We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open – Jawaharlal Nehru
AT A GLANCE…
THE LIFE NARRATIVE
Travel is at the heart of my story. My parents started it all, having immigrated from the United States from the Philippines for a shot at the American Dream. Both my mother and father were explorers in their own right. My mother worked as a Respiratory Therapist in Manila for 3 years before she decided to broaden her horizons and move to Saudi Arabia. My father on the other hand, worked in the airline industry milking all the travel perks for what it was worth. Having two parents who loved to travel opened me up to new experiences and because of that, I saw a good portion of the world before I was even ten-years-old.
After immigrating to the USA, we moved around a lot before permanently settling in Beverly, MA when I was eleven. During high school, the travels were minimal until my parents’ split forced a need to reevaluate my life, which led me to decide upon taking a gap year. With a fellowship from Rotary International, I was chosen to be a youth exchange student in Thailand for one year. After an enlightening and uplifting year, I knew I couldn’t stop traveling. I attended UMass Boston to a pursue an education in Cultural Anthropology thus continuing my love of learning about other cultures. During my college career, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and participated in service learning trips to locations like the Peruvian jungle and the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA.
After graduation, I decided to embark on a career path that took me overseas where I became an EFL teacher. I finished my first year teaching abroad in Daejeon, South Korea where I met Tim, a fellow American teaching in Korea and the absolute love of my life. At the end of my first year teaching, we embarked on a seven month backpacking trip around Asia with a pitstop in the USA to meet each other’s families.