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  • Fluent in English
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Art teacher, theater artist
  • Have a college degree with tons of additional units in En...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To show people the awesome truth that is the Philippines. And make new friends, of course.

ABOUT ME

Free-wheeling art teacher with a passion for music, food and travel. I've been travelling for as long as I can remember.

I can speak French reasonably well (i.e., I know how to ask for directions and know what I'm eating), am highly conversant in English and Filipino, and have had extensive studies in Valley Girl.

Am also up-to-date with most Broadway musicals and am very, very, very fond of books. Also trained in physical therapy, a useful skill when treating dancers who sprain their ankles and travellers who carry too much in their backpacks.

PHILOSOPHY

Forget regret.

Always get a phone number.

I'm here because people were good enough to love me, so it's best that I return the favor.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Right now I'm a bit busier than I'd like, but still that doesn't mean that I'm so busy that I can't play tour guide to any fun soul who finds himself in Manila.

Ordinarily, my couch would be yours! (You know who you are.)

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I once hosted 3 very good, fun people from the Up With People program in my house for 3 fantastic weeks. Love those guys to pieces. (So much so that after they left, I hosted 2 girls from the same program for another 10 days!)

I've found myself giving impromptu tours of a city I'm familiar with to people who I've met in a train station---just because. (Singapore, 2004.) It was one of the best birthdays EVAHR.

Interests

I'm interested in people, music, travel and fresh ideas. I like meeting people and sharing the fun that's my country! :)

Table-top gamers who need a gaming fix while in another country should feel free to send me a message.

  • arts
  • writing
  • books
  • literature
  • performing arts
  • concerts
  • dining
  • baking
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • anthropology
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • tours

Music, Movies, and Books

Too many to list, but particular favorites include:

Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories.
The Belgariad by David Eddings.
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.

Music, anything musical theater.
Non-musical theater interests include Duncan Sheik, Jason Mraz, John Meyer.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Start a concert series for performers in Manila.

Saw a whale give birth.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can reasonably teach someone the basics of physical therapy, creative writing and theatrical performance.

Other interests I am oddly well-versed in: gemology, tarot-card readings, baking, anthropology as it relates to mythology and literature.

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