Saturday, December 13, 2014


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

- Angel vs. Devil gags

- Words to live by from Tata Lino:

a) Minsan, parang siopao ang pagibig. Akala mo asado pero bola-bola.

b) Pag gagawa mo ng kalokohan, wag mo nang kunan. Lumalabas ang katotohanan pag ikaw ay ninakawan.

c) Ang babaeng pakipot, bumibigay kapag natakot

d) Di baleng matakaw pero bawal magnakaw. Pag nagnakaw ang matakaw, nagiging halimaw.

- A different kind of pay-per-view on the paper!

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes pics!

- Bubble Gang does Payless Xtra Big by spoofing this commercial as PAINLESS XTRA BIG! Xtra dami! Xtra sarap!

- Someone's asking the Tolpu Bros. for a complaint about beaten up by a driver!

- Foreign beauty queens are getting lost in translation.

- Antonietta gets her new sidekick and she's against a little girl! 

- How Santa Claus and the Grim Reaper clashed each other at the mall...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- PAGASA, the Philippine weather bureau, said that when the LPA, as seen east of Mindanao, becomes a typhoon and enters the nation anytime soon, it will be named Seniang. The weather bureau predicts that there will be two more typhoons coming before the end of 2014 and this nation's still reeling from the aftermath of Ruby/Hagupit.

- According to a US think-tank, no further threats from North Korea were detected on radar.

- A singing nun met Pope Francis during his general audience and she gave him a music CD with the song "Like A Virgin".

- Environmental group Greenpeace apologized after the Peruvian government accused them from their stunt that damaged an ancient Peru site while protesting for action on climate change.

- A Magnitude 5.2 quake shook Cagayan earlier but no further aftershocks were expected.

- The Monaco Royal Couple, Prince Albert II and Charlene, welcomed their birth of their twin babies they've named Gabriella and Jacques to the world.

- THIS IS THE NEW SUZUKI ALTO. Japanese carmaker gives us our first look on the brand-new, eighth-generation Suzuki Alto kei car which is set to debut this month.

2015 Suzuki Alto

- BMW 6-Series LCI unveiled. The refreshed versions of current-generation 6-Series, in coupe, convertible, and 4-door Gran Coupe form, features an updated front face and some new standard tech.

BMW 6-Series LCI range

- The F56 Mini Cooper now spawned the John Cooper Works model in production form!

2015 Mini JCW

- The official theatrical teaser trailer for the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road hits the web. Click here to check out what to expect on the latest installment of the legendary action movie franchise.


BMW X6 F16

2015 BMW X6

When the BMW X6 first came, it was their attempt to make a car which looks and goes like a coupe but with its tall driving position and the so-called offroad ability, it's a Sport Activity Vehicle, and for this brand-new, second-generation model, it still feels like the old model. At launch, it's available with one petrol engine, a 4.4L V8 TwinPower Turbo engine, and two diesel engines such as the 3.0L and the range-topping (for now) M50d featuring an improved version of the 3.0L diesel engine which delivers 381PS of power and 740Nm of torque.

2015 BMW X6 interior

Inside, it's all typical BMW interior and it can accommodate up to four to five people except the fact is that those in the back will feel cramped due to its sloping roofline, just like the previous X6. What's gone from the previous model is the split-opening glovebox lid and it was replaced with the traditional glovebox compartment, which is kinda sad because it kinda worked even in an upside-down country. What's also gone is the unresponsive paddle shifters from the old model where it does both ways and it's back to the one where one changes up and one changes down. Nothing says "back to normal" than having a responsive driver controls but you can still be bothered by the poor back visibility and the ConnectedDrive system which you don't have the time to fiddle with it while going. Trust me on this because while on a stop, best to fiddle with the ConnectedDrive because when the lights gone green, eyes on the road and not on the screen from the dashboard. Sigh...

2015 BMW X6

What about the way it moves? Well, with the refined suspension and with its lightweight, more rigid, bodywork, the new model's mobility is now way different than the old model, slightly of course. In the bends, it's not half bad for a big tall car but it feels a lot more heavy on the steering judging that it comes with electric power steering which makes it as buzzkill as...Buzz Killington himself. (annoyed grunt) Even if it's classified as an SUV, it still doesn't do offroading stuff, be it on the countryside or at the alps, because like the last X6, it doesn't have a low-range gearbox, locking differentials, and ride height control. Seriously. Why did BMW decided to regenerate this monstrosity and still made it worse than the last time? I promised the new model to be more all-rounder than the old one but I'm afraid it still feels like the same thing.

2015 BMW X6
Like the old model, the brand new X6 is too focused for being a road car and it's too focused to be tall and heavy. It's too cramped, too complicated, and too expensive with prices start at 82,500 Euros while waiting for the entry-level version coming next year.

Even if it comes with a boatload of improvements, it still behaves like the same thing so should you buy one? Who cares about it?

Photo: BMW AG

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- While the nation's still reeling from Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit, state weather bureau PAGASA detected a low pressure area east of the Philippines. They also warned that there will be two more typhoons before the year ends.

- According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the cost of damage done by Typhoon Ruby reached over 2 billion pesos.

- Yesterday, there was a bombing occurred in Bukidnon. It was about a bomb that killed 11 people inside the bus while injuring almost 30 others but officials said it was believed to be a attack carried out by either a breakaway Moro rebel group or a band of extortionists.

- North Korea urged the United Nations Security Council to censure the US for its use of "inhuman torture" methods in response to the release of a schathing US senate report about the CIA's brutal treatment of Al-Qaeda suspects.

- In the Peruvian capital of Lima, where the UN global warming talks occurred, the world's economic superpowers pledged over ten billion dollars in climate aid for poorer nations.

- Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first ever GLE Coupe which features a range-topping GLE450 AMG model equipped with a 3.0L V6 Bi-Turbo engine delivering 362HP of power and 384lb-ft of torque.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

- Infiniti teases their entry to the Vision Gran Turismo roster on the Gran Turismo 6 video game for the PS3.

Infiniti Concept VGT Teaser

- Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, France, demanded the government to rid the nation's capital from diesel-powered cars by the year 2020 in an effort to clean up the air quality.

- The Internet Movie Database or IMDb, revealed the Top 10 Stars of 2014 and all of them are actresses that dominate the list. These are:

1) Shailene Woodley
2) Jennifer Lawrence
3) Margot Robbie
4) Emilia Clarke
5) Scarlett Johansson
6) Nicola Peltz
7) Chloe Grace Moretz
8) Rosamund Pike
9) Emma Stone
10) Eva Green

- Apple's Best of 2014 revealed that "Elevate - Brain Training" is named App of the Year while "Threes!" is named Game of the Year.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit continues to weaken and now classified as a Tropical Depression. All storm warning signals within the affected areas have been cancelled but despite being a Tropical Depression, it will still bring moderate to heavy rains within its 200km diameter. It's moving west at 13kph and it's expected to leave the country by early Thursday. No risk of storm surges but PAGASA warns of rough sea conditions, making maritime travel more dangerous.

- According to the Philippine Red Cross, the number of casualties brought by Typhoon Ruby are now 27 as of now. Most of the casualties were on the far eastern island of Samar where this typhoon made landfall last weekend. More casualties will be reported later.

- The village of Nagoro in the Tokushima Prefecture used to have hundreds of families but now, only 35 people remained, outnumbered by scarecrows created by a certain villager residing there to replace locals who died or moved away. This is one of the cases why most of Japan's villages and towns are depopulated, worse than the economic strife this Asian superpower has faced.

- According to a senior US general, the ISIS aggressors are starting to dwindle down and are now on their defensive position with less chances to counterattack against the joint strike force led by the US military forces.

- The Royal Couple are visiting the USA in separate ways as Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits New York to say hi to the kids and other locals while Prince William is in Washington D.C., the USA capital, to talk with President Barack Obama about a plan to end illegal wildlife trading.

- In the Egyptian capital of Cairo, 25 men were arrested by the nation's security forces at a bath house raid and they're suspected of homosexuality, dragging them naked out of the building.

- Although uncommon to have someone from an American-made web series to spawn a figure from a Japanese toymaker, Good Smile Company unveiled a threezero Ruby Rose figure based on the popular animated web series RWBY. Coming this April 2015, this 20,500 Yen (plus tax) collectible is a must-have for RWBY fans.

threezero RWBY Ruby Rose

- Disney teen actress from DWAB, G Hannelius, will be introducing her Make Me Nails app where users can create their own nail art just the way they want. They can customize their own nail wraps and order them online! Sweet! This app is a collaboration between her and Lauren Jones, the president of Jones Social PR.

More about this upcoming app:

- Check out the first trailer for the upcoming Pan movie starring Josh Miller and Garrett Hedlund. This movie discovers the untold story of Peter Pan and how his adventure to Neverland changed him forever. It's set to show in cinemas Summer 2015.

- Former BCWMH actress Aiza Seguerra finally married to her non-showbiz couple Liza Dino in the US. They're both married at a private wedding at the Stones & Flowers Barn and Wedding Retreat at Sunny Patch Lane, California, recently.

- The Department of Health (DOH) is under fire by netizens over their infomercial on Teen Pregnancy. This infomercial features a certain cheering squad dancing to a beat and in that informercial, the jingle goes "hindi naman ako gaga, girl (I'm not crazy, girl)" and "hindi naman ako bobo, boy (I'm not dumb, boy)". At the end of the infomercial, it features DOH chief Dr. Janette Garin saying "Ang planadong buhay ay maayos na buhay (A planned life is a good life)".

Here's the informercial that sums everything up...

In light of this, the DOH removed the controversial informercial from their Facebook page after tons of negative comments pouring in from netizens.


Toyota Aqua/Prius C Minor Change and Aqua X-URBAN

2015 Toyota Aqua

Having been there for three years since its debut in late 2011, the Toyota Aqua hybrid compact is served as the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective Toyota that money can buy if a normal Prius is so expensive for them. Even if its facing stiff competition from its chief rival, the latest version of the Honda Fit Hybrid with its double-clutch gearbox, looks like this compact car's fighting back with its fuel economy that shows that the Aqua is by no means the most fuel-efficient compact hybrid car everyone will buy. With this latest version, the newly facelifted Toyota Aqua features a mildly refreshed look that will keep this best-selling model updated for what lies ahead in the modern world.

For this minor change, the Aqua features the world's first switchable Bi-Beam LED headlamp first applied on the recently facelifted Prius Alpha MPV as well as a new front face that looks like it was similar to the 86 sportscar. Not only that, the rear view's been changed thanks to the new rear lamp design that kinda reminiscent of the Toyota 86 sportscar as well but don't be fooled though, this compact car is still a reasonably-priced baby Prius for the masses.

2015 Toyota Aqua interior

The Aqua's interior has been slightly refreshed for this minor change and when you see the difference between this and the pre-facelifted interior, you can't really tell but a spot at the climate control and some added materials should do the trick. Apart from the refreshed interior that seats up to five people, the software's been changed to accommodate Toyota's T-Connect telematics system. If you're new here, T-Connect is basically a smartphone-based navigation app that allows its customers access useful information as well as services and can also be access via an interactive touchscreen. The Toyota Aqua has this one via optional extra so if you're looking for some sights and sounds around downtown Tokyo as well as other Japanese locales, be sure to have one for a change.

2015 Toyota Aqua X-URBAN

Apart from the minor change, the Aqua added a nippy crossover variant called the X-URBAN and although it looks more like a rugged compact, the X-URBAN still feels like a normal Aqua so who cares? On the X-URBAN variant, it comes with three different accents such as BRONZE BASIC, SPICY COLOR, and COOL BLUE. It's all in the name of personalization of course but on the wrong hands, this X-URBAN may end up looking like a hideous-looking rubber shoes that your mom wore for jogging in the morning sun. For the fun of it, try the one with the SPICY COLOR accent and the Cool Soda Metallic exterior color. That will give you the look of the Gulf Oil team livery except this isn't going to race at your local track because it's a city car. A boring city car that's about as nerdy as your classmate seating next to you.

2015 Toyota Aqua

It still features the same 1.5L petrol engine bolted to an electric motor and nickel metal battery as with the previous model while mated with the same old CVT gearbox. As told from the previous update that combat against the Honda Fit Hybrid, the Aqua features reduced engine friction, an inverter, and an updated motor so fuel economy is a record-breaking 37.0kmpl by JC08 standard, depending on the model and your actual driving mileage. Yes. That's .6kmpl more than the latest Fit Hybrid but still it's worth dull because let's not forget, the Fit Hybrid's got double clutch rather than CVT that the Aqua had but with so many recalls about their faulty double clutch gearboxes that Honda faced since last year, the Aqua could be your safe but boring bet.

Although boring, it's still more enjoyable than the normal Prius and with seating up to five people, going out with your friends on a trip to the mall isn't half bad for a barkada car for a stop. It may be sluggish to accelerate but its handling wasn't half bad although some understeering is a high possibility just like any other subcompacts when going in too fast.

How much was it? The new Aqua starts at 1,761,382 Yen for the base model (around $18,000) while the heavier X-URBAN model is priced at 2,046,000 Yen (around $21,000). Although more costly than the previous Aqua, it's still a bargain to own although you might need to spend more on the optional extras as well as the T-Connect telematics essential on your Japanese holidays.

Available colors (Aqua): Super White II, Lime White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Black Mica, Super Red V, Cherry Pearl Crystal Shine, Orange Pearl Crystal Shine, Yellow, Fresh Green Mica Metallic, Blue Metallic, Cool Soda Metallic, Dark Violet Mica Metallic.

Available colors (Aqua X-URBAN): Super White II/Bronze Basic, Lime White Pearl Crystal Shine/Bronze Basic, Silver Metallic/Bronze Basic, Grey Metallic/Bronze Basic, Black Mica/Bronze Basic, Super Red V/Bronze Basic, Orange Pearl Crystal Shine/Bronze Basic, Yellow/Bronze Basic, Fresh Green Mica Metallic/Bronze Basic, Blue Metallic/Bronze Basic, Cool Soda Metallic/Bronze Basic, Super White II/Spicy Color, Lime White Pearl Crystal Shine/Spicy Color, Silver Metallic/Spicy Color, Grey Metallic/Spicy Color, Black Mica/Spicy Color, Super Red V/Spicy Color, Orange Pearl Crystal Shine/Spicy Color, Yellow/Spicy Color, Fresh Green Mica Metallic/Spicy Color, Blue Metallic/Spicy Color, Cool Soda Metallic/Spicy Color, Super White II/Cool Blue, Lime White Pearl Crystal Shine/Cool Blue, Silver Metallic/Cool Blue, Grey Metallic/Cool Blue, Black Mica/Cool Blue, Super Red V/Cool Blue, Orange Pearl Crystal Shine/Cool Blue, Yellow/Cool Blue, Fresh Green Mica Metallic/Cool Blue, Blue Metallic/Cool Blue, Cool Soda Metallic/Cool Blue.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

Monday, December 8, 2014

My 20 most memorable PSX games I've played

In case you've missed or if you already heard of it, the original Sony PlayStation is now 20 years old since its Japan launch in December 1994. To commemorate the historic milestone, looks like it's time for me to take a trip down memory lane as I'll be listing some of my 20 most memorable PSX games of ages.

(Sigh). I remember about the time when I went to a certain place where I have to spend every buck playing PSX games for an hour after class and when I got my hands on the PSX, I spent my childhood playing with it along with my family. Time flies so fast but this is no time for lumpy throats. Here's my list.

1) Auto Destruct - Combining high-speed driving and weaponry warfare, Auto Destruct is every hardcore gamers' fantasy to enjoy driving in an open-world while carving destruction against terrorist forces. In this game, you are part of The Temple and you're avenging the death of your family against an extreme terrorist cult called The Cult of Lazarus. You are driving a high-tech sports car loaded with an arsenal of weapons essential to bring The Cult of Lazarus to oblivion.

2) Theme Hospital - This game is one of my all-time favorites, wasting my time building my own hospital, manage hospital staff, cure patients, research new equipment, and so much more while dealing with numerous situations such as earthquakes. I know the earthquake part feels scary as I progress through each level but in this game, you shouldn't feel a lot more comfortable while taking control of your own hospital. This is a serious game that needs to be taken seriously.

3) Star Ocean: The Second Story - I know this game says "Second Story" but this RPG is the first for PSX and this game has a lot of fanbase. This Japanese Role Playing Game is one of the games I got hooked on and in the game, whether if your main character is either Claude or Rena, the game's epic storytelling is worth addictive. My favorites in this game is Celine for her powerful magic spells, Bowman for his Poison Pills attacks (which is wickedly powerful), and Dias because I believe he sees Claude as his rival...I believe.

4) X-MEN Vs. Street Fighter - Capcom did invade one of the world's biggest names for their crossover fighting games and one of them is X-MEN vs. Street Fighter. I remembered playing one since when I was a kid, me and my family love to play Street Fighter at our family computer and I end up losing...and winning. Oh well. Anyway, you get to play as either one of your favorites from X-MEN and Street Fighter on an all-out tag-team brawl on a multitude of locations and unleash their most powerful combos to win. Sadly for me, I can't manage to pull them off for a change.

5) Mortal Kombat 4 - This installment from the cult-classic franchise features some of the most memorable characters such as Raiden, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion, as well as new additions. It's the first MK game to feature weapons, kinda like the ones from the Soul games, where the right combo can pull one off and unleash devastating damage to your opponent. Although the game is very brutal because of so much blood in it, this game is worth addicting until you get to the "FINISH HIM/HER" part where, at random occurrences, can unleash character-specific FATALITIES. Looks scary to watch but this is how it's done. FATALITY.

6) Gran Turismo -  First launched in Japan since December 1997 and then worldwide a year after, the Gran Turismo series is one of the most successful Playstation games ever made. It features a huge roster of licensed cars ranging from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Chevrolet, Aston Martin, Dodge, and TVR. For starters, you have some cash to buy some car but sadly, you can't afford a car from the NEW CAR dealership so for beginners, they chose the USED CAR dealership to buy their first car. Of course, in Gran Turismo tradition, the USED CAR dealership changes occasionally so if there's a car that interests you the most, buy it. If you have spare change, you're tuning it to make it competitive and then you're off to a race but before joining in the big leagues, you must first get a license. Each race requires a certain license like B, A, i-B, i-A, and the Super License and to get one, you must first pass series of challenges. Getting a bronze target maybe enough but true professionals go for the gold. I know, license challenges keeps on getting tougher and tougher but if I  get it right, I had the urge to pass all challenges to get the license.

7) Gran Turismo 2 - Two years later, the Gran Turismo experience expanded in Gran Turismo 2, which I believe that this is undoubtedly the best GT game I have ever played in ages. For an added twist, GT2 has two discs; disc one is called the Arcade Disc where you can race against opponents, time attack, two-player, and so on. Disc Two is called the Simulation Disc where in this disc, you are here to collect over 500 cars, complete license tests, and race in different cups to win new cars. The cars you obtained from Disc Two can be imported for Disc One gameplay. Of 500 cars in the game, there has been the inclusion of rally cars (which is new back then), kei cars, and the hybrid car they called the Toyota Prius. One of my favorite cars in the game is none other than the fan-favorite Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak Version because with over 900HP of power and 4WD, you are truly invincible in most races! Other memorable cars include the long-forgotten Venturi, the Vector M12, the Renault Espace F1, the HKS Drag R32, the Daihatsu Midget II truck, and many other cars that made a huge mark in this game. There's also some one-make race series hosted by car manufacturers in GT2's Simulation Disc. Pick the right car for the race and race against equally matched cars! Simple is that.

8) R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 - Launched in late 1998 by NAMCO, this is the fourth installment of the Ridge Racer series and probably one of my favorite installments from the series due to the game's grooving music as well as the closing theme song that I love to listen all the time. In this installment, you get to be part of one of four racing teams, then choose a machine to drive for the championship. Keep in mind that each team serves as a difficulty setting for gamers. The Mappy team will give cars better handling, the Pac Racing Club possess a well-balanced performance, RT Solvalou focuses more on speed and nothing else, and the Dig Racing Team is by no means the hardest team to be for the championship.

9) Metal Gear Solid - The stealth action game that started the craze is one of the best PSX games of all time. It's the pride of Konami and the creator Hideo Kojima because even though it's complicated to progress because it's focused on stealth just like its MSX predecessors, the storyline is brilliant as are characters, the soundtrack, and the boss battles. One of the most memorable boss fights is against Psycho Mantis where players trying to defeat him using the second controller from their PSX. This game really set the template for other installments of this hit franchise and it keeps evolving as years pass by. SNAAAAAKKKKEEEE!!!

10) Bust-A-Move - One of the most memorable rhythm music games in ages and by no means one of the most complicating games to play. In this game, you have to tap the right buttons before the next set of buttons to tap will appear and do it over and over until the music is over. Even though the gameplay sounds tricky for a rhythm game, the soundtrack is worth enjoyable to listen over and over again. My favorite soundtracks from this game are from Shorty, Strike, Hamm, Hiro, and Kitty-N. Can't believe Japanese music label Avex got involved in this game.

11) Syphon Filter - I'm sure most of you hardcore gamers remember this one. In this game, you are Agency operative Gabe Logan and your mission is to stop the terrorists from unleashing the Syphon Filter virus. Spanning around the world from Washington D.C. to Almaty, Kazakhstan, this game is worth pulse-pounding as you progress through each mission. What's disturbing is shooting down enemies equipped with Flak Jacket and what's cool is the taser weapon that can barbecue enemies in a few seconds. Cool.

12) Crash Bandicoot 2 - This is the first Crash Bandicoot game I got even though this is a sequel to the previous Crash Bandicoot, which has been the pride of developer Naughty Dog a few years ago. In this sequel, the once defeated N Cortex is back with the vengeance and as Crash Bandicoot, you are warping through a series of twisted dimensions, defeating enemies, stopping bosses like Ripper Roo, Komodo Bros., Tiny Tiger, N Gin, and N Cortex, and save the universe. Of course, to complete a level, you have to find a crystal but if you're a seasoned pro, you have to smash every single crate. Be advised because there are some crates that are dangerous such as the TNT box that can detonate within three seconds and the Nitro box that explodes within contact. How can you destroy those without touching it? Not unless when there's a voodoo mask protecting alongside you.

13) Crash Bandicoot Warped - The third installment of the Crash Bandicoot game is always an enjoyable one and not only you can enjoy the added thrill that you expect from the last two, you can also play as his sister Coco for the first time but only in the part where she rides with a baby polar bear or a baby tiger named Pura.  In this installment, there are power-ups to collect after defeating a boss and these can be a lot helpful in numerous situations.

14) Syphon Filter 2 - Continuing where the first one left off, his partner Lian Xing was captured by the Agency and Gabe Logan is on a race against time to stop the virus from spreading, with the help of a former Agency operative Teresa Lipan (via radio). This sequel features a whole arsenal of weaponry such as handguns, snipers, or close-range weaponry such as a knife and a hand taser. Not only you can play as Gabe but also Lian as she tries to survive with the virus at her body. If solo gameplay isn't their thing, they can play as their favorite characters and go all-out with the 2-player versus mode.

15) Crash Team Racing - Probably one of the most enjoyable racing games for the whole family. In Crash Team Racing, you get to play as Crash Bandicoot, his friends, or his enemies, and then race your way to victory. There are some power ups scattered through the track where you can speed up or slow down your foes, making it more thrilling and enjoyable. In the game's quest mode, players have to progress through numerous races, defeat bosses, and get keys for a chance to defeat Oxide. Have you guys made it all the way?

16) Spyro the Dragon - I remember playing one when my mom introduced it to me. It's about the titular character named Spyro as he sets for an adventure to free his dragon race from their crystalline prisons done by the evil villain named Gnasty Gnorc as he set off across six worlds, running, jumping, gliding, rolling, and spit flames against baddies. Although I might find this game a lot boring, the first Spyro game is worth enjoyable and repetitive as you're looking for some secrets lurking around the world around him.

17) Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! - In this sequel, Spyro wanted to deserve a break after saving the world of dragons from Gnasty Gnorc so he's on vacation to Dragon Shores until... Well, that's how the sequel tells and on this sequel, Spyro the Dragon is on the biggest adventure of a lifetime, saving the world from the evil Ripto and his henchmen. Throughout his journey, Spyro gains some new abilities such as swimming, climbing, glide-hover, ground stop, superfly, supercharge, and superflame. These newly found abilities are highly essential for gamers as they progress through a vast world of surprises, meeting new friends, stopping new enemies, and save the world...again.

18) Syphon Filter 3 - In the third installment of the franchise, Gabe and Lian are under trial for the crimes they didn't commit. As they retold about their past missions, the virus keeps spreading and on this race against time, they have to clear their names and find out who's responsible for this. This third installment features a flashback full of storylines gamers will progress through numerous missions in the name of redemption, more exciting 2-player VS mode, and mini-games that will test your skills.

19) Die Hard Trilogy - Three games based on three Die Hard movies are in one unique game for the hardcore gamers and movie fans alike. There's the first Die Hard in the form of a third-person shooter, then there's Die Hard 2: Die Harder in the form of an arcade-style shoot-em-up game, and then there's Die Hard With a Vengeance in the form of a driving game in a race against time to save New York from exploding the heart of the city. Whichever Die Hard game I've played on this 3-in-1 PSX game, Die Hard Trilogy really feels like I'm reliving the first three Die Hard movies starring Bruce Willis as John McClane. Yippee Ki Yay!

20) Chocobo Racing - This Final Fantasy spin-off features the loveable Chocobo as he and Mog are on the quest to find fragments of the legendary Blue Crystal, which they can only gather by racing against memorable FINAL FANTASY characters. Although being childish for a fantasy racing game, it's still cute to play even when there are powerups and special abilities that can turn the tide on your favor. Yes. I said it cute because there are very cute characters on the roster except for the unlockable one.

HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY TO THE PLAYSTATION! Here's hoping for the evolution of the PlayStation brand in the future and with the PS3, PS4, and the PSVita leading the PlayStation line, I expect greater things to come from them.

One GMW episode reunites TV's beloved BFFs

In case you missed it, there was a Christmas episode of Disney Channel's hit comedy series Girl Meets World where, for the first time ever, one of classic TV's beloved BFFs has been reunited as Rider Strong from the original Boy Meets World series made a comeback as Cory's best friend Shawn Hunter. Hard to believe it's been 14 years since the original BMW series went off the air but look at them, their friendship still making the rounds.

Here's the clip that really sums it up.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Let's Do The News! (December 7, 2014)

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- Continuing on the updates of Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit, the Department of Education or DepEd announces class suspension on numerous areas affected by Typhoon Ruby. Here is the list of class suspensions as told by the DepEd:


Region IV-A

Cavite Province (Dec. 8 to 9, 2014)
Quezon Province (Dec. 8, 2014)
Rizal Province (Dec. 8, 2014)

Region IV-B

Oriental Mindoro (Dec. 8, 2014)

Region V

Camarines Sur (Dec. 8, 2014)
Camarines Norte (Dec. 8, 2014)

Region VII

Cebu Province (Dec. 8, 2014)
Talisay City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Lapu-lapu City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Mandaue City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Carcar City (Dec. 8, 2014)


Paranaque City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Pasay City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Navotas City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Valenzuela City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Pasig City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Muntinlupa City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Pateros (Dec. 8, 2014)
Quezon City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Makati City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Marikina City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Mandaluyong City (Dec. 8, 2014)
San Juan City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Las Pinas City (Dec. 8, 2014)
Malabon City (Dec. 8, 2014)


Region IV-B

Palawan, Palawan (Dec. 8, 2014)
Coron, Palawan (Dec. 8, 2014)
Culion, Palawan (Dec. 8, 2014)
Busuanga, Palawan (Dec. 8, 2014)
Region VI

Sorsogon Province


Dumaguete City (Dec. 8, 2014)

- Over 52 thousand people have been evacuated in the Mimaropa region to get away from the wrath of Typhoon Ruby.

- Typhoon Ruby brought down numerous debris from the Mayon Volcano in Albay after hours of heavy rainfall, rendering some the roads uncrossable.

- Meanwhile in China, there was a 9-year-old boy killed when the wall of his house collapsed during an earthquake in the southwest part of the nation, according to the state media.

- Somewhere in the Indian capital New Delhi, there was an Uber driver allegedly raped a female before threatening to kill her is she called the cops. Such report results to a bad reputation for Uber in India, where women exercise extreme caution due to the alarming cases of sexual assault.

- IS IT REALLY COMING BACK?! Prince Michael of Kent announced that the long-delayed London Motor Show will return this 2016 in Battersea Park after its long hiatus due to economic strife.

- Watch out! Capcom announces Street Fighter V coming soon exclusively for the PlayStation4 and PC with cross-platform play for the first time in history. Also coming exclusively on the PS4 is the updated version of Street Fighter IV called Ultra Street Fighter IV.

- Next year, Toyota Motor Corporation will introduce Toyota Safety Sense which offers two different safety packages. First, the Safety Sense C offers a Pre-Collision System (PCS), a Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and an Automatic High Beam (AHB) function. Then, Safety Sense P offers high-tech features such as a camera and a millimeter wave radar.

Toyota Safety Sense

- The Pokemon Company announced that next year's Pokemon World Championships will be held at Boston, Massachusetts this summer! Proven ace trainers from a multitude of countries will have plenty of time to prepare, either on their Pokemon Card Game decks or their video games via XY or ORAS, as the 2015 championship will held on August 21 to 23, 2015.

- Listen to Austin and Ally's Laura Marano as she's doing Last Christmas as part of holiday-themed Disney Playlist Sessions!

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