Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dream Frame Acquired: 2015 FireEye Hot Tail

So last night I was browsing the facebook groups...when I stumbled on this particular ad:

My eyes grew wide when I saw my dream frame posted, and it was within my allocated budget. So I called the seller, and found that it was still available. So I had it reserved and arranged a meet-up this morning in Marikina.

So this morning, I woke up very early with my mind reeling in ecstasy... excited that I'll be finally acquiring this uncommon "chromoly hardball hardtail".

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bunny's Kitchen: Mabo Tofu version 2

Ok so I had been searching the net for improvements on my Mabo Tofu recipe... and it lead me to going for personal and actual experiences. The net provided everything, minus the part that you need to know it from people you meet personally.

And so today, I had the honor to cook my favorite dish for my wife. My 2nd version of the Mabo Tofu recipe... so here's how it goes:

MABO TOFU(version 2)

by Anton Daniel “Bunny” T. de la Cruz
July 13, 2016
• 1 cup of chicken broth from Chicken Cubes (1/3 of 1 cube)
• 2 teaspoons cornstarch (for broth)
• 4 tablespoons cornstarch (for tofu breading)
• 3 teaspoons soy sauce (Kikkoman will do)
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
• 1/2 to 1 cup vegetable oil (depending on how big your frying pan is)
• 3 medium cloves of garlic, minced
• 2 teaspoons minced ginger
• 5 green onions white part only, minced
• 1 tablespoon fermented black beans, chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon Dry Peppercorn, black seeds removed then ground (optional)
• 4-6 ounces ground pork (lesser pork if you want more tofu)
• 2 tablespoons doubanjiang / gochujang (chili bean paste)
• 14 ounce block of firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2” cubes
• green part of green onions (spring onion) minced for garnish


1. Add the chicken stock, cornstarch, soy sauce and sugar to a small bowl and stir to combine.

2. Cut tofu into 1/2" cubes. Place cornstarch on a plate or in a shallow bowl and dredge tofu in it, coating thoroughly.

3. Heat a non-stick frying pan; heat enough vegetable oil so that tofu will be half-way submerged. Fry tofu in hot oil for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, or until crispy. Drain on paper towels.

4. Heat a non-stick pot until hot. Add the sesame oil, garlic, ginger and green onions and stir-fry with a spatula until fragrant. Add the black beans and pepper and continue stir-frying.

5. Add the ground pork and use a spatula to break it up into small grains. When the pork is cooked, add the gochujang (red bean paste) and stir to distribute. Add the tofu, and toss to mix, avoid stirring the tofu as it will lose its shape.

6. Give the stock mixture a good stir to incorporate anything that may have settled, and then pour it over the pork and tofu. Toss to coat, and then boil until the sauce thickens.

7. Garnished with the green parts of the green onions.

8. Dish is best served with hot rice

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Culprit... for all those paint scratches.

So I just encountered, and caught red-handed... the culprit for all those car paint scratches.

For a year now, this same cat has been climbing over my car hood, windshield, trunk and hood and kept on leaving cat paw prints and claw scratches...

And look at him... with that "So what?" face.


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

An Afternoon of Wall Climbing with the #loveofmylife

There are times that you notice that you are gaining weight abnormally that you tend to be depressed, knowing that there is that urge deep inside that you want to get out and have an exercise. Sadly, as teachers, we rarely get the chance to have the time to have an exercise routine.

Upon further discussions, we wanted to try something different, and the first thing that pops-out from my wife's mind is "Wall-Climbing".

That is one activity that was introduced to me by my classmates and schoolmates back during my Grade 7 and 1st year High-School years (Grade 8). But ended not continuing because of time constraints.

So Aya, my wife wanted to try Wall Climbing out, so I called the gym I used to go to back in the late 90's, Power-Up Gym, located along Road 1 in Barangay Old Balara, and which is also a few steps away from Tandang Sora Avenue.

In the Philippines, this was the pioneer gym for all things indoor Wall Climbing, and it was the go to place for those wanting to learn the sport. 

So we gave it a try, and went there after work. I enjoyed the time, and was able to remember how I did back in the day, but it was indeed painful as I was out-of-shape. Compared to back then I had strong arm muscles and a tighter grip, but now I am all sticks and bones. As for Aya, the first few tries was ok, and later that time she told me, that she would like to try something else. Though she did tell me that if I would like to pursue the sport, she would gladly be my Belayer.

Maybe next time, will give it again a try. But in the end, we really had a great time.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Going for a MUD-DESERVED trail ride

So it's been nearly a month since I last had a bike ride, and I definitely need that much deserved trail ride. When to have it better is when the rain just passed by, and the trails are moist and wet.

So I arrived at UP Diliman this morning, and took the usual trail mix, only to find several routes unpassable. As it seems the Campus' is doing some constructions and land development, destroying some of the trails located around the vicinity. Well it is to be expected, that these "trails" were not permanent to begin with.

So I still was able to take-on some of the routes that I usually take around area, including the Beginner and Advanced trails near the College of Human Kinetics.

In the end I went home soaking wet and with lots of mud splatter all over my body. Truly a fun exciting ride.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Philippines Gundam Model Kit Contest 2016 - exhibition

So my wife and I saw this earlier at the SM Megamall event area.

I guess it's that time of the year, when newbie, amateur and professional modelers, as well as kitbashers meet.

Makes me miss building plamo kits.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Bunny's Kitchen: Baked Basil and Tarragon Chicken in Sweet Korean Sauce

Alright, so it's another day for cooking! So for tonight's dinner I made a dish I based on imagination:

Baked Basil and Tarragon Chicken
in Sweet Korean Sauce


6 pcs Chicken Thigh Fillet

1 White Onion, sliced

Monday, May 02, 2016

Bunny's 32nd Birthday, Pilgrimage and Roadtrip

Every year on May 1st, I celebrate my birthday together with my father. But for a change this year, I spent my birthday with my other half, Aya. So we planned on going on a road trip to the east of Metro Manila, up the mountains of Sierra Madre and back.

So why Sierra Madre and not going to other locations where other couples frequent like, Boracay, Puerto Galera and the like? Well with the limited time available and May 2 being a work day (as both of us are teachers, and students will surely be looking for us), we decided that a short trip outside the city would be for the best. So like any other driving trips we had, we left early so we could experience the cold mountain breeze before the noon heat comes.

Starting from Tandang Sora, Quezon City we took the Katipunan - Don Mariano Marcos Hway route. Going straight Don Mariano will bring your to the Marikina-Infanta road. From here, you will notice while driving that the scenery changes from the view of the city skyline to barrios, then later you'll get to see an abundance of trees waving at you while you drive past the hills.

The scenery changes as we pass-by Boso-Boso and Mang Vic's Bulalohan

Saturday, April 30, 2016

1st Year Wedding Anniversary at 8 & Company, Paper Moon and Mang Larry's

What was Cookbook Kitchen 5 years ago,
 was now 8 & Co. at Luna Mencias
Today marks our 1-Year as Husband 
and Wife, and also marks our 5th year since our oath as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Five years ago on this same day, which also a Saturday... Aya treated me to a place called, "CookBook Kitchen" located along Luna Mencias in Mandaluyong City. Then fast-forward to 5 years later, we had our Anniversary Lunch at the same location in Luna Mencias, but now it is called Eight & Co.

Aya & Bunny: Bestfriends + Married and Enjoying it~!

The recipes were different, but the place felt like how it was 5 years ago. Upon seeing the menu...

Friday, April 29, 2016


Replanted #tomato #seeds (last April 21) 
because the 1st batch went bad. 

Now, lookie at our cute little tomato sprouts 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bunny's Kitchen - Crispy Chicken Fillet

Making Dinner for Two Families with my younger sister, Isay
Hello, Good Afternoon Readers~!

So my sister, Isay dropped by my place to join me in cooking Crispy Chicken Fillet for dinner. Originally I was opting go with fish, but since we had fish the other day... chicken suddenly became the best choice.

So anyway, the recipe is just simple, you'll just need the following...

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day

Happy #earthday !

Here's a #lettuce we planted from a discarded bottom 3 days ago. 

We hope he holds up and grow big and strong.
(Then we eat him and plant the discarded bottom again!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hello Herbs and Spices!

It's been almost a month since I had the garden set-up.
And it's been a month and a half since we planted the seeds
and cuttings of our herbs... 
and now look how they have become~!
So green and so big!

#spices #oregano #celery #basil #peppermint #parsley #tarragon and #thyme 

Our #dill and #tomatoes are yet to sprout tho :)

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Bike Tire Pump Wine Bottle Opener HACK!

Ok I was browsing the blogs that I was following. And saw this very amazing hack on how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew.

All you need is a Tire Pump and an Inflation Needle (the you attach to the pump nozzle when pumping basketballs).

Now there's no excuse of have not having any wine with your steak or during your picnic.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Andy's Batangas Lomi - It's a Man vs Food Serving!

Man v Food

That 145php ($3 USD) #lomi from Andy's Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo is so huge,
one order can feed a family of 6! 

#mvf #manvfood #lomi

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Garden Re-Layout

All the herbs and small plants under the tree

So this morning, you were able to preview how our garden looks like. You might also have noticed that the set-up/layout was different from what we had a few days ago. So to maximize the area, we had to move and segregate the plants from herbs, and the larger plants and trees from the rest of the bunch.

Anyway sharing to everyone the photographs of our re-layout.

Red Chili, Green Chili, Oregano and Malunggay near the sidewalk

And the rest beside the garage

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Good Morning Garden~!

Good Morning~!

It is really nice waking up to see this beside your porch. As you may have noticed, the common area's grass has been dried out all summer long. Since my neighbors do not care, I've started the initiative to bring it back to life.

Hopefully soon, this garden will be full of plants and herbs.

Just wanted to make that update, and so I'm off to work~!

Growing the Garden - New Plants

After making that trip yesterday at Quezon City Circle Garden at the QMC. I had started arranging the work area.

This was one of two branching plants
of Oregano from Mother's garden
So far here's how our current set-up looks like

Originally my wife and I planned to have the plants place in front our house... but found that the best place to make our garden is the neglected common area beside our house.

We got new plants to add to our garden such as a Mayana (Painted Nettle), Strobilanthe (Persian Shield), Tarragonand a Malunggay Tree (Horseradish). As well as 4-kilos of Loam Soil (which costs around $1 USD for 2-Kilos/Sack).

Aside from that, my mother donated some plants and herbs as well... The Bromeliads that are planted on the corner of the lawn, a pot-full of Oregano, and others that I do not know what their names are.

Tarragon, Strobilanthe, Mayana & Malunggay plants
new addition to my garden
4 kilos of Loam Soil from QMC and five (5) old and disposed tiles
donated by the school I teach at.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

A Trip to the Quezon City Circle Garden (QCCG at the QMC)

Ok so this morning after bringing my wife to work today, I headed straight to Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) to purchase more plants, herbs and gardening tools for the garden. Good thing the weather cooperated well today, it was neither hot or cold.

If you're living in Quezon City or from it's neighboring cities and is a total beginner in gardening, Quezon Memorial Circle is probably for you to go to. QMC, aside from being a family park, it is also home to numerous gardening shops. You might have heard of the "Manila Seedling Bank" of the 1980's to early 2000's ... some of it's tenants transferred here.

So how's the price? I'm telling you it wouldn't even cost you an arm and a leg. To give you an idea of the price for herbs, your 100 pesos ($2.12 USD) can buy you four (4) seedlings of Sweet Basil or Tarragon.

As for bigger plants, a 4-foot tall Malunggay (Horseradish) tree costs around 85 pesos ($1.80 USD); a 5-foot tall American Lemon Tree costs around 350 pesos ($7.40 USD). Like I said, it's not going to break your bank or put a hole in your wallet.

So which shop do I recommend you to buy? There's no recommendation, price really differs from one shop to another. But if you plan to buy in bulk, remember to ask for the best price. Oh and another tip, make sure when going here, make sure to wear comfortable clothes (the weather can sometimes be a b*tch).

Monday, April 04, 2016

Building the Garden~!

We have always wanted to have a garden on our front lawn. But our work schedules never permitted us of building and taking care of one. Though this day probably is a blessing for both of us.

In which I have decided to create our small garden in front of our house. So I made some trips to Quezon Memorial Circle to purchase some basic plants, seeds, gardening equipment and potting materials.

At the end of the day, this is how our little garden looks like now.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Yay! Wifey's doing some Driving Practice!

It's great to see that my wife's finally driving. For the past few weeks she's been trying to grasp driving stick shift. And now she's able drive from 1st gear to 2nd gear.
Practice makes perfect~!

Go for it Lovey!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Holy Week in Baguio - Health 100 Vegetarian Restaurant

It's Holy Week and we're up in the mountains of Baguio City for this almost-week-long holiday. So this morning part of the itinerary I prepared was to bring my wife, Aya to a place she hasn't been to in the "City of Pines".

And so I brought her to the famed, "Health 100 Vegetarian Restaurant" located along Magsaysay Avenue. It is a simple restaurant offering healthy meals, with ingredients grown freshly in Baguio City.

But to get there, we hailed a cab from Baguio Country Club to Session Road... yes just Session Road. Because it's best to go around Baguio City while walking. Taking our sweet time and enjoying the different sights and sounds. So from Session Rd. we walked down to the intersection and upon reaching Malcolm Square Park, we and took a right to Magsaysay Avenue... the walk was long. But she did enjoy going to a place she had been to.

Just go down Magsaysay Avenue, when you reach Barangay Slaughterhouse it means that you're near. Continue going down the road, and you'll find Health 100 Restoreant on your right.

Health 100 can be found at a corner of a private road and Magsaysay Avenue.
It is located near a church.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

After-work Trail Ride at BASEKAMP Pit Stop, San Mateo, Rizal

Honestly this is the first time that I have ridden at Basekamp Pit Stop, an adventure and recreation place located on top of Mt. Maarat's mountainous area. Basekamp is operated by Sandugo, a local maker of outdoor gear from sports bags, sandals and shoes.

So after work I buzzed my friend, Carlos Colmenares (their trail builder and product designer) that I'll be dropping by at Basekamp yesterday afternoon. He said that he might be there to tend to the trails. And off I went to get there, with my Banshee racked on my trunk.

Carlo's pick-up truck and my car parked at Basekamp
Upon arrival... I noticed and was told that I was the only biker and guest there. The guard, told me that Carlos was in the middle of the trail system fixing the trail for an upcoming race that they'll be having.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Where are you goin'?

Viento mounted on the carrier, and ready to go after work.

It's Holy Week this week... and it's Wednesday, when offices declare work is suspended at half day.

As for most Filipinos, they would have gone now to their provinces and be with their families and relatives. As for me and my wife we will be leaving for Baguio City by tomorrow.

So for this afternoon, I'll be taking on Basekamp, located up the mountains of San Mateo and Antipolo, Rizal... hopefully I get to ride there before sundown.