For most people, going to the beach is a requisite in maintaining sanity. The idea of living there may be unimaginable, but for young actress and mother Andi Eigenmann, it’s now a reality.
You might ask, why would the star leave the city when she's been "living the life?" Freedom and simple life, she tells ABS-CBN Lifestyle. Like the carefree and adventurous person that she is, Andi, or “Mermandi” as she fondly calls herself, has always dreamed of living by the beach. “(It) has always been a long term goal for me growing up. Although I used to think I’d have to be extremely wealthy to do that. As I got older and as I exposed myself to the lifestyle, I realized it had nothing to do with wealth. The possibility is there as long as you really want it. After years of weighing my options, I just took the step. The city life just isn’t for me,” she reveals.
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Now at 28 and with a seven-year-old daughter Ellie, Andi has finally decided to make her dream come true as she prepares to move to Baler. She shares in one of her Instagram posts, “Almost half a year ago, Ellie and I have begun doing everything by ourselves. A lot have said that it was a crazy decision for me to make, but I don’t regret it one bit. Life has been so much happier for us as soon as we started ‘living simply’.”
As we followed Andi and Ellie's big move to Baler, we learned a couple of things from the mother-and-daughter tandem. Continue reading below to pick up a few thoughts from Andi.
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1. It’s not impossible.
To live a simpler life may be daunting to some, but it’s not a ridiculous thought, Andi says. “The possibility is there as long as you really want it. After years of weighing my options, I just took the step. The city life just isn’t for me,” she relates as her deciding factor in moving.
2. Changes are inevitable.
Moving to somewhere new, more so in a totally different environment, there will always be changes—and not all these are negative. Andi saw how her daughter learned to adjust quickly and become a more responsible kid, “The development in Ellie’s character has been immense! From learning how to do chores without anybody telling her to do so, to allowing her to give away all her toys to the kids without any, and to seeing the world with me and learning about how to be a better human being day by day,” to quote her caption. When asked about what her plans are for Ellie in the province, Andi says. “I know that although I’d like to be based in Baler, I can’t necessarily stay there full time ‘cause Ellie studies in Manila. But I’m also aware of the benefits of raising a child in such an environment. So, I’d like to be able to expose Ellie to this lifestyle as much as I could in order to help mold her into the type of human I’d love for her to become: Well- rounded, humble, and independent. It’s such a joy for me that Ellie enjoys the outdoors and the ocean as much as I do.”
3. You’ll learn more about yourself.
As you go through challenges, you’ll discover about your individuality. “I don’t take her on my adventures to keep her locked up in my arms. I bring her along so that she could create her own adventures, and because I want her to experience how it is to feel free,” Andi says of Ellie.
4. You get to appreciate the little things.
And lastly, it all leads to enjoying life’s simplest pleasures. “Fresh and cheap seafood, easy access to waves, no pollution, and growing her own vegetables” are just some of the things she’s looking forward to in living in Baler. But the best part? “It’s about enjoying every moment I get to spend with this special human being, hoping to create a bond that will never be broken, no matter where life takes us. Time is the only luxury that means a lot to me, and I would like to spend it wearing my most precious jewel— the arms of my dear Ellie around my neck, best way I can.”
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Photos from instagram.com/andieigengirl