Saturday, February 11, 2017

SHERLOCK Series 4 OST and The Abominable Bride OST

SHERLOCK The Abominable Bride OST

After the success of the fourth season of BBC's phenomenal TV drama series, Sherlock, last month, the folks from Silva Screen released the original television soundtrack as heard in the fourth series of Sherlock and as a bonus, the soundtrack from the 2016 special episode, The Abominable Bride. The Abominable Bride OST is a 6.99 Pound value that is obtainable by those who already pre-ordered SHERLOCK Series 4 OST.

To sum it up, The Abominable Bride is a special episode where the story of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are set in 19th century England, where the legend truly began with the most bizarre case ever unearthed from the grave. Then, the fourth series of the hit show, aired last January 2017, rounds up even more of Holmes and Watson involving Mary's dark past, a rogue philanthropist, and the third Holmes uncovered. The three cases in the fourth series are worth the risk for our favorite tandem and how they dealt with these cases requires a certain sacrifice to name a few.

TV and movie music scorers David Arnold and Michael Price returned to deliver us some truly powerful and truly relevant BGMs as heard not just in the fourth series but also in The Abominable Bride special episode and these BGMs well-matched the theme of every scene, every sequence, every tension, every thrill, and every second of the show.

These CDs are a must-have for every Sherlock fan elsewhere and the folks would like to thank everyone who watched the fourth series of Sherlock from start to finish. Here's hoping for more cases Holmes and Watson can tackle with.

Forza Horizon 3: Hellcat on High Water

The Hellcats from the SRT lineup have total authority over every other sportscar in the world because of its supercharged 6.2L V8 engine producing 707HP of power, making them the most powerful V8-powered production car ever made. They're even more powerful than powerful V12 Italian supercars...well, just about, but you should really trust the SRT folks elsewhere because in the world where power is the deciding factor, the Hellcats will remember be the king of V8-powered cars, although a select number of cars can outsmart its royal rumble coming out from the Hellcat's exhaust.

Hellcats are pretty much known to be coined as the Republicans' Veyrons because in real life, there are two specially-made keys offered on these cars; the Challenger Hellcat and the Charger Hellcat. There is a black key that limits the power to 500HP while the red key unleashes all that 707HP power output in its supercharged V8 engine. In the fantasy world of Forza Horizon 3, that holds nonsense because with cars like these, you are free to unleash all that 707 horsepower in either hell or high water, just the way you like.

Debating which Hellcat is the best, some say its the Challenger Hellcat because nothing beats a two-door muscle car like it but some would go for the Charger Hellcat, even though they're related to each other. One key factor, I discovered, that even though the four-door Hellcat is heavier than the two-door Hellcat, it's got slightly better weight distribution, meaning the Charger Hellcat can slightly handle better than the Challenger Hellcat. Still, for all that power, both the Charger Hellcat and the Challenger Hellcat can be very harsh to master because of its challenging handling dynamics that requires some expert-level skills to survive one corner after another if they want to stay on the lead against the opposition.

Let's find out which Hellcat is the best by pitting them against each other in the streets of Surfers' Paradise and the winner will have its own special treatment I lined up later. As always, fastest time wins, am I right? Let's roll!

And now, the results...

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (707HP/650ft-lb/4,438lb/57%/6,166cc/A766) - 2:25.979
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (707HP/650ft-lb/4,575lb/54%/6,166cc/A773) - 2:24.878

The Charger SRT Hellcat, despite slightly heavier than the Challenger SRT Hellcat, is the fastest by a second. Sure, they have similar terms but looks like the Charger SRT Hellcat is the Hellcat to rule them all and this means, it's time for the special treatment I lined up for the winner.

Surprise! Our little demon friend will be pleased when she sees this design inspired by Love Live Sunshine's Yoshiko Tsushima. Oh's Yohane. Not Yoshiko. Sorry. But anyway, let's give this specially-pampered Hellcat some celebratory screen presence it deserved. I got the cameras rolling in!

Oh, don't worry about the Challenger Hellcat because even though it lost the race against the Charger Hellcat relative, I have something else in store for it...except the once feared Hellcat has been demoted to a mere child's toy. Speaking of child's toy, the Challenger Hellcat's been plastered with the image of Yokai Watch's Tomnyan. How embarrassing to see a uber-powerful muscle car being plastered with an image from a children's cartoon. Welcome to your walk of shame.

It's great to have both of the Hellcats being part of this wondrous experience in the Land Down Under. Whether if its the two-door Challenger or the four-door Charger, they all have one thing in common; to unleash all that seven-oh-seven fury against anyone who stand in their way. It maybe their way to have them respect their authoritah but to understand the Hellcats even more than the next driver, it's going to be a challenge because even a hastiest of drivers can get thrown by the Hellcat's rage until the chosen few can unleash its force to be reckoned with. Hellcats are not for everyone but do you got what it takes to unleash them? Do you?

Bubble Gang - February 10, 2017 #BGSaltBaetoy

In the February 10, 2017 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Hotel room gags

- A chef goes Salt Bae on the chopping board!

- Single male gets some advice...

- The problems of going under...

- Salt Bae-ing the barber shop!

- Mas Pinabonggang Sumbong Sumbong Kay Bonggang Bongbong takes on Q&A bashers, idiotic pageant forecasts, and prom dress problems.

- Salt Bae-ing the morgue!

- Reviving a robot girlfried...

- More Patok Taktiks examined.

- Basa-basa pik!

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Doble Kara finale

In the finale of ABS-CBN's afternoon TV drama, Doble Kara, the matter between life and death for Kara and Sara is on their last legs as their final encounter with a powerful enemy puts them on the line.

Behind closed doors of Isabella's birthday party, Kara was kidnapped by Alex, who thought she was presumed dead after their recent encounter regarding their children's lives. Meanwhile, Laura and Lucille made their fateful encounter and while revelations continue to spill, Lucille's pasts continue haunting her and knocked Laura out.

With Alex calling off the entire family to witness Kara's fate, Edward and Sara arrived to rescue Kara until Alex steps in to finish the twins off until they give back her son, JR. As tensions rise, the inevitable happens as Alex wants Kara to kill Sara off or else their mother will face the inevitable. With Lucille learned that Alex was just using her for such nefarious plots to separate the twins and their children, the tension just keeps on escalating until someone sealed their fate. Kara is the one who got shot by Alex before the police raided the house and got her surrounded.

As Seb tries to persuade Alex to stop her nefarious things all for JR's sake, she was shot dead by the police. With the family rushed Kara to the hospital, the struggle to keep Kara alive is on the line for them as well as for her daughter Becca who needs a transplant to save her life. Not taking any chances, Sara is ready for her transplant to save Becca's life.

Moments later, Kara and Seb finally found solace to themselves after all the mess they've faced so far while Edward, who thought he was going to say goodbye to Sara, announced his proposal to Sara. Lucille, meanwhile, still haunted by her past, has returned to the mental institution and was visited by Kara and Seb for an apology after all the nefarious things she has done for the family.

Peace is flowing to the family and this concludes the story of Doble Kara.

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Halt of joint complex damaged North

South Korea says that the suspension of operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex dealt a blow to that country's leadership.

Last year, President Park Geun-hye's administration completely halted the operation of the Kaesong Industrial Complex following the North's nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests.

South Korea's Unification Ministry says the suspension reduced the value of North Korea's imports and exports to 333 million dollars, or one-9th the figure in the previous year. South Korean companies operating there used to pay more than 100 million dollars annually to North Korean workers. Much of the money is believed to have gone to the country's leadership.

The Unification Ministry also said that the cut in the flow of foreign currency dealt a major blow to the Kim Jong Un regime.

It also said the instances of travel between the 2 countries dropped to 13,000, one-tenth the level in the previous year. Some people worry that the rift between the 2 sides may widen further. The issue of the joint industrial park could become a focus in this year's coming presidential election.

Source: NHK World

Let's Do The News! (February 10, 2017)

- The Office of the Presidential Adviser of the Peace Process has named the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. Late last year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order that expanded the BTC membership to 21. The crafting of the enabling law is part of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed between the government and the MILF rebels three years ago.

- The Bureau of Corrections official who allegedly leaked a memo about the lavish lifestyles of high-profile inmates who testified in Congress will be suspended. During a radio interview, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Alvin Herrera Lim, the chief of BuCor legal office, had an "axe to grind" against him because of the charges that brought against him.

- Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said that he hopes President Duterte will be granted emergency powers to speed up infrastructure projects. Zhao said China-funded infrastructure projects should be completed within President Duterte's term "because we are quite afraid of taking up projects that go beyond the presidential term" because of potential complications.

- A US federal appeals court has ruled against reinstating US President Donald Trump's travel ban against people from seven Muslim majority countries. The US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco recently released its ruling and reviewed the temporary suspension of the travel ban issued by the federal district court in the state of Washington last week.

- Meanwhile, a top Trump aide has raised ethics concerns after the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, promotes her fashion line. In a TV appearance from the White House, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway urged people to "Go buy Ivanka's stuff," adding that she is "Going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody." Reports told that this move maybe in violation of federal ethics rules that prohibit executive branch employees from using their positions to endorse any product, service or enterprise. This follows after President Trump attacked Nordstrom via Twitter for treating Ivanka unfairly after is stopped selling products made by her brand.

- A memorial ceremony has been held in Ehime Prefecture to remember the victims of the maritime tragedy in Hawaii involving a US submarine and a Japanese high-school training boat. The Ehime Maru sank after collided by the USS Greenville on February 10, 2001. Nine people, including students and teachers, were killed.

- Tesla is reportedly start selling its electric cars in India as soon as this summer as the electric car company wants to capitalize on a relatively small but growing vehicle-buying base.

- The Audi RS3 Sportback has been returned and updated for the 2018 Model Year. Following the first ever RS3 Sedan, the new Sportback model incorporates the same 2.5L 5-cylinder TFSi engine, producing 400HP of power, making it the most powerful hot hatch ever made.

2018 Audi RS3 Sportback

- Slightly Mad Studios unveiled PROJECT CARS 2 in their first trailer and will be arriving stores in late 2017.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Let's Do The News! (February 9, 2017)

- Vice President Leni Robredo expressed grave concerns regarding the pronouncement of House speaker that lawmakers allied with the administration who will vote against death penalty may resign or be replaced if they are holding key positions. Her comments on House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's pronouncement is both a "threat" and "arm-twisting." She also supported the position of former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria's opinion that President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs may end up like him.

- The Court has postponed the start of the trial of former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.'s plunder case after his camp filed a motion seeking to quash the case. In a hearing before the Sandiganbayan First Division, Revilla's lead counsel, former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza reiterated before the court the main argument of his client's motion to quash-that the facts cited in the information of the case, filed by the Office of the Ombudsman in 2014, do not constitute the crime of plunder.

- The Commission of Human Rights warned that the tensions between the government and the communist rebels may result in the increase of human rights violations on the ground. CHR chairman Chito Gascon called on negotiating panels to find ways to return to the peace table following the government’s declaration of an all-out war against the New People’s Army (NPA).

- Despite opposition, Jeff Sessions, US President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general was confirmed by the US Senate in a majority vote. The Senate approved Sessions with a vote of 52 to 47. Sessions, a Republican Senator from Alabama, is known for his hardline stance on immigrants. He is also a strong backer of Trump's plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico. He is the 6th member in the Trump administration to win Senate confirmation.

- Checking onto the situation of US President Donald Trump, he sent a letter to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, expressing hopes for developing a constructive relationship that benefits both countries, although the US government is imposing harsh anti-dumping duties on China. Then, he and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that they will cooperate on counterterrorism efforts.

- The organizers of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics have unveiled the official countdown clock, with one year left before the games. The unveiling took place at a square in central Seoul on Wednesday. The 17-day event, which is due to kick off on February 9th next year, will be the first Winter Games in South Korea.

- Former VW chairman Ferdinand Piech told prosecutors that leaders knew of the emissions testing cheat device months before the revelation two years ago and brought it to the attention of then CEO Martin Winterkorn and numerous supervisory board members.

- Lamborghini's joining the factory-restored classic bandwagon by restoring one of the earliest Lamborghinis in history, the 350GT, courtesy of Polo Storico.

- Actor John Boyega twitted a picture of himself playing the role of Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost from the first Pacific Rim film, in the upcoming 2018 sequel Pacific Rim Uprising, CHECK IT OUT.

- This stunning figure of THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' Fumika Sagisawa form Phat! Company can now be yours to order starting at 12,000 Yen plus tax and will be delivered this August.

- Inside the world of Hasegawa Hobby Kits' Ace Combat lineup inspired from the hit Bandai Namco video game franchise, a UPEO-spec Typhoon model kit, as seen on Ace Combat 3 Electrosphere, will land on hobby stores this 24th of February for 3800 Yen plus tax with limited availability. Also, a Wardog-spec F-14A and the Razgriz-spec F-14A from Ace Combat 5 The Unsung War, are joining the Eggplane range and they'll be hitting stores this March 22nd.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Those who have been part of last year's THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 4th Live concert got themselves an earful of the sub-brand's 5th anniversary anthem song in honor of Cinderella Girls' 5th anniversary titled EVERMORE. That honorary song as heard from last year's 4th Live concert can now be yours to keep with this latest single!


This latest addition to the CINDERELLA MASTER range inspired by the hit mobile game is an all-star ensemble of four new songs including the honorary EVERMORE song as heard from last year's concert. In addition to EVERMORE, there's ススメ☆オトメ ~jewel parade~, ゴキゲンParty Night, and Near to you. All of those songs call for a worthy celebration because almost all of the Cinderella Girls cast placed all of their time and effort performing these four celebratory songs to celebrate Cinderella Girls' 5th anniversary.

Here's for the next five years of Cinderella Girls, producers worldwide! Hope you guys deserved it.

2) ススメ☆オトメ ~jewel parade~
3) ゴキゲンParty Night
4) Near to you

Let's Do The News! (February 8, 2017)

- Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan to junk the plunder case against him in connection with his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. He also asked the court to declare "void" all previous proceedings in connection with the case. The motion came three days before the scheduled first day of the trial of the case on Thursday.

- The Department of Justice issued an immigration lookout bulletin against 20 political consultants of the National Democratic Front following the cancellation of peace talks. The government peace panel has formally written a notice of termination of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front.

- The Department of Justice has yet to decide who among the suspects of the Jee Ick Joo murder case last year can be enrolled in its witness protection program. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the joint inquiry of the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation would need to be concluded before the DOJ could determine the people who would be admitted as state witnesses.

- US President Donald Trump said that he will take the legal case over his temporary travel ban to the Supreme Court if necessary. Trump told reporters that his administration will take the case "through the system" as his executive order is very important to ensure the country's security.

- Two players from the New England Patriots, the team that won the Super Bowl LI last Sunday, will boycott a customary visit to the White House due to their opposition against President Trump. Devin McCourty reportedly told that he did not feel that he would be accepted in the White House, "with the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices." while Martellus Bennett expressed his opposition to Trump and told reporters that he would not go to the White House and people would know why.

- 19 people are reportedly killed from a suicide attack outside the Supreme Court in Kabul, Afghanistan. Police say the apparent suicide bombing occurred in a parking lot used by court employees as they were heading home.

- The Tokyo metropolitan government and Shibuya Ward conducted a disaster drill in case of a massive earthquake struck public transport and strands vast numbers of people. The drill took place outside Shibuya Station and involved crowds of people, including foreigners, who were unable to return to their homes or lodgings,

- Japanese defense authorities are proceeding with offshore work in Okinawa to relocate a US military base in the southern prefecture. The Japanese government plans to build a new facility there to replace the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, currently located in a densely populated district.

- A Japanese high court has upheld a four-year prison sentence for a South Korean male behind the blast in the Yasukuni Shrine in November 23rd, 2015. Public prosecutors said Jeon Chang-han took metal pipes stuffed with gunpowder into a restroom at the shrine and detonated them. The explosion destroyed the restroom's ceiling.

- The new-generation Ford Expedition full-size SUV has been unveiled prior to this week's Chicago Auto Show. It features an aluminum bodywork, 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engines, a host of safety tech, and the brand new Terrain Management System.

2018 Ford Expedition

- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive System announced plans to establish a joint venture company for the development, manufacture, and sales of motors for electric vehicles. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding and will proceed to conduct discussions for the establishment of the new agreement set to be inked next month.

- Some of Japan's popular anime characters were named as ambassadors of Japanese culture and set to be appeared on licensed Tokyo 2020 Olympics merchandise.  Such characters are Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, Crayon Shin-chan, Luffy from One Piece, Naruto, Jibanyan from Yokai Watch, Goku from Dragon Ball Super, and Maho Girls Precure's Cure Miracle and Cure Magical.


THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: North Korea's planning a satellite launch

North Korea's state run media said that leader Kim Jong Un plans to launch a stationary satellite as an immediate goal of the country's space development program.

The North's satellite launch are widely believed to be a cover for their intercontinental ballistic launch possibility.

It is said that Kim Jong Un has decided to develop new rockets, and they will be launched at the time and in the place decided by the Workers' Party, according to the newspaper Rodong Sinmun, as well as being a sovereign nation with a legitimate right to launch satellites.

Last September, North Korea conducted a ground test of a new engine believed to be developed for long-range ballistic missiles. Then, in January, the Korean Peninsula threatened to launch an ICBM.

Source: NHK World

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Let's Do The News! (February 7, 2017)

- President Rodrigo Duterte said that TV presenter Kris Aquino appealed to him through a text message not to send her brother, his predecessor Benigno Aquino III, to jail. The said appeal came after Duterte said he is keen to reopening the investigation on the Mamasapano incident, where 44 SAF members were killed two years ago.

- Despite the president's orders for an "all-out war", peace talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels to end nearly five decades of conflict are still in their table. Last weekend, Duterte ordered scrapping a ceasefire with the New People’s Army saying the “terrorist group” was making “huge”, unacceptable demands despite government concessions. Clashes have erupted in several places and some top rebels have been arrested but Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said talks were possible.

- A Philippine mining industry body said it will file a freedom of information request on Tuesday to press the government to release the results of a mining audit, following an order to close over half of the country's mines. DENR Secretary Regina Lopez last week ordered 23 mines to shut permanently, even though a team that reviewed an audit of 41 mines had recommended suspensions and fines for environmental violations, rather than closure, reports told.

- Over 120 people died in a avalanche that was triggered in a mountainous region straddling between Afghanistan and Pakistan but the death toll will increase later on. Heavy snow has been falling over the region since last week, blanketing the Afghan capital Kabul.

- The Israeli parliament has passed a law allowing the government to confiscate private Palestinian property in the West Bank, where Jewish settler's homes already stand. The legislation states that the government will compensate Palestinian owners of land where Jewish settlers' homes have been built, and the property will become state-owned.

- The US government has submitted additional legal briefs to a federal appeals court challenging a federal judge's ruling to enforce an nationwide block to President Donald Trump's immigration ban. Last weekend, a federal district court in Seattle suspended Trump's executive order, following a request from the State of Washington.

- A special research boat commissioned to protect the endangered river dolphins has set sail on the River Irrawaddy in Myanmar. Irrawaddy dolphins are critically endangered due to the river's poor quality and other reasons. The dolphin population is now estimated at just over 60. Research on the dolphins will be done jointly by an international non-governmental wildlife conservation group and the Myanmar government.

- The long-awaited Dodge Durango SRT has unveiled prior to this week's Chicago Auto Show debut. This high-performance version is powered by 392ci HEMI V8 engine producing 475HP of power and 470lb-ft of torque while mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and specially-developed four-wheel-drive. It's capable of doing 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

- Citroen will showcase their C-Aircross Concept at next month's Geneva Motor Show, previewing a crossover vehicle in the lineup as well as its next-generation technology.

Citroen C-Aircross Concept

- The Playseat Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3 is coming tomorrow, featuring seven new rides such as the Aston Martin DB11, Honda Civic Type-R FK2, Vauxhall Corsa VXR, and many others.

- The stars of last year's Touken Ranbu Hanamaru anime series, Kashu Kiyomitsu and Yamatonokami Yasusada, are joining the Nendoroid Co-de lineup. These guys are ready for orders starting at 2,963 Yen plus tax and will be delivered this June.


Forza Horizon 3: The Royals

It's been a few years ever since Forza became the first and only racing game to feature Rolls-Royce starting with the Wraith, then followed by the Dawn, its open-top equivalent. With the two Rolls-Royce royalties in Forza Horizon 3 spending their lap on luxury around Down Under, how can anyone indulge with these heavyweight handcrafted royalties that appeals only to the rich and famous? Not everyone can indulge in the splendor feel of the Rolls but are you one of the privileged few who are sedated by the Spirit of Ecstasy?

The Wraith is known to be a step away from being one of the chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royces and destined to be the most exquisite grand tourer that can be driven freely for the driver with big ambitions. Apart from its dramatic artisanship that crafted its signature Rolls-Royce design inside and out, the Wraith is powered by a 6.6L V12 engine that produces 624bhp of power and 800Nm of torque, while mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. It does 0-60mph in four and a half seconds and top speed electronically limited to 155mph.

The Dawn, meanwhile, is known to be the open-top version of the Wraith and while it features the similar artisanship elements from the Wraith, it features an electronically-activated soft-top roof that silently opens or closes in just over 20 seconds at a cruising speed of up to 50kph. Although, it features the same twin-turbo V12 6.6L engine as the Wraith, the Dawn produces 61bhp less than its hardtop equivalent but it's recorded as the most powerful open-top Rolls-Royce to date. While this car is not made to outsmart against its open-top equivalent because it's less powerful and heavier, its elegance in cruising speeds is nothing to be ashamed of and the taste of grand touring with the Dawn is worth the wine and bread best served in the golden platter.

Both the Wraith and Dawn are exquisitely too royal to be playing rough or perhaps they want to join the fun here in the Land Down Under because between you and me, they're taking a leisure break from being pampered on posh European streets like kings and queens and that's why I'm here to give a little twist to these royal visitors.

To spice things up, both the Wraith and Dawn are festooned with Rolls-Royce's Bespoke customization while I handle their workout routine to get themselves ready to race against other heavyweights in the Land Down Under. For the Wraith, it's been fashioned with the Chief Inspector Morse-inspired design courtesy of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke customization process while the Dawn is catered with the Marina look that was last seen from the Pebble Beach Concours a few years ago.

So, while they're wearing Bespoke colors (spoiler alert: I replicated them from Rolls-Royce's Bespoke design), both these royal knights of Goodwood are here to show them that they can battle with pride and prestige, I think...

Time to get the cameras rolling because there's never been a knight's tale untold in the Australian Outback.

So, these Rolls-Royces may not do racing but they sure know how to battle with their pride and prestige as Goodwood's finest and they sure know how to play rough with their full deck of cards at their disposal.

After their stint, these Rolls-Royces wanted to spend some more time here and looks like I'll be keeping in touch with both the Wraith and the Dawn in case I need them but for now, I'm expecting more arrivals later as I'm passing the time here in the Land Down Under.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Let's Do The News! (February 6, 2017)

- PNP Director-General Roland "Bato" Dela Rosa clarified that the reported "Korean Mafia" who is allegedly behind the Jee Ick Joo murder case has yet to be confirmed. Dela Rosa said that they will conduct thorough investigation regarding mentioned group composed of huge crime groups targeting rich Korean nationals in the Philippines.

- Typhoon Bising has slightly intensified while already inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. PAGASA told the typhoon was last spotted 415km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

- US President Donald Trump is set to meet alliance leaders in Europe in May during a phone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Trump was elected on a pledge to push NATO members to increase their funding to the western alliance to ease the financial burden on the United States.

- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing a threat from his ruling party as a prominent member of Australia’s government is set to defect to form his own conservative party. An opinion poll published on Monday showed that support for his coalition had slipped to the lowest since he took power 17 months ago and that his Liberal-National coalition would easily fail if an election was held now.

- Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee on Monday, commemorating 65 years since she took the British throne. A 41-gun royal salute will take place in central London to mark the occasion.

- Scientists warned that the crop-destroying caterpillar known as the armyworm has quickly spread across mainland Africa and could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade. The caterpillar destroys young maize plants, attacking their growing points and burrowing into the cobs.

- The new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer has been unveiled ahead of next month's Geneva Motor Show debut. It will also be sold in Australia as the Holden Commodore Sportwagon next year.

2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

- Another teaser trailer for this year's season for Top Gear is out.


Six Nations 2017 - Round 1

Rugby's Greatest Championship, the RBS 6 Nations, returns for the 2017 season with six of Europe's finest rugby teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy sizing each other up for the Grand Slam title.

The Wales Rugby Union (WRU) are off to a great start after crushing the FIR Italia in their home turf Stadio Olimpico at the score of 7-33. It is said that after giving way to the Italians on the 1st half with seven points, Leigh Halfpenny propelled the WRU to a comeback win by scoring 30 points on the second half. No comeback win in the world of rugby is as sweeter as the Welshes.

Meanwhile, Scotland defeated the IRFU at the score of 27-22 while England Rugby won the battle against the FFR at the score of 19-16.


The next match is set on the 11th to the 12th of February as FIR Italia takes on IRFU, WRU takes on England Rugby, and FFR versus Scotland.

Driving Music Vol. 74

After a long hiatus, the Driving Music segment has been rebooted, retooled, and refueled in the pursuit for more driving musics, songs heard from car commercials from around the world. You thought this segment has ran out of gas for numerous reasons but oh no. It's refuelled, probably by either petrol, diesel, biofuel, hydrogen, or now electric if I may, and it's back for more!

Annually, the Super Bowl brought us a plethora of Big Game ads the world have witnessed, especially car commercials aired during Game Day. For Super Bowl LI, after the Patriots staged a successful comeback against the Falcons, time to jot down the car commercial songs heard during Game Day. Ready?

1) I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Nina Simone - from the 2017 Ford Go Further commercial

2) Stay Alive by Jose Gonzales - from the Michelin commercial

3) It's Alright by Matt and Kim - from the Buick Game Day commercial

4) Clouds, The Mind On The Wind (Re) by Ezio Bosso - From the Alfa Romeo USA Game Day ad

5) Move Your Body by Sia - from the Lexus USA Game Day ad

6) Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler - from the Kia USA Niro Hero's Journey ad

7) Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf - from the Mercedes-AMG GT C Game Day ad.

...and that is it. Hope you've enjoyed the game as much as enjoying the big game ads!

Patriots made a comeback win after first Super Bowl overtime

The 51st Super Bowl match held at nrg stadium on Houston, Texas, became one of the most thrilling Super Bowl matches in history as the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots size each other up in the biggest American football event in history.

In the first half, the Atlanta Falcons have dominated the game at the score of 21-3, but when the second half came and with Patriots' star player Tom Brady unleashed, the Patriots are slowly tipping the odds at their favor until both teams scored 28 points, prompting the first ever Super Bowl overtime in history. No Super Bowl match has ever triggered an overtime until now.

In the first overtime in Super Bowl history, the Patriots required one touchdown to win the Super Bowl...and they did. At the final score of 34-28 post-overtime, the Patriots done the biggest comeback in the season.

With the Patriots won the Super Bowl LI, the star quarterback Tom Brady is named MVP after numerous passes that propelled his teammates to score their way to victory.

Congratulations to the New England Patriots for your successful comeback and becoming Super Bowl LI champions!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Grand Tour S1 Finale

The Grand Tour S1 Finale

After twelve weeks of delivering high-speed thrills, hijinks, and everything we love about all things Clarkson, Hammond, and May, Amazon's original series, The Grand Tour, concludes their first season with a big finish about the past against the present of the world of motoring.

First up, Jeremy Clarkson and James May settle the score on the future of automotive by pitting a petrol-powered VW Golf GTi against a eco car PHEV called the BMW i3 while taking a scenic road trip to a bar in Devon.

Then, May's in New Forest to tackle the dirtiest job of all; winching an offroad vehicle when it's stuck in the mud.

Richard Hammond, meanwhile, pits the Porsche 918 Spyder and the legendary Bugatti Veyron in the streets of Dubai, and then tries to learn how to drift a car while competing against aspiring drifters; one is a handicapped and the other is underaged.

Man, what a ride that was for The Grand Tour after 12 weeks of delivering the best that the world's favorite motoring TV trio has to offer. From America, Europe, Africa, to the Middle East, from fast cars to old cars, from good to worst, this show made everything possible in the world of motoring and with the end of the first season, we may never know what will they do next until they return later this year.

Until then, see you soon!
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