Nationality: I’m German, with Italian roots, my dad is from Sicily. I can’t speak Italian though. I blame my dad, he never taught me. But I still love him :).
Occupation/Location: I used to work as a screen designer, but after years of working I realized that can’t be all. I sold all my belongings and completely changed my lifestyle, I decided that everything I need should fit in a backpack. I don’t really have a homebase anymore. My home is wherever I am. The last 12 month I lived in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently I’m looking for a new home for the next months. Who knows, maybe it will be the Philippines :).
Nowadays I only do freelance work, I work whenever and wherever I want to. I did tons of different jobs during my travels, web designer, travel guide, German teacher, writer for travel magazines, photographer, and a few more things… Once you get out of the normal 9-5 lifestyle, you will be amazed what kind of opportunities are awaiting you.
How did you find about the Philippines?
A Filipina who hosted me in Macao motivated me to visit her country. She was such a sweetheart and convinced me to meet her and her family in Manila, which I did a few months later.I was always curious about countries that are a bit off the beaten track. Philippines is mostly forgotten by many backpackers. I have seen almost every country in South East Asia, but the Philippines surprised me the most. Unbelievable kind and hospitable people and the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in my life. I instantly fell in love with the country, the islands and the people
What Philippine locations have you visited?
Manila, Baguio, Banaue, Sagada, Boracay, Iloilo, Cebu, Malapascua, Moalboal, Oslob, Bohol, Siquijor, Siargao, Dumaguete, Puerto Princesa, Sabang, El Nido and Coron.
What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?
There is so so many places to see in the Philippines, a lifetime is not enough to discover this wonderful country.
I really love Pancit and Halo Halo! Well, as much as I love the country, the Filipino food is delicious, but not my favorite food. I could never try Balut, for me it seems very weird 😉 But the good thing is the Philippines has a variety of everything, Thai Food, Sushi or Pizza, Philippines has it all. And I love the fresh sea food!
The friendliest and most hospitable people on earth!
What do you dislike about the Philippines?
I wouldn’t say dislike, but there is one thing i kinda find strange: The shops are selling everything in small portion packages, really EVERYTHING from coffee to shampoo to washing powder, everything is available in a tiny portion. It’s such an amount of garbage.
What do you like about the Philippines?