Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Forza Motorsport 7: Alfa Romeo Julie Quad Bike something...

The Giulia is one of the most important Alfa Romeos in their revitalization plan, so important, it became the subject of delayed launch dates because of design issues and I'm delighted to say that it's finally arrived in Forza Motorsport 7 via the Samsung QLED TV Car Pack.

Quite a long overdue for the producers to feature this newest Alfa Romeo in a Forza game, eh? Better late than never as they said but anyway, what is the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

One of the most important Alfa Romeos in their revitalization plan, the Giulia name have been revived as the first rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo in history since 75. It was the first to wear the new Alfa Romeo badge in honor of the company's 105th anniversary when it was presented on a special event in the summer of 2015 before it went on sale a year later.

The most potent version is the Quadrifoglio which comes with AlfaTM Torque Vectoring, Active Aero Splitter, Chassis Domain Control, a carbon-fiber propshaft, carbon-fiber roof, a carbon-fiber bonnet, limited-slip differential, the most direct steering in its segment, a choice of either manual six-speed gearbox the new eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo Petrol Engine that propels it to a top speed of 307 km/h, and from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds. This saloon lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 32 seconds.

In Top Gear Season 24 Episode 2, Chris Harris reviews the Giulia, much to the dismay of Rory Reid setting challenges for him, including "The Wall". When handed to The Stig, it set a 1:21.4 lap time.

I kind of admit that the Giulia is not a pretty-looking car because the face kind of reminiscent of a Wolseley while it's difficult to get out of the front than in the back. That's some faults but this is how human qualities best describe and despite its faults, this Alfa Romeo is different than what we thought today and because it was engineered by the same person behind the magnificent Ferrari 458 supercar, it has some Ferrari genes into this Italian M3 beater, making it very unique to experience how the Giulia reacts more than the German high-performance saloons. Of course, it's surprisingly nice to drive on the road even in Sport Mode but out on the track however...

On the track, the Giulia is a masterpiece and the more you drive it, the more you're going to love it because of its direct steering and while some say that this is a BMW M3 for morons, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is by no surprise an exciting sports saloon with the heart and soul of an Alfa Romeo in the same way you experienced it on the 4C, which is a brilliant sports coupe a true petrolhead would want to drive. I've been waited to drive this powerful Alfa saloon and now, here I am, driving one out of my jealous belief and because all of my eagerness paid off, time for a little challenge.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio recently lapped the Top Gear track in 1:21.4 so my challenge is to beat that time as fast as I can.

In the end, I did a 1:25.268, about four seconds more than what The Stig set in real-life. I don't know, probably it's getting damp or moist out there, I don't really know but I tried and I'm starting to believe that I love this Alfa more than any other high-performance saloons.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio transforms from a car which is brilliant into something that is sensation and as some say that you can't be a true petrolhead without driving an Alfa Romeo, this is the one true petrolheads have been waiting for, well some would go for 4C, but nevertheless, it's been an honor to drive Alfa Romeo's premiere high-performance saloon the world has been demanding for. It's a dream come true, really. It is.

Speaking of which...

See something special I done with the Giulia? Hmm? Take a guess...

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Trump designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

The United States designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in a symbolic move aimed at increasing pressure on the regime over its nuclear weapons program.

US President Donald Trump made the announcement at the White House, returning North Korea to a list of nations in almost a decade.

The designation is the latest in a series of steps Washington has taken to isolate the North and force it to come to the negotiation table over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

He said the US Treasury Department will announce the additional sanctions soon which he promised will be of the "highest level".

The US President ended his remarks by urging North Korea to be lawful and bring an end to its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile developments.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News (November 21, 2017)

- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not attend the impeachment proceeding against her despite the invitation from Congress authorized her legal counsel to represent her.

- According to a recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations, 6 out of 10 Filipinos ready to help Marawi victims.

- The Supreme Court are holding oral arguments on the consolidated petitions challenging the Duterte administration's bloody war on drugs.

- Officials have urged authorities to hunt down a militant named Abu Dar who had reportedly relocated to the Unayan area in Lanao Del Sur.

- The FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is set to unveil plans to cannibalize Title II and fully repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules on Tuesday, local time, ahead of the expected vote next month.

- The Lincoln MKC has been facelifted for the 2019 model year.

2019 Lincoln MKC

- Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of the Rurouni Kenshin series, was charged with child pornography possession. He allegedly owned DVDs with footage of girls in early teens.

- Your first look on the upcoming film, A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling.


Monday, November 20, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Aftershocks in Pohang continue

Aftershocks continue to rattle the southeastern city in South Korea following the M5.4 quake last Wednesday. Just this morning, residents there felt a M3.6 aftershock, a matter of hours after they experienced a M3.7 quake before midnight Sunday.

So far, over 50 aftershocks have been recorded, leaving thousands of residents staying at nearby shelters. Some 2,000 houses have been damaged by numerous quakes.

The country's second-strongest tremor and a series of aftershocks that hit the port city on Wednesday have left 498 public properties destroyed. Other damaged buildings include 79 public offices and parks, and 23 port facilities and seven roads.

Meanwhile, the Korean government confirmed that suspected bird flu case was found to be highly pathogenic. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs said that the AI discovered a day earlier on a duck farm in Gochang, Jeollabuk-do Province, some 300km southwest of Seoul, tested positive as a highly pathogenic strain of H5N6.

Some 12,000 animals on the farm have been slaughtered. Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has instructed related government ministries to cooperate closely, adding that detailed government measures will be announced soon.

This is Korea's first bird flu case in five months since the government confirmed the previous outbreak in July.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News (November 20, 2017)

- According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, a group of foreign jihadists have joined the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in North Cotabato. Meanwhile, they are ready to act on President Duterte's plan to issue the proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army as terrorists.

- Embattled Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno challenged Associate Justice Teresita de Castro, who was reported to be a possible witness against her.

- President Rodrigo Duterte apologized for the inconvenience caused by the detachment of the Metro Rail Transit coach from a train in Makati last week. Initial investigation revealed that the “messma card” from the detached train cars was missing, fueling suspicions that the incident was caused by human intervention. Earlier, the President is set to fire next week government officials who have been traveling abroad without necessary travel order released by his office.

- US President Donald Trump says he should have three UCLA players in Chinese prison. The latest tweet from the President comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release in comments to ESPN.

- Celebrating Mass with poor people in the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis yesterday denounced those who dismiss poverty as "not my business" and defined indifference to the needy as a "great sin."

- Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe defied calls to quit Sunday, saying he will preside over a ruling party congress in December in an announcement that could trigger impeachment proceedings this week and more protests demanding his ouster.

- Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the family cult that murdered Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, died Sunday in a Bakersfield, California hospital at the age of 83.

- Mercedes-Benz teases the next-generation CLS-Class ahead of its LA Auto Show world premiere.

- ICYMI: Two new clips for the upcoming season of Amazon's The Grand Tour sees that The American and the Celebrity Brain Crash segment will not return in this season. So what?

- Selena Gomez's performance at this year's American Music Awards draw criticisms from social media, claiming she lip synced. She's one of the many female performers dominating the Microsoft Theater stage on the awards ceremony, even though they're not nominees.


2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - Ford EcoBoost 400

Homestead-Miami Raceway, the final destination of the Monster Energy NASCAR Championship and where the trail of the Championship 4 ends there as Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski are going all out to show the world who will be worthy of the trophy.

It's also where the trail of Dale Earnhardt Jr ends following his shocking announcement that he will retire from NASCAR after this season and following his announcement, most of his sponsors are paying tribute to the #88. Other than Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch is not signing up for next year's season while Matt Kenseth announces he will step away from this sport indefinitely. Recently, Danica Patrick, the only female driver in NASCAR, sadly announced her departure from being a full-time driver but she will drive for next year's Daytona 500.

With all that emotional farewell from some of the well-known drivers going on, let's recap on what's happening in the final leg of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series;

In Lap 60, Jimmie Johnson's car faces light damage from the right side and he's off to the pits for new tires. In Lap 80, Kyle Larson wins Stage 1 but Keselowski's leading in the Championship 4. In Lap 142, Danica Patrick's career came to a fiery end when she collided with the wall and later hit by a car behind her, causing her car to burst flames and she's out. In Lap 160, Larson nabs another stage win but Martin Truex Jr. leads the Championship 4.

At the end of this 400-mile race in Homestead-Miami, the winner of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup is Martin Truex Jr. The 37-year-old driver has turned his tragedy into triumph as he did it for his team owner, who suffered heart attack, and for his long-time girlfriend, who struggles with ovarian cancer.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who now retires from this sport and an impressive career, managed to say kind words to Truex Jr.

Thank you Dale Earnhardt Jr., for your impressive career in NASCAR history and may our paths cross someday. And congratulations to Martin Truex Jr. for winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series!

Before Martin Truex Jr.'s win at this cup, this weekend's champions are Christopher Bell for the Camping World Truck Series and William Byron for the xfinity series.

And that is the end of this NASCAR season! See you in Daytona this February!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How to dress as Nate or Hailey Anne

The world of Yo-Kai Watch can be downright hilarious and downright messy if you are either Nate (with Jibanyan and Whisper alongside) or Hailey Anne (with USApyon alongside) but because of your Yo-Kai Watch, you might be able to find the spirits causing so many mess in the human world faster than Whisper flicking his Yo-Kai Pad endlessly. Let's admit it, we're all fans of Level 5's popular video game franchise that spawned a TV anime series, a plethora of toys, movies that come out every holiday season, and the dance steps that became the trending topic in every Japanese household.


We always wanted to dress as one of the Yo-Kai Watch users as seen in the games and the TV series because if we're the ones to blame the supernatural for everyday nuisance, we've come to the right spot and today, it's time for me, your honorary Whisper of the day, will show you how to dress as the stars of Yo-Kai Watch.

As Nate:

Keita Amano (or Nate) is an average kid who became a Yo-Kai Watch user after his fateful encounter with the so-called Yo-Kai butler Whisper after releasing him from a mysterious vending machine while he was busy catching bugs in the summer. With the Yo-Kai Watch, Nate can encounter different kinds of Yo-Kais making too much trouble in the human world.

Because of the change in times, I decided to pick Nate's current costume as seen in the current Yo-Kai Watch series, especially the YW3 Sushi/Tempura/Sukiyaki games, but he wears two kinds of outfits depending on the season so let's begin with...

  • First, get a brown hair and make sure it's as spiky as Nate's.
  • In the current series, Nate wears a sky blue shirt, and a red short-sleeved polo shirt with a star on each sleeve. Feel free to recreate that look.
  • Then, get some beige pants and then trim it to about 80% coverage. Feel free to add some bits on each side if you wish.
  • As for footwear, it has to be brown, short boots.
  • To complete the look, you'll need the toy replica of the Yo-Kai Watch DREAM. Of course, you can pick whatever Yo-Kai Watch you want, even the old Yo-Kai Watch U Prototype toy but the Yo-Kai Watch DREAM is my recommendation to this look. For optional consideration; buy the new Crystal Treasure skin for the Yo-Kai Watch DREAM in case you're going to summon a mystery legend.
  • OPTIONAL: Get a plush toy of either Whisper, Jibanyan, or both.
  • Like the last one, get a brown hair and make sure it's as spiky as Nate's.
  • There are three upper outfits on this getup; a black-and-white striped T-shirt, a white hoodie without a zipper, and a red jacket with some zipper on it. Be sure to have those in the shopping list while you can but the white hoodie can be a tricky find.
  • After that, get some green cargo trousers that matches his.
  • Shoes? Blue Converse shoes. Sort of...
  • Like before, any Yo-Kai Watch replica toy but the Yo-Kai Watch DREAM is the recommendation. And as an option; a Yo-Kai plush of either Whisper, Jibanyan, or both.

As Hailey Anne:

Inaho Misora (or Hailey Anne) is a proper sci-fi geek and anime otaku who first encountered USApyon in a middle of the alleyway when the space watch toy she bought at the store was actually a Yo-Kai Watch. With Hailey Anne and USApyon as partners, they've been through different adventures such as how to build a rocket, solving mysteries like detectives, drawing attention from the FBY agents, and more. Deep down, she can be a real pain in Nate's back side because she's a Yo-Kai Watch user like him and they can be the fiercest of rivals, if you may.

Like Nate, Hailey Anne wears two different outfits depending on the season so let's begin with...

  • Short, puffy, and purplish. That's what describe Hailey Anne's hair like so feel free to recreate her hairstyle. Oh, and don't forget her glasses.
  • Hailey Anne wears a sky blue T-shirt and a pink cardigan so put that in your shopping list if you are going to dress as her.
  • Below, Hailey Anne wears a beige and short A-line skirt and some blue leggings. Add that to the list as well.
  • Lastly, you'll going to need some yellow shoes to finish the look or not because you're going to need one last thing...
  • In the TV show, she uses a Yo-Kai Watch U Prototype. Feel free to find a toy replica of her Yo-Kai Watch online and for optional consideration, the VersionU2 skin for the Yo-Kai Watch U Prototype toy.
  • OPTIONAL: Hailey Anne's partner Yo-Kai is some space otter named USApyon and if you're going to be like her, you're going to need a plush toy of her Yo-Kai partner.
  • Like before, get a purple hair and make sure it's short and puffy, just like Hailey Anne's.
  • On the top, be sure to wear a sky blue sweater and a pink long jacket but make sure it's not too puffy, not too long, or not too leathery. It's about as similar as Hailey Anne's.
  • Below, she wears a short, brownish A-line skirt that is now over the knee and then, some dark red leggings. Be sure to have those alongside the ones on the top.
  • As for shoes, you're going to need some short gray boots for this.
  • Like before, a Yo-Kai Watch U Prototype toy and an optional VersionU2 skin for it. Also, the USApyon plush toy if necessary.
...and there you have it. Dressing as one of the Yo-Kai Watch users of the show, you're off for some supernatural shenanigans in case you're off into your next convention or go trick-or-treating but either way, not only you'll look just like one of them but you're ready for some hilarious misadventures with your favorite Yo-Kais!

Photo: Level 5

The Star: The Story of The First Christmas

Every religious people know about The Nativity but no one heard about the unsung heroes of The Nativity until now...sort of because the unsung heroes of The Nativity were...animals and in this animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, we get to know about the other heroes who saved The First Christmas.

The Star

In The Star, we get to know about the unsung heroes of The Nativity, the animals who saved Christmas from a wretched tyrant who wants to gets his hands on the Holy Child. It's about a small donkey who steps out from his comfort zone and into his biggest adventure of his life as he teams up with a sheep named Ruth, a dove named Dave, and some other animals he encounter later on as they set off to follow the Star and save The Nativity.

What we have here is a proper Christmas movie for the religious of families who want something that isn't about snowing, or Santa Claus, or gifts, or whatever Christmas cliche they come across. No. What they really want is a Christmas movie that centers on the true meaning of Christmas in the form of witnessing The Nativity even in the eyes of the animals who became the unsung heroes of The Nativity, no matter what lays ahead with them.

Of course, with all that hilarity ensued like most typical cartoon films we are used to, and its above average potential that will charm moviegoers with their characters, that won't stop moviegoers from watching a proper Christmas movie about the First Christmas, even families who spend their kids binge-watching Superbook all day long before setting off to see this film. With some humor, some potential, and some lessons we can all share it from, The Star is a Christmas flick we can really watch if we had it with those usual Christmas cliche and I think they're on to something here.

My rating: 3.7 out of 5.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fall Back (2017 film)

Fall Back

It's the hump of November and we have another rom-com movie on our sights now at the end of our work day as Star Cinema and CINEKO brings them a new rom-com film starring Zanjoe Marudo, Rhian Ramos, and Daniel Matsunaga, among many others. It's called Fall Back and it's directed by Jason Paul Laxamana.

This film is all about a woman who was feared of getting herself hurt in love but she's always prepared with whatever means necessary in her encounter with her present boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend. Like most rom-com films, it never really hooks the viewers because it can be a tad above average or decent if you may but despite its flaws, this film is a decent view for everyone and they can watch it until the end of the movie, even when they're sleep-deprived or not looking, as long as you have a knowing that watching movie is fun, not for talking about serious stuff because while this movie is not as serious as any Pinoy rom-com movies you are familiar with, it's a good watch and you can really feel some hugot vibes on this movie because being a hugot movie, it really pulls your heart off like a cold comfort in a dark room.

Still, this film has some positivity throughout this hugot-prone rom-com because while it's somewhat above average, it can be somewhat rather nice.

My rating: 3.4 out of 5.

Justice League (2017 film)

Fans of DC Comics have been clamoring that one day, a movie version of the Justice League, which is how you formally call to those Superfriends that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman assembled, will come and it did. Just. So, what's it all about the long-awaited movie adaptation of the Justice League and is it worth the wait in the long line of superhero flicks releasing this decade?

Justice League

DC Comics fan got what they finally deserved as the movie adaptation of Justice League has arrived to show that all superheroes can't save the world alone because differences aside, they fight for one common goal; saving the world. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot are reprising their roles of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, while Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher are all in as The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. Quite an unexpected lineup they're having, eh?

Following the events of last year's Batman vs. Superman film, Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman summoned Diana Princa a.k.a. Wonder Woman to take out a ruthless supervillain from unleashing havoc throughout the world but despite the foundation of the League, they found out that taking this powerful enemy needs a lot more of themselves.

For most DC fans, it's an honor to have a Justice League film in theaters because they feel like they've been humbled to witness the team-up of DC Comics' greatest superheroes ever assembled and that is a dream come true. But for some, it's not like the Justice League they're familiar with. Sure, they have the founding superheroes doing their job saving the day but for some, they should have known better and they've really wish they should need to make more Justice League films to add some more DC heroes on their roster.

The biggest problem of this movie is not just the eye-gluing visuals, the all-seing storyline, and the unexpected thrills this superhero flick delivers. It was sadly the product placement and they've enlisted Mercedes-Benz to show their products on this flick. Annoyingly, they did featured the Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept as one of Bruce Wayne's rides and it has completely ruined it because what's a Gran Turismo car doing in a DC superhero flick? No one knows but even the product placement completely ruined the film's taste for those who have exquisite tastes, you'd be well forgiven that the more this film progresses, the more you're starting to admit that you're going to love the Justice League film right up to the moment when it all goes horribly wrong. Still, it's been a greater honor for those who made the dream of having a Justice League film a living reality and fans are now seeing it with their own eyes.

My rating: 3.9 out of 5.


The Philippines' funniest comedy gag show in history, Bubble Gang, celebrates their 22nd anniversary by taking their brand of comedy to a live audience on the 22nd anniversary special titled BUBBLE GANG PAROKYA BENTE DOS - A LAUGH STORY. A dramatic musical performance starring the Bubble Gang!

In this musical, it's about Buloy (played by Michael V) who wants to be in a show with his favorite actress (played by Kim Domingo) but later failed but not giving up hope to meet her. However, someone's plotting to ruin the actress' reputation. This musical blends drama, suspense, music, and some signature Bubble Gang humor for the masses.

It's great to see the Bubble Gang doing something they've never done to their tenure and that is making a musical about a boy and his dream and I think that's one fantastic idea they've never done in their whole life and they did it with different results while celebrating 22 years of the country's funniest gag show.

Happy 22nd anniversary, Bubble Gang!

Friday, November 17, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Nuke envoys meet in Jeju to continue talks

The top nuclear envoys in South Korea and the United States have started talks on Jeju Island to further discuss ways on how to deal with the North Korea issue.

Meeting for the second time in as many months, South Korea's Lee Do-hoon and his American counterpart Joseph Yun are expected to talk about the roughly  60-day suspension in Pyongyang's missile and nuclear activities.

They are also expected to discuss the results of US President Donald Trump's South Korean visit and Asia, as well as the significance of China sending a special envoy to North Korea.

Two will also attend a joint South Korea-UN conference on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, taking place in Jeju Island.

Source: Arirang News
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