Saturday, June 6, 2015


On the June 5, 2015 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Chitchat with the bekis...

- Video Call gags

- More advice from Tata Lino!

- A "mamboboso" will get something he will never forget in "May Araw Ka Rin"!

- Top tips on surviving the elevator.

- Bouncer says softer stuff.

Hit Bar

- IKAW AT ANG INA takes on...Dubsmash!

- Istambay, Istambay sa Looban, May Bagong Karakter Sa Tindahan, Problema ang Kanyang Kalagayan, Nilangaw ang kanyang...KATAWAN!

- IyoTube

- The limits of having a waterproof smartphone...

Friday, June 5, 2015

Let's Do The News! (June 5, 2015)

- Chinese salvagers fully righted the ship, which was capsized on the Yangtze River last Monday after being caught in a storm. So far, 14 out of the 456 passengers and crew have survived on what is known to be China's worst maritime disaster in decades.

- Millions of US government workers hit by a "massive data breach", which could potentially affect every federal agency, according to officials. It is claimed that Chinese hackers are suspected of carrying out such a cyberattack but the Chinese embassy in Washington DC warned against "jumping to conclusions" and their accusations were "not responsible and counterproductive".

- Emperor Akihito of Japan express his nation's remorse for the loss of Filipinos during World War Two.

- Four people in South Korea, overall, were reportedly died from the MERS coronavirus and the mayor of Seoul, the nation's capital, is taking aggressive actions to prevent the virus from spreading.

- Vietnam is opening tours to the front lines in its tense dispute with China over territorial claims in the South China Sea, organizing their first tour to the disputed Spratly Islands this month.

- After an overtime, the Golden State Warriors won Game 1 of the NBA Finals with the score of 108-100 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

- French motorcycle racer Franck Petricola was killed in an accident during the qualifying round of the annual Isle of Man TT,

- It's been 10 years since Doctor Who returned on the telly on Spring 2005 and to celebrate the very occasion, the first ever Doctor Who Festival was announced and it will be taking place at the ExCel, London, on the 13th to 15th of November, 2015. It will be attended by 12th Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat and it will offer fans an experience they will never forget.

- Senator Chiz Escudero confirms plan to renew wedding vows with actress Heart Evangelista next year.


Third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe DM (2016 Facelift)

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

The current-generation Hyundai Santa Fe has been with us since its launch three years ago while facing a much steeper competition from its opposition. To keep the Santa Fe as fresh as the day is wide, a minor change has been implemented for the 2016 model year so...what's new with the latest minor change of the third-generation Santa Fe?

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

First and foremost, the exterior has some minor updates to differentiate it from its pre-facelifted model. First, you will see some improved HID headlamps, revised grille, slightly revised rear lamps, and a new front bumper that looks like it came from its little brother, the latest-generation Tucson.

The interior's slightly revised with a new instrumental panel, and for high-spec models, JBL Premium Surround System with 10 speakers. It's still available in either a 5-seater or a 7-seater, just to let you know.

Safety wise, the 2016MY Santa Fe comes with numerous safety features, be it same, updated, or new, such as Smart High Beam Assist, Dynamic Bending Light, Lane Departure Warning System, Smart Blind Spot Detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Around View Monitor, and Advanced Smart Parking Assist System.

It still comes with the same e-VGT R2.0 and e-VGT R2.2 diesel engines as usual. The 2.0l model produces 186PS of power, 41kg-m of torque, and 13.8km/L of combined fuel economy while the 2.2l model, on the other hand, produces a more powerful 202PS of power, 54kg-m of torque, and 13.4km/L of combined fuel economy, They're all EURO 6 compliant.

Prices start from 28,170,000 to 34,230,000 Korean Won.

Available colors: White Crystal, Creamy White, Mystic Beige, Chalk Beige, Sleek Sliver, Titanium Silver, Mineral Blue, Ocean Blue, Red Merlot, Tan Brown, and Phantom Black.

Photo: Hyundai Motor Company

New Suzuki Lapin (HE33S)

2016 Suzuki Alto Lapin

The Suzuki Lapin, a favorite among young female drivers, is now on its third-generation and for this new model, the new Lapin promises to be a cheap, cheerful, and more economical thanks to Suzuki's knowledge for fuel-efficiency. This goes to show that the days are numbered for its potential rival, the Daihatsu Mira Cocoa because later on, you will notice how fuel efficient the new Lapin is compared to the Cocoa rival.

2016 Suzuki Alto Lapin

2016 Suzuki Alto Lapin interior

To some young Japanese women who got their driver's license for the first time, a car is considered themselves as an accessory rather than an appliance much like their high-tech smartphones, tablets, fondations, jewelry, and whatever girly they knew, and that's why the Lapin was born to cater every women's needs. On this new model, it's somewhat dysfunctional rather than cheery because on the front, you'll see some rounded headlamps and a new grille which looks like what happens when a party-crashing magical girl and a girl with braces met each other at a pizza chain and mash each others' faces. Ooohh...

It's the same story in the back because when you look at it, you'll notice that the rear lamps look like it came from an "old" New Beetle. Why is it so fussy?

On the interior, every girl in Japan shouldn't be worry about because it has plenty of hiding spots for their girly stuff, convenient when they're starting to notice when their boyfriend is at close range, speedometer that displays some cutesy messages, a Lapin tradition, air conditioner that will keep them fresh after their game of volleyball with their mates, and for more expensive versions, a big screen which works like an iPad. With all that stuff, the Lapin is more convenient than the Mira Cocoa, and it has an ample space for whatever girls can throw into.

2016 Suzuki Alto Lapin

Fuel efficiency is the main focus of the new Lapin and thanks to SUZUKI GREEN TECHNOLOGY, which implements ENE-CHARGE, ECO-COOL, and a new generation IDLING STOP feature, it promises a much better fuel economy of 35.6kmpl when mated with a CVT gearbox. For entry-level models, it comes with a brand-new 5-speed Auto Gear Shift (ASG), and when mated with it, fuel economy is 29.6kmpl, comfortably beating the Mira Cocoa's fuel economy.

Because the Lapin is made as a city car, it's not so bad to handle even if you're new to driving and with the 4.4m turning radius, it's great to slip into tight spots if you knew what you're doing.

The all-new Lapin starts at a reasonably priced 1,077,840 Japanese Yen, which is surprisingly cheaper to own than the Mira Cocoa, so what you're looking at, ladies, is a girl-friendly kei car that you can buy if you already passed your driver's exam. Although the design isn't appealing to some, the interior and the efficiency is what makes the new Lapin so special for the modern Japanese females.

Available colors: French Mint Pearl Metallic White 2-Tone Roof, Coffret Pink Pearl Metallic White 2-Tone Roof, Chiffon Ivory Metallic White 2-Tone Roof, Phone Beige Metallic White 2-Tone Roof, French Mint Pearl Metallic, Coffret Pink Pearl Metallic, Chiffon Ivory Metallic, Phone Beige Metallic, Urban Brown Pearl Metallic, Cassis Pink Pearl Metallic, Pearl White, and Bluish Black Pearl 3.

Photo: Suzuki Motor Corporation

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Let's Do The News! (June 4, 2015)

- According to United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, Senator Grace Poe may be charged with perjury for giving false information on her 2013 certificate of candidacy. He earlier states that she may not be qualified to run for the 2016 presidential elections due to her residency.

- Chuck Blazer, the former top official of FIFA, admitted that he and others on the executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cup host. He also helped to arrange bribes over the 1998 event.

- Dutch politician Geert Wilders will show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which was shown at an event in Texas last month which was attacked by two gunmen, in a TV slot allocated to his party because parliament had refused to exhibit them on its premises.

- Chinese rescue workers began cutting a hole in the bottom of the capsized ship in the Yangtze River. So far, 14 people were saved, 26 people died, and over 410 others remained unaccounted for.

- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III asked the Japanese government to collaborate together to peacefully settle disputes in the South China Sea. Aquino gave a speech in Tokyo on Wednesday before the joint session of the Diet.

- Revived British sportscar maker TVR has confirmed that they will launch their new sportscar in 2017, utilising iStream technology courtesy of Gordon Murray and a V8 engine developed by Cosworth.

- Disney is working on an animated series based on the 2010 animated movie, Tangled, which will air in Disney Channel this 2017. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Who knew, right?

- Has anyone watched the latest Acecook ramen commercial ads starring Rin Hoshizora from Love Live? If you didn't, here it is...

- Chris and Beth from the hit web series, Bravest Warriors, spawned themselves their very own figures courtesy of 3A Toys! Place your orders now!

- A squadron of retro-liveried Toyota 86 cars will be making their appearances at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.


Forza Horizon 2: F82 M4 Encore

I already tried the BMW M4, which is part of Forza Horizon 2's Falken Car Pack, but because of so much interest for this car, I decided to give BMW's hardcore 4-Series Coupe an encore performance it deserves but now with some added twist.

In my past encounter with the M4 in FH2, I once outfitted it with Silber colors from AC-ZERO and then, we accomplished a certain championship somewhere in San Giovanni. Now, I am using it again, only this time, it's taking on a Super Saloons championship in Saint-Martin and now, as promised, well, while I'm still in the process of celebrating iDOLM@STER's 10th anniversary, the BMW M4 has been outfitted in Yukiho Hagiwara's colors. It's fitting because some say, turbocharging's for the weak, but who cares?

The reason why my M4 is outfitted in Yukiho's signature colors is because her personality is well-suited for the M4 because of its turbocharging and power steering but once I set it up right, she has a lot of character to show from her opposition. To find out if she's going to dig a moat with a shovel or not, I'm on a mission to push my Yukiho-fied M4 to the limit.

Road Trip:

Championship Races:

Who says she's going to dig her way underground even on asphalt? Not on here she don't because she's showing some confidence and when everyone saw their cars being overtaken by an M4 with some unexpected colors in it, they've gone mad with it!

I hope you'll like the hard work I've done for your M4.

The Cute Wall (Volume Seven)

Now, the moment of truth is time because it's now time to do...THE CUTE WALL!

Yeah! And since we're a few days left before Love Live! The School Idol Movie hits Japanese theaters, it's the turn of the μ's to find out which of the members stack up on this wall.


Love Live!? Do you mean Love Live!? As in Love Live! School Idol Project? An anime show everyone's talking about since K-ON!?

Yes it is but I tell you what, Love Live is what happens when K-ON meets iM@S and it's all about girls forming an idol unit to save a school from imminent closure.

Do you watch it?


(audience laughing)


Nope. I'm still a P.

(audience laughing)

P? What P?

Producers. One of the Producers. Nope, not the one you know, the iDOLM@STER kind of Producers.


Which're somewhat a Loveliver!

Sorta a Loveliver but I'm almost becoming one since I spent several hours playing...

...I know. That School Idol Festival game you're playing on your iPhone.

(audience laughing)

Anyway, no time for arguments. Let's start with...

Honoka Kousaka


Yes. Little man. That's Honoka Kousaka. The teenage girl who kind of a person decided to use a Greek alphabet as a name of an school idol group? Anyway, Honoka started this idol group in the hopes of saving her school from closure but hey, everyone get the idea. So, thoughts?

(audience murmuring)

Hey. Honoka's got the heart and the soul to keep her and her colleagues going to the top but like all good idol units, they've been through harsh difficulties to get their names known to the world. Sure, this situation is

Shhh...Look, there's going to be dangers that some people are Ps or Livers. Otherwise, we might cause conflict between two fan powers.

(audience laughing)

Anyway, why I love about Honoka is not just her looks, it's her personality that makes Honoka...well, Honoka.

(audience laughing)

Oh, and she said something while you're playing that favorite game on your iPhone.


She said...(mimicking Honoka, speaking Japanese)


I don't know what she said but she says that she doesn't like a McLaren P1.

(audience laughing hysterically)

Get it? She said the P1 is yucky.

(audience laughing hysterically)

Yucky? Does she really mean it?


(audience laughing)

So, where will you put her?

I know where will I put her and because being the pride


Thank you.  Anyway, I'll put her in the NAKAKAGIGIL position.

(audience laughing, then applause)

Brilliant! That's all I can say...

Okay, so who's next?

Kotori Minami

Kotori Minami?

Yes she is. Yes she is. she the one with a strangely childish voice?

(audience laughing)

Uh-huh and aside from her very childish voice, her appearance and her personality is why I'm delightful to say that if you're running a contest of who's the cutest female anime character, she would probably win it but because this is the CUTE WALL, the rules are different. We dig deeper to the character's core to find out which spot a cute character will land.

Dig deeper?! How would you manage to dig deep through every cute character's core?

My security blanket does the judgment.

(audience laughing)

Also, my blanket knows that because of her childish looks and her personality fit for her own rights, I decided to have Kotori join with Honoka's. In short, NAKAKAGIGIL.

(audience laughing)

You can rest easy now, Kotori. You're now one of them.

Very good. So, who's next? Oh wait! I know who's next! Umi!

Umi Sonoda
Umm...Who is she?

That's Umi Sonoda. She's one of the μ's. I was hoping if you like this character.

I'm sorry but she kinda reminds me of...well, Chihaya Kisaragi or one of the PreCure characters.

(audience laughing)


If some people mistaken Umi for Chihaya, it's a disaster.

Maybe because both of them have blue hairs? Hey, at least her chest's bigger than Chihaya's.

(audience laughing)

Forget chest sizes you blithering idiot! What I want to know is how cute is Umi! Please!

Ok! Ok! But here's a problem about Umi. I have a sneaking suspicion that she has once rejected in a show that supposed to be hers.

What show?

Team Umizoomi!

(audience laughing)

Get it? Team Umizoomi because there's her name in it. Ha ha...

(audience laughing)

Anyway, I think Umi is still fairly attractive among fans and I can't believe there are some grown men willing to wet their pants at their sleep, thinking about her.

(audience laughing)

Have you?


(audience laughing)

But you know what, I'll just put Umi in the CUTE spot because there's something lacking about her cuteness.

I'll agree with that. CUTE it is!

Eli Ayase

Who's this?

It's Eli Ayase. Elichika to you.

Ah yes. Elichika.

Believe it or not, according to her bio, she's slight Russian, and you know what that means?

Uh...What is it?

We have a commie spy in the anime show!

(audience laughing)

Hmm? But she looks conservative to be a commie. She's a soft-spoken girl. That can't be right.

Speaking of her Russian ancestry, there's one bit of problem here because there was also a Russian in the world of idol animes. 

Who is it?


Anastasia? From iM@S Cinderella Girls? Named after one of Cinderella's evil stepsisters?!

Yes. And since Eli's slight Russian and Anya-chan's half Russian, I think we're onto something here.

Those Communist idols! Ha ha!

(audience laughing)

Anyway, enough commie jokes for now. Let's decide where should we put Elichika in the CUTE WALL.

Okay but there's a problem. At first, I might put her on the NOT CUTE position but because of being the silent type of gal, I'd suggest I'll put her in CUTE, just in case.


Ooohhh! Good shot, pal. Good shot. CUTE for Elichika, then.

Rin Hoshizora

Check it out. That's Rin Hoshizora.

Rin Hoshizora? Isn't that the girl who loves to eat ramen?

Yes, she is. Yes, she is.

But...isn't that

Yes. She loves ramen as much as iM@S' Takane Shijou but at least she's not as creepy as Takane's. You know what, if these two face each other in a ramen-eating contest of some sorts, these two might end up in a draw.

Oh, I see.

No. It's Takane's because she's mad when it comes to eating ramen noodles. She's also as mad as a jackal when it comes to eating any noodles she can see fit.

(audience laughing)

Wrong. Rin can eat most than her because of her love of ramen.

Hey! Hey! Don't get too cocky for now. I guess this is how fans from two different sides argue about their favorite characters, eh?

Ooh! You're right!

Anyway, thoughts about Rin?

She looks boring to me. She's not as cute as her fellow ginger-haired pal, Honoka Kousaka, but sadly for me, I'll put her in NOT CUTE.


Sorry, Rin-chan. You have to see that.

Looks like Rin-chan's very disappointed for now. He he he...So, who do you got next?

Hanayo Koizumi

Hanayo Koizumi.

Hanayo Koizumi?


Hmm...She's the shy type, isn't she?

Of course she is. And her voice is strangely squeaky voiced.

(audience laughing)

Ooh! We got ourselves a squeaky voiced teen here!

(audience laughing)

Enough now. Mind if you cut that mocking for a while because if we do that, we might scare her and we might not have a chance to put her on the CUTE WALL.

Oh, okay. Sorry, everyone. Anyway, have you dig deeper about her?

Well, yeah. Oh and there's a fun thing about her because her favorite is nothing but plain white rice.

Just rice? She eats nothing but plain white rice?


What a unique little fella. I like her style and her behavior. You know what, let's put her in CUTE just in case.

Okay. If you say so.

(sniff) (sniff) What's that smell? Is that raspberry I'm smelling?

Nope. You're smelling at her...

Maki Nishikino

Whoa! Who's that?

That's Maki Nishikino.

Maki...Nishikino? Wow! What a fancy and exotic name for a girl.

Yes, she is. And according to her bio, her parents run a large, successful hospital.

Hold on...Isn't like iDOLM@STER's Iori Minase, whose family had their hands full with their conglomerate? So, they're like...ahem...The Rich Man's Daughter.

More like, the Rich Men's Daughters.

(audience laughing)

Whatever, they're both rich man's daughters. But there's more to like about Maki Nishikino. It's her sassiness.

So...she's a sassy girl?

Mostly a sassy girl but she's one tough gal. She can really jab you's that radio caster alongside Andy Verde from the radio show called Short Time?

(audience murmuring)

Kisses Jabson it is. All that Maki does to you is like kissing and jabbing. Speaking of which, have you saw the trailer for the School Idol Movie?

Yep. I mean, who in the world is Maki kissing at during the trailer of the film?

Well, there are some possibilities. Could it be her parents? Her...BF. Or...someone else.

(audience laughing)

You'll find out who's Maki kissing at when the film is out, okay?

(audience murmuring)

But in the meantime, where should we put Maki Nishikino, our favorite kind of Rich Man's Daughter?

I know where. Cause she looks tough for a tough gal, let's put her to CUTE anyway. There's so much to like about Maki Nishikino herself.

(audience laughing)

Nico Yazawa

Nico-Nico-Ni! It's Nico Yazawa!

Nico Yazawa?!

Oh yes. What's wrong? Something's wrong with her?

I'm sorry but...come to think about it, Nico's more like the facsimile of K-On's Azusa Nakano. If you compare these two, you will know that they're almost exactly the same.


Think about this, when the producers trying to come up with Nico Yazawa, they can't think of what character that suits her so do you know what they do in the making of her? They grabbed one of K-On's and then made one.

(audience laughing)

Because Nico's more like a Azusa Nakano lookalike, I'm afraid I'll have to put her in SERIOUSLY NOT CUTE indefinitely.

You can't be serious.

(audience laughing)

I am serious. Sorry, Nico. Your Nico-Nico-Ni don't work here.

(audience laughing)

So, we're all down to one last member, right? Oh no...

What's wrong?

Our worst nightmare.


Nozomi Tojo

Oh...It's Nozomi Tojo. She's the gal who sounded like an old lady.

(audience laughing)

No. Gets worse.



Washing machine?

(audience laughing)

Does she mean she's going to put you in the washing machine?

Not washing machine you dimwit. It's washi-washi! Don't you know what washi-washi means?

I don't know what washi-washi is but all I know is...hmmm?! What the? No! Stop! (laughing) Cut it out! Make it stop! Help!

Yep. That's what washi-washi is. That's how you get to know about Nozomi Tojo. Well, since she's more of a "lady luck", I wonder how lucky is Nozomi when she faces the CUTE WALL. Thoughts?

(audience murmuring)

Well, in the hopes of not getting washi-washi again, let's put her be safe...the CUTE spot. You are lucky, Nozomi. You are lucky.

Time for the recap!

*Nico Yazawa

*Rin Hoshizora

Tunip the Vegimal
Queen Delightful
Serena's Pancham
*Umi Sonoda
*Eli Ayase
*Hanayo Koizumi
*Maki Nishikino
*Nozomi Tojo

Doc McStuffins
Mabel Pines
Star Butterfly
*Honoka Kousaka
*Kotori Minami

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Let's Do The News! (June 3, 2015)

- In a surprising move, just days after being re-elected, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that he will step down from his position in the midst of the football governing body's corruption scandal. He has been given a standing ovation by some of his staff as he returned to its Zurich HQ a day after his surprise announcement.

- According to US sources, over 10,000 Islamic State militants have been killed since a global coalition began in Iraq and Syria.

- During his Japan visit, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III met up with Japan's Emperor and Empress at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Aquino is visiting Japan for 4 days from Tuesday and he is the first state guest from the Philippines for over a decade.

- South Korean authorities have isolated over 1360 people to try to prevent the spread of MERS coronavirus.

- Former House of Representative Senior Majority Leader Janette L. Garin is named as the new secretary of the Department of Health.

- Believe it or not, the official Instagram account of teen actress Nadine Lustre was deleted after some netizens reported her as an impostor. Now, supporters are using the hashtag #BRINGBACKNADZLUSTREONIG to request IG to reactivate the teen actress' IG account.

- OUT NOW: The Duracell Car Pack on Forza Horizon 2 features six new machines including the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and the infamous Vauxhall Lotus Carlton. It's now available for $5.

- The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo has been fully revealed in three different specs and it's coming on Gran Turismo 6 this summer!

- Aston Martin created seven bespoke Vanquish models under the "One of Seven" banner and comes with a unique carbon-fiber exterior.

- The second-generation BMW X1 has been unveiled and it's now more roomier than the previous model thanks to its front-wheel drive layout (a big revelation) as well as more height and more tech.

2016 BMW X1

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Let's Do The News! (June 2, 2015)

- Five people died and hundreds are missing after a ship carrying over 450 people submerged upside down in a wide stretch of the Yangtze River in China's Hubei province. The boat reportedly did not send out an SOS signal before sinking and state media states that divers tapping the hull could heard survivors trapped inside.

- The first two South Koreans diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome were reportedly dead. The first was a 58-year-old woman who had visited the Middle East and contact with the original case, and then a 71-year-old male.

- US President Barack Obama warns that land reclamation projects in the South China Sea are unproductive, stating that the US warns the People's Republic of China to stop using aggressive actions in the region.

- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III orders investigation to prosecute officials in Valenzuela City involved in the Kentex factory fire. He said that the city's local government officials shouldn't issued permits allowing the operation of the factory due to violations of both labor and fire safety standards.

- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III signed an Executive Order to implement the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy, a program to provide fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to jumpstart the revitalization of the nation's automotive industry, improve its competitiveness and turn the Philippines into a hub for car manufacturing.

- Bruce Jenner no more. He is now a transgender woman who goes under the name Caitlyn Jenner and sparked a major phenomenon among netizens as this recently revealed transgender woman scored one million followers on Twitter in 4 hours and 3 minutes, a new world record.

- Top Gear's Reasonably Priced Car, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, has now been regenerated. It's now shorter, lower, and lighter than the previous model. It's now more tech-savvy than ever thanks to OnStar, Google Maps, Skype, WhatsApp, and Apple CarPlay.

2016 Vauxhall Astra
- BMW will unveil the new-generation 7-Series flagship premium saloon on the 10th of June.


- Microsoft announced that start offering their new Windows 10 software to PC and tablet users for free at the end of July.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Let's Do The News! (June 1, 2015)

- The first day of the School Year 2015-2016 in the Philippines has begun with a sunny to partly cloudy weather with possible afternoon or evening rains according to PAGASA.

- According to top sources, the Angat Dam is feared of sustaining heavy damage if a powerful earthquake struck the capital due to is proximity with the West Valley Fault.

- Some evacuees from the Kuchinoerabu Island, where the Mount Shindake volcano erupted last Friday, are making daring visits to their homes for two hours as authorities watch carefully for another possible eruption.

- Moments after the Senate failed to reach a deal, the US anti-terror provisions that allow security services to bulk collect phone data have expired. The key provisions of the Patriot Act have expired at midnight local time but a vote on the Freedom Act, which imposes greater controls on phone data collection, will not take place until the mid-week of June.

- Former Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus said that only military and political approach can help stop conflicts caused by the Islamic State militants in Iraq.

- British reports told that Sepp Blatter, the recently re-elected president of the world's soccer governing body, FIFA, will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the voting to award future World Cup matches. Russia won the hosting bid for the 2018 World Cup while Qatar won the hosting bid for the 2022 World Cup.

- SRT teases a Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo concept that is coming soon to the PS3-exclusive Gran Turismo 6 video game.

- Angelia Gabrena Ong is named Miss Philippines Earth 2015.

- Celebs Nyoy Volante, Jay-R, Melai Cantiveros, and Edgar Allan Guzman are named as Final Four of ABS-CBN's TV program, Your Face Sounds Familiar.

- Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors was diagnosed with concussion and suffering major pains after getting kneed in the head by Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza. Doctors told he will not return to practice until he recovers and it's bad news for the Warriors as they prepare for the NBA Finals.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Forza Horizon 2: Clio RS EDC, One More Time

When the Renault Clio RS 200 EDC arrived on Forza Horizon 2 via a Mobil 1 Car Pack in October, I was very happy to try out the latest version of Renault's compact hot hatch, which is based on the current-generation Clio (Lutecia in the Japan Market). Despite its stupid double clutch gearbox that plagued most hot hatch loyalists alike, it's still a great car to master because of its easy-to-handle dynamics. Because I've enjoyed so much about this hot Clio, I decided to try it again only this time with some added twist.

Trying to comply with 220 Trophy standards, I tried to improve my Clio to meet its standards enough to behave like the latest Clio RS 220 Trophy, which is a hardcore, more powerful version of the Clio RS 200 EDC.

Apart from meeting its Trophy standards, and I'm still in the middle of serving up presents for THE iDOLM@STER's 10th birthday, the Clio RS EDC is now under the wraps of the Futami sisters, Ami and Mami. On one side, there's Ami, and on the other side, that's Mami. There's your challenge, producers of the world, because in my mind, Futami sisters wanted to be in a hot hatch and this one's make the cut. This is much more fun to drive than listening to the ESTi remix of Go My Way. Trust me. I made this wrap to win back drivers-can-be-producers from getting migrated to be Lovelivers. Ugh, why did I say that?!

Anyway, I chose Sisteron as the venue for the championship where my improved Clio is taking on but first, a road trip from Nice to Sisteron.

And now, some highlights of the battle of the Hot Hatches in Sisteron where my Clio's taking on...

The Clio has won the Sisteron Hot Hatch championship and it's all because of its healthy balance of performance and aerodynamics, as well as my Ami Mami wrap I made for the Clio, that can really win the day.

clio (3)

There's so much paths to cross here on Forza Horizon 2, even familiar paths than can be revisited any time. So, as my Clio ticks itself, my work is never done. My journey still continues on...
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