Ang quarantine life niya sa Los Angeles, California, ang isa sa mga naikuwento ng Filipino-American international model na si Kelsey Merritt.
Sumalang siya sa Zoom conference ng Viva Artists Agency kahapon, June 24.
Ayon kay Kelsey, pagluluto at baking ang pinagkaabalahan niyang interes habang ipinatutupad ang quarantine sa California dahil sa coronavirus pandemic.
"It’s been really quiet. I haven’t really seen a lot of people since quarantine started and I haven’t been travelling at all.
"Things that I’ve discovered about myself, like, I was cooking and baking so much.
"I literally was not doing anything that I would wake up every day and my purpose for that day was to cook and bake."
Kuwento pa ng 23-year-old model, "And [in the past] I never had the time to cook for myself because I was always travelling, so I couldn’t do groceries. Otherwise, they would go bad."
Pero ngayon, ani Kelsey, "I was cooking so much and I love it so much, and I wish I have more time to do that on my normal schedule, but maybe this is my normal schedule now.”
Specialty niya ang pagluluto ng mga Filipino food tulad ng sinigang at adobo.
Masiglang lahad ni Kelsey: "I love cooking Filipino food.
"Sinigang, apparently, it’s so easy to cook. You literally threw things in the pot where you, like, have to saute stuff. But you threw everything and then it cooks so quick and I never realized how quick it cooks.
"And then adobo is so good too."
Lumitaw ang excitement sa mukha ni Kelsey nang mapag-usapan ang paggawa nito ng pandesal, na paboritong-paborito niya at naka-post sa kanyang Instagram account noong April 7, 2020.
"I was craving it so much and you wouldn’t believe this.
“Toilet paper was selling out in the States, hand sanitizers was selling out.
"One other thing I couldn’t get was all-purpose flour.
"I couldn’t get flour anywhere, so as soon as I was able to buy one, I was, like, okay, I was making pandesal. I’m craving so much.
"When I go home, I literally tell my mom, ‘Ma, please, like, go to the store in the morning and buy pandesal.'
"And it’s my favorite to have with coffee.
"And the thing is, like, everytime I go home, my mom, like, 'They don’t have anymore.'
"Kasi parang they went around 7 a.m. and you have to go like 6 a.m. They have to go so early to get pandesal, so I made it."
Tuwang-tuwang kuwento pa ni Kelsey tungkol sa unang beses na gumawa siya ng pandesal, "It was so good fresh out of the oven. It was so crispy on the outside and so soft in the inside."
Gumawa si Kelsey ng kasaysayan sa ating bansa dahil siya ang unang Pilipina model na rumampa para sa Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show noong 2018 at nag-pictorial para sa pamosong Sports Illustrated noong 2019.
Muling nagkaroon si Kelsey ng photo shoot para sa Sports Illustrated noong February 2020, na ire-release dapat noong nakaraang buwan pero na-delay dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic.
Noong nakaraang linggo, June 13, ipinakilala si Kelsey bilang bagong talent ng Viva Artists Agency, dahil ito ang magiging representative niya sa kanyang modelling career at mga product endorsements sa Pilipinas.
Limang taon ang kontrata na pinirmahan ni Kelsey sa talent-management arm ng Viva Communications Inc.
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