Saturday, August 16, 2014

#BubbleGangDabog

On the August 15, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Dabog gags

- This client at the courthouse truly has some animal instincts!

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...the most disgusting links!

- A couple has some counseling with the PAG-IBIG HOTLINE!




- Daddy's a true gentleman. Face it...

- Bubble Gang does Maxi-Peel by spoofing this commercial as MASKI-PEEL! Bagong Ganda, Bagong Pag-Asa.



- Mr. Matapobre investigates why is someone's not using a coaster and caused a spill on his expensive table.

- More wise words from the very wise Tata Lino!

- A mano-mano interview with Jan Manual on STARPOK!



- The jig is up, Mr. Nice Guy! Bad news is...you're going to jail!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Let's Do The News! (August 15, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Pope Francis' visit to South Korea will conduct a special mass for the "peace and reconciliation" of the two Koreas, the North Korea and the South Korea.

- The PokeMon ORAS unveils continues as for the first time, a Unova Pokemon gets the Mega Evolution treatment. We're talking about Audino, of course!

Mega Audino

- A Philippine lawmaker wants further investigation on the smuggling of luxury cars in Mindanao. Based on the report, over P150 million worth of luxury cars passed through the ports of Cagayan de Oro and sub-ports of Misamis Oriental and Ozamis City before transported to Manila.

- A tragedy struck at Greenhills as a car dropped from the third-level of the parking area after a driver suffered a heart attack, wrecking two vehicles parked on the ground.

- There's going to be a update coming soon on the PS3-exclusive Ace Combat Infinity Free-2-Play flight shooting game and for that, a scheduled maintenance will happen next week. Could it be the Round Table update as teased after clearing the Avalon mission? Also, before the service maintenance, it's your last chance to take on the Moby Dick Pursuit special raid missions!

- It is revealed that the late Robin Williams had suffered Parkinson's disease.

- Check out highlights from their Sydney tour of the Doctor Who World Tour! Aussies love Doctor Who!



TTFN!!!

Forza Motorsport 5: Skyline Eau Rouge

Last time, I tried out the Infiniti Q50S on Forza Motorsport 5 and while the Infiniti Q50 is a localized version of the Nissan Skyline V37 but with the 3.7L V6 VVEL engine in it, it still handles like a sportscar. The secret weapon to handle the Q50 with precision and accuracy lies to its Direct Adaptive Steering and I believed to be much more effective than those less-communicative power steering cars. It sure is fun to have one but I wish this Skyline to be more Skyline than this Skyline but luckily, they're ahead of me.

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What lies beneath the shadows is called the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, it's a concept car based on the Q50 that I just drove earlier but this is a preview of the high-performance model that delivers a serious threat to the Europeans.

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It looks like the Q50 but because this is a high-performance take on the said saloon, it incorporates Formula One inspiration to its aerodynamics, perhaps no wonder it was heavily inspired by Sebastian Vettel's championship-winning F1 car. Eau Rouge is named after a vicious corner from Spa-Francorchamps, the venue for the Belgian Grand Prix and because the elevation's very vicious even for a skilled veteran, perhaps no wonder why they decided to call it the Eau Rouge for this car.

This car was revealed at the 2014 NAIAS but only the outside view because what lies under the bonnet, it's everyone's guess. No one really knows what powered the Eau Rouge even though it claims to possess over 500HP of power right until to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show where it was revealed that it was powered by the same VR38DETT engine from the Nissan R35 GT-R. Just what I thought, the Skyline just can't get even more Skyline-er.

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The 3.8L V6 Twin Turbo engine on the "Skyline Eau Rouge" develops over 560HP of power and 442lb-ft of torque while connected to a seven-speed double clutch gearbox. It can do 0-60mph in less than four seconds and a top speed of almost 180mph. Plus, it comes with Infiniti's Intelligent AWD that takes great care of power and traction while adapting to the changing road conditions. It automatically sends up to 50% of the power to the front for better traction while the rear wheels gain most of the power for better road performance when four-wheel drive is not necessary.

The result of this Intelligent AWD complete with its signature Direct Adaptive Steering is a car that not only stands out in the corners, it licks it like ice cream, and even when you place this to the Top Gear Test Track, the Q50 bravely survives without warning.

 

The Nissan GT-R is once fabled as the car that can humiliate the best of the West but I reckoned that because the Q50 Eau Rouge is the V37 Skyline with the heart and soul of the Nissan GT-R, I have a theory that it will do the same against its Western opposition and I tried it. Not only the Eau Rouge can deliver a serious threat to the executive saloons but high-powered cars of it class can get smacked by it...well, some of it, really.

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Time now for a real challenge and to find out just how good is the Eau Rouge is, it's time to pack some bags and move out from the Top Gear Track because the Q50 Eau Rouge takes on Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

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So, with the track featuring the namesake corner, can the Q50 Eau Rouge brave through the perils of Spa? I tried it round the track and my response is a big proud yes. The Q50 Eau Rouge is a brave saloon that braves through one of the toughest racetracks in Grand Prix history. Legend has it that there are some racing drivers that are not brave enough to survive Eau Rouge at the start but it's worth the thrill...

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Spa-Francorchamps is a racetrack where ace drivers from all parts of the world gathered at this grand stage where they put all of their driving skills to the test. There are no affiliations or ranks that can hinder them as the only main rule in this racetrack is to survive.

Not only Formula One has their Belgian GP set here but also the WEC where racing drivers have to survive 24 hours racing endlessly on this track until the winner and the survivor is named. There are numerous motorsports held here but I can't tell what are those because of time constraints.

If you were looking for a racetrack that is surely the equivalent of The Round Table, sadly, this isn't it because there are so many expert-level racetracks that can suit their qualifications but since Spa-Francorchamps is so expert-level, you may consider this your Round Table for you and the other knights of the Round Table.



But still, the Q50 Eau Rouge found its own reason to battle on the track like this because the Q50 Eau Rouge was born to be more of a lethal weapon on the road and track if Nissan's Carlos Ghosn gives the green light for this.

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So, conclusion time. The Q50 Eau Rouge really is a GT-R in a Skyline suit even though this is a V37 Skyline with the engine from the R35 GT-R but thanks to this engine as well as its F1-inspired aerodynamics and the Intelligent AWD, the Q50 Eau Rouge really triggers a serious threat to the Europeans. Sadly because this is a concept car, the Q50 Eau Rouge is not for sale and it's not street legal like most concept cars do...well, some of it.

Despite being a concept, the feedback is extremely high because if this GT-R-injected Skyline V37 approves for production, I would be longing to have one in my whole life.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Let's Do The News! (August 14, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- BE AFRAID EUROPEANS: Dodge has unveiled the world's most powerful 4-door saloon ever made called the Charger SRT Hellcat. It's based on the facelifted 2015 Dodge Charger but now, it comes with the same 707HP supercharged V8 engine from the Challenger Hellcat. Top speed; 204MPH!

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

- Two versions of the Toyota FT-1 Concept are unveiled during the McCall's Motorworks Revival. There's the FT-1 Graphite Concept and the latest member of the Vision GT range, the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo. Both of these will be available next month on Gran Turismo 6 via an update.



- The water supply of the Philippines is threatened to be on low supply by next year.

- Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao contested rumors about his retirement, stating that he will not retire from boxing.

- Yesterday, an MRT3 train got derailed at the Taft Avenue station at the corner of Edsa and Taft Avenue in Pasay City, injuring 38 people. The lawmakers want further investigation on what caused the MRT crash.

 

- As Shark Week still biting our enthusiasm all week long, Dog With A Blog actress G. Hannelius showcases us how to paint Shark Week nails in the brand new G. Nails segment on SweetyHigh's SweetBeatTV!



- Fox's Animation Domination High Def streaming one of their latest shorts called DOG ENVY. Check it out! (STOP: The following link you're visiting contains content not suitable for young audiences. Strong Parental Guidance is advised.)

- A massive shelling hit several neighborhoods around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, east Ukraine, where government forces continue to batter against the rebel troops.

- The DPWH are putting the rush on their Magallanes Interchange repair by enhancing the constructor's equipment and manpower resources all day to speed up activities. They're aiming to complete it by Sunday.

- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: There was a tragedy struck between racing drivers Tony Stewart of NASCAR and Kevin Ward Jr. in a middle of a sprint car race in Canandaigua Motorsports Park. It held on a slippery dirt oval and in that venue, Ward being thrown under the massive rear wheel of Stewarts car and then tossed. Ward was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The said incident that killed Ward Jr.
TTFN!!!

Forza Motorsport 5: It's the V37 Skyline!*

*Well, sort of. It may look like the latest V37 Nissan Skyline sedan but when you open its hood, instead, you will be greeted by a 3.7L V6 VVEL engine carried from its previous model instead of...well, you know...so clearly that looks like a Nissan Skyline but doesn't feel like one because what this is is the export version of the V37 Skyline, the Infiniti Q50.

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Despite the difference, this is the first I have ever got my shot to drive the latest premium midsize saloon from Nissan's Infiniti division now that it was recently added to the Forza 5 car list via this month's content update. It's been an honor to get behind the wheel of the V37 Skyline even though it has a completely different engine and made for export markets, especially North America.

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So, what's all about the Q50? You know? The Americanized or globalized or localized, whatever you may call it, version of the V37 Nissan Skyline?

Revealed at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the Q50 is the successor to the V36 Skyline-based G37 saloon and it's the first to incorporate Infiniti's new naming scheme where saloon models bear the Q letter while sport utilities bear the QX letters.

Went on sale in America in the second half of 2013, the Q50 is available in 3.7L V6 petrol and 3.5L V6 hybrid powerplants. It comes with the world's firsts such as Direct Adaptive Steering which delivers precise handling and quickly communicates road surface feedback to the driver and the Predictive Forward Collision Warning that detects possible collisions ahead and triggers and alert to the driver with a visual warning and audible buzzer.

The Infiniti Q50 is sold in Japan as the Nissan Skyline V37 but Japan-spec models come with the 3.5L V6 hybrid and the Mercedes-Benz-derived 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine.

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Having spent five minutes driving this premium midsize saloon, I can surely say that the world's first Direct Adaptive Steering on the Q50S really handles like it should unlike those power steering that you expect in most cars like the Lexus GS. It's as precise as locking-on the target and thanks to the Direct Adaptive Steering, this Q50S could be one of the best handling cars I have ever driven on FM5 and when I put this sports saloon on the Top Gear Track and faced in corners like Chicago, Hammerhead, Follow-Through, and Gambon, the Q50 precisely glides through the corners with clinical precision with some minor mistakes when not focused. It's okay though because this Q50 is so easy to drive even at the hands of a rookie.

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I know that the 3.7L V6 engine may have 328HP of power for the Q50S but with such handling mojos rigged to it, the Q50 will keep me longing for days and not only that, you can drift one of these, which of course, why would you want to?

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So, what can I say about this car? Well, it may not be the V37 Skyline I was hoped for but I am very humbled to drive the latest version and its strength lies to its handling capabilities thanks to its Direct Adaptive Steering. Luxury never felt so liberating...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Super GT 2014 - Fuji



The 5th round of this year's Super GT season takes the racers back to the once prestigious Fuji Speedway and despite the drizzling conditions, the racers never stop racing until the winner is named. At the Super GT500 category, it was the #18 Weider Modulo NSX CONCEPT-GT that hailed this round's winner while at the Super GT300 category, the winner goes to the #61 Subaru BRZ R&D Sport.

HIGHLIGHTS:



Report: http://supergt.net/news/single/1135

The next race is on Suzuka Circuit at the 31st of August.

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

The big scoop today...

- The Audi R8 V10 Spyder and the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse are added on the latest Real Racing 3 update, available on the App Store and Google Play. In addition, there's a limited-time Speedrush TV Challenge where in seven days, you have to complete goals to win the Audi R8 V10 Spyder.

- Forza Motorsport 5 announced this month's content update with the addition of six new cars ranging from the Infiniti Q50S, Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, 2015 Ford Mustang GT, the Vauxhall Astra Tech Line (Top Gear's latest reasonably priced car), and two world's firsts; the Renault Spark SRT_01E from the upcoming FIA Formula E Championship and for the first time in racing game history, a Rolls-Royce has entered the fray via the all-new Wraith.

Infiniti Q50S on Forza Motorsport 5

- Starting today up to August 19, 2014; there's a barrage of limited-time Special Challenges coming your way on Ace Combat Infinity for the Playstation3 console. There are numerous rewards such as credits, sortie fuel, research reports, and much more. You can stand a chance to win a special skin for the Typhoon inspired from The Belkan War's Rot squadron plus emblems such as Albireo, Beast, Cocoon, and Lancer. Seize this opportunity to the skies!

- Mazda is currently working on their diesel-electric hybrid which is due on 2016.

- The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 has earned the Top Safety Pick+ according to the IIHS.

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2015 Chrysler 200

- Meanwhile in Sydney, Australia, the Aussie whovians can't get enough of the arrival of the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Of course, Australia was the next nation The Doctor and Clara arrived as part of the Doctor Who World Tour.



- It is reported that depression caused Robin Williams to commit suicide. This tragic depression that caused the comedian's death happened when his CBS comedy series, The Crazy Ones, was cancelled after just one season.

- Seven Chinese fishermen were rescued after a fishing vessel submerged off Tawi-Tawi province in Mindanao.

- Is Senator Jinggoy Estrada running for Vice President in the 2016 election? Despite being detained, his opinions are open.

TTFN!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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

The big scoop today...

- It is with regret that famous comedian actor Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63 after he committed suicide. He was well known in movies such as Flubber, Jumanji, Disney's Aladdin (as the voice of Genie), R.V. Runaway Vacation, Dead Poets Society, and many others.

Robin Williams starred in Dead Poets Society

- Jaguar's Special Operations has unveiled a lightweight take on one of their iconic classics, the E-Type, and it's set to be on this year's Pebble Beach Concours.

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
- Although the latest-generation Cadillac Escalade is still fresh out of launch, looks like there's going to be some mid-year updates featuring the use of 8-speed automatic gearbox, the implementation of Cadillac's new logo, and many others including the addition of their new Platinum Collection model.

2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Collection
2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Collection

- A track-ready 650S Sprint was unveiled by McLaren and it's all set for its Pebble Beach debut.

McLaren 650S Sprint
McLaren 650S Sprint

- Online shopping giant Amazon disabled preorder bookings on select Disney titles such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted and many others due to a contract dispute.

- It's been four years since the Manila Hostage Crisis killed several Hong Kong tourists. On the present times, SP02 Gregorio Mendoza has been sacked while Superintended Orlando Yebra and Chief Inspector Santiago David Pascual III have been demoted. These officers are found guilty due to negligence and gross incompetence.

- Russia sends 280 trucks with humanitarian aid to the war-torn Ukraine amidst the tensions between them.

- With former army general turned fugitive Jovito Palparan arrested by the NBI after being charged with two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, the mothers of the missing UP students plead to bring their daughters back.

TTFN!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

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

- In case you missed this year's Teen Choice Awards, check out the quick recap on the performances and who won this year's awards.

- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Celebs Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes are engaged on national television for the first time in the middle of Marian's self-titled variety show on GMA.

- The Range Rover Sport SVR has finally uncovered and it's a potent super-SUV packed with the same supercharged 5.0L V8 engine you'd expect from the Jaguar XKR-S. Top speed is around 162mph and it has a Nurburgring lap time of eight minutes and 14 seconds, making it one of the quickest SUVs in the world. Now, why would they name this hot Range Rover Sport model after a Russian organization?

Range Rover Sport SVR

- WNBA pro Becky Hammon was named assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, the team that won this year's NBA finals against Miami Heat.

- More PokeMon ORAS news as Salamence, Altaria, and Lopunny get their own Mega Evolutions! Plus, the folks tell you what's it all about Cosplay Pikachu, Pokemon Contests are back on ORAS, and there's a special "Shiny Beldum" armed with a Mega Stone provided for those who bought Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS!

With this "Shiny Beldum" bonus, you can raise it until it reaches its final evolved form, Metagross, and with the Mega Ring at hand, you can Mega Evolve it into Mega Metagross. Who says Mega Evolved shinies can't get any awesome?


- Over 300 Yazidi families have been threatened by Islam extremists with death unless they convert to Islam. "Convert or be killed", that's the warning from the extremists to the trapped families.

- Business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan declares the neutrality of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. on the Ayala-SM dispute.

- IT'S THE NEW KIA SORENTO! Kia revealed the first pics of the third-generation crossover SUV that is set to arrive this year on South Korea.

2015 Kia Sorento

- The 2015 Dodge Charger is now ready for cop duty with this Charger Pursuit targeted for police officers throughout the North America.
2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit

- The third-generation Cadillac CTS sports saloon has been updated for the 2015 model year along with the use of Cadillac's new logo.

2015 Cadillac CTS
2015 Cadillac CTS

- Check out highlights from Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's visit to Seoul, South Korea, the first stop for their Doctor Who World Tour, promoting the 8th season of the smash hit series.



TTFN!!!

Forza Motorsport 5: Ace of Aces

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These ultra-expensive, ultra-powerful, and ultra-rare machines can be considered themselves as "Aces" because they possessed superior capabilities, massive firepower, and road superiority a true ace should have. Whether it can be sophisticated or bewildering, to civilized to insane, the aces really are born in the perfect battlefield where only the best ace survive but which of these aces are "Ace of Aces?"

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First, let's get to know the aces and first up, it's the Koenigsegg Agera. Made as the successor to the CCX, the one that Stig almost got killed while he drove one round the Top Gear track several years ago. It was powered by a turbocharged 5-litre V8 engine that produces 940PS of power and 1,100Nm of torque. 0-100kph in under 3.1 seconds and top speed of 435kph while mated with a 7-speed double clutch gearbox. It was awarded Top Gear's 2010 Hypercar of the Year.


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Next, it's the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. While the Veyron is highly respected as the world's fastest machine, the Super Sport pushed the machinima to its extreme levels and with its 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph) top speed, the Veyron SS set the benchmark for the fastest production vehicles.

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And lastly and notably a fierce one, the Hennessey Venom GT. This purpose-built speed demon from the Hennessey Performance Engineering possesses some record-smashing speed records with its fastest 0-300kph time of 13.63 seconds. It has clocked a max speed of 270.49mph on a runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, making it unofficially the fastest car in the world and because it's unofficial, it's not quite matched to the production numbers of the Veyron SS.

The aces are set in the Top Gear Test Track and the fastest time is the winner.

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At the starting line, both the Venom GT and the Agera are struggling to get it straight because the massive torque of these two sent these two on a catastrophic wheelspin but for the Veyron Super Sport, thanks to its 4WD powertrain, got off to a rocket start smoothly but in the corners, since the Veyron Super Sport is the heaviest of the three, both the Venom GT and the Agera glide through the corners with ease. This could be very one sided.

Mind you, the Venom GT has the most powerful engine compared to the Veyron SS and the Agera and because it's lighter, this ace sweeps through the corners and straights faster than you can say "Fox Two".



At the end of the lap, here are the results;

Veyron SS: 1:15.161
Venom GT: 1:15.122
Agera: 1:17.337

Which means, that the "Ace of Aces" goes to the Venom GT because not only its twin-turbo LS9 V8 engine possess a massive firepower but its lightweight bodywork has greater superiority on the track making it the ideal multirole in the high speed stakes and track days. This million-dollar hypercar is by no means the Ace of Aces in an all-out ace combat on Forza 5.
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