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Overview

  • 1 reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Tagalog; learning Japanese, Korean
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2017
  • Accounting
  • Bachelors Degree
  • From Philippines
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About Me

Hello, I am Sheila - I am currently on a working holiday in New Zealand but will be ending it soon. While I was a full time worker before, I travel as often as I could whenever I could score a seat sale a year before I travel. I'd say I'm a little frugal - whenever I travel to different places - I would look for an affordable place to stay that would meet my necessities such as hostels or if someone could offer a place to stay especially if I have friends who's living in this place where I will be visiting. It's been 10 years since I started traveling - I just traveled around my country - Philippines - (though not all the islands but few of them :) I have also been to 16 countries .. I'd say that I usually do spontaneous travel though I have a very limited travel time as I can't stay for longer period since I have a full time job which is the source of my travel funds. But yes, whenever I travel - i don't usually follow the itinerary that I have prepared because sometimes, I really get lost especially that I don't really have a sense of direction but I love the fact that sometimes we need to get lost in order to find our own self.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

As mentioned, I do trips on a budget as I only need basic necessities. I'm hoping to meet some friends here or locals whom I could trust and who are willing to share their home in a couple of days as I don't really travel for a longer period of time. I have a clear record - i know that somehow there might be some trust issues here but for those who would offer me to couch surf in their house - surely you won't regret it. I have tried doing this same thing in Korea - where they offer a free accommodation and in all fairness - it went well. I actually did that again for the 2nd time around when I visited the place again and I love it. I also got to use the platform while I was in Tokyo and Sapporo - so far my hosts were amazing. And most importantly - the essence of traveling is to make friends, know everyone's culture, live like a local and I think couchsurfing is a good avenue to maximize this thing called travel.

Interests

  • singing
  • photography
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • swimming
  • vloging

Music, Movies, and Books

I love Music - though not all but most of it. Books, I love this Never Look Back by Lesley Pearse - that's my all time favorite. I also love the stories of Julie Garwood - in fact I have a collection but not all of it - most are historical romance. Movies, I'd say Avatar captivated my heart. It was a long movie - but I just love the cinematography, the script - the story itself-almost everything about the movie that I want to watch it all over again.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Just before I ended up the year 2018 - I gave back to these unfortunate fellow filipino who doesn't have shelter and who were just sleeping at this side of the street. It wasn't really that extravagant - it's more of like a grocery items that I know somehow - they will have something to eat in the meantime. Whenever I feel blessed - I always think of sharing this to these unfortunate.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to sing :)

What I Can Share with Hosts

I'm so bubbly especially if I feel like this person shows interest about what I do - you can't stop me in talking/sharing a lot of things. Just let me know if you feel irritated already...just kidding.. But really - I can teach you how to sing - vocalize first - i was a choir member before so I know a little bit of techniques or preparation ...hahaha...but seriously - if you want to know...I would be happy to share these experiences I have/had.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

New Zealand, Philippines

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