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Scammer on the street – caught on video

Here’s a solid reason why you need a dash cam — you need to protect yourself from scammers on the streets.

I just saw a video taken in Taiwan where a street scammer jumped in front of a car, faked her injury, and clearly tried to get something from the driver. Unfortunately for her, the driver was lucky (or smart) enough to have a video camera running on his dashboard. He captured the entire scene which undeniably disproves any claims against him.

See more by watching this video uploaded by  on Youtube.

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My friend had a similar incident in the Philippines years ago. A street beggar claimed to have been “slightly hit” by my friend’s car along Ortigas Avenue. My friend vehemently denied the allegation and swore to fight this claim even if it takes years. I understand they eventually settled out of court.

I don’t know for sure if my friend was guilty or innocent. But I always had this feeling that something was not right about the whole incident… and I’m always afraid that something like that could also happen to me or anyone else in my family since we drive around every day.

So let this be a warning for motorists — there are scammers on the streets. Get a dash cam and keep it rolling. Who knows, in the future, it could save you from a lot of stress, court appearances, insurance fees, and settlement money.

Mitsubishi car prices in the Philippines as of Sept. 2012

Car sale: Our friends from Mitsubishi Motors sent us the latest price list (September 2012) for your reference. NOTE: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

MITSUBISHI LANCER

Lancer 1.6 GLX M/T

  • SRP: P705,000
  • CASH DISCOUNT: P47,000
  • ESP: P658,000
  • FREE ITEMS: Tint, Floormats, Seat Cover, EWD

Lancer 1.6 GLS CVT

  • SRP: P765,000
  • CASH DISCOUNT: P47,000
  • ESP: P718,000
  • FREE ITEMS: Tint, Floormats, Seat Cover, EWD

Lancer EX 1.6G GLX M/T (13 MY)

  • SRP: P825,000
  • CASH DISCOUNT: P47,000
  • ESP: P778,000
  • FREE ITEMS:  Tint, Floormats, Seat Cover, EWD

Lancer EX 1.6 GLX A/T (13 MY)

  • SRP: P855,000
  • CASH DISCOUNT: P27,000
  • ESP: P828,000
  • FREE ITEMS:  Tint, Floormats, Seat Cover, EWD

Lancer EX MX 1.6G A/T (13 MY)

  • SRP: P930,000
  • CASH DISCOUNT: P32,000
  • ESP: P898,000
  • FREE ITEMS:  Tint, Floormats, Seat Cover, EWD

Lancer EX 2.0 GTA CVT (13 MY)

  • SRP: P1,295,000
  • CASH DISCOUNT: P155,000
  • ESP: P1,140,000
  • FREE ITEMS: Tint, Floormats, Seat Cover, EWD

Lancer EX RALLIART (Standard)

  • SRP: P2,348,000
  • CASH DISCOUNT: P350,000
  • ESP: P1,998,000
  • FREE ITEMS: Tint, Floormats, EWD

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Charity. More fun in the Philippines — How owners of exotic cars helped Typhoon victims

When Undoy happened 3 years ago, people said it’s very unlikely to happen again. They were wrong. Granted it wasn’t actually a full-blown typhoon that hit us just a few weeks back, but the flooding and consequent damages are generally just as bad.

That being said, I personally think natural challenges like these will happen more often than we think. More calamities will come and more people will need help. The good thing is, more and more people are actually willing to help… and they do it in different and creative ways.

Case in point, a local car club named TrackHos did something creative for charity late last year. The club is composed of people who own exotic and performance cars. We are talking about Philippine motorists driving Ferraris, Porshes, Lamborghinis, and GTRs. They wanted to get together, have fun, and raise funds for charity… so what did they do? Simple, they had their own car event — TrackHos Mile — an unlimited speed airport runway event. So one Sunday, they drove their exotic cars to Subic, shot a video, hanged out, raised funds, and donated all of the proceeds to the Philippines Red Cross in aid of the victims of Typhoon Sendong.

See more by watching this video uploaded by Trackhos on Youtube.

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My personal insight from this exercise is this: given the right motivation, people can come up with many creative ways to help. For example, during the recent “habagat calamity”, a hardware store owner I know lent his dump truck to ferry people across waist-deep flooded portions of the road,… and I saw teens swimming and dragging inflatable boats loaded with supplies to bring help to areas where even dump trucks can go through. The simple formula seems to be just to look at whatever you have, and maximize or repurpose them for a greater benefit.

Now its your turn… What do you think can you do?

No “pogi points” for women — Do women with nicer cars become more attractive to men?

I’ve always had this idea that the type of car you drive effects how attractive you are to the opposite sex. For years we may have been referring to this simply as “pogi points” or “ganda points”.  But I never really got definitive proof that it’s actually true… until now.

Attribution link to photo: The Car Spy                      Attribution link to photo: Autoviva.com

Some researchers in U.K. did an actual scientific study. They got a male model, a female model, several volunteers as subjects, and 2 cars. The first car is a silver Bentley Continental GT and the second car is a red Ford Fiesta ST. Of course the Bentley looked much more impressive than the Ford, but the intention was to establish a “neutral status”.  For the research, “neutral status” means a reasonably decent car that the “every day motorist” can afford to drive. The Bentley was considered their “high status”.

They took a picture of the male model posing beside (or inside) each car with the same posture, facial expression, and clothing.  They did the same for the female model. They then showed the male volunteers the 2 pictures of the female model and asked them to rate the girl in terms of attractiveness (from 1 to 10). Afterwhich, they asked the female volunteers to do the same for the male model pictures.

THE RESULT

The findings indicate that the female subjects were affected but the males were not. Here’s the exact quote:

Results showed that the male target model was rated as significantly more attractive on a rating scale of 1-10 when presented to female participants in the high compared to the neutral status context. Males were not influenced by status manipulation, as there was no significant difference between attractiveness ratings for the female seated in the high compared to the neutral condition. It would appear that despite a noticeable increase in female ownership of prestige/luxury cars over recent years males, unlike females remain oblivious to such cues in matters pertaining to opposite-sex attraction.

Based on this study, I gathered some insights on how to become a bit more attractive while dating. For guys — buy, borrow, or rent a nice looking car. For girls — better to invest in things other than your car. Apparently, men don’t care less what women drive.

Source: Br J Psychol. 2010 Feb;101(Pt 1):69-80. Epub 2009 Mar 19. Effect of manipulated prestige-car ownership on both sex attractiveness ratings. By Dunn MJ, Searle R., School of Health Sciences, Centre for Psychology, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK. mdunn@uwic.ac.uk

carNAVi S500 – a full featured GPS Device priced below Php 10,000

In most cases, Google Maps can help you find your way around Metro Manila, but it’s definitely not as good as having a GPS device on your dashboard. I’ve always wanted one; but I purposely held off on buying one since I’m still waiting for the prices to go down. Now that the carNAVI is being sold for less than P10,000, I think it’s time for me to buy.

carNAVi S500

Photo Credit: all images in this post are by carNAVi Corp., used with permission. All rights reserved.

This month, carNAVI is launching its newest model in the S-series: the carNAVI S 500. It’s a slim 5-inch touchscreen device intended to be the best priced unit in its class.

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News: Texting while driving can land you in jail.

Just recently, the U.S. has already convicted the first driver charged of motor vehicle homicide by texting, and he’s just 18 years old.

Texting while driving

Photo credit: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). By mrJasonWeaver, used with permission. 

Aaron Deveau, 18, faces up to four years in prison. According to Yahoo News, Deveau was texting on Feb. 20, 2011, when his vehicle swerved to the oncoming lane and crashed head on into a truck, killing the driver of the truck, a 55-year-old father of three.

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Mercedes-Benz’s real invisible car — something to look out for!

Last March, luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz rolled out the closest thing you can get to an “invisible” car today.

Built specifically for an environment-related marketing campaign, Mercedes covered one side of a B-class hatchback with some flexible LED panels. On the other side, a Canon digital SLR was set up to capture the “hidden view” (areas obstructed by the car itself). The camera then streamed a live video feed which was displayed on the LED panels, thereby making the car “invisible” at certain angles.

It actually looks amazing. Here’s a video courtesy of Mashable.

Sorry guys, the invisible car is not really for sale. But it does prove that the concept of invisibility using a camera and a screen can work. Who knows, with improvements in LED screens and cameras, the invisible car may soon become a reality.

Video courtesy of Mashable.com.

News: A real flying car to hit the market by end year. Place your reservations now!

Many have failed trying to build a flying car. Traditionally, they start with a car and try to make it fly. Terrafugia, a US company, did it differently. They took a small plane and tried to make it “street-legal”. This is what they came up with…

And so far, it works! Terrafugia’s Transition® completed its successful first flight  in New York last March. Not yet impressed? Consider the following:

  1. It can be driven on roads and highways.
  2. It can be parked in a single car garage.
  3. It flies using unleaded automotive fuel
  4. It has crumple zones, airbags, and full vehicle parachute
  5. It seats 2 with extra space for luggage and a golf bag.

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Isuzu Promo for June 2012 – P100k off on the Alterra and more

Isuzu extends its ROAD HEROES FOR PINOY HEROES promo until June 30, 2012.

Get the following promo discounts when you buy any of the following vehicles:

ISUZU CROSSWIND SE

  • XL – Promo Discount of P30,000
  • XT – Promo Discount of P30,000
  • XUV MT – Promo Discount of P40,000
  • XUV AT – Promo Discount of P45,000
  • Sportivo MT/MT JS – Promo Discount of P50,000
  • Sportivo AT – Promo Discount of P55,000

ISUZU D-MAX

  • 4×4 LT MT – Promo Discount of P50,000
  • 4×2 LS MT – Promo Discount of P20,000
  • 4×2 LS AT – Promo Discount of P25,000
  • 4×4 LS MT – Promo Discount of P20,000
  • 4×4 LS MT Boondock 2 – Promo Discount of P20,000
  • 4×4 LS AT – Promo Discount of P25,000

Ferrari has a new driver… one that looks great on the golf course.

It’s true. Ferrari, in partnership with Cobra Puma Golf, has just launched a new golf line; and their crown jewel: the Ferrari driver.

According to Tom Preece, Vice President of Research and Development at COBRA PUMA GOLF, “The Ferrari Golf Collection Driver is a work of art,… We worked with Ferrari engineers to create a truly impressive driver that reduces drag and delivers fast club head speed.”

The club looks great — sleek and aerodynamic. The grip is made from the same leather you’ll find in the Ferrari GT interior. I’m not really sure if this driver will really help improve your golf score but you’ll definitely look good while driving.

The Ferrari golf collection will be available in stores this July.