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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish, Tagalog
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • brazen cultural anthropologist for human rights (in train...
  • very well. taking my MA in Anthropology
  • From Canberra, Australia til age 8, and QC, Philippines ever since
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Right now, to escape to singapore to see fujiya & miyagi. In general, to get that sartori experience as anthropologically and personally as possible

ABOUT ME

I'm overworked and underpaid, but I'm the kind of person who believes (or convices herself to believe) that it's all worth it. I used to be impulsive and throw monkey wrenches in the machinery, in a kind of introverted way. I'd like to think that I still am that person. Anyone want to help?

PHILOSOPHY

If you will it enough, the universe does work in your favor. Everything in between is meant to happen to get you there. Wanderlust is a way of life.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

well... I have a couch in the attic, currently empty. Can also offer travel advice, to backpackers and people interested in the real Philippines.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

bummed with a friend of a friend a couple of times. willing to take it to the next level with total strangers.

Interests

Backpacking. Various forms of nuances and novelty, public transport and imagining what kind of lives other people are living. I like Tom Robbins and Leonard Cohen very, very much. and indie label bands and all sorts of things in the realm of literature, art, and counter-culture. I like random graffiti and other little surprises. I like to indulge in the fundamental pleasure derived from travel.

  • arts
  • culture
  • literature
  • human rights
  • cooking
  • traveling
  • backpacking
  • anthropology
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

music: leonard cohen, radiohead, death cab for cutie, the beatles, elvis costello, beck, ted leo and the pharmacists, wilco, tom waits, joy division, the police, otis redding, caetano veloso, baden powell, (tropicalismo movement in general), seu jorge, phoenix, the killers, rufus wainwright, sufjan stevens, elliott smith, xavier rudd, beirut, explosions in the sky, the new pornographers, the album leaf, the knife, fujiya & miyagi, lcd soundsystem, panda bear, pinikpikan, minus the bear, the flaming lips, cake, they might be giants, pavement, grandaddy, drive-by truckers, girl talk, vampire weekend, and, um, many more

movies: before sunrise, before sunset, science of sleep, amelie, habana blues, ciudade de deus, y tu mama tambien, annie hall, l.a.story, almost famous, taxi driver, cool hand luke, two for the road, once, persepolis, it happened one night, a streetcar named desire,

books: the whole oeuvre of leonard cohen, tom robbins, sylvia plath, vladimir nabokov, jack kerouac, richard brautigan, charles bukowski, kurt vonnegut, jr, alex garland, zadie smith, michel foucault, nancy-scheper hughes, travelogues, ethnographies, and graphic novels. shopgirl (steve martin), anil's ghost (michael ondjaante), etc.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Spent the night outside a Barcelona train station in November and witnessed a 4am car chase culminate across the street, with a crash, smashed windows, gunshots, and Catalan vulgarities while pulling bodies out by their hair. Wasn't sure if it was the mafia or ununiformed cops, used backpack as makeshift bulletproof vest. Fortunately, it was the latter.

Teach, Learn, Share

i'm getting pretty verbose in human rights and cultural anthropology. I think I could learn plenty more about it though. I'm really good at research, driving through Manila traffic, and getting into strange situations but making it out alive through feigned innocence. But I can't cook, can't speak enough languages, and I'm not really that athletic. Would love to, but can't seem to get myself to, hitchhike.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, China, France, Italy, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Philippines

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