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Life in DFW

My life as a wife and mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all things fun about it!

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Art District's Fall Block Party 2014

Debora Manusama-Sinaga


Heard about the event at the last minute (thanks to Karen & Caesar), we are definitely glad that we came to the 2014 Art District's Fall Block Party despite the Friday night's traffic. It took us about 20 minutes to get here, and by then, North Harwood Street was already packed with visitors who were in line for the food trucks. I'm talkin' bout Nammi Truck, Guava Tree, Ruthie's, Paciugo Gelato, and tons of others, including the ones that had already parked at Klyde-Warren Park. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Good thing was, the public parking area on Ross Ave & North Olive St still got enough space for us charging only $5 for the whole evening. When we arrived, there was a group of Latin musician playing in front of the DMA's Flora st entrance. People were dancing, eating, while waiting for the Dallas Maverick's drumline performance to start.

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There by the fountain on the right, the Mavs street team, dancers, and drumline squad gave an entertaining performance. We enjoyed it with a cup of Paciugo's vanilla & panna cotta gelato. HEAVEN!!!!


We then met up with Karen, Caesar and their son Benjamin at Nasher Sculpture garden, where popsicles were being sold, French & European music was spun by DJ Wild in the Streets, and string lights were being lit up. There's just something so magical about string lights that never fails to mesmerize me. Aaahhh...what a perfect setting. (I haven't been out this late on Friday night since the baby, na mean? so I got pretty excited).

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This is the "Spun" chair. Designer Thomas Heatherwick's interpretation of a lazy-boy chair. They were displayed as a part of his exhibition that goes on till January 4, 2015. It kinda reminds me of that thing Leo Di Caprio spins on the movie Inception. Right?

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When it got darker, more people came and claimed their 'picnic' spots. Meanwhile their instagram feed with the hashtag #tillmidnight, #dmanights, and #heatherwick were displayed on a huge screen. Later that night, there was also a movie screening of the 2010's The Illusionist. We didn't make it to the screening, cause it was at 10 p.m. and J's got an early morning swim class the next day. So we decided to stroll around the beautiful One Arts Plaza.

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There by the entrance, we enjoyed free jazz music, some good talk with our friends, and a wet quality time with J (as always). He couldn't help but to get on the water as soon as he saw it.


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Benjamin (the boy on the right) was loving it too. Ah boys :)

Heading back to the parking lot, we took a walk through Ross Ave., staring at Mr.Man's potential future office, praying that one day, when the time is right, we'd get to move downtown. But until then, Las Colinas is more than enough for us.

Next stop, Plano Balloon Festival :)


City of Irving's Laughs by The Lake 2014

Debora Manusama-Sinaga


In spite of the cloudy weather, hundreds of people gathered around Irving's Lake Carolyn last Saturday to chill, watch live music by Memphis Soul Band, eat some good food, and have a good laugh. It was a free event that we looked forward to all week, because it seemed like a good source of entertainment that didn't require driving for more than 10 minutes. In fact, we only needed to drive for 3 minutes to get here! Ahh...so grateful for the city of Irving council who managed to put this event together.  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Free parking + food trucks (they got everything from Texas Burrito Company, Guava Tree, to Maui Wowi)

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+ that bit of chills Texas weather had last weekend - perfection! We got to wear our light sweaters, finally yeay :)


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I wanted to try Guava Tree's Cuban-american cuisines, but my tummy can't lie.

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It was craving for pulled pork sandwich, so I went on and got a portion for $7 (I totally forgot the food truck I got the sandwich from).

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetMr. Man got a Tibetan Chicken Rice for $8 from the Momo Truck, it was delicious! Definitely tasted like home. Highly recommended! Afterwards, I went to Maui Wowi to get their hot Mocha Caramel Latte for $4, and it was perfect for the weather.

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Baby J was eating Lays chips. I know, not a good idea (with MSG and all that), don't follow my example hehe..I was just being soft on him.

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A little we-fies before the comedy performances began.

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Michelle Thomas' performance was good, she kicked off the whole show at 7 p.m. mostly with jokes about how she met her husband online. Her performance was followed by Keith Manning who joked about how Dallas Cowboys 'ditched' Irving. The highlight of the night was of course the headliner himself, Aaron Aryanpur. The Iranian comic who was crowned the 2012 Funniest Comic in Texas did a great job in entertaining the crowd of parents, families, and couples with his fresh materials. I liked the jokes about marriage, where he said it is like going to school from the 1st to 12th grade with the same teacher and the same lesson plan that you can never graduate from (no substitute either haha!). I also love the 'advice' he gave to white people to follow what middle easterners do at the airport's security check because they'd know what to do.