Photo: Jeremy Caisip, Route 196
Q: Does your band get paid for gigs?
A: Yes :)
Q: Hi Ms. Saab! Just a quick one, what adjustments do you make in Lightroom for those “unsaturated” kinda look on some of your photos? Any other tips on Lightroom adjustments? Thanks!
A: I bought some presets from VSCO.CO! I have 3 packs and just choose which filters work best for each photo :) I suggest you do the same! I think there are other presets you can buy or download for free elsewhere. It really makes a huge difference too when you shoot your photos RAW instead of in JPG format :)
Q: Can you give the most effective advice on how to get over from an almost relationship?
A: Get a hobby! Put all your time and energy in that hobby and you’ll be obsessed with that instead of your almost boyfriend/girlfriend. Plus, you’ll be happier and happy people are more attractive, you may find a partner better suited for you ;)
Q: Si Jim ba nagsusulat ng Linya-Linya newsletters? They’re super awesome! Palagi kong inaabangan tulad ng pag-abang ko sa new blog posts mo haha. :)
A: Thanks!! It’s actually their writer, Ali Sangalang. He’s really so funny! They’re compiled on their website — click here if you wanna read them.
Q: more wake up with jim and saab pls
A: YES PROMISE!!!
Q: Hi Saab! I read in one of your posts na may Spotify account ka. Sana gumawa ka dun ng playlists with your fave songs and the songs that you currently like tapos follow ka namin dun so we can also listen to the songs you’re listening to hehehe I super love you and your music taste kasi! 💕 -Zarah
A: Hello! Thank you, and that’s a great idea. Our Cheats account will have playlists from the different members, uploading it for public access very soon!! Follow Cheats on Spotify!:)
Q: from all the countries you’ve visited, which one is your favorite and why? (haha lakas maka-slumbook pero curious hehe)
A: Definitely Paris!! I’ve just always been so obsessed with Paris and the French language so when I got there and I learned a lot about the French Revolution, it was such an amazing experience. Not to mention, the movies don’t lie about romance being in the air when you’re there. It’s absolutely beautiful there. Click here to read more about my adventures in Paris.
Q: Hi, Saab..? Uhmmm..ano height mo? Pwede magpa-picture? Superduper crush kita eh.. (=
A: 5’3″ haha! Yes of course, just approach me when you see me, I don’t bite :D
Q: Hi Saab. I think nasa quarter life crisis na talaga ako. How will you know kung ano ba dapat gawin sa life mo? I quit my job last year because of my boss and yun yung job na sobrang gusto ko. After that I took a job na akala ko related with that field and narealize ko na hindi pala and ang unhealthy talaga ng environment. I dont want to stare sa pc everysingle day for 9-10hrs. I feel so exhausted. Im planning to resign pero I still dont know what to do… kaya lang ako naghehesitate na magresign kasi the thought na baka mahirapan nanamam ako maghanap ng work. I really dont know what to do. Yung age ko na 25 feel ko dapat magsettle down na dagdag pressure pa yung friends/batchmates ko na nagpakasal na. Helpppppp! Thank you! :)
A: Hello there! The best way to know what you really want to do is to try them out. Attend workshops and seminars that pique your interest. Photography, writing, or whatever it is that you want. You can do these things on weekends — there’s no pressure to leave your current job right away. When you enjoy what you’re doing, staring at a computer screen isn’t all that bad :) Also, you can apply for other jobs while you’re still employed, a lot of people do that. Upload your resumé to LinkedIn, and make sure to read tips on how to write your CV really well so it stands out :) If you really liked your job but didn’t get along with your boss, maybe you should look for a similar job so you can still do that?
Q: Hi Saab! Updated make up tutorial please :) and state your affordable make up finds. Thanks!
A: I’ll do a makeup tutorial this week :)
Q: Hi saab! Do you watch true detective? (If not, YOU SHOULD REALLY WATCH IT!!) Hehe i noticed kasi that you really watch a lot of series. What are your favorites? Hehe i’m not a fan of reading blogs pero i really find your blog VERY INTERESTING AND HELPFUL. Thank you & more power!!
A: No I haven’t seen True Detective huhu but everybody says I should!!! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog :) I have a LOT of favorite series. Right now I’m watching Westworld — very obsessed with it. Also excited to watch the new season of The Walking Dead. You can click here to see some of the series I’ve shared here on my blog. Will update TV Club with the stuff I’ve been watching lately. I’m obsessed with television!!!
Q: Hi Saab! Just wanna share to you that I so love your family and that in my own world, I’m part of the Magalona fam( I’m 24 btw so I’m bet you and elmo hahaha) and sometimes when I’m bored I create scenarios where our family dines out at kasama ako,wahahaa. Anyways, did Jim make those linya-linya designs? :) Love you fam!hahaha
A: Hello!! Hahaha thanks! Linya-Linya designs are created by his partners Ali Sangalang and Panch Alvarez, but he’s part of the approval process. He’s more in the operations side of things :)
Q: What is your advice on having a relationship with a guy who has the same middle name with my surname? He’s pretty serious pa naman. BTW, we couldn’t trace our roots. :(
A: Hmmmm… I have never experienced this before so I don’t think I’m the best person to ask about this. But I have a friend who is getting married to her 2nd cousin soon. They both had no idea they were related until they went to the same family reunion. Apparently, there is no law against marrying a second cousin. If you try your best to recreate both your family trees (ask your parents and grandparents to help!) and there seems to be no close relations, I would say it’s alright. Especially if your middle and last names are very common. But like I said, I am no expert on the subject!!
Q: Hello Saab! I wonder how do you choose what books to buy/read next? Do you research about what’s the latest best seller or just grab anything that you think are interesting? :)
A: I’m subscribed to different newsletters. Fully Booked, GoodReads, etc. I’m also subscribed to Entertainment Weekly and I like looking at their many book, TV, music, and movie recommendations. Sometimes, I also grab a book if the cover catches my attention and the blurb at the back excites me. :)
Q: how long does it take until my question will appear on your blog?
A: Well this one took 7 months to get an answer I’M SO SORRY. But when I put my question box back on, it should only take a week or two :)
Q: which dove deo specifically? hehe
A: My favorite is the Ultimate White Stick :)
Q: naalala ko dati nung incugirl ka pa, may nag-ask sayo kung pwede daw ba niyang makita yung kili kili mo tapos ayaw mo =)) ngayon Dove girl ka na! <3
A: HAHAHAHA IKR
Q: Saab! Help me :( I like this guy 5 yrs ago and I think I still do after he sent me a message sa FB pero we’re not close, I know him as my 3 friends’ exbf and then he wants to get laid with me kagad. no courting or dates since di daw sya ganun. I’m a virg and I like him pero tama ba yung naiisip kong NO muna since I want my first to be special and he’s just making me feel like a easy slut :(
A: Reasons why you should not: 1) You’re not close, 2) 3 of your friends already dumped him, 3) he only wants to get laid, 4) you’re a virgin and I’m pretty sure that’s not how you want to lose your virginity. You are right to say NO. Just block him on Facebook. I can’t imagine why you like this guy, he sounds so sleazy.
Q: How’s Mary Lyn? Curious lang. Hehe :)
A: After 8 months with us, she decided to leave us. She said she felt guilty that her sisters and dad don’t have anything to eat and she gets to live a comfortable life. I tried to explain that she’s not just lounging around in our condo but she’s actually WORKING and she can send her family money to be able to eat. I tried to warn her that she would only add to the burden if she quits and lives with them. Of course, I didn’t want to control her life and there’s only so much explaining I could do. She was an amazing employee and I would have wanted to keep her under our wing (we were even discussing putting her through school, etc.) but she really wanted to be with her family again so I let her go. Jim and I found a new stay-at-home maid, Irene, and she’s been great, too.
Q: Who is your favorite Ateneo Lady Eagles volleyball player?
A: Oh no, I don’t watch volleyball :( But I really like Gretchen Ho as a person HAHA!
Q: what’s your favorite brand of tea to drink at home? and would it actually help one to lose weight?
A: You can get any green tea. My trainer told me that drinking 3-5 cups a day will help me lose water weight because it’s a diuretic, I keep peeing whenever I do it. Although I’ve read that it will stain your teeth if you drink too much of it. Haha! I need to do further research. But I drink at least 1 cup of tea a day, usually after meals :)
Q: how would you describe yourself?
A: Moody :p
Q: Hey Saab! Are you open to the possibility of settling down in another country? If so, what country is it? :)
A: Yes! Japan or Singapore hehe.
Q: what’s your favorite pasta?
A: Penne al telefono from Cibo hahahhaa
Q: How do I make my image girlfriend material?
A: You can’t fake it, girl!
Q: We may all have insecurities, if you have how do you handle it? How to overcome?
A: Do something about it. I’m insecure about my flabby legs and I figured, the only way to get over it is to actually work out. Hahaha! If it’s something you can’t really change anymore, just learn to embrace it. It helps if you find someone successful with a similar feature. If they can be confident, you sure as heck can embrace it as well. The world is so diverse now, you can find plenty of beautiful, happy, and confident women who don’t exactly look like Barbie.
Q: Hindi ba masakit magpa wax down there?? Diba may blog about it before?? Di ku na kasi mahanap. Hehe take care always saab 😊
A: Masakit. Hahaha!!
Q: Hi Saab! Is it okay to be with your ex’s brother? I mean, he was not really my ex… we dated way back in high school and now I started getting really close with his bro since we’re both in the same field. Any thoughts?
A: Oh dear! I think it would be weird and awkward. Unless you REALLY REALLY think you two would click and can be in a serious relationship, I would suggest not to even get into it. But if it’s worth the hassle, I think it wouldn’t be so bad especially since it’s been a decade since you went out with your ex.
Q: Please do an apartment tour everytime you move your furniture around, naalala ko yung post mo dati na may picture ng iba’t ibang arrangement ng furniture nyo! Super cute. Sana gawin mo ulit! :)
A: Good idea, we actually have a totally different arrangement now. Haha!
Q: Hi Saab! I had really bad allergies and rashes which resulted to ugly dark scars in my legs! Huhuhu do you know any way to get rid of them? Do you know any good creams?? Please help :(
A: Hi there! The best thing would be to consult a dermatologist so you don’t get tricked into buying creams that don’t work! Sorry, but I don’t have experience with this :( I have this ointment called Lucas Papaw that’s said to be a miracle ointment. I put some on my face when I see a little zit forming and true enough it goes away faster than usual. I’ve never tried it on scars though but if you ask around and do research, I think you’ll find something to help get rid of the scars or at least lessen their appearance.
Q: Who’s Eman Bolivar? http://spellsaab.com/author/eman/
A: HAHA he used to be my IT guy when my blog was still under juice.ph — sometimes when I forget to select myself as author, his name comes out. Rest assured, he has NEVER written for my blog. Nobody else has except for me. He just took care of backing it up and moving my whole blog to Juice and he also helped me move it to my new host.
Q: Hi ate Saab! I have a question. Do you think valid reason po ba yung makikipag break yung boyfriend mo kasi mas bata ka. Kasi ganto yun, 4years yung gap namin. Ako yung pinaka bata (Ofcourse lol) and nakipag break siya sakin kasi ang bata ko pa daw him. (For me, masaya maging bata. Happy lang, parang walang problema parati) So yun ang reason niya. Wala daw siyang natutunan sakin. Ewan ko ba. Pero to think na ako pa ang mas maraming experience samin. Mahiyain kasi siya. Pero ate, valid ba yon? My friends told me na sana imayos muna namin ito hindi yunh diretso break na. Sabi pa nga nila, baka daw may “iba” and he said, wala naman daw :( Actually, kinukulit ko pa din siya eh. Hahaha! 4days pa naman kaming break. Pero wala eh. Mahal ko eh :( PS: Hindi naman every minute or hour yung pangungulit ko. Hahahaha! Please help me ate :( Thanks!
A: Hello! Sorry to hear about your breakup! I think it goes beyond the age difference lang. Maybe there’s immaturity on your part or maybe he’s thinking of his future and he doesn’t see how you fit in it. Sorry if it seems harsh, but I’ve always believed that if a guy doesn’t like you enough to work things out, there’s just no reason to force it. Good riddance na yan. Work on yourself instead of running after him. There will be someone who will treat you better.
Q: do you know how to play the keyboard saab?
A: Nope! But Jim says he’ll teach me. Haha.
Q: Hi, Saab! Alam mo ba, ‘yung Cheats ang first purchase ko sa iTunes. <3 My current fave track is Accidents, grabe LSS ko dun. Whenever I'd want to zone out or gusto ko manapak ng officemate, makikinig lang ako ng music niyo. Hehehe. Anyways, what's the story behind Accidents? Thanks, Saab. Adoring you since 2006.
A: HAHAHAHA buti hindi mo sinasapak yung officemate mo. Accidents was written by Jim right after his band broke up. I don’t want to explain it word for word. Jim says he likes when his songs are open to interpretation :)
Q: Where can you buy th bumble bumble sea salt spray thingy?:)))
A: Not sure where you can get it locally. I get it from Sephora abroad. Locally, Lush has a nice sea salt spray.
Q: Natural ba curly hair mo noon?
A: Naturally wavy.
Q: Do you always wear your engagement ring?
Q: Um, I think Apa Agbayani was making making fun of your answers sa Let’s Get Political ng Young Star. Check out his FB account and behold!
A: Who’s that? I just checked the article again online and HAHAHA some interviews turn out really bad when emotions and lots of words are edited out. I was mostly giggling throughout that interview. Like this line “When I turned 18, I registered to vote. But I can’t say the same for my peers. They didn’t care, they were partying at Embassy. But I lined up for two hours just to register to vote” — makes me sound so proud of myself LOL but I said a lot of my batchmates would line up to get into Embassy but they wouldn’t line up to register to vote. I wish I took it more seriously, yeah. But you know, a lot of people just really look for someone to make fun of so they feel better about themselves. He/she is welcome nalang. Lelz
Q: Hello Saab! I was a fan of your blog when I was in highschool. Its been 4 years since I read your blog and i can definitely say I’m still entertained! :))) I really like your opinion on Kim K’s nude selfie. Hahaha. Here’s my Q. What hair product do you use for your hair to keep it magulo tignan? I have the same cut as yours. I tried not to comb my hair to keep it magulo but when it dries, it tends to behave. Thankss!!
A: Believe it or not, some people would kill to have your problem. Hahaha! I would suggest sea salt spray.
Q: Aren’t you concerned about your health? You frequently drink alcohol.
A: No I don’t. I really don’t. At least not as much as I did when I was younger.
Q: Have you always seen yourself getting married so young? 28 is usually the youngest age women get married
A: Never thought I’d get married ever. Haha. I didn’t follow the average age people get married, but then again, who would wanna be part of the average?
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? New career? Motherhood? New house? New opportunities? New school degree?
A: New opportunities, new countries, new book.
Q: How was wanderland? Do you consider it as cheats biggest gig?
A: Wanderland was very fun! But I think Laneway Festival in Singapore was our biggest gig.
Q: What’s your longest relationship before Jim? And how did you move on? :)
A: Probably my college boyfriend. We were very young so I was heartbroken. We saw other people and then we eventually got back together thinking we were really meant to be. Then after a few weeks, we both decided it really wasn’t working out because there was a weird brother-sister vibe because we “grew up” together. Haha. That’s how we knew it was time to move on.
Q: Saab! May No Filter 3 ba?? HEHE PLEASE SAY YES
A: Hehe no plans right now but we have a book out!! It should be required reading for all millennials :) Hehe
Q: Hey Saab! Why not pursue your flight attendant dreams? I’m an aspiring flight attendant myself hihi
A: Oh I’ve never actually had dreams of becoming a flight attendant!
Q: do you know james reid personally? is he nice or suplado?
A: I haven’t met him.
Q: Hi Saab! Do you still have “TMJ Dysfunction”?
A: Yes :(
Q: hi Saab! i’m a bride to be (wedding is next year) and i’m looking for a photo/video team to hire but sure how to decide. If it’s okay with you, can you share your insights on how to make the right decision in a budget conscious way? BTW, sobrang ganda ng wedding SDE nyo at sobrang special ng pagkakagawa. Gustong gusto ko tlga that i always end up crying kahit ilang beses panoorin. If only we have the budget to hire them too. yun nga lang, im not sure if afford namen cla.
A: I would suggest to splurge on your documenting team because it’s definitely a day to remember forever. Especially since you’ll be so busy, it’s nice to see what else was happening while you were trying so hard not to trip in your heels. Hahaha. I’d suggest going through different videos you like and contacting the companies and just get the most affordable one. It doesn’t have to be very very expensive with a drone and all that jazz. But make sure it’s an experienced team. I would suggest to make a list of shots that NEED to be in your video or photos. There are lots of those shot lists to find online. Also put one of your bridesmaids in charge of the team, so she can point out the most important people in your life. I wish I did this so there could have been more shots of my sisters-in-law in our wedding SDE.
Q: may strechmarks kadin ba?
A: Parang wala naman. Cellulite, meron.