Nintendo 3DS Launch: South Africa

Hans and the Nintendo 3DSThe Nintendo 3DS was officially launched last night in South Africa.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend and be one of the first people in the country to play with Nintendo’s latest portable device.

My first hands-on impressions of the Nintendo 3DS and a general overview of the spectacular launch party are right after the jump!

Nintendo 3DS in South Africa: ‘Live Blog’

Nintendo 3DSThis evening I have the opportunity of attending the official launch of the Nintendo 3DS in South Africa. Since it is a private event, which is not open to the public, I have decided to try something different.

For the first time I will attempt to “Live Blog” the event as it happens – from 18:00 (6pm) GMT+2. Please bear in mind that I have never done anything like this before. So it remains to be seen whether or not this will be a “hit or miss” endeavour. Nevertheless, I look forward to your feedback.

If you are interested, the Live Blog is right after the jump.

Through the Looking Glass

Screening - AFDA Invite & Alice in Wonderland Have you ever wondered what that Vision Mission pop-up was about, every time you purchased a ticket at a Sterkinekor cinema or online via the Sterkinekor website? Granted I have always been aware that it was for some charitable cause or another, but I never truly  understood what it was for. As a result, I can shamefully admit that I would always skip past the ‘donate’ option.

Well, on Wednesday night I was privileged enough to obtain an invitation, courtesy of Sterkinekor and Vision Mission, to celebrate AFDA’s Vision Mission commercial award winners as well as be privy to a ‘secret’ screening of a highly anticipated blockbuster film.

It was at this mystery laden awards event that I came to understand what the Vision Mission was all about and why, from now on, I will choose to donate that minimum R2.50 extra whenever I buy a Sterkinekor movie ticket.

South African Breweries World of Beer

SAB World of Beer - Step UpAbout a month ago, Saturday 1st August 2009, I organised a tour of the South African Breweries. I had heard many good opinions about it and figured that it would be something fun to do. At least something different. In my opinion, getting ‘stuck in a rut’ is quite a sad state of affairs. Unfortunately, that is the trap that many people I know often end up falling into. Hence my constant drive to organise and participate in a variety of activities and events.

It should be noted, that I am truly not a big alcohol drinker. Partly because I do not see the appeal in losing my self-control through inebriation. Unlike most, I do not need a ‘relaxing’ agent in order to have fun or to lower my inhibitions. That just comes naturally. So it was quite a surprise to some that I would be organising a tour of the South African Breweries (SAB).

However, just because someone does not drink beer or alcohol, does not mean that they would not enjoy the tour of the breweries. All one needs is an inquisitive mind. After all, SAB produce 90 percent of the consumable drinks available in South Africa, from bottled water, to beer, to fruit juices and sodas.

When I made the booking, for the World of Beer tour , I really had no idea what it would be like. Other than the fact that the admission price included two free SAB produced drinks per person. Any kind of drink, I might add. Considering the admission price was only R25, I was not expecting much. I kind of figured that we would most likely just see how beer was made and perhaps taste test a few brands. I could not have been more mistaken.

The World of Beer tour ‘literally’ blew away every expectation I had. Seriously.

Not only does the tour encompass the full history of beer throughout the ages, from the times of he Egyptians all the way to the globalisation of various brews, but it also includes:

  • a virtual guide, taste testing of ancient and modern variants of beer, a 3D Cinema adventure,

SAB World of Beer - Virtual GuideSAB World of Beer - Ancient BrewsSAB World of Beer - 3D Theatre

  • a free beer glass, ability to watch beer being made, options to taste and feel beer ingredients,

SAB World of Beer - The group with free SAB branded glassesSAB World of Beer - Beer MachinerySAB World of Beer - Taste Testing Ingredients

  • and finally a 180 degree-sense-encompassing-theatre which showcases the entire South African beer industry.

SAB World of Beer - 180 degree Screen

All this, including any two free SAB made drinks, for just R25. Yes, that is right folks… ONLY R25! Well smack me sideways and call me Susan! The value for money is absolutely insane! I can honestly say that the World of Beer tour is, without a doubt, some of the most fun a person can have for less money than a single movie ticket. Furthermore, it is also an excellent tourist destination. If you have friends from abroad, take them for the World of Beer tour, they will not be disappointed (there is also a gift shop that they will love)!

In addition to the tour, visitors may also eat at the restaurant which makes surprisingly good food. However, it is important to note that that each person is only allowed to drink the two free provided drinks. They do not sell drinks at the restaurant or anywhere else at the World of Beer venue. This is an annoyingly small detail which the staff neglect to inform visitors about. So do not go thirsty or expecting to get ‘sozzled’.

Ultimately the SAB World of Beer tour is a fantastic experience and very wallet friendly – an absolute saving grace with regards to the current economic recession. I can heartily recommend the experience to all.

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

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You’re invited to a very important date…

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland - The Mad HatterAs movies come and go, there are usually only a handful of films which really pique my interest. One of those, which you may have guessed from this posts title, is that of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

As a long standing fan of Tim Burton’s work, particularly with regard to his brooding art style, I am more than excited to see what he will be able to achieve with a story and world as fantastical and rich as that of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

Interesting to note, is that the movie seems to take certain aspects from Carrol Lewis’ sequel to the original Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, that of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. Most notably is the fact that the movie see’s Alice being transported back to wonderland for a second time, with Alice unable to remember her first visit.

Ultimately though, Burton’s retelling is primarily still of Lewis’ original adventure with Alice. Thus it will feature all of the  characters we have come to know and love, but with a much darker twist, such as Alice Kingsley (Mia Wasikowska), The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), The White Queen (Anne Hathaway), The Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) and last, but not least, The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry).

On the 5th March 2010, we get to follow the white rabbit! Diarise it! Also, Walt Disney actually released a trailer for Alice in Wonderland at the 2009 San Diego Comic Convention, which was almost instantly removed from popular video sites, such as YouTube. However, the trailer is available from IGN.com and can be found here. *UPDATE* Here is the trailer:

Alice In Wonderland – Offical Trailer

Oddly enough, this post was actually inspired by a song, a part from the various tweets I received about the movie. Also, since I was too lazy forgot to post an edition of Music Monday, I figured I would do it now.

Thus, it is time for another Vivaciously Varietal Vibe!

  • Flavour: Alternative
  • Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Album: It’s Blitz

Alice in Wonderland - The Red Queen/Queen of Hearts Rationale: I recently acquainted myself with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs latest album, It’s Blitz, and while listening to it, I came across the song Heads Will Roll.

Coincidentally, I was in the process of trying to find the trailer for Disney and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. As a result, Heads Will Roll spurred the production of this post.

For your pleasure, I have included a picture of Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen/Queen of Heats from the forthcoming Tim Burton and Disney production, Alice in Wonderland. Rather appropriate, don’t you think?

As always, whenever I post about Vivaciously Varietal Vibes on a Music Monday, or in this case Feelin’ Friday, simply click on the name of the song to be taken to a web page that displays the songs lyrics.

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!