Giveaway: Paper & Co. Journey Planners

HI GUYS!!

I know I haven’t updated in the longest time but y’know… Christmas? In hindsight, I should have pre-written some Holiday posts or something. SORRY, I’M NOT PERFECT. Lelz. Good planning is essential for success so I’ve decided, together with the kind folks at Paper & Co., to give away a few planners to help you organize your 2016!

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The JOURNEY 2016 is a travel themed planner and adult coloring book rolled into one. You can sneak in some color and fun into your hectic schedule so it doesn’t have to be all work and no play!

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Join my giveaway now!:)

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Make sure to check out @paperandco.ph on Instagram!

Advanced happy new year!

♥,
Saab

SaabTV: Getting LASIK Surgery

All my life, I’ve suffered from Error of Refraction. I have nearsightedness with terrible astigmatism and I finally decided to do something about it! I got LASIK surgery last month for my birthday!

Since I saved you all from the horrors of a visual step-by-step of the process, here are the steps in LASIK surgery:

  1. A corneal flap has to be cut and lifted to expose the inner layers of the cornea
  2. Laser energy will be applied to ablate or vaporize tissue to reshape the cornea
  3. The flap is then returned to its original position to cover the lasered area

Aren’t you glad I edited out the whole process?? You’re welcome!!

Asian Eye Institute has been using the Bausch and Lomb XP microkeratome in cutting corneal flaps for the past ten years. The microkeratome is a mechanical device where a stainless steel blade is attached to cut the flap. Although there’s less than 1% chance of any complication with the device, it’s still scary to think of a blade touching your eye, right? Well, thanks to advanced technology, Asian Eye Institute is now offering BLADELESS LASIK with the help of their new machine, the state-of-the-art Technolas VICTUS femtosecond bladeless laser. There’s an even lesser chance for complication with the new machine (less than 0.2% chance). Since there’s a difference in price, you can choose which machine you’d like to use.

My procedure went as smooth as I anticipated, thanks to my mom’s raves. The doctor who performed surgery on me was the same one who did mom’s surgery ten years ago! Dr. Ang put anesthesia drops on my eyes and I didn’t feel a thing! Although, there was a time when I felt a bit of pressure on my eyeballs at the beginning. You know when you don’t feel anything but you still kind of feel something? Does that make sense? No? GET OUTTA HERE.

Just kidding. Anyway, it was like something was pushing down on my eyeballs and my vision went dark for a millisecond. Pretty crazy because my eyes were stuck open the whole time. I’m guessing that was the suction to cut the flap open? I could barely see any of the tools used — all I did was to look at the blinking red light. It was there to help me focus and Dr. Ang was very gentle and he talked me through the process the whole time. He even let one of his staff hold my hand during the first part when I was obviously nervous. I have no idea who you are, but if you’re reading this: thank you, stranger.

The actual laser ablation sounded really scary — like a cop was using a taser gun on my eyeball. It smelled like burning hair, too. But I didn’t feel a thing so it was definitely a strange experience. Except, I actually like the smell of burning hair, so… I guess I enjoyed that part. Haha.

Since recovery time varies from patient to patient, unfortunately I’m not like my mom who told me she could see clearly the very next day. My eyes are unusually dry and this is causing blurriness of vision. It’s been a few weeks and I’ve been using 3 different types of eye drops and gels 3 times a day. It’s definitely not as blurry as my previous 400-375 grade and I’m hoping I will make a full recovery in about a month. Thankfully, Dr. Ang and the rest of the AEI staff are very accommodating. They take post-operation check ups very seriously because it’s a huge part of a patient’s recovery. I am scheduled for my 3rd post-op check up on the 22nd!

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions in case you’re curious:

Q: My eye doctor said that my left eye is nearsighted while my right eye is farsighted. I am considering LASIK to correct these disorders. What do I need to do to prepare myself for LASIK? Does it ensure perfect vision after the surgery?
A: Before the surgery, you will have to undergo a screening test to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. It should also reveal whether you have other eye conditions that need attention. Discontinue wearing contact lenses for a week prior to the scheduled screening to minimize the effect of the lenses on the results. There is no guarantee of perfect vision after LASIK; the American Association of Professional Eyecare Specialists (AAPECS) reported that 55.3 percent of LASIK patients obtained 20/20 or better vision after LASIK surgery. However, you can minimize risk by choosing your LASIK provider carefully. Check the thoroughness of the screening process, the doctor’s training and expertise, the eye center’s track record, the cleanliness and sterility of the laser environment and the type of technology used in the surgery. You can also ask your friends and relatives for their referrals, or visit several eye centers first to get a feel for what the available options are.

Q: My dad had Laser vision correction years ago, and it took him two weeks to recover. Is that how long it takes to heal for LASIK?
A: Visual recovery varies from patient to patient, but with today’s technology, it generally takes one to two days. A patient should be able to drive or go back to work two days after the procedure. For steady and faster recovery, make sure to follow post-operative instructions from the doctor. Although LASIK is a popular and quick procedure, it is still a surgery, and the risks are similar to those of other eye surgeries.

Q: How will I know if I qualify for LASIK? What if I don’t qualify? What are my options?
A: A refractive screening test will determine if you are qualified for LASIK surgery. If you are not qualified, the test will also indicate what alternative procedure might be more suitable for you. If your cornea is too thin for LASIK, you may undergo PRK surgery. PRK is similar to LASIK, but instead of creating a corneal flap, the surface layer of the cornea is just removed. If your cornea is too thin even for PRK, then implantation of a Phakic intraocular lens is an option. Phakic intraocular lenses are also used for patients who have very high grade beyond the acceptable range for laser treatment.

Q: I had my LASIK last year. Now I’m 33 years old and truly enjoying my improved vision. Is the laser correction permanent?
A: LASIK is permanent. However, your body will undergo changes as you age, and this includes the condition or grade of your eyes. If your eyes regressed after LASIK, you may opt to have a touch up laser procedure to improve your vision. You may also have presbyopia or loss of near vision. Presbyopia is an age-related condition that makes it difficult for people in their 40s, 50s or 60s to focus on near objects and necessitates the use reading glasses. Asian Eye offers various treatment options, such as intraocular implants, multifocal contact lenses and Supracor laser procedure, to reduce or eliminate dependence on reading glasses. Asian Eye Institute is the only eye center in the Philippines with the Supracor technology. Patients who have had cataract surgery and wear reading eyeglasses for near vision can also benefit from this technology.

Send your inquiries to eyehelp@asianeyeinstitute.com or you may reach them through 898-2020 or 0918-8982020.
www.asianeyeinsitute.com
facebook.com/asianeyeinstitute
twitter.com/asianeyephil

♥,
Saab

Who Lit Up Your 2015?

Whenever December comes around, people start making these cheesy round-up posts about the year. Well this post is exactly that — one of many, I’m predicting.

What a year 2015 has been. I can’t explain how so many things came together and how one thing just snowballed into the other. A lot of different projects came my way and well, I’ve been busier than ever. The curious thing is that most of it didn’t feel like work at all.

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Here’s what I found out: it’s all about sticking to what makes you happy, and to keep doing it so that the joy stays constant. I started with my attitude, of being optimistic the way that my family taught me to be. Be the change you want to see in the world nga, diba? I’m just happy to be doing the things I love, and that’s one thing that keeps me going.

Another thing is the company I keep. I can’t stress how important it is to surround yourself with the right people. Personally, I feel very lucky and (hashtag) blessed that a good number of people helped me find my way and supported me through each step I took towards happiness.

So tonight, I’m raising a glass to these wonderful souls that shaped what’s been one of the best years of my life.

My family

To mom, ate Unna, Nic, Maxx, Frank, Elmo, Arkin, Clara, mommy Bing, papa Gerry, ate Mia, Chelo, and Nunki (whew ang dami)—you guys will always be a constant source of strength for me. Thank you for never saying that there was something I couldn’t do. I also thank papa for his guidance, I know he’ll always look out for me.

My bandmates

Cheats, you guys are all amazing. Our music has become my favorite way of expressing myself. More than the music, what we’ve got is our awesome friendship. Let’s keep this show on the road. 🎶Calling out the animal, the animaaaal 🎶

My best friends

To my beshies and the No Filter crew, I will always be grateful for having such an awesome support group. Know that I’m always rooting for you guys as well. Millennials for life!! As if we had a choice. Haha.

My husband

Jim, you’re a game changer. Thanks to you, everything that used to be a cause for complaint is now a source of inspiration. You’re such a genius that I want to Magic-School-Bus myself to watch your brain at work. Is that creepy? #SorryNotSorry. I’m looking forward to all the beautiful music we’ll keep making together. I LOVE YOU.

So here’s a toast to all my loves—the people that lit up my path. You are all worth celebrating a hundred times over.

I feel like we all deserve an award for making it through another wonderful year — I guess this is my acceptance speech. Haha! Now the question is, who’s included in yours? Why not throw a little party for them? Don’t forget to bring the Johnnie and #LightItUpWithRedLabel😉

♥,
Saab

How I Decluttered with OLX

When I moved in with Jim after we got married, we had a lot of duplicate items like blenders, microwave ovens, and other household appliances. While it was admittedly tempting to keep everything because “sayang naman,” I am not a fan of impracticality.

Since I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, I’ve been allergic to clutter. I have to get rid of anything that I don’t want or need anymore.

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I learned so much from the book, including the fact that lack of storage is not the reason for my clutter problem. Check out these passages:

“Why does my room still feel cluttered when I’ve worked so hard to organize and store things away?” I wondered. Filled with despair, I looked at the contents of each storage unit and had a flash of revelation. I didn’t need most of the things that were in them!

Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, the room once again overflows with things, and some new and “easy” storage method becomes necessary, creating a negative spiral.

This is why I strongly advise everyone to just purge and get rid of everything you know you will never use. Instead of just disposing of these items, why not make money out of them to be able to buy the things that you actually do want and need? This is exactly what Jim and I did thru OLX!

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The simple process of downloading the app on our phones, snapping a photo of the item and putting it on sale was definitely a NAKSperience! Smaller items like shoes and clothes were shipped directly to the buyers but I figured bigger items like appliances and gadgets might have to be double checked by the buyers. This is when I would arrange a meet-up with them at a nearby coffee shop! The money we made from selling on OLX was used for anything we wanted. We call it our fun money. Naks naman!

If you want to get in on it, check out the video below!

Always remember that something you’ve outgrown might make another person very happy. On the other side of the spectrum, buying previously loved items is a steal because you get what you want for a fraction of its original price! Another thing I like about OLX is that I can find unique and limited edition items that are no longer being sold in stores. This makes both the buyer and seller happy!

Naks naman! Download the OLX app (available on both Android and iOS) to start buying and selling. Enjoy!

♥,
Saab

See You On Saturday

I was putting off having to choose only 20 people to come over for my blog’s 12th anniversary meet up kasi HELLO ang hirap kaya pumili. This was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, guyth!!

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I chose 30 people instead of 20 but because sobrang last minute naman itong decision ko, I only have 20 loot bags so I’ll give that to the first 20 who arrive!! Those who don’t get a loot bag can still get a chance to win the raffle items via games. I don’t even know what games we’ll play. I have no program prepared, okay?? Basta there will be good food and lots of prizes :)

SO PLEASE CHECK YOUR E-MAILS!! I’m SO excited huhuhu.

♥,
Saab

TV Club: Narcos

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I finished season 10 of Grey’s Anatomy, putting season 11 on hold because too much feels… Maybe next week. Haha. For months, my mom had been bugging me to watch Narcos. Finally, Jim and I watched it in a span of 3 days (we could have seen it in a day if life didn’t keep getting in the way lol) and I’ve got to say it might be the best TV series I’ve seen all year.

Narcos is about the notorious Medellin drug cartel ran by the notorious Pablo Escobar. Because it’s based on a true story, the story is presented like a docu-drama with inserts of real life footage. You’ll see actor Wagner Moura doing a brilliant portrayal of Pablo Escobar, cut to footage of the actual kingpin responsible for over 4,000 deaths in a span of 2 decades.

It doesn’t hurt that my crush, Pedro Pascal is in the show as DEA agent Javier Peña.

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I first saw him as Oberyn Martell on Game Of Thrones. What a hottie.

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Since Narcos is based on real events, King Joffrey doesn’t seem as cruel beside Escobar. Season 2 will come our early fall next year.

Trivia: Narrator/DEA agent Steve Murphy, played by Boyd Holbrook, appeared in Gone Girl as the guy who scammed Amy when she went in hiding.

♥,
Saab

Spell Saab 12th Anniversary Meet Up!

So my blog is turning 12 this month. I’ve never done a meet up before because I’m shy like that (hehehe) but I would really like to have lunch and meet some of my loyal blog readers this Saturday, December 12. YAY!

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I can only accommodate 20 people, because I’m socially awkward. And I actually want to talk to you guys! Maybe next year we can do a bigger celebration. I have no idea how to choose the twenty so I hope you guys can just leave a note below and I will randomly select 20 people by tomorrow :) Please only post once and please do so ONLY if you can actually go!!

We’re going to eat, play games, play with Joey Bear, take home loot bags and get to win a lot of cool items including phones, books, backpacks, etc!

Looking forward to meeting you guys!!!

♥,
Saab

Music Club: Rusty Machines – Forget You

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You guys remember my college boyfriend, Mikko? Well this is his little brother Iggy’s band!! I sound like such a tita saying this but I will always remember Iggy San Pablo as a little boy playing the drums in their living room. I have to hand it to their mom for letting him play the drums on full blast everyday. He’s not the drummer for Rusty Machines, though. He plays the guitar and sings which was a pleasant surprise. It’s always nice to know when a musician knows his stuff. Jim was the one who found them online and made me listen to the song for the first time.

This song is a year old but I’m still obsessed with it. Forget You starts off with a drum roll that prepares you for a guitar riff reminiscent of one of my favorite bands, Yuck. Iggy’s melodious yet lazy voice instantly transports you to the seaside. Definitely one of my favorite local tracks this year.

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Favorite line: Forgot how it is so tell me how it goes

They’re coming out with a music video for it soon, follow them on their social media accounts for more info!

https://www.facebook.com/therustymachines
https://soundcloud.com/rustymachines
https://twitter.com/rustymachines

♥,
Saab