Actress Maxene Magalona has returned to the Philippines after more than a year of being based in Bali, Indonesia.
Maxene, 34, shared the news with her followers on Thursday, March 11, as she posted a photo of herself taken in Manila, according to its geotag.
"Mabuhay," she simply wrote in the caption.
In a subsequent post, Maxene said it still hasn't sunk in that she's finally back home after living in Bali for over a year.
"Being on a tropical island for a long time and then having to come back to a city will not be the smoothest transition. Thankfully, I have to stay in quarantine for a couple of weeks before I can 'go back to the real world' which will give me enough time to adjust," she said.
Maxene added that being back in Manila, still with the coronavirus pandemic going on, is definitely going to be a new experience for her as they weren't living in strict lockdown in Bali.
"Everyone was free to go around whenever and wherever. So instead of resisting and complaining about not having as much freedom as I used to, I’ve decided to use this time in quarantine for self-reflection, detoxification, and integration," she said.
"Celebrating my return home by returning to my true self. I’m finally home, Manila. I am my own home," she added.
Just last March 1, Maxene marked her first year of living in Bali. In an Instagram post, she described the past year as the "most eye-opening and soul awakening time of my life."
In a previous interview on Magic 89.9, Maxene said she and her husband Rob Mananquil were in Bali for a yoga teachers training in March last year when lockdown measures were put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, prompting them to extend their stay on the island.
"Our schedule for the training was March 1 to 24 and during the middle of March, that's when the lockdown started happening," she said.
"We had the option to fly home or if not, we were going to get stranded here. We figured, because coming here to the teachers training, one of my intentions, one of my goals, was to actually heal myself, my mental condition... My intention was to not give in to fear, to just trust the process and to surrender, and that I think was the perfect challenge for me... I felt like I owed it to myself to really stick it out and just trust the process and surrender it to God. So, we decided to stay," she added.
Maxene admitted that she was initially nervous about living in Bali.
"I'll be honest, I was anxious. I was, like, 'What happens if I get sick? What happens if I run out of funds?' So, I was, like, no, I'm going to stick to this and really invest my time, my energy, my money into this healing process and so far, so good, it's been turning out really well. We've been extending our visas. Even if nagkaroon na ng flights, my husband and I decided to stay and really give our all into this healing journey of ours," she said.