This is the blog of an adult Third Culture Kid.
I have Filipino citizenship, born in Manila, but due to the fact that my parents were part of the diplomatic corps, I have experienced 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 almost 5 years, learning Japanese along the way. I moved to Guam at 17 and lived there for a year, where I finished secondary education.
Eventually, I returned to Manila when I was 19 and started my college degree. I finished it in 3 and a half years, and graduated with Latin honors. Then, I moved to Buffalo, NY when I was 23 to attend graduate school. After 7 years, I received my PhD, and moved to Berlin to take a job in a research institute. 5 years later, I realized that I have had enough of academia, so I jumped ship and moved to the industry. So far, it seems I am settling down here in Berlin, but we'll see for how long. I am of course, open to change.
I have a great itch to travel and see the world. I have been to 49 countries and territories so far (I count using ISO 3166-1 alpha-2: if there is a two-digit code assigned, I consider that a separate country), 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, I travel so that I can recharge my brain.
I love traveling with a passion, but perhaps due to me being an INTJ, I cannot see myself traveling full-time and not getting sick of it eventually. I have been to the following countries and territories: 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; 41) Palestine; 42) Morocco; 43) Lithuania; 44) Croatia; 45) Bosnia & Herzegovina; 46) Norway; 47) Slovenia; 48) Iran; and 49) Vietnam.
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 not only have I finished graduate school but also eventually left academia, I guess I am not waiting to be a linguist anymore. I am still waiting, however, most of the time, for my next mode of transport to depart.
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