Saturday, September 13, 2014

Let's Do The News! (September 13, 2014)

Things we learned today:

- UPDATES ON TYPHOON LUIS: According to PAGASA, the typhoon was estimated at 411km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. Max winds/Gust: 95/120kph. It was forecasted to move West Northwest at 17kph.

- Ace trainers, take note: more Mega Evolutions are unveiled on the upcoming PokeMon OR/AS game for the Nintendo 3DS as Camerupt, Sharpedo, and Gallade gained their mega evolutions.

- Chevrolet issues a stop-sale on 2015MY Corvette C7 Stingray models because of the imminent malfunction with the driver's side airbag. Some had problems with the parking brake cables.

- US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the country of Egypt tomorrow despite the efforts of the government to form a broad coalition to take down ISIS extremists.

- The US Air Force will soon be deploying their combat support airmen under a revised rotation model to help improve the service manage mission and training requirements. The new Air Expeditionary Force construct, due at the start of October 2014, tackles on different methods to deploy more Agile Combat Support airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as they can.

- Did you know: Korean superstar Lee Min Ho's advertising fees in China are now higher than Andy Lau's?

- Yesterday, two F/A 18 Hornets from the US Navy were crashed after a collision while operating at sea. They were operating aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. One pilot was rescued while the search for the missing pilot continues.


Bubble Gang - September 12, 2014

On the September 12, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- The effects of people after watching ANG DALAWANG MRS. REAL!

- Elevator gags

- Lala Ytera meets Mr. Assimo!

- The Tolpu Bros. are addressing a complaint from a pregnant mother who's been dumped by her husband in T3 NYO!

Den Tolpu
Berwin Tolpu
Daffy Tolpu
Maritess Carvajal
On the Phone: SPO2 Maangan
Cha Cha Buensa


- Mr. Matapobre investigates an ugly person in the photo!

- Drunk mister's trying his honesty to slip through his misis!

- More wise words from Tata Lino!

- Looks like you went to the wrong doctor!

- One final checkup before the separation...and death!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Let's Do The News! (September 12, 2014)

Things we learned today...

- Typhoon Luis has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and expect heavy rains in Metro Manila by Saturday afternoon due to the hanging habagat. It was last observed 1,050km east of Virac, Catanduanes, and it has maximum winds of 45kph and is forecast to move west northwest 30kph.

Typhoon Luis

- Teen superstars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla will guest on an episode of ABS-CBN's hit TV series, Be Careful With My Heart, this Monday.

- Despite the ongoing port congestion, the Department of Trade and Industry told that the prices of canned and processed goods will not be affected especially those noche buena items to be served on the oncoming Christmas.

- According to retired General David Petraeus, US President Obama's plan to liberate against the ISIS extremists in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and this operation should go like clockwork. This will soon put an end to the war for good.

- Part of the ceasefire agreement sealed earlier this month, the government and pro-Russian separatists have exchanged captured prisoners during the Ukraine Crisis.

- French president Francois Hollande will be visiting Iraq as his country is ready to launch imminent airstrikes against ISIS extremists.

- Imagine a scenario when JDM cars are moe girls....Well, there was this. The Japanese automotive news site featured a cleverly unusual mobile game that will hit Japanese iTunes Store and Google Play this Autumn 2014. It's called Syanago Collection and this mobile game lets you enjoy with girls modeled after fully-licensed cars such as the Honda Fit Hybrid, Toyota Passo, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Mazda Axela Sport, Nissan Leaf, and so much more.

- Can't believe it's been 12 years from now since Xenosaga first launched on the Playstation2 since Winter 2002. Should Bandai Namco be doing a remaster on the trilogy? Sadly, the blokes from BNGI have a message to the faithfuls of this classic JRPG. They said that if such release would be profitable but unable to find the right market size that will pay for the development fee needed to create an HD version. Bummer.

- The top animators from Disney and Dreamworks Pictures are working on an independent hand-drawn steampunk cartoon film called Hullabaloo. This will be a crowdsourced project in the making and this is an effort to bring 2D animation back on the table and encourage girls to explore science and adventure.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9-11 (13 years ago)

September 11, 2001.

I was in school at that day, but I'll never forget the images I saw on the news that day.

Terrorists hijacked four jet airliners filled with passengers. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third plane hit a wing of the Pentagon, the American military HQ, in Washington D.C., and a fourth airplane crash landed somewhere near Pittsburgh. According to reports, over 3,000 people died. It was a tragic day that engulfed the world.

Even in today's times, the pain and the radical changes since 9/11 are still in our minds today and we are still very unsure what possible consequences will be facing on us if the world keeps on changing.

Let's Do The News! (September 11, 2014)

Things we learned today...

- In preparation for the battle against the ISIS, US President Barack Obama has been given a green light on airstrikes on Syria.

- In case you REALLY missed it, numerous internet companies have been slowing down for a day as a protest to save the internet's net neutrality against the FCC's decision to charge sites for speeds.

-The Mitsuoka Himiko, the Mazda Roadster/MX-5 Miata in Morgan Roadster's clothing, has a special edition model called the Himiko Crazy Timer, featuring a special exterior look. Only 20 units will be available, each costing 5,994,000 Japanese Yen (around $59,950).

光岡×伊勢丹 「ヒミコ クレイジータイマー」/エクステリア
Mitsuoka Himiko Crazy Timer

- Roland Kruger, the senior vice president from BMW, is named as the new CEO of Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand, replacing the outgoing Johan de Nysschen who is now the head of GM's Cadillac brand.

- Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is named as the chairman of Italian sportscar maker, Ferrari, as Luca di Montezemolo steps down. The end is only just the beginning...

- The Mini Oxford Plant has built their 3,000,000th car in history and it's a 5-door Mini Cooper S with a special UK flag paint job.

Mini Cooper number 3 million at Oxford
3 Millionth Mini

- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the "overpriced" Makati building contractor, Hillmarc's Construction Corp., the one that bagged the controversial Makati City Hall 2 parking building project, to be placed under a "provincial blacklist".

- With the imminent power crisis in the Philippines next year, President Benigno Aquino III announced that he will be seeking additional powers to ease the problem.

- Niel Perez, a police officer, is named as the winner of Misters of the Philippines 2014 and he'll be representing his country at South Korea for this year's Mr. International, a pageant for the best males worldwide.

- The San Miguel Oktoberfest starts tomorrow at the Greenfield District Central Park, Mandaluyong City! Beer and music will rain down on the spectators for fun and expect great performances from some of the Philippines' biggest bands!


Daihatsu Altis (AVV50N) Minor Change

2015 Daihatsu Altis

Following the launch of the new 2015 Toyota Camry minor change, it looks like its equivalent from Daihatsu, the Altis, is not far behind as it follows suit as well.

Just like what you expect from the Camry minor change, the 2015 Altis features a slim front grille, LED-infused headlamps, and a large trapezoidal lower intake on the bumper with integrated fog lamps. On the back, you can also expect a rear bumper and a chrome strip that bridges the rear lamps.

2015 Daihatsu Altis interior

2015 Daihatsu Altis interior

Like the Camry, the 2015 Daihatsu Altis' improved interior features a new backlit instrumental panel with 4.2-inch TFT display between the dials, a revised steering wheel with three spokes, and a new centre console. It even comes with a SD navigation system as well.

It still comes with the 2.5L 2AR-FXE engine connected to an electric motor and a nickel metal battery while mated with a CVT gearbox. Running on petrol engine alone, it produces a standard 160PS/6,000rpm of power output, and 213Nm(21.7kg-m)/4,000rpm of torque output, but running on the 2JM electric motor, it produces 105kW of power and 270Nm of torque. When both the engine and motor are in place, combined power output is 205PS. Simple as pie as it works. Fuel economy? 23.4km/L on JC08 Mode scale.

The suspension's been improved for added comfort and high-speed stability. The NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) has been reduced thanks to the added insulation material within the front doors and underneath the carpet.

The 2015 Altis is only available with the HYBRID 'G Package" variant and it's priced at 3,413,782 Japanese Yen.

Available colors: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Grey Mica Metallic, Dark Steel Mica, Attitude Black Mica, Red Mica Metallic, True Blue Mica Metallic, and Dark Blue Mica Metallic.

Photo: Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.

Toyota Camry AVV50 Minor Change

2015 Toyota Camry

Last 2011, the Toyota Camry luxury midsize saloon has been transformed into a hybrid-only saloon and the first hybrid saloon to introduce the 2AR-FXE engine connected to an electric motor and nickel metal battery. Three years later, the hybrid saloon from Japan has now been given a minor change so what's new?

The 2015 minor change Camry features a slim front grille, LED-infused headlamps, and a large trapezoidal lower intake on the bumper with integrated fog lamps. On the back, you can also expect a rear bumper and a chrome strip that bridges the rear lamps.

2015 Toyota Camry interior

2015 Toyota Camry interior

On the interior, it features a new backlit instrumental panel with 4.2-inch TFT display between the dials, a revised steering wheel with three spokes, and a new centre console. Aside from the cosmetic changes on the interior, there has been some hardware changes on the interior such as the implementation of Toyota's T-Connect SD navigation system.

If you're new here, what is T-Connect? T-Connect is Toyota's new telematics services along with sat-navs compatible with this and a smartphone app.  In addition to the voice controls, T-Connect allows third-party apps to be downloaded to the navigation system. There's an online help service that integrates and improves on the functions the G-BOOK currently provided. In short; T-Connect from Toyota features interactive voice response, service for downloading apps to the sat-nav, improved online help, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

2015 Toyota Camry

You still have the 2AR-FXE (2.5L DOHC Dual VVT-i) engine loaded with Toyota Hybrid System II, which produces a standard 160PS/6,000rpm of power output, and 213Nm(21.7kg-m)/4,000rpm of torque output while mated with a CVT gearbox, When switched on EV mode, the 2JM electric motor is operated and it generates 105kW of power and 270Nm of torque. When both the engine and motor are in place, combined power output is 205PS, that's more than its rival, the Honda Accord Hybrid, would do. The fuel economy is 23.4km/L on JC08 Mode scale but for those who opted for the 16-inch wheel option, fuel economy is improved to 25.4km/L. Hmmm...How come there's a trick for this?

In terms of mobility, the suspension's been improved for added comfort and high-speed stability. The NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) has been reduced thanks to the added insulation material within the front doors and underneath the carpet.

Safety-wise, the Camry is available with the optional Pre-Crash Safety System, Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Assist, and automatic high beam which automatically switches on the headlamps when the area is too dark or if it's nighttime.

The 2015 Camry hybrid sedan starts at 3,207,600 Japanese Yen.

Available colors: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Grey Mica Metallic, Dark Steel Mica, Attitude Black Mica, Red Mica Metallic, True Blue Mica Metallic, and Dark Blue Mica Metallic.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

The day the internet slowed down...

Battle for the Net

In the past years, the US government trying to make the internet no longer the safe haven for everyone. First, they've attacked our internet rights with their SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, or whatever they've thrown on us. Then, the Republicans denied cutting costs from the NSA in light of the Edward Snowden scandal.

Now, the FCC wants to slow the internet down and bore us to death. You see, the FCC is on the brink of allowing internet service provides (like the ones you are using right now) to build fast lanes for sites that can pay for them. What does that mean, you'll be facing a deadly equivalent of a heavy traffic gridlock in Metro Manila last week. Try to imagine the FCC as the heavy trucks that caused a heavy traffic on our city streets. I know it sounds metaphorically but come on...

Anyway, major cable companies have plans to charge websites arbitrary fees and slow most of our favorite sites that won't pay up.

We believe in the idea that the internet should be free to all, with no arbitrary fees or slow lanes for sites that can't pay. Most people, companies, and organizations have taken a stand called "Title II reclassification", their last bastion to prevent the FCC and the major cable companies from killing the internet we once knew.

If you want to take action: Click Here.

The internet needs you, now go! Tell the FCC that net neutrality should not be abolished and keep the internet free for everyone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Let's Do The News! (September 10, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Earlier, Apple revealed two new products to their lineup. First up it's the brand new iPhone 6, which is loaded with iOS8 and major improvements, and their first-ever Apple Watch.

The iPhone 6 is offered with two versions; the smaller standard iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus. Whichever the iPhone 6 customers choose, they will be benefitted with enhanced retina display, improved iSight camera with new sensor with Focus Pixels and new video features, faster LTE download speeds, Touch ID technology, and the most advanced iOS8 operating system.

The Apple Watch, on sale early next year, is more than just tells time like most watches do. It's a smart watch that does everything such as receiving messages, make phone calls a la secret agent style, sketch, and so much more. It's personalizable as well and it features a wide array of apps built specifically for the Apple Watch.

Apple iPhone 6

Apple Watch range

- The Mercedes-AMG GT has finally revealed and this 911-beater, set for 2015 debut, will succeed where the SLS AMG left off. It is the first to feature a brand new 4.0L V8 turbo engine which develops 456HP of power and 443lb-ft of torque for the base model while the AMG GT S model has been uprooted to 503HP of power and 479lb-ft of torque, while mated with the 7-speed DCT.

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

- The BMW 2-Series has spawned a convertible model.

2015 BMW M235i Convertible

- The conflict on the Gaza Strip maybe over but there's still more violence erupted on the streets of Jerusalem.

- US President Barack Obama will outline an expanded military and political effort to fight against the ISIS and urges Congress to quickly give him authority to arm Syrian opposition forces.

- A lawmaker from Mindanao urges his colleagues to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law immediately.

- Yes. You can play the Mercedes-AMG GT as a free DLC on the upcoming Playstation4 racing game, DriveClub.

DriveClub meets Mercedes-AMG GT

- Check out what happens when the DuckTales intro theme features real ducks!

- Yes. When you were kids, you guys love Chip and Dale but do you know everything about chipmunks? The demented minds from FOX ADHD featured this video in their Scientifically Accurate segment. Watch here. (STOP: The following link features content not suitable for all audiences. Strong Parental Guidance is advised)


The Cute Wall (Volume Three)

Now, the moment of truth is time because it's now time to do...THE CUTE WALL!

Yes, indeed. THE CUTE WALL. The wall where every cartoon character can be rated by how cute they are regardless of how my security blanket hardly explain while getting bitten by my lips...doing gibberish sounds.

First up, my security blanket discovered a cute character and it's... (making cute boing sounds)


Froakie! Yes! It's Froakie from Pokemon XY! I always mimicking the leaping sounds of Froakie because it sounds so cute and between you and me, I wonder what is like to lick a Froakie?

(audience laughing)

Licking a Froakie? Are you nuts? Frog-licking is considered illegal and gross. It's like that Family Guy episode when teenagers are getting into toad-licking and only Peter Griffin has to stop it.

Okay, maybe licking Froakie sounds gross but what about the part when Ash and the gang are saving a horde of Spewpas from a greedy smuggler? I saw Froakie raising its arms which is like...the three bears song from the Korean drama Full House.

Three bears?

Yes, the Full House three bears song! (singing the Full House three bears song in Korean)

(audience laughing)

Sorry, I can't understand that but that sounds childish to me.

So, what do you think, folks? Where should we put Froakie on the CUTE WALL, huh?

(audience murmuring)

Did I hear cute? Did I hear Nakakagigil? Well, I reckon Froakie should the CUTE position! Because Froakie is CUTE! Ha ha ha!

Okay, fine. Froakie's cute but not as cute as that Chespin we had a few weeks ago.


Check it out! It's another one of the Kalos starters from Pokemon XY TV show. Who's that PokeMon? It's Fennekin! Fennekin!

Fennekin's the yippin yappin type. It always yappin and yappin Delightful's dog Sir Yipsalot.

(audience laughing)

I think not, big guy. Fennekin never yaps and you know it. Besides, this Fennekin is Serena's and don't even dare about making your move against her beloved. So, I guess I should put this to CUTE.

Her beloved, eh? How about these for a change?

What are you doing? Hey! What are you doing with Mabel Pines?

Mabel Pines should go to the SERIOUSLY NOT CUTE because...she's as ugly as an Ugly Betty!

(audience laughing)

Hey! Mabel Pines took credit for last year. Don't you dare put her to the SERIOUSLY NOT CUTE position!

Too late! It's already done!

(audience laughing)

Oh yeah? How about...this?!



(audience laughing)

Yes! It's your beloved Harukasan! The one from Puchimas who keeps saying kaa-kaai!!! You know it's cute because...well, it's cute!

Don't you dare!

Yeah! Unless you put Mabel back to Nakakagigil, I'll force this little...umm...I don't know what's called but anyway, I'll put her to SERIOUSLY NOT CUTE.


What the?!

(audience laughing)

What did you do? Ahh!!! Why did I got another Harukasan in my hand?

You forgot about the thing that Harukasan multiplies herself when exposed with water!

Oh dear! I forgot about the memo! You win this round! Harukasan's in the, well, CUTE position. Can't believe I got messed up on this part.

(audience laughing)

I'll get you next time...But in the meantime...


Who the fudge is that?

It's Kwazii. Kwazii Cat from Octonauts. I think he's cute because he's in a cute show about a cute crew of Octonauts explore, rescue, and protect marine life.

Kwazii's not cute.


Look at him. He looks as rough as a pirate.

Well, he was once a pirate from his past but we don't want to talk about it.

But still, I don't want to consider Kwazii as cute so...gimme that...NOT CUTE. That's where Kwazii should be because he doesn't have qualities of being a cute character.

(audience laughing)


Oohhh! Look what I found in our favorite blanket. It's Stuffy, that accident-prone stuffed dragon from Doc McStuffins! What do you think, folks?

(audience murmuring)

Well, since I heard CUTE, might as well I'll put it anyway. Objections?

Uh...nope. I have no objections. Yes, Stuffy maybe an accident-prone stuffed dragon toy but that doesn't stop him for being a cute character appeared from a very cute show.

Well, I'm glad I agreed to what you said...just.

(audience laughing)

So...This concludes today's Cute Wall. See you next time, folks!

Time for the recap!

Mabel Pines




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Let's Do The News! (September 9, 2014)

Things we learned so far...

- Jaguar's answer to the BMW 3-Series, the XE, was finally revealed. Set for its 2014 Paris Motor Show debut and its 2015 release, the new XE is packed with the brand new Ingenium engines developed by JLR. The first will be a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine which has 75mpg of fuel economy and under 100g/km of CO2 emissions.

2016 Jaguar XE
- North Korea has test fired three short-range missiles into the sea in advance of a major public holiday on both Koreas. It was confirmed by a South Korean defense official and this is probably one of North Korea's latest threats against all mankind.

- Rise from the K-POP girl group Ladies' Code has died, four days after a car accident near Seoul. She was 23 years old. Ladies' Code debuted last year and last month, they've released their single, Kiss Kiss.

- West Desert locals heard loud explosions as the US Air Force detonated two first-stage ballistic missile rocket motors at the Utah Test and Training Range.

- The Indian Air Force is collaborating with the Indian government's rescue ops and 310 victims from the flood-ravage Srinagar have been evacuated to Chandigarh.

- The Peugeot 308 gained a mildly sporty GT model, which comes with a different exterior look, and a choice of a 1.6L turbo petrol or 2.0L diesel engine. It comes with a Driver Sport Pack, which amplifies the engine sound, and increases the acceleration and steering response.

2015 Peugeot 308 GT

- Coachbuilder Zagato unveiled an Aston Martin Virage-derived Shooting Brake at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours d'Elegance.

Aston Martin Zagato Shooting Brake

- Moments after a New York Times editorial accused the Philippine President Benigno Aquino III of political mischief, the Malacanang officials fired back at one of USA's biggest newspapers, saying that P-Noy always makes decisions with public interest in mind.

- This is no time for games and murmurs as Manny Pacquiao is ready to face off with Chris Algieri in Macau this 22nd of November, 2014.

- Check out this time-lapse clip of Guardians of the Galaxy's Rocket Raccoon and Groot assembled in LEGO blocks!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Let's Do The News! (September 8, 2014)

The big scoop today...

Twitpic,  a site that lets user share pics on Twitter, will be shutting down on the 25th of September, 2014. Reason for this closure is when a few weeks ago, Twitter demanded Twitpic to abandon their trademark application or risk losing access to their API.  Twitpic was launched in 2008 and its trademark application has been in the USPTO 5 years ago. Sadly, they don't have enough resources to maintain their trademark against Twitter.

Farewell, Twitpic

- Cadillac, the luxury brand of General Motors will launch the semi-autonomous Super Cruise technology in the next two years. This bizarre tech can speed the car up, slow it down and keep it in its intended lane.

- Red Bull Racing rookie, Daniel Ricciardo, was awarded the Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini at the recently concluded Italian GP match in Monza.

- Senate President Franklin Drilon expects the Bangsamoro Basic Law to be passed by March of 2015 as long as there are no problems hindering their way.

- There was a diplomatic row between Israel and New Zealand after South Pacific officials told that their new ambassador was denied by the Israeli because he's also part of the Palestinian Authority.

- GET READY! It's your last chance to win limited-edition prizes on the QUAHOG COMIC-CON AND THE FABULOUS FOUR special event on Family Guy: The Quest of Stuff mobile game. Last chance to have Peter, Lois, Chris, and Quagmire dive into geek trash and become The Fabulous Four! Last chance to win celebrities to use in-game, last chance to save Quahog from mutant Stewies, and yes, you get the idea. It ends tomorrow!

- Good news! Pre-orders on upcoming Disney titles on DVD and Blu-Ray by Amazon are back! However, Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises still listed as unavailable.

- Molly Glynn, an actress who played as a doctor in the NBC firefighting drama series, Chicago Fire, was killed by a falling tree during a powerful storm.

- Renowned scientist, Stephen Hawking, said that the Higgs boson, the God particle, could care enough energy to annihilate the entire universe. Whoa...


F1 2014: Italian GP

Lewis Hamilton's win at Monza surely give the Brit of the Mercedes F1 team a fighting chance after his teammate/rival Nico Rosberg caused a rare error while getting his grip against his colleague, leaving him on 2nd. That leaves Hamilton the victor of this 53-lap race, followed by Rosberg in 2nd place, and Felipe Massa of Williams placed 3rd. Racers who didn't make it were Ferrari's Fernando Alonso because of ERS malfunction, and Marussia's Max Chilton because of an accident.

In the driver's standings, Rosberg's still in the lead by 22 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton while Red Bull Racing rookie Daniel Ricciardo retains his 3rd spot at 166 points.

Next race is on Singapore on the 21st of September.

Image: Top Gear

Wow Mali! - September 7, 2014

On the September 7, 2014 episode of Wow Mali! Lakas Ng Tama!

- JEEPNOTISMO - This old lady knows the power of hypnotism to take control of everyone inside the jeepney!

- SULO MGA KAPATID! - Angry mob? No. A cult following thinking you're the leader!

- KAHAWA-HAWA KA? - Sorry, there's something on your eye...

- On this episode's MR. FU, KERI MO?, Mr. Fu asked a challenger to do tasks as the streak goes up!

- ISANG TANONG, ISANG HALIK - You deserve a thank you kiss, folks!

- AY! FIVE - Sorry, he's not going to hi-5 you. He's hi-5-ing someone!

- POGI POINTS: ISA KANG ZIP-ZIP - The boys are challenged to ask someone to zip their pants while they're holding ice cream! The loser gets to run outside with his boxers!

- DIAMOND PEEL NA FEEL - We're not sure if we want our faces peeled by a mad derma...
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