Saturday, March 23, 2013

"Text me, maybe"

In the March 22, 2013 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Trapik gags for those who got late for graduation

- Get to know about The Jojos, a popular rock band whose names are always Jojo...

- In this show, YOU ARE OUT...STANDING!!!

- Wala nang Text Me Maybe! Bubble Gang does Talk N Text Unlitxt2All20 by spoofing this commercial!

- Diary ng isang Panget...

- Return to the Supreme Court and witness the case of someone who cheated the birthday cake. Expect some child's play at the court...

- Pickup Lines!

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

- IyoTube

Forza Horizon: Black Monday, Black Friday, Black Saturday, Black whatever day it is...

The AMG Black Series models

The AMG Black Series models from Mercedes-Benz, once you go black with one of those, you'll never go back because you'll be always gone insane with one of those machines possesed by insanity done by the skunk works of the Mercedes-AMG. With weight reduction, bucket seats and exterior alterations, the Black Series models are always standing out the crowd and they always feel and muscle cars because they're very angry.

Apart from the muscle car-esque sounds, they possess a very challenging handling and dynamic drifts, meaning most cars with dynamic feel tend to drift at high speeds but challenging to recover. It maybe challenging to handle a Black Series model but they're really are gut-wrenching screamers that can tear down Colorado into two.

The SL65 AMG Black Series is definitely a balls-out bone crusher. It's about 12 times the bone crushing power of 12 of your favorite female characters derived from random fighting games. Because this is the most powerful AMG model ever built, its V12 engine generates about 661HP of power and over a thousand Newton meters of torque. It may have more torque for shreds but it's performance is so bone-crushing, it's like you went home from the convention fractured after being crushed by some girl who dressed as Lili.


The C63 AMG Black though, this is like marrying a cannibal who ate two people. As I speak, this is the wildest C63 AMG Coupe I have ever seen in my life and with the matching gold paint on the body, it really is like Winnie the Pooh in road rage. It feels like I'm wrestling a giant yellow bear but this car's not a wild bear, it's a skunk. A Punky Skunk. (laughing)

With these cars, feels like everyday's a Black Monday, Black Friday, Black Saturday, Black whatever day it is...

Friday, March 22, 2013

Let's Do The News! (March 22, 2013)

(cheers and applause)

2014 MINI Paceman

RH: Ahem, so what you're saying is that you hate it more than the Countryman, eh?

JC: Yes, exactly. The Countryman, which I said a couple of times, is OFF LIMITS for those who are in Punkish Gothic costumes and only those who think bowties, stetsons, and fezzes are cool are welcomed. The Paceman though, this is like you're going to be stressed more than studying all night for some meaningless test.

RH: You are quite argued about that but haven't you know that it's finals somewhere?

(audience laughing)

JC: Yes, it's final exams somewhere and seems that students took so much hours studying while some morons who don't care about finals always wasting their time to the internet cafe playing DoTA or some new MMORPG I'd never heard about. Anyway, since those who didn't took my advice may end up "summer school" because they failed the whole semester, let's do the news!

JM: Right, and let's begin to My Little Pony because Japan airing for the highly popular kid's show, which ironically it was a kids show until some blokes are joining the Pony action...

(audience laughing) almost here. And last February, we revealed that the Milky Holmes girls will be joining the Japanese dub version of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Now, more news for the Japanese dub version of MLP me announced, Miyuki Sawashiro (she was recently voiced as Courtney Collins from Metal Gear Rising Revengeance) will voice Twilight Sparkle, Emiri Kato will be Fluttershy, and Motoko Kumai will be Spike, the baby dragon who's helping our pony heroines. Also, Kikuko Inoue will voice as Celestia, the princess of Equestria. I think we got the memo right?

JC: Yes, James. Japanese dub of MLP is going to be very very interesting for the otakus living in Japan. Well, yes, it's going to air in TV Tokyo this April 2, which I think it's Tuesday, but I'm not sure the timeslot. I think it's on the morning slot because most of the kids' anime shows are in the mornings. Sadly though, if I see a grown Japanese man, whom I suspect is an otaku, watching this, I could be sensing Japan's brony...

(audience laughing)

JC: Bronies, I tell you! Bronies! Bronies! I really don't want a country like Japan to be the next country to have bronies!!!

(audience laughing)

RH: Yeah, well, you sure you don't want Japan to have Bronies because of My Little Pony. If that would happen, I could ask some Japanese dude in his 20's or 30's and if he said that he watched My Little Pony and his favorite was Rainbow Dash, I would probably attack him for sure...

(audience laughing)

JC: Okay, okay! You're the boss, hamster. You're the boss. (laughing) You're going to beat up some Japanese who happens to watch a kids show whose main themes are love and tolerance. (laughing). Hey now, don't know all about showbizness but I've been getting some hot topics straight from my ears that the so-called Queen of all media Kris Aquino decided to gives up showbiz to focus to her son Bimby, who was formerly Baby James before their divorce with James Yap. Not sure about it? Here's a clip that sums everything up...


JM: Whoa, whoa whoa....Kris Aquino gives up showbiz for the sake of Bimby just because of James Yap? But...but...what about Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw? Agh....Never mind about that...I was just going to tell that Kris' decision to leave showbizness might jeopardize the story of Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw, which I believe this is the first of ABS-CBN's new Dreamscape, the teleserye division of ABS-CBN, I believe...

JC: Yeah, I think you're right. It might jeopardize a show, creating some loopholes to the storyline for Bogs, who was the main character of the drama series, which was played by action star Robin Padilla.


RH: Hey, you know some other hot topics? I just heard that Jason Francisco punched John Prats after rehearsals for Saturday's Banana Split...

JC: Yeah, yeah...Everyone heard about this...

(audience laughing)

JC: Now, last year, we were kinda sad that Karen Gillan left Doctor Who but for her, seems that K-Gill's career doesn't slow her down because as I heard, she'll be joining the cast of the comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV:: from Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. Wait a minute...NTSF:SD:SUV::? What's that?

JM: A show that is so NSFW?

(audience laughing)

JC: N-S-F-S-S-F-F-W-W?

(audience laughing)

JM: N-V-F-F-S-S-S-C-C-C-F-T-W?

(audience laughing)

(indistinct talking)

RH: Guys! Guys! Enough! Enough! NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a comedy series that spoofs typical counter-terrorist or crime dramas such as 24, NCIS, CSI, Miami Vice, and others. It's set for its new season this Summer. Karen Gillan's going to be on this said show as Daisy, a Quartermaster-like tech expert.

JC: Oh! Hey, do you think Kazaa's back in her swearing ways? I mean when she was in Kevin Bishop's show, while spoofing X Factor in a sketch, at the end of it, we see Karen Gillan spoofing as Cheryl Cole swearing at the end.

JM: I don't know but I think this would be a load of...


(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, I just picked up some news that a job posting for a private company located in Minato, Tokyo listed a programming position on a sequel to an idol-raising PlayStation 3 game, which later it's no longer taking applications. WHAT?

(audience laughing)

JC: What was that? A sequel of some idol-raising PS3 game? Can anyone had a guess what's this idol-raising game for the PS3 is?

(indistinct talking)

JC: Anyone? Anyone? Never mind about that...Anyway, on that bombshell, that's the news...

MINI Paceman

In a not too distant past, I always point that the MINI Countryman is the MINI I always hate not only because by the looks of it, well because it's quite an ugly looking MINI, but it's because it had so much vile and hateful things about it. (whispers) Especially when it showed up on Gran Turismo 5. It's all terrible rubbish but for MINI, they've launched a new version. Hmmm...

2014 MINI Paceman


Oh, hey! Sorry, I was just eating my favorite chicken mamon inside but anyway what you're looking up here is the MINI Paceman, a new model from MINI which is essentially a three door version of the car I really hate about because of numerous reasons. A quick reminder about the Mini Countryman is simple, about how I really hate about because if I was a girl and if I put on my Punkish Gothic costume, the Countryman says OFF LIMITS. Why OFF LIMITS? Because (whispering) Countrymans hate people who dressed as Punkish Gothics. Also what I hate about the Countryman is for people who think bowties, fezzes, and stetsons are cool. (laughing) Really? Well, these are some of the reasons why I hate about the Countryman. If you were a girl who puts on her Punkish Gothic costume, you are not invited. If you are moron who thinks bowties, fezzes, and stetsons are cool, you are invited.

For this three-door version of the Countryman, called the PACEMAN, I would expect the same feeling that I'd expect on the MINI Countryman except for one thing. The name PACEMAN doesn't sound like Pacman or a spaceman as Donna Noble from Doctor Who might yell to The Doctor four little words "Oi, Watch It Spaceman!" on the telly. This is exactly I might wanna tell exactly about this car. Ahem...OI, WATCH IT PACEMAN!.(laughing) Now you try!

Anyway, it's worth a try yelling four little words Donna Noble or Catherine Tate told you on the telly but it would best if you are an "earth girl" and your partner's a "spaceman". Ah yes, spaceman and earth girl in a Paceman. Pun intended, right? Yes, indeed. Pun intended but as a driver's car, there are so many issues regarding the Paceman.

First of all, the Paceman is not quite a good looking MINI I have ever seen in my life but question is, do you hate it more than you hate the look of the Nissan Juke? Only one way to find out, just park the Paceman right next to the Nissan Juke and when you got out, you really knew how much horrible these two were. Also, getting inside the Paceman is simple on the front but access to the rear seats is far too complicated. Besides, the rear seats have a very few legroom and sitting through the rear seats can be someone as idiotic as filling up a car with a bunch of people who doesn't care about driving this car at all. It's not quite an effective family car if you have a family because it only seats up to four people and an average family has about five to seven.

2014 MINI Paceman
If you're in a mood for a normal ice cream that you bought from your neighborhood bakery, you can have a 1.6L or a 1.6L petrol engine but if you're at home and if you're waiting for the bell ringinig from a person who sells dirty ice cream, then you're the sort of person who chose either a 1.6L or 2.0L diesel engines. Those powerful and efficient engines doesn't seem bad but as for the handling, this is about as harsh as studying all night for some meaningless tests, especially finals. This kind of metaphor also applies on the ALL4 models of the Paceman because I can also expect the same kind of stress as doing next week's homework or reciting something for some meaningless "graded recitation". Geez, I really don't like graded recitations when I was in my school days. Graded recitations really put out the worst for students. He he he...

So, the MINI Paceman, like the Countryman, is rubbish to drive, interior's too uncomfortable, as stressful as a final exam that you took when you were at school, and overall, I still had the same feeling I'd expect from my most hated car of all time but question is, do you hate this Paceman more than its high-performance model?

2014 MINI John Cooper Works Paceman
It's a John Cooper Works model of the Paceman. It has a turbocharged engine that develops 218hp of power, 6-speed manual standard with optional 6-speed auto, ALL4, and some sporting credentials expected from other JCW models. It does 0-100kph in 6.9 seconds and flatout in an estimated 226kph. Do you think I need to appreciate this high-performance version of the car which is a three door version of a MINI I really hate because it's OFF LIMITS for those who are in Punkish Gothic costumes and only those who think bowties, stetsons, and fezzes are cool are welcomed? Let me think about it but in a meantime, as the Got Talent judges might say, it's a NO. Uh-huh, it's a no. Sorry...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Let's Do The News! (March 21, 2013)

River's Diary

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

Bureau of Customs seized illegally imported McLaren Philippine Car News - Customs apprehend illegally imported McLaren MP4-12C
Ruffy Biazon seized a smuggled exotic

If by rule, if a car is not available in the Philippines, don't even try to smuggle it but sadly, some moron denied the advice and because of that, the Bureau of Customs commisioner Ruffy Biazon intercepted a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C being imported into the country using fraudulent documents. Since McLaren has no official distributor in the Philippines, they only buy it via private importers. One questioing puzzle is that BOC said that the British supercar they've seized cost 45 million pesos. A normal MP4-12C would cost about 19 million pesos so that leaves a big mystery about this...


Scooby goes Hybrid

At the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Fuji Heavy Industries will showcase what is known to be as the first ever hybrid car from Subaru and this is based...on the XV crossover which went on sale last year. While no further details as of now 'till showtime, the XV Hybrid will be revealed next week at the New York Auto Show as well as some mystery performance concept that kept us guessing...


XJR Returns Philippine Car News - Jaguar XJR is latest addition to brand’s R performance car line
2014 Jaguar XJR

Missed the Jaguar XJR? Well, good news because on the upcoming New York Auto Show, Jaguar will reveal an all new XJR which combines the comfort of an executive saloon with the thrill of a supercar thanks to its 5.0L Supercharged V8 engine which develops 542HP of power, that's similar to Jaguar's XKR-S Coupe!

SRT Viper TA

SRT Viper Time Attack
2014 SRT Viper TA

A new limited-edition SRT Viper TA isn't just more on being an enthusiast-focused car because most of its luxury equipment's been stripped off and it's on a very limited production run. In fact, this special model is made as an act of revenge against General Motors for outding the SRT Viper with the 2013MY Chevy Corvette ZR1. A couple of months ago, Motor Trend reviewed both the SRT Viper and the 2013MY Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and as it turned out that the ZR1 is faster than the SRT Viper round the Laguna Seca (1:33.70 vs. 1:35.77). For this model, it seems that the hatchet has been burried because the SRT Viper TA set a lap time of 1:33.62, beating the lap time set by the 2013 ZR1.

Production's limited to 33 units and it's available in special Orange Crush color.

"It needs to be updated!"

Jenna Louise Coleman's right. The TARDIS toy needs to be updated because in next week's Doctor Who, they had a new TARDIS now. She said that when she was interviewed by CBS' late night comedian and talk show host Craig Ferguson.

Underground Toys or Character Options, if you're reading this, we want ourselves a new TARDIS like what Jenna Louise said. It may look the same on the outside but when we open its doors, we can see the new (but Teletubbies-inspired) TARDIS interior. This is something we really wish to updated TARDIS toy! Please... And be sure that Clara Oswin Oswald inspires a figure!!!



SIDE NOTE: In observance of Holy Week, that is next week, I may temporary shut this blog off when the clock strikes 12:00 midnight (Philippine Standard Time) to Maundy Thursday. Which means, no more blogging until Easter Sunday, when I'll be back from the Lenten season...

Forza Motorsport 4: Evo vs. STi

The battle between two sides

Over the years, Subaru and Mitsubishi had been locked in combat for decades just so they can outperform, outhandle, and outwit each other with their road going rally cars and everytime they launched different versions, they try outdo each other with a quantity of letters and numbers after the car's names. You've been given a choice; for one lap at the Nurburgring, you want the super-sharp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution but for the journey home, you want a more comfortable Subaru Impreza WRX STi.

Here at Forza Motorsport 4, I'll be only comparing the STi's and the Evo's offered on this game and luckily, it will be somewhat a duel between Evos and STi's.

First up the 22B vs. the Evo VI

Subaru Impreza 22B - 1:28.290
Mitsubishi Evo VI - 1:29.321

Next: WRX STi GDB-Type II vs. Evo VIII MR

Subaru WRX STi GDB-Type II - 1:27.591
Mitsubishi Evo VIII MR - 1:27.818


Subaru WRX STi GDB-F - 1:26.718
Mitsubishi Evo IX MR - 1:27.556


Subaru WRX STi GRB - 1:26.986
Mitsubishi Evo X - 1:26.346

VERDICT: Hmmm...It appears my Stigness can only handle Scoobies because back when I was high school, I was very fond of the STi's regime. I once drove a GDB-F WRX STi since WMMT3 (or maybe the Fast and Furious PS2 game?) and I have to say that this is the kind of car I literally fell in love with. No matter how many times I've been bashed by adolescents in their Mitsubishi Evos, I'm on the urge of getting to know each other but then, with current generations revealed in Tokyo since 2007, it seems my love for Impreza STi's had been evolved and I swore myself that I will never ever get alienated by the aggressive raw power of the Mitsubishi Evo X...but I did. Sure, the Impreza STi GRB really won my heart but it's the Evo X's sheerness and agility really made it jealous. And that's how the age-old question's in boiling point as Evo fans and STi fans starting to melt down over debates.

Hey, since Subaru and Mitsubishi are out in the world of motorsports, and soon these two will be consigned at the history books, I think that this fight ends with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Michelle Gumabao, IHAW NA!

On March 20's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment, Tito Bhoy interviews guest Michelle Gumabao, a member of a winning volleyball team from the UAAP. He talks about what's the secret of winning a mach, about her possibility in the world of showbiz, and how to master some volleyball moves...

Meanwhile, the Tres Kumpares are having troubles taking a nap on the same bed...

VIDEO: See how the Toyota 86Q was made

Of course, the Toyota 86Q, which is a mini-me one-off version of the Toyota 86/GT86 (Scion FR-S) sports coupe, which was launched last year alongside its Subaru BRZ twin, really is a Daihatsu Midget truck with some sporting credentials. Yes, they've used the chassis from a Midget truck and then loaded some 86 credentials to make it look like the miniature version so mini, it looks like it's a toy car life sized. Question is, how long did they made this one-off?

To find out, ExtremeDrivingTV has a video clip on how long did the 86Q was made. Wanna know how long? Watch the clip and find out and apologize to their English subtitles because it feels like it's been Google Translated...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Melai's tips to get you through the line first...

In March 19's Banana Nite's KANDILA's top stories...

 - ISANG RESTAURANT ANG NASUNOG AT INAALAM PA KUNG SINO ANG MAY KASALANAN! - Who's to blame? It's the cook to blame for the fire because he's NAPPING on the job! YOU'RE FIRED!

- ISANG BUONG GRUPO GUSTONG TUMALON MULA SA MATAAS NA BUILDING - Those crazies are not going to commit suicide but waiting for the plane to park through the building to hitch a ride...

- PBA IMPORT, BANNED NA MAGLARO SA PINAS - Even in an interview, Balkman melts down and strangles Santos' neck...Oh well, long story short...

Meanwhile, Melai Cantiveros, everybody's favorite problem solver, gives us top three ways to make singit on the line without making a mess out of someone...

1) Fall in line while wearing sandals and bring a newspaper

2) Tell them there's a stalker going to kill you

3) Make friends with a snatcher!

TGUSA compares luxury offroaders

Top Gear USA compares three luxury offroaders to show off their natural-born talents not as a luxury car but an offroad machine in one package. Rutledge Wood opts in a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, while Adam Ferrera jumps in the Cadillac Escalade ESV, and Tanner Foust's in the Range Rover Sport.

Rut's SRT8 conquers the sand roads, Adam's Escalade passes the comfort test, and Tanner's Range Rooney passes the trailblazing test in flying colors.

After a race to a round of drinks at the ski resort, the real test begins at Mammoth Mountain. Because Rut's SRT8 is not good enough on snowy conditions, he opts out and instead chow down some meals at the lodge. Tanner's Range Rover seems to be seamless on this final challenge but Adam unleashes his secret weapon, that is calling someone to tow his Escalade to the finish line. As Tanner and his Range Rover is close to the end, it seems that the Range Rover hungs on its last breath. In other words, his Rangie's stuck and Tanner continues on foot where he saw Adam and his Caddy unexpectedly appeared at the finish line.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Forza Motorsport 4: 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

The German Screamer

Using the R230 SL65 AMG as its basis, the Black Series is an upgraded version of the said model which comes with an improved version of a 6.0L V12 twin-turbo engine mated with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS five-speed automatic transmission. With the engine develops 661HP of power, it is the most powerful AMG model yet. 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds and top speed limited to 199mph.

Aside from its raw power, the Black Series is 250kg lighther than the regular SL65 because of the use of light carbon fibre composites (CFRP) parts and replacing the foldable hardtop roof with a fixed roof.

Jeremy Clarkson reviewed this on Top Gear Season 13 Episode 03 and when handed to The Stig, it set a lap time of 1:30 at the Top Gear Test Track.

What's in our Car Town garage today? (March 19, 2013)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

2012 Vorsteiner V-RT Coupe

The VRT Coupe is one of Vorsteiner's tuning programs which is based on the 997 turbo model. The main aspects for the V-RT Coupe is to maximize performance by optimizing the power to weight ratio of the vehicle, as Vorsteiner states it. With the use of Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber products, the V-RT provides higher stiffness and strength while dropping the weight to just 40%.

2012 Vorsteiner V-RT Coupe

2011 Volvo C30 Polestar Edition

So you all think that all Volvos are made for pensioners, eh? Well, this hot C30 model will change its course. Called the PCP, it uses a normal C30, which in Top Gear claimed it was the better looking of the small hatchbacks, as its basis but it comes with an improved 2.5L engine which bumps the power output up to 400hp. It was built for fun by Polestar, the company behind Volvo touring cars made for the Swedish Touring Car Championship and it has, and it was delightful to say if you're on a rainy day, four wheel drive, meaning you can reach amazing angles and you can still rescue it. On the inside, the dashboard's been covered by some kind of mole skin for added uniqueness.

2011 Volvo C30 Polestar Edition

1941 Jeep Willys MB

Once used as a military vehicle provided for the US Army, it was the originator of the word "Jeep". If it weren't for the Willys vehicle, perhaps the Jeep name wasn't invented and that brand wouldn't exsisted at all. There's a lot of puzzle about the origin of the Jeep word via this car, although it was claimed from the slurring of the letters GP, the military term for General Purpose while others say it came for a character named "Eugene the Jeep" from the Popeye cartoon strip. While the origins is still an enigma, the Jeep word was added at the lexicon and it became the workhorse for war or for off-road purposes.

1941 Jeep Willys MB

Monday, March 18, 2013

Driving Music (What is the name of the song on car commercial?) Vol. 49

In response from the previous installment, it seems most Canadians are asking about the song heard from the Chevy Trax commercial and thanks to some generous contributor, guess I'm going to add that to another set of five driving musics (car commercial songs).

5) The Water Is Wide by Jens Lysdal Hugo Rasmussen - from Kia K9 2013 Korean Commercial

4) Lil Red Riding Hood by Laura Gibson - from Volvo USA S60 "Little Red" TV Commercial

3) Beep Beep Beep by Bobby Day - from Kia Motors America Sorento "Folding Mirrors and Power Liftgate" commercial

2) SIXTEEN GOING ON SEVENTEEN by Daniel Truhitte/Charmian Carr - from Toyota "ハイブリッド 未来はこれから" Japanese commercial

1) Booty Swing by Parov Stelar - from Chevrolet Canada Trax "Midnight" commercial

And there you are. If you have questions regarding car commercial songs, be sure to leave a comment below or contact me via e-mail!

Let's Do The News (March 18, 2013)

JM: Now, let's do the news and if I have to ask, has anyone's been on Red Nose Day since Friday? Raise your hands...

(audience raising hands)

RH: Aw man! You guys didn't see that thing coming!

JC: What is it about?

RH: I mean, I just saw Miranda Hart and French and Saunders....

JC: Yeah, what?

RH: On that part, I saw Miranda Hart kissing Dawn French, Dawn French kissing Jennifer Saunders, and then Miranda Hart kissing Davina McCall...

The kissing at RND 2013

(audience laughing)

JC: Oh my gosh. This really is an outrage I have ever seen in my life. Girls kissing each other in front of a live audience...I mean how bad was that?

JM: Well, I think it was part of the final challenge for Miranda Hart's Mad March for Red Nose Day 2013 and such outrage rosed her donations to over a million pounds.

JC: Speaking of which, who asked Miranda Hart to do such an outrageous final challenge?

RH: Uh...I think it's none other than The Eleventh Doctor...

(audience laughing)

JC: (spitting) What?!

RH: Matt Smith, you know, The Eleventh Doctor, that's when he's the person who asked Miranda to organize a wedding plan that leads to the live audience where...Miranda kissed Dawn French, French and Saunders kissed, and this whole baloney really is a bombshell that shocked Miranda and French & Saunders fans everywhere. My gosh...

JC: Yeah...It's so shameful that Catherine Tate couldn't make it...

RH: I's so sad that Ms. Tate's not on the venue. That reminds me...Why is Catherine Tate's not in RND 2013?

JC: Spoilers....

(audience laughing)

JC: Okay, speaking of Doctor Who, seems that the BBC's announcing the names of the remaining episodes of Doctor Who Series 7, where The Doctor meets up with a brand new companion by the name of Clara Oswin Oswald.

RH: Really?

JC: Yeah. As announced, only four out of the eight episodes for Series 7.2 were announced and the names are...

S07E06: The Bells of St. John
S07E07: The Rings of Akhaten
S07E08: Cold War
S07E09: Hide

Here are the official artworks, which sticks to the theme of being "cinematic":


JM: Looks cinematic, right?

JC: Uh-huh, they're really as cinematic as watching a flick with your friends...

(audience laughing)

JC: Now last year, we talked about the Honda sedans and as of now, the Accord is the only sedan in the Honda lineup since the discontinuation of the Civic, the Inspire, and the Legend for the Japanese market. Seems that now, there's an announcement that the next-generation Accord will a minute...wait a minute...wait a minute...

JM: What is it? What's the outcome for the next generation Accord?

(audience laughing)

Honda Accord PHV

JM: What?

JC: Says that the ninth-generation Honda Accord will be hybrid-only and it will be offered also with the PHV model shortly. Well, long story short, hybrids and eco-cars are becoming the new JDM because of the eco-car genzei system applied from the Japanese govermnet and it seems more and more Japanese are buying hybrids more than petrol-powered cars. Anyway, let's not make it a bit longer because this will make it more complicating for the Japanese car industry.

JM: So, the Japanese carmakers, which is famous for having their car's speedos read up to 180kph, why was...

JC: Shhh...Shhh...Shhh....Guess this is the new JDM. Eco and Hybrid. The new JDM...

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, the piece of tidbit about the upcoming hybrid-only Honda Accord is that it will be the first of the Sport Hybrid lineup, a lineup which will replace the existing iMA system for future Honda hybrids. This will be the first to have Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD).

RH: i-MMD?

JC: i-MMD or Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive is part of the SPORT HYBRID powertrain which comes with three distinct driving modes to choose from; EV Drive allows the car to run on pure electric mode, Engine Drive that is suitable for medium to high speeds. and Hybrid Drive lets both the electric motor and the gasoline engine join forces in case of heavy acceleration and stop-and-go city driving. I'm guessing Honda's going to be a game-changer when it comes for hybrids. Pretty soon, they will feature a next-generation Honda Fit with a hybrid model fitted with a 7-speed double clutch transmission rather than CVT. Would you rather want one?


(audience laughing)

JM: Uh, hey, you know the news that Daniel Padilla got a new Dodge Challenger as his birthday present, right? Now it seems that we got reports that Dodge is recalling 2013 Dodge Challenger V6 models over fire risks and advises owners not to drive one.

RH: Yeah, something fishy about this...could Daniel Padilla's Challenger had a V6 engine?

(audience laughing)

JC: I don't know but if it has, guess Daniel Padilla's million peso birthday gift is ruined by flames...

(audience laughing)

JC: I mean if this would happen, I'm thinking it could be much worse than me listening to his song which was part of the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs...What was that title again?

(audience murmuring)

JC: Na Sa Yo Lang Ang Lahat! That was the song I often listen to all the time! Seems I'm getting a bit of the "Last Song Syndrome".

(Audience laughing)

RH: Wait a minute...What's LAST SONG SYNDROME?

JC: It's something when a certain song stuck in my head, like those songs heard from kids shows, especially the ones from Disney...

(audience laughing)

JC: True fact, some songs straight from Disney kids shows like Special Agent Oso or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, they're really got stuck in my head and I always hum on those...

RH: (laughing) Really?! Your brain got stuck by some Disney kids show musics? Oh my! Guess you wouldn't recite most of the Disney theme songs, would you?

JC: Uh nope. Only songs from Disney shows targeted for pre-schoolers stuck in my brain...

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, Sakura-Con 2013's coming at Washington State Convention Center this March 29 so we might be bumping to some people cosplay as their favorite characters or personality. If I had a camera, which I always brought one, I might be guessing that there more and more cosplaying as fresh ones on the trot. So, in my views, I might had a chance of seeking some lucky girl at the convention who dressed herself as Doctor Who's souffle girl...

(audience laughing)

RH: Yeah, way to common. But what about that woman from The Walking Dead who has a katana. What was her name?

(audience murmuring)

JC: I forgot but I might had a chance of finding someone who dressed as the crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead because Daryl's a fan favorite. Possible?

(audience laughing)

JM: What about the characters from Sword Art Online? Sure, it was 2012's most talked about anime series and by luck, I might catching up someone who dressed as their favortie SAO characters, especially Kirito or Asuna.

JC: Well, that works too, James. But, since because of Metal Gear Rising, I might be catching someone dressed as Raiden or the MGR baddies such as Mistral, Monsoon, Sundowner, or Sam. Any takers?

(audience murmuring)

RH: Also, I might be seeing someone dressed as Connor from Assassin's Creed 3 or Aveline from the Liberation spin-off. Any chance of finding one?

JC: Uh...I don't know, Richard. I'm not an AC fan but let's give it a shot...

JM: Hmmm...I might expect someone dressed in a Sarif Industries Armor from the Deus Ex series, Agent 47's suit from the Hitman series, or Rico Rodriguez's outfit from Just Cause. Oh! I might expect someone dressed as the new Lara Croft from the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider, the new one where Lara Croft emerged as a battle-scarred survivor.

RH: That's nice. What about someone who dressed as a younger Dante from DmC? You know, the 2013 reboot of Devil may Cry. Any chance of finding one?

JC: Hmmm....


RH: (snoozing)

JM: Guess the search talks are taking too long, eh?

(audience laughing)

JC: Oh yeah! We must have ran out of time after talks! Anyway, and on that bombshell, that is the news!

Tenth Generation Chevrolet Impala

Let's talk about the Chevrolet Impala because ever since it came back in 1999, the Impala is now well known as being a rental car or Chevy's answer to a bunch of old Ford Crown Victoria taxis that you can expect in most US States. It maybe an ideal car for the fleet business in terms of taxi or rental but as an everyday driver's car, the Impala's a bit bland and when compared to the Taurus, the Impala's just shying away from its rivals. Now, if I might make a suggestion, it seems that this car is quite unattractive, obese-looking, and bland. Seems that the current Ford Taurus really took a hard beating over the Chevy Impala in terms of style, quality, performance, and convenience...

2014 Chevrolet Impala
...but now, what Chevrolet claimed that they made it even better for the Impala's full model change. First and foremost, the bland looking design from the previous model has now been thrown away and made the new Impala a more robust and dynamic stance as what Chevrolet might think about it for you. Also, having learned its lesson from the facelifted Traverse SUV, the traditional Chevy look of other Chevy's has been ditched and gave it a bit more...questionable front which, in my opinion, will spark some criticisms over Chevy loyalists. On the rear view, seems that Chevrolet is looking at the Lexus GS, Hyundai Sonata, or the Mazda Atenza for some inspiration. Imagine when this new Impala parked among those cars I've mentioned, this would lead to some serious guess knowing which of these backs came from and can't tell which of these cars is theirs.

2014 Chevrolet Impala interior
 While the outside is not quite as nice looking as its rivals from the block, get inside and what you found out is an interior design that will make you noticed. First of all, the traditional steering wheel of other General Motors cars is not here and the new Impala comes with a steering wheel that seems to be as obvious as a futuristic cruiser as well as its futuristic sci-fi-looking instrumentals, a bigger room space than the previous model, available Chevrolet myLink, and also, a secret compartment hidden behind the sat-nav where you can store your belongings. Sounds intriguing but what it feels like when sitting down in the new Impala has the same feeling're sitting at a nice and comfy seat at your auntie's house in Quezon. It's like you want to come at a house where the sala's large, the other room has another TV, a long straightway to the dining room, and you really wanna wish you want to come back to your auntie's house.

2014 Chevrolet Impala

So, the interior is about as comfy as your auntie's house somewhere in Quezon, the engine that powers your so-called auntie's house will get you noticed. It's a 3.6L DOHC V6 DI engine with Variable Valve Timing which produces 305HP of power, meaning that's a lot of power than the Ford Taurus Limited or a V6-powered Chrysler 300. Also, this engine available as of launch time can do zero to 60mph in 6.8 seconds. It's not what you called quick but the new Impala really shake of its fleet car image or taxi car image. Guess this is not your taxi driver's Impala anymore.

Because it uses the same chassis applied on the Buick LaCrosse, which is the most beautiful American luxury sedan I have seen in my whole life, and the biblical terrible Cadillac XTS, I was going to expect that this car will fall into pieces every time when it sees a corner...but NO! Because the ride's low and the body's stiff, with the addition of some premium electric rack-and-pinion steering system, it seems that the new Impala's ride really doesn't make the baby move its eyeballs to some shaking stuff from the rear view mirror. It feels more relaxed as your kid taking a nap at his mother's lap after a hotdog day at the theme park and even though when it corners, your kid's still asleep...unless you bump into a speed hump but never mind about that...

Because this is a brand new car, the starting grade for the launch, a 2LT model, will cost you $30,760 (plus tax, title, license and dealer fees). That's about a price of three Nissan Latios as I speak but if you're urged to say "shut up and take my money", well fine. Just ignore the exterior design because this is far too obvious but it's a major improvement from the previous model.

So the verdict then is simple, the Impala may have a nice cabin but the exterior's not quite good looking as it seems to be. If you want a good-looking Chevy sedan, get yourself a Malibu but because of such issues...let's just pause this for a while until someone has the real verdict for the new model because for a car that was once a car made for rentals and taxi drivers...this is just too obvious...It's as obvious as your mom and dad watching a teleserye and blabber all the way at the end of the episode.

Available colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Red Rock Metallic, Summit White, Black, Ashen Gray Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic, Silver Topaz Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Blue Ray Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, and White Diamond Tricoat.

Photo: General Motors

F1 2013 Australian GP

The first round of the Formula 1 2013 season really shows that even the race ends, this is just the beginning of a new Formula 1 season and the start really ends with a win from Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen while Fernando Alonso from Ferrari placed 2nd place and Red Bull Racing hero Sebastian Vettel placed 3rd.


Race - Raikkonen and Lotus triumph in Australia 17 Mar 2013
Kimi Raikkonen put himself on top Down Under with an emphatic and unexpected victory for Lotus in the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

After qualifying everybody had expected Red Bull domination, but that went wrong right from the start. Sebastian Vettel led confidently, but Mark Webber immediately fell from second to seventh as the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso exploded into second and third places ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg which sandwiched Raikkonen’s Lotus.

The Finn soon disposed of the silver arrows, and began his chase of the three breakaway leaders.

Vettel was the first of them to change his supersoft Pirelli tyres, on lap seven, followed by leader Massa on lap eight, then leader Alonso and Raikkonen on nine. That left Hamilton in the lead and he stayed there until lap 12, whereupon Rosberg led briefly before Adrian Sutil, who had started 11th for Force India on medium compound tyres, seized the initiative. For the second race in succession, a Force India led.

The German, making his first start since 2011, stayed there ahead of Vettel, Massa, Alonso and Raikkonen until pitting on the 21st lap. Vettel did likewise, and Massa a lap later. But crucially, Alonso had stopped on the 20th, and was thus able to leapfrog the group ahead of him - Sutil, Vettel and Massa - when they made their stops. He thus took over second place when Hamilton stopped again on the 31st lap. By then Rosberg had dropped out with electrical problems. Massa, meanwhile, left it too long and dropped from first to seventh when he pitted on the 23rd lap.

Now Raikkonen led, and it soon emerged that Lotus had chosen a two-stop strategy - as opposed to the popular three-stop strategy of the other leading contenders - and were able to make it work. He clung on up front until the 34th lap, which then put Alonso and Vettel into the top two places, and soon the Ferrari was leaving the Red Bull behind. Vettel found his car good for a couple of laps on new rubber, but after that it began to destroy it. Red Bull might have owned qualifying, but Lotus and Ferrari had the upper hand in the race.

Soon after Vettel stopped for the third time on lap 37, and Alonso on 39, Raikkonen caught and passed Sutil on the 43rd, and that was the crucial point for him. In clear air he could now control everything. Even when Alonso quickly moved in on the Force India, it became evident that the Lotus was a better package with which Raikkonen could dictate the race.

Behind them, Vettel had nothing left and had to settle for third, as Massa climbed back to fourth. He was a little disgruntled about his earlier pit stop, but fourth was a solid result on a circuit that doesn’t favour his style which relies heavily on traction.

Hamilton looked racy early on as his Mercedes went 12 laps on the supersofts, but though his lap times were competitive at times, the F1 W04 lacked the sheer pace to run with the big boys. He was able to reel in Sutil, however, as the German struggled for the final 12 laps on the supersofts.

After his disaster, an unhappy Webber fought back to sixth, setting some fastest laps on the way, and he also passed Sutil in the closing stages. Sutil clung on for seventh after a great comeback, as team mate Paul di Resta looked threatening until a moment on the final tour dropped him back.

McLaren had a deeply troubled outing, and Jenson Button was the first to swap from supersofts to mediums as early as the fourth lap. He ran in the lower midfield, fighting with Lotus’s Romain Grosjean for much of the race after the Frenchman made a terrible start. They crossed the line within 1.1s of each other, as the Lotus driver battled to hold off Button’s team mate Sergio Perez. Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who set the second fastest lap after a late tyre stop, was also in this fight after a feisty race, but dropped down to 12th after a move on Grosjean failed to come off.

Esteban Gutierrez was Sauber’s sole runner after Nico Hulkenberg had to vacate 11th place on the grid because of a fuel system problem which prevented him from starting. The Mexican kept out of trouble to take the rookie honours from Valtteri Bottas, who did what Williams team mate Pastor Maldonado failed to do by keeping his FW35 on the track.

Fellow rookie Jules Bianchi drove a great race for Marussia to beat his Caterham rivals; Charles Pic finished a lap further down than his fellow Frenchman. Behind them, Marussia’s Max Chilton and Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde had a mighty scrap over 17th place, the English rookie finally beating his Dutch counterpart comfortably.

Besides Hulkenberg and Rosberg, Maldonado failed to finish after beaching his Williams and Daniel Ricciardo’s race ended with a broken exhaust on his Toro Rosso.

After one race, Raikkonen leads the drivers’ world championship with 25 points from Alonso on 18, Vettel on 15, Massa on 12, Hamilton on 10, Webber on 8, Sutil on 6, Di Resta on 4, Button on 2 and Grosjean on 1.

Ferrari lead the constructors’ points with 30 to Lotus’s 26, Red Bull’s 23, Mercedes and Force India’s 10 and McLaren’s 2.


Remember, this is ONLY the beginning of the F1 2013 season. Next race is one Sepang, Malaysia this March 24th and the end of the first round really is a test for new and returning F1 race stars who are vying for the top. You'll never know how much drama you'll expect on this year's season...

Forza Horizon: Barn Find DB5

A Special Agent infiltrating Horizon?

Ever since the iconic Bond car, which is the Aston Martin DB5, made a stunning comeback in the Bond film, SKYFALL, which stars Daniel Craig reprising his role as Agent 007 James Bond, the world really amazed a surprising reunion with the best secret agent in the world and what we think of it as the best Bond car for over five decades. Well, I guess that's how the Bond 50th anniversary really made it special by bringing back the best Bond car on the best Bond movie with an Academy Award winning theme song by Adele.

If you have already found the DB5 as a barn find, you'll be glad to know that you are driving the best Bond car in the decades. Just don't tell everyone that you became a secret agent trying to infiltrate the underbelly of the Horizon Festival!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Opel/Vauhxall Cascada

2013 Opel Cascada

2013 Vauxhall Cascada
Now let's talk about the Opel Cascada (or Vauxhall Cascada if you live in Blighty). This is a brand new convertible which is based on the current generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra J and the strange fact that this German-born machine was built by Polish. Uh-huh, it was made in Poland, which I think it's a country which is near the German border. Check the world atlas and you'll see...

So what's in the name? Well, originally this would be the additional lineup of the Astra range but Opel or Vauxhall managed to consider it a spin-off to the Astra J (which now consists of the GTC, a high-performance model, a 5-door hatch, a station wagon, and a sedan not available in right-hand drive markets) and they called it Cascada. Don't know why but it rhymes like cicada to me...

Anyway, it's like a normal Astra J hatchback but with the roof that can be opened or closed at the push of a button. You can still expect a host of engine choices such as a 1.4L Turbo Ecotec I4 petrol, a 1.6L Turbo Ecotec SIDI I4 petrol, or a 2.0L Turbo Ecotec CDTI I4 diesel engine. The 1.4 Turbo engine, equipped with a 6-speed manual, offers a combined fuel economy of 6.5L/100km, meaning this is the fuel efficient of the petrol range while the 2.0 CDTi engine with the 6-speed manual will have a combined fuel economy of 5.2L/100km, meaning this is the frugal of the diesel lineup as of now. Yes, most of the engine types come with a 6-speed manual but some models do come with a 6-speed automatic if you want something for a bit of easy-driving on the outdoors.

As for the pricing, the Cascada starts at around 29,545 Euros, which is about thousands cheaper than its main rival, the Volkswagen Eos. That makes it great value for money, meaning that if you can't afford a Volkswagen Eos should consider this. It's also much more good-looking than the Eos as well.

2013 Opel Cascada interior

2013 Vauxhall Cascada interior

In terms of being an everyday driver's car, the Cascada seems to be friendly to the driver. It's like being as posh as a large cup of caramel macchiato or when you're stressed, you might as well eat some chocolates to calm you down. On the open road, well when you set it on Sport Mode, the moment when you finished eating your chocolates at midnight is over and then your sugar rush kicks in and with the roof open, this would be an enjoyable feast.

2013 Opel Cascada

2013 Vauxhall Cascada

I know, it's an enjoyable open-top cruiser for a reasonable price but despite being a new model, I think the Cascada is not quite enough to change the image of Opel or Vauxhall because they still have a mountain to climb. The Cascada works well as a weekend car but sometimes, the Cascada might sometimes had a few chances to slip through the wrong path. If you are the kind of lover boy who use this on a date with a special someone, that's fine because the Cascada has the gentleman's manner but if you're a Sir Chief and then you park this car at the casino in Monte Carlo, I'm afraid that you're going to make an embarrassment out of yourself. Not quite as posh as other posh convertibles but the Cascada really shows how glamorous would be if some metro boys in pink shirts had one. Hmmm...

Photo: Opel/Vauxhall

Six Nations 2013 finale

Wales v England

Let's forget the fact that Italy defeated the Irish at Stadio Olimpico and the French beat the Scottish in Stade de France. Let's focus on an epic battle between Wales vs. England and...whaddya know? A miracle in 2013 Six Nations occurred as the Welsh finally prevented the England Rugby from snagging their Grand Slam title at the score of 30 to 3. That's 30 points for Wales and 3 points for the England Rugby, therefore Wales finally made it! The Welsh has won the Six Nations 2013!


Wales stun England to defend RBS 6 Nations crown in style

Alex Cuthbert's blistering double saw Wales defend their RBS 6 Nations crown with a thumping 30-3 victory at the Millennium Stadium, crushing England's hopes of the Grand Slam.

Heading into the match needing to win by eight points or more to deny England the title, Wales stopped Stuart Lancaster's men dead in their tracks, winning the arm wrestle up front and scoring the two tries of the match in a thoroughly convincing win.
Rob Howley was captain when Wales rained on England's Grand Slam parade in 1999 - and 14 years on he masterminded a repeat performance, inflicting a first away RBS 6 Nations defeat on Lancaster.

Leading 9-3 at the break with three Leigh Halfpenny kicks to one from Owen Farrell, Wales cranked it up in the second half and England had no answers to the hosts' intensity.

Cuthbert went over twice as England could not hold the red tidal wave at bay and saw their hopes of a first Grand Slam in a decade drift away.

Both sides showed early intent to play the game with the ball in hand and roared on by a partisan home crowd, it was Wales who had the better of the frenetic opening exchanges.

England gave away just five penalties in 80 minutes against Italy but at the Millennium Stadium they had reached that tally in the first quarter - the Welsh refusing to give an inch at the breakdown.

One early England foray into the Welsh half saw Manu Tuilagi knock-on with men outside and Dan Biggar's boot downfield saw the hosts camped upfield for a sustained period.

England defended resolutely but Welsh patience paid off when they were awarded a tenth-minute penalty - Halfpenny booting his side into the lead.

Wales were in the ascendancy and had England on the ropes and Chris Ashton and Tom Youngs both gave away penalties - the latter within Halfpenny's reach and the full-back made in 6-0 on 17 minutes.

Back came England almost immediately however and Farrell, with the help of the right-hand post, halved the deficit after Sam Warburton was penalised for putting his hands in the ruck.

On 23 minutes Wales were awarded another penalty and Halfpenny was on target again before Farrell missed a chance to respond in kind soon after when Jamie Roberts was the offender at the breakdown.

The intensity continued - one hit from Richard Hibbard on Joe Marler shook the Millennium Stadium to the rafters - but after weathering the early storm, England began to exert their authority.

They won another penalty within Farrell's range but instead England flexed their muscles and kicked to the corner.

Now it was Wales' turn to defend but they almost had the first try of the match when Biggar intercepted a Ben Youngs pass and the ball was swiftly moved to George North who pinned back his ears and set off for the try-line.

He looked certain to win the foot race with the covering Tom Croft but a last-ditch tap tackle from Mike Brown came to England's rescue.

Brown then found himself in space after a superb grubber kick through from Farrell but when posed with either taking the hit or going inside, he did neither, fumbled and Halfpenny booted clear.

There was no relenting as the half wore on and again North broke down the left, only for Farrell to make the tackle and force the knock on.

With a ferocious half drawing to a close, Biggar almost extended Wales' lead but his long-range drop goal drifted just wide as the hosts went in at the break 9-3.

After the break there was no let-up and Wales continued to exert their dominance at the scrum, earning a number of penalties and prompting England to replace Marler with Mako Vunipola.

Wales then found themselves knocking on the door and Roberts almost went over in the corner. The hosts continued to go through the phases just in front of the England line but some formidable defence from the Grand Slam chasers ensured their was no way through.

Referee Steve Walsh had already awarded the penalty however and Halfpenny again made no mistake with his kick, putting Wales to the top of the virtual table, courtesy of their nine-point lead.

And on 56 minutes came the decisive moment of the match. Wales' forwards turned the ball over in the middle of the pitch and Mike Phillips spread the ball to Jonathan Davies, who in turn found Cuthbert, who beat Brown to the right-hand corner.

Halfpenny missed the conversion but soon after, Farrell was off target with a penalty attempt after Toby Faletau was pinged for a high tackle.

Back came Wales, profiting from their dominance up front and making it count in terms of possession, pinning England back in their own 22.

After a number of phases, Biggar extended the lead to 20-3 with a shrewd drop goal and on 66 minutes, the Millennium Stadium faithful were sent into rapture.

Warburton made a blistering break down the middle and with England ragged and Wales rampant, Tipuric burst down the right and fed Cuthbert, who had the simplest of finishes in the right-hand corner - Biggar notching the conversion from the touchline.

Still Wales would not let up and Biggar rubbed salt into the wounds with his first penalty of the match before England spurned their best chance of a try late on - Toby Flood making the break but Danny Care overcooking his chip over the top when seeking Tuilagi on the left.

Wales looked for the try that would put the icing on the cake but while it was not coming, the RBS 6 Nations title, which looked a long way away after an opening defeat to Ireland, was theirs to celebrate.

CONGRATULATIONS, WRU! The Welsh truly deserve the RBS 6 Nations Title and that wouldn't done it without the support from the fans because you did what that kid from the advert said! WE MADE IT!!!!

Forza Horizon: Joss JT1 reward

Here she is, waiting for you

I guess this is it. This is the final Season Pass bonus car to be offered on Forza Horizon and it's some Australian prototype dream machine known as the Joss JT1. I heard that the development takes a long long time but hey, they're Australians making the dream so it takes time until they found some investors to develop their dream machine that will mark history as the pride of The Land Down Under.

Until then, I still have to try out the up-and-coming pride of Australia in a driving heaven known as Forza Horizon and see if the Australians are ready for the great supercar race...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Ask comments and questions here!