Saturday, May 28, 2011

Infiniti and S. Vettel, together at last!

S.Vettel meets Infiniti

There was interesting news regarding the partnership between Nissan's Infiniti brand and Red Bull Racing since its announcement. Now, the luxury marque rushed in to sign Red Bull Racing's top dog, Sebastian Vettel (fans called him S. Vettel) as Infiniti's global brand ambassador.

Yes, it's Infiniti and S. Vettel, together at long last! That will bring up the biggest partnership yet and plans for the Infiniti S. Vettel car will become reality and whoa, we're not talking about something, they're talking about something next for the Infiniti Performance Line.

Looking forward on this newly found partnership when S. Vettel becomes Infiniti personality.

Fiat Freemont

2012 Fiat Freemont

Summer in Europe is almost here and what would be better prepare for the long weekend is the new Fiat Freemont, the first Fiat under the partnership between Chrysler and Fiat and it is essentially based on the Dodge Journey/JC (recently on its Phase II). The Fiat Freemont was imported from Mexico, where the Toluca plant made those.

First off, the Freemont is a crossover utility vehicle that will compete the likes of the Chevrolet Orlando (made in Korea), Kia Sportage R, Hyundai Tucson iX, Peugeot 3008, or even the European Ford Kuga. It features sharp edgier design that has something you might want for the Italian-American experience. It was made for their active lifestyles and it is ready for the long European vacation.

The interior of the Fiat Freemont is highly convenient for everyone. With seating up to seven passengers, experiencing the new Freemont is just one thing to enjoy the long weekend with your friends and family. Okay, there are optional features such as the rear entertainment system that lets passengers watch their favorite movies while on the go. There is also a special navigation system that you can listen to music, to radio, watch movies, or seek directions on your next destination. You'll be glad to know that this car has Bluetooth connectivity so hands-free calling is simple as ABC. Aside from that, there are various seating arrangements offered on the new Fiat Freemont. Think about what comes next and you need to pick which seating arrangements fit your situation. Think of carrying so many babies, playing chess inside the Freemont, bring everything you saw, or you just want to sleep inside the Freemont when your wife doesn't let you in. The Fiat Freemont is made for your hectic lifestyles. Don't forget that when you're here.

At its launch, the Fiat Freemont is offered with the 2.0L Multijet 16-valve CRDi engine. It can be either 140ps or 170ps of power output but its transmission is a 6-speed manual transmission. Not quite good as a family mover but it can be a great part of your driving pleasures. The 2.0L Multijet 16-valve CRDi engine is Euro 5 compliant so this engine performed the cleanest possibilities on the European roads.

The Fiat Freemont is available at the following colors such as Bianco Idealista, Grigio Argento Vivo, Nero Indomito, Rosso Avventuriero, Blu Amletico, Grigio Viaggiatore, and Perla Esploratore.

My comment:
The Fiat Freemont is essentially based on the Dodge Journey thanks to the partnership between Chrysler and Fiat. Since Dodge is exiting the Italian market and no longer selling the Dodge Journey, the Fiat Freemont takes place. I just hope someone has some kind of badge conversion kits that can transform the Dodge Journey Phase II into the Fiat Freemont. The Dodge Journey is for the North American market while the Fiat Freemont is for the European market. It doesn't matter which side are you on but what it is made it more like Americans eating Italian pasta while riding.

One warning if CATS Motors bringing the Fiat brand to the Philippines very soon, they will offer the Freemont instead of the Journey but the engine lineup will source from the American versions. If both the Journey and Freemont come to the Philippines, be ready for a protracted fight. I don't know which one of these two will bring it to the Philippines soon but only CATS Motors will tell if they will bring the Dodge Journey Phase II or return Fiat to the Philippines so they will bring the Freemont.

Photo: Fiat Automobiles SpA

IS 2000?

2011 Honda Infinite Stratos S2000 Race Car

By request from the IS (Infinite Stratos) staff and crew, a Honda S2000 is nested with something itasha. An itasha filled with everything Infinite Stratos on it. It was made in collaboration with Dijon Racing (you might remember them for the famous Haruri Suzumiya Racing Hankook Porsche at the Super GT).

Why S2000? Aren't they suppose to use the Lexus IS make it even? But whatever the heck is, this IS2000 will appear at the Infinite Stratos One-Off Festival coming this June 5, 2011 at the Yokohama BLITZ. It will also show up at the Twin Ring Motegi Super Taikyu Series 2011 sometime.

Forza players, get your creative imagination ready because I hope you guys recreate the Honda Infinite Stratos S2000 Race Car for interest.

"See the difference, mag Medo 3+++!"

What just happened on the May 27, 2011 episode of GMA's Bubble Gang?

- These Bubble Gags got the Amazonas captured the males for something...

Gwen Zamora as an Amazona

Maureen Larrazabal as an Amazona

Sam Pinto as an Amazona

- Who thrown something at their neighbor's window? Cheche or Bureche? Just ask their neighbor Lola Lucy!

Cheche Bureche's dad and Lola Lucy

- Hi everyone! What's this? Car! What's this? Submarine! What's this? Bubble Gang does Nido 3+ again by spoofing and gagging this commercial as Medo 3+++! See the difference, mag Medo 3+++! You're my number one!

Bubble Gang does Nido 3+

- He may be the accused at this court but in general, he's not the accused and he didn't commit wrongdoings!

- Two men gone bumper-to-bumper at the crosswalk

- Face it ma'am, you can't control your husband's addiction to video games.
Michael "Bitoy" V. plays with his PS3
- If you want to be recognized with others, you will need a sense of "unforgettable style"

- Iyotube in Boyz II Men's I'll Make Love To You! Flip Top rapper Delo guests on this segment!

- This security guard reveals to be a former action star!

- Comedians are fun to enjoy, why not rent them for fun?

Rent-A-Laf Agency

Meet the next generation Lokomoko

New Lokomoko logo
The "new" Lokomoko has arrived and now the next generation Lokomoko became hardcore by bringing this Lokomoko to the next level. New stage, new humor, same great Lokomoko taste. It's been three years and it's done more that three years than most of its rivals. To celebrate, they brought Long Mejia and the two guys from Talentadong Pinoy. Makata Tawanan and ventriloquist Wanlu, as guests!

First venue; the Talentadong Family are fixing up the stage in time to prepare the next generation Lokomoko. Of course, our favorite Lola has some "Use It" jokes offered:

1) Engineer - Makakamit din natin ang kapayapaan ENGINEER future!

2) Pilot - Kahapon, ang sakit nandito ko dahil sa rayuma pero ngayon okey na ako kasi nag-PILOT ako.

3) Paranaque - Iha, kung ako sayo, hindi o hahalikan si Caloy, PARANAQUE!

Second Venue: Aling Lycel (Tuesday Vargas) brings the noise up the stage!

Aling Lycel followed with some dances by Luningning, Milagring, and Mariposa!

Luningning, Milagring, and Mariposa

... and a comedy stand-up by Badja and Palu-Palo

Badja and Palu-palo

Third Venue: Comedy duo Sandok and Palayok sharing some jokes!

Sandok and Palayok

...followed by Boyz Avenue with their smashing performance!

Boyz Avenue

... and someone named Toyo (Rainier Castillo) and Kalamansi (Joseph Bitangcol)

Toyo and Kalamansi

Last Venue: Meet Ginoo (JC De Vera) and Binibining San Dionisio (Valeen Montenegro) with their hilarious jokes

G. and Bb. San Dionisio

...and it closes with some Balagtasan with Tuesday, Long Mejia, and Makata Tawanan!


The truth sets them free at the Green Rose finale

Green Rose (Philippine version) ending

Over the moments, Jerome Delgado (Jericho Rosales) faced several challenges to prove he was innocent and in order to clear out his name, he deals against the people behind this tragic fate that made them believed that he murdered Chairman Ricardo Tuazon (Ricardo Cepeda) that caused him a 4-year coma, especially the root of all, Edward Fuentabella (Jake Cuenca). He evaded the cops, traveled to Korea, and became Seoul Food Corporation CEO Lee Jong-soo. His persona is just one step closer to prove that Edward is the murderer.

Now on the finale, Edward Fuentabella told the truth why he want to kill Chairman Tuazon because he believes that Chairman Ricardo Tuazon, the father of Angela Tuazon (Anne Curtis), was responsible for the death of Edward's parents. Atonement wasn't became an easy task on the finale. Chairman Tuazon apologized to Edward for all the wrongdoings he done to his family and the truth sets them free.

Moments later, while Edward was at the cemetery, Angela approaches and she needed him because he's still the SR Corporation CEO but Edward admitted that there is no world suitable for him after revealing his truth to Chairman Tuazon.

Meanwhile, David Tobias (Gardo Versoza) wrote a "letter of apology" to Chairman Tuazon and Angela. He handed them over to Jerome in order to give these to them. After that, David Tobias approaches to Edward and chatters about the outcome.

At the the court, Jerome Delgado is declared "Not Guilty" and finally cleared his name. Everything's peaceful now for Jerome and his trusted friends, especially Angela.

Later on, David Tobias and Edward Fuentabella committed suicide together. David drank the liquor filled with poison and Edward jumped off the building (similar to the Korean version). The suicide of those two bastards occurred when Jerome and Angela finally tied the knot. Everything's better for Jerome because he's now proven innocent and he's no longer bearing his "Lee Jong-soo" persona and now back to his true self. He done that for his mother, and Angela thanked them. At the ending, Jerome and Angela are enjoying themselves at Seoul.

That concludes the Philippine version of Green Rose!  

Friday, May 27, 2011

IS FACTS 開発へのこだわり - Vol. 02

Last time, I commented about Houki Shinonono (篠ノ之箒) and the 100のヴィ学 of her. Guess I would just cancel my trip right now and instead I went British after I ate a pack of "Chocolatiest Ever" Bingo. It's truly a delightful treat.

The Brits have them all; the BBC, the Top Gear, The Stig, the Royal Couple, the King's Speech, the fancy accents, the Big Ben, Jeremy Clarkson bumped his head while drifting the MG XPower SV, James Bond, two Getaway titles (from The Getaway and The Getaway Black Monday), Harry and Paul, the Thames Television, and everything British. One thing they did have is...

The British representative cadet, voiced by Yukana, famous for saying "Desu Wa", she is...

Let's tackle the 100のヴィ学 of that Brit dame who was at the cover of IS (Infinite Stratos) DVD and Blu-Ray Volume 2, Cecilia Alcott (セシリア・オルコット).

IS (Infinite Stratos) DVD Vol. 2
100のヴィ学: That Cecilia chick is someone you would want to trade in The Stig, James Bond, Getaway's Mark Hammond, Black Monday's Eddie O'Connor, Mr. Bean, or whoever the heck the British is. Yes, she keeps saying "Desu Wa" (ですわ。) most of time she finishes her sentence. She might be an elite female who was born and raised from a wealthy family but to me, I'm getting allergic to her verbal tic. In battle, her IS, the Blue Tears, is one tough heavy weaponry. Most memorable is the "The Battle of IS" on episode 2 where main protagonist Ichika battles against Cecilia.

Behind the "Desu Wa" Brit is Yukana, voice over who is Code Geass' C.C., Zettai Karen Children's Fujiko, and she's also Ai Nanasaki from Amagami (from the video game and the SS anime). It seems that the voice of "The Sassy Black Cat" from Amagami was behind the voice of the British representative cadet. I have a funny feeling though that the name Cecilia kinda sounds like Peace Walker's Cecile Cosima Caminades but that's a different story. Cecilia's British and Cecile's French so that makes it a different angle.

You know what, I don't have plans to travel to Britannia to see The Stig, The Top Gear Test Track, Bruntingthorpe, or Silverstone but seeing Cecilia Alcott's face, I think I felt like I'm already experienced them. Hail Britannia? Maybe later, I bet Cecilia is such a fine chocolate cookie for my discriminative taste. Mmmm! Lovely! You're absolutely right! (Laughing)

About IS DVD & BD Vol. 2: Drop your "Chocolatiest Ever" Bingo cookies folks. This is way more delightful, more lovely, and you may say "you're absolutely right" to your pals. The IS (Infinite Stratos) DVD & Blu-Ray Volume 2 packs episodes 3 and 4 with scenes not suitable for TV. It even packs a special audio commentary, "TBS Academy Night Complete Edition" hosted by Kana Hanazawa to go behind the scenes, and textless outro Ver. 2! Limited edition packs another IS FACTS and a special CD that contains Cecilia Alcott's Character Song! You're absolutely right!

For English speaking customers:

Next is.... (fill in the blanks soon!)

The Mexican "Guy's License" - 2012 Dodge Attitude based on the 2011 Hyundai Accent RB

2012 Dodge Attitude
(2011 Hyundai Accent)

If you were living in Mexico, you should be aware that the third-generation Hyundai Accent/Verna was sold under the Dodge Attitude name. For those who didn't know, the Dodge Attitude is a Mexican Hyundai Accent MC that replaced the Dodge Verna (based on the Hyundai Accent/Verna LC) that replaced the Dodge Brisa (based on the first-generation Hyundai Accent X3).

2012 Dodge Attitude
(2011 Hyundai Accent)

The previous Dodge Attitude wears the old Dodge logo (take note the Ram logo which Dodge used to have before the brand separation of both Dodge and Ram Trucks), but now on its 2012 model year after the Accent RB arrived in the North America for the first time this month (anyone got a hold on the 2012 Accent at your nearest Hyundai dealerships?), the Dodge Attitude still retains the look and the badging of the Hyundai Accent RB but on the back it says "DODGE" and "ATTITUDE" plus a Hyundai emblem on it. (´д`;) 

We Filipinos already have the new Accent since its Philippine debut in December 2010 but for the Dodge Attitude? This is a full model change and this time, it didn't wear the official Dodge crosshair grille. It retains Hyundai's fluidic sculpture and the badges are all Hyundai despite its a Dodge.

2012 Dodge Attitude
(2011 Hyundai Accent) interior

The Mexican-spec Hyundai Accent is same thing as for the Philippine-spec. (; ̄▽ ̄)

It offers both the Gamma 1.4 CVVT that produces 108ps of power output and a Gamma 1.6 CVVT that produces 124ps of power. The 2012 Dodge Attitude is equipped with either a 5-speed Manual or a 4-speed auto with Manual Mode. Same thing we have in the Philippines. (; ̄▽ ̄)

(; ̄▽ ̄) At least they didn't have the GDi variant like what South Koreans have. What a relief.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thank you Oprah!

"From you, whose names I will never know, I learned what love is. You and this show have been the great love of my life." - Oprah Winfrey

The ending of the most influential talk show after 25 years of serving us warmth and laughter that made this most influential person garnered many fans. The end of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" signals Oprah's new beginnings and new challenges for this most influential woman in the world. What we're going to miss for after 25 years since its first airing on 1986 is the part where Oprah asked the audience to look under the audiences' seats and open the gifts that contain.

Most memorable is the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle teaser on Oprah's Favorite Things.

We're going to miss this most influential show that offered us tips, some recipes, some life lessons, and everything that motivated us for who we are.

The end of the Oprah Winfrey show is not the end of Oprah Winfrey but a new beginning to her new career as running her own TV network known as OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

After 25 years, the world still supports Oprah even after the show's demise.

Salute to the big O!

Samurai Special Gulay!

Samurai Special Gulay

It's hard to find something at the palengke, until we heard of someone who sells gulay in a very special way. This must be the "Samurai Special Gulay" store! If we ask for some vegetables for the pancit, the Samurai Special Gulay does it all. Vegetables in whole will be slashed into pieces, making it perfect for the pancit! Need gulay? Ask Samurai Special Gulay!

Nag-uusap ang tatlong magkumpare:

Sabi ni Juan: Tung asawa ko paborito yung Lord of the Rings, Two Towers, ayun kambal anak namin!

Sabi ni Pedro: Yung misis ko, paborito yung Three Musketeers, ayun, triplets anak namin!

Takot na magsalita si Tikboy: Naku, buntis pa naman misis ko ngayon. Sana iba na lang favorite movie niya!

Tanong si Juan: Anong movie ba yun?

Sagot si Tikboy: 300!

According to Jason Francisco, 4,567 viewers outrageously like this joke while only one viewer did not. Like always, the only one person who didn't laugh was none other than a mother who gave birth to 300 babies!

Ninety-Nine's Subaru Stella Advert is their next best thing since Junichi Okada and Norikazu Endo

I always remember the good old TNP27 Japanese commercial for the fifth-generation Daihatsu Move starring famous actor Norikazu Endo and V6 member Junichi Okada. This commercial answers the most complicating question about the new Daihatsu Move, "what is TNP27?"

That is the toughest question only you can answer if you own one.

Now, with the arrival of the new Subaru Stella, which is based from the Daihatsu TNP27 Move, comedian duo Ninety-Nine does TNP27, knowing how does the new Stella's Idle Stop and Go function work.

Yes indeed that Ninety-Nine's Subaru Stella commercial is their next best thing for Norikazu Endo and V6's Junichi Okada's Daihatsu TNP27 Move commercial. Try them and you'll decide.

2012 Kia Morning/Picanto, now in the Philippines (as planned)

2012 Kia Morning

The second-generation Kia Morning (Picanto) was launched in late January 2011 and we waited 4 months for this. With its Philippine arrival, can the new Picanto stand out against its rival made in Korea such is the Chevrolet Spark (designed and engineered from GM Korea Company)?


Well, whatever. I already compared both the Spark and the Morning and like I said, the Spark has a better design while the new Morning/Picanto is fuel efficient. Why not find out for yourselves? As of press time, only four colors are available for the Philippine-spec Morning/Picanto such as Titanium Silver, Signal Red, Clear White, and Lemon Grass. Intro price is 545k Philippine Pesos for the manual grade while the AT grade costs 599k Philippine Pesos.

2011 Kia Sportage R

If you guys asking when will the Kia Sportage R arrive in the Philippines, CAC President Ginia Domingo has an answer for you guys. She said the new Kia Sportage R will arrive this June 2011. I hope she won't delay it! Cross our fingers, guys! And we're ahead from Malaysia!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

IS FACTS 開発へのこだわり - Vol. 01

Hey, um, just a reminder though. Of course, most of you already watched Infinite Stratos since its January premiere and ended on late March 2011 for over 12 episodes. We're still waiting when will this anime air on Animax soon (I hope). On my special blog called "IS FACTS 開発へのこだわり" (sorry, penned it from the Japanese Lexus IS site), I'm tackling on who's that character on the IS DVD and Blu-Ray. First off, the 100のヴィ学 of the character featured on IS DVD and Blu-Ray Vol. 1, Houki Shinonono.

IS (Infinite Stratos) Blu-Ray Vol. 1

100のヴィ学: At first glance, I thought Houki Shinonono (篠ノ之箒) was just like MGS4's Raging Raven in Beauty form. I mean come on, her oriental ponytail looks quite a fitting for her raging personality. She's the childhood friend of main protagonist, Ichika Orimura, the only male who can wield precision of the IS. Viewers recognize her as the tsundere-type due to her raging nature. I may sometimes not like her in her tsuntsun mode (take note; the part in episode 8 where Houki pummeled Ichika when he failed to show his feelings to her) but in battle, her personal IS, the Akatsubaki, is somewhat a perfect balance of "wow" and "oomph", viewers observed.

The seiyuu, Yoko Hikasa, was a perfect balance between "Moe Moe Kyun" and "meaner stuff" when it comes to portraying Houki. I have a suspicion though that there is a chance that Houki Shinonono kinda looks like Seitokai Yakuindomo main heroine, Shino Amakusa. Perhaps the reason why they like Houki is because of the Mio Akiyama voice, or so they thought.

About IS DVD & BD Vol. 1: Infinite Stratos DVD and Blu-Ray Vol. 1 features the first two episodes plus special bonus such as a special RADIO IS hosted by Yoko Hikasa as Houki and Asami Shimoda as Ling Yin, textless intro and outro (version 1), commercials, and a Promotional Video. The limited edition packs with the special novel written by IS author, Izuru Yumizuru, a special booklet loaded with IS FACTS, and a special CD containing a special character song. Since Houki Shinonono is featured as a cover character in Vol. 1, Yoko Hikasa as Houki Shinonono will do a start on her character song.

For English speaking customers:

Next is... we'll find out soon.

Sorry France-tan but others think that Laura's too popular...

IS Character Survey Ranking
by Comic Toranoana

There was a recent survey happened at the Comic Toranoana Akihabara Store B, regarding which Infinite Stratos female is their best pick. Nope, I don't mean you were at the Lexus CPO (Certifed Pre-Owned) dealerships at the Setagaya Ward, figuring out which Lexus IS is the best to start with.

On the survey that asked anime otakus who watched Infinite Stratos from the first episode to the last episode, or trying to watch it again via the Infinite Stratos DVD or Blu-Ray Vol. 1, on sale now, most otakus preferred the German brute Laura Bodewig (ラウラ・ボーデヴィッヒ) over the other IS characters. Charlotte "Charles" Dunois (シャルロット "シャルル" デュノア)was placed 3rd on the survey while 4th goes to the abrasive Huang Ling Yin or should we say Fan Rinin (凰鈴音), representative cadet from Britannia, Cecilia Alcott (セシリア・オルコット) in 5th, and the Japanese student who looked like MGS4's Raging Raven in Beauty form, Houki Shinonono (篠ノ之箒) landed in 6th!

Laura Bodewig

Why Laura? First of all, she's more of a brute in battles because of her IS known as Schwarzer Roeger and her right eye that has some kind of nanomachines on it. I'm highly terrified over to this battle-scarred German but despite her aggressiveness, she shows her lighter side on episode 9 (the beach episode).

If you say her name, I say I felt like I survived the Lexus ISF Nurburgring lap time of eight minutes and eighteen seconds. Looks like I'm spending my eight minutes and eighteen seconds of Green Hell with Laura Bodewig.

Speaking of which, does anyone have IS Vol. 1 DVD or Blu-Ray? Don't stop because the IS Vol. 2 DVD or Blu-Ray is here. Those living in Japan, set your navi system to your nearest stores and find that IS DVD or Blu-Ray Vol. 2! For English speaking customers, find it on CDJapan.

A Hyundai Tucson iX spotted in a Green Rose episode (?)

Hyundai Tucson iX on a
Green Rose episode

Hey, is that the Hyundai Tucson iX in a Green Rose episode?

That Hyundai Tucson iX was a personal ride from SR Corporation's David Tobias (Gardo Versoza). Relax, this isn't the first time we encounter Mr. Tobias' ride on a Green Rose episode. There was a previous episode where the Hyundai Tucson iX shown barely while David Tobias' having a conversation with Edward Fuentabella (Jake Cuenca).

I never seen that thing coming...

Besides, the Pinoy version of Green Rose is almost finished. Only three episodes remaining. Previously on the April 23 episode, Gina (Alessandra De Rossi) wants to kill Edward by any means of car accident but the bastard jumped off and Gina died. On the April 24 episode, Jerome Delgado (Jericho Rosales) and his faithful bodyguard crashing through some gang hideout and geez, I love this kind of fight scene and Jerome's martial arts is getting more interested. With three episodes left, will Jerome and the gang reveal that Edward is the murderer against Chairman Tuazon? Tune in up until Friday!

To Aru Majutsu no Index II Original Sound Track 2

To Aru Majutsu no Index II
Original Sound Track 2

Well, as we know, To Aru Majutsu no Index II, the second chapter of the original one that was based on the highly acclaimed sci-fi fantasy light novel, was just ended months ago, and I'm sure you finally witnessed the second chapter of Toma Kamijo's adventures in the never-ending battle beyond good and evil. This second season was psychologically fun to watch 'till the very end and some of you have To Aru Majutsu no Index II Original Sound Track 1 in your anime soundtrack collection.

Don't stop here because Part Two of the To Aru Majutsu no Index II Original Sound Track is here and what you see on the front cover is none other than Last Order (a mini Misaka clone). Aside from that, it has the second set of original music scores made possible by I've Sound's Maiko Iuchi. That's not all, the TV-sized versions of Mami Kawada's See visionS and Maon Kurosaki's Memories Last are also included.

This is extreme to the highest degree and you are now relieving the intense Index II moments up to the last tune.

It's Geneon Universal Entertainment's way of saying thank you for supporting Majutsu no Index II up to the last drop!

Why the new 2012 Subaru Stella Custom doesn't come with the RS variant

2012 Subaru Stella Custom

Aw, too bad for those Scooby fans waiting for it. When the 2012 Subaru Stella (based on the 5th generation Daihatsu Move that was launched since December 2010) was launched yesterday, in May 24, 2011, they were offered in both the normal Stella for simple customers and the Stella Custom for hardcore customers.

However, there is a sudden twist on the 2012 Subaru Stella Custom. As I observed, Fuji Heavy Industries didn't offer the turbocharged RS variant, which is offered from the fifth-generation Daihatsu Move Custom.
2011 Daihatsu Move Custom

Why did they made such an unfair decision. This is just like when Nissan didn't offer the "Pure Drive" idling stop variant for their recently launched 3rd generation Nissan Moco, which its original stablemate, the third generation Suzuki MR Wagon has the idling stop function.

Is this some kind of a "we're only giving them what they want" scenario? Come on Fuji Heavy Industries, you sourced the new Stella via Daihatsu, why you didn't ask them for a turbocharged Stella Custom RS variant? Are you giving them what they want?

You know what, never mind. I might have to reconsider my thoughts before buying the latest TNP27 Stella and Stella Custom.

What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ano nga kaya?

On Banana Split's new segment "Ano nga kaya?", how can people do something about air? For people lacking air, their bringing their own air by any means of tank. For those beggars who can't buy air, they're begging for air, and what if air become business? What do you think if air is for something?


Sabi ni Pedro: Pare, Malungkot ka ata?
Sagot si Juan: Marami akong problema pre!
Sabi ni Pedro: Wala yun pre, tumingin ka lang sa akin...
Sabi ni Juan: Pare naman, please wag mo nang dagdagan pa.

According to Jason Francisco, 2,789 viewers love that joke while 8 viewers aren't!

Second Generation Subaru Stella (LA100F/LA110F)

2012 Subaru Stella and
2012 Subaru Stella Custom

The Subaru Stella is back and today, the latest Subaru Stella is now based on the Daihatsu TNP27 Move, as part of making the Subaru Kei Car line-up all based from Daihatsu models under the agreement between Toyota Group and Fuji Heavy Industries for the "Toyobaru FT-86" project, so on, so forth.

The normal Subaru Stella was actually based on the Daihatsu Move (LA100S) and only the side lights have changed from the color orange to white. The new Stella Custom, on the other hand, is highly based on the latest Daihatsu Move Custom but the front received some minor changes to make it more like a Subaru than a Daihatsu, even when both the new Stella and the new Stella Custom were built from Daihatsu!

Unlike the Move Custom, which offers a turbo variant, the Stella Custom does not have a turbo engine, which makes it a huge mistake why the new Stella Custom did not offer such a crazy engine. Both the new Stella and the new Stella Custom are equipped with Daihatsu's KF 3-cylinder 660cc DOHC DVVT engine that produces a power output of 52PS/7200rpm, torque output of 6.1kg・m/4000rpm, and it comes with the CVT for optimized fuel economy. One special surprise for the both of them is the new Idle Stop and Go function that automatically shuts off the engine when stationary. With the Idle Stop and Go equipped, the new Stella series' fuel efficiency are guaranteed to be TNP27, that is 27km/L. No wonder they keep the promise to be Subaru's very own TNP27.

The new Stella comes in six colors such as Pearl White III, Bright Silver Metallic, Black Mica Metallic, Champagne Gold Metallic II, Light Rose Mica Metallic, and Fine Blue Mica Metallic. The new Stella Custom, on the other hand, offers five colors such as Pearl White III, Bright Silver Metallic, Black Mica Metallic, Sparkling Orange Crystal Metallic, and Fine Blue Mica Metallic.

My Comment:
Sourced from Daihatsu, the new Subaru Stella and new Stella Custom are now labeled to be TNP27 because both of them will receive the new Idling Stop function that automatically shuts off the engine when stationary. The idling stop function is Subaru's first but don't even think about it because Daihatsu made this technology on the fifth-generation Daihatsu Move. It's the six-star cluster meets TNP27 technology because this is the fifth-generation Daihatsu Move photoshopped as the new Subaru Stella. Find out how good really is when you are taking a test drive with the new TNP27 Stella! If you want to experience it first hand, why not arrange a test drive at your nearest Subaru dealers across Japan?

Photo: Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Officially official? 2012 Honda Fit Shuttle to be released this mid-June?

2012 Honda Fit Shuttle Hybrid

Is this officially official?


According to this article, the new launch date of the 2012 Honda Fit Shuttle is slated for June 16 launch. This car originally to be released in mid-March but later delayed because of the Great Northeastern Japan Earthquake since March 11, 2011 and also the parts shortage.

Besides, it's too late to launch it because Toyota launched the Prius Alpha MPV since May 13 but delivery is delayed to April 2012. I think Honda may follow suit that once the Fit Shuttle's released (in both the Gas and Hybrid variants), delay of deliveries may follow. orz

Kia Forte Koup - Forza 3 Owner's View

Are you the Forte Koup GDI?

The first Kia to be made it
on Forza 3!

It may be a Civic Si clone,
but this Korean is worth it!

Final Impressions: Over the years, not even a single Kia car made it on the racing video games not until July 2010 when Forza Motorsport 3 placed the Kia Forte Koup, launched since June 2009, in the World Class Car Pack, making the Kia Forte Koup the first Kia car that made it on the racing video games and Forza 3 was its first to feature this car!

Known in some countries as the Cerato Koup or as the Shuma in China, the Forte Koup is the sportiest Kia ever made to outwit the likes of the USDM Honda Civic Si Coupe, even when the Forte Koup was just a Korean clone car of the USDM Honda Civic Si Coupe! orz

Despite the Kia Forte Koup is not powerful enough, it can be a perfect car to decorate whatever they want. They can also duplicate the Kia Kinetic Motorsports Forte Koup Race Car as well, which can be a bigger deal.

Because the Kia Forte Koup is classified as a sports car, this is the first Kia car that ever made it on the racing games, and Forza Motorsport 3 is the first racing video game to feature this Kia! Congratulations. Looks like the Kia Forte Koup is truly a world class Korean FF sports car after all.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Soul Sports

Bridgestone Potenza

Bridgestone's Potenza tires used to be "the only F1 tire" because it was proven to be highly responsive in Formula One cars. Now that Bridgestone is out on the F1 and replaced by Pirelli, it seems that the Potenza name and the Bridgestone brand continues to be deteriorated due to low recognition.

Despite this, the Philippines still bringing good recognition to Bridgestone and for that, Philippine Allied Enterprises Corporation, Philippine Bridgestone distributor, unveiled the new line of Potenza sports tires. The Potenza S001 and Potenza Adrenalin RE002 are now finally arrived in the Philippines and owners of high-performance sports cars will be happy to know about the tire that used to be "the only F1 tire".

Don't hit "Reply All" just yet. We want to experience the "Soul Sports" offered from the Japanese tire brand.

Even though he didn't made the Pole Position, S. Vettel still reigns at Spain

The May 22, 2011 Spain GP was a close one. Even though his teammate, Mark Webber, outwitted Sebastian "S. Vettel" Vettel for Pole Position, S. Vettel still conquered the Spain GP and it was a close one against Lewis Hamilton. I though Lewis Hamilton gonna make it first but S. Vettel made it barely.


So far, in terms of teams, Red Bull Racing is in the lead by 185 points. McLaren-Mercedes still on 2nd place at 138 and Ferrari? 75 points.

Further reading:

Will S. Vettel conquer the Cote D'Azur this May 29? Or there will be other F1 racers hindering his progress? Stay tuned!

Puro tayo iyakan, mag-laugh trip muna tayo!

At the start, we saw Vice Ganda messing around some scenes from 100 Days To Heaven, Mula sa Puso, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, Mara Clara, and Green Rose. Well, that's Vice Ganda, this kind of personality blows out 999,999,999,999 horsepower of fun and entertainment on Vice Ganda's first talk show titled Gandang Gabi Vice!

I'm glad we saw Showtime's residental judge starting his own talk show and wow, this could be fun! Yes, we witness Vice Ganda's 999,999,999,999 horsepower of madness and fun while having fun with the special guests.

I bet it's all talk, all comedy, on Vice Ganda's new show airing every Sunday nights and I bet this is much more of a threat to GMA's late night Saturday TV show, Comedy Bar.

Keep up the good work, Vice Ganda! We always want more of your maximum horsepower mayhem to put a smile on our faces!

Also, I wonder, upon Vice Ganda bringing in Mang Virgillo, he sang the "Hayop Na Combo" song. Hey, I'm kinda familiar with that...

Not only that, Vice Ganda offers tips in a segment called Vice Ganda. He'll brings a special guest to offer viewers some tips. The pilot episode offered Bea Alonzo as first. Every week, Vice Ganda brings a special guest to solve your life problems.

How can you say about Gandang Gabi Vice? Is it worth it?

The second half of the Goin Bulilit Palawan special!

The second part of the Goin Bulilit Palawan special, aired on May 22, 2011, is definitely BIDA BEST SA TAGARAW! What happened on Part Two were;

- Goin Bulilit music video of ABS-CBN Summer Station ID 2011 theme song "Bidabest sa Tagaraw" with lyrics edited with Palawan-related! BIDABEST SA PALAWAN!


- Beach gags and snorkeling
Nice swimming!

- Round 2 of the Palawan for All, All for Palawan, Palarong Pambata 2011 Moose Gear Yellow vs. Moose Gear Blue! Game 2 is titled Unahan Unahan sa Palawan!

Palarong Pambata 2011

Unahan unahan sa Palawan

- THIS JUST IN! Meet the monkeys responsible for theft in Palawan!

- Round 3 of the Palawan for All, All for Palawan, Palarong Pambata 2011 Moose Gear Yellow vs. Moose Gear Blue! Game 3 is called Ikot Bulilit!

Ikot Bulilit

- Of Salisbury Steak and "caught in the cam" for Angel and Phil! That's what Phil get from being the 100th customer for Salisbury Steak!

Is that Phil and Angel on the date?

- Game 4 of the Palarong Pambata 2011 is called Don't Drop It Like It's Hot!

Don't Drop It Like It's Hot

- How's it feel to be in Palawan's Asturias Hotel?

Inside Asturias Hotel

- Final round of the Palarong Pambata 2011 on the Goin Bulilit summer special is Tat-Salok?


...and Moose Gear Yellow wins! CONGRATULATIONS!

Moose Gear Yellow wins the game!

FINAL IMPRESSIONS: I really enjoyed the Goin Bulilit Palawan special! See you next summer!
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