Veatriz Vallesteros

Year of Birth: 1995
Hometown: Taytay, Rizal
Country: Philippines
Years in Japan: 1
Hobby: Film Photography
Favorite Sport: Badminton
Motto: However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” —Stephen Hawking

A little about myself: I studied Psychology in my University back in the Philippines. As a student, I became very interested in Developmental/Child Psychology. I learned that the early childhood stage is a very sensitive and rapid period of development. I believe that early childhood education is an important aspect of a child’s life, and a good quality education is something that every child in the world deserves.

Interview

Q. What’s your favorite color?
A. Teal.

Q. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “teal “?
A. Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Q. Do you have kids?
A. No.

Q. How does that impact you at work as a teacher?
A. I do not have kids but working in an early childhood education setting has made me look back on how I grew up and how I learned about different things. Reflecting on my own experiences and the things that I have learned as a Psychology graduate has greatly influenced my work as a teacher.

Q. What are three things you value?
A. Empathy, diligence, and critical-thinking.

Q. What kind of place was your hometown?
A. My hometown is regarded as the ‘Garment Capital of the Philippines’. You can buy a lot of cheap and high-quality clothes. It is located in Rizal—a province that was named after our national hero, Jose Rizal.

Q. What is your favorite Japanese food?
A. Ramen. I like to eat it with ajitama.

Q. What is your favorite non-Japanese food?
A. Ice cream. It never fails to lift my spirits up whenever I feel blue or tired.

Q. What’s your favorite place in Japan outside Tokyo?
A. Kyoto. I lived there for 10 months as an exchange student. I love how it has both the perks of a small city and the abundance of nature. I believe that I was greatly immersed in Japanese culture when I was there. Kyoto is very beautiful, whatever season it may be!

Q. What place in Japan do you want to go?
A. So far, I’ve been to 22 out of 47 prefectures in Japan. I want to explore the rest! Some notable places that I want to visit as soon as I can are: Fuji Five Lakes, Naoshima (‘Art Island’), and Okinawa.

Q. What do you like best about yourself?
A. I don’t give up easily.

Q. What do you do on your free time?
A. I usually listen to music; watch movies or TV shows; read books or articles; visit museums; take nature/photo walks; make travel plans; and make my travel plans happen.

Q. What country do you want to visit the most?
A. Italy. I love pizza and pasta so much! I can’t wait to have the authentic Italian food experience. I also want to visit the museums there.

Q. What are your favorite movies?
A. I like fantasy movies, animated films, and musicals. I grew up watching Disney films and the Harry Potter film series. Now, as an adult, I still adore animated films especially those that are produced by Studio Ghibli, Pixar, and Makoto Shinkai. I am also a fan of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Q. Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
A. I have a very long list! Some people on that list are Emma Watson, Daisy Ridley, and Amy Poehler.

Q. What is another field of work that is very interesting to you?
A. Clinical Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Travel Photography.

Q. What is one thing you want to do before you die?
A. Make a positive impact, at least in my own community back home.

Q. Why did you come to Japan?
A. I have always been interested in Japanese culture and language since I was in elementary school. After spending almost a year in Kyoto, I feel like I have already gotten used to the life in Japan to some extent. I worked hard studying Japanese language that year. I’m still not very good at it so I want to practice more. Lastly, as I have already mentioned, I’d love to explore the rest of Japan!

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