Kia sets a World Record!

Kia is in the middle of setting a World Record, with the World’s Longest Test Drive! Right now as you’re reading this, they are driving through some amazing parts of South Africa.

The #KIAWorldRecord started off in Durban, and I was one of the lucky test driver’s! All I can say is that the new Sportage is INCREDIBLE! I have been obsessed with it since I sat in it in Korea last year, and since I need to upgrade to an SUV for the next stage in my life and for Secret Sunrise (so much stuff to pack), I naturally wanted this one. So I’ll be selling a kidney or something to get this amazing car! It is such a smooth drive with so much power, I just enjoyed it so much! I drove from Durban to Hillcrest, and I usually don’t enjoy Field’s hill, but it was such a dream.


I mean LOOK AT IT!


The interior is so slick

If you want to catch up where they are right now, you can pop over to and there is a live tracker! You’ll also find a ton of pictures and videos from the last few days as well.

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Car number 8 baby!

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Yes, yes I did




These girls from DYR are my favs

You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram and follow #KIAWorldRecord as well.

And look its me:


Kia: The World’s Longest Test Drive

Ok, so you all know I love Kia and their cars. Yes, yes but this is different! Kia is attempting to break records by doing the World’s longest test drive! That is pretty amazing if you ask me. I’m lucky enough to be one of the people taking part, so I am super excited about it.

The KIA RecordSetter World’s Longest Test Drive kicks off this Friday, 14 October 2016, in Durban (Hi there!) It ends at Cape Point on Thursday, 20 October 2016 – just in time for the official debut of the all-new KIA Sportage on Friday, 21 October 2016. Anyone else excited to see this beauty in person?? I was obviously treated to its beauty in South Korea last year, and it was especially significant because it was at the Kia plant where they make them!


People were signing up in their thousands to get a chance to take part in this momentous adventure, more than 30 000 people to be exact! Who wouldn’t want to be part of a World Record. Who else is joining me?


Kia has announced an exciting new partner for the journey.  Vida e caffè will be fuelling the crew and participants over their 7-day trip across South Africa. They will be using credited gift cards that can be used at all vida and Torrador coffee outlets at Shell service stations along the route. We all know I’ll be pulling over for a quick cappa 😉

“We are delighted to be aligned with KIA’s World’s Longest Test Drive,” notes the team from vida e caffè South Africa. “At vida e caffè, we are driven by one simple belief: ‘No passion. No point’. For us, passion is about energy – it’s more than just enthusiasm or excitement, it’s the essence of putting in as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as possible, and then taking it that little bit further. And that’s why we jumped on board. That quality will most certainly be needed for an endeavour like this. We wish the team the very best and all the paixão [portuguese for “passion”] to take it to the finish line.”


David Sieff, Marketing Director for KIA Motors South Africa, is equally excited. “We all know how exhausting it can be driving for hours at end on the road, and we think it’s important that the team stays awake and energised throughout this exciting journey. We’re thrilled that Vida is happy to be of assistance in helping the team, including the hundreds of participants selected from the public, set the record,” he says.


Coffee and driving go hand in hand. Coffee and Life, basically! So it really is a match made in caffeinated heaven.

Follow the journey on Kia’s twitter account @KiaMotorsSA

Watch my social media channels on Friday to see my part in the KIA World’s Longest Test Drive!
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Kia Global Ambassador

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Kia motors like to reward their most socially active customers and ambassadors. I was recently recognised as the number 1 Kia Global Ambassador and treated to an awesome package of Kia goodies!

I share my passion for Kia because not only do I LOVE my car, but I love what they represent. 


How cute are these models!

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So many goodies!

I was lucky enough to go to South Korea last year as one of 4 #LoveKia competition winners. It was the most amazing experience! I honestly wish I could go back. The people are incredible. You really can see that they genuinely love their brand and care about their customers and their safety. Every night at dinner we had one of the directors sitting at our table. They chatted away and asked so many questions about us, our car, our lives, our thoughts, everything that pertained to us. I really loved how down to earth they were and that they took interest in US. They have been running their Kia Global Ambassador program for years now, and you can see they really enjoy the event!

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Having a look at everything!


I have wanted these models since they were given out in Korea as prizes


Such cute models!


And here are all my prizes! I’m a stationery nerd so these were right up my alley!

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You can never have too many USB drives!

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These wallets are 100% genuine leather

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These smart key holders are leather and so clever!

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Because I’m #AlwaysCharging LOVE this one with the cord attached

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Beautiful mother of pearl!

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Love this for the car seats!

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This awesome phone speaker also doubles up as a phone holder

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This mouse is amazing! Carpel tunnel for what?

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The Kia Tigers are a professional baseball team!

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This trunk organiser is life! I always have so many things in my boot, so now they won’t roll around!

Thank you Kia for recognising those of us that support and promote you. Fan for life!


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If you own a Kia leave a comment and let me know which one 🙂


Gi Jane in South Korea: Day Two! 

Our South Korea trip for Kia continues!

Let me just say that the hotel we stayed in was amazing! We stayed in the Lotte Hotel World in the Jamsil area of Seoul. It has been recognised as Koreans’ favourite hotel, and I know why! It was so beautiful, and right in the heart of town where we could walk to the most amazing shopping mall.


After arriving and settling in, we went downstairs for dinner. It was such a nice way to get to know each other and chat about the week we were expecting to have. It was so surreal for all of us, we still couldn’t believe it.


Day two started with breakfast at the hotel, which is a buffet. If you know me you will know that a buffet breakfast is my BEST! Hard to believe for a trainer, I know, but the poor boys. Shame. I have a bit of an obsession with pastries, so I totally had pastries every morning. Sorry, not sorry. We were all about coffee every morning too! Luckily Gavin is a wannabe barista so we eventually had him making us cappuccinos 😉

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From breakfast we enjoyed a Conference at Kia Motors Global Headquarters. The Program included an Introduction to Kia Motors, a brief explanation of Korean culture, a Photo session and an HQ Lobby tour. It was so interesting learning all about Kia and the history behind this incredible company. My biggest takeaway was how much they genuinely care about their customers. You really can feel it.

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Lunch was at DioDia, which is an International buffet. Yup, you had me at buffet! It was amazing trying out all of the Korean food, as well as the most AMAZING sushi. The boys got more adventurous than me. Pink sushi?! A yes from me.

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After lunch we went to the Korean Folk Village. This is a Korean folk village where you can experience traditional Korean culture, including their lifestyles, beliefs, and customs. We were able to view traditional architecture, watch traditional ceremonies and participate in traditional folk games. It was so fascinating to see how their houses were built back in the day, how they cooked and how they lived as families.

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After the Korean folk village we went back to the hotel and got ready for the welcome dinner! The Welcome Dinner was at Lotte Hotel World and it was an official welcoming dinner party for all participants. WOW! We were told to dress smart, but I didn’t expect a proper fancy gala evening. It was incredible. It was so nice to mingle at the cocktail portion of the event, and then we found our table in the hall. We were mixed around which was nice. We were seated with out friends from Israel as well as a Director from Kia. It was so nice getting to know the team from Israel and break the ice for the rest of the trip as they were on our bus. We were treated to a vast amount of courses and they were incredible! There were a few speeches and then some awesome Korean dancing. All in all it was a fantastic evening.

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You see! #AlwaysCharging

And then onto the FOOD! Nation and I kept having to remind each other to take pics before we ate! My soup wasn’t so lucky as you can see.

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Can we just have a moment for that dessert? Right up my sweet tooth alley.

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All of us all together! Such an amazing bunch of people from so many different countries.


Off to bed tired but excited for day number 3!

Watch the highlights of Day Two here


My week in pictures 

My week started off in Seoul, South Korea. I know right?! Ridiculous!
It was one of the best weeks’ of my life! I wish I could go back and do it all over again
Thank you to Kia Motors South Africa and Kia Motors Global for the most incredible opportunity! I’ll be doing separate blogposts for each day I was away

The first night was a great dinner with the SA boys and this is the view from my room!

Tuesday vibes

I mean this sunrise from my room… Come on!

Team SA at the Kia Manufacturing plant!

This car though…. K5 hotness

Thursday vibes

So Korean right now. We visited the Korean Folk Village

We had the most amazing welcome dinner!

Getting to sit in the brand new Kia Sportage! AMAZING!

Nothing like finding this beauty in the mall. Wednesday night walkabout with my boys

Visiting the palace

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Friday morning subway missions to get to Forever21

So that happened…

Thank you to my new friend Gav for going with me! We may have gotten lost, but I probably would’ve been more lost without you

The last team selfie! Landed in Joburg on Saturday morning

Such perfect weather to try get my body clock on track Sunday

The way to get over jet lag

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