Q: Where are you from? What’s your favorite thing about your home country?

I grew up in a city close to our country’s capital city, Manila. The only thing that I like the most back home is exploring to eat street foods. Street foods such as barbecue, Philippines’ local food, light snacks can be easily found anywhere.

Q: What did you enjoy doing when you were a kid?

The Philippines doesn’t have four seasons since we are a tropical country. I enjoyed playing different traditional Filipino games with our neighbors. Traditional Filipino games include card, board and street games. Life back home is pretty simple. We could also enjoy to play in the midst of the rainy season.

Q: What did you do before becoming an English teacher?

I have worked in various Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies for IT and Financial accounts. I also had the opportunity to work as a ship crew when I went for a study exchange program in Oahu, Hawai’i.

Q: What’s your favorite Japanese food?

I literally gained weight since I moved to Japan. Japanese food is so amazing and I can’t deny how I’m crazy about shrimp tempura! But recently, I enjoy eating curry with pork katsudon as well.

Q: Why did you want to live in Japan?

I never thought of living in Japan until I came to study here. I considered Japan as my second home since I got used to its culture. I feel so safe and secured at all times. For example, when I’ve lost my wallet at a mall, a bus, a train station for several times, I never had to worry since I’ve always got it back as is.