So we’ve got a new format for my book club this year. I’ll give away a book at the start of the month, and I’ll post a review on it the next month. After which, I give away another title! GAME? I’m thinking of also doing a TV club since I got a lot of responses about the TV shows I watched in 2014. Let’s discuss new shows, episodes that JUST aired and what we LOVED and HATED about it (LOL) and don’t you worry, I will give spoiler warnings if I must! Haha! The year’s first book for Spell Saab Book Club is Yes Please by Amy Poehler.
If you don’t know who Amy Poehler is then get out!! JK. Amy Poehler is one of the great graduates of Saturday Night Live, star of one of my favorite TV shows Parks & Recreation, and BFFs with my brain peg Tina Fey.
Had a lot of fun reading both their books, I gave away Fey’s book last year (or was it 2013?) and now I’m raffling off Amy Poehler’s! Woohoo, it’s your lucky day! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Will announce winners next Wednesday! Good luck :)
I used to always read about the restaurant and “Hollywood Hotspot” Nobu when I read gossip magazines or PerezHilton. Note the past tense because I haven’t been up to date in any gossip – Hollywood or otherwise. So when I found out we were dining at Nobu for my almost in-laws’ 34th wedding anniversary, I was surprised because I didn’t even know it was opening here. Need to be less self-absorbed and brush up on current events, Saab! Anyway, it was a great dinner before 2014 ended!
Nobu is named such after its head chef and founder Nobu Matsuhisa. He is well known for blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American ingredients.
Matsuhisa was made even more famous when his customer, actor Robert De Niro, was so impressed and offered to partner up with him. Apparently, he even had a small role in Martin Scorsese’s Casino and did some cameos in Austin Powers: Goldmember and Memoirs of a Geisha. Daming raket ni kuya!
It was a fab dinner and I’m glad to have been invited!
After dinner we went outside where it was so pretty and quiet.
On our way to a cabana, which was surrounded by water, Nunki got too excited and walked straight ankle-deep into the shallow pool. Brave girl, buti nalang she didn’t cry haha.
There we heard stories of tita Bing and tito Gerry’s love life. This made Nunki kind of force Jim to kiss my hand. She had to teach him how to do it too hahaha
Jim and the girls
Jim’s cousin works at Nobu and arranged a little tour for us! We got a little sneak peek at their beautiful hotel rooms.
Thank you SO much to Chelo for sending me these photos from her new camera woohoo!! I’d also like to thank Una, Ely and Eon Buendia for the pretty dress I wore that night. So flattered that you think I’m a size UK 6. Miraculously, it fits me. Hehehe.
Most of all, I’d like to thank The Bacarros for inviting me to dinner and for giving me the best gift of all: Jim. TEEHEE.
Nobu Hotel is located in City of Dreams Manila, Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Manila. +632 800 8080
Hey, whatever happened to just writing about my day? Let’s bring that back, shall we? I’ll treat this blog like my old blogspot and liverjournal. I need to keep these memz, noh? Memz is short for memories. Why did I say memz? Eh tinype ko rin yung explanation so sana memories nalang tinype ko. ANYWAY. I’m just in Jim’s place (soon-to-be ours) moved a couple of my stuff in and now I’m waiting for him to come back up from jogging. I would have joined him but my ankle’s still messed up from when I sprained it 2 Saturdays ago. I blame Makati for their elevated manhole covers. The 2 Makati guards who pretended not to have seen me trip and fall were a different type of holes.
Anyway, I’m just here in the second bedroom, in our “office” waiting for Jim to come back so we can play DOTA 2 again. OMG GUYS. I didn’t really make fun of DOTA players back in college, I just thought they were really intense. I play a lot of video games but I never thought I’d be into DOTA… But our 2 friends Ernest and Cholo have been raving about it and when they said it could be played on a MAC, I was sold. I just had to download Steam (just click the INSTALL STEAM button found on the upper right corner of the page) first. It only took a few seconds to download then I made an account and proceeded to download DOTA 2. It took about 4 hours to download 6.5GB. Now I’ve been playing for days and it’s SO MUCH FUN.
Note my Justin Bieber mousepad. Hindi ko pa siya na-let go.
Jim and I play together side by side and we connect with Ern and Cholo online. Haha. We are super NOOBS (that’s Internet slang for newbies omg how did you not know that??) so I do not recommend playing with us. Hahaha. So that’s what I’ve been up to among other things! Hahaha! Happy New Year!
This is a day late, but keep it cool this Christmas & New Year! Here are some outtakes from our pre-nuptial photo shoot by Mango Red <3 I personally had a wonderful 2014. This is the year I went to my dream country Japan for the very first time and got proposed to under the cherry blossom trees.
Next year is bound to be even better as I get to marry my best friend. I always poke fun at Jim and my mom tells me off but I explained that one of the reasons why our relationship works is because he is not afraid to let me look like I am the one who wears the pants in our relationship. I love a man who is secure with his role in a relationship. He knows for a fact that he is my lion tamer. I am very hard headed and I don’t like being told what to do but I just respect Jim so much and he makes me feel so loved that I end up saying sorry when I’m being a brat. On the other hand, he always teases me when we’re with our friends and I let him because that’s what you do when you’re in love with your best friend. If your best friend does not tease you, that person is most probably not your best friend. Also, Jim is my soup snake.
Before the year ends, let go of your pride and anger towards other people. If someone hurts you, don’t make yourself feel even worse by forever resenting that person. You’re only doing damage to yourself. I write this as a reminder for myself as well. Let’s all let go of the stupid stuff and just be generally kinder to one another!
Listen to our latest track, we released it last week as a Christmas gift to our followers! Our album comes out early next year. Woohoo! Thanks so much to our management LockedDown Entertainment & our producer Ely Buendia.
It takes a lot of guidance
When in shock from the silence
I didn’t know, I couldn’t see
There’s a life vest in my room
Guess the dust meant I was screwed
I didn’t know that I could sink
Slowly they leave
Slowly they’ll leave
But I’m not gonna beg for a second try
Cause I tried my best to turn you off
So she didn’t do this to me, It’s all me
It took a session with a ghost
For me to see
That I had everything I sought
So I’ll take this alone here now
In sleep, we don’t know
Who’s wrong, who has more
I had arguably the best bachelorette party ever. The only request I had was to forego a male stripper because it would just make me very uncomfortable. Not because I’m a prude who can’t poke fun at sexual things but because I know for a fact everybody is just going to laugh and go “yuck” at the stripper and kawawa naman, diba?!?
My friend Cholo made a very good point months ago when I brought this up. I said I really didn’t want anything wild and just wanted to relax with my girl friends. He said that the point of a bachelor/bachelorette party was to go really hard as a motherfff to the point that you will wake up the next morning being so OVER the whole wild phase and thanking your lucky stars for your betrothed. It made sense so I was already game for anything. Maxx, my maid of honor, told me to block off December 17 for the party and wear pink.
Lauren picked me up that night and we passed by for Candy. Wait, mag-kwento lang ako nang mabilis: the original plan was for me to pick up Candy and we’d go together. Candy called me up and asked, “Are you driving later? Because I need to blindfold you as soon as you pick me up.” HAHAHA. So tawang tawa ako kasi anong plano niya kung magddrive nga ako?! Haha! Buti nalang Lauren finished taping early so she could pick us both up :))
So there I was, blindfolded in the car, ready to have a good night of fun with my girls!
I’d never been blindfolded before and once I got out of the car, I was kind of freaking out. Hahaha. They allowed me to peek a little bit at the ground because I was walking so slow haha. Once we got to the elevator though, I was led straight to a room where Adrianne put a sash and headband on me before I took my blindfold off! Once I took it off, they all shouted BOO, YOU WHORE! and popped some confetti!!!
Sa sobrang career ni Maxx about the theme, it was held on a Wednesday because..
I think Martin was going for Janis Ian, DYKE. Hahaha! So I was given a tour to better appreciate the effort that went into throwing such a fabulous party.
Maxx borrowed our cute little chalkboard from our Antipolo home (see: Arkin and Clara’s names scribbled all over it! Cute!) to write down the night’s program
It pays to have a brilliant artist friend so she can make an amazing sign with only a day’s notice!!
Thank you so much, CJ!!!
Cara Mang and the balloons!
They got me a cake made out of frickin rainbows and smiles!!
A wall full of Mean Girls quotes!
They left me a sweet note on the mirror using lipstick (gusto niyo yung feel na feel ko yung sash and crown ko?!)
A tub of drinks!
Thank you so much, Maxx!!
You can’t sit with us!! Megan was sick (OR SO SHE SAYS haha umover sa BOO YOU WHORE na theme?!) so she couldn’t make it
The first part of the program was called AARON SAMUELS. They made it seem like they were bringing out a stripper from the 2nd room, we were all pretty stressed about it!! Nyko said, “since the Mean Girls had Aaron Samuels, we also have a boy for you tonight. He’s tall, white, handsome…” And then Lauren came out holding an Aaron Samuels poster!! Hahahaha! They put a bull’s eye on his thingy and Nyko gave us all pixelated pink penises (Japanese daw kaya pixelated haha).
They picked out 5 girls (including myself) to pin the penis on the poster
The closest pin to the bull’s eye would win and not have to take a shot of tequila.
My friend AJ won so the rest of us had to take shots haha
Lauren has a lot of selfies cos she was taking the photos using my camera. Kawawa naman kung wala siyang pictures diba?? Haha!
Thanks for coming guysss!!!
In classic Mean Girls fashion, we had to make out with hotdogs in order to cross out the next part of the program: “HOT” Body
I will not post any more photos from this game because they are not very flattering and the other girls will kill me hahaha. ANYWAY, I won the game haha. Basta pagkain, gowww!
Losers take shots!
My guests were truly an ARMY OF SKANKS because they really set out to get me drunk with the next game. We had a “POP quiz” where I had to pop condoms with questions inside.
They asked Jim all 15 questions and I had to give the same exact answer or else I’d have to take a shot. Otherwise, the rest of my guests would drink.
This game kind of killed me because ang hirap ng questions and grabe sila ka-sama!! For example, one question was Where did you meet? and I said ATENEO CAFETERIA. Can you believe they forced me to drink because Jim said ATENEO CAMPUS. Hahaha NAKAKAINIS. Lauren admitted to me that she was giving me double shots all along so yes of course I got VERY drunk but I don’t regret it because it was my bachelorette party and it was an amazing send off!!
My ate Unna is my Matron of Honor but couldn’t make it because she’s pregnant! She made me a BURN BOOK instead. A scrap book full of photos of my girl friends with messages beside each photo. SO SWEET!!!!!! I love it so much!!
The rest of the night was for dancing, eating, and laughing!!
Can’t remember what I was talking about but it sure looks like I confused the heck out of Candy hahaha
Nyko my love
Minnie Gone Wild!
Love you girls!!
Thanks again, Lo, for taking these photos!!
I know I’ll never have a bachelorette party again but girls’ nights out are something I definitely missed! Will be sure to make time for these guys even when I’m already married xxx
P.S. Maxx, Lauren, Iya, Marquis and I slept over. The next day when we were leaving, the bell boy carried the chalkboard across the street in Makati with a huge penis drawn on it. HAHA. It was too late when we realized it. Kakahiya but OH WELL. Ang saya!! I encourage you to have your own Mean Girls inspired party!:)
Hey guys, I’m happy to announce that my segment Sabi ni Saab (lol) is back for another season of Taste Buddies! Fun!! So I had my first taping day last Friday and one of the locations we checked out was Mrs. Graham’s on Sct. Rallos st. QC, a bakery that specializes in macarons!
It’s such a cute and cozy place, I tell ya!
Here’s what it looks like from outside. That’s our segment producer ate Em, standing in for me to check for blocking!
Mrs. Graham (that’s her actual married name, how perfect for a baker???) makes us look bad by being a baker and a crafty wife. Plus, she’s a regulation hottie who has a kid at 27. Hahaha. Na-pressure naman ako matuto magluto at maging mas crafty AND magka-anak. Charot. Look at these macaron hanging lamps she made from old electric fans!!!
Mrs. Graham’s has got a great sweets selection
They’ve also consigned other home-based bakers to sell their sweets at their shop! Like these cupcakes by Sweet Cheeks.
We featured their special Christmas edition macarons for the episode.
All around the store, you can find quirky items. They did a very good job of paying attention to detail.
Mrs. Graham’s is a supporter of small local arts and crafts companies so they have a corner dedicated to crafty products!
I’m obsessed with these comic wallets and pouches by Krafty Pirate!!!
Thank you so much to Chris and Anna Graham for letting us feature their bakery!
EAT: Gingerbread Reindeer Macaron BUY: Krafty Pirates wallet for P150 TRY: Chocolate Yema cupcakes from Sweet Cheeks
You can visit Mrs. Graham’s Bakery at 51C, Scout Rallos St., Barangay Laging Handa, QC.
If you want to see Sabi ni Saab on Taste Buddies, watch it every Saturday on GMA News TV (channel 11) at 8:45pm. Belle Daza changed networks and had to leave the show so Solenn Heussaff‘s newest Taste Buddy is the amazing Iya Villania! Please support the show and let us know if you have any restaurant you want us to feature. ;)
The popular Christmas song says it’s the season to be jolly. But what if the season comes with horrible traffic and empty wallets?! You can lessen the Christmas stress by making a list, checking it twice, and having your gifts all planned out before going out to get it. You’ve got to find a gift that can WOW your loved ones yet still be easy on your wallet. I’ve got just the suggestion for you!
When I think about it, the best gifts I’ve received are always either edible or personalized. This year, Toblerone puts those two factors together as they bring back their personalized packs for every person on your list! We’re all a little bit naughty & nice and we deserve a bit of chocolate if we’re going to sit through family gatherings with our titas poking us – both literally and figuratively – to ask about our love lives. Haha!!
There are 13 different messages and terms of endearment you can choose from! I call Jim my BUNNY (hehe) and I’ll definitely wow him with this personalized Toblerone pack! I’m giving it right after I post this haha! Here are examples of some of the not-so-typical Christmas greetings and fun designs Toblerone has to offer:
Hey Bestie, Wishing you more quality time with your friends (hint hint)
Hey Officemate, May your Christmas break remain uninterrupted by calls from the office.
Hey Mr. Workaholic, Let’s celebrate Christmas break by actually taking a break.
Hey Girl, I wish for you to stay fabulous through early morning masses and late-night parties.
For My Bro, ‘Tis the season to chill and be merry!
Hi Love, Wishing you unli-hugs this season
Of course if you have a special pet name for your loved one, you can have it personalized at any of the Toblerone mall hubs nationwide. That’s what I did for my bunny!
Here’s a list of malls with Toblerone gift hubs: Eastwood, Festival Mall, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Landmark Makati, Landmark Trinoma, PPCI Fairview Terraces, PPCI Mojito, Robinsons Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Las Piñas, Robinsons Metroeast, SM BF Homes, SM Bicutan, SM Cubao, SM Fairview, SM Harrison Plaza, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Megamall, SM MOA, SM North Edsa, SM Novaliches, SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Taytay, Trinoma, Waltermart Makati and Waltermart North Edsa
You can get them in the 100g packs in five of Toblerone’s yummy flavors: milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, crunchy almonds, and snowtop) and in the 200g and 400g packs in milk chocolate. The classic milk chocolate has always been my personal fave.
You can get these special Toblerone packs from supermarkets and Gift Hubs found in malls nationwide, and from select 7-11 stores. You should go to the Gift Hubs found in many malls. Put your loved one’s special name on a special Toblerone for a special wow gift. You can do it this weekend at Bonifacio High Street when you visit the special Toblerone Gift Hub that’ll be there to personalize your Christmas gifts!
You can also join the Toblerone Witty Messages promo to get a chance to win special gift packs! Every week until December 18, Toblerone Pilipinas will feature a Toblerone character on their Facebook and Twitter (@Toblerone_PH) accounts. Just publicly share the character together with your very own witty message to your loved one! Five winners are chosen every week and announced every Friday.
Who will you WOW this festive season with Toblerone?:)
I LOVE TELEVISION. I get so invested in my TV series that I can’t just watch something and stop watching it altogether. So here are the TV series I watched this year split into three categories. Don’t worry, I tried not to give any spoilers. Hahaha!
This category is for TV shows that are so good, I have to watch them with Jim (and vice versa) or we’ll get pissed off if one of us watches it without the other. Haha. It’s nothing crazy, we just like to discuss our shows, ok?!?
Game of Thrones Season 4 - UGH. GO ARYA.
MasterChef Season 5 - We are big fans of the show and this season I was rooting for Leslie and Elizabeth, while Jim had a huge crush on Courtney. I was so annoyed by Courtney and how cocky she was from the very start.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 - We’re so late in the game but OMG we’re not ashamed to say we both love this show hahaha. You love and hate the characters and this season, Meredith seems to be extra lovable.
Modern Family Season 6 - Still love this family.
Orange is The New Black Season 2 - Season 3 please come sooner.
Parks & Recreation Season 6 - I can’t believe the next season will be the last one!!! I will miss you so much, Leslie Knope!
Silicon Valley - This was a really good show! Can’t wait for more! It’s about a group of nerds trying to make the next big thing in the world of apps and technology haha.
Mad Men Season 7 - Rooting for Peggy and I’m so sad because I love Meagan Draper.
Stuff I watch and keep in the background while I’m surfing the web, washing the dishes, etc. It’s mostly girly stuff I can watch without Jim haha. I’ve tried to force these shows on my other girl friends just so I have other people to talk to about it haha.
Downton Abbey Season 5 – This show continues to fascinate me with their first world problems. Hehe.
The Mindy Project Season 2 – OMG I just found out that season 3 is out WTF. Hahaha will start watching it now. Season 2 was so much funnier that the first season and I’m so happy because I love Mindy Kaling!
How To Get Away With Murder – Another Shonda Rhimes hit. It’s not as exciting as Scandal but it sure kept me guessing! Viola Davis stars as a law school professor with very attractive students hahaha.
Jane The Virgin – I reaaaaally liked this show! It’s about a virgin who gets artificially inseminated by accident. So funny and I like that it doesn’t try so hard. Jane also reminds me of my grade school seat mate. I wonder where she is now.
Marry Me – When Happy Endings got canceled, it broke my heart. Funny girl Penny Hartz (Casey Wilson) married Happy Endings creator David Caspe and went off to star in his new show about a new marriage. K lang siya. I only like the lead characters, everybody else seems so fake. I’ve only watched `til the 3rd episode though. Maybe it gets better?
Revenge Season 4 - Emily’s face is so peg-able. And I’m still super in love with Daniel! What the heck is happening with this series?? I love everybody and don’t want anyone to take the fall for all of their shit. Go Victoria Grayson!
Scandal Season 4 - I am so into this show hahaha. Ang ganda ganda mo, Olivia Pope!!
Pretty Little Liars Season 5 – OMG, Mona!!
Devious Maids Season 2 – Hahaha I watched Season 1 and 2 this year and I got hooked. Created by Marc Cherry and produced by Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives so it’s got a lot of those elements that made DH really fun to watch.
Mistresses Season 2 – I watched the first two seasons of this and I’m not sure I’d still watch the next seasons. I’m just mesmerized by that Asian girl who played Sun in my favorite TV show LOST.
Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons – Can’t stay away from these girls.
WHAT I MISSED
The Leftovers - From Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. Need to watch this HBO show.
Penny Dreadful – Is this any good? I just know Josh Hartnett and Eva Green are in it.
Gotham – I need to get on this!!! Jim Gordon tries to figure out who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents.
A to Z – They say this romantic comedy is really good. It stars the mother from How I Met Your Mother, Christin Milloti. No idea what it’s about.
Black-ish – This has gotten good reviews and has been likened to Modern Family.
True Detective – I know. I know.
Orphan Black – I’m intrigued.
What did you watch this year? I feel like I’m missing some shows!
As some of you may already know, my boyfriend fiancé has one of the coolest jobs as Marketing Head of JB Music. That means he gets to be around musicians and instruments all the time. He does an exceptionally great job at it because he’s marketing something he actually loves: MUSIC. It makes me so happy when he’s happy!
So when JB Music decided to throw a huge party to celebrate their 40 years in the industry, I was one of the first people unofficially invited thanks to Jim! JB Music celebrated by honoring 40 of the music industry’s most influential because they believe they wouldn’t even exist without the Filipino musikero. I was then officially invited when I found out that my dad was part of the list and I was to accept his award.
The event was held at Valkyrie, The Palace. It was, of course, my first time there because I don’t go clubbing haha! It was a REALLY beautiful space!
My handsome hubba hubba hubby-to-be hehe
At the start of the night, they awarded their top dealers!
Then they went on to award the 40 Most Influential in batches of 10. One of the awardees performed from each batch and the first one to grace the stage was Ebe Dancel!
Our table buddies – Ely Buendia, his brother, and his manager Day Cabuhat
Next up was The Dawn and they gratuitously performed Salamat for all of us!
It was nice seeing Erica dela Cruz of Sony Philippines, Raymund Marasigan, and Rico Blanco
My date for the night since Jim had to run around to make sure everything was going well.
And then I had to do some fan girl moments just because.
The last 2 photos were taken after I had some scotch, I remember telling Mark Escueta, “I looove Jolina!! Pls tell her I love her!!” Hahahahahahaha kakahiya
Congratulations to JB Music on a very successful party!
I tried on Erica’s Sony jacket because it’s super cool. It took a million tries to achieve a fashion blogger pose hahaha
We SUPER wanted to eat the sliders
But Candy advised us to eat only the meat and leave the bread behind so we wouldn’t be so guilty. That’s exactly what we did.
Thank you so much for an amazing night, JB Music!! Rayms and I had so much fun that we ended up exchanging each other’s awards to take home (I accepted my dad’s award on his behalf). Haha! Okay lang, sabi namin friends forever naman kami.
Here’s what Jim said when I asked what JB Music has planned for the coming year:
We plan on having a stronger connection with our customers. Recently, we’ve had more customer interaction with our online community. Next year, we plan on launching our official JB Music Youtube channel for content and interaction. At the same time, our website will be renovated and will allow customers to order and have items delivered straight to their homes.