Saturday, August 2, 2014


On the August 1, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- "Pa-picture tayo" gags

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...Tiis-Ganda!!!

- Lala Ytera messes up the sleepover!

- A binatilya wears bras all by himself...until he gets caught by his daddy.

- More wise words from Tata Lino!

- Brod Pete and his pals answer your questions in ANG BAGONG DATING DOON!

- Some internet-related love advice...

- The hot-tempered Tolpu brothers are tackling the case of a corrupt barangay chairman as told by a witness in T3 NYO!

Friday, August 1, 2014

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

The big scoop today...

- The Department of Health are on a heightened alert as the Ebola Outbreak continues...

- Even former Stig, Ben Collinsdisagrees about self-driving cars.

- Top Gear's James May will host a new show called "Cars of the People". It premieres Sunday, the 10th of August, on BBC Two.

- All good things must come to an end, even ninjas. The teaser trailer for the upcoming Naruto movie titled THE LAST - NARUTO THE MOVIE - has surfaced on the net. Set for Winter 2014 showing, Uzumaki Naruto is facing the most ultimate mission yet!

- The controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program scandal has put a dent on DOST's Project NOAH because this weather-monitoring project has been funded by the DAP.

- Suzuki teased their upcoming facelift on the fifth-generation Wagon R kei car but what could this be? Some say, the upcoming facelift will see a boost on its fuel economy thanks to its secret weapon that I can't tell you what that is until its reveal. Stay tuned.

Teaser for the 2015 Wagon R
- According to the San Diego PD, the injuries from a teenage Comic-Con cosplayer, that 17-year-old cosplayer who was claimed who got beaten up by someone, were sustained from a fall after climbing a gate. Cops stated she was under drug influence.

- DID YOU KNOW? Matthew Jordan Smith's upcoming book titled Future American President has a foreword written by teen actress Zendaya. This book highlights the lives of hundred American children from all over the nation.

- Check out the lyric video for R5's Heart Made Up On You single! Raura fans should enjoy listening this!

- FOX's Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD)'s Scientifically Accurate segment takes a stab on Sonic the Hedgehog! (WARNING: The click you're linking is NSFW. Strong Parental Guidance is extremely advised.)

- Check out the whole Season 2 compilation of Bravest Warriors from start to finish! Perfect for those who want to catch-up, want to watch it again, or watch it for the very first time.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Inventor creates oxygen-producing leaf

Time now for some scientific breakthrough as Royal College of Art graduate, Julian Melchiorri, has claimed that he invented a "silk leaf" that produces oxygen not just for space travel but also for clean air. This "synthetic leaf" was co-developed with Tufts University.

Julian says that this silk leaf was very light, low energy-consuming, completely biological, and his idea for this leaf he created was to use the efficiency of nature in a man-made environment. I was amazed by this but can Brainiacs harness the energy of the leaves? Eh...nope.

Report: IFLSCIENCE Image: Julian Melchiorri

Let's Do The News! (July 31, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Autonomous cars are coming to British roads as early as 2014 as the British government claims that these self-driving machines could improve safety and reduce congestion. A survey from 5 News found that half of the population believed that autonomous cars are a bad idea as they would not let their children or relatives travel in one.

- Peace Corps asks its volunteers to evacuate West African countries immediately as the Ebola outbreak lingers on.

- The Gaza Strip violence continues as 19 people were reportedly killed when a missile hit a UN school where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge overnight.

- The folks from DID YOU KNOW GAMING? drops some more FYIs about Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise.

- A 29-year-old male visitor from last week's SDCC 2014 was arrested in alleged assault on a teenage cosplayer who was found bleeding and unconscious on a Sunday morning.

- Far Eastern University of Manila and FEU Tech has suspended today's classes due to a suspected bomb threat.

- Land Rover teases their upcoming Discovery Sport 7-seater crossover.

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Discovery Sport teaser

- Kia Motors teases their upcoming third-generation Sorento crossover.

Kia Sorento
Third-generation Kia Sorento teaser

- A Toyota 86 has pulled a Guinness World Record for the longest drifts in a record-shattering 144.126km drift distance.

- Also, a Toyota 86 spawned a rally-spec CS-R3 which is set to debut this August in Germany.

86 CS-R3


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Let's Do The News! (July 30, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Newscaster Paolo Bediones was involved in a video scandal.

- That password from Janet Lim-Napoles' Macintosh. What's so funny about and why?

- Further details about Pope Francis' Philippine visit are detailed.

- Mercedes-Benz Vans unveiled their full model change on their Vito commercial van.

2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito
2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito

- Snowmobile and ATV manufacturer, Polaris, unveiled their 3-wheeler machine known as the Slingshot. Set for 2015 release, this three-wheeler is powered by a 2.4L Ecotec engine developing 173HP of power and 166lb-ft of torque while mated with a 5-speed gearbox.

Polaris Slingshot
Polaris Slingshot

- The live-action Attack on Titan movie will spawn two installments.

- The Japanese Government will initiate the removal of 580 foreign pirate sites illegally uploaded anime and manga contents on the web without copyright permission, starting this 1st of August as the government will send request to sites-in-questions to delete illegal uploads. Also, the operation will commence a new site to guide the fans to a legitimate site offering some 250 titles especially the latest ones at cheaper costs.

- In case you missed the 16th Young Hollywood Awards, here are the winners;

- Rupert Graves, Sherlock's Inspector Lestrade, joins the cast of the upcoming new season of "Last Tango in Halifax" drama.


Lexus NX (Z10/Z15)

The Lexus NX is Toyota Motor Corporation's attempt to take on the likes of its European compact crossover rivals such as the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK, and the BMW X3. While this is smaller than its big brother, the RX, the NX is known to be one of the most important models for the Japanese carmaker and I'd expect good hope for this one even though the crossover population is as skyrocketing as the increasing demand for these unknown car categories.

2015 Lexus NX

There's more to it than that because what lies beyond the imminent positive outlook for the new NX is the engine power plants under the hood and for the first time ever, the NX comes with this; their newly-developed 8AR-FTS engine. What is it? This is Toyota Motor Corporation's first ever turbocharged engine since the Caldina discontinued in 2007. I was relieved to have them saying that but this is a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that promises V6 power with 4-cylinder fuel economy and looks like downsizing can go a very long way. If you want, Lexus will offer you the top-of-the-line NX300h model equipped with the same 2.5L 2AR-FXE hybrid powerplant as seen from the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Harrier. I wouldn't mind having that because even though I had one, I would say that I wish for this car to be more exciting.

The new 8AR-FTS engine has a power output of a class-leading 238PS, 350Nm of torque output, and it's mated with a 6-speed ECT automatic gearbox. Depending on the model, 12.8kmpl is usually the fuel economy for this turbocharged NX200t although your actual fuel consumption can vary. As for the 2AR-FXE engine bolted on the NX300h model, this engine is connected to an electric motor and an old-school nickel metal battery. Running on engine alone, it develops 152PS of power output and 206Nm of torque output while running on its 2JM electric motor alone, that's 105kW of power and 270Nm of torque. Opt in for a 4WD model and you can get a 50kW electric motor bolted to the back. The CVT gearbox is standard for the hybrid model and as always, 21kmpl of fuel economy is plenty for the NX300h although fuel consumptions can vary.

2015 Lexus NX

In terms of ride quality, the NX is not quite bad either although there are some few drawbacks to it because the suspension setup isn't as sophisticated as its European rivals because while most rivals focused solely on the more sophisticated ones, the NX has double wishbones on the back and MacPherson struts on the front. It has rack and pinion power steering so it looks nice to drive but lacks the character I was hoping for. It may not be exciting though but the NX isn't a dull car to drive for an day to day basis even for a company car for fleet use. You can refer to it as an average; it may not be quite a good car but the ride isn't half bad.

2015 Lexus NX

2015 Lexus NX interior
In terms of styling, the NX is not quite a harsh looker on the road. Thanks to its bizarro take on the L-Finesse design language like we seen on the biblically harsh-looking Lexus IS, the NX is a bit like when 10-year-olders took control of the design room but this isn't child's play. Oh no. This is a serious crossover built for some barely serious driving on a daily routine. If I have to talk about the interior, there's a downside that the dashboard's a bit too small and while you're busy driving, you can't look at the buttons until you are at the red light and when you're stopped, you have a few seconds to find out what does these buttons do and as for the Remote Touch, the NX integrates a new generation of this interface. It's no longer a mouse thingy and it's now a touch thingy of some sorts. Well, you get that idea but learning the interior can be a bit too complexed until you all know about this.

What about the upsides? Well, it can seat up to five people, can be folded at the back for added luggage, not quite cramped in terms of legroom (unless someone meddles with the front seats), and the seats are comfy as well.

So, should you buy one? The turbocharged NX200t starts at 4,280,000 Yen while its F-Sport model, complete with some sport-tuned suspension and an even more bizarro look than the normal one, starts at 4,920,000 Yen. The hybrid NX300h model starts at 4,920,000 Yen with its F-Sport model starts at 5,560,000 Yen. It maybe more expensive than the Toyota Harrier it was based on but when compared to the pricing from its German rivals, this could be very one sided but better still, this is made for those who can't afford an X3 or a GLK or a Q5. This is money well spent.

Available colors: Sonic Quartz, Platinum Silver Metallic, Sonic Titanium, Mercury Grey Mica, Black, Starlight Black Glass Flake, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Fire Agate Mica Metallic, Exceed Blue Metallic, and Meteor Blue Mica Metallic.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

The big scoop today...

- Ever wonder why William Shatner appeared at the 2014 SDCC in a wheelchair? The 83-year-old actor said, "I wrecked my leg on a horse".

- Actress Sandra Bullock celebrated her 50th birthday in Wyoming. She maybe middle-aged but her beauty as an actress is still ageless.

- Yesterday's SONA from Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has met with mixed reviews. Some are praised while others remained skeptical and some were dismayed. One of the biggest questions left untold is the concern of the Freedom of Information.

- A new road warrior is born as the latest trailer of the upcoming post-nuclear survival action flick, Mad Max Fury Road, shows up with the new Mad Max actor, Tom Hardy.

- The 2014 Pokemon World Championships is happening on the 15th to 17th of August, 2014, at Washington, D.C., and visitors can get their very own Lv. 50 Aegislash armed with an egg move called Wide Guard. A Pokemon X or Pokemon Y 3DS game is required to claim this royal sword Ghost-and-Steel-type Pokemon.

- SOME SAY: Toyota's Scion brand will be making a major overhaul as the Corolla Rumion-based xB and the iQ mini hatch will be removed from the lineup and in place, an Auris-based model and a new model based on the fourth-generation Mazda Demio. The FR-S is due for its regeneration in 2017.

Scion FR-S

- The US Government warned that the Russian Government has violated the missile treaty.

- The Israeli Government warns of a "prolonged" war conflicts on the Gaza Strip.

.- Along with the 2014MY Falcon XR8, Ford Australia is giving their Australian-made Territory SUV a final hurrah by presenting its 2014MY update. The Falcon G6E model is announced.

2015 Ford Territory
2014 Ford Territory


Car Town services to end this late August

Car Town services on Facebook ends on the 29th of August

Since its launch on the summer of 2010, Car Town, the social game on Facebook allows car enthusiasts to create garages, do jobs, collect and build cars, race against friends, and go on adventures. In its four year lifespan, Car Town's roster of cars; from JDM tuners, offroaders, American muscles, European exotics, service vehicles, and many others has been growing and it has partnered with Universal (for Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and The Fast and The Furious franchises), BBC (for Top Gear), IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, Sony Pictures (for Ghostbusters) and so much more. The game's fan base keeps on growing thanks to the feature where players can create their own templates and show off their work on the global scale. 

Sadly, the game's developer, Cie Games, announced that on the 29th of August, 2014, Car Town will be shutting down.

As the countdown to Car Town's end unfolds, Cie Games announced that most of the limited-time cars will be for sale so players can complete their collections or obtaining the one gamers been longing for.

An end of an era for one of the fan-based games we all enjoyed for the last 4 years.

The 25th Annual Pista sa Nayon at Seward Park

It was once sunny afternoon down at Seattle's Seward Park, where me and my sister Cecille attended the annual Pista sa Nayon, on its 25th year. The Pista sa Nayon is the celebration of Filipino cultural heritage in Pacific Northwest and for this year, the Pista sa Nayon has gotten even better with numerous hangouts, numerous performances, and the mantra of all about having fun knowing your Filipino roots.

I have some pics from the venue while the whole of it can be viewed at

Monday, July 28, 2014

F1 2014: Hungary GP

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo

Alas, the newbie of the Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo, snagged himself a first place podium at the Hungaroring on this season's Hungary GP, and while this first-timer snagged a win, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is 3rd place and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso placed 2nd. Looks like the drizzle didn't slow the rookie down for his win, eh?

In the overall rankings, Rosberg's still in the lead at 202 points while Hamilton's 2nd place at 191 points.


Next race is at Spa-Francorchamps this August 24th.

Image: BBC Sport

Let's Do The News! (July 28, 2014)

Things we learned so far...

- Yesterday, Iglesia ni Cristo celebrated its 100th anniversary. Known as the "religion in the world" INC scored 8 record titles in the Guinness World Records. At the centennial anniversary, INC recently gained two world records for largest mixed-use indoor theater in the world and the largest gospel choir.

- Things we learned at SDCC 2014: Well, at the recently concluded San Diego Comic Con, there's been a stream of announcements such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Superman V Batman, LEGO Batman 3 video game, SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the upcoming Star Wars Rebels TV series coming on Disney XD this autumn, Marvel's Ant-Man, the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy titled The Battle of the Five Armies, and so much more.

- Opel and Vauxhall denied rumors about dropping off their Ampera PHEV from their lineup as development for its regeneration is underway.

Opel Ampera
Opel Ampera
- The unsung carmaker known as Youabian Puma Automobiles is threatening websites and journalists for putting libelous themes against their machine.

- President Benigno Aquino III is going to deliver his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) today as he and his administration are facing unresolved issues from the Disbursement Acceleration Program, the territorial disputes vs. China, the PDAF scam, poverty, traffic problems, agricultural problems, crime, the impending power crisis, and more.

- Check out this clip where the Disney Channel stars sang "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" from the movie Frozen!

- Pikachu takes over Yokohama's Minato Mirai! The Pokemon Company announced what it's called "The Great Pikachu Outbreak", which takes place this 9th to the 17th of August, 2014. A swarm of Pikachus are lurking around Yokohama and if you're living on that area, be sure to stop by! Oh, and there's a special Pikachu present for those who are playing Pokemon X and Pokemon Y from the Nintendo 3DS. The Pikachu's nicknamed "ランドマーク" and it's in Level 10. The special event Pikachu learns Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Surf, and Holding Hands. It even comes with the Event Ribbon commemorating this said event. You can claim one at the Yokohama Landmark Tower during this event!

The Great Pikachu Outbreak at
Yokohama Minato Mirai

- Marussia F1 Team has recruited American-born racing driver, Alexander Rossi.

- The People's Republic of China government are investigating German carmakers over the supply of spare parts.


Wow Mali! - July 27, 2014

Highlights from the July 27, 2014 episode of WOW MALI

- TURO-TURO - Don't mind getting pointed by this snotty-fingered man asking for directions!

- ANGEL VS. DEVIL  - Which of these two beings should you trust? Best to trust neither of these two...

- MAY LAMOK! - Bzzzz....bzzzz....SLAP! In your face!

- COMMERCIALS FU - On this episode's COMMERCIALS FU, this portion is brought to you by...LI-BREEZE!

- 'PARAMDAM KA NAMAN - This lady's crying because there's someone scaring you!

- Someone's talking on camera. Do what the cameraman told you if you don't wanna get caught...or not. WE CAN SEE YOU FROM HERE!!!

- EMOTE CONTROL - On this episode's EMOTE CONTROL, celebrity guest Arlene Mulach warned the end is near at the convenience store!
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