Sunday, February 7, 2016

20 Years of Pokemon: Your favorite per type?

Continuing on the celebration for twenty years of Pokemon, it's time to focus on my favorite Pokemon per type. Up until now, there are 18 Pokemon types from Grass to Fairy and these types decide the battling factor for every trainer if they have the knowledge to know what's super effective against, not very effective against, and what doesn't affect. Between you and me, each type has its fanbase and if somebody asked you have a favorite Pokemon? Well, I can tell you what's my favorite type!

Bug - I would say Vivillon because despite being dreadful that it's considered as the, well you get the idea, Vivillon is well famous for its different kinds of patterns most trainers wanted to collect by trading each others' Vivillons for patterns. Although I'm not nearly once for pattern collections, I find Vivillon to be quite a charm for me.

Dragon - I think it would have to be Salamence because thanks to its brutal offensive powers as well as its Intimidate ability, I see Salamence to be quite a multirole in terms of Pokemon battles. With its Mega Evolution introduced in ORAS, my strong liking to Salamence has been powered up a little further.

Fairy - Like everyone else in the world, I would prefer Sylveon. Since the introduction of Fairy types in XY (perhaps I have a strong theory that someone worked under the influence of Project Fairy in the making of these games), some are very skeptical about Fairy types. There are those new to the franchise and there are existing ones reclassified as Fairies, but either way, the Fairy type has been quite a welcoming addition to the franchise and this Sylveon, one of the Eevee friends, takes the cake.

Fire - Charizard because it has been the pride of every Pokemon trainer in the world since the very beginning. Red from Pokemon Origins has one, Ash used to had one of those, even Alain (the guy from the Mega Evolution specials and now reappearing as Ash's formidable rival in the XYZ series) has one! Anyway, I have always been a fan of Charizard since the first games and while stories get older, Charizard gets better.

Ghost - My favorite Ghost Pokemon will always be Gengar because apart from its scary appearance, Gengar's quite a quick fighter to lunge its foes with its long range attacks. I have been in love with Gengar since the first games, although I didn't managed to have one in the past due to the fact that Gengar evolves by trading.

Ground - Groudon is my favorite Ground Pokemon because apart from being one of the Hoenn legends, Groudon's proven to be the most powerful of all the Ground types and with Primal Reversion, the unique combination of Ground-and-Fire really is proof that Groudon is the master of the lands, which is the same way as Kyogre rules the seas.

Normal - I couldn't think of a favorite Normal type Pokemon but if there's one, there's room for Swellow because I find Swellow to be quite a dark horse in battles thanks to its Guts ability. When Poisoned, Burned, or Paralyzed, its attack power is boosted and with the combination of this Guts ability and the Facade attack, Swellow's bound to deliver some serious damage to its enemies. Clever, I dare say.

Psychic - I know one and it has to be Gardevoir because in my previous posts, I've listed Gardevoir as one of the prettiest Pokemons in history and apart from being a graceful looking Pokemon, Gardevoir is a fierce fighter that takes advantage to its Special Attack power.

Steel - Aegislash for me because back then, I managed to take advantage of Aegislash's strategy involving defend-first-before-attack. That's when its King's Shield comes into play and while taking advantage of its incredibly high defense on Shield Form, I can unleash powerful attacks when switched to Blade Forme. Then, I managed to have Aegislash defend again. This whole defend-before-attack trick is what made others taking advantage of Aegislash.

Dark - Of all the Dark types, my bet would be on Zoroark. It's a shame that I didn't put Zoroark in the list of scariest Pokemons but what made me surprised is its Illusion ability that takes the appearance of the last conscious party Pokemon upon battling. It's like a Ditto in so many ways but there's a chink; it can only use most of Zoroark's moves. Tricky, isn't it? You couldn't tell unless the impostor used the Night Daze. If it uses it, it's bound to be Zoroark's.

Electric - Pikachu will always be, and ever be, my favorite Pokemon not just for the Electric types but for the rest of the Pokemon. It's the cutest, the prettiest, and the scariest Pokemon I will always remember for.

Fighting - I strongly believed that Lucario is my favorite Fighting-type Pokemon just like the rest of the world does. While its defense is somewhat lacking, it's amazing combination of offense and speed is what made Lucario great on Pokemon battles and when its Mega Evolution's engaged, Lucario can triumph any challenge it sees fit.

Flying - Yeah, I admit, I should have mentioned....someone from far above, but if I have a favorite Flying-type Pokemon, I think it would have to be Talonflame because it's brave enough to use whatever recoil attacks it see fit and it's quick on its Gale Wings. Get it?

Grass - For Grass-types, my favorite will be the pretty Roserade because I am in love in its appearance and it makes me want to have one, although I may find that its attributes haven't tested yet in the field of battle, but the more I'm using Roserade, the more it will unleash its inner potential.

Ice - From the long list of Ice types, my favorite will be Weavile because not only it's offensive, it's darn quick. I wish I want to try Weavile out when Pokken Tournament comes out because I wanna see if that Weavile lives up to its quicky promise.

Poison - Well, you got me, but Muk's my favorite Poison-type Pokemon because its scary appearance is what made me swoon since my childhood.

Rock - I am no fan of Rock-type but if I had a favorite, I believe it's Aerodactyl. Having emerged from the Old Amber fossil, Aerodactyl's well known for its combination of brute force and speed and with its Mega Evolution engaged, Aerodactyl knows who's laughing now at the end of the battle.

Water - Blastoise is not just my favorite Water-type Pokemon but it's the first Pokemon I will always remember for ever since I had a Blue Version when I was a elementary school kid. Blastoise and I had been in numerous challenges and I had fond memories with it. You will always be my first Pokemon.

Well, that's all there is to it but the Pokemon 20 year celebration continues because throughout the year 2016, let's talk more about what's what in the world of Pokemon from games, the TV show, and whatever. Until then, see you next time.

Photo: Pokemon

Honda Odyssey Hybrid

For the first time in the Honda Odyssey's two-decade long history, a hybrid model is offered in Honda's flagship minivan that has been nosing around against the likes of Toyota's Alphard and Nissan's Elgrand. So, what's it all about?

2016 Honda Odyssey Hybrid
Previewed from last year's Tokyo Motor Show and now on sale across Japan, the Odyssey Hybrid offers the same luxury features as the normal Odyssey would provide now with the hybrid powertrain to keep things going the distance. Of course, Japan is the nation where the hybrid car is born and now spreaded worldwide like a viral outbreak, but underneath the Odyssey Hybrid is the same hybrid powertrain derived from the Honda Accord.

It comes with the similar Sport Hybrid i-MMD (Intelligent Multi Mode Drive) powertrain and if you need a quick refresher on that, it uses three different engine modes such as EV Drive Mode, Hybrid Drive Mode, and Engine Drive Mode.

With the Hybrid Drive Mode engaged, both the 2.0L i-VTEC petrol engine and the electric motor are working in unison to deliver a combined power output of 184PS of power and 315Nm of torque. With all that torque, looks like this minivan is off to a clean getaway now without all the drama involved. As for the fuel economy, it's no surprise that with the hybrid drivetrain and the CVT gearbox equipped, it's capable of 26.0km/L, which is surprisingly more than what the hybrid Toyota Alphard get. Sharp move, though.

Apart from its hybrid powertrain, the new Odyssey Hybrid still has the same suspension layout as the normal gasoline variant, meaning it still comes with the front MacPherson struts, rear Torsion Beam, and Rack and Pinion Steering. Although it feels heavier to drive than the normal Odyssey and less exciting to drive for an individual, it's rather good and comfortable to drive on the day-to-day basis. Apart from using it as a family car on your next family bonding, it's well suited as an escort for celebrities, politicians, or any other VIPs. Sounds classy, right?

The Odyssey Hybrid starts at 3,560,000 Yen and while this maybe more expensive to own than the normal Odyssey, it's surprisingly cheaper to own than the hybrid version of the Toyota Alphard, making it a smart buy.

Available Colors: White Orchid Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Premium Venus Black Pearl, Premium Deep Rosso Pearl, and Premium Spice Blue Pearl.

Photo: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Forza Motorsport 6: 500 miles a day


Subaru's classic JDM 4WD grand tourer, the Alcyone SVX, is undoubtedly one of the most requested rides to be featured on Forza Motorsport 6 and with the release of the Alpinestars Car Pack, we have been given the chance to try out this classic Subie noteworthy of its "500miles a day" slogan. Why? Because it said so in the TV commercial back in the 90's. Anyway, so what's it all about the SVX?

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Launched in 1991, the Alcyone SVX served as Subaru's flagship grand tourer coupe with the slogan "500miles a day".

Apart from its Giugiaro-inspired styling and its glass-to-glass round-canopy, the Alcyone SVX comes with a water-cooled 3.3L boxer-six engine and Subaru's first variable torque distribution electronically controlled four-wheel drive (VTD-4WD). The engine produces 230HP of power and 228lb-ft if torque while mated exclusively with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. It comes with strut suspension on both front and rear wheels as well as ventilated disc brakes.

Despite the heavyweight body, the SVX drives just like a luxury grand tourer with its comfort and accessible handling suitable for the long-distance cruising ahead.

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It's kinda shame that despite its futuristic styling reminiscent of its arch-rival, the first-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse, its auto-only gearbox is what made the SVX failed as a sportscar made for the discerning car enthusiasts looking for some alternatives to the R32 Skyline GT-R and no matter how far you'll go, the SVX doesn't feel as exciting to drive as today's WRX STi or BRZ, but despite its massive flaws, the SVX remains a future classic not by its fanbase and its Giugiaro-penned styling but it's the rarity that makes it hard to find one nowadays. I kinda admit I was swooned by nostalgia because every time I drive the SVX in game, it kinda reminiscent of the classic commercial. Makes me wanna fall asleep and dream that I'm seeing the SVX's Japanese commercial again and again and again, day in and day out.

Anyway, no time for nostalgia trip because I head on the Top Gear Test Track on a rainy day to compare against other coupes Subaru made throughout its history.

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What I brought here is the past and present Subaru coupes the SVX will face today. On the top, it's the perfect version of the Impreza Retna called the 22B STi, styled in honor of the WRC-winning rally car, and in the bottom, it's the Subaru BRZ, a rear-wheel drive coupe built in collaboration with Toyota. Relax, this is just a Toyota 86 in Subaru's clothing.

Anyway, since it's raining outside the track, I'd expect the 4WD Subies will perform just the way it was made, especially the SVX, because the BRZ's a rear-wheel drive and rear-wheel drives can be problematic in the rainy weather...or is it? You see, despite the BRZ being short on power compared to the SVX, it's surprisingly lighter even though it comes with rear-wheel drive. So, without further ado, let's drive these two-door Subies round the Top Gear Track, even when it rains!

After a lap round the Top Gear Track, the results are in. The SVX did in in 1:41.825 while the 22B STi did it in 1:36.916, and the BRZ in 1:40.754.

The conclusion; even though the SVX failed to meet its sportscar credentials in Subaru history, it still is a not-so-bad grand tourer that you can enjoy for as much as the driver likes. I wanna drive this car for just 500 miles a day. Whoop! There goes the commercial. Ha ha ha... Still, it's good to have the SVX part of the FM6 car roster.

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: North Korea launched a missile

The Japanese government says that North Korea has launched what is believed to be an ICBM on Sunday morning, ahead of the planned Monday launch schedule. Officials verified that one projectile was fired from the western coast of the Korean Peninsula heading south at around 0931 Hours Japan Time.

The so-called ballistic missile was split into five parts. One fell into the Yellow Sea about 150km west while the other two landed in the East China Sea about 250km southwest. They estimate another part flew through Japanese airspace over Okinawa and dropped to the Pacific Ocean, about 2,000km south of Japan. A fifth part also went over Japanese airspace and continued southward.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

From parting of ways to what lies ahead on latest Kalyeserye

On the recent Kalyeserye portion of Eat Bulaga, viewers witnessed the biggest sacrifice ever committed to Lola Nidora seventy years ago for the sake of Anselmo's survival and that meant that after Anselmo's operation, she will be separated from him for the rest of her life. Long before Nidora's impending departure, she had suffered from what we believed to be a miscarriage of her baby...because her baby fell off.

Those bitter memories occurred over the last seventy years...this is truly what Lola Nidora became now and with Yaya Dub and Alden arrived on set, they've invited her and Tinidora onstage to cheer them up. After a heartful of performance, Lola Nidora finally opened her mind and asked Alden and Yaya Dub if they are ready to be in love.

So, the main question is...are Alden and Yaya Dub ready to be in love? Tune in to Eat Bulaga every weekdays for more Kalyeserye antics. But in the meantime, Happy Year of the Monkey (sorry, Allan K.) and Kung Hei Fat Choi, AlDub Nations! AlDub You Goodbye.

Photo: Official Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

M6.4 quake hits Taiwan, kills 5

Map by Google Maps

A powerful M6.4 quake struck the southern part of Taiwan, toppling down a 16-floor apartment complex, killing five people as of now, and injuring hundreds. Reports told that thirty people are feared to be trapped in the rubble.

Among the victims died in the rubble were a 10-day old baby girls and a 40-year-old male who were pulled dead from the building by rescue workers. There was also a woman who died after being hit by a falling water tank at another site with no details immediately available of the other two deaths.

The quake struck at depth of 10 kilometers around the early hours and 39 kilometers northeast of Kaohsiung, the second-largest city of Taiwan and an important port. It was reported to have a 6.7 magnitude but was downgraded to 6.4. A tsunami was not expected.

17 years ago, there was a powerful 7.6 quake struck Taiwan and killed over 2,400 people.


On the February 5, 2016 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Fixed marriage gags.

- Hugot lines for the Chinese New Year.

- This guy wants to be health-conscious.

- The stupidity of being judgmental is examined.

- The boys are getting pervy at a female office worker...

- Angry taxi drivers staging a protest.

- An inheritance goes awry over the truth.

- The extra guy's back to make another appearance.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friends actor Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear

Photo: BBC

A familiar Friend is joining the rebooted Top Gear alongside incoming presenter Chris Evans as Friends actor Matt LeBlanc, who once set the fastest lap time in Star in a Reasonably Priced Car since early 2012 in a Cee-apostrophe-D and hosted the "Top Gear: The Races" special episodes, is joining the worldwide hit motoring show as Chris Evans' co-host.

With the Friends alum actor joining alongside radio DJ Chris Evans, we can expect more on what's going to be in the rebooted Top Gear when it premieres this May 2016. Expect more reports coming soon on who's going to be next in the brand new Top Gear.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let's Do The News! (February 4, 2016)

- The United States is collaborating with the government to monitor potential threats by the Islamic State militants in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Speaking at the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, the US Ambassador said the rhetorical support of the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and Ansar al-Khalifa to ISIS might become a major threat to the nation.

- The Malacanang Palace officials defend President Benigno Aquino III over the non-passage of top priority bills. According to one official, the Aquino Administration made efforts to push for the enactment of the priority bills, including the Freedom of Information and anti-dynasty bills. The House of Representatives will be adjourned on the 5th of February and has yet to pass both of these bills.

- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is willing to allow foreign businessmen to lease land in the Philippines for 40 years via the 1987 Constitution. During a meeting in Makati City, Duterte said he's fine with the 70 to 30% arrangement in favor of foreign businessmen.

- Two Democrat rivals for presidency Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders started a word war in a New Hampshire town hall over who best embodies progressive values ahead of next week's first-in-the-nation primary,

- The World Health Organization says that the Zika virus has spread to 32 countries and territories, warning the public to cover up to avoid infection with the mosquito-borne virus. The WHO advises the public to minimize skin exposure and better yet, use insect repellants. Right now, health authorities in the US and Thailand reported Zika infections the WHO has yet to be confirmed.

- An explosion occurred in a Daallo Airlines jetliner shortly after takeoff from the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. One person believed to be blown out and killed while two others are hurt.

- The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka crossover has been facelifted with a new look, new features, and new engine choices including "Whisper Diesel" engines.

2017 Opel Mokka X
- Action star Vin Diesel confirmed that the ninth and tenth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise is due on 2019 and 2021. The eighth installment is due next year and it's the first of the three-film finale.

- Twenty-four lots as seen on 007: SPECTRE are officially unveiled in the Christie's Auction. Apart from the Aston Martin DB10 driven by James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the film, there are other items on bidding such as a Q's laptop used by Ben Whishaw, a SPECTRE clapperboard signed by Daniel Craig, steel nails worn by Dave Bautista, and one of Oberhauser outfits tailored by Christoph Waltz. Bidding starts from the 16th to the 23rd of February at Christie's. Proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders, other charitable organizations, and the United Nations Mine Action Service. Check out the list:


US Toyota officially discontinues Scion brand

2016 Scion iM

The US division of Toyota Motor Corporation has officially announced that they are killing off the youth-oriented Scion brand for good, effective in the second half of this year.

As a result, the recently launched Demio-based iA and the iM (which is an Americanized Auris) as well as their FR-S sportscar will be rebranded as Toyotas while the tC front-wheel drive sports coupe will be discontinued. The C-HR concept as seen in last year's LA Auto Show will be sold as a Toyota when in production form.

The main reason for Scion's demise is because of customer feedback, stating that younger buyers wanted something practical apart from the styling and features Scion offered.

Scion was launched in 2003 as a youth-oriented brand for Toyota and their first models are the xA and the xB, which is basically first-generation Toyota ist and bB sold to North American markets. It was later joined by a Scion-original sports coupe, the tC. Through the years, Scion has offered the xD (basically a second-generation ist), the second-generation xB (based on the Corolla Rumion), the second-generation tC, the iQ, the FR-S (basically a Toyota 86), and recently; the Demio-based iA and the Auris-based iM.

SMB wins 2016 PBA PH Cup

Screengrab: Sports5 Youtube page

At the seventh and the final game of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup, held at the Mall of Asia Arena last night, the San Miguel Beermen and the Alaska Aces are on their last do-or-die match to claim the coveted title.

At the score of 96-89, the San Miguel Beermen made a historic comeback from a 0-3 hole to win the best-of-seven title series. Thanks to the efforts of the team's finest including Chris Ross, Arwind Santos, and June Mar Fajardo, their latest win marks the 22nd in the franchise history. The team now scored three of the last four championships in the PBA.

Chris Ross was named as the team's MVP after scoring 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists while June Mar Fajardo, who recovered from his knee injury that went AWOL in the past four games, scored 21 points.


Congratulations to the San Miguel Beermen. You made HIS7ORY.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Let's Do The News (February 3, 2016)

- The Congress has ran out of time to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, sparking concerns that possible conflicts in Mindanao may occur, according to officials. The officials of the House of Representatives had until today to deliberate the BBL before going on a three-month hiatus at the end of the week. The long-delayed bill has become the top priority of a peace deal signed by the largest Muslim rebel group in the south and the government of President Benigno Aquino III, whose term ends in June.

- The Commission of Elections First Division trashed all the disqualification cases charged against presidentiable Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Most of the DQs rejected are those filed by University of the Philippines Student Council Chair John Paulo delas Nieves, broadcaster Ruben Castor, nuisance candidate Elly Pamatong and former senatorial candidate Rizalito David.

- The Philippines remains free of the Zika virus, according to the Department of Health as it announced preventive measures to the public should cases turn up in the country. According to DOH secretary Janette Garin, the Philippines is not on the list of affected countries but the aedes aegypti mosquito -- similar to the ones that carrying dengue, Chikungunya, and yellow fever --- is still in the open so the government takes precautionary measures to deal with it. There was once a report that a Filipino contracted the virus in Honduras which the Department of Foreign Affairs is into it.

- The top officials at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva are split over the inclusion of the top member of the Army of Islam, which named as a terrorist group by the Syrian and Russian governments. 

- Following the Republican's Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton barely won the Iowa Caucuses as the presidential candidate for the Democrats after a three-way contest.

- The launch plan regarding the so-called satellite by North Korea comes as the global community is preparing fresh sanctions against the Korean Peninsula over its recent nuclear test. North Korea told the International Maritime Organization and other international organizations that they will be launching a satellite between the 8th and 25th of February. There's a possibility that the so-called satellite launch maybe set to the 16th of February, the birthday of former leader Kim Jong-Il.

- Renault's Alpine will unveil its first new model for the revived brand on the 16th of February.

- Ford Motor Company will put their upcoming 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, armed with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and a 10-speed gearbox, in some off-road endurance racing. Its offroad racing debut will take place at the Parker 425 in Arizona on the 4th to the 7th of February,

- The 7th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition takes place at the Seaside Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, every Saturday from the 13th February to the 19th of March, 2016.

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