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Comedian mom Dena Blizzard posted a live video on Facebook where she spoofs on Pokémon GO. Meet Chardonnay GO! While everyone is running after their cellphone trying to catch Pokémons, Dena decided it's time for moms to have some fun too. And I don't think only moms would enjoy. In for a glass of Chardonnay? Go out and discover! :-)
In 2014 we saw a supercool video of bubble football. We immediately decided we would need to try it out. And so we did... in Düsseldorf! (more…)
Today's fashion ain't necessarily still hot tomorrow. Even when we're talking about what's underneath your outfit, there's a hot and a not. Meet a hundred years of men's underwear fashion! I just love YouTube channel Mode with their videos on fashion trends history. I guess everyone still remembers the first video they had on the history of women's fashion. When men's underwear popped up, I just had to have a small peek. :-) Funny to see how even what we wear dessous changes so rapidly. I too remember wearing boxers a few years ago. And I also remember that it was super unpractical. Getting the complete boxers in your jeans without the fabric being stuffed together. Memories... Thank god strings always were something 100% banned. (If you're reading this wearing a string: go change right now before someone notices. It's not too late yet.) Nowadays we're big fans of Australian brand Assiebum with their slogan 'If you doubt yourself, wear something else'. Now that's a statement. So how about you? Having a favorite can't-go-out-without underwear brand or is whatever that covers the junk good enough?
The new Spring Summer Suitsupply collection gets a remarkable launch with the Toy Boys-campaign. Presenting a world ran by women (girls!) with us men as small well-dressed creatures. We love suits. Every man should have a nice one laying in his closet, ready to wear for that one special occasion. Suitsupply always knows to surprise with more modern styles in its very classy range. Also with their new Toy Boys campaign that presents the Spring Summer 2016 collection, they know how to surprise. Shot by Carli Hermes in South Africa, beautiful lightly dressed women that play with their handsome well-dressed toy boys (or should we say playboys?) manage to set the tone for a ready-to-be-talked-about new fashion season in menswear. Have a look at the full collection below. It reminds me a bit of an earlier David Lachapelle's style of photography. Florian already sees himself as the guy that's sitting on the right boob while I'd like to be the man with the flower between his legs. Just talking about the styles of course. What's your favorite? And yes, we're still talking about the Suitsupply suits. Suit-up! :-)
During our stay in one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, we just had to use its infinity pool for a refreshing session of Les Mills Bodyjam! In May 2015 we've enjoyed an awesome holiday in Bali. As already mentioned in our These Hotels Are Sick-post, we're quite the fans of the Hanging Gardens Resort in Ubud, Bali. F booked a few nights in this little paradise as an anniversary present. Woohooh! You can imagine the thrilledness when figuring it out at arrival. And when you're staying in a dream destination - Bodyjam and dance addicts as we are -, you just NEED to show some hot dance moves. But don't worry, the refreshing water of the infinity pool kept us cool. We hit the pool for the work-out at the early morning around 6AM for Bodyjam 72 (The Lawnmower - Aryay). You would imagine you could do this unnoticed when getting up that early. Guess again... An applause of crew and guests followed. :-) So, what's the next dreamy Bodyjam destination where we can perform some of the by Gandalf Archer choreographed moves? Stay tuned!
Women are no longer the only ones enjoying colorfull hairtrends. Recently men have boldly taken over Instagram with brightly colored beards and hair. Meet: the Merman trend. We must say - though generally being up to speed and picking in on latest trends is a good thing - we're not so sure about this one. Sure, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj look great as little mermaids but when it comes to men... For ourselves we probably prefer the Photoshopped version as above instead of walking into the office with the real deal. But that's just us. How do you feel about the Merman trend? Cute or puke? ,-) Have a look at our all-colors-of-the-rainbow selection from Instagram. Ein von 🌼🌹🌸🌼PASTELA🌸🌹🌼🌸🌼 (@pastelahair) gepostetes Foto am 29. Jun 2015 um 11:07 Uhr Ein von Michael Freeby (@michaelfreeby) gepostetes Foto am 3. Jul 2015 um 13:38 Uhr Ein von Modern Salon Magazine (@modernsalon) gepostetes Foto am 26. Jun 2015 um 10:42 Uhr Ein von kimi (@kimikarma23) gepostetes Foto am 8. Jul 2015 um 18:03 Uhr Ein von 180GRADEN (@180gradenmagazine) gepostetes Foto am 6. Jul 2015 um 15:19 Uhr Already have a color shampoo ready to hit your hair or will you stay true to your true colors?
With Magic Mike XXL hitting theaters, all eyes are on Channing Tatum. And you have to admit, the guy can move. Even Madonna's Vogue is no competition. While doing promo for the follow-up of Magic Mike, actor Channing Tatum showed some classic dance moves at Vanity Fair. And with classic we don't mean ballroom, a cha-cha-cha or linedance. Hell no.
This week we had the pleasure to attend the Elisabeth musical, also known as the most successful German musical, in the Essener Colosseum. We were backstage, onstage, frontstage and are pleased to report to you right here, right now. The very talented cast of Elisabeth just returned from their tour in Shanghai where they performed the 'other' story of world known Swiss empress Sissi 40 times in, yes... German. 14 megatrucks packed with 664 costumes, 150 wigs, 125 pair of shoes and the full scenery brought the Elisabeth musical back to Germany where the piece will run in Essen till the 22nd of March. Later onwards they will move to München. Livekritik and the production behind the show invited us for a very pleasant evening with Elisabeth. At arrival we were welcomed with a backstage tour. What kind of team is behind the technic, the costumes and the scenery? How do the actors manage to have a costume-switch in less than 10 seconds (Elisabeth for example switches her costume 16 times)? All our questions got answered. And now the impressive world of musical hasn't got any secrets for us. Meanwhile #backstage, spinning around at #ElisabethMusical... #musical Ein von JAF (@jaftime) gepostetes Video am 27. Feb 2015 um 9:46 Uhr After the interesting tour, a spin onstage, a glass of champagne and snacks it was time to get to our seats. Lights! And action! The tones of 'Alle Tanzen Mit Dem Tot' kicked of a show that we both now give two well deserved thumbs up. We let ourselves get guided through the dark history of Elisabeth, performed by Roberta Valentini, and her secret flirt with death. During the show we mingled in the TweetUp via #ElisabethMusical and expressed our very positive impression on the musical. Cause, to be completely honest, there are some amazing voices in the cast, accompanied by the impressive orchestra guided by Paul Christ. Our favorite voice of the night is the one of Mark Seibert who performes Der Tot and sounds a lot like the very talented Belgian singer/songwriter Udo. J had goosebumps during the full song where grown-up Prince Rudolf sings with Der Tot. F's favorite song is 'Ich gehör nur mir', which he is now singing ever since. When the curtain fell, we were invited to have a chat with the main actors who talked about their nights in China and about being back in front of a German crowd. What a night. It probably doesn't come as a surprise if we tell you the Elisabeth musical is highly recommendable. The 28-people cast still plays in Essen till the 22nd of March and than moves to München. Check out the website for the full tourplan and tickets. Meanwhile we're already looking forward to our next night out. JafJaf!
German design studio Herr M has created Schiebepuzzle, a side table inspired by a children’s puzzle toy, that has a top that slides open to expose small storage areas. From the designers: "Inspired by a childrens toy we designed the side table “Schiebepuzzle”. The front doors can slide up and down and from side to side showing just a little bit of his content at a time, the rest is a seeking-game – for magazines and the minibar, for bottles, glasses, coasters or a deck of cards. Decent and lightly in impression this side table fits in lounges, lofts, living rooms and everywhere, where small things need a place." Available through Fräulein M. JafJaf!
Weither you hit the city or the office, you're gonna love the G-Star RAW look we've picked out. It isn't a secret at all that we guys like to dress nice. Therefore it's always good to find easy to combine key items for your wardrobe. You should've seen the smile on J's face when he bumped into this great G-Star RAW blazer. The Lockstart blazer is a four-button blazer with large hand-pockets and a rounded hem that is slightly longer in the front. With its mediumweight sweat fabric and added stretch, it's a pleasure to wear it both in the office and city. The city formal style matches perfectly with denim. We've completed the look with a classy black AllSaints t-shirt, a Diesel Thavar denim, black Converse sneakers for a casual touch and J's latest pride: a Tommy Hilfiger leather Colton laptop bag. Add a nice accessory like our beloved Gemini Bracelets and you're ready to go. JafJaf! Blazer: G-Star RAW // T-Shirt: AllSaints // Denim: Diesel // Bag: Tommy Hilfiger // Bracelet: Gemini Bracelets
Michael Tapp captures the feel on Times Square. We've only been once to New York, but can tell you: Times Square is a place that you never forget. The lights, the atmosphere, the people that walk around. Gotta love it. Small note: J probably loves it a little bit more since it was the place where he saw the one and only Snoop Dog, aka nowadays Snoop Lion. Video artist Michael Tapp made a great video of the big square with a focus on the people that pass there during nighttime by having a chat with them. Watch out: tearjerker. Enjoy! JafJaf!
DriveNow let's you shop until you drop at the Designer Outlet! As you already know, we're big fans of DriveNow. Recently, the car sharing agency launched an interesting collaboration with the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Roermond, the Netherlands. How does it work? Easy! Just hop in a DriveNow MINI or BMW at choice and book the partner offer via the DriveNow menu in the car. Depending on how many people you are, the costs vary from 50€ for one person up to 65€ for four people. Next to that, every person receives a 15€ voucher at the information desk when arrived in the Outlet Center. That voucher can, by the way, be spent in every store in the center and comes without a minimum to be spend. So... you actually pay 5 € for the six hour rent, including 140 free kilometers when you go on a shopping tour with a group of four. There's definitely not a cheaper and more comfortable way to get to your designer destination. We certainly liked the offer and tried it ourselves last Sunday afternoon. We booked a MINI Countryman in Dusseldorf, started off with a sporty Sunday BodyJam work-out at the gym and continued our trip further to Roermond. Arrived at the Designer Outlet, we picked up our voucher cards and were ready to attack! From all major sports brands like adidas, Nike, Puma and Reebok, to labels like Boss, Strellson, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, Denham. You name it, you'll find it. Next to that, the center has loads of places to have a coffee or eat something when you just feel like having a little break. Our catch of the Sunday? A pair of cool adidas sneakers for F and a Reebok cross-fit training pants for J. All in the trunk and back to Dusseldorf! For more details about booking your own DriveNow shopping spree, go and check out the DriveNow-Blog. JafJaf!
Pharrell Williams x Adidas Originals first phase available now. Pharrell Williams has become one of the major American music producer to launch a design range this week with trainers and sportswear for Adidas. Now, Adidas has unveiled the first two pieces from its collaboration with musician and producer Pharrell Williams, which launched in shops on Saturday, 20th. Three more product releases will follow in October, November and December. The total collection will consist of a series of limited edition pieces with the draw on items from the sportswear brand's collection of classic designs. The first two are a version of Adidas' Superstar track jacket in leather and the brand's classic Stan Smith shoes, which will come in three colors: blue, red and black. "The equal sign is the leitmotif of the collaboration's logo," said Adidas in an official statement about the logo for the collaboration. "Next to the Adidas Originals trefoil, two of the iconic three stripes transform into a bold equal sign with the third being the name of Pharrell Williams," the brand explained further. Adidas also said that the products in the collaboration would "revolve around Pharrell's idea of equality," but did not explain how this had been applied to the jacket and trainers. Release Date: Available Now! - Store: www.adidas.com/pharrellwilliams Adidas first announced its collaboration with Pharell at the beginning of this year, but is not the only brand to be working with the producer. In July, Pharrell unveiled a collection of clothing for G-Star RAW with fabrics made from materials, created using waste plastic collected from the sea. At the moment it seems that everything the great producer/singer touches is meant to be very succesful. From his Oscar-winning 'Happy' song which turned into an anthem earlier this year, to multiple magazine covers. For sure one of the men of 2014. Stay tuned for more. JafJaf!
Dutch Fashion Brand Scotch & Soda Launches additional Menswear Line. Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda has expanded heavily during the last years. Meanwhile they are launching their seventh line: Atelier Scotch. The new upper class luxury collection concentrates on fine tailoring with slim and skinny fits plus a mix of handpicked fabrics and patterns. All of course with the brands typical handwriting and huge love for details. Next to tailored suits, Atelier Scotch is offering a selection of knitwear such as merino and cashmere, shirts, outerwear in light and heavy forms and accessoires to completely round up your style. Scotch & Soda describes its range as “a totally new eclectic tailoring line. Unique and non pretentious”. That the label sees great potential in their newest line gets obvious, knowing that Scotch & Soda has already opened the first stand-alone Atelier Scotch store in Amsterdam. Sounds a bit similar to the very start of Scotch in Amsterdam years ago. Today the complete family is able to shop their outfits at Scotch & Soda, Maison Scotch and Scotch Shrunk. Looking for furniture? No problem, Scotch Collectables offers you a range of unique vintage furniture. The full collection is from now onwards available in stores and online. JafJaf!
No doubt about it, everyone loves a good sunset. Don't you just get in your very best mood, feeling the last rays of sun on your skin? The warm colors of sunlight going down on a beautiful landscape, in your ears nothing but the wind blowing. Ah, how relaxing can a sunset be... If you're looking for a dream travel destination, these sunsets might give you the right inspiration. F already saw the one in Angkor Wat and he can assure you: it's be-au-ti-ful! Further, we personally would love to get our eyes on the sun going down in Bagan and the Taj Mahal. But don't worry, we'll send you guys a postcard. JafJaf! The Maldives White Desert, Egypt Uluru, Australia Serengeti, Tanzania Santorini, Greece The Sahara Dessert Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Pfeiffer Beach, USA Angkor Wat, Cambodia Bagan, Burma Taj Mahal, India Grand Canyon, USA Isle of Skye, UK Key West, USA Lake Annecy, France Maasai Mara, Kenya
G-Star RAW and Pharrell Williams are getting 'Happy' for the sea Pharrell has collaborated with fashion brand G-Star RAW on a new collection using recycled marine plastic to help save the oceans. The Fall-Winter 2014 men's and womenswear collection titled 'G-Star RAW for the Oceans,' a collaboration between Bionic Yarn, the Vortex Project and Parley for the Oceans, was first announced in February this year, with Pharrell Williams curating the line. The key to the collection is the Bionic Yarn, a fiber created from recycled plastic harvested from the ocean. This is the first time the fabric has been incorporated into jeans. This first full collection has directly also used 10 tons of the recycled ocean plastic. Pieces include the aforementioned denim as well as bomber jackets, boilersuits, trench coats, shirts, t-shirts and caps, all featuring the Bionic Yarn. The dark blue and black clothing also features a new 'Otto, the Octopus'-motif which appears throughout the collection (even hidden in the reverse of some fabrics). The G-Star RAW for the Oceans collection is hitting G-Star stores and the online shop now. Blub! JafJaf!
Already for some months now we're big fans of the two Belgian brothers who founded Gemini Bracelets. Selling their collection so far in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Luxemburg, this Fall the arm candy will finally be available in Germany as well. First shops to get a glimpse of them are located in Aachen, Munich and Cologne (not thát far away from Dusseldorf - ha). We really love our Gemini Bracelets because whatever you're wearing - sporty, casual or business - it always suits you. And with their high quality standard and view, it not only completes your look but just brings you in a better mood. We've got some pieces of their new collection and would like to share them with you. F went for a cool office look while J goes for smooth in casual. In both ways our precious bracelets take it to the next level. What do you think? And to be mentioned: While shooting the pictures for this post we were even asked where we got our Gemini Bracelets. The German man in the streets of Dusseldorf definitely approves their arrival in Deutschland. Lol! JafJaf!
September might be too early to decide what's the best song of the year. Nevertheless, Sia with 'Chandelier' does have a great shot at winning that title. Months after 'Chandelier' has been released we're still singing it out & proud while cruising on the German roads. And most of the time, we're even tempted to replay the song two to three times. Which you normally only do with songs from Britney S. and Christina A, right? It gets better... The singer from down-under recorded a new version of 'Chandelier' which will be released on iTunes next week. The new version strips down the whole track, leaving it up to her incredible voice and a piano. We're not sure which version we like the most if we're honest. When listening to the intimate piano version, we want to have the radio edit to listen to as the next track, with again the piano version as the one after. Which makes our singing routine of course quite confusing. Anyway, you can believe us that it's quite amazing. Or don't believe us and just listen. JafJaf!
What happens when you're together for more than three years? You start buying the same Adidas sneakers. ;-) Didn't the Spice Girls once sing about 'When two become one'? We clearly understand the deep lyrics of that pop song now. When J doesn't feel well, he has a great medicine that always works very therapeutic: online shopping! Since he was anyway looking for new sneakers, he ordered himself a pair of fancy white Adidas puppies with a smash of neon pink and minty green. Order out, laptop closed, time for a feel-better nap. That nap didn't take too long though. Later that day the doorbell rings for a package delivery... from Adidas. Turns out F already placed a 'sneaky' order two days before. And believe it or not: he bought the exact same supercool shoes. Love happens. Or shall we call it destiny? Anyway we are both happy and that counts. That's all that matters. JafJaf!
If you want to be really decadent, you should definitely give Monaco a try. Next year a super rich multi-millionaire will find its home in the most expensive penthouse of the world. The luxurious five-floor flat, on top of Tour Odéon - a 171m high new skyscraper in Monaco- will get sold for around a small € 302 million and will be the most expensive penthouse of the world. Included in the price tag is the magnificent view over the Mediterranean, an infinity pool with its own slide, a health centre and an in-house caterer. Tour Odéon itself, with its 70 super-sized flats, is the first new skyscraper to be build in Monaco since the '80s. It will be the Mediterranean coastline's second tallest building when completed next year, offering its not-so-shabby residents a 24/7 concierge service and a private chauffeur. The penthouse on top will just have that little extra, set to stand out even in the midst of such extreme luxury. Care to join us for a look inside? "C'est beau la petite bourgeoisie qui boit du champagne." JafJaf!
Instant goosebumps when you hear the intimate Sam Sparro 'Love Never Felt So Good' live version, originally from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Yearly in September, Belgian radio channel Q-Music comes up with an exciting renewed on-air planning. New this year is that every Monday, a famous artist stops by at the morning show to bring an own song and a cover. First to kick-off: the great Sam Sparro with his version of the invincible Michael Jackson 'Love Never Felt So Good'. Music-lovers as we are, we thought this was more than worth a share. Curious for the upcoming Monday mornings at Q-Music! Enjoy! JafJaf!
We're gonna go back in time! Did you know that J has a history as a popstar? Back in 2010, when he was working as a TV-host for a music channel, the question popped-up to release an own single. J, who previously participated in the Belgian version of X-Factor didn't hesitate a minute and dove into a music studio in The Netherlands, where he worked with the incredibly talented Rocketeers. A first single for MINNO was born: Dreaming. Hey, don't blame the boy for kissing a girl. He kinda liked it, the taste of her cherry chopstick. And what happens in the UK (where the videoclip was shot), gets posted on the net. Half a year later, J started working with singer songwriter Gene Thomas to create a self written feel-good summer song. MINNO had a second swinging baby: Dance with Me. The videoclip that was recorded in Amsterdam. J might be swinging in the spotlight but you can barely miss out on hottie F, shaking his booty. After hearing a demo of the first MINNO song, Dreaming, Italian producer/DJ Pops & Booms offered his mixing talent to create great remixes of both songs. Check them out and get into the groove! MINNO - Dance With Me (Pops & Booms Remix) MINNO - Dreaming (Pops & Booms Remix) The story continues... Beginning of 2014, J headed to Italy to work on some new tracks. Further away from the typical pop as before and under another artist name. History as a popstar? Step into the future. Are you curious to have a listen? JafJaf!
Dive into one of the best pools in the world! You know you deserve it! ;-) Most of Europe might have forgotton about the true meaning of great Summer weather. However, lots of dream destinations are more than willing to give you a bunch more value. It's actually not even necessary to travel wide abroad. Countries that are closer to home, like Greece and Switzerland, are more than happy to cater to your needs to have a relaxing, breathtaking time off. In need of a bit of inspiration? We sure found our portion and since we care, we share! Meet: the best pools in the world. Meow! Gocta Lodge, Peru Vivere Arco, Italy Como Shambhala Estate, Bali Lecrans Hotel & Spa, Switzerland Hilton Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand Thanda Private Game Reserve, South-Africa Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Kreta Already wearing your bathing suit or will it be a skinny dip? Don't forget to send us a postcard. By the way, if you're in for a bit more daydreaming: Check out our Travel section! JafJaf!
The Yerka project brings bicycle theft to an end - hopefully. Normally a bike is an easy target for thieves. We all know that. Esspecially in bigger cities you better watch out where to leave your bike. It doesn't matter how thick your padlock is or how frequently visited the place is where you leave your bike behind. Thieves always seem to find a way to get away with it. Three chilean engineering students have been victims of exactly the same. They teamed up and created the Yerka Project. A bicycle that once it is properly locked up, can only be stolen by destroying it. The locking mechanism is integrated in the bike's frame. You will open the frame and use the bike's saddle to lock it which will take around 20 seconds of your time. Next to this great idea the creators maintained the urban city look of the bike. The developed prototype is a mixture of speed- and mountainbike with colourful details and generates a desire for more. JafJaf!
Usually going for a run with your music in-ear? Well, these biometric headphones bring your running to a whole new level: they are monitoring your heart rate. Discover the SMS Audio BioSport Headphones. SMS Audio has recently launched their sports collection. But now they are going to introduce the SMS Audio’s BioSport In-Ear Headphones. These headphones are a collaboration between Intel and SMS Audio, which was founded by the rapper 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson. 50 Cent's aim was to create headphones with top-quality audio, style, fit and functionality. A Headphone is a headphone? Not these ones. The SMS Audio BioSport Headphones have sensors to measure the heart rate of the user. There is no need to wear a chest strap or a wearable and there are no batteries required. The headphones take their energy from a smartphone or MP3 player through an audio jack. Open the box, put them in your ears, plug them in your phone and it just works. “With the introduction of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel, we’re now the first to provide this level of integrated, seamless and helpful biometric information to inspire customers to advance their fitness experiences.” said Brian M. Nohe, president of SMS Audio, in a press release. To us this is a product we are now really waiting on to be released. It is easy to use and creates an extra value due to heart rate monitoring. Waiting to see what the pairing of SMS Audio and Intel will bring in the future. From what we know today, the headphones will work together with the popular fitness app RunKeeper for Android and iOS. It will be water resisdent, it will be available in the fourth quarter this year and the price should be around $150 according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt(approx. €112). JafJaf!
Revealed: DRYKORN Fall / Winter 2014 Campaign. For this fall winter season the german fashion brand brings rough looks in combination with a Radical Chic and Grunge Deluxe. It is all about extremes. Classic colours meet a punk attitude. Wool mashes with leather as well as denim and silk are pieced together. The full DRYKORN Fall / Winter 2014 Campaign and looks you can find here. JafJaf! About drykorn: Founded in 1996 the label DRYKORN developed from a trouser label to a sophisticated and stylish brand. Today it offers all kinds of product lines. Internationally well-known, DRYKORN’s main characteristics are selected fabrics, high-quality manufacturing and a trendy but straight-lined statement. The label defines itself as metropolitan, reachable and progressive. (www.facebook.com/drykorn)
Meet: the brandnew Polaroid Cube Action Camera! Since the huge success of the GoPro action cameras we have seen more and more of them appearing on the market. Still, the GoPro series are the market leader. Now Polaroid has presented their very own action camera. The very stylish, retro design driven Polaroid Cube Action Camera. The lifestyle camera is water resistant, shockproof, mountable and built to handle everything you can imagine. Packed with fun including 1080p HD video, 6MP CMOS sensor, 124° wide angle lens, and built in battery that records up to 90 minutes. You record your videos with a MicroSD memory card with up to 32 GB and the build-in magnet at the bottom let's you pop the camera on your helmet, skateboard or any other metal surface to record your most fun moments. Along with the new Polaroid Action Camera you can purchase different mounts for little money. The monkey stand is defintely the eye catcher. But next to the cute monkey there are others like the bike mount, the helmet mount for your next winter holidays or the waterproof case for all those surfers out there. The Cube sells for less than 100€ and is available from End August. Cool, cute And fun. The mix of retro simplicity and modern usability makes it the GoPro lite for all fun users. Thumps Up. JafJaf!
Woohooh! We're on Holiday! After our big move in February and starting a new job in March, it was time to take a little walk on the free side. That's why we decided to grab our Belgian friend, Joke, and to cruise towards the lovely Berlin. We start off with a classic one day city tour through Berlin. But instead of taking one of the tourist busses, we take the legendary bus line 100, starting from Bahnhof Zoo towards the Alexanderplatz. It stops at all the main attractions and if you get off, just minutes later the next one passes by. There even is a an app for ios that works as an audio guide for the full route. We anyway managed to check-out the Siegesäule, the Bundestag, the Kansleramt, Brandenburger Tor, the Jewish monument and the Fernsehturm at the Alexanderplatz. A great shot of culture if you ask us. JafJaf!
We'll have to confirm that the Warlblers from Glee do exist in real life. They study and sing a capella at Oxford University, calling themselves Out of the Blue. The boys recorded a Shakira medley and released the single with a sassy video for charity. All profits go to the Helen and Douglas House, hospice care for terminally ill children and young adults. Hips don't lie and these guys sure know how to shake them! JafJaf!
Rememer the first holographic messages in Star Wars coming from R2-D2? Or Tom Cruise in Minority Report? Those and others have shown the way into the future: quickly switch on a small machine, wild gesturing with the hands in the air and there it is: the operating scenario via holographic technic. This all seemed like science-fiction to most of us on planet earth but the Chinese company Shenzhen Estar Displaytech Co. claims to have the first holographic phone, ready to enter the market. Discover the Takee 1. Since end of June the company has their very first video online on YouTube, showing the Takee 1 in action and this Thursday the company will even present the Holo Phone. 4 different cameras on the front of the smartphone are helping to capture every detail in the right dimension, angle and timing. The manufacturer calls this technology 'Smart Holographics'. The video is pretty impressive and it already looks like Tom Cruise would use the phone in his next science fiction blockbuster. Wow. JafJaf!
Dinner at a restaurant can taste twice as good when you have something nice to look at. Having said that, here you have six cool restaurants, spread over the globe, that will probably make you get quite hungry. The Grotto - Krabi, Thailand It couldn't get more romantic than this: this restaurant was build in an ancient cave, giving you a magnificent view over the Phranang Beach while you warm up for dinner with a lovely cocktail. Sirocco - Bangkok, Thailand Thailand doesn't seem too bad for dining. From the 63rd floor of the State Towers, the crazy metropole called Bangkok turns into a sea of lights. Sirocco is not only famous for being the world's highest open-air restaurant with a killer view, the Wagyu steak should also be divine. El Farallón - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico On your plate: fresh sea fruits, straight from the grill. In your face: the Pacific, reflecting all the colors of the beautiful sunset. Fangweng - Yichang, China Afraid of heights? If the answer is yes, than it's wise to skip Fangweng. If not, enjoy the view from this restaurant that actually hangs on a cave. Real daredevils even have the opportunity to do a bungee jump. Maybe best before eating... Grotta Palazzese - Polignano a Mare, Italy A real romance maker. You, your loved one, candlelight dinner, the Adriatic sea and a restaurant that's carved inside of a cave. Great to score some extra points. Clouds - Hamburg, Germany Who ever said you have to travel far to discover the world? Also near to home you can enjoy something incredible. At Clouds you can get a mighty good steak on the 23rd floor of the 'Tanzende Türme' and meanwhile enjoy the supplementary view over wonderful Hamburg. JafJaf!
Hey Summer lovers out there! If you're not yet in the mood for the hot temperatures from upcoming long weekend, the new Scotch & Soda Summer campaign, shot by Dutch photographer Philippe Vogelenzang, will definetly get you there. Our favourite piece: the striped raglan sweater with flower printed sleeves. Also nice to see in the shooting is Scandinavion top-50 male model Mikkel Jensen wearing the collection. Oh yes, Summer has arrived! JafJaf! ____________________ Hey ihr Sommerliebhaber dort draußen! Solltet ihr noch nicht in der Stimmung für heiße Temperaturen am kommenden Wochenende sein, keine Sorge, die neue Scotch & Soda Sommerkampagne wird euch definitv einstimmen. Unser Lieblingstück: der gesreifte Raglan Sweater mit Ärmeln im angesagten Blumendruck. Fotograf: Philippe Vogelenzang, Auch nett anzusehen ist das skandinavische Top 50 Männer Model Mikkel Jensen, der die Kollektion trägt. Oh yes, der Sommer ist da! JafJaf!
Just like in 2013, we decided to have another sportive highlight of the year and to participate in the DVV Antwerp 10 Miles (16.28km). Small difference: in 2013 there were 25.000 participants, in 2014 a small 41.000. With us right in the middle. And what a great event. In the morning, the marathon runners start, around noon there's a 5km run and a Chiquita Kids run of 1.4km, and the main thing of the day: the 10 Miles. Because of the big amount of sporty people, the run was divided in three waves (15.00/15.30/16.00). F started his run at 15h and J had his turn at 16h. If you've ever participated in an official run or marathon, you completely understand the excitement of such an event. Thousands of people standing at the sideline, cheering for you, clapping their hands, reaching out refreshing drinks,... If you don't watch out, you quickly get swept away and get goosebumps all over your body. This all gives a great extra motivation and makes you run your best time ever. Man, did we have fun. It do is tough, as specially when you're almost at the finish line and still have to get up the Waaslandtunnel. We don't like to swear, but that's kind of a b*tch. When you get out, there's still about a kilometer or two to run till the promised land. Heaven. Final results of our Antwerp 10 Miles-run:J = Place 6069 in 1:21:49F= Place 738 in 1:07:51 (Best German!) In for the thrill in 2015? Go for it and combine with a nice weekend of Antwerp. There's really a lot to see, to discover and to taste... Belgian chocolate, fries (Frituur No.1) and an incredible range of Belgian beers. JafJaf! ___________________ Genau wie im letzten Jahr, haben wir uns auch in 2014 wieder für den 10 Meilen Lauf des DVV (16.28km) in Antwerpen angemeldet. Waren es in 2013 noch ca. 25.000 Teilnehmer, sind am vergangenen Sonntag fast 41.000 Läufer mit am Start gewesen. Und wir mittendrin. Der Lauf in Antwerpen ist ein super Ereignis. (more…)
There's nothing better than the feeling of sweat dripping down your face after an awesome workout. Or maybe there is... We just discovered something quite unbelievable: Bubble football! This sport from Denmark just found its way to Germany (even with its own national competition). The idea behind it is practically the same as from classic football. Small difference: the players are walking bubbles, bumping into each other while trying to get the ball in the goal of the opponent. Hi-la-ri-ous! We're definitely gonna look for a team in the Düsseldorf area. Interested in joining, let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org. And else: see you soon in the bumping and bouncing competition! JafJaf!