Living One’s Passion Amid a Crisis
SMDC gives this resident an opportunity to live her passion amid the pandemic.
Jenny is among the resident-entrepreneurs in the community who are given the opportunity to sell goods in the weekend market, where other residents can buy essentials for the week—rice, meat products, vegetables, poultry supply, fruits, and even pastries and dessert. For Jenny, the weekend market not just provides income opportunities but also paves the way for her to follow her passion—cooking. Hailing from a family that finds pleasure in cooking, Jenny developed her culinary skills through her father, who was a chef at the Jai Alai Building and other restaurants. “My father made sure that I and my five siblings learned how to cook dinakdakan and other Filipino cuisines,” she recalls. “That was why I took up Hotel and Restaurant Management in college.” Opportunity during pandemic After earning her degree, Maranan worked at a couple of fastfood-restaurants before landing a front-desk job at an international hotel in Makati City. She had been working as a secretary in a clinic in St. Luke’s Medical Center in BGC for 8 years when she got married and relocated to Singapore in 2018. Life in Singapore as a full-time housewife was fun. She focused on activities that made her happy and productive. “Cooking was an outlet whenever I missed home. Special dishes brought back memories of my younger years with my family. We had feasts on our table every day,” she recounts. Jenny and her husband went on a vacation tour (Taiwan and Manila) in early 2020 and were forced to stay in Manila longer when the lockdown was declared in March. Her husband immediately went back to Singapore when flights resumed, but she decided to stay in their Trees Residences unit until the medical crisis was over.
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