Monday, March 30, 2015

F1 2015 - Malaysian GP

A major surprise occurred during the Malaysian GP of the F1 2015 season and that surprise is that even though Sebastian Vettel transferred to the Scuderia Ferrari team, his win will put both the Mercedes F1 drivers on the line. His first win for the season marks Ferrari's first win since 2013. Mercedes' Hamilton left in 2nd place while Rosberg placed 3rd. Looks like the former world champion is seeking revenge against last year's world champion after all.

Next race is at China on the 12th of April.


Image: Top Gear

Let's Do The News! (March 30, 2015)

- A M7.7 earthquake has struck the country Papua New Guinea according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was 40 km deep with an epicenter of 55 km southeast of Kokopo. So far, no reports of casualties and damages. There was a threat of tsunami after the quake but the tsunami warning has been lifted.

- The Philippines and Japan have signed agreements for the six development-assistance projects. Four of them are Official Development Assistance grant projects costing 1.195 billion Philippine Pesos and two of them are loan projects amounting to 8.356 billion Philippine Pesos. Projects include the conflict prevention and peace-building of the Mindanao region, mini-hydropower development in the province of Ifugao, provision of Japanese SMEs Products, and so on.

- SOME SAY: Eagle-eyed moviegoers noticed the similarity between the recent Germanwings crash last week and one part of the Argentinian dark comedy film "Wild Tales" where there was a character named Pasternak who plots revenge against the people who wronged him locking himself inside the cockpit and crashing the plane to his parents' house. Could it be that one of the Germanwings Flight 9525's pilots were motivated by that film?

- ALSO...German media said that one of the co-pilots of the crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 plane may have problems with vision. Andreas Lubitz is suspected of crashing the plane after he left the cockpit, killing 150 people onboard. Some reports say that the pilot had treatment for retinal detachment and he could have lost his flying license if this problem has found within his medical checkups that occurred last year.

- Meanwhile, an Air Canada plane crash landed at Halifax airport, hurting 23 people onboard.

- As the deadline for the Iran nuke talks draws near, there are key issues remained unresolved, including Iran's demands for further cuts to their uranium enrichment program.

- Land Rover unveiled their most expensive Range Rover ever and its called the SV Autobiography. Even though it comes with the same 5.0L V8 supercharged engine as the RR Sport SVR, the SV Autobiography features the most luxurious interior fit for Her Majesty. 

2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

- Tekken 7 will feature a new fighter and yes, you guessed it. There's a Filipina fighter joining the ever growing roster of Tekken characters. Her name is "Josie Rizal" and her Pinay Pride is ready for your next battle.

- New Pokemon XY figures from Takara Tomy have been announced! Before getting ready for the upcoming Hoopa movie, a figure of Groudon and Dialga has been added, each costing 950 Yen when it reaches April. Also, keep an eye out for the Moncolle set featuring the mythical Pokemon Arceus and an Ultra Ball. It costs 2,800 Yen.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Bago 'To!"

On the March 27, 2015 episode of Bubble Gang...

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...what you did on an athletic activity!

- Internet cafe gags

- More words to live by from Tata Lino!

  • Wag ka nang umasa na ang pag-ibig ay wagas. Lalong ginagamit ka lang pang palipas-oras.
  • May mga kaibigang di kayang umalis. Di parang makiramay pero naghahanap ng tsimis.
  • Kung mahilig kang umasa at paasa naman siya, may bagay kayong dalawa. Wala kang pagasa.
  • Hindi dapat hinuhusga ang panlabas ng kaanyuhan. Parang lalagyan ng ice cream. Minsan loob ay dinuguan.
- Desiree the Binatilya brings his new friends for a group!

- Implementing some new policy changes that will make a certain employee unhappy.

- Hot seat? Hotter seat?! Bubble Gang does Nestea by spoofing this commercial as BESTEA! Bago 'To!

- Lala Ytera has a birthday present for you...MORE LAIT!

- Mr. Luv Yah tackles on the issue of jealousy very seriously in PAG-IBIG HOTLINE.

- A woman undergoes a major nose lift.

Friday, March 27, 2015

KanColle OST "Kankyou"

KanColle OST "Kankyou"

Based on the hit browser game made possible by DMM and Kadokawa Games, KanColle (Kantai Collection) is all about female versions of legendary battleships, which became mankind's only hope against the mysterious abyssal fleet threatening our seas. It's about a destroyer named Fubuki attending the Chinjufu base and set off to an adventure to protect the seas along with the other fleet. There are plenty of unique ships appeared on the series from the foul-mouthed, Anglo-Japanese engineered, Kongou from the Kongou sisters, fleet idol Naka, the Destroyer Division Six, among many others.

To those who spent sleepless nights playing that browser game, they thought that the KanColle anime is something they've been waiting for since it became a talk of the town on the boards but it kinda feels like witchcraft to them but never mind because anyway, the original soundtrack from the KanColle TV series has arrived and the can relive every single moment as heard from the KanColle TV series.

There are a total of 52 tracks in this 2-disc compilation and there's nothing much to say about it so get going, commanders of the seas. Time to listen to the scores of the naval warfare just like you've been witnessing one in the series.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Zayn Malik leaves 1D for good

A few days ago, just before their Philippine leg of their One Direction world tour, one of the boy band's members, namely Zayn Malik, decided not to take part of it because of stress. We're not sure why but still, last week's Philippine leg of their On The Road Again world tour did exactly as planned.

And now, here's the big kicker to this story because this 22-year-old member of 1D decided that he's quitting the boy band for good, leaving Louis, Liam, Harry, and Niall as the remaining members of 1D. With Zayn left, could this decision jeopardize the famed boy band? because according to their official statement, they will continue with their progress even though there's only four boys left in the band. They are also planning a new album during their world tour.

So long, Zayn. Good luck on your life post-1D and your fans will be surely be missed.

Photo: Getty Images
Report: Billboard

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

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- A few days ago, the Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed somewhere in the French alps, leaving all 150 passengers dead on board and no signs of life according to officials. The flight was en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany. Officials are currently investigating the crash site, finding out what caused it but for now, the relatives and friends of the passengers and crew from Flight 4U9525 are due to go to the crash site high in the Alps. Lufthansa will operate two special flights to Marseille and and travel will commence by road.

- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi Shia rebels.

- A new intelligence satellite was successfully launched by scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency at 1021 hours, Japan Time, from the Tanegashima Space Center. Their new intelligence satellite can detect objects on the ground as small as 40cm from an altitude of several hundred kilometers.

- Japanese police arrested two people who allegedly importing 1,200 kilograms of matsutake mushrooms from North Korea, violating the nation's total import ban against North Korean products in 2006, following its nuclear tests. Some say, they imported the mushrooms five years ago by falsely claiming they were from China.

- What did President Benigno Aquino III said during the Philippine National Police Academy graduation ceremony? READ HERE.

- McLaren named their first car of their Sports Series range as the 570S and it's set for its New York Auto Show premiere next month.

- M-Class no more. Say hello to the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, although this new model is nothing more of a minor change model of the M-Class it replaces. It's set for its NY Auto Show debut.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The 11th DLC Catalog for the PS3-exclusive The iDOLM@STER ONE FOR ALL game is now available. Expect special appearance from Cinderella Girls' Mio Honda as well as the new song "Good-Byes" and the new "Old Modern Blossom" outfit for your idols!


- Jaguar's new XF saloon was unveiled and this second-generation model is set for its NY Auto Show debut.

2016 Jaguar XF

- Have you watched the movie Chappie? Guess what? Chappie gets his own action figure courtesy of Good Smile Company. You can take home this robot-slaying robot hero who acts and feels almost human for an ultra-expensive 29,074 Yen plus tax when he arrives at your nearest hobby and collectible shops this October.

- After reports about Hideo Kojima leaving Konami for good after the worldwide launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain this autumn, looks like the Japanese game maker isn't reluctant to give up on the Metal Gear franchise even without Kojima himself as well as Kojima Productions because they began hiring staff for their next Metal Gear.


Top Gear's Clarkson fired by the BBC

It's all over. It's the end of the road for our favorite foul-mouthed Top Gear presenter as we know it as the BBC officially announced that Jeremy Clarkson is fired from being one of the hosts of the hit motoring TV show. His contract will not be renewed after "fracas" with one of the show's producers over a meal rage after shooting.

A few weeks ago, Clarkson was suspended after an argument with one of the producers, namely Oisin Tymon, because the hotel they're staying after shooting didn't served hot foods, namely steak and chips (UK for french fries to you and I). Because of the suspension, the remaining Season 22 episodes of Top Gear are on indefinite hiatus and the BBC has yet to confirm whether to air the remaining episodes or not.

Jeremy Clarkson was infamous for his series of provocative actions through the years. He was warned by the BBC last year that one false move will sack him indefinitely. The last time he made a provocation to others was on the Patagonia special when his Porsche used for the special bears a plate number that provoked Falklands War veterans.

With JC out of the picture, there's still yet to confirm from fellow TG hosts Richard Hammond and James May.

The BBC plans to renew the show for 2016 but the decision is up to the network to decide.

Sigh...I guess it feels like the end of an era for us, car enthusiasts, now that Clarkson's wiped out from the airwaves for good. What will Top Gear be look like without him?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Subaru discontinues the Exiga MPV

The Subaru Exiga is the brand's only 7-seater in the lineup when it was launched last summer 2008 but sadly, reports told that production of the Exiga 7-seater MPV will be ceased within a few months.

There are little details about the Exiga's discontinuation but looks like the only seven seater Subie will be heading to the great big crusher in the sky along with the other discontinued Japanese cars.

There were rumors about a crossover version of the Exiga, based on the Subaru Crossover 7 Concept as seen on the Tokyo Motor Show two years ago, that will soon be headed to production this year but sadly, with the Exiga's demise, looks like it's getting bleaker on the details.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Six Nations 2015 FINAL

The fifth and final round of the RBS Six Nations 2015 is the decider which of the six rugby teams will be declared this year's winner and judging from what they're doing, it's becoming one heck of a do-or-die match to vie for the summit and be named as champions.

In the Italy Vs. Wales match, it was the Welsh that triumph against the Italians at the impressive score of 20-61, in favor of Wales. A 25-point gap between those teams, that's one heck of a record-high in the history of the Six Nations.

Then, it was Scotland vs. Ireland and in the end, a 30-point gap between them and an overwhelming performance by Sean O'Brien made the IRFU triumphed against Scotland at the score of 10-40, in favor of the Irish.

Lastly, England Rugby vs. FFR and at the score of 55-35, England wins.


In the end of this year's Six Nations, the winner goes to the IRFU. Again, the IRFU are named as the 2015 RBS Six Nations champions. That's a 2-win streak since last year!

This concludes the Six Nations 2015.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bubble Gang - March 20, 2015

On the March 20, 2015 episode of Bubble Gang...

- A politician tries to win the respect from the crowd.

- "Wag kang maingay" gags

- Gamers talking trash in the internet cafe.

- The Half Brothers

- Istambay, Istambay sa Looban, Lapit Na Para Unang Malaman, Ang Tungkol sa Lalaking Dayuhan, Lahat ay Gustong N'yang...MAPERAHAN!

- The many shades of Diego!

- Scientists discovered a game-changing breakthrough to sports. The invisible ball!

- More lait-lait from Lala Ytera!

- Some patients don't live up to their qualifications. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

All New Hyundai Tucson (TL)

2016 Hyundai Tucson

Well, this is quite a surprise for us. After being introduced to the world at the Geneva Motor Show a couple of weeks ago, the brand-new, third-generation Hyundai Tucson (bearing the TL chassis codename) has now arrived to keep the medium-sized  crossover competition heating up and for this new model, it looks like it wants to show how its done.

First and foremost, let's look at the design and looks like this is like a mashup between different cars for this one because the front looks like it came from a Ford Edge while the side view looks like it came from its big brother, the Santa Fe, and the rear view looks like it came from the Jeep Cherokee. This is like a blend of Asian-American cuisine that your parents might cook up for dinner but even though it looks like it's fresh out the boat, the new Tucson is a real looker.

2016 Hyundai Tucson interior

On the inside, it looks like it came from the first-generation Genesis saloon but it was made all in the name of premium on the new Tucson. As for the comfort zone, this 5-seater still never fails to impress. It works well as a family car because not only you can take your kids at the back and go off to different places, say granny's house or a park or whatever the kids want to go, it's convenient and versatile just like any other SUVs do. You can fold down the rear seats to accommodate luggage spaces and with the max boot space of 1,503 litres, that's fit enough to carry two treasure chests you've dug from the beach and some extras.

Connectivity wise, the new Tucson is equipped with the Bluelink 2.0 telematics system which delivers turn-by-turn navigation updates while on the go. You can even use your phone as a carkey to operate the new Tucson wherever you are.

2016 Hyundai Tucson

The normal Tucson retains the e-VGT R2.0 diesel engine connected with either a 6-speed manual or automatic but there's a new version called the Tucson Fever, which is available exclusively in front-wheel drive. The Fever variant comes with the smaller e-VGT U-II 1.7L diesel engine that develops 141PS of power and 34.7kg-m of torque but here's the kicker; this engine is mated with a 7-speed double-clutch gearbox, a first for a Korean SUV. The new gearbox allows a seamless, quick shifting feel unlike any other and thanks to this gearbox, fuel economy is 15.6km/L. That sounds interesting but feels like someone might be expecting to miss out this clever stuff in case if someone lives in a Euro 2 country or in a big nation where Korean SUVs don't have diesels available for some reason.

Another kicker for the new Tucson is that it was honed at the Nurburgring to deliver performance unlike any other. Yep, this is becoming more of an enthusiast's treat and because it's been Nurburgring-trained, you can expect a more sportier suspension setup built to tackle corners in a dignified and sophisticated manner, just like most European cars do.

2016 Hyundai Tucson

The all new Tucson is never far behind with tons of safety features such as the highly clever Auto Emergency Brake, Blind Spot Detection, Electronic Stability Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Static Binding Light, and Advanced SPAS which allows this one to park hands-free.

Because it uses advanced high strength steel on the bodywork, the new Tucson is now lighter and more rigid than the previous model by about 51%.

The all new Tucson starts at 22,500,000 up to 29,200,000 Korean Won, which sounds to be reasonably priced for a crossover of this magnitude but this Nurburgring-trained Tucson looks like its ready for its next destination whether if its today, tomorrow, or the next day.

Available colors: Pure White, Platinum Silver, Pepper Grey, Ash Blue, Ruby Wine, Sepia Topaz, Phantom Black, Ara Blue, and Sedona Orange.

Photo: Hyundai Motor Company

Let's Do The News! (March 18, 2015)

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- Tropical Storm Betty has been weakened and downgraded into an low pressure area as it approaches 1,120 km east of Casiguran, Aurora. Wind speeds are now 45 kph. According to PAGASA, the LPA will be off from radar within 48 hours but when it remains, it will make landfall to Northern and Central Luzon.

- One of the surviving members of the PNP Special Action Force reveals why they had to give the finger of the killed terrorist Marwan directly to USA's Federal Bureau of Investigation because they had the DNA profile of the terrorist's brother.

- Fourteen senators signed a Senate draft report that claims that PH President Benigno Aquino III responsible for the mishandling of the Mamasapano clash last January, according to Senator Grace Poe.

- Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu won the parliamentary elections despite TV exit polls suggesting his Likud party had finished in a virtual tie with the left-of-center Zionist Union.

- The Syrian government claims that they've shot down an American drone near the city of Latakia, President Bashar al-Assad's stronghold in north-west Syria. US officials have yet to confirm this but if confirmed, it would be the first time Syrian forces attacked a US aircraft since the start of coalition strikes against ISIS.

- DID YOU KNOW? The Department of Science and Technology said that they will provide free public wi-fi in the Philippines starting this July. What does that mean? Yes. You can browse the internet and post status updates no matter where you are. But here's the kicker, the internet speed is limited to 256 kbps and it will also have a bandwidth cap per person, meaning a user can expect slower speeds if used too much.

- Umi Sonoda from Lovelive! School Idol Project gets her very own Nendoroid from Good Smile Company and she will be available to you for 3,241 Yen plus tax and she arrives this July.

- The BBC mulls airing the remaining Season 22 episodes of Top Gear including the triple hybrid hypercar battle between the P1, 918, and the LaFerrari, according to reports.

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