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Drive, Eat, Shoot: Exploring the East with the Ford Everest

Who says combining work and play isn’t fun? ūü§Ē

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During our participation at the Auto Rally Challenge a few months back, we were lent a Ford Everest to use at the event. We actually had an extra day with it and our group at GadgetMatch decided to set aside our laptops, grab our cameras, and take the Everest to the first destination that came to mind.

Since we had an enjoyable time with it, we thought we’d share our experience with you guys.

You can check out this short clip¬†of our trip shot entirely on Sony’s smartphone.

The Ride

What we drove was the 3.2-liter Ford Everest Titanium. It’s a midsize SUV great for hauling the family and is packed with safety and comfort features. Being the top of the line variant, it’s the only model with a 4×4 setup so it’s a vehicle that can keep up with your adventures.

Inside, it comfortably seats five people and if you need more, the third row folds out at a press of a button and accommodates up to two more people.

If you find yourself on a long highway stretch, its Adaptive Cruise Control makes for a more relaxing drive so you can take in the scenery around you. Don’t enjoy too much, though, and make sure to still be attentive of the road ahead!

Ford’s SYNC technology lets you play music and read text messages without having to look away from the road. You can do these things through voice commands.

Features like Blind Spot Information and Lane Keeping make sure you only switch lanes when it’s safe. Meanwhile, its Active Park Assist together with proximity sensors help when you squeeze your way through a tight parking space.

A¬†Power Panorama Moonroof also comes with the package. Enjoy a view of the sky or open it for a breath¬†of fresh province air — it’s all up to you.

From the leather-wrapped seats down to the available 230V socket, it’s creature comforts like these that make the Everest an enjoyable ride.

Considering our headquarters in the Philippines is at the east-most border of Manila, we thought it would be exciting to go out of the busy city and see some sights. The province of Rizal made the most sense, so we hopped inside the Everest.

The Food

We left around lunch time so the first thing on our itinerary was to look for a place to eat. We wanted none of those fast food chains; we wanted to try something new.

This led us to our first stop: Balaw Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery in Angono, Rizal.

Angono is known as the Art Capital of the Philippines and is evident in the restaurant. Apart from the dining area, there’s a dedicated space with an abundance of artworks, from paintings and woodwork to sculptures.

The restaurant specializes in Filipino dishes. Although, if one feels adventurous, there’s an exotic corner in the menu with crickets and beef testicles. Unfortunately, none of us felt like going for cow balls during lunch so we went for a safer, more traditional meal.

We got Kalderetang Itik (young duck stew), Balaw-Balaw Fried Rice, grilled chicken, and Minaluto which is basically seafood platter with a mix of fried pork and vegetables.

With our tummies filled and bodies energized, we hopped back on the Everest and off we went for our next destination.

The Sights

Although we were out on a road trip, we still brought a bit of work with us. We needed to shoot photos for our smartphone reviews and wanted to go for a fresh, new location. We heard the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City is photography-friendly and offers an array of contemporary art displays and wide, open spaces.

We were not disappointed. The place is a spacious haven for art, culture, and OOTDs. It has a Greek vibe to it which goes well with the shroud of trees surrounding the area.

A quick tip if you plan to go to Pinto Art Museum: visit on weekdays so there are fewer people. We heard the place can be a little crowded during the weekends and holidays.

Hundreds of artworks are displayed throughout six galleries so be sure to allot enough time going around. We think two to three hours should be enough.

Shot using a Sony Xperia XZ2 with a clip-on macro lens

Shot using a Sony A7S II

The entire museum is inside a 1.2-hectare property that not only houses paintings and installations, but brightly colored fowls, as well!

We shot what we needed and were ready to go home. But one last stop: We chanced upon this road less traveled and pulled over to bask in the rays of the setting sun. We popped open the Everest’s Power Liftgate and gathered around to hang for a while.

Stories were exchanged, selfies were snapped, and laughs were had. We drove back to our headquarters shortly after and called it a day. That was how our quick trip to Rizal with the Ford Everest went.

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Sex in driverless cars and what might be the future of autonomous vehicles

All according to a study

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Photo by Kenny Luo

What will autonomous vehicles bring? More than just a driverless solution from point A to point B, according to a new study.

Of course, the logical effect would be the phasing out of traditional cabs and a switch in focus to the customer experience. A paper conducted by University of Surrey Tourism Professor Scott Cohen and University of Oxford Transport Studies Lecturer Debbie Hopkins goes even further in imagining a world where driverless cars are a reality.

According to Cohen, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs only a natural conclusion that sex in autonomous vehicles will become a phenomenon.” “Sex,” the study explains, “plays a central role in many tourism experiences.” It furthers, “It is just a small leap to imagine Amsterdam‚Äôs Red Light District ‚Äėon the move.‚Äô”

The researchers also warn authorities to be ready. With the driverless revolution less than a decade away, these transport spaces may possibly be used as cover for illicit activities like prostitution, drug dealing, or even terrorism. On the other side of the spectrum, privacy issues might also arise as these autonomous vehicles will most probably be tracking everything.

In the meantime, let’s sit tight — in cars that actually have drivers in them.

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MG Philippines makes owning British heritage vehicles a reality for all first car owners

A new contender in the local automotive market!

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Choosing your first car can be a daunting process. You might have a lot of questions: “What type of car should I get? What car brand should I go for? How do I get my money’s worth?” These are all valid questions.¬†Good thing MG Philippines is around to offer a straight-up solution for today’s hip, young blood in search of their first car.

British heritage auto brand MG wants the Philippine market to “Be Excited” as it introduces its first wave of vehicles in the Philippines, which are sure to appeal to the needs of modern Filipinos looking to own their first ride. The lineup from MG Philippines consistently offers vehicles that flaunt a fresh style, modern driving aids,¬†and creature comforts — all at very competitive prices.

MG ZS

First in the lineup is the MG ZS crossover SUV which is aimed at those who demand versatility in their rides, without compromising on vehicle features and breaking the bank. On the outside, the MG ZS is a looker with its London Eye headlamps, Stardust grille, and 17-inch alloy wheels that beg to be noticed.

Bells and whistles include a push start/stop button, as well as a multi-function steering wheel with cruise control. The vehicle also sports an 8-inch LCD infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay so you can stay connected to your device and access media, all while keeping your hands on the wheel. Cruising on the outskirts of the city? Simply roll the Stargazer panoramic sun roof back for a breath of fresh air.

The MG ZS also comes standard with Collision Protection technology and curtain airbags for added safety. Other advanced safety features include an Anti-lock Brake System, Cornering Brake Control, Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and Traction Control System.

In terms of power, it has a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 114HP and 140Nm of torque. The MG ZS comes in three variants with the following prices:

  • MT “Style”¬†– PhP 818,888 introductory price
  • AT “Style”¬†– PhP¬†868,888¬†introductory price
  • AT “Alpha”¬†– PhP¬†998,888¬†introductory price

MG 6

If you’re looking for a sporty-looking ride that doesn’t let down on performance, the MG 6 fastback sedan is your best bet from the lineup. It has a longer, taller, and wider body than others in its segment and¬†exudes an authoritative stance thanks to its 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, sporty body lines, and a confident-looking fascia.

The interior is equipped with sporty, two-tone black and red seats, dash, and door panels. There’s also a flat-bottomed steering wheel — a clear nod to the brand’s racing heritage. Simply looking at its interior makes your heart beat faster with excitement.

It’s not all about the looks for the MG 6. Under the hood resides a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine which produces 162HP and 250Nm of torque. MacPherson struts up front and blade-type multi-link rear suspension also give you the edge with sharp handling and a smooth-sailing ride. Pricing for the two variants with 7-speed transmission are as follows:

  • AT “Alpha”¬†– PhP 1,068,888¬†introductory price
  • AT “Trophy”¬†–¬†PhP 1,188,888¬†introductory price

MG RX5

Your routine might require you to need a daily vehicle that can capably ferry you to and from work, but you might also want it to be versatile enough to take on road trips on weekends. For this, consider the MG RX5. This compact SUV embodies power and class while also being versatile enough to bring on trips outside the metro.

The RX5’s elegant dashboard and door inserts are finished in high-grade materials while the cabin has ample legroom and headroom to fit the entire gang comfortably. You can also haul larger cargo¬†thanks to its 60/40 split-fold function.

Expect a comfortable ride with the RX5, since it is been equipped with an enhanced MacPherson up front, with a rear multi-link suspension system. This ensures you and your passengers are comfortable throughout every ride. That one friend who always sleeps through trips is sure to appreciate this feature.

Additional features include keyless entry, push start/stop button, cruise control, and an electronic parking brake with autohold function for easier and safer driving.

The MG RX5 comes equipped with a 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission and is available in two models.

  • MT “Core” – PhP 1,058,888
  • AT “Style” – PhP 1,228,888

That’s not all!

MG knows that pretty much everything is connected nowadays through our smartphones. Hence, the company is currently producing an accompanying app to closely monitor its car’s running stats and allow online booking of service appointments. No more waiting in line at the service center! They are also gearing up to opening 16 new dealerships to better accommodate its customers all over the country.

With these offerings, MG Philippines aims to deliver quality vehicles to the Philippine market, while giving them unparalleled service and outstanding value for their hard-earned cash.

So, after reading what MG Philippines has to offer, have you found your match?

Visit the MG pop-up store this month, and get up close and personal with the latest vehicles from MG Philippines. See the following dates and locations:

  • November 15 to 18, 2018 ‚ÄĒ SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds (2018 Auto Focus Pre-Christmas Test Drive Festival)
  • November 20 to December 20, 2018 ‚ÄĒ SM City Cebu
  • November 29 to December 5, 2018 ‚ÄĒ SM Megamall

Please visit www.mgmotor.com.ph for more info. Follow MG Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and MG Philippines.

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5 driving tips for pregnant women

What to do to ensure the safest drive

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It’s 2018 and women can drive. And you know what? They can even drive while pregnant. ūüėé

But, having and growing another person inside of you entails special considerations. To ensure the safest and most comfortable drive, I’ve rounded up a checklist for those expecting.

Make yourself comfortable

Considering you’re driving around an instant two people, make sure you’re comfortable when you get behind the wheel. Being nice and cozy in the driver seat before you head out ensures less distractions when you’re already driving.

Adjust your seat so that you have enough room. We know the right positioning can be a little confusing because of how your body has changed, but as a general rule, your breastbone should be 10 inches from the steering wheel. You can even pack small pillows for your back to make sure it has proper support.

Use the seat belt properly

Yep, it can get tricky. But, here’s how it should go:

Your seat belt should be below your belly bump and the lock should be at your hips. The shoulder belt should run across your breasts to the side of your bump. Remove extra layers like thick jackets to make sure everything is fastened and secured in the right places.

Take breaks

There’s no shame in stopping to take a driving breather. You are carrying another human, so you’re excused. Make sure you stop and pause every 90 minutes for a toilet break. Use this opportunity to rest your feet and relax.

Be prepared

Like a true girl scout, make sure you’ve stocked your car with supplies and much-needed snacks. Always have a bottle of water ready and pick health food you can nibble on ahead of time for your drives.¬†Have all your info with you in the car — including your doctor’s number and pregnancy details — just in case. Also, it helps to plan your routes ahead and schedule your drives.

Check yourself

You know yourself best so before heading out, assess how you feel. Make sure you’re feeling alright and consider how you’ll be feeling in the coming hour. Be honest with yourself and recognize that there might be days when you’re better off not heading out on your own.¬†The best preparation is prevention.

Lastly, congratulations girl! ūüéČ


Thanks to our friends at Ford for sending over some driving tips and inspiring this piece. 

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