Summer Siren Festival

Why complain about the summer heat when you can bask in all its hot hot glory? Can’t wait to hit the beach this Friday with my best buddies and bandmates. Cheats is going to Crystal Beach, Zambales for Summer Siren Festival this April 17th.

The whole festival runs from April 17-19 with a wide variety of activities for everybody to try:

  • Flow Arts Workshop by FlowArts Philppines & Planet Zips
  • Summer Workouts by Crossfit Alpha Strike
  • Beach Volleyball Match
  • Beach Frisbee Game
  • Surf Lessons

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Since Cheats is performing, the organizers have graciously provided rooms for us but Lifestyle Network’s GLAMPING (glamorous camping) package looks so fun and enticing, don’t you think? No need to pitch a tent, make a fire, etc. It’s nice for people who want to experience camping for the first time without getting overwhelmed by the nitty gritty.

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It includes roundtrip transportation (Manila – Zambales – Manila), 2 nights accommodation in a glamping tent (tent comes with an airbed with linens and pillows, a lamp and a fan), Summer Siren festival passes, welcome BBQ dinner, daily hearty breakfast, butler service, Lifestyle Network glamping kit, Summer Siren festival kit, travel insurance, and a whole lot of freebies. They had me at ‘butler service’ hahaha. They’re also bringing in more activities but don’t worry if you didn’t get the glamping package, you can still enjoy them!

  • Ukelele Workshop
  • Shirt Deconstruction
  • Hairbraiding by Dove
  • Make your own Dreamcatcher by DMCI
  • Archery

Will make sure to drop by the glamping site to take photos, stalk some folks and secretly wish I was in their place. Hahaha! Unless they don’t have a nice bathroom. You can drag me almost anywhere and I’ll be good as long as there’s a properly-working toilet. Are you going?! OMG will we become best friends??? Lelz! Try your luck if there are still packages available over at TravelFactor.org. I hear you can also just bring your own tent and stuff and just pay 1,000 to pitch it on the camping site. ADVENTURE TIME! See ya!

http://www.summersirenfestival.com

♥,
SAABae

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Giveaway: Tickets to Dreamfields Music Festival

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Giving away 5 pairs of General Admission tickets to Dreamfields Music Festival! Catch Robin Thicke, Tritonal, Urbandub, Pupil, Franco, Rivermaya, KJWAN, Marc Marasigan, Travis Monsod, Ron Poe and many more at Vista Concert Grounds, Evia Vista City, Daang Hari on May 30, 2015 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES
VIP – P8,500
General Admission – P4,200
General Admission (Early Bird, promo until April 16, 2015) – P3,150

Tickets are available at all Ticketworld, Ticketnet and SM Tickets outlets. You can buy tickets online at http://bit.ly/dreamfieldsph. Call 891-9999 for ticket inquiries.

5 lucky Spell Saab readers will get to go to the festival with a friend FOR FREE!

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Contest ends on Saturday and winners will be selected on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Winners will be contacted via e-mail regarding pick up of tickets.

Jim & Saab Save The World: Wedding Souvenirs

I had a couple of things in mind when I was thinking of what to give our guests to thank them for celebrating our special day with us:

  1. What would I like to receive as a wedding guest? For example, I didn’t want it to be a framed photo of Jim & I because I personally wouldn’t want a framed photo of my friends being all lovey-dovey. Where the heck would I put that? On my bedside table? No thanks.
  2. It has to be something useful so guests won’t just throw it away and let it go to waste.

I want to take the time to talk about the souvenirs we ended up giving our guests.

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It was a very simple no-nonsense thank you bag but it was made with a lot of love with the help of our very awesome friends.

I decided on a room fragrance spray because both Jim and I love that stuff haha we can’t say it enough: good-smelling rooms are a game changer! When you come home to a home that smells great, it just makes all the difference in your mood. So I collaborated with one of my bridesmaids, the very beautiful Janna Tee, whose family company is in the business of manufacturing bottles for perfumes. She offered to make perfumes for our guests as her wedding gift to me and Jim and that’s when I thought of making room fragrance sprays instead! We met up and she brought different testers so we could decide which scent to go with. I definitely wanted the spray to smell like a forest. Our wedding was to be held in Baguio so I kind of wanted it to be like “Baguio in A Bottle” or something. Janna was so very helpful and sweet and she even brought different kinds of bottle designs. It was such a huge help <3

She said their company could print on the bottle directly but I had a different idea! I was thinking of going for an apothecary feel for our brown bottles.

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I contacted CJ De Silva-Ong and asked if she would be game to design it for us. Being the awesome person she is, she gave us the go signal and asked what we wanted to put on the label. The next question we tackled was: what would we call our fragrance? Okay, this is so random but Jim & I always break into song. Like, always. And one of the songs we like to sing out of nowhere is Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir from the Tim Burton movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (yeah you can click it for reference). Funny because the “miracle elixir” from that movie allegedly makes hair grow back but it’s actually made of piss. We think it’s just really hilarious. Rest assured, OUR miracle elixir is NOT made of piss!!! Hahaha. The result is a beautiful label exactly as I imagined it:

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Artwork by CJ De Silva-Ong

I really wanted to put “The Bedroom’s Greatest Defense Against The Dark FARTS” hahaha but I thought that might be going too far. As you can see we also included things we love as ingredients. So perfect huhuhu! Then I asked one of FrancisM Clothing Co.‘s partners, Willy Velasquez, where they get their stickers printed and he hooked me up. Superb!

The next project was a mini-album called Jim & Saab Save The World. Heehee. The idea was for them to play it on their ride home from Baguio the next day. The recording was fairly easy, we got it done in 2 weeks with the help of our best friend and Cheats band mate Ernest Aguila. I wanted CDs that looked like vinyl records but couldn’t find any locally so I had to order 350 pieces from Amazon.com. And since I am a psycho control freak who didn’t want anybody else to do things for me, I personally burned each CD and while the next one was burning, I would write the label by hand. I actually really enjoyed doing it! Yay, arts and crafts!

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The craft paper used for the CD backing and the small thank you card were scraps from our friend Kim Haw’s paper company. It’s also the same craft paper I used for the inside of our invitations. I’m very thankful we got to recycle in the process! The THANK YOU label was made by my Dymo label maker. So 90s. So hip~~. Lelz. Shout out to my girls Lauren Young, Victor Young, Nyko Rodriguez and Candy Gamos for coming over and helping with the labels and more!!

The bags, tiny clothespins, and the twine used to secure the CD were bought by our ninang and one of my mom’s best friends Cecille Aganon. I personally wanted to get the stuff from Divisoria but she said she was going anyway so she was taking photos and canvassing materials for me. I chose one that perfectly fit our CD and bottle. It came together perfectly! Thanks again to tita C!

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The tracks in our mini-album were songs we both liked and wanted to cover. Here’s the playlist, I hope you enjoy it. It may not perfect but we had a blast making this so it’s pretty perfect to us xxx

Our souvenirs mean so much to us because just like our whole wedding, it was made out of so much love, time and effort by ourselves and our loved ones as well. Thank you again to all who helped us! We love you!!!

TV CLUB: Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere

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If you’re a fan of the HBO’s Game Of Thrones like I am, you probably already know that it’s returning for its ten-episode fifth season this Monday, April 13 at 9AM exclusively on HBO. Yup, that’s right — it will be shown here in the Philippines at the same time as the U.S. telecast. This saves us from idiot spoilers online!! Don’t you agree that there’s a special place in Satan’s pwet for people who spoil TV shows, movies, and books?

Well I got the privilege to see the first episode of the newest season just this Wednesday, April 8 at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, and lucky for you I am totally anti-spoiler! Plus, I signed a nondisclosure agreement so technically I could get sued if I say anything too revealing about what I saw. Lelz.

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I sat at the very first row with Jim, Maxx, mom, Lauren and Robbie!

It was a great experience to be one of the select few to be the first Asia to watch the new episode of Game of Thrones days ahead of its worldwide broadcast!!

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Thank you, HBO, for being the coolest!!
Thank you, HBO, for being the coolest!!
Spotted some cosplayers after the screening. And that's a King Joffrey pop figure I won in the trivia game hehe
Spotted some cosplayers after the screening. And that’s a King Joffrey pop figure I won in the trivia game hehe
Bumped into Tessa Prieto-Valdes who most probably won the Best Costume award if they handed out one! Career as always!:))
Bumped into Tessa Prieto-Valdes who most probably won the Best Costume award if they handed one out! Career as always!:))

To celebrate the return of the series and its April 13 world premiere, HBO Asia has brought a life-sized replica of the Iron Throne to Manila!

Hey, Maxx!!
Hey, Maxx!!

From April 8 to 23, you can take photos sitting on the throne which you can find at the ground floor of my favorite bookstore FULLY BOOKED Bonifacio High Street. When you take a photo, don’t forget to use the hashtags #HBOAsiaGoTS5 and #IronThronePh so we can all see it!!

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My mad king
My mad king

This is where you should stop reading if you haven’t finished season 4 of Game of Thrones. Bye, Felicia!

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO

I want to go into more detail about GoT because OMG I am so excited for the fifth season!! Here’s a reminder of where we left some of the characters last season:

  • ARYA STARK (Maisie Williams) – She killed the Hound, just as she said. Man, I was really starting to like them together. Arya wanted to go to The Wall to see Jon Snow but she boarded a boat that was on its way to Braavos which is a city we’ve never seen in the series before.
  • BRIENNE OF TARTH (Gwendoline Christie) – She found Arya but lost her while dueling with the Hound. She’s stuck with Podrick Payne the super nice but malas squire.
  • JON SNOW (Kit Harrington) – Poor Jon Snow lost Ygritte when the wildings attacked Castle Black. Huhuhu feels.
  • SAMWELL TARLY (John Bradley) – Currently still in the friend zone with Gilly who’s now residing in The Wall with her baby.
  • MANCE RYDER (Ciaran Hinds) – The wildling king is now Stannis’ prisoner.
  • STANNIS BARATHEON (Stephen Dillane) – Ugh I hate this guy. Yeah, he saved the Night’s Watch from the wildlings but he brought that stupid bitch witch Melisandre with him.
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Carice van Houten as Melisandre – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
  • TYRION LANNISTER (Peter Dinklage) – Killed his traitor of an ex-girlfriend and his dad. He killed his dad pa while he was on the toilet. In all fairness to everyone’s favorite Lannister, those two totally deserved to die!!
  • VARYS (Conleth Hill) – Helped Tyrion get away by hiding him in a box and jumping on a boat with him to a far away land. I’m so excited for the two of them!!! #TeamTyrion
  • JAIME LANNISTER (Nikloaj Coster-Waldau) – Helped Tyrion escape. Grabe yung turn of events noh from the pilot episode where we hated this guy because he pushed Bran Stark out the window tapos now we love him na because he’s really a good guy naman. Or is it just me?!
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
  • CERSEI LANNISTER (Lena Headey) – I know I said Tyrion’s everyone’s favorite Lannister but I’m kind of torn. I LOVE CERSEI. Last time we saw her, she tried to have Tyrion killed because she really believes Tyrion killed Joffrey. Guys, hindi ba to pwedeng pag usapan?? Puro kutob nalang ba at chismisan kaya nauuwi sa patayan?! Use your words. Lelz.
  • KING TOMMEN (Dean-Charles Chapman) – Cutie baby boy Lannister is now king after Joffrey’s death.
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
  • MARGAERY TYRELL (Natalie Dormer) – There’s something about fictional scheming bitches that I super love!! That’s why she clashes with Cersei because pareho lang sila haha. King Joffrey’s dead so now she’s been seducing King Tommen so she is still queen.
  • LADY OLENNA TYRELL (Diana Rigg) – The actual King Joffrey killer fled King’s Landing.
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
  • SANSA STARK (Sophie Turner) – She’s now in the Eyrie with Baelish, accepting the fact that the man who married her aunt but who’s always been in love with her mom is now trying to get with her. I think she’s finally going to stop being such a basic bitch. Girl looked fierce at the end of season 4.
  • PETYR BAELISH (Aidan Gillen) – Killed his wife and Pervy McPerv is now totally macking on Sansa. I think he’s the cleverest gameplayer though. Smart, well-thought moves.
  • THEON GREYJOY (Alfie Allen) – A.K.A. Reek is still totally brainwashed by Ramsay Bolton.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
  • DAENERYS TARGARYEN (Emilia Clarke) – She put two of her dragons in the catacombs because of bad behavior. They’re just being teenagers. Lelz. Khaleesi is so perfectly nice and smart, I really feel like it’s too good to be true. Take note that I haven’t read any of the books ha so please don’t spoil it for me but I think Khaleesi is bound to f— up some time soon.
  • MISSANDEI (Nathalie Emmanuel) – Khaleesi’s pretty translator is super flirting with Grey Worm the Unsullied.
  • ELLARIA SAND (Indira Varma) – She saw her beloved Oberyn’s death at King’s Landing.

A lot of people are also getting very excited about the fact that an Asian actress is joining the cast for the fifth season. Jessica Henwick plays Nymeria Sand, one of the bastard daughters of Ellaria Sand and Oberyn Martell. About the first episode of season 5, I will say this: it totally pushed a lot of storylines forward.

Are you excited to watch the premiere on Monday? Don’t forget that it airs on April 13th at 9AM with a primetime telecast of 9PM on HBO. It’s also available on HBO GO on the same day. Feel free to discuss below but no spoilers unless you’d like to enter Satan’s butt! Teehee.

♥,
Saab

Why Do Some Dogs Bark At Only One Person?

A little after I moved in with Jim, we’ve been lucky enough to have a maid come in a few hours a day to take care of our home. Our place is a modest 2-bedroom condo and Jim’s tita happens to have a unit exactly 4 floors below. We talked to tita Fely and her maid Leahyn and agreed on a set-up where Leahyn can come over daily to make some extra income! She is very good at cleaning, I believe she’s a little O.C. because she not only dusts and sweeps, she actually rearranges everything in our condo to create more space.

Normally I would go ballistic if my things were rearranged but as of now we’ve got boxes of stuff to go through and dispose of so it does get a little too messy without Leahyn to put everything in its proper place. The bottomline is that I am obsessed with her. Haha. She has drastically reduced my arguments with Jim because from my experience, a messy home equals a moody husband.

The only problem is that Joey seems to hate her (Oh yeah, I haven’t updated you guys. Joey’s been back home and perfectly back to normal after her surgery). Everytime she arrives Joey barks aggressively and will go into a panic. Even when Joey calms down, whenever Leahyn exits our bedroom or guest room (Joey and I are usually in the living room watching TV), Joey starts barking at her again!! I was so alarmed at first because from what I’ve heard, dogs know when a human eats dogs. Those are usually the people they bark at daw. I doubt this is true. And I highly doubt 19-year old Leahyn eats dogs!!! She lives with tita Fely who has 2 dogs of her own and before I moved in with Jim, I usually bumped into Leahyn walking them regularly. She also walks Joey 20-30 minutes daily when I can’t and Joey is fine with this. I thought the barking would go away because of their daily bonding of but after 2 months it’s getting on my nerves.

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Of course we suspected that Joey is probably smelling the other dogs on Leahyn but I have other dog and cat owners come over and Joey has no problem with them. Joey is absolutely all over Lauren and if you follow Lauren online you’ll see that her dog Melo is always all over her too. After weeks of exchanging “bakit kaya?” looks with Leahyn, I don’t know why I only researched on this topic today.

Most people believe that dogs usually bark at a person that reminds them of someone who mistreated them in the past. This is usually how it is for shelter dogs that were adopted a little later in life but I got Joey at 2 months. After reading up on the issue a little further, I came to the conclusion that Joey is freaking out because she is being overly protective of Jim, myself, and our home. She’s super nice and lambing to our friends who come over but the thing is, they ring the doorbell first and we are the ones who open the door. I think Joey is getting angry at the fact that a new person is unlocking the door and “taking over” her territory.

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Here are some tips I got on how to help curb her barking and I think it can be useful to you if you’ve got a similar problem (source):

Counterconditioning

Countercondition your pooch to view the person he growls at, for whatever reason, as a positive thing rather than something bad or scary. Start by having the person your dog growls at sit quietly in a chair. Remove from the room all toys and food that Fido could guard. Bring your pooch into the room on a leash, distant enough from the person so that she’s not scary to your pup but still in his line of vision. When there’s no growling, give him lots of praise and treats. Repeat this daily for 10 minutes at a time, bringing him closer and closer each time. Between sessions, don’t allow your pooch access to the person until his behavior consistently improves, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends.

Further Training

Once your pooch learns to stop growling at a person, continue to use positive reinforcement to maintain this good behavior by having that person carry treats around and occasionally drop them near your pooch. When the person enters the room where you and your pup are, give Fido some treats and praise. Occasionally have the other person feed your pup or take him for a walk. This way, he’ll eventually associate that person with good things.

Inducing Aggression

Never punish an aggressive dog for his behavior. This will result in a pooch that becomes more aggressive and dangerous than he was before, petMD warns. Speaking in a loud tone of voice or suddenly picking him up might scare him and lead to growling. Other potentially scary things include certain articles of clothing, such as a hat, says the ASPCA. Advise whomever your pooch is growling at to remain as calm and soft-spoken as possible around Fido and to remove any extraneous clothing.

Safety

During training in the presence of the person your pup is growling at, he should wear a muzzle, the Humane Society of the United States recommends. Take training slowly; keep your pooch on a leash at all times. Have your pooch spayed or neutered to cut down on territorial and dominance aggression issues. If, at any point during training, your pooch lunges or tries to bite the object of his aggression, seek the help of a veterinary behaviorist, who may suggest special training or psychoactive medication to help curb his behavior.

In Joey’s case, there’s no need to wear a muzzle because she never bites or snaps at Leahyn, she only ever barks at her. Will need to stock up on some healthy treats for Leahyn to give her when she’s behaving well. I’m very eager to curb her aggression not just because the barking drives me insane but also because I want her to be at ease that this person is only trying to help keep our space nice and clean.

♥,
Saab

Taking Care of Sick Joey Bear

It’s been a hard weekend for Joey Bear. Last Thursday I took her to the vet because Jim and I noticed some blood in her urine. Each time she would pee, there would be a red coin-sized dot in her pee pad. She was spayed when she was 5 months old so in her 2 years with me, she’s never had her period. The red color in her pee was quite alarming.

Joey’s a very smart bear, she remembers the vet’s clinic every time we visit. She was shivering and when she saw Dr. Dexter, she started whimpering. Although Dr. Dexter is always very friendly towards Bear, Joey knows the guy is responsible for all her injections. She’s not fond of the nurses either so she has to wear a muzzle when she’s given shots. It makes a pet owner feel really special when the pet snaps at everyone because she’s scared but she will never snap at you because she trusts you with her life. (brb crying)

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I took this photo of her getting an ultrasound so I could send Jim live updates

We found out that she had urinary stones and they were scraping against her bladder walls and almost blocking her urethra, making it hard for her to urinate.

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SM Home Appliances Sale

Like I said in my blog post about entering Tita-hood, you know you’ve joined the Tita Club when your shopping list has home appliances instead of clothes and shoes. Haha! If being a part ofthe Tita-hood means becoming more practical, then I’m a proud member!

Good news for my fellow titas (or for those in denial: independent bagets), SM is having a sale on home appliances from March 26 until May 3, 2015. They’re selling a wide variety of items from juicers to grills. Check it out:

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I’ve got my eye on that Philips air fryer. Heehee.

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Items have limited stocks and availability of items will depend on the branch so check it out and maybe grab a fan or air cooler while it’s hot, both figuratively and literally! Visit www.smhome.com.ph for more details.

♥,
Saab

Eat Buy Try: TuanTuan + Satchmi + Matrix Biolage Anti-Frizz Serum

My first stop today was at Matrix Salon to get my hair color retouched. It only took an hour to retouch the violet shade and get my hair treated so it doesn’t get too dry. I also asked what I could do about all the frizziness and they gave me this anti-frizz serum to shut me up.

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LELZ. Just kidding, they’re very friendly over there. Can’t wait to try this out and see if I can get my frizz under control. Nakakainizz kasi ang frizz. Ask your salon if they have Matrix products!

Since it was just a quick session at the salon, I was able to meet up with Maxx and the Youngs (omg that sounds like a band name, Maxx and The Youngs) for lunch at TuanTuan, Megamall. It was my first time there.

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Lauren givin’ some side eye

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It was also my first time to eat pork buns. I told Maxx I had previously tried the yummy pork buns at Ippudo and she said those aren’t real pork buns. Hahaha I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean!! But yeah, the pork buns at Tuantuan looked very different from the ones at Ippudo.

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They’re like toasted siopao. VERY yummy! We got the crispy barbecued pork snow buns.

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TV Club: The Last Man on Earth

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I binge watched The Last Man on Earth with Jim over the weekend. We’ve only seen 6 episodes but I think it’s safe to say this is our new favorite TV show. It stars SNL alumnus Will Forte who did a smashing job in 30 Rock as Jenna Maroney’s cross-dressing lover, Paul.

 

Obviously, the show is about… The last man on Earth. The pilot episode reveals that Phil Miller has been traveling all across the country looking for other survivors for a year. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it for you but I have to say it’s the funniest show I’ve seen all year (sorry, Tina Fey’s Ubreakable Kimmy Schmidt!). You should watch it to see the life of an average man living without rules. It’s an incredibly fun addition to my time-draining collection of TV shows.

♥,
Saab

Music Club: Death Cab For Cutie – No Room In Frame

Death Cab For Cutie’s latest single is so obviously written for singer Ben Gibbard’s ex-wife Zooey Deschanel. Can’t help the feels. The band’s new album is called Kintsugi, the Japanese art form of repairing broken things using gold making it prettier than it was originally. A metaphor for getting back on your feet and doing better after a breakup?

My Favorite Part:
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