Saturday, April 12, 2014

Yan ang Proudly Kuripot Kwento Niya...

On the April 11, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Faith healer gags

- This lady can't understand what he just said...

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...some honest status updates.

- Trying to cover from her husband, eh? Good plan...

- Bubble Gang does Ariel by spoofing this commercial as AERIEL

Bubble Gang does Ariel

-Another guest celeb takes on Antonietta!

- More wise words from Tata Lino!

- Friends sharing memories while taking shots...

- With only rice, the only way to enjoy a meal is by thinking one...

- She has a lot of followers...literally!

Forza Motorsport 5: R35 GT-R


The R35 Nissan GT-R has been around with us for over a half of decade but with numerous revisions all leading to the completed masterpiece you see fit, Nissan's flagship sports car is all about being true to what we called it Godzilla.


Sure, I might tell you how in the world why it was built in a hermetically-sealed factory and how its tires run on nitrogen because it's lighter than air and how it got round the Nurburgring quicker than any other exotic more expensive than this and on and on and on when sadly, I can't tell you that even though I just did. Anyway, because of its 3.8L V6 Twin Turbo engine fitted with a double clutch gearbox and comes with a signature four-wheel drive, it gets through the straight faster than you can say TIME SPACE WARP. There's no telling why this car comes with a clever Launch Control trick even though it got off on a perfect start when I tried but better still, it makes every other supercar in the world lick its tires just as when someone commands his fallen foe to lick his foot.


Better still, the R35 GT-R is just one of the few good cars you can try on Forza Motorsport 5 and because it appeared on a Top Gear episode, you can do whatever you like. Doesn't matter what you do with it; humiliate the Europeans in a drag race, show who's faster round the corners, heck. You can even tune it to Veyron standards or decorate it just the way you want.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Let's Do The News! (April 11, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Lexus officially revealed their NX compact crossover ahead of its premiere at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. At launch, not only it will offer the direct-injected 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid engine derived from the latest Lexus IS and the Toyota Crown but it will be the first ever Lexus to come equipped with the long-awaited 2.0L Turbo engine. This is AMAZING IN MOTION at its best...kind of...

2015 Lexus NX

- Another Bugatti Veyron Legends model was revealed ahead of this year's Beijing Auto Show and this time it's the Black Bess special, paying tribute to the legendary Type 18 Black Bess. Like all Legends models, it's based on the Grand Sport Vitesse.

Bugatti reveals new special edition Veyron
Bugatti Veyron Black Bess

- The 2015 Ford Focus minor change is officially set for its New York Auto Show debut in hatchback and sedan trim.

2015 Ford Focus

- FALLERS REJOICE! Jason Ritter, the voice of Dipper from the hit TV cartoon, Gravity Falls, is on the list of the presenters of the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards!

- Twilight saga's Booboo Stewart joins the cast of the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants, and he'll be playing the role of Jay, the son of Jafar. It's been awhile since they've announced Liv and Maddie's Dove Cameron garnered the role of Mal, the successor of Maleficent for the upcoming DCOM.

- Peugeot gets all shark-ish for Beijing with the world premiere of their Exalt Concept.

Peugeot Exalt Concept
- The Fast and the Furious gets its very own attraction at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida. Set for its 2015 opening, the same year as its seventh installment comes, this attraction will bring the whole family a FAST and FURIOUS experience unlike any other.

Fast and Furious Supercharged

- MOTORISTS BEWARE: EDSA is going to have a very heavy traffic during Holy Week.

- Embattled cyclist Lance Armstrong names team manager Johan Bruynell and other supporters to assist him on the controversial doping test. has this report.

- US President Barrack Obama to visit the Philippines in late April 2014.

- At least 9 people were killed in an accident where a truck crashed through a bus carrying high school students from California.

- Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, said that searchers for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 plane are confident about the position.


Toyota's new fuel-efficient engines outlined

In order to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles, Toyota outlined a new range of newly-developed, fuel-efficient engines with improved thermal efficiency. Those new engines will achieve 10% of fuel consumption and they'll be used in models (possibly the Passo and the Vitz/Yaris) scheduled for minor change this year and by next year, a total of 14 new variations will be introduced to the world market.

Toyota's new 1.0L petrol engine

Toyota's new 1.3L petrol engine

Seen in the pics is the 1.0L petrol engine (above), which is co-developed by Daihatsu, that achieves a maximum thermal efficiency of 37% thanks to the use of a tumble flow-generating intake, cooled EGR system, and an improved compression ratio. Couple that with the idling stop feature and it achieves about 30% of fuel consumption.

Then, there's the new 1.3L petrol engine (below) which uses the Atkinson Cycle commonly used in their hybrid cars. With this, the new 1.3L petrol engine provides and enhanced expansion ration and reduces waste heat through a high compression ratio of 13.5:1. It can be utilized with the use of a tumble flow-generating intake, cooled EGR, and VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing - intelligent Electric) technology. Couple that with the idling stop feature and about 15% of fuel consumption is improved.

Source: Toyota

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Let's Do The News! (April 10, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- 2K Games announced the latest installment of the award-winning Borderlands franchise and this latest installment bridges the gap between the original and the second one. Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, due late 2014, lets players play four (familiar) characters fighting alongside Handsome Jack and witness how did he became the villain we all love to hate in the second one. This time, players are taking on a new adventure in Elpis, the moon of Pandora. Because it takes place on Elpis, expect zero-gravity fun all-round and the use of O2 is necessary to survive the zero-gravity mess on Elpis. What wouldn't be complete without the game's weaponry that you can mix and match just the way you like it? This new installment will be available late 2014 on Playstation3, XBOX 360, PC, and Mac.

- 2013's award winning Playstation3 game, The Last of Us, gets a remastered version for the new PS4. Set for its Summer 2014 release, the PS4 version of The Last of Us features all of the content ranging from the original one, the Left Behind content, Abandoned Territories multiplayer map pack and Reclaimed Territories pack.

- Looks like hit BBC shows such as Top Gear, Teletubbies, and Doctor Who, are going to be broadcasted through the North Korean airwaves according to this report. Uh-oh...

- Marussia stopped making cars while Marussia Formula One team gets new owners, according to this report.

- Yes, the railgun is almost becoming a reality! US Navy gave an inside look to their electromagnetic railgun that is set to be rigged in their warships in the next decade.

- Check out the visual for the upcoming Lupin III live-action flick as well as its outline.

- Bentley to showcase their Mulsanne Hybrid Concept at this year's Beijing Motor Show, serving as a preview to Bentley's hybrid technology that is coming in three years time.

2014 Bentley Mulsanne Hybrid Concept

- Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rowan Blanchard, and Sabrina Carpenter from the upcoming Disney Channel series, Girl Meets World, are on the list of the presenters for this year's Radio Disney Music Awards. Also, Austin Mahone and Jessica Sanchez are on the list as well.

- Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz opposed the recently constitutional RH Law, deeming that this law equates with abortion.

- U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, tweeted the announcement that the Philippines has passed the compliance with international aviation safety oversight standards, earning them a Category 1 Safety Rating.


Forza Motorsport 5: The KTM X-BOW


The KTM X-BOW. Now this is quite an interesting addition to the list of cars you can drive in Forza Motorsport 5. This track-toy is built by an Austrian motorbike company called KTM and judging that this track toy is made in Austria, it's worth fantasizing as a muscular guy who checks on your plumbing. Who doesn't?

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Like any other open-wheelers offered on Forza Motorsport 5, the X-BOW is not for the novice of the many, unless your settings are too novice for your own skill, because of its rather complicating way to throw you off the track if you're not careful but with moments of practice, enjoying the X-BOW just the way you want is no biggie. While this track toy is worthy of being a capable supercar slayer, the combination of a lightweight bodywork, sophisticated suspension setup, and the Audi 2.0L turbo engine truly delivers a mighty blow to the big guns.

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Another good reason why you should love driving the KTM X-BOW in the world of Forza 5...

Toyota's 86 receives 2015 updates

Toyota's rear-wheel drive sports coupe, the 86, is now two years old since its debut in the spring of 2012 and it caused an outbreak of enthusiasts harking Toyota's return to sportscar roots and its "fun to drive" spirit.

Yes, this car is now two years old and the 86's been updated for the 2015 model year. For its 2015MY update, the ride comfort and the steering stability has been mildly improved with the use of an updated shock absorber and reduced friction.

There are two new colors available such as Crystal White Pearl and Ice Silver Metallic. The former is an optional extra.

The 2015MY 86 will be sold in all Toyota dealerships across Japan this June and it now starts at 2,056,909 Japanese Yen (estimate $21,000) for the RC entry-level model up to 3,147,709 Japanese Yen (estimate $31,450) for the top-spec GT Limited equipped with a 6-speed auto. They're all added by the recent 8% tax hike in Japan in case you missed it.

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GT6: Cars that are Gran Turismo exclusive - TVR Tamora

Goodwood Hillclimb

Today, it's the TVR Tamora roadster. Although it was served as the replacement to the TVR Griffith and the Chimaera, it served as the baby of the TVR lineup. Like all TVRs, getting in and out is not very easy because...well, no doors on the inside. You just have to push the buttons on the dashboard to open it. With a 3.6L straight-6 engine, rear-wheel drive, and absolutely no driver aids, it's all about harkening back to the good old days of a true British sportscar.

The Tamora will run through the Goodwood Hill Climb but at what time will it post on a wet lap?

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It posted a 0:53.855 lap time on a wet lap! Although this car, like TVR, is dead, it still sure knows how to let its TVR spirit let loose. But still, you can only drive the Tamora in the world of Gran Turismo and here on Gran Turismo 6, this is no exception. Perhaps this why I'm doing this public service against other racing games rivalling this franchise.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's Do The News! (April 8, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- The Supreme Court has ruled the Reproductive Health Law constitutional except for 8 provisions which are deemed unconstitutional. What are these provisions that are not part of the RH Law? Interaksyon has this report.

- The culprit behind the killing of a Filipino seaman on Honduras island has been arrested.

- Some companies owned by business conglomerate, Manny V. Pangilingan, garnered awards of excellence in different categories give by a Hong Kong-based business journal.

- As Holy Week comes next week, the NLEX, SCTEX, and Cavitex are fully prepared for the long traffic ahead of the Lenten season.

- Even though they'll shutting down their assembly lines all over Australia, Holden, the Australian brand of General Motors, vies to aim to the top spot by next decade.

- Nissan's low-cost brand, Datsun, has revealed their new budget saloon, the On-Do, in Russia.

2015 Datsun On-Do

- The Toyota FT-1 Concept is featured in the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage.

- Mazda recalls 88,000 vehicles globally due to problems with the i-ELOOP system.

- Comedian Ben Miller to guest star in Doctor Who Series 8.

- Actress Peaches Geldof died at the young age of 25. Peaches is the daughter of rocker/humanitarian Sir Bob Geldof and the late British TV host Paula Yates.

- Doctor Who wins the Shorty Industry Award for Best Brand on Tumblr! How's that for fandoms?


Monday, April 7, 2014

Wow Mali Pa Rin! - 4/6/2014

On the April 6, 2014 episode of Wow Mali Pa Rin:

- FOOT MASSAGE - Try our foot massage where we massage...with our feet!

- PITONG GULAT - Mr. Fu challenges an average person to startle five people with a whistle!

- AGAW LOTION - Someone's going to steal your sunblock this summer!

- JUDGE MENTAL - And the winner of Miss Barangay 2014 is...

- THE BLOODY SINK - Continuing on putting scary stuff for fun, WOW MALI has put the scare on the kitchen sink.


- ANAK NG FOLK HOUSE! - What happens when the bar you were actually a gay bar?

F1 2014 - Bahrain GP

The Bahrain Grand Prix in the Formula One 2014 season sees a more exciting feat as two racers from Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, duke themselves out to see who gets to be on the finish line first. There's no telling how epic the duel between the two drivers from the same team was but in the end, it's Hamilton seals his name to the last lap. putting Nico Rosberg in second place and Sergio Perez from Force India placed third.


So, with Hamilton in the lead for now, how far will he go against the competition and will four-time champion Sebastian Vettel catches up? The next race of the Formula One 2014 season will be in Shanghai on the 20th of April.

Super GT 2014 - Okayama

The 2014 Super GT season kicked off at Okayama and it seems that this year's race is a big one because for the GT500 class, they're all new because this season sees the first appearance of the new NSX GT500 racing machines as well as the Lexus RC GT500 machines. This year's going to be more exciting than the previous years but even with new machines this year, the fun still remains.

The #4 GOODSMILE HATSUNE MIKU Z4 driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka won the first round in the GT300 class while in the GT500 class, the new Lexus racing machine driven by Daisuke Ito and Andrea Caldarelli, the #37 KeePer TOM'S RC F, is the clear winner. What a great way to kick off the new season, eh?


So, both the HATSUNE MIKU Z4 and the KeePer TOM'S RC F kickstart the 2014 season. Next race will be in Fuji, this May 4th.

Let's Do The News! (April 7, 2014)

The big scoop today...

Eiger Nordwand - Short Track

- Now, while I was conducting the latest GT6 entry regarding my new Lotus Elise in game, the latest minor update (Update 1.06) is now online on Gran Turismo 6. For this update:

Data Logger now available
[Data Logger] has been added to the [TOOLS] section in "My Home". The Data Logger analyzes the driving data stored on a Replay file and displays it in a graph, allowing users to view and compare variations in vehicle speed, acceleration points, braking points, engine rpm values and gear positions.

GPS Visualizer function introduced
[GPS Visualizer] has been added to the [TOOLS] section in "My Home". By driving a car equipped with the "Sports Drive Logger" (sold by Toyota) on a real-life circuit, the recorded GPS data can be transferred to “Gran Turismo 6” via a compatible USB storage media, and then subsequently converted into Replay file in the game. It's be possible to compare and analyze these GPS data using the [Data Logger] feature. This feature is currently available with Fuji Speedway, Tsukuba Circuit and Suzuka Circuit, with more tracks to be added later on.

Custom Rear Wing option implemented
[Custom Rear Wing] has been added to the [External Parts] menu, accessible from the [Custom Parts] options within the [Tuning & Maintenance] section in "My Home". You can choose a combination of wing mounts, wing style and side winglets. Users can also adjust the height and width of the wing to their liking. (*Please note this feature isn't compatible with certain cars.)

3DTV compatibility now added
A [3DTV] option has been added to the [Display] category within the [Options] screen in the [MENU] (accessible by pressing the START button). A 3D compatible TV is required for this feature.

Adjustments to the Open Lobby
- From the Member List, it is now possible to see the Performance Points, maximum output and weight of the cars that have joined the room.
- An "Overall Best" time is now displayed on screen while in Practice, Qualifying, Time Trial and Drift Trial.
- The minimum value for [Max Power Limit] and [Minimum Weight] has been changed from 10 to 1. 
- The options available in the [Race Type] menu within [Room Settings] of the "Event Settings" screen have been changed. 

Other improvements and adjustments:
- The Traction Control System (TCS) which is activated when driving off-track is now used only in sand/gravel pits.
- The strength of the "Real" option for the [Slipstream Strength] parameter within [Race Settings] when creating a room in [Open Lobby], has been weakened.

- GREAT SCOTT! The DeLorean that was displayed at the recently concluded Manila International Auto Show is up for grabs and the handler, Oliver Corpus, priced his DeLorean for around three million pesos.

- Reports told that the 6-wheel drive Mercedes G63 AMG might get featured in the upcoming Summer 2015 flick, Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise.

- Mayako Nigo, the voice behind THE iDOLM@STER's Yayoi, gets married.

- Masato Masuda, the mastermind behind the Fire Pro Wrestling franchise, passed away. Goichi "Suda51" Suda tweets about his condolences of his old colleague.

- Star Movies Philippines aired the hit 2013 movie, Olympus Has Fallen, but there has been some negative reactions regarding how did the last 15 minutes of the film was cut. It was cut for a commercial break where Mike Banning (played by Gerard Butler) come face to face against a terrorist (played by Bond Villain Rick Yune). After this, the viewers notice that it's The Lost World: Jurassic Park already. What just happened? How come Star Movies PH cut the last 15 minutes of the film for some pointless commercial breaks? Here's why...

- MOTORING TALES: Are motorists leaving unwanted pets on the Skyway just to let them die?

- When there's some bashers complaining against Anne Curtis, especially on her jellyfish incident, her boyfriend Erwan Heussaff calls those bashers "idiots" and "judgmental a**es". What a good boyfriend he is, stood up for her.

- WrestleMania XXX sees Brock Lesnar putting the end of The Undertaker's winning streak of 21. After unleashing his trademark F5 attack, not only he countered Undertaker's Tombstone attack, HE DEMOLISHED IT. Also in the WrestleMania XXX, Daniel Bryan took down superstars Batista and Randy Ordon to snag the World Heavyweight title. Still, Undertaker's humiliating loss in WrestleMania XXX is probably known as one of the most humiliating moments in WWE history.

- Regions are placed on blue alert as Typhoon Domeng draws near.

- Petitioners claimed that the Department of Health had violated the order of the Supreme Court against the Reproductive Health Law.

- According to a survey from the Social Weather Station, about 7 out of 10 Pinoys favored the RH Law.

- If you missed yesterday's ASAP, you may noticed that Sarah Geronimo sang the hit song from the movie Frozen called Let It Go.


Gran Turismo 6: Für Elise

Eiger Nordwand - Short Track

Lotus is a well known British car manufacturer that always using the key mantra that other car companies imitated, which goes by the saying "simplify and add lightness". The Elise is one of its prime specimens because this British car company has been with us for a very long time. Sure the founder, Colin Chapman, passed away several years ago, and Lotus is currently owned by some Malaysian conglomerate called DRB-Hicom, but its history can't be overlooked by many. It's one of the cars that expressed the true form of a British sportscar, a car that we always keep going even when wet because it's the Brits' way of life. They always get used to bad weather and even when its raining, they always drive with the roof down.

Eiger Nordwand - Short Track_1

Now for the first time ever, in the world of Gran Turismo 6, Lotus enthusiasts now got the chance to try out the latest Lotus Elise. Sure it maybe a facelifted version of the Series II Elise but the one thing you may notice is the engine. The previous model have a Toyota Celica engine but for the new model, the Celica 1.8L engine has been thrown away and downsized to a 1.6L Toyota engine. No other JDM engines had this one, you know.

Eiger Nordwand - Short Track_2

Lotus says that in this entry-level model, the power output of the 1.6L engine is identical to the old 1.8L engine it replaces. It develops about 134HP of power output while fuel economy is now increased by up to 23%. The old 5-speed gearbox has now added an additional gear so that now, it's a 6-speed stick shift. Even though it weighs 876kg, the Elise can flatout at 204kph and a 0-100kph time of under seven seconds, as identical as the previous model.

Eiger Nordwand - Short Track_3

So, with those new updates and the downsized engine, does it still behave like a Lotus Elise? The British sports car that won our hearts because of its old-fashion British lifestyle?

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Well, it does behave like a Lotus Elise and it still behaves like a proper British sportscar. Even though for a small car in such bite-sized chunks, it still has the good old British Bulldog spirit because in today's climate, even the tiniest of the few can shatter the convention proving that might can be light.

Eiger Nordwand - Short Track_6

So, if the new Elise does pretty well, how can it stack up against its predecessors? To find out, we say hello to our old friends the Series I Elise and the previous Series II Elise.

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This Series I Lotus Elise I have here is the one with the 1.8L Rover engine while the Series II Elise I have is the top-of-the-line 111R model which comes with the 1.8L Toyota engine, the same engine you can find on the Celica. So what's the venue for this Elise comparison test? It's Brands Hatch. The layout? The Indy Circuit. The rule? Fastest time wins.

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The race begins. Although they both weigh under a ton, there's a downside regarding the new Elise we've been driving in this comparo because the thing is that this entry level model's 1.6L engine produces about less power than the 111R model of the previous Series II Elise. Not only the new model is about 121kg more than the old Series I model but it's also 16kg more than the Series II Elise 111R. However, with such downsides to the new model, will it succeed in this comparo. Let's not forget that being light, they're fast in the corners and have absolutely no problem at all. They are as nippy as a Sinclair C5 powered by fish-and-chips.

The results;

0:52.850 - Elise 111R '04
0:56.266 - Elise '11
0:58.793 - Elise '96

So, it's a shock result. Although the new Elise fared well against the Series I Elise, it was ousted by the old Series II Elise with the 1.8L Toyota engine on it! But I think it's safe to say that all good scientists are facing a bitter loss and I think the new Elise just...failed to beat the old model even when the old model in question is a 190HP 1.8L Toyota engine-powered British sports car.

  Syracuse - Night

Time to get a real job, love...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Let's Do The News! (April 6, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- In case you missed it; Jermain Jackman is the winner of The Voice UK 2014, defeating the likes of Sally Barker and Christina Marie and garnered the standing ovation from the crowd and the judges. Check out his winning performance that really made Jermain the winner;

- Typhoon Domeng to enter the Philippines this Sunday afternoon.

- The United States warned the People's Republic of China not to try the same thing the Russians did to Crimea. This report would explain why.

- The Philippines has seen seen three times the global average in sea level rise, exacerbating its vulnerability to natural disasters according to experts at a recent conference in Paris this week.

- Announced during the Cinderella Girls' 1st Live Concert, the hit mobile game, iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, gets an anime version coming this Winter 2015! AWESOME!!!


What's in our Car Town garage today? (April 6, 2014)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

1953 GM Firebird I

Concept cars of the 1950's showcasing what would cars be look like in the 21st century and they have to conceptualize it with next-generation technology so that spectators would dream about it and on the 1954 General Motors Motorama, they have exhibited this, the Firebird I. Designed to look like a fighter jet, it was the first gas-turbined powered vehicle ever tested in America and the Whirlfire Turbo Power gas turbine generates over 370HP of power. Because it weighs just around 2500lbs the power to weight ratio is around 0.15hp/lbs.

1953 GM Firebird I

1951 Buick LeSabre Prototype

Although the LeSabre Prototype, like most 1950's concept cars, adorned the styling reminiscent of fighter jet planes, this concept is way beyond convention because while most cars at that time have 6-volt electrics, this concept car has twice the electric voltage and it even comes with an automatic gearbox with a torque converter as well as a supercharged 3.5L V8 engine that runs not only on petrol but also methanol. Just to let you know, this ISN'T the Buick LeSabre as we know it although Buick got this name for their full-size models since 1959.

1951 Buick LeSabre Prototype

1961 Chrysler 300 G

Basically an updated version of the 300F, the Chrysler 300G features a V-shaped front face as well as the inverted quad lamps, revised rear, and the 6.8L V8 engine that powers it. Although it's available in coupe and convertible versions, this model is short-lived and updated to the 300H a year later.

1961 Chrysler 300G
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