Tips On Finding A Good Kasambahay

Over a month ago, I wrote about my search for a good kasambahay. Right after I posted that entry, I remembered that my college friend told me about being part of an agency that helps homemakers find their perfect match. I’ve always been wary of agencies because someone told me they secretly don’t want things to work out between you and your kasambahay so they can just keep their workers in rotation.

But my friend was a good person with very similar values to mine. Plus, I was frustrated about being jilted by Vanessa (read my blog post if you haven’t). Like a heartbroken dumpee, I decided to give MaidSource.ph a try the same day Vanessa left me.

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I called their landline and I told them what I was looking for in a kasambahay: an all-around cleaning lady who does not hate dogs. “All-around” means somebody who knows the basics of cooking and has ample knowledge on doing the laundry and cleaning a home. I was also looking for somebody who doesn’t hate dogs because I needed her to get along with Joey, who she’d have to walk at least once a day. I was on the road so I said I would send a text as soon as I got home.

When I messaged them that I was home and ready to do the Skype interview, they responded very quickly via iMessage.

Hi ma’am! Yes we may. Will it be fine ma’am if we do it after dinner? Or the time of your liking ma’am since our maids are stay in here at our office. All our candidates have just started having dinner lang po. :)

It was 6:41PM and I was happy to know that they were treating their trainees very well. I obliged to doing the interview after dinner.

Finally, it was time to meet the 3 girls they deemed fit for our household. The first one was Mary Lyn, and she was very shy and soft-spoken. Jim and I asked her the basic questions and I will share those questions with you later on in this post. We interviewed two other girls after her and we were given time to think it through. After about 5 minutes, we called back and said we would like Mary Lyn to come work for us. I just had a good feeling about her. She reminded me so much of our yaya Gleza (whom I wish we could clone because she’s the best!!).

That same night, MaidSource sent us the sample contract between Mary Lyn and me. Take note, I have never had a kasambahay under my direct employment before so I was so happy that this was all written in black and white. No need to tiptoe and wonder if either one of us is asking for too much from each other. The contract is written in both English and Tagalog for better understanding between both parties. It’s clear that I am not the only one protected by the contract but it honors the Kasambahay Law very well, too.

MaidSource has a one-time fee of Php9,450 if you’d like to hire someone through their services. You might think this is a bit too steep but they’re still the most affordable among other top agencies. Also, here’s what you get with that one-time fee:

  • Making sure your kasambahay is healthy by going beyond routine check-ups. They cover tests for psychological soundness, tuberculosis, pneumonia, hepatitis, leprosy, and infectious diseases.
  • Authentic government clearances like NBI Clearance, Police Clearance, NSO-certified Birth Certificate, Character References, and their own background investigation from the maid’s micro-community.
  • The convenience of transporting your kasambahay to your home, even on the same day you interview them.
  • They are trained by a duly registered & board-certified nurse to ensure the quality of cleanliness and care, especially for nannies.
  • MaidSource instills a sense of gratitude in their trainees. “With the right mindset, you can rest assured that the job you provide is cherished and not taken for granted.
  • Their legal contract keeps both parties protected from abuse and this 26-page contract was worked on by a team of labor lawyers. Even if I’d like to post it here for all to use with your existing kasambahays, that would be unfair to MaidSource as it comes with their fee.
  • They offer 3 FREE replacements just in case you are not satisfied with your hire. Highly unlikely from my own experience but it happens.

Before I go on, I have to divulge the fact that MaidSource waived their one-time fee in exchange for a review on my blog. I warned them that I had to be honest. I also said I would have to wait at least a month before writing a review so I could fully assess their service.

Mary Lyn has been with us for over a month and since day one, Jim and I have been obsessed with her. Not in a creepy way but in a WITH-ALL-I’VE-DONE-WRONG-I-MUST-HAVE-DONE-SOMETHING-RIGHT-TO-DESERVE-MARY-LYN. Okay, maybe we are creepy. Hahaha. But really, she’s been amazing.

She arrived in our condo the day after our interview and we both signed our contracts in the presence of an administrator from MaidSource. I was given all the clearances and her documents for my files. Jim and I really wanted this to go smoothly so we handed her some chocolates with a card that said “WELCOME TO OUR HOME.” In retrospect, we really must have seemed like a strange weird couple hahaha but hey, it’s our first time and we wanted to make a friend of someone who’d be staying under the same roof.

She was obviously so pleasantly surprised about the chocolates and card so she gave us a big smile and thanked us. It was the start of a good relationship and I hope things continue to be this way.

Mary Lyn cleans our condo very well and asks questions when she’s unsure of something. When I give her directions (“if you find any cables or small gadgets lying around, you can just put them away in this drawer”), I never have to repeat them (I always know where to look when I’m searching for something). I really like Mary Lyn because she always makes sure I have a full glass of water beside me, and I didn’t even ask her to do that.

She asked me if she could move stuff around in our kitchen and I said yes. SHE CATEGORIZED ALL OUR MEDICINES SO WE COULD FIND WHAT WE NEEDED RIGHT AWAY.

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During our interview, she said she was just okay with dogs. Joey, in classic fashion, used to bark at her every time she’d go near me or Jim. Mary Lyn asked me why Joey didn’t seem to like her. I explained that Joey’s very smart and she thinks people need to ring the doorbell and I need to allow people to come in. She doesn’t like it when people (except Jim or myself) open the door themselves. Of course this is just a theory but it seems to check out because Joey was also like this with our previous stay-out cleaning lady. I told her that she just needs to bond with Joey and make her feel like she is part of the household so Joey stops barking at her. Now she and Joey have become best friends because Mary Lyn takes the time to sit on the floor to pet Joey and they walk three times a day! I’ve caught her many times singing to Joey, too. Now Joey only barks at her when she sees Mary Lyn holding the vacuum — Joey’s mortal enemy. Haha.

I recommended MaidSource to my mom who ended up hiring 2 girls — one for our home and one for my lola’s home. I just checked in with my mom last night and she said she needed to ask for a replacement for her first choice after two weeks because she was not satisfied with her work. MaidSource, true to their word, sent a replacement for free and now my mom is very happy with her new kasambahay.

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Taray, may graphic!

TL;DR*: Overall, I’m very grateful that MaidSource helped me find our perfect match and we’re lucky to have found her on the first try! If you are looking to hire a kasambahay as well, here are 5 questions I suggest you ask during your interview:

Is she okay with the scope of work?

Be ready to explain exactly what you are looking for. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, taking care of your kids, etc. Be specific so you both know what to expect from each other. Ask if she’s had experience in the past and feel free to inquire about her length of stay with each household and why she is no longer with her previous employer.

Why does she want to work?

Is it to be able to send her children to school? Is it so she can send money home to her family? Is it because she wants to finish her studies? Talk about it now so you can learn more about the person you are hiring and so you understand how important it is for both of you to make this work.

Is she eager to learn?

In our interview, we told the candidates that we did not like it when people take things personally. Kapag mapagsabihan, sana pakinggan yung sinasabi. Again, it’s important to say that you’re not just looking for somebody to order around. You are looking for somebody to help you maintain peace and order in your home.

How long does she plan on doing this?

This is so you can manage expectations. With MaidSource the standard contract is 6 months but if you both want to keep working with each other, you are free to extend your contract after that without involving the agency anymore.

Is she okay with your proposed salary?

With MaidSource, it’s up to you and your candidate to agree on a monthly rate. To give you an idea, some employers start with Php4,000/month as a starting salary. But MaidSource explained to me that if you start with at least Php5,000/month salary, you no longer have to worry about paying for your employee’s SSS and PhilHealth. It will be their own responsibility. Of course you will have to provide your kasambahay with a room and 3 meals a day aside from their monthly salary. All of this information is on the legal packet that MaidSource provides with each deployment.

Employers will eventually find the right fit for their household. I keep talking to my friends who also recently got married and they’ve told me how difficult it is to find a good kasambahay. I keep telling them to try out MaidSource.

Do you have any personal “horror stories,” perfect matches or other tips on finding a kasambahay? Please share away!:)

♥,
Saab

Visit MaidSource.ph or call (02) 654-7338 / (0998) 996-MAID(6243) for more info! You can also reach them by e-mailing mail@maidsource.ph. Their office is located at 29 Delgado St., Ortigas, Pasig City.
*Too Long; Didn’t Read — a.k.a. in a nutshell

My Husband’s Awesome Wedding Vows

Jim's draft HAHAHA
Jim’s draft HAHAHA

Dear Saab,

When I first saw you, met you, I was just so curious. I couldn’t pin down what type of girl you were. You were such a mystery. All I knew was that you were a bit annoying, masungit but definitely rare and special. Who knew this mystery would eventually be a major crush that led to some flirtation which then blossomed into a beautiful friendship?

Most people spend so much time looking for the prototypical perfect girl. But the truth is, there is no perfect girl, only a perfect friend. A best friend. That’s you.

A friend who holds my hand and that in itself assures me that my weirdness and all my quirks can make an impact on the world.

A friend whose imagination and brilliance inspires me to see the world beyond the confines of earth and sky.

A friend who makes me laugh and hold me when I feel the world turn against me.

So thank you. Not just for being my best friend, but choosing to love me as much as you have. To go beyond your comfort zone and giving me all that you can give. Sabi ko nga, “iba talaga ang pag-ibig ng Magalona.”

So I promise to never stop being your friend.

To understand you and try my best even when you’re incomprehensible.

To tell you when you’re wrong and admit when I have failed.

I promise to never let go. To never leave.

That you will never have to cry without me to cling on to. I promise to remember all the reasons why I fell in love with you especially on the days that we don’t like each other as much.

I promise to give my best to you, as a provider, your bandmate, your best friend and as a father to our pretty and chubby musical geniuses. I promise that this will be our greatest adventure. From our sofa, to Saguijo, to Rome. To unexplored galactic territories, we will have the most fun in one lifetime together.

Since I was a little boy, I envisioned the world in slow motion sequences protected by masked vigilantes and alliances that would save the world. But today is my greatest fantasy, one that goes beyond my imagination. Because it’s you, my precious.

When we get older, we start thinking: what will the world remember us by? You, and most people here who know me, you know that’s what scared me a lot during my younger years. Someone once asked me, “Ikaw, Jim, ano ba magiging legacy mo?” Di ba yun naman talaga ang habol natin? Saab, marrying you and raising our family will be my greatest legacy. So before God today, I promise you a life of laughter, my loyalty, my love and whole lot of rock and roll.

My dad once told me: the perfect love is like the perfect song, some melodies may break and the rhythm may go off-pace but at the end, the song sings sweetly. This is our masterpiece. And I promise you, I will never get tired of singing it.

♥,
Jim

Top Sun Protection Myths and How To Join The SunWarrior Challenge

I’m not one to shy away from the sun.

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I like going to the beach, throwing barbecue parties with my bandmates, attending outdoor concerts, and I LOVE SUMMER☀️

Because I find myself being under the sun a lot, I did some research. Turns out, there are a lot of confusion about sun protection and I thought it would be beneficial for all if I put some of them here on my blog. I got these myths from SunSafeRX.com.

Myth #1: If Your Skin Is Dark, You’re Protected. Melanin is what gives skin its color, and melanin does protect your skin from the sun. But it doesn’t completely protect you—the sun still damages people with darker skin. Also, the darker your skin, the more difficult it is to tell when you are burning. Because people may think they are better protected if they have dark skin, they may also take less precautions regarding sun exposure and end up staying in the sun longer and more frequently—leading to more damage.

Myth #2: If It’s Cloudy, You’re Safe. On cloudy days your skin is still being damaged. The majority of UVA rays penetrate clouds and fog, leading to sun damage possibly without any indication of the damage whatsoever. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds. Use the same caution regarding sun exposure on overcast days as sunny days.

Myth #3: Sun Exposure Early Or Late In The Day Is Safe. While UVB rays peak in intensity in the middle of the day, UVA rays remain fairly consistent in intensity from morning until evening. Likewise, the ability of UVA rays to damage your skin remains high throughout the day from morning until evening (not just during the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky, but all day). This means that even when you are not tanning or getting burned by UVB rays, you may still be sustaining serious damage from UVA radiation—without ever realizing it!

If you’re still not wearing sunscreen daily, I urge you to go out and get a bottle as soon as you can! A large variety of brands can be found at Watsons! I personally like how the Vaseline one doesn’t smell like sunblock at all but I just ran out of it! Thinking of trying another brand just to compare! Any recommendations??

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Speaking of Watson’s, they’ve sponsored a really fun event happening on March 6!

Color Manila Run x Sunwarrior Challenge

I got my kit in the mail!!
I got my kit in the mail!!

Start summer early and unite with your fellow SunWarriors in Watsons SunWarrior Challenge on March 6, 2016 in SM Mall of Asia Grounds. In partnership with Color Manila, Watsons once again brings the most colorful and vibrant fun run with exciting obstacles and a party rolled into one. Run 3k, 5k or 10k at P950 Registration fee which includes a singlet, head wear, sunglasses, finisher’s medal, color packet and a whole lot more. Visit www.colormanilarun.com to register. Hurry! Limited slots only.

♥,
Saab

Ask Saab 42

Resort's World Sentosa Singapore, October 2015
Resort’s World Sentosa Singapore, October 2015

Q: Hi there pretty! What’s your favorite COLDPLAY song?
A: The Scientist

Q: Hi Saab. What is your favorite word?
A: Pizza

Q: Hi Saab. What is your most bizarre talent? :)
A: I can do some tricks with my eyes hehe

Q: Do you have a local celebrity crush? (aside from Jim. Hehe) Thanks!
A: Piolo Pascual!

Q: bakit hindi rinig voice mo kahit nasa mic ka pag kumakanta ka sa band gigs?
A: Sama kasi usually ng monitor, I can’t hear myself! It was a habit to let Jim & Candy take the lead kaysa lakasan ko and wala pala ako sa tono. It’s taking some getting used to for me to accept it na pangit talaga sound system in most places we play at.. I’m trying though! I have to do that one finger in the ear thing that divas do haha

Q: may time ba na di ka second voice sa Cheats gig?
A: We all have our parts to sing. Mostly Candy and I are back up vocals to Jim, but some songs, like Summer are mine and Candy’s. Triple Horn is Candy’s. A new song called Talk is mine.

Q: Hi Saab! Do you personally know Franco Reyes? I have a big crush on him & I want to know how he is to his friends/colleagues. :) *Kilig* Thanks, Saab & keep rockin’ girl!
A: Aww sorry, I don’t!

Q: Were you self-sufficient since 18? Hope you can do a blog post of your teenage transition, that would be so helpful to us in taking risks and making life-changing decisions :)
A: Pretty scary to write about that. Haha. But maybe I will. Thanks for the suggestion!

Q: Who is Pauline Camille Prieto?
A: Julius and I used to hang out with Pauline! But she moved away and I don’t hear from her anymore. She’s a successful model!

Q: How long ka single before naging kayo ni Jim? :”)
A: I don’t know how to count that because we don’t have an official “kami na” date. Haha.

Q: Were you one of the first ones to know about Maxx new boyfriend? Were you surprised by their ‘sort-of-announcment’ on IG? Heehee
A: Omg ano ba, she’s my best friend. Unang nag-message palang si Rob, pinakita na niya sakin. Haha!

Q: Parang Maxx is so sweet and affectionate of you, posting so much about you etc. Ikaw parang waley!
A: Hahaha OA! Can you compare our updates as well? She posts like a gazillion times a day, I barely do. Do you seriously think social media is a measure of affection? Because I don’t and she knows that.

Q: Pansin ko lang iba iba moods mo sa pag answer ng Ask Saab. Sometimes you’re friendly and nice, sometimes you’re scary and sarcastic. Do you agree?
A: I guess?

Q: What is your definition of conyo? Are you conyo?
A: My definition of conyo, and I’m not saying this is the actual definition of it, is a guy who says “Dude, pare, sorry I got caught up in Polo Club. Shi Anton kashi wouldn’t get off the horsh.” LELZ.

Q: Did you ever need a tutor during grade school/high school?
A: I’d say I needed one in college. Haha. But I never had a tutor. Except for my college boyfriend who tried to help me with math but we’d end up fighting cos I’m stubborn. Hehe. Sorry.

Q: How is Pia Magalona as a mother?
A: Okay lang.. CHAR. The best.

Q: How many Star Wars related clothing items do you own?
A: 1 dress, 2 shirts I think! And 1 pair of socks.

Q: what’s your pagerank
A: What’s that

Q: Hi po~ Avid reader from Cagayan de Oro. Hihi. Um, just wanna ask what you think of Kpop? Thanks ^^
A: Hi! I love 2NE1’s song Fire but that’s as much Kpop as I know!:)

Q: You said that you are on a no rice diet. I want to become fit also, but I don’t eat veggies. So what food will I eat? Thank you! More powers to your blog Saab! :)
A: Kamote! Saba! Quinoa! :) Thanks!

Q: do you know where can I buy The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? Thanks. P.S you’re so pretty :*
A: Fully Booked!

Q: What type of job do Creative Writing graduates normally end up with?
A: Funny cos my block mates ended up in different jobs. One’s a fully-booked jazz singer, one’s very good at reviewing books for a prominent magazine, one just opened up her own yoga resort in Siargao. I think people who take up Creative Writing in the first place are those brave enough to know we probably won’t have a steady 9-5 job that gives us security. But I think we’re also brave to take on a dream job that we’ll work twice as hard to keep. Normally though, I think a CW diploma would be a plus if you want to work in media.

Q: What does Frank do for a living? Hehe
A: He still acts on GMA7, just finished taping Marimar.

Q: Hi, Saab! Nakakatuwa how frank you are and infair, you’re not like the other artists na masyadong pacute sa fan. (Yep. Medyo conyo. Di naman required pure english. Di ba? Lels)
A: I’m not frank, I’m Saab! Char :p

Q: Hi Saab, as a blogger and artist. How does the media and society influence you?
A: As a blogger and artist, I influence them. GUSTOMOYUN???

Q: I’ve been following you since Tumblr days, I was 16 or 15 then, I’m now 20.. haha. Anyways, I work in the airport in Dubai, I work night shifts.. starts at 9pm and finishes in the morning and I’ve been dreading to get back on my workouts but I do not know how to start back up, since I’m awake the whole night and asleep the whole day, my question is how do you fit your workouts in your everyday life? i know time management, but for someone who works night shifts.. what are your tips
A: Hello! I just have to recommend for you to do it as soon as you wake up! 30 minutes! Kaya yun :)

Q: Hi Saab, I have just recently started my own blog, at the moment the articles i write are mostly anything under the sun which i find rather interesting which i think would be catchy for the potential readers. However it feels all over the place since it’s not entirel focused on one category, any tips on what i should do?
A: Ganun rin ako! Haha! But if you want to gain readership, I guess you have to keep them in mind. Think of one actual friend of yours that you see could be your reader. When you are talking to that friend, what would you discuss? Food? Fashion? Maybe that’s a good jump-off point :)

Q: have you completed your chiropractic sessions before? How was it? Can i expect permanent result? I am considering this treatment but since it is pricey for me I only tried it once.
A: I don’t think it’s permanent. I have 4 treatments left in my package.

Q: Hi Saab, where do you always go to do your grocery shopping?
A: Rustan’s

Q: where did you get your ‘you had me at hilaw’ shirt?
A: linyalinya.ph :)

Ask Saab 41

At Toff De Venecia's Addams Family-themed birthday party, October 2015
At Toff De Venecia’s Addams Family-themed birthday party, October 2015

Long overdue but I’m back to regular programming ❤️

Q: Ilang guests niyo sa wedding? :)
A: Under 300

Q: did you get discounts and freebies from your wedding suppliers/videographers etc because you’re a celebrity? :)
A: Yes, some, and I’m very grateful :)

Q: bakit di ka nakakasawa? yung blog mo ang timeless. What’s your secret? :D
A: UGH LOVE YOU

Q: who thought of the CHEATS font? :)
A: It’s typography by artist JP CUISON :)

Q: do you even get “rest days”? parang ang busy mo gurl
A: Right now I take weekends very seriously hehe I don’t open my e-mail.

Q: Hello Saab ♥ You’re probably one of my favorite human beings ever. Okay, just wanted to put that out there. Haha! But anyway for my real question, what was your favorite part when you were planning your wedding? You and Jim were really hands-on with everything from the invites down to the souvenirs and I was just really curious about your favorite part. Thank you and hope to see you again in one of my few visits (unfortunately the night life’s not for me) at Guijo!
A: Awwwww!! Thank you!! Anyway, I really enjoyed going to Baguio for food tasting and checking the floral arrangements and the layout of the tables, etc. :) It was fun because it was a separate Baguio trip for the fam and a few of our friends. Other than that, I really liked making the boutonnieres with my friend Kristia. The invitations as well, I had to put some handmade finishing touches on each and every one of them. I like arts and crafts so it was very fun for me.

Q: You buy printed books, or you read them on tablet/kindle? I have a problem with space for my books.
A: I buy printed books. I also buy some on my Kindle if I can’t wait. Yup, it is a real storage problem. But it looks nice displayed proudly on shelves naman. But I’ve learned to share my books when I’m done reading them.

Q: Hi Saab, I love your style..!! I’m a tshirt, jeans and sneakers type of girl, pero dahil sayo na-inspire ako mag-upgrade ng style.. I want to dress-up din for my boyfriend pero naka sneakers pa rin, hahaha.. ano yung shoes na suot mo papunta sa Singapore, and saan mo sya nabili? isa lang shoes ko na may heels (ankle boots) pero nasira na sya then nakita ko yung sayo and type na type ko yun..http://spellsaab.juice.ph/dear-diary-sup-singapore/
A: Hehehe thanks! Those are my fave booties from Topshop. They’re kind of f-ed up (I think they’re over 2 years old). Got a new pair from Stradivarius a few months ago. Not the same but it’ll do for now!

Q: Gaano kataas grado ng mata mo?
A: 350 and 400 both with astigmatism BUT I GOT LASIK ALREADY WOOHOOOOO!!

Q: What is your favorite milk tea flavor?
A: Hokkaido, I think. Wow I haven’t had milk tea in so long haha!! Royal milk tea. With 25% sugar.

Q: Nag-uukay ukay rin kaya ang isang Saab Magalona?
A: OMG nakakairita yung “isang Saab Magalona” hahahaha that super reminded me of Nyko!!! Awwww… To answer your question though, no not anymore.

Q: How did your parents come up with your name? I like the combination of Isabella and Simone :)
A: Thanks! You’ll have to ask my mom because I really don’t know :))

Q: What made you decide to have an Ask Box? It’s cool cos it’s our way to ask you something. Parang friendz talaga tayo lelz
A: I’ve had a “kweschon vax” since 2003 when I started blogging!:D I took it out but it’s a nice way to interact with you guys!!

Q: Have you read Series of Unfortunate Events?
A: No :(

Q: Which concert are you planning to go to next?
A: Hmmm I guess Wanderland cos we’re playing!

Q: Chicken, pork or beef?
A: Beef 4evr

Q: Hi Ate Saab! How do you write the last paragraph of you blog posts? (ang weird ba ng tanong ko lol) I always find it hard to write the last paragraph in everything that I write ahaha. Parang hindi ko alam kung paano i-conclude yung post kaya feeling ko laging bitin.
A: I find it to be the hardest part as well! I usually just ask myself, “what’s your takeaway from this experiecne?” and “what can your readers takeaway from it as well?” also, “now what?” for links and info especially if I write about a place or something.

Q: Do you dance?
A: No :( Wish I could

Q: Hi Saab! I read that you founded your school’s paper! I am currently a contributor in my school’s official publicaion rn. Can I just ask some tips or articles that I may contribute under entertainment section? :) (aside from ootds n stuff/chill places, jokes, what else? thank you! PS: I blog because of you <3
A: That’s great! What about interviews with interesting people in school?:) Ask them fun questions, how a normal day goes for them, etc. I think that would be cool :)

Q: Hi Saab! I have a friend who has the same camera as your old one (nex 5n) but I find the quality not as nice as your pictures before. Tanong ko lang kung may ina-adjust ka pa ba to enhance the quality or something? Thank you!
A: Nope, I just shoot on auto mode and adjust the color temperature on Adobe Lightroom for a nice cool effect. Recently though, I downloaded VSCO filters on Lightroom. Great for RAW files!

Q: I love seeing you and Jim together. Sana kasing cute and cool niyo din kami ng boyfriend ko. Gaano katagal nanligaw si Jim sayo? <3
A: Hindi ko alam because he never asked me to be hif girlfriend. LELZ. We just started hanging out a lot.

Q: Hello, do you think its unfair with what happened to mei bastes? or you believe she deserves it?
A: Why, what happened to her?

Q: Nakalagay sa August Gig Sched mo na you’ll be at Technological Institute of the Phil last Aug. 26 :'( Yun pala sa Technological “University” ka pupunta huhu di tuloy ako nakapunta :'(
A: Omg SORRY D:

Q: How do you control yourself from eating the food you really really like? and paano pag nag dadate kayo ni Jim? I’m a foodie and I just cant stop! haha I was inspired from your weight loss and It’s Just Hardddddd! Anyway I love you!
A: Don’t deprive yourself!! It’s all about portion control. And when it’s date night, walang basagan ng trip. Hahaha!!

Q: Hey Saab! What’s your/are your favorite chick flick/s?
A: Clueless, Heathers, Mean Girls

Q: I’m in a 4 year relationship. My boyf’s ex added him in fb last Jan. I accepted him but then my boyf deleted her because he knew I would just pick up an issue against their past. The ex added him again last week and my boyf canceled her request. Since it was my boyf’s bday yesterday, the ex sent him a private message for greetings. Fortunately, I was able to read it first. What is your take on this matter?
A: Why are you touching your boyfriend’s Facebook account? I’m married to Jim and when he leaves his Facebook or e-mail logged in, I automatically log it out. I think privacy is very important and you should stop snooping around. If you feel the need to snoop around, maybe you should just break up because that means you don’t trust him. So why stay together?:(

Q: How would you react to an “attention seeker ex” of your boyfriend? PS the boyfriend doesnt bother to mind her but the girlfriend makes it an issue.
A: Just think, “I’m sure glad I’m not in her shoes.” Tapos momol kami ng boyfriend ko. Haha. Girl, KEBS! May ganyan rin kay Jim. Ang malala, hindi niya ex. Naiirita ako pero since Jim shows me her weird papansin messages I remember how good I have it with him. Once in a while magsesend yung girl ng random message. Iniignore nalang namin. If no harm is done naman, wala namang stalker vibe na pinupuntahan kami sa bahay, thank goodness.. Wag niyo na pansinin. I think tumigil na rin yung crazy girl na in love kay Jim. Hope so.

Q: My boyfriend suddenly became so suspicious of me cheating on him kahit hindi naman just because he always sees me chatting. But the thing is I’m just talking with my friends and I already told him that, but he will just say ‘talaga?’ in a sarcastic way. It bothers me not because I’m guilty, but because nagiging cold sya sa kin and it seems that he doesn’t believe me. I make lambing naman sa kanya but kebs lang :( I don’t know what to do na :( any advise? Sorry ang drama :(

A: Talk to him about how you feel. Be honest, don’t turn it into a fight. Say, “hey, I need you to know that I feel bad whenever I’m chatting with my friends and you get suspicious of me.” Tell him he’s your one and only and that he’s being silly if he thinks otherwise. And if he gets mad at you while chatting just laugh it off and wag ka magpa-apekto. Kung wala ka naman talagang ginagawa, and he still fights with you about it even after you tell him you don’t deserve being treated that way, I think you could do better.

Q: Hi Saab! Are you still looking for interns? If you are, are you okay with having a week-long intern? :( I have a week of vacation before I start school abroad and I wanted to make good use of my time :)
A: Oooh! When?? E-mail me info@spellsaab.com :)

Q: Saab, can you share us your exercise routine? Do you workout from home? I work out from home but I am easily distracted so I always end up not finishing the planned workout. Any advise? Thanks! Youre like my cyber sister :p *I hope that doesnt freak you out*
A: Do it FIRST THING in the morning :) Get it out of the way and you won’t get distracted na. Hehe. I’m not freaked out!! 😚

Q: Hi Saab! I’m a huge huge fan from mindanao. :) Who is your favorite band as of the moment aside from Cheats :)
A: Sandwich

Q: Did you and Julius see each other at the AxeBlackFrank event? Did you get the chance to talk or say hi to each other?
A: No, I didn’t see him there. I saw him at the YoungStar prom and I said hello!

Q: Hi Saab, last year I wanted to join the Matrix Hair Challenge but was discouraged because my hair was keratin-treated and has (ombre) color pa. Buti you were allowed to donate even if you had your hair colored? -T
A: That’s why I colored it into a solid dark brown color before donating it :)

Q: Hello Saabae! Panuorin mo na ang movie o basahin muna ang book?
A: Book first

Q: Hi Saab! :) do you read books everyday? i so wanna be like you in everything hehe! Crazy but that is true! Xoxo
A: Sometimes TV series get in the way of my reading so it depends on my mood! Thank you :)

Q: How’d you feel if i name (saab) my baby after you? :)
A: That would be cool xx

Q: Any believable excuses to make it appear you dont want a child but in reality youre just barren? My dilemma right now :(
A: Oh wow, I don’t know what to say.. Sorry about that :( I wouldn’t know but maybe you should ask yourself why you feel the need to give an excuse? It’s nobody’s business.. Unless you are trying to have a baby with your partner, I think at least he should know the truth. God bless you.

Q: Are you a believer? do you/ did you accept Jesus in your life?
A: I never got that, “accepting Jesus in my life” I really don’t get what that means. I didn’t really have a choice as a baby being baptized and brought up Catholic. As an adult, I’ve read so many arguments about different religions. But I was brought up to believe in a miracle baby who saved us all. I pray to him (the grown man Jesus, not the baby haha remember Talladega nights?) every night before I sleep. Does that mean I accept him in my life? I’m confused because I feel like “do you accept Jesus in your life” is a Born Again Christian thing to ask. And I don’t even get why Christians are not the same as Catholics. Regardless, I pray to God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) every night.

Q: Hi Saab! Ever since u cut your hair, I noticed that u changed ur hair color. Where’d you have it done and what color? It suits you and I’m obsessed! 💜
A: THANK YOU! Got the hair cut and colored at Matrix Salon :)

Q: Why LELZ among other expressions? Just curious tho still love you and your blog ♥
A: It’s just SO jej, it’s perfect.

Q: hey! what’s the story behind your band’s name Cheats? or nasa FAQs na to, di lang ako marunong maghanap? HAHAHA. luhyuh! xx
A: Haha! It’s cos we all love video games

Q: “I’m Saab Magalona. Allow me to overshare about my life ♥” — change this na to Bacarro!!!
A: AY OO NGA one year na ano ba yan

Q: Who was the first person you told when you lost your virginity (aside from your then boyfriend)?
A: Virgin pa po ako. LELZ. I don’t remember.

Q: my friends and i want to produce gigs cos local indie and mainstream bands are the biggest loves of our lives. would cheats be willing to play in our prod for free? :)
A: E-mail cheatsph@gmail.com for inquiries! But if you valued bands then you would look for a way to pay for their services kahit konti hehe just saying :)

Q: how tita can you get?
A: Not as tita as Candy who always reaches in her bag for a bottle of White Flower. She’s 3 years younger than me!! Hahaha. Hanggang pamaypay lang naman ako sa bag..

Q: how would you feel if clara tells you that she already has a boyfriend? and would you want to meet the guy?
A: Of course but I’d already know he wasn’t good enough before meeting him. LOLOLOL #PsychoAte

Q: what would you tell girls who get pregnant at a very young age?
A: Don’t you wish we had sex ed in school?

Valentine Sumo Meals at Not-So-Sumo Prices!

Most people have this habit of relating Valentine’s Day to expensive dinner dates. I beg to differ! Ika nga ni mareng Jennifer Lopez: “love don’t cost a thing!” Also, Jim and I are a testament to a no-frills relationship. Sometimes, we like giving each other gifts but we know how to live within our means.

We are what you’d call “creatures of habit.” I am not kidding you when I say we have Japanese food on 90% of our dates. Haha! We can’t help it! WE LOVE JAPANESE FOOD.

Now, before you go thinking that Japanese food has to be over-the-top expensive to be good – think of Tokyo Tokyo

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This month, the #1 Japanese Restaurant Chain in the country, is launching their Valentine Sumo Meal. It’s good for two and it consists of Tokyo Tokyo’s best-selling products — 4-pc prawn tempura, 1-pc Best Chicken Teriyaki with mixed vegetables, unli-rice (music to my ears), and Red Iced Tea. To complete the meal, it also comes with a Valentine-inspired Snow Ice dessert.

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It’s basically a Valentine’s-inspired version of Tokyo Tokyo’s famous snow ice. It’s made with finely shaved vanilla ice topped with strawberry syrup, chocolate chips, heart candy toppers, and whipped cream. Perfect for sharing with your loved one!

For only PhP 409, you can now enjoy this complete meal for two. That’s only a little over Php 200 each!! Why not try something different and surprise your crush? Sharing the Valentine’s Sumo Meal during lunch break would be a nice little pit stop from another mundane day at the office.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to show your love! That’s why Tokyo Tokyo is serving this Sumo Meal special for the whole month of February! Stay in love!

♥,
Saab

Help Flying Ipis Get To SXSW!

Cheats just got home fresh from St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore. To say that it was an amazing experience is such an understatement. IT WAS THE BEST. Being the first Filipino band to ever get invited to play there is a career high for us and I want to thank everybody who’s supported us. We’ve got a lot more surprises planned out for 2016 and I can’t wait to tell you all about it once they’re finalized.

For now, I want to help our fellow Filipina musicians and LockedDown Entertainment sisters Flying Ipis get to Austin, Texas for the prestigious SXSW Music Festival!

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The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion. (via SXWS)

Flying Ipis is an all-girl garage punk band and they’re the 3rd Filipino act to play the festival:

This has been one of our band-dreams, to be able to participate, perform, and represent our country at the SXSW. So you can just imagine how THRILLED we were when we received our invitation letter from SXSW, to perform at their music festival this March 2016. :) Being an independent rock band from the Philippines (fellow artists would know!), we play out of pure passion with little financial returns; making travelling from Manila to the United States not easy on the bank account. That is why we are singing to your generous hearts of hearts that you help us fly to Texas, and support our little girl’s dream of performing at the SXSW! (via ArtisteConnect)

Thanks to IndieManila for spreading the word about three ways you can help these roaches fly to Texas!

The band needs to raise at least Php 400,000 to cover all the expenses for the said trip. We can be part of this wonderful journey and fulfill one of Flying Ipis’ band-dreams by being part of #TeamIpis and helping them out!

THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO HELP OUT!

  • Pledge via Text Message. Text FLYING IPIS to 2158-3668. You can contribute 20, 50, 100 & 200. Imagine if 1,000 of us will text Php20 each, that’s Php20,000 already!
  • Crowdfunding Pledge. Visit the FLIGHT OF THE ROACHES TO SXSW ArtisteConnect page and choose the amount you want to pledge. You can contribute from Php250 ($5.22) to Php20,000 ($418). Each amount will not only help the band but you can also get some premium Ipis items — from exclusive stickers, kacha bag, t-shirt, airplane tickets, and even a 30-minute private Flying Ipis gig!
  • Spread the word about it. Post this feature on your Facebook wall or Twitter feed and tag your friends that you know can help. Maybe a friend from the US, UK, or any parts of the world who believes in Filipino music or music in general and can support this cause!

Let’s do this!!

♥,
Saab

Win A Week’s Worth of Diet Diva Meals For You And Your Loved One

Today’s my wedding anniversary with Jim. Can you believe it?! It’s been one year since that beautiful day in Baguio where I agreed to share the rest of my life with him.

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Aside from the kilig and sheer happiness from watching our official same day edit video, I have to admit I was so shocked at how trim I looked. HAHAHA. Watching that part where we were exchanging vows tapos naka-side view ako, I was so distracted… PAYAT NG ARMS KO what the heck. Hahahahahaha. A big part of my healthier lifestyle is my Jim buddy (get it, gym buddy?) who keeps motivating and encouraging me to make exercise a part of my routine. I give him the occasional “UGH LEAVE ME ALONE” outbursts (which he doesn’t deserve at all, I’m sorry!!) but for the most part I am so grateful for his support.

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Another huge part of my fitness journey is Diet Diva and if you follow me on social media, you would know that because I post it as much as I can. Sometimes I forget to take a picture because I just wolf it down right away. I blogged how Diet Diva helped me slim down for my wedding day, if you’d like to check it out.

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As a treat for you guys, I am giving away a week’s worth of Diet Diva meals for you and a loved one. Initially my giveaway was only for married/engaged couples but some of you protested and, well, I heard you!

Here’s the deal:

This is for you and your Diet Diva buddy! It can be a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, partner, best friend, beshie weshie, mars, roomie, bro, mom, pop, whatever — just as long as that person is living under the same roof as you because whoever wins will get both sets of meals delivered to only one doorstep. Got it? Good!

What you have to do:

  • Upload a photo on Instagram showing you and your #DietDivaBuddy and how you help each other stay fit and healthy!
  • Make sure to include the hashtag #DietDivaDuo in your caption and tag @dietdivaph on the photo!
  • Please just post one entry per person!
  • Together with my friends from Diet Diva, we’ll choose a winner by the end of this week and you’ll get your meals from Feb 1-5.

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Optional:

If your partner is a guy who cannot live on 1,200 calories a day, he has the option to try out Diet Diva’s version for men who need about 1,800-2000 calories a day: Lean Machine. Finally, a diet delivery service for men! If you want to go for this option, please include the hashtag #DietDivaXLeanMachine in your caption!

Go post your photos, can’t wait to go through them!! Visit dietdiva.ph for more information on the metro’s multi-awarded and most trusted diet delivery service!

♥,
Saab