Can you walk us through your typical day?
Upon waking up, I drink a glass of water with a lemon slice and enjoy a platter of fresh fruits, preferably local and whatever is in season. Since I don’t take any maintenance medication or vitamins/supplements, these fruits are my daily vitamins. I confer with our cook, who has been with us for 21 years, what our meals for the day will be. It must include a substantial dinner because that is usually the time we get together as a family. Because of the pandemic, my husband often has breakfast meetings at home, so that’s an important meal (for him). He is a workaholic and likes to start the day heavily fortified. An important part of the day is my daily late afternoon walk in our village park for exercise to keep the body toned and prevent osteoporosis.
What are your favourite spots in your home and why?
The garden area. I love plants and I enjoy watering them during the hot summer season. The area is filled with old fruit trees such as mango, santol (cotton fruit) and caimito (star apple) that have been in the property for almost 50 years as well as tropical plants that I planted; these include a variety of bamboo, lady palm and huge dapo (bird’s nest fern) trees. Another favourite area is the living and dining rooms for entertaining close friends and having family over. It has lots of space for everyone to move around and I made sure to have two separate dining tables in case we have lots of people over. Our family reunions usually comprise over 25 members of different age groups since my husband’s grandchildren are either newly married or have their beaus join us. But because of the pandemic, large dinners are out of the question—until we can do so.