Mariel was born in California to Filipino parents, and moved to Asia when she was 4 years old. She grew up on the multi-cultural island of Singapore, where her love for learning about different cultures and travel was born. Mariel has taught English in Hong Kong, volunteered in an orphanage in Nepal, and has backpacked around India by herself. She moved to NYC almost 8 years ago, and currently lives with her partner in Brooklyn. She loves eating her way through the city, chilling in neighborhood coffee shops, and traveling the world.