#‎RoadTripperMonday‬ – a weekly feature of our very own Road Tripper.

Now, we’ve come to the last month of 2017 and to the most wonderful, as well. As we welcome the first Monday of December, we will feature Alstarle Pacres or Star. She joined us two years ago in our December Singles Road Trip. She is very quiet at first but once you get to know her she is a person that can light up the room with her humor and wit. She is a traveler, a lover of books, and a foodie! Don’t get her started on books coz she is like a walking library!

To know more about Alstarle, read more about her here —


1. What do you do for a living

I’m a Talent Services Delivery Lead in IBM. I work on an outsourced account for recruitment services, helping our client get the best people for their team.

2. What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Buying books. It used to just be a “pleasure” but I have 47 books on my “to read” pile now (I counted), so I really shouldn’t be getting any more. I have very poor impulse control when it comes to books.

3. What is the title of the movie of your life?

“How to Alienate People with Sarcasm, an Introverted Personality, and a Resting Bitch Face”. It’s a tragicomedy!

4. If you could go back in time what would you tell your 16 year old self?

“Don’t drop that creative writing class, Bio 11 be damned.”

5. If you can be teleported anywhere around the world, where would it be and why?

I’d want to be in Istanbul for both the culture and the sights. I like its “east meets west” vibe, the architecture is AMAZING, and they have great textiles. The people aren’t too hard on the eyes, either. ????

6. Which celebrity would you go on a “one-night-only-date” with?

Gael Garcia Bernal. He’s dreamy.

7. You, unfortunately have been condemned to die, but fortunately, you get to have any meal in the world before you go. What is your menu?

Grilled octopus, seafood kare-kare (extra shrimp, extra veggies, hold the bagoong), Japanese rice, a slice of good chocolate cake, and iced tea.

8. If you could trade places with anyone right now, for a week, who would it be and why?

A friend of a friend who’s working as a yoga instructor in an upscale beachfront resort in Maldives. Imagine having your office along the shallows where manta rays and octopi swim, and an unbounded view of the horizon–blue as far as the eye can see. That’s a sweet life right there.

9. What is the best present you ever received?

A free trip (airfare and hotel) to the original Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. It really is the happiest place on Earth!

10. If you could meet a famous or not so famous person, who would that be and why?

Alain de Botton. I bet my EQ will go up a hundred points if I do. I love how he articulates ideas, both in manner and thought, on a lot of subjects. You can check out his work at www.thebookoflife.org.

11. How old should a person start traveling?

Whenever one is able to appreciate its joys. ????

12. What is your best experience in traveling/living in the Philippines?

Our trip to Biri, Samar on SRT7 was one for the books. It got me through a particularly stressful period in both my professional and personal life and helped me reclaim the world as my own. I got to travel with a bunch of interesting people (hi, guys!) whom I wouldn’t have met in my usual circles. Riding through the fields at night to watch the stars and waking up early to see the sun rise on that beautiful coastline. It was just affirming all around. ????

13. In one sentence, how would you like people to remember you?

With fondness, and a little bit of incredulity at all the ridiculous things I’ve said (Blame my faulty verbal filter. This is not a great endorsement of my personality, isn’t it? Sorry for cheating on the count. This is still technically one sentence, haha).