MANILA, July 9 (Mabuhay) — Rich Asuncion recently opened up about her life in Australia as she hopes to inspire her social media followers to keep moving forward even during challenging times.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the actress said she has been working as a waitress amid the pandemic.

Asuncion admitted that she had a hard time accepting it first, but she eventually realized that there is nothing wrong with the job.

“Tagal ko ring naghanap ng work. Kailangan mo ‘yun dito dahil ‘pag sa bahay ka lang, mas lalo kang malulungkot. Marami naman kasing opportunities dito basta ‘di ka lang mapili. So ‘yun na nga, dahil ‘di na ako nagpaka-choosy, sinubukan ko na ang pagwi-waitress. Casual job at a restaurant,” she said.

She went on: “Noong una nahirapan akong tanggapin pero na-realize ko ngayon, ano naman ang masama doon? Part pa rin naman siya ng Tourism course na kinuha ko sa UP. At wala akong karapatang mag-inarte kasi nabigyan ako [ng] panibagong chance to start anew.”

According to Asuncion, her new job as a waitress is important to her as she, like most people, strives to navigate the “new normal” caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

“I know most of us will need to adjust to a new/different life after this pandemic. And that’s not all that bad. To be able to survive through this is already a blessing. As hard at it may seem, look for the silver lining,” she said.

“Hold on and say I am still a champion. Be grateful because some people have lost more than you already have. Sa ngayon ay tanggap ko na at masaya na ako sa bago kong buhay kasama ang aking pamilya,” she added.

Aside from being a waitress, Asuncion said she is also set to continue her studies and was offered a full-time job at a day care center, allowing her to work closely with her daughter Bela.

On top of these, she and her husband, Filipino-Australian rugby player Benjamin Mudie, have “put down a reservation for our future home here in Australia.”

“Life is indeed a journey full of highs and lows, but you should never stop moving and you should always keep moving forward,” she said. (MNS)

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