Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Maxxis Shorty... definitely GNARLY!

Ok just last night I dropped by Eastwood City to get my new front tire from an online seller (who owns a physical shop in Taytay, Rizal).

The tire isn't the same as the previous one I bought (Ardent), this one had bigger blocks and is meant to be ridden hard on mud, dirt and of course was meant to be for the rainy season, that's what the Maxxis Shorty was made for.

Maxxis Shorty 26 x 24 ST from Ciclismo Bike Shop

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Vittorio Brumotti doing stunts near Escolta

Sadly I wasn't able to go to the #Philbike Expo this weekend due to overlapping schedules (cleaning the house is a priority). Though this Sunday morning I was able to go out and have a bike ride with a family friend to SM Mall of Asia... and on the way back, he saw a lot of people gathering by Jones Bridge. We got curious and stopped by to look, and found pro road-bike trials rider, Vittorio Brumotti doing a publicity stunt by hucking on top of a Jeepney and bunny-hopping it to another and back.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Rainy Season has Come

Another Thursday has come, and bike commuting has always been fruitful, both to my legs and my health. Though when the rainy season arrives, bike commuting starts to become a dilemma. Roads become slippery; dirt and grime sticks to your drive train, and worst of all you get home all wet or all wet and yucky mucky.

Though this morning I got to CIIT dry, but when I was about to go home... the rain poured and going home has become a very hard thing to do. Especially when you're carrying electronics and gadgets that aren't waterproof (external hard drives and such). The good thing though, improvising gear for the rainy season has proven to be very good thing to do. It's like having a McGyver-like instinct inside all of us.

So to get my stuff home all dry, I had to request our maintenance guy at the office for a trash bag in which I modded to fit my backpack straps. And ta-da, McGyver-ized Bag Cover.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Via's Birthday Dinner @ The Daily Grind

One of the great things being an educator is being in contact with your former students. So one of my former students from another school recently graduated, and has been working as a designer and was about to celebrate today. She had plans to celebrate it with me and my wife (who she's friends with).

Though my wife and I have a tradition of treating birthday celebrants, instead of them taking money from their own wallets and treating their guests. And so she was surprised to be treated by us... at the Daily Grind, a burger and ribs restaurant near the school my wife and I are teaching.

Sadly my work schedule ends at 9:00PM every Wednesdays, and so I had them go there ahead of me. So when 9PM came, I followed suit.

Aya and Via peeping from the window looking and waiting for me.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mounting the Ardent on the Banshee Viento

So before mounting the Ardent to the front, I got curious if the tire would fit in the rear since that was originally the plan. According to the data provided by the inter-web, the Banshee Viento had a maximum tire clearance of 26 x 2.35. That was what the data mentioned and explained.

I believe the source came from Banshee, but this was found from a site online.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Viento Tire Replacement: Maxxis Ardent

So after three years, I'm finally replacing one of my bike's tires. Away with the deteriorating Kenda Nevegal DTC 26 x 2.35 front tire and in with the new Maxxis Ardent 26 x 2.4 EXO Protection.

This will probably the first time I bought a non-folding bead tire. The reason for the switch to a wire bead tire, was because of the scarcity of 26 inch tires in my country, especially with models with great traction and thicker widths (oh so cruel 650Bs).

According to reviews Ardents are good trail tires for hardpack and medium conditions, Though most have it equipped in the rear. I'll soon be having this placed in the rear, once I get to acquire a Maxxis High Roller II 26 x 2.4 for the front.

Will mount this tomorrow~!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bunny's Kitchen - Bike Commute and my first try on making Ilocano Miki

Thursday is usually my bike commuting day, as my vehicle's banned from taking the public roads because of color coding. And for some time now, I've been off the saddle more because of my work as an educator, and adjusting to life as a husband to my loving wife.

Stopped by the Hungry Rover @ UP Diliman's AS Parking

Just this afternoon, on my way home I stopped over at UP Diliman to spot food trucks parked at the A.S. Parking. Stopping over proved to be a good idea, as biking from one location to another increases my hunger to consume more food (can't help it). So I spent my merienda (snack), and ordered "Pork and Mushroom Sisig" from the Hungry Rover - Taco Trike, a food truck/trike that serves Beef Salpicao, Tacos, Sisig and Burgers... high protein fast food... though "Pork and Mushroom Sisig" is not really part of their regular menu, as they only opted in serving this as they ran out of ingredient for both "Pork and Bacon Sisig" and their "Mushroom and Bacon Sisig". For 89 Philippine Pesos ($1.90), you get a creamy mouth-watering Sisig meal served with a cup of Buttered Rice.

Also, I got the chance to test ride the bashguard-less setup on the Viento. And it looks a lot cleaner without the bulky-ness of the bashguard installed before. Definitely a good decision that I'm proud of.

Going Bashguard-less was the best decision I've done so far.

I arrived home early today, to prepare a meal that I promised my wife for weeks now... but often get's postponed because of job interviews and overtime at work.

I am to prepare a dish called, Ilokano Miki. A noodle soup dish native to the Ilocos Region. Though I plan to variate a little from the traditional dish and add some Longganisang Cagayan in it.

So why Miki? And not something foreign?

To start with, my roots traces back to the Ilokanos of the far north and north east. My father is a native of Laoag, Ilocos Norte (a place famous for their Ilocos Empanada, Dinakdakan and Miki) and my mom hails for San Jose, Nueva Ecija (a place known for their farmlands and dairy milk). Ilokano Miki has been a part of my life, and it is usually served during birthday celebrations and close family gatherings. It is a dish that I do not mind eating three-times a day.

And another reason... my folks sent over a pack of "Miki Noodles" to my house. :)

1/2 a Kilo of Miki Noodles sent by my folks.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dinner Date at Jordan's Java Ribs

 So it's Wednesday Night again and teaching just ended at 9pm. So the #loveofmylife, Aya and I went out for dinner at a local restaurant along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City. Jordan's Java Ribs serve mouth-watering ribs with unlimited rice and iced-tea.

Aside from ordering their house specialty, we also got an order of their "Flaming Sisig". While my wife, Aya ordered a serving of their "All American Burger", though it doesn't really look anything all-american. The burger was okay, though the potato poppers tasted something similar to those frozen chicken nuggets.

Their Flaming Sisig was a critique stopper though, dousing it with oil and torching it got our attention. And to back up it's presentation, the taste was the best of all the dishes we ordered.
Engulfed in flames, the Flaming Sisig was the best of all that we ordered that nigh.
Even though we're tired, we were able to consume everything that we ordered this night. With full stomachs, we were satisfied. And ready to go home... so where are we going next time? This Friday's going to be a holiday, so we'll probably go out for lunch.

All smiles and not showing any fatigue, till next time~!
- Aya and Bunny

Friday, September 18, 2015

bashguard-less finally

Finally got my hands on the very elusive 1x10 chainring bolts. Now the Viento's a few grams lighter with the Aluminum Bashguard's been removed.

Though the chainring bolts that I got weren't able to fit properly, I had to use the securing nuts of the previous bolts I previously had.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rebooting and Maintenance of the Render Machine

A year ago I built a Mini ITX Render Station from the remnants of my old system (Anya V2), as I needed something smaller to bring in either LAN Parties or when I needed something for Render Farming. I stopped using it a few months before my marriage. Then just a few weeks ago, I revived that particular work station and brought it to my office for a boot-up. It was working just fine... when suddenly the vid card wasn't responding. Well it was running still, but visuals were non-existent.

overnight updating and back-up of files

So I brought it with me at my in-laws place, and cleaned, booted and checked if I could still run it properly. And yes it did, "Anya V3" is back and running.

Possibly in the next few months I'll be selling this rig, as I've been using my ASUS ROG 551JM more often for my 3D Rendering, Curriculum Development and general Graphic Design.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bunny's Kitchen: Tortellini con Prosciutto in Marinara

 Every Thursday I'm scheduled to make dinner for the two of us. Though today's different, I arrived home early and there's a lot of time for me to think and create something new for us to eat. Armed with my Pencil, Pad Paper and my Dad's Own Cook Book, for things that I don't quite understand. I ventured again into creating something good to eat.

So part of my recipe today is a new ingredient we bought on sale yesterday from the local grocery, "Tortellini" filled with Prosciutto. And for the sauce is the Marinara we prepared a few days ago. It was a recipe that my wife developed.

Pagani Tortellini and My wife, Aya's Marinara Sauce

Among all the pasta we bough, this is probably the longest one to boil, took me 30 minutes to have this boiled and softened.

The sauce was thick, and I lacked some fresh vegetables to match it with the sauce, so I took out a diced some zucchinis, added some fresh basil leaves, shredded cilantro and added some chopped parsley. When the boiling was done, the Tortellini was mixed with the Marinara Sauce and Vegetables.

And voila! and very awesome and delicious dish to enjoy. If you want to add a more meaty taste to this dish, you may add toasted shreds of corned beef.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Magic Done with a Stroke of Imagination

So my class in MMA113-3 Elements of Graphic Design ended today... so before I dismissed my students, I made a doodle on the whiteboard as a means of inspiring my kids to never stop imagining.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bunny's Kitchen - Vegetable Rigatoni in Corn Cream Milk

I've been wanting to try cooking some pasta for my wife, and so I was browsing Chef John's Food Wishes and stumbled at his Summer Vegetable Cavatelli with Fresh Corn Cream recipe. And thought that doing this for dinner would be a great alternative for us. Equipped with my Dad's Own Cook Book, I started relearning the ropes after weeks of cooking the basics.

So I went out with the #loveofmylife to get some ingredients for the dish. Only to find out that Cavatelli that is used in the recipe is not available here in Metro Manila. And so we substituted the Cavatelli with an existing pasta that was in our pantry, "Rigatoni" a thicker and bigger version of Penne.

So I followed Chef John's recipe... learning the ropes from my cook book bible and my wife's careful guidance.

The only problem I stumbled upon, is when creating the Corn Milk, in which you have to stir the sliced corn kernel with chicken broth. It resulted in dryness of the sauce, My wife suggested that we add a little cream to avoid drying of the corn milk. And so we did, creating a different version of the recipe.

The dish turned out amazing, topped with Parmesan and grated Mozzarella, this dish turned out amazingly delicious~!

So here's the breakdown of the recipe, which is good for 4 portions.
For the corn “cream”
2 ears Japanese Sweet Corn
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup of Nestle Cream

For the pasta:
2 cups Rigatoni
1 tbsp olive oil
4 ounces diced bacon
1 1/2 cup diced zucchini
pinch of cayenne
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 to 2 cups corn “cream,” or as needed
1 1/2 cup halved Tomatoes
1 tbsp chopped Cilantro
1 tbsp finely sliced fresh Basil Leaves
grated Parmesan
grated Mozzarella

Banshee Viento Rebuild: Punctures Over Punctures (part 4)

Remember the punctures from a few days ago, the two flats and a broken valve. So this happened just this morning. The patch I made on the tube didn't hold up, such a waste. I'll definitely stick to traditional glue and patch kits, unless I get my hands on Park Tools Glueless Patch kits.

At least I got home before this happened...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

#ItsNotTooLateToLearn Web Design

So this morning, I started my first day learning Web Design at the school where I teach (CIIT - College of Arts and Technology). Though I'm a week delayed with the lessons, I then started multi-tasking to catch up.

Even though I'm in my early 30's I can't let my age hinder me from learning new things.

Multi-tasking: self-learning with back lessons and on-topic with the current lesson.


Back again for Dinner at Cena Cervisia with my wife~

Ok so the #loveofmylife and I went out for dinner yesterday, and of course it's at Cena Cervisia. For those who don't know the place, Cena Cervisia is located along Scout Santiago in Quezon City. They serve a variety of good mouthwatering dishes influenced by our Spanish and Filipino heritage and mixed with our "pulutan" culture. Most of the dishes they serve are best combined with a cold bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen. Or if you're driving might I suggest to get a San Miguel Light then combine it with their "oh so awesome" Beef Salpicao Steak.

The place is bike friendly, as they offer bicycle parking (as the owners are cyclists themselves).

For those planning to have that after work date with your wife or girlfriend/boyfriend, or with your work buddies, Cena Cervisia is open from 3PM to 12MN. Their food is wallet-friendly, so don't worry (600-700php average for 2).

They are located at 26 Scout Santiago Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City

Friday, August 14, 2015

Banshee Viento Rebuild: Morning Ride that's full of surprises (part 3)

Since my teaching schedule today's set in the evening, I took the Viento out for a yesterday morning, riding the usual trails around UP Diliman's campus. The trail's were rather moist and muddy due to the rains these past few days.

Thru the initial mileage, the suspension worked really well, though fine tuning it would further improve the rebound and compression adjustments. Then every surprise happened after I started riding with my usual aggressive trail maneuvering. I did a four-feet drop near the Art and Sciences parking lot, in which I missed landing the bike properly, causing me to end with a flat rear tire.

Pinched flat, with two snake bites. Good thing I brought patches, though bad thing is... my air pump's not working, so I borrowed from a stranger. What an unlucky morning.
Auggh, every time I bring my pump, I don't get a flat...

So I took out my spare tube, only to find that it's missing a valve. Pfft, so to all the readers out there, make sure to purchase a trusted brand of inner tube for your bikes, my spare tube was of a generic brand.

So there was no other choice but to patch my punctured tube. The patches I'm using are, Topeak's FLYPAPER Glueless Patch Kit. I bought these last year around November, and I have used two of the 6 patches already. So since I had two punctures now, I'll have to patch them both with the Glueless Flypaper.

applied the first patch, now on to the second... snake bite.

After patching, and inflating air, I was able to run the bike again.... but I didn't get far as the tire deflated after a few meters. So I took out the tire, and found that one of the patches wasn't able to hold on properly to the tube, as the adhesive has worn off.


So I had to patch my tires again, this time applying an extra patch over the other, to make sure the air won't leak.

I was able to get home, but after an hour of having it parked, the air once again leaked, and Topeak's Flypaper Patches' have lost their adhesive's grip. A product that I would never buy again. Pfft. :(

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Banshee Viento Rebuild: New Legs, But Old Trusty Parts (part 2)

So I let go of the Rockshox SID which was light yet didn't fit my cycling style, with fears of bottoming out. So I disassembled the bike a few weeks bike to sell some parts. And just two nights ago, my wife and I found a local seller selling a used but well taken care, SRSuntour Epicon X1 RLO.

Recently acquired SF13 SRSuntour Epicon X1 RLO with 9QR lowers
It may sound like a downgrade to some, but this particular model was what I was looking for. Lightweight and near bombproof, it's the perfect bang-for-the-buck trail fork.

So just after purchasing the fork, and getting home and finished dinner, Amalia (Banshee Viento, named by the first owner), gets rebuilt.

stored in the attic, almost gathering some dust

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Banshee Viento Rebuild: IT'S ALIVE!!! (part 1)

With the support my awesome wife, Aya. 
The Banshee Viento gets rebuilt. 
And it got new sexy front legs~!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Frozen Gummy Bears Popsicle

So my wife, Aya had this crazy idea of freezing gummy bears and then drowning them in Sprite, all fused into a delicious Popsicle Treat. 

So how did it turn out?

Lo and Behold!EXCALIBEARS!

It turned out even greater than what we imagined, truly a delicious treat to enjoy... though make sure not to eat it near an electric fan, as it melts fast. And at a closer inspection, the bears looked like they were in a cryogenic state... poor gummy bears, but oh so delicious~

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Scoot to Work

So the car was sent yesterday to the Land Transportation Office for renewal of it's car registration.

So with no bicycle yet for an alternative means of transportation, my wife let me borrow her Xootr Mg, to help me with my commute to work.

The only problem is it made me reach the office in 2 hrs... 10.4 kilometers. It was a good exercise, but next time if ever Im going to do it again, i'll make sure that the commite is bimodal.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Disassembling the Viento... WHY?!?!

So early this morning, I had the Viento disassembled... I've decided to downgrade because of some reasons, and sell some of its parts. Some of the parts for sale is the Rock Shox SID Race that I have been using as well as the On-One Fleegle Handlebar and Thomson Elite Stem combo....

It's indefinite when I'll be able to rebuild my rig again soon... hopefully when some of the parts get sold, I can get go riding once again.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bike Commuting and Today's Metro Manila Wide Shake Drill

So its another day at the office, and just bike commuted once again to work... Trails and road really differ a lot... Though some would say that road cycling is smooth as it gets... Though it is not a reality for people who runs knobby tires on the road.

You might tell me, "Simple! Get a road bike or a commuter!"

Its not that simple, not all people can go afford and buy a new bike. So we opt to get tires fit for the road instead.

Anyway, today at school, there was an event scheduled to happen, it was a region-wide event covering the whole the Metro Manila... It is called the Shake Drill. It simulates the preparedness and preparations needed when the Big Quake comes. So the school were I teach participated... And here are some photos of what transpired.

People from other establishments also participated in the said drill, though some were oblivious of what was happening. 

Our school did our part, from evacuations, transporting the injured to first aid:

Imagine what would happen if the Big Quake did happen, what would happen to these people who are oblivious and ignorant about safety and preparedness?

Curried Potatoes and Baked Fish Fillet with G.O.T

So last night, I volunteered to prepare dinner. I'm now confident that I can finally cook something up. So the recipe of choice this time is Curried Potatoes with Chicken Broth.

I didnt do it flawlessly, as I had mistakenly burnt the spices on the first try. By the second try I was able to do it properly, with the guidance of my lovely an awesome wife.

On the pther hand, my lovely and awesome wife, Aya prepared something to go with the potatoes I prepared, Baked Fish with Garlic, Onions and Tomatoes (G.O.T. not to be confused with Game of Thrones) baked in Butter, check the photos out:

Enclosed in parchment paper... Then when peeled open...


Its great being able to cook and combine your dishes together, that's one awesome teamwork!

Hope to cook more soon!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

When the Trail gets Muddy, the Trail gets Tough

It's the storm season already this year, and the trails just got a little tougher to go biking on. So time to put those knobbies on, from Mud Tires to DH/FR treads.

Well with the above introduction, I surely had a muddy weekend around UP Diliman's trail network last Saturday. A week before last weekend, there was a race that transpired on one of UP Diliman's trail network, the UP CHK or UP College of Human Kinetics trail. It is a 500m loop, though can be considered a newbie trail, it became a challenging one-up, after the storm that passed by... for those newbies planning to ride this particular trail, make sure to equip yourself with the proper tires (DO NOT USE Fast Rolling Tires or Slicks).

Friday, July 10, 2015

20000 Views and Reads since 2008

Thank you for making MountainBunny reach 20,000 views and reads since 2008.
A toast to more adventures to conquer in the years to come~!

thank you,

Bunny de la Cruz

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Banshee Viento Build: Sponsorship of Parts [Week 11]

I wasn't able to update everyone on what happened to the Viento after Week 8. So to give everyone a track back with the bike build last year. I'll be finishing all those drafts and publish them for everyone to catch up.

November 30, 2014

Ran the Viento in a Single Speed set-up for three weeks now... just changed my perspective of a Single Speed AMHT being an impossible thing. I clearly enjoyed pedaling the bike on unpredictable, sketchy and muddy terrain... though that's the feeling when you pedal upwards. But once you get to the top and point the nose down and go down the steep hill... all hell break loose.

The Bombproof SF10 SRSuntour Epicon RLD adjusted from 120mm to 140mm
via internal travel adjustment. Definitely a bang-for-the-buck Trail/AM Fork

A 120mm travel front end, don't do lots of justice, as the fork couldn't absorb all those bombing and jumps... especially for an un-serviced SF10 SRSuntour Epicon RLD.