The events that have transpired in the Philippines since November 8 – the strongest storm in recorded history, the missing people, the death toll, the devastation – are unreal. There is no need to mention or reference the catastrophic consequences that have incurred; you’ve seen the media coverage. How this could happen to a resilient people is the question. There is no veritable answer, but I do know one thing…they need help.
There seems to be a lot of controversy circling the topic of aid in the wake of the tragedy. Dialogue on corruption, which countries have stepped up and which countries have not, what this news reporter said and what that news reporter said have surfaced. That shouldn’t matter. If we direct our attention to the incessant finger pointing or to the geopolitics of disaster relief, we’ll miss the bigger picture. We have an increasing responsibility to watch out for our worldwide brethren, whether they’re in our neighborhood or not. The internet and widening economies have broken down barriers, making us a globalized generation, a singular community, one unified people. We participate in world culture every day; our lifestyles prove this. We must help.
Shame on us for ignoring a long history of problems in the Philippine islands – a country already beset by multiple natural disasters and yet it took Haiyan for us to really notice. Better late than never, so let’s move forward now. Anderson Cooper – who visited after the typhoon struck – said this, “When everything else is taken away, broken and battered, soaked raw, stripped bare, you see things. You see people as they really are. This week in Tacloban, Samar and Cebu, amidst the hunger and thirst, the chaos and confusion, we’ve seen the best in the Filipino people. Their strength, their courage, I can’t get it out of my mind. Imagine the strength it takes for a mother to search alone for her missing kids, the strength to sleep; on the street near the body of your child…Maraming salamat [thank you] for showing us how to live.” Although strong, our Filipino brothers and sisters need a hand; let’s help them up.
I wish I could be there. You wish you could be there. Time may not permit, but like I said, our globalized generation has allowed for us to help from afar. In addition to local organization efforts – cargo companies are offering free shipping, establishments are taking in your donated goods (if you’re in LA, drop off at Tried + True Co. til Thanksgiving), and brands like Illest are giving all sales of specific items to the grief stricken population – you can help through the following:
And please, please, please, don’t fall for the Kony gimmick. Do your research and stay informed.
Posted in Life, main, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged aid, illest, Philippines, typhoon haiyan, typhoon yolanda | Comments Off 15/11/2013
Estria Battle took a two year break but was back for 2013. It’s always good the see the usual suspects like Estria, Bam and Nate1.
The spray can art battle was judged by the infamous artists: Risk, Doze Green and Codak. I was lucky enough to catch all of them to hit up my black book. Stoked!
All the artists did a great job, but picking the best is always tough. I’m glad I wasn’t one of the judges. Check out the photos below and see for yourself.
This is how to tag.
Dream’s legacy lives on!
Word of the day was “Dream”
Three time winner Vyal takes it again!
Posted in Art x Music, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged DREAM, estria battle | 2 Comments 15/11/2013
Watch Jean-Claude Van Damme carry out his famous split between two reversing trucks. Yes.. in Reverse! I don’t think this has ever been done before and kudo’s to Volvo for coming up with these great ads for their Trucks.
This live test was set up to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering — a world first technology that makes the new Volvo FM easier to drive.
Filmed in Spain on a closed-off landing field at sunrise in one take.
Directed by Andreas Nilsson
Soundtrack by Enya: Only Time
More about Volvo Dynamic Steering:
http://volvotrucks.com/fmPosted in FatlaceTV, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged jcvd, jean claude van damme, volvo | Comments Off 14/11/2013
This year marks another successful Sema 2013. The week was full of meetings and filming a few episodes of FatlaceTV for Digital Trends. I did however get to shoot a few photos of the show and thought I’d share em with a some dialogue.
The Toyo Booth was where most of our cars were. And although this is the Liberty Walk GTR you’ll see what I’m talking about later on in this post.
Daijiro’s new 2014 BRZ pictured here will be his car he competes with next year. This thing is perfect in white. It was featured at the Falken Booth this year.
Here’s the 2010 Falken 997 GT3 RSR ALMS car that was resurrected after their 2013 car crashed. This one won the petit LeMans, shocking everyone competing. Way to go team.
Bomber at its best.
Interior was so good.
This Ferrari 458 was from Crooks & Castles.
AME Showcased some of their new wheels. Really Wide!
Another AME Wheel that was displayed at Sema.
And the other side showed another model from them. Really nice!
If only all FedEx trucks were bagged like this.
Kato-san of Liberty Walk was full of Joy. His cars were once again a huge hit at Sema.
Nakai has been a very good friend the past few years. Very happy that he’s so busy building the RWB brand worldwide.
The RWB car built by Nakai, Michael Pama & Myself.
Mike put these extremely good Brembo Brakes in.
I took Nakai & Toshi around to their meetings. HPI was one of them. Look out for some good stuff in the future from RWB.
Jon Sibal created the poster that Nakai was signing at the opening of Sema. Great to know it did well.
Here’s the car alot of the Internet & Sema viewers talked about. The Liberty Walk 458. Shut down every other 458 build at Sema.
Here’s the Fatlace Liberty Walk BMW 335.
The Fatlace Kenmeri sporting the new F/Zero1 AME Wheels along with the Illest coachworks IS F Sport.
Another meeting. This time with the guys from KW.
I also spent time doing interviews for Digital Trends.
Here’s John Pangilinan and his interview can be seen here.
The Rotiform Porsche was rebuilt in Germany and is seen here with their version of the classic Fuch wheel called the Rotiform Fuc.
And these 2 trucks were at the off lot Sema decided to put alot of the show cars. Really awesome builds.
Posted in Motorsports, Slammed Society, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged digital trends, RWB, SEMA 2013 | Comments Off 14/11/2013
Please excuse my long break from the blog. I will thus answer back with a long entry. My reason? We were in the middle of launching Tastemakers and it was also my birthday. If you haven’t been put on game just yet, Tastemakers is finally up on Fatlace. To bless our new online home, we dropped a feature on the man himself, Mark Fatlace, and another feature on the vintage shop on Fairfax in LA, Tried + True Co. After you go through this, please head on over there and get hip. We have a lot of upcoming features in the works…Now on to the latter. My two part birthday was spent in LA and in The Bay.
LA looked like this. It seems that my best friend and I are starting a birthday tattoo tradition. We got one together during my birthday last year, and this year was the same. These ones, though, mean a whole lot more.
I had my birthday dinner in Little Tokyo, at an udon spot called Marugame Monzo. The one hour wait was worth it especially for the open kitchen, the uni udon, and the…chicken skin. Trust me.
King’s Hawaiian Paradise Cake. Happy Forever Young to me!
The following week, my girls and I went north for a few days in The Bay. We first hit up San Jose to link with our friend, Rey Resurreccion and to meet the guys at Breezy Excursion (who’ll soon be on Tastemakers). Shout out to these guys for the hospitality. Y’all are a dime a dozen.
Then a quick pit stop – no pun intended – at the Fatlace Paddock to meet the squad and familiarize ourselves with the space.
Then in the city…
ILLEST OC presents SLAMMED SUNDAYS! Join us this Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 3pm-7pm!
We will be accepting children’s clothing donations (ages 2-10) for our Philippines Relief Drive, and we’ll also be selling ‘Stay Strong’ Philippines Stickers. All clothing received and 100% of profits made from our ‘Stay Strong’ sticker sales will go towards helping those affected by Typhoon Haiyan / Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines! See you all there!
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By no means am I well-traveled, but I do consider myself lucky to have attended some major automotive events which shaped the scene today. For the old school heads, events like Showoff, Battle, HIN, and Tokyo Auto Salon should immediately come to mind. If you resided on the west-coast consider yourself lucky to have grown up around the scene. But for us International folk, it has always been a challenge to participate and experience this culture we love. One event that has managed to elude my travels was SEMA. I don’t know why it’s never been on my flight plan but I decided to cross off that notch this year with a trip to this infamous show. So off I went to Vegas with a few friends in tow to experience and capture my take on SEMA 2013. I hope you enjoy the photos and keep in my mind this is strictly from my personal perspective. I didn’t capture everything but this should give you a good glimpse if you didn’t attend. If this wasn’t enough, check out additional photos here.
Spotted Magnus Walker!
So, um… there were a lot of Rocket Bunny FR-S projects in attendance…
… A LOT…
… BUT wait, here’s a widebody from Varis!
Ken Gushi speaking about the Scion Race program and his FR-S.
When a brand new 2014 Lexus IS350 powerplant won’t do, just swap in a 2JZGTE!
And finally, the car everyone’s been talking about – the Liberty Walk Ferrari F458.Posted in Events, Slammed Society | Tagged SEMA, SEMA 2013 | 2 Comments 14/11/2013
Til’ the next episode…
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