Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Choon: Sander van Doorn x Fred Pellichero - The Snake 2016

Some times you just need some hard bass and that's what this weeks featured track is all about. Dutch  progressive house legend Sander van Doorn is back with "The Snake 2016" a reword of the 2006 track by Fred Pellichero and it is a banger of note. It was one of the featured tracks on the Ultra Miami Aftermovie and a firm favourite to many who enjoy the progressive scene. The two just rocked the Amsterdam Dance Event this past weekend and should be hitting the road on other tours soon but for now lets enjoy the song.

Friday, October 21, 2016

KIA World Record - Completed

Last week Friday saw the start of what was to be an epic 6 day journey for the brand new KIA Sportage which officially launches in South Africa this morning. I was lucky enough to be one of the select few to take part in this World Record attempt and being one of the drivers to kick off the first leg from the Umhlanga dealership to the next dealership stop in the Durban CBD. It was a wet morning that greeted the team but it was to be showers of blessings for the trip ahead. Everyone from the team was full of excitement and looking forward to what the next 6 days brought. After a quick briefing and cup of coffee courtesy of Vida E Caffe who were one of the official partners of this record, it was time to jump into the brand new KIA Sportage. 

From the outside, the car looks fantastic! It brings about a new design change in the KIA range and a good one at that. Compared to the old Sportage, the new one has bolder accents, bigger wheels and is a bit more raise. On the inside KIA spared little, great quality finished, full colour touch screen interface with sat-nav, electronic seats, full glass sunroof and steering wheel controls. Not much was told to us about the new Sportage as all the details will be revealed in the launch today but from what I could see, it certainly looks like it will be a firm favourite in the SA market for mid sized SUV's. The test drive also saw KIA SA give back to the various communities the convoy passed through, donating stationary to underprivileged schools was their main objective.

After the mammoth journey, which consisted of many stops around the country en-route to Cape Point, the road test finally concluded yesterday. Officials from RecordSetters in the USA were on hand to register this feat as well as handover the official record set by KIA Motors South Africa for the World's Longest Test Drive, Christo Valentyn of KIA SA was on hand to receive the accolade. It certainly is a great accolade to have and to be a part of it makes it all that more special. The car itself is amazing and I cannot wait to see them on the roads as they're certainly a stunner!

Pricing for the new KIA Sportage:

KIA Sportage Ignite 6MT - R369 995
KIA Sportage 2.0 CRDi EX 6AT - R487 995
KIA Sportage 2.4 GDi XS AWD 6AT - R557 995
KIA Sportage 2.0 CRDi SX AWD 6AT - R567 995
KIA Sportage 1.6 GT Line AWD 7DCT - R599 995

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bucket Scene: Hudsons Burger Joint - Umhlanga

So my favourite burger joint opened in Durban last week, for me Hudsons was my first taste of a "gourmet burger" if you can call it that. My first experience was at their original store on Kloofnek Street in Cape Town, back then they still had lamb burgers on the menu, I was hooked thereafter, and clearly I wasn't the only one as they then started to expand, opening up more stores around the city and then tried their hands in foreign territory, opening up a branch in Parkhhurst, Johannesburg. When on my travels to either city I would try to go have a meal there at least once during my stay and more often that not I would stick to my favourite burger on the menu, seeing that I only had Hudsons once in a while

Now you can only imagine my joy when I found out that Hudsons were opening in Durban, situated on the corner of Lighthouse Rd and Chartwell Drive, in the building that formerly housed the Dutch, is where you will find them. They've redone most of the interior, making it more of a diner/ dive sort of setting, which is chilled and relaxed. The menu has been slightly tweaked to suit the Durban market and they have a host of burgers to suit any palate and now since they in Durban I can try other burgers on the menu! But being the first time in their new Durban branch I went along and ordered my usual, the Bacon Jam. Some say it is their best burger on the menu but for me it ticks all the right boxes, succulent patty topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, bacon jam and crispy dusted onion rings, I swop out the beef patty for ostrich since I don't eat beef.

Apart from delicious burgers, they have a host of other items on the menu, like appetisers of which include Chilli Poppers, Chicken Strips and Sliders, if you're looking for something healthy on the menu, there's always the salads if which I've heard the "The Empire" is quite good and they also offer grills and tacos if you looking for something else. All that eating will require something equally good to wash it down with, thankfully they have a great selection of cold brews, with a variety of local craft beers, some of which are served on tap , a full on cocktail menu and extensive wine list for you to choose from. 

For those who are after the sweeter things in life, their dessert menu will have you drooling, the Deep Fried Oreos are certainly one to try. They have a great range of milkshakes as well, with The Cookie Monster being the ultimate, it has Bar One, Cookie Crumb rim topped with whipped cream and chocolate chip cookies. I've yet to try this one out but it's on the list of things I need to try. Overall, my first Hudsons Durban experience was nothing short of great, with the store fairly new,  there were minor hiccups but nothing to be concerned over, the food is great, the beers are cold and everyone has a smile on their face, is there anything else you need? 

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Choon: Estiva - Sun Goes Down

Steven Baan of the Netherlands, better known by his own stage alias Estiva has been around a for a fair bit on the electronic dance music scene. His music is unique in the sense that he has his own style and doesn't try to copy the norm. I'm a big fan of his music, hearing it first via the likes of ASOT and ABGT, his latest offering which we have featured today is reason enough to explain his style. Sun Goes Down has a bit of that 80's feel to it along with the trance vibes that just gets the groove going. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bucket Seat: 2017 BMW 5 Series - First Impressions

Yesterday BMW lifted the covers off it's 7th generation 5 Series, code name the G30, this latest installment of the medium to large size sedan will hit local market by next year February and will be a welcome change to the segment. Apart from the design change to the 5 series, the car now comes with a host of technological advancements, much of which has been passed down from the latest 7 series. 

Some of the technical highlights include:
  • Steering and Lane Control Assistant up to 210km/h
  • Lane Change Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection. 
  • Evasion Aid. 
  • Crossing traffic warning.
  • Crossroads warning.
  • Wrong-way warning.
  • Active Air Stream Kidney grille, which regulates the flow of air into the engine bay. 
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Selective Beam. 
  • Lightweight chassis up to 100 kilograms lighter than predecessor. 
  • And a whole new line up of BMW TwinPower Turbo Engines to choose from. 

With the new more powerful engine line up and lighter chassis, performance is sure to be vastly improved, give the driver more agility and power when need be. The car also comes with the optional self park, via the cars LCD key. Something that's nice to show off at parties with or parking in tight spots. 

Moving onto the interior, much of it has been borrowed from it's bigger brother the 7 Series, with minor changes to suit the smaller cabin size of the G30. The new 5 Series sedan features a new configuration of its heads-up display with the ability to increase the size by 70 percent. The car also has intelligent voice assistant with recognition of natural language. Like the 7 Series, the New 5 Series also has Gesture Control and a 10.25" touchscreen, with interactive and personalizable live contents. The iDrive Touch controller has improved for user functionality and Drive Experience Control with Adaptive Mode. The Active Cruise control now comes integrated with Speed Limit Assist, where it slows the car down if the speed limit on the road changes. Comfort seating features a selection of eight massage programs as well as memory seats with up to 5 settings. 

Overall the car does seem like a mini version of the flagship 7 Series model but with obvious changes to suit it's size. For me the 5 Series has always been a favourite, and this one seems to tick all the right boxes. With it coming with all these various technological advancements, it will obviously pick the price up a lot. How much by? We'll have to wait for Feb 2017, but for now it's certainly taken up the challenge put down by it's German competition. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

KIA World Record

This Friday see's the commencement of the record attempt by KIA Motors South Africa for the World's Longest Test drive! As mentioned in my previous post, the drive will start off in Umhlanga, KZN where a fleet of the all new KIA Sportage depart on it's 6 day journey across the country making numerous stops in towns and KIA dealerships along the way. Over the past month KIA gave the public the opportunity to take part in this record attempt test drive by entering their details on the website, with over 30,000 entries, the lucky few who won spots in the test drive will be getting their chance to get behind the wheel of this awesome new SUV and ultimately stand a chance of winning one!

Now with a record attempt of this magnitude, KIA has announced that it will be partnering with American based company, RecordSetter who will be accompanying KIA Motors South Africa on the 3000-odd kilometre relay adventure across the nation. RecordSetter is an innovative and fast-growing record holding company in the U.S.A, The New Yorker described them as "to the Guinness Book of Records as Wikipedia is to the Encyclopedia Britannica". With the overwhelming interest in the all-new KIA Sportage and its journey throughout South Africa, RecordSetters is an official partner to the World's Longest Test Drive, so it will be official and global recognised. 

"RecordSetters is a great partner for our attempt at setting the record for The World's Longest Test Drive, their vibrant and dynamic approach to world records is an excellent fit to the innovative launch campaign for the all-new KIA Sportage, and the KIA brand overall, and we are excited about the added wow an official world record will bring to the local introduction of one of KIA's most anticipated new cars" said David Sieff, Marketing Director for KIA Motors South Africa. 

Another new official partner for the World's Longest Test Drive that was just announced this morning is GoPro. Thanks to them, every step of the the mammoth journey will be filmed along the way with active GoPro dashcams and a 24-7 film crew as part of the event. Shaun Rubenstein of OmniCo, distributor of GoPro, couldn;t have agreed on a better fit for both brands leading up to the launch. "Voice control, Image Stabilization, Linear Mode and Stereo Audio are four of the new features packed into the GoPro Hero5, making it the perfect device to capture awesome road tripping moments and we're very excited to be a part of this"

The World's Longest Test Drive kicks off this Friday, the 14th of October from the KIA Motors dealership in Umhlanga, and I will be one of the first drivers to not only get to drive the all new KIA Sportage but also one of the first to get this world record attempt going! I am pretty excited for this and you can follow me on my various social streams to be apart of the experience. Thereafter I will be keeping you updated on the journey till it's conclusion at Cape Point on the 20th of October. All this is build up to the official local launch of the vehicle on the 21st of October.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monday Choon: The Chainsmokers - Closer (Shaun Frank Remix Audio) ft. Halsey

The Chainsmokers have been making a name for themselves for about a year now, by bringing out some great music. Whether it's teaming up with the big names in the industry like Tiesto or their own singles like their first hit track "Selfie" or like today's featured track, the American DJ duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have done and seen it all. "Closer" is their latest offering and has Halsey on the vocals, it is currently a favourite amongst most of the radio playlists is something a bit different to what we are used to from them but great none the less, today we feature the Shaun Frank remix of the track. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Bucket Babe: Jade Hubner

It's hard to tell that Summer is around the corner with all the cold weather we've been having of recent but while we still feeling the midst of winter's cold hand, we have something to warm you up on the blog today. Today's featured model, a former Miss South Africa finalist in 2014 and currently one of the countries most popular television presenters. She has warmed our hearts after winning a TV presenter search and now features in one of SA's glamorous lifestyle magazine shows. She's a lover of animals and it goes to show with her recent #GoWildForWildlife campaign where fans could donate and dare her to do anything, all in the aid for protecting our wildlife. She is genuinely one of the most down to earth individuals around and even with her hectic schedule, she will always make time for people but enough from me, please meet the lovely...

Jade Hubner

She is a very passionate person and has a lot of interests. She enjoys being active and doing anything outdoors! She has a love for singing, acting, presenting, dogs and hanging out with her close friends

Some quick facts about Jade: 

  • She saved and bought her first car at 17.  
  • Paid for her own studies at UCT, completing a BCom degree.
  • Lived with 5% vision and saved and paid for Lasik eye surgery at the age of 20. 
  • Unlike the majority, Jade loves math and obtained 92% in matric!
  • Jade played Provincial water polo for 2 years.
  • She also teamed up with two engineering students and entered an international entrepreneurship competition, The Mazars Innovation Challenge, with their idea #Toilets4All and won.
  • She played a lead role alongside Jay Anstey, Jonathan Boynton-Lee and Stevel Marc in the feature film, Hell Trip, an American Horror which is due to be released worldwide in 2016/17.

 jadehubner Just Jade Hubner @jadehubner


1. Many first saw and got to know you through the Presenter Search on SABC3 which you won a spot as a Top Billing Presenter. How has life been since?
  • My life has done a complete 180, from planning and scheduling my weeks, I now live almost day to day.  It has taught me to just let go and go with the flow which has actually been a welcome change. Every day is completely different. I meet new people; I learn something new, which appeals to my adventurous side as I get bored very easily. It's also been completely surreal, although it's been a year and half, when I am on set, I still can't believe I am living my dream.
2. What was it like watching yourself on TV during the presenter search?
  • Watching myself on TV was awkward, every episode I watched there was something I did which made me cringe but it was good because I learnt what didn't translate well and what I could improve upon. Some spectators feel the need to point our faults however the truth is, we are our own worst critics - we see that fault and more. I don’t know if I will ever get comfortable with watching people watch me while I am next to them or them watching me, watch myself.  
3. You seem to lead a very active lifestyle, how do you manage to find a balance between your TV life and exercising?
  • I love being active, it's always been a part of my life which I did for fun. Even though my life is busy, I'll try to get up at 5am or exercise later but I don't beat myself up if I cannot manage to fit it in my day. Gym is my last resort, I prefer activities/ sports as they distract me and are fun. I love going to S.W.E.A.T1000 and Boxing at Point Break Fitness Centre. 
4. You've done a fair bit of modeling in your career as well, what would be your dream cover shoot?
  • Modeling for me was always a means for me to get into the industry, because I wanted to be a TV presenter, singer and actress. It was also a way to support myself financially because I paid for my own studies and had to support myself in high school to keep up with my friends. That being said, I still always wanted to be on certain covers and still do, locally and international (baby steps), I'd love to be on the cover of Men’s Health, Glamour, Women's Health, GQ, as many as possible! 
5. If you had to choose between modeling and presenting, which would you opt for?
  • I would definitely choose presenting over modeling, if I had to choose acting over presenting that is another story as I really enjoy both. I shot a movie in January this year, in which I play a lead role in an American movie, Hell Trip.   It will hopefully be released next year - it was the most amazing experience.  In the future, I hope to play strong roles portraying women in high power positions, action woman or roles where I get to sing.
6. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
  • Right now I'm driving the Mini Countryman Cooper S, it's like a giant Mini! It's sporty, sexy and classy but it’s still young. I just love it plus I can fit my surfboard in it.
7. Growing up, did you have someone you aspired to be, a role model?
  • When I think role model there are a few people that come to mind, those who have lived moral lives or are good people - for example my Ouma, Nelson Mandela, my mom – specifically for her independence and strength. She is a single mom and has taught me to persevere and make things happen for myself, not to rely on others. Other role models in terms of career, Candice Swanepoel and Charlize Theron because they are South Africans who have made it internationally. In terms of career goals, I really admire Ellen DeGeneres, I love her realness, work ethic and how she is not shy to just be herself. Jennifer Lawrence as an actress as well. I really look up to these people and would love successful careers like them. 
8. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • I'm married to my career right now but there is someone special too.
9. How are your kitchen skills? If you had to make a sandwich for me, what would be in it?
  • Yeah I'm phenomenal in the kitchen… I'm a brilliant eater! Basically I’d rather be outside playing sport than cooking and thereafter come in to enjoy the amazing meal someone has already prepared ;) If I really have to, I can whip something together but I’d rather not. If I'm with somebody, then it is a lot more fun to cook and then I don’t mind. The men in my life always like to cook, so my dad loves cooking and he is absolutely brilliant! My brother also loves to cook, he started studying hospitality and to be a chef; he cooks amazingly as well so I never really needed to cook.   I can, however, make the most amazing fridge family cheese cake - it's been in the family recipe book for decades.
10. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • Definitely cream cheese and chives! 
11. Best meal abroad?
  • COCONUT ICE CREAM IN ZANZIBAR! I have dreams about it still.
12. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • Anything that has an amazing beat that makes me want to get up and dance, or an amazing voice that makes me tingle. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith are favourites!  I do enjoy mainstream music as well, my current favourites are Rihanna and Calvin Harris, "This Is What You Came For" and love Drake's "One Dance". I'm thinking of releasing a song next year, I’m currently working on something…so we’ll see.
13. What is your favourite travel destination and why?
  • I saved up for 10 years and recently went snowboarding. Of course tomboy me was instantly hooked and naturally became obsessed. So anywhere there is snow and I can snowboard, I’m in!
14. Describe your ideal night in, and out.
  • My ideal night in would be cuddles, dogs around me, warmth, good food and a movie. An ideal night out would be a dinner anywhere with fun and happy people.
15. As a Top Billing presenter, you get the opportunity to see the world but also a lot of our country, what do you love most about South Africa?
  • SA has got to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, rich in culture, liberal and fun! Despite my extensive travels with the show, I still think we have the best food! I’m so proud to call it HOME.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Bucket Tech: Google Pixel - First Impressions

I would have thought yesterdays presentation by Google would have kicked up more of a fuss on the interwebs as we saw the internet giant unveil a whole bunch of new toys to the world once of which was particularly intriguing, as the most of us in the tech world has been waiting for it for some time now. Google's first custom made mobile phone. Meet the Pixel, created by Google from scratch to offer the user seamless integration with their Google ecosystem. As most phones on the current market run on Android operating systems which is developed by Google, many have now become accustomed to their integrated network within your one account. How will the Pixel differ to those you may ask?

Well for one, the Pixel will be the first ever device to come with Google Assist built in. Like Apples Siri and Microsofts Cortana, Googles Assist is a lot like them, being your personal assistant and understanding voice commands but with the power of its massive information hub. You can schedule meetings, set reminders, check the weather for the weekend and even see what time a restaurant closes all by simply asking your phone. One really can't even compare it to the others simply because of Google's footprint on the internet, with it being the number used search engine, most things online make themselves Google friendly for this very reason. With Google their data base is always learning, improving and adding information whether its via their technicians or the user. Yes, Google gives the user the opportunity to increase it's information data base. Your device learns from you without you even noticing. It remembers where you parked your car, your route to work, which restaurant you ate at last night and even where you work. Some times Google will prompt you for information about the place you visited which only takes you a couple of seconds and it's by the user updating these for Google is how they are able to generate so much information. 

Anyway, enough about the creepy stalker software Google made, more about the phone. It's available in two sizes, the 5" (Pixel X) or the 5.5" (Pixel XL) and available in three unique colours, Quite Black, Very Silver or Really Blue, now this blue is nothing like any blue you've ever seen before, they literally made a new blue just for this phone. The phone is put together in a seamless glass-aluminium body with smooth surfaces and easy to grip curve edges.  The design is very similar to that of the iPhone, it certain instances they look identical, the obvious give aways would be the lack of a home button, the finger print reader on the back and the G. Yes, the Pixel has a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, similar to the Huawei's which enables you to unlock your phone quickly. The screen is quite something, as Google say its "A vivid cinematic display, A brilliant AMOLED screen with true blacks and 16.77 million colours". Seems pretty impressive but as we come to know, with great bright screens comes shitty battery life but Google have come to the party with this and have included a battery that they claim can last the whole day, if that is incorporating hevy usage with multiple background apps running, I'm not to sure. The thing about the battery that I like the most is it's fast charging ability, Google say that in just 15 minutes you will be able to get 7 hours of battery life! That is well impressive. 

Both devices come in the metal unibody with Gorilla Glass 4 coating over the screen. Memory wise, they have 4GB LPDDR4 Ram, the display is 100% NTSC with 100000:1 super contrast ratio. Storage, you will have the option of either 32 or 128GB devices but with sync and access to your google drive, this really comes down to how much data you want to physically store on your device. Is has a the Snapdragon 821; MSM8996 pro AB Quad Core 2+2 Kryo 2.15GHz/16GHz processor. Google claims it has the highest rate smartphone camera. ever with the main camera being a 12.3 megapixel. It has the best-ever 89 DxOMark Mobile score and it allows you to take brilliant photos in low light , bright light or any light. Most smartphone cameras fail in one of those 3, so it's great to see someone has come in to remedy this. Videoing can be down in 1080p up to 120fps and can record in 4K at 30fps. The front facing camera is an 8 megapixel with fixed focus for those perfect selfies. 

Google also touches on the experience one gets with the Pixel, they have developed apps that work both on Andoird and iOS devices so you can share moments with uses of any device, one those is Google Duo, you can video call friends and family no matter what device they have. Or if you have an Apple device and you're thinking of converting, Google has make it easy for you to transfer information from your current device to the Pixel with a plug and transfer USB cable, you can choose what information you want to load and transfer onto your device. The phone can be customised with Live Cases available for purchase on their online store with either personal photography or a range of their range from either Google stock photography, Google Maps or wallpaper selection. 

The Pixel is also one of the first devices that is built for VR, and with that Google also launched their Daydream VR case for the Pixel. It is a headset controller by Google that lets you explore new worlds, give you the ability to have your own VR cinema, play games that put you in the center of all the action, It comes with a remote to give the use ease of control with having to fumble and search for buttons on the side of the device. The Daydream is light wait and super comfy which usually is the massive turn off from most of the current VR headsets on the market. 

So far the Pixel looks like a pretty decent device and probably the best Android on the market, simply because it's coming from the company that designs and makes the software. The brains behind the whole shebang! It will be interesting to see what the local prices will be like, the phone is already available for pre-order for the US market but with the costs of data locally it wouldn't be the most feasible option unless you really really want it as soon as its out.