Tuesday, October 13, 2015

F1 2015: Russian GP

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Yes, we all know that Lewis Hamilton scored another win at Sochi for this season's Russian GP and the Mercedes-AMG team snagged some constructors' titles, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel placed 2nd and Sergio Perez from Force India first tasted his podium finished by placing 3rd but the happenings going on at the Russian GP are a bit of insanity judging from numerous crashes and DNFs occurred. The unlucky ones are Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz (who was discharged following his brutal crash during practice days pre-race), Lotus' Romain Grosjean, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.

Onto the final standings, with Hamilton remained 1st overall with 302, Vettel is now 2nd overall with 236 points, and Rosberg, thanks to his humiliating incident at Sochi, dropped to 3rd with 229 points.

There are four races left in this season and the next race will be at the USA on the 25th of October.

Let's Do The News! (October 13, 2015)

- US-led coalition forces began airdropping supplies to Syrian rebels on their ongoing battle against the Islamic State militants. Defense Department officials confirmed supplies were flown to US-backed rebels but they did not disclose who got the material, citing safety concerns.

- Okinawan governor Takeshi Onaga revoked a permit to reclaim coastal land in the prefecture for the relocation of the US Marines' Futenma Air Station

- The Japanese Imperial couple, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, may visit the Philippines early next year, making their first visit to the republic by the Imperial couple since the end of the Second World War. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the two nations have nurtured ties in various fields over a long period of time.

- British authorities say they will end surveillance outside the Ecuadorean Embassy to watch for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. London's Metropolitan Police maintained surveillance for over three years, intending to arrest Assange the moment he exits the diplomatic mission.

- Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, has secured a fifth term in office, paving way for a quarter of a century at the helm of the former Soviet Republic. Lukashenko won over 83% of the vote according to the central election commission.

- A low pressure area has intensified into a tropical depression and it will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by either Wednesday or Thursday under the name Lando. Lando is 2,270 east of Luzon with max sustained winds of 45kph near the center before Tuesday noon.

- Philippine authorities deny reports about the wreckages of the possible Malaysian Airlines MH370 found onto a remote Philippine island, after someone claimed that the wreckage had been found there made headlines.

- It's confirmed that the next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid will get a four-wheel drive variant for the first time in the Prius' history.

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- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, Lola Tinidora (Jose Manalo) disguesed as Yaya Dub and Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza disguised herself as Lola Tinidora. It's a freaky role swap if they're honest but it's all in the name of avoiding detection from the mystery woman revealed as Isadora. As things gets worse and with the imminent arrival of Isadora's upon them, Lola Nidora wants to send Yaya Dub as far away as possible to avoid getting spotted by Isadora but because Yaya Dub's too much for her own safety, she ran away but where is she running? Tune in next time and find out!


Forza Motorsport 6: The new Ford GT

I think this is the perfect time to get to know about the cover car of Forza Motorsport 6, the all-new, 2017 Ford GT, a second take of a modern equivalent of the legendary Ford GT40 racing machine that reign Le Mans in the 60's.

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But first, before explaining what's all about the new Ford GT, there is a history lesson about the genesis of the GT40. You see, when Ford decided to buy Italian sports car maker Ferrari in the 60's, Ferrari rejected the offer and with Ford became very angry, the folks decided to hit Ferrari where it badly hurts, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That's where the GT40 was born, with chassis derived from Lola, V8 improved by the legendary Carroll Shelby, and impressive performance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 60's, no wonder this American racing legend gave Ferrari a heavy blow in the field of motorsports.

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In 2005, the legendary GT40 racing machine was resurrected as the Ford GT, this time as a bonafide supercar packed with classic looks and modern technology all in one piece. It has a supercharged 5.4L V8 engine that can go 0 to 60 in under three seconds and top speed of 212 mph (341 km/h). It comes with a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission featuring a helical limited-slip differential.

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It's been ten long years since Ford revived the GT40 in the form of the Ford GT supercar targeted against the best European supercars on the market and with the newest incarnation of the legendary Ford GT supercar, this may have done much that. This new Ford GT became the pinnacle of Ford Performance vehicles when it was unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, drawing much attention from the crowd. Because the motoring industry ushered in the age of miniaturization of their engines, the new Ford GT never escaped its trend of downsizing so instead of the old Ford GT's supercharged 5.4L V8 engine, it comes with the race-inspired EcoBoost 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo engine which produces over 600 horsepower of power while mated with a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

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The new GT's bodywork is all carbon-fiber and hand-laid from a certain supplier, although the in-house low-cost carbon-fiber development program is provided by Dow Chemical but they're little to do with it. Because of itc carbon-fiber bodywork, Ford expects the new GT to have the best power-to-weight ratio, not in class, but of any car on the market. Although Ford hasn't provided the weight of the new GT, the predicted kerb weight of 2,890lbs is proof that this car is very light and because of its predicted 630HP from its 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo engine the hp to lbs curb weight ratio is expected to be...0.22:1...well, at theory at least.

Aerodynamics play a key role on the new GT. First, the active rear spoiler can both rise vertically and lift while its horizontal surface angling upward to gain more downforce and drag if necessary. Then, its active suspension can be risen or lowered at the touch of a button. That proves to be useful on corners or facing against nightmarish speed humps. And then, the way it manages the air. Those flying buttresses linking the roof to each rear fender are curved in section, creating downforce and directing air flowing around the car to the rear wing. It also works as intake tubes because each hollow panel houses piping that flow from an air-to-air intercooler ahead of each rear wheel. Intake air is scooped up, compressed in each turbocharger, and fired through the intercoolers before getting through the winglets and down into the engines. After passing through the intercoolers, the heated air slips through each rear well to the rear, where it escapes through the center of the...and we're not kidding here...rear taillamps. Very unique aerodynamics, I dare say?

Although the 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo is proven to be more powerful than the old GT's V8 produces, Ford says that 0-60 times and top speeds aren't their priority one. Instead, priority one goes to lapping fast times on track days and it promises to be better at dynamics rather than acceleration.

To prove that this new GT is all about business on the track, let's use the Top Gear Test Track as the base of experimentation and let's compare the old GT and the new GT on a one-lap time attack round the track.

So, the old Ford GT managed to lap round the Top Gear Track in 1:21.954 while the new Ford GT did it in...and I'm very amazed by this one, 1:17.071. That's about four seconds quicker than the old one after I conducted these tests.

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It's been an honor to try out Ford's upcoming GT supercar before it reaches dealerships next year in a very limited availability and I am very happy to be part of the Forza Motorsport 6 experience because what would FM6 be without the new GT? Of course, this is the game's cover car after all so it's best to treat it with the respect this modern-day legend truly deserves.


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To mark this occasion, I have created a little party piece on FM6. It's a 2017 Ford GT featuring the 765PRO ALL-STARS from The IDOLM@STER franchise. Yes. I said it too much but both of the games have celebrated their 10th anniversary earlier so what no better time than to handcraft a special Ford GT design for the idol girl-loving petrolheads.

Normally, I shouldn't include Miki Hoshii, Yayoi Takatsuki, and Ritsuko Akizuki because...well, they didn't show up on the big IM@S 10th anniversary concert last summer but as the saying goes "So long as there's mercy. Always mercy", I decided to put them anyway. It would be a shame put these three excluded idol girls into waste. As an added bonus, I decided to put the assistant Kotori into my handcrafted design as well. You'll thank me.

*Pabebe Wave

Monday, October 12, 2015

Let's Do The News! (October 12, 2015)

- Following the double explosions in the Turkish capital of Ankara that killed nearly a hundred people, the Turkish government has intensified their attacks against the Kurdish militant groups and the Islamic State militants.

- Reports told that the death toll of over 1,500 people from last month's stampede at the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia is the worst incident in the history of the hajj journey to the holy city of Mecca.

- Doctors Without Borders is demanding a probe support into the US-led airstrike that destroyed their hospital and killing twenty-two people inside.

- Candidacies for the presidential race on the May 2016 elections are now underway and voters are scheduled to choose a replacement to outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Vice President Jejomar Binay registered his candidacy with COMELEC while former DILG secretary Mar Roxas and independent senator Grace Poe may follow. They have until Friday to file their candidacies and campaigning will commence this February.

- The Philippine Navy are still verifying reports of a possible wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Tawi-Tawi. Last year, the the said flight, with 239 onboard, was enroute to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur disappeared and some say most of the passengers presumed dead.

- Following the launch of Aqours' first ever debut single, the fans of the Love Live franchise are asked by an anime magazine which of the Aqours will be the group's lead for their next single and by amazement, the interim results for the star of their next single is the swimmer named You Watanabe (played by Shuka Saitou).

- A special McLaren 650S Can-Am model was unveiled in honor of Can-Am racing's 50 years. Based on the 650S Spider, it will be limited to 50 units, each come with a special design inspired by the McLaren Can-Am racing cars of the 60's. It's priced at 255,850 Pounds.

- Actress Pauleen Luna and veteran comedian and presenter Vic Sotto to wed on January of next year.

- A trailer for the upcoming special episode of BBC's Sherlock TV series is now here, previewing Victorian-era Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson like you've never witnessed before!


The 2015-2016 Seattle International Auto Show

Every Autumn in Seattle, the CenturyLink Field Event Center is filled with some of the hottest cars in the market for the annual Seattle International Auto Show presented by State Farm. I came here and took some photos of some of the freshest machines offered for the Northwestern public as well as special previews of upcoming models.

That's the new Mustang GT350, one of the most track-focused Mustangs ever made thanks to its incredible aerodynamics and handling that makes this muscle car well-behaved on track.

That's the Mercedes-AMG GT, undoubtedly one of the finest AMG sportscars ever made and with its 4.0L V8 Twin Turbo engine and its advanced technology, nothing can go wrong with it.

The Lamborghini Huracan makes its Seattle Auto Show appearance...again.

That's no ordinary Corvette. That's the Z06 with the supercharged V8 engine and racing know-how inspired from the C7.R racer that made class wins at Le Mans.

Plethora of honest, good-looking, classics provided by LeMay's, America's Car Museum.

A gorgeous-looking Lincoln Continental Concept making its Seattle Auto Show appearance.

Video Log:

More pics: https://flic.kr/s/aHskmZDinz

I hope you guys had fun at this year's Seattle International Auto Show as much as I am. See you next fall!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Doctor Who S09E04

Picking up where last week's episode left off, the fourth episode of the ninth series of Doctor Who, titled Before The Flood, sees the Doctor and his allies set foot to Cold War-era Scotland while Clara remains on the 22nd century underwater base to keep an eye on Cass and Lunn while encountering the unexpected. We might think that this episode turned out to be a suicide mission for The Doctor but while it maybe a suicidal attempt to get things right, he faced off against an alien warlord known as the Fisher King. It's a good thing the blast from the dam gave this alien a sinking feeling to finish it.

Just before the start of the episode, The Doctor gave the viewers a much irrelevant trivia we might be interested with involving Beethoven's 5th and getting The Doctor's rock 'n roll groove on. Anyway, it's still a rocking rush to see The Doctor fought off a powerful enemy from a distant past and saved the future, albeit a costly one.


Image: BBC

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Paolo Ballesteros wins Dabarkads Pa More Grand Finals

Recently, the best presenters of Eat Bulaga comprising of Paolo Ballesteros, Ruby Rodriguez, HBD girl Patricia, Ryzza Mae "Aling Maliit" Dizon, and Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza gave everything they've got in the grand finals of Bulaga Pa More: Dabarkads Pa More.

We have to give kudos to Paolo, Ruby, and Patricia for their "buwis buhay pa more", death-defying stunts they've pulled out as well as Ryzza Mae's two-face performance. Of course, Yaya Dub gave everything she got to please the Kalye's Angels watching her perform. Unkowingly, a mystery woman do saw Yaya Dub performing but who is she?! Could it be Isadora?!

Anyway, in the end, Paolo Ballesteros, in his cross-dressing, death-defying, performance is the winner of Dabarkads Pa More.

Keep watching Eat Bulaga every weekdays as they're back to their usual programming and unmask the presence of the mystery woman who watched Yaya Dub performed!

Image: Official Eat Bulaga Facebook Page


On the October 9, 2015 episode of Bubble Gang...

- The boys in the police station are acting like...toys.

- Sheena Halili tries her luck in TSUGI O CHORVA!

- MMA gags

- Is this doctor a first-timer?

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...traffic posts!

- He's darn too old for the tuli but is it worth it?

- Hugot lines

- Bubble Gang does McDonald's Chicken McSavers "AldubKoTo" commercial by spoofing as WcDo Chicken WcSavers! Love Ko To!

- An obvious way to do spirit of the glass...

- Guys are complaining about an employee with bragging rights.

- A tearful problem from a certain couple's addressed in another PAG-IBIG hotline.

Friday, October 9, 2015

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If you're a fan of Gravity Falls who can understand the secret message on this title, it says "How to dress as Dipper or Mabel Pines".

Anyway, Dipper Pines and Mabel Pines, the so-called Mystery Twins who are here to solve the supernatural phenomena lurking around the town called Gravity Falls.

We all enjoyed watching that hit Disney animated series because with a blend of horror, comedy, drama, romance, adventure, and the inevitable plot twists that keeps the viewers guessing what's next, Gravity Falls is already turning to be the next Adventure Time for all the wrong barrels.

Yes, you can dress yourself as either Dipper or Mabel, so here are some useful bits of advice that will make you become one of the Mystery Twins.

As Dipper:

- Dipper's signature hat is a white and blue cap with a pine tree on it. It's hard getting the real thing so it might best to improvise it with your own creativity.

- For his top, Dipper wears a red shirt and a dark blue outdoor vest. Those are easy to find at the shops as long at they match Dipper's.

- Dipper's shorts can be somewhat grayish or blackish. I don't know what but I belive it can be grayish so feel free to find whatever shorts you can find as long as it matches Dipper's.

As Mabel:

Now this is the difficult bit because Mabel's outfit keeps changing per episode and so are her sweater designs. Apart from the sweaters, the color of her headband and her skirt also changes per episode.

I've gone with one of my favorites for you, ladies, to consider for your Mabel cosplay;

That said, you are free to replicate whatever sweater design Mabel pulled off every episode, as long as you got the corresponding headband and skirt that well-suited for the sweater design of choice.

And that's it! You're done. Becoming one of the Mystery Twins is one way of saying you are ready to investigate the world's strangest moments just like in the show. Whether if its world-threatening prophecies, people with abnormal looks, or other paranormal activities that lurk around everyday, like what the mystery journals told, you can be sure that your outfits are ready to take on whatever the supernatural throws at you, Gravity Falls-style!

Good luck and BEWARB!

Let's Do The News! (October 9, 2015)

- Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, launched a massive offensive against terrorist groups and liberate areas that have suffered from the rebels' scourge and crimes. Last month, Russian forces launched airstrikes in Syria for the state purpose of eliminating Islamic State militants.

- According to the Doctors Without Borders, 33 people are missing after a US-led airstrike struck their hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Last week's airstrike killed 22 people and US President Barack Obama apologized for the incident, saying the military attacked the hospital by mistake.

- Preparations for North Korea's celebration for the 70th anniversary of the nation's Workers' Party tomorrow are underway as the nation's capital, Pyongyang, is gearing up for a major military parade and other festivities. Sources told that a possible ICBM launch may coincide the event, but so far, no specific signs of preparations.

- PAGASA warns that at least seven more typhoons will hit the Philippines until the end of 2015.

- Optical Media Board Chairman Ronnie Ricketts asked the Sandiganbayan to quash the graft charges against him as he pointed to his deputy who he said should be liable for the alleged pullout of seized pirated discs five years ago.

- FIFA president Sepp Blatter was provisionally suspended for 90 days as well as VP Michel Platini, who runs UEFA, and Secretary General Jerome Valcke, for the same length of time. Swiss authorities are conducting a criminal investigation against them over alleged misappropriation of funds.

- Spanish authorities are seeking a jail sentence of 22 months for soccer star Lionel Messi over a tax fraud case. Spain's tax authorities charged Messi and his father two years ago with defrauding the Spanish state and failed to pay over four million euro tax on income from image rights between 2007 and 2009.

- Yesterday, legendary Philippine singer Elizabeth Ramsey, died at the age of 83. It was confirmed by singer and her daughter Jaya via Facebook. Numerous celebrities mourn the death of their very own "Mama Beth". Elizabeth's last appearance was in one of the episodes of the first season of ABS-CBN's Your Face Sounds Familiar, who was impersonated by comedienne Melai Cantiveros.

- Pinay beauty queen Ann Lorraine Colis won the Miss Globe 2015 pageant held in Canada, eclipsing every beauty queen in the world including Albania, Macedonia, China, and France.

- You may remember that in the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza put on a disguise alongside the Da Explorer sisters to avoid getting spotted by Yaya Dub's mom, Isadora. Looks like her disguise is not just limited to the recent kalyeserye antics because she went to a Lifehouse concert last night using the said disguise because she's not invited. What's even more surprising is that she's not the only one spotted at a concert. It's Showtime's Pastillas Girl Angelica Jane Yap was present as well.

- Speaking of Pastillas Girl, looks like ABS-CBN's variety show, It's Showtime, is in hot water right now over an accusation that they are pimping Angelica Jane Yap on the "Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas?" segment. Women's rights group Gabriela called it in their complaint against the variety show "unfair and irresponsible, but also hurtful and offensive to women like Angelica".


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Let's Do The News! (October 8, 2015)

- Japanese deputy foreign minister Shinsuke Sugiyama is holding peace talks with his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov in MOscow on a bilateral peace treaty but no one knows whether the negotiations will make progress regarding the territorial issues between them.

- US President Barack Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders for the recent deadly airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan and pledged to make a full-fledged investigation into the airstrike.

- Michiko Gorman, a pioneer of women's marathons, died at the age of 80 due to cancer.

- The US Treasury Department is investigating how Islamic State militants acquired numerous Toyota vehicles as it frequently appear in the militant group's propaganda videos.

- The DMCI-Project Developers Inc, developers of the controversial Torre de Manila building made the final appeal before the Supreme Court to lift the restraining order it issued against the construction of the controversial 49-story condominium.

- Shooting for Clarkson, Hammond, and May's new motoring show for Amazon Prime has commenced with the trio driving hybrid hypercars on the track.

- According to Volkswagen Group's new CEO Matthias Muller, the German automobile giant will commence recalls on their diesel vehicles as early as next year.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga Kalyeserye; Yaya Dub was saddened by the letter saying that her mother, Isadora, is coming back for her.


Felix Manalo (2015 film)

The late Brother Felix Y. Manalo first preached the Iglesia ni Cristo in Manila with its first local congregation was established in Punta, Sta. Ana and registered with the Philippine government on the 27th of July, 1914. A year later, Brother Felix Manalo is named as the first Executive Minister of the Church. Now, the membership of the INC comprises of 110 nationalities, 104 ecclesiastical districts in the Philippines and a hundred more nations worldwide.

The folks from VIVA Films have created, for some unknown reasons, a biopic depicting the man who became Brother Felix Manalo, the forefather of one of the Philippines most influential religious organizations known as Iglesia Ni Cristo. Directed by Joel Lamangan, this biopic stars Dennis Trillo as the late Brother Felix Manalo as well as Bela Padilla, Gabby Concepcion, among many others. This film highlights the life and times of Felix Manalo from his childhood to how the INC was established.

Although this film promises moviegoers, especially those who are part of the controversial religious group that has been making the headlines up to now, to discover Felix Manalo like they've never knew him before, the storyline can be somewhat bitter and it feels like it doesn't make the cut as what the other biopic of an influential Filipino everyone knew in the history books, but this is still a film about Felix Manalo that you won't really find his life from the pages of history as they speak and even though this film has some flaws, this Felix Manalo movie is trying hard to give cinemagoers how his life unfolds into the man every INC followers know.

Judging by the way this film goes, there are some inescapable truth you may need to know about the Felix Manalo film because when this film was premiered at the Philippine Arena, it had set a new world record for the largest audience for a film premiere and largest audience for a film screening. Perhaps no wonder a film about the man who established the most influential religious organization in the world attracted so many people but is it their faith that influenced most people to watch that film? No one knows but this is a religious film that deserves to have a mark on Philippine cinema as well as on the history of the most influential Filipinos in history. Whether if you're INC or not, bear that in mind that this film is not made for propaganda purposes or for profit because what the INC spoke of is this film is made for everyone who want to learn more about the late Brother Felix Manalo and that's the end of it.

My rating: 3.1 out of 5.
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