Roomie of the Month: September 2012
Unaccompanied and equipped with only a map, a backpack, and a luggage full of guts, travel junkie Meriam Otarra takes us globetrotting to places we only dream of going to. This twenty-two year old wanderlust has been around Asia and the Pacific including Cambodia, China, Korea, Taiwan, and New Zealand. She even took a year off from art school to go to Japan and literally turn Japanese! Even with so many passport stamps under her belt, Yam isn’t planning on retiring backpacking just yet. She just left her job at the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines to go to Vienna, Austria and pursue a United Nations internship (and possibly her calling) in no less than Europe.
"I think I’m more of myself when I’m in a different environment. When you get outside there are no restrictions. I can be whoever I want to be, I can do whatever I want,” says Yam in a Young Star article by Kara Ortiga published last October 14, 2011. She has a flair for travel photography (Oh, the dreamy photos she captures!) and an affinity for heart-racing thrills (ie. bungee jumping and sky diving). On not so extra ordinary days, she enjoys watching Rugby (Team All Blacks Haka) and is into erotica films and books including Anais Nin and Akiyuki Nosaka, with The Flight of the Concords playing in the background. Among her favorite reads is The Lord of the Rings. She also loves to go to the ukay (flee market) — staying fashionably budget-friendly at home and abroad.