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There’s a real-life pokémon gym—and this is what it looks like

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Ever since the phenomenal rollout of the augmented-reality smartphone game Pokémon Go a few weeks ago, pokémon trainers have already discovered more than one virtual pokémon gym in the U.S. and across Europe.

In Go’s version of pokémon gyms, pokémon can be trained and trainers can claim them either by assigning a pokémon or battling a rival team who has claimed one. Of course, all this only happens on your smartphone.

But somewhere in Japanwhere it all startedis a real-life pokémon gym where anyone can physically train, play, and interact with (virtual) pokémon. That means you, pokémon trainer!

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A first, and so far the only one of its kind in the world, the Pokémon Expo Gym (PEG) opened in November 2015 in Osaka as part of Expocity, a massive shopping and entertainment complex.

It’s a 70-minute commute from Osaka Castle. You get off at the Banpaku-Kinen-Kōen Station; a giant inflatable Pikachu will welcome you upon arrival.

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The Pokémon Expo Gym is right across this Gundam store.

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Inside the gym is a small cafe that sells Pokémon-themed snacks.

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We’ve seen healthier menus than this.

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You can also take home this Pikachu tub filled with popcorn.

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Just like Pokémon Centers in other parts of Japan, the Pokémon Expo Gym has a store that sells a sea of plush toys. Because, really, who wouldn’t want one?

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Cuteness overload!

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There are also some AR-enabled merchandise that are not available in any other Pokémon stores, like this ID tag.

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There are signs (in Japanese) around the gym with AR codes that activate with the PEG Gear app. Yep, that Pikachu popped out of that pokéball signage.

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The gym’s real attraction, though, is an arcade-like facility beyond this gigantic pokéball. To get in, you need to buy a membership card called PokéPera for 500 yen.

Sadly, a membership at the world’s only real-life pokémon gym doesn’t increase your chances of catching rare creatures in Pokémon Go. But who knows what pokémon you can catch here once the app finally rolls out in Japan?

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If you plan on trying out the facilities, you will have to top up your card with yen.

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Macho J’s Boxercise, for example, costs 400 yen for one game that lasts for 3 minutes.

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Here’s my friend Leslie getting physical with Macho J.

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Aside from making Pikachus pop out, the PEG Gear app will also record your results inside the gym. I obviously have a long way to go to become a pokémon master. Sigh.

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Gardevoir’s Control Score involves catching pokémon using a stylus and monitors.

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There are other attractions where you can interact and talk with the pokémon. In case you’re going through some times, you can learn to punch like Machamp and get some life advice at Machamp’s Counseling Room.

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The entire gym is decorated with Pokémon elements to give you all the #feels. Floors are painted with pokéball icons.

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The walls also have murals like this one.

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Even the toilet signs are Pikachu silhouettes.

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If you ever find yourself traveling across Osaka — with half a day and more than 4,000 yen to spare a visit to the Pokémon Expo Gym is a must. Whether you’re a die-hard Pokémon fan or not, this actual pokémon gym is something everyone can appreciate.


1 USD = 106 JPY

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

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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 — SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds (2018 Auto Focus Pre-Christmas Test Drive Festival)
  • November 20 to December 20, 2018 — SM City Cebu
  • November 29 to December 5, 2018 — 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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Vivo V11: Flagship look on a midrange phone

It’s super eye-catching!

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The Vivo V11 is a definite looker!

It’s the company’s first attempt at being playful with colors. With the V11, Vivo released the Starry Night and Nebula variants.

Instead of one solid color, you get this design that’s not simply a gradient but has a few sparkly details at the bottom end, making it look snazzier than your average phone.

It’s already pretty flashy on its own

So it looks great no matter who’s holding it

The notch is also significantly smaller, giving you this sense that you have more to look at

This makes the 6.41-inch Halo FullView display a sight to behold


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

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Samsung’s display folds, Trese anime coming to Netflix: Weekend Rewind

Lots of new things coming soon!

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Samsung’s Infinity Flex is here

Five years since showcasing the Youm Flexible display, Samsung finally unveiled a prototype of its foldable smartphone. Called the Infinity Flex, it looks like a thicker phone when folded but expands to a 7.3-inch display. An actual product could come in Spring 2019.

Android has already announced support for folding devices while Huawei and LG are also developing their own versions of a foldable phone.

However, a smaller Chinese company, Rouyu Technology, has already beaten them all to the punch when they unveiled the world’s first foldable smartphone. The 7.8-inch phone touts a Snapdragon 8150, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. It will feature a 20MP and 16MP rear camera combination, and retail for CNY 8,999.

2. Nokia’s five-camera phone

The multiple smartphone camera setup is slowly becoming a thing and Nokia is jumping right in. The company has decided to do everyone else better by coming up with a phone with five rear cameras.

As expected, leaks and renders have already made their rounds on the internet because well, it’s the internet. We expect the cameras to include a telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens, and a depth-sensing camera.

As for other specifications, the Nokia 9 will supposedly carry an 18:9 screen, a Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and 4150mAh battery capacity.

3. Get active with the Fossil Sport

If you’re all about being active, you might want to take a good look at the Fossil Sport. It’s one of the first smartwatches to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 which brings new features like better ambient mode and longer battery life.

Available in 41mm and 43mm sizes, its casing is now made of aluminum and nylon instead of stainless steel and it will retail for US$ 255.

4. Ragnarok M: Eternal Love

Ragnarok Online is officially back! Ragnarok M: Eternal Love is a mobile version of the hit MMORPG and it’s a lot like the original, from the job classes, to the nostalgic sights and monsters. It’s free to play on both Android and iOS so you can invite all your friends.

You’ll have to make sure your phone has the space for it, though. It’s over 1GB through Google Play, but the unpacked content leads to 5GB. Fortunately, through Marvin’s findings, the app only consumes an average of 12MB per hour. Not bad.

5. Trese, Pacific Rim anime coming to Netflix

If there’s something strange in the Philippine neighborhood, you call Alexandra Trese. The popular comic book is coming to Netflix and will be helmed by none other than Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, Legend of Korra).

Other new anime titles coming to Netflix are the sci-fi film franchise Pacific Rim, Netflix’s original series Altered Carbon, Cagaster of an Insect Cage, and Yasuke. Anime lovers have plenty of binge-watching to look forward to!


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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