Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bubble Gang - July 14, 2017 #BGBeaBangenge

In the July 14, 2017 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Unfaithful lovers gags

- Introducing basketball's defensive king; LeBrown James!

- Meet Bea Bangenge, the techie brat!

- Another Buhay ng Bakla session

- The Jungle Belles encountered some kind of superhero.

- Antonietta meets Bembol Roco

- A press conference regarding a popular love team's scandal

- Dirty people doing proper but dirty things.

- Basa-basa-pik!

PokeMon The Movie: I Choose You!

It's been two decades since the TV anime adaptation of the PokeMon video game franchise was aired in TV Tokyo since the Spring of 1997 and to commemorate the anime series' 20th anniversary, this year's PokeMon film is a retelling of the original saga, which is named after the very first episode of the show, titled "Pokemon, I Choose You!"

PokeMon The Movie:
I Choose You!

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You (日本名:劇場版ポケットモンスターキミにきめた!), revisits the beginning of an epic journey of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) and his Pokemon partner Pikachu. Those who saw the first episode of the PokeMon TV series don't mean a darn thing to them but for those who didn't, it's about Ash who is finally old enough to begin his journey as a PokeMon trainer when suddenly, he was too late to get one of the first three PokeMons and instead, he gets an Electric-type Pikachu. Following their disastrous first impressions, the two realized it became the start of their blooming friendship.

Although this film is a retelling of the Indigo League saga, there has been some major changes happened to the tale to put a fresh new twist on the beginning of the tale and while this film features some familiar PokeMons such as Lucario, Piplup, and Ho-oh, as well as new ones such as Sun and Moon's Incineroar and the brand new mythical Pokemon Marshadow but more on that later on. 

Because this is the epic retelling of Ash's first adventure as a PokeMon trainer, it's a welcoming feast for fans and newcomers alike and it doesn't matter if you know the anime series or not because while this film serves as a quick refresher like every anime compilation films do, this film is the ideal introduction to anyone who never watched the first PokeMon episode as well as the whole series. This is important work but for the 90's kids like us, it brings back memories of when we watch the anime show since childhood and this is one of the main reason why we love watching anime shows thanks to this. Whether if its catching PokeMon, battle against Gym Leaders, drive away Team Rocket's dastardly schemes to separate these two, or a nice stroll through new and exciting places, this film is by no means the best fragment of our childhood memories.

Although the retelling of the Indigo League saga is abruptly ruined by some cast changes and others because we want this film to retell just like what the anime series does, this film is one of the best reasons we are fans of Pokemon since two decades ago.

So, now that I explained everything about that film, time to talk about the brand new mythical Pokemon Marshadow and how you can get one. From now until the end of September, a movie ticket grants you a special code to obtain Marshadow for use in Pokemon Sun and Moon games. Capped at Level 50, Marshadow bears the Technician ability which boosts the power of moves with the power rate of 60 and below and features a signature move called Spectral Thief, which allows Marshadow to steal the opponent's stat changes while delivering massive damage to it. With the Marshadium Z crystal, Marshadow can unleash its signature Z-move called Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike. This is a wonderful Pokemon that bears Fighting-and-Ghost type, meaning it can cover up its weaknesses while unleashing some terrifying moves on hapless opponents.

My rating: 4.7 out of 5.

AlDub - Two Years on...

Photo: Official Eat Bulaga Facebook

It all began in the 16th of July, 2015, when Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza made her first impression with Alden Richards during the Problem Solving segment of Eat Bulaga via split screen and a few moments later, Kalyeserye was born much to the jubilee of the public, which became later known as the AlDub Nation.

As an AlDub Nation, named for the legion of AlDub fans from all corners of the globe, everyone forget about what's going on around here and they only focus on the AlDub antics in Eat Bulaga. Whether from their Dabarkads Pa More performance, the kidnappings, dates, treasure hunting, copycats, a visit to Enchanted Kingdom, post-war romance flashback, their Lenten Specials' performance, any AlDub moment you can think of, as well as their Philippine Arena performance since October 24th, 2015, the phenomenal love team has been shattering so many records, our heads are spinning endlessly.

It's not just their EB antics that the phenomenal love team are good at, it's the other stuff outside EB is what made them great. They appeared in two films such as My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore and last year's Imagine You and Me. After that, they once had a TV series of their own titled Destined To Be Yours. which lasted from March to May of this year. Easier done than said.

Now, here we are, two years later, and despite things getting uglier, our love for AlDub is still stronger than ever and when our minds still stuck over AlDub, we forget our worries and stay happy, no matter the odds.

Happy 2nd anniversary to AlDub and let's hope that forever stays FOREVER.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Let's Do The News! (July 14, 2017)

- The Department of Social Welfare and Development received one million peso cash donation from the Commission of Election, which is meant to assist evacuees, particularly COMELEC employees, who were affected by the crisis in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur.

- The DNA sample from one of the victims of the massacre in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan matched with the DNA of primary suspect Carmelino Ybanez. This serves as the proof that he raped Estrella Dizon, one of the five victims of brutal killings in mentioned province last June 27, 2017.

- The Pasay Police Intelligence Unit operatives managed to arrest the top Most Wanted Persons in the area, and nine of his associates at Manda Compound, M. Dela Cruz Street, Barangay 130.

- Three gunmen opened fire at the police near Jerusalem's holiest site, wounding three Israelis, two of them critically, before the attackers were killed by security forces, Israeli police said. The gunmen arrived at the sacred site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, and walked towards one of the Old City gates nearby, according to the police.

- Singapore temporarily suspended most of their road, rail works after viaduct collapse kills a Chinese worker and injuring 10 of his colleagues.

- Jaguar launched the E-Pace crossover and during its world premiere, it managed to perform the furthest barrel roll ever recorded on the Guinness World Record.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace

- Gran Turismo Sport will launch on the PS4 this mid-October 2017. North America and Asia will be the first to get GT Sport when it arrives this October 17, followed by Europe a day later. It will be available in Japan this October 19.

- The City Hunter manga franchise will spawn a French live-action movie coming this February 2019.


30 best moments in Metal Gear history

Even with creator Hideo Kojima no longer working with the franchise, leaving its future in doubt, the world still celebrates 30 years of Metal Gear like they always do and as the world honors three decades of the hit stealth action game Konami has ever made, let's take time to jot down the best 30 moments in Metal Gear history.

Metal Gear Solid

From fistfights, man against machines, wild west shootouts, sword duels, every moment in Metal Gear is memorable in every tangible way and as the series reaches its 30th anniversary, time to remember some of the best moments that shaped the Metal Gear saga into the franchise we loved for. BE WARNED though that this stuff contains spoilers so play the rest of the saga first before coming back for this list.

1) After getting the Card8 from Coward Duck and going through pitfall-infested areas and electric floors that that led him to the Metal Gear, Snake comes face to face against the ultimate weapon of mass destruction he must destroy. After several plastique bombs that is recommended against Metal Gear, Solid Snake successfully destroyed but the timer is set and Outer Heaven's wired to blow. Still, could be worse, Solid Snake engages on a one-on-one battle against Big Boss. After defeating Big Boss, Solid Snake has escaped from Outer Heaven once and for all.

2) Solid Snake faces off against his comrade, Gray Fox, who pilots the Metal Gear. After throwing grenades on its legs, which is its weak point, Metal Gear has been blown away but most of his equipment went in flames. After throwing away his equipment, Snake engages on a fistfight against Fox and after winning the fight, Snake heard a mysterious voice which led him to a rematch against Big Boss. After getting through the locked doors and some oil spills to get the lighter and a aerosol spray, Snake sets Big Boss in flames. After defeating Big Boss, Snake reunites with Holly as they are getting away from Zanzibar Land from reinforcements.

3) Upon Snake's encounter with Hal Emmerich, he was caught off-guard by the Cyborg Ninja by surprise and the two adversaries engaged in a fistfight, the more Snake fought the Cyborg Ninja. After a bloodless fistfight, Cyborg Ninja's starting to lose control while Snake found out that the Ninja's actually Gray Fox, back from the dead. With the Cyborg Ninja retreated, Snake meets up with Hal and learned about Metal Gear. Learning the truth, Hal will help Snake to deal with the Metal Gear via codec contact under the Otacon name.

4) The battle against Psycho Mantis is by no means one the most memorable fights in Metal Gear history and who can forget his signature blackout trick that renders the screen black? What's even cool is that because Mantis knows your controls, the only trick is to use the second controller to defeat Mantis. No battle is cooler than the Mantis fight.

5) With Snake and Meryl being caught by the guards as well as Sniper Wolf, Snake is transferred to the torture chamber where he will either submit himself to Ocelot's torture. This torture involves Snake getting electrocuted and he has to survive through the torture or else it's game over. After the torture, Snake is locked in to the cell with a guard on sight before he's getting tortured again. Meanwhile, Otacon appeared out of nowhere via stealth camouflage and gave Snake nothing but a bottle of ketchup. Doesn't know why but it works as fake blood to fool the guard and it did. With Snake got his equipment, the mission continues.

6) After Snake pinned down a Hind D helicopter with Liquid in it, Snake managed to the ambush at the elevator against stealth-equipped Genome soldiers to reach through the building where MG-REX is housed. However, his race against time hits a snag with another sniper battle against Sniper Wolf. After Snake defeated Sniper Wolf once and for all, Otacon appeared as he mourn on the death of his lover while Wolf told him the truth about how she feels for him. With Wolf died, Snake placed the handkerchief on her face, attracting the wolves howling for the fallen sniper.

7) After the fall of Vulcan Raven, Snake has reached through the REX Hangar and he obtained a special key to override REX's protocols. However, there is a problem; there's only one key and REX requires three sequences with patterns matching temperatures. Fortunately, this key can change its properties when exposed to hot and cold temperatures, allowing Snake to venture back to the place where he defeated Raven and the blast furnace to change the key card's properties before inserting it on one of the computers. However, as he activated all three, he received a codec message from Miller. Turns out that it's a trap; MG-REX's now active and the Master Miller he contacted is none other than, you guessed it, Liquid. Thanks to Snake, Liquid's plot to use this nuclear weapon against the government is thriving, and he has to take it down. Out of nowhere, Gray Fox emerged and while he successfully weaken REX's functionalities, he was later killed by Liquid and Snake avenged Fox by destroying REX once and for all. 

8) With REX destroyed, both Snake and Liquid woke up from unconsciousness and with Liquid told Snake the truth behind the Genome Soldiers and how did they emerged from their own genes, Snake tried to contact Colonel Campbell, only later he was cut off by Secretary of Defense Jim Houseman, who plots to bomb the whole Shadow Moses with the nukes along with it. With time running out, Snake engages on a final fistfight against Liquid with Meryl's life at stake whether how did she survived following Snake's torture earlier. With Snake defeated Liquid after that intense fistfight, he rescued Meryl and escape using a jeep. During their getaway, Liquid emerged and the two adversaries fight themselves to the finish and upon the escape, Liquid tries to kill Snake but the FOXDIE virus killed Liquid. Snake contacted the Colonel and he was relieved that the air strike was averted following Secretary Houseman's arrest. Snake told the Colonel about Otacon's whereabouts and the two finally got away from Shadow Moses safely.

9) Snake managed to get through the Marines' presentation of a new Metal Gear prototype lurking under the tanker in New York City to collect photographic evidence. After obtaining photographic evidence, the presentation ended until the appearance of Ocelot and the Gurlukovich soldiers, led by Sergei Gurlukovich, Olga's father. Ocelot killed Sergei and the Marine sergeant and threatened the Marines that he'll blow this tanker off, prompting a quick getaway using Metal Gear Ray. With the tanker blown, Snake rushed to Ocelot until Liquid's re-emergence through Ocelot's right arm made Snake panicked in despair. Ocelot got away with the RAY while Snake is caught in the sinking of the tanker.

10) Raiden encountered a person who thinks he's from the NYPD until Pliskin comes in and the man in question is known as Peter Stillman, the bomb disposal expert. Peter told the men about the bombs planted around the Big Shell are the work of Fatman from the terrorist group, Dead Cell. Fatman is the self-proclaimed Emperor of Explosives and he always leaves some sort of fragrance on the bombs he planted. To find and disarm those explosives, they will need some kind of special sensor to find one and disarm using a coolant. As they keep disarming more and more explosives, word from Stillman is that there are some bombs Fatman never left his scent on, so Raiden needs to go back to the mess hall to pickup a special sensor. After disarming bombs, Raiden was contacted by Peter until he was caught in the blast at the Shell 2 Core. As Raiden rushes through the heliport, he was blocked by a sudden encounter of a railgun-wielding female named Fortune. Raiden tries shooting her but bullets won't harm her because of some sort of force, leaving him no choice but survive until the lift has arrived. With the lift arrived, Raiden's got the chance to shoot her but instead, he shot Vamp. As Raiden reached the heliport, he encounters Fatman and engages on a duel while trying to disarm some explosives. After killing Fatman, he triggered his biggest party piece; a bomb that would blow up half of the Shell and it's his dead body. Raiden successfully disarmed the last bomb ever planted and his mission to rescue the President continues.

11) Using the uniform he obtained from a mysterious ninja called Mr. X, and the AKS-74U he found in the storage, Raiden managed to get through Shell 1 Core unnoticed while finding a certain hostage, who revealed to be Richard Ames, a Secret Service agent. Upon their encounter, Ames told Raiden the terrorists' plot to use the President's launch code to engage the nuclear weapon. Raiden managed to eavesdrop a conversation between Ocelot and a mysterious adversary using a directional microphone. As Ocelot comes out, Raiden obtains the card from Ames and returns to his disguise. Following Ames' sudden heart attack after his rage against Ocelot, Raiden's disguise was busted by the troops and with Mr. X emerged, Raiden tries to getaway from Shell 1 and heads to Shell 2 Core.

12) As Raiden tries to reach Shell 2 Core, he encounters a mysterious caped adversary who claimed to be Solid Snake but Pliskin protested he's not Solid Snake. The caped adversary revealed to be Solidus Snake, the third of the Les Enfants Terribles project, and with Raiden discovered Snake's real identity, he tries to fend Solidus off, until he's inside a Harrier with Vamp along with it. Snake tosses Raiden some Stinger missiles as the Kasatka he's on can't stand up with the Harrier. Using the Stinger missiles, Raiden tries to fend off the Harrier until that moment when they witnessed that Metal Gear's already active! After the shocking revelation, Raiden continues to rush to Shell 2 Core to rescue the President. During the rescue, the President told Raiden the truth about Big Shell and the cover story that fooled everyone regarding the Tanker incident two years ago. He also mentioned Solidus' true identity as a former US President who became the leader of the Dead Cell terrorists as well as the Metal Gear that houses Metal Gear known as Arsenal Gear. Only a woman named Emma Emmerich, Otacon's stepsister, can disrupt Arsenal with the virus and he lends Raiden a keycard that will take her to Emma and the code against Arsenal. After the President revealed the truth, he wanted Raiden to kill him to prevent a nuclear strike until Ocelot emerged out of nowhere and shot the President by surprise.

13) After defeating Vamp, Raiden managed to rescue Emma, who has a serious childhood trauma regarding bodies of water, and he will do whatever he can to reunite Emma with her stepbrother by all means necessary. As they reached the rendezvous point with Snake on the other side, the two men are using sniper rifles to keep Emma safe from incoming threats, be it a soldier or a Cypher UAV, until when Emma's going to reach Snake, Vamp jumps out and Raiden shot him, but Emma was fatally stabbed by Vamp. As the countdown before Arsenal Gear gets off, Raiden rushes back to the Shell 1 Core and with Emma passed away from Otacon's eyes, the virus was implanted on the mainframe but it will take moments before it goes into effect. In the meantime, Snake told Otacon to evacuate the hostages while he and Raiden have unfinished business to do, which involves using Raiden as bait to get into Arsenal.

14) As the naked Raiden sneaks his way through Arsenal, he keeps receiving eerie messages from the Colonel until Rose contacted him to tell the truth about how the two feel. After a shocking conversation, Raiden was reunited with Snake and got his equipment back. Also, Snake gave Raiden a weapon from the ninja, who revealed as Olga all along, an HF Blade that Raiden would love to use it. As the two fend off an army of Tengu troops, Raiden gets on the top of Arsenal Gear until Solidus emerged and an army of mass-produced MG Rays attacked him. Raiden was outnumbered by those mass produced Rays until the virus went in effect, causing them to go haywire. After the mess, Ocelot steps in along with Fortune, who got Snake during Raiden's ascend to the top of Arsenal. Ocelot shots her but Fortune's railgun couldn't hit Ocelot because of some sort of electromagnetic device he's using. However, the strain in Ocelot's right arm caused Liquid to take over Ocelot's body and he gets inside Ray to finish the job once and for all. However, as the Ray fired its missiles on everyone, Fortune, using her last strength of her energy, managed to deflect the missiles using nothing but a miracle. As Snake pursues Liquid, Raiden and Solidus emerged at New York City's Federal Hall for a denouement and following such revelations between them, the sword fight between father and son emerges. In the heat of the battle, Raiden defeated Solidus once and for all and after the battle, Raiden's starting to wonder who he really is until Snake gave him a little pep talk on his future.

15) Following Snake's rescue mission on a Russian scientist named Sokolov, they were caught in a battle between the KGB troops and the GRU's Ocelot unit, led by a young Ocelot. As Snake fended them off with CQC, he escorts Sokolov to safety until his encounter with The Boss changes everything. The Boss told Snake he's defecting to the Soviets and following her shocking move, she and her Cobras took Sokolov and throw Snake out into the falls. Following Snake's injury, he witnessed a devastating nuclear attack on Russian soil using an American-made Davy Crockett portable nuclear warhead. Following the Virtuous Mission incident, the Russians are blaming the US Government and they're going on an all-out war with the Americans unless they sent someone to assassinate The Boss and that someone none other than Naked Snake. This is the start of Operation Snake Eater.

16) During Operation Snake Eater, Snake faces off against a ragtag group of super soldiers known as The Cobras. There is The Pain, who uses insects as his weapon, The Fear who can fall victim using crossbows loaded with pipe bombs and venoms as well as invisibility to blend himself through the jungle, The End who is a ancient sniper hidden through the forests, and The Fury who shoots flames all over.

17) When Snake's Major Raikov disguise was caught off guard by Volgin, Volgin shot Sokolov in the legs while Snake trying to fend off Volgin until The Boss steps in to knock Snake unconscious. Moments later, Snake was tortured by Volgin and after the torture, Snake sees Ocelot doing Russian Roulette to intimidate Tatiana, who is actually EVA in disguise, until the bullet hit Snake's right eye. Ocelot lodged him with a transmitter while The Boss shot him with a revolver before lending the empty gun to him and said "Run." Tatiana whispered to Snake that she has her equipment and she set up a rendezvous point. Snake tries to fool the prison guard by any means necessary and escape from the Groznyj Grad to the rendezvous point while the Ocelot units tailing him. Snake jumps out from the sewers to get away from Ocelot until one moment, he woke up with the sudden encounter with a Cobra member known as The Sorrow. After woken up from such a nightmare, Snake ventured to the rendezvous point and uncovered Tatiana's real identity, who happens to be EVA. After getting his gear back, EVA lends Snake some C3 explosives to plant on the fuel tanks at the Shagohod's hangar.

18) After his clash with Volgin, the C3 explosives set off and the hangar's destroyed. Snake and EVA tries to get away while reaching to the point where he'll face with The Boss. However, the Shagohod's already active and the intense sidecar getaway sequence begins as they are racing their way to the rail bridge, where EVA planted a bomb on the struts for Snake to shoot it when the timing's right. The bridge's destroyed but the Shagohod jumps out, prompting Snake for an epic do-or-die match against this monster machine. With Volgin and the Shagohod defeated, the pursuit continues until they've reached through the woods when the bike got shot and jumped out from the bike. After Snake treating EVA's wounds and gave her the revolver, the two are working their way out from the woods and as they reached the escape point, Snake comes back to face against The Boss for a final showdown. With The Boss falls, she gave Snake the remnants of the Philosophers' Legacy as well as her signature Patriot assault gun and then took her life with her own gun.

19) As Snake reached the missile silo in the pursuit of Gene, he faces off against Cunningham for the last time and explained about how the war unfolds into greater heights and his true intentions, prompting Snake to finish off Cunningham once and for all. After defeating Cunningham, he's going to use the nuke on themselves but failed when his hoverjet blown into smithereens. As he reached Gene, he told Snake everything about this conspiracy. As Gene's about to launch the nuke, Ursula (Elisa) appears out of nowhere and used every ounce of her psychic power to fend him off until Gene killed her. As Gene tries to carry on with the plan, Snake vowed Elisa to avenge her while Ursula witnessed his future. With Gene triggered the nuclear launch, Snake engages Gene on a climactic battle to decide the fate of the world. As Snake outsmarted Gene's psychic powers and defeated him, Gene lend him a film that contains information on his planned world domination but didn't lend him how to stop the nuke. Listening in to Sokolov, Snake used by whatever means necessary to stop the launch but despite efforts from him and the group of soldiers helping him, the nuke was launched. However, the nuke witnessed a malfunction and exploded into many pieces. Snake and his men succeeded from destroying a nuclear weapon.

20) During Old Snake's pursuit on Liquid Ocelot in the Middle East, he was reunited by his old ally Meryl and after all the bickering over personal interests, she introduced him to the her team called RAT PT 01 consisting of her, Akiba, Ed, and Jonathan. After their little introduction, their rendezvous point was raided by Liquid's personal army, the Haven Troopers. As Snake, Meryl, and the gang fends against those heavily armed personnel, Snake continues to pursue Liquid in the war-torn Middle East until his first encounter of the BB Corps that wiped out the militias. After the encounter, Snake managed to infiltrate the enemy camp and encountered Liquid until he became lured into his trap.

21) After defeating Laughing Octopus, Old Snake heads to the forest to follow a trail that will lead him to Naomi. After leading him to Naomi's, he saw her being taken by soldiers and Vamp. As Snake shot Vamp in the head, Liquid unleash the abnormalities on the soldiers' nanomachines, acting them like zombies. After rescuing Naomi, Snake hitched a ride from Drebin and fight his way to the extraction point at a village, with puppet soldiers and Gekkos tailing on their backs.

22) As the Resistance escorting the remains of Big Boss to an extraction point, the Raven Sword soldiers, Gekkos, as well as Haven Troopers, are gunning the resistance down while Snake and Big Mama making a quick getaway from enemy fire while keeping the remains safe. After the chase, Snake and Big Mama got cornered by the attacks of the Sliders and Snake goes to the tower to attack Raging Raven. After defeating Raging Raven, he escorted Big Mama to safety, only to found out that Liquid destroyed the remains of Big Boss. Worse, he now has full control of the nanomachines because of Guns of the Patriots, killing everyone on sight. After that traumatic event, Snake's left face was burnt while Liquid and his troops getting away with Otacon's MG Mk.II leapt through Liquid's ship.

23) After Old Snake and Otacon reached REX's hangar to find the remains of MG REX before Liquid get his hands on it, Otacon found out that Liquid wanted REX's railgun rather than the whole unit. As the plot thickens, Vamp appears and Snake faces off against the immortal adversary until he injected him with the syringe to nullify his immortality. With Vamp now being mortal, self-destructing Gekkos appeared and as Raiden appears to finish Vamp off, Snake readies the railgun he obtained from defeating Crying Wolf. With Vamp killed, Naomi tries to end her suffering and with the loss of Naomi, Snake and his allies are in control of MG REX while pursuing against Liquid. As he faces off against Liquid in a Metal Gear Ray, the party really starts. It's a battle between REX and Ray until one stand out from the top.

24) After the virus wiped out all the existence of the Patriots, Snake faces Liquid for one final fistfight at the top of Outer Haven. It became the fistfight to end all fistfights until the winner is named. As Snake defeated Liquid, he says his last words to him before his death.

25) As Big Boss races through the Soviet base in Nicaragua to rescue Paz from Coldman's clutches, Snake realised that he's too late as Coldman inputted a false data on Peace Walker. As Coldman's plot thickens, Galvez emerged and revealed his true identity as Vladimir Zadornov as he manipulates his plan to attack Cuba. He even forced Paz to kill Coldman as well. After Coldman was shot dead, Zadornov's going to dispose Big Boss once and for all until Amanda, Chico, Miller, and his men arrived to save Snake. Just when they thought everything is over, Dr. Strangelove told Snake about The Boss as she sends him to Peace Walker until Coldman activated the nuke to carry out the false nuclear attack as his memento. Snake has to attack Peace Walker before it launches the nuke and after several rockets, bullets, and explosions later to ward Peace Walker off, the false nuclear data still remains just as when the persuasion with the government officials wasn't enough, the Mammal Pod's opened for him to empty it but the false nuclear data still remains. Snake thrown in everything he got until Peace Walker awakens to commit its ultimate sacrifice.

26) After numerous escape attempts, Big Boss neutralized Zadornov once and for all. However, all's not well in Mother Base when his Metal Gear Zeke went active and it was the work of Paz, who was revealed that she's a spy who works from a shadowy organization known as Cipher. When Snake rejected Paz's offer to join Cipher, Paz initiates a nuclear strike and it's up to Snake to destroy his creation cannibalized by a spy. After Paz bailed out from Zeke, things are back to the way things were and the real ending is when Miller told Snake the truth and why it matters for MSF.

27) Following the dramatic conclusion of Peace Walker, Big Boss infiltrates a US military base in Cuba to rescue Chico and Paz while the Mother Base staff prepares for a surprise inspection from the IAEA. After rescuing Chico and Paz, Snake witnessed the fall of Mother Base and almost most of his men while being attacked by some mysterious group of soldiers.

28) Snake and the Diamond Dogs are facing off against Sahelanthropus and they give in everything they got to stop this atrocity and claim their vengeance against Skull Face. After Sahelanthropus was fallen, Snake and Miller finally got the chance to extract revenge against the man behind Cipher. If Snake didn't shoot Skull Face, Miller did but he decapitated Skull Face instead and let him live in agony until Huey killed him. Upon returning to Mother Base, they brought the downed Sahelanthropus with them, proof that they have successfully extracted revenge against Cipher but the road to vengeance is far from over. Moments after Sahelanthropus under Mother Base hands, however, Eli and the child soldiers got away with it, raising questions on its whereabouts.

29) After Big Boss found Quiet held captive by the Soviet troops at the Lamar Khaate Palace, he witnessed Quiet violently attacked the captors and later reunited with Snake as they face off reinforcements storming through an abandoned Afghan palace. Snake needs to fend off the reinforcements while protecting the silent assassin. As they successfully rid the reinforcements, Snake tries to bring Quiet to the designated rendezvous point in the dead of a sandstorm. However, Snake was bitten by a snake and Quiet tries to rescue him while summoning the chopper for pickup. This is the part where we see Quiet literally broke her silence and after the rescue, Snake woke up with Quiet nowhere to be found and all that's left from her is a cassette tape of her testimony with Snake.

30) The real ending of The Phantom Pain is the biggest plot twist no one ever saw it coming. While revisiting the beginning of the story, the one where Cipher's XOF raided a hospital in Dhekelia while Snake is escaping the hospital with the help of someone known as Ishmael. After witnessing the beginning, here's the real kicker; the Ishmael who helped Snake escaped from the hospital is actually Big Boss after all and the Big Boss in question is actually a regular Mother Base soldier now bearing Snake's identity.

And there you have it. My 30 best moments in Metal Gear history and if you have anything else to say, don't be afraid because the celebration of 30 years of Metal Gear continues and with the upcoming orchestral performance featuring the best songs from the history of the Metal Gear saga from Operation Snake Eater to Guns of the Patriots, looks like there's more icing on top of the cake as the world celebrates 30 years of Metal Gear and in preparation for next year's Metal Gear Survive.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kia Stonic

This is the new Kia Stonic and it's based on the recently launched Hyundai Kona compact SUV and while it's basically a Hyundai Kona underneath, there's something different about this compact SUV and it's hard to explain what's what about Kia's newest compact SUV until now.

2018 Kia Stonic

A stoic addition to the SUV lineup, the Stonic is just one of the key reminders that why make another crossover in a world full of crossovers on the road in the same way more and more people are becoming fatter after eating at McDonald's. With the sharp rise of SUV sales through the years, seems that Kia's on the roll right now judging the fact that they have so many SUVs to choose from such as the Mohave, the Sorento, the Sportage, the Soul, and the Niro hybrid. With the Stonic though, it promises to be a game changer in the ever-growing compact SUV race.

So what's it all about the Stonic? At first glance, the design was heavily influenced by the Provo concept as seen from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and that took them four years to plan this kind of crossover from scratch or so they thought. With such a promising concept-derived design, there is a very high probability that it will capture the target audience with ease, mostly young urban professionals.

2018 Kia Stonic interior
2018 Kia Stonic

While the exterior looks very eye-catching to some yuppies elsewhere, the interior is somewhat above average when you look at it and with its two-tone interior color combination, it's all about individuality first before everything else. For an above average interior, it still clicks all the right buttons for every nooks and crannies and very roomy indeed for your mates at the trip to the mall during the sunset on the weekends. It's also practical indeed because of its generous boot space and with the two-steep boot floor, there's so much stuff to store for your busy schedules. This crossover is all about getting the job done from one place to another and it's focused for those who are all work and all play, day in, day out, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2018 Kia Stonic

Because it's based on the Hyundai Kona, the Stonic really behaves like an everyday city car but unlike the Kona, it's front-wheel drive only and the only engine offered is a 1.6L E-VGT engine that produces (ahem) 23PS less than the Kona's so it's 110PS of power output, 30.6kg-m of torque. Mated to a 7-speed DCT, combined fuel economy is expect to range from 16.7 to 17kmpl, depending on the size of the alloys. So, the bottomline on the Stonic's performance is while it shares almost the same characteristics as the Hyundai Kona, it couldn't match the Kona in every tangible way aside from the 23PS power gap between them.

What about safety? Well, the Stonic's got almost everything to keep them prepared for the long traffic in the metropolis and it has Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert; Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning System. Couple that with a brand new camera system with High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning and the result is a well-prepared crossover that is well prepared in the case of moderate to severe traffic conditions.

The price? The Stonic starts at 18,950,000 Korean Won, same as its Hyundai Kona relative, but what you will not like about the Stonic is the lack of almost everything the Kona has such as four-wheel drive, a more powerful turbo petrol engine, the Lane Keeping Assist, and pretty much about it. Even though the Kia Stonic lacks something that the Hyundai Kona had, it's all the right moves and the right curves and you can't deny having one right now.

Available colors: Click White, Moist Yellow, Signal Red, Smoke Blue, Deep Sienna Brown, Platinum Graphite, and Aurora Black Pearl.

Photo: Kia Motors

Bloody Crayons

For the month of July, Star Cinema's latest offering is an absurd but horrific horror movie about a group of young people got caught in a deadly game of...well, you guessed it, crayons.

Bloody Crayons

Bloody Crayons in a horror movie that stars the freshest names in Philippine showbizness such as Janella Salvador, Elmo Magalona, Sofia Andres, Diego Loyzaga, Jane Oineza, Maris Racal, Yves Flores Empoy, and Ronnie Alonte. Directed by Topel Lee, this film is about a group of young people spending their summer vacation on a mysterious island for a short film project. When they encounter a game of bloody crayons, the gang are now suddenly trapped on a deadly game where survival is just a crayon away.

Everybody are being bothered by most horror films making horrific take on everyday objects and Bloody Crayons fall to this latest example of when you take an everyday object in real life and then giving it horrifying twist just to show that when something so playful and innocent becomes something very deadly and once your in the game, there's no way out until the game ends. So, who would rather want to see a horrifying take on a children's favorite art utensil in the first place?

Truth be told, most people are too oblivious to see such a horror movie like this especially when they turn a children's favorite into a deadly game of despair and Bloody Crayons suffered on the same fate as the other horror movies they're too oblivious about but despite being too mediocre and too absurd for a horror movie of this magnitude, that won't stop moviegoers from watching it, especially those youngsters sneaking their way through the cinemas after school to watch this film with their mates. Shady but flattering for a barkada movie to watch with your mates.

It's hard to sum up how this new horror movie fares but Bloody Crayons falls to being just a decent horror movie nothing too special about and even though it's too absurd for a horror movie, your mates are going to enjoy watching alongside with you whether you like it or not. Still, you wouldn't tell that to your mom and dad about that movie you're watching it, don't you?

My rating: 2.6 out of 5.

Let's Do The News! (July 13, 2017)

- President Rodrigo Duterte labeled Cebu as a "hot spot" for illegal drugs, including its police. In his speech during the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the President said that Visayas has been poisoned since it became a gateway for drugs.

- Palawan is once again named World's Best Island for 2017 according to Travel Plus Leisure, an influential travel magazine based in New York.

- Two low pressure areas are being monitored by PAGASA in the eastern and western part of the Philippines that will bring rains in the huge part of the country.

- The National Bureau of Investigation has filed a case against the man behind the viral post in social media showing his alleged bank details at the Bank of Philippine Islands.

- Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is in critical condition and his breathing is failing, according to the hospital treating him. Liu, a prominent participant in the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests of 1989, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after helping to write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms.

- Americans across the country have participated in a nationwide Day of Action to save Net Neutrality from FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plot to cannibalize Title II and allow ISPs freedom to do what they offer, basically taking away net neutrality. Part of the protests include slowing down internet connection for a day to demonstrate what it is like when the Trump-led FCC suppressed net neutrality.

- LEVC showcased their new TX eCity, set to be commissioned on London by the end of 2018. Replacing the current RX range, the new London cab will be powered by 1.3L range extending petrol engine, batteries, and an electric motor for a total range of 400 miles and over 70 miles on electric power alone.


- The all-new Suzuki Swift is now available with the new Strong Hybrid system sourced from today's Suzuki Solio. With the Motor Generator Unit, decelerator device, 5-speed Auto Gear Shift gearbox, and 100v Li-ion battery with inverter, fuel efficiency goes up to 32kmpl based on Japan's JC08 Mode standards. It's available to order starting at 1,668,600 Japanese Yen.

2018 Suzuki Swift

- To celebrate the upcoming Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You, a Nendoroid of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) and Pikachu has been unveiled. This will be their 800th Nendoroid ever unveiled and it's now available to order starting at 4,630 Yen plus tax and delivery and arrives this December 2017.

Nendoroid Ash Ketchum and Pikachu


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Let's Do The News! (July 12, 2017)

- Senator Cynthia Villar reprimanded the Bureau of Plant Industry for not noticing the questionable importation of garlic. She believes that the government agency clearly does not act, when there is lack for harvest for the said product.

- 19 transferees from Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur, have been granted scholarships from the University of Makati.

- As the death toll from the deadly flooding on the southwestern island of Kyushu has risen to 25, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe vows to help victims of floods.

- Reports suggest that Donald Trump Jr., the son of US President Donald Trump, once met a lawyer who has ties with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and gave info about Hillary Clinton in last year's elections. The lawyer in question says she didn't give Trump Jr. info on Clinton.

- The United States and Qatar signed an agreement aimed at combating the financing of terrorism, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Doha to try to end a month-long rift between Western-allied Arab states.

- A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter began transmitting data and images from humanity’s closest brush with the Great Red Spot, a flyby of the colossal, crimson storm that has fascinated Earthbound observers for hundreds of years. The Juno probe logged its close encounter with the Great Red Spot as it passed about 5,600 miles (9,000km) above the clouds of a massive storm.

- Former Peruvian leader Ollanta Humala is facing up to 18 months in jail as well as his wife to keep them from fleeing the country while money laundering charges are prepared against them, according to a request made public.

- The group in charge of the Silverstone Racing Circuit revealed that with problems arose with costs of hosting the British GP of the Formula 1 race every year, the owners have triggered a break clause in their contract to cease hosting the race after the 2019 season.

- Aston Martin uncovered the Valkyrie's updated key aerodynamic styling and interior packaging updates as it prepares for its 2018 production.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

- BMW will be joining the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2018-2019 season.

- Overwatch's favorite nurse Mercy spawned herself a Nendoroid. She's now available to order at your favorite retailers and arrives this January.

Nendoroid Mercy -Classic Skin edition-


FH3 Hot Wheels: PRIME Day

It's Prime Day and what better way to honor such a day of whatever that means to online shoppers than taking a spin round Hot Wheels Thrilltopia with some of the feral machines known to many, those that rev themselves to the prime meridian of their lives and whether if its against the likes of a HALO jumper, a mid-engined sportscar, or just for the fun of it, these prime specimens are all about business and leisure without compromise.

These are the prime specimens in question; the original Ford F-150 SVT Raptor with its 6.2L V8 engine, the 250HP Renaultsport Megane which is questionably the last three-door Renaultsport Megane in history as its replacement will be available as a five-door only, and the track-only finale of the legendary Pagani Zonda, the Zonda R.

Those three machines are humming to the sounds of the prime and despite being different in every tangible way, they are always in sync to the prime of their lives as they are proud to do whatever they want. The Raptor, for instance, once raced a HALO jumper and lost, the Megane once raced a mid-engined German roadster and lost, and the Zonda R, well, it tries to impress the driver with everything at its disposal. No matter the situation, the song of prime is what kept these machines alive for the prime of their lives as they enjoy their most insane races of their lives.

Since this is Prime Day, the Raptor, the Megane, and the Zonda are ready for their most insane race of their lives once more but first...

These prime specimens have been given improvements to survive Hot Wheels Thrilltopia. The Zonda R has became an inch replica of the Zonda Revolucion. The F-150 SVT Raptor became the Velociraptor by Hennessey. And the Megane RS250 became the Megane RS N4. The Revolucion replica is my idea while the Velociraptor and the Megane N4 are borrowed from a well-known expert in replicas. Guess I should give them credit after this. Anyway, with all set, these heavy beasts are ready for the prime of their lives as they are facing against a jurassic menace lying beneath the Hot Wheels tracks like bats out of hell.

This is exactly why they called PRIME Day because these prime specimens enjoyed the most insane races of their lives and even though their races are very dangerous, they feel like it should be like this all day. How's that for an epic soundtrack? From Arizona to Rockingham, this is business and leisure without compromise. This is PRIME and they are all made for their most insane moments in the prime of their lives.

Speaking of which, the Hot Wheels Goliath Circuit event's opened for business and looks like we'll end this note right here as I'm going to prepare the most insane race in my life right here in Thrilltopia. Until then, the journey continues...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Forza Horizon 3: Star of the Goliath

Behind closed doors, this Centenario is going to have the sweet spots it deserves as well as its looks just to rise for the occasion. Take a guess, folks. I'm sure the Centenario I'm working for is well-trimmed for a very special occasion. So, what's it going to be for the Centenario?

Right here...

Surprised? There is a main explanation to that. You see, both the Forza franchise and THE IDOLM@STER franchise were launched in 2005. Their latest offerings such as this, Forza Horizon 3, and THE IDOLM@STER Platinum Stars came out in the year 2016 and what better way to honor such installments is by decorating the FH3 star car into something Platinum Stars-inspired and here is the finishing result you see fit.

With the 765PRO ALLSTARS-inspired Centenario in place, there's one thing I should do with this special kind of Centenario I made it myself and for that, the Centenario is preparing for the ultimate challenge yet as it will take on the Goliath Circuit which covers all four routes from Byron Bay, Yarra Valley, the Outback, and Surfers Paradise. That's like the whole New South Wales, Act, and Victoria combined to create the ultimate festival event ever dared to take on.

A select number of cars can reach the maximum class and the Centenario is one of them. With the car set to the maximum class, a class only attainable for some of the cars upgraded to the max and to handle such power, you need some bravery to handle that kind of power and for a ultra fast car set in an ultra long circuit event, you need to man up to take on the ultimate challenge.

Sadly, my filming equipment can only take ten minutes of footage and for a track this big, it's impossible to film such unless you have a powerful vehicle that can eclipse the Goliath Circuit's near-impossible sub-10 minute mark. Even in max class, the Centenario is not one of them so I have a plan to make sure this footage goes smoothly enough to savor the occasion.

Without further ado, get ready to witness the birth of a star in the face of Goliath.

At last, a star is born and it happened right here in Horizon Australia!

So, I managed to conquer a mammoth of a circuit event but this is not the best time to rest in our laurels because even with the Goliath Circuit conquered, there's still plenty of leftovers to deal with from all corners of the Land Down Under. I maybe the star who dominated the Goliath Circuit but the journey is only the beginning because no matter how many events you conquered, there's still time and place to revisit some old events if you want to practice your skills when the opportunity arises.

Looks like I want to stay here just a little while longer because Australia is...kinda feels like home to me but which Australia?

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Bomb shelters unprepared as threat looms

Bomb shelters across South Korea and Japan are left unprepared in an event of an all-out military conflict breaks out as tensions escalate over the Korean peninsula's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons programme.

South Korea has nearly 19,000 bomb shelters throughout the country. They include more than 3,200 in Seoul, just 40km (25 miles) from the militarised border drawn up under a truce that stopped the Korean War but left them technically at war.

Their shelters are not built to withstand against nuclear, chemical, or biological attacks. They are mostly in subway stations or basements and parking garages in private apartments and commercial buildings designated as shelters with the consent of the owners. In Seoul, most bomb shelters have no long-term supplies of food, water, medical kits or gas masks. They can't be forced to stock up due to lack of public funding, according to an unnamed official.

In the Japanese capital city Tokyo, the remaining bomb shelters from the Second World War are no longer useable or accessible to the public and they have no plans to reuse the decades-old shelters or build new ones for now.

Source: Reuters

Let's Do The News! (July 11, 2017)

- The World Boxing Organization has concluded that judges were right to name Jeff Horn the winner in his bout against Manny Pacquiao after the controversial Brisbane battle two weeks ago. Horn took the Filipino great’s welterweight world title after judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in the 29-year-old’s favour but many observers questioned the outcome, saying the officials had made a “hometown decision”.

- Barangay officials could possibly stay in their positions since it has not yet been confirmed whether the barangay and youth council, Sangguniang Kabataan, will go ahead or will be postponed. According to COMELEC chairman Andres Bautista, this is possible due to the Congress' decision still on hold.

- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 hit the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued.

- A US military plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening and five people are reportedly killed. No official details were immediately available on the crash in northern Mississippi’s LeFlore County, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Jackson, the state capital. However, reports told at least five of the nine people aboard the plane are presumably dead.

- Rampant wildfires in Western Canada's British Columbia disrupted timber and mining operations, damaged equipment at a regional electric utility and forced thousands from homes in the interior of the province.

- With Islamic State all but ejected from one of its former capitals and surrounded in the other, members of a 72-nation coalition meet in Washington this week to try to ensure the battlefield victories do not, once again, evaporate amid new sectarian strife. Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announced that they've won the battle against the Islamic State in Mosul, three years after the militants seized the city.

- Avex Pictures aquired game maker ixtl and become its subsidiary.

- Russian court ruled last weekend to reduce blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky's prison sentence for posting a video of himself playing PokeMon Go in church.

- The all-new Audi A8 flagship saloon has been unveiled and it's the first to use its new AI traffic jam pilot that allows this car to autonomous drive through slow-moving traffic at up to 37.3mph.

- Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise showed his pic on a shooting for the next film alongside Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ving Rhames, in New Zealand, where shooting for the next film took place.


Monday, July 10, 2017

New Toyota Camry/Daihatsu Altis (XV70)

Back in January, Toyota launched the all-new Camry at the North American International Auto Show and while Americans are the first to get the new model, not to mention that it was part of this year's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series alongside its rival Ford Fusion and the soon-to-be-replaced Chevrolet SS, it's hard to fathom what will the Camry for the world market will be since the previous model but the new Camry we last saw in NAIAS last January has now arrived on the Japanese market and it promises to be a global midsize sedan known the world over with its new styling, new high-tech features, and eye-catching performance that sounds very promising but is it?

2018 Toyota Camry
2018 Daihatsu Altis

Like almost all of the wide-body Camrys since the Gracia, Toyota will sell you the new Camry for 3,294,000 Japanese Yen ($33,000) but if your nearest dealership was a Daihatsu and you want a midsize saloon like this one, don't fret because its Daihatsu Altis equivalent is now available to order starting at 3,499,200 Japanese Yen ($35,000). So, what's new with the design, perhaps? 

Come to think of it is a mashup of something old, something new, something Asian-American or so they say. Up front, the the front lamps look like it came from the old V50-spec Camry of 2006 while the bumper is more of an enlarged version of the one seen in the previous generation model. The grille is now T-shaped like the ones on the C-HR compact crossover, just to give the new Camry a keen look that won't be as tasteless as a tasteless sugar-free vanilla ice cream you bought at the supermarket. On the back view, well, let's just say it looks nice enough for the Camry of this magnitude but if you are asking for more about the back, better talk somewhere else.

2018 Toyota Camry interior
2018 Toyota Camry interior
2018 Daihatsu Altis interior
2018 Daihatsu Altis interior

Inside, it's becoming more luxurious than the previous model and while the dashboard kind of reminds you of the Prius, the instrumental panel looks auspiciously familiar to the Nissan Teana L33, one of the Camry's chief rivals in the midsize saloon stakes. With the instrumental panel looks very vivid and easy to see out of, the spacing on the rear is very promising indeed as well as the boot space big enough for your yard sale hauls you bought last weekend with the grannies.

2018 Toyota Camry
2018 Daihatsu Altis

Okay, enough about the design impression because it's time to get earful about how the new Camry behaves and with its earful TNGA platform, the new Camry promises to be comfortable and stable while delivering fun-to-drive handling you wouldn't expect on a car like this. It's also more rigid and even lighter as well thanks to its lightweight materials on the body. While this car delivers a sporty handling you would expect on a Japanese midsize saloon like this, the powertrain is not what you called convincing.

Like last time, the Camry is hybrid-only but it bears the brand new 2.5L A25A-FXS petrol engine mated to an 88kW electric motor and at long last, a Li-ion battery, resulting to a combined power output of 211PS of power, and with a CVT standard, fuel efficiency varies by 28.4 to 33.4km/L based on Japan's JC08 Mode standards but due to the WLTC Mode standards in force by next year, these stats are now irrelevant.

Still, if you are one of the people goes by the name of Truex Jr., Hamlin, Busch, Jones, Kenseth, Suarez, Sieg, Gaulding, and Gase, best to stick back to your NASCARS because with a performance of that caliber, the new Camry won't match against its NASCAR equivalent but for an average joe, it's not half bad to drive that Camry. It may not be as fun as a NASCAR but for work and at play, this Camry always get the job done and this is more than just a family car you can take it for work, it's a road trippers' car fit for your next weekend trips, especially when this car comes with Toyota Safety Sense P and a wide array of safety tech great enough to keep yourselves safe and happy.

So, I think that's enough about talking about the new Camry and its Altis equivalent from Daihatsu and despite being involved in NASCAR, it's nowhere near as fun as its NASCAR equivalent but you can feel thankful that this car isn't as tasteless as a vanilla ice cream and with its sharper design that looks uncanny for a midsize saloon, it's even more attractive as well and that is the bottomline.

Available colors: Platinum White Pearl Mica, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Emotional Red, Steel Blonde Metallic, Graphite Metallic, and Dark Blue Mica Metallic.

Photo: Toyota/Daihatsu

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

- The National Food Authority is investigating the complaints of evacuees in Iligan City that the rice provided in the relief packs smells bad and causes stomach ache.

- Davao City Archbishop Romulo Valles is named as the new president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The voting took place during the CBCP Biannual Plenary Assembly in Pope Pius Center in Paco, Manila. Effective next year, Valles will replace outgoing CBCP Pres. Archbishop Socrates Villegas while Caloocan City Bishop Apblo David will serve as Vice-president.

- Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez might declare a "state of calamity" due to consecutive quakes that are being felt in the Province of Leyte. Last Thursday, Leyte was first hit by a magnitude 6.5 quake where an establishment collapsed and two individuals died while more than 40 were hurt.

- Officials warned that wildfires in Western Canada may spread with more hot, dry weather, following over 220 wildfires reported across the province.

- London firefighters were battling a blaze at a building in the city's Camden Market as three floors and a roof of the building were on fire.

- Galvanized by the release of hardline leader Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuelan opposition supporters marked 100 days of protests against the Maduro administration blamed for political repression and economic misery. Thousands of people gathered in an east Caracas square to hear opposition figures including the wife of Lopez, Lilian Tintori, speak.

- Production of the Tesla Model 3 electric saloon has begun with the first Model 3 produced belongs to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

- Tickford has turned a Ford Mustang into a Bathurst '77 Special in honor of “one of the greatest moments in Australian motorsport”, when Allan Moffat and Colin Bond drove a pair of Ford Falcon XCs to a one-two finish at the 1977 Bathurst 1000.

- THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gekijo anime shorts renewed for another season coming this October.

- After recently premiered in Netflix last weekend, the Castlevania animated series gets renewed for another season with double the episodes than the first four.


Spider-Man Homecoming

Last year, Marvel fans got shocked when their web-slinging superhero Spider-Man became the surprise attraction in the battle between Iron Man and Captain America in Civil War. One question that sparks the minds of fans many is how does Spider-Man ended up on the Avengers initiative? Why did he become one of them? This new Spider-Man movie explains all.

Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man Homecoming is Marvel's brand new action-adventure movie that introduces actor Tom Holland to the role coveted by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in the past as Peter Parker, better known as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man as he's trying to become part of the Avengers initiative while dealing with his biggest moment of his life; the senior prom.

Peter Parker's chance encounter with Iron Man himself, Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.), changes everything and much to the dismay of his new mentor, Peter struggles to fit in to his normal life while busy saving the world as Spider-Man when a powerful new threat known as The Vulture (played by Michael Keaton) emerges and the friends and family Peter cared about will be threatened. How will he risk everything to save the day while more importantly, saving himself for his once-in-a-lifetime moment?

While Tom Holland's not new in the world of Marvel ever since his Civil War debut as Spider-Man, having a fresh new face puts a bold new twist to the epic story of everyone's friendly neighborhood and this film gets the job done rather well. While watching the film about Spider-Man getting involved with the Avengers initiative before his surprise appearance in Civil War last year has all the answers we really need, the way we look at Spider-man is beyond our predictions because like this one time, we all thought that Spidey's look will be the one hinted in the upcoming PS4-exclusive Spider-Man game but we were wrong because it's still classic Spidey look as we get from the pages of comic books and that was a bit of a disappointment for us all hoping to see Spider-Man's new look.

Despite the disappointment, Spider-Man Homecoming is a definite proof that the thrills and spills we expected from past Spider-Man films that traces us from the years of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are back. It is truly back and even with Tom Holland's presentation of being the new Spider-Man, it feels pretty much like all of the best Spider-Man films ever witnessed. So, now that we got the answer about how Spider-Man ended up on the Avengers initiative at the eyes of his new mentor, question is, is he ready for the endless war that will happen next year along with the other Marvel superheroes we saw in the past and the present? With Thor and Black Panther in the waiting list for the time being, looks like Spider-Man is ready, willing, and able enough to be in the ultimate Marvel experience soon and we have our fingers crossed.

My rating: 4.1 out of 5.

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - Quaker State 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series lands to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 and in this epic 274-lap battle of the best drivers in America, many have tried to survive this kind of grudge match but only one nailed it with three stage wins, making it one heck of an extraordinary match for greatness.

In the end of Lap 80, Martin Truex Jr. cleared the first stage of the race. Seven laps later, the number 14 car of Clint Boyer smacked through the wall as well as the #48 of Jimmie Johnson. After the smack in the wall by these two, MTJ also cleared stage two as well. Fast forward to lap 265, smoke comes out behind Truex Jr.'s car and such inevitable has triggered an overtime and after one heck of a chaotic overtime, Martin Truex Jr., wins the race after winning all three stages of the race. Not as flawless as such but this is his tenth career win.

Next race is on New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Overton's 301 this 16th of July.

F1 2017: Austrian GP

The Austrian Grand Prix of the 2017 Formula 1 Championship is putting the spotlight on some of the unsung heroes of Formula 1 rather than drawing attention to the Hamilton-Vettel quagmire since last week's Azerbaijan incident. Controversy aside, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari is more than lucky to race in this leg of the season despite further investigation by the FIA following last week's incident but the real winners of the Austrian GP are not in a surprising feat.

Mercedes-AMG's Valtteri Bottas has won the race with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel placed 2nd and Red Bull's top ace, Daniel Ricciardo placed 3rd. Those who also make it to the finish line are Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in 4th, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari in 5th place, and Romain Grosjean from Haas in 6th place.

Those who never made it through the race are Carlos Sainz from Toro Rosso, Haas' Kevin Magnussen, whose car suffered a hydraulic malfunction in lap 31,  Fernando Alonso from McLaren-Honda, and Max Verstappen from Red Bull, following both of their cars got knocked out by Daniil Kvyat at the start.

Despite finished 2nd, Vettel's lead against Hamilton has been widened to just 20 points in the overall standings.

Next race is on Silverstone, UK, on the 16th of July.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Seattle's take on Japan's summer festival

Every summer in Japan, there was this kind of event they do this occasionally called the Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival). Similar to the west's country fair, a typical "natsu matsuri" has people wearing kimonos or yukatas while taking on one venue after another such as catching fishes for fun, buying toys, eating food, and so on. There's so much to love about a typical summer festival happening every summer in Japan.

And that is why America's best place for Asian grocery, Uwajimaya, comes in with this Natsu Matsuri Outdoor Summer Festival, happened at the Uwajimaya Seattle Chinatown branch from the 8th to the 9th of July, 2017. In this event, it has some of the best entertainment offered by the event's guests as well as eating contests and over 15 food booths to whet your appetite for Asian foods.

Think of the Natsu Matsuri in Seattle as a preparation for next weekend's Dragon Fest, which will take place at the Seattle Chinatown District, and just like next weekend's Dragon Fest, this event takes place outdoors so you might want to put some sunscreen before heading off because it's hot outside and you might get a bad case of sunburns. Trust me, it happened to me before.

From Pre-School Choir, Shamisen dance lesson, taiko, curry eating contest, lion dance. The Natsu Matsuri has them all and they even have a Hello Kitty mascot to wave hello and take pictures alongside with a very popular cartoon character from Japan.

Out of all the events I've been in the city of Seattle, I've never been in an event which is as livelier than this Natsu Matsuri, which is more than just the celebration of the best of Asian-American culture but also kept me ready in preparation for next weekend's Dragon Fest. It's mad to call this event a short version of the Dragon Fest but if you've ever been at this weekend's Natsu Matsuri, you get the point that you are engaging yourself through one of the best events Seattle has to offer during the summer holidays.

Check out some pics I took from the event if you may...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Ask comments and questions here!