WHEN you’re living in the metro, having your refrigerator broken may be the last thing you’d want, especially in this intense summer heat.
But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for TNT player David Semerad and fiancée Gwen Zamora in their life on a serene farm in the outskirts of a Batangas town, where they've been staying since Luzon was placed on lockdown in March.
“We don’t need much in life. Gwen and I love being outdoors. Life is so beautiful here," the former San Beda star told SPIN Life. "Even our fridge got broken. First it was tough but now, I have forgotten about it. Most people don’t have fridges here.
"We learned to cook as we go and no leftovers. Food isn’t wasted, we share it with our neighbors or we finish it,” he added. “It’s a blessing that Gwen and I have been able to fully experience living in the province and we love it.”
The couple also own a condo unit in the Big City, but it is in Semerad Cabin where they've spent the quarantine period, which rekindled the PBA player's love for the quiet farm and rekindled the green thumb he inherited from his parents.
"Growing up as a kid, I would see [my parents] gardening and we would always have a veggie patch and fruit trees in our backyard. I would love always helping plant and water the garden so I guess I got it from them,” he shared.
The quiet time in the farm, David said, enabled them to discover more about each other and realize that there’s no need for extravagance to lead a happy, contented life.
"The simple province life is beautiful. It’s a blessing that Gwen and I have been able to fully experience living in the province and we love it. The people here are very kind and friendly. Gwen has been cooking for us everyday.
"Her food is amazing. Being able to cook outside with a view and nature fully surrounding you is something special. We are busy everyday. From gardening, cooking and taking care of our son, Cooper.”
The Australia-born son of a Czech basketball player and a Filipina will be celebrating Father’s Day for the first time this month and the 29-year-old is excited to experience what the future holds for his small family.
“I can’t wait for the day where he’s big enough to tag along and join me in my farm activities. Such as watering the garden, harvesting fruits and veggies, getting bonfire wood, going on hikes and going around on the ATV.”