Saturday, September 5, 2015

#BubbleGang - September 4, 2015

On the September 4, 2015 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Welcome to the Gay Scouts, how gay are you?

- Political Assassination gags

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...Cheat Day posts!

- More words to live by from Tata Lino!

- A radio show giving advices in love life.

- The Tolpu Bros. are addressing a complaint from a woman who was a victim of food poisoning on T3 NYO!

- Don Cantoni's facing a crisis from his client...

- More lait-lait from Lala Ytera!

- Another one of the BG cast will take on TSUGI O CHORVA!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Let's Do The News! (September 4, 2015)

- About 1,500 migrants in front of a train station in Budapest, Hungary, are calling for support. Migrants jumped on a train heading Germany on Thursday after they were allowed to enter the station, a day after entry was restricted.

- Business tycoon and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signed a loyalty pledge not to run as a third-party candidate. He will totally pledge his allegiance to the Republicans following his meeting with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in New York.

- Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina has resigned amid a bribery scandal after a judge issued an order to detain him.

- The Malacanang is once again rallying against Bureau of Customs Commissioner Bert Lima over the criticisms form OFWs and the public as the latter continues to implement reforms. Lina already apologized for the bureau's previous policy of random inspection of balikbayan boxes.

- To combat against text scams, the National Telecommunications Commission said it will be requiring telecommunication subscribers or mobile phone users to register their SIM cards as part of security measures.

- Renault will showcase their Alaskan Concept pickup truck on this month's Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing their entry to the rapidly-growing midsize pickup trends.

- Check out the trailer for the upcoming BBC Two drama series based on the hit Grand Theft Auto games, The Gamechangers, featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton. It will be airing on BBC Two on the 15th of September.

- TV personality Rica Peralejo apologizes to the nurses of St. Luke's Medical Center over her false accusations, sparking outrage from netizens.

- TV personality Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo gave birth to a baby girl and naming her Juana Luisa.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Let's Do The News! (September 3, 2015)

- The People's Republic of China held a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War at the capital city of Beijing.

- Meanwhile, the United States commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War with a ceremony at Washington D.C., with about 200 veterans and their families took part at a memorial to mark Japan's signing od surrender documents.

- US President Barack Obama is set to secure enough Senate votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the Republican-controlled Congress. In the bid to prevent the deal struck between Iran and global superpowers in July, the Republicans submitted a draft resolution to Congress to disapprove the deal, saying it would give too many concessions to Tehran.

- The Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab have attacked an african Union base in Somalia.

- A tourist in Davao who violated its anti-smoking policy reportedly swallowed a cigarette butt after being reprimanded by city mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

- The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept was officially unveiled in time before its Frankfurt Motor Show world premiere and it will be drivable in a future update of PS3's Gran Turismo 6 video game.

- There's a new Pokemon-related variety show coming on TV Tokyo this October and it will be a talk show hosted by longtime Pokemon caster and J-POP singer Shoko Nakagawa as well as musician Hyadain, and comedians Abareru-kun and Antony. The new show still delivers the latest Pokemon info as what the other Pokemon-related variety shows in the past did but more dedicated for fans of Pokemon everywhere.

- New Pokemon XY toys from Takara Tomy on the radar! For September, a special Mega Bracelet Plus Tretta Pack with Mega Rayquaza is on the list for 1,500 Yen and what you get is a Mega Bracelet toy as seen in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games as well as a special Mega Rayquaza for use in Pokemon Tretta arcade game. Also, Mega Sableye is added on the Moncolle range for 650 yen.

- To commemorate Aston Martin's involvement in the world of James Bond, they've launched a special, limited-to-150-units, DB9 GT Bond Edition, featuring with an exclusive specification, featuring unique 007 badging and bespoke Bond themed accessories.

- Believe it or not, actress Alex Kingston will be returning on Doctor Who for the 2015 Christmas Special, reprising her role of River Song herself.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Let's Do The News! (September 2, 2015)

- South Korean president Park Geun-hye called on her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a meeting in Beijing to work together to put a stop to North Korea's military provocations.

- The Thai Police are now investigating a second foreign suspect arrested in connection with last month's Bangkok bomb attacks. They arrested the man on Tuesday near the Cambodian river and they say the suspect tries to leave Thailand illegally.

- The minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says he's taking serious actions regarding the withdrawal of their official logos, following the reports of copyright infringement,

- Pope Francis says all priests can forgive women who've had abortions as the "Extraordinary Year of Mercy" draws near this December. His announcement will encourage priests worldwide to absolve Catholics contrite about a procedure the church considers a grave "moral evil".

- The House of Representatives prepares for the approval of the bill that can reduce individual and personal income taxes. According to Marikina Representative Romero Quimbo, they are aiming the bill's approval on its third and final reading next month.

- The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet has been officially unveiled in time before its Frankfurt Motor Show debut this month.

- Search engine giant, Google just unveiled their new logo as well as the four-color G that matches their new identity.

- A male, first-year high school student from Toyama City, was arrested for allegedly posting threatening remarks on Twitter aiming against the fans of the Love Live franchise.  The suspect in question vows that he'll kill every Liver and he posted a pic of him holding a knife. He also said that he liked the series too but he got fed up from how badly other fans behaved.

- TV veteran Vic Sotto confirms his engagement with actress Pauleen Luna.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
(XBOX One)

The so-called final chapter of the Metal Gear Solid prequel saga has arrived and it's definitely worth the wait for those who want to jump out from their cardboard boxes just to try the latest installment of one of the most influential video game franchises ever. The Phantom Pain pushes the Metal Gear formula to greater heights because, for the first time, MGS goes open world. Because it's now open-world, players have been given the freedom to unleash their stealth tactics or whatever means necessary to complete series of missions as well as gaining items to build their own Mother Base and defend against rival players worldwide.

Set years after the tragic events in Ground Zeroes, Snake was left in a coma by a mysterious intelligence network known as Cipher. Aided by his old enemy, Ocelot, Snake sets on a trail to Afghanistan to rescue his partner, Kaz Miller, who was held by Soviet troops. As the search for Miller progresses, the conspiracy behind Cipher lurks and who's the enemy is Snake facing on now?

With lessons learned from Ground Zeroes, the newest bits in the world of Metal Gear has been implemented in The Phantom Pain such as taking advantage of means of transportation, CQC takedowns, and so much more. That's just the beginning because while this game is best played with next-gen consoles such as XBOX One and the PS4 (we'd recommend playing that game on that one), The Phantom Pain feels more realistic than ever thanks to realistic passage time and realtime weather. That looks realistic but further stealth measures need to be implemented while harnessing the elements thrown at you.

In some missions, you are never alone because thanks to the Buddy System, you can seek help from elsewhere to finish the mission with efficiency and cleverness. You can summon help from wolves, have several uses with a horse, and get a little help from a character named Quiet.

Gaining resources as learned from Peace Walker is now more than ever because apart from using Fulton Recovery (which is time-efficient than dragging them to your ally chopper called Morpho, amidst their limited quantities) on your enemies and vehicles, you can even use it on animals and other objects. As you get more, you can use them to build your own Mother Base and, for an added bite, defend against other players trying to steal your valuables from your Mother Base. If you had the urge to steal other players' stuff from the Mother Base, feel free to do so.

If you had enough fun with the innovative solo gameplay, you can turn over to multiplayer gameplay via the return of Metal Gear Online but you have to wait till next month to do so. With MGO's return in TPP, gamers must work together to defeat opposing teams in series of multiplayer matches and win.

With The Phantom Pain now out on both Playstation and XBOX consoles as well as for PC users via Steam, players can witness the end of the prequel saga that tells the secret origins of the legendary mercenary known as Big Boss. It's kinda shame that despite the marvelous work poured in by the Metal Gear people, this is nothing more of a parting gift from the man behind the franchise, Sir Hideo Kojima himself. But let's not get to wistful about it because even though this is the parting gift from Kojima-san himself, this is by no means the best Metal Gear played ever and, for once, you can't really put a cardboard box-related joke on it.

For those who have it, as always, best of luck!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Let's Do The News! (September 1, 2015)

- In the midst of the protests done by the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima vows that she will never resign from her position.

- Senator Grace Poe may be charged with anti-graft law violation for publicly supporting the Iglesia Ni Cristo in its protest against Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

- The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics plans to stop using emblems designed by art director Kenjiro Sano following allegation of copyright infringement. Sano's emblems have been at the center of controversy since a Belgian graphic designed filed a lawsuit saying they are similar to the logo he designed for a theater. Sano, on the other hand, admitted that he's using images posted on the internet without permission. Last year, Sano submitted to the committee the two images to show how his emblems would be displayed and, as it turned out, both of these images were sourced from the internet.

- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) releases the final report regarding the Fukushima Daiichi accident last March 11, 2011, and the major factor behind the accident was a widespread assumption in Japan that nuclear power plants were safe. About 180 experts contributed to the 1,200 page-plus report.

- German Chancellor Angela Merkel urges the European Union to fairly accept migrants and refugees. In her appeal on Monday at a news conference in Berlin, Merkel said that failure to do so would call into question Europe's visa-free agreement.

- Earthquake drills are held in Tokyo, a day marking the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake that left over 100,000 people dead or missing, to practice responding to a potentially powerful quake striking just under the capital. Every year, quake drills are held across Japan on that day.

- A radical-looking Peugeot Fractal Concept will appear at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show and the concept's design was made in collaboration with sound designer Amon Tobin.

Peugeot Fractal Concept

- Two of the most iconic video game heroes have been unveiled by Good Smile Company for their Nendoroid lineup; Kirby and Rockman (Megaman)! Both of these Nendos will arrive this January.

Nendoroid Rockman (Megaman)

Nendoroid Kirby

- In case you missed today's Eat Bulaga #KiligPaMore kalyeserye, Yaya Dub swapped her titular role for Isadora, the long lost younger sibling and the so-called mother of Yaya Dub, as secrets between Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) and the others are slowly unraveled. Don't worry, it's still Yaya Dub underneath her new role and she's still up to her on-screen Dubsmashing antics. You may just refer it to Mommy Dub for the time being...

- Legendary horror film director Wes Craven, famous for his Scream films, dies at the age of 76.


FH2 Storm Island: The Island Finale

With 12 championships cleared during my survival on Storm Island, looks like I have finally gained access to the one thing most daredevils must accept in order to be crowned as the Island Champ; the Storm Island Finale. The finale is a long, 2-lap, offroad, course and the objective is simple; win the race while surviving the harsh terrain that will put your offroad abilities to the test. Although the weather isn't what you called grim, the elevation and the offroad conditions will surely put your driving skills to the test and if you win this finale, you are sure enough to say that you've survived Storm Island.


For the finale, I have gone for the Ford Ranger T6 Rally Raid extreme offroader and there is one major reason why I chose this for the finale. Sure, it maybe the un-American Ford Ranger because this truck sold in some parts of the world except the US, but this extreme Ranger is what gave me the start on this quest for survival. The Ranger T6 Rally Raid started this journey and now it wants to end it like every great hero of an epic adventure. I have high hopes for this machine but first...

ranger (2)

To prepare for the final onslaught, some major improvements have been made to keep the Ranger competitive against any other opponents it will face on the Island Finale and for some added flavor, I even whipped up a little design for the Ranger. Yep, it's themed after Cinderella Girls' Riina Tada, just to give it a little "Rock of Mind", if you know what I mean.

Anyway, with preparations complete, it's time for me and my Ranger to take on the final race in Storm Island but the opponents I'm facing right now are not what they seem to be because I might be expecting four-door saloons, crossovers, and rarely exotics joining the fray. Even though this is an off-road capable machine, this Ranger is heavier than the rest so it's best for me to stay on top as long as I reach the finish and not allowing every single one rival slip past me. If one slipped past my blind spots, I have to take some creative measures to overtake it and defend to the very end.

Because of the elevation, jumps are imminent as well as potential car damages that can affect the car's performance, should the damage setting is on the Simulation. If you're experiencing loss on power, keep going and watch your back!

Okay, no time for more explanations because it's time to hit the deck and survive the final onslaught!

Can't believe most of the Jerries are getting the better of me, but nevertheless, I am alive and I am victorious. I have won the Storm Island Finale with bravery and confidence, no doubt.

I have finally survived Storm Island and now, I kept thinking....what's next? Looks like my survival in Storm Island is finally over but not for me because I still had a lot of mopping up to do while driving in both the Horizon Festival and Storm Island.

This journey's over but the story never ends...

Monday, August 31, 2015

Let's Do The News! (August 31, 2015)

- The man who was arrested in connection with the Bangkok bomb attacks in mid-August denies involvement in the attack. Last weekend, the police arrested the foreigner on suspicion of possessing explosives at his apartment in the suburbs of Bangkok.

- A massive, 2-day protest has been held in most parts of Malaysia and the protesters are demanding the resignation of the nation's PM Najib Razak for his alleged involvement in a financial scandal.

- Japan's only online nuclear reactor in Sendai has reached full capacity on Monday morning. Kyushu Electric Power Company, the operator of the Sendai nuclear plant, says that it will undergo final inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on the 10th of September.

- The Iglesia Ni Cristo has ended the three-day long nationwide protest action, according to reports.

- Jeremy Clarkson, the former Top Gear host, is expecting to gain over ten million dollars a year with their upcoming motoring show from Amazon.

- Renault is expected to debut their brand new, fourth-generation, Megane at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

-In case you missed watching The Voice Kids grand finale, Elha Nympha is named the grand winner. She gained 42.16% of votes overall, winning the grand prize of one million pesos plus other prizes.

- Actress Claudine Barretto returns to ABS-CBN and she's looking forward to work with Piolo Pascual for a new movie.

- Miley Cyrus has done it again and this time, she posts her naked selfie minutes before this year's MTV Video Music Awards.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class maybe more of a minor change version of the old M-Class it replaces but this is Mercedes' debutante as it as one of the firsts to implement its new naming structure For all SUVs, they've been given a GL suffix and because it has the E on it, think of the GLE as...well, an SUV version of the E-Class. The more you know.

Anyway, the new GLE starts at around 53,966 Euros, which sounds like a lot for a crossover of that size, but what do you get on this fresh new start on the old M-Class it replaces are a choice of petrol, diesel, and for the first time, a PHEV.

The PHEV in question is the GLE 500 e which features a 3.0L V6 BiTurbo engine producing 333PS combined with a 85kW hybrid module, resulting to a combined torque output of 650Nm and combined power output of 442PS. Mercedes says it combines the power and refinement of a V8 engine with the fuel consumption of a three-litre car and the versatility of a premium SUV. Sounds too juicy for me. The GLE 500 e offers different modes that varies on the driving such as HYBRID, E-MODE, E-SAVE, and CHARGE. This model is mated with a 7G-TRONIC PLUS while its energy is stored in a li-ion batery with an energy content of 8.8kWh.

The ideal diesel model for the GLE is the GLE 350d 4MATIC, which comes with a 3.0L V6 diesel engine delivering 258PS of power and 620Nm of torque. It can do 0-100kph in 7.1 seconds and goes all they way to 225kph. As for fuel consumption, the 15.6km/L rating isn't too shabby for the V6 diesel even if it comes with an overloaded 9-speed automatic gearbox. Sure, its least powerful diesel model can do 18.5km/L, but it's best to be off with it.

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

However, if you want something more for the GLE, there's the high-performance GLE63 AMG, which features some of AMG's sporty enhancements that will make the GLE more exciting in the driver's mind, it still comes with the good old M157 AMG 5.5L V8 BiTurbo engine, which in the S model, can churn out 585PS of power and 760Nm of torque. Mated with the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic, it can do 0-100kph in 4.2 seconds and it's electronically limited to 250kph but there's an optional extra where the limit can be raised to 280kph. Now that's as fast as any hi-po SUVs would do. One thing I do hope for if you had one of these is try to stay out of harm's way before someone gets alerted by its shouty V8 noise under the bonnet.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class interior

Because the GLE-Class is made to be different than the M-Class it replaces, it has all the right gizmos as well as the updated suspension system and 4MATIC four-wheel drive system so while driving on the road, it feels like an executive saloon in all the right places but when it traverses the rough terrain, the GLE-Class isn't such a bad car to drive, well, except for the GLE63 anyway because this was made to be racy rather than adventurous.

On the inside, it feels more exactly what you expect from the old M-Class except for the updated dashboard and some added gizmos for convenience purposes. If you didn't mind the tech stuff, you can say that this is still fit for a family car even if it wears a luxury car badge in it. There's more ample space at the back fit enough for any lifestyle you see fit.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The new GLE-Class maybe more of a facelifted M-Class at first but it's a breakthrough crossover that carries over from the M-Class and with the introduction of the first ever GLE 500 e PHEV, looks like Mercedes-Benz is expecting high hopes for this eco car of that size. In my mind, peeking at the GLE feels like you've tasted it before because this is essentially an M Class but mark its words because once you tried it, you'll regret about having the M-Class in the first place.

Photo: Daimler AG

Hurricane Katrina - 10 years on...

August 29, 2005

A powerful hurricane known as Katrina brought havoc in New Orleans, Louisiana. Almost the entire city, with a population of half a million, was inundated. Nearby areas of the Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast were also hard hit by the catastrophic hurricane.

Even worse during Hurricane Katrina is the ineptitude evident from the local government to the White House. The mayor of New Orleans shown irresponsibility to evacuate most of the town's citizens because it would harm the city's tourism. Two years ago, the new Department of Homeland Security was made, gaining control of most intelligence agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is responsible for disaster planning and relief within the USA. 

Michael Brown, who once headed FEMA, showed poor performance in disaster management and even though the National Weather Service warned of imminent storms, the FEMA made almost no preparation.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, vast numbers of citizens remained abandoned and the government wasn't aware that thousands of people have gathered at the New Orleans Convention Center without food, water, or shelter. The damages caused by Hurricane Katrina were about 80 billion dollars, the death toll was over 1,800, and two-thirds over the city's population are missing,

Despite the terrible fate caused by Katrina, some individuals stood up and provide help to the victims as well as having neighboring states open their doors for the refugees. A year after the hurricane, the population of New Orleans has returned to pre-hurricane levels and reconstruction had barely begun in many neighborhoods.

Ten years have passed since Hurricane Katrina struck south and have we ever learned from such a tragic event like this? Well, some of them are but if we have learned something from the people who've experienced Hurricane Katrina ten years ago, we can be fully prepared in the event a bigger one approaches as long as we have faith and trust in each other's truth and ideals.

FH2 Storm Island: The Gauntlet #4


If you managed to score 11 wins during your survival on Forza Horizon 2's Storm Island expansion, you've gained access to your fourth Gauntlet challenge and for this challenge, you will be driving an extreme version of a commoner's RAM pickup truck known as the RAM Runner at the Midnight Forest track while surviving the harsh terrains and the severe thunderstorms as usual.

What is the RAM Runner? Built by Chrysler's in-house tuning brand Mopar, it uses the commoner's RAM 1500 as its base but this is just a collection of Mopar parts developed specifically for this RAM truck, so in short, this is a tuned version rather than a regular-production vehicle like the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. This particular RAM Runner is the Stage 2 package which features an all-coil spring suspension for better off-road driving as well as lengthened and reinforced front control arms, heavy-duty tie-rods and ball joints, and 3.0-inch Fox internal-bypass front and rear shocks. Even though it has offroad parts fitted on an ordinary RAM 1500, it's still road-legal but who would want to take out a big truck on the normal roads?

Anyway, with explainations becoming a waster of time, let's see how did I fare against the Gauntlet I'm facing...

The combination of unforgiving terrain and severe thunderstorms maybe a test of my distinct offroad abilities but the RAM Runner managed to survive the gauntlet without questioning.

That's it! 12 wins! That means I have unlocked the finale! With the finale on sight, what am I planning to do now? You'll find out soon as my journey to Storm Island reached its climax.
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