Saturday, June 30, 2012

Chillax Beer Night at Home

Toasted Pizza & Beer Battered Onion Rings

I put together a no-fuss meal to pair with the ice cold beer for our chillax (chill & reLax) night.  Best to stay dry and comfy at home in this rainy weather, don't you think?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Just Two Cups & A Cake Slice | Chocolate Fire

Chocolate Ganache Cake

Me & my team recently found ourselves in Makati, waiting for the downpour to stop before heading back to the office.  A cup of coffee was inevitable!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Red Hot Oven Crack Pie


Not yet hooked? Well, I am! Part reason why I asked my Sibs to set up Dad's Father's Day party at home is this incredibly addicting pie.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Nolita's Pizza by the Slice

Nolita, pizza, Bonifacio High Street Central, Fort
Nolita (North of Italy) | New York Style Pizza Joint in Manila

By now, you've probably heard about this new pizza joint at Bonifacio High Street Central by Chef Cuit Kaufmann.  I brought my husband there a few weeks back for our date night.  He's a bit skeptic at first, but ever since I've started diligently documenting our food experiences, he gamely said yes.  After all, a pizza night is hard to say no to, right?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Life Journal: Commanding Our Morning

Today is A Good Day

Some mornings are just tough to get up to.  On these days, I momentarily forget why I need to be up and about, and a debate of 2 Mes usually play in my mind.

Why? What's the point? My mind asks.

Get up now, I can't be late. Reminding myself.

A little bit more... I plead.

Ay naku, hindi pwede!  I answer, snapping out of my slumber. Umagang-umaga, talo na. 

Then, I jump up from the bed and say, Today is a good day, in Jesus name. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Life Journal: Every Good & Perfect Gift

James 1:17

We acknowledge that God, as our loving Father, gave us & continually giving us good & perfect gifts.  Everything He does are for our good.  His thoughts for us are precious and we cannot count them all!  Our family, our work/ business, our country are examples of God's gifts to us.  But do we honestly believe that everything the Lord gave are GOOD and PERFECT even if we see some flaws in them? 

Why, not? 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

DIY: Solar Bottle Tubes


For the last 2 months, we've been rocking our brains out how to lower our electric bills.  For some reason, it doubled over summer!  Anyway,  for DIY day, how about an experiment?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

♥LOVE PASTA♥ Stir-fried Spaghetti w/ Kanokwan Holy Basil Sauce

Warning: It's Really Hot

Ever wondered why they called it holy?  It's the chili, I mean, loads of it!

More ♥LOVE PASTA♥ Recipes:

An Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes of a McDonald's Photo Shoot.

McDonald's Cheeseburger | 2 versions of 1 Burger

Ever wondered why food looks different in ads than what is in the store?

For aspiring food stylists & photographers, here's an interesting youtube link to watch. ;)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Weekend's Haul at MAFBEX

The 6th Manila Foods and Beverages Expo (MAFBEX)

Note to self, bring a trolley or taga-buhat next MAFBEX!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Party rock is in the house tonight! ♪ ♫ ♪

Amaretto Seven, anyone?

For Father's Day, my Dad went for a no frill - low key celebration.  Pizza & booze at home, plus Magic Sing!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Our Father's Day Lesson

"I Am Following Your Footsteps Dad!"

Here's the lesson we did for our J12 tweens (8-12 yrs old) in Children's Church for Father's Day.  It's simple but, I believe, it spoke clearly to our children as it did to us, teachers.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Life Journal: The Joy of Discipleship

Sisters in Christ.  Bonded for Life.

 “The father of a righteous child has great joy; 
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.” 
Proverbs 23:24 

Happy Weekend!

♥ Tin

P.S. Looking for some DIY craft ideas for Father's Day? Click here.
Happy Dad's Day! 

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One Rainy Day Bunker

Army Navy, Fort Bonifacio

Unpredictable weather these days.  Daig pa ako sa bilis ng pagpalit ng isip!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Life Journal: I Smile 'Coz You're Near

Happy, Flowers, Yellow, Cartoonized
"Happy Flowers". Photo by Tin of Edited via

We thank you, O God!
We give thanks because you are near.
People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 75:1 

♥ Tin 

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DWF Goes Veggie Hunting

PIPINO: Vegetarian Food by PINO

Dining with Friends goes veggie hunting.  We've been having meat, meat, and more meat in the last few weeks & getting a bit tired of office food, so my office mate slash food-buddy and I decided to do a little food trip in one of the top green spots in QC, Pipino.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Freedom Day Pizza Feast

Ready to eat?

FREEdom day indeed! With office work out of the way, H & I were able to accomplish a lot of things we've been setting our minds to do but can't find time to do it.  We checked out a condo unit on sale with Dad & bro this morning, attended our G12 lunch meeting (Tita Zeny's super halo2x special was a winner!), spa date & haircut this afternoon, and then, dinner in our all-time favorite spot - Pizza Hut!  Well, what's a holiday without pizza, right?  At least, in our family. ;)

Life Journal: Freedom Day

"Paint the Town Red" InstaOTD
(Floral printed top - Landmark, Sansan Nail Polish, Solemate from SM Dept)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Life Journal: Still in Plan A

The Road Less Taken

Ohhthat! Turns One: Rags2Riches + Giveaway

RIIR by Rajo Laurel

I recently dropped by Rags2Riches (R2R) headquarters to catch up with Matt Pardinas, one of the passionate people behind this Manila-based for-profit social enterprise.  I met him in a Young Leaders' Forum in Tagaytay sponsored by the US Embassy earlier this year, and was instantly impressed on his dedication to his job as R2R Marketing and Corporate Relations Manager.  Matt & I, together with other local NGO representatives we bonded with in the Forum, made a pledge to support each other in any way we can to promote our cause/s - which we believe will build our beloved nation. Naks!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Craft Ideas for Father's Day

Where to begin?

I think I placed a little pressure on myself for Father's Day when we pulled off the lolli-flower craft (posted here) in our Children's Church for the Moms. 

Good thing, there's Pinterest to squeeze some creative juices in me.  Hah-ha!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Life Journal Entry: Show Me Your Fruit


 "So the, you will know them by their fruits" - Matthew 7:20

Ptr. Bert Pretorius' teaching on "Just Change" spoke loudly in my heart - (in paraphrase) "you will know if YOU are maturing in your faith through your disciples & their disciples."  As I was listening to this G12 podcast in, I thought of other people in church who should be listening to this... then, it suddenly hit me - "no Tin, it is YOU (talking to myself) who should hear it."

PASALUBONG PLEASE | Tablea Chocolate Cafe

Tablea, Chocolate, Gift Box,
Bring Home A Box or 2  For Me

My brother is heading to Cebu this weekend for a post-graduation & pre-board review break.  Our family usually grabs every chance we have to hop on the plane to visit my sister there.  Well, that's the excuse we make... but really, we love Cebu!  Though the city is bustling with new developments already, the selection of beautiful beaches & local delicacies continually make the province a favorite haven for Manileños like us.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ohhthat! Joins BC Bloggers

Remember those days you need to beg for links or follow backs?  Ohh yes, I did have those moments. 

Through some blog-hopping, I found BC Bloggers of, a (secret) link exchange group that promises to assist you in connecting with other bloggers and even increase your web presence.

BC Bloggers can help us connect with other bloggers so we can enjoy reading new blogs and at the same time connect with them.  Thus, building our network and filling our blogrolls the fast and easy way.

At BC Bloggers, we will find other bloggers that have the same passion and would also be happy to connect and link with your blog.  New bloggers have found it to be a great tool in spreading the word and putting their blogs on the “map” so to speak.

Bloggers who earn through their blogs know too well the importance of their blogs’ network and reach. BC Bloggers builds on the one way traditional method of commenting on other blogs(to get the connection you need), by presenting bloggers with a two way meeting point. With BC Bloggers, interest goes both ways, you connect with people who are also willing to connect with your blog.

For those interested to join, sign up at BC Bloggers now.   (Lol, I guess the secret is out!)


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Life Journal Entry: Keep on

"...keep on loving others as long as life lasts - Heb 6:11"
Last night, our cell leader (and coincidentally my mother-in-law) challenged us to mature in our faith and have deeper understanding of our calling.  

We are "meant for better things, things that come with salvation," more than knowing and believing what Christ has done for us on the cross but to experience its fullness and the power of the grace of God.  Like what Jesus said, "...those who believe in Him will do greater things than this" (Jn 14:12). Only that, we keep on "faithfully" loving God & loving others to the end.

Inspired by Patsy of Heartworks , I'll start posting my life journal entries from now on.  This way, not only can I keep track of my quiet time daily but I get to share the highlights of it to you. Then perhaps, inspire & encourage you as well. 

♡ Tin

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DWF: Mister Kabab's Lamb Cooked for Heaven

Mister Kabab, Sizzling plate, Lamb
Sizzling Lamb Chop (Php 215)

Mister Kabab serves a wide selection of Mediterranean meals at affordable prices.  Since its main restaurant at West Ave. is a couple of blocks away from our church, it's one of our favorite go-to for late-night meals after band practice or afternoon church service. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ohhthat! Turns One: What's in the bag?


I'm excited to unravel Ohhthat! 1st anniversary giveaway in a few days. For heads up, you must be a GCF and/or Facebook follower of Ohhthat! by Tin. Stay tuned! :)


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Hello Monday: Pumped up for work?


#itsmorefuninthephilippines #johntroncophotography #aranetacenter

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Friday, June 1, 2012

When little things become Ohhthat! amazing...


It doesn't have to be extravagant to be  extra ordinary.
It doesn't have to be expensive to be special. 
It doesn't have to be what the world dictates it to be
For me to say, ohhthat! amazing.
-Tin (