Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gran Turismo 6: The maiden voyage

Hello, welcome to my first ever blog regarding what's what in the world of Gran Turismo 6. Day One involves the first playable car in the game and that's none other than the second-generation Honda Fit RS.



Things to know about the 2010 Honda Fit RS:

1) This is the facelifted version of the second-generation Fit
2) This is the sporty model
3) The facelifted second-generation model was launched in Autumn 2010
4) This is the only beginner car in GT6



Reason why this is the only beginner car in Gran Turismo 6? Well, when you start up the game, there's the tutorial where at the start, you'll drive the 2010 Renault Clio RS one lap round Brands Hatch and then after, you are at the main menu where the tutorial will direct you to the 2010 Honda Fit RS at the dealerships. Well, you get the idea but what's like driving in the only starter car in the game? The car served as Page One of your GT6 career?



Well, as a beginner's car, it's not half bad but it's not half good either. It maybe more of a sportier version of the Fit but once I face this car to the corner, I get a fair bit of understeer. It's as swift as a jungle bolo trying to cut through a full-grown thorn. Ouch. Perhaps no wonder the Fit supplanted Honda's lineup in Japan while the Civic was removed from the list, therefore this compact hatchback doesn't feel a bit too much of a hot hatch.

Although it weighs about a thousand kilos, it feels a bit heavier. I'd never seen a sporty Honda hatch like this that doesn't feel as sporty as its rivals. However, this first impression was just the tip of the iceberg and for that, I gave the second-generation Fit RS a bit of a challenge, just to find out how good this thing is...



For that, I take on the first Seasonal Event of the new game and oh, to access the Online Features such as Lobby and Seasonal Events, you must have the National A License first before accessing it. Well, you get the idea but anyway, onto the first Seasonal Event...

On this event, my 2010 Fit RS should be wearing Comfort Soft tyres or less, has a PP of 380 or below, and no nitrous allowed. Quite amazed that the Nitrous feature from GT4 make a comeback in GT6 but anyway, I tuned my 2010 Fit RS to meet the 380 PP regulations and for me, it's all power to me because in theory, more power will make me win but who cares.

Despite my added power, it seems I made my 2010 Fit RS' handling a bit worse, even in the small corners of the GT Arena Layout A, the one where you race with your go-karts. Despite my catastrophic understeers, I manage to beat the Gold target time and my record is 0:34.164. I think my Fit RS needs improvement but this is the best I can do today.



So, while the 2010 Honda Fit RS may not be the only beginner car you are relying on but hey, this is the car that served as the first page of your GT6 legacy. Here in GT6, you have so much to expect, so much to see, new places to go, new cars to try, and new challenges to face. It's all up to you to progress your GT6 journey just the way you are.

Good luck on your GT6 maiden voyage, racers! Perhaps no wonder the Honda Fit RS' 10 served as the maiden voyage on your GT6 journey.

Sam Milby, IHAW NA!

On the December 6, 2013's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment, the guest of the day was none other than Sam Milby. Although being a Filipino American, Sam's been quite a charm ever since he became a housemate in the first season of Pinoy Big Brother. Life after eviction in the Big Brother House, Sam Milby's quickly became one of the brightest stars in the Philippine showbizness. He's been featured in many dramas, movies, even commercials.

Meanwhile it's another TNT: Tapatan ni Tunting as Tunting faces off with an interview with...MANNY POOHKYAW!

"so good"

On the December 6, 2013 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Carriage gags in the snowy season...

- What's inside the balikbayan box?



- IKAW AT ANG INA acknowledges...getting blocked in Facebook and unfollowed in Twitter.

- Hold on to your documents! More Aling Mary!!!

- You deserve butter. Bubble Gang does KFC Crispy Butter Chicken by spoofing this commercial as KSP CRISPY BUTTER CHICKEN. so good.



- We see how does the rich kid and the poor kid react such as getting grounded for poor grades, got home and doing selfie, phones and sims, dropped food, Facebook usernames, and after the game with his friends.

- Another drama takes a toll by Antonietta...

- The wisest words by everyone's favorite wise man, Tata Lino.

- Istambay, Istambay sa looban, ang bida sa kwento ay si Ryan, nakilala si Rose sa labasan, at don nagsimula ang pormahan...


Friday, December 6, 2013

Let's Do The News! (December 6, 2013)

The big scoop today,

First Pinoy in space?

There's someone Filipinos are going to be proud of and it seems that chances of having the first Pinoy in space is imminent as Chino Roque was one of the lucky 23 men worldwide to be sent flying to outer space courtesy of AXE APOLLO. There goes the slogan "Leave a man, come back a hero".

Watch: http://n5e.interaksyon.com/top/6E5EB81E16594D6/1001/chino-roque-first-pinoy-in-space

A Brian Griffin comeback?!

When we last saw the death of Family Guy's talking pooch Brian in an episode titled "Life of Brian", fans were shocked about the sudden twist of events. A report from Comicbook.com pointed out that our favorite pooch will be making a comeback anytime but how? Some say, he could pop out at the Christmas special...

Trust us on this, it's gonna be like Kenny from South Park or Rory from Doctor Who because they both die several times.

Report: http://comicbook.com/blog/2013/12/06/family-guys-brian-griffin-to-return-from-the-dead/

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela

It is with regret that the revered and beloved South African anti-apartheid legend who made him become the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, died at the age of 95. World leaders payed respects to the well-respected person who spent 27 years in prison, fought the apartheid, and became a leader of his own country in the past. He inspired numerous activists, became a high-profile personality, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and raise millions for humanitarian causes.



Chevrolet says bye-bye to the EU market

To boost the image of the European arm of General Motors, they decided to get rid of the American brand, Chevrolet after the year 2015. What does that mean? Europeans will say bye-bye to cars like the Orlando, the Captiva, the Cruze, the Spark, the Trax, and the Malibu, among many others. However, two Chevrolet sports cars will remain such as the Camaro and the Corvette.


Minecraft and Doctor Who references on Doof Daily



What's this? While watching the latest Doof Daily Dirt webisode about cosplays, there's some references popped out during the course of this online webisode. There's Minecraft (above) and there's Doctor Who (below). Notice the Police Box while the Doof is blabbering about cosplays?


Bravest Warriors S02E04

Great news! Cartoon Hangover streamed the fourth episode of Bravest Warriors season 2, titled Hamster Priest. In this episode, something weird is going on in the eyes of Beth Tezuka.

Feel free to watch the latest episode but be warned, this show is not suitable for children so parental guidance or strong parental guidance is advised.



Saab 9-3 revived for 2014 model year

2014 Saab 9-3
2014 Saab 9-3

Saab's new owner, NEVS, finally give the Swedish carmaker another lease of life and the current-generation Saab 9-3 is the first to signal Saab's revival. Production returned in Trollhattan, Sweden and initial sales are targeted for China and Sweden. The only engine available is a 2.0L Turbo engine generating 220HP of power. An electric version may follow.

Report: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/05/2014-saab-9-3-officially-relaunched/

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Let's Do The News! (December 5, 2013)

The big scoop today...

1) Universal shuts down FnF7

Fast and Furious 6


Following with the tragic death of Fast & Furious lead actor Paul Walker, Universal Studios, a Comcast company, announced that filming for the seventh installment has been shutdown. Here's the excerpt:

"Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast and Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast and Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast and Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker."


2) Sixth-generation Mustang unveiled

2015 Ford Mustang

At long last, after weeks of speculation, Ford finally announced the world premiere of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. The iconic king of muscle cars regenerated for the new generation. Set for its end-of-2014 launch, the all-new 2015 Mustang is available in either a 5.0L V8, 3.7L V6, and for the first time in Mustang history, a smaller 2.3L EcoBoost engine. In time before its 50th anniversary next year...


3) The Other Doctor from DW50th spawned a figure

Aside from The Other Doctor's sonic screwdriver, the one John Hurt used in The Day of The Doctor special, looks like the unknown incarnation of The Doctor gets the Underground Toys treatment. Set to go on sale in the British Isles this February 2014, the 5-inch Other Doctor figure also comes with his sonic, the Moment accessory and an alternate head of Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor) as seen in The Night of The Doctor webisode.

The Other Doctor 5" figure

4) Thai King Adulyadej begs for "stability"

As the political unrest in Thailand continues, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej urged the nation for stability in a speech on his 86th birthday, marked with tensions after days of violent political unrest.


5) 2015 Z06 teased

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 teaser

The C7 Corvette has been a talk-of-a-town but for next year's NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan, Chevrolet will unveil the new-generation Z06. Stay tuned for more.

Gran Turismo 6

The Gran Turismo series is one of the most famous PlayStation-exclusive video games in ages ever since the first installment was launched in Japan since December 1997 and then worldwide a year later. During its lifespan, the Gran Turismo franchise scored 7 million copies sold worldwide from the first one to 2010's GT5 and with the series now on its 15th birthday, the biggest birthday bash for the series is of course...a new installment to the franchise!

Gran Turismo 6

Welcome everyone to Gran Turismo 6, and it's more than just being a birthday present to the series itself, the latest installment promises to be even more evolving than ever and when I say evolving, by how much? Sure, as based on our expectations, I can't believe that they stick to PS3 rather than waiting for PS4 but why? Let me guess...Sony chose to develop GT6 for the current-gen PS3 platform, therefore depriving the devs of a lot of extra processing power that they would have had access to, had they developed for PS4. Oh well, since the PS4 will be debuting in Japan in the February of 2014, no harm done. At least, this is probably the right thing to do.

Where was I? Oh yeah, about the latest installment in the game, GT6 promises to expect more than what you get from last 2010's GT5 and by any means of the over-1200 car lineup ranging from classics, tuners, exotics, novelties, city cars, and so much more, giving players a huge selection of choices to choose from from returning cars like the Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-Benz SLS, to newcomers such as SRT Viper, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota Aqua, second-generation Honda Fit, and so much more. Hoping but not expected because the 1200-car lineup is a bit lacking, larger but not big. Not quite clever because this lineup is lacking the latest cars in the world. Oh well, there's always regular updates coming up.

How about tracks? Well, there's going to be more than what you expect in GT6 because with a wide range of World Circuits, City Courses, Original Courses, and Rally Tracks, it's gotta be worth the challenge but I'm afraid there's a bit of a problem and what's that? No Top Gear? Pity. Can't believe that my favorite test track in the world got revoked for numerous reasons but for compensations, GT6 features new tracks like Matterhorn, Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Willow Springs, Bathurst, Goodwood Hill Climb, and (cue the angelic choir) Ascari Race Resort. Quite amazed that Ascari made it on the track list and I bet this is going to be my new proving grounds for the growing car lineup in Gran Turismo 6. What's more, the forgotten Apricot Hill is back with a new twist so everything what you expect from the Apricot Hill of yesteryears is a bit different than what it used to be so you need extra caution to take on the world.

Be wary though because over the course of the GT6 lifespan, there's going to be new courses to be added as a DLC so be ready for more if you're looking for some challenge.

Anyway, moving on, GT6 features a new range of dynamics with a little help of leading companies such as YOKOHAMA and KW Automotive to provide an even more realistic driving experience. It also features Adaptive Tessellation which is the evolution of 3D model rendering. These new physics really pushing the PS3's system beyond boundaries and it results to a more realistic experience, more than enough to salivate the whole players. I have to say that they really made a good job making the graphics of GT6 as top-notch as the other racing games of this magnitude but that's just a theory.

What's more you can expect variable weather, variable daytime, and astronomical simulation giving GT6 a larger than life driving experience that truly reflects real time like the Le Mans 24 hour race in the game will actually simulate the rise/setting hours of the sun and night-time constellations in the sky from the event in 2013. Isn't it cool?

What about online connectivity? Oh yeah, because GT6 features an Open Lobby feature where it is possible to create an open room for up to 16 players to enjoy online racing. There are so much you can do online in GT6 and in future updates, you can form clubs or either jump through the quick match without the hassle.

With all those new features, new car lineup, new courses, and regular updates that will happen over the course of the lifespan, GT6 is surely the Gran Turismo game that will keep you amused for hours but not at all. This is surely a game that gave you the fighting fit to face the world. HAPPY DRIVING!

Asia launch: 12/5/2013
North America launch: 12/6/2013
Oceania launch: 12/6/2013
Euro launch: 12/6/2013
UK launch: 12/6/2013

LIMITED EDITION:

While GT6 is available exclusively on the PS3 at the price of just 6,980JPY, there are limited editions offered such as the 15th Anniversary Box where not only the game was offered but also the special Beyond the Apex book, 15 15th Anniversary Edition cars in game, and a special 15th Anniversary Racing Suit and Helmet. The special edition costs 7.980 Yen. New to PS3? New to GT? Not to worry because the PS3 Starter Pack GT6 was there and with 25,980 Yen, not only you'll get a new PS3 Slim but also the game itself along with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 15th Anniversary Edition voucher. HAPPY DRIVING!

Chevrolet SS

Remember the Pontiac G8? Yes, it's that FR sports sedan we all indulged for and even though it was an import from Australia, judging by the fact that it's an Americanized Holden VE Commodore, the G8 is still the best V8 sports saloon you can afford. Sadly, this car went to its premature death and Pontiac was killed by General Motors since 2010 over the course of the credit crunch. It's kinda ashamed that Pontiac was officially dead three years ago and the G8 served as the last hurrah for the brand.

Now though, in order to fill the gap where the G8 left off, the folks from Chevrolet called up their Aussie mates from Holden and have their Holden VF Commodore be sold in North America as...a Chevy!

2014 Chevrolet SS

Like the previous Pontiac G8, the dead one, the Chevrolet SS was imported from Australia and even though it was essentially a Holden VF Commodore smothered with burgers and beef jerky, there's a bit of a difference between those two and mainly, their involvement in motorsports. Whereas the VF Commodore enjoyed its newly found reputation in Mt. Panorama, Bathurst, the Chevy SS enjoys itself in the field of NASCAR.

Sheesh, I hate NASCAR. Even Top Gear knows that "NASCAR Sucks", especially at the back of James May's old banger while the boys visited the Southern nation where they got attacked by rednecks. Anyone enjoyed the life of being a Gran Turismo fan has a potential of being a NASCAR fan and hey, since most of the 2013 NASCAR Chevy Power cars are going to be at GT6, this is just baloney. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Montoya, and Tony Stewart, those NASCAR racers got hooked over the raw power of the Chevy SS in stock car form but the most interesting for me is the #88 driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. because...well, that's worth intimidating. I once had a game of Car Town streets and like you and I, we took advantage of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 National Guard CHEVROLET SS' special ability that scares rivals to slowing down. Don't be fooled, this is definitely made to intimidate foes.

If by intimidation, what about the normal SS? It may not be quite as toasty as the V8 Supercar tackling down Bathurst or as intimidating as a NASCAR, well most famously Dale Jr.'s, but in every angle, the new Chevrolet SS does have a little reminder that it has nods to the late Pontiac G8 while staying true to its roots to Chevy's past FR sports saloons. Famously, this is Chevrolet's first FR sports saloon for almost two decades since the fourth-generation Chevrolet Caprice & the seventh-generation Impala SS. Almost two decades? Just how long before Chevrolet managed to make a tail-happy sports saloon?

With prices start at around $43,475, think about it, the SS could be a poor man's BMW M5 but because this is not a suitable rival to the M5, the Chevrolet SS only laughs at the face of...a normal BMW 5-Series, a normal Audi A6, a normal Mercedes-Benz E-Class, an Infiniti M, or a Lexus GS. Well that's a theory even though the SS's pricing is worth competitive.

2014 Chevrolet SS

So, what do you get with such a budget that competes against the best of Europe and Japan? Well, for starters, the SS is only available with the 6.2L V8 engine, which is as identical to the one used in the latest Corvette Stingray. This one is different because the SS's V8 engine churns out 415HP of power and it's only mated to a 6-speed flappy paddle gearbox. I'm sorry what? Only available in a flappy-paddle gearbox? That's quite disappointing for harcore enthusiasts because while the VF Commodore is available with both auto and manual gearboxes, the SS is only available with a slush-matic which is a swift as throwing stuff left-handed. With the SS though, it's flappy-paddle or nothing, and this rather annoying gearbox can spoil your fun...or is it?

2014 Chevrolet SS

Apart from the stupid gearbox offered for this redneck version of Australia's favorite sports saloon, the SS is still a dynamically-challenged car. It's still as savage as Twisted Sister's You Can't Stop Rock and Roll and as enjoyable as using the laws of science to stop those glam rockers signing that kind of song. I'm thinking...dropping caravans, getting dragged by a van, a chainsaw, a flamethrower, a fire extinguisher, a double-barreled shotgun, TNT, hammer throw, nunchucks, baseball bats, an air mortar, gravity, and a baseball being thrown at it. Those kind of things. Brainiac things.

When you give it a run on a track day, the SS sure is a menace at the track and because it's been racetrack proven thanks to its sport-tuned suspension, combined with Electronic Power Steering, the SS is surely an executive saloon mixed with racetrack DNA, much like shocking Brainiacs through the electric fence. Still as interesting as this though. Also, the SS has a better weight distribution, so it feels more planted every time when you turn it into a corner, smooth as a cocktail mixed with anchovies, gravy, and raw milk. Should I spit or swallow? I'm guessing it's a spit. Now that's what I called the professional edge.

2014 Chevrolet SS interior

2014 Chevrolet SS interior
On normal roads, it's still as civilized as the Vicar of Dibley. It even has a luxurious interior, enough for five people to fit in. It also comes with iPod connectivity, Chevrolet MyLink, HUD, and tons of interior features that will keep them accommodated for hours but not at all. Surprisingly though, it even comes with a clever parking system that allows the car to park itself. You can think about making your last minute dressups or searching for lost objects while the car parks by itself. Thank heavens for technology.

So, what can I say about the SS? Well, even though it was a VF Commodore but born to take on NASCAR rather than enjoying itself on tracks like what its Holden VF Commodore do on V8 Supercars, it's still the executive car worth spending for and since I would gladly want to have one rather than those executive saloons from Europe and Japan, it's still the most enjoyable Chevy ever made, despite using the stupid 6-speed automatic. It's still the V8 saloon on a budget that picks up where the Pontiac G8 left off. You can thank the Aussies for some clever sophistication on this car. No wonder it's still worth the shot for those who are brave enough to have its TCS OFF and enjoy sacrificing its sports tires all in the name of science.

Available colors: Phantom Black Metallic, Red Hot 2, Silver Ice Metallic, Heron White, and Mystic Green.

Photo: General Motors

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Let's Do The News! (December 4, 2013)

The big scoop today...

New additions on iM@S CHANNEL

Just announced! There are new additions on the PS3's iM@S Channel such as two brand new Mini Albums on THE iDOLM@STER SHINY TV. Mini Album 07 "Heart" DLC is out now while Mini Album 08 "Grace" will be out this December 18, 2013, each costs 1,500 Yen and loaded with newer challenges. Oh yeah, G4U Vol. 6 is added on iM@S CHANNEL as well and when you buy either of them, you'll get a special PS3 XMB Theme as well complete with matching voice-overs.

M5.7 quake hits Davao

A M5.7 quake hits Davao Oriental earlier and the epicenter of the quake, which struck at around 7:58 a.m. at a depth of 52 kilometers, was located 57 kilometers southeast of Mati town. No reports of damages and casualties occurred.

Report: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/76177/magnitude-5-7-quake-jolts-davao-oriental

It's happening! AOT live action film happens in two years!

Nope, not this one. Sorry...

Well, sort of because this news has been around for years now but the live-action movie adaptation of the blockbuster Attack On Titan manga and anime is moving forward with a new project team. They've enlisted storyboarder and SFX director Shinji Higuchi for responsibility on the film. Filming begins next year for a planned 2015 release.

Also...

Fourth-generation Subaru Forester

There's going to be a special commercial for the Subaru Forester starring none other than the Titans from the manga. This is more of a collaborative commercial and it will air on Japanese TV sets late January 2014.


41st Annual Annie Awards nominees listed

The list of nominees for the 41st Annual Annie Awards have been revealed and in case you don't know, this is dedicated for cartoons from around the world. This is the 41st year and the winners will be revealed this February 1, 2014. Here's the list of those competing for the award...

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Adventure Time
Beware the Batman
Disney Gravity Falls
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Regular Show
Scaredy Squirrel
Teen Titans Go!
The Legend of Korra

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Archer
Bob’s Burgers
Disney Tron Uprising
Futurama
Motorcity


Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Craig McCracken「Wander Over Yonder」
Paul Rudish「Disney Mickey Mouse」
Andy Bialk「The Awesomest」
Ben Adams「Regular Show」
Danny Hynes, Howard Colin「Steven Universe」


Like I told you, winners will be revealed this February 2014. Stay tuned.

Veneno Roadster, meet aircraft carrier from the Middle East


The ultra-expensive Lamborghini Veneno Roadster made its first public appearance at an Italian warship somewhere in Abu Dhabi. This public appearance on a military warship sounds bewildering but sure is revolting...


TTFN!!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Let's Do The News! (December 3, 2013)

The big scoop today...

1) DuPont Refinish now renamed as Cromax

Cromax logo

Started in life as DuPont Refinish, the company behind great products such as Cromax Pro around the world and Centari in Europe and Asia; Cromax in Europe; and ChromaPremier and ChromaBase in the Americas but thanks to new parent company Axalta Coating Systems, Dupont Refinish has a new lease in life as CROMAX and this new brand promises to help customers in “driving productivity from the front of the body shop to the back”.

Report: http://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-industry-news/dupont-refinish-now-known-as-cromax.html
URL: http://www.cromax.com/

2) Top Gear Furai death detailed

Top Gear destroyed the Furai Concept

In case you haven't picked up the TG 20th Anniversary issue, Top Gear broke silence about how the Mazda Furai concept died in a Topgear.com exclusive.

Read more at: http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/mazda-furai-concept-fire-2013-11-29

3) Ssangyong releases 9-seater model of Turismo MPV

9-seater model for Ssangyong Korando Turismo
Aside from the 11-seater model for the recently-launched Ssangyong Korando Turismo MPV, they've now launched the new 9-seater model which starts at 27.05 million Won. Although it comes with the same e-XDi200 LET engine as before, the 9-seater model features a 4-row seating which can now fit up to nine passengers.

Report: http://www.megaauto.com/newcar/carinfo_body.php3?carinfoid=49414&family_id=icomes&menu_id=472&val=&Nstep=2&beforeyear=&frame_id=5&frame_url=list/drive.php3?id=60901

4) Train derailment in NYC

So far, four people have been confirmed dead and at least 63 people hurt in the deadliest train derailment in New York City. 11 survivors remained critical after a Metro-North commuter, heading to Manhattan, spun out of control early Sunday in the Bronx, as it was heading towards a sharp curve after 7:00AM

Report: http://kickerdaily.com/train-derailment-in-new-york-city-leaves-four-dead-dozens-injured/

5) Panoz and DeltaWing suing Nissan over BladeGlider concept

Nissan Blade Glider Concept


Here we go again. After the whole DeltaWing scandal, perhaps the main reason why it pulled out on GT6 in the last minute, it seems that Panoz filed a lawsuit against Nissan over the ZEOD RC and BladeGlider projects, naming Nissan motorsport chief Darren Cox and Ben Bowlby (who defected to Nissan from the DeltaWing program) as part of the suit.

Cars GT6 Should Put (Volume 19)

In a galaxy far far away, just off our backyard, lies Leopaul's Blog; boldly pushing the boundaries of car culture because there's some CARS GT6 SHOULD PUT.



Cars like...

1) Hyundai Genesis G380 Prestige '13

Hyundai launched the second-generation Genesis luxury premium saloon in South Korea earlier and it was promised to be a world-class competitor against Europe's best, judging by the fact that is available exclusively to select left-hand drive markets, mainly the USA, the Middle East, or China. The top-of-the-line model is powered by a 3.8L V6 GDi engine produces 315PS of power, 40.5kg-m of torque, and fuel economy of 9.0km/L. This car was honed to the Nurburgring for calibration and this is the first time a Korean car company has ever done this judging by the fact that Hyundai has their own Nurburgring faclity. Let's hope PD should feature the new Genesis on GT6, no matter what it takes.



2) Nissan GT-R NISMO '14

Dubbed the ultimate GT-R, the GT-R NISMO is powered by the 3.8 VR38DETT engine, which is now uprooted to 591HP of power and 652Nm of torque. It even packs a host of aerodynamic updates inspired by the GT3 racer. It set a Nurburgring lap time of 7:08.679, making this the ultimate Nissan ever made. We want to be the first to try out the ultimate GT-R on Gran Turismo 6, since the fact that Nissan and Gran Turismo are heavily involved in the GT-R since 2007.



3) Nissan Juke 16GT Four '10

The turbocharged version of the Nissan Juke is armed with the high-performance MR16DDT (1.6L Direct Injection Petrol Engine) DIG Turbo engine and the optional All-Mode 4X4-i system.. The CVT gearbox is a downside but I just wanna see how does this turbocharged Juke work when GT6 featured this ROCK 'N SMALL crossover that is a bit of a head turner since its debut.

Nissan JUKE 16GT FOUR

4) Nissan Teana XV '14

The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show sees the arrival of the new Nissan Teana, which will be on sale in Japan this February, and for the third-generation model, the new model focused on balancing the luxury of a premium sedan with the fuel economy of a city car because now, the new Teana only offers the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine mated with Nissan's next-generation XTRONIC CVT which makes it...a bit...well, if GT6 featured the new Teana, we'll be the judge. Don't care because Gran Turismo features a few cars with CVT gearboxes like the Fit, the Prius, and the Insight.



5) Nissan Elgrand Highway Star Premium '10

Would that be necessary for Gran Turismo to have another minivan? If so, how about the king of minivan? The Nissan Elgrand. With the E52 model, the Elgrand is by no means the most luxurious Elgrand ever made, despite it's now a front-wheel drive model and shares its underpinnings from the Murano and the Teana.  It maybe more of a bulk and more of a slug because of its CVT gearbox but the engine that powers it is a 3.5L V6 VQ engine generating about 280PS of power. Sounds reasonable but is the king of minivan worthy to be...well, forget about that question. I want GT6 to feature the king of minivan and if some of the minivans make it, there should be a challenge to decide which minivan rules.





The results please? So when one of these cars showed up in future updates on GT6, you can't say I have a little bit to do with that.



Take that to Kaz Yamauchi!

2015 BMW M4 to be a Gran Turismo-exclusive

2013 BMW M4 Concept

Word of warning, video gamers who love car racing games, because as announced on the GT6 launch party at Ronda and Ascari Race Resort, the 2015 BMW M4, will go on sale in 2014, will be a Gran Turismo exclusive. I repeat, GRAN TURISMO EXCLUSIVE, because...well, here's the excerpt from the official Gran Turismo website, just to let you know why the upcoming BMW M4 Coupe will be a Gran Turismo exclusive...

BMW M4 Coupé to come to life in Gran Turismo®6

Present at Ronda and Ascari Race Resort for the launch of Gran Turismo 6 was a camouflaged version of the yet-to-be-launched BMW M4 Coupé. The stunning new car – shown publicly only as a concept until now - will go on sale in 2014. Thanks to an innovative collaboration with BMW "M" GmbH, Polyphony Digital enjoyed unprecedented early access to the car during its development phase in order to meticulously recreate the M4 Coupé for Gran Turismo 6. It will be made available through a free update shortly after the release of GT6, allowing car enthusiasts around the world to drive it before it arrives in BMW showrooms. More news on the unveiling is expected soon!

Over the course of GT6, when it launches on the PS3 this week, there's going to be an upcoming update shortly post-release. Will it going to be a camouflaged test prototype? Think so but stay tuned for more details regarding this GT6-exclusive Bimmer.

Report: http://www.gran-turismo.com/us/news/00_1155354.html

Subway Kids collaborates with Disney's Frozen


Once again, fast food chain Subway collaborates with Disney but this time, it's the turn of the latest Disney movie, Frozen, in theaters now.

For a limited time, when you order a SUBWAY FRESH FIT FOR KIDS meal, you'll get a free Disney Frozen meal bags. There are six variations of them but still, it's worth the fun for the winter holidays.

URL: http://subwaykids.com/Default.aspx

Monday, December 2, 2013

Let's Do The News! (December 2, 2013)

The big scoop today...

Last known photo of Paul Walker goes viral

Paul Walker's last photo

This is the pic in question. The photo which some say to be the last known photo taken of Paul Walker has gone viral and it was captured moments before his untimely death alongside his pal and business associate Roger Rodas, who reportedly owned the car and also a racing driver. They co-owned a tuning shop called Always Evolving.

Reports said that the Fast and Furious lead actor attended a fundraising event organized by AE and his charity organization Reach Out Worldwide. Some say that most of the beneficiaries of this event were the Superstorm Yolanda/Haiyan victims.

Report: http://www.topgear.com.ph/news/industry-news/last-known-photo-of-paul-walker-goes-viral-on-social-media

Celebs remembering Paul Walker

While in the middle of the death of the Fast and Furious star, most of the celebs working with him pay respects to him via Twitter.

Vin Diesel, who played Dom in the franchise, twitted:

My brother and I.....we aimed for the stars together....and achieved more than we ever hoped we could with f&f pic.twitter.com/TWWdoaEX1D

- Vin Diesel (@REAL_VinDiesel) December 1, 2013


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, former wrestler turned actor and notable for playing FBI Agent Luke Hobbs from Fast Five since 2011 and Fast and Furious 6 since earlier this year is present for paying respect to the late actor. He twitted:

All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.

- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2013

Actress Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) twitted:

Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.


Rapper Ludacris, who played Tej in the FnF movies, twitted:

Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,... http://t.co/nUiPPIU9Bb

- Ludacris (@Ludacris) December 1, 2013

Actor Tyson Beckford, who worked alongside Paul Walker in the thriller Into The Blue, tweeted:

RIP Paul Walker,loved working with you on "Into the Blue". I Will miss you.

- Tyson Beckford (@TysonCBeckford) December 1, 2013


US advices airlines to give China flight plans over new defense zone

Back in the reports regarding China's new flight zone at one of its disputed territories at the South China Sea, the United States advised most of its commercial airlines to notify Chinese authorities of flight plans when travelling through an air defense zone over the East China Sea, raising tensions between the big nations including South Korea and Japan.

Report: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/75942/us-advises-airlines-to-give-china-flight-plans-over-new-defense-zone

The end of Winamp

Winamp

Remember the Winamp? Yes, it's one of the most popular and best media player available for Windows. Users love to use Winamp to play music in Windows XP. Since AOL took over Winamp, it became less user friendly than the old one and even with upgraded versions, it seems people stopped using this software for good.

Reports told that Winamp will face the axe at December 20, 2013 and here's the announcement by the company behind this memorable app:

Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.

Report: http://www.askvg.com/end-of-an-era-winamp-is-shutting-down-on-december-20-2013/

Veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa marrying again

Six years as a widow, veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa considers marrying a lawyer named Francisco "King" Rodrigo Jr., the eldest son of the late Senator "Soc" Rodrigo. Boot's husband, Pete Roa, died of cancer. Boots planned that they will get married by June of 2014.

Report: http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2013/12/02/1263106/boots-marrying-again-june-bride-2014

Picky taxi drivers will face the 6,000Php fine

As the Yuletide season draws near, taxi drivers are getting more pickier with the passengers they transport and guess what? Here's a warning to those kind of taxi drivers. Based on the Certificate of Public Conveyance, no taxi driver has the right to be picky and the first offense is a 6,000Php fine while the second offense results to a 3-month suspension of the franchise and third offense results to a cancellation.

Report: http://manila.coconuts.co/2013/12/01/taxi-driver-wont-take-you-make-him-pay-php6000

TTFN!!!

What's in our Car Town garage today? (December 2, 2013)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

1999 Nissan Silvia Spec-R

Possibly the final-generation of Nissan's cult-favorite FR drift tuner, the S15 Silvia is quite a better-looking Silvia even by modern standards. It may have the same 2.0L engine as the other predecessors, famously the S13 and the S14 Silvias of yesteryears, but thanks to the improved mechanism, the S15 is by no means the sportiest Silvia ever made. The S15 was launched in early 1999, which is coincidentally the same year as the R34 Skyline GT-R was launched.

1999 Nissan Silvia Spec-R

1968 Ford GT40

In the 1960's, Ford originally planned to buy Italian sportscar maker Ferrari but when Enzo Ferrari rejected Ford's plan to buy it, the American carmaker is plotting revenge against Ferrari over the rejected transaction and what would Ford do? Make their own Le Mans racer to take on the likes of the Ferrari. The GT40 was the response to take on Le Mans' finest and this is the first car in history to win the race more than once with the same chassis. This is the road-legal version of Ford's Le Mans winner and only seven of these were made. Although it's identical to the Mk.I GT40, the 4.7L engine was detuned to 335HP of power while the mechanism has been calibrated to road use.

1968 Ford GT40

2006 Hummer H1 Alpha

A Humvee for everyone, that's what best describes the Hummer H1 not only because it resembles like the Humvee that the US military troops used in their missions but it remains one of the favorite among high-profile personalities, especially actor turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thanks to new emission law for diesel engines, 2006 is the last model year for the H1 and that seems to be quite a shame even though Hummer is gone in 2010. The Alpha model was more of a revised H1 with the 6.6L Duramax V8 diesel engine mated with a 5-speed gearbox.

2006 Hummer H1 Alpha

Sunday, December 1, 2013

FnF actor Paul Walker killed in car accident

Brian's GT-R from Fast and Furious 6

It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW

This message was confirmed by the official Paul Walker Facebook page as The Fast and the Furious lead actor died earlier in a car crash occurred in Santa Clarita, California. Paul Walker was famous for being the former cop turned street racer Brian O'Connor from the Fast and Furious franchise. His recent FnF appearance was in Fast and Furious 6 since the summer of 2013.

Reports said, he was involved in a fiery crash when a Porsche Carrera GT he was riding hit a telegraph pole.

Report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2516303/Fast--Furious-star-Paul-Walker-dead-fiery-car-wreck-Actor-killed-Porsche-GT-driven-friend-crashed-pole.html

With Paul Walker's death, it seems what will the next FNF movie, set for next year debut, be without him and as of now, the fate of the franchise remains unknown for now.

Checking out that Anna plushie

With Disney's Frozen still freezing into theaters now, fans of the latest Disney movie never get too old to be salivated for this newest addition to the Disney movie lineup, especially when Disney fans can't decide who's prettier if it's Elsa or Anna. Who cares about it? As the movie brings the chills and cheers for the whole family this holiday season, the merchandising is going to be a must have and to find out, I went to the Disney store at Westfield Southcenter earlier...







Here they are...tons of Frozen merchandise in stock at the Disney Store, ranging from store exclusives as well as costumes of both Anna and Elsa. They can either save one for next year's halloween or some little girl's birthday party or some convention or whatever.



Hey look! It's that snowman from Frozen! Olaf!!! Some say, he tries to keep himself cool and he is. Imagine if I bought one as well as Doc McStuffins' Chilly...Oh My Disney! Two snowmen from different worlds. Proper fun...He he he...





And now this is the big part where I must choose which of these two sisters I should bring home. Is it Anna, the main character who's on the quest to save the kingdom of Arendele from its icy despair, or is it Elsa, a fan favorite whose icy powers are deemed uncontrollable, causing the kingdom of Arendele into a winter wasteland? First of all, I tried using my so-called "mystic other-worldly powers" to choose which one. In that case, that's EENEY MEENEY MINEY MO to you.

No matter how many times I do EENEY MEENEY MINEY MO, it's always Elsa but my mind kept on protesting. I can't decide which one of these sisters I should keep but in the end, there could only be one Frozen plush that makes me saying "shut up and take my money"...



It's Anna of Arendele. I know...It's for the best. Choosing the heroine of the story may not be quite a good choice for a Disney fan but hey, Anna's quite a charm for a princess of that magnitude.





Well, it maybe as less expensive as the other Disney plushies, US$19.95 to be exact , but in every angle, I think this is probably the better looking Disney plushie I have ever bought in ages. Look at those designs accurately crafted to match the outfit as seen from the movie...











From her folk-styled plush cape, satin dress and faux fur hat, every angle will truly tell you how special this plush and when your little girl has one, well, this is just the perfect cuddle buddy even on her bedtime. As a collector's item, it is a bit of a meh but who cares? This is still the prettiest of all of the Disney princesses from the past to present. Theoretically but still stylish and full of energy.

Oh yeah, if you girls are willing to dress like Anna of Arendele, just the way you want, watch this video: http://video.disney.com/watch/miss-glamorazzi-anna-lookbook-frozen-4eab4892c0f55e4427dedd16



Here comes that Anna smile on her face...



Awww...

Now to bring out this Anna plush at its best, I need another Disney plush but since I refused the Elsa plush earlier, I chose one of our Disney favorites; something more of a princess, something that is almost of a princess, something like...



Yes. Sofia from the Disney Junior series Sofia the First. Like all good girls playing with their Disney princesses toys, a Sofia plushie is a Sofia at her best when paired with a Disney princess and amazingly, this is probably the best (or maybe rubbish) thing to do when it comes to make a first impression out of a new toy.

Here's what I did to these two new Disney princesses...





Anna of Arendele cuddled Sofia. Awww...Looks like Sofia had the most heartwarming experience encountering her new special friend in the wonderful world of Disney. Anna of Arendele from Frozen truly is a keeper for little girls of all ages and if I were you, this is definitely a must have, even Elsa. Have them both and it's really really more fun having the two sisters at your own hands.


What's that? Is there something inside in this reusable bag I bought at the Disney store? Yes, I do bought one but not the bag, something inside the bag. I'm not going to reveal what's inside but what it is is a gift, Christmas gift to our baby boy Irvine. That's it. Just a teaser. Thanks.

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