Monday, April 27, 2015

Let's Do The News! (April 26, 2015)

- The death toll from the Nepal quake,as of now, is now recorded to at least 3,218 people, according to officials while another 6,500 people have been injured. Dozens of people are reportedly dead in neighboring China and India.

- The Calbuco volcano is starting to weaken but remains unstable. Chilean authorities warned of incoming eruptions as this Chilean volcano erupted twice last week. Meanwhile, most Chilean and neighboring Argentinian airports have been reopened. Over 6,000 people living close to the volcano have been evacuated.

- The families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea held a rally in Tokyo on Sunday to renew their calls for better efforts to bring them back.

- According to the peace council of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law was "overwhelmingly acceptable" and "constitutional" having managed to submit its report to the House of Representatives on Monday.

- Due to the ongoing power struggle at Volkswagen Group, longtime chairman of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech, steps down from his position after failing to get rid of Martin Winterkorn, VW CEO. His resignation could spell a major impact to Germany's biggest car manufacturer.

- Check out the new Batmobile for the upcoming Batman v Superman movie!

- Things don't go well from Konami as Hideo Kojima's "P.T" demo game, which served as the basis for the next Silent Hill game which stars TWD actor Norman Reedus in it, will have its distribution ended on April 29th. Reedus reacted to reports about its possible cancellation.

- Kids in Japan, tell your parents! There's a Pokemon-themed exhibit happening at the Miraikan science museum in Odaiba, Tokyo, where you will study the scientific principles of Pokemon and you can get a chance to become a Pokemon professor too! It opens this 8th of July in Miraikan's 1st Floor Special Exhibit Zone and tickets can be reserved at 7-Eleven, Ticketpia, e+, CN Play Guide, and JTB. Ticket preorders costs 300 yen for kids up to 1,600 yen for adults. Another great way for the Japanese families to spend their summer vacation, eh?

- Pacific Rim sequel film's schedule was pushed through its Summer 2017 release.

- TV personality Kris Aquino was partly to blame for ABS-CBN axing its long-time showbiz program The Buzz after its 16-year run. The last episode of The Buzz was aired last April 5th, shocked many viewers.

- Actor and musician Janno Gibbs leaves GMA Network and is reportedly transferring to TV5 to join with Ogie Alcasid.

- What is Dubsmash? Since it has been all the rage right now, let's talk more about the 'it" trend of 2015. Dubsmash is a smartphone app where users search for their favorite recorded sounds and then lip-synch it to their heart's content. There over 20,000,000 people can't get enough of Dubsmash and they make use of the media's most popular lines and take advantage of the world's latest trend. Even celebrities are having fun with it.


2015 Radio Disney Music Awards

Yes, it's the time of the year again that Radio Disney's hosting the biggest and the brightest awards ceremony and for the year 2015, the Radio Disney Music Awards is getting more exciting than ever because there has been numerous contenders vying for the ARDY's.

Now, here's the list of this year's winners:

Best Music Group - Fifth Harmony
Best Male Artist - Ed Sheeran
Best Female Artist - Ariana Grande
Song of the Year - Problem by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
Best Crush Song - Can't Blame A Girl for Trying by Sabrina Carpenter
Fiercest Fans - Harmonizers
Best New Artist - Charli XCX
Catchiest New Song - Shower by Becky G
Artist with the Best Style - Becky G
Best Song that Makes You Smile - Sugar by Maroon 5
Best Song to Rock Out To With Your BFF - Young Blood by Bea Miller
Best Song To Dance To - Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
Best Breakup Song - The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez
Best Collaboration - Really Don't Care by Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd
Radio Disney's Most Talked About Artist - Ariana Grande

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Leopaul's Heaven and Hell: Fighter's Honor

In the world of boxing, there are different kinds of fighters we faced. There are fighters who lived by pride, those who strategize very well, those who uphold honor, those who fall, those who bring death, those who lived to battle, those with experience, those with their undying faith to God, those who witnessed it, those who guard, and those who started a revolution. These are the kinds of fighters we saw in the ring and no matter how big-shot these famed boxers are, they're still bound to their fighter's honor. Some maintained theirs, others corrupted it by any means.

For a guy like Manny Pacquiao, having his honor maintained a fighter is what made him special and no matter how high-profile or low-profile the foes he faced, be it Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Shane Mosley, Tim Bradley, Brandon Rios, Chris Algieri, or any known boxer he faced, be it a win or a loss, his fighter's honor tested him and such courage snagged him multiple titles in his belt.

Now, his fighter's honor is resting on his shoulders because he's going to face the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the world's greatest boxing match in human history this May and what we have here, ladies and gents, is a match between two of the world's biggest fighters.

I can really see why it's happening and why is everyone salivated for it but behind the scenes, looks like both of the fighters are having their honors degrading, well for Mayweather because he had dealt with too much media maulings, looks like this fighter who lives by pride had his pride haunted through him.

I know that pride is considered one of the seven deadly sins by some but for some boxers, they don't know what is the true meaning of pride, perhaps those who knew that pride is measured by their success never realized that they're starting to become more hysterical than what their former selves be. Looks like his ego drove him like a wolf that can chew through any leash.

For Manny, although he's a high-profile fighter, he doesn't live by his pride. He upholds his honor not just at the ring but also outside the ring, from his celebrity status, his politician status, and his faith to God. He's a man of many roles and he can take on any things he wants, even for his own family. Although he's a man who upholds honor, his beginnings wasn't that humble because...well, if you guys watched that Kid Kulafu movie, you'd probably know who he is...but, still, you get the idea.

Like Mayweather, Pacquiao is somewhat more of a dog that was leashed by money but soon, he'll become more of a wolf. A wolf that can chew through any leash and yes, I said that earlier, because money isn't what made Pacquiao a famed fighter in his own right, its his dark past that made him a stronger fighter, but sooner or later, his old "Kid Kulafu" past will haunt him right through his soul and therefore lost the will to fight even outside the ring. 

That sounds so sad but having learned through experience, Pacman's no quitter. He has the strength, and the willpower to get himself up and finish where he started and for the upcoming fight with Mayweather, he will give everything he got to finish the job, no matter the result.

For Mayweather, challenging Pacquiao is a big way to think that his pride is always on his side because he remains his outstanding record for winning matches and the fact of being an undefeated champ as of now. For Pacquiao, challenging Mayweather is all about having his honor tested. Let's remember that it was the Pacman's fist that caused Bradley (on his second encounter) and Algieri taste their first defeat and for this ultimate match, this will be very one-sided. It's about a battle between pride and honor and which side should they'll be on? Mayweather lives by pride and Pacquiao upholds his honor as a fighter, no matter which side you're on, it's all in the name of fighter's honor.

Pacman, your biggest fight for your life is almost here and this is the chance you've been waiting for! Remember, GET OUT AND GIVE HIM HELL! We're all praying for your success!!!


Over a thousand people feared to be dead in the Nepal quake

Nepal quake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck parts of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, and the city of Pokhara. It is known to be the deadliest of the Nepal earthquakes in over eight decades and it's not just Nepal that's affected. It's also parts of India, Bangladesh, Tibet, and Mount Everest, where avalanches were triggered.

Details about the epicenter of the Nepal quake remains scarce and it is feared that over a thousand people were killed by that massive tremor and the death toll could climb as more information appears any time.

Reports told that in affected areas other than Nepal, about 15 people, including five in Tibet, were killed in an avalanche in Mount Everest, while 40 are reported dead in India, and one person died in Bangladesh.

Today's earthquake in Nepal is the worst since 1934 which killed over 8,500 people.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Let's Do The News! (April 25, 2015)

- Japanese authorities arrested a man suspected of landing a drone on the rooftop of the Office of the Prime Minister in Tokyo. The unidentified 40-year-old male turned himself to the authorities in Obama City, Fukui Prefecture at around 2000 hours Japan time last night. He told the cops that he landed the drone as an anti-nuclear act and he put sand from Fukushima in the container.

- The military chief of North Korea threatened a nuclear attack in response to joint military exercises conducted by South Korean and American troops. It is feared that they might carry out further provocation by firing a ballistic missile on the day of the army's founding anniversary.

- Australia and New Zealand are remembering their troops during the Battle of Gallipoli in World War One. Events throughout Saturday mark the centenary of Anzacs at Gallipoli on Anzac Day.

- Sabeen Mehmud, a Pakistani human rights activist has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the city of Karachi, moments after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in Balochistan.

- Little did you know that boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is preparing himself for the big fight in May, bought 100 cars in a dealership in Las Vegas.

- The next installment in The Fast & The Furious movie series will be showing in April 2017. This was announced by actor Vin Diesel himself.

- Lovelivers in the world, rejoice! Love Live! The School Idol Movie, which will be showing in Japanese cinemas this June 13, will have its global theatrical release! Select US cities, Hong Kong, South Korea, Oceania, select ASEAN countries, and Taiwan will be joining the fun with the μ's big screen debut!


Bubble Gang goes to Caramoan

For their 2015 Summer Special, Bubble Gang goes to the beautiful island of Caramoan and no. They're not here to go wet and wild, they're here to cause some more mischief and fun under the sun. For their first half of their annual summer special, let's see what are they up to...

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...taking selfies in the beach!

- Beach gags!

- He's caught "red-handed"!

- Where am I? What am I doing here?!

- Istambay, Istambay sa Pasyalan, Ang Bida, Guillermo ang Pangalan, Pari Yata S'ya ng Kalungkutan, Ayaw sumama Kahit...KUWENTUHAN!

- A sandy proposal for a very special someone...

- Antonietta ruins a reality show!

- Availing some summer promos, eh? No thanks...

- IyoTube in Uptown Funk

- Phone calls from the heat stroke victim's untrusted people are not helping you.

- Tips to find wi-fi on your beach vacation.

- Tata Lino offers advice to the beach goers.

...and that's it for Part 1! Join them next week on Part 2 for more trouble in Caramoan!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Let's Do The News! (April 24, 2015)

- A few days ago, a Hong Kong government official named Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee made racist remarks against "Filipino domestic workers" working in HK, causing outrage from the Filipino community and lawmakers in the Philippines take a stab on the HK politician over her racist remarks. Now, the lawmaker apologised to those who were offended by her article but she insisted the comments were not sexist nor racist.

- Memorial services are underway in the European nation of Armenia to mark the centenary of the start of "mass killings" by Ottoman Turks. In 1915, hundreds of thousands of Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks, whose empire was dissolving. Most of the victims were deported to barren desert region  where they died of starvation and thirst while some were killed in massacres. Over 1.5 million people were killed according to Armenian officials while Turkey says the number of deaths was smaller than what Armenians claimed. Turkey strongly opposes the genocide term to describe the killings and the dispute created tensions between Turkey and Armenia.

- The Battle of Gallipoli, one of the most gruesome events during World War One, were remembered as events are due to take place to commemorate the centenary of one of WWI's bloodiest campaigns ever told. Prince Charles and Prince Harry will be one of the attendees of the memorial services at the site of the battle at Cape Helles.

- Onto the drone investigation in Tokyo, police officials say that the drone they found on the roof of the Prime Minister's Office may have been controlled by someone up to 1.2km away. They suspect someone was intentionally flying the drone over the building, as it was carrying a bottle filled with cesium.

- Meanwhile, another drone was found into the compound of a British Embassy in Tokyo, only this time it was flown by one of Tokyo's TV networks, namely TOKYO MX. The Tv station flew the drone on Wednesday evening from its HQ to shoot footage for a program, and then it went missing after flying toward the embassy. No one was injured.

- The Japanese government will invite Philippine president Benigno Aquino III this June.

- As the countdown to the ultimate battle approaches, tickets for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight will be released anytime now. Meanwhile, boxer Shane Mosley, the one who fought the two boxing superstars in the past, believes that this fight will end in a knockout.

- Japanese school swimsuits are going to look as boring as hell thanks to some Japanese swimsuit designer creating a new look for those traditional school swimsuits. Although a two-piece swimwear, these new swimwear can be taken off easily and long enough to ensure no skin is exposed even when sitting by the pool.

- More details about the 2016 Acura NSX hybrid engine-wielding supercar have been confirmed by the officials. It will be the first to use a multimaterial space frame consists of high-strength steel and aluminum, ablation technology where the ultra-rigid castings to be used within the crush zones, and the engine that powers it will be a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine mounted in the middle and connected with electric motors.


James May resigns from Top Gear

James May

On his interview with The Guardian, it seems that James May has officially resigned from his duties as presenter of BBC's hit motoring TV show, Top Gear, moments after the termination of Jeremy Clarkson due to some "fracas" with one of the show's producers.

He states that having a replacement for Clarkson is not going to work and it would be lame for that to happen. Despite his resignation, he wanted to continue working for the BBC, although no further information has been given.

He also said that the BBC didn't technically sacked Clarkson, he didn't renewed his contract for a moment and the BBC are more than welcome to have their doors open for Clarkson's return.

Moments after talks about May's resignation, TG executive producer Andy Wilman has officially exited the long-running show. It was confirmed by the BBC according to reports.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Meeting Bruce Lee's grave

Several days ago, me and my sister's family went to a cemetery, which is a few miles away from Downtown Seattle, and in that cemetery lies a grave from one of the most iconic martial artists in history, Bruce Lee.

It's not just the legend who rests his soul in the cemetery known as the Lake View Cemetery, but also his son named Brandon Lee as well.

Seattle's Lake View Cemetery is just over nine miles away from my home in South Graham Street and for first timers, the only way to find Bruce and Brandon Lee's grave is the colors red and black of their graves. Once you found it, congrats, you just found a potential tourist spot.

Bruce Lee's grave is colored red while his son's grave is colored black. Although I never know about his son, I knew little about the famed martial artist known for his timeless, buttkicking, moves.

I didn't realized he was buried in this Seattle-based cemetery but it seems that the city of Seattle pays a lot of tribute for Bruce Lee's contributions.

If you see his grave as well as his son, don't forget to pay respects from them and for a memorabilia, take a picture with yourself or your mates alongside them. Bruce and Brandon Lee's grave is a great place when you're traveling in Seattle.


Bruce and Brandon Lee's grave is at Seattle's Lake View Cemetery, located at:
1554 15th Ave E
Seattle WA 98112

Open from 9:00AM to dusk daily. In winter, it closes by 4:15PM. In Spring/Fall, it closes at 6:00PM. And in Summer, it closes to 8:00PM.

Let's Do The News! (April 23, 2015)

- Returning to the recent migrant tragedy, European leaders are holding an emergency summit on tackling against the rise of migrants risking their lives by crossing through the Mediterranean. Draft proposals include offering 5,000 places for resettlement for migrants "qualifying for protection" under their first project.

- According to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, authorities in France have foiled five terror attacks in recent months. The latest was a French-Algerian man who was arrested over a planned attack on churches in the Paris suburb of Villejuif, after he shot himself by accident and called an ambulance.

- Authorities in Tokyo began investigating a drone found on top of the office of Japan PM Shinzo Abe, saying nobody had been up there for the last month. They're busy checking CCTVs in the vicinity to find out when the drone landed and analyzing contents of a container mounted on the device, which contained cesium.

- The first-ever Original Savory restaurant in Manila caught fire on a late Thursday morning. It broke out at around 1102 hours Philippine time and it was put out at around 1358 hours Philippine Time according to the Fire Rescue PH Twitter account. That burned restaurant was the first ever branch when Original Savory opened as a small panciteria in Quiapo in 1950, later expanded, and made famous for their fried chicken recipe.

- A World War II bomb was found under Camp Crame, Quezon City. This 155mm bomb was dug by workers while installing water pipes in front of the Directorate for Police Community Relations office around 1330 hours Philippine Time. It could explode in case this bomb initiates with friction heat and other elements and as what Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sinda said, this vintage bomb has to be transported and detonated in the Crow Valley Range in Capas, Tarlac.

- What could this mystery Peugeot concept car be?

- Because he got nothing else to do ever since Top Gear went off the air following the fracas that cost Jeremy Clarkson's job and the show itself, Richard Hammond is working on a car-related short film just to keep his time running.

- Good Smile Company announced a brand new figure straight from The iDOLM@STER anime series and it's, yes, Makoto Kikuchi. Recreating her pose from the anime DVD/Blu-Ray covers just like the others, this is one heck of a collectible iM@S fans should have and it costs 8,400 Yen plus tax when it arrives this September. Your checkbooks will feel sorry for this, petrolheads.

Makoto Kikuchi

- The president and the co-founder of the video-sharing company FC2 were arrested on charges of obscenity as the company itself is under investigation. The FC2 video-sharing website is the 4th most accessed video-sharing website in Japan as of March and this site allegedly allowed users to shar and access obscene content.

- The Donkervoort D8 GTO track-day road car has unveiled its another special edition and this time, it's the Bare Naked Carbon Edition, and as the name implies, this special model has its entire car wrapped in carbon fiber, meaning it's several kilos lighter than the normal D8 GTO. It still comes with the same 2.5L TFSi Audi engine as the original.

Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition


Honda StepWGN - Fifth Generation (RP3/RP4)

2016 Honda StepWGN

2016 Honda StepWGN Spada

There is no further explanation why the StepWGN reached its fifth-generation but there is a main reason why they've regenerated Honda's family-oriented minivan suitable for the typical Asian family. Well, this is more than just a preparation for the StepWGN's 20th birthday next year since the first one came in 1996, the same year when the world introduced us games where we catch monsters or survive from a zombie-infested mansion, but the main points of the new model is the introduction of a very clever rear door and the first for a Honda vehicle; a VTEC Turbo engine. More for that later on but first, the design.

In the previous version, the StepWGN looked a bit too dawdy and awful like wearing your tighty-whities on your face for awful reasons and when you take it on the road, people beginning to think you came from a home where you didn't remove the weeds in your garden, your room gets hoarded like grandma's house, and your bathroom has some poop all over the floor. For the brand new version, the design is becoming more promising than ever thanks to Honda's "EXCITING H DESIGN!!!" language. From the normal StepWGN to the rather rakish StepWGN Spada, taking them out from a drive to the school or to work have never felt so civilized because with this new look, people think you're more of a harried hard-worker rather than a hoarder.

2016 Honda StepWGN interior

2016 Honda StepWGN Spada interior

Inside, the new StepWGN looks more decent than ever, although it still comes with the typical new Honda interior like you get in most modern Hondas built from 2013 and present like for example, the Honda Fit, but because this is much bigger than your average Fit, it's more than enough to fit seven or eight people inside with ample legroom even the most pickiest of the passengers like me have no problem when someone asked them to sit at the back for some reasons.

Being a family-oriented Honda minivan ever made, the new StepWGN also comes with some available features such as a tray where you can place your meals and some other stuff, a rolled sunshade that you can roll it up or down in case of harsh sunlight hits you on traffic, climate control, a rear entertainment system where you can watch some movies while stuck at traffic, and many many others.

Here's the kicker because for this new model, the StepWGN features a new type of rear door that no other minivan will ever have in their own life. It's called the "Wakuwaku door" and although it names like that furball I once watched on TV, this works in both ways; it can be lifted up for cargo purposes or by opening the half door to access the third row seating when one of the seats is folded. That's a very clever door mechanism and how come no other carmaker has ever done it? This is the Honda way and this "wakuwaku door" is a StepWGN exclusive feature, you won't find this anywhere else.

2016 Honda StepWGN Spada

2016 Honda StepWGN

Another new kicker for the new StepWGN is the first ever VTEC Turbo engine from Honda. Yes, finally, what we have here is a VTEC engine unlike any other VTEC engine known to speedo boys of many and it's a turbocharged version of every speedo boys' favorite engine. It's a 1.5L engine, designated as L15B, and it produces 150PS of power output and 203Nm. Fuel economy, depending on the variant, could be from 15 to 17km/L by JC08 Mode standards.

Yes, we do get the joy of driving the first ever turbocharged VTEC engine from Honda so might expect this engine can kick in like every VTEC should but sadly in this new model, especially with the CVT gearbox, it can't. This VTEC will never kick in because this is a minivan carrying a turbocharged VTEC engine and being minivans just ruin your manhood and inverts you to fatherhood because you are married, you got kids, you got work, and that's it. All work, no play. You won't find this turbocharged minivan to be very rewarding even in the corners because of that size. Even though it's now more relaxing and more comfortable than the normal version, it's still not quite a fun car for your night out. Yes, they can make better cars to carry your mates for a shopping trip but because of so much seriousness, you can't find the fun in this people carrier, not much.

And while taking caution in case of the world's most imperfect drivers, the new StepWGN comes ready with the available Honda Sensing suite of safety features such as Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The new StepWGN starts at 2,288,000 Japanese Yen and that sounds quite a lot when you compare it with the likes of the Nissan Serena, Toyota Noah, Voxy, and Esquire, and the Mazda Biante, but remember, it has everything that no other rivals had. It has a turbocharged engine, a clever rear door, and a much roomier interior.

With the Golden Week fast approaching, looks like this new model could be one of the most suitable vehicles you can buy if you're planning a Golden Week vacation but because of the pricing, it's going to be quite an issue for this one.

Available colors: Premium Spice Purple Pearl, Premium Sparkle Black Pearl, Milk Glass Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Cobalt Blue Pearl, and Premium Deep Rosso Pearl.

Photo: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Let's Do The News! (April 22, 2015)

- Onto the migrant tragedy, Greek Deputy Defence Minister Kostas Isichos said that the European Union must take more responsibility on dealing with the crisis occurred in the Mediterranean Sea, where a ship carrying migrants was submerged and feared that over a hundred are dead. So far, 114 people have been rescued from the submerged ship and the two people behind the boat were charged for human trafficking.

- Almost a hundred people have been rescued from the floodwaters as violent storms ravaging through the east coast of Australia. Three elder people were confirmed dead in Dungog, where homes have been wiped out by the floods. The weather agency warned of more heavy rainfall before conditions begin to ease.

- As the countdown for the ultimate battle is fast approaching, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. is finally licensed to fight Manny Pacquiao in the May 2 fight.

- The coalition of Arab nations announced that the air strikes in Yemen against the Shia Muslims is officially over, saying its goal has been achieved. They will now commence a new phase that includes humanitarian aid to Yemeni citizens and maritime patrols to prevent arms imports.

- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key apologized to the public over pulling the hair of a waitress who called him a "schoolyard bully" on visits to her cafe. Key realized his behavior is inappropriate but insisted he was merely "horsing around", not acting maliciously.

- Get to know this year's top 10 best car interiors according to Ward's Auto World.

- During the premiere of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV at the Auto Shanghai 2015, the Italian sportscar maker officially announced that it will be limited to 600 units.

- The 12th DLC Catalog for the PS3-exclusive The iDOLM@STER ONE FOR ALL video game has been announced and it's set for its April 28 on sale at the PlayStation Store. First up, there's a special appearance of Cinderella Girls' Kaede Takagaki. Then, some new outfits such as Symphony No.765 (from the Shiny Festa PSP game) and the brand new Splendor Soiree. Lastly, the song called MUSIC♪.

- The latest Real Racing 3 update welcomes players to the most challenging racetrack to date; the Nurburgring. Be prepared for the biggest onslaught on this racing app game because it takes some skill to master the world's challenging racetrack known to many. Also, Renault's making an appearance to this app game with three new machines such as the Clio Cup, the DeZir Concept, and the Renault RS 01 race car.

- According to actress Scarlett Johansson, shooting for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell movie will commence as early as next year.

- Love Live's Yoshino Nanjou relieves her work-induced stress by using "animal therapy" in this latest Japanese commercial from Halls.

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