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  • Fluent in English, Tagalog
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Freelance writer/ tour guide/ blogger
  • Graduate of Integrated Marketing at the University of Asi...
  • From Rahima, Saudi Arabia
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me


I'm making it a personal mission to show the world how great the Philippines is and I'm doing it one CS member at a time.


Having grown up outside the Philippines, I was raised on a diet of Macaulay Culkin movies, Barbie dreams, and the sounds of MTV. When I returned to the Philippines during my teens, I began to seek out a distinctly Pinoy culture. So far, I'm loving what I'm seeing. Manila is a fertile ground for art, music, fashion, and fun. Living in a little known, third world country definitely has its perks. Adventures are affordable and discovery doesn’t come in the usual package.

My best advice for travellers new to the Philippines is to go out on the streets where faces, traffic, and landscape can create a collage of experiences that’s gritty and real.

I am a 26 year-old dreamer who also happens to be an advertising copywriter. I love to travel and I'm plotting out how I can backpack through the entire Philippine Archipelago. I also want to see my passport filled because it's looking pretty sad at the moment.


There's no place like home. But sometimes we have to leave then come back to truly appreciate it. I love the Philippines.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I just toured my first friends here in Binondo (our Chinatown). Be my second guest!


I've met some great people in China. I can't wait for the next adventure.


Hmmm... I think I want to have a friend in every single country.

I love doing new things. When, I'm not doing that I'm usually working. When I'm not doing that, I'm recording my experiences by writing or taking lomographs.

Favorite Music:
Gwen Stefani, Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins, Up Dharma Down, Feist, Acceptance, The Shins, Bright Eyes, Eraserheads, and ok fine... Bryan Adams and Roxette.

Favorite TV Shows:
Arrested Development!!!
The Office (British and American),
Sex and the City, SNL, Friends, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Futurama, My Name is Earl and the early seasons of Dawson's Creek, Felicity and Six Feet Under.

Favorite Movies:
Science of Sleep, Adaptation, Fight Club, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Chung King Express, Dogville, and practically all high school flicks. (I've already watched half of this list ---

Favorite Books:
Pico Iyer Books, Outliers, Life of Pi, Prozac Nation, The Missing Piece, and Blankets.

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • books
  • fashion
  • beauty
  • dieting
  • clubbing
  • movies
  • tv
  • traveling
  • music
  • backpacking
  • science

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Singapore, Spain, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Philippines, Saudi Arabia, United States

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