Wednesday

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Drive – Prince Edward County



Just a few weeks ago, I was invited by Cadillac Canada to experience the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe in the picturesque Prince Edward County along Lake Ontario which is approximately 2 hours from Toronto. I had the opportunity to stay at the newly renovated Drake Devonshire Prince Edward County to enjoy an immersive experience of Cadillac and lifestyle.

ATS Coupe in Prince Edward County

The perception of Cadillac has definitely changed from a vehicle that used to be more geared to an older demographic, to a young professional demographic. Fast forward to today and Cadillac is totally different and has elevated the brand. Cadillac has an emphasis on the dynamic design and has a fun to drive performance with lots of new technology. Cadillac is one of the first to have 4G/LTE WiFi. That in itself is a game changer and major innovation. WiFi in the car #FTW!

Why do I like the Cadillac ATS Coupe? 3 reasons: 1. Technology 2. Safety 3. Lifestyle

The ATS, as mentioned, has WiFi that can enable up to 7 devices to connect. It also has Wireless Charging. Charge your phone without fiddling and wrestling with wires or plugs, amazing right? Also the full - colour and reconfigurable Head-Up Display. Receive text message alerts and turn by turn direction by viewing straight ahead with your driving view. No distracted driving here! That's a good thing.

HUD - Heads Up Display Technology-Lane Assist button

Heads Up Display is a great feature.


The other benefits are the Safety features of ATS Coupe.  The Lane Keep Assist, Lane Change Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and automatic safety belt tightening are just a few of the cool features of the ATS Coupe. The ATS Coupe also has the OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics. The car notifies you when you need to fill air in your tires or how full your gas tank is. This can be viewed on your smartphone too by using the OnStar RemoteLink mobile App. Did you know you can even start your car from the App? You can start your car in Toronto if you were physically in Russia with your smartphone. How cool is that?

OnStar Service

Encompassing all the Technology and Safety features is the attention to details and comfort of the ATS Coupe. It's definitely a car that attracts attention - from the front trademark grill design, to the sexy interior finish. From a finger swipe of the dash to the comfort of the steering wheel(sport mode), it felt good and powerful to be behind the wheel of an ATS Coupe. The car is luxurious and quiet with the various driving modes.

Swipe and touch screen on ATS Coupe dashboard

On that note, here is a fun commercial that encapsulates the forward direction and momentum that Cadillac is gaining by understanding their consumer.



I consider myself an "average-knowledge" person of cars. I've driven many vehicles and this is one of the  top vehicles specifically in the technology and saftey sense for me. For more info: Cadillac Canada

2015 ATS Coupe




The Campaign to End Junkface.



There is a disturbing epidemic concerning hygiene ethics happening in Canada Right now. First of all, have you ever encountered the word Junkface? Let's make this simple…it's when you use the same bar of soap to wash your man parts, package, below the belt, junk whatever you like to call it and use it to clean your face too (you get the picture!?) According to an Ipsos Reid Survey with 1,400 respondents; 72% of canadian guys have…. Junkface!!


Why is it gross to have Junkface, you ask? Washing your junk area and your face with the same bar of soap just leads to cross contamination…(just use your imagination!!) Does your girlfriend, wife or partner know of this Junkface problem? They would definitely be grossed out! Only 38% of Canadian women would consider not marrying a guy with Junkface let alone kiss one. I want to help bring awareness to this stigma and end Junkface for your sake. Stop using a single soap bar to clean yourself. Man up! Start using a face wash like Neutrogena® MEN® Face Wash.

Thanks to Neutrogena® MEN®, they've given me the opportunity to help one of you end Junkface. Enter the contest for FREE to WIN a #StopJunkface Kit that includes Neutrogena® MEN® Face Wash. Good Luck! For more info: #Stopjunkface

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Friday

What is value to you?



What is value to you? Is it monetary? Is it a standard of living? For everyone the perception of "value" is different. Value isn't a monetary thing all the time. It can be something that adds richness or meaning to your life. I just wanted to share this video because it speaks volumes and puts the importance of how we as a society need to be more giving and sharing. I see so many people who take and don't give back. Give to others with no expectations. Surround yourself with positive people and good things will happen. The relationships you build with this understanding will help you grow and build a support system. It's also important to know your own self worth. Do not sell yourself short in life. Everyone has influence and can make a difference. Even you reading this can make our world a better place. Do something good today! Your inner conscious and mind will thank you. :-)

Wednesday

Samsung takes on the NBA

**Updated June 27th: Andrew Wiggins was selected 1st Overall in 2014 NBA Draft by Cleveland Cavaliers.**

Last month I was invited to an exclusive event with Samsung Canada and a couple of NBA Pros. I had the opportunity to meet Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett. I was able to join both players on the court in a skills competition at HoopDome.  These 2 NBA Pros are both from Brampton, Ontario. Anthony Bennett was actually the #1 NBA 2013 Draft pick last year. The 2014 NBA Draft commences tomorrow and it is expected that another Canadian Andrew Wiggins will be drafted first overall. That is quite the achievement for NBA Canada

Tristan Thompson doing a selfie with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3
I met with Tristan and Anthony prior to the skills competition, I must admit basketball players take the best selfies because they've got the long reach as seen in the above photo. The event was held in conjunction with the NEW release of the Samsung Galaxy S5. I had the opportunity to check out the Galaxy S5 and was pleased with the smartphone. The key feature that impressed me with the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the camera. It has a function that allows you to have a photo in focus and the background blurred. It's an option that creates depth of field which I find lacking in other smartphones. It also has a very fast camera. With my Galaxy Note 3, I have to wait a bit to see the photo process; with the Galaxy S5 it's almost instant capture with no lag. I wish they could have that camera option on the Galaxy Note 3. The other cool and distinguishable feature of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the Heart Rate Monitor and sensor on the back of the phone. Place your finger on the sensor and it will read your heart rate. I thought that was a unique option on a smartphone I haven't seen before. Cool phone!

Samsung Galaxy S5
Overall, it was a unique event to showcase the Samsung Galaxy S5 to a younger and active demographic. Very cool to meet two Canadian NBA players in a relaxed environment in Toronto. Thanks to Samsung and NBA Canada for a fun evening! I'm hoping Anthony Wiggins is selected first overall in the NBA 2014 Draft! Good Luck!

Tristan and Anthony signing autographs.

Friday

WIN tickets to Chaka Khan - Toronto Jazz Festival


The Summer comes alive when the TD Toronto Jazz Festival comes to Toronto. Are you a Jazz and music lover looking for a great way to spend an afternoon or evening? Join the many events at the Toronto Jazz Festival being held June 19 - 28th. Various venues and restaurants during the Jazz Festival will be hosting numerous renowned artist such as Melissa Etheridge, Deborah Cox, Earth Wind & Fire and Chaka Khan just to name a few. So come out and explore our city; enjoy the sweet sounds and serenades because the festival will get you grooving and shaking your ass.



To get the buzz going, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival has given me the opportunity to give out a pair of tickets to the Chaka Khan Opening Night party being held at the Kool Haus.

Tweet To WIN!

@clickflickca  I want to JAZZ it up with @ChakaKhan and @TorontoJazzFest torontojazz.com #TOJazzFest2014






Thursday

REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE your Electronics


Did you know that most e-waste (electronic waste) ends up in landfills, as opposed to being properly recycled? E-waste contains hazardous chemicals and these chemicals could spread out from landfills and into our groundwater and streams. According to http://www.recycleyourelectronics.ca, "Waste electronics ("e-waste") are the fastest growing segment in an already increase of solid waste stream- and upwards of 90% of their component parts can be recycled, as they contain some the most valuable elements mined and refined in the modern world."

Some examples of e-waste are:

Computers

Televisions

Printing devices

Telephones

Camera and video players




After watching this video,  I realized that I have lots of old electronics lying around my house. The purpose of this blog post is to bring awareness to reduce, reuse, and recycle your electronic devices. I'm sure you're asking, "Why do all of this?" Well, there are a few reasons.

One person's junk can be someone else's treasure. For example, your old computer can be reused for its parts to create a new working computer or device. It also helps to divert obsolete items from going into the landfill to take up more space and waste. Recycling your electronics also gives opportunity for people to earn a living by creating jobs. A perfect example can be shown in the video below.




So if you have any old or obsolete electronics, you can sell or donate them. Or, you can use the free service provided by http://www.recycleyourelectronics.ca and enter your postal code to find the closest depot.

Thanks to @ecycleOntario I'll be giving away a $50 VISA Gift Card. All you have to do is send me a tweet (at @clickflickca) and tell me what electronic device(s) you would recycle or discard using the hashtag #BreakUpWithYourStuff.

Good Luck, and happy purging!




Wednesday

Father's Day with JOEY Restaurants


Until tomorrow, enter for a chance to WIN one of FIVE $200 gift cards for a complete JOEY experience for your dad - with special treatment from Johnnie Walker himself. 

To Enter: Post a message using the hashtag #JOEYDad and tell @JOEYRestaurants your favourite memory with your Dad via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Another bonus.. if you purchase a $100 e-card until Father's Day, JOEY will add a bonus $10 e-card just for you. Winners for the JOEY contest will be announced June 13th. Good Luck to everyone.

So take your dad to JOEY Restaurants for Father's Day and enjoy the great food and atmosphere. Stay tune for another giveaway with @clickflickca as the fun continues this summer with JOEY Restaurants.

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