The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Friday, 30 August 2019

Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction

Hi Friends, 

'Going for the goal! He shoots, he scores!!!' - Imagine hearing the commentator shouting this at a live Premier League game! Image the euphoria and celebrations with friends and strangers alike, as your favourite football team wins the game! This dream could become a reality for a few lucky Cadbury fans, with the "Cadbury FC, Taste the Action" competition. 
Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Game Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction
Cadbury is excited to be partnering with the top level of the English Football league system- the Premier League to offer our loyal fans the experience of a lifetime. The competition kicks off on the 01st of August and ends on the 30th of September 2019 and consumers can stand a chance to win one of thee GRAND prizes, each consisting of a trip for two, to watch a Premier League game LIVE in the UK! What's more, consumers can stand a chance to win weekly instant prizes too.


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To enter, simply buy any two of your favorite participating Cadbury chocolate bars*, dial *120*101112#, enter the unique code that can be found inside the pack and follow the prompts! It's as easy as 1, 2 , 3! USSD costs 20c per 20 seconds. T's and C's apply**.

In addition to this, South Africa's favorite football player Lucas Radebe will be the face of the campaign to represent Cadbury FC, encouraging all fans to enter and be part of this exciting competition. 
Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Game Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction
We are an excited to announce the 'Cadbury FC, Taste the Action' competition and offer our Cadbury fans such a thrilling and unique, once in a lifetime experience to watch a Premier League game LIVE with their chosen travel partner! This phenomenal prize also includes flights, accommodation, merchandise, spending money, and another add ons to ensure the winners have a complete and truly memorable experience. Says Lara Sidersky, Mondelez SA Category Director for Chocolate. " We are extremely proud to have Lucas Radebe, a football legend and a humble man, on our Cadbury FC team for this competition. - Lara Sidersky, Mondelez SA Category Lead for Chocolate

From a young age, I loved two things, Cadbury and Football. Says Lucas Radebe. " I am delighted to be on board for the 'Cadbury FC, Taste the Action' competition because it means I get to enjoy both my passions at the same time! I am really looking forward to watching things unfold; especially being a part of the happy moment when the lucky winner finds out that he's won the BIG prize to watch a Premier League game, live in the UK, and experience what it feels like to be in the middle of that exhilarating crowd" - Lucas Radebe, Football Legend 
Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Game Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction
To give our fans more to talk about, from the 01st of November, until the 31st of December 2019, consumers can collect the LIMITED edition Cadbury FC, Premier League card pack, just by purchasing their favorite Cadbury bar. 

Don't miss out on this striking competition and join the conversation on Facebook @LunchBarSA, @CadburyPS or @Cadbury5StarSA or on Twitter @LunchBar_SA, @CadburyPSBar and @CadburyChocoBar #CadburyTasteTheAction 
*Participating Cadbury chocolate bars: Lunch Bar (46g), Lunch Bar Dream (46g), P.S Milk Chocolate (46g), P.S Caramilk (46g), 5Star (48,5g) and Cadbury Crunchie (40g)
**T&C's apply.

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Saturday, 24 August 2019

#TheLifesWayReviews - Sacred Games Season 2 @NetflixSA TV Series #Mystery #Drama #SacredGames2

Hi Friends, 

Sacred Games Season 1 really made the Indian TV Series market look great and worthy of making an investment by many of the producers, directors and OTT content providers and Video On Demand services. People came to know about the series via word of mouth and social media channels were flooded with clips and memes. I was not aware of the series last year and didn't have Netflix connection at that time so watched the same a little later when everyone around me has already watched it. 

This time the story was different as I had a working Netflix connection gratefully provided by the brand for 6 months which will end soon and on the Independence Day of India 15th August 12am IST, the show's 8 episodes were made available to the subscribed public. I only started watching the season on Thursday evening after work and watched the first 5 episodes till my eyes got closed. I downloaded the rest 3 episodes in the Netflix app to watch on Friday evening and finished the same till dinner time. 

I really loved that the Croatia Ashram is none other than the Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa which is visible from the National Highway whenever I drive towards the city. Now I will definitely make a visit to this historical museum. Also, I could relate as my neighbors met the cast esp Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj, and Kalki when they were traveling by Ethiopian Airlines on their way to Pretoria and Pankaj Tripathi was sitting in the general category airplane seats only whereas others were in Business Class. 
#TheLifesWayReviews - Sacred Games Season 2 @NetflixSA TV Series #Mystery #Drama
Season 2 starts with the same mystery which kept us hanging at the end of Season 1 and all the episodes throughout out the series. Now with the 16 episodes, you can actually binge the whole series once again to check out what happened when. The second season is more ruthless in terms of killings and actions showcased on the series. Some scenes are really disturbing and I had to make my way through them without any judgments and thoughts.

Season 2 brings in some new characters as the show brings in the twists and turns provided by Guruji and a brief into his life too. Also, Kenya is the new platform to work for Gaitonde as he leaves Bombay in the last season after attacked by Issa. This season is full of new characters and many of them live a short life of 2-3 episodes in this season. The scientist in the last scene was the funniest as she kept using the random pattern as if the bomb is her mobile phone pattern without any knowledge. Do watch the Sacred Games Season 2 and I hope that you won't want to see the next seasons as it's not as great as the first one and it's going on the path of LOST TV series.

Acting-wise, this is fully Pankaj Tripathi's show along with Nawazuddin performances and Kalki has some dialogues in between in broken Hindi. The best new characters in Season 2 is Saxena Ji from Bhabhi Ji Ghar pe hai fame (Saanand Verma) who played a Kenyan Gujrati trader whom Gaitonde made into a local don on the ask of Kusum Devi Yadav an Indian Intelligence Agent played by Amruta Subhash in search of Shahid Khan played by Ranvir Shorey. Malcolm doesn't look so dangerous as in Season 1 and Surveen Chawla played her character of Jojo nicely. Overall, Sacred Games Season 2 can also be called as Once Upon A Time in The Life of - - - and they give you stories of each character introduced in this as well as the previous season. 

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@VMware IT Academy: Virtualize #Africa Programme Expands to Enhance #DigitalSkills in Africa

Hi Friends, 

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the expansion of the VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa program. As part of this expansion, it shared details of a Memorandum of Understanding with Strathmore University - @iLabAfrica Centre, Kenya. The overarching goal is to empower the fast-growing, young African population to enter the digital workforce with confidence and expertise, helping to address the skills gap and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent.

The African labor market is experiencing significant disruption due to fast-paced technological advances. With the emergence of new fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, business models have radically changed and so have the skill sets required by individuals to thrive in this new environment. Through the VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa program, VMware is collaborating with key stakeholders across academia, government and industry to equip African students with the technical skills and certifications required to succeed in the digital economy.

Strathmore University in Kenya has built an international reputation for its world-class academic teaching, professional training, and research in technology. Working with VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa, the University has already begun integrating a range of VMware developed courses into its curricula that cover topics such as virtualization, cloud computing, AI and IoT. This is facilitated through subsidized software licenses and certification vouchers from VMware.

@iLabAfrica, a Centre of Excellence in Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology at the University, is spearheading the rollout with 20 trainers and over 100 students at the University participating. The students will be able to benefit from access to high-quality learning online resources, hands-on lab experiences to develop technical skills, and the opportunity to achieve industry-recognized VMware certification to complement their chosen fields of study.

“We are delighted to be part of VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa. It provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain technical skills and industry-recognized VMware certifications, helping to jumpstart their careers with the best knowledge and skills of international standards. Our shared goal with VMware is to become the VMware IT Academy regional lead for East Africa, training lecturers and students from Strathmore and other universities plus facilitating their participation in the program. Increased access to this type of education and training for students is a critical part of Africa realizing the potential of its youth and a prosperous Africa,” said Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University.
@VMware IT Academy: Virtualize #Africa Programme Expands to Enhance #DigitalSkills in Africa
“Skills development is recognized as a key component for economic growth and prosperity. VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa helps educational institutions align curricula with the skills needed for the labor market, thereby building talent for Africa’s jobs of today and tomorrow. Our discussions to form a strategic collaboration with Strathmore University is a significant milestone in this program, and will bring new skills and opportunities to its students, and in the future to many more young people in East Africa,” said Thomas MacKay, Senior Director for Global Strategic Programs, VMware.

Hear more about VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa and VMware’s engagement with Strathmore University at the Innovating Education in Africa Expo, Gaborone, Botswana. Thomas MacKay, Senior Director for Global Strategic Programs, VMware will share more details Tuesday 20th August, at 17.00, during Plenary Session 3: Exploring Innovative Pathways and Technologies for the Provision of Lifelong and Life-wide Education.

About @iLabAfrica Centre
@iLabAfrica is a Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovation and Development at Strathmore University. The center spearheads Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology for the Development (ICT4D) of ecosystems towards the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to contribute toward Kenya’s Vision 2030. The research center is involved in interdisciplinary research, students’ engagement and has partnered with over 800 institutions (Universities, NGOs, foundations, and government) worldwide and other funding agencies. For more information, please visit www.ilabafrica.ac.ke

About VMware IT Academy
VMware IT Academy works with a global network of educational institutions to provide students access to high-quality learning certification opportunities and hands-on lab experiences with VMware technologies. VMware provides free curriculum and materials, with the goal of helping students jump-start their software careers. In 2018, VMware IT Academy worked with 2,400 institutions in 79 countries and provided 1.3 million free software downloads for educational purposes.

About VMware
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact. For more information, please visit https://www.vmware.com/company.html. VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

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Monday, 19 August 2019

#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact #Camera #vLogging

Hi Friends, 

Only sometimes in your life, you come across gadgets which will take your breath away with their innovative products or the technology to touch your heart. I have seen in my lifetime a lot many products which have made me fallen in love with them. It's a different matter that those love me back or not! Sony is always one company which always touches your heart and my association with Sony goes a long back as I bought my first pair of earphones with my first savings ever for Rs 250 which is equal to R50 and it was the biggest purchase for me. From that time I have been able to buy and collect stuff from Sony Handycam to iPod dock, from ebook-reader to noise-canceling headphones I had it all and so much that Sony Electronics - India Country Manager wanted to come to visit my place to see the collection. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
Coming back to the topic of this review is this awesome, little yet powerful camera to carry easily for vLoggers like me in the making and other enthusiasts alike -  
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • CON - 4k Video shooting capability with the limitation of 5 minutes at a single stretch. It's a really big feature on a small camera of this size. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - The screen can be twisted and turned towards the front which the shooter or vLogger takes the videos. This makes it easy to watch yourself as you shoot and talk to the camera. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - The amazing picture captured quality with 20.1MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor fitted with ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm zoom lens. The photos are very clear and focussed in auto mode as I didn't have much time to experiment with any other modes. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - Amazing video quality in such a compact size camera which can be easily carried in your pockets. You can shoot anywhere anytime using this compact camera. This is one is the best feature that can enable you to shoot and share your videos immediately on your social media channels if you are an influencer or YouTuber
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • Neutral - Price of the product is equivalent to mid-level DSLR camera so it's not for everyone and works in a niche market segment. The only thing is that this camera is a little bit expensive and you need to have a defined purpose for the same. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • CON - There is no water and dust resistant in the camera so you have to take special care of the gadget. You need to be careful of where you are shooting. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • Neutral - You need a special card to capture 4k videos and that's an additional investment from your end after buying an expensive niche camera. If you have that card already, then you shall make the best use of the same. I didn't have that card and it was only a review unit for 2 weeks it didn't make any sense for me to invest in the same. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • CON - Battery life is not in favor of the camera. You definitely need to invest in another spare battery. But the best part is that's the camera can be charged with any smartphone battery pack you must be already carrying in your backpack or car or bag. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - Life is always different and innovative with Sony and it will continue to be so as this camera. Once you have this camera in your life, you will be able to do everything under the blue and starry skies. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera #vLogging
I have fallen in love with this camera and really wanted to drop my DSLR and buy the Alpha range of Sony camera but the price is way too much for my budget. I will continue to use whatever I have now and may be in future, I might be invested in the new versions of the Sony mirrorless cameras. 
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#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest #HealthyLiving

Hi Friends, 

As mentioned in my earlier post about the Xiaomi products, they are not only innovative but also value for money. It goes for all the products, I have seen or used till date. The product which people fell in love with was the first Mi Band which gave a possibility to measure your steps at the cheapest price linked to your smartphone via an app and then when the second Mi Band 2 came with Heart Rate monitoring, it was an instant hit. I remember not getting it on Amazon.in when I tried to order for the same. It was always out of stock and same is the case with the new version of the device called Mi Band 3.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
GearBest was able to send me the Mi Band 2 fast enough but the custom took some time to clear in South Africa but finally the band reached me within a week and I started using the same immediately. It's definitely one of the online stores which can give competition to the likes of Alibaba, Amazon, takealot.com, Flipkart and many others around the world. The device packaging consists of a silicone band, a charger base and the main unit itself. The main unit can be easily clipped into the silicon band after charged from the charging base. The charging base is USB and can be inserted into your laptop or any of the smartphone chargers.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
The main features of the Smartband are Bluetooth 4.0 which help to connect to the smartphone apps immediately and pushes the data collected to the app. The OLED 0.46 inch touch screen displays time, distance, calories, and heart rate with a single gentle touch on the circular button.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
Heart Rate monitoring now is far more advanced with accurate measurements which can be tracked to check the kind of exercises routine you can follow. Also, the Mi Band 2 measures your sleep and also gives you the notification if you have been sitting on your desk for long without any movement. It helps you to relax your body and also complete your daily goal of 7000 steps.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
The overall weight of the device is less than 20 grams and you won't even fell the Smartband to be on your wrists. The device is powered with Li-Polymer battery capacity of 70mAh which will last you for at least 5 days and with notifications switched ON it will be around 3 days. The company claims a standby time of 20 days. The device can be charged fully in around 3 hours.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
The biggest problem I faced with Silicon bands in Fitbit is that they start itching on my hand wrist after a while. This was not the case with this one but over time, you might face some itching. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
Buy the device from here. Currently, my 10 years old daughter is really enjoying this smart band and soon I am sure she will want to have a colored screen smartwatch and by that time Xiaomi will definitely bring something new to the market! Till that time...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019

#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek

Hi Friends, 

I love earphones and I attract them in my life more than anything else. If I participate in any contest the prize will be earphones or headphones and if I get a goodies bag there it will be some kind of earphones and headphones. If I go to some event or expo, there also I will get a lot of cheap earphones at the various stalls. My life it seems is revolving around all kinds of earphones - cheaps ones to the expensive ones for review. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
I received these Body Glove Mini Bluetooth Earbuds from Gammatek as a replacement for my Airstream earphones which was not working perfectly. And man these ones are on my ears since the day it arrived. I wear it all the time, in office, during my practice walks for 25kms and in the actual 25km walk. These are really some great earphones in a small package when I first saw them, I didn't think them to become so close to my heart. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
Let's see these earphones in a detailed review on my blog and all the photos are taken using the Canon 77D Camera on my desk at home. The first thing to observe is the small charging case which can also keep the earphones inside while you travel or to carry with you and to recharge in case the battery dies on them after use. The charging case has built-in 300mAh Li-Polymer battery which can easily charge the 48mAh earbuds max 3 times fully in around 1 and half hour. The charging case is charged using the MicroUSB cable and a red light shows the same. There are also holes at the top of the charging case to show that earbuds are also getting charged. Once earbuds are fully charged, the light on the top turns itself off.
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
These Body Glove earbuds are Bluetooth v4.2 enabled with HSP, HFP, A2DP and AVRCP profiles supported. The operating range for these earbuds is only 10 meters as compared to others where it's marked at 30 meters. But I think it's kept small to keep the earbuds close to your devices. The music playback time which I could get on these earbuds is around 2 hours 30 minutes on a full charge. My 15km walk generally takes me around 3 hours to complete and in one charge I can easily come back on this BodyGlove Earbuds. You can accept the calls also on this device and on my earbuds, I can only listen on the right side earbuds and nothing comes on the left side. I am not sure if this is the defective piece or these are built that way. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
Using Body Glove Mini Bluetooth Earbuds is easy as it will turn automatically ON when taken out from the charging case and also turns themselves OFF when inserted back into the charging case and closing the lid. The earbuds are equipped with Multi-function buttons (MFB) and you can do several operations using the same. Switch them ON and OFF by pressing them for 2 seconds. The right and left earbuds always play a voice prompt to tell that they are ready to be connected to your smartphones or whatever Bluetooth enabled gadget you are using. You can use these earbuds to answer or reject a call, increase volume up and down, skipping to previous and next songs, pausing and playing the music along with resetting all pairing records to start afresh. These earbuds are only 4.6 grams each and total weight will be 41 grams.
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
In the last let's come down to the audio performance as that's the main thing these earbuds are built for. The earbuds are powered using 6mm drivers with impedence of 16 Ohms and sensitivity of 90+-3dB. The driver frequency range will be 20-20kHz as generally mentioned for all these earbuds and headphones. The earbuds have a balanced sound and really gives a solid impact on your ears. It's not bass boosted but has a little bit of the same in the right amount. It's like a surround sound effect using both the earbuds positioned rightly into your ears. In this small package, the audio effects on these earbuds are amazingly great. I totally fell in love with these and these are my carryable earbuds in my pockets all the time. Thanks to Body Glove and Gammatek for sending the same. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
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Exploring Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA

Hi Friends, 

Mattel South Africa has launched the first series of Crystal Creatures, a range of buildable creatures with slime and sparkle surprise. 
Unfolding Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA
Open 1 of the 5 shimmering crystals to reveal a glitter slime surprise, then gather all the pieces to build your very own creation! Which new friend will you discover? There are 5 fantastical, dazzling and enchanted creatures to collect and 3 colors of slime to find. 
Unfolding Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA
You can mix the pieces and try different stylish combinations to create your own unique and mesmerizing creature. With Frostwhite™, Aquagem™, Nightsky™, Rubywing™, and Rosestone™ to set free, hours of fun await. 
Unfolding Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA
Display your creature inside or on top of the egg or use the display rod to create mystical poses. 

When you’re done with the slime, you can put it back into the egg as you open and assemble the next Crystal Creature. Collect them all! 
Unfolding Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA
Crystal Creatures are ideal for ages 5 and up. For more information about Crystal Creatures, please click here: https://play.megaconstrux.com/en-us/worlds/crystal-creatures
Unfolding Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA
About Mattel 
Mattel is a global learning, development and play company that inspires the next generation of kids to shape a brighter tomorrow. Through our portfolio of iconic consumer brands, including American Girl®, Barbie®, Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends™, we create systems of play, content and experiences that help kids unlock their full potential. Mattel also creates inspiring and innovative products in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies as well as other partners. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit www.mattel.com for more information.

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Healthy Happy #Microwave Meals for Winter @SamsungSA #Cooking

Hi Friends, 

Some call it winter and others call it the season of comfort food. There are a few combinations that work well together and of course the guilt that goes with it. However, this winter you can effortlessly satisfy your craving for tasty dishes but choose a healthier twist. And because you’d rather spend time under a blanket on the couch or under a duvet you can harness the power of the microwave to whip up healthy, delicious meals in no time.

“The microwave is an incredible example of human-centered technology and it makes everyone’s life a little tranquil. The Samsung Hotblast™ for example, has revolutionary functions, which are tailor-made to help you do what you can’t, “says Tracy Gordon, Head of Product Marketing – Home Appliances at Samsung South Africa.

Here are a few examples of wholesome, healthy food made to be enjoyed in no time:

Microwave Butternut Squash Risotto | Serves 4
This easy risotto is a good source of vitamin C, counts as one of your 5-a-day and it’s ready in under 30 minutes.
Ingredients
250g risotto rice
700ml hot vegetable stock
1 medium butternut squash
Big handful grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
Extra handful sage leaves, roughly chopped

Method
Tip the rice into a large bowl, then add 500ml of the hot vegetable stock. Cover with cling film and microwave on High for 5 mins. Meanwhile, peel and cut the squash into medium chunks. Stir the rice, then add the squash and the rest of the stock. Re-cover with cling film, then microwave for another 15 mins, stirring halfway, until almost all the stock is absorbed and the rice and squash are tender. Leave the risotto to sit for 2 mins, then stir in the parmesan and sage. Serve topped with more grated cheese.
Healthy Happy Microwave Meals for Winter @SamsungSA
Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken | Serves 4
This easy sweet and sour chicken will be a hit with everyone and whipped up in half an hour.
Ingredients
9 tbsp tomato ketchup
3 tbsp malt vinegar
4 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 small onion, roughly chopped
2 red peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
227g 8oz can pineapple pieces in juice, drained
100g sugar snap peas, roughly sliced
Handful salted, roasted cashew nuts (optional)

Method
In a large microwaveable dish, mix the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and garlic thoroughly with the chicken, onion, and peppers. Microwave, uncovered, on High for 8-10 minutes until the chicken is starting to cook and the sauce is sizzling. Stir in the pineapple pieces and sugar snap peas and return to the microwave for another 3-5 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked. Leave to stand for a few minutes, then stir in the cashews, if you’re using it and serve.

Microwave Banana Pudding | Serves 4-6
This dessert is tasty, filled with the goodness of bananas and only takes 20 minutes to make.
Ingredients
100g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
2 ripe bananas
100g light muscovado sugar
100g self-rising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
Icing sugar, toffee sauce, and ice cream, to serve

Method
Put the butter in a 1-liter baking dish and microwave on High for 30 secs-1 min until melted. Add 1½ bananas, mash into the melted butter, then add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, eggs, and milk. Mix together well. Slice the remaining banana over the top, then return to the microwave and cook on High for 8 mins until cooked through and risen. Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, if you like, with a drizzle of toffee sauce and a scoop of ice cream.

There you have it. A few good reasons to embrace winter and your microwave and if you’re looking for a microwave that does the job even better than you expect to trust the Samsung Hotblast™. It’s simple to cook entire meals deliciously and in no time. The HotBlast™ has multiple air holes blowing out powerful hot air, which reduces cooking time. The SLIM FRY™ technology ensures that your food is perfectly crisp on the outside and delicious and juicy on the inside. Additionally, this versatile microwave has a wider grill, making it easier to brown food fast and evenly. The turntable is wider, measuring 345mm, making it easier to prepare bigger portions of food. And with its ECO Mode power, it significantly reduces energy consumption with its low standby power. The HotBlast™ is a must-have for every kitchen. Its intelligent features and stylish design makes it indispensable, no matter which way you use it or what season.

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@PeppaPigliveSA Added Extra Shows in #Joburg and #CapeTown #PeppaPigLiveSA

Hi Friends, 

With just weeks to go, excitement is mounting and fans around the country are counting the sleep until they see Peppa Pig and George Pig together with all their special friends including favorites Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog, and Pedro Pony embark on their fantastical adventure in the stage show “Peppa Pig’s Big Day Out” presented by Ackermans in association with Smile 904 FM, East Coast Radio and Hot 91.9FM.

Owing to the popularity of Peppa Pig and the overwhelming public demand for tickets, an extra Cape Town show has been added on Sunday, 8 Sept at Artscape commencing at 1 pm and for Gauteng fans, an additional show at Emperor’s Palace on Sun 22 Sept at 1 pm. 

“Peppa Pig’s Big Day Out” opens in Cape Town next month at the Artscape Opera House and runs from 6 to 8 Sept 2019. The show then visits Durban at The Globe at Suncoast from 13 to 15 Sept 2019 before heading to Emperors Palace in Johannesburg from 20 – 29 Sept 2019. Tickets including special family packages are on sale at Computicket. 
@PeppaPigliveSA Added Extra Shows in #Joburg and #CapeTown #PeppaPigLiveSA
In this exciting return adventure – Polly Parrot and Mr. Dinosaur have vanished – leading Peppa, George, Mummy & Daddy Pig to embark on an incredible journey to find the missing duo. As always – Peppa’s friends are on hand to help in the hunt.

Peppa Pig Live in South Africa will have fans laughing, cheering and dancing – just like Peppa! This fully immersive musical production, featuring all your favorite songs along with incredible life-sized puppets and beautifully costumed characters, brings Peppa Pig to life like never before.

Look out for those muddy puddles, it’s time to see Peppa, George, and friends live on stage for the first time ever! For more information about the show, visit www.peppapiglive.co.za or stay in touch via social media. Make it a big day out, don’t miss Peppa Pig LIVE! #PeppaPigLiveSA

Book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000 or visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket / Shoprite Checkers branch. #PeppaPigLiveSA

TOUR INFORMATION 2019
CAPE TOWN Artscape Opera House 6 – 8 Sept 2019
DURBAN The Globe at Suncoast 13 – 15 Sept 2019
JOHANNESBURG Emperors Palace 20 – 29 Sept 2019

SHOWTIMES
CPT Fri 6 Sept 6 pm
Sat 7 Sept 10 am 1 pm
Sun 8 Sept 10 am 1 pm
DBN Fri 13 Sept 6 pm
Sat 14 Sept 10 am 1 pm
Sun 15 Sept 10 am
JHB Fri 20 Sept 6 pm
Sat 21 Sept 10 am 1 pm
Sun 22 Sept 10 am 1 pm 
Mon 23 Sept 6 pm
Tues 24 Sept 10 am 1 pm
Fri 27 Sept 6 pm
Sat 28 Sept 10 am 1 pm 
Sun 29 Sept 10 am

SHOW DURATION 
80 Minutes including a 20-minute intermission

TICKET PRICES PER PERSON
CAT A R399; CAT B R349; CAT C R299; CAT D R199; CAT E R149; CAT F R99
Each person, irrespective of age (including babes in arms) must have a show ticket

FAMILY DISCOUNT PACKAGES
Special savings of R30 per ticket on all family packages of 4 or more tickets for CAT A – D on selected shows

BOOKINGS
Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com
or visit your nearest Computicket / Shoprite Checkers outlet.

ONLINE #PeppaPigLiveSA
@PeppaPigliveSA Added Extra Shows in #Joburg and #CapeTown #PeppaPigLiveSA
PEPPA PIG BY THE NUMBERS:
  • 1 million – number of people in the UK, USA, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand who have seen one of Peppa Pig's previous live stage shows
  • 180 – number of countries in which the hit TV series is broadcast
  • 40 – number of languages the TV series has been translated into
  • 35 – number of weekly broadcasts on E-TV & DSTV in South Africa
  • 8 million – total UK DVD sales
  • 75 million – Peppa’s Fun Day Out view count on YouTube
  • 1 – Number One preschool property across all categories
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Capture Life’s Memorable Moments in Cinematic Quality with Foldable #OsmoMobile3 @DJIGlobal

Hi Friends, 

DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, announced the latest addition to the renowned Osmo series, the Osmo Mobile 3, a portable, foldable mobile phone stabilizer. Building on a long tradition of creating class-leading gimbals for both aerial and ground purposes, Osmo Mobile 3 is the culmination of DJI’s technology packaged into a thoughtful design.
Capture Life’s Memorable Moments in Cinematic Quality with Foldable #OsmoMobile3 @DJIGlobal
The most travel-friendly Osmo Mobile to date, Osmo Mobile 3 is the ideal lightweight companion for all of life’s adventures. Users can capture ultra-steady video footage and unique content using intelligent features programmed into the latest version of the DJI Mimo app. An intuitive design meets functionality with Osmo Mobile 3, featuring simplified operation and adjustments.
Capture Life’s Memorable Moments in Cinematic Quality with Foldable #OsmoMobile3 @DJIGlobal
“When we began designing Osmo Mobile 3, we went back to the drawing board with the goal of creating a portable yet an intuitive product that uses the latest DJI technology,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager. “We are excited to introduce DJI’s first gimbal with a folding design and hope it inspires our customers to imagine new ways of recording content with their mobile phones.”
Capture Life’s Memorable Moments in Cinematic Quality with Foldable #OsmoMobile3 @DJIGlobal
The Everyday Stabilizer
Always be prepared to capture high-quality photos and videos with Osmo Mobile 3 thanks to its folding design, which makes it highly portable. Easily grab and pack the new Osmo Mobile 3 away without the worry of taking up space. This ultra-compact mobile phone stabilizer reimagines the Osmo Mobile concept with a completely new design as well as locking mechanisms to ensure effortless transportation when on the go. With the ability to quickly unfold and mount a mobile phone, plus 15 hours of battery, users are sure to never miss life’s most memorable moments.
Capture Life’s Memorable Moments in Cinematic Quality with Foldable #OsmoMobile3 @DJIGlobal
Form Follows Function
Osmo Mobile 3 is not only foldable; the new design makes operation extremely efficient, featuring vital controls manageable with just one hand. Thanks to convenient buttons on the handle, users can control the gimbal’s movement and access useful features with ease. Quick Roll rotates the orientation from portrait to landscape by pressing the Mode (M) button twice without the need to remove the mobile device. The redesigned form no longer obstructs the charging and audio ports, allowing for easy connection to charge the device or use external mics. A trigger helps maneuver the gimbal by locking orientation, rotating the gimbal for selfies, and even re-centering when tracking a subject. By using ActiveTrack, users can tap the trigger once, and Osmo Mobile 3 will begin tracking while keeping the subject centered within the frame. Zoom in and out with the dedicated zoom slider on the side of the stabilizer without needing to touch the screen of the mobile device, making content capturing less complicated. Additionally, users have the option to customize zoom speed based on personal preference.
Capture Life’s Memorable Moments in Cinematic Quality with Foldable #OsmoMobile3 @DJIGlobal
Create to Impress
Osmo Mobile 3 uses the advanced DJI Mimo app and offers fun and creative pre-programmed modes. Connect to the device with Bluetooth 5.0 and take advantage of these features:
  • Story Mode: Bring creative editing to your video with a host of pre-set music, video transitions, and filters. Choose one of 13 fun templates and Mimo will handle the camera movement for you. After shooting, Mimo automatically generates your very own professionally edited short video, ready to be shared.
  • Gesture Control: Easily snap a selfie without pressing any buttons. Once Gesture Control is enabled, show a “peace sign” or put up your palm and Osmo Mobile 3 will begin a photo timer countdown.
  • Sport Mode: Similar to the useful feature from the DJI Ronin series, Sport mode increases the response speed of the device to keep up when shooting fast-moving scenes.
  • ActiveTrack 3.0: DJI's image recognition and deep learning algorithms allow Osmo Mobile 3 to recognize and follow subjects of your choice, perfect for capturing family moments easily with a tap.
  • TimeLapse & MotionLapse: If you’re looking to turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster around you, while Motionlapse adds the dynamic element of movement to your Timelapse by setting points for the camera to move to.
  • HyperLapse: Take the appealing visuals from Timelapse and add movement by manually moving Osmo Mobile 3 with you. Additionally, HyperLapse not only supports real-time Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) but also ActiveTrack 3.0.
  • Panorama: Get a wider perspective with panorama mode. Users can choose between 3×3 and 180° panorama modes.
  • Slow Motion: Slow down the world around you with 4X or 8X Slow Motion.
Capture Life’s Memorable Moments in Cinematic Quality with Foldable #OsmoMobile3 @DJIGlobal
Price and Availability
Osmo Mobile 3 is estimated to be available in South Africa by mid-September, the standard version which includes Osmo Mobile 3, wrist strap, a storage pouch, and anti-slip pads will retail starting at ZAR 1,895.00. Also available is the Osmo Mobile 3 Combo, which in addition to the components of the standard version, includes the Osmo Grip Tripod, Osmo Carrying Case, purchase price starting at ZAR 2,255.00.

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Heita #Soweto, Your #UberEats Has Arrived! #UberEatsSoweto @Uber_RSA

Hi Friends, 

Uber announced its continued investment in Soweto with the launch of Uber Eats. Making them the first international food delivery app to launch in Soweto, promising great tasting local food delivered at the press of a button in 35 mins or less. 

Starting at 10 am today, locals from Jabulani, Pimville, Orlando East and Diepkloof can now add something new to their shaft in from Soweto’s best-loved restaurants including Just Badela, Chaf-Pozi, and Moja Cafe - simply by using Uber’s global food delivery app - Uber Eats. 

Speaking at a launch event held in Soweto today, Ailyssa Pretorius, General Manager of Uber Eats in South Africa, said: 

“Locals from Soweto have been calling out for affordable and reliable food delivery for some time now. We are thrilled to be answering this demand with Uber Eats. Since we launched in South Africa two and half years ago, we have been blown away with the popularity of food delivery, and we can’t wait to give the people of Soweto access to technology that will truly transform the way people eat. 
Heita #Soweto, Your #UberEats Has Arrived! #UberEatsSoweto @Uber_RSA
“While we’re a global business with a presence in over 600 cities around the world, our recipe for success is built on catering to the local taste of the cities we operate in. That’s why we’ve doubled down on bringing the best food Soweto has to offer, at a price point everyone can afford,” added Pretorius. 

Uber Eats has transformed food delivery in South Africa by making a wide selection of food options conveniently available in one place and delivered fast and fresh. Users have access to thousands of affordable meals, with intuitive menus and personalized recommendations, no minimum basket size, and different payment options. Best of all, orders are delivered reliably and at Uber speed, for just R10.00 a delivery. 

Supporting the world’s local economies 
From local restaurants to national chains, the Uber Eats app is helping support the growth of restaurants big and small by providing them with the technology to adapt and thrive in the growing food delivery market. 

In Soweto Uber Eats is partnering with hundreds of local restaurants, such as Just Badela, a fine dining Kasi style food and wine restaurant which has been in operation since 2016. Dumile Badela owner of Just Badla explains “brands take time to grow, entrepreneurs should never expect success overnight, however through hard work and strategic partnerships with brands like Uber Eats, one can reach their business goal.” 

“We have already seen huge demand from local restaurants who want to work with us to make their food available to more people by opening their virtual doors on Uber Eats. We encourage any restaurant owners who want to know more about partnering with Uber Eats to get in touch,” said Pretorius. 

Flexible work for local residents 
Likewise, 300,000 people around the world are benefiting from access to flexible work and the opportunity to earn some extra cash to supplement their income by delivering food using a bike or scooter or even their own two feet. 

In Soweto, Uber Eats is aiming to create hundreds of flexible work opportunities for local residents, including partnering with Kliptown Youth Program to help unemployed youth (18 years+) earn some money as delivery-partners. 

In another first for Soweto, Uber Eats will offer local residents the chance to deliver food using a bicycle, with the peace of mind safety is a top priority thanks to offering Injury Protection. “Being able to do some flexible work without having to have a motorbike or car is an amazing opportunity for me,” says Simphiwe of Soweto. “I can now work in my immediate area when it suits me, all I need is my bicycle.” 

Ready to order, Soweto? Find out how: 
  1. Eaters can order through the app from 10:00 am until 10:00 PM, seven days a week. 
  2. Download the Uber Eats app from either the App or Google Play stores or order at ubereats.com 
  3. Log in with your same Uber account credentials, or set up an account 
  4. Select a restaurant, and choose what you want to eat from their menu 
  5. Eaters can use the code HELLOSOWETO to receive unlimited free delivery for 1 month of application of code to your account. 
  6. Press “place order” and watch as your order gets picked up and delivered right to your door 
  7. Your receipt will be sent to your email address associated with your Uber account or can be viewed in your app 
Note: The code HELLOSOWETO is redeemable for new users only and is valid until the 31 December 2019. 

Any restaurants interested in signing up to the Uber Eats platform should visit here.

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