Despite 2020 being a great year for her relationship with husband TJ Monterde whom she married last year, KZ Tandingan said it didn’t end the way she wanted it to. Thus, she opened 2021 on a bittersweet note.
KZ, who recently appeared on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s show Kapamilya Chat, shared that the ongoing pandemic prevented them from celebrating the holidays with their parents whom they usually visit during Christmas and New Year.
“Actually bittersweet ‘yung celebration namin ng both Christmas and New Year kasi first time na hindi namin kasama ang families namin. Kasi kami ni TJ very close to our siblings and to our parents,” KZ said.
“So nu’ng Christmas parang kausap lang namin sila through video call tapos kaming dalawa lang dito ni TJ. Kasama namin sa bahay ‘yung dogs namin tapos ‘yung dalawa naming beki friends,” she added.
Despite the circumstances, KZ said she and TJ were able to visit Balesin Island for work which eventually became some sort of vacation.
“Birthday kasi ni TJ December 30. So pumunta kami ng Balesin tapos nag-show kami du’n tapos nag-extend na lang kami tapos du’n din kami nag-New Year. So, first time namin mag-celebrate ng Christmas and New Year together tapos ayun umalis kami,” she said.
According to KZ, 2020 was supposed to be a year full of exciting things to look forward to for both her and TJ.
“Prior to the pandemic happening, ako ‘yung tipo ng tao na mahilig mag-plano na gusto ko na kung pwede ko planuhin lahat, pa-planuhin ko. Hindi naman ako ‘yung type ng tao na kailangan ‘pag ganitong oras na, fino-follow lahat. Gusto ko lang na may structure. Gusto ko na may direction,” she said.
“So ‘yung buong 2020 was supposed to be a year na medyo puno, na madaming mangyayari sa work namin both ni TJ and sa personal na buhay namin kasi we wanted to get married nga ng 2020 and siympre kumbaga gusto namin umalis ng bansa,” she added.
Revealing her plans that did not push through in 2020, she said: “We were supposed to go abroad and study music. Medyo madami kaming plinano tapos biglang walang natuloy except for getting married, of course. But the rest, wala talagang natuloy.”
If there’s one thing she learned from last year, it’s to never plan out everything and just live in the moment.
“Tapos na-realize ko lang grabe I wasted a lot of days in 2019 worrying about what I should do sa 2020 or kung paano ko paplanunin ang 2020. Tapos ang ending, wala naman natuloy. So parang ngayon, na-realize ko na I should still be a planner, meron pa ring plano, meron pa ring vision,” she said.
She continued: Meron pa ring direkyon. But I should just try to enjoy each day as it comes. Parang ganu’n. ‘Yung hindi ko muna hahayaan ang sarili ko na mag-worry about tomorrow because tomorrow is never promised.”