While stuck at home during this pandemic, Kapamilya star Michelle Vito found the perfect chance to turn her black thumb green by growing vegetables and herbs. Though her choices are not the common breeds grown mainly for aesthetic purposes, and they require more effort, Michelle finds them practical.
The downside of herbs and vegetable gardening is they are more high maintenance and difficult to grow especially during this rainy season. “Medyo namamatayan pa rin ako kasi ayaw ng herbs na medyo matubig kasi nalulunod sila,” shares Michelle. Nevertheless she thinks her plants like rosemary, lavender, ginger, and pechay are good investments. “Gusto ko kasi ‘pag nag-aalaga ako ng plant, ‘yung maha-harvest ko.” Plus, they offer therapeutic benefits.
Besides gardening, Michelle is into home workouts. She would simply log on to the internet and search for free daily workout sessions online. There are lots of YouTube channels that offer doable and effective fitness programs that last for a minimum of fifteen days.
Michelle wouldn’t deny, though that the stay-at-home phase coupled with the rainy season make her too lazy to exercise. When the cold weather seems pulling her back to her comfy bed, Michelle motivates herself by having the right mind set. “Hassle na nagwo-work out ka tapos ang lamig ng hangin, hindi ka masyadong papawisan. Malalamigan lang ‘yung likod mo. I think importante talaga mag-work out hindi lang para gumanda ‘yung katawan mo but important kasi na alagaan talaga ‘yung health ngayon,” she says.
She knows being stuck at home feels like forever now and the boredom is starting to kick in. Michelle urges the viewers to grab this opportunity to unlock new skills. She mentions there are accessible online classes that can help us discover something new about ourselves and hone our talents.
More importantly, she highlights the power of gratitude. “Siguro maging thankful tayo na safe tayo, healthy tayo at wala tayong sakit. Kahit ang daming nangyayari at ang hirap na ng life, ma-appreciate na lang natin ‘yung nasa harap natin,” adds Michelle.
The Star Magic roster of talents share what their quarantine life looks like via the talent agency’s digital catalogue, which aims to help Filipino families this pandemic in partnership with the ABS-CBN Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig campaign.
The artists were tasked to do their own pictorials at home sans the glam team and creatives. Michelle wanted her photo to stand out and radiate self-love. So, she ditched the usual quarantine activities like cooking, reading, and coffee breaks for something more unique and chill – soaking in the bathtub.
This special project is far from the past Star Magic catalogues wherein artists are photographed all glammed-up with the help of an entire production team. This time, they’re giving fans a closer and more personal view of their lives off cam.
But as they say, the struggle is real. Without the usual creative team helping her out, Michelle found the DIY treatment a real challenge. And since she opted for the bathroom as location, they had to deal with the indoor heat. Well, that makes her photo a real product of hard work, creativity, and sweat – literally. Her mom acted as the photographer.
“Medyo mahirap siya kasi ‘yung concept ko is sa bathtub, so medyo basa-basa. ‘Pag nag picture ako matagal talaga kasi gusto madaming shots. Si Mommy nag-photoshoot sa akin, so sa CR init na init na kami,” Michelle narrates.
For someone like Michelle who isn’t a big fan of photography (she does not even care about her Instagram feed’s aesthetics), the DIY Star Magic “Love from Home” pictorial is a new and exciting experience.