Archive for September, 2008

Patio Refinishing Project

Monday, September 29th, 2008

In celebration of our recently finished patio table refinishing project, we’re doing a retake of last week’s barbecue pork ribs at Kathleen’s birthday party. This time around I get to “kick it up a notch” with a spicier rub to my liking and added some mustard into the barbecue sauce. It was finger-lickin’-fall-off-the-bone yummy!

Patio Table Refinishing Project

Barbeque Pork Ribs

Barbeque Pork Ribs


California Academy of Sciences Reopens

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

California Academy of Sciences Reopening
The Living Roof

Flickr slideshow here.

This fall Saturday morning, San Francisco celebrates the return of California Academy of Sciences inside Golden Gate Park. This 10 year project features a planetarium, a natural history museum, a 4-story rainforest and a 212,000 gallon replica of a Philippine Coral Reef mostly based from Anilao, Batangas.

ABC 7 on Friday night featured a TV special on the new high-tech structure which showcase environmentally friendly features such as 60,000 photovoltaic cells, recycled building materials, and 2.5 acres of “living roof” with wild California flora all to the tune of $500M bucks. 

Needless to say, my 3 year old and 8 year old daughters survived the 5 hour waiting in line without much complaints until we got inside.

As we were browsing through the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit, I was caught off guard by something that looked familiar from not so long ago. The female uniform at Philippine Science High School:

Hey That's My School!

Caring for Coral Reefs

California Academy of Sciences Reopening
Solar panels with the de Young Museum in the distance

California Academy of Sciences Reopening
Amazon river biotope

California Academy of Sciences Reopening
Philippine Coral Reef exhibit with 30’x50′ acrylic panel

California Academy of Sciences Reopening
Morrison Planetarium [Wired Science video here]

California Academy of Sciences Reopening
Philippine Tarsier in photo for “50 Million Years Ago”

Oh, and by the way, speaking of free access to museums, did you know that you can get in to a some participating museums across the US with your Bank of America card on select weekends of the month?

For October, the free weekend would be the weekend of October 4 and 5.
Fore more info check out:


Hungry Driver

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

It’s always a blast to find some long lost friends and relatives on Facebook. This time around, I was delighted to find my previous boss from my very first job at an Internet Service Provider in Manila. He writes about good food found around the beautiful archipelago that is the Philippines.

Check it out!



Wednesday, September 17th, 2008


Review: New Balance MT 460 RB

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

New Balance 460 MT 460 RB

About two weeks ago, WorkaholicRunner asked me what my thoughts were on this pair of running shoes.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have not owned many running shoes in the past 10 years. During that time the last 3 activity shoes I’ve bought before I started to go to the gym were hiking shoes from Nike, Salomon, Columbia and recently a bargain trail shoe from Skechers. The last one was a wide-fit all black trail shoe which was more suited for mountain biking and spinning class. After several weeks of wearing that one it quickly became apparent it was not made for running on the treadmill as it frequently triggered my cramps near my flexor digitorum longus tendon.

I figured I need to get back to the drawing board and find a “real” running shoe that has a flexible forefoot that would allow me to get a better feel of the pavement while providing sufficient cushioning on the heel. I must be getting old now cause I’ve found that I didn’t really like the new designs from Nike. I was curious about the ASICs and could probably be swayed to get ones from Adidas but found the old school design from New Balance more to my liking.

After two weeks, I can say that I’m very pleased with this pair and got it for a fair price too at a discount retailer. I still have to experience the recurrence of my leg cramps on the treadmill which is usually triggered during the cold season. With the Skechers, they occured even during the peak of summer for some reason. I’m guessing this has to do with how the shoe absorbs impact when I pound on the pavement (I’m more than 200lbs).

The New Balance MT 460 trail running shoe has just the right amount of foam thickness that I’ve been looking for and without the usually thick heels found on some hiking or cross-training shoes. Padding is sufficiently balanced from heel to midfoot to forefoot (no pun intended) . Comforable and lightweight, I felt right at home even from just the first day of using it.