Healthy Options Gluten-Free Bread

healthy_options_gluten-free_breadA few months ago, I started the Bulletproof Diet after I ran into two of my church friends, and they, frankly, looked amazing. The husband, who was always fit but was particularly stocky, was clearly slimmer and carried himself with more confidence. The wife, meanwhile, looked sleek and just as confident.

“What are you doing?” I asked them, and they said, “Bulletproof.”

Since then, I’d done my research, and since then, I’ve lost almost 30 pounds on it. Yay!

One of the most things I had most difficult dealing with, though, was the call to reduce, if not eliminate, gluten. The book discussed a plethora of reasons why gluten was bad for me, and I’d eliminated most of the sources of gluten in my diet, but for four months, I’d gone without bread.

UNTIL TODAY!

I’ve finally had a tuna sandwich–thanks to Healthy Options’s new gluten-free Loaf Bread! Toasted bread and topped it with canned light tuna, mayonnaise, Cadia dijon mustard, lettuce, pickle relish, and Laughing Cow light cheese. Ridiculously delicious and yay, finally, gluten-free bread that tastes like bread!

Guys, “The Flying House” is back!!

I’m so excited! The Flying House, one of my favorite childhood cartoons, will be re-aired on Philippine television airwaves!

I received a press release from CBN Asia, which told me that they’re re-airing The Flying House. This isn’t a reboot like what they did to Superbook; it’s the original one! In this day of 3D animation, I really hope it’ll speak to a new generation of kids, who will be encouraged to view it by their parents who grew up with it like I did.

“The gospel can be quite difficult for children to understand,” John Tan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of CBN, says. “But through animation which is one of the easiest forms of media that children can watch, today’s generation can really be more attuned to God’s Word. May it be the light that guides them as they grow up,” he added.

The Flying House will air every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on ABS-CBN, back-to-back with Superbook Reimagined every Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

The Flying House and the first year anniversary of Superbook Reimagined’s airing  on ABS-CBN will be celebrated at an event entitled, “Fly High Adventures for All Time,” at Market! Market! today, July 19, 2015. Meet Superbook’s Gizmo as well as your favorite artists like Gimme 5, Alexa Ilacad, Zaijan Jaranilla, Jason Fernandez, Timmy Pavino, and many more.

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. See you there!

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Calvin and Hobbes tattoos at the beach

Today, several of my colleagues at Victory Christian Fellowship and I went to the Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone for a day of unwinding and relaxation. This was my first time to Kamana and my first time to a beach resort in a very long time.

Now, I’m NEVER in shorts. But it would be ridiculous to wear jeans to the beach, so I came in shorts and exposed my pasty white legs to my officemates. Suffice it to say that they are now in the first part of “Amazing Grace.” The part that goes, “was blind.” Hopefully, God will heal them in time.

The bright side, however, is that my Calvin and Hobbes tattoos got a chance to go on full display! You wouldn’t think church workers would have skin art, but there were several among us who do.

C360_2015-06-22-14-05-03-824As you can see, I went to the beach in my trusty Nikes. Given a choice, I would have wanted a more comfortable shoe that would work at the beach (like something from Puma or Asics, for example. Click here to see Zalora’s Asics Gel Lyte 3 Collection.)

Since I got my tattoos of Calvin and Hobbes, I’ve always wanted the opportunity to expose them to the sun, but in Manila, people mock my legs. *grin* So, boom, the sun, sea, surf, and sand, plus the company of non-judgmental friends, meant I could be myself.

C360_2015-06-22-14-04-07-142After I took off my Nikes and put on a comfy pair of Jabulayos–my father-in-law gifted them to me from Nigeria–it was time to take Hobbes to the beach!

I’m looking forward to more time in the sun with my Calvin and Hobbes tattoos. The room is a delight, and the service is fantastic! What a great time to enjoy nature and my time with my friends!

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Jess Glynne, “Hold My Hand”

I can’t stop listening to Jess Glynne’s UK No.1 hit, Hold My Hand! Released in March 2015–a full three months ago, man, I’m so late on this train!–it was a huge hit for the red-haired singer, earning her a third number single on the UK charts, following her featured vocals on Clean Bandit’s Rather Be and Route 94’s My Love, and staying on top for almost a month, no small feat in this age of ADD-fueled music schizophrenia.

What I love so much about Hold My Hand is its effervescent, joyful quality. It’s such an unabashed declaration of life and Everything about it is delightful: the 90s-throwback house-style keyboards, the brass section, the background vocals going, “Oooh oooh ooh, ooh, oooh oooh ooh!” after each vocal line in the verse. Written by Jack Patterson, Janee Bennett, Ina Wroldsen, and Glynne, Hold My Hand is a classic dance track in the making, a shameless throwback to everything that made 90s music so much fun. I really, really, really like this song.

HOLD MY HAND Lyrics
Jess Glynne

Standing in a crowded room and I can’t see your face
Put your arms around me, tell me everything’s okay
In my mind, I’m running round a cold and empty space
Just put your arms around me, tell me everything’s okay

Break my bones but you won’t see me fall, oh
The rising tide will rise against them all, oh

Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won’t you hold my hand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore
Won’t you understand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk alone
I’m ready for this, there’s no denying
I’m ready for this, you stop me falling
I’m ready for this, I need you all in
I’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand

Soul is like a melting pot when you’re not next to me
Tell me that you’ve got me and you’re never gonna leave
Tryna find a moment where I can find release
Please tell me that you’ve got me and you’re never gonna leave

Break my bones but you won’t see me fall, oh
The rising tide will rise against them all, oh

Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won’t you hold my hand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore
Won’t you understand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk alone
I’m ready for this, there’s no denying
I’m ready for this, you stop me falling
I’m ready for this, I need you all in
I’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand

Don’t wanna know
That feeling when I’m all alone
So please don’t make me wait
’cause I don’t wanna break
And I don’t wanna fall
When you’re next to me
Can tell I’m not afraid to be
That you don’t make me wait, and never let me break
You never let me fall

Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won’t you hold my hand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore
Won’t you understand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk alone
I’m ready for this, there’s no denying
I’m ready for this, you stop me falling
I’m ready for this, I need you all in
I’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand

Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”

Rock band Walk the Moon has earned themselves the biggest hit of their career with Shut Up and Dance, now a Top 10 hit on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and five weeks atop its Rock Songs chart as well.

Personally, I LOVE Shut Up and Dance! Everything from it screams retro (even though the full album doesn’t necessarily lend itself to the 80s). From the awesome throwback video to the synths and 80s-esque guitars, it is one big love song to a decade that a lot of people want to deny ever existed. For someone like me, though, who grew up in the 80s, Shut Up and Dance is LOVE! An absolutely irresistible chorus, sing-along verses, and a brilliant pre-chorus make it easy to see why this song clearly was destined for greatness. Well-done, Walk the Moon.

SHUT UP AND DANCE Lyrics
Walk the Moon

“Oh don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Oh, oh, oh,
Shut up and dance with me.”

We were victims of the night,
The chemical, physical, kryptonite
Helpless to the bass and the fading light
Oh, we were bound to get together,
Bound to get together.

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Oh, oh, oh,
Shut up and dance with me.”

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
My discothèque, Juliet teenage dream.
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
I knew we were bound to be together,
Bound to be together

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Oh, oh, oh,
Shut up and dance with me.”

Oh, come on girl!

Deep in her eyes,
I think I see the future.
I realize this is my last chance.

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Oh, oh, oh,
Shut up and dance!”

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Oh, oh, oh,
Shut up and dance with me.”

Oh, oh, oh, shut up and dance with me [2x]

Ganns’ Birthday Giveaway!

Ganns' GiveawaysThis February 26, I am turning 38! My age and my waistline finally match! (That’s a lie. For my waistline and age to match, I need to be in my mid-40s.)

For my birthday, my dear, dear friends at House of Praise have generously given me an opportunity to gift five winners with a Contemporary Christian CD of their choice each! :) Thank you, House of Praise! So I get to do a Ganns’ Giveaway again!

So I’m giving away one CD each on each of my social networks! Here are the individual mechanics.

Win a CD from my website!
1. In the Comments section below, customize then post the following sentence, “<name of album> by <artist> is my favorite Christian CD because <reason>. This 2015, I would really like <name of album> by <artist> because <reason>. Thanks, Ganns! Happy birthday!”

Win a CD from Facebook!
1. Like the GannsDeen.com Facebook page and the House of Praise Facebook page.
2. Post a picture of you on your Facebook page holding your favorite Contemporary Christian album. Customize then post the following sentence, “This is my favorite Christian CD because <reason>. This 2015, I would really like <name of album> by <artist> because <reason>.” Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ChristianMusicRocks and #HappyBDayGanns!

Win a CD from Instagram!
1. Follow Ganns Deen and House of Praise on Instagram.
2. Post a picture of you holding your favorite Contemporary Christian album. Customize then post the following sentence, “This is my favorite Christian CD because <reason>. This 2015, I would really like <name of album> by <artist> because <reason>.” Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ChristianMusicRocks and #HappyBDayGanns!

Win a CD from Twitter!
1. Follow Ganns Deen and House of Praise on Twitter.
2. Tweet a picture of you holding your favorite Contemporary Christian album. Customize then post the following sentence, “Love this CD! This 2015, I want <name of album> by <artist>!”
3. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ChristianMusicRocks and #HappyBDayGanns!

Win a CD from Pinterest!
1. Follow Ganns Deen on Pinterest.
2. Post a picture of your favorite Contemporary Christian album. Customize then post the following sentence, “This is my favorite Christian CD because <reason>. This 2015, I would really like <name of album> by <artist> because <reason>.” 3. Use the hashtags #ChristianMusicRocks and #HappyBDayGanns

Overall Mechanics
1. One winner will be selected from each network (I may use the randomizer tool on Random.org).
2. If a winner wins on one network, s/he may not win on any other network.
3. Winners will be responsible for picking up their CD from the designated pickup venue. (Or shoulder cost of shipping.)
4. To qualify, winners must like/be following the social networks of House of Praise and GannsDeen at the time of the raffle draw.
5. This contest ends at 11:59PM of February 27. I will announce the winner on the morning of February 28, 2015.

Happy birthday, me! :D

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

Last week, my family and I walked into Hot Star Chicken on Banawe Avenue in Quezon City, eager to try its much-touted “large fried chicken.” We were not disappointed!

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken is a fried chicken shop originally from Taiwan. Known for its “specially-marinated and cut-to-perfection XXL fried chicken fillet as big as your face,” Hot Star Large Fried Chicken Philippines really had large chicken! Caths was so surprised to see her chicken fillet, easily as big as both her hands, and my kids, too, were shocked at its size.

Luckily, the chicken was just as big in flavor as it was in size! I was pleased with my crunchy chicken fillet, while Caths really enjoyed her spicy original chicken fillet. Also of note is the almond crush, a refreshing almond-flavored drink that Caths also found delicious. (There is a black gulaman variety that none of us wanted to try. Hihi.)

The kids were themselves happy with their chicken popcorn–although ironically, the portion sizing of the chicken popcorn left much to be desired, it didn’t look like much compared to the XXXL chicken–and the chicken skin side dish (Php45) was great value but a little too oily for my taste.

Still, we went back another time this week. Twice in one week? Yep, that’s how much we enjoyed it. Y’all should check it out. Aside from their Banawe branch, they also have branches at Robinson’s Galleria, Blue Bay Macapagal, and Katipunan.

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken Official Website | Hot Star Large Fried Chicken on Facebook | Hot Star Large Fried Chicken on Twitter

Disclaimer: Hot Star Large Fried Chicken did not pay nor offer us free food or services in exchange for this review.