Kia Sorento EX V6 – MoVernie 1st Drive

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Picking up this sick ride at the Kia Motors Headquarter

Ever since I test drove a number of Kia vehicles during my Kia Gear Up Experience in Barcelona, Spain this past May, I have always wanted to test drive more Kia vehicles when I am back in Canada. And this wish list came true this past week when Kia Canada had graciously provided me with a brand new 2016 Kia Sorento EX V6 (mid-size SUV) for me to be on the MOVE. A super great way to test drive a Kia vehicle on July 1st as part of the Canada Day celebration!

Personally, I really like the looks of the 2016 Kia Sorento, which is totally brand new with a nice front view, side view and rear view. No matter what angle you look at this vehicle, it looks good. In this particular EX V6 trim level, it comes with a 3.3L V6 that pumps out a powerful 290 hp and 252 lbs-ft of torque. In addition, it comes with 7 seats (which isn’t always available in other competitors). The long panoramic sunroof impressed me the most as it allowed lots of sunlight into the cabin, lighten up the mood and creating a joyful atmosphere throughout the whole journey.

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Left Top: Engine Start Button; Right Top: Kia Steering wheel with cool features such as heated steering wheel, cruise control and bluetooth, etc. Bottom: Long panoramic sunroof

So far so good with the 2016 Kia Sorento. For now, I will provide you with my first drive impression of this Kia Sorento. At a later time, I will have a more in-depth detail of my test driving experience with it.

Check out some of the photos that I snapped both exterior and interior photos of this Kia Sorento.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my life spending with the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento EX V6! Thank you @KiaCanada for providing me with the vehicle.

 

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2016 Kia Sorento posing at the Kia Motors Headquarter

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Front view of Kia Sorento

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Rear view of Kia Sorento

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With 3rd row seats folded down.

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Kia UVO audio system

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Kia Sorento engine bay

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Took this Kia Sorento for a spin out in the suburbs to a Lavender Farm

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Kia Sorento was impressive driving through some grass & sandy & hilly roads

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Even after putting this big box of lawn mower to the trunk, you can see there were still more space to put more stuff in this 2016 Kia Sorento.

Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – Day 5 (MoVernie FC Barcelona & Beach Tour)

The Kia Gear Up event is a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Barcelona, Spain, that consists lots of fun and adventurous activities for the global ambassadors to experience. On my Day 1 MoVernie BLOG, I have shared to you my first day tour around the city of Barcelona. On Day 2 of my MoVernie BLOG, we got to wear our personalized Kia Gear Up racing uniform & helmet. Day 3 is another special day, driving a Kia vehicle at different check points around the busy streets of Barcelona. It felt like “The Amazing Race” in Kia Edition. On Day 4, when the Kia GearUp Event was completed, I stayed for 2 more days to sightsee and toured around Barcelona a little bit more. And on Day 5, I decided to check out the famous football stadium called Camp Nou, home of the popular FC Barcelona team. Every day is special and different. Just like Kia’s slogan, “The Power to Surprise!”

Let me tell you a funny real story. A Twitter Follower knew I was flying to Barcelona for the Kia Gear Up Event. So he told me that I should visit Camp Nou. Quite honestly, I don’t know much about football in Europe, I only know a little bit about football during World Cup but they are represented by countries such as Team England, Team Spain, etc. I wouldn’t know the specific ball clubs. So, I asked my follower, “Why would I want to visit a camp site?”. He was laughing so hard on Twitter and replied “It’s not a camp site, it’s the home of the FC Barcelona, peeps go crazy about this team. It’s only called “Camp Nou”. It was a memorable tweet conversation indeed. And off I went on my last day of this Barcelona trip to Camp Nou and trust me, this Camp Nou experience didn’t disappoint.

Check out the photos below to see what I did during Day 5 of this Kia Gear Up Journey.

By sharing the photos and captions, I hope everyone can get a sense of what’s it like at the Kia Gear Up event and feel as if you are participating the fun activities with me :)

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

Hotel Curious Massage

At the Hotel Curious, the hotel that I stayed, they also provide massages. I got one and it’s $50 Euro for an hour of service, which I think it’s a great deal.

Liceu Metro Subway Station

After the massage, I took the Metro to go to Camp Nou, home of the football club FC Barcelona. This station is called “Liceu”. It’s quite beautiful.

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Me posing in front of the Camp Nou building, home of the storied franchise, “FC Barcelona”

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Close up of the Camp Nou building

 

Trophies and Championships

FC Barcelona has been around for a long time. Full of history and the team won so many trophies through it’s many glorious years.

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The view of the football field from inside.

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Me posing inside one of the Executive rooms inside the FC Barcelona building

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Me posing on the football field level inside the FC Barcelona Football Stadium

FC Barcelona Team Store

FC Barcelona Team Store

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Meeting new friends in Barcelona

Meeting up some new friends that I met via a mutual buddy. Meet Jeff & Anna. Both awesome people and made me felt very welcome in Barcelona.

Salmon lunch

I ordered a very nice, tender and fresh salmon.

Stiges beaches

My new friends Jeff and Anna suggested me to take a 20 minute train ride to go to this beautiful area called “Sitges” because it has nice beaches. So I did and purchased a ticket to explore!

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Waiting for the train to arrive.

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My friends were right! Only 20 minutes of train ride away, I felt like I was in a different city. Sitges was gorgeous and it’s slower pace, as compared to the busy downtown Barcelona. Look how beautiful the historic buildings were in Sitges.

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This place was super beautiful!

Artwork and exhibits

Artistic work were evident around Sitges.

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What a relaxing area! I was glad that I made the trip to Sitges. I thank my new friends for the kind recommendations.

La Rambla

In the evening, after I walked out of my Hotel Curious, walked a block to La Rambla. I saw lots of police officers and barricades. I wasn’t sure what’s going on, so I went and explore. It was a large crowd of happy FC Barcelona fans celebrating their beloved team for winning the division title.

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Can you imagine this? I visited the Camp Nou football stadium in the morning and now celebrating with the fans. What an experience!

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Happy awesome fans of the FC Barcelona!

Barcelona Airport

Rise n shine! After partying on the street of La Rambla, it’s time to say good bye and head back to Toronto, Canada!

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Taking off. Bye bye Barcelona! I will miss you but I will definitely come back! It’s my favourite city that I had visited so far.

Thank you Kia Motors and Kia Canada.

Special thank you to Kia Motors and Kia Canada for having me attending this EPIC Lifetime Trip to Barcelona, Spain. I am proud representing Kia Canada as it’s Brand Ambassador for this Kia Gear Up Event.

 

 

Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – Day 4 (MoVernie Sightseeing)

The Kia Gear Up event is a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Barcelona, Spain, that consists lots of fun and adventurous activities for the global ambassadors to experience. On my Day 1 MoVernie BLOG, I have shared to you my first day tour around the city of Barcelona. On Day 2 of my MoVernie BLOG, we got to wear our personalized Kia Gear Up racing uniform & helmet. Day 3 is another special day. Every day is special and different. Just like Kia’s slogan, “The Power to Surprise!”

On Day 4, all the other Kia Global Ambassadors returned back to their respective countries. As for myself, since it was Victoria Long Weekend in Canada, I requested to Kia Canada that I would like to stay for 2 more nights so that I can sight see more about this city and get to experience a little bit more. And I thank Kia Canada for being so accommodating.

On Day 4, my Kia buddy drove me to the next hotel, which was called “Hotel Curious“. I made the booking and stayed there. It’s a boutique hotel that was located close to the famous La Rambla. Check out the photos below to see what I did during Day 4 of this Kia Gear Up Journey.

By sharing the photos and captions, I hope everyone can get a sense of what’s it like at the Kia Gear Up event and feel as if you are participating the fun activities with me :)

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

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Welcome to Hotel Curious, located 50 metres from the famous “La Rambla”.

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Hotel Curious upgraded my room from single bed to double bed, to the top floors and having my own balcony. Thank you Hotel Curious.

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Beautiful La Rambla

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Meeting up my friend who is from Toronto, but is in Barcelona teaching English. It was so nice to see her.

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Spanish loves tapas and I understand why. Tapa are small dish to share with your family and friends. It’s great because you get to try different stuff.

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I decided to check out the Real Madrid Official Store

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C. Ronaldo and other players jersey on display inside the Real Madrid Official Store.

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More Real Madrid gift items

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Apparently, Barcelona has its AutoShow happening, talking about great timing, so I had decided to check it out. Especially the Kia Motors display, I want to check out some of its vehicles.

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Kia Soul EV on display

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Kia Soul regular engine

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Kia Cee’d

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Kia Sorento. It’s extra cool to see the Kia vehicles again after we drove them around during the Kia Gear Up Event.

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Kia Cee’d looked so good!

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Doing a selfie with the Kia vehicles

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The Barcelona AutoShow was held at a historic place, so you could see some historic artitecture around the venue

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Went inside the exhibit and I saw Kia Motors Display. This Concept Car called “Sports Space” was on display

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The hot red on this Sports Space was amazing!

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Kia Sorento. I love this design.

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Soul EV

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The sporty Procee’d GT, which is not sold in North America.

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Love the aggressive headlights on the Procee’d and its unique 4 mini fog lights

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This building looked interesting. The taxi driver told me this was once a bull fighting building until it has changed into a shopping mall once the bull fighting sport was banned a few years ago.

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After the Barcelona Auto Show, I decided to go near the beach area to meet up my friends.

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People playing recreational soccer.

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As I walked around to check out the beach area

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More actions from the soccer game

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Our friends were just chillin after the game

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I always go to the SOCO at Delta Toronto but out of the blue, we randomly chose a restaurant and it was called “SOCO Restaurant”. What are the chances?

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I have been craving for nice and simple spaghetti and I got my wish

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My friends told me that this dish of cheese and potato wedges are fan favourite here with the locals.

 

Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – Day 3 (The Amazing Race – Kia Edition)

The Kia Gear Up event is a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Barcelona, Spain, that consists lots of fun and adventurous activities for the global ambassadors to experience. On my Day 1 MoVernie BLOG, I have shared to you my first day tour around the city of Barcelona. On Day 2 of my MoVernie BLOG, we got to wear our personalized Kia Gear Up racing uniform & helmet. Day 3 is another special day. Every day is special and different. Just like Kia’s slogan, “The Power to Surprise!”

On Day 3, every Kia Global Ambassador, along with their buddies and camera operators hopped into their respective Kia vehicles and they drove and cruised around a number of Barcelona well-known and must-visit landmarks. In this drill, I drove the Kia Sportage with turbo diesel in a manual gear transmission. The objective was to tour around the city of Barcelona in the Kia vehicle and reached for different check points, just like the famous reality TV show, “The Amazing Race”, but this time, the “Kia Edition”. Check out the photos of my Kia Gear Up journey below.

By sharing the photos and captions, I hope everyone can get a sense of what’s it like at the Kia Gear Up event and feel as if you are participating the fun activities with me :)

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

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Leaving my hotel room and just grabbed a coffee to go downstairs to the conference room to attend the Kia GearUp session.

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Apparently, our surprise of the day was to drive a Kia vehicle to different check points around the city of Barcelona. That sounds super interesting. In this picture, the instructor is showing us in PowerPoint slides the places we were asked to be visiting.

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I really like this last PowerPoint slide “We wish you a fun drive in Barcelona!” I was super pumped at this point. Feel like “The Amazing Race” – Kia Edition :)

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One of our Kia GearUp Ambassadors was driving this brand new 2015 Kia Sorento SUV. It’s a beautiful ride.

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One of the instructors, Karim was showing the global ambassador the first check point with the traditional map.

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This was a fun activity as another global ambassador’s ride arrived at the starting point.

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And my ride had arrived as well. It’s a 2015 Kia Sportage with turbo diesel engine in manual gearbox.

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Well…we got to take a group selfie before we start off our “Amazing Race” journey. Beside me was Silvio who was my “human GPS” for the day. Mark, our photographer/videographer will be filming us throughout the entire journey.

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What a beautiful day in Barcelona! First checkpoint was the famous Olympics Stadium.

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And we had a selfie pic to prove we had arrived at this checkpoint LOL

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Love my “jumping” pose! I got hops bro!

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The magnificent Olympics Stadium.

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Can you spot the sculpture? It’s a runner sculpture! LOL

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On our way to the next checkpoint, we saw these energetic skateboarders outside the Olympics Stadium.

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One of them were very interested in the Kia vehicles so I invited him to sit in the backseat of the Kia Sportage and check out what Kia Motors has to offer. He was very impressed with the dual sunroof in the Sportage!

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Our next stop was the famous church called “Sagrada Familia”. It was a super busy checkpoint as there were tons of people. We were lucky we got VIP parking so that I could pose a nice picture like this with this historic church.

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I took a breather so that I could tweet and instagram my picture and shared with my social media followers :)

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Next stop, we arrived at one of the high altitude point in Barcelona, this mountain side is called “Tibidabo”. I really love this picture alot, seeing the historic buildings and the Kia Sportage underneath.

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A beautiful playground at the top of Tibidabo.

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What’s beautiful about Barcelona is the fact that this city has beautiful ocean shores plus mountain view. It got everything!

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Historical building at Tibidabo.

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Some of the other Kia GearUp global ambassadors had arrived at the Tibidabo checkpoint as well.

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The last checkpoint? The Beach Club, where we got to have our brunch with awesome BBQ food.

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With cabanas, beach furnitures, a great way to chill at the Beach Club.

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Beside the Beach Club was the beach, so we went and checked out. The fine sand was so comfy that I took my shoes off.

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I love my “jumping” pose! I got mad hops bro!

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After the brunch and the Beach Club, the whole crew of Kia vehicles lined up to go for a nice coastal drive. Beautiful view isn’t it?

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That’s me driving the Kia Sportage cruisin’ along with other people along the coast. A memorable drive indeed!

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Beautiful blue ocean, blue sky and white clouds! Amazing view!

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After the fun drive along the cruise, we transformed and dressed classy to attend the Kia GearUp Gala, located at one of the famous and amazing restaurant called “El Prinicipal”.

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Welcome to Kia GearUp Gala!

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Thoughtful and beautiful Kia GearUp dinnerware.

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The Kia GearUp Gala took place at the courtyard inside the restaurant. Very beautiful setup.

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Speaker, Fraser Doherty, Entrepreneur of SuperJam flew in from UK to speak to us about his success and sharing his success stories at the Kia GearUp Gala.

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Two beautiful Kia GearUp cakes (close resemblance of the two actual Kia Pro c’eed GT Rally Edition vehicles that we took for a spin in the Castelloli Cirtcuit the previous day. Very beautiful cake decorations indeed!

 

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The El Principal restaurant was only located a block from one of Gaudi’s famous buildings called “Casa Mila”. Really interesting curves and lines in the design. It looked beautiful at night! I love this picture very much!

 

First Latina Miss Universe Canada – Special Ceremony at City Hall (Council Chambers)

The winner of this year’s Miss Universe Canada is Paola Nunez, she also made history as she became the first latina to be crowned as Miss Universe Canada. This historic win by Paola is truly very special that various latino communities wanted to recognize Paola’s achievement.  A number of councillors, Miss Universe Canada President & staff, along with Miss Universe Canada sponsors such as Winmar Toronto and Tourism of Mexico representatives were on hand to witness this special ceremony that was held at the Councils Chamber located inside Toronto City Hall.

MoVernie Crew got Exclusive VIP to cover this special event! Thank you to Miss Universe Canada and Winmar Toronto for the kind invitation to the MoVernie Crew!

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

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Congratulations to 2015 Miss Universe Canada, Paola Nunez!

 

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Group photo at the Council Chambers

 

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Winmar Toronto representatives (Left: Mark & Right: Byron), proud sponsor of Miss Universe Canada were on hand for this special ceremony.

 

 

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Paola receives a trip to Mexico, courtesy by Tourism of Mexico, another proud sponsor of Miss Universe Canada.

 

 

Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – Day 2 (Castelloli Circuit Race Track Experience)

The Kia Gear Up event is a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Barcelona, Spain, that consists lots of fun and adventurous activities for the global ambassadors to experience. On my Day 1 MoVernie BLOG, I have shared to you my first day tour around the city of Barcelona. On Day 2 of my MoVernie BLOG below, it is where the “main event” happens. We get to wear our personalized Kia GearUp racing uniform and helmet to warm up our driving skills on a Go-Kart race track. Also, we got to test drive some Kia vehicles under various driving surface conditions to showcase Kia latest advanced technologies. Last but not least, we get to watch a rally car stunt show, demonstrated by the professional rally stunt drivers. We also get to drive the Rally Edition of the Kia Pro C’eed GT on the race track and at the end, sitting on the passenger side to watch how a professional driver zoom through the race track with speed and skills.

By sharing the photos and captions, I hope everyone can get a sense of what’s it like at the Kia Gear Up event and feel as if you are participating the fun activities with me :)

Day 2 Kia GearUp Event starting right now! As Kia Motors slogan states, “The Power to Surprise!

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

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Good morning! Rise & shine from Barcelona, Spain! Day 2 is the BIG day as we are getting ready to go to the Castelloli Circuit for some real driving lessons and educated training, as well as real race car driving and most importantly, test driving some of the Kia vehicles under different road surface conditions so we know how to self-defensive driving as well as knowing how to utilize some of the most advanced technologies Kia Motors have to offer to its customers. But first, let me grab a nice breakfast, coz I need some much needed energy!

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I have a great sleep in my comfy bed staying at the 5-star Grand Central Barcelona hotel. And this buffet breakfast at Grand Central Barcelona is nicely done.

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Once we hop on the coach bus, we got the paparazzi filming and taking pictures of us. As you know by now, I am very comfortable in front of the cameras because I am a TV Host for my own web-series show interviewing celebrities and athletes.

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Before we get to Castelloli Circuit, let me take a selfie. Toronto Raptors represent! I know many of you know that everywhere I travel, I always wear Raptors gear to represent my team and my beloved country. I have been doing this for over 10 years now and will continue to do so.

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After 45 minutes of bus ride, we have finally arrived at the Castelloli Circuit. As you can see, the Kia Motors production crew and other camera crew are getting ready to film and take more pictures of us. I love it! It’s a cool experience!

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I am having another cool conversation with my buddy Silvio.

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Kia Motors set up the air-balloon GearUp tunnel. This part of the track are being setup into 3 segments where we will be driving different Kia vehicles to test out its various advanced technologies as well as how to apply these technologies under different road conditions.

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Lovely Kia GearUp Lounge with comfy umbrellas, comfy lounge chairs and tables.

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These are some of the Kia vehicles that we will be able to test drive on the course setup by the hardworking Kia Motors staff.

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Everyone is chilling inside the indoor lounge as well as beverages, light snack, video games section as well as foosball section.

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Kia GearUp Event – May 13-16, Barcelona

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But before we start test driving the Kia vehicles, we have to learn the safety first. We got a self-defense driving session with the instructor to ensure we are familiar with the circuit we are going to drive on as well as learning the driving safety during the entire Kia GearUp driving experience. This session is extremely helpful.

 

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After the safety session, we go outside and one of the instructors is demonstrating to us the proper sitting and driving position when driving on the road. The Kia Soul is being used for the demonstration.

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Another instructor is demonstrating to us where all the gears are being stored in the Kia vehicle. What amazes me is all the equipment needed to change a tire is thoughtfully being stored and provided by Kia Motors in every vehicle. That’s very thoughtful thinking. This instructor is showing us how to change a tire on this Kia Soul.

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After the demonstrations, we walk back into the lounge and there is a surprise! As Kia Motors’ slogan say “The Power to Surprise”.

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The Kia GearUp surprise? My very own personalized helmet with the Canada flag and my name “V. Chang” on it. It is a very nice touch!

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My own personalized Kia racing uniform. Again, with the Canada flag and my name “V. Chang” on it. Being a race car driver was always my dream since I was a kid, even just being able to be a race car driver for 1 day, my dream came true! Thank you Kia Motors for ful-filling my long lasting dream!

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How do I look with the helmet on? Do I look like the Speed Racer? LOL

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At this point, I am super thirsty, got to try some of the Kia GearUp power drinks!

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But before we start our racing session, we warm up our driving skills by Go-Karting first!

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Putting on the helmet with my Toronto Raptors Drake Night tee!

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SWAG!

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Before my drive, cameraman takes some picture and video footage of me.

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Go-Karting is fun! But now, more fun is coming as we get to test drive some of the Kia vehicles on the specific track course. In this picture, it is a Kia Rio, a subcompact hatchback. In this drill, we are being asked to maneuver this nimble Kia Rio through pylons in the slalom driving. This Kia Rio also comes with a backup camera, so the instructor wants to demonstrate how effective the backup camera system is that he asks us to completely park the Rio without the use of any rear view mirrors but instead look into the backup camera. I am amazed how accurately and easy to use with the backup camera system.

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Another Kia GearUp drill is to drive this Kia Soul in a slippery surface and getting a chance to do some drifting. Remember the famous movie, “Fast & the Furious”? Although, not as intense in this case, since those guys in the movie are professional stunt drivers, the objective of this drill is to drive the Kia Soul in relative high speed is to start drifting and using hand brake to drift hard in tight corners. It is definitely lots of fun with this Kia Soul and it’s ability to drift on the slippery surface.

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After the morning session, it’s time for lunch. Kia Motors surely treat us like Superstar VIP, but then again, during this whole entire trip, we are Superstar VIP. :) This lovely food truck have some great chef, cooking up some delicious authentic food items.

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There are fruit salad, dessert, humongous burgers, gazpacho and croquettes.

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And of course, you haven’t visit Spain if you don’t try this big wok of seafood paella!

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Everyone is all smiles after lunch. These Kia Motors staff are just a happy bunch! They are fun people too!

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Time to put on my Kia Racing Gear on!

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Still admiring my own personalized Kia GearUp racing helmet. Kia, that’s a nice touch!

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The tour bus drives us the racing pit area, getting ready to check out the Kia racing vehicles.

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Me posing at the starting grid line of the Kia GearUp.

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Introducing the two special modified rally edition of the Kia Pro C’eed GT! Kia Pro C’eed GT isn’t available in Canada but I do hope one day it is available because it has an amazing sporty design all-around and amazing driving performance. I would have to say that I am possibly the ONLY Canadian who have driven this rally edition of the Kia Pro C’eed GT. It is such a great honor!

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After the driving the rally edition of the Kia Pro c’eed GT, the TV Host wants to ask me some questions about my driving experience.

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In this picture, I am demonstrating the amount of G-force I have experienced when the professional rally driver took me for a lap around the Castelloli Circuit.

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Thank you to Kia Motors for presenting me with this lovely “Certificate of Completion”! Such a great memory to have!

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And of course, I got to share the joy and honor with my buddies. On my left is Andrew from Kia Canada and on my right, Silvio, who has been helpful assisting me throughout this entire trip!

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And before we head back to our hotel, we are doing some group pictures for memories. As you can see, the hardworking production and camera crew are taking more pictures and video footage for us.

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As my peeps know, I love my signature “Jumpiing” pose!

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Group picture of our 13-member Kia GearUp Global Ambassadors!

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Group picture of the Kia GearUp Global Ambassadors, plus our buddies and other Kia Motors Executive team.

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After a full-day of racing fun at the Castelloli Circuit, it’s time for a nice dinner.

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Having a short night walk along the streets towards our restaurant.

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Beautiful square in Barcelona, where our restaurant is located.

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To start off, we have some salad and olives.

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Vegetable pasta!

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I decided to check the rooftop infinity swimming pool on top of my 5-star Grand Central Barcelona.

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This infinity swimming pool changes colour too! Time to sleep, needs to re-energize for more fun Kia GearUp the next day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – Day 1 (Tour around the city)

The Kia Gear Up event was a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Barcelona, Spain, that consists lots of fun and adventurous activities for the global ambassadors to experience. Since Toronto has a Victoria long weekend last week, I had requested to stay for 2 extra days so that I can get to know Barcelona alot more and a chance for me to gather more content and share with my followers and audiences.

For starters, I am going to share my Kia Gear Up daily itinerary with you so that you get a glimpse of the fun activities that I got to experience throughout this entire trip. My daily itinerary will be organized as Kia Gear Up event Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 & Day 5. In the later weeks, you will have a chance to read my in-depth, detailed MoVernie BLOG on all the activities and the happenings throughout this Kia Gear Up event.

By sharing the photos and captions, I hope everyone can get a sense of what’s it like at the Kia Gear Up event and feel as if you are participating the fun activities with me :)

Let’s begin this Kia Gear Up journey, shall we? As Kia Motors slogan states, “The Power to Surprise!

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

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Worked really hard at the office and then finished up my work and headed to the Toronto Pearson Airport. The Digital and Social Media Manager met up with me and we grabbed a bite before we boarded a red eye flight to Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona! See you in 8 hours! Here we go!

 

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Coke with ice on my Air Canada direct flight from Toronto to Barcelona.

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Dinner was served on the Air Canada flight with bread, cream of chicken, corn salad, a dessert cake and a bottle of water.

 

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After flying in the air for approximately 8 hours, we have arrived at Barcelona Airport! The Barcelona Airport was huge, modern, clean and technological advanced. The airport made me felt so welcome already!

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The moment I got out of the airport gate, the whole Kia Production Crew greeted us. There was the Director, Producer, TV Host (whom interviewed me at the airport) and along with 10-12 Photographers and Videographers. I felt like a celebrity already :) Then, a stylish Kia Sportage (SUV) parked at the VIP area to pick us up from the airport to the hotel.

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Yup, they start filming and taking pictures of me inside the Kia Sportage from the Barcelona Airport to the 5-Star Grand Central Barcelona Hotel.

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Representing the 6ixSide (Toronto). Making sure I look good before I get filmed, lol.

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Welcome to the 5-Star Grand Central Barcelona Hotel, where I will be staying. I can’t wait to check out my own room and the sky rooftop with an infinity swimming pool :)

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Camera crew taking pictures and recording footage of me at the entrance of the hotel.

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Checking into the hotel and awaits my access key from the concierge. During this time, cameraman from behind the concierge desk; in front of me and on the side of me are taking more photos. They were everywhere which I enjoyed the experience alot and feeling quite comfortable with the paparazzi.

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Once I got my hotel access card, I was guided by the Kia Production Crew to enter a VIP Conference Room to conduct my first initial interivew.

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After the initial interview, I was tired but yet curious of what my hotel looks like.

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Once inside, there was a big mirror leaning against the wall and on the other side, it’s a wall that separates the closet area with the entrance.

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My comfy bed with lots of pillows. This room looked very modern, chic and comfortable. There were power blinds at the window with flat screen TV.

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This area was my favourite because it’s a semi-open closet area to put all of my clothes and luggage. Even the coat rack has “Grand Central” labelled on them. I also really appreciate the electronic safe box to put my valuables in there.

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Once I pushed the opaque glass door and I would see the toilet and glass shower stall. It’s quite a good organized concept to the bathroom.

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Here was the sink with bright lights on the mirrors. They also gave me flip-flops which not all hotels provided that, so it was a nice touch!

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Went up to the top floor and here was the rooftop patio with a nice view of city of Barcelona. The infinity swimming pool really elevated the vibe and the mood at this rooftop.

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Here was the view of the rest of the rooftop, with sofas, cabanas and stretched sunbathing chairs.

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The classy Grand Central Hotel Lobby

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There were two elevators but this was the main elevator with glass doors.

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Since all the Global Ambassadors were arriving at different times during the entire day, this day was like a “free-time” day. So, Kia Canada Social Manager and I walked around the city to get to know more about Barcelona. Beautiful weather by the way!

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Every block of Barcelona felt historic, all the buildings were nicely maintained and it’s a good scene.

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Ordered this tapas combo, which included a pint of regular size of beer and 3 choices of tapas. I chose the tuna salad, the olive & potato salad a plate of bread, fried potatoes and a sausage. All for $8.95 Euros. I think it’s a good price.

 

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I got to pose with some historic churches and buildings.

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This was a super market called Mercat de Santa Catering. Somewhat like a St. Lawrence Market with seafood, fresh meat and vegetables and other goodies.

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Some fresh seafood inside the mercat. I had never seen this type of fish before.

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We decided to check out the Picasso Museum, which is highly recommended. Lots to see and checking out the history of Pcasso. #MoVernieApproved

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After strolling the city and spending time at the Picasso Museum, decided to take a siesta break with a glass of wine and some more tapas. In case you wonder, tapas is basically a term to describe a small plate of appetizers for people to share, so the group gets to try a little bit of everything. These were what the Spanish referred as Croquette. A croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing, usually as main ingredients, mashed potatoes and/or ground meat,

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I am fly’in in the Spain with my woes! :) Peeps should know me by now that I love to pose “jumping” shots!

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Beautiful Citadel Park. Just look at the gorgeous golden sculptures!

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Another historical landmark.

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This is the well-known famous Sagrada Família. I told my peeps that if you can only visit one place in Barcelona, you have to visit this. That’s because once you visited this place, it means you have visited Barcelona.

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After all the nice walking touring the city, I got a nice hot shower at my 5-star hotel, then off we went to the restaurant to meet other Global Ambassadors. This Kia GearUp backdrop looked good at the entrance of the restaurants, easier for us to find the spot.

 

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We didn’t know which restaurant we were going so it turned out this restaurant was located beside the mercat that we visited a few hours earlier, that was cool!

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Introducing and meeting other awesome Global Ambassadors. We had a total of 13 Kia Global Ambassadors, so it’s a very Exclusive VIP Group. They came from Panama, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, South Korea, France and of course Canada.

 

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Lovely fresh salad, just some of the items that we ate that night.

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Awesome creamy rice.

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These were my buddies. On my left, his name is Silvio, he had lots of talent because he was my tour guide, my assistant, my buddy who took care of me for the entire trip. On my right, his name is Andrew, he is the Social Media Manager of Kia Canada and accompanied me from Toronto all the way to Barcelona. I developed a great friendship with both and I thank both of them for their kindness and assistance. Everyday, I was going through different activities and being on camera or video at all times. They took care of me and making sure everything was fine. That sense of peace of mind was greatly appreciated. As Silvio often said “Coool!”. LOL

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After a great meal, I went back to the hotel and sleep. That’s because I worked a full 8 hours, then flew a red-eye & didn’t sleep and went sightseeing, finally, my body took a toll and wanted some rest.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my EPIC Kia GearUp Journey. Stay tuned for my MoVernie Itinerary for Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 & Day 5!

And MoVernie is outta here!

 

 

Andrea Godin & Roger Ortega – Indie Night @ Opera House

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On a Friday night, what’s a good event to go to? My crew & I decided to check out the Indie Night that was held at the Opera House. It was a full lineup of talented artists, performing live on stage. What’s best about this lineup of artists was that, they played different genre of music. It goes from RnB, Hip-Hop to rock music to rapping to pop music and much more, so there was a good variety.

In particular, I came out of my busy schedule to show my support to watch talented Andrea Godin & Roger Ortega showcasing their amazing vocals and their dance choreography, hyping up the place with massive fans cheers.

I met both artists before at an event but didn’t have a chance watch their performances. So, last night was the evening that I could watch them perform live. I must admit, both have amazing vocals and awesome stage presence.

Andrea, her music consists of fast dancing music along with very emotional and touching slow jam, which I really like. I really enjoyed her slow songs because it really showcased her broad vocal range and also it showcased her passion into the song and you could feel that.

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Roger, such an amazing entertainer, hyping up the crowd with a lucky fan got to get up on the stage and do a selfie video with Roger. Lucky fan! I enjoyed Roger doing a cover on Nick Jonas “Chains”, what a beautiful piece and along with the sensual choreography with the dancer, they heated up the building BIG TIME!

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Click here to check out Andrea Godin‘s bios and songs.

Click here to check out Roger Ortega‘s page.

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Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – MoVernie on the MOVE (Getting Ready)

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This coming week, MoVernie will be on the MOVE going international once again to Barcelona, Spain. The reason? I am flying to Spain as Kia Canada Brand Ambassador to meet other Kia Global Ambassadors to test drive some vehicles on a race track course.

Kia Motors Headquarter from Korea is organizing this global event. It’s a great honour that I was the chosen one to represent Canada to attend this Exclusive Special VIP Event.

Want to know where I am staying in Barcelona? What vehicles and fun activities I am going to drive and attend?

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) with hashtag #GearUp to find out more.

I am super excited! I heard great things about Barcelona from my friends and I look forward to check out this beautiful city. Special shoutout to Kia Canada and Kia Motors for having me!

I just checked the weather for Barcelona, it’s going to be nice and warm. So, I am packing mostly short pants and tees. Oh yes, sandals as well :)