Unlike Valjean, I've never spent any time in prison--unless catholic school counts. If so, then I did an 11 years stretch-"my formative years". It was such an experience that I went back for another 5 years for college. But at least I was paroled to spend a semester in the Netherlands.
It was in there that I caught a nasty (well--expensive) bug: the travel bug. Since then, I have taken many opportunities to explore a number of European cities: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London, Aachen to name a few. Sadly, I've only been to one country in Asia, the Philippines (several times for family reunions). It's is a life goal to set foot on all the continents, except Antarctica (just a bit too cold for me).
It might be a stretch to describe myself as an adventurer, but curious-definitely. Curious about this world and life in general. A curiosity about the uniqueness of different cultures and our similarities. Unfortunately, curiosity can get quite expensive. But thanks to modern conveniences (travel shows, movies, restaurants, etc.) I've found a way to quench my curiosity. And when I do travel, I tend to say to modern conveniences--"why not?"
I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to the US when I was 16 years old. And although I've been here for over 20 years, I have yet to fully integrate myself into the American culture; soccer is football, baseball is still a mystery but not as complex as cricket and yet I chase the "American Dream", a home and a better future for the next generation.
So who am I? The traditions I follow are Filipino, but my outlook on life and life in general is that of a Westerner. Which essentially boils down to (I call Dutch mentality), live and let live or treat others the way you want to be treated.
I am curious, quite, and self-deprecating