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Sunday, 16 April 2017

4 Years of www.TheLifesWay.com #TheLifesWay #Birthday #Blogpost

Hi Guys,

2016 have been great for my blog - reached out to new brands and some of the brands said Good bye too! Change is the only constant thing in this world and I came up with terms that sometimes your passion will take a hit for the earning of bread and butter. 

Year 2016 being the 4th year of #TheLifesWay brought 518917 pageviews in 12 months from 396 blogposts and for the first time ever it crossed One Million pageviews on the eve of my birthday 22nd July. This was a proud moment as it happened on my birthday and was the biggest gift of the season. To celebrate this occasion I bought myself a Samsung Gear S2 smart watch from Incredible Connection in it's Cyber Monday sale.

The most important thing along with this one was the moment when I won a smartphone Samsung A5 (2016) model from a movie premier show for Trolls (movie) by Fanta South Africa. I always wanted to win one but all these years I could never so this was a great feeling and I gifted the same to my mom in India. Sponsored posts wise this year didn't brought that much money/vouchers like 2015 but this year's Indiblogger PR posts helped me buy a Nikon DX 35mm lens for my Nikon DSLR camera which I always wanted to purchase.

2016 brought the biggest travel in a Cruise from Durban to Mozambique and Portugese Island in MSC Sinfonia sponsored by Flight Centre and Cruise About. It was a great time spent on the ship and I really enjoyed all the activities there. I did felt sea sick first night but took a medicine and was sorted for rest of the trip. Also, this was my first trip to Durban and really loved seeing the old local Indian populated town. The second trip was my first time to Kruger National Park which was sponsored by Protea Hotels at Paul Kruger Gate. I really loved watching the animals but eyes were too tired to keep up on the searching all day in sun and sand.

Aashish Rai Blogger #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra #SocialMediaInfluencer
Braham Sarovar, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
I was part of most of the events at Silverstar Casino and did several posts for them and posted a lot of pictures too on my instagram page. I was lucky enough to win in one of their media events and stayed again at the Vega Presedential Suite. Also for the first time in 2016, I attended an event by Logitech and got my own #TheLifesWay printed UE Roll 2 bluetooth speakers. Huawei remained a prime sponsor in my life for inviting me to all their launch events and goodies bags they give are amazing. Year 2016, I received Hugo Boss Sunglasses for P9 launch and Huawei Band for Mate 8 Launch event. Though I still feel sad that they have not sponsored me their smartphone despite my instagram page filled with Huawei hashtags and also I have not seen the likes of P9 and other recent smartphones for review also. 

I also got Go Budds bluetooth earphones by DJ Fresh which are really amazing and a surprise package of SunStream's Portable Mobile Charger using Solar technology. This really made my car in India charge my mobile as it didn't had that 12V charger in it. Checkout this product in Builder's Warehouse starting from ZAR 250 onwards.  I was part of several new launch events and shared the same across my channels. There had been so many small small items that I received from brands which I regularly distributed to my friends and family. I am so grateful to Universe for each one of them. It's just because of my blog www.thelifesway.com I am able to get them.

In the year 2017, I surely would love to get sponsorship in terms of a smartphone, tablet and laptop as my Dell XPS L501 was bought way back in 2010-11 from London and tablet Google Nexus 7 my parents bought from San Francisco in 2012 and smartphone is HTC One M8 which was gifted by HTC South Africa (old review device) in 2015. They have helped me shape my blog and twitter handles but it's time to say Good Bye to these devices too! Are you listening Universe?

Also, this year I plan to increase my Instagram followers and post more snaps every month to the amount of 5 each day on average. I also plan to venture into Youtube this year as I am trying to make video's on my DSLR camera and started learning the same too using Youtube channel of Nikon India. I have also missed my writings on several of the series I used to publish in 2016 but will revive all of them in 2017. Also, I intend to post all the pending reviews of all the electronics items I have bought and used for some time. I also missed all the time I could devote in 2015 on my blog as professionally my role in my job now demands a lot of office work to be done at home too. So I hope to bring in more efficiency in my work to get some hours of open time for taking my blog and social media channels to next level. 

Let's see how to fulfill all these aspirations in Year 2017 but thanks once again to all the brands and PR companies for investing their time and money in me. I am eternally grateful to all the PR companies who left me in 2016 and to all of those which embraced me further. I will always work towards giving everyone fair returns on their ROI but won't work for their brands if I am not getting anything in return. 

Cheers!!! 

Contact me at thelifesway@gmail.com to blog, share and influence about your products and services on all my Social Media channels #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra !

Photo Walk - Gardens of the Nature 7 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra

Hi Guys, 

It's time of revivals and resurrections and so is my Photo Walk series coming back to life again as I saw my camera SD cards full of new flowers and pictures taken using Samsung NX300 Mirrorless camera. All these photos are taken in one of my friend's garden during a kid's birthday party.
Photo Walk - Gardens of the Nature 7 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra

The beauty is in white Rose and the soft yellow glow inside brings out the effect we all have in our soul shining bright inside all of us.
Photo Walk - Gardens of the Nature 7 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra

The Pink Rose makes it more poetic and brings all the colors of love and passion in our lives. It's random and choatic symmetry and so is life to live with and enjoy.
Photo Walk - Gardens of the Nature 7 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Changing colors towards Red and what is created is truly painting on the canvas. The chaos of the changing seasons is bringing everyone to run around but a single look on me can bring the peace you want in life.

Photo Walk - Gardens of the Nature 7 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
And once again it's time to remain open and learn from all sides and directions and from everyone worth listening to. We need to be all receptive for the universe to grant us our wishes and dreams.
Photo Walk - Gardens of the Nature 7 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Thanks once again to the White Rose buds transforming into an angel like flower. Every change brings in a new hope that something great is in store for us. I too wish all of you to accept changes and be grateful each day of your life and enjoy your life on Planet Earth!

Cheers!!!



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The Ultimate Braai Master - Season 5 is No 1 Cooking Show in #SouthAfrica @UltimateBraai @etv

Hi Guys,

It was announced that UBM is the Number 1 cooking show in South Africa based on independent measurement figures and in fact far exceeds the viewership figures of any food show currently on TV.

The Ultimate Braai Master which has swept away “the Best Reality TV” award for the last 4 years in a row was nominated again at this year’s SAFTA Awards which is yet another accolade to the countless awards won by South African, Branded Entertainment Company, Cooked in Africa Films.

Says Executive Producer Peter Gird: “ Its always such a pleasure to be recognised for doing great work which would not be possible without the army of support that we receive from so many people. In particular our sponsors who have been so supportive and of course the 65 crew members who give up two months of the year to travel some 9000km around this beautiful country. Not forgetting that a TV show like this would be nothing without amazing contestants, who put their lives on hold for the love of the “braai”."
The Ultimate Braai Master - Season 5 is No 1 Cooking Show in #SouthAfrica @UltimateBraai
The Ultimate Braai Master, currently showing on e.tv on Sundays at 4pm, is about to launch its 6th Season due to high demand. The show reaches on average 1. 5 Million people per week but more significantly it gets broadcast to over 100 Million homes around the world.
The Ultimate Braai Master - Season 5 is No 1 Cooking Show in #SouthAfrica @UltimateBraai
Says Gird: “Its a humbling experience to get fan mail and requests for more seasons, from countries like Poland, Sweden and Brazil, apart from all our fans right across Europe,the Middle East, Asia and throughout Africa. The show is also gaining traction in North, South and Latin America.”

Hosted by co- creator and famous bush cook Justin Bonello and introducing new judges Pete Goffe-Wood and Benny Masekwameng, who are no strangers to our television screens, the trio have many exciting additions and twists to the game in the forthcoming season which will test the contestants to the limit.
The Ultimate Braai Master - Season 5 is No 1 Cooking Show in #SouthAfrica @UltimateBraai
A significant and very exciting development is that the format rights for the Ultimate Braai Master have been acquired by world renowned distributer TVF in London, who believe that the show deserves its rightful place on the world stage. With UBM’s first international format deal about to be concluded in Brazil,it will make it the first homegrown show, created and produced in South Africa, to have travelled outside of the country and onto global markets.

“It’s a wonderful achievement for our company and we are very proud of this show because it is made with love, passion and a whole lot of gees!” Says Gird.

For more information on how to become a sponsor or participate as a contestant please go to www.ultimatebraaimaster.co.za.
Cheers!!!
Contact me at thelifesway@gmail.com to blog, share and influence about your products and services on all my Social Media channels #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra !

@UltimateEars #WONDERBOOM: Pint-Size #Speaker With Surprisingly Big #Sound

Hi Guys, 

Meet the latest addition to the Ultimate Ears family of portable, seriously waterproof, go-anywhere speakers: the new Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM, a pint-sized BluetoothⓇ speaker with huge personality and surprisingly big sound. The ultra portable WONDERBOOM delivers uncompromising sound quality with clear, crisp, non-stop sound, as well as big, beautiful bass. WONDERBOOM is available in six fresh colours: Stone (Grey), Phantom (Black), Fireball (Red), SubZero (Blue), Cashmere (Pink) and Lilac.
@UltimateEars #WONDERBOOM: Pint-Size #Speaker With Surprisingly Big #Sound
WONDERBOOM is designed for music lovers who are connected, on-the-move and want their music from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep. They also want their technology in an intuitive form that fits their spirited, spontaneous lives. WONDERBOOM is about music - with no fuss and no friction. It is a speaker that stands on simplicity and huge sound. Power on, pair, press play. Want more? The UE button on the top of the speaker lets you play, pause, skip and double up with two WONDERBOOM speakers for double the fun.
@UltimateEars #WONDERBOOM: Pint-Size #Speaker With Surprisingly Big #Sound
With WONDERBOOM, you can free your music from your phone and enjoy your music the way it is meant to be heard - out loud. Stream and share your music anytime, anywhere, with WONDERBOOM, whether you’re partying by the pool, getting ready for a night out with friends or surviving that muddy, dusty summer festival. If it gets soaked, no worries. If it gets dirty, rinse it off.
@UltimateEars #WONDERBOOM: Pint-Size #Speaker With Surprisingly Big #Sound
“Don’t be fooled by its size or price; this little beauty is also a beast,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “WONDERBOOM is a pint-sized, super-portable Bluetooth speaker with surprisingly big sound. And, just like the rest of the Ultimate Ears family, it’s also virtually indestructible.”
@UltimateEars #WONDERBOOM: Pint-Size #Speaker With Surprisingly Big #Sound
Like its award-winning siblings Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM, WONDERBOOM blasts crisp and clear 360-degree sound with immersive, balanced bass and is drop-proof from up to five feet. WONDERBOOM boasts a 10-hour battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range. Seriously waterproof and worry-proof, WONDERBOOM is IPX7 rated (so it can be immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes), floats on its own, and sports a hanging loop on top so it can be easily attached to any bag. Gear on with WONDERBOOM on a bicycle, hook it to a backpack, or cannonball into a cove without thinking twice. Never miss a beat with the new WONDERBOOM. Live for fun, not fussy features. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM is expected to arrive in South Africa later in 2017.
 
Cheers!!!
 
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