This board is long … 

18 May

The Huntington Hop by HamboardsLast summer, I decided to learn how to landsurf

The Huntington Hop by HamboardsI received my very first board: the Biscuit by Hamboards. A short board giving me, the newbie, the feel I was surfing or snowboarding the cement.
During the past year, the Biscuit board followed me wherever I flew (it fits great in my luggage).
And even if it’s not a cruiser, I cruised a lot. I also try to carve and pump. This is great exercise for the core (let’s not forget the bikini objective).
Now, I’m discovering the Huntington Hop, a longboard … my first longboard.
Huntington like the place in California also nicknamed the surf city and Hop like the move the surfers do to gain speed.
The Hop is taller than my Biscuit and I thought it would be less “portable” because of its height and … I was wrong.
I can still squeeze my Hop in the metro, even during rush hour!2015-05-16 16.45.37
On the streets, I skate on the pavement and so far I didn’t hit anyone. I cruise, in style, around the tourists in Paris.  The Hop is very manoeuvrable and I’ve been riding it for a couple of weeks now … And I love it.
It’s an easy and comfortable board, forgiving my mistakes and cruising faster.
I can walk on the board up to the toe and back to the tail like on a real surf (I have to practice my moves though) and I still carve and pump!
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It’s all about the bubble, welcome to Chatime Paris!

30 Apr

Chatime ParisWelcome to Chatime Paris!

The famous Taiwanese brand just arrived in Paris and opens its first bubble tea bar in the capital end of April.
I was lucky to meet with the Parisian and Taiwanese team who explained me the mystery of the bubble tea.
First, the tea is important.
Choose from green tea, roasted tea, oolong, jasmin green tea or genmaisha.
Be aware that all teas are infused in house and closely monitored to stay fresh (a tea conserved too long will become bitter).
Then select between juice or powder.
And be sure to  adjust the
  • sugar level (100%, 80%, 50%, 30% or no sugars)
  • And the ice quantity
Chatime ParisAnd definitively, don’t forget to add  the toppings
  • The boba or the tapioca pearls
  • The jelly (coconut, mixed, aloe vera  or grass)
  • Or the pudding 
Then be patient, get the famous purple straw from Chatime and you are ready to go!Chatime Paris
My best addresses around the world are the following
In Melbourne, Australia 
In New York, USA 
In Miami, USA 
In London, UK
And now Paris, France
Thanks to Mark, Aldon and  Chatime Paris for their help shooting and writing this review.
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The essentials for the office

13 Apr

essentialsSpring is here (for the moment, so let’s enjoy while it lasts), it’s time to ride the Parisian cement with my Biscuit.

But what’s in my backpack to survive the day at the office?

Now, I’m ready for the office … Need to push faster my Biscuit as I’m already late …

Runkeeper vs Shine from Misfit

8 Apr

2015-04-08 17.43.40Last morning, I decided to landsurf my Biscuit board on the  Rickenbauer bridge in Keybiscayne, Florida. 

It seemed far to me and my calves but I wasn’t sure. I decided then to download the free app RunKeeper and dropped the phone in the pocket of my bermuda. I tied my Shine tracker on my shoes laces and hopped on my board surfing the cement asKelly Slatter on the waves (I’m day-dreaming a bit …). 

The objective was to compare the results from RunKeeper with my Shine and see which one was the more accurate. 

The RunKeeper app is a great app and gives you the basics:

  • your run/skate cruise on the map
  • it makes a great impression on colleagues and friends, 
  • it give you your average speed, 
  • and a woman’s voice covers up the music and gives you useful infos every 5 minutes (speed, km or miles). 

The Shine can be worn as a wristband or tied to my shoes on its clip (I decided to try both). 

    • Tied on the shoes the Shine is more accurate as I push with my foot, 
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  • My  activity was categorised as “pretty active” during 1,1 hour for a total of 976 points. While worn on the wrist, I was “pretty active” for 29 minutes and “kind of active” for 22 minutes which earned me a global 123 points. 

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Let’s say that the GPS of my RunKeeper app beats it all. And it’s so cool to have a map of your run/skakeboarding path.

My Shine is nowhere near the truth …

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Did you ever fight for the remote?

23 Mar

of course, the battle takes places at home everyday but … Also when you stay in hotels …

Playing with the remote at the Conrad, Miami, I incidentally hit a page saying “Do you want to connect and use your phone as a remote control?” Yes, I do!

I downloaded the free app “stayConnect” and add the code you see on the screen … Less than 30 secs later I was the master of the TV from my phone. love it!

  

Follow the trail

9 Mar

chia pudding on the left and granola on the rightI love trail mix. It’s an easy way to eat healthy food as a snack.
Recently I discovered the granola and its a revelation.
I though granola was not for me because the oat (it didn’t look good to me, not sweet enough for me … Whatever).
Then, my best friend in Melbourne introduced me to the 1111Granola. I though this could be the new best friend of my breakfast and go along like horse and carriage with my chia pudding.
The 1111Granola is made home made with love by the owner Rob Rabba.

my bff for the breakfast Mango and granola soy cherry yaourt topped with chia seeds and granola

2 varieties are available so far Macadamia & Cranberries as well as Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia.
I’m a fan of the Macadamia & Cranberries, a mixture of macadamia nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Blended carefully with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. Our gourmet mix is coated with natural honey and spiced with cinnamon.
The Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia is Gluten Free with puffed quinoa, rice puffs and rice flakes, mixed with macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, blended with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. It’s is coated with natural honey and spiced with Cinnamon.

Did you know that granola is NOT muesli, granola is baked until crisp and sweetened unlike muesli! So now, we know the difference.

More info
. Official 1111granola website
. Follow @1111granola
. Instagram 1111granola

Brighten my day … And my pictures

5 Mar

Photo 4-03-2015 8 45 33 pmDid you know that you can adjust the light WHILE taking a picture on your iPhone ?

Yes, you can and I didn’t know it.
My good friend @mamadougsakho tipped me off yesterday and I want to share it with you because it’s really useful.
Go to the camera mode
. When the iPhone is idle, touch the home button and lift the camera icon from the bottom right to the top to reveal the camera mode
. Or walk your way through you iPhone to switch the camera on
In the camera mode, aim at your subject and
. Focus on the subject, by tapping the subject, a yellow square will appear and the subject will be sharper
. Optimize the light (brighter or darker), aim at the subject and tap it, leave you finger on it and see a little sun appearing. Then slide up and down to brighten or to darken the picture
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Can’t be easier.
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