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  • Fluent in English, English, Tagalog; learning Chinese, Spanish, Thai
  • 113, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • full-time dreamer (part-time grad student)
  • USA & South Africa
  • From Manila, Philippines + California, USA
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About Me


to laugh with people of every culture


i travel to feed my spirit. i like to play music and listen to music. i like to dance and work out, and i can't stop taking pictures after i blew all my money on a digital SLR. i'm a coffee addict, and i always dream of being a lounge singer in a smoky bar ...


spend as much time as possible playing guitar under a coconut tree.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


i've couchsurfed or met up with couchsurfers in asia, california, & latin america. when i'm not traveling, i can host people in the city i love and call home- san francisco!


i've hooked up with cs'ers in the us, latin america & asia, and i've couchsurfed in the us, canada, mexico, chile, peru & ecuador


good, strong coffee
... especially with condensed milk
shiraz, malbec & 2-buck chucks
guava juice or diet coke
... with ice
beautiful, intelligent spaces
nice guitars
minty & tropical smells
music festivals
live jazz
beaches with coconut trees
... especially when I am in them
community-based tourism
anything to do with the Philippines

Music, Movies, and Books

Janelle Monaie, Liane La Havas, Gotan Project
Daft Punk, Bajofondo, Mafikizolo
John Mayer, Juanes, Alicia Keys
India Arie, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu
Miles, Coltrane, Etta James
Stevie Wonder, Sting, Bob Marley
Tribe Called Quest, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco
Seu Jorge, Ceu, Bebel Gilberto, Elis Regina
Sade, John Scofield, Nora Jones
Sara Tavares, Nelly Furtado, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill
Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway

The Band That Played
The Visitor
Color Purple
Motorcycle Diaries
Cinema Paradiso
Dekada 70
Central Station
City of God
Amores Perros
Strictly Ballroom
scary movies
anything by Almodovar, Diaz-Abaya, or Brocka

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

silence in Vanuatu

Teach, Learn, Share

i'll cook some filipino food for you, share my love of my city, share my massive world music collection, & make some good exotic mixed drinks...

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, France, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu

Countries I’ve Lived In

Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, United States

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