Friday, October 12, 2018

Autophilia Detailing & Paintworks: Making a car girl's dream come true

Ever since I got Ace (my 2001 Honda Accord) 7 years ago, the first thing I ever wanted to do was bring him in for a paint job. The stock "mist silver" doesn't really scream awesomeness so a repaint was first on my list.

But... every time I try to bring him in something always gives out. Suspension, cooling system, you name it. But the worst of all, was a complete engine overhaul. So needless to say my dream paint job kept on getting pushed back, and pushed back, and pushed back. Frustrating to watch it's paint and body die a very slow death.



After a dozen inquiries, 8 paint job quotes and 7 years of waiting... my stars have finally aligned. Ace was finally "confined" at Autophilia Detailing and Paintworks in Cubao QC.


One of the reasons it took so long for me to have him done is because I am so picky when it comes to choosing the right paint shop. I want excellent quality and decent customer service. I sound like a stiff but it's true. LOL. When it comes to my car, I don't mind waiting in line as long as I am dealing with a nice person who knows what he's talking about and I'm certain the job will be flawless. This is what I felt when I talked to Mark, owner of Autophilia. He gave me a play by play on what needs to be done to the car, and told me right off the bat that they do not rush their projects. THAT was music to my ears. So Ace is finally in.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

SUPER AUTOBACS: Car Parts Galore!

Okay, this happened two years ago and I cannot believe I'm only writing about this now. Because going to Japan is on any car enthusiast's bucket list, and I am extremely lucky to scratch it off mine!

My most important mission was to immerse myself in whatever car culture I can get my hands into. Staying in Tokyo, and with little to no time to plan, I Googled, "car culture in Tokyo" and bam! "Super Autobacs" popped up - a superstore for car parts! And come on, with that alone, any car buff would be sold. 

Just a taxi ride away from our hotel in Shiodome, is Shinonome where Tokyo Bay Super Autobacs is. I can still remember vividly how much I shrieked in the cab as we were nearing that huge sign. My poor family. Ha ha! I love them so much for coming with me. Welcome to Super Autobacs!


Out front was a car show, car meet, or car bazaar of some sort happening. I had no idea what it was but who cares. Nobody could resist looking at these stunning ladies.


So.. let us enter the Super Autobacs - the candy store for car crazies..


Thursday, February 23, 2017

PRESTONE Turns 90!

For any new car owner, lesson number one in car maintenance is making sure your automotive fluids are fresh and intact. And for me, one of the first brands I learned about as a budding car enthusiast, was Prestone. That yellow bottle of coolant is a staple in my little car pantry. So it was such an honor to have been invited to attend Prestone's 90's anniversary last February 21, in SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

AUTO-GARD: The "Original" Tire Black

When I was just starting to fall in love with cars, everytime I asked what a good tire black is, the answer was always Auto-Gard. Very rarely do I encounter a car guy who would say otherwise. Its almost like a reflex answer - it has become as default as "Colgate" is to toothpaste and "Xerox" is to photocopy. When someone says "Auto-Gard", it means tire black. It is everyone's first option in making those tires look fresh.

And if you're like me, I do NOT leave the car wash until I see that bottle of Auto-Gard Tire Black (TB8) on kuya's hand. A car wash is never complete without that last touch of natural-looking shine on my tires.

There are three easy steps in using Auto-Gard Tire Black

Monday, November 28, 2016

JUDGEMENT DAY 2016: Making History Sideways

And finally, they were here. Top drivers from Japan, Middle East, Malaysia and the UK came down to the Philippines to battle it out with our top local drifters for the first ever international drifting competition to come to our country. Judgement Day 2016 is the biggest drifting event to hit the Philippines to date. 

The long wait was finally over. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening as I was driving to Clark International Speedway on November 19, 2016. Crazy excited, I didn’t know whether to run or sprint entering the pit walk at CIS. As soon as I made that last turn, gate after gate, one familiar monster car after another. The Philippine team busy working on their cars. Luis Gono’s 240SX, Audel Sison’s S13, John Boban’s Soarer… these are the cars I always see in our local scene. But this time it felt different. Seeing them being prepped for an international race gave me butterflies. You can sense the pressure in the air but in true pinoy fashion, everyone was relaxed but their excitement was palpable.

Photo Credit: Jenna V Genio via Judgement Day 2016 FB Page


Saturday, July 30, 2016

DIY: Hose Leak Quick Fix

A couple of weeks after I got my car back from overhaul, I noticed that the water in the reservoir seems to go empty after about 4 to 5 hours drive. My heart sunk fearing that something might've gone wrong during the overhauling process. But after a few days of observation, I've never been more happy to see a leak in the upper radiator hose. Just a leak. Whew.

That arrow is where the leak source was. 
I came across this quick fix online and with a blessing from my mechanic, I decided to try it myself and see if it would work. And also, because it was embarrassingly easy to do.

Things you'll need:
  • Hose cutter
  • Screwdriver
  • Coolant (for topping up)  
Here are the few steps to a leak-free hose...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fan Girl Moment : Mr. Toni "Half Breeds" Arakaki

Filipino-Japanese Professional Drifter, Mr. Toni "Half Breeds" Arakaki
Source: Half Breeds Facebook Page
  • First Filipino drifter to ever go Pro in Japan
  • First Filipino drifter to ever go Pro in Europe
  • First Filipino to obtain a Drift Muscle license 
  • First Filipino to compete at Drift Muscle Super Muscle class
  • First Filipino to obtain a Super Class license at MSC
  • First Filipino to ever obtain a license at King of Asia and King of Europe Pro drift series
           ...to name a few.

A Filipino racer this accomplished should be a household name.

Drift Muscle Philippines 2013 - the event that brought Keiichi Tsuchiya to the Philippines for the first time. A fantastic event. But at the back of my mind, why in the hell would The Drift King come here? The drifting scene here at the time was so raw, his presence felt premature. At the event, I found out the man who made it all possible was Filipino-Japanese drifter, Mr. Toni "Half Breeds" Arakaki. I could not believe we had a Pinoy drifter in Japan, but what's more unbelievable is the fact that it was the first time I have ever heard of him.