Cheats Farm Trip | My Top Nine Moments of 2020

Date
Jan, 03, 2021

This is the third of my top nine moments of 2020. Here’s a list of the past ones I wrote about in this series:

Even with all the precautionary measures Jim and I normally take, we decided early on to really lock down our household since we wanted to be able to see our parents without any fears.

We are especially careful when seeing Jim’s parents because they are seniors and highly susceptible to COVID-19. Thankfully, as you may have read from my last post, our family trip to our farm in November was very successful. We had such a great time that we daydreamed about getting to host our best friends there someday.

It took a lot of back and forth but we eventually decided to do it! We were able to do it under the strictest guidelines and reassurance that everyone involved was taking everyone’s safety seriously.

Step 1: Quarantine

No matter how many swab tests you take, kung lumalabas ka pa at gumigimik, you might as well just save your money. We read up on it and apparently, if you take a test but you were out and about a few days prior, there’s a likely chance that your results will become a false negative. This is why we all stayed home (and didn’t make any close contact with anybody in our separate households who regularly goes out) at least 5 days before taking our swab tests.

Step 2: Testing

The golden standard for swab testing is RT-PCR pero ginto rin ang halaga. The most affordable option is the antibody rapid blood testing but I don’t think anybody does that anymore since it’s unreliable. We got the antigen swab testing which is highly accurate especially if you stay put days before your scheduled test. We separately scheduled drive-thru testing in Cubao via Hero Laboratories — Don’t be shocked if you see my face on their website, they asked me for a testimonial and I didn’t expect them to put my huge face (and Puddy’s cute face!) on the landing page!! Hahahaha! Ngayon ko lang nakita!!

Jim in his element

Step 3: Squeezing Everything In Our Cars

We brought ALL of our music gear and equipment for band practice, free jams, even rough recordings. Kyle packed almost all of his millions (lol) of camera equipment so we could shoot stuff. Candy and Steven brought tooons of food because they were in charge of feeding all of us. And it was, by the way, amazing. If you wanna try Steven’s pecan pie (AND YOU SHOULD) head on over to @silvapies on Instagram.

Step 4: Interact

Man, it was pretty awkward especially at first. We all still wore our face masks inside the 3 vehicles we rode going to the farm. So when we finally got there and saw each other, it was a mixture of OMG I MISSED YOU GUYS SO MUCH HUHU COME HERE and OMG I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD HUG GET AWAY FROM ME??

But the trip made it apparent to everyone that we really are family. It was like a high school retreat and we jammed nine months worth of creative projects into 2 days. All in all, we made 3 entirely new songs and 2 music videos – both of which were conceptualized, and brainstormed up until the very last minute.

Sharing some more photos of our magical trip

One of the highlights of the trip: Ali’s biglaan starring role in our videos. He did an amazing job!!
Behind The Scenes
Set from one of our upcoming music videos

Glad we were able to see each other – hoping it won’t have to take another nine months before we do it again. I’m well aware that not everybody has the luxury to do the same thing with their best friends and in no way do I encourage you to do the same but I don’t want to be a hypocrite and tell you not to carefully plan something like this. If anything, I want to remind you to stay vigilant and don’t trust even your closest friends kasi minsan lumalabas pa rin yung iba so wag niyo na muna silang isama!! LOL! Stay safe, everyone!

P.S. All photos shot on film by Kyle Quismundo and Manny Tanglao

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9 Comments

  1. Reply

    Trisha Sanchez

    January 4, 2021

    Love the photos! Ganda ng shots!!!

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      saabmagalona

      January 8, 2021

      Haha I just saw this – thanks Trisha!!!

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    JIe Fuentes

    January 4, 2021

    Hi Saab! great photos and of course jam packed nang kodak moments 🙂 I am really glad that you blogged again cos reading your posts..even before..as your avid reader.. really makes me happy 🙂 keep it up! btw just want to ask, the photo filters you used, is that from an app? thank you! and happy new year to cheats!

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      saabmagalona

      January 4, 2021

      Hi jie!! No, these were all photos shot on film cameras by Kyle and Manny 🙂 Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

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    KB

    January 4, 2021

    Awww!! SUPER SUPER EXCITEEED FOR THE NEW SONGS!!!! <3 Lovely photos by Kyle and THE NEW PRO, Professor Manny!!! Hahah!! xx

    • Reply

      saabmagalona

      January 5, 2021

      Thanks KB!!!!

  4. Reply

    Mayee

    January 5, 2021

    So excited for new Cheats music!!!!

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    Ming

    January 7, 2021

    Dang, you guys are a good-looking bunch! Even the stolen shots look like *ahrt*

    • Reply

      saabmagalona

      January 8, 2021

      HAHAHA thank you!!

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