Gerald Anderson made sure he stayed productive even while in quarantine. And people can now see the results of his hard work in a recent Instagram post, where he gave a sneak peek of his “almost ready” private beach resort in Zambales. It’s called Hayati.
The almost one-minute video shows a shirtless Anderson walking towards the swimming pool area by the beachfront. The clear blue skies, the sea, and magnificent mountain view serve as a scenic backdrop.
A quick glimpse of the pool area—showing beach chairs, an open kubo, a glass house—confirms the place is almost ready to accommodate guests. A-frame houses line up the area as palm trees sway with the wind. The video also briefly shows a bar cum dining area, a comfy sofa, a public comfort room/shower area, and an open-air gym already with fitness equipment.
This isn’t the first time the actor posted a video about the resort. The “A Soldier’s Heart” lead had been keeping his followers updated about the construction developments thru his YouTube channel since June.
Anderson first gave a peek of the resort when he visited his dad who seems to be watching over the place.
There were no structures yet when the actor bought the property, other than an old house which he decided to convert into a bar and dining area.
A self-confessed basketball fanatic, the first structure he built was a basketball court. There was no structure to camp in yet at that time, and he and his friends were just using tents. “Pero ang importante, meron akong basketball court,” he says in the video, smiling.
In the same vlog, Anderson shows a duplex being built for his dad. “Gusto niya medyo tago sya,” the actor says. Beside it is a garden where the older Anderson grows his vegetables like eggplant, tomato and okra. He’s into the keto diet, so he likes to include fresh veggies in his meals.
The A-frame houses, all air-conditioned, can fit up to four people—although it looks small from the outside.
The owner is quick to note that the place is not intended to be a five-star resort. But it has a very nice common CR with shower, Anderson says proudly. Towards the end of the said video, he shows what he refers to as “the best spot in the world,” pointing to the open kubo where guests can have a good view of the sunset.
At that time, the glasshouse was still under construction. He says if they decide to open the resort to the public, the glasshouse will be his private spot. The “money shot” as he calls it, is at the second floor. “Pwedeng tumambay dito. Pwede naming gawing second floor, or terrace lang or a roofdeck,” he says.
“Kapag gusto kong magpahinga or mag-chill, mag-recharge, dito ako pumupunta,” he says watching the sunset. “Pag nakita mo ang view na yan, it doesn’t matter kung ano ang pinagdadaanan mo.”
According to the Urban dictionary, “hayati” is an Arab term that means life. And to Gerald Anderson, this is what life should look like.
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