Gone are my dreams of singing on a huge stage and becoming a rockstar, oh, wait I was able to achieve both, so let me rephrase that. Gone is my life of being a rockstar and we’ll leave it to the experts, one of which would be my awesome friend May Chelle Baay. Maysh, is an all-around rockstar. Not only is she the lead vocalist and guitar player for the band Moonstar88, a mom to her daughter Cahaya, and finishing her master’s degree, but she’s the reigning Ms. Gold’s Gym Philippines, which means that if she has time to do all these, we can to!
What better way to meet up with her but at the gym. She invited me to go to Gold’s Gym Acropolis to do a quick workout before our interview. Her drink of choice was a concoction that she called Recovery Mimosa, it’s a mixture of BCAA (Branched-Chain Amino Acid), an after-workout drink and sparkling wine. Watch the video and find out what we talked about.
HOW DID WE MEET?
I think it’s one of them Sterten nights. Sterten is that icon place, nuks, iconic! Sa 307, alam ko pa talaga yung room number di ba?
She’s probably right hahaha! I’m really not sure how Maysh and I met but it’s either at Sterten or at a gig. We’ve known each other for years. Once upon a time, I used to be in a band called Olympic Smoker with then Moonstar88 bassist Paolo Bernaldo and I guess through him, Maysh and I became friends.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOTHER?
Maysh: Everything naman that I do in my life, I try to contribute to the society, pero siguro ito yung the most fulfilling that I’ve done in my life. To raise someone, who will not only reflect your values but also the values that you aspire to have as a person.
IF YOU CAN SPEND YOUR RETIREMENT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Maysh: Siguro Bohol or Palawan. We’ve always liked the idea of living outside Metro Manila and hopefully, malapit sa bundok or sa dagat, or kung posibleng pareho. Simple lang, mabagay lang na buhay.
WHAT SONG CHEERS YOU UP?
Maysh: “Can’t Stop” ngayon ng Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’m trying to do more cardio now, so parang sha ang nagdadrive sa akin to finish a 20-minute sprint sa treadmill.
“It can be simple as something that can make you happy to something more revolutionary. Ang laki ng capacity ng music to be used and utilized in society, from a personal experience to something so huge that can change a society.”
WHAT FOOD MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER?
Maysh: Hindi sha food e, drink sha, milk tea. It was the last thing on my list na kailangan kong i-let go nung time na I was preparing for Bodycon. Guilty pleasure ko, masarap e, ang sarap nya di ba?
WHAT TRAIT DO YOU HAVE THAT YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?
Maysh: Practicing more compassion lang. Sometimes I think that everybody can think in a certain way that I do. There are things that make me feel so impatient, like if I’m guiding a person and he’s not meeting his goal or target, hindi ko agad agad napapractice yung compassion, mabilis akong mafrustrate.
IF YOU’RE WONDER WOMAN FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DAY LIKE?
Maysh: Hindi ba parang ganun naman ngayon?
Maysh: Jusko, baka yung sagot ko nanaman nyan pang Ms. Universe. Maglilipat ako ng yelo sa Pilipinas from a polar cap, para medyo malamig naman dito.
Maysh: Binabawan ko na lang.
HOW IMPORTANT IS MUSIC TO PEOPLE?
Maysh: It can be simple as something that can make you happy to something more revolutionary. Ang laki ng capacity ng music to be used and utilized in society, from a personal experience to something so huge that can change a society.
WHAT MAKES YOU GIVE UP SOMETHING?
D: Pwede ring someone.
Maysh: Self-love. Iiyak na ako nyan.
D: Oh my God! Hahaha!
Maysh: I can love someone, especial friends and family. If that person is hurting me intentionally because he or she knows that he or she can, I think that’s the deal breaker. At some point, you know that it’s a sin, tama na kasi you know that that person already knows how to hurt you and they will keep doing that.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FINALLY TAKE CARE OF THEIR BODY?
Maysh: Just do it, guys! Jusko, wag na masyadong pagisipan. I’m a very cerebral person, I always say that I have to be smart with what I do kasi I always have limited time with everything that I want to do, but just do it. But if you fall at some point, and you stopped working out, go restart. It’s something na wala namang nagsastop sayo from doing it, have some fun din naman, like I do.
WHY IS BCAA AND SPARKLING WINE YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS?
Maysh: Let’s call this the recovery mimosa.
D: Sige, recovery mimosa.
Maysh: Inimbento ko lang ito for you, Denise. Whenever I travel, I try to book a wine tour if it’s a wine country pero sobrang pabebe lang ako, I like the sparklings, the white wines, yung semi-dry lang, ganyan. This one, I just thought of it because we’re working out today and I thought that we can mix my favorite recovery drink and my favorite wine, somehow nagwork naman sha.