Like many moms during this COVID-19 pandemic, Yasmien Kurdi celebrated Mother's Day at home.
In a pocket interview organized by GMA Corporate Communication on May 8, she tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Usually naman din, nagse-celebrate ako sa bahay ng Mother’s Day.
"This time, sa situation natin, kailangan naman talaga na stay at home tayo. At iyon nga, sa bahay lang din, nagluluto lang with my family.”
Before Metro Manila was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Yasmien says her daughter Ayesha Zara and the rest of the family enjoyed being outdoors, watching movies and swimming.
Now, the mother-daughter duo are revisiting their love for cooking and baking.
“Iyon na lang ang ginawa naming bonding moments ngayon, iyong pagluluto.
"At iyong swimming naman, ang ginawa ko, bumili na lang kami ng inflatable [pool] para magmukha na lang na outdoor bilang summer ngayon.
“Supposedly, swimming sa beach, pero hindi natin nagagawa.”
YASMIEN ON TEACHING AYESHA ABOUT THE "NEW NORMAL"
Her unica hija Ayesha is now seven years old.
As a mother, Yasmien knows she needs to explain to Ayesha what is happening not just in the country, but around the world.
She says, “Kailangan ko talagang i-explain sa kanya. Siguro, bilang mom, naging conscious din ako than the usual things."
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, life has done a 180-degree turn. Working parents are suddenly staying home; children can't leave the house to study, play, and meet their friends.
The Kapuso star continues, “Palagi akong nagre-remind sa kanya to always wash her hands."
Yasmien and Ayesha actually have a video where the mom teaches the daughter to wash he hands for at least "20 seconds" while singing the "chorus of 'I Know,'" one the the actress' hit songs.
The 31-year-old celebrity mom also stresses the most important thing Ayesha can do during ECQ.
"Hindi muna siya puwedeng lumabas. Kailangan nating mag-social distancing.
"At iyon na ang pinakamalaking contribution natin sa society: to stay at home."
She also looks into her daughter's overall well-being.
“Aside from that, kailangan ko rin i-protect ang mental health niya na naapektuhan dahil sa drastic change sa usual routine niya at lifestyle change.
"Iyong fact na hindi siya puwedeng mag-visit sa mga friends niya or yung mga outdoor activities, hindi na puwede and going to school.”
Lasttly, she assures her that the lifestyle change is temporary.
“Kailangan kong i-explain sa kanya ang new normal ng society at temporary lang ito.
"Na someday, magiging okay rin ang lahat at someday, puwede na siyang makapaglaro sa ibang mga kaibigan niya.”
Yasmien is surprised to know just how much children understand the situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Alam niyo, in fainess sa mga bata ngayon, meron kasi silang chatroom, they always talk about the situation. They’re very aware.
"Nakakatuwa ang mga bata ngayon, they’re very knowledgeable about the situation.”