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.

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Day I Took A Drift Class

It was May of 2012 when I saw an online coupon for a Drifting Class. I remember freaking out, and doing a triple take of what I was reading. Drifting wasn't big back then so I didn't even think an opportunity to learn it was possible. I couldn't believe it until I read the whole title - Introductory Drifting Class at King's Car Control Clinic. It was organized by none other than mister Car Porn himself, Ian King. I had to be stupid not to get it. I bought that coupon without thinking. Who needs food anyway, right?



I could hear the tires screeching from a mile away. As I was pulling up to the venue, literally screaming at the top of my lungs as I was parking. I walked sheepishly to the registration table, signed my name and sat on a monoblock chair under the tent with my jaw dropped to the floor watching monster cars like Skylines and Silvias pass in front of me as I waited for my turn.