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AJ Dee“If ever bumalik man ako kasama ang asawa ko at dalawang anak ko, gusto ko ma-experiecne ng mga anak ko ang acting eh.  Gusto ko i-introduce to them ‘yung craft ko, ‘yung passion ko.  Sabi ko, paglumaki na sila ay gusto nitong ipa-try ang aking hilig ko noon sa pag-arte.   Pero mangyayari lang ito kung nakapagtapos na sila ng pag-aaral at depende rin kung gusto ng mga bata.” 

By the time you’re reading this item, former Star Magic talent AJ Dee, and big brother of Enchong Dee, must be in Norway now to join his own family.  For the past two years of their marriage, it has been a long distance relationship. But now that they have two kids, it’s a must for him to be with them.
AJ met his wife Olga in Boracay when they shoot the movie When The Love Begins with Aga Muhlach and Anne Curtis, as lead stars.  It was not a flash in a pan love story because Olga had to go back to Norway a day after their meeting.  Through constant communication where they fell for each other, until they got married in Norway two years ago, and now they have two boys, Maximus James and Alexandros Jaden.

“Kailangan kong pumunta sa Norway, kasi ‘yung wife ko ay half-Norwegian kaya based talaga siya doon. Nagbabakasyon lang siya dito pero ngayon na may mga anak na kami, it’s a mutual decision na doon ako lumipat instead na dito sila,” he said.
He revealed that going to Norway is for good, but the best thing about it is that his wife is open to the idea of coming back to the Philippines in the future.  “If ever na bumalik man kami, gusto ko ma-experiecne ng mga anak ang acting eh.  Gusto ko i-introduce to them ‘yung craft ko, yung passion ko.  Sabi ko, paglumaki na sila ay gusto nitong ipa-try.   Pero mangyayari lang ito kung nakapagtapos na sila ng pag-aaral gusto ng mga bata,” he shared.
AJ will be working with his blog (the filodapper) which deals on men’s wear and lifestyle, and that includes travel life.  “Ang mangyari, I’ll continue my blog there and then at the same time, I will study the language. Plano ko mag-produce ng show.  Magdadala ako ng mga local artists natin kasi malaki na rin doon ang TFC community.  So, that’s one and probably,I will find a regular job,” he said.
“Hindi sila mahilig ng showbiz ang mga tao doon.  May nakausap akong mga actors doon at sabi, pang-sideline lang ang ganitong work sa kaniia.  Mayroon silang motto doon na ‘If you want to be somebody, leave Norway.’ It’s not bad at all kasi doon, pantay-pantay, walang celebritiy.  Kumbaga, kung doktor ka o working on a high position, you can still mingle with the low working class,” he related.
“Norway is a different city compared to New York or Paris, it’s more on nature. Laid back ang mga tao doon, parang hindi masyadong nagmamadali sa buhay. I think life there is much better dahil hindi ka masyado stress. Relax ka lang, ituloy mo lang ang buhay mo and everything will be fine, parang gan’un.”
AJ was a former contract star of Star Magic but he transferred to Popoy Curatativo two years ago. He did Moon of Desire and Bridges of Love under ABS-CBN.
He also shared his relationship with his younger brother, Enchong, although they soon live far apart.
“Siyempre, mayroon mag-iiba pero the brotherhood and the family sa amin ay nandoon pa rin yun.  Definitely, hindi na kami madalas magkikita hindi tulad ngayon na magkatabi pa rin kami sa kuwarto.  Alam ko na magkikita pa rin kami like every holiday.  Magme-meet pa rin kami somewhere, tulad noong nagpunta siya noong kasal ko.  Pumunta siya kasi may show sila sa London noon at nag-side trip siya sa Norway,” he shared.
Before we winded up this conversation, AJ said that he is happy leaving his parents because he’s sure his brother (Enchong) will take care of them, even if he’s busy with work.  Aside from being one of the hosts of PBB 737, Enchong is a regular in Wansapanataym, and also a recording artist.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, kung anuman ang mga dumadating na pagsubok eh, laging may katapusan ang mga ‘yan.  Kaya harapin niya na may paninindigan, h’wag siyang bibitiw, everything will be fine. Lahat ng mga tao ay nagdaan sa pagsubok pero nasa ‘yo na lang ‘yan kung gaano mo kamahal ang trabaho mo, ipaglaban mo na lang,” he ended.

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