33Hayward, United States
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My self-summary
I like to think of myself as the nerd and the jock. I am a geek, a book worm, a gym rat, and a sports fanatic. I love Greek mythology as much as I love basketball. I could spend hours reading Jane Austen or hours working out at the gym. For all you Meyers-Briggs people, I am also an ESFJ (sometimes an ENFJ).

A lot of people ask me where I'm from. I was born and raised in Indonesia to Filipino parents before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area when I was 15. But since I have no traceable hint of an Indonesian or Filipino accent, people assume I grew up in the United States. Sometimes I speak to them in a foreign accent just to mess with them.

I could speak when I was 1. When I was 2, I turned vegetarian because I didn't like the taste of meat. When I was 5, my parents tried to force me to eat meat by starving me for a week...until I lost most of my body weight and they felt so bad they told me I could eat whatever I wanted. These days, any time I tell someone I'm vegetarian, they don't believe me - "you don't look vegetarian".

What is a vegetarian supposed to look like?
What I’m doing with my life
These days I spend most of my time in San Francisco, working with a bunch of really smart people at a tech start up. We are trying to build something awesome, making a lot of mistakes, and learning a ton along the way.

In my past life, I was a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and I spent many years teaching adults and kids to swim. After all those years and the interesting experiences I've had, I surprisingly still love kids.
I’m really good at
Randomly speaking in different languages or accents - it provides a great deal of entertainment to my co-workers

Also at throwing people - that's why I have a black belt

And swimming butterfly
The first things people usually notice about me
are my awesome first name, usually followed by my brother's equally awesome name
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - I've read most classic masterpieces. I also have a soft-spot for reading ancient mythology or works that are derivative of them. These days, I read more non-fiction, with a recent emphasis on psychology and how irrational people act.

Movies and TV - I have an eclectic taste in movies and TV shows that spans the entire spectrum of movie types. One on hand, I enjoy mindless action a la 'Gladiator'. On the other, I enjoy witty banter from shows like 'Downton Abbey'. I also love shows with intellectually stimulating dialogue amid intense action like 'the Godfather Trilogy' or 'Game of Thrones'. But I do have a soft spot for sitcoms like 'How I met your mother'.

Music - I like most music, but I'm having a hard time embracing electronic dance music. And like many other people, the Beatles are definitely my number one musical influence.

Food - I may be a vegetarian, but I still consider myself a foodie. I just found out that I'm a super taster (yes, it's real). I can appreciate good food from any culture, and I'm open to trying many things at least once.
Six things I could never do without
- My family
- My close friends
- Wikipedia
- My gym bag and equipment
- A warm bed
- Bread and cheese
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Where I should travel for my next adventure
- What I should do if somebody attacks me on the BART
- What cats and dogs do when their owners go to work
- Why my parents named me after the titular character of a Shakespeare play
On a typical Friday night I am
Singing karaoke at the top of my lungs, polishing my salsa moves at a local club, watching a movie, spending quality time with my close friends and family, working out at the gym, or reading a good book. I guess there isn't really a typical Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm kind of afraid of needles. And by kind of, I mean I am terrified of needles.
You should message me if
- You think we'd get along
- You would like to learn to dance with me
- You've got a pretty awesome singing voice
- You would be willing to join me on a new adventure trying new foods, or exploring new countries
- You noticed my liberal use of the Oxford comma
The two of us