Saturday, October 4, 2014

#BGTanan

On the October 3, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- The parents of Dexter the Binatilya didn't know he changed his name to Desiree.

- Tanan gags

- Watch out! Lala Ytera is still making "lait" to the girls.

- Bubble Gang does Glyderm Stretch Mark Cream by spoofing this commercial as GULYADERM STRETCH MARK CREAM! Bring back your beautiful skin.

Bubble Gang does Glyderm
- Something smelly is going on in Mr. Matapobre's house!

- Does his new kasambahay met up with her high standards?

- Istambay, Istambay sa Looban, Tayo na makinig sa kuwentuhan, may lalaki tayo sa tambayan, lahat ng babae...KINUKUNAN?

- One unlucky man has met his worst moment in his life!

- The boys are telling a secret that got someone exposed!

- Always believe on what you saw on television!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Meeting Peppa Pig at Westfield Southcenter

Recently, we went to Westfield Southcenter for a meet-and-greet with Peppa Pig. Don't judge me on this because our baby boy, Irvine, is a huge fan of Peppa Pig. He watched too much videos of too much Peppa Pig toys featured. Perhaps no wonder I got sucked into the Peppa Pig mania. That British TV show never fails to impress after 10 years.


It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the Washington families to have their kids meet and greet Peppa and because Peppa's very popular with the little tykes, the line's jam-packed and they can't wait to have their pics taken.


While they were busy, there are some coloring papers for kids to colorize Peppa. Too bad they don't have the right colors for Peppa, especially the color pink. Oh well...


Baby boy's too excited to see his idol!




After several minutes of waiting, we finally have the chance to let baby boy meet and greet his biggest idol, Peppa Pig!

Trust us, he's her number one fan!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Let's Do The News! (October 2, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Protests in Hong Kong continue to grow and over 2.3 million tweets have been hit during the Occupy Central. Yeah, let sleeping dogs lie on the Hong Kong streets even when it rains.

- Lamborghini's mystery car for the Paris Motor Show has finally revealed as the Asterion LPI910-4 Concept, a hybrid supercar concept that previews something more of a powerful breed.

Lamborghini Asterion LPI910-4 Concept

- A 5-door Audi TT in the works? The Audi TT Sportback Concept will be making a premiere at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, giving visitors a preview of a newest addition to the third-generation Audi TT range.

Audi TT Sportback Concept
- As the power crisis in the Philippines is imminent, a consumer group puts a stab on Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla after he said that the government may need to rent generators to prevent blackouts during the hot summer season next year.

- Hyundai will be preparing an ARK Performance-tuned version of the second-generation Genesis saloon at this year's SEMA Show.

ARK Performance Genesis AR550
- Fear the super-sized Pumpkaboo (バケッチャ) as Nintendo will be offering a special super-sized version of Pumpkaboo for players of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y this month only. Be afraid because it's bigger than the one Team Rocket's Jessie had in the TV series! No wait, this is the biggest Pumpkaboo you want to have! Sadly for discriminating reasons, this super size Pumpkaboo is for North American and European Pokemon XY gamers only and so far, this fella's not available for Japanese players. Sigh, we wish this super sized Pumpkaboo (or Bakeccha for Japanese) would make it into the hands of Japanese Pokemon XY players in time for Halloween. So, Pokemon Centers from Japan, please take note...

バケッチャ (とくだいサイズ)

- There are five cases of Ebola reported every hour in Sierra Leone.

- Celebs Vilma Santos and Dingdong Dantes, and famed Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao were reportedly listed in 2016 Senate Elections Poll. Vilma says she has no political plans as of now.

TTFN!!!

Forza Horizon 2

Forza Horizon 2 (XBOX One)

Forza Horizon 2 (XBOX 360)

Close your eyes. Imagine there's a fail-safe switch button that came out from the Lamborghini Huracan. Flip the guard, push the button, hear the distant thunder from the V10 engine, feel the Huracan racing through the roads against rival supercars, and now, it's time to wake up. Welcome to Southern Europe and welcome to the world of Forza Horizon 2.

The biggest automotive playground is back for its second iteration and this time, it's bigger than before as Forza Horizon 2 delivers the biggest Horizon experience yet. Even if you still have your dusty old XBOX 360, you are still invited to the world's biggest car extravaganza yet. Unlike the events happened two years ago in the first installment, Forza Horizon 2 pits players to the beautiful backdrops of Southern Europe where players enjoy the rich scenery and the endless automotive party they can throw at them. With all the distant thunder from the engines, the laughter from the people, and the sweet sound of music come together to create one big epic adventure for the petrolheads, veterans and rookies alike.

The crowd's been salivating over this one because the latest installment a massive wide-open world featuring dramatic weather and day to night cycles. Yes, you heard that right. Weather change is happening for the first time in Forza history and the added weather change adds an interesting challenge even for the skilled players alike. It's not just the time you'll be worrying now, it's the weather you'll be facing with while you race against a bountiful of rivals from a multitude of countries.

There are over two hundred scorching hot new rides to choose from, especially the hero car from the game, the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. They are separated into a multitude of categories and each category is just the necessity to take part in a championship where you'll need the right car to take on the assigned challenge. As you begin your journey on Horizon 2, you can choose one of the three starter cars; 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe, or the 1998 Toyota Supra RZ. As you progress, you will be able to buy new cars for your collection and it's yours to tune and redecorate just the way you want. Also, expect more cars to arrive via DLC every month so watch out.

Also, you might need to look out for barn finds and in Forza Horizon 2, there are more barn finds to hunt than before but it's going to take some time before the right moment to approach and when that happens, good luck hunting that priceless barn find. Find it and the dough's yours but don't count on finding them so easily because they are hidden within the European landscapes so keep your eyes peeled.

Now, it's time for the tricky question; just what is the difference between the XBOX 360 version and the XBOX One version of FH2? There is a simple answer for that because while the XBOX 360 version was developed by Sumo Digital, the XBOX One version was developed by Playground Games and the XBOX One version offers more stuff than the XBOX 360 version such as dynamic weather change, ultra-realistic graphics, some XBOX One-exclusive cars such as the Ariel Atom and the Caterham R500, the use of Drivatars, and more challenges than the XBOX 360 version offered. Looks like the ultimate FH2 experience is only on XBOX One but never mind. Whichever version you had, you are more than welcome to be part of the biggest celebration of the year and you can keep yourself longing for days, getting hooked on the rich Southern European landscape while witnessing the biggest ride of your lifetime.

Welcome to the world of Forza Horizon 2. Leave your limits.

Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

The Lamborghini Gallardo, the supercar that has been the baby in the Lambo and it was made for those who can't afford a flagship V12 Lambo. It may not be as awesome as its big brothers are but it was quite a successful feat to be part of the Lamborghini family and having been around for over a decade, looks like the Gallardo's tenure is past is prime and it's time for the V10 Lambo to be replaced by a new heir.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

It's called the Huracan. It costs 169,500.00 Euro, excluding taxes, and on paper, it looks more of a potent supercar that is willing to risk everything to become one of the best machines ever assembled in the world where V10 engines starting to diminish like dinosaurs.

In the Spanish language, Huracan means "hurricane" but it was also referred to as the Mayan god of wind, storm, and fire. It was also a name given to a bull that fought in the 19th century, in tradition to most Lambos named after famed bulls. Of course, you don't want me to hear the whole story but what you do want to hear is how the Huracan performs in a dogfight on the road and on the track.

If by dogfight, it is a dogfight on the road because when you put your foot down, the Huracan is a monster ready to make grounds shake and mountains crumble until maps must be redrawn afterward. If this car rampages, it's going to change the very landscape we knew today and it really leaves a ground zero next to you.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 interior
Having evolved from the irate Gallardo, it still comes with the same 5.2L V10 engine from the Gallardo but now it has been upgraded to the titular 610PS power output and 560Nm of torque. The result is 0-100kph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of over 325kph. That's about as similar as its chief rival, the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The gearbox is no longer the e-gear or the manual because it now comes with the same 7-speed s tronic as the Audi R8 V10 Plus and it shifts quicker than the one used on the flagship Aventador. Oh dear, this is going to be like the brothers from the Wafrets commercial.

Anyway, the interior feels more driver-focused than the Gallardo and it has the same experience that you expect from a fighter plane. There's a nifty-looking switch where you can lift the switch guard, push the start, and you'll hear the distant thunder from the 5.2L V10 engine. That sound takes me back...from the Gallardo only better.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4
If the Huracan is a baby Lambo that was evolved from the Gallardo, does it act like an fully-evolved car? Well, it is more hostile than the irate Gallardo but it's not as brutal as its flagship Lamborghini Aventador, judging the fact that it comes with Lambo's 4WD system that lets you have fun regardless the road and weather it'll face. It comes with a weirdly sounding "Anima" system which lets you choose three different driving modes. If you set it to CORSA which refers to Track, you can see how much potential the Huracan performs and to be honest, this is a lifelong struggle between you and this car on the track. If I know one thing this car is good at, it would be good at "snarling".

The Huracan loves to snarl on the track like most Lambos do in their free time but on the road, it's a lot nicer to drive. Who cares if the city streets are loaded with speed limits, I don't have to use most of it and I have to go with the flow like normal schoolchildren do after flag ceremonies. If I have doubts, the Huracan feels like the Ferrari 458 on the inside because it has that annoying part where the speedo and the sat-nav in the same place. It might be best to leave it here and forget about listening to the radio because it's too complicated to set it up on a weekend road trip to France.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4
So, the new Huracan maybe the potent replacement for the Gallardo but for a supercar, it may take some time for its Oblivion Wing to grow until its ready to destroy every single opponent in the road and track until it becomes the perfect aggressor but it's still not quite ready for that act because rivals like the 458 Speciale and the McLaren 650S are all ready to do their stuff. The Huracan is just not quite ready to grow up like the Aventador but for a rookie in the lineup, this car is willing to grow up to become number one in its squadron.

I may not be as good as any other car connoisseurs around the world but that's my point because to me, the Huracan is a great car for a stop but it still doesn't show a shine in the face of a roadside mayhem and that mayhem will have to wait for this car. There are so many things to learn for the Huracan over the coming years and I think it's time to head west for this young chap on the manor.

Available colors: Bianco Monocerus, Nero Noctis, Bianco Icarus, Blu Achelous, Grigio Lynx, Grigio Nimbus, Nero Serapis, Rosso Mars, Arancio Borealis, Giallo Midas, Verde Mantis, Bianco Canopus, Giallo Horus, Grigio Titans, Marrone Apus, Nero Nemesis, Blu Caelum, Grigio Admetus and Marrone Alcestis.

Photo: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Let's Do The News! (October 1, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Wednesday is National Day in the People's Republic in China but the Hong Kong protests continues as the HK leader denied meeting up with pro-democracy rallyists by their midnight deadline, despite threats of expanding the protests.

- Makati City Mayor Jun-Jun Binay is once again defying the subpoena issued by the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee for him to attend the hearing tomorrow on the controversial Makati City Hall 2 parking building. His arrest would be very imminent.

- Automobile Central Enterprise, the Philippine distributor of Volkswagen, has opened their Cebu dealership.

- The all-new Subaru Legacy, in B4 sedan and Outback crossover, is ready for its Japan debut this late October 2014.

Teaser for the new 6th-gen Legacy
- The fourth-generation Honda CR-V gained its minor change and it's prepping for its Paris Motor Show debut this week. The Japanese carmaker's "EXCITING H DESIGN!!!" design language has been featured on this SUV.

2015 Honda CR-V

- Looks like the Peugeot 208 GTi 30th is redoing the classic 205 GTi commercial in this action-packed TV commercial for the Peugeot GTi's 30th birthday car!



- Local Motors is working on a crowd-sourced sportscar called the "Street Fighter 01" and they're now accepting design ideas for a new sports car platform where the winner not only receive a cash prize but also see his/her vision come to life.

- Raini Rodriguez, the teen actress who played Trish Dela Rosa from the Disney hit TV series Austin and Ally, shares her personal experience with the Huffington Post to discuss about her sad past of being bullied and the "Beauties and Bullies" episode that spreads an anti-bullying message for the younger viewers.

- That anti-bullying episode of Austin and Ally was just the start because Disney initiated their Choose Kindness campaign to spread a message against bullying. There's a preview of a PSA featuring Jessie's Karan Brar and I Didn't Do It's Olivia Holt as they're telling about how they've experienced the lives of being bullied. More PSAs to come this week featuring your favorite Disney stars.

 

TTFN!!!

Forza Motorsport 5 - The Spark-Renault SRT_01E vs. The Americas

And now my final leg of experimenting the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, a zero-emission racing machine that was used for the inaugural season of the first ever FIA Formula E Championship, on Forza Motorsport 5 and for this final part, I went to the United States for more virtual shakedowns. There are so many American racetracks to choose from in FM5 and I can't hardly decide which track is suitable for the SRT_01E but because this car had touched American soil, the only way to hone its wheels is to take on most of the American tracks in FM5. Namely...

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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Long Beach, California
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Road America
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Road Atlanta

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and lastly, the Sebring International Raceway

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After testing through all of these American tracks offered on Forza Motorsport 5, looks like the Spark-Renault SRT_01E is already brimming with enthusiasm and its finally ready to take on American soil...well, of course, Long Beach is officially part of the 2014-2015 race calendar for the FIA Formula E Championship but should any of the American tracks be part of it, the SRT_01E is a world-proven strong silent type in all the right corners.

And that is the final part of the virtual shakedown. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E is finally proven to be ready to take on the world and with the ongoing FIA Formula E championship, looks like this racer now has the credentials to make the audience fall silence because of its unbelievable silence that most electric cars omit but as the competition continues to be more exciting than ever, this electric racing machine will never stop keeping its new fans happy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The New Mini 5-door

A few months ago, the brand new F56 Mini has arrived and when I carefully investigated this machine, I concluded that while the new Mini maybe more of a Wumbo and the interior looks a bit all wrong judging by the trademark Mini center speedo is gone and the speedo is now centered on the driver's side rather than the center because this is where the radio is now located at, it's still worth a humble machine that will make you feel humbled at the end of the day. Now, for the first time, there's a brand new 5-door model that has the same stuff as the Mini but the added accessibility for your mates.

2015 Mini 5-door

Wait a minute. Did Mini already have a 5-door model called the Countryman? Yeah, they do had the Countryman and word from the mouth is that the upcoming Clubman will have its club door removed and replaced with a...is it 5 or a 6 door because I just notice two doors at the rear end. But anyway, this is by no means the most confusing trick done by the books from BMW since they've confused us with the 3-Series GT and the 4-Series GC for being the same cars. With the new 5-door Mini, could this be end of the Clubman? That question is denied because BMW's now currently working on the production model but you should remember that it has a bigger boot than the standard Mini. Don't forget it.

2015 Mini 5-door


Anyway, the new 5-door Mini, does it still act like its 3-door brother even though it has additional doors for accessibility? Well, for starters, the new 5-door Mini is BMW's answer to Audi's A1 Sportback but it feels more like a bloated F56 Mini or maybe its Chinese copycat from Lifan perhaps?

2015 Mini 5-door interior

2015 Mini 5-door interior
The new 5-door model extends the F56 Mini by 72mm in the wheelbase and 89mm in the rear overhang. The result is the added rear space fit enough to have your barkadas snuggle through the plush cabin and you're ready for a day out at the streets just for the fun of it. However, for that added dimension, the 5-door model adds 60kg of weight so performance figures have been cut. It feels like you've been intimidated at the first match and you felt weakened to fight but mobility wise, the added weight couldn't stop you from having fun not to mention the clever suspension system, the most responsive electric steering, and the use of the UKL1 platform like you get from the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. Still, I'd like the Mini though because...it's a Mini! Who cares?

2015 Mini 5-door

Like the 3-door version, the new Mini 5-door can be offered with the entry-level One that comes with either a 1.3L petrol or a 1.5L diesel engine, a Mini Cooper that comes with either s 1.5L petrol engine or a 1.5L diesel engine, a Mini Cooper S that comes with the 2.0L petrol engine producing 192PS of power and 300Nm of torque, and the new Mini Cooper SD that comes with a 2.0L diesel engine developing 170PS of power and 360Nm of torque. Whichever Mini you'll be choosing, it's always going to be a good one and if by good, I mean wise.

For pricing, the new Mini 5-door starts at 18,350 Euros, almost a thousand more than the 3-door version and almost a thousand more than the Audi A1 Sportback, so should you buy one for yourself? Make your choice...

Photo: MINI

Let's Do The News! - September 30, 2014

The big scoop today...

- With so many trespassers breaching through the heightened security of the White House in Washington DC, the capitol of the United States, the Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, is scheduled to answer most of the solons' questions about why it wasn't well-guarded against trespassers.

- The CDC says that about 10 children from the USA were hospitalized between August 9 and September 28 with a mysterious limb paralysis that health officials say that this is not caused by the polio.

- The Sarangani Energy Corporation is almost finishing the construction of a coal power plant that is capable to supply 105MW to the Mindanao regions in late 2015.

- Daihatsu teases a new kind of kei minivan that is set for November debut but could it be a production version of the Deca Deca concept?!



- HE'S COMING! Lord Eddard Stark from the HBO hit TV series Game Of Thrones has spawned a 1/6th scale figure from Good Smile Company. Available this February, he's yours for just 16,800 Japanese Yen before tax. A must have for the Game of Thrones fans!

Game of Thrones Eddard Stark
action figure

- Yet another pointless KanColle stuff coming out from the press as Good Smile Company announced two new 1/8th scale figures of battleships Mutsu and Nagato. Yes, they're from a browser game mostly blabbered by otakus with no anime on sight before next year but both of these figures will go on sale this February starting at 15,000 Japanese Yen ($150) before tax each.

Nagato

Mutsu

- Last weekend, there was a fashion show happened at SM Mall of Asia and it's called The Naked Truth presented by wardrobe label Bench. In one part of the fashion show, there was Coco Martin pulling along a lady on a leash while on the runway. This part sparked fury from the online community and Bench issued an apology from last weekend's fashion show.

- The villain plane from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, the SU-47 Grabacr, and the hero plane from Ace Combat 6, the F-15E Garuda 1, will be spawned into model kits courtesy from Hasegawa as part of the limited edition Ace Combat lineup of model kit planes inspired from the hit video game franchise.

- The F22 Raptor, the US Air Force's fifth-generation fighter aircraft, made its combat debut with its first air strike on enemy ground in the ongoing fight against the ISIS.

- Looks like Richard Hammond's going to be disappointed when he sees this: a Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar just got barbecued at a gas station in Toronto, Canada. Ouch...

ACE COMBAT INFINITY & SERIES MUSIC BEST

ACE COMBAT Infinity & Series Music Best

Time to start the briefing.

Launched in mid-May 2014, Ace Combat Infinity is the series' first-ever free-to-play flight shooting game made exclusively for the Playstation3. Whether if its a veteran mercenary or a battle-shy rookie, Ace Combat Infinity pits players behind the cockpit of some of the world's best aircrafts from the F22 Raptor, F14 Tomcat, F15 Strike Eagle, Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale, Mirage 2000, T50, or any other well-known aircrafts in history as well as fictitious ones as seen in numerous installments such as the Morgan from The Belkan War and the ASF-X Shinden II from Assault Horizon. Over 1.5 million users have been downloaded this F2P flight shooting game and engage in either campaign or online co-ops as well as the weekly challenges where prizes include special aircrafts, new emblems, research reports, or other prizes.

Ace Combat Infinity is just warming this series up as the Ace Combat franchise reaches is 20th anniversary next year since the first Ace Combat game launched in the original PlayStation since the summer of 1995. It was followed by Ace Combat 2 in 1997, Ace Combat 3 Electrosphere in 1999, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies for the PS2 in 2001, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War in 2004, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War in 2006 as well as Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception for the PSP, Ace Combat 6: 解放への戦火 (Fires of Liberation) for the XBOX 360 in 2007, Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion for the iPhone in 2009, Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault for the PSP in 2010, Ace Combat Assault Horizon for the PS3 and XBOX 360 in 2011, and Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble for the 3DS in 2012.

As the series reaches is 20th birthday, there is now a special album featuring the best of Ace Combat. This 2-disc CD features a hand-picked selection of the best BGMs heard throughout the franchise as well as the Infinity Remix versions of Shattered Skies' Comona, Stonehenge, Invincible Fleet, and Blue Skies. And there's more. For a limited time, when they bought this CD, there's a product code where users can receive a special "Guitar Nuggets" emblem and 5 stocked fuel for use in the Ace Combat Infinity game. It is said that whoever has the Guitar Nuggets emblem on their planes will have the color of the missile smoke turned yellow. It maybe showy but this emblem shows everyone that you are a big fan of the Ace Combat BGMs.

Also, recon suggests that this is an ebten exclusive so you can't find it anywhere else and it's priced at 2,900 Japanese Yen.

TRACK LISTINGS:

Disc 1:

1) Blockade
2) Comona (INFINITY Remix)
3) Invincible Fleet (INFINITY Remix)
4) Stonehenge (INFINITY Remix)
5) The Northern Eye
6) Operation Bunker Shot
7) Rex Tremendae
8) Megalith - Agnus Dei -
9) First Flight (Arranged ACE COMBAT 04 "Blockade")
10) Rendezvous
11) Ice Cage
12) The Unsung War
13) The Journey Home "ACE COMBAT 5 Ending Theme"
14) GLACIAL SKIES
15) MAYHEM
16) THE DEMON OF THE ROUND TABLE
17) ZERO
18) EPILOGUE - NEAR THE BORDER -
19) Blue Skies (Remix)

Disc 2:

1) Ace Combat 6 Main Theme
2) The Liberation of Gracemeria
3) A Brand New Day
4) Rising High
5) Fire Youngman
6) Dynapolis
7) Linkage
8) Replay
9) Montage
10) Revelation
11) Metropolitan
12) Fighter's Honor (Flying Remix)
13) Rebirth From Sand Storm
14) Keep Alive
15) Release
16) Release (Trailer Remix)
17) Gotta Stay Fly
18) Blue Skies (INFINITY Remix)
19) GH (Unpublished Track)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Let's Do The News! (September 29, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines commemorated their first year anniversary on commemorated their victory on the Zamboanga Siege last year, the siege when government troops fought and defeated Muslim rebels in Zamboanga City.

- The Sandiganbayan third division rejected the request of Gigi Reyes to have her own laptop and Wi-Fi in jail as she stands trail for plunder over the PDAF scam.

- In an effort to ease out pollution in the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has proposed advancing the implementation of Euro 4 fuel standards by June 2015 and the idea of junking out old cars that are 15 years of age.

- It's that time of the year again when the world's finest sportscars have been gathered for the World's Greatest Drag Race as part of Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car. For the fourth time, the GT-R NISMO takes on the Fiesta ST, the new WRX STi, the BMW i8, the BMW M4, the new 911 Turbo, the F-Type Coupe, the Camaro Z/28, the Alfa Romeo 4C, and the VW GTi. Who will win, watch this clip and find out!



- The 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Kompressor is the highlight for this week's Jay Leno's Garage webisode. Check it out!



- There is a detuned version of the McLaren 650S that is available exclusively for the Asia-Pacific region, known as the 625C. As the name implies, the 3.8L turboengine is 25PS less than the 650S but mobility and stability are fine-tuned thanks to its ProActive Chassis Control.

2015 McLaren 625C

- Honda to display a near-production Civic Type R Concept at October's Paris Motor Show. Again, ignore this. It's not for Japan market. We're not going to talk about it.

2014 Honda Civic Type R Concept

- HAVE YOU TRIED THIS? There's a new Asphalt game and it's a spin-off to the wildly successful mobile racing game. Asphalt OVERDRIVE is the first ever spin-off from the franchise where you can outrun the cops, defeat bosses, avoid obstacles, perform impressive stunts, and more in an 80's style California. It's available for free on the App Store or Google Play.

- Area 88 meets Ace Combat Infinity as there's going to be a special collaboration event happening on the PS3-exclusive free-to-play flight shooting game this 3rd of October to the 14th of October, 2014. There's a special mini-ranking challenge where you can win Shin Kazama's F-20A plane as well as other prizes. Also, keep an eye out for special item drops where you can win special aircraft inspired from Area 88.

TTFN!!!

Renault Twingo III

2015 Renault Twingo

This is the brand new Renault Twingo and it's now on its third generation for Renault's city car that is small enough to do big things even rodents can't do in their spare time. Judging by the looks of it, the new Twingo isn't as good looking as the previous one and what shocked previous Twingo owners looking for an upgrade, the new model is now transformed from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive and the engine is now sitting on its bum rather than on the tummy or in the face. Which means, this compact car is now comes with the same layout as a Porsche 911 because the 911 has a reputation of having its engine placed on the butt.

A hatchback with an engine on the back? Wow, that was a rare sight and I wonder how does it perform well as a tiny car with a big attitude? I'll just talk about that later but for now, let's take a look on the outside first.

It may not be as good looking as the previous generation but the new Twingo is better looking than the first generation, which is the one with the hideous-looking frog eyes that is as creepy as French cars look in the 90's. Renault says that this new boxy look draws inspirations from the two concept cars; namely the Twin'Run Concept and the Twin-Z Concept but whatever you ask, don't think this is more of a spiritual successor to the ancient Renault 5 because both of them are from a totally different league in a totally different time. What's also bizarre is that unlike it's predecessors, the brand new Twingo is now available exclusively as a 5-door judging from the implementation of the secret rear doors that provides access to the rear seats.

2015 Renault Twingo interior
On the inside view, it's not so bad to look at considering that the top-range models will feature a sat-nav for the first time on the Twingo plus Renault's R-Link telematics system. The speedo's now change featuring a very high-tech digital thingy on the middle that tells the driver the fuel consumption, temperature, distance travelled, blah blah blah... And even though it's shorter than the old one, the added wheelbase makes it more roomier for your mates at the back.

Because it's an RR compact and the engine's on the back, you might think that it has room on the front, just like what Porsches and Ferraris do but no. There is little room in the front trunk because of such sizing and because this is rear-wheel drive, the rear boot space really suffers a bit, meaning you don't get to put a certain Ross Kemp on it just like what the previous Twingo did.

The new Twingo isn't like the 5 Turbo or the Clio V6 where the engine occupies the entire back room because for a small car with a 911-ish layout, the engine is located under the boot floor rather than exposing it like what the 5 Turbo and the Clio V6 do. That sounds genius but I had greater fears about putting stuff above the boot floor where the engine is placed under but let's put this fear under consideration for us so in the meantime, the performance.

2015 Renault Twingo

Now you may have wondering how the heck did Renault managed to made a rear-wheel drive city and the main reason why is that possible isn't from Renault but a joint collaboration from Germany's Daimler. Yes, Daimler's collaboration is the main point because thanks to the new Twingo's rear-wheel drive layout, it served as the basis for the next-generation smart car, namely the forfour and the fortwo compacts. These compacts are all developed by Renault and Daimler engineers at Renault's Parisian technical center.

Despite being a rear-wheel drive, the new Twingo feels so mild to drive. You don't get oversteering but it feels so agile, so quiet, so tight, and so nimble in all the right barrels and to explain what I'm on about, kindly refer this to Ridge Racer's Wild Gang. The Wild Gang. It's that little compact with a mild handling but you get the idea while driving the Twingo because...it's like that Wild Gang I mentioned.

For engine choices, there is a 1.0L petrol engine that produces 70PS of power and a smaller and turbocharged 0.9L petrol engine that delivers 20PS more than the bigger one but with lesser emissions as well. For the transmission, it has a 5-speed manual gearbox that does pretty decent in shifting gears, which is nice.

2015 Renault Twingo

So, should you buy it? The new Twingo starts at 10,800 Euros, which is more expensive than the modern city cars of today, especially the Peugeot 108 and the Citroen C1, but let's remember, this is a rear-wheel drive hatchback and you can have fun in the Twingo as much as you like as long as you need to take good care of it, no matter the outcome.

Available Colors: Blanc Cristal, Rouge Flamme, Bleu Pacifique, Noir Etoile, Brun Cappuccino, Bleu Dragee, and Jaune Eclair.

Photo: Renault

The Family Guy Simpsons Crossover episode


This is the first time I've ever witness two of Fox's hilarious animated comedies colliding with each other into one very special episode the whole world ever experienced since...well you know.

The Simpsons, one of the world's animated comedy greats that has been around for 25 years now, and Family Guy, even called a rip-off, it's Seth MacFarlane's biggest attempt to create a TV show that drives people crazy with its toilet humor, strong-ish language, sexual fantasies, and numerous references from other stuff. Now, what happens when they combine these two? The result, in all-out clash of two cartoon comedy greats showing who's boss, although there are a few trespassers popped out during this episode.

And yes, our dream of seeing Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson in a fistfight has finally came true. We've been waiting for this right moment to come in this special episode.

(sigh) I hope that's enough about that. One Family Guy Simpsons crossover is enough for us to satisfy our love for these shows.

Wow Mali! - September 28, 2014

On the September 28, 2014 episode of WOW MALI LAKAS NG TAMA!

- POGI POINTS: On this episode, the POGI POINTS are initiating the compatibility test or face a very wet consequence!

- EMOTE CONTROL - On this episode's EMOTE CONTROL, a celeb's foot massage is facing a bigger problem on foot!



- SIGN KA NATAWA? - The folks from Wow Mali showcased some funny signs around the nation!



- MALINTADONG PINOY - The boys are showing off their crazy talents for the televiewers!

- PHONE-AKIP BUTAS - Looks like girlfriend has cheated on her boyfriend and now he's blaming YOU!



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Doctor Who S08E06

Doctor Who S08E06

This has probably one of the most mind-blowing episodes in this season because not only the battle to save Coal Hill from the imminent doom caused by a menacing robot called the Skovox Blitzer but it's the fateful encounter between The Doctor, Clara Oswald, and Danny Pink that got the viewers amazed.

Looks like The Doctor encountered himself a new gadget and it's an invisibility watch. At the touch of the bottom, the wearer will render him into stealth camouflage, but that gadget's too much when the Blitzer heavily spotted The Doctor empty-handed.

However, the Blitzer follow orders without question and while The Doctor managed to imitate as its superior using a clever gadget he made, he managed to shut the Blitzer down by command and send it back to space.

That episode really is action-packed and looks like that love story between Clara and Danny is starting to come unraveled.

Here's the BTS from this episode:



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