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I'm pretty laid-back, friendly, and sociable (I think :) Teleported from beautiful Philippines to wonderful Philadelphia. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world, learning about their culture/language, and listening to different accents. I'm always up for random adventures and exploring, or just hanging out and chillin'. I'm gonna steal part of a friend's generous reference that kinda sums it up: "Rodel dances, cooks, listens, laughs, shares, explores, respects and he does this all while keeping it real." [thanks, Kash!]
Try anything once
Reduce->Reuse->Recycle (I hate plastic)
I'm trying (hard) to practice minimalism
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I joined CS before going on a trip to Europe, wasn't able to surf but met CSers on the trip. That's when I realized that it's not just about a free place to stay but rather meeting and connecting with new people.
Hosting my first surfers was a great experience and have been enjoying it since! Before that, I helped other hosts and surfers get around our area (I played cab driver :)
I've been active within the Philly CS community and have met super cool, friendly locals and travelers in our amazing city.
My first experience was having dinner and hanging out with CSers in Vienna. It's been a fun ride ever since.
I love playing taiko (big, loud Japanese drums! check out my pics) as a member of the Philadelphia KyoDaiko Taiko group. I also like playing hand drums (djembe/doumbek) and any percussion instrument. I enjoy walking/biking/hiking/exploring both nature and cities, listening to live music, rock climbing, and other randomness. I've ran a marathon, biked 75 miles for charity, and learned skydiving under the instruction of clueless folks who could have killed me. I like trying all kinds of food. I try to do meditation, yoga or tai chi when I can. I volunteer wherever I can help (Red Cross, soup kitchens, OneBrick). I'm also an IT geek so I'm comfortable with computers and such. Oh... and I karaoke hard :)
- street art
- live music
- rock climbing
- hidden gems
- trying new foods
- hidden places
Music, Movies, and Books
music: taiko/percussion, hip hop, rap, jazz, blues, reggae, folk, anything live (open mics, street performers/buskers), love to discover new music I haven't heard before
movies: Star Wars, comedies, Chris Nolan, action, suspense, mysteries, anime, How I Met Your Mother, Walking Dead
books: sci-fi, humor, fantasy, graphic novels, whatever I find interesting at the time
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Jumping off a perfectly good airplane 15,000 feet above the Australian desert while the rest of my tour group went to the zoo.
Getting drenched at Niagara Falls from just a few feet away -- absolutely breathtaking.
Riding the Philly Naked Bike Ride is pretty awesome.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'll share anything I know and learn anything you can teach:
Filipino language and food
taiko, hand drums
computers (unix/linux/networking), electronics/gadgets
my time, my mind, and my experiences (share)
I'd like to be able to say hello and thank you in as many languages as I can (let me know on your request if you can help me).
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Hungary, Malaysia
Countries I’ve Lived In
Philippines, United States