Saturday, February 16, 2013

Let's Do The News! (February 16, 2013)

River's Diary

Right, what's the news today you spoiler-laden TARDIS journal?

Meteorites and Asteroids

I've been awakened by a frightening news that there was some meteorite explosions happened somewhere in Russia and that lead a thousand people injured but no one died by a meteorite explosions. Scientists said that the meteorite explosions happened in Russia has no connection to the Olympic pool sized asteroid that makes a nearest near-miss distance between Earth. I know it's so scary and that made me restless to think about it. Our Father, Lord in Heaven, Hallow Be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Done, Thy Will Be Done...


Oh no, you can bring your media from abroad

Yesterday, there was an article about the Congress passing on the law that prohibits Filipinos from bringing home copies of books, CDs, and DVDs from abroad and the President's got until March 2013 to either sign or veto the law that strangles our right to bring our pasalubong to our friends and family. Oh no, the press said that you are always welcome to bring home more copies of books, compact discs, and digital video discs under a new copyright law that was approved last December. This was a clarification after a journalist blogger wrote about the new RA 8293 that takes away every Filipino's right to bring home kinds of media from abroad.


Chevrolet SS revealed

2014 Chevrolet SS
Pontiac G8 fans, rejoice because its spiritual successor, the Chevrolet SS, has been revealed in production guise and a rebadged version of the 2014 Holden VF Commodore. Its Stock Car version will make its first appearance in NASCAR's DAYTONA 500 match, which signals the first of the NASCAR 2013 Season.

The new SS will be powered by a 6.2L LS3 V8 engine that develops 415HP of power and 415lb-ft of torque while being mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission that can initiate manual shifting via paddle shifters. The SS is one of the quickest sedans in the market because its 0-60mph time takes about five seconds.

It will be on sale in Fall 2013 and I think this new SS will arrive in the Middle East soon as the replacement to the Chevrolet Lumina.


Gallifrey One 2013

The biggest Doctor Who convention in the USA, Gallifrey One, returns and this year promises a bigger one because the year 2013 is the year to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. Running from February 15 to 17, 2013, at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Gallifrey One promises bigger surprises for the American Whovians in LA. Also, there has been special guests from Doctor Who arrived. Guests include Freema Agyeman (DW Companion Martha Jones), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra from The Sarah Jane Adventures), Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian from DW Series 6), Shaun Dingwall (who was Rose's father, Pete), Ian McNeice (who's Winston Churchill from DW Series 5 and 6), Sylvester McCoy (The Seventh Doctor), Neve McIntosh (who was Madame Vastra, the Silurian ally of The Doctor as seen on Series 6 and The Snowmen special), Dalek voice actor Nicholas Briggs, Mark Sheppard (who was Canton Delaware III from Series 6 opener), Daphne Ashbrook (Grace Holloway from the Doctor Who TV movie), Dan Starkey (who played our favorite Sontaran Strax), and many others.

IN THE MEANTIME....LET'S ALL DO THE HARLEM SHAKE, EVERYONE! (I still don't know what Harlem Shake is...)

Renaultsport Clio/Lutecia IV 200 EDC vs. Peugeot 208 GTi

2014 Renaultsport Clio 200 EDC

Welcome everyone to the brand new Renaultsport Clio RS 200 EDC. Renault claims it that this is the most technologically advanced Clio ever made for the enthusiast and by far out of being the most confusing Clio ever made even though it was based on the fourth-generation Clio (Lutecia in the Japanese market).

At first glance, it's no longer a three-door because Renault thrown the world a curve by making it available exclusively as a five-door model and that seems to be odd to be a hot hatchback that turns into a family-oriented machine. How did that happened? Five doors? That seems inappropriate for a car like this and for the worse of it, the hot-hatch favored 6-speed manual has officially dropped and replaced by a dual-clutch transmission called EDC that some say it's relatively quicker to shift than manuals. I know, that's how dual clutch transmissions work but seems to me that it's getting a bit more advanced than being an old-school hot hatchback suitable for the top dog.

There's also another transition to the new Clio because the naturally-aspirated 2.0L engine has now been thrown away for good and replaced with the 1.6L DIG TURBO engine that you may normally find it in the Nissan Juke but for the Renaultsport Clio though, this produces about 200PS of power and 240Nm of torque. 200PS? That's the same as the old 2.0L NA engine it replaces and that could only mean one thing...This new model ain't even BOVVERED. Zero to 100kph takes about 6.7 seconds and flatout in 225kph, meaning that this car is faster than the old model and despite the added doors, this car is 36kg lighter!

2014 Renaultsport Clio 200 EDC

Even with a downsized engine and the transition to a dual-clutch transmission that can be operated via paddle shifters, the new Clio RS 200 EDC really ain't even BOVVERED at all and the way it handles the corners, it sure knows how to corner very well. No matter the kind of corner is, this car ain't even bovvered. It kinda reminded me of a character that ain't even bothered. Face? Look? Bovvered? I AIN'T BOVVERED!!!! He he he he....That gets me all the time. And oh! Something tells me about this new model though. In a coming weeks, there's an app on the Renault's R-Link system and this app mimics the sound of several high-performance engines and plays them back via the car's own loud speakers. There were seven noises available while the three noises were made specifically for this model. There was the Alpine A110 noise which mimics the glory road of the legendary Alpine machine, the Renualt 8 Gordini that mimics the sound of the legendary Gordini, and then the Nissan GT-R noise that brings the sound of Godzilla to the Clio. That seems cool and you can even amuse your friends with that. Ho ho!

2014 Renaultsport Clio 200 EDC
Surprisingly though, this new Clio RS 200 EDC, just like its normal Clio brother, has all of the gadgets that you'll find it more addicting if you're a tech savvy kind of driver and with the new version of the R.S. MONITOR, this is a serious negotiator when you're using it on track days.

Overall, I can always forgive about those transitions, I'm starting to fall in love with this high-performance version. The Renault R-Link is what grabs my attention because I'm a tech-savvy kind of person and this made me addicted to it while thrashing around the new Clio RS EDC on the road or on track days. Guess I'm getting myself a Little Man Syndrome because that car made me turned into a kid in my mind every time I'm getting obsessed with this car.

However, if there's something even more addicting, I wonder, how come there's another hot hatch that is about as addicting as the new Clio RS? Talk to this hot hatch that I'm going to feature it...

2014 Peugeot 208 GTi
This new Peugeot 208 GTi seems to be somewhat an upperclassman's choice if he didn't like the Renault Clio RS EDC. Sure, it has the same 1.6L turbocharged engine as the Clio but unlike the Clio RS that has the dual-clutch, the 208 GTi's best served with an old-school 6-speed manual transmission. Unlike the Clio RS EDC, the 208 GTi is 3-door only and that's what I called it a proper hot hatchback. Amazingly though, while the Clio RS does 225kph, the 208 GTi does 230kph, that's about 5kph quicker than the Clio RS EDC!

The reason why the 208 GTi is quicker than the Clio RS EDC is because it's lighter. With a compact sizing, it seems that the term "small and light" is best describes it. Seems that the 208 GTi tries to win my heart better than the Clio RS EDC and you know what, this car says that it tries to capture the magic and the essence of the legendary 205 GTi, the hot hatch that made Peugeot jumped through a shot of fame in motorsports.

2014 Peugeot 208 GTi interior
By the moment you drive the 208 GTi, you'll get the sort of feeling that it tries to learn the moves that the 205 GTi does in the past decades. Because this car signals the return of the GTi marque on Peugeot and not to be confused on the VW GTi, this would be the trump card for PSA Peugeot-Citroen to get things right in the midst of poor performance in sales, shares, and marketing since the Euro Debt Crisis hit hard on European carmakers. However, can the new 208 GTi work? Spoilers...

2014 Peugeot 208 GTi
You've been given a choice; the Renault Clio RS 200 EDC is a tech-savvy high-performance road runner that is good enough for everyday use because of its five-door exclusivity and it's a track-eater that feels like here comes Pac-Man eating every dot in a maze. The 208 GTi from Peugeot though, it's a very serious machine made for the very serious enthusiast who sometimes his seriousness may wore off completely and become completely nuts when he got enslaved by its tech-savvy gadgetry and performance. So, the question is, which of these two French hot hatches is your pick? You decide...

"Chocolatiest Ever!"

On the February 15, 2013 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Dating gags for those who were spending Valentines

- COMING SOON: The drama's too ugly to cry on... Pangit ka...mas pangit ako

- Mr. Assimo at the laundromat

- Tata Lino's here again to help your life's problems

- Bubble Gang does Bingo cookie sandwhich "Swerti Pimple" commercial by spoofing this ad as DINGO! Chocolatiest ever!

- Brod Pete and friends once again answering your questions on ANG BAGONG DATING DOON!

1) "May nasusulat po ba tungkol sa Chinese New Year?" Best to refer to this song of the year;


2) "Ano po ang mga alam niyo pang maling terms?"

a) Highway - Because Highway supposed to be high but why it was flooded. Good thing the term "Edsa Highway" was been renamed as "Edsa Avenue".

b) What's the difference between Boulevard and Avenue? Avenue is a fancier way to say Boulevard because when shortened, Ave sounds fancy while Boul is a bit lame, weird, awkward...That's why Avenue is a fancy word even when shortened.

c) As we know, we used the word "admit" when the patient's in the hospital while "discharge" when the patient is out of the hospital, then in airport terms; "arrival" is when someone's arrived in the airport and "departure" is when someone's out in the airport. And then, in hotel terms, you have to "check in" and "check out". Maybe "arrival" is supposed to be FLY IN and "departure" is supposed to be FLY OUT.

d) In news regarding car accidents, the word tumaob is used but what if a car involved in a car accident is rolled upside down? That's not tumaob, it's supposed to be tumihaya!

 3) Pusong Bato was sung by a band called Alon but the band name is a bit confusing because it came from the word alone. Alone (pronounced ah-lon) refers to just one but how come it's a band name? ALON? Guess some Bisaya's doing this. What's next? POSONG BATO? Let's find out...


- Whose liar is the best liar? Sinungaling, SINO GALING?

- James Wang was questioned by cops on the robbery case

- IyoTube in Where Have You Been

Forza Horizon: Devon GTX reward

Gone for a scavenger hunt

This is the fourth out of the five Season Pass bonus cars offered on Forza Horizon and the Devon GTX is the Season Pass bonus car for the month of February. Although not a huge fan of this car probably because economic downturns and recessions killed the hopes of producing the Viper-based supercar, the Devon GTX is just one of the supercars that are not desperately impractical. Besides, the V10 engine really packs a lot of punch and that gut-wrenching performance on the Devon GTX really gives you a POW right in the kisser! POW RIGHT IN THE KISSER! POW RIGHT IN THE KISSER!! Okay, okay, kinda enough about that bit...

Friday, February 15, 2013

2014 Nissan Lafesta Highway Star

2014 Nissan Lafesta Highway Star
What you're looking up here is a Nissan Lafesta Highway Star, the Nissan equivalent of the third-generation Mazda Premacy that was launched in 2011. But now, for the 2014 Model Year, it comes with the same PE-VPS engine and the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that you get in the 2014 Mazda Premacy SKYACTIV. This means that it will still have the same JC08 Mode-rated fuel economy of 16.2kmpl as well!

PE-VPS engine

Mazda's SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission
There's also the top-of-the-line model for the Lafesta Highway Star called the SUPREMO and exclusive features for the Supermo model includes shift switch on the steering wheel, ASCD, automatic anti-glare rear view mirror, Jacquard leather, piano black paneling, 205/50R17 89V tire and 17-inch rims, side turn lamp, chrome door panels, and tailpipe finisher.


Leopaul's Heaven and Hell: Filipinos bringing home forms of media abroad is a violation?

I once read an web article my Facebook buddy just shared a few days ago and when I read it, seems that I am one of the many Filipinos haven't informed that the Supreme Court just passed a law that prevents Filipinos bringing home forms of media (Books, CD, DVD, MP3, well, you get the rest) abroad and that's somewhat a question sought to amend the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines or Republic Act 8293.

Section 190 of the RA 8293 letting us bring home CDs and DVDs abroad because it's a right specifically granted “to persons or families arriving from foreign countries” but seems that the new law, which requires the President's signature to complete it (but I hope it won't), everything's changed because by the time Mr. President signs this, it will ban most Filipinos bringing home books, CDs, DVDs, or other forms of media from abroad and that's worse for those who have these as pasalubong for the kids. Yeah, that seems bad for us and gets worse...

Worse thing about this law is this...if you bought a gadget from abroad and if you modify your device to remove restrictions, you will be charged as Copyright Infringement. What? Does it mean that I would violate that law if I jailbreak my iPhone, or modifying other gadgets (say make the PS2 or XBOX 360 region-free)? Is downgrading a PSP or putting a Homebrew on it also a form of copyright infringement?

Back in 2002, I didn't realized that my dad bought me a Playstation2 during my return to Muntinlupa after staying with Daddy in Seattle during my vacation. I was so happy that I have a console that is much more better than the Sega Dreamcast. Heh, Dreamcast is rubbish by the way but still I respected this console when my Dad bought it during my child years, 2001 to be exact. You see there was this odd story that I am going to share it to you because here in the Philippines, an original PS2 game will cost me about thousand pesos or about the equivalent of your Meralco or PLDT bill you often pay it on your nearest Bayad Center while a bootleg PS2 game or what we called it PIRATED costs about the same as a gasoline that fuels your car.

Well, yeah, I really admit it because I went for the cheap ones because sometimes an original copy of a PS2 or X360 game is too pricey. It's like paying bills to Meralco or PLDT if you know what I mean. Well, since Sony discontinued the Playstation2, guess we won't be seeing one of those again and all that's left was some bootleg copies of PC games, which this ain't BOVVERED for those in the Philippines who have home PCs. Sometimes, if there's something cool, something that the bootleggers can't hold on one of those, I sometimes call my dad to buy one for me. Then, when me and my siblings went to the USA in late 2005, I bought some more, especially a SpongeBob game on the GameCube and some Nickelodeon games on my old laptop. I am relieving my youth days just so you'll know but hey, nobody's bovvered even when the Optical Media Board's raiding every store that infringes copyright, say a store vendor in a Divisoria that sells pirated DVD or CD.

I've been watching news about the OMB raiding through malls, night markets, wet markets, and any other establishments selling every unauthorized copies and the source of it. I sometimes ain't even BOVVERED by those news despite the fact that we bought those pirated copies for low prices. Even though we have pirated CD's, DVD's, VCDs, PS1 games, PS2 games, and others, I still ain't even bovvered, well okay, pirated CD's, DVD's, and VCD's only were the ones I am really BOVVERED because audio tracks have low quality, DVD contents incomplete, and pirated VCDs felt like it was recorded on the theater. Isn't it weird? Pirated VCDs felt like it was recorded unexpectedly on cinemas!!!

I also observed that in some parts of the neighborhood, you'll find something that says it will cost you one peso for one MP3 song and it was like what the heck is that but I'm not so sure if these like it came from illegal downloading sites or something else. I have no idea where did that came from and how would a lucky chap makes profit of selling MP3 songs for a peso. In the days that it's a bit complicated to make an iTunes account in the Philippines, this is the habit that most Filipinos are doing. Going through the neighborhoods and pay a peso for an MP3 download to listen to their MP3 players.

Well, enough about that super long story and back to the topic on why did the Congress erased our right to bring home music, movies, and books from abroad. Anyway, I was on the part where modifying a gadget will charge them copyright infringement. A penalty, if on the first offense, will slam me three years on jail or pay a 150,000 Peso fine while in the third or subsequent offense, nine years in jail and P1.5 million pesos of fine.

There's more; if you were leasing out a space, say you're operating a mall, to someone who infringes copyright, you can be liable. Also, if someone else downloaded music from the Internet and shared the file with you, and then uploaded it onto your technological device and listened to it, you could also be held liable if the download site was one that the US recording and movie companies have been trying to shut down. Mostly common was file-sharing sites. Let's remember, the US Justice Department taken down Megaupload, a file-sharing site, last year because of copyright infringement that takes a massive toll to the US music and movie industry. Also, several Japanese idiots were arrested for uploading unauthorized content via Share program. If you were downloading a site that the government deems this to be unauthorized, you'll be liable.

Those new amendments on the RA 8293 may sound scary as it seems and seems that it robs our freedom worse than the Anti-Cybercrime Law that some say it has the nickname of "Cyber-Dracula" because it brings fear to innocent lives. I mean come on, bought from a foreign country for personal use is a violation? Oh no. This is not a violation, it's a right. Besides, nobody's going to make money out of it or making unauthorized copies out of it. Well, what about gadgets bought from a foreign country but modified to remove restrictions? Well, that's a BIG SCARY problem most of the people are facing with.

Heh, there goes the memory of the Senior Project paper I made when I was in High School and this time on Seattle's Cleveland High. My senior project involves on cybercrime and I did include the illegal file-sharing or torrent stuff on my topic. Oh well...Long story short...

Gosh, I'm getting scared by this. If that law was signed, I swear that most dads will not be able to buy those kind of pasalubongs to the kids or something for personal recreation. Oh geez...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Let's Do The News! - Valentines Day! (February 14, 2013)

JM: Now let's do the news and as the prologue to the Chevrolet SS via the new Holden VF Commodore heats up, the prologue continues with this, it's the Holden VF Commodore SSV Concept...

Holden VF Commodore SSV Concept
...again, this is a preview for the upcoming Chevrolet SS/Holden VF Commodore/Vauxhall VXR8 but the SSV version features some sporty credentials that made the next Commodore look good right until the point that will come to America soon as the Chevrolet SS, the car Americans called it the successor to the axed Pontiac G8, which was made in Australia. While we have no details about the specs of the next Commodore, guess we just have to wait this month to further delve deep to the VF's underbelly. Stay tuned.

Happy Valentines Day!

JC: Anyway, guess we've been surrounded by some Valentine's Day gifts, although when we say gifts, we do call it a landfall. Feels like it's HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE if you know what I mean...

(audience laughing)

RH: Right, let's look at what the guys giving them to the girls for Valentines. Oh!

JC: What's that?

RH: Some chocolates. Mostly a well preferred Valentine's Day gift to the girls. All too common but for us, it's too rubbish, let's look at something else.

JM: about this? I guess this is much more of a perfect Valentines Day gift to someone else's dates.

JC: Hey buddy. That's a Porsche Design handbag. Imagine if the ladies holding this Porsche handbag, they're going to hold it in the wrong direction, just like the 911 where the engine is on its buttocks.

(audience laughing)

JM: Ooh, look at me! I'm holding a 911 handbag on the wrong way!

(audience laughing)

RH: Guys, would you mind stop mocking around with this Porsche Design handbag? We're on to some Valentine's Day Gift Guide you know, not some mumbo jumbo stupidity we're doing all the time.

JC: Okay, okay, enough about that. Let's have a look....All right! Now this is a good one! It's an Adipose stuff toy!

RH: Oh God...

(audience laughing)

JC: It's a stuff toy for those who are having a big fat Valentines and...

JM: Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Are you trying to make them feel uncomfortable. I mean hey, someone out there knows Doctor Who and when you're going to gift him or her an Adipose stuff toys, they might think that your Valentine's gift to him or her is fat. More importantly, the fat that walks away...

(audience laughing)

JC: Well yeah, I know. They're just aliens made of human fat as you seen on Doctor Who but this stuff toy is just so cute. The only stuff that I think is much cuter than a swarm of Adipose babies is Harukasan from Puchimas.

JM: Harukasan?

RH: Oh my gosh...

(audience laughing)

JM: You mean Harukasan from Puchimas, the super-deformed equivalent of Haruka Amami from the IDOLM@STER franchise?

JC: Yes, exactly. And I mean, when you look at Harukasan's, this is a million times more cuter than a swarm of...Adiposes.

JM: Yeah, right. More cuter than a bunch of Adipose and aren't you forgetting something?

JC: What?

JM: Haruka-san multiplies herself when she's doused by water. Even the rain would turn a single Harukasan into a swarm of Harukasans...and the numbers keeps on growing when it's wet!

RH: Yeah! Wait, what? Harukasan multiplies herself when she's splashed with something water?

JM: Uh-huh...

JC: Something tells me....When it's raining outside and if Harukasan's outside...Uh-oh...

JM: Yeah. It's an uh-oh. Here goes a swarm of Harukasans!

JC: NOOOO!!!!!

One hour later...

JC: Anyway, good thing they didn't bother our Valentines Day gifts. Gosh, how does a Harukasan being so much trouble in big numbers, anyway?

JM: Uh hey! Look! This is just another one of those Valentines Day gifts that is just perfect for the ladies and this one's from Ferrari! It's a Ferrari gold bracelet! I mean look at this!

RH: Yeah. This ain't bad. If I see a stranger coming to our neighborhood, driving a Ferrari, I would probably attack him for sure...

(audience laughing)

JC: Wha....?

RH: You see, Ferraris kinda like the Speedo of the car world and as the line says that if a stranger comes to his neighborhood wearing a speedo, he would probably attack him for sure...

(audience laughing)

JC: What if someone who drives a Ferrari wearing speedo?

RH: Well, I would beat him to death that's for sure....

(audience laughing)

JC: Very well then. If you are a Ferrari driver who wears a Speedo, look out because this guy's gonna beat you to death. Watch out!

(audience laughing)

JC: Speaking of which, there's a gift waiting for you, shorty.

RH: Really, where's it from?

JC: It's from a fan and it says "Happy Valentine's Day". That's it...


RH: Wow, someone must have kind enough to send me a Valentine gift....

JM: Why don't you open it up and see what's inside..

(opening gift)

RH: Hmph....

JC: What is it?

RH: That's a...that's a ARTFX PVC figure of...Asuka Kazama from Tekken Tag Tournament 2....

(audience laughing)

JC: Well, you like it?

RH: Hmmmm....Thanks but I got this...I have pre-ordered Lili, which she'll come this April...

JM: Oh...Guess Hammo's showing too much interest over the fighting ojousama of the Tekken series...

(audience laughing)

JC: on! At least you'll going to like it...And's a gift for the slowest man in the world...

JM: Thanks um....what's that?

JC: A Souffle Girl T-shirt. Hope you'll might be interested with...

(audience laughing)

JM: Thanks and's a little Valentines Day gift for all your trouble!

JC: Weeee!!!!! What is it? What is it? What is it? (paused)


(audience laughing)

Why are you giving me this? A music CD from the Tweenies?

JM: That's for giving me a Souffle Girl shirt you loonie...

(audience laughing)

RH: Anyway, that's it for that and have a look at this, this is the second of the Aston Martin Centenary models and this time it's the turn of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage SP10
JM: Yes, indeed. This is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage SP10 and this is the first time we've expected a proper supercar made by Aston Martin because it's been mated with a 6-speed manual transmission, something that supercars hardly use it these days.

RH: Indeed and everything about the SP10 is all black inside and out, meaning that this is the best looking V8 Vantage, yet.

JM: Yeah but, there's a problem. Even though it's available in coupe and convertible variants, the SP10 is available exclusively in European left-hand drive markets, meaning IT'S NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UK WHATSOEVER.

(audience laughing)

Forza Horizon: The Sleeping S30Z

As I know, the Nissan Fairlady Z S30 set the benchmark in the long fiery bloodline of Nissan sportscars like the Skyline GT-R Hakosuka and it was notably one of the finest classic tuners of the 70's because most "speedo boys" spent their time and resources tweaking the classic S30Z into something more of a Japanese hotrod or something that is made for the street cred, well, I'm not interested about street cred but I think this is how troublemaking are you. Even since Wangan Midnight first published, this S30 garnered a whole new bunch of fans because it was named The Devil Z, driven by Akio Asakura.

As for I, however, I think you can do better than that on the Fairlady S30Z, especially when its taking a fun run on Horizon...

Wait a minute, that's the...

What I have here is the Nissan Fairlady Z S30, which now I made it into the fictitious 600 Coupe-S from a video game called Sleeping Dogs. If you don't know that, it's a video game which is more like "Grand Theft Auto" meets "Yakuza", except you are a undercover cop delving deeper to the secrets of the Triads, leading him to the most dangerous mission in Hong Kong. I love this game, I love its DLC, and I love the way this game offers despite the fact that this is more of an Asian GTA because it's set in Hong Kong.

Because the 600 Coupe-S is a Class C machine, I decided to tweak my S30Z Fairlady to its Class C credentials after lashing out with some paint detail that replicates the 600 Coupe-S' exterior. What you're looking at, ladies and gentlemen, is the future! The future where fiction meets fact. Heh, I once did this to my 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition when I was planning to recreate the Supercharged Police Cruiser, which again it was on Sleeping Dogs. It took me several minutes to make the Traditional Chinese word for Police. Well, long story short...

You thought that we're in Hong Kong but no! This is Horizon! This is Colorado! I've done it! I'm driving a vintage 60's classic Japanese sports car recreated into a fictitious machine that some say that old-school looks never go out of style! This classic car never gets old when it looks good!

Where was I just now?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Let's Do The News! (February 13, 2013)

JM: Okay, let's do the news and hey, has anyone been busy last Sunday?

(audience murmuring)

JM: Anyway, because back in Sunday, there was THE IDOLM@STER Music Festiv@l of Winter going around and on that concert, they've announced that there's going to be an iM@S movie in the works.


JC: Wait a minute? The IDOLM@STER franchise gets its own movie?

RH: Seriously?

JM: Yes. Maybe you guys didn't went to the concert and instead went through the Wonder Festival for some figure previews.

(audience laughing)

JM: Anyway, no further information about that but anyway, it's good to hear that there's going to be an IM@S movie featuring an all new story for the 765Pro idols from Aniplex's A1 pictures staff.

JC: Yeah. Looking forward for it.

JM: Indeed and since you guys are in the Wonder Festival, anything else you want to talk about it?

JC: Okay, while on the Wonder Festival, we saw upcoming figures from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, Haganai, Vividred Operation, Little Busters, D.C. III, Date A Live, P3, Bakemonogatari, Infinite Stratos, Psycho-Pass, Fire Emblem, Cobra, Nanoha...oh there's also a Bruce Lee figma coming soon as well as the zombie from Dawn of the Dead.

RH: My thoughts exactly! Wait, what? Dawn of the Dead? Bruce Lee?

JC: Yeah. Kinda weird to have a Bruce Lee figma or a figma of a zombie from Dawn of the Dead but who cares about it?

(audience laughing)

JM: I don't know but aren't you forgetting something?

JC: What?

JM: You'd never know that GSC green-lits Idolm@ster figmas!

(audience laughing)

JC: Huh?

JM: You'd never see the announcement at the Good Smile Company booth, eh? Well, you get the idea but you missed it. Good Smile Company has yet to announce which of the 765Pro idol gets the figma treatment but it should be very very soon.

JC: Anyway, the Australian carmaker, Holden, revealed their new generation Commodore model, that is soon to be on the USA as the Chevrolet SS and pretty soon, this could be the next Vauxhall VXR8 or something. Here it is...

2014 Holden VF Commodore
... I think this is the best looking but it seems to be more of a businessman estate rather than being a four-door muscle.

RH: Yeah, right, and if there was an HSV version, coming soon, this would look perfect and above all else, could be our next VXR8. Speaking of which, it kinda looks like a new Chevy Impala, even more macho macho man that hums to the song of Macho Man.

JC: More like a macho man in a businessman's attire who lifts weights and his briefcase loaded with paperwork, pens, and something geeky....

(audience laughing)

RH: Anyway, there's a new Alfa Romeo sportscar coming up and it's called the 4C, and take note, it's the final-production model coming soon in Geneva next month...

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
...I think this is the most stunning-looking Alfa Romeo sportscar ever made and the engine that powers it was the 1750TB engine found on the Giulietta. Dual clutch transmission was equipped on the 4C as well.

JC: This is much more sexier than some idiot wearing a speedo. Guess this isn't so bad after but if I see one wearing a speedo, I would probably attack him right now...

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, there's a new AMG model coming up and this is the first ever AMG hatchback based on the new A-Class. It's called the A45 AMG, here it is, look...

2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
...this is somewhat the hotter version of the A-Class, comes with the new AMG-developed 2.0L turbo engine that develops 360HP of power, mated with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and comes with 4MATIC as applied on the E63 AMG S-Model and CLS63 AMG S-Model. This means, this is AMG's pocket rocket that can take you places.

JM: Hmmm....Kinda skeptical for an AMG hot hatch and I think this looks better than the BMW M135i hatchback. And more power as well.

RH: Hey...You're often missing the point despite the new model has more power than the M135i.

JC: What?

RH: A45's AWD while M135i is rear-wheel drive, so I think this M135i is more tail-happy than this utter rubbish A45 hot hatch.

JC: You wanna bet?

RH: You're on. Once the A45's there, let's have a challenge!

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, did anyone heard about the North Korean nuclear test?

(audience murmuring)

JC: Anyone? Okay. Seems that North Korea is getting meaner and meaner all the time and seems that this latest nuke test occurred is the most powerful since the previous two tests. So powerful, seems that the United Nations are taking actions against it.

JM: I see, do you think it's because the whole world thinks the North Korea or should they say the "naughty" Korea is acting revenge against its countries because they called it rubbish or more commie than China or Russia?

(audience laughing)

JC: No. Seems that NoKor's getting meaner and meaner every year and oh! Darn it! Someone must have turned right. If someone could have turned left, maybe this test couldn't occurred and it did happened. Someone turned right and...

RH: Oh jeez....Would you cut it out with those wibbly wobbly nonsense?

(audience laughing)

JC: Sorry about that and hey! Seems that the whole Jimmy Savile sex offense case still lingers on. Last month, the BBC issued an apology when Cbeebies aired an encore presentation of the Tweenies, where one character, Max, dressed as that Jimmy Paedo Savile jerk and caused outrage among parents. Now, I just heard that the BBC and the Jimmy Savile Estate were sued by those who are victims of the said sex offender, who is Jimmy Savile.

RH: Uh-oh....When they said BBC, we do mean us, but not just us but others from the BBC...

(Audience laughing)

JM: Do you think there's a disgrunted viewer thinking that the BBC "killed everything they've loved?"

(audience laughing)

JC: BBC? Killing everything you've loved? What's that?

JM: Well, recently, BBC Two decided to cancel a newsroom drama titled The Hour.

The Hour
JC: The Hour? Isn't the one with Dominic West and Ben Whishaw on it? The drama that was more of a British take on Mad Men? Uh-oh...


JC: Maybe the disgrunted BBC fan was right! "Killing everything they've loved" Last year, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who were Amy and Rory, left Doctor Who and to be replaced by Jenna Louise Coleman, who is the souffle girl Clara Oswald, then Merlin, the one with Colin Morgan on it, concluded after a five-season run, then Miranda, which stars comedian Miranda Hart and the handsome Tom Ellis, now this?! The Hour?! No way....That is bad...

(audience laughing)

RH: Yeah, that is well bad! Take the shame, man...

JC: You know what I'm gonna do?

RH: What?

(audience laughing)

RH: Oh geez....This idiot's gonna hide himself at the sand and wait for a few weeks until his laugh box is broken...Very clever....Guess this is a bombshell that we can end this segment...

(audience laughing)

JM: Yeah, pretty soon when he got out...

I broke my laugh box.

Gone Camping...

The US version of Top Gear sees the boys gone camping in their motorhomes based on their cheap cars. Tanner opted for a Porsche with a rocket-shaped shelter at the top, Adam opted for a Buick that was turned from a muscle car into a motorhome muscle, and Rut goes for the 5-door Honda Civic hatchback.

They've crossed North Carolina to show which of these three custom RVs is the best. Tanner dominated two challenges involve speed, Adam's Buick RV is weatherproof, and Rutledge attracted most visitors with his RV.

The final challenge pits three against three motorhomes driven by NASCAR racers. In the end, Rut wins. Tanner's almost had it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Buick Encore

The Buick Enclave has been the only crossover utility vehicle offered by Buick as of now but despite having around for a few years, it's still one of the most hospitable crossovers made by Buick. I wonder what if someone wants a Buick crossover but can't afford the Enclave? Well, it looks like Buick came up with a cheaper model that slots behind the Enclave and positioned to be a desperate rival to the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q5, and the Acura RDX. It's called the Encore and with the starting price of just 24,200 US Dollars, it seems that this is much cheaper than those luxury import crossovers from Europe and Japan. Apart from its pricing, the Encore does score with some European flair because the design is purely European and hey...did I just talk about that a few months ago?

2013 Buick Encore
Now if I can remember correctly, the Buick Encore was sold in the European market as the Opel Mokka. That's right, it's just another of the Opels turned Buick since the Opel Insignia, which became the Buick Regal in the North America and Chinese market but there's some issues here and because of my stress, I'll shorten the situation okay? Here... Encore first launched, Mokka later. Then, Mokka went sale now, Encore later. In translation, the Encore was premiered at the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit while the Opel Mokka showed up at last year's Geneva Auto Show. However, the Opel Mokka went on sale on the European market, just few months before this moment where the Encore is available for the North American and Chinese market. Hey, since it's the year 2013, it's the Encore's time to shine like some kind of pirate living at Encino, California, if you know what I mean?

I once checked it out in last year's Seattle Auto Show and it seems because someone's so generous, they even let us getting inside the Encore's interior to see how lovely is the interior of the Encore's. Need to remind you that the Encore I saw on last year's show was just a pre-production mule, not the finished product because it's not yet available until early 2013. But now it's early 2013 so the Encore is now available for the general public. However, before you jump into conclusions, here are a couple of drawbacks...

First of all, the Encore's cargo volume is too small for a small SUVs of this magnitude. With the cargo volume of just 18.8 cubic feet, the Encore is not quite a fitting compared to others. Also, the 1.4 ECOTEC engine with Variable Valve Timing has a power to weight ratio of 23lb/hp, making it too much for a small SUV of this attitude. Lastly, the front legroom of the Encore is 40.8 inches, meaning that sometimes, there's not enough room to stretch my legs at the front.

Despite the downturn, there are some ups for the Buick Encore. Despite having a not-so-good power-to-weight ratio, the Encore has a best-in-class fuel economy of 33MPG highway and this is covered by a basic 48months/50,000 mile warranty. Not bad for the Encore though...

2013 Buick Encore interior
The things that made the Encore right such as its striking European design, best in class fuel economy and the comprehensive warranty were balanced out by the things that made the Encore wrong such as bad power-to-weight ratio, bad legroom at the front, tiny cargo boot, and the fact that it was made in Bupyeong, which I think its in South Korea. The Encore may or may not be a good Buick crossover but I will say this. I want to have one more than I can handle my breath away and thanks to its status of being a world-class crossover, the Encore sure knows how to sort out against its rivals.

Available Colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Deep Espresso Bronze Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic, Brilliant Blue Metallic, Cocoa Silver Metallic, White Pearl Tricoat. Satin Steel Gray Metallic, and Carbon Black Metallic.

Photo: General Motors

Monday, February 11, 2013

Forza 4: 2010 Jaguar XFR


The XF is the replacement of the Jaguar S-Type and the most powerful version of the range is the XFR, which was premiered at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

It comes with the new 5.0L supercharged V8 engine developed by Jaguar themselves so it develops 503HP of power and 460.7ft-lb of torque. 0-60mph takes about 4.9 seconds and that makes it on par against other middle-class sedans.

The XFR comes with the "Dynamic Mode" that when it's set at the push of the button, the acceleration response becomes sharper, the exhaust note's more accented, and stability controls are cut off, allowing it for more "dynamic" driving feel.

Jeremy Clarkson reviewed this on Top Gear Season 13 and when handed to The Stig, it set a lap time of 1:26.7 round the Top Gear Test Track, slower than its BMW E60 M5 rival it compares.

Goin Bulilit 8th Anniversary!

The February 10, 2013 episode of Goin Bulilit was a special one because not only our present Goin Bulilit kids meet up with the alums such as Kathryn Bernardo, Igi Boy, Miles, Julia Montes, Ella Cruz, Kiray, Nash Aguas, Sharlene San Pedro, and the other former Bulilits.

It starts with Kathryn doing the Myx Myx Myx segment, a GB classic, with the musical numbers from former and present Bulilits. Later, there was some birthday gags in store for them. Then, the corniest jokes on I'M CORNY.

While we kinda miss a GB classic called SIGAW FAMILY, GB showcased it for the first time in a sketch called SIGAW FAMILY The Next Generation. Just as I thought that yelling is more fun in GB.

On this week's Cute & A, Mrs. Cynthia Villar speaks out, answering questions straight from the Bulilits themselves.

And it all ends with Ready Get Set Goin in Who's The Buhos?

Happy 8th Anniversary, GB!

Top Gear S19E03

Jeremy’s Car of the Year: Toyota GT86
You thought Jeremy would immediately pick the most expensive or most powerful car here, didn’t you? Well, he didn’t… he picked one of the cheapest and least powerful. But he had his reasons. The Toyota GT86 is a new way of looking at an old problem: how to have fun in a reasonably priced car. Now, TG has a long association with cheap thrills, but the GT86 tries very hard to re-educate a generation of hot-hatch motorists on the joys of rear-wheel drive. And it succeeds, by being exciting, relatively cheap and accessible to mere mortals. It’s good, people. Be excited.
“I like the GT86 because it’s come barrelling into the bottom end of the marketplace with a big dirty smile on its face and a suggestion in the way it stands that it wants to have fun with your middle parts. It’s a car designed for one thing only: fun.”
See video of Jezza in the GT86 at
Toyota 86 and Jeremy Clarkson

So, Top Gear Series 19 Episode 3 aired on BBC Two and this was an epic race between the 2013 Shelby GT500 against public transport heading from Wembley to the San Siro Stadium at Milan, Italy. Jeremy Clarkson's in the 2013 GT500 while Richard and James are taking public transport.

In the end though, this was a shocking moment because...well, we're not gonna say this but...Jeremy lost the race. Yep, Jeremy and the GT500 lost the race...beaten by public transport. It's a first ever reversal on Top Gear history. It seems that public transportation got the best of him. LOSER!

Anyway, despite the loss, we're very delighted to see a Scottish songbird, Amy MacDonald, guested as STAR IN A REASONABLY PRICED CAR. She's one of the quickest female celebs on the track, recording a lap time of 1:44.4 round the Top Gear Test Track.

To top it all up, Jeremy Clarkson tries out the TOYOTA 86 round the track. It's more fun to see him reading a book while drifting the 86! When handed to The Stig, the TOYOTA 86 set a lap time of 1:31.3 round the Top Gear Track.

Six Nations 2013: England bags another win against Ireland

Okay, round 2 of the Six Nations 2013 rugby match has come to an end with England bagging another win against Ireland at the score of 12 to 6. Let me clarify this, that's 12 points for England and 6 points for Ireland, meaning England gets another win. Seems that England's Owen Farrell really nails it all to propel England Rugby on the lead. With Round 2 of the Six Nations 2013 ended, England Rugby team is in the lead by 4 points while Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Italy all have two points while France...dead last with no wins.


England keep Grand Slam dream alive with win in Dublin

England withstood a second-half Irish onslaught to claim their first victory in Dublin in the RBS 6 Nations for a decade, eventually running out 12-6 winners in the tightest of contests.

Owen Farrell kicked four penalties to Ronan O'Gara's two as England edged the battle of the two remaining Grand Slam contenders in freezing conditions.
Leading 6-0 at the interval, England wavered in the first 20 minutes of the second period and when James Haskell was sent to the sin bin at 6-6 the smart money was on Ireland to complete an impressive comeback.

But the visitors gathered themselves and played the rest of the game in the Ireland half to ensure they returned home with their RBS 6 Nations dream alive.

England started on the front foot, going through the phases and winning a third-minute penalty when Ireland failed to roll away from the tackle. Farrell made no mistake from distance, bisecting the posts from 40 metres to put England 3-0 up.

Ireland struggled to get into the game in the early stages with their handling frequently letting them down in the wet conditions, Jamie Heaslip fumbling a high ball from the restart to ease the pressure on the visitors.

And the hosts suffered a huge blow on ten minutes when in-form winger Simon Zebo pulled up injured, to be replaced by Keith Earls.

Ireland began to dominate possession, probing along the edge of the England 22 only for their attacks to break down as first Gordon D'Arcy and then Donnacha Ryan spilled the ball in contact.

Farrell eased the pressure on England when Heaslip was penalised for coming in from the side giving the fly-half the chance to knock over another long, straight penalty.

With a six-point cushion England began to play more rugby in Ireland's half, and they were helped when Heaslip knocked on his second simple high ball of the afternoon.

Ireland's cause wasn't helped when they suffered another injury blow, fly-half Jonathan Sexton appearing to pull his hamstring as he hacked the ball on after 30 minutes, with O'Gara replacing him.

Farrell proved he was fallible when he failed with another long distance penalty attempt from the right on the stroke of half-time as England went in 6-0 ahead.

Ireland started the second period with much more intensity at the scrum winning consecutive penalties, the second of which O'Gara kicked home to reduce the deficit to 6-3 on 45 minutes.

That seemed to boost Irish confidence, with Sean O'Brien breaking two tackles as he embarked on a bullocking run out of his own 22.

England coach Stuart Lancaster introduced Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi for Joe Launchbury and Billy Twelvetrees to increase England's intensity in the tackle and at the breakdown, while Dyaln Hartley took over from the misfiring Tom Youngs at hooker.

An uncharacteristic Brian O'Driscoll handling error in the Ireland 22 gave Tuilagi the chance to kick the ball through but he chose to try and pick it up, knocking on in the process and the chance was gone.

Haskell was then sent to the sin bin by referee Jérôme Garces for playing the ball on the ground and from around 35 metres O'Gara drew Ireland level with his second successful penalty - taking his personal tally against England past 100 points.

England did their best to slow down the play with Haskell on the sidelines, with Mako Vunipola replacing Joe Marler as the visitors played for territory and kept the ball tight.

But when the ball was spun wide Farrell sent a punt into the corner that forced Kearney into touch under pressure from Chris Ashton.

From the resulting lineout Ben Youngs chipped delicately behind the Ireland defence and the ball narrowly avoided the onrushing Tuilagi in the end zone.

But referee Garces pulled play back for an earlier offence by Mike McCarthy and Farrell's penalty restored England's lead to 9-6.

Almost straight away it was 12-6 as Lawes chased down Alex Goode's huge Garryowen to tackle Kearney, with Mike Brown winning the penalty as the Leinster man held onto the ball in the tackle. Farrell made no mistake and with 16 minutes left England looked the likely winners.

O'Gara had one final chance with the boot after Hartley was penalised for entering from the side but he pushed it narrowly wide of the right hand post.

There was still time for Farrell to fail with another penalty opportunity after O'Gara spilled a high ball and was pinned by Ashton but but he too missed the right stick.

As the clock ran down England forced a series of re-set scrums deep in the Ireland 22 and despite a late breakout held out to secure a famous victory and stay on course for a first Grand Slam since 2003 - the last time they won in Dublin.


Round Three begins with Italy vs. Wales on February 23, 14:30 GMT, England vs. France on the same date at 17:00 GMT, and Scotland vs. Ireland on the 24th of February at 14:00 GMT.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Six Nations 2013: Scotland beats Italy, Welsh kicked French

Wales vs. France

It's time for another update on the RBS 6 Nations Rugby match for Round 2...

First up, it's Scotland vs. Italy. I've just got reports that thanks to the finest Scottish rugby players, especially Grieg Laidlaw, Scotland's stopped Italy's progression to the Six Nations Rugby with the score of 34 to 10. They may have been defeated by Enlgland last week but their reborn power demonstrated after defeating Italy is a sign that Scotland's fighting back...


Classy Scotland stop Italy in their tracks

Stuart Hogg enhanced his burgeoning reputation with another fine breakaway try to hand Scotland a comprehensive 34-10 RBS 6 Nations victory over Italy - a first under Scott Johnson.

Outplayed by England last weekend, Scotland were worthy winners over an Italian side riding high after their victory over France, with Tim Visser, Matt Scott, Hogg and Sean Lamont all going over.
Johnson lamented his side's poor defence last weekend but the Scots were not founding wanting against Italy and as a result Greig Laidlaw was able to call the shots.

The Italians on the other hand, were subdued in comparison to six days previous, Luciano Orquera in particular having an off day at fly-half, and the Azzurri were outfought and outthought by the Scots.

For Scotland, it was a first win of the campaign, a first in five matches and a first in seven in the RBS 6 Nations, having been whitewashed last season.

Scotland began at a ferocious pace and after half breaks from Ruaridh Jackson and Visser, the Dutch-born flyer almost opened his RBS 6 Nations account after just two minutes.

Laidaw kicked over the top and Visser looked certain to run onto the ball, gather and score, only for the bounce to get the better of him and let Italy off the hook.

Italy, buoyed by last week's performance, continued to show ambition however and they earned themselves the chance to take the lead on seven minutes when Scotland lock Jim Hamilton was penalised for coming in at the side.

Orquera, the hero against the French, was wayward with his kick however and he struck the upright from 40 metres out.

Scotland began to exert more influence on proceedings as the half wore on - their physicality which was perhaps found wanting against England, giving Laidlaw the platform to orchestrate proceedings.

And it was Laidlaw who opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini was pinged for slowing the ball down - the scrum-half making no mistake with the penalty.

Laidlaw then doubled Scotland's advantage on 24 minutes when Andrea Lo Cicero, winning his 100th cap, was penalised for bringing a maul down.

With the wind in their sails, Scotland almost scored the first try of the match on 28 minutes when Giovanbattista Venditti completely missed a clearance kick but Tobias Botes scampered back to foil Scott just short of the try-line.

A minute later however, Visser made the breakthrough in the left-hand corner after Jackson cut inside and fed the Edinburgh winger who danced over the line for his fifth try in seven internationals.

Laidlaw added the extras but back came Italy to at least open their account just before half-time, this time Orquera hitting the target after Scotland were penalised for not rolling away.

Leading 13-3 at the interval, it didn't take Scotland long to extend their advantage and this time Scott was not to be denied.

Following a lineout on the right, Sean Maitland, off his right wing, made the initial break and offloaded to centre Scott who burst clear before Laidlaw was again on target with the conversion for a 20-3 lead.

Italy tried to rally and looked certain to get a try of their own soon after with Andrea Masi making the break and finding Orquera inside.

Tommaso Benvenuti was inside and would have had the simplest of touchdowns had Hogg not read the pass, intercepted and sprinted all of 80 metres to add to his fine try against England last weekend, Laidlaw again adding the conversion.

Again Italy responded and earned themselves a scrum just short of the Scotland line in the centre of the pitch but Scotland held firm and won the penalty - summing up the Azzurri's day.

With 15 minutes remaining, Maitland and Scott combined again with the latter dotting down in the corner, only for referee Jaco Peyper to rule that the Kiwi-born winger's pass was forward.

But Scotland had their fourth try of the match when Scott's midfield partner Lamont snaffled a loose ball and streaked through a gaping hole in the Italian defence to score just his second try in his last 43 internationals.

Laidlaw continued his fine match with another conversion before Italy, with six minutes remaining, finally made one of their scrums count - Sergio Parisse with the inside pass to Alessandro Zanni who surged over before replacement fly-half Kris Burton converted.

Geoff Cross was sin-binned in injury time for the Scots but nothing could take the gloss of their success.


With Scotland defeated Italy, it seems that the Welsh rugby team, the WRU, is not giving up without a bloody good fight against FFR from France. In fact, Wales beat France by the score of 16 to 6, making it a first win in nine matches for Wales in Six Nations history. Nice job Wales, we're all rooting for you!


North gets Wales back to winning ways

George North's late try, following a moment of magic from Dan Biggar, handed Wales a nail-biting 16-6 RBS 6 Nations victory over France in Paris.

With the scores locked at 6-6 with just eight minutes to go, Biggar chipped in behind and North, who until that stage had seen very little possession, raced onto the ball and dotted down.
It was a first win in nine matches for Wales, a first for Rob Howley as interim coach, a first of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations for the defending champions and a first since completing the Grand Slam last season, against France in Cardiff.

France, on the other hand, who again failed to rediscover their autumn form that eluded them against Italy in Rome last week, have now gone five RBS 6 Nations matches without a victory.

A scrappy opening saw both sides waste the few chances they had, with defences on top and both teams tentative following defeats last weekend.

Toby Faletau knocked on with Wales well-placed in the France 22 while les Bleus captain Thierry Dusautoir followed suit for the hosts soon after.

Wales then enjoyed a brief period of sustained pressure in the France half but errors crept in at the vital moments - Biggar's short pass to Jamie Roberts was knocked on as the score remained pointless.

Biggar then attempted a drop goal from out on the right but the effort fell well short before France opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a Frederic Michalak penalty after Wales were called up for bringing the scrum down.

Leigh Halfpenny responded in kind just three minutes later however with France penalised for being offside but France's best chance of a first-half try came on 20 minutes.

Yoann Huget made the initial break down the left and after a few more phases and some quick hands from Michalak and Dusautoir, the full-back was back on the ball on the right.

With Wesley Fofana free outside him a try looked certain but Huget was unable to get the ball away and some fine Wales defence kept France at bay.

It was the story of the half with Wales able to nullify the French as they grew into the game, aided by some superb clearance kicking from Halfpenny, Biggar and Jonathan Davies.

And while Wales regained the upper hand in the closing stages of the first half, they were unable to break the gain line with Mathieu Bastareaud in particular putting in some bruising tackles whenever the Red Dragons stepped on the offensive.

France made a change at half-time time with Francois Trinh-Duc replacing Benjamin Fall - the replacement slotting in at full-back and Huget moving to the wing.

But it was Wales who made the first telling contribution of the second half, Mike Phillips bursting through the French line and galloping forward before France conceded a penalty in front of the posts on 43 minutes after Yoann Maestri went in off his feet.

Halfpenny duly converted to had his side a 6-3 lead before France wasted a good chance to retake the lead soon after.

Biggar kicked straight to touch having taken the ball back into his 22 and from the resulting lineout, France moved to within just a few metres from the Welsh line.

They took the conservative option however as Trinh-Duc went for the drop goal, only to see his effort drift wide.

France did level the scores on 53 minutes though, as Michalak notched his second three-pointer after a series of reset scrums resulted in a penalty for les Bleus.

The impressive Ryan Jones won Wales possession in the French half and while they temporarily relinquished it, a rare break from North put them back on the front foot, only for a poor Phillips kick to see the opportunity disappear.

France were enjoying the upper hand in the scrum and threatened to take a decisive lead with 13 minutes to go, but the Welsh pack held firm to keep the hosts at bay.

But then, on 72 minutes, came the decisive moment of the match. Replacement scrum-half Lloyd Williams fed Biggar, whose delicate touch with boot handed North the perfect chance for his 12th try for Wales.

Halfpenny booted a superb conversion and then added a long-range penalty on 75 minutes to give Wales some welcome breathing space.

France desperately went in search of the score that would get them back into the match but the Welsh defence, impressive all game, stood firm to seal a first win in Paris since the 2005 Grand Slam.


Stay tuned for Ireland vs. England later...

Chevy Camaro made for the "Turbo" movie

Chevy Camaro Turbo concept

If you were on this year's Chicago Auto Show, chances are that you have spotted this strange-looking Camaro that was boosted to the max. This 700bhp Camaro was made for the upcoming animated movie made by Dreamworks, titled Turbo.

Turbo is a children's cartoon movie about a snail who has a dream of becoming a racecar driver. Really? A snail who wants to be a racing driver? That sounds weird but let's find out soon. This Camaro ZL1 boosted for the Turbo movie develops 700hp of power while no specific information was given. Some say, this will scare out of the small animals.

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