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I like being the ambassadress of the Filipinos to wanderers from all over the world :) I like showing how modern, diverse, fun, and open-minded locals can be.
Happily backpacking about - discovering new sights, sounds, words, moves, tastes, personalities. I love anything and everything about travel - the drives, the dives, the swims, the hikes, the flights, the hassles, the serendipitous moments, the great bargains, the drunkenness, the randomness, the completed itineraries, the sleepless nights, the new cultures, the same beliefs, the languages, the independence.
Things happen for a reason.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Been hosting surfers at my flat, but I also love hitting people up for drinks, food, partying, jamming, dancing, chilling out, or just hanging out. Been surfing as well, and it's just as fun!
I've hosted quite a few surfers already, some from requests and some just from random circumstances :) I've always met up with travelers from a different travel forum and I like bringing people around as a local, so I do the same here in CS.
Scuba diving. Driving around - cars, bicycles, motorbikes. Backpacking. Beer. Whiskey. Movies. Music. Concerts. Dance. Dance parties. Beer. Whiskey. Chill out sessions. Beaches. Traveling. Gadgets. Beer. Wine. Whiskey. ;P
Music, Movies, and Books
MOVIES - Life Aquatic, Requiem For A Dream, Rush, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Zombieland, Love Actually, Almost Famous, The Beach, The Hangover, Trainspotting, American History X, Dead Poets Society, Le Grand Bleu, Once, Whiplash, Perks of Being a Wallflower, A Map for Saturday
BOOKS - Join Me, Yes Man, Shadow Divers, Are You Dave Gorman, The Alchemist, The Last Dive, Geography of Bliss, Trainspotting, Tuesdays With Morrie, Neither Here Nor There, I'll Never Be French
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I don't think I can single out just a ONE :P
- diving around amazing things like massive manta rays, hammerheads, a mola-mola, and a whaleshark
- trekking into a crater in Mt. Maughan in Mindanao, Philippines
- got swept away by the currents of the Messina Strait in Sicily and survived to tell the story
- seeing a humpback whale, a pair of juvenile sperm whales, and a pod of dolphins on the way to a dive safari in Mindoro, Philippines
- Tomorrowland 2014
- watch a cheetah successfully chase after an impala in Kenya
- diving between 2 continents in Silfra, Iceland
- getting my footage included in Coldplay's music video for "Amazing Day" :D
Teach, Learn, Share
I try to learn the language basics of countries I visit after seeing how much warmer locals become when you don't start off with asking them whether or not they spoke English ;) Given that, I'd also be happy to share basic lessons on my native tongue – Filipino – or even some of the essential basics I know of Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Japanese, and Italian :) I play the guitar, a bit of the ukelele, and the "kahon" (box percussion). It's always fun jamming with my guests! If I'm free on weekends, I can take you out to the beach for diving, just chilling, or even just stay in town for some of the best Filipino food :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'm happy to cook some of my signature dishes while staying with my hosts! Most of them are Filipino food, of course, but I also make a pretty hearty lamb stew and mushroom soup! :D
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Palau, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In