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Distant shores

When the English balladeer duo Chad & Jeremy smashed the airwaves in 1966 with their hit single “Distant Shores,” I thought they were singing about the powdery beaches in the remote nooks and crannies of the Philippines.…

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 V Hybrid: silver lining in today’s dark clouds

  In 2006, I was able to try a second generation Prius and that car was an utter disappointment back then. The hybrid system hardly worked, the batteries took forever to charge, and the Prius felt very…

Proper introductions: The new-ish BMW X1

The BMW X1 launched just last Friday is very happily familiar. There are some new points, such as a slightly different grill. To some, it seems a bit more integrated than before with a little bit more…

Mazda 6 SkyActiv 2.5 Turbo: Magnificent Mazda

If you’ve been following my regular test drives, you will notice that I am very much a huge fan of Mazda. The modest brand from Hiroshima, though small in size versus giants like Toyota and Nissan, has…

Two for the Road beyond V-Day

We can’t just get enough of the Filipino’s romantic character, that even two weeks after the Day of the Hearts, couples are still on the hunt for their special date which was hindered by the Covid-19 scare…

Fast Five: New BMW 520i

Three million pesos is a lot of money. Except when it comes to luxury cars. Three cool M’s would usually be considered the entry point when it comes to German or Japanese cars with alphanumeric model numbers.…

Virus-proofing your mobile kids

Last week, our family of nine was supposed to fly to Japan for a skiing trip then a business convention. But because of the ongoing Corona Virus or Covid-19 outbreak, we canceled the trip even if we…

Jaguar XE R-Dynamic SE 2.0 2020: Sexy in the city

Since the Tata Group took over the embattled Jaguar and Land Rover brands and merged them into a single entity in 2013, the British brand’s future has turned shaky with Land Rover remaining strong and Jaguar taking…

Lexus UX F-Sport: cozy and comfortable cruiser

Photos by Botchi Santos Celebrity endorser, talk show host and media personality Bobby Yan who is quite the lady’s man himself once taught me that his most important criteria in choosing a car is it’s “striking distance”.…

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for auto enthusiasts

There are different kinds of posts that can go viral or popular on the internet. There is the dance craze, Outfit or Shoe of the Day (#ootd or #sotd), cute dogs or kids, over the top proposal,…

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