Thursday, April 5, 2012

ITC280 Update 1

As some you know, I am currently taking ITC280 at the Seattle Central Community College. I'll be using this blog to save my progress during class. This will help my teacher, Mr. Bill Newman, keep tabs in my progress. All comments and suggestions are highly appreciated.

My current progress as follows:

- As of now, I made a blog post, which is part of ITC280's Assignment One and I did now.

- Yesterday, during class, I already made the ITC280 Staging Page, which you can see one at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zm_vU1CqCzqijl-H1Ip3NtyhI1w35GimO5H_DZeY5ro/edit

- Worked on the Time Tracker Spreadsheet

- I am still waiting for my ordered book, titled PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
by Larry Ullman, to arrive in my home

- Working on the Week 1 Class Exercises

...That is all.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

That's all folks!

Noble M600


And, that's it! It's been eight weeks of seeing truck driving, muscle cars, dangerous cars, crossing through the continental divide, building their own limousines, Donald Trump vs. Top Gear, Rutledge took over the show, and of course, the very latest, driving the worst cars in America such as the Pontiac Aztek, Yugo, and the Ford Mustang II. So far, True Blood's Stephen Moyer was the fastest "Big Star in a Small Car".

Hope I've enjoyed that season of Top Gear USA. And thank goodness the American version of Top Gear did featured some of the Top Gear faves such as the Ariel Atom and the Noble M600.

Maserati's 4-door supercar - The Quattroporte

Although better late than never, the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S has arrived in Forza Motorsport 4 via the April Alpinestars Pack and so far, only two out of the three 4-door supercars featured on Top Gear were here. All we need now is the Porsche Panamera Turbo, which I hope that would be included on May's Porsche Expansion Pack on FM4.

They're getting away through some private jet!

So, Quattroporte, Italian for "four doors", it may be here for about eight years and it's due for a replacement next year but this 4-door supercar really keeping it up to its mojo. If I can remember correctly, the Aston Martin Rapide is more like the ballet dancer, while the Maserati Quattroporte is more like the hitman, and the Porsche Panamera was...um...eh...hmmm...it was somewhat like some dead man who got thrown through the river and then he got up. That Quattroporte is more like a mob car, a car that only the Don would be seating at the rear seat. Speaking of which, it was the Quattroporte's interior! On the Rapide, you still have Aston Martin buttons that can't read in bright sunlight. Then on the Panamera, the buttons are so complicated, it takes a rocket scientist to memorize those. Here on the Quattroporte, what should I say? This is none of these two but it's rubbish. For some criminal minds, there was some straps at the passenger side that once if you were held hostage and if your hands got handcuffed through these, you might be yelling "PLEASE DON'T TAKE ME TO THE WAREHOUSE!" or "PLEASE DON'T KILL ME!!!" or "GET ME OUT OF HERE!" or whatever the hostage might yell. Imagine if the highest ranking Yakuza or Triad would drive that and kidnap you?

They're escaping through the helicopter!

Under the bonnet was the 4.7L V8 engine that produces 440PS of power. 0-60MPH in 5.1 seconds, 0-100MPH in 10.9 seconds, and top speed of 179MPH. It also comes with the gearshift management software, with new features designed to increase driving enjoyment, front and rear suspension system featuring single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height, and sports exhaust controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep, throaty and captivating sound. Those features really made this kind of Quattroporte more mob-like rather than being a ballet dancer. It's somewhat reminded me of the Maserati GranTurismo by some ways but that was just the beginning.

The ballet dancer vs. the hitman

This car is much more of a loudmouth than Annabelle Rama. When you hit the sport button, it generates much noise from the exhaust and also, it made it even more stiffer, turning this comfortable limousine into a torture chamber. Yep, you can better yell all you can and no one can hear you scream if the man who kidnapped you, driving the Quattroporte. Imagine if there was a convoy of Quattroportes driving around the streets of New York, that would be great but if ambush occurred, things get messy. Well, doesn't matter because this kind of car really made me think or laugh. If you prefer this Quattroporte, go get it but if you're not, get a Rapide, or if you're not interested on these, wait for the Panamera to arrive on Forza 4's Porsche Expansion Pack. It's your choice...

Let's Do The News (April 4, 2012)

So, how's the April Alpinestars Pack on Forza Motorsport 4? I know your grin on your face, buddy! Seems that you're enjoying the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S!

Exactly! It's powerful than the old 2009 Jaguar XKR-S, better looking than the old XKR-S, and best of all, it was the noise I was really pleased. Seems that every droplet of petrol has been turned into noise when I change gear via a 6-speed flappy-paddle gearbox. Oh, I like that.

2012 Jaguar XKR-S

You shouldn't forget that this was featured on Top Gear and it's not as faster than the 2012 Nissan GT-R that Jeremy Clarkson featured. Sadly, they didn't featured the 2012 Nissan GT-R on FM4 but luckily, I once tried it on GT5 and it was staggeringly quick. Don't think of it as a win, it's a demolition. A demolition of it's own right.
2012 Nissan GTR

Sadly, by the time I put my foot on the pedal of the new XKR-S at the Top Gear Test Track, I didn't beat The Stig's 1:23.3 lap time because I did it in a 1:24.116, making it meaningless. So, let's do the news but because, this is Holy Wednesday, this is our last before taking a break for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday. We'll be back on Easter Sunday.

Anyway, what really bothers me was this...

Is this an SRT Viper?

As we all now, the unveiling ceremony of the 2013 SRT Viper is tomorrow and based on these video stills, it could be it or is it? As I noticed on those....


...it look like that it came out on Forza Motorsport 4. What the heck? Looks like this is somewhat a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, even that this is VIPER WEEK. That confused us with this question; Could this be a future DLC or is it just a concept movie for the upcoming SRT Viper? I'll nab something else once the SRT Viper made its world premiere at 11:55 am New York time. Did I mention that Car Town plans to bring the SRT Viper soon?

Anyway, for more news...

With the GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse got their minor changes, seems that the Buick Enclave finally gets its minor change for the 2013 Model Year. Take a look at this;

2013 Buick Enclave

This Enclave minor change is more like an enlarged version of the upcoming Encore, and the interior is all new as well.




I'm glad we see those GM Lambda platform triplets all grown up via minor change. He he he...

Okay, it seems that tonight's the season finale of American Top Gear and this season finale tackles on the worst cars only Tanner, Adam, and Rutledge restore it and sold it by auction. How hard could that be? Also, Tanner Foust flies to UK again to test out a TOP GEAR FAVORITE; the Noble M600!

Noble M600

The NOBLE M600?! Whoa there! Looks like Tanner Foust is out for some NOBLE WORKS!

Uh, NOBLE WORKS?

Yeah! It's Tanner Foust does NOBLE WORKS in Leicester and oh! Celebrity Kal Penn pushes his luck in the Suzuki SX4 for the Big Star Small Car segment.


It all happens tonight in Top Gear USA on History Channel! Anyway, let's move on to something else...

You know what's humiliating?

What?

There was a report that a priest accidentally played some gay porn slideshow in church. No, I'm not kidding. This is shockingly humiliating. Please don't laugh, okay? This is Holy Week, and we have to be ashamed.


Wait! Priest accidentally plays gay porn slideshow in church? OH NO! OH NO! OH NO!

OH YEAH!!
funny gifs

Eh? What's that Kool-Aid guy doing here?! No Kool-Aid guy. You're not involved here, go away.

(laughing)

Anyway, about that, how did that thing happened?

First off, Father Martin McVeigh was showcasing his Powerpoint Presentation to the parents of First Communicants. He connected his USB to the PC to start his Powerpoint presentation when suddenly, some gay porn slideshow showed up thanks to Windows' autoplay.

Why would a religious person kept a dirty secret? What idea was that? Well, honestly, in my point of view, homosexuality can be good or bad but for me, I only prefer lesbians rather than gays. Why? Lesbians are cute to look at. If you see a girl kissed a girl to her cheek, that's okay. What about if you see two men holding hands? That's gross. Remember the "Hindi Pwede sa Lalaki" part from an old Bubble Gang episode?



That's a lesson to be learned. And it's also a Top Gear Top Tip for us then so here's a Top Gear Top Tip; Lesbians are cute to look at but if you see two men kissing together or holding hands, it's stupid.

Maybe perhaps that's the point why you kept saying the "I went on the internet" dialogue that Jeremy Clarkson sputtered out from Top Gear. If you weren't that kind, I would imagine myself throwing plates in the wall just like every Personalan episodes where throwing a plate on the wall is part of anger management.

You know what? Personalan is too pointless. I like watching TV5's Face To Face because this is the best show showing two people fighting at first and later befriended at the end.

I agree with that, Clarksie!

You said that, Hammo!

And that's the news! Have a good holy week, everybody!

Come and meet your new XKR-S!

The old Jaguar XKR-S in action



This is the old 2009 Jaguar XKR-S in action. There was just one problem about this; IT'S GREAT!

When it came out in the summer of 2008, this is Jaguar at its best. The 4.2L Supercharged V8 produces 420HP of power and 413 lb-ft of torque. Stuff I can find mostly on the XKR-S includes S Alcon R Performance braking system with 400 mm diameter front and 350 mm rear discs, six-piston front callipers and four-piston rear callipers, recalibrated suspension, Ultimate Black body, XKR-S badge on the rear of the car, 10 mm lower ride height, 20-inch Vortex forged alloy wheels with bespoke tyres, Active Exhaust System, leather upholstery with Charcoal with Ivory twin-needle contrast stitching, Piano Black veneer, Charcoal Alston luxury headlining. However, only 200 units were made and it's available only in Europe. So the question now is, where will it heading next?

Come and meet your idol! Same as your old idol!

Well, this is where they'll heading next. It's the brand new 2012 Jaguar XKR-S, the most powerful Jaguar ever made. This new one is part of Forza Motorsport 4's April Alpinestars Pack, now on sale. For starters, the old 4.2L V8 supercharged engine from the old XKR-S has been replaced by a more powerful supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III R direct-injection engine. When you put your feet on the pedal, your body will become hideously drunk with speed. Just because being the most powerful Jaguar ever built doesn't mean it should deserve fear and respect among car enthusiasts. There are still more evidences to find for the new XKR-S. Surprisingly though, the new XKR-S has a much better face than the old XKR-S, which is somewhat too rubbish. Anyway, the old XKR-S was sold only to the European market but now this new one is available globally, giving foreigners their first time pushing this Jag to the max but does this mean that the XKR-S' rock and roll days are over? Not yet because we have to find out how does the new one stack up with the old one...

New XKR-S vs. Old XKR-S

The 2009 Jaguar XKR-S comes with the 4.2 litre V8 Petrol Supercharged engine that churns out 426PS of power and 560Nm of torque. It would go 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and top speed limited to 155mph just like every other German cars. The new 2012 Jaguar XKR-S is fully equipped with the 5.0 litre V8 Petrol Supercharged AJ-V8 GEN III R engine that blows away 550PS of power and 680Nm of torque. It has a 0-6omph time of 4 seconds and top speed limited to 186mph, so on paper then, the new XKR-S bested the old one with more firepower on the new engine. In terms of coloring, the old XKR-S only comes with Ultimate Black but the new XKR-S is now available in six colors such as Polaris White, French Racing Blue, British Racing Green Metallic, Stratus Grey Metallic, Ultimate Black Metallic, and Italian Racing Red Metallic. On the interior, you will expect leather that looks like carbon fiber, blue instrumental lighting, and the old walnut days of Jaguar are gone. No wonder the interior is more like a gym rather than a mansion. Guess we're expecting some athlete's foot here.

Devouring the corners of Tsukuba!

More firepower is good news but it's not as good as the way this car simply devours corners or is it because Jaguar has a permanent testing grounds at the Nurburgring? Anyway, I saw that on one episode of Top Gear where it had a race against the 2012 Nissan GT-R and the Jag lost. Too bad this game doesn't have that but one rival video game did featured that. With the lap time of 1:23.3, the new XKR-S is proven to be quicker than any other Aston Martins running around the Top Gear Test Track. This new model is getting a bit more interesting. Although this new XKR-S is bit too bonkers to look and bonkers to drive, it reminded me of my favorite IDOLM@STER character who's a bit more bonkers to many, Hibiki Ganaha.

And that's how they done it here. Come and meet your new XKR-S, different than the old XKR-S.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fateful Encounter with the Accent RB

Hyundai Accent RB


Yup, as you can see, this is the Hyundai Accent RB, the fourth-generation of Hyundai's entry level sedan that we took advantage of it due to its pricing and fuel economy. With my fateful encounter with this compact car, this is somewhat more of a "preferred" strangeness when I laid my eyes on this Accent RB.

Hyundai Accent RB

Hyundai Accent RB

Hyundai Accent RB

Upon my observation from the inside and out, I finally realized that the Hyundai Accent RB wasn't so bad but it can be somewhat too annoying for me because...WHY? WHY WOULD COUNTRIES LIKE EGYPT CAN'T RESIST THE TEMPTATION OF THE ACCENT RB? This isn't a car, this is somewhat a car that Egyptians love to c**k-about. Every time when I checked my blog's stats, it seems that Egypt often taking advantage of the Accent RB's beauty. Sadly, I'm very disappointed that Hyundai had made a car that attracted more Egyptians than Koreans, Filipinos, Indians, or whatever the citizenship might be.

Although I have high respect to the Accent because of the choices between the sedan and the WIT hatchback as well as the engine choices of a 1.4L, GDi 1.6L and the 1.6L CRDi-VGT engine, but my respect with the Accent RB has just gone far enough. No wonder Europe doesn't sell the Hyundai Accent RB because, that's rubbish.

Hyundai Accent RB

Hyundai Accent RB

There aren't that any lunatics in the world would sell a lot of these but the Hyundai Accent RB is all about standing out the rest of this category. Imagine if some hoodlum modified the Accent RB, that would be the worst of its kind. A modified Accent would do nothing but attract more cops, evade cops, overspeeding, destruction of private property, destruction of public property, or still could be worse, he would become the MOST WANTED criminal in the country. Why is that? Why would hoodlums want to modify a compact so that he want to mess the neighborhood like some kid hitting mailboxes with a baseball bat? I guarantee that if you were a hoodlum, you shouldn't buy that because if you are going to modify it, the cops would stop you during a high speed police chase. If I have that Accent RB, I shouldn't modify it because I am a bit more sophisticated for this.

The Hyundai Accent RB wasn't just some kind of GUY'S LICENSE, it's a low cost Hyundai that is somewhat "it's cool if you're an Egyptian" but worst of all, it's rubbish!

Let's Do The News (April 3, 2012)

TOTALLY COOL STUFF? Wowies. That was an excuse to those who think you're playing with Traction Control off because you're goofing off or unskilled. Anyway, it's now time to do the news! So, let's seat down to those comfy seats and let's discuss what's happening now.

Okay, remember Ford's luxury marque, Lincoln? I heard that they pulled the wraps for the Lincoln MKZ's full model change. Take a look at this;

2013 Lincoln MKZ

Although it maybe odd too look at but this full model change is all about technology advanced. It comes with SYNC and MyLincoln Touch, 10.1-inch LCD instrumental cluster, 8-inch center touchscreen, available 15.2-foot Retractable Panoramic Roof that is all new, and a choice of a 2.0L GTDi, 3.7L V6, and the Hybrid version fitted with a 2.0L engine and electric drivetrain. Further details will follow at the 2012 New York Auto Show next week.


So, the design is a bit more eccentric for a Lincoln eh? That really freaks me out like some Doctor Who monsters that has no facial feature. Cybermen? Oh jeez...

Anyway, remember the BMW i8 Concept? Guess what, they chopped the top off to create an i8 Spyder Concept!

2012 BMW i8 Concept

This concept electric roadster is too fast to leave a carbon footprint because there's none! Ha ha ha! No Carbon emissions occur because it's electric!

Oh come on. You know we saw that on Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, right? That BMW i8 was just hell of a funky looking electric car and this should be our dream ride for the volthead but how's it compared to the Tesla Roadster?

You know we can't explain more about concepts but for the fun of it, it certainly was like a gag that goes like this;

Man: HOY MAMA! ANG BILIS MO NAMAN PATAKBO! PARANG TAYO LUMILIPAD!
Driver: Oo! Bakit tayo lumilipad? Kasi, patay na tayo! Di ba nabangga tayo kanina?

(laughing)

That's how you expect for a fast electric car! It's like you're flying like ghosts!

(laughing)

Uh, kindly enough with the moronic gags? Otherwise, it will be like the Moron 5!

Moron 5?

You know, Moron 5 and the Crying Lady but whatever, we're not talking about that. Let's move on!

Okay, oh! I just got some info that Pinay sensation, Charice, won the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards as Favorite Asian Act!

Really?

Yeah! She really kicked the butts of South Korea's Wonder Girls, Indonesia's Agnes Monica, and Malaysia's Yuna.




Anyway, just wanna say a big congratulations to Charice and overall, we are very proud of her, despite her new Maverick look. Heh heh heh... Maverick... He he he he.... Oh thanks, Banana Split for that joke.

Oh, something's bothering...

What?

I just got info that Yumi Yoshimura from Puffy Ami Yumi announces her pregnancy.


Really? Never heard of it. Okay, what even bothers me was some kind of poster made by the Tokushima Base of Japan's Self Defense Forces. That poster was made by the JSDF personnel and it portrays a girl who sees a news report on TV featuring her boyfriend, who is a member of the JSDF's ground forces, while he was a disaster relief operation. Take a look at this;

JSDF poster for this year


(laughing)

Oh, come on... That was one of the most O.A. moments I have ever seen. Why would the JASF do this? Can't they do proper stuff rather than making anime-style stuff? (facepalm) Here's a Top Gear Top Tip; Never ever ever imagining what would life look like anime-style because that's rubbish. Ugh, why do most morons imagine what would stuff look like if it a bit more anime style such as friendship, bully, cars, family, work, school, something else that that anime can't imagine. If they saw something, they would rather go PIXIV around, which is too silly and that made me upset.

Oh, you know what makes us upset? What?

Saying goodbye to the Daihatsu Copen!

What?

DAIHATSU COPEN! WE ARE GOING TO SAY GOODBYE TO DAIHATSU'S ONLY SPORTS CAR!

Actually, reports said that the Daihatsu Copen's production will end this August 2012, ending its 10-year run when it first came out in the summer of 2002.

Daihatsu Copen 10th Anniversary Editon

It says here that this special edition Daihatsu Copen 10th Anniversary Edition will be the last special edition Copen before production ends this Summer. This final edition comes with an aluminum scuff plate with 10th anniversary logo and some serial number on it, black plating front grille, 15-inch BBS rims, sports seats that are colored black with some red stitching, and some extras to commemorate the final days of the Copen.


The final edition of the Copen costs about 1,820,000 Japanese Yen for the 5MT model to 1,800,000 Japanese Yen for the 4AT model. So, I can't believe the Copen is gone. Before the Copen, there was the Suzuki Cappuccino in the 90's. Sadly, both of them will be consigned to the history books. Tsk, tsk, tsk. How sad... 

Anyway, let's just put our sadness behind us and let me explain something...

Okay, there was a strong wind happening in Tokyo and oh dear, it was the worst for over 5 decades. Take a look; 

Strongest wind in Japan for over 50 years


(gasping)

Oh dear. I'm glad we're indoors you know.

You say that. We're indoors you know. Stay safe, Japan, and that's the news. See ya!

Welcome Back: 2010 Lexus LFA

If you were a Richard Hammond, this would look cool driving an LFA


If you were a Tanner Foust, that's TOTALLY COOL STUFF!

So, the Lexus LFA, the 340,000 British Pound Sterling supercar that Richard Hammond thrashed it on the Season 14 finale of Top Gear. This is surely what happened when Lexus decided to change its image after making boring luxury hybrid saloon cars for those who love to play golf (the Lexus IS F doesn't count) and for me, I think this is the best Lexus ever driven in my whole life but sadly, this supercar is limited to 500 units worldwide (165 units available in Japan).

Despite its limited production, this Japanese exotic is all about exclusivity because there are several exterior and interior color combinations that caters the customer's desire or needs. What excites me was its 1LR-GUE engine that can go to about 560PS/8,700r.p.m. and the torque output of 48.9kg-m/6,800rpm. It was fitted with a 6-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox for quicker shifting feel like no other and the gap between them can't be measured. Surprisingly, Toyota Motor Corporation turned to Yamaha for some acoustic tuning to make the Lexus LFA sound more like a Formula One car. If it says THE ROAR OF AN ANGEL, it's an ANGELUS! ANGELUS! That's what it is!

I just realized something...In one episode of Top Gear USA, Tanner Foust decided to find out if he could get round the real Infineon Raceway in a Lexus LFA quicker than Adam Ferrera and Rutledge Wood could take the same virtual car round the same virtual track in Forza Motorsport 4. This is a first time Forza Motorsport 4 made its appearance on Top Gear USA because of their wonderful tie-up between the game and the popular motoring TV show. Hey! If TCS doesn't mean Traction Control System, then what was that? TOTALLY COOL STUFF! Oh, thanks Rut.

The LFA is one of the cars listed on the game's AutoVista feature where you will learn various facts about the LFA or hear Jeremy Clarkson's comments about the LFA.

Leopaul's Heaven and Hell: Magnum seduction

Eating a Magnum


When this world's top brand, which is Magnum Ice Cream, arrived for the first time in the Philippines since March 2012, this became the Philippines' trending topic on Twitter. Social networking took advantage of this ice cream's popularity and thankfully, as one of the Filipinos, found out that once you ate one, you want some more. So what is it then, this Magnum Ice Cream?

That is a tricky one. Because it has proven too popular in Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia, it's too difficult how are these mega blockbuster ice cream proven too popular because it was first made by the Danish in 1987. Yep, it was originally made by Frisko in Denmark until this original Magnum relabeled as Magnum Classic.


Anyway, last year, it was arrived for the first time in North America with six variants such as Double Caramel, Double Chocolate, Classic, Almond, White and Dark. I only tasted just the Classic and the Double Caramel but despite that, it was the best. It is the ultimate in "ice cream lust" I can tell. Here in the Philippines, only three variants are available such as Almond, Classic, and Chocolate Truffle. The pricing starts at 50 Pesos (55 Pesos if you're in Mini-Stop or 60 Pesos if you're in 7-Eleven), that is twice as pricey as our favorite Cornetto, which is the best ice cream you can buy for just 20 pesos. Despite being the expensive version of the Cornetto, Filipinos can't stop loving Magnum, even social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter can't escape the Magnum's temptation.

Obviously because it's summer in the Philippines, someone's buying Magnum for at least 24 hours and now and now and now and now and now and now and now, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Why is that? It doesn't matter because this has proven to be extremely popular and I have to say, I love it. Mwah!

This chocolate ice cream bar made with Belgian chocolate is my winner. I would gladly recommend this to everyone because this is ice cream heaven at its best. If you're getting bored in the summer and if you want an ice cream that you can settle it for anything more, buy a Magnum. It's great! ^^

Monday, April 2, 2012

Let's Do The News (April 2, 2012)

So, it's time to do the news! So, yesterday was April Fool's Day and yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Holy Week. Anyway, how's your stay at the hotel?

That was fine at first but feels like I'm getting bored at staying at a hotel...


So, that was you on the left?

Yes. Yes I am. But as I observed bits of the hotel room we were staying, I found that their bathrooms are quite small but good, the shower's good also, there was an HD TV on it but nothing to watch, there was an USB audio port with an alarm clock on it where I placed my iPod on it, and what's best is the Wi-Fi on that hotel! Everytime if one person stays at a hotel room has some special kind of phone where you can place food orders, room service, and something else.


No wonder some businessmen are trying to get themselves accommodated with some room services and something else during his break from work. Anyway, enough hotel chatter, I went swimming at some pool in the first floor and gosh, that was freaking cold even though it was heated. Happily however, I swim through that pool for minutes until my stomach ached.

You have a stomach ache? What?

Well, you see. Earlier, I ate some soup, salad, and some Angus burger, that led to some stomach aches that my saliva prevents my burps from coming out and reflect back to my stomach, making the pain even more worse. That's why this goes to show that I shouldn't have to eat that Angus burger after eating that meal I've just ordered via room service. Heh heh...

Now, the news...

This is a historical moment in Myanmar because opposition leader and Nobel prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won the election following the decade long fight for democracy.


Here's the excerpt from that article, because we are running short on words;

"Opposition leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in Myanmar's parliament Sunday, her party said, a momentous victory following a decades-long fight for democracy.

Staff from Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, said she won and that several hundred people were waiting at NLD headquarters to celebrate the news, party spokesman Nyan Win said.

The chairman of the Yangon region of the election commission, Ko Ko, said official results may be known by Monday morning.

The formerly banned National League for Democracy was vying for 45 seats in the election. While the balance of power in the parliament will not change even if the opposition were to win all 45, the vote itself marks a symbolic victory for many in the country who have lived under military rule for 50 years.
Suu Kyi, 66, won by a landslide the last time Myanmar held multiparty elections, in 1990, but the junta ignored the results and placed her under house arrest.

Released in November 2010, Suu Kyi was allowed to crisscross the country to rally support for the NLD for Sunday's race."

Anyway, congratulations Suu Kyi and we have our full support for you. Moving on...

Let's just say congratulations to Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited big winner, Slater Young, anyway. This Cebuano civil engineer toppled the best PBB housemates such as Pamu Pamorada, Joseph Biggel, and Paco Evangelista. That was staggering!


It seems that this hotshot civil engineer from Cebu is now famous for his leadership skills. A natural-born leader that helps out his teammates or fellow housemates no matter what the risks he took. Okay, let's move on...

I got some memo from Hyundai regarding the April 2012 launch of the all new 3rd generation Santa Fe. It seems that on April 21, 2012, there will be a "Runcert" in celebration of the release. Yep, I got word from the mouth is that celebs like 2NE1, SE7EN, T-ara, and Shinhwa will be performing at the Santa Fe Runcert!


It says here that a "runcert" combines a marathon and a K-Pop concert. It will take place in Incheon and it starts with a plaza event at noon before the marathon starts at 4:00 PM. Later on, there is a concert at 6:30PM KST.


Ah come on! We can't combine K-Pop and Korean car launches, you know. Last year, you were taking a shot at 2NE1 when they were performing for the i30 i FESTA concert. Please, no fancams please. That's a disgrace. K-POP and Korean cars don't mix, literally.

Anyway, about last night's Gandang Gabi Vice, that was the TRENDING WORLDWIDE celebration we love. It was Vice Ganda's birthday party and seems that Petrang Kabayo's pulling out more horsepower than we possibly imagine!

Oh, really? Hope we enjoyed that...

Anyway, did anyone miss the first round of the 2012 Super GT held at the Okayama International Circuit? Due to constraints, we can't tell what just happened but we can tell who make it to the charts.

In the GT300 Class;

3rd place is Good Smile Racing Hatsune Miku BMW Z4 GT3 driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka.

2nd place is Endless Taisan Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Kyosuke Mineo and Naoki Yokomizo.

1st place is Gainer Dixcel Audi R8 LMS ultra driven by Tetsuya Tanaka and Katsuyuki Hiranaka.

In the GT500 Class;

3rd place is Keihin Honda HSV-010 GT driven by Toshihiro Kaneishi and Koudai Tsukakoshi

2nd place is Raybrig Honda HSV-010 GT driven by Takuya Izawa and Naoki Yamamoto

1st place goes to ZENT Cerumo Lecua SC430 driven by Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate.

Therefore, Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate from Lexus TEAM ZENT CERUMO starts the 2012 Super GT500 season on fire while Tetsuya Tanaka and Katsuyuki Hiranaka from GAINER started the 2012 Super GT300 season on fire as well. More action occur in Fuji Speedway this May 4, 2012.

You're covering SuperGT now? At first, you covered just the Formula One but wow... You're getting a motorsport frenzy right now!

Indeed! But something tells me...

You know, I really do love eating that Magnum Ice Cream. This is bound to be the best ice cream sold worldwide. When it came out in the Philippines courtesy of Unilever RFM, it became a sensation. Three variations such as Classic, Almond, and Truffle, heh, you can't resist its temptation!

You ever taste one before?

Yes, and it was the best ice cream I have ever tasted. It's the best. I would gladly recommend this ice cream to everyone. No wonder it's a trending topic in the Philippines and since it's summer, they would gladly spend some money to eat Magnum. Something tells me that despite its popularity, the Magnum is somewhat too expensive than a Selecta Cornetto, only twice. Yep, my budget would blow off but don't worry, I have found the cheaper alternative.


(laughing)

What was that?!

Mamang Sorbetero! Sorbetes! Dirty ice cream! A Filipino classic! Nothing beats a good sorbetes crossing around the neighborhood even when the name is MAGNUM! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! This is much cheaper than MAGNUM or any other ice cream I know! Ha ha ha!

You're OA...

You know MAGNUM is too popular despite the pricing and then, most people ever c**k-about that like for instance, combining this to Simsimi, the chatting robot friend, to create MAGSimSimi

(laughing)


Another form of c**king about the MAGNUM is the MARUYA!


(laughing)

That is how I went on the internet and found something! Beat this!

Uh okay then, that's the news! He he he....

Welcome Back: 2009 Jaguar XKR-S

A sleek and sporty Jag going somewhere...


This is the old 2009 Jaguar XKR-S in action. There was just one problem about this; IT'S GREAT!

When it came out in the summer of 2008, this is Jaguar at its best. The 4.2L Supercharged V8 produces 420HP of power and 413 lb-ft of torque. Stuff I can find mostly on the XKR-S includes S Alcon R Performance braking system with 400 mm diameter front and 350 mm rear discs, six-piston front callipers and four-piston rear callipers, recalibrated suspension, Ultimate Black body, XKR-S badge on the rear of the car, 10 mm lower ride height, 20-inch Vortex forged alloy wheels with bespoke tyres, Active Exhaust System, leather upholstery with Charcoal with Ivory twin-needle contrast stitching, Piano Black veneer, Charcoal Alston luxury headlining. However, only 200 units were made and it's available only in Europe. So the question now is, where will it heading next?

...To be continued on Holy Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (Holy Wednesday, April 4, 2012 if you live in Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, or Singapore) when I picked up my April Alpinestars Pack on FM4.

In the meantime, enjoy the clip of the old XKR-S thrashing around the Top Gear Test Track while listening to morse code...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R231


2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class



2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class interior


It's been almost six decades since the 300SL came out in 1954, serving as the genesis of the Mercedes-Benz's SL and for years and for years and for years, it spawned five generations of the SL-Class to keep it up with its tradition. Now, in the year 2012, we have this, the sixth SL-Class. It's the evolution of a perfect long distance cruiser Mercedes-Benz has ever made. For the first time in SL history, it has been now been made almost entirely from aluminium that eighs around 110 kilograms less than it would using the steel technology from the predecessor. This is somewhat an engineering achievement but how's the design?

First of all, the new R231 looks somewhat an enlarged version of the current generation Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R172. Yep, it still has the SLK front, SLK back, and the same SLK interior that was heavily inspired from the SLS AMG. If you parked this car next to the latest SLK, you wouldn't see the difference between the nimble one and its big brother. Heh, it's everyone's game right now. Even though it still has the same MAGIC SKY CONTROL that you get on the latest SLK, the new SL now has a brand new feature called MAGIC VISION CONTROL, a new intelligent, high-efficiency windscreen wiper/washer system supplies water to the windscreen just in front of the laser-cut wiper blade lip. As a result, when spraying, there are no gushes of water on the windscreen to disrupt visibility, and yet the windscreen is kept clean. Also new is the Frontbass system uses the free spaces in the aluminium structures in front of the footwell for housing the bass loudspeakers. As a result, the new SL features clear, crisp bass sounds that facilitate a concert hall ambience even with the top down.

At first, you would start with two variants such as the SL 350 BlueEFFICIENCY and SL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY. The SL 350 BlueEFFICIENCY comes equipped with the M 276 engine that produces 306 PS of power and 370 Nm of torque. 0 to 100kph, it will do it in 5.9 seconds and top speed limited to 250kph. The SL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY, on the other hand, is armed with the M 278 engine that produces 435 PS of power and 700 Nm of torque. 0 to 100kph, it will do it in 4.6 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250kph. They're both equipped with the 7G-Tronic Plus transmission that allows the driver to shift manually with the flick of the flappy-paddle gearbox. Let's not forget that those SL models do come with an idling stop system to shut the engine off when stopped and start again when the driver hits the accelerator, to save petrol.

I also forgot to tell you that the new SL comes with the new DIRECT SELECT gearshift in the centre console - the first vehicle with an automatic transmission to receive this feature. It's a new generation of central gearshift for vehicles featuring shift-by-wire (ShW) transmission technology and the small control lever has a driver-oriented position, being installed on the centre console.

When the new SL comes standard with a semi-active adjustable damping, customers may also have an option of an active suspension system ABC (Active Body Control) for enhanced handling but if you go for the AMG Sport Paket, the sports suspension lowers the roadster by ten millimetres, the spring strut and torsion bars are configured to be ten percent more rigid and the parameterisation of the adjustable damping is selected in such a way that the sprung mass vibration is dampened more strongly.

Available in 14 colors; Schwarz, Feueropal, Cavansitblau metallic, Cerussitgrau metallic, DiamantweiƟ BRIGHT metallic, Dolomitbraun metallic, Iridiumsilber metallic, Magnetitschwarz metallic, Obsidianschwarz, Palladiumsilber metallic, Perlbeige metallic, Tenoritgrau metallic, designo magno kristalsilber, and designo zirkonrot.

My Comment;

Although it may be just an enlarged version of the latest version of the SLK, in a terribly confusing way, the new SL-Klass still stays true to its roots after being on service for almost 6 decades and this sixth-generation would stand out the crowd with its crowning glories. What makes it unique is the new MAGIC VISION CONTROL, frontbass, aluminum body, and the new DIRECT SELECT gearshift. Now, if you weren't satisfied with these choices, be patient because the latest SL63 AMG or an SL65 AMG is on the way in the Summer and it will look better as cars can get.

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Lokomoko in Boracay

So, it's April Fool's Day but the Lokomoko doesn't want to get affected by some April Fools jokes because they were out for their Boracay trip. However, the title reverted back to Lokomoko U, and we're not joking because they mean it. And I do mean, a cast roster of Wendell Ramos, Tuesday Vargas, JC De Vera, Arci Munoz, Alwyn Uytingco, Eula Caballero, Edgar Allan Guzman, Empoy, Rainier Castillo, Valeen Montenegro, Long Mejia, Caloy Alde, Milagring, Mariposa, Luningning, and the Voyz Avenue. We're just getting started!

TANONG KO LANG KULANG...

1) Kung ang halo-halo ba hindi mo hinalo, halo-halo pa din ito?

2) Ang summer class ba ay klase tungkol sa summer?

3) Bakit tinatawag silang dressed chicken eh nakahubad naman?

4) Pwede bang mag sun bathing sa gabi?

...aside from those Boracay-related gags, it seems that Awesome Marie Chan sticks around for another Awesome Show and she interviews some famous songwriter named Mr. Ray Barela
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