For my day job, I am a research scientist, doing research in psycholinguistics. I am fascinated with how language is processed in the brain, and my specific interests involve discourse processing. I look at linguistic phenomena that cross sentence boundaries. I run experiments in labs in the university, and I measure weird stuff like how fast people read words and phrases, after asking them what gender they identify with. I finished a MA and PhD after being in graduate school for 7 years. After that, I felt like I am done with school, and don't want to be a student anymore.
At the same time, I have a great itch to travel and see the world. I have been to 41 countries and territories so far (I count using ISO 3166-1 alpha-2), and I have a goal to see 100 countries before I die. I love backpacking and taking photographs, and I love riding chicken buses in Latin America as well. Traveling is my way of detox, when a semester passes by which is filled with academic stress, I travel so that I can recharge my brain.
I have Filipino citizenship, but due to the fact that my parents are part of the diplomatic corps, I had the experience of growing up in several different parts of the world. At the age of 3, I moved to Denver, CO and lived there for two years, learning English on the way by watching Sesame Street, returning to Manila at the age of 5. One year later, I moved to Honolulu, HI and started my elementary education, moving back to Manila again after one year. At the age of 13, I moved to Osaka, and stayed there for 4 and a half years, learning Japanese along the way. I moved to Guam at 17 and lived there for a year, where I finished high school.
Eventually, I returned to Manila when I was 19 and enrolled in the University of the Philippines and started my college degree. I finished it in 3 and a half years, and graduated with Latin honors. Then, I moved to Buffalo when I was 23 in order to start my graduate school program. After 7 years, I graduated, and got a job in a research institute here in Berlin. After this one, I am not sure yet where I will end up.
I love traveling with a passion, but perhaps due to my being an INTJ, I cannot see myself traveling full-time and not getting sick of it eventually. I love my job as a researcher in an institute, as well as being part of academia as a full-time job, because it gives me the freedom to travel whenever the academic year is not in session. In the past, I have been to the following countries and territories (I count countries and territories using the standards set by ISO 3166-1 alpha-2): 1) the Philippines; 2) the USA; 3) Japan; 4) Guam; 5) Qatar; 6) Austria; 7) Greece; 8) Italy; 9) Vatican City; 10) Taiwan; 11) Czech Republic; 12) Ecuador; 13) Colombia; 14) Peru; 15) Denmark; 16) Hungary; 17) Slovakia; 18) Canada; 19) Mexico; 20) Chile; 21) Guatemala; 22) Honduras; 23) Germany; 24) Poland; 25) France; 26) the Netherlands; 27) Luxembourg; 28) Belgium; 29) Bulgaria; 30) Spain; 31) Switzerland; 32) Armenia; 33) Georgia; 34) Malta; 35) San Marino; 36) the United Kingdom; 37) Malaysia; 38) Myanmar; 39) Thailand; 40) Israel; and 41) Palestine.
This blog was originally intended to be a diary of my life in graduate school. My URL reflects that: it's a play on words from the phrase lady in waiting, even though I am not a lady. I figured I was this half-baked linguist while I was in graduate school. However, as the days passed, this blog became a place for my travel chronicles, my rants, and my daily life. The focus slowly diverted from waiting to be a linguist, to ranting about stuff and talking about travels. Now that I finished graduate school, I guess I am not waiting to be a linguist anymore. I am already a linguist, but I am still waiting, most of the times, for my next mode of transport to depart.
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