Ask Saab 18

Cheats gig at Madfest, February 2015 / Photo Mimi Morada
Cheats gig at Madfest, February 2015 / Photo Mimi Morada

Q: Do you play any musical instruments? :)
A: I took drum lessons when I was 17 under Yamaha. I like to think I’m a fucking amazing drummer. But I can’t lie. I’m not. HAHA. When I finally get myself virtual drums and start practising everyday I bet I’d be great through. I’m a natural because I used to drum on my lap during my dad’s recordings when I was around 4 years old and my thighs would turn red. I really want a drum kit but no place to keep it. :(

Q: What’s your fave lippie for red, nude, and pink?
A: As of the moment: MAC Chili for red, Too Faced Melted Nude or MAC Yash for nude, no pink right now.. I haven’t used pink in a really long time. But I like LA Splash’s Lip Couture in Forbidden. Also MAC Girl About Town.

Q: Hi Saab! What camera do you use?
A: Sony NEX 5N but I am getting an upgrade soon :)

Q: Hi! I read your post abt Too Faced Lipstick. I think you can find it at www.facebook.com/mupstore and in their store in QC. Hope that helps! :)
A: Thanks :)

Q: Anong advice mo sa mga victim ng bullying?
A: Talk to your parents, teachers, or another adult that you trust. Never retaliate. Just inhale, exhale, and go on with your life. You’re probably living a more interesting life than the bully that’s why he/she is obsessed with you. LOL. Here’s more literature on the topic: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/dealing-with-bullying.htm

Q: Hiii Saab!!! Can you share naman lovestory nyo ni Jim para kiligin kami. Hehe
A: Hahahaha okay maybe I’ll do that someday :))))

Q: First of all, I love your blog and how laid back you are!!! Anyway, how do you maintain your flawless skin? Can you share some of skincare tips?
A: Thank you!! I only started taking care of my skin recently. I use Kiehl’s products for moisturizing and toning. I can’t say it enough: always wash your face before going to bed!:) Make sure to remove your makeup thoroughly!

Q: Hi Ate Saab! You’re my fav blogger! :) More travel posts/blogs soon please ♥
A: Okay!!

Q: Hi Ate! Pwede ka ba magpost ng vid or photos about what’s inside your bag? or your room? :) Please thank you!
A: Okay will write that on my to-do list!

Q: best young adult book?
A: OMG. Hirap naman. Hmmm.. I think Looking For Alaska by John Green is a really good read for young adults.

Q: Hey Saab! Whats your skin and hair routine?
A: At night I remove my makeup, use toner to make sure it’s really clean, put midnight recovery concentrate from Kiehl’s all over my face and neck. When I wake up, I wash my face again and put moisturizer and sunscreen on my face. For my hair, I just use shampoo and conditioner!:)

Q: Hi Saab, what degree did you take up in college? :)
A: BFA Creative Writing :)

Q: Hi Saab, how did you get over your first love? Me and my boyfriend of 3.5 years broke up and I feel so lost.
A: Oh dear.. I’m so sorry you feel this way. I ended up eventually talking to my first love from time to time when things blew over and we weren’t angry at each other anymore. There was some flirting in between relationships but overall we kept our conversations short and appropriate. The thing is, I’m really lucky my first love was a very decent person. He was not the best boyfriend as I was not the best girlfriend either. He and I kind of grew up together because we fell in love at 17 when we were only discovering ourselves and what we wanted to be. We tried to date again after a while but we both agreed it was totally weird – like dating your sibling. There is absolutely no hurt between us and he is still in my life. Of course not everyone is as lucky and I can’t really tell you how to get over your first love because it will be different for everyone. But I will say, you need to retract some of that love you have for him and give it to yourself for now. Don’t do anything drastic, it will be worth it when you look back at it and only remember the good memories.

Q: who’s older? unna or chelo? tnx
A: My ate Unna is turning 32 next month. Jim’s little sister Chelo is turning 26 in July.

Q: may haters ka din ba?
A: Parang wala naman. Haha.

Q: hi saab where do you usually buy clothes i mean which brand?
A: Topshop, mostly. I like the size and quality!

Q: Hi Saab! When’s your next video of “Our Online Thing” with Lauren? I SO LOVE YOU HUUU
A: Hahaha ewan ko na!!

Q: hi! I love Cheats! My genre is Indie too. Just wanna know where can I download your songs?
A: You may download them for free over at Amplify.ph :)

Q: How tall Arkin na???/ hihi
A: He is maybe an inch taller than me :( Probably 5’4″ and he is 11 years younger than me D:

Q: Aware ka ba na madaming nagsuicide sa states kasi na-cyberbullying sila sa ask.fm? Ages 12-16. Na bully ka ba dati?
A: Hi! Yes, I got bullied a lot on my question box (way before ask.fm existed) but I didn’t let it affect me too much. These anonymous forums are not for everyone. It’s sad that people use it to torture others.

UT. You Talk.

The Uniqlo T-shirt brand (UT) was launched back in 2003 and has since been assembling a wide range of content from pop culture. You can choose to wear different t-shirts about art, music, movies, anime, and so much more for the sake of free self-expression.

I’ll be supporting the campaign by posting a photo of myself on Instagram (@saabmagalona) wearing one of the UT shirts every week until June

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I urge you to join the conversation as well because your photo could end up on the biggest Instagram feed on EDSA!!

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Here are the full mechanics:

  • Upload a photo of you wearing a Uniqlo Graphic T-shirt
  • Give your photo a UT statement that perfectly represents you
    • UT statements are as follows:
      • one with yoUTh
      • support trUTh
      • be aUThentic
      • be the fUTure
      • see beaUTy
      • have gUTs
      • be the revolUTion
  • Use hashtag #UTYouTalk and tag Uniqlo’s social media account
    • Twitter @uniqloph
    • Facebook /uniqlo.ph
    • Instagram @uniqlophofficial
  • You may upload as many photos as you like
  • Uploaded photos will be saved in an album in Uniqlo’s Facebook page
  • Uniqlo will select photos from the album that will appear in the LED billboard until June 5, 2015
  • Posting rules:
    • At least one UT shirt must be included and no other brands should be mentioned
    • T-shirt should be visibly seen
    • No advertisement and selling allowed via pictures, logos, captions, and texts
    • No nudity, vulgar statements, or anything that may be construed as offensive to the general public
  • By posting and tagging Uniqlo, and using the official hashtag #UTYouTalk, you are giving Uniqlo royalty-free license to use the photo on or in connection with Uniqlo Graphic T-shirt campaign materials.

Start posting your photos and please tag me because I’d love to see them!!!

♥,
Saab

Ask Saab 17

Cheats at Satchmi Vinyl Day / Photo by Bel Certeza of Indie Manila
Cheats at Satchmi Vinyl Day / Photo by Bel Certeza of Indie Manila

I haven’t done ASK SAAB in months so there is quite a LOT of backlog. Hope you don’t mind waiting a while for answers to your questions!! Love you guys!

Q: Hello, I saw your post about the Rouge Dior shade 539 “Trafalgar”, and i really wanted to know where you bought it?
A: Hello there! Dior sent it to me as a gift but I’m pretty sure you can get it from Rustan’s :)

Q: Hi Saab, may braces ka pa din ba hanggang ngayon? :)
A: No, I haven’t finished my Invisalign because I keep taking it out and I haven’t worn it in months huhuhuhhu

Q: What are your income resources? And how do you save your money? Any tips? Gustong gusto ko talaga pagiging baklang babae mo. I love you it hurts.
A: HAHAHAHA. My income resources? I’m not so comfortable talking about money. I’m no expert either so I’m not the right person to ask. I’m only just learning with the help of Jim who’s more business- and money-savvy! I’ll try to blog about what I’ve learned so far. Thanks for the idea!

Q: HI Ate Saab! I want to start a blog but i’m not that rich kid, and I don’t have a cool camera. How to have a cool blog without those? Hihi help? :)
A: Hi there! I believe in the saying “Nasa Indian yan, wala sa pana” meaning you don’t need an expensive SLR to be a good photographer! I’ve had the same camera for years now. I don’t think I’m a pro but I believe I have an eye for nice photos! You can use your phone to take photos, it’s best to take photos in daylight! Also, you can have a cool blog by reading other blogs for ideas and inspiration. You don’t necessarily need a lot of pictures for a “cool blog” hehe. You can use websites like Canva.com to create nice headers for a text-based blog post just for visual stimulation :)

Q: Hi saab! What laptop do you use? Need to replace my lappy. Nag crash ung macpro ko eh. :(
A: Hi! I’m using a Macbook Pro! I just bought it a few months ago!

Q: Im redirecting my question here! :) Can i se e a photo of you and your kilikili? :)) I’m a fan since your emo days. haha
A: Hahaha thank you but stop being a creep :)))

Q: What’s the one thing you must do in Singapore when visiting?
A: Walk a lot around the city and take photos. If you’ve never been, I really do suggest Universal Studios. I always have fun there!! Ride The Mummy and Battlestar Galactica :)

Q: What if your boyfriend cheated on you? But he didn’t even admit it even if its true. Do you think its better to leave than to continue it?
A: How can you tell if it’s true or not? Well, to be honest, if I had even a 5% feeling that my boyfriend was cheating on me I would leave him. There’s no point staying with somebody you don’t trust completely. Don’t you agree?

Q: What do you miss most about your dad?
A: I miss his laugh. He had the best genuine laugh.

Q: Saab, why kaya nag break si megan young at niko salva? just asking hahaha
A: Ang luma! Next!

Q: I’ve been in a same sex rel for 3 years now, she’s almost perfect except for the fact that she’s a she. i don’t know how to break up..
A: Why break up?!?!?! Are you in love? Then who cares if she’s a she?

Q: Curious lang ako, kapatid ba ni Jim si nunki? Ang cute niya eh! Hehe. Been reading your blog since emily/incugirl days. Hehe. Keep it up!
A: Yes!

Q: BORACAY OR EL NIDO?
A: I’ve never been to El Nido but I’m dying to go some time soon!

Q: Hi Ate Saab. I just wanna know what camera/phone you’re using on your shots? Thanks <3
A: Sony NEX 5N :)

Q: Can I meet you in person? please?? :((
A: Come to Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre this Saturday afternoon. I’ll be there with the rest of Mirage Team Saab! Btw, pls vote for me. Hahaha http://newmirage.ph

Q: Sino po yung pinaka close mo sa mga best friends mo?
A: Oh em. Hahaha. Excluding Jim and Maxx, I think it would have to be Candy.

Q: What are the top 5 books that have stayed in your heart?
A: Off the top of my head: Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant, Dr. Seuss’ I Wish That I Had Duck Feet, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah, Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden

Q: Hi Saab! :) I really love your photos, Are you using filter in taking those photos or you’re using any photo editor software? Thank You :)
A: Hi! I just use Adobe Lightroom to adjust the temperature, that’s it :) You can use other software for that but since my laptop came equipped with Lightroom, I like using it.

Q: Do you have plans to release an album of Cheats? Will be it release on a major label or to an indie label? What will be the format cd or vinyl?
A: Hi! It will be an indie release under LockedDown Entertainment. Should be out by June or July :) We can’t afford to get it pressed on vinyl so it will be in a CD format. Although our song Accidents is on Jam88.3’s Fresh Filter Volume 1 record coming out this month.

Q: Hi Saab! What do you call Jim? Do you have terms of endearment for each other? :)
A: I call him bunny he calls me belly

Q: What kind of couple are you? Clingy ones? Laging nagbibigay ng gift? :) kwento ka naman about you and Jim
A: Not clingy hehe. We’re a stay-at-home couple. We’ve been told time and time again that we have to go on dates outside of our condo so we drag ourselves outside haha but naturally we both like to marathon-watch TV series and movies. And we play DOTA a lot hahaha. Plus we’re in a band together so we’re always making music. Jim likes to tell me I’m beautiful, I like to drive wherever he is to give him food. We’ve got different love languages but we’ve been making it work hehe

If you have any questions, you may ask by typing on the ASK SAAB box on the right side of the page. Take note there’s a character limit!

♥,
Saab

Music Club: Yuck – Get Away

I had the highest expectations for London-based band Yuck when they first came out. They had an amazing sound, style, and they were all very talented. Today I learned that 2 of the band’s members, including their old singer Daniel Blumberg, were part of the band Cajun Dance Party. What the heck, I had no idea. I LOVED their song Amylase back in college! HAHAHA.

ANYWAY. I don’t listen to Yuck as much as I did back when Daniel was still their singer. I even watched them live with Jim at Laneway Festival in Singapore. God, were they cool. I’m so happy we got to watch them before the original singer left.

Daniel Blumberg, former frontman for Yuck / Photo from Laneway Festival website
Daniel Blumberg, former frontman for Yuck / Photo from Laneway Festival website

I read his interview with The Guardian back in 2013 and man is this guy an over-thinker. On why he left Yuck:

“I was so sick of everything after Yuck. We made this record, and the other guys did interviews towards the end, but I felt like it was just sapping my soul away. When you’re just sitting in a van for the whole day and you speak to someone on the phone about an album you made eight months ago that you have no connection with, it feels ridiculous and horrible. It’s a privilege for someone to be interested in your music and to have this opportunity, but it became the opposite of that.”

On his old record label Fat Possum:

“They were saying ‘we need to get the second album out so we can sell this many records’, which is the opposite of what I want to hear. It’s not an environment I wanted to make music in. So I didn’t make music.”

When asked about his new project Hebronix:

“I don’t even know what project means. I just made a record. A project to me sounds like product, and in the past, the stuff that I’ve done, when it feels like a product I’ve changed the name. To make music purely to sell doesn’t make sense. I find it really destructive. I’m quite allergic to that scenario.”

Whatever keeps you writing, man. I bought their first record as Yuck and it’s stayed with me all these years. I love their songs. Get Away is a perfect summer song. Listen to it here.

Art by CJ De Silva-Ong
Art by CJ De Silva-Ong

Both Hebronix and Yuck haven’t released anything new since 2013 and 2014 respectively.

♥,
Saab

Battle Of The Bars

JB Music has been the musician’s go-to place for the best musical instruments for 40 years. My brilliant husband is the marketing manager of the company and together with his team, they’ve come up with an amazing series of events to honor the unsung heroes that have helped sustain the local music scene.

Picture a dimly-lit place right by the side of the road, noisy people with intoxicated smiles spilling out the gate, bathroom door tightly shut to prevent the strong smell of urine from escaping — sounds a little disgusting but this is my favorite scene. You’ll forget about the dirty tables and unstable chairs when said scene is scored by rock n roll. These places are where I met a lot of my good friends. I love these local rock bars.

Photo by Jam Velarde
Photo by Jam Velarde

JB Music wants to thank these venues by doing what they do best: providing the best musical and audio gear for the best stage possible. There are 5 participating bars competing for the best production night. Each bar needs to come up with the loudest and biggest JB Music night utilizing its own strengths in a no holds barred competition as they put up the best show on their given night.

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MAY 8 – BLACK KINGS BAR

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MAY 15 – SAGUIJO

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MAY 16 – B-SIDE

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MAY 22 – ROUTE 196

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MAY 23 – TOMATO KICK (MORATO)

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This is such a treat for my fellow music lovers. I am SOOOO going to all the gigs. I went to the one in BKB last Friday and it was packed. I’m preparing myself for the upcoming ones!! The winning bar will be chosen through a set of criteria composed of social media voting, a special panel of judges and final voting at the finale. The grand prize will be a brand new band and audio set-up from JB Music’s top brands Laney, Ludwig, Zildjan, QSC and Hercules.

This is extra special to me because as part of a band that regularly plays in these venues, I’m looking forward to an upgraded sound system for the winning bar!! While there will be only one winner, all competing bars have automatically taken home a brand new guitar amplifier to jumpstart their gear upgrade. So happy, guys. Sayang hindi pwede tumugtog ang Cheats kasi conflict of interest. Hahaha. But this is such a great idea, I’m so proud of JB Music ♥

For more information, visit jbmusic.com.ph.

♥,
Saab

Our Living Room Changes Everyday

A small space is no excuse for a messy room. I would say our 2-bedroom condo is perfect for a newlywed couple like us! But I admit, it does get challenging at times to find a place for everything. We both love clean, spacious surroundings and, very much like the characters on The Sims, our mood lowers when we come home to a messy room. Jim came home to a messy room the other day.

I got a call from reception that Mandaue Foam had arrived! I previously got a 3-seater lazy boy couch and a dining table from them. Now, our TV console and window seat have arrived! I set out to clear our makeshift TV console, an old shelf that was way too high and exposed too much stuff.

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So the mess I made was not for nothing hehe. Jim got excited too so we quickly emptied the shelf. It wasn’t easy with all those cables and wires and books.

It got messier, I tell ya
It got messier, I tell ya
The delivery men couldn't help but watch the playoffs on our TV while unpacking haha
The delivery men couldn’t help but watch the playoffs on our TV while unpacking haha

I had a TV console and window seat custom-made according to the size of the space, which is something you can do with Mandaue Foam. How considerate, I love it! I made sure the window seat, which doubles as a dining table bench, would also be able to house our vinyl records and some other items. I am a firm believer of functional furniture!

OMG so much storage!!
OMG so much storage!!

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I have always dreamed of having my own window seat, a perfect place to read my books! I can’t explain how thrilled I am to finally have one.

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The TV console was beautifully made and followed all my specifics to a T! I gave measurements to ensure our subwoofer would fit in the corner, our amp, record player and speakers would fit on top, and our modem, MyCloud, Digibox, and PS4 would all fit perfectly inside the cubby holes.

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Now I want to show you all the configurations of our living room! It’s so easy to change, it takes only a minute to make any changes. Not everybody knows it but one of my favorite things to do is move furniture around. When I lived alone I used to change the layout of my condo like every 2 weeks hahaha. I’m not kidding, I would carry the bed, couch and desk on my own. It was quite the workout! I see it like a puzzle and I LOVE solving puzzles.

CONFIG 1: THA YOOSH

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This is the usual set up at home. I have my little nook where I usually work on my laptop when I don’t feel like using the desktop in our home office (a.k.a. the second bedroom which totally also needs a makeover). Our couch was originally 3 lazy boys with 2 in-between cup holders and secret compartment (for remote controls, etc). We sent one lazy boy and one in-between thingy home to Jim’s house for storage because we don’t have space for a couch that big right now. So our usual set up consists of 2 lazy boy seats and an in-between cup holder. We’re movie lovers and this is our black hole right here. We can stay in these seats forever. It’s nice to have a little space between us but sometimes we crawl into each other’s seats and make siksik into each other’s kilikili. Hold up, did I just say make siksik? Yup, I’m in love and annoying.

CONFIG 2: SPACIOUS YOOSH

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Not much of a difference but it looks a lot more spacious when we take out the cup holders between the lazy boy seats and put it in either the home office or maid’s room. Don’t worry, we have no stay-in maid. We don’t cramp her space with unnecessary cup holders. In fact, our maid’s room has been our storage room a.k.a. tambakan for so long. Everything was just on the floor, it was such a downer. UNTIL WE MOVED OUR OLD MAKESHIFT TV CONSOLE (see: first picture in this blog post) INTO IT. Now we can actually walk on the floor. Yay!

CONFIG 3: SUPER SPACIOUS LIKE WHAT THE HECK DO YOU NEED ALL THAT SPACE FOR

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This one is so nice and gives me good vibes. Perfect for when we exercise in front of the TV. Been meaning to get a rug. I just got traumatized a bit because Joey used to keep peeing on my rug when she was younger. I don’t want to get an expensive rug just so our place can smell like pee. Hahaha. She also likes peeing on our bathroom rugs so it’s a rule in our home to always keep the bathroom doors shut. Don’t get me wrong, she’s perfectly trained to pee on her designated pee pad, she never pees on the floor. Rugs just literally piss her off. Lelz.

CONFIG 4: ENTERTAINING

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Joey approves
Joey approves

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This one’s for when we have people over. We keep the couch small, and open up the dining room into its full potential. Ugh. I know, right? I have an awesome dining table. It’s also got 3 drawers on each side. SO FUNCTIONAL – I LOVE!!!

I just need a rug (maybe), some stuff to hide the cables near the TV, a couple of cute throw pillows for my window seat and more art on the walls but overall I am so in love with our living room. My next project is a floor to ceiling book shelf and desk for our home office! SO EXCITED! I am loving this Mandaue Foam lifestyle hehe.

Visit mandauefoam.ph for more ideas! Better yet, check out their showrooms. My favorite one is their Cainta branch :)

♥,
Saab

Make Your Own Havaianas. Or Let Me Do It.

Last Tuesday I went to the launch of Make Your Own Havaianas 2015! It’s been 10 years since they held the first one here in the Philippines. My family (mostly mom) has been going since it started and we can’t believe it’s been a decade!!!

#TBT OMG HAHAHAHA

MYOH 2010 (OMG LOOK AT BARQ AND CLAR)
MYOH 2010 (OMG LOOK AT BARQ AND CLAR)
MYOH 2012 (I think?)
MYOH 2012 (I think?)
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MYOH 2014

I’m so ready for #MYOH2015

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The launch was held at Glorietta 2 Activity Center and it was so packed!

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I personally like SLIM better than TOP :)

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Met up with some fraaandzz!

With Yassi, Vic, Lauren, and Janna
With Yassi, Vic, Lauren, and Janna
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Janna says “hats off to Havaianas”
They were giving out metallic temporary tattoos
They were giving out metallic temporary tattoos and Yassi was much obliged!
Also spotted the very pretty Jessica Yang
Also spotted the very pretty bunny model Jessica Yang
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Hello, fam xx

Look at all the super cute pins!! Perfect for summer!♥

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Thumbs up (or down hehe)
Thumbs up (or down hehe)

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Here’s my own pair yayyyy

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Of course I got a burger and hotdog. What were you expecting?

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Thanks to Havaianas for giving me a personalized pin with my initials. SMB could also stand for beer so at least may panulak yung junk food ko LELZ

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I’ll be at #MYOH2015 tomorrow from 5-6pm with Maxx and Elmo to help you assemble your own pairs!! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

For more details about #MYOH2015, visit myoh.havaianasphilippines.com :)

♥,
Saab

BOOK CLUB: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

HI GUYS!!!!! Spell Saab Book Club is back!!! This time I want to take it to another level. I’m giving away a book and scheduling an online interactive book club via Google Hangouts! Basically we’ll virtually meet and discuss the book LIVE!! I’m so excited!! Let’s make this happen!!

This month’s book giveaway is The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

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Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone GirlThe Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

I devoured this book in 2 days (would have finished faster if I didn’t have other things to do haha) so I guess it’s safe to say it’s a really exciting read. It’s written in different points of views from 3 characters. I think you guys will really enjoy this too so here’s a chance to win a copy from my favorite book store, Fully Booked!

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I’m raffling off 3 copies and picking a winner next week. Feel free to grab your own copy so you can join our book club! I’m scheduling it on June 4, Thursday at 7-9PM. I’ve never done anything like this before so I hope it’s a success. All you need are the following: a good internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone. I’m still trying to figure out Google Hangouts but I guess if you’ve got a Google account, you’re good! Make sure to follow me on Google Plus! If you’re interested in joining, please leave a comment below!!:)

UPDATE: REGISTER FOR THE BOOK CLUB HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/iXyM96NCjA

♥,
Saab

Music Club: Tennis – Marathon

Sorry for skipping a week (or two?) of Music Club!! I’m still doing all my favorite summer-perfect songs. It is so hot I am melting as I type this. This one is an oldie but goodie. Part of Tennis’ debut album Cape Dory back in 2011, Marathon remains to be my favorite song of theirs. Tennis is a band close to my heart because aside from the fact that they make very good songs, they are a husband-wife duo too! Peg! Hehehe.

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Listen to Tennis’ Marathon

My favorite line:

Art by CJ De Silva-Ong
Art by CJ De Silva-Ong

CJ De Silva- Ong is making my music club lyric art for the rest of the month YAY! I really really love this song haha. Their whole Cape Dory album was inspired by and created after their 8-month sailing expedition, how cool is that? I want to go sailing with Jim too. Hehehe. Well, we’ve got Palawan and Batanes trips coming up so we can make songs while we’re there!!:) SO EXCITED!!

♥,
Saab

TALIBORDAY

For the younger crowd “Labor Day” is synonymous to a weekend partying it up in Boracay. On the contrary, Labor Day is a public holiday that celebrates workers and their rights. It remembers back in 1913 when 36 worker’s unions got together to protest their long unethical work hours (12 hours+ a day). Now, laborers usually only work a maximum of 8 hours daily but many still struggle for a better work environment. I’ve got nothing but props for the workers who stage demonstrations during Labor Day to call attention to their grievances. Still, it’s common practice for most of the working force to just take the day off and relax. Admittedly, I am part of that working force.

My friends and I went on a quick overnight trip to Tali, Batangas for Labor Day. Of course I had the brilliantly waley idea of calling it TALIBORDAY (Tali + Labor Day) as opposed to the usual LABORACAY (Labor Day + Boracay). It was a beautiful day of eating, swimming, and eating some more.

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Tina, Maxx’s college best friend, was gracious enough to host us at her family’s beach house. She also brought her 4-year-old son Elian along and everybody fell in love.

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Maxx and Elian
Elian enjoying his cheddar jalapeño Cheetos. He LOVES the stuff. Doesn't care that it's spicy!
Elian enjoying his cheddar jalapeño Cheetos. He LOVES the stuff. Doesn’t care that it’s spicy!

As soon as we got there around 10AM, we set out to help Lauren with her planned boodle fight lunch!

Lelz
Lelz
Hi!
Hi!
I peeled and cut these mangoes heeheehee
I peeled and cut these mangoes heeheehee
Chef Lauren!! GOOD JOB
Chef Lauren!! GOOD JOB
FIIIIGHT!!
FIIIIGHT!!

It was my first boodle fight and it was DA BOMB!!! Megan suggested we keep all our phones before having lunch so we wouldn’t be distracted. Sa bagay, we were using our hands to eat the food so we wouldn’t have been able to check our phones anyway hehe. All meals should have a no-phone rule!

Post-lunch wine
Post-lunch wine
My peach, Adrianne, chilling under the shade!
My peach, Adrianne, chilling under the shade!

Elian was a ball of energy!! He kept throwing mangoes (grown from their backyard) into the pool and then fetching them.

GOPR0349

Playing with his chosen girlfriend hahaha
Playing with his chosen girlfriend hahaha

Wayyyy later he passed out on his minion beach mat.

He is such a cutie pie
He is such a cutie pie

Elian was so cute in the pool and I had just purchased a back screen monitor for my GoPro Hero 3+ so I could keep replaying videos. I wanted to show Tina (who refuses to be caught on cam haha) how cute her baby boy was on cam. Obviously, while the unit is in its waterproof case, you can’t use the touch screen. The smart thing would have been to wait until I’m out the pool before checking the footage. But I couldn’t wait. I opened the case, pressed play and showed Tina the video. YOU GUESSED IT: My GoPro fell in the pool. For 1 second. It was the worst. Hahahaha. So we took it apart (monitor, unit, battery) and placed it in a bowl of uncooked rice because that’s what the Internet says you should do if you get a gadget wet. I tried to turn it on that night. The lights would blink, it was making the sound but the front LCD and week-old monitor wouldn’t respond. My heart almost broke but I didn’t make a big deal out of it because I just wanted to have fun with the girls.

Last photo I took before accidentally dropping my GoPro in the pool!
Last photo I took before accidentally dropping my GoPro in the pool!

After we watched the sunset by the Tali cliff, I helped Lauren make sloppy joes for dinner while Adrianne made cheese hotdogs. We had dinner, played 30 Seconds (super fun trivia board game), had tea, took a shower, watched Maxx on Aquino and Abunda, played Cluedo with Lauren and Vic, went to sleep, woke up at 6AM, had breakfast, left at 7AM. I was afraid we were going to get drunk at night but wow we are such titas now. Hahaha. It felt good to go to sleep before midnight and wake up very early for breakfast. I was also excited to go home because it was my first night away from Jim (I think) since we got married and I was looking forward to seeing him again. Hehehe. Sepanx?

Anyway, when I got home, I checked my GoPro and it was working perfectly fine. Praise the Lord. God loves me. I am so happy. Hehehehe. I’m currently uploading a video I put together from our Tali trip so stay tuned for that tonight :) Hope you had a great long weekend as well!

Will update this post with the video in an hour or so when it finishes uploading!:)

[UPDATE May 6, 2015] Watch our video below. Sorry it took a while, it was originally set to Carly Rae Jepsen’s I Really Like You but Vimeo/YouTube does not take kindly to people who use songs without a license. So I had to choose from YouTube’s usable audio library. This one is called Pink Lemonade by Silent Partner. Imagine niyo nalang may boses ni Carly Rae… See Maxx’s Instavid for reference.

♥,
Saabae