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  • 16 References 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French; learning French, Tagalog
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Documentary producer and independent journalist
  • Loyola University
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


Trois passions, simple mais extrêmement important: la nostalgie de l'amour, la recherche du savoir, et la pitié insupportable pour les souffrances de l'humanité.


I am a journalist, teacher, and documentary film maker. I enjoy being honest, sarcastic, being silly, discussing politics, economics, and sociology theories, making people laugh.

Web site: tessaldc.weebly.com

Check out my current project on the history of police misconduct in Chicago, which is being mentored by Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs program:
I am of mixed heritage. Filipino-American, which I was raised as, and Italian American. I am first an American but I take pride in having some knowledge, even though it is small about my ancestry. Here are two traditional dances from the Philippines where my mother is from and Sicily, where my great grandfather is from.

Filipino Tinikling dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3VlHZYe0G4

Same dance, blindfolded and twice as fast as the last one: http://www.youtube.com/user/kapwacultural#p/u/3/7rsd8UyoAjc

Tarantella Sicilian dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLZJ4t0PUqY


All you need is love :)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hosted and surfed. I plan to meet more surfers for coffee or showing them around from my lovely city of Chicago :)


In these times, it can be difficult to believe there are good people in this world. Couchsurfing is a reminder that there are in fact good people walking amongst us everyday. CS will save your life! When you cannot travel let the world come to you as they say.


See above.

  • dancing
  • walking
  • gardening
  • flowers
  • politics
  • traveling
  • sports
  • economics
  • genealogy
  • journalism
  • sociology

Music, Movies, and Books

What is the point of giving away too much information when it is more fun to show you the kind of music I like.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Life is an adventure.

Teach, Learn, Share


Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Philippines, United States

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