Field Trip: Paradise Dynasty

Last week I met up with my uncle who came all the way from Bicol. He was here in Manila in preparation for kn’s schooling together with my aunt mentioned in my previous post. We decided to meet up in the newly constructed mall beside Conrad Hotel in SM Mall of Asia.

I suggested that we try Paradise Dynasty. It is located in S Maison Mall and specializes in xiao long bao (XLB). The XLB basket looks pretty interesting. It comes with different flavors that should be eaten in proper order–original, ginseng, foie grass, black truffle, cheese, crab roe, garlic and szechuan. The waiter gave us a sheet of paper as a guide but in order not to be confused, you just have to eat starting from the middle clockwise. We are asked to eat in that order because the XLBs are also arranged from mild to strong flavor.

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I created this cartoon of xiao long bao basket in Clip 2 Comic app.

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When I entered in the restaurant, it is as if I am in Hong Kong. There were lanterns every where. I also like the interior design. However the space is a bit limited. We were also given a service tea upon entering. I like the little dimsum hanging at the tip of the tea cup.

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We ordered lotus buns, sweet and sour pork, wanton noodle soup, grilled shrimp, pork wraps and yang chow rice.

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Here is a colorful collage that I made with a whoopie pie taken from the photo shoot I did for my friend’s school thesis. I also wore the polka dots long sleeves for work.

Happy week end!

Stay posi,

Jannel

Food Trip: Desgo Hotpot

My aunt loves chinese food as if she’s not eating the same cuisine almost every day. During their visit to our place,  she suggested we try the seafood restaurant she saw while passing by the street. Our driver wasn’t around that day since my aunt just came back from Hong Kong. We walked to the restaurant despite the drizzles.

I thought it was located in the newly built condo. To her dismay, my aunt wasn’t talking about the restaurant I thought she was. She looked around but didn’t find the one she’s eyeing for. So between Desgo and Firewood kitchen, we chose the former because the interiors look super cute. And we thought other people are also dining. They end up to be the owners having their dinner as well. We came past 8 pm since I came home from the office later than usual and we have to back to get umbrellas.

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It looks like a bird’s nest.  I personally thought that the design of the restaurant is totally unrelated to it being a hotpot spot but it looks interesting and unique.

 

I honestly had fun in this restaurant. Given that it is only operating around four days, I would say that the staff are not yet well trained. However they are very friendly and very accommodating. The owner is also very hands on. He even prepared the dips for the meat since we do not know how. I am not a fan of dips so I cared less even though there were big portions served. Plain boiled food is still the best! Why is the kalamansi called green orange though?

7.jpgKn, my cousin, posed in one of the bird cage like tables. She’s also visiting us.

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After sitting in one of the tables, we were given a paper and pencil. We circled items that we wanted to eat and be included in the hotpot. We chose the seafood style as the soup base.

10.jpgThe basin is big enough for sharing plus the soup is refillable. There are also dried ingredients that are essential for chinese cooking however I don’t know what their names. If you know kindly comment below. I would love to check them out! There are also two sticks of onion chives for flavoring. We already dropped the corn that we ordered before taking pictures of the food.

11.jpgWe ordered the pork meat, spinach, corn, seafood balls, yam (taro), and tofu however as a freebie the owner allowed us to try the wagyu beef. I suggest you take the pork instead because the beef is so fatty. My job was to remove the fats from the soup.

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The rice cake that the owner gave as freebie. It somehow tastes like biko (rice pudding Philippine style) however there is some unique taste probably due to inclusion of beans in the ingredients.

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Our group photo while eating. The staff gladly volunteered to take one. Here’s to more laughs and talks over dinner.

 

Have fun,

Jannel

Field Trip: UP Diliman

One week after the UP graduation, I decided to visit the campus for the first time since I will attend an event nearby. I would say it was not the best time to take pictures of the sunflowers since most of them are already wilting. However, those located near the guard house still look fresh.

It took us almost two hours of commute from Makati but it was not that hassle given the lighter traffic on a Saturday. It is also a plus since I get to spend time with my sister after a busy work week.

Here are some photographs that I took during the campus tour.

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Connected
blue sky
Gloomy weather
stain glass
Stained Glass art at Bahay ng Alumni
wild flower
Two Toned wild flower
sunflowers
Sunflowers and a bee

Stay posi,

Jannel