#ReadyForTheX at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show

Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines, invited IGersManila to its unveiling of the all-new Nissan X-Trail, showcased along with its other exciting vehicle lineup, at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS 2014) held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Together with fellow moderators and tagging along a few of our #iCoss Instagram’ers, our group we’re fetched (with Nissan Urvans like VIPs of course, though I had to use my car) from 6750 in Ayala Center to the venue. And as soon as we’re inside PIMS–which by the way is brimming with energy from motoring enthusiasts to professional and amateur photographers (and camera-phone-wielding visitors like us) who can’t get enough of the shiny cars on display and the beautiful ladies modeling them–we’re quick to snap as many of the scene-stealers as we can then went straight to Nissan’s #ReadyForTheX event.

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These beautiful ladies opened the #ReadyForTheX event, each modeling the Nissan vehicles on showcase: Almera, Altima, Sylphy, Patrol, and of course the star of the show, the all-new Nissan X-Trail.

The all-new X-Trail is Nissan’s contender in the compact SUV segment, which has seen much success in key markets such as the US, Japan, China and Australia. First seen in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, it has since covered solid ground, and is set to launch in 190 countries.

The launch of the all-new Nissan X-Trail in the Philippines is actually one of the first in the ASEAN region. Having been introduced in the country back in 2003 and in 2008, and you can still see them braving EDSA traffic, proof of its durability, after years of anticipation, Nissan will finally make the third generation X-Trail available by November 2014. And if you happen to be at this year’s PIMS, Nissan’s making the X-Trail available with an awesome introductory price for each variant, so reserve yours and get exciting freebies!

Chris Schneider of Monster Radio RX93.1, did a great job of hosting the #ReadyForTheX event. I joined (or got caught on stage haha) one of his contests (spelling the X-Trail with different words) and I actually won!

Thanks to our daily icebreaker activities at the office, doing the spelling-twist was actually easy. I remember saying “tantalizing” “ill” and “love” quickly, as if I’m doing it to win that X-Trail behind our back.

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And yes, that spelling contest got me these cool Nissan USB drives. Now I’m seriously considering the all-new X-Trail for my next car, in Fiery Red! It’s also available in Pearl White, Diamond Black, Brilliant Silver, and a Special Copper Blaze edition that is available for the 4×4 variant. With a suggested retail price of PHP 1,375,000 for the 2.0-liter 4×2 variant and PhP1,580,000 for the 2.5-liter 4×4 variant, Nissan is already accepting reservations for the all-new X-Trail.

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Nissan is also excited to announce a limited-time offer for the all-new X-Trail with its introductory price set at PHP 1,350,000 for the 4×2 variant and PHP 1,550,000 for the 4×4 variant which is the same MSRP as the second-generation X-Trail. This offer will run until October 31, 2014.

NISSAN UNVEILS THE ALL-NEW X-TRAIL AT THE 5th PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

The all-new X-Trail emerges strong, bold, and still heavily reflective of its outstanding on- and off-road capability. It delivers an unprecedented, full sensory driving experience within a shell that is sharp, stunning, and well-engineered.

From its boxy predecessor, the all-new X-Trail shows a shift to a more modern crossover appearance – its design begins with distinctive V-motion front grille that is complemented by LED daytime running lights and boomerang-shaped tail lamps – making it the most stylish X-Trail yet.

Built and assembled in Nissan’s Kyushu plant, the all-new X-Trail’s design undeniably embodies an attractive styling. It is fit for on-road driving, but with its 210 mm ground clearance, the all-new X-Trail has more off-road versatility than its competition, giving it a good balance between performance and value for money. For easier ingress and egress, the all-new X-Trail has doors that swing wide up to 80 degrees.

Inside, the all-new X-Trail has a much bigger cabin. The interior now has a more functional layout with luxurious panels, brushed metallic accents and soft-touch surfaces. The 4×4 variant comes with multi-function switches in the steering wheel that controls the meter, audio, cruise control and hands-free phone connectivity.

The audio system has been enhanced by a 5-inch LCD monitor with CD/Tuner/MP3/AUX/USB and Bluetooth functions. Fronts seats up front slide and recline with adjustable headrests. The seat backs of the second row seats has a 40:20:40 split and comes with slide function, adjustable headrests, center armrest and walk-in function, while the third row seats have a 50:50 split with manual singe folding function and adjustable headrests.

“We are proud to launch the all-new X-Trail at PIMS because it is a model highly anticipated by Filipino fans. It’s sleek, stylish, comfortable and loaded with a lot of new features that shows Nissan’s brand of innovation,” said Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of NPI.

This stylish urban compact SUV is a powerful machine that delivers propulsion, exudes a rugged character, and sits at the summit of its segment – dauntless, defiant and firm.

Powering the all-new X-Trail is two of Nissan’s powerful but fuel efficient petrol engines. The MR20DD 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine is capable of providing 144 PS and 200 Nm of torque powers the 4×2 variant. Meanwhile, the QR25DE 2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine produces 171 PS and 233 Nm of thrust powers the 4×4 variant. Both engines are mated to Nissan’s latest technology XTRONIC transmission.

The third generation X-Trail also incorporates world’s first features such as Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake that make a huge statement in the compact SUV segment.

The Active Ride Control system continuously monitors the road surface and effectively alters suspension damping to control the vehicle’s pitch – managing the body roll during high-speed cornering. Meanwhile, the Active Engine Brake system assists in speed adjustments to ensure a smooth turn when stepping on the brake pedal.

Exciting features of the all-new X-Trail include Around View Monitor available in the 4×4 variant – it allows a 360-degree real time and synchronized view that helps the driver maneuver around obstacles while parking; the Hill Start Assistance system – when stopped in an incline, maintains the brake pressure for a maximum of two seconds after the driver’s foot has left the brake pedal, enabling the driver to switch the foot to the accelerator without the vehicle rolling back. NPI

Get #ReadyForTheX, follow Nissan Philippines on Facebook for updates.

Stay tuned on RTL CBS Entertainment HD for SCORPION

I was invited to the exclusive premiere screening of RTL CBS Entertainment’s new genius misfits show Scorpion at the Power Plant Mall Cinema 5 in Rockwell, with its pilot episode airing within 24 hours of US broadcast on 23-September-2014, Tuesday at 9:00pm.

SCORPION, inspired by a true story, is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis, an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo, who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other’s humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen, who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in. cbs.com

I truly enjoyed SCORPION! After a depressing finish to the first season of The Leftovers, which happens to be one of my favorite TV shows recently, SCORPION will be my perfect geeky break, that should make me lounge on the couch come Tuesday as I follow the misadventures of the fourth smartest man on the planet. While you don’t need an IQ of 197 to appreciate SCORPION, the show’s fast pacing is irresistibly likable, picking up quickly as its only focus is on this team of geniuses working together (with “normal” friends) to prevent disasters from happening and ultimately saving lives.

So stay tuned every Tuesday at 9:00pm on RTL CBS Entertainment HD, available on Skycable channels 53 (SD) and 196 (HD), on Destiny channel 53, Cablelink channel 224, and other provincial operators nationwide. Of course, don’t miss out on the other awesome shows such as The Millers, The X Factor UK, Elementary, and Beauty and the Beast.

Now let me work on my genius as I figure out what this is (a gift from the event) and how it’s played:

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Benny’s here.

WordPress Version 4.0 is here, otherwise known as “Benny” honoring the jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. This version, while not exactly major but feature-wise of course welcome, is focused on making it easy for you to write and manage your blog, the embed content preview being my favorite. Check out the video below for more details on Benny.

Trying out Hyperlapse from Instagram

Instagram’s Hyperlapse app is currently iOS only, download it here. I have to agree that this time lapse video app is for the rest of us shaky snapshooters, it did stabilize what would normally require a tripod setup or steady hand. Video of EDSA/Guadalupe snapped while in my car’s passenger seat, edited with PicPlayPost to add Swedish House Mafia’s In My Mind (Axwell Mix) intro, applied with Instagram’s Moon filter.

Marital status of the confused

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Like most interviewers’ routine, every time I get to talk to aspiring agents for our telesales and special projects campaigns, I’d ask straightforward questions that are meant to bring out the honest details that are sometimes missing, or excluded (intentionally or otherwise) in the submitted resume or filled-up application form.

But recently, of all the applicant details I’d focus on, it’s the civil status that I’d ask more about, that’s because most applicants won’t reveal their marital status unless you ask. Strange that this is not unique to female applicants, yet “single” seems to be the common response among applicants with live-in partners, even those already with kids.

Curious, I’d ask why and applicants will be quick to explain that there’s really no space or option for “with live-in partner” in our application form. And some would reason out that it’s easy to get passed the initial screening when you’re single, and a few said there’s an added pressure when having to explain their complicated relationships during job interviews. The rest just say as long as they haven’t signed a marriage contract or had a church wedding, their best bet is the single status. Continue reading “Marital status of the confused”

IGersManila x Certified Calm

Last Saturday 02-August-2014, IGersManila, along with select Instagram’ers, was invited to a mini-photoshoot by Certified Calm, a yoga-centric store at Two Parkade, BGC, where you’ll find premium fitness gear from trusted brands such as Manduka, Lorna Jane, ToeSox, Easyoga, Onzie, Yogitoes, including Klean Kanteen–the original stainless steel BPA-free water bottles–our main subjects for the day’s event.

Thanks to fellow Instagram’er @kenncolubio for introducing us to Yovi Valenzuela, Brand Marketing Manager for Certified Calm, who took charge of welcoming our community to the store and orient us about its products perfect for those with active lifestyle.

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Located at the seemingly quiet corner of 30th and 7th streets in Bonifacio Global City, Certified Calm is a hub for yogis and yoginis not only for its popular brands on offer, what with half the store area easily converted to a yoga studio when the wheeled stalls are rolled away and display shelves are covered with mirror dividers, but also for its wide range of fitness products under one roof, from mats and towels to active clothing and footwear, as well as workout essentials such as bags and drinking bottles. Continue reading “IGersManila x Certified Calm”

The OS X Yosemite public beta 1 is now available for download

That is, if you’re one of the first one million users who signed up to the OS X Beta Program, as Apple’s been sending out notification via email this morning.

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When Apple announced OS X Yosemite–the new version of its operating system that powers every Mac–slated to succeed OS X Mavericks this coming October, the OS X Beta Program was also introduced, giving customers early access to Yosemite to try out the release and contribute to its development by submitting feedback. So as soon as the preview registration was open last June, I signed up. Continue reading “The OS X Yosemite public beta 1 is now available for download”