Yasmien Kurdi and husband Rey Soldevilla are among the many people whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her work as an actress has come to a halt as production in the showbiz industry is suspended during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Meanwhile, her husband Rey's work as a pilot is also affected, as the travel industry faces unprecedented challenges because of the pandemic.
Yasmien told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during a pocket interview organized by GMA Corporate Communication on May 8, “Siyempre, nandoon iyong worry kung paano ba, paano ba ang mangyayari and all. Kami, naghihintay lang kami kung ano ang susunod na sasabihin sa amin ng company namin.”
HAVING AN EMERGENCY FUND
Learning from financial challenges they faced in the past, the couple was able to build an emergency fund that can help them weather this new crisis.
The Kapuso actress said, “Sa aming mag-asawa, napaghandaan na rin namin. Dati, napagdaanan na namin ito noong nag-aaral pa si Rey. 'Tapos ako, nag-quit naman ako ng showbiz.
“Kaming dalawa, wala kaming income for a year. Naranasan na rin namin iyong ganitong situation kaya we always make it to the point na to be prepared sa ganito at magplano sa ganitong situation.
“I think, iyon ang pinaka-learning ngayon:
"You really have to save money, and money will save you, di ba?"
Yasmien is in charge of handling the household budget, and she accepts whatever amount her husband gives her each month.
In a previous interview, the Kapuso stars told PEP.ph, “Nasa akin po talaga yung budget ng house. Pero we set aside budget for ourselves.
“Kasi, paano kung meron siyang gustong bilhin para sa sarili niya, meron siyang gustong bilhin para sa sarili ko, and then the other goes to our savings."
A portion of their savings is allotted for their emergency fund.
During the recent pocket presscon, she underlined, "In our case, we make sure that we have funds for emergency or unforseen situations like this for us to get by for a year or so.”
STAYING HOME DURING MODified ECQ
Since Metro Manila is still under modified ECQ, Yasmien has not left her home, not even to do the groceries. Someone else is assigned to go to the supermarket, but oftentimes, the family opts for food delivery.
They have been busy doing many things they didn't have time to do before.
“Okay naman kami,” Yasmien remarked.
“Nakaka-discover kami ng mga new things together. We’re doing iyong mga hindi namin nagagawa kapag busy kami sa work. Like, nagwu-work-out kami together, nagwa-watch ng movie sa house.
“E, usually kapag may work na kami at busy kami, iyon ang mga bagay na hindi namin nagagawa. I guess, we also take this as an advantage and an opportunity to bond with our family and to be with our child.”
Instead of entertaining negative thoughts, Yasmien chooses to stay positive.
“I take this situation positively talaga na sana matapos na ang lahat. That this too shall pass at sana, makahanap na ng lunas sa COVID-19 at makabalik na ang lahat sa normal.
“Lahat naman tayo, nangangarap na sana.”