About Me

Ian (pronounced with a long “i”)

I’m Filipino, but grew up in the United States – South Carolina to be exact. I currently live and work in North Carolina, where I’ve been since 2007. I’ve had a nice long steady career in the IT world. But hopefully that will change soon. Other than travel and food, some of my other interests/hobbies are rock climbing, crossfit, yoga, general fitness and health, personal finance and reading..

Ryokan in Koyasan, Japan
Enjoying a traditional Buddhist meal in Koyasan
Travel

As a kid I was fortunate enough to travel with my family. However, I was too young (and maybe too stupid) to appreciate it. Early in my career most of my vacation time was spent snowboarding in Colorado. It wasn’t until mid 2009 that I took my first international trip as an adult. And I’ve been hooked ever since. I spent a week in Costa Rica with one of my closest friends. It was definitely a life changing experience. Since then I’ve made traveling abroad my number one priority – making it a yearly goal to travel to a new country with the little vacation time I get. But since that Costa Rica trip, I’ve been working hard to put myself in a position where longer and slower travel is possible. And I’m very close to making that a reality…

  • Favorite Country: Japan
  • Favorite U.S. State: Colorado

For more on my travels, go to my travel blog.

Food

Food and travel go hand in hand with me. You can learn so much about a culture through their food. I pretty much travel for food. Most of my travels have been in Asia, where street food and local markets are abundant. It’s my “restaurant” of choice.

Thai pineapple fried rice and tocino chicken
Thai pineapple fried rice and tocino chicken

I’ve recently gotten into cooking. My travels have influenced a lot of the dishes I’ve tried to make. I’ve taken a couple of cooking classes in other countries and those were some of the best experiences I’ve had. I learned things that will last longer and have more value to me than any trinket or souvenir. I won’t ever say I’m that great at it, but I enjoy cooking and have made some really good (to me) food. The more I cook, the more comfortable I am to try new things and create my own recipes. I think it’s always going to be a learning process for me, but that’s what I love about it.

  • Best Street Food: Thailand and Vietnam (tie)
  • Best Meal: Omakase at Sushisho Masa – Tokyo, Japan
  • Favorite Food: Vietnamese and Filipino
  • Worst thing I’ve ever eaten: Stinky Tofu – Taiwan

Check out the food section of my blog, where I’ll be posting food I’ve made and just really good food I’ve eaten.

To see more photos of where I’ve been and my food, follow me on Instagram @ian_not_eean