Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tiger Woods' latest endorsement deal...

Tiger Woods may have lost some of his high-profile endorsement deals.  However, some are wise to capitalize on this, and since Woods needs the money to keep banging his bevy of babes, he'll gladly take the money AND some samples of his latest product endorsement.  After all, he definitely needs it.



Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Environment charter a key component for Suzuki product development

Recognizing the changing social circumstances surrounding its global operations, Suzuki Motor Corporation has issued a global environmental charter that clearly outlines its corporate policy to pass on to the next generation a clean environment and bountiful society. Aside from observing environmental laws, Suzuki has also taken the initiative of reducing the pressure placed on the environment by developing eco-friendly vehicles for the global market.

In all its product development efforts, Suzuki engineers are mandated to focus on: (1) improving fuel efficiency; (2) reducing exhaust emissions; (3) promoting the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle; (4) managing and reducing materials with environmental impact; and (5) noise reduction.

Suzuki automobiles have earned a well-deserved reputation for fuel-efficient performance. These have been achieved through engine design, use of continuously variable transmission (CVT), reduced vehicle weight, and better aerodynamics. A new mini-vehicle launched abroad, the Suzuki Cervo SR was introduced with a direct injection intercooler turbo engine and a 7-speed CVT. This achieved emissions 75% lower than 2005 emission standards, the only mini turbo vehicle compatible with the green taxation plan. For its motorcycle models, Suzuki is starting to switch to electronically controlled fuel injection systems to optimize fuel management and reduce emissions for some models launched abroad.

To reduce vehicle weight, Suzuki R&D engineers have improved manufacturing methods to strengthen and reinforce body parts while controlling weight. High-tensile steel is used extensively in all Suzuki vehicles for lighter vehicles with better collision energy absorption. Alternator loads have been reduced to minimize electric power consumption for lamps and other electric components. Suzuki vehicles are also starting to incorporate fuel consumption indicators in their instrument panels to encourage drivers to implement fuel-efficient driving.

For its recycling efforts, Suzuki has succeeded in recycling used glass from end-of-life vehicles, considered a difficult challenge for many automotive manufacturers. This is in addition to extensive application of recyclable resin parts. Suzuki designers are also working to reduce or eliminate environmental impact materials such as lead, mercury, hexavelent chromium, and cadmium in Suzuki vehicles.

Another area that Suzuki is working on is in reducing traffic noise produced by vehicles, particularly those produced by the engine, transmission, intake and exhaust systems, etc. Suzuki vehicles are designed with sound insulation covers to prevent noise leakage.

At the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki Motor Corporation exhibited several concept vehicles employing alternative energy sources, including... 


 
the Burgman fuel-cell scooter...


  


the SX4-FCV...




 
the Swift Hybrid...


 
and a fuel-cell personal mobility vehicle.


Global warming countermeasures, measures for reducing environmental impact substances and measures for recycling are some of the environmental issues that the Suzuki Group has dealt with over the past years. Establishing compatibility between environmental measures and future corporate growth is major managerial challenge for Suzuki. So that the costs of environmental measures are not passed on to consumers, Suzuki has vigorously conducted R&D as well as capital investments in order to provide products of even higher added value.

The Suzuki Group is composed of 177 companies, including sales-related subsidiaries, manufacturing-related subsidiaries, and non-manufacturing related subsidiaries. All Group companies are mandated to implement the Suzuki Global Environment Charter.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Philippine-built Mazda3 scores another win in Thailand Quality Tests

For the third consecutive year, Philippine-built Mazda3 won the Thailand Initial Quality Study (IQS) in the mid-size car segment. This is according to a J.D. Power Asia Pacific Report which released the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2009 Thailand Initial Quality Study.

The study, which measures problems customers experience with their new vehicle during the first two to six months of ownership, examines more than 200 problem symptoms covering eight categories. These categories, listed in order of frequency of reported problems, include: vehicle exterior; engine and transmission; driving experience; HVAC; audio, entertainment and navigation; features, controls and displays; vehicle interior; and seats.

Overall quality performance is determined by the problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
The Mazda3 (137 PP100) ranks highest in the midsize car segment for the third consecutive year, besting top Japanese competitors.

“The Thailand IQS result further strengthens Mazda3's reputation as a globally multi-awarded compact sedan. More importantly, it validates the strength of our Philippine manufacturing operations and our quality process, which have been producing the Mazda3 in our Sta. Rosa, Laguna plant. It is also a testament to the world-class craftsmanship and dedication of Ford Motor Company Philippines' Filipino workforce which enabled these vehicles to earn such citations,” said Steven Tan, VP for Marketing & Sales, Mazda Philippines.


The 2009 Thailand IQS Study is based on evaluations from 3,460 owners who purchased their new vehicle between October 2008 and July 2009. The study includes 58 different passenger car, pickup truck and utility vehicle models covering 11 different makes. The study was fielded between April and September 2009.


Check out the winning Mazda3 by visiting any Mazda dealership nearest you: Mazda Alabang, Mazda Makati, Mazda Greenhills, Mazda Quezon Avenue, Mazda Batangas, Mazda Cebu, and Mazda Pampanga. For more information, please visit www.mazda.com.ph.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Honda CR-V photo contest...

You've got a third generation CR-V? Then this one's for you...


The search is on for the most fun and memorable family moments with the CR-V. Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. recently announced the launch of its My Kind of CR-V Fun photo contest. Open to owners of the 3rd generation CR-V which was introduced in the market back in 2006, My Kind of CR-V Fun photo contest aims to capture how the CR-V has taken part of happy family trips and gatherings – simply suitable to the Filipino lifestyle. With its sophisticated styling, sedan-like ride and comfort, the CR-V is truly the perfect vehicle for any occasion.



Exciting prizes will be given to the lucky winners! The photo that best reflects the theme of the contest wins the Flip Video digital camrecorder. Flip Video offers easy video recording, editing and sharing in an ultra-portable design so that you can capture more of those family memories. Honda premium laptop bags will also be given as consolation prizes to five other lucky senders. Aside from these exciting prizes, the top six (6) photo entries will be printed on Honda’s official magazine, Challenge Magazine and posted on www.hondaphil.com.


To join, simply send in your two pictures enjoying the company of the Honda CR-V. You may submit your entry thru email or thru snail mail. For online entries, email them directly to pr@hondaphil.com. Pictures must be in 300 dpi resolution and 5R size. For mail-in entries, place 5R photos in a sealed brown envelope and send to 8/F Pacific Center Building, # 33 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


Capture your family’s kind of CR-V fun and share these unforgettable moments. Deadline for submission of entries is at midnight of December 13, 2009. Please visit www.hondaphil.com for more details.

Friday, October 30, 2009

7th National Scale Modeling Competition

The International Plastic Modelers Society – Philippines/Bert Anido (IPMS-Philippines/Bert Anido) will be staging the 7th National Scale Modeling Competition at the Atrium of SM Megamall Building A, from November 16-22, 2009.



Contestants from all over the country will, once again, go head to head in a contest of scale modeling excellence. The nation’s very best in the categories of aircraft, armor, ships, automobiles, figures, dioramas and science-fiction will be decided in this week long event.
The exhibit will be open to the public and is free of charge. Those who wish to enter their work can log on to www.ipmsphilippines.com for free online registration which will begin on November 1, 2009. This event is backed by Lil’s Hobby Center, SM Megamall, Gadgets Magazine, SPEED Magazine, Clickthecity.com, NU 107 and 103.5 Max FM.

IPMS-Philippines was established in 1968 by a small, tight-knit group of scale modeling enthusiasts. More than forty years later the club has grown into a respected member of the international scale modeling community due in no small part to the ingenuity and skill of the Filipino. In 2003, shortly after the death of its founding member, business executive and Air Force Reservist Bert Anido, it was decided to name the club in his honor.

The club meets on the second Sunday of each month, alternating between the clubhouse at 15 West Capitol Drive, Pasig and the College of Fine Arts in UP-Diliman. To begin your own scale modeling journey, log on to the club’s website: www.ipmsphilippines.com.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dare to be Fit ‘n Right

Running is arguably one of the most popular sport these days. Every week, marathons and fun runs are organized with thousands of loyal runners joining. Some do it for the run-induced high, some for charity, others for a social cause they support, but ultimately runners do it because it’s fun and it offers a good total body workout!

Del Monte Fit ‘N Right continues its commitment in promoting a healthy lifestyle with the Dare to be Fit ‘n Right Fun Run on November 22 in SM Mall of Asia. Whether you're a regular runner who's out to improve your PR (that's Personal Record) or just wanting to join the running trend for a healthier you, Fit ‘n Right has something for you with its 3K/5K/10K Men and Women Open divisions. Official race call time is at 4 a.m. in front of the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.


Who says you can’t have fun while shedding off those unwanted fats and extra calories?

For a registration fee of P300, runners can get their race packet with the Dare to Fit ‘n Right Fun Run singlet, race bib, Fit ‘N Right products,etc. Registering for the fun run can be done in the offices of Del Monte Philippines at the Bonifacio High Street, Taguig or race organizer CEMG at 3A Vernida I Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City or Dare to be Fit ‘n Right Fun Run registration booths in SM Hypermarket in Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA or in Fitness First branches on November 16. 

Winners will receive cash and gifts from Del Monte Fit ‘n Right and its sponsors. The Dare to be Fit 'N Right Fun Run is for the benefit of the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng through the SM Foundation.

Look out for event posters and flyers or visit the Fit ‘n Right Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/FitnRight.

The Dare to be Fit ‘n Right is co-presented by SM.

Dare to be fit and right with Del Monte Fit ‘N Right!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Ballad of G.I. Joe...

Really funny, awesome stuff.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

5th leg of Magnolia Karting Series, Rally Extreme slated at Enchanted Kingdom

Buckle up as Enchanted Kingdom (EK), the country’s first and only world-class theme park, sets off for Speed Month ’09 this August 1 and 2 with two exciting races: the 5th leg of the 2009 Magnolia Karting Series and 2009 Rally Extreme by Roadwise Motoring Foundation.

Karters from the Formula SL Novice, Expert, Heavy, Cadet 60CC and Mini-Rok divisions will vie for the plum positions in this exciting action-packed series. Prizes at stake are cash prizes and gift certificates.

Mario O. Mamon, President & Chairman of EK, Boy Ochoa, Motorsports Consultant of San Miguel Corporation and Managing Director Johnny Tan of the Carmona Race Track will be there during the affair. 

The Speed Month ’09 will also hold underbone, slalom and autocross competitions plus a display of old school and customized cars on all weekends of August.  

Licensed drivers can avail of EK’s Regular Day Pass at P350 by simply presenting their valid local or international driver’s license the whole month of August! 

Come to Enchanted Kingdom where the magic stays with you! From now until August 28, 2009 we are open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM to 9:00Pm with Fireworks Display at 8:00PM. Enchanted Kingdom is located at the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna. For more information you may visit www.enchantedkingdom.com.ph or call 843-6074 to 76 or 830-2111 to 16.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It's a good thing that Richard Gutierrez owned a Nissan GT-R...

...because if he was driving a Bugatti Veyron at the insane speed he was doing in the GT-R while going down a dark, two-lane "highway" in the middle of the night, I'd feel sorry for his family, for his dead passenger and his family AND for the totaled Veyron. As it is, I already feel sorry for his dead passenger and his family AND for the wrecked GT-R. Because let's admit it, just because you own a Nissan GT-R doesn't mean you're already THE SHIT on the road.



But as for Gutierrez, all I can say is that money talks, especially when one starts wondering why no civil AND criminal suits were filed against him.

Car crash images taken from Earthsangel.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Motolite supports 400cc champion Aries Padiernos


MOTOLITE Motorcycle Batteries has announced its support for champion biker Aries Padiernos, who currently holds an unbroken chain of 18 straight victories in the 400cc class. A veteran in his field, the 35-year old Padiernos has won numerous titles in the course of his racing career, most notably the 2008 BRC National Formula 400cc Open Class Champion, 2006 Motorcycle Grand Prix Formula 400cc Champion, 2005 Motorcycle Grand Prix 400cc Unlimited Champion, and the 2004 Casino Filipino Grand Prix Superbike Novice Racer Champion.
 
An intense competitor, Padiernos hopes his victories could serve as stepping stones for international motorcycle competitions that will bring pride and glory to the Philippines. With only one more race to go in the 2009 season, he expects to finish as the 2009 Champion for the National Formula 400cc Race.

Padiernos is an avid biker and is active as president of the Wacky Riders Motorcycle Club, a group of reputable businessmen who are motorcycle enthusiasts. He is also a ride commander with the AMDG Motorcycle Club and a chief instructor at the BMW Riding Clinic.

MOTOLITE is the leading brand in the local automotive battery market. Boasting the latest advances in battery technology, Motolite motorcycle batteries provide motorcyclists with safe, reliable and long-lasting batteries. Motolite’s new 12-volt motorcycle batteries have been infused with Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Technology for greater fluid retention and longer life. AGM technology also makes the batteries more versatile, as they can now be installed at any angle required by the make and model of the motorcycle – even upside down if needed.  
 
Motolite batteries are manufactured by Philippine Batteries, Inc. (PBI), the largest manufacturer, exporter and distributor of automotive, motorcycle and industrial battery products and solutions in the Philippines. Its 18-hectare fully integrated facility in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, is one of the largest and most modern battery manufacturing facilities in Southeast Asia. It also has the country’s only ISO 14001-certified, environmentally-compliant recycling facility, the second biggest in Asia.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Roadside Ass-sistance: another PG Porn installment

Sasha Grey's car is jacked up and James Gunn is the only guy who can help her.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines introduces the 2010 Galant SE


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) further adds excitement to its vehicle line-up as it introduces the new 2010 Mitsubishi Galant SE. Exuding class and sophistication, the all new Galant is loaded with stylish and high tech features that best suits an executive car. MMPC’s President and CEO, Mr. Masahiko Ueki said that “The intro of the all new Galant reinforces MMPC’s passenger car line up and gives us the opportunity to improve further our total passenger car market share”.


This Euro inspired styled sedan measures 4,885 mm in length, 1,840 mm in width and 1,480 mm in height. Cabin room length is 1,997 mm, translating to more legroom for its passengers. The front grille features a new design chrome radiator with the striking three-diamond mark. High Intensity Discharge (HID) main lamps with user selectable level adjustment provide a brilliant view of the road during night time driving. Electronically controlled side mirrors (with power folding functions) were integrated with side turning lamps. Each side of the car is caressed by protective door mouldings with chrome insert. Other distinct touch to the all new Galant SE inherent to European cars is its fin-type antenna mounted on the rear edge of the roof.
Inside, the new Galant radiates comfort and luxury. Seats were wrapped in glove-soft black leather. An 8-way power-adjust with lumbar support is standard for the driver seat while passenger seat has a 4-way power-adjust. Seats are ergonomically designed to make even long journeys comfortable. Other comfort touches include a fully automatic climate control system, automatic retractable rear glass sunshade, separate rear aircon vents, map lamps & rear seat reading lamps and a host of compartments on the center console, instrument panel and rear seat armrest.

Powering the Galant SE is a 2.4-liter MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing and Electronic Control System) engine. It can adjust the valve timing for optimal performance for all driving conditions. This enables it to produce higher torque at low rpm ranges for quick, clean starts and higher output in the high ranges for better passing ability. The 4G69 MIVEC engine provides numerous advantages over its predecessors. Throughout its construction, Mitsubishi engineers have found ways to increase efficiency and durability while simultaneously reducing weight and emissions. The power and efficiency of this 4G69 MIVEC is harnessed by Mitsubishi’s fully advanced and intelligent INVECS-II 4-speed automatic transmission with sportronic feature. This transmission studies the driver’s driving habits under a variety of conditions and uses two shift control programs to determine the best balance of power, control and efficiency. For spirited driving, a tiptronic shifter is available and can be controlled on the shift lever or thru the steering wheel.
 
Smooth ride and stable handling is provided by an all-wheel independent suspension system. McPherson struts with stabilizer bars up front and multi-link with stabilizer bars at the rear assures quick response to the driver’s commands, even when road conditions turn tricky, reducing understeer and improving cornering stability when powering through turns yet providing a refined luxury. New design 10-spoke 17-inch wheels complemented with 215/55 R17 93V provides excellent grip on the road.
 
TECHNOLOGICALLY INNOVATED for CONVENIENCE & SAFETY


The new Mitsubishi Galant SE is equipped with a fully functional Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Navigation system which is first in its class. The dealer option GPS Navigation system complements the Galant multi-information and entertainment function. The navigation system can direct you to your selected destination visually through Galant’s 7-inch in-dash monitor located in the center of the dashboard. The system is also capable of providing other helpful information such as streets, major buildings and establishment names, speed limit of certain street etc.


The new Mitsubishi Galant SE is also equipped with a full entertainment system which features an original equipment DVD/CD/MP3 FM & AM band audio system with Dolby Digital 5.1 feature. This Dolby Digital feature of the audio system is complemented by the 12-way speakers with 10-inch subwoofer and a center speaker.
 
Further adding to the list of high tech features is its keyless entry security system with engine immobilizer. The original set of keys included in the car has a built-in transponder that sends a unique verification code to the ignition switch to protect itself from unauthorized duplicated keys. The remote transmitter can also be used for opening the trunk. Opening the trunk as well as the engine hood is now effortless with the assistance of gas struts.


On its safety aspect, the all new Galant SE is equipped with dual stage SRS airbags. A rearview camera plus front and reverse parking sensors makes parking maneuvers effortless and safer. The central door locks also has an auto lock feature once the vehicle moves to 5 km/hr. As an additional safety feature, the Galant SE audio and video system has Bluetooth connectivity function with mobile phones. Taking calls while driving has been made easier and safer with this feature. Once the mobile phone is paired via Bluetooth, access through the phone’s directory as well as making phone calls can be made through the steering wheel mounted controls.


The 2010 Galant SE is now available in three colors: Merlin Black, Excalibur Silver and Nicolei Grey. Suggested introductory price is P 1,588,000.

Enchanted Kingdom to hold 2nd annual Speed Month

After last year’s successful run of “Speedweek @ EK”, Enchanted Kingdom, the country’s premier theme park, brings this August a more exciting “Speed Month @ EK”, a month-long event filled with races and activities geared to pump the gas and adrenaline of all Park goers and race enthusiasts of all ages.

“Motor sports enjoy a natural affinity with the City of Santa Rosa, known as the ‘Detroit of the Philippines’, and home of the assembly plants of Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi. Races like theme parks are top crowd-drawers and Enchanted Kingdom is proud to showcase both at the same time,” said Mr. Mario O. Mamon, Enchanted Kingdom’s President and Chairman.

Now on its second year, “Speed Month @ EK” will present legs of the 2009 Magnolia Karting Series 2009 (August 1 & 2), 2009 Magnolia Health Tea Underbone King Championships (August 8 & 9) by the Carmona Race Trak, 2009 National Slalom Series (August 9) by the Race Motorsports Club, 2009 Philippine Autocross Championship Series by Shago Racing (August 22 & 23) and 2009 Rally Extreme (August 2 and 30) by Roadwise Motoring Foundation.

The 2009 Magnolia Karting Series will have the country's top karters vying for honors in different races and classes.

Riders competing in the 110 sports production, 125 and 150 open class will be featured during the Philippine Underbone King Championships. Racers will also compete in the 110 and 125 super stock and 125 sports production categories.

Cash prizes and gift certificates are at stake for the winners.

Other activities will include: Legendary races, auto club drive-and-show events and spectacular car displays by Honda & Toyota featuring the Prius.

Dates and schedules may change without prior notice.

Licensed drivers are also in for a rare treat! By simply presenting your local or international driver’s license, avail of Enchanted Kingdom's Regular Day Pass for only P350 the whole month of August!

Come to Enchanted Kingdom where the magic stays with you! From now until August 28, 2009, Enchanted Kingdom will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM to 9:00Pm with Fireworks Display at 8:00PM. Enchanted Kingdom is located at the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna. For more information you may visit www.enchantedkingdom.com.ph or call 843-6074 to 76 or 830-2111 to 16.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Suzuki Hayabusa, the fastest production bike in the world...

...is now available in the Philippines.



Filipino bike enthusiasts will be blown away by the latest big bike offering from Suzuki Philippines, Inc., one of the country’s premier motorcycle brands, with its recent introduction of the Suzuki Hayabusa, which has the distinction of holding the Guinness record as the “fastest production bike” in the world, achieving a top speed of 317kph.

Classified as the Ultimate Sport bike, the Hayabusa is powered by a 1340cc inline 4-cylinder fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC engine built to deliver a broad wave of torque for effortless acceleration. Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection results in improved power delivery and more linear response. The system uses engine-computer-operated secondary valves to maintain optimum intake-air velocity for maximum combustion efficiency.


Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) serves as a back-torque-limiting system for smoother downshifts and also contributes to a lighter clutch pull for the new Suzuki Hayabusa, while Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) enables the rider to choose from three different power characteristics according to personal preference.


Advanced aerodynamics in the new Suzuki Hayabusa offer superb wind protection both for normal and completely tucked-in seating positions. Improved riding comfort is assured by fully adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping for both the front forks and single rear shock absorber. In addition the inverted cartridge front forks feature Diamond-Like Coating (DLC) surface treatment to reduce friction and improve reaction to small surface irregularities.


The new Suzuki Hayabusa features 310mm dual-floating disc front brakes with efficient, race-proven aluminum-piston, radial-mount brake calipers, and 260mm single-disc rear brake with single-piston brake caliper. Instrumentation includes analog gauges including step-motor-driven tachometer and speedometer. The round LCD panel includes a clock, gear position indicator, S-DMS map indicator, odometer and dual trip meters. Its engine-rpm indicator is programmable to blink or stay on between 4,000 and 11,500rpm.


Priced at a surprisingly affordable Php 849,000, the Suzuki Hayabusa is available at premium Suzuki dealers in Metro Manila. Available colors are white and black.

With its commitment to bring mobility to Filipino consumers, Suzuki Philippines is the only integrated automotive company carrying both automobile and motorcycle products under one roof. It hopes to contribute to the country’s progress and industrialization by introducing more dynamic products and programs for the Filipino motoring public harnessing the power of Suzuki’s Way of Life.


Its mother company, Suzuki Motors Corporation is one of only two automotive companies which registered a profit in 2008, posting 30-billion yen in net earnings from its worldwide operations, the largest such earning among automotive companies. It also takes pride in its unbroken track record of consistently profitable operations for the past 30 years, never registering a loss in its annual financial reports.


Globally, Suzuki employs over 45,000 people, has 35 main production facilities in 23 countries, and distributors in 192 countries. Its manufacturing philosophy is grounded on providing value-packed, high-quality products offering both reliability and originality. Suzuki R&D efforts cover a wide range of the latest advances in energy, environment, electronics, communication, information and control applications — all devoted to creating products what will meet the challenges of the next generation.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Drifting is... WAY COOL!!!

I've already blogged about this in my personal blog but for the benefit of those who have no idea what I do for a living, well, I make a living as a staff writer for Top Gear (Digital), the website of the country's BEST automotive magazine!


I LOOOOVVVVEEEE the BBC program, even the post-Jeremy Clarkson, pre-revamp shows since Tiff Needell's powerslides were entertaining enough (I even believe Tiff just might be The Stig, but that's another blog story) so when the chance came for me to be a writer under the Top Gear brand - even if it's just for the website of the locally-licensed version - I just had to jump in, leaving behind the generous salary I was earning then to make a living as an impoverished motoring hack.

Now, one of the perks of my job is going to cool motoring events that the general public isn't privy to. I've attended the launch of brand new cars from various manufacturers, I've gone to press events that introduced newfangled gadgets for cars, I've gone to government-sponsored motoring-related events, I've even attended award shows for the country's top motorsport drivers. But the one thing that still brings a smile to my face is when I remember the day the entire Top Gear team went drifting.

Yes, courtesy of JP Tuason and his Tuason Racing School, we were taught the basics of drifting, Initial D-style. And lemme tell you, IT IS HAAARRRDDD! To sum it up, it's just like what Yoda said to Luke, 'you must unlearn what you have learned.' And that basically means you have to throw away everything that you've learned about driving a car and do the exact opposite of all that! And if you think you being able to drift means you're already the shit, try riding shotgun while a REAL drift racer takes you out for some nasty powerslides!



Although it seems drifting's a smooth thing on video, when I was filming that, I was being thrown left and right inside the truck! So thank God for the helmet, the five-point harness, and the racing seat!

Next week, it's the Manila International Auto Show, and that only means cars AND booth babes! And since Top Gear will have a booth there, expect this Typical Guy to do a complete coverage on both! After all, I'm just doing my job!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another installment of Girls and Cars...

In my line of work, I see nothing but girls and cars everyday. So, yeah, I love my job.

Now, for my latest installment of girls AND cars, I give you Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2009 models Damaris Lewis, Jessica Hart, and Melissa Haro hopping into three brand-spanking-new Nissan 370Z's driven by Formula D Series drivers Tony Angelo (silver 370Z), Chris Forsberg (red 370Z), and Ryan Tureck (yellow 370Z) as they're taken for a wild ride featuring lots of power slides and tire-burning donuts.



Now, if only the video had the babes in swimsuits AND it had Danica Patrick driving one of the cars in a swimsuit, then that would really be AWESOME!

Monday, February 2, 2009

A deal with Dell...

I use a Dell Inspiron for my mobile computing needs and I've never really had any problems with it, save for the godawful pre-installed Microsoft Vista operating system that's done nothing but hog my Dell's RAM or crash every once in a while.  I've been reading and hearing good things about Microsoft's next OS, Windows 7, so I can't wait to get my hands on its official version.  But until that one comes along, I'm stuck with using Vista on my Dell.  But I digress...

Anyway, since I'm a satisfied Dell user, I'd like to help promote Dell's low-cost laptop for small businesses, the Vostro A840.

THE LAPTOP JUST RIGHT FOR YOUR GROWING BUSINESS.. And more! 

Dell is leading the way in designing solutions to meet your needs at every stage of growth. Their latest Vostro model delivers affordable solutions to address basic computing tasks on any budget.


You can stay productive and focused on your business in the office, on the road, or at home. The Vostro A840 laptop delivers the technology you need to execute everyday business tasks no matter where you are. It’s compact and easy to take anywhere. Integrated Wi-Fi, modem, and Bluetooth options keep you connected and in sync for on-the-go collaboration. It is easy to deploy and manage for out-of-the-box productivity. And it is pre-configured with core office productivity applications and no annoying trialware. 

Dell helps you avoid hardware failures with high quality industry-standard components and proven Intel technology. Designed for everyday mobile office computing, the Vostro A840 laptop is ready to take on the rigors of your business day and keep you looking professional. Dell will also provide you with services and support you need to help you remain on your business – not on your technology.  

Dell Vostro A840 is just right for your growing businesses. It’s affordable, reliable and worry-free. 

Through its Philippine subsidiary DELL Philippines, it is set to be accessible and be able to provide services to all Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). And at this start of the year, DELL Philippines brings in good news with Dell Vostro A840 Bundling Promo. For every purchase of Dell Vostro A840, customer is entitled to (1) unit LG KP105. 

LG KP105 is a bar phone with a colored monitor, FM radio capable, dual band and has a mobile tracker. Its suggested retail price is 1,999.00 pesos, but LG KP105 can be yours free when you buy Dell Vostro A840. 

See flyers and posters for details. 

You might want to know how to avail.. 

Promo Mechanics / Claiming Directions: 

This promo is open to all buyers of Dell Vostro A840 laptops from January 15 – February 15, 2009 nationwide. 

For every purchase of Dell Vostro A840, customer is entitled to one (1) unit of LG KP105 mobile phone. 

To claim your free LG KP105 mobile phone, fax or email the following documents to First Tier Branding Solutions Inc. 

Sales Invoice and Official Receipt

Cut out of the laptop’s serial number sticker found in the box

Valid ID (SSS, PRC, Driver’s license, Passport, etc.) and Contact Information 

First Tier Brands contact information are as follows: 

Tel Nos: (02) 856.2375 / (02) 383.1651

Mobile Phone: (0922) 836.5191

Fax No: (02) 856.2375

Email Address: dell.a840@gmail.com

Address: Unit 1610 BSA Suites Carlos Palanca Street

Legaspi Village, Makati City 

Note: A customer representative will contact the claimant/s on claiming instructions. 

For Metro Manila customers, please claim your mobile phones at First Tier Brands office. For provincial claimants, First Tier Brands will send the item via courier service. Delivery charges will apply and will be shouldered by the claimant. 

All claims must be received on or before April15, 2009. Redemption period is until May 15, 2009 only.  

Unclaimed mobile phones will be forfeited in favor of Dell Asia Pacific – Philippine Representative Office SMB Group with prior approval from DTI. 

In case of disputes, Dell Asia Pacific’s decision in concurrence with DTI shall be final and non-negotiable. 

All employees of Dell Asia Pacific, participating dealers and other promo partners/third parties, including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity, are automatically disqualified from joining the promo. 


 

Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 0067 Series OF 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

I'm not a big fan of high-top kicks but I do make an exception sometimes...

Even during the time back in high school when I played b-ball a lot, I never did become a big fan of high-top kicks. But still, my love for low-top sneakers didn't stop me from buying high-top kicks that were either awesome in looks or were bound to be future collectibles - that is, if they were in my budget range.

And so, after buying my last pair of high-top kicks in late 2004 in the form of adidas' white/blackT-Mac 4, the first shoe in adidas' line-up to feature their revolutionary - and patented - HUG system...


... it looks like the next pair of high-top kicks I'll be getting would be Nike's Air Max Bizness Manny Pacquiao PE (Player Exclusive).


The Pac-Man's signature kicks carries the country's national colors, with a white leather upper, blue patent leather on the toebox and the heel, and red accents on the inner lining and the swoosh's border.


A great design highlight on the shoe is the lasered rendition of the Philippine eagle from the Pac-Man's Nike-sponsored, Mike Friolo-designed crest. I have other Nike kicks with laser-rendered designs, the most prominent in my collection being my now-broken-down white/sky blue and now-hardly-used black/white pairs of Nike's Zoom LeBron II Lows.


But arguably the biggest highlight of this pair of PEs is the box, which is actually made of wood that's also been lasered with the Pac-Man's name AND the aforementioned crest.


Every Pac-Man fan worth his salt knows that one of the Pac-Man's favorite pasttime is playing b-ball so there's no doubt then that he'll have on a pair of this sweet kicks while he's playing a game in GenSan.

Too bad though that there's no info on NikeTalk yet on when the shoes would come out and just where they'll be made available.