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.