Paradise Dynasty | S Maison

I remember it clearly, it was earlier this year that I drove down south of Metro Manila as soon as I found out that my passport was expiring in six months. The traffic was horrible. It was a very stressful day that I somehow wish I can forget!

With the Manila traffic and BER months kicking in, I don't think I can ever drive that far again. But it's another story if somebody is willing to drive especially for food. That person is none other than my sister ミ●﹏☉ミ

When my mom told me about their planned food trip at S Maison, I was excited to join them because I know there are a lot of good dining choices available only at Manila's latest luxury mall. One of the restaurants that I could not wait to try was Paradise Dynasty and its famous Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao.

Paradise Dynasty |  Legend of Xiao Long Bao

Black Truffle 
There was no prior reservation made, we were just walk-in guests. The stench of black vinegar filled the air. Apparently, one of the diners accidentally spilled a bottle. Once the food were served on our table, the unpleasant smell was not an issue anymore. Who would not be delighted to see these colorful xiao long bao?!

Original (center); (clockwise from green) Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic and Szechuan (red)

How to enjoy the Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao

"To ensure the optimum tasting of these 8 distinct flavors, start from the Original flavor and in the following sequence (as shown above) ending with the Szechuan Xiao Long Bao."

Okay, so that ☝️didn't happen because we are four in our group and there's only 8 pieces of Xiao Long Bao in one order haha At Php 388 per order, we better just share one order #tipidtips I am sure I got the Black Truffle because I took a photo of it (╯⊙ ⊱⊙╰ ) It doesn't matter what was the second variant I ate because, for me, both tasted the same. ⊂(©෴©)つ

How to eat Xiao Long Bao

  1. Lift it out of the steamer basket by its strongest part, the topknot. Use spoon for support if needed)
  2. Resting its back on the spoon, nibble a small hole to let out steam
  3. Sip the tasty soup from the spoon
  4. Dip it gently into the dish of vinegar. You can add some ginger if you like.
  5. Enjoy!

I must have dipped the two pieces of xiao long bao in way too much vinegar that both tasted the same when I ate them haha My bad!

The restaurant recommends that you eat all the xiao long bao without the ginger and vinegar so as not to alter the taste. I read the instructions on a piece of paper handed out by the waiter after I already ate them.... too late! Nobody can blame us because we were all hungry from the terrible traffic we had to endure for hours. 

Because Grace VanderWaal is LOVE


My daughter has been watching a lot of America's Got Talent (AGT) reruns with her dad lately. Ever since she saw and heard Grace VanderWaal on the show, she became a huge fan and would even sing along her favorite Grace VanderWaal song "Moonlight" every chance she gets.  She keeps singing "You-ou-ou were dancing in the moonlight And I, I, I was dancing in the moonlight" Clearly, na #lss na siya ; p

And so, obviously, the inspiration behind this haircut is none other than Grace VanderWaal because she wants to have a short hair like her with bangs, of course! 

When I picked her up from school earlier today, we went to her one and only favorite salon. As usual, it was Cris who worked his magic and came up with this plakadong bangs ever. He is the best stylist there is if you are looking for someone to cut your bangs na super pantay! No joke!

Daily Grind

On Random Thoughts

I have been on hiatus for quite some time because my daughter went back to school. We had to wake up earlier than usual and adjust to our new schedule. Now that we have already coped up with our daily routine, I have a few extra hours to spare to write a blog entry while she's in school or when she's already asleep at night. But this does not mean that I can attend events like before because I still spend most of my time with my family. I get to squeeze in a few minutes for myself in between. In as much as I miss attending event, I am too preoccupied with mommy stuff but I am not complaining ; )

off-shoulder denim top | Vero Moda
Haircut by Angelo Justin Php 950

Speaking of mommy stuff, I had a haircut just one day before my daughter celebrated her 5th birthday. My daughter wanted us to have the same hairstyle. She's sporting a China Doll look- full on bangs!!! We went to Hair Asia and for the second time around, it was Angelo Justin who chopped off 4-inches of my curly hair. And yes, he gave me bangs!

He is at Hair Asia every Monday. Kindly call first for his schedule and appointment.

Philippine Passport DFA Renewal Requirements | No Appointment Needed

For First Time Philippine Passport Applicant, please read here

My daughter's Philippine passport will expire on July 2018. I know it's still valid for travel six months before expiry or until January 2018 but I don't want my daughter to suffer the same fate as mine when I forgot to renew my passport at the very last minute. What's worse, DH already booked our tickets including accommodation. So, I did what any mother would do---> renew my daughter's Philippine passport NOW. No appointment needed for kids 7 years old and below!

We went to Ali Mall, one of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Satellite offices here in Manila, after I picked her up from school the other day. Photo above was taken as we were playing Trip to Jerusalem waiting in line.

Time Started: 12:45 PM
Time Ended: 2:30 PM

Philippine Passport DFA Priority Lane | Courtesy Lane | Express Lane 

PLEASE READ----> No, you do not need to schedule an appointment. No appointment is needed for the following Filipinos:

  1. Senior Citizen with Senior ID
  2. Person with Disability (PWD) with PWD ID or visible disability
  3. Solo Parent with Valid Single/Solo Parent ID
  4. Pregnant women with medical certificate
  5. Minors seven (7) years old and below
  6. First time Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)
  7. Immediate Family Members of DFA Employee- parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren and parents-in-law

You may avail of the Priority Lane at DFA Manila (Aseana) or at any DFA Satellite Offices within Metro Manila (Ali Mall, SM Manila, SM Megamall and Alabang Town Center) or Regional Consular Office to apply for your passport. 

Adidas Superstar Slip-On (Black) in Ortholite | How to Spot a Fake + Review

Adidas Superstar Slip-On  

Too lazy to tie up those laces on your shell-toes? Well, get yourself a new pair of Adidas Superstar Slip-On- a variation of the classic Superstar that has a more contemporary and stylish design. This is a must have for shell-toe collectors out there!

Adidas Superstar Slip-On in Ortholite Php 4,595

The Adidas (Men Originals) Superstar Slip-On is the second Adidas brand and the third pair of rubber shoes (the other one is a pair of Nike Air Huarache) that I bought this year. No, I didn't buy them on impulse or just to look fashionable. I bought these rubber shoes for comfort because I discovered that I have a heel spur or calcaneal spur.