Saturday, June 14, 2014

"AERIAL with Power Suds para Todo Linis"

In the June 13, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Agimat gags

- Every one of the family has a Night Shift!

- Katipuneros are getting tired right now...

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...the use of Korean names on your profile!!!

- Kristie Killer tells the truth!



- Bubble Gang does Ariel by spoofing this commercial as AERIAL with Power Suds para Todo Linis.



- Aling Mary continues to make anyone falling in line gone bananas.

- In ANG BAGONG DATING DOON...Brod Pete and friends continue to answer life's biggest mysteries, no matter what language foreigners are asking on him.

- More wise words from Tata Lino.

- The men are arguing which is Philippines' national food.

FIFA World Cup 2014 - Day 2


In the second day of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brasil, there were three games occurred in three different venues. 

At the Estadio das Dunas in Natal, the Mexicans finished their brawl against Cameroon after a shot from Oribe Peralta (#19) that sent the Cameroonians what went wrong after the score of 1-0. Then, in Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Spain has suffered a humiliating loss against The Netherlands after the score of 1-5. And finally, at Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba, the Chileans had done a triumphant win against the Australians at the score of 3-1 thanks to the outstanding efforts of Chile's Alexis Sanchez and Jean Beausejour. It may not be their best attempt from Chile but their efforts really payed big dividends to win.

Tomorrow, there are four games going to happen starting with Colombia vs. Greece up to Cote D'Ivoire vs. Japan. It's a dog-eat-dog world in the world of futbol, especially at the World Cup.

Friday, June 13, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 - Day 1


The FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil kicked off after a spectacular opening ceremony, with performances by Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, and Claudia Leitte, singing the official FIFA World Cup 2014 anthem "We Are One (Ole Ola)."

It starts at Arena Corinthians at Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the hosting nation, that is Brazil, takes on Croatia.

The biggest highlight from the opening match is a double from Neymar Jr., the forward of the team, and a close-call shot from Oscar, which sent the Brazilians a kickstart at the score of 3-1 against the Croatians.

FULL REPORT: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=neymar-fires-brazil-to-comeback-victory-2368620.html

Tomorrow; three matches will be occured. First, it's Mexico vs. Cameroon. Second, it's Spain vs. The Netherlands. And lastly, Chile vs. Australia.

Let's Do The News! (June 13, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Meanwhile on the NBA Finals 2014: At the score of 107-86 against Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs are now leading at 3-1.

- The 7D is coming to Disney XD this July, and to celebrate this new show, The 7D Mine Train is available on the App Store, free of charge. Sleepy is available at first but on the coming weeks, one of the dwarves; such as Sneezy, Bashful, Dopey, Doc, Happy, and Grumpy, will be unlocked or you can have them all with the Super Pack for $4.99. It's a side-scrolling fun as you collect gems to power up your cart and everything else.

The 7D Mine Train

- One of the biggest names of Philippine Motorsports is gone as race car driver Enzo Pastor was shot to death by some unknown assailants while he was in a tow truck carrying an Asian V8 car to Clark International Speedway

Race car driver Enzo Pastor shot dead in Quezon City last night
Photo by some witness who witnessed this crime scene
- General Motors CEO Mary Barra and former US Attorney Anton Valukas, in charge of the GM recall investigation, have been summoned again by the House of Representatives for another questioning regarding this whole GM Recall Issue.

- The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) admitted that they lack the capability to monitor the Philippines' catastrophically slow internet speeds.

- MEANWHILE IN UK: Coca-Cola UK released a greener side of Coke called Coca-Cola Life, a new variant that is 36% less calories and 37% less sugar than the regular. It will be launched to the UK this fall while there are no plans to roll it in North America but who cares? Why not go to Zero? Coke Zero? It has no calories and no sugar but tastes better.

Coke Life

- Korea's first supercar, the Oullim Spirra, will make its first European debut at next year's Geneva Motor Show, only this time with an electric powertrain.

- Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be voicing as the wolf leader of North Wind, named Classified, in the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar film. Yes. Penguins...of Madagascar. You know, those espionage-esque penguins that once had a TV show from Nickelodeon. Anyway, this Penguins film is coming late 2014.

- Two villages in Maguindanao city were flooded after several days of non-stop rains.

TTFN!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Impul's new body kit for B17 Nissan Sylphy/Sentra

IMPUL SYLPHY

The Nissan Sylphy B17, launched since December 2012, is an everyday midsize sedan that no owner has even dared to modify one because...well, let's face it, it's already as boring as it went out from the factory. You don't really see any B17 Sylphy owner from Japan modifying their own for some unknown reasons but not today.

The folks at Impul provided a body kit specifically for the Nissan B17 Sylphy/Sentra and for 207,000 Japanese Yen, you can have your B17 Sylphy equipped with Impul's front half, side steps, rear skirts, and rear wing. These 17-inch Impul-made rims will cost 36,000 Yen each and the optional IMPUL emblem costs 7,000 Yen.

First time seeing a modified B17, though?

URL: http://www.impul.co.jp/products/model/SYLPHY.html

Let's Do The News! (June 12, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- There's going to be more upcoming episodes of Disney Junior's hit animated series, Sofia the First, coming soon. It includes an episode tentatively called "Sofia the Second" where Sofia used a magic spell to clone herself and turns out that her clone is an evil version of herself. Then, there's going to be a special episode coming late 2014 titled Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy. In the upcoming special, Sofia and her stepsister Amber team up to stop the threats from Princess Ivy, a once exiled princess destined to take over Enchancia and turn the whole kingdom black and white.





- GET READY! The opening match of the FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 BRAZIL kicks off tomorrow at 04:00 AM Philippine Standard Time. That's 17:00 Brazil Time and it starts with Brazil vs. Croatia at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo.

- The European Union warns that they will ban imports of fisheries from the Philippines if it fails to control illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

- According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), all colleges will remove the Filipino subject starting the 2016 school year. Wait, what?!

- Korean soldiers in Tacloban honored Filipinos who fought and died at the Korean War.

- BMW noted that their next 1-Series will be front-wheel drive. We say BOO, BMW say it's for its own good. Remember, the Bavarian luxury car maker done a massive plot twist when they've introduced the 2 Active Tourer, which is the first BMW model to be front-wheel drive, infuriating BMW fans knowing what are they thinking of.

- An Audi R18 e-tron quattro was crashed during a practice run at Circuit De La Sarthe, moments before this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the driver, Loic Duval, is hospitalized.

- Tuner SpeedART is back from the dead with their newest tuning program for the Porsche Macan compact crossover.

- MEANWHILE IN BANGKOK: Nissan revealed their brand new pickup and because this isn't made for Japanese consumers, I can't tell you what is the name of that pickup because of search engine query reasons but I do tell you that it's a successor of the N_v_r_ (sorry vowels removed for search engine query reasons). This promo video will sum this up.



Due to search query reasons, I can't tell you what is that new
Nissan pickup officially revealed from Thailand.

- June 12, 2014 marks the 116th anniversary of the Philippine Independence.

TTFN!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Top Gear USA: Desert Trailblazers


The boys of Top Gear USA are on an off-road adventure of a lifetime as they find out if they can find the Grand Canyon without the help of navigation systems.

Tanner goes for the Land Rover Discovery LR4 while Rut's in a more Japanese-y Toyota FJ Cruiser, an offroad classic no longer offered on the US market, and Adam went for the AEV Brute, a Jeep Wrangler converted into a pickup truck.

They have two days to demonstrate their offroaders' natural capabilities in search of the Grand Canyon with their wits.

From crazy terrains over crazy situations, this perilous journey to the Grand Canyon has been quite an enjoyable one but at the race to the canyon, the Brute came first. The Brute came to the canyon first but it all ends when all three raced through the cargo plane and jumped in safely.

Let's Do The News! (June 11, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals finished with San Antonio Spurs leading the game against Miami Heat at the score of 111-92 so now, Spurs lead 2-1.

- Ford Australia's high-performance FPV division finally revealed the epic finale of the FPV saga; the limited edition FPV GT F 351 saloon and the FPV Pursuit Ute. The FPV GT F features the Boss 5.0L supercharged aluminum V8 engine which develops 351kW (471HP) of power output, making this the most powerful engine ever made from Ford Australia. The Pursuit Ute uses the same V8 engine as the GT F but it produces 315kW (422HP) of power. Only 500 of the GT F models will be made as well as 120 Pursuit Utes but still, these are an appropriate grand goodbye to FPV.




- Raini Rodriguez (Trish Dela Rosa from Austin and Ally) and Adam Irigoyen (from Shake It Up) will star as two adult parents mysteriously turned into teenagers themselves in the new series, Growing Up and Down, coming soon on Disney Channel!

- In a latest See the Real Me advert for Clean & Clear, we get to see actress Bridgit Mendler living her normal life as a USC student.

 

- In an interview with Boy Abunda at last night's Aquino & Abunda Tonight, Krista Miller admitted that she met with high-profile drug lord Ricardo Camata at Bilibid.

- Nissan teases their Vision Gran Turismo concept coming to Gran Turismo 6. It will be revealed next week.



- Doctor Who takes on the world! BBC Worldwide announced the Doctor Who: The World Tour for the first time. Throughout the month of August, 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will tour around the world from Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico, and Rio. More details at http://www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour 

- A recent assessment shows that in an event of a heavy typhoon in the Philippines, Pampanga is most likely to be flooded and Benguet is very likely to be vulnerable from landslides.

- To honor Porsche's return to Le Mans, the German sports car maker unveiled their special edition 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition.

W1Supercars: The Martini Racing Edition of the 911 Carrera S.
More pictures > http://bit.ly/911CarreraS
Porsche 911 Carrera S Martini Racing 

TTFN!!!

Leopaul's Heaven and Hell: Saturday mornings, why would history let it rot...

The CW's Vortexx kids' programming block will be
replaced by One Magnificent Morning block late 2014,
signalling the end of Saturday morning cartoons

As you may heard before, the Vortexx kids programming block on The CW will be replaced by some boring E/I programming block this late September called One Magnificent Morning, signalling the end of traditional Saturday morning kids programming in the US and I find that very sad because this has been a past tradition for the Western children to enjoy some Saturday morning cartoons in the morning when they wake up and eat their cereals.

Why? Why would children's programming on Saturday mornings had to die on US broadcast television? Nobody knows why but because the inevitable is going to happened, it pains me to say this but for them, it's goodbye childhood. Saturday morning cartoons on broadcast television is gone forever! Anyway, no time to exaggerate this sad condolence to this traditional American past time because there are some possible theories why Saturday morning programming is doomed and I think there's a really good reason for that.

During the Cold War years, I think, US television networks ABC, CBS, and NBC starting their own kind of Cold War. Not the big scary ones with the Russians in it, it's the animation cold war.  In the 60's, Saturday morning cartoons are off to an early start with shows like Captain Kangaroo, Mighty Mouse Playhouse, Top Cat, and The Bugs Bunny Show, among many others. In the 70's, when the world plunged into the energy crisis and the age of disco came, the list of Saturday morning cartoons keeps on growing. There were Scooby Doo, Looney Toons, the Jackson Five, Woody Woodpecker, the Harlem Globetrotters, and some of Hanna Barbera's greatest hits. Then in the 80's, a decade of fashion disaster, the list keeps on going with the rise of Hogan's Heroes, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Super Friends, some Marvel superheroes, The Smurfs, there's even some Star Wars spinoffs where the one stars with the Ewoks and the other one with our droid companions R2-D2 and C3PO. In the 90's, when the Cold War well and truly over and NBC pulled out of their morning cartoons (we'll talk about that later), there has been addition of syndicated stuff from networks such as FOX and The WB as well as some Japanese-y stuff from the late 90's aired on North American televisions; mostly famous ones like PokeMon and the Power Rangers franchise. (Sigh...I still remember the first generation ones; the Red Ranger is my favorite because he's the leader). Even in the new millenium, the list of shows kids to watch on a Saturday morning keeps going on and on and on until right now where this traditional American past time has come to an imminent end.

So, the imminent end of Saturday morning cartoons? How did this pastime slowly killing through the years like a cancer? The end game for this genre began when networks NBC and CBS dropping most of their cartoons from the schedule in the late 90's, it's the same decade when FOX joined the Saturday morning warfare with their FOX Kids block. In the early 90's, NBC got rid of their Saturday morning lineup with their local affiliate news all morning long and that was superbly boring if you asked. That was just the beginning because as the new millenium rose and technology has evolved; it's like when this programming block is slowly killing like cancer in our bodies. There is no treatment for cancer and let's face it; like us, things like these won't last a lifetime and that's life...if you know what that means.

Thanks to cable television, the end of analog TV circa June 2009, and the internet, it seems that children of all ages are just shying away from America's network giants. Back then, watching cartoons is for all children regardless of their family's income because you don't need a cable subscription and some fancy gizmos to enjoy watching cartoons on a Saturday night, but now, it seems that watching cartoons is only for the privileged some and in today's climate; only families with digital cable subscription (with internet connectivity as optional for some) will only let kids watch cartoons not from network broadcasts but from either of the kids channels such as Nick, Disney, and Cartoon Network.

Sadly here in the US; kids programming on Nick and CN are limited from the moment kids wake up until 8 in the evening. That's all BS for the little tykes but that schedule is for their own good...as a theory. However, for those who subscribed to their family packages on their cable provider, kids get unprecedented access to some of the kids channels that all goes 24/7 with no boring stuff occurring on late evenings. Expensive but it's worth keeping kids staying up all night long but these parents don't like the way kids are doing now because they still have time for school, time for family bonding, and time for...well, you get the idea.

This is how it imagine when you were in some sort of a mission from the KND when some evil tyrant want to get rid of Saturday morning cartoon from television but come on. The evil tyrants won, this mission from the KND is a failure, this is not KND, THIS IS REALITY just LET IT GO. He he he...Get it? That Frozen song! ♫Let it go....Let it gooooo....♫ Ahem...this isn't time for jokes. This is serious and OH MY GLOB! THINGS GOT CRAZY SO FAST!!!

Yes, things has gone crazy so fast and everything we loved and cared for in the past has change. Everything changes and change is inevitable. The traditional Saturday morning cartoons on broadcast TV is gone and because of cable networks, syndication, and streaming, the American childhood memories are well and officially ruined and in a Mabel-as-Dipper kind of way...Goodbye Childhood.

What started is an age when kids spent their Saturday mornings eating their cereal from their bowls and then rushed to the sofa and turned on their TVs to see their cartoon heroes; especially G.I. Joe, Transformers, Thundercats, and He-Man, into action but now, it's been sadly consigned to the history books thanks to the advent of the digital revolution much as when VHS and cassettes are sadly defunct.

So farewell to you, Saturday morning TV. Just fit for the television graveyard. You made the American children proud since your advent in the days of the Cold War.

Further reading:

1) Exclusive: Traditional Saturday Morning Programming Ends This Fall as Saban Brands Pulls the Plug on the Vortexx

2) SABAN AXES VORTEXX; FINAL DEATH KNELL FOR TRADITIONAL SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS

3) The Disappearance of Saturday Morning

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Let's Do The News! (June 10, 2014)

GSRMTH DV OVZIMVW HL UZI...

- What went wrong? The MTRCB called in last week's Pinoy Big Brother challenge to be "gender insensitive" and wants to summon the producers behind the show. It happened last week when housemates Jayme Jalandoni and Michele Gumabao pose nude for their painting. Quite a rare incident to be ever happened in the PBB house though...

- Treasure hunter Nathan Drake returns in an upcoming PS4-exclusive game titled Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the latest installment from Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise. It was announced on the eve of E3 2014.

- Koch Media's Deep Silver announced Dead Island 2, the latest installment of the zombie-killing Dead Island series, on the eve of E3 2014.

- Set your calendars; Forza Horizon 2 is coming on the XBOX consoles at the end of September 2014! Here's the E3 2014 trailer:



- Hibiki Ganaha from THE iDOLM@STER gets the figma treatment!

figma Hibiki Ganaha

- Lotus revealed a special-edition Exige LF1, an Exige S donned in Lotus F1 livery and it's limited to 81 units.

Lotus Exige LF1


- Senator Bong Revilla tries to fight against PDAF scam allegations with his privilege speech.



- Over 9 million voters in the Philippines might not be able to vote on the 2016 elections because of the biometrics data registration. Voters registration is until October of next year.

- Somewhere in the Toyama Prefecture, last Sunday, there was a car got crushed by a falling tree and that car in question was none other than...a very rare Toyota 2000GT?! Yes, a big tree just crushed an ultra-rare Japanese sportscar worth over a million dollars.



TTFN!!!

Forza Motorsport 5: The Return of the Ring



After half a year of waiting since Forza Motorsport 5 came out, the much awaited return of the Nurburgring race track really sends gamers harking their trumpets saying that the Ring is back in Forza. That sounds good news to us because not only the GP Circuit and the challenging Nordschleife were here but the combined track is featured for the first time, giving hardcore racers the challenge they so richly deserved.

So, how did they do it? Thanks to their laser-scanned technology and over 13,000 man hours spent to bring the legendary track to life on Forza 5, it's now more alive and more challenging that they've ever faced. Even for a seasoned Forza veteran, it will take a lot of skill you've learned from numerous tracks to conquer the world's challenging racetrack known to many.

Like Road America and Long Beach, the Nurburgring is now fully integrated on Forza Motorsport 5 via update. There are new events that will challenge your wits, rookie or veteran alike, in the most deadliest racetrack known to racers. Your concentration, hand-to-eye coordination, and alertness is strongly needed if you need to master the twists and turns of the Nurburgring.

With the Nurburgring's return, there's also a Booster Pack feature five new machines for you to explore, drive, and upgrade such as these;

1989 Audi #4 Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO
1967 Brabham BT24
2013 Ford Formula Ford EcoBoost 200
1939 Maserati 8CTF
1956 Lotus Eleven

Just like any add-on cars; the Nurburgring Booster Pack is covered on the FM5 Season Pass and every add-on car you purchase is free to buy in game one time. So what are you waiting for? The Ring is waiting for you...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow


When you heard about this movie titled "EDGE OF TOMORROW" in most anime websites, your head starts scratching and wondering how anime-ish is this movie even though it's not anime stuff and it's just a sci-fi flick that goes by the concept of LIVE, DIE, REPEAT. I mean come on, is there anything Japanese-y about this new must-see flick of the season? Some say...it is. Edge Of Tomorrow is heavily inspired from the sci-fi novel titled All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and imagine if this movie is showing in Japan very soon, they would start questioning why there is such a Hollywood film that took something from the pages of a Japanese sci-fi novel. Well, they'll never know until they see it.

In the movie, Tom Cruise played the role of Major William Cage, an officer assigned on a most dangerous mission despite his lack of combat skills. Earth is under attacked by an alien invasion and the military forces are getting overwhelmed by some extraterrestrial threats. Cage was killed in combat but he found out that he's been thrown into the loop and he's going to relieve the same moment over and over again. As he lives, dies, and repeat; Cage is showing signs of improvement and along with his ally, whose played by Emily Blunt, they're edging closer to put an end to this alien invasion.

I'd admit that this movie took some stuff from a certain action flick called Source Code. When it fails, it restarts, and it keeps on going and going until the mission is complete. Well, you get the idea but about the film. It's kinda bothering why most anime-related websites are talking about that film even though this stuff is not made of anime stuff but because of such discovery, it may take a lot more time to like and I mean come on, Edge of Tomorrow is like a mash-up between Source Code and Pacific Rim. Sci-fi stuff never gets too old for this and Edge of Tomorrow feels like no other sci-fi movie that matches the sheer combination of being a hardcore film and a whole lot of kick-butt for your dollar, yen, pound, euro, dirham, or anything from your wallet.

Edge of Tomorrow may not be a perfect summer movie of the year but it sure knows how to blow the opposition out from the loop and like that main character in the movie; it will just LIVE, DIE, and REPEAT.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Let's Do The News! (June 9, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- At the score of 98-96, Miami Heat leveled the score at one all at the end of Game 2 of the NBA Finals 2014.

- Here's another teaser image for the upcoming Phineas and Ferb Save Summer special episode, airing tomorrow on Disney XD. Check local listings!


- With thanks to casting voice actress Olivia Olson (Marceline from Adventure Time and Vanessa from Phineas and Ferb) via her Twitter account (@OliveOlson), this is how we can expect for the upcoming Phineas and Ferb Star Wars special coming this Summer 2014!


- Now there's something from Japan that will make your pants wet while you're at bed; there was a pop-up cafe opened every Sunday of June where the waitresses are wearing...wait for it...school (or rather competition) swimsuits as part of promoting an upcoming movie titled Sweet Poolside, starring Kenta Suga as Toshihiko Ota (the male swimming club member who doesn't have hair in his skin), and yuiko Kariya as Ayako Goto (a female swimming club member who has lots of hair).

- There was a report that comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a tragic car accident at the New Jersey Turnpike while he was returning from his show in Delaware.

- The new head of United Automobile Workers, Dennis Williams, warns that there will be "no more concessions" because most of the UAW employees never gotten any raise in nearly a decade.

- Anti-pork barrel groups started their three-day fasting (not eating meat) as part of their preparations for their anti-PDAF protests on Thursday, the 12th of June, Independence Day.

- 23 people were killed after extremists attacked the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan.

- Vesaro showcased their ultimate simulator rig that features a curved 55-inch OLED triple display. It's handy for those who love playing racing simulators but the pricing of an estimated 3.37 million Php will leave your wallets empty, that's for sure.



TTFN!!!

Goin Bulilit presents Noong Unang Panahon...Panahon ng Hapon

In honor of that month when World War II ended, Goin Bulilit takes us back to post-war era in a special episode titled Noong Unang Panahon Panahon Ng Hapon. Bulilits Raikko Matteo, Bugoy Carino, Clarence Delgado, Izzy Canillo, Miguel de Guzman, Belinda Mariano, Casey de Silva, and Brenna Garcia played the role of orphans in this special episode. Just when they thought that the war is over, it feels like it's not over yet as the Japanese troops are aftering the orphans and it's a fight for survival.

It's a difficult one as Jaime, played by Raikko Matteo, once befriended a wounded Japanese soldier, played by special guest Jacky Woo, who spared his life. Now, all he had to do is keep this a secret between them, otherwise, that means big trouble.

With the secret's out, and when Japanese troops (one of them is played by a special guest, Yachang) revealed that there's a traitor between them, the struggle of this special has been proven to the end.

In the end, there's a moral that we learned that yesterday's enemy can be today's ally if someone spared your life and repay the favor for the good deed. Yes, it never hurts to help.


"Some believe it is only Great Power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."

F1 2014 - Canada GP



Red Bull Racing's beginner, Daniel Ricciardo, scored his first win after a gripping conclusion from the Canadian Grand Prix earlier at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. His first place sent Mercedes' Nico Rosberg to 2nd place, despite his ERS problems at the middle of the race, and Sebastian Vettel placed 3rd. Another remarkable moment ever happened in Formula One history.

On the driver's ranking, Rosberg's still in the lead with 140 points, 22 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Surprisingly, rookie Ricciardo is now 3rd place in the overall rankings with points.

Next race is on Austria this 22nd of June.

Report: http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2014/6/15936.html

Photo: Formula One

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Let's Do The News! (June 8, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- The next person to be evicted from the Pinoy Big Brother house is Aina Solano, the dancing bombshell of Boracay,

- Meanwhile in the PBB house, the remaining housemates sealed their weekly task with a decision that concerns the continued stay of celebrity guest Alex Gonzaga. Last week, Alex was summoned by "Kuya" to the confession room, informing that she had a letter from her mom. The fate of Alex's stay at the PBB house is part of the weekly task and the housemates had a few days of decision.

- In an Autoblog exclusive report; two more GM execs were fired after being failed to push for the controversial mass recall involving ignition-switch problems.

- Ariel Motor Company, the small Somerset company behind the incredibly fast Atom, will revive their motorcycle roots with their debut at this month's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

- Another teaser image for the upcoming Phineas and Ferb Save Summer special hits the web courtesy of the Disney Channel PR instagram post (disneychannelpr). Don't forget, this episode airs Monday mornings on Disney XD as part of the AnimaCation summer block.



- So, what features we're looking forward to Apple's iOS8? This article explains what...

- Families of MH370 passengers launched a drive to fund $5 million to reward anyone who knows the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that was disappeared three months ago. It's called Reward MH370 but what's it all about? This report explains...

TTFN!!!

Chevrolet Suburban (K2YC) and Chevrolet Tahoe (K2UC)

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Tahoe and its longer brother, the Suburban, now received a new look, new interior, new chassis, and a whole new chapter to General Motors' iconic SUV that for over eight decades strong, it remained one of the oldest nameplates in history. Yeah, you can hardly imagine what America's longest running nameplate can do for over eight decades but here we are, the newest versions of our favorite full-sized SUVs, primed and ready for work.

What's the difference between these two?

Think of the Tahoe as the little brother of the Suburban because for this generation, the new Tahoe's wheelbase is 356mm short than the new Suburban but you can be surprised that both the new Tahoe and the Suburban's wheelbase remained unchanged from the previous GMT900 generation model and there's more; both the new models are now 1.4 inches wider than its predecessors. However, the height has been dropped by 2.4 inches but don't bother though...

What's it like on the inside?

2015 Chevrolet Suburban interior

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe interior

In typical luxury full-size SUV fashion, both the Suburban and Tahoe are well-crafted to match the likes of luxury full-sized SUVs. There is an optional Chevrolet MyLink 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen, which is great if you're more into the latest tech trends. It's now made even quieter as any luxury car should thanks to the reduced NVH so you'll get that same feeling as expected from a quiet stay at a retreat house somewhere in Tagaytay.

Both the Tahoe and Suburban are benefitted with the host of optional features that will seriously deliver the lap of luxury with a price that is too much to bear. Take for instance, the entertainment system that plays DVD and, you guessed it, Blu-Ray, just to keep the kids at the back busy from saying questions like "Are we there yet?" or any other kid-related problems on the road. Blu-Ray? Goodness gracious, it seems that General Motors is way ahead of me of making cars that come with DVD and Blu-Ray players as optional. Good job though.

Both are benefitted with the front head room of 42.8 inches and a rear head room of 38.5 inches, a best for its class when it comes to interior comforts. They're also loaded with numerous safety features that is way ahead of the times, especially the upcoming US law that all cars should come with a rear view camera for safety purposes.

Tell me about the new platform

Both the new Tahoe and Suburban are using the American car company's newly-developed K2XX platform, the same platform that used in last year's Silverado. However, for this new platform, there will be no Sport Utility Trucks, hybrid trucks, and hybrid SUVs, built on this platform. The new Tahoe and the Suburban will never get hybrid models because of the predecessor's lackluster sales but oh well. That's the way the cookie crumbles in a motoring kind of way. The upshot of the new K2XX platform is that they're now lighter and now made of high-strength steel. That's it but there's still more about the K2XX platform the world will never know...

No hybrid?

Yep. No hybrid for this generation. General Motors pulled the plug on those full-sized hybrid SUVs as you may recall...

Instead?

Instead, their new 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 FlexFuel engine promises to be more fuel efficient than its predecessors and because they're now come with direct injection (sorry Philippines, you can't have those because of your dirty fuel quality), you can expect an estimated 23MPG highway for RWD models. This new engine is all about efficiency without compromise. Doesn't say about anything but that's a lot of numbers to be summed up for these Texas-born heavyweights.

What about handling?

When driving normally, both the new Tahoe and Suburban are okay but when driving like a megalomaniac, that is a totally different agenda because of the weight that can hold you back. On the top-of-the-line models, it comes with the nifty feature that came from Camaros and Corvettes; a Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and this nifty feature keeps the behemoths' handling as precise as a...well, a luggage trolley from the airport.

Should I buy one?

2015 Chevrolet Suburban

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe


The new Tahoe starts at $44,895 while the new Suburban is $47,595. With that pricing, yes you can have of those but of course, why would you want one anyway?

Photo: General Motors

Porsche Macan

2015 Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan, what's it all about? That looks like when someone told to Porsche that they have shrunk the Cayenne with their shrink-ray-inator, sized enough to match against other crossovers especially the Range Rover Evoque. Take a normal Audi Q5, strip it down like a stripper in a nightclub, make it as Porsche ugly as possible with enough "swagger" to confuse its foes, and load it with some complicating methods that is as complicating as graph theories, You'd never know the difference.

What's in the name? For humorous reasons, it goes like this; I'm a buff baby that can dance like a man, I can shake-a my fanny, I can shake-a MACAN. I'm a tough tootin' baby, I can punch-a yo buns! Punch-a yo buns, I can punch-a yo buns.

2015 Porsche Macan

First, let's take a look on the outside because like many other Porsches, it is as ugly enough to put a brace in its mouth and then the sweaters. What have you got? Sorry, I can't tell who that is but you just have to believe me or any other anti-Porsche dudes because that is just hideous enough to drive it to the shops or at Saint Tropez.

2015 Porsche Macan interior

If the outside view is catastrophic enough for your eyesights, the interior, like many Porsches, is too complicating to operate. If you study hard enough about the interior layout, you might memorize where the TCS, electronic parking brake, sport mode, or any other buttons are.

Even though the Macan can seat up to five people like any other junior crossovers in the luxury car market does, it's surprisingly 1.7 inches longer and 1.4 inches wider than the crossover where it was based, the Audi Q5, so your friends do have enough legroom to squeeze it in. When compared to the Range Rover Evoque and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the new Porsche Macan is amazingly the longest in wheelbase, tallest in height, and the widest in width so its dimension really is a plus. If you were in that situation, you have the devil's due to explain why. Nice job though but it's not over yet. When you check the weight between these three, it appears that the Macan is the heaviest of them three and at the weight of the entry level's 1,940kg, that's almost 400kg more than the Evoque. Even though it comes with a 4WD layout, you might have a struggle to handle the Macan like a prancing fool. Thanks to the addition of electro-mechanical power steering like what you expect from the 991 911, it feels less communicative than what you expect from any other sporty crossovers.

2015 Porsche Macan
The Macan S variant comes with either a 3.0L V6 engine developing 340PS of power or a Euro 6-compliant 3.0L V6 diesel engine developing 258PS of power output, while the flagship Macan Turbo model is powered by a turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine developing a sportscar-like 400PS of power output with a 165mph top speed. All models come with Porsche's 7-speed doppelkupplungsgetriebe standard.

For comparison's sake, the Macan S with the 3.0L V6 petrol engine has more power than the Evoque Autobiography Dynamic model that comes with a lesser 2.0L petrol engine developing a lesser 285PS of power. That's another point for the Porsche. Good job though, and when you put the high-end Porsche Macan Turbo against its Evoque opposition; you'll get the experience that you felt from the Battle of the Atlantic. Another score for the Macan.

The Porsche Macan really loves punching its crossover foes for fun, as fun as baby Finn singing the whole "punch-a yo buns" song. Maybe Porsche really does have a point of making a Macan because even though it's just a buff baby Cayenne, it can dance like a Cayenne or a Cayman of some sorts.

Don't get too excited just yet because this tough tootin' baby Porsche SUV starts at 57,930 Euros for the Macan S model and when compared to the Evoque, that's over ten thousand more. On the upshot, that's about two thousand less than the base Porsche Cayenne. Not bad but still too expensive to have one of these in my whole life.

Would you buy one? If you're more into righteous indignation and in the mood of saying "Back off, EA!", yes you can...if you got the funds to buy one. Go punch-a someone's buns with this crossover, though. Although I don't like the styling, it still has enough tricks to outpace its foes and punch them for fun.

Available colors: schwarz, tiefschwarzmetallic, rhodiumsilbermetallic, dunkelblaumetallic, achatgraumetallic, mahagonimetallic, and palladiummetallic.

Photo: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

The Beast” will fly by the Earth today...


Two months ago, scientists discovered an asteroid "2014 HQ124" nicknamed "The Beast" that will fly by Earth this week and in case someone alarmed by this, reports show that it will make its close approach at an estimated 1:56AM Eastern Time Sunday, June 8, 2014 (1:56PM Philippine Standard Time). That's today if you have any doubts. Its close approach will be about three times the distance between the earth and the moon.

Remember, the distance between the earth and the moon is an estimated 384,400 km but that close approach of "The Beast" asteroid is three times the said distance, therefore it will be at an estimated 1,153,200km. In English terms, that's an estimated 717,000 miles.

Asteroid 2014 HQ124 is over 1000ft wide and travelled at 31,000mph, but it will pose no threat to the planet because of its distance. Let's hope it's not like the one that happened in Russia last year. I think...

Report: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/88574/the-beast-asteroid-flies-by-earth-sunday

The Fault In Our Stars (2014 film)



If you're in a mood for some touching romantic movies you're looking forward to in the summer, there's a new movie that will make you crying in the isles but it's okay to cry because this is a heart-warming movie that was adapted by a best-selling novel written by John Green.

The Fault In Our Stars centers on the story of a young woman named Hazel, played by Divergent's Shailene Woodley. Hazel is a tumor victim who has a few years to live but when a miracle came, her second chance is anything but terminal. However, her short life has changed upon her encounter with Augustus Waters (call him Gus for short), played by Ansel Elgortm, at a Cancer Kid Support Group, and the two will experience love in several heart-warming ways and the struggles will face between them. Okay? Okay. Maybe okay will be one always. Whoops, just said that line from the film.

Like the book itself, this movie is all about being insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw. It presents one of the most definite examples that love knows no boundaries...even for those who had suffered cancer and got a few moments to live. You would definitely need to pack some tissue papers right now because of the sad, tearful moments you can expect as the movie progresses and how Hazel's fate differs from the storytelling.

This movie really shows that even the sick people has so much life to live for and like the movie itself, some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

My rating: 3.8 out of 5
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