Who Lit Up Your 2015?

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

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


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

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

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

My family

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

My bandmates

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

My best friends

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

My husband

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

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

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


How I Decluttered with OLX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


See You On Saturday

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


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

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


TV Club: Narcos


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

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

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


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


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

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


Spell Saab 12th Anniversary Meet Up!

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



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

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

Looking forward to meeting you guys!!!


Music Club: Rusty Machines – Forget You


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

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


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

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



Cheats Invade Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

Early this month, Cheats flew to Singapore to record a music video. We had the best time going around Resorts World Sentosa Singapore! As I share some behind-the-scenes photos, I’ll give you a rundown of things you can do as you spend your holiday at Asia Pacific’s best integrated resort.


Things To Do In Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

Meet the Minions and your other favorite characters at Universal Studios Singapore


Race your best friend or crush (or both) down a huge water slide

Dueling Racer located in Adventure Cove Waterpark
Dueling Racer located in Adventure Cove Waterpark



Pretend to be under the sea in more ways than one



At the Open Ocean Gallery within S.E.A. Aquarium. This is Asia’s top 3 aquarium and it houses 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species
At the Open Ocean Gallery within S.E.A. Aquarium. This is Asia’s top 3 aquarium and it houses 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species


Snorkeling with 20,000 fish over a colourful Rainbow Reef inside Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Snorkeling with 20,000 fish over a colourful Rainbow Reef inside Adventure Cove Waterpark.

Float down a river surrounded by marine life


Adventure River , Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adventure River , Adventure Cove Waterpark

Make believe you’re royalty as you visit Lord Farquaad’s castle

Far Far Away, Universal Studios Singapore
Far Far Away, Universal Studios Singapore

Eat so much yummy food at the celebrity restaurants around the resort

Bara Chirashi Sushi Jyu at Japanese restaurant Syun
Bara Chirashi Sushi Jyu at Japanese restaurant Syun
Burger and hotdog from Mel’s Drive In, Universal Studios Singapore
Burger and hotdog from Mel’s Drive In, Universal Studios Singapore

Join the Autobots and be a freedom fighter


Right before going on Transformers The Ride
Right before going on Transformers The Ride

Trip out on sea jellies and other sea creatures




Best of all…

Annoy your friends by being all lovey-dovey with your partner




Hahaha!! Resorts World Sentosa Singapore can be enjoyed with your significant other or with your family or with friends! I’m going back to Singapore to celebrate the New Year, so I suggest you plan your year-end trip as well!!

Can’t wait for you guys to see our music video!!! Will post it as soon as it’s done!:)


For more information about Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, visit www.rwsentosa.com

TV Club: Grey’s Anatomy Season 11


I’m writing this standing up because I want to update my blog (trying to update daily) just so I can get ready for bed already and so I can watch Grey’s Anatomy (LELZ).


You’re probably asking, “Saab, why are you watching this? You’re too cool!!” CHERET. I know it’s cheesy and the soundtrack is like Snow Patrol on loop but GOD, DO I LOVE THIS SHOW. Jim actually got me into Grey’s Anatomy (he’s got 2 sisters so he’s into this stuff sometimes, am I lucky or what?!) back when I got confined for dengue years ago and we were just newly dating. He brought me DVDs that introduced me to Mer and McDreamy.

I did a marathon of all seasons, watched season 10 with Jim (we were sooooo into it we were like WHAT IS THIS???), and when Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) left the show I planned to boycott it. And I kinda did since I’m watching the latest season almost a year late. Of course, you guys have probably heard that a major character got killed off the show and watching the season is so brutal because I’m just always thinking THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE EPISODE HE/SHE DIES!!! I’m not gonna spoil it for you even if it was pretty big news. UGH. BASTA. I want to watch na, okay?? I just got home from watching Elmo play Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal and as if that wasn’t stressful enough, I’ve got to watch a beloved character die on screen. I’m on episode 12. GOODNIGHT.


Music Club: Oh, Flamingo! – Two Feet

If you haven’t heard of local indie band Oh, Flamingo! I feel bad for you, son.

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The first time I ever encountered them was when we had a gig together at Saguijo. I think it was for Play4Serve, a prod spearheaded by the analog kids of Sandwich. It was my first time to hear about them so of course I asked the we-know-music-better-than-anyone tandem, Myrene Academia & Diego Castillo. Apparently they saw the band play at 70’s Bistro and they were blown away, they just had to book them for Play4Serve. All I knew was that they were a band from the University of the Philippines and from experience, aren’t UP bands usually awesome more often than not? So I bought a beer, stayed for the show, and I’ve been a fan ever since. We played together again when Sandwich performed at 19 East and brought Cheats and Oh, Flamingo! with them. This was back in January, days before Jim and I got married. We all got a little drunk and started a rap battle. Well, Oh, Flamingo! were laying down the beats and Jim and I were making awful rhymes. It was a great night and I always go back to that moment when I hear Oh, Flamingo play. They released their debut album earlier this month and they’ve got a brand new track on rotation called Two Feet.

Really digging on the new song, the guitars are on point as usual and the blending in the chorus reminds me of Animal Collective, which is definitely a good thing. If this is the first time you’ve heard of them, you really should check out their previous single, too. Definitely one of my favorite local tracks of the year.