Spell Saab

I just finished unpacking from our trip to Singapore with my in-laws. Taking the time to stick to my new year’s resolution of writing for at least 30 minutes each day. Third consecutive day of updating! SCORE! Now I will warn you early on that because I’m under time pressure, I will try to keep my posts as raw as my thoughts. I think I’m like one of the least offensive people I know on the Interwebz. For a blogger, I barely even tweet or post on Instagram anymore — something I’m trying to change this year because the Internet’s been a huge part of who I am today, with almost half my life recorded thru blogging. I think I need to go back to keeping this space my online journal.

Since I am what some people would call an online personality (what is with that term? So some people on Twitter are not personalities?), I’m well aware of my posts being subject to scrutiny. It’s something I should be used to by now but I’ve always been proud of having quality readers and followers. For me at least, having a hater is so 2000 and late (note to self: so is that phrase, Saab).

Social media has made everybody a celebrity and I think it’s also made a lot of unnecessary policing by people who actively look for something offensive in every post. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this ~*oh-so-controversial*~ post of mine:

Effort to take this pic of my new "kicks" on the train. Sadly, stranger's feet in the background stole the show.?

A photo posted by Saabelly & #JoeyBear (@saabmagalona) on

Then these comments were posted:

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Back story: I bought sneakers in Singapore. Nothing groundbreaking but not everything posted online has to be so, right? So on a long train ride with my in-laws (it was Jim’s little sister’s first time on it so she was so happy), I asked Jim to take photos of my shoes. He wasn’t taking it right because obviously he had better things to do than try and make my calves look nice. So I took the photo myself. Imagine me hunched over in my seat, making sure my skirt wasn’t hiking up, trying to get my phone closest to the ground without actually letting it touch. It was a struggle just like my caption said. But I was happy I got the shot! Or so I thought. As I reviewed the photo later for posting, I saw the feet in the background! Obviously it’s not the best background and it actually was the first thing I saw when I was about to use VSCO filters on it.

Okay, ang haba ng story ko pero basically what I’m trying to say is: it was such a silly thing and I captioned it as it was. The stranger’s feet stole the show and became the star of the photo in my eyes at least. Forgive me for thinking it’s funny that some stranger’s half-naked feet photobombed my stupid shoefie, right? Why am I all of a sudden being accused of getting angry at this “poor” person?! Bakit bigla siyang nabasbasan as poor (pobre is Spanish for poor)? Why is my choice of using the word “sadly” being criticized as the “turning point” of my caption? I seriously don’t see the logic in it. How can anybody take a shoe selfie that seriously, anyway?

When I saw the comments last night, Jim asked me if I thought I should delete my post instead. I said no. Why should I stop having a sense of humor just because some people don’t get it? Why should I delete an honest to goodness harmless post just because some people found it offensive? If I posted a picture of Maxx photobombing me and I said the exact same caption, would it be offensive?? Why is it offensive? Because the stranger’s feet are not wearing Nikes too? SO WHAT? Even if she were wearing Nikes but had half her feet out, it would still have made a funny photobomb.

I found myself getting slowly incensed as I explained to Jim why I wasn’t going to delete the post. I remember getting a little overly-dramatic: “I’m tired of having to censor myself!!” YUCK OA. Pero diba? Where’s the fun in that? I guess an online personality wouldn’t be one without a personality. I think I got very upset because the one thing I’m not is a snob. I calmed down when a lot of people started commenting and explained to me how that guy probably doesn’t know me at all. And for those that backed him up, you probably don’t know me that well either. If this post turned you off, do us both a favor and just unfollow me because there’s a lot more EVIL SNOOTY EW-KAPAL-NG-MUKHA-NG-POBRENG-YAN-PARA-I-PHOTOBOMB-AKO-SANA-NAGLAKAD-NALANG-SIYA-TANGINA-NIYA posts where that came from! For the rest of you, thanks for having a sense of humor and not trying to find a flaw in everything and everyone.

Happy New Year ♥,
Saab

Saab

67 Comments

  1. Reply

    Carina

    January 4, 2016

    Omg lahat nalang talaga, hahaha. Pero sa totoo lang, yun din yung una kong nakita~*

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      DIBA?!

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    khreane manez

    January 4, 2016

    Love you, Saab! Happy new year!

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Happy new year :)

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    Pat

    January 4, 2016

    And this is why I love Ate Saab (FC haha). But seriously, the unfollow option is there for a reason. No need to make a big deal out of a caption that was supposed to be funny. ❤️

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    Jam

    January 4, 2016

    Sa totoo lang, yun naman talaga unang makikita mo. Hahaha

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    Karen

    January 4, 2016

    I wish the hater gets to read this! Nakakatuwa yung mga followers mo kung paano ka nila idefend, saab! Sibling levels!!! So much love for you! ?

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    Ronalene

    January 4, 2016

    Hi Saab! I have always been your reader since I was 17! Now I’m 22. I am still here reading your blog mainly because I like your ‘personality’ ☺ Don’t ever change. Continue to be witty and hilarious.. annoy them more.

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Haha thank you!! Can’t please everyone.. But who would wanna please everyone? Baduy nun!!:))

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    Jecca

    January 4, 2016

    There are always those who think they are high and mighty when they use a sarcastic tone. Napa-SMH na lang din ako sa comment niya nakaka-bad vibes lol. Don’t worry, Saabae konti lang silang ‘di ka gets mas marami kami haha! <3

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    Lovelle Logronio

    January 4, 2016

    “EVIL SNOOTY EW-KAPAL-NG-MUKHA-NG-POBRENG-YAN-PARA-I-PHOTOBOMB-AKO-SANA-NAGLAKAD-NALANG-SIYA-TANGINA-NIYA posts” kaya mahal kita!

    Sobrang funny din kasi tlga, yun din napansin ko ? pero sobrang laki talaga problema ng hater mo hahaha. Love you Saab! Maganda ka pa rin! Yun lng :)

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    Bea

    January 4, 2016

    Hi Saab!! So uhm, di na’ko mag-aalis ng slippers/sandals ko pag nakaupo ako sa train baka masabihan akong “pobre” hahahahahahahahahahaha sarap pa naman gawin yun pag nasa train

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Hahaha oo baka makasira ka pa ng pic ng sapatos charot

  10. Reply

    mace

    January 4, 2016

    I wish I was you when I was younger…saya cguro nun… ??? Happy New Year !!!??

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    Ipay Nadela

    January 4, 2016

    Kainezzz! hayaan mo na lng sila ate. Tawanan na lng natin sila tsaka you have readers naman na all out support sayo and won’t take your humor the wrong way. ?? Happy New Year! ?

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      True! Happy new year!:)

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    Lyka Lorraine Sumido

    January 4, 2016

    Hahahahaha my first thought when I saw the photo “Hanggang SG ba namaaaan” also “Hassle. Nakakasira ng layout” and not even in an offensive way. Just saying lang na andun yung paa. Stating facts kumbaga.

    People interpret things differently. And sometimes how they interpret what they read and see says already a lot about them (ie if you interpret something as bastos, or laging joke ang tingin mo sa mga bagay). And I guess it only shows how negative they are and judgemental, even writing pobre to describe the lady. He’s being sarcastic sabi nya. Well you are being funny. So sorry sya.

    People loved you for your no filter thoughts and posts. Keep on doing that. Not because you are an online personality, you have to lose your (real) personality to please people.

    Also Saab, thank you for trying to post everyday!!!! Nakakagaan ng araw and nakakainspire. Love youuuuuu!

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Thank you, Lyka!!

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    Chie

    January 4, 2016

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA ang funny mo tawang tawa ko!

    I get that situation a lot, lahat na lang binibigyan ng meaning para maoffend sila bakit boring ba gusto niyo ng emosyon gusto niyo ng topic?! pero hindi ako galit nito ha. Stay hilarious and yung sabi ng friend mo dati like “SI SAAB MAYAMAN PERO UGALING ISKWATER” diba sa Tumblr am I right? something like that hahahha

    That’s one of the best thing I love about you, we love about you is Saab being just her fab witty goldberg self :)

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    ylaiza

    January 4, 2016

    I got curious when I saw your tweet about this. And then I read the reply on the tweet and I don’t know why but I find it mababaw those who said na offensive or turn of yung caption Like di makaramdam ng humor pak genern. Haha but still I love you ate Saab! And i’m looking forward to more “EVIL SNOOTY EW-KAPAL-NG-MUKHA-NG-POBRENG-YAN-PARA-I-PHOTOBOMB-AKO-SANA-NAGLAKAD-NALANG-SIYA-TANGINA-NIYA posts” mo. Choss. Happy New Year Saabae! ??

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    Ley S.

    January 4, 2016

    Grabe, people get so easily offended and judge everything they find wrong about you just to feel good about themselves or make themselves look good. It’s OK Saab, you know the truth and you shouldn’t have to explain it to people who take everything too seriously and have zero sense of humor (so sad). LOL

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Thanks, Ley! That’s true, it probably makes them feel better abt themselves.

  16. Reply

    Kareena Sulit

    January 4, 2016

    Butt hurt ppl just gotta exist. Haha!

  17. Reply

    Jane

    January 4, 2016

    No you do not offend me at all Saab. You keep me entertained and inspired and you make me laugh. Don’t mind the haters. We and your fans got your back. ;)

  18. Reply

    sheng

    January 4, 2016

    makitid lang talaga utak nya :) hahaha

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    Kamil

    January 4, 2016

    HOW CAN I STOP LOVING YOU AND YOUR HUMOR? Huhu. Kainis, wag kana ulit magpapaapekto sa mga ganung nonsense na bagay. Happy new year, Saabæ. Wag ka magbabago ha, keep being awesome. ?

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Huhu love you

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    Kristen

    January 4, 2016

    Hi, Saab! I’m a silent reader of yours for 10 years now but can’t help but comment on this post. Hindi ko din talaga gets yung mga negative na comments because I believe what you were trying to say in the caption was nawala yung focus sa shoes mo because of the background, right? I actually laughed a little when I read your instagram post because i’m familiar with your humor. Anyway, just stay as witty as you are because that’s one of the reasons why you have a lot of loyal readers/followers. Happy new year! :)

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Thank you, Kristen!!:)

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    Victoria Avi

    January 4, 2016

    Please keep your personality! You’re such an inspiration to me kaya and to a lot of people! You’re one of the few blogs I read and check every single day (kaya I am so happy you made it a resolution to write everyday!).

    No you don’t offend me. You inspire me. I am back to writing again after years of hiatus after reading your blog. I am back to taking care of my skin after reading your blog (I bought an entire Kiehl’s regimen!). I do it not because you are an “online personality” but because you are so real and true to yourself. Your honesty reaches your readers across the screens of their laptops and phones. Totoo. Peksman. Haha

    Happy new year to you, Jim and your baby bear!

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      THANK YOU huhuhu happy new year!!! So happy you are developing good habits!!

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    Pamela

    January 4, 2016

    Im usually one who doesnt post comments and just lurks but I just had to this time. Thank you for not taking it down just to please other people. I dont find the post offensive at all. Not even the caption implies something that says poor towards the person who was at the background. You do you, saab.

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Thank you for taking the time to comment <3

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    Cali

    January 4, 2016

    Ika nga nila, ““Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Happy New Year Saab!!!

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Happy new year!!

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    Ella

    January 4, 2016

    You know what, you didn’t even have to explain yourself! Some people just have no sense of humor! It’s sad actually. Nowadays, a lot of people get a LOT of crap for posting something that was meant to be light and funny, but somewhere around the turn of the century (may ganon haha~~~ sometime over the past couple of years at least) people started becoming OVERLY SENSITIVE about EVERYTHING! C’mon people! Lighten up! Jeez! And Saab don’t you ever change or censor yourself just for the sake of other people! We love you for who you are! (aaaaw! :P) xoxoxo

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      Saab

      January 4, 2016

      Haha totoo! I’m offended that they’re offended!!!! Char! Thank you :*

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    Katie

    January 4, 2016

    SAAB!!!! You really are one heck of a person! I love how honest and transparent you are. Kebs na sa mga haters coz haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate. Ano daw?? LUVVYAAAAH!

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    Yannie

    January 4, 2016

    Hi Saab! Reader since 2008 here.
    Srsly, ang kitid lang nung nag inarteng commenter. Hahahha. Yaan mo siya.
    Love pa rin kita! :*

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    Roxanne

    January 4, 2016

    I read your caption around 10x already. I don’t get what’s so offensive about it. What’s wrong with people???

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    SJ

    January 4, 2016

    Jusco. Kung lahat ng gao katulad nila mag-isip, kumusta naman ang planeta natin? Edi lahat na na-offend? Lahat binibigyan ng meaning, ano yon diksyonaryo? Lels. But don’t explain. I can’t imagine how are you feeling right now after that incident. Don’t censor your words. ? Happy new year!!

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    Pat A

    January 4, 2016

    New year, new haters! Pasabugan ng nonchalance!!! #coolasacucumber

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    Gerly

    January 4, 2016

    Hello Ate Saab!

    I don’t think na nakakaoffend yung post mo, kanya-kanya naman tayo ng trip,
    at nagkataon na gusto mo lang nman kumuha ng maayos na picture, besides hindi rin naman po lahat ng nakaganun na get up eehh, “mahirap” o hindi nakakaanggat sa buhay so, mali rin naman na ooffend yung ibang nag comment.
    jusko Lord, paa lang yan! haha

    Wag mo na lang po silang pansinin, mas marami pa rin ang nagmamahal sayo :)

    Take Care! Happy New Year! :*

  31. Reply

    RURU

    January 4, 2016

    Haha. Cute ng Sense of Humor mo Saab! Im lovin you more and more. parehas tyo at meron din akong Jim na katulad ng Jim mo :) sometimes it hurts people think of you that way, pero deadma lang girl : )

  32. Reply

    Ven Cardinal

    January 4, 2016

    When I saw that comment, di ko alam if matatawa ako or maiinis. Everything offends the internet these days. Haha. Don’t worry, we all still love you. ❤️ Happy New Year!

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    Grems

    January 4, 2016

    Oh my god what is wrong with them!! You did not call ate stranger poor, they did. And hello, naka FitFlop kaya si ate so she’s not poor. *hair flip* What’s funny is, they probably talked about that post of yours for hours while you’re just kebs. Lol. We love you whatever happens! Have the best 2016, Saab! Happy New Year!!! :)

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    Shiela

    January 4, 2016

    LOL. Natawa ko dito. You’re totally not a snob. I don’t know if you still remember me. I pmed you on steam and you replied asking me to play dota with you. And then I asked you to play the game that I was playing that time and then you said that you can’t control yourself on playing Dota so you need to pass. Sobrang fan mo ko and nafeel ko na parang hindi ka celebrity ka when u replied. Happy New Year, Saab!

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    Christine

    January 4, 2016

    I don’t think your photo caption was offensive at all! people are just overreacting! They are the one’s assuming the person wearing the sandals is poor.

    -Christine
    http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/

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    Coolen

    January 4, 2016

    It’s so funny how people react when they saw your post. Haha Hindi porke naka sandals ‘pobre’ na kaagad, malay natin isa sya sa mga board members ng SM hindi nya lang feel mag shoes that day. Seriously, I got nervous when I read this post’s title. Akala ko kung ano na. Stay as you are Ate Saab. You inspire us to be genuine and honest. :) Happy New Year! I will always love you no matter what.

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    Lauren

    January 5, 2016

    I still love you Saab!!! Happy New Year!! ❤️

  38. Reply

    Mayee

    January 5, 2016

    I agree with your decision not to delete the post after the basag trip comments. Sana nireport mo na lang sila haha char.

    No one should change just because some people don’t get you. This is what we’re trying to overcome in our society, right? So sad that there are still people who spend their time hating and bashing when there are lots of other things they can spend their time on, like maybe criticizing themselves before others.

    Freedom of self-expression FTW! Keep being you because we love you just the way you are!!! Lakas maka-Bruno Mars. Haha! Wag na natin silang pagaksayahan ng oras at panahon, di nila deserve! :p

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    sasa

    January 5, 2016

    pesteng kj un mga un!!

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    Karen Alcantara

    January 5, 2016

    When my friends and other people said how you turned them off because of that post, I respect that, but I do not let the opinions sink in. Because what does that post have to do with their lives?? Do they own the feet? Do they photobomb someone else’s photo with their half naked feet too so they got offended? If it’s not “sadly” then what were you supposed to write, “poorly”? Because technically they were the ones who coined the issue pobre, poor, whatever. Believe me, Saab, when I saw your post it was funny. And it is still funny for me. Because I don’t see those feet as “POBRE.” THEY ARE MEAN, NOT YOU. IT’S JUST A TRAP. A WHAT A SAD NEWS IT IS FOR THEM TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE TOO SMART FOR THEM. I am your fan and I still am. Hugsy!!!! I love you forevs ❤️?

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    Lorraine Fernandez

    January 5, 2016

    Years passed on reading your blogs and I’m still in love with you.
    Hope to see you in person and watch in your gig!
    Love you Saab! Happy new year. ♥

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      Saab

      January 5, 2016

      Awww happy new year!!!<3

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    Debbie

    January 5, 2016

    Hi Saab, first time ko mgbasa ng blog mo. Hahaha, natawa ako sa post mo ah, un din paa ni kuya sa background ng Show selfie mo ay kapansin-pansin talaga! At natawa ako sobra sa pgka-caption mo – so kwela lang! Patola lng ung ng-comment! Wag pansinin ng nega … GV lang! GBU always!!! ;)

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    Gelo

    January 5, 2016

    Ngayon lang ako na-inform about this lol sobrang bobo ng comment :(( siya nga yung matapobre cause she’s the one who assumed na “mahirap” pag naka flip flops. She just projected her own thoughts as your opinion.

    (Am I making any sense? lol Na-stress ako for you huhu hug)

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      Saab

      January 6, 2016

      YES YOU’RE MAKING SENSE!! Hahaha hi Gelo! Miss you!!

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    sooj

    January 5, 2016

    “I was a fan.” Person demoted himself of fan status by THIS POST? A lot of pop stars did actual bad shit but still managed to keep a legion of fans all over the world. I wonder who are this person’s idols. Person didn’t even try to understand Saab’s post. Smh

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      Saab

      January 5, 2016

      :/

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    Carmina

    January 6, 2016

    Ang dami kong tawa sa EVIL SNOOTY EW-KAPAL-NG-MUKHA-NG-POBRENG-YAN-PARA-I-PHOTOBOMB-AKO-SANA-NAGLAKAD-NALANG-SIYA-TANGINA-NIYA part! Hahaha! Experienced the same thing when When In Manila shared a status I posted, bigla akong naging “non-iPhone user racist”. Sabi ng kapatid ko, yaan na lang “we are responsible for what we write, but we are not responsible for how others interpret it.” Na-jirits din ako sa photobomber na paa, but in a way na, kainis ganda na sana, hindi matapobre way. Lol. Also, super excited that you’re posting everyday! Sana tuloy tuloy na! Happy New Year!

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    secretwithnoclue

    January 6, 2016

    NAKAKA OFFEND TONG POST NA TO. #Charaught #BalatSibuyas #Hindaught #MoarPosts #ButiOKNaSiJoeyBear

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      Saab

      January 6, 2016

      LOL @ #Hindaught :))

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    Janine Veneracion

    January 7, 2016

    I think she’s wearing a fitflop, the price is almost the same with Nikes, I don’t get why someone said she’s pobre, nako! haha Well most people nowadays just say things without thinking as in “mema” lang. looking forward for more blogposts araw araw na ako ulit magchcheck ng blogs mo :)) #nakikibasa

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    Frannie

    January 12, 2016

    Grabe naman, pobre agad? Eh pano kung FitFlop pala sandals ni Ate?! LOL!

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