Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Video: See Janine Tugonon's reaction when she sees her photos chosen for the Nu Muse calendar

A month ago, we reported that the Nu Muses nude high-fashion calendar Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon appears in was already on sale, with the calendar officially being launched at the Art Basel art fair in Miami, Florida last December 2. Well, Janine was at the event and you can watch her reaction when she first sees the photos selected to appear in the calendar in the video below.

Sebastien Ogier proves us wrong; signs with M-Sport instead of Toyota Gazoo Racing for 217 WRC season

Back in November, we predicted that four-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier, together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia, will go with Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 2017 WRC season following Volkswagen's departure from the sport. Well, Ogier has proven us wrong by signing with M-Sport instead.

Joining Ogier at M-Sport will be Ott Tanak who drove for the DMACK outfit this season. Although both drivers are new to the team, Tanak will have a slight advantage, having driven a similar Ford Fiesta used by M-Sport since 2011. Both drivers though will be on the same playing field if M-Sport will be using the all-new Ford Fiesta which is scheduled to go on sale sometime next year.

Ogier though has his work cut out for him since he only has 39 days to prepare for the start of the 2017 season with the Rallye Monte-Carlo which is scheduled on January 20.

"There will be a lot of new things this season, but I am definitely looking forward to it." said Ogier. "We have a new generation of world rally cars, and a new team--it's certainly an exciting time."

Understandably, M-Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson couldn't hide his elation with Ogier joining his team.

"We go to Rallye Monte-Carlo with the number one on the door of the Ford Fiesta WRC and the strongest driver line-up we have had in years," Wilson exclaimed. "To say we're excited about next season is an understatement. We believe that we have produced an exceptional car, and we are in the best possible position ahead of this exciting new era."

So, do you think Ogier made the right choice by joining M-Sport instead of Toyota Gazoo Racing?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Recently-crowned 2016 Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg retires less than a week after winning the title

It hasn't been a week since Mercedes AMG Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg was crowned as the 2016 World Champion at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yet the German has officially announced his retirement from the sport.

Rosberg announced his retirement just before he was handed the Drivers' Championship Trophy in Vienna, Austria, saying that the title it has always been his "target."

"And now I’ve made it...so this feels right," Rosberg added.

"When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion," revealed Rosberg. "On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian (Rosberg's wife) and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto (Wolff, Mercedes AMG Formula 1 chief)."

Rosberg joined the Formula 1 circus in 2005 with the Williams F1 outfit as its test driver before he was elevated into a race seat a year later with the dismissal of Antonio Pizzonia. After four seasons with the team capped by a 7th place finish at the end of the 2009 season, Rosberg was drafted by the then-new Mercedes AMG team as its first driver, 55 years after the German carmaker left the sport at the end of the 1955 season.

Despite being partnered with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, Rosberg outclassed his more experienced teammate for the next three seasons. It was with Lewis Hamilton's entry into the team following Schumacher's departure after the 2012 season that things suddenly became tense between the the two drivers. Rivals in the junior formula series in their younger years, Rosberg and Hamilton were closely matched for the next three seasons from 2013 to 2015 though it was always the latter that came out on top at the end. For the 2016 season, although Hamilton won 10 races as opposed to Rosberg's nine, the latter only had one retirement compared to the former's two. Though Hamilton looked to finish the season on top with four successive first-place finishes, Rosberg only needed to complete the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a podium finish. And with Rosberg's second-place finish, the German took the crown by finishing the season five points ahead of Hamilton.

"This is a brave decision by Nico and testament to the strength of his character," Wolff said of Rosberg's retirement. "Since 2010, he has poured competitive energy into our team and we have grown stronger because of it. We simply say ‘thank you’ for the incredible contribution he has made to our success, alongside two of the all-time great drivers, Michael and Lewis."

Rosberg has competed in a total of 206 Grands Prix and won 23 of them, placing him on equal footing with Nelson Piquet as 12th on the all-time list. He also has 30 pole positions in his name, putting him as 8th on the all-time list. On a more auspicous note for the German Formula 1 team, Rosberg is the first German driver to win a Formula 1 World Championship at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow. As the son of 1982 Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg, Nico is the second son of a former world champion to win the title himself, following Damon Hill, son of two-time champ Graham Hill, in 1996.

Congratulations, Nico, and good luck on whatever you plan to do next.

Friday, December 2, 2016

#FaptasticFriday FHM Philippines wraps up 2016 with Ellen Adarna double cover!

I'll be honest, FHM Philippines' November 2016 issue was largely forgettable. Who were those two covergirls again? Well, it's a good thing that the publication is making up for this by featuring two-time covergirl and perennial crush ng bayan Ellen Adarna on the cover for the third time! And a double cover at that, much like her second appearance on the magazine's cover nearly five years ago in January 2012!

Shot in and around Zambawood, a luxurious beach resort in San Narciso, Zambales, Adarna is featured in various stages of undress, in real life or clever Photoshop notwithstanding. Also, it's nice that FHM.com.ph has posted online a few photos of Ellen from the shoot in a large 1200x1800 format. If you've looked through some of the online galleries the publication posted before, you know that they're quite small so seeing a couple of large ones--with Ellen, no less--is very much welcome indeed.

On her Instagram page, Ellen has also been generous enough to share with her followers some behind-the-scene snaps from the shoot, from a fainting spell she succumbed to during the shoot...

...to her baring her (not-so) flat ass and inviting her haters to kiss it.

Oh Ellen.  You'r really the gift that keeps on giving.

You can now customize your own adidas sneaker!

Adidas has taken a page off of Nike's playbook as the German sneaker brand has introduced its mi adidas customization program.

Just like Nike's NikeiD, the mi adidas program will allow you to design your own shoes and clothes from the company's huge selection of gears, from soccer jerseys (limited to adding your name and number though) and old-school sneakers like the Superstar and Stan Smith to future classics like the Tubular and Pure Boost ZG. You can even customize the Adilette Custom Slides sandals!

Understandably, there are some catches to customizing your own shoes. For one thing, you can't return it simply because it doesn't fit so it's best that you go to an adidas store, try out the sneaker model that you want to customize, and take note which size fits you best so that when you go back online to design your pair, you'd know which size to pick.

Another catch is that you'll have to wait three to four weeks for FedEx to deliver your bespoke pair of sneakers and that someone has to be at the designated shipping address to sign off on the delivery. Oh, and for now, the mi adidas program is only available for customers in the United States so you'll have to have it shipped to someone you know in the US.

And then there's this:

"You are kindly requested not to use, upload, submit, copy or otherwise make public any names, words or phrases which fall into any of the categories below:

Include the name of a product, service, company, organization and/or event which belongs to someone else;

Include the name or nickname of a famous person (living or dead);

If used on your customized products will infringe or may infringe third party trademarks or other intellectual property rights;

Are threatening, incite violence, defamatory, obscene, discriminatory, inflammatory, sexually explicit or otherwise unlawful."

So no, you can't put the word "Nike" on the Stan Smith's sockliner or the Tubular's tongue loop. You can, however, use Grosby, Kaypee, Accel, and Peak though. Yes, we tried them and they work :D 

Anyway, you can check out our customized EQT which will supposedly set us back by $135--the same price as a regular, run-off-the-mill EQT Super Sport Classic! So for the same price as a regular pair, you're actually getting one that may be uniquely yours, down to the lace jewel and tips. 

We also customized an OG adidas classic, the low-top Superstar, which would cost $108, just $3 more than a regular low-top Superstar...

 ...and a D Lillard 2 for $145, or $40 more than the regular ones.

You can play around with the mi adidas configurator at www.adidas.com/us/customize. Enjoy!