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Lexus, Costa Rica, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery, RXL

Lexus Milestones

By Flore Chaumont × Vaughn Lowery

Lexus celebrated their 30-year anniversary this past July; and we couldn’t escape it. We were invited on a 3-day lifestyle activation in Costa Rica, testing both their latest vehicles along side of their precursors. Since Lexus is the leading producer of luxury hybrids, their choice of hosting this event in Costa Rica was not arbitrary. Aside from lush landscapes, the island is a place where environmentally driven initiatives and technologies thrive. The country is a leading producer of hydroelectric energy, and conserving their beautiful flora and fauna is one of their top priorities.

1. Accommodation

Our hopes were high and they were remarkably met with our arrival at the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel, located in Liberia, a jewel in the countryside of Costa Rica. The luxurious property, nicely integrated into the surrounding region was mesmerizing. Modern yet rustic decorated rooms spilt out onto the beachfront as we assembled at a welcoming reception. We were treated like loyalty with excellent service, savory bites and of course, great fellowship. With a 181 rooms, fitness center (which rivaled Equinox), day spa (complete with plunge pool, steam room and hot tub) and private beach, many of us were tempted to stay longer within the 1,400 acres of utter bliss. There was so much to explore via a biking excursion or a simple hike into neighboring jungles.

2. History of Lexus

During the conference, we learned about the history of Lexus; and their product line from 1989 to present. With the use of VR, we were teleported in time to when Toyota arrived in the US. In 1984, they launched the Circle F Project with the aim of releasing a luxury car. The challenge was to change America’s perception of the marque. For this project, Chief Engineer Ichiro Suzuki sets aggressive goals which will define the brand’s strategy and excellence down the route. With over 1400 engineers involved and 400 prototypes later, the Lexus LS was born. A sedan unlike any other. The name, originally Alexis, became Lexus, and the logo came to become this symbol of beauty and perfection with a succession of exceptional cars to accompany.

3. Meeting with Executives

We also got the privilege to sit down and shoot the breeze with some of the senior level executives of Lexus. Koichi Suga, General Manager of Lexus Design, explained to us his inspiration for adding the concierge and driver refresh, he maintains, “Our vision is human centered: what the customer wants, while focusing on our distinctive culture and heritage.” Indeed, the driver refreshes function is an imitation of shiatsu massage, and it was also our favorite feature in this newly reintroduced full-size flagship. In a discussion with Koji Sato, Vice President of Lexus International Products & Engineering, we were informed that the brand expects to issue its first EV by 2025. And he gave tongue to what gives the sedan a long-term advantage over SUV models. He states, “I think the sedan is more formal, more stylish, with a low center of gravity that provides a more emotional feel.”

4. Vehicle Drives

After being fascinated with the history of Lexus, we got to take a glimpse of and even test drive a few. The incredible LFA was on display and the RC F Sport (f/ in Men in Black: International) were definitely crowd favorites. We test drove three of their models: the LS 500h; RXL (new RX w/ third row seating) and LC 500h. The LS literally made us feel like a royal family. The sleek design, alongside a more pronounced spindle grill and a ton of driver/passenger amenities made the interior feel like nirvana. The RXL possesses a 4.4 inch longer wheel base than RX, now seats 7 and has been refined to exaggerate masculinity. Lastly, the LC 500h, spotlighted in the critically acclaimed Black Panther, was simply sublime, from its paw-like exterior to the silky ride it offers. The peaceful drive along windy roads near the rain forests was almost mysterious.

5. Adventure

On our final day, we drove to the Diamante Eco Adventure Park which is home to one of the highest zip lines in the world – approximately 80 stories high and 1 mile long from one side to the other. We strapped into the renowned Superman, headfirst while facing forward on our bellies. Within, 45 seconds or less we were tailed and ready to retrieve our rides.

In short, Lexus created an atmosphere which showcased creativity, confidence and courage. Everything was exemplified through their leaders, bold design and humanity. Here’s to another 30 years!!!

Mighty Mystic Announces New Album Enter the Mystic

Mighty Mystic is a musician to look out for in 2019. Kevin Mark Holness, better known as reggae star Mighty Mystic is the younger brother of Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Mighty Mystic is a soulful singer, has a magnificent musical range, and exudes strong vocal chops throughout his music. He is set to release his fourth album Enter the Mystic on February 1, 2019. He has achieved international and national stardom with his third album The Art of Balance and the preceding album Concrete World that debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number six and his breakout album Wake Up World with “Revolution,” to “Riding on the Clouds” and “Original Love” and “Slipped Away” with appearances from Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. All three albums reached the Billboard Top 10 Reggae Chart. Mighty Mystic’s 2016 release of The Art of Balance album garnered international and national success. He is already having a fantastic year in 2019 with his new music. Mighty Mystic announces his new album Enter the Mystic. Listen here. The new album Enter the Mystic is set to be released on February 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order here. Enter the Mystic is an extraordinary album filled with captivating songs made by one of the most talented artists around.

Mighty Mystic releases his new music video for his single “Salt” from his new album Enter the Mystic. The “Salt” music video is directed by Francisco Santiago and animation by Stephen Thunder. It is produced by Mighty Mystic. Check out the video here.

To kick off his new album release, Mighty Mystic has upcoming shows at the following venues:

Aura in Portland, ME on Friday, February 1, 2019

Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, February 3, 2019

Tickets for new show dates and locations are available at here.

*Visit Mighty Mystic at www.mightymystic.com and follow @MightyMystic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sting & Shaggy × “Don’t Make Me Wait”

Sting & Shaggy: “Don’t Make Me Wait” video out now!

Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, the new video was directed by Gil Green (Nicki Minaj, Drake, John Legend) and celebrates the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica – its music, the spirit of its people and the vibrancy of its culture.

Watch the video here 

Following their broadcast debut performance of “Don’t Make Me Wait” on the Grammys live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Sting & Shaggy also performed their new single at the NFL’s Superbowl Tailgate event that aired on NBC this past Sunday.

“Don’t Make Me Wait” – the new, Caribbean-flavored song from Sting and Shaggy – was released on January 25th and will be followed by a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, on April 20th.

NIGHTMARCHERS

Nightmarchers – Alpha Preview Invitation

Wyrmbyte Studios invites you to join us in paradise! Well, sort of… Nightmarchers will be hosting interviews and previews in the coming days. We’d love to get you into an early build of the game, connect you to Wyrmbyte for a tour, and see what you think of our Hawaiian epic.

Nightmarchers is an open world RPG shooter which crosses the glory of Hawaiian mysticism with the post-apocalypse of destruction. In this Moana meets Mad Max RPG you will explore the island paradise to rid the land of deadly raiders and unlock the secrets of the gods. Using weapons and abilities to build your character, play through the story and explore our vast world. Resources, weapons, and choices make Nightmarchers exciting for players who want action mixed with an in-depth storyline.

Take a look at what the game has to offer below:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kceKBnbTEJA

NIGHTMARCHERS

OPEN WORLD HAWAIIAN RPG NIGHTMARCHERS COMES TO FIG

Its like Moana meets Mad Max in a sprawling 3rd person shoot

Wyrmbyte today announces that its post-apocalyptic Hawaiian RPG is coming to Fig. A open world hybrid RPG shooter that plays a bit like Far Cry meets Zelda, Nightmarchers is set on the island of Oahu after a cataclysmic event leaves the archipelago cut off from the rest of the world. You play as Kai, a man blessed (or cursed) by the forgotten gods of Hawaii to take back the island from the ravenous Kamapua’a.

Nightmarchers kicks off today on Fig (www.fig.co) offering both equity and rewards opportunities, with an overall goal of $100K. Backers can support by investing in Fig Game Shares that pay a return based on the game’s future sales. Stretch goals add additional features, quest lines, powers, and more.

Nightmarchers has been a passion project of ours for years now, said Wyrmbyte CEO Scott Brown. Hawaii means a lot to all of us at Wyrmbyte, both as a place we love to visit and as a culture. Weߣre thrilled to explore the mythology of Hawaii and reimaging it as part of our world in this sprawling shooter RPG.

As Kai, you’ll wield real world weapons and the powers of gods like Maui and Pele to make Oahu a safe place for its people once more. Take to the skies as an owl and scout ahead or identify new mission opportunities. Take to the sea as a Shark and find hidden items on the ocean floor. Craft and customize dozens of weapons, or use your Uhane powers to strike silently from the bushes with your bow. There are dozens of outposts to reclaim, hundreds of missions to undertake, and six rival factions to work with to retake Oahu from Kamapua’a. His corrupted Nightmarchers and possessed islanders and wildlife will be gunning for you, so you’d better make good use of the factions knowledge and expertise if you hope to survive.

For more information on Nightmarchers, and its campaign visit https://www.fig.co/campaigns/nightmarchers

About Wyrmbyte

Established in 2013, Wyrmbyte LLC was formed by a group of experienced developers all passionate about building amazing game experiences. Wyrmbyte’s first title, Dragons and Titans, brought short session social gaming to the MOBA space with over 1 million players worldwide. Wyrmbyte has also built a VR experience in DragonWingsVR. Wyrmbyte’s extensive MMO experience worked for years helping Star Citizen to improve its backend services and the networking layer. Now the team exclusively focused on bringing Nightmarchers to market in 2018

MI GENTE × BEYONCÉ

J Balvin, Willy William 
“Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé

Available now

http://www.beyonce.com/migente

Beyoncé is donating her proceeds from “Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé” to hurricane and earthquake relief charities including CEMA, UNICEF and Somos Una Voz for Puerto Rico, Mexico and other affected Caribbean islands. To help go to beyonce.com/reliefefforts

 
J Balvin, Willy William 

“Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé” 

Disponible ya

http://www.beyonce.com/migente 
Beyoncé donará sus ingresos de “Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé” a organizaciones caritativas incluyendo CEMA, UNICEF y Somos Una Voz en apoyo a Puerto Rico, México y el resto de las islas del Caribe afectadas por los recientes huracanes y terremoto. Para ayudar visita http://beyonce.com/reliefefforts