Patricia Panigoro talks with Ajeng G. Anindita about her life during the lockdown, her newfound hobbies in the outdoors and her life’s wisdom.
Doing a photo shoot and interview with Patricia Panigoro has always been fun. For one, the model turned stay-at-home mother is a natural in front of the camera. And two, the easy-going energy that she manifests throughout the day is contagious. Patricia seamlessly transitions from one outfit to another, while keeping a smile plastered on her face. It was also quite humid on the day of the shoot, but the former model stayed professional and happy during our outdoor photo shoot session in South Jakarta. Afterwards, we sat down for a chat on what she has been up to during the lockdown and more.
It’s no secret that Patricia loves travelling. If her social media content hasn’t given it away yet, our previous interviews and stories had her talking about the exciting travel destinations she has visited. Before the lockdown happened, we saw her a lot in Points Geek’s YouTube channel, Travel Secrets, along with Marianne Rumantir and Luna Maya. Travel Secrets is a non-scripted web series offerings tips and tricks on travelling and how it can be accessible for everyone. “They asked me to join for a few episodes and I didn’t hesitate to accompany them on their trips to Europe,” Patricia points out. “It is a very exciting thing to do especially with good friends of mine who share the same hobby. We love doing adventure, exploring new places and hunting for good food.”
Of course, the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns has taken its toll on avid travellers like Patricia. “I guess the best thing to do is just to stay productive during these critical times,” she remarks. “We have to adjust our lives and try our best to live as normal as we can at home.”
Adjusting to the new demands of domestic life under “new normal” conditions also proved to be quite the new thing for Patricia, as she has to deal with everything from online classes for her children to meeting her friends virtually. For one, when you are housebound, inevitably your activities will lean heavily towards the digital side of things, especially through social media.
For Patricia, being active on social media is important not only to keep up with the news, but also to help spread positive and healthy messages. She believes in the power of social media and she wants to use her platform to empower others and inspire positivity. Of course, it is also quite adorable to see her bonding with her daughter in her TikTok channel. From our previous conversations, we also knew that Patricia has a knack for cooking and baking, especially for her family. She tells us that, throughout the lockdown, she has been busy in the kitchen learning new recipes and preparing them for her family. Last Ramadan, Patricia finally built up the courage to sell her cookies and cakes.
“Honestly, the purpose was to donate the profits to charity – that’s what I wanted to do,” Patricia recalls. “But, thank God, people really liked and appreciated them: friends, family and even new people through social media. I didn’t expect that. And it is quite rewarding to see repeat orders from someone I just knew from social media.” She sells her baked goods through her Instagram account, @momma_patz, with the help of her sister-in-law.
Speaking about charity, Patricia also mentioned that in the future, she would want to do more volunteer work – which she actually touched on during our last interview with her. A few years ago, she went to Cambodia to rebuild houses for a local village. Patricia and other volunteers managed to rebuild 18 houses at that time. “I don’t want to simply donate money; I want to give back and actively participate, whether it’s through my time or my energy.”
“Happiness, for me is when I know I can make even the smallest impact in other people’s lives – even if it’s just to make them smile” – PATRICIA PANIGORO
When the government started to ease out Large Scale Social Restrictions through a number of transition phases, Patricia discovered new hobbies to counter her lack of traveling. “After four months staying home, the first thing I did was trekking in Curug, Bogor, West Java,” she elaborates. “I did eight kilometres and it was quite challenging as I wasn’t exactly the most active person, nor was I into sports before all this. But since then, I got really into it and find it really enjoyable. I also started cycling recently.” She also finds that being in nature and outdoor spaces really helps her stay positive. It also helps her recharge.
That being said, Patricia admits that she had her ups and downs throughout the lockdown. So, what’s her secret to staying in a positive state of mind and returning after the downs? “I won’t say that I’m a positive person 24/7. Of course, I have my bad moments where I feel hopeless when my anxiety kicks, especially with all the uncertainties in the world,” she shares. “It’s necessary for me to, once in a while, sit back and reflect; to remind myself that my family is healthy and safe, that I can still wake up in the morning and just breathe.”
Patricia continues: “There are people out there stuck inside their homes without enough food or not food at all. I believe it’s important to have a good support system in your family and friends. They are there to remind ourselves to stay sane and positive.”
What has been her biggest lesson she learned during the pandemic? “I think this lockdown has forced us to face ourselves. It’s like the universe is giving us the opportunity to spend all the time to heal ourselves, to look within and connect to your soul. It also brings us closer than before and makes us appreciate the small things in life while giving us a new perspective on life.
“I remember the best piece of advice I’ve ever received. Basically it’s that people spend so much time trying to be more physically attractive that we often forget how important it is being mentally attractive. So, I think we need to educate ourselves, address our toxic thoughts, deal with our insecurities and learn to be happy on our own. Do your work on personal growth. And that’s a very good reminder to keep.”
One thing for sure, Patricia is always grateful and happy with her life, no matter what happens. “There’s ups and downs in life; we need them both to keep us balanced. Life is an art and happiness is an inside job. We are essentially forced to keep learning, to love, to respect and to accept ourselves as we are. Feeling content is a form of self-love. And if you love yourself you can spread that happiness and love to others. Happiness, for me is when I know I can make even the smallest impact in other people’s lives – even if it’s just to make them smile.”
As our chat came to a close, Patricia expresses her hopes and dreams for the future: “I guess when the pandemic is over, I hope for a better world than the one we live in today. We all have important roles to play. We need to lead with positive minds because it will be about coming together instead of being divided. Humanity is at its best when we are united.” Cheers to that.
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