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