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

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Why Learning Self-Defense is Every Woman's Responsibility

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

I know what you think. This title might be a little too paranoid. I mean, there are so many bad things that are happening in the world today, but it couldn't be that bad right? Well, as a part-time worker at an anti-human trafficking organization, I can tell you that kidnapping, trafficking, rape, and robbery could happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere. I've heard and read so many stories where women get kidnapped by anyone from  colleagues, distant relatives, to a complete stranger.

It's not about focusing on the fear of the bad people out there, though. It's about focusing on equipping yourself for your future. At least that's what I learned from one of the mothers who took her daughter to a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class at Irving Fire & Police Academy back in April.

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"You never know what life throws at you," said Maria who had been coming to the 12-hour class with her teenage daughter, Sarah.

They were not the only mother-daughter team in the room. I saw so many others who came with their nieces and daughters, some even come every year just to refresh their memories.

 

There were about 16 people in the class from all over the DFW metroplex (yes, that's the cool thing about this class, you don't have to live in Irving to join). This class get filled up very quickly every month.I guess the hunger and the need for such training are growing. Self-defense is not just for The Avengers cast or martial arts-enthusiasts, or those who live in a high-risk neighborhood. Because although you can depend on our law enforcement officers to protect us to some extent, you just never know.

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Different ages, different walks of life, same goal - to equip themselves for life. The classes are not all physical though, participants learn the theories at a class setting first before they got to the physical training.

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Check out the gears! You don't have to worry about getting hurt, the trainers are professionals so they know how to prepare you for the bad situations without hurting you. However, you can hit and kick them in return! (They got protective gears on too, so everyone's safe!  ;).

 

It was so empowering just to watch these women defending themselves. They're all everyday women, just like you and me, with no martial arts training background whatsoever. And there they were, kicking, pushing, and defending themselves. This is more empowering than a Beyonce video!

My favorite part was watching these ladies cheering their classmate as she got into a 'combat' with the trainers. "You can do it! Come on! Work around it!," they yelled with excitement.

It's such a beautiful and empowering atmosphere, women supporting and believing in other women. Nobody was too young or too old to fight. Anyone can get up and fight to defend themselves.

This women-only 4-day class takes place every month at the Irving Police & Fire academy for FREE. The minimum age is 10 years old and the class is also available in Spanish! This month's class is full, but be on the lookout for the next one on July 18th!! For more info and registration, click here. 

 

 

1 Week of Golf, 50k Youtube Views, and more.

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

First, let me start by saying that I have no idea how to play golf. Before going to this tournament last week, I had only been to a driving range 2x in my life, and I had never been to a golf course before. It was just not a part of my life. Unlike basketball or soccer, you know (Indonesians are big on soccer). byron (1 of 3)

So when I got the invitation to cover this event in March, I thought, "Hmm...from what angle can I cover it?"

Little did I know that more than just a sporting event, a golf tournament is a lifestyle event, where people come dressed up (some really nicely, some don't really care), sip cocktails and beers, and socialize. And this particular event that I was going to cover, was actually kid-friendly!

So there I was at the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson at Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Irving TX, covering my first ever golf tournament.

And then this happened on the first day ....

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The world's #2 golfer who's a Dallas native, Jordan Spieth caught a marshmallow off a golf ball during a free youth clinic. I recorded it with my DSLR and got over 50k views in just a few days! And as a result I had a few agencies contacting me, trying to buy my video. It was an incredible experience. I don't know if it would make a good money or not but I hope it would in the near future ;)

I'm so grateful for Visit Irving, Texas, for giving me my media pass, so I got to dine here at the Media Dining area for free throughout the tournament week.

 

And I got to bring J with me :) #BestJobEver right?

After we're done with lunch, we usually go to the KidsZone presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Center, Momentous Institute, YMCA Dallas, and Dallas Mavericks.

 

J loved it. He didn't want to leave. At one point, I let him play on the inflatables without his pants on.

 

And when he got tired, I would put him to sleep on his stroller, and then took a walk around the huge Four Seasons golf course to watch the game.

It's perfect to do it while he's asleep because the golfers really need the audience to be really quiet.

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Whenever they raised their hands like on this picture above, I held my breath, hoping J won't wake up until I've finished taking pictures and left the area :P Wouldn't want him to ruin the tournament on live national tv lol.

 

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Here's one of my favorite moments of the event, seeing the golfers (in this picture : Brooks Koepka, the runner up) hugging Peggy Nelson, the wife of the legendary, Byron Nelson after they finish on the 18th hole.

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And here's also another one of my favorite moments, where Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia (the one wearing the white polo shirt) got into a sudden death playoff, where Garcia ended up winning the whole tournament. You can watch his winning putt on the video below.

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It was a truly amazing experience for me, a stay at home mom, to cover such a prestigious event. I remember back in the day, when I used to work for a radio station and a magazine in Indonesia, I used to get access to events and do what I love. I let it all go when I got married in 2012, but now I get to do it again, without having to sacrifice my family!

I truly believe that you can do whatever you want to do in any season that you're in right now. Trust God, work hard, and you will surely get there! :)

 

Mustangs and Anchor

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

The best thing about this visit? We didn't need to drive for more than 5 minutes. Why? Because the world's biggest equestrian sculpture happens to be The Mustangs of Las Colinas at Williams Square, Las Colinas, Irving, TX - a.k.a my neighbourhood! Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 2.04.51 AM

 

Though many people are aware of this majestic sculpture, not many ever took the time to find out how it was made by going to the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum. So on a Friday morning last week,  J and I decided to pay a visit and learn more about these 'horses'.

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Oh but first, in case you were wondering, the word equestrian means 'of or relating to horse riding'. Okay now press play to get a glimpse of the museum and Williams Square as narrated by museum guide, Mary Higbie.

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Although it seems 'hidden' inside of one of the tall buildings at Williams Square, the museum has attracted thousands of people from all around the world. I love how they celebrate that diversity by having the push pin and the world map ready! There are a number of sculptures, paintings, and other merchandises sold on site (notice the horse-shaped necklace Mary was wearing? Yeah, that one's sold here too!), you might want to check them out when you come to visit.

And, if pondering upon beautiful sculptures and learning a little bit of history make you hungry, there's a food truck outside called The Anchor Food Truck. Not only do they serve gourmet food 3 to 4 times a week, but ALL of their profits go to help feed the homeless and hungry in Irving!

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Started back in July of 2015, this food truck is run by Karen Phillips Jones and her preacher husband of Irving's Anchor Church. Besides preaching, cooking has always been his passion. No wonder the brisket tacos were delish! I would love to try their Mac Daddy next time!

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"We both saw a need to help the hungry and homeless near our church. Nearly everyday, a homeless or hungry person would stop by the church for food or money. We had an opportunity to get a food truck and it was a perfect fit to help others. We are able to use the profits from selling lunch at Williams Square to feed our friends throughout the week at Centennial Park in downtown Irving. Currently there are 16 homeless people that look forward to our awesome food right off the truck," shared Karen.

What a great way to spread the good news, love, and kindness to people! Follow them on social media to find out their weekly schedules and menu.

So many great things in Irving to discover and look forward to this year! Follow @VisitIrvingTX and me @mozdeb to get updates :)

Have an awesome weekend, friends!

 

Hot Cocoa Hopping Around Irving

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

It's 2 days before Christmas Day! What? In the midst of all the busy-ness the holidays bring, I took some time to go hot cocoa hopping with my friend Roselle from InDFW last week. Although it's not that cold yet here in North Texas, there's something about this time of year that makes me want to just snuggle and drink hot cocoa all day. I like it with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste, with a touch of fluffy sweetness from the marshmallows or whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Mm...I can almost mentally smell it right now!  

Since we both live in Irving, we decided to visit 3 of the most popular coffeeshouses in the city. To watch the full experience, watch the video below :)

 

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Java me Up

I have blogged about this place for about 3 times now. I just love the convenience of it being at the Valley Ranch Library. And the hot cocoa turned out to be delicious!

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Love the fact that they offer diary alternatives like almond and even coconut milk. My favorite though, is the housemade cranberry bread. Not too sweet, in fact it's quite tart but I like it! The owner was nice enough to give J and Ezra some sugar cookies as well. Read the full story on Roselle's blog.

 

Argentina Bakery

I love this place simply because they offer different kinds of sweets and pastries to have with your coffee here. The chicken empanadas are good, but my favorite is the plain Tortitas. Not tortillas, tortitas. It's an Argentinian bread that you dip in your coffee, or in this case, we dipped it in our hot cocoa.

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I like that they are generous with their portion, and the sweetness of the hot cocoa is just right. However, if you'd like a taste of coffee in your hot cocoa, go for the Mayan Mocha.

   It's fragrant, sweet, chocolate-y yet it still gives you that caffeine kick.

 

Joe's 

This place is one of those classic, neighbourhood diners that everybody goes to. They serve waffles, pancakes, burger baskets, and PIES. Lots of 'em!

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We tried the lemon pie. I liked the taste, tangy and sweet at the same time. 

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I love the hot cocoa too! Classic and simple, nothing crazy added. Just the good 'ol hot cocoa and whipped cream.

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To me it was the right size, considering it was my 3rd glass ;) Next time, I should definitely try the Chocolate Pie.

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The price is affordable,  staff was friendly and they also gave us their 2016 calendar.

 

To find out more about the city Irving, follow them here. And if you liked the video, don't forget subscribe :) Have a wonderful Christmas!

 

 

Library-Hopping Around Irving

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

The older the kiddo, the busier the momma. I can't believe I use think that the newborn phase was the craziest! When I look back now, I realize that newborns are probably the easiest to handle. Why? Because they sleep all the time! All you need to do is nurse them, put them in your baby-carrier, and they'd fall right back to a deep sleep. But toddlers? Dang! You gotta teach them stuff, take them to parks, run around with them, I'm talking about actual mothering here! :p Oh well, that's what we're called to do right when we signed up for this right? So yeah, I am always looking for something to do with J outside our apartment nowadays, so he could be positively stimulated, taught, and entertained. And what better place to do that at than a library, right?  

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Last Monday, I decided to do a little library-hopping with my friend Roselle of the blog, InDFWto gather information about our local libraries here in Irving. Oh FYI, she lives only like 1 minute away from my apartment. So it was perfect! We carpooled and headed first to my favourite, Valley Ranch Library.

 

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I personally love this library because it's connected to a coffee shop called Java Me Up. It actually has a little window through which you can order your coffee and pastry straight from the library's children area. How convenient!

 

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I also like the natural light and the beautiful view of the canal at children's reading corner.

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If you can recall, I have posted an article about their toddler storytime called 1, 2 Me & You a few months ago. We love it, because of the bubbles at the end! J also likes to pretend that he knows how to use a pc around here.

 

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Silly J (Peppa Pig's voice). For more info and photos of Valley Ranch Library, check out this blogpost on InDFW blog!

 

West Irving Library

This was my first time here. I had no idea that there was an energy-efficient, solar-powered library in Irving! Opened in April 2011, West Irving Library is the 2nd newest library in Irving with the biggest PC lab in the city.

 

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The following is a picture of the parking lot roof that is actually made of solar panels.

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Yup, they are serious about energy conservation here. "With net-zero energy solution, this library actually puts energy back on the grid," explained Director Chris Dobson, who happened to be at the checkout counter when we visited the library.

 

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The L.E.E.D-certified library might be smaller than the Valley Ranch one, but it's gorgeous! Especially the patio!

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I also like the toys that kids can play with for free.

 

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And this little lab here is also a plus for me.

They also have Mother Goose storytimes on Wednesdays (10.30 a.m.) and Family storytimes on Thursdays (7 p.m.) / Fridays (11 a.m.) held at a gorgeous round-shaped, theater-style room. Definitely worth checking out!

 

Next stop, the newest library in town!

 

South Irving Library

I can't believe this is the closest library to my apartment and yet, I haven't been here before! According to Dobson, the same architecht who designed West Irving Library is the same architect who designed this one. No wonder it has a similar look and feel! Gorgeous too!

 

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From the time you walk into this library, you could see how modern it is. It looks like a hotel almost!

 

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We went straight to the second floor to check out the Kid Zone.

 

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See the right corner with colourful pillows laid on its floor there? That's a little reading corner for you and your kiddos! And that pink-ish wall you see in the middle? Walk a little closer to see a beautiful puzzle-shaped wall that changes color.

 

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Beautiful. J and Ezra loved it.

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Leggo station, sensory play, PC station...

 

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and... touch screen TV!

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Not to mention the view to the street and the Millennium Fountain.

 

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Absolutely in love with this library. I'm interested in checking out their Play & Learn storytime (in partnership with YMCA) on Mondays (10.30 a.m.), Pre-school storytime on Tuesdays (10.30 a.m.), and Toddler storytime on Wednesdays (10.30 a.m.). If you're not able to make it in the morning, check out their Family storytime on Thursdays (7 p.m.).

 

For more info about libraries in Irving, follow them on instagram @irvinglibrary.

 

In between the library-hopping, we talked, stopped by chick-fil-a, and laughed together. I am grateful for this new friendship I have with the Roselle and her family. And I'm grateful for this beautiful city we live in!

 

Around Irving (with a Toddler) On Under $30

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

As much as I love downtown Dallas with its arts district, North Park with its shopping centers, and Lower Greenville with its hip-ness, I love Irving. I have to, it's my 'hood'! If I don't like where I live, how am I going to live at all? ;) Those who think that you always have to go to 'popular' neighborhoods to have fun are definitely wrong, not effective with their time, and probably spending too much money on gas and parking tickets (ugh, thanks downtown Dallas haha).  

Some days, I could just wake up early, take a shower, pack our lunch, and drive to gorgeous and cool places with J. But some other days, I just want to go to a place within my zip code without taking a shower. You know what I'm talking about, mothers. Sometimes you're in such a rush that you don't even have time to make breakfast and all that!

 

Now I love to go out with J, but I'm also on a budget here. I can't just go out everyday and eat out. So I'd like to keep the expenses of our activities next to nothing or even FREE and our meals at a total of less than $30. And in Irving, it's not that hard to do so!

Don't believe me? Just watch! *Bruno Mars voice

 

08.00 a.m. - BREAKFAST

JavaMe Up

Why do I love this place? Mainly because it's connected to the Irving Valley Ranch Library. It's a perfect place for me to get some breakfast or coffee/tea before taking J to a FREE storytime at the library.

 

They serve organic coffee and offer dairy alternatives like almond milk (yeay!). They also serve gluten-free brownies & cupcakes, mini macarons, and oatmeal.

 

 

My favorite is their breakfast specials, starting at $3.75 to $5.75 (bagels, sausage, croissant, etc)

 

Spacious with indoor and outdoor area. Simply cozy.

 

 

This is our favorite corner because they provide board games, magazines, and novels that you can use or read for FREE!

 

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Hey, a mom's gotta eat.

 

 

You can get in through the main entrance or....

 

 

through an entrance at the library foyer.

 

*COST : bagels with cream cheese + caramel macchiato (small, no whip) + gf brownie = $11.52

 

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10.00 a.m. - ACTIVITY

"1,2 ,Me & You" Storytime (1-2 yrs)

The storytimes at Valley Ranch Library are held on Mondays (for infants), Wednesdays, and Fridays (for 1-2 yrs). The one we go to is the Friday one.

The storytime starts at 10 .30 a.m but you gotta be here early to get a ticket (one for each person, and they run out pretty quickly!). We usually get there before 10.    The library is nice and quiet in the morning. Photos of the storytime could be found in my previous post here. They do a lot of singing, a lot of bubble-blowing, and a good amount of reading. It lasts for 30 minutes.

*COST : FREE

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 11.30 a.m. - LUNCH

 LA Burger

They serve classic American comfort food with a Korean twist (or as they put it, "with Seoul" haha). Burgers with bulgogi instead of beef patties, asian-style tacos, and my favorite, K-Fries.

A friend of ours introduced this place to us, and he told us about the secret menu : Koreano!

 

No, no you won't find it on the Menu board, but trust me, they have it. Just ask for it.

 

*COST : koreano + k-fries + water = $13.00

* TOTAL SPENDING : $24.52

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Now by the time we finish our burgers, J would want to go home and take a nap, so I usually end my 'adventure' here. Plus, Mr. Man usually goes home at 5 and he'd expect dinner to be ready by then.

 

But! If your kiddo still has some energy left, take him to these following places!

 

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The Tube

Because the summer heat is getting crazier, an indoor playground called The Tube at Irving Bible Church might be the best place to take your kiddo. It is FREE!

Or, when it gets cooler, you can definitely go to...

 

Victoria Park

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It's got a playground with slides and swings (pretty standard, but hey it's free, and it's bigger than Mustang Park) plus a lot of trees and a pond. I love it here, but not during summer.

*COST : FREE

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If you want to get some afternoon snacks, we've got our favorite empanaderia to recommend to you!

 

3 p.m. - AFTERNOON SNACK

Empa Mundo

Though with a modest interior and decor, Empa Mundo has remained "The Best of Irving" on Yelp for 4 years straight with its high quality empanadas. Serving menus like Criolla (beef, olive, raisins, and eggs), Cheesesteak, Brisket, and my favorite, GUAVA AND CHEESE, this family-owned business keeps people coming back for more even with its recent No-AC situation.

 

With her broken English, the owner Mrs. Miming is always eager to make you feel welcomed. She would say "Welcome, my friend! Have you been here before?" every time a person walks in. And most of the time, she would recognize the customer. She'd be like "Hey! welcome back!" :)

 

 

To our surprise though, she is actually an Indonesian too! How did she get so good at making empanadas? Well her husband is an Argentinian so she might have learned it from some family recipe.

Anyway, she treats me like her daughter , always taking the time to talk to us and giving J free empanadas and cookies without hesitation.Oh! We love her!

*COST : guava & cheese + criolla  = $5.4

* TOTAL SPENDING : $24.52 + $5.4 = $29.92

 

Still got more energy? Oh, please go home. Bathe your kiddo and make dinner. You got plenty of time to explore Irving tomorrow. If you want more info on what's happening in Irving, click here!

Vision, Commitment, & Good Food Collide : Chipotle Cultivate

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

I have attended many events in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex since we moved here in June, but none of them comes close to this particular event held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Lake Carolyn, Irving. It was an event filled with educative information on the matter of food and how it's being produced/made, presented in a really creative way alongside live music performances, organic & non-gmo food stalls, pop-up bars, and of course good tacos, Chipotle style. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

This pic was taken in front of the Kids area of the festival, where kids got to do a lot of fun activities including painting on this giant apple made to resemble applegate (natural & organic meat company) logo. Whereas, the adults can explore the festival by using the booklets given at the entrance. What's interesting was we could collect 4 out of 5 stamps on our booklet to get a free burrito-voucher that you can redeem the next day at any Chipotle restaurant. Awesome right?

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We went to the "Guac from Scratch" booth first, where we learned about how Chipotle make their guacamole from scratch. And apparently they use organic ingredients! At the end, were given a voucher to get free chips & guacamole that can also be redeemed at any Chipotle the next day. Yeay, more freebies!

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The second booth that we visited was the "GMO Experience" booth, where we learned about what GMO is and why Chipotle chooses not to use GMO ingredients in their food. For those of you who are not familiar with GMO (genetically modified organisms), they are "plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology". And as described in the Non-GMO project website, this experimental technology "merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding" (read more here) .  No research has proven that GMO is good to consume, and by the sound of it, I wouldn't consider it to be healthy either. Anything modified is just suspicious to me. Wouldn't want to feed my family with it!

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Next booth that we visited was the Fresh V.S. Processed installation, where the ingredients of typical fast food hamburgers and a Chipotle burrito bowl were being displayed and compared. Can you see how the Hamburger ingredients at the top are all powders and 'man-made'? What's best for us to consume is the kind of ingredients that are closest to its natural form (or also known as, fresh!). Anything 'powdered', pasteurized, and highly processed are just never good for us, no matter what the advertising/packaging says. What an eye-opener. I was so amazed at how Chipotle is committed to using the best and healthiest ingredients.

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We then took a break and went straight to the food stalls, I ordered the tacos. Mr. Man ordered the beef gordita (as seen in the pic above). It was super yummy! We didn't try the Kale salad but I bet it's delicious as well.

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This one on the pic above is the Urban Acre stall. You can buy fresh produce online and pick them up at select locations around Dallas-Fort Worth. Their produce is organic and seasonal too! Check them out here.

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There were also products like honey and even organic pies being sold and displayed. My favorite was the Chipotle Roasted Pecan Chocolate Brownie I got from the Brownie Cottage stall. Oh my god! It's sweet and spicy at the same time. So moist, and packed with flavors. It was a perfect dessert, especially when paired with some Patron Margarita. Heeyyyy...

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Waiting for performances to start on the Izze Music Stage, we savored our dessert while enjoying some reggae tunes. Then, it was time for some ice cream! And not just any ice cream, but the ice cream of the legendary brand that turns out to be a non-gmo supporter, Ben & Jerry's!!

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The beautiful thing about it was that IT WAS the COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM that we got and it was FREE !!!

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We took this picture to support GMO labeling on food products, because we realized that we all deserve to know what is in our food!

Next to the Ben & Jerry's booth, was a booth promoting this cafe called "Momentum". It is actually a culinary training facility that aims to train, educate, and equip young people that are considered "at-risk" (those who are on probation, have gone to prison, etc) to achieve their full potential. How powerful is that? One day, I would really like to build something like this, probably to kids in my homeland, Indonesia. The guy who talked to us about it, Jason, had a troubled past as well, but he changed his life and now dedicates his life to encouraging and empowering young people to not make the mistakes he and many others made. In 2015, the cafe will open in downtown Dallas. For more info, please take time and read more about them here.

On top of it all, Chipotle Cultivate also features the Chef's tent, where you can see chefs cooking delicious meals from scratch, beer & wine tasting hall, Tabasco stall (they are non-gmo!), Izze stall, and a pop-up cinema where you can watch a few documentaries, one of which is about farmers who are committed to producing organic products such as milk and cheese.

It was a truly inspiring event. Reminding us that we should be more cautious about what we put in our body through food and drinks. We ought to take care of our bodies better. And personally, Chipotle inspired me, to build something that serves the people while making profit at the same time. I mean, who does this? Who would "throw away" money like this just to raise awareness about healthy ingredients they way they did it in this festival? Of course, it was also for marketing purposes, but you can see their commitment to a better and healthier culture of eating. And to that, I raise my glass. Till next time, Chipotle Cultivate :)

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please take time to watch this documentary by bloomberg tv on Chipotle as a business

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oh and btw we have redeemed our free chips and burritos + 2 bottles of Izze last Sunday. And they were amaze-balls!

First Immigrant Trimester. Done!

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

September 8 marked the third month of our moving to Dallas. There are a LOT to be thankful for, since we had next to nothing when we first got here. Today we got all that we need. A couch, 2 beds, a TV (+ a chrome cast to watch films from our iPad on TV), a dining table with its set of chairs, and some clothes for fall. Remember, it's what we need, not just what we want, cause that category will make an unending list. We've had fights like crazy, we have laughed so hard, we have cried, we have been confused, but we are never afraid cause we know who we are and whose we are :) It's safe to stay that our family is God's favorite sitcom, haha!

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The hexagonal shelf is by Urban Outfitters, the faux plant by homegoods, and the adorable quote board is from Altar D State, a clothing store with a cause. Check them out! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

We got these awesome toys from our friend, Naomi, for J's birthday last month. Been lining them up with the ottoman/coffee table to encourage J to walk. These kinds of toys are also the best distractions I got for J so far, cause they teach him words, they got lights and songs, you should get one! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

What I'm thankful about is the fact that we don't have to battle with traffic the way we had to in Jakarta. It used to take Mr. Man about 2 hours to come home from work, but now, it only takes him 10 minutes! He can even go home for lunch and quality time with J :) Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

We took the time to visit the West Dallas area last Monday, particularly the Singleton street. Found this awesome wall that probably belongs to a restaurant, I hope to dine here soon. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge overlooking Dallas' skyline in the morning. Ahh..how I love tall buildings.

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A little workout session at Irving's own Campion Trail on a Sunday morning, featuring a session of doing push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, jogging, and mostly walking and talking (which I enjoy the most).

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The best part of it all is embracing every second of this life we have now. It's funny when people asked me earlier back in Indo, "Aren't you scared of living abroad? away from home and family?" - honestly, it's only scary if you make it scary, right?

Looking forward to making the most of the next decades. Thank You Lord!