Janice De Belen begins the new year with a virtual tour of her kitchen on her YouTube channel.
The first thing one notices about her kitchen is the open shelving that displays all of her appliances.
Janice says, "Importante kasi sa akin na nakikita ko mga gamit ko. Kasi kung hindi ko makikita, hindi ko maaalala na nandiyan siya."
The display shelves have made it easier for the actress to move in the space.
She explains, "Before I moved here, naka-townhouse po kami. Medyo masikip, so hindi ko siya lahat ma-display. So finally when I moved here, iyan ang first na first na specification ko.
"Gusto ko nakikita ko iyong mga gamit ko, so that puwede ako na lang ang kukuha. Hindi na ako maggigising ng mga tao, hindi na ako mag-uutos."
JANICE DE BELEN'S COLLECTIONS IN THE KITCHEN
The first area that Janice shows in her vlog is the kitchen utilities.
While she admits that not every kitchen utility is used often, she says that being a former culinary student means she can't resist having a bit of everything in her kitchen.
As a baker, Janice loves her mixers and owns a variety of them. It is also among the collections she holds dear in the kitchen.
Aside from mixers, Janice owns a pasta maker, an ice cream maker, a set of grillers, and a set of steamers.
Janice then takes viewers to a small outdoor nook that has her big oven.
The oven was moved outdoors because the heat it generated was too much for the house.
The outdoor space also functions as a holding area for bulky items.
Then for the first time, Janice shows her walk-in pantry.
It has two multi-level shelves from end to end, and it is filled with various pantry supplies and groceries.
Moving to another section of her kitchen, Janice shows her vast collection of dinnerware housed inside three wooden cabinets.
Janice describes how meticulous she is when cleaning this area because she takes out everything inside the cabinet to properly organize them.
“"Kailangan lahat iyan… kailangan nakikita ko para alam ko kung saan ko ilalagay. I try and do it at least once a year or bored ako kasi kailangan magbawas ng gamit.
"We get sent things, we get sent items, so siyempre you have to take out the ones na kunwari may bagsak na. Hindi mo maiiwasan iyan.
"You have to know have you have. Minsan I have to remember what I have. It's always important for me to review."
Janice then reveals her love for collecting things.
While she had expressed to her kids her desire to downsize and live a simple life, her kids pointed out that her love for collecting doesn't match that lifestyle.
Janice admits to this and to prove her kids' point further, the celebrity mom shows her vast collection of cups that are displayed around the kitchen.
“"Marami akong tasa… Until makagawa ako ng space, saka na lang ulit ako bibili ng mga tasa ulit.
"At everything iyan, ah. Meron diyan bigay, meron diyan binili ko. Marami diyan binili ko sa Korea.
"Kasi ako talaga, napakadali kong regaluhan. Kahit ano ibigay mo sa akin, sure iyan. If it's something I can use… I will keep it."
As Janice stands in the main cooking area, she points out that all the frequently used kitchen ingredients and pantry supplies are within reach.
There is also a mini coffee area that her kids use often.
The actress is not really a coffee drinker, but she is fascinated by coffee machines.
Her kitchen's open layout is also a visible reminder for Janice to keep the space clean and neat.
She says, "Generally, the whole idea of this kitchen when I had this made is I wanted it to be functional. I wanted it to be something na nakikita ko lahat ng gamit ko, so hindi ko bili nang bili ng gamit.
"Also, one of the reason kung bakit bukas-bukas iyan ay para hindi kalimutan linisin. Para nasa isip mo lang all the time, 'Because it is also seen, it needs to be always clean.'"
This philosophy is evident in the cooking area too.
Every kitchen essential is placed somewhere it can be easily seen.
Janice likes to keep the salt, pepper, and other seasonings close to the stove.
Other kitchen essentials, such as ladles and cooking spatulas, are within reach because Janice wants her kitchen to be as efficient as it can possibly be.
It also lessens any potential mess in the kitchen, and it can be cleaned up easily afterwards.
Her pots and pans are kept inside a steel cabinet for now.
The last main area Janice shows is the refrigerator space, which she personally cleans up periodically.
Janice loves to clean and reorganize her kitchen. She underlines that not all of her belongings are "top of the line."
"It's not a perfect kitchen. Huwag niyo po isipin na top of the line iyan. Hindi po lahat top of the line. In fact iyong oven ko, sobrang tagal na niya. Sobrang dami na niya naluto.
"Sometimes the things that I use here, they've aged. Nagagamit ko sila. Minsan may sentimental value sila sa akin kaya ang hirap mag-let go."
How can one have a good kitchen on a tight budget?
Janice says it's all about being creative with what's already there.
"Importante, improvise things. Move it a little, pagandahin niyo. Spruce it up…
"Pinakaimportante is it’s a clean kitchen that you actually use, where your family can actually come together to cook."
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