tupper for putting this all together, Tsogo Sun & Suncoast Towers for the great hospitality (look out for the review coming soon), Mercedes Benz Umhlanga for letting us experience their line up of luxury saloons that got us to and from the stadium (and for awarding me the AMG Advanced Driving Experience! Cannot wait!!!) and to Moses Mabhida Stadium, the best stadium in the world for the venue!

3rd place yet again

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bucket Seat: Land Rover Experience


A few weeks back I was invited by a friend to tag along with him on the Land Rover Experience, not knowing much about it but knowing it invlovled Land Rovers was more than enough to make my descision on joining him. Land Rover have been the market leaders when it comes to building quality and realiable off roading vehicles, so much so that world renowned adventurer and explorer, Kingsley Holgate swears by them. Hey, if he says they're the best, who am I to argue?


The day kicked off with a meet and greet at Land Rover Durban, there we met with the guys from Land Rover Experience, who gave us a run down on the days schedule and a driver briefing. The most exciting part was that we were going to experience most of the model line up offered by Land Rover for the day. Once the briefing was over, we were asked to choose our vehicle of choice for the drive up to our first driver change point in Shongweni, the little boy in me sprinted to grab the keys of the new 2014 Range Rover Sport. The Sport is one of the more bad ass looking models in their range, a derivative from the big daddy Range Rover, it has a more sleek look with a sloping roof similar to that of the Evoque and bigger air in-takes in the front. 

                     

The model we had was the 3.0 SDV6 Diesel SE, the car although big in size and weight was no slouch. With 600Nm of torque at my disposal and a claimed 0-100kph of 7.2 seconds, it was hard to ahere to the safe following distance in the convoy. The car is equiped with all the bells and whistles you'd expect to find. With a fully digital drivers display and a touch screen center consol to control the media player. The trimmings are classy and stylish which really sets the Range apart from its rivals. At the driver a change it was time for me to part with my Sport and swapped it for its smaller sibling, the Range Rover Evoque which I then drove to the Land Rover Experience trail in Inchanga. Where met for a short stop and talk of what we were going to be doing, first things first was set all vehicles to low range driving which keeps the cars in lower gears for more control off road.


Now when you think of a car, let alone SUV that was designed by Victoria Beckham, you wouldn't think it would be suited for the off road. However, to my surprise I was about to be proved quite wrong. While Vicky had a hand in the actual design of the vehicle, the guys at Land Rover HQ still ensured it did everything any of their other vehicles can do.. And I must hand it to Mrs Beckham, it is due to the Evoque's outlandish styling, many of the newer models are taking shape from the mold of this one. Although having a lower ground clearance, once we reached the trail, the instructor told me it was more than capable of going around the course, I just had to take a different line when approaching each obstacle to accomodate for the ride height. Within no time, with the help of the people on the course, I completed one lap with the Evoque. 


It was time for another driver change, this time I opted for the Discovery 4 HSE. The top of the range in Land Rover's line up, the Disco 4 is known to eat up any terrain offered to it. The car again was packed with everything any luxury car has, add to that, Land Rovers marvelous air suspension that automatically detects the type of road you're on and adjusts accordingly, which could leave you surprised when getting out as the ride height will alter if you're going through unlevelled roads. To say the Disco 4 made light work of the course isn't far fetched, while there was quite a bit of work for the driver to do, it wasn't as challenging as the others. Hill Descent Control was by far one of the best features, the instructor told me to leave my foot off both the accelerator and brake while going down a steep hill. I thought he was crazy but the Disco 4 did eveyrthing itself apart from steer. It detected the steep hill and went down at a controlled pace, it's quite remarkable to experience. 

                   

The last change of vehicle was up, the Sport was already taken but there was something else that I wanted to try which no one took as yet, the Discovery 4 XS. The car just looked like it meant business off road it had a  black front grille guard and air stack to the side of the door and side decalls that just shouted out adventure. Inside the car was more of the same ruggeredness, there was practically nothing in there compared to the Disco 4 HSE. The screen in the centre consol was considerably smaller and the entire dash was just hard plastic. Now you must be wondering why? Well this car is built for people like Mr Holgate, people who want to explor and love a good adventure. The XS didn't come with fancy air suspension either  but trust me, the ride, although not as smooth was decent. It made things more fun on the course and it made me more aware of the obstacles, whilst it was nie sitting in the comfort of the other models, this one was by far the best.


Once we were all done, we did a bit more road driving to Garlington Estate in Hilton, just outside Pietermaritzberg. Once there we lunced at the Nicholson restaurant in the estate, the weathe was a bit cold and overcast so the prawn and chicken curry went down a treat. filling as it was I had to make room for dessert as one simply doesn't say no to chocolate sauce pudding. The drive back to Durban was in the Discovery 4 HSE, this is in a different class, everything about it is brilliant. It's a luxury curiser or an off roader which can be said for most of the Land Rovers but this one just makes the price tag more justifyable. All in all it was a brilliant experience and a must do if you are given the chance. 


If you want more information on how you can be part of this experience, visit Land Rover Experience website and contact the relevant person, regent specific. They offer course which can be conducted with your own vehicles and also do corperate events which is great for team building. A huge thank you goes out to the team at Land Rover Durban and the Land Rover Experience Inchange for making this possible, namely Avesh, Mica and Shane. 




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monday Choon: Martin Garrix ft. MOTi - Virus


The results from the DJ Mag Top 100 list were released last weekend,  there was no surprise at the top as Hardwell retains the number one spot. The biggest climber in the top was young DJ sensation Martin Garrix, having been in the industry for roughly 2 years now he has catapulted himself to 4th position, moving up 36 places. After seeing him live at Ultra SA this year, you really got to give the kid credit for not only coming up with hit tracks but also the level of energy he brings to his sets are phenomenal. Legends in the industry speak fondly of him and just age 18 he really has a great platform to build his career in the EDM world. This weeks tune is by him and MOTi, it has been played a for a while in the clubs and various podcasts but officially released this month. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Monster Supercross Africa


On the November 1st, the hallowed turf of Loftus Versveld will be transformed from a lush green surface to sand track motor cross arena! The Monster Energy Supercross series makes it's way to Africa and features a star studded line up with 45 riders from all over the world competiting for the biggest prize purse in SA Motorsport history!


Most of the line up consists of local riders but the international contingent boasts some big names, most notably Josh Hill, the winner of the Sweden Supercross which was held recently. Jake Weimer, Ryan Villoptos former team are both going to be here as well. The full list of riders can be found on the website.  Grant Langston, former World MX Champion and Durban born will be on the mic alongside Laren van der Westhuizen bring you the live commentarty.

                     

Besides the action on the field, be sure to keep an eye out for the action off the field, I'm talking about the moster girls in particular! They'll be out in full force as well. It's sure to be a great day out with plenty of entertaining and mind blowing racing. 


Follow all the action from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tickets can be purchase from:  http://supercrossafrica.com/tickets 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A different view of South Africa


Grant's Whisky have recently annouced their collaboration with a trio of Photographers from Soweto. Twin brothers Innocent and Justice Mhkheli along with Vuyo Mpanthsa are budding photogrpahers who all share the same creative flair when it comes to capturing the perfect imagine. They formed the photo blog I See A Different You, which started off to showcase their combined their love for fashion, art and photography but from there they slowly drifted to showcase township life in a way outsiders have never seen before. 


There is always this stigma of violence and danger when it comes to peoples perception of townships and with this venture they changed many peoples view of it by capturing and creating visuals of ordinary people in ordinary settings. Grant's Whisky stepped in to form a partnership with the three that has taken them on a nationwide journey, to photograph everyday South Africans who have stood by one another to achieve shared success.


Following the tour, the ISADY team are hosting a number of exhibitions around the country, where exclusive images will be displayed for viewing, this in collaboration with Grant's Whisky. Speaking on behalf of William Grant's & Son, Marketing Manager Lauren Kuhlmey had this to say, “With the recently launched Stand Together campaign, Grant’s Whisky acknowledges the people who have inspired and helped others on their journey to success, just as the William Grant family has done over 5 generations. No more so than in South Africa do we understand that ‘shared success’ is only 
achieved by standing together. By collaborating with I See A Different You, we want to depict these 
incredible moments of courage, support and solidarity, a demonstration of the rewards reaped 
through collective achievement as opposed to the singular”. 


Details for the event in Durban:
Venue: 39 Station Drive
Time: 19:00
Date: 23 October
Facebook: GrantsWhisky


To view more from the I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU collective, visit their blog http://iseeadifferentyou.tumblr.com/


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday Choon: Speed Limits - A380


Now I know what you're thinking, but this song has nothing to do with the plane thats manufactured by Airbus. Infact, the artist responsible for this track aren't even from France. Speed Limits consists of a Norwegian/ Italian, trance/ progressive duo Espen & Matteo. Their music is relatively unkown but garners support from some of the big boys in the industry, one of them being Armin van Buuren. I heard this song on a Gareth Emery podcast and was blown away, the sample they used was very familiar to me and I must admit took me a while to figure out where they got it from. After 2 hours of head scratching I realised it's from Tiesto's single with Kyler England "Take Me".  I love that song so automactially love this one as well!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bucket Babe: Crystal Potgieter

It's been one hell of a week for us South Africans, with the various court cases on and not to mention the freak weather, but its good to know that summer is on its way and just like the scorching temperatures we can expect in summer, today's featured girl is equally... actually having met her quite a few times I can confirm that she is hotter than that! I've know her for a good few years and we mostly partied together in Cape Town, I know what her kryptonite is but I won't let that one slip as she's been working hard on getting the physique she's wanted. I've begged asked her many times if I could feature her but she insisted I wait. As the saying goes, "patience is a virtue" and all that waiting has paid off!
Crystal Potgieter


Bio
I am a feisty, 1.6m, 26 year old living in Port Elizabeth. I love keeping in shape, eating healthily and do some modelling on the side for fun. I am studying to one day achieve my goal of becoming a chartered accountant. Not necessarily to work as one, but it does open many doors. I love the thought of being ambitious, strong and independent woman.  

I am also a hopeless romantic, as are most woman. I am very chilled and relaxed girl...but I see read as soon as I feel I am being mistreated. I find intelligence and ambition very attractive in a man. Tall, strong men with a brain are definitely my weakness.

I have recently become the ladies brand ambassador for Nutritech "for her" range. I am so grateful for this opportunity and see many exciting things happening from here.  
Links


Twitter: @Crystalita_x
Instagram: Crystalita_x


Q&A

1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
  • A white Audi S7, I love sexy, classy cars.
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • A toasted rye sandwich, with chicken, avo and cottage cheese -- healthy but sooo good! 
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • I sprinkle a combination of cheese & chives, and butter salt - & by sprinkle, I mean pouring rain kinda sprinkle!
4. On average, how many selfies do you take a week?
  • Haha! If I counted I might scare myself, It takes at least 47 to get one good selfie ;)
5. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • Ooh, this booty can shake to pretty much anything....but put on a little bump & grind, and it's game over.
6. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • Everyone knows Cape Town is the love of my life, but I'm not sure I have a dream party destination. It's about the vibe, not the destination.
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • My hand is available....fussy fingers.
8. What is your secret to looking smoking hot?
  • Got to keep the body in shape, and as long as your make up is on point, you can look hot in pretty much anything - even if the hair is shocking.
9. Dream cover shoot?
  • Hmm, Maxim is looking pretty enticing.
10. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • To be honest, I've always just tried to build myself into the person I want to be... I love the business woman appeal my mom has, and that makes me strive for success but at the same time, I have different personality and different desires. I can't point out a single role model, I can only say that my experiences have shaped me.









Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics 2014

It's almost time for the 2nd Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics, like last year, this year will see 24 of the countries top sports and lifestyle bloggers compete for the pride of their city to claim the winners medal. Last year saw Team Cape Town come out with top honors, Team Joburg coming in a close second and Team Durban came in at a respectable 3rd. But thats last year, this year things are different and Team Durbs is raring to go and kick some butt! We've made a few minor tweaks to our team and shipped in some muscle and extra beauties, you know for visual moral support...and for distracting the other teams.


Once again the event will take place at Durban's iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium and see the bloggers take part in challenges featuring Mr Price Sports Promaster recreational games. Last year proved to be loads of fun even though we were competing with each other, which makes me excited and grateful to recieve a call up for this years event. It really is a one of a kind event that gets us bloggers to interact and get to know each other face to face rather that over digital means.


Mr Price Sport even gave each participant a voucher worth R500 to spend on getting our kit from their awesome online store. Now that I look the part, I better go train for next week!


Team Durban consists of:






Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday Choon: Michael Woods feat. Lauren Dyson - In Your Arms (Ilan Bluestone Remix)


The music industry has had their fair share of successful siblings, in EDM we have the likes of the NERVO twins and most recently Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike but they're duo's whom work together. When you get siblings competing you often find one living off the others glory but thats not the case with English DJ/ Producer Michael Woods, while he and his sister Marcella Woods both are in EDM their success are partial to their own hard work. Today's track is by Michael and features the vocals of Lauren Dyson, the original which was released on Spinnin' Records has been doing well but the remix by Ilan Bluestone takes it up a notch or two.



Friday, October 10, 2014

G-Star Raw Durban


Last night I attended the official store launch of G-Star RAW in Durban, the popular American clothing brand has teamed up with singer and producer Pharrell Williams to bring out their exclusive "raw for the oceans" range. These include garments made from bionic yarn, which basically is recycled plastic that has been dumped into the oceans. How is this possible though? Well the process is quite complex where they take the fibres that make the plastic and transform them into durable textile for clothing. 


The items in the range are quite cool and the comfort and feel of them is just as good as any of G-Star's other products. The Gateway store, although small has a wide range of products from their denim which includes an awesome floating display warehouse on the mezzanine level which can be seen on the trade floor of the double volume shop. 


The launch it self was brilliant, with many of the who's who in Durban present and I also spotted most of the local fashion bloggers and trend setters of Durban. I for one don't consider myself one but it was nice to get their perspective of the brand and clothing range, plus the sushi and cocktails were an added bonus. The shop is pretty great and as said has a wide variety of G-Star RAW products, so next time you're in Gateway pop by to see for yourself.