Saturday, August 28, 2010

Heiwa to Kazuhira no Blues - What is it all about?

I saw something added on the line-up of MGSPW items:

If I look down on that page, I noticed that Peace Walker will have a Drama CD as what Hideo Kojima announced earlier that month. It's not just a Drama CD, they'll also have two character songs included, plus BGMs never before released in the Original Soundtrack.

Two character songs will be led by Akio Otsuka (as Snake) and Tomokazu Sugita (as Kazuhira "Kaz" Miller), so if you guys haven't heard of it, this will come out on this CD this fall.

Akio Otsuka, as Snake, will sing "Showa Blues" and Tomokazu Sugita, as Miller, will sing "Minato no Yoko Yokohama Yokosuka", making fans more interesting.

Hope I can pre-order that CD...

....Baklang Grasa once again...

Last night's Bubble Gang hit us with gags telling them "why did they stopped doing things in the bed?", a news report regarding some we called it "kontra sarili", how do soldiers say when one soldier is down, a little girl meets an orphaned little girl, abducted woman hiding in the closet (?), MoyMoy Palaboy and Roadfill gone heavy metal on IyoTube (please tell me what title of the song played on that segment), a puppet for a make-up, and some MMK-style drama.

On that night's episode, you've guessed it, another Oily and Greasy misfit in Baklang Grasa. In that part, Oily and Greasy compete in a beauty pageant (that is, oh come on, a pageant for beggars, LOL).

Guess Oily and Greasy never been funny than the highly intellectual beggars from "Muchas Grasas".

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Suzuki New Swift (ZC72S)

2011 Suzuki Swift (ZC72S)

Slated for Japanese sales this September, the sixth-generation Suzuki Swift (Third-generation in the JDM category) was made to be an honest eco-car not just for Japan, but also for the rest of Asian and European markets. While the Swift Sports variant is just an issue of the past, most Suzuki enthusiasts will have to make do with just the regular version. The Swift's exterior was just an improved look of the previous generation with the side view that is similar to the Nissan Juke. On the rear view, the new Swift achieved a sexier curve, leaving the Toyota Passo and the Nissan March wave their white flags because the new Swift's attractive design beats the odds of these Japanese compacts.

On the inside, the Swift uses the interior found on Suzuki's medium sedan, the Kizashi. Once you get inside on the new Swift, you might have a split-second decision which is which because the Swift's interior is similar to the Kizashi. Who knows, this Kizashi-style interior will be outfitted to future Suzuki models as we say it.

With its styling cues, the new Suzuki Swift comes with the breakthrough K12B engine that produces a power output of 91PS/6,000rpm and the torque output of 12.0kg・m/4,800rpm. When armed with the 5-speed manual, the fuel efficiency will be 21.0km/L but with the CVT equipped on the new Swift, the fuel efficiency reaches to an optimum 23.0km/L. Not bad for an eco-car, outwitting the fuel efficiency of the Toyota Passo, but not well enough to fight the Nissan March because its fuel efficiency is way beyond compare.

My thoughts about the Swift:
With this compact having just the decent details, and with the Swift Sports variant coming very very soon, this Swift was made to be a decent competitor to the new Toyota Passo and the new Nissan March. Think about it, will Suzuki Philippines bring the new Swift here? The answer has a 60:40 fold, it may or it may not come but this compact is a perfect alternative to the Toyota Yaris and the Honda Jazz (Fit in other countries). Oh the contrary, you do not need to show her how the Swift's paddle shifters work, because she knows how you handle the new Swift well. The new Suzuki Swift will be available in Japan this September and the rest of the world sometime.

Photo: Suzuki Motor Corporation

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Gemballa re-birth

Despite Uwe Gemballa's whereabouts still unknown yet, Gemballa starts over from day one thanks to the new owner named Andreas Schwarz.

Full scoop:

AWWRIGHT! It's good to have our favorite Porsche tuner back on track thanks to its replacement owner.

With Gemballa's back, they're now working on tuning more Porsche cars, as well as the new Cayenne models.

I wonder what will the new Gemballa do with the new Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid? Find out soon!

...and oh, it's good to have the Gemballa brand back, despite the owner still missing.

Photo: Porsche

Kaichou Wa Maid Sama! Maid Latte Songs

Kaichou Wa Maid Sama! Maid Latte Songs

Don't worry, it's not the omuraisu with the words Misaki Ayuzawa squirted it out with ketchup and says ウザイ (uzai, annoying) in front on the TV sets, this is way better than her trademark tsundere omuraisu. Geneon Universal Entertainment presents the Maid Latte Songs from the hit anime, Kaichou Wa Maid Sama! (日本名: 会長はメイド様!) This CD is packed with six Maid Latte songs that will bring listeners straight to the Maid Latte and take a gander on Misaki Ayuzawa's tsundere omuraisu. First track led by Misaki Ayuzawa (CV: Ayumi Fujimura), the second will led by Satsuki (CV: Aki Toyosaki), number three will led by Honoka (CV: Kana Asumi), track four will led by Subaru (CV: Kana Ueda), the fifth will led by Erika (CV: Mariya Ise), and the last will be all of the Maid Latte maids. Does it ring a bell? Maybe I would take an order of one omuraisu and tell her to write down how does she feel and it will say ウザイ (uzai, annoying). This is a must-have for the Maid-sama fan.

Letter from a teenager regarding the bloody terror happened since August 23 (and a big thanks to...)

August 23, 2010. This date marks the bloody terror of a hostage taker (a former cop) taking siege on the bus full of Chinese tourists from Hong Kong. Now that Hong Kong issued a travel warning against the Philippines (would other countries follow the same fate as Hong Kong?), most people, local and foreign, would never forget such a bloody terror that sparked a worldwide attention.

Hours after the bloody terror, a Filipino teenager wrote a letter regarding what would the Philippines happen after the incident.

As you are reading this letter, I bet that you have seen/heard about what happened earlier in our country.

Tourists were hostages of a policeman here, Rolando Mendoza. After a few hours of the horrible crime, some of the victims were dead including the hostage-taker.

I wrote this letter not just to apologize but also to let everyone know that we Filipinos are not all like Mendoza. We are loving and good-hearted people.

For so many years, our country has been standing tall and surpassing every dilemma; be it small or big. Years ago (back when I wasn’t born yet), you have watched us fight for what we think is right. We fought for the democracy of our nation.. The EDSA revolution. But that’s just one out of many.

Second. We Filipinos have been serving other countries for our families and we treat you as our own as well. With all due respect, I thank you all for giving us the trust through the years. For helping us to become what we are now.

The Philippines is more than just a group of islands. We are a nation of strong and remarkable people. A country of beauty and love known to be hospitable and well-valued. I humbly apologize for what happened tonight. No one in this world would want something like that to happen for life should be valued.

I politely ask the attention of the world. Please do not judge and mistreat us just because of what happened tonight. I have been searching the net and found terrible things. Hong Kong advices to avoid travels here, China and HK bans Filipinos and that Philippines is the worst place to go.

I can’t blame you for what you have decided but I hope that you could understand. Our country is now in a sea of problems. And I know for sure that we helped you in a way or another. Let peace and understanding reign this time.

I know that this letter will just be trash but I wish that you would understand. On behalf of the Philippine population.. WE ARE SORRY.

As a song puts it…

And I believe that in my life I will see an end to hopelessness, giving-up and suffering. And we all stand together this one time then no one will get left behind. Stand up for life. STAND UP FOR LOVE

Sincerely yours,

Reigno Jose Dilao

Just what he said, we, Filipinos, are not like the ex-cop turned hostage taker, and we are apologizing for the loss. It's not our fault.

Despite all this, on the lighter side, I would like to give thanks to Ms. Philippines, Maria Venus Raj. She was one of the top 5 contestants of the Ms. Universe pageant happened yesterday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

Hmm... 4th-runner-up. Not bad. Still, she was one of the top 5, which Ms. Mexico, Jimena Navarrete took the no. 1 spot and henceforth she's the champion.


At least Ms. Philippines made it on the top 5! Hooray!

From a bloody hostage crisis, to a Philippine beauty made it on one of the top 5 candidates, here's to show that in the Philippines, there is beauty outside the battle.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Melai's tips to prevent carjacking....

On last night's Banana Split; a showbiz edition of Balitang Siksik covered most on the latest in Philippine showbiz or spoofing it, jokes involve on robbery and hardware store, another Pinoy-Italian-Japanese sentence-swapping on Tongue Tarang Tongue, and Melai Cantiveros' crazy tips to prevent carjacking on the segment called M3: Melai Mo Magwork. On that segment, Melai told us five crazy but working tips to prevent a bad case of carjacking.

5. Find an old car and paint it like a cop car. (Would that be possible?)

4. Park a car next to a car more expensive than your car. (Eh?)

3. Place a fake bomb on the car. If a carnapper hijacks a car, he might run away, thinking there's a bomb ready to blow! (If I own a car, where would I buy such a novelty item?)

2. When you leave a car, be sure to bring the steering wheel with you. (Hey, you quoted that part from Mr. Bean)

and 1. Wear fishnet stockings on your head and when the carnapper tries to steal it, he thinks you were one of the carnappers. (Eh? But how?)

Those tips are weird but M3 (Melai Mo Magwork) if used effectively.
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