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Joey Rana

Stockton, California, United States

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Overview

  • 30 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Tagalog; learning Chinese, Malay, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Former Businessman, now unemployed a...
  • Ateneo de Manila University (Biology...
  • From Antipolo, Rizal
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To find my true calling in life, to be a better man and travel the world and hopefully make something out of it

ABOUT ME

I now starting to inch my way in getting a direction in life. In the past, I always have a concrete plan in but since small things go in different directions, it seems that I lose composure and not knowing what to do later on. So, my new approach now in life is take it every week and don't plan to far ahead since many things can happen even in a span of a few months.

However, I stay positive and I still believe that GOD has something planned well for us. As for a career, I like to make something on my own and proud of doing and not something that is needed to be done or just for money. Life may not go always at our ways, but I would try to live life at the fullest.

My Lakbayan grade is C+!How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!Created by Eugene Villar.

visited 45 states (90%)Create your own visited map of The United States

PHILOSOPHY

"Live life to your fullest."

"It is better to do nothing and be happy than doing something that you don't like."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love to travel but I always want to keep it on a small budget since money is something not grown on trees. Also, I love to travel alone but sometimes I like to meetup with different people along the way regardless of any kind of race, sexual orientation, status etc. and hopefully write about my experience. Also, it was CS that made me have new friends when I moved to a different country. I love experience people's respective beliefs and cultures especially that is different from mine. Lately, I've been feeling sorry about my life and how it is currently going but now I must stop this nonsense and move forward and I believe being active in CS is a good way to start that.

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COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have hosted a Chinese father and son from Foshan, China, Jim and Neil Peng. Also, Noah Klinger and Marsha Song from the US. These are all in the Philippines

Showed Cecilia Sadikin of Surabaya around Manila for 2 days. Traveled with Lyra Valles around Cebu, Maria Gonzales- Calvo de Miguel around Bohol for 3 days, Chrissy Morgan (THEBLISSFULCHEF) Bangkok for 2 days and Victoria Ilyina Phuket for 3 days. Lyra of Cebu was able to show me around her beautiful city for a day and would love to see it more.

Surfed:
Jon Tull of Cebu, 3 nights
Eunice Su-Ai of Marine Parade SG, 4 nights
Danielle Faulkner of Tongyeong, South Korea, 3 nights
Sam Loh of Ping Shek Estates, Hong Kong, 4 nights
Julie Baas of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 3 nights
JJ Huang of Taipei, Taiwan, 2 nights
Dawn Dinh, San Francisco, 2 nights

Gatherings attended:
thirstdays (CS Manila)
Viaje Del Sol (CS Manila)
Postal Tour (CS Manila)
Gourmandism night (CS Manila)
CS HK Dimsum October 2010
CS Bangkok Wednesday Meetup December 2010
SLMM monthly meetups December, January, March, April, June, July
Yosemite Trip (CS Sac, SLMM, East Bay)
Fiesta Friday: May, June, July (CS Sac)
Tasty Tuesdays: June (CS Sac)

Interests

Triathlon, traveling, writing (soon to be), meeting new people, talking about history and current events.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Hip-hop (50 cent, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, etc.); R&B (Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Brian McKnight, etc.); OPM or oringinal Pinoy Music especially alternative rock like Earaserheads, Sandwich, Rivermaya, etc. and some Latin (Carlos Santana, Shakira and Ricky Martin)

Movies: Life is Beautiful, Without Limits, Cinderella Man, Million Dollar Baby, The Rookie.

Books: Not much maybe Lonely Planet books and Frommers

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I would never thought that my girlfriend would love me on October 3, 2006. Now, I am trying to get back to her (hopefully it happens).

Teach, Learn, Share

Since moving from the Philippines, I haven't been using couchsurfing when it comes to hosting and surfing. However, if it wasn't for meetups and gatherings, I wouldn't have made friends.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Philippines, United States

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