My weekend with the Volvo XC40

I was super excited when it was announced that I had won the use of the all new Volvo XC40 for a weekend, at the Cosmopolitan Hustle Summit last month. (read about it on my Instagram page here).

It just so happens that I have been looking at new cars because my BMW X3 was recently in the shop for repairs, for a few times. I now have a new car for my vision board in the shape of the Volvo XC40.

So, anyway, here’s my very lay person, non-motoring journalist review of this awesome vehicle. There will be no talk about torque, because who even uses words like that in real life? I will be looking at features, speed, luxury and of course, price.

Take a look at this video that I created, which gives you an idea of my driving experience.

Please note that this is a vertical video.

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Iconic Connex Atomiser – Review

I recently returned from Thailand (blog posts about this terrific country to follow soon) and I took along those perfume samples that one gets for free in magazines and at perfume counters, just because I did not want to take along my 50ml or 100ml bottles of perfume, and then run the risk of it being confiscated at customs! But all of that is easily remedied by using an atomiser from Iconic Connex.

I was sent an atomiser to review, and here are my thoughts.

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My Maserati Moment with Tsogo Sun’s Dream Chaser Promotion


It’s not every day that one gets to test drive a Maserati, so I jumped at the chance to experience this first hand, when I got invited to the launch of Tsogo Sun’s Dream Chaser promotion.

A total of R9 million in cash and cars are up for grabs, including three sexy Maserati Ghiblis that could be yours, with the Dream Chaser promotion, taking place at three of Gauteng’s premier entertainment destinations – Gold Reef City, Montecasino and Silverstar Casino.

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Review of the Sony Cyber-Shot 20.1 Mega Pixel Camera

Sony-20-1-MP-DSC-SDL747305914-1-5c5e8I was given the Sony Cyber-Shot 20.1 Mega Pixel camera to review recently. After looking through the menu on the camera, which was easy enough to navigate with only a few options, I started snapping away. The camera is very simple and easy to use, and features 20.1 Mega Pixels with 5 x zoom lens. But here is the conundrum… why buy a camera, which retails for about R999, when most people nowadays have smart phones, which may not have 20.1 mega pixels, but can take really good photos nevertheless? The screen size of the Sony Cyber-Shot is also rather small in comparison to the screen size of my iPhone 5S. I took the same photo with both the Sony Cyber-Shot and my iPhone 5S and could not spot the difference in quality, even though the iPhone 5S only has 8 mega pixels.

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Puma tin doubles as a coin purse

I received this nifty Puma tin filled with mints (which were eaten in a day, as I am addicted to the taste of all types of mint) in a goodie bag at a Puma event a while back.



Once the sweets were consumed, I decided to utilize the tin in a very practical way – use it as a purse to keep all my coins. This works much better than the usual traditional zip purses, and you can easily see what coins you have at a glance, which comes in handy when paying for parking. I find that the Fisherman’s Friend tins work just as well.


Woolworths Stationery is Tops (and Knock Knock Comes a Close Second)

Now that the festive season has come to an end, the BACK TO SCHOOL buying madness has started. I’ve noticed that Woolworths now has a wonderful range of stationery. I first saw this in the V & A Waterfront (Cape Town) branch a while back, and the range is now available at the Sandton City (Johannesburg) branch.

Below are some photos of their stationery. I particularly like the velvet wrapped pencils.

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