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Athena Tabula

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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Overview

  • 8 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Wanderer
  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Science...
  • From Raised in Manila but grew up in the states
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

"Not all who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien

ABOUT ME

I am the host of my own reality TV show, which only plays in my head but if this dream were to come true, I already have a kickass playlist for the soundtrack of my life!!! This trip has many purposes for me. I worked way too much and almost needed surgery on both hands, so I quit my job, packed all my belongings and decided to travel SE Asia. I wanted to visit countries I had never seen before, eat amazing food, learn about Buddhism, attend a handful of cultural events & festivals, take frame-able pictures, visit some family, enhance my practice of yoga, make some new friends, and live to tell a couple of once-in-a-lifetime stories. In all this, I've learned the most important lesson of life: that â

PHILOSOPHY

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" -Anais Nin

Doing new things is a scary concept, but they say: "Gradually you realize it's like a wave. Resist and you'll be knocked over. Dive into the possibilities and you'll swim out the other end." - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Oh you know, flipping through profiles to find amusing and funny responses to these fill-in text boxes.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I love this community! I have had some amazing (and some interrresting) stories so far since I began participating. It's fun to meet strangers from all walks of life (as long as it's safe of course) and be able to connect with them by sharing the same interest - organic traveling.

Interests

Beer
Wine
Rum
Bedtime stories
A good laugh!
Movies, especially indie & foreign films
Music
YOGA.
Hiking, surfing, diving, snorkeling, laughing, anything active
Karaoke
Live music
Festivals
Food
Cooking
Washing dishes

Music, Movies & Books

A preview of my musical taste:
The Beatles, Massive Attack, Anjulie, Citizen Cope, The Roots, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Adele, Foster the People, Phoenix, U2, Lykke Le, Drake, Wax Tailor, Wax Poetics, Yo-Yo Ma, Diana Krall, AWOLNATION, A Tribe called Quest, The Heavy, Anjulie, Band of Horses, Herbie Hancock, Enigma, Jack Johnson, Boyz II Men, John Mayer, Lizz Wright, Josh Rouse, Lauryn Hill, RJD2, The Black Keys, Hot Chip, Joe Strummer, El Ten Eleven, Lupe Fiasco..........I could go on!!!

Movies: Fight Club, My Blue Valentine, Sin Nombre, City of God, Biutiful, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Inception, Candy, Hard Candy, Up, Finding Nemo, Bridesmaids

Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, The Social Animal by David Brooks, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Some of the coolest things I have been fortunate to experience:

Woke up to the bells of La Giralda tower in Sevilla, Spain every morning during one hot summer

Saw a bullfight in Madrid while consoling my vegetarian girlfriends

Became mesmerized by a truly amazing flamenco dance in Granada, Spain

Watch "Wicked" in Seoul, South Korea

Got lost in the middle of the bustling city of Busan, South Korea

Watched Lolitas walk around and went shopping in Harajuku

Experienced for the first time a traditional Japanese onsen in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture in Japan

Traveled back in time to experience the Edo period at Edo Wonderland in Nikko Edo Village

Tasted the best okonomiyaki by a generous stranger whom I met on the bullet train from Kyoto to Osaka

Went as far up to the 5th station of Fujiyama

Saw the daibutsu in Kamakura and prayed for my blessing and safety

Got a tattoo in Manila

Got a tattoo on 6th St in Austin, TX

Fed deer in the parks and streets in Nara, Japan

Paid homage to the dead at the Hiroshima Peace Park and Historical Museum

Admired the floating Torii and watched the sunset at a temple on the island of Miyajima

Vowed to return to Sevilla one day

Visited a winery in Cadiz

Ate kobe beef in Kobe, Japan

Enjoyed the Tower Bridge more than the London Bridge in England

Skipped the other touristy places in London and instead visited a homeless shelter for a day (unforgettable day)

Saw the mystery in Mona Lisa's smile at the Louvre, Paris

Began my museum love affair inside Prado in Madrid

Almost bought a Swarovski at the Swarovski Crystal Museum in Austria (bought a Toblerone instead)

Climbed up Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, a fortress-like tuff cone rising out of the ocean off Jeju Island, South Korea

Discovered a breath-taking 600 metre-long path limestone cave in northeast Japan (Abukuma Limestone Cave)

Witnessed the devastating remnants from the tsunami blow in the Fukushima prefecture. (Daiichi nuclear disaster area)

Found a very deep spiritual connection by meditating with a blind Japanese monk in central Kyoto

Got body-slammed and got covered in mud at the annual Boryeong Mud Festival

Jumped off an abandoned lighthouse near a remote island in Malaysia. (Perhentian)

Saw the sun rise and set over the 800-year-old temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Taught English to Khmer children in a very poor rice village in Siem Reap.

Learned to fly a single-engine propeller over Las Vegas, Nevada

Sky-dived over Jean, Nevada

Skinny-dipped in a secret Costa Rican laguna atop a cloud rainforest

Walked the Spanish Steps

Flipped a coin over Trevi Fountain

Visited Socrates' jail cell in Pompeii

Saw the balcony in which "Romeo and Juliet" was transpired by Shakespeare in Verona, Italy

Learned to surf up the coast of Nicoya Peninsula at Playa Negra

Spent one night in a jail cell (Switzerland)

Swam in the Mediterranean sea (Cadiz)

Unsuspectingly became a movie extra in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Worked and lived in movie house, bar and restaurant in Phnom Penh

Got my SSI Open Water Diving Certification in Koh Tao, Thailand

Worked on a permaculture project in Koh Phangan, Thailand

Discovered Molly at the Full Moon Party in Haad Rin in Koh Phangan

Rendezvoused with a fling in Koh Samui

Braved the streets of Khao San Road

Visited Pantip Plaza in Bangkok

Enjoyed dinner and a date at the Siam Center in Bangkok

Went tubing down the famous Vang Vieng river in Laos

Endured a harrowing 28-hour bus ride from 4,000 Islands up to Vientianne in Laos

Participated in Loy Krathong Festival by releasing Khom Loy and Loy Krathongs in Thailand

Teach, Learn, Share

I can tell you a few lame jokes... ;)
Just kidding. I have lots to teach and share, see below! :)

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Nicaragua, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Philippines, Spain, United States

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