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Melo, friend of Mike and Cris

From Sanya, Team West traveled north of the Hainan Island to the city of Haikoi. Here, they met their new host Melo, who is a talented musician from the Philippines. In the interview, Melo talks about his pride for his daughter, his friendship with previous host Mike, and his expectations from friendship in general. Melo also divulges the funny nickname he gave his friend Cris, who is the next host for the travelers. 
What is your superpower?
I think my hair.
What would you change in your country if you were able to?
Discipline. Filipinos need more discipline. Something very simple as crossing the street, they cannot do that. I mean by the proper pedestrian lane - some of the Filipinos can't do that.
What are you proud of?
I'm proud of my daughter, ever since she came into my life. She's like - you know I asked for an angel and God gave me my daughter. Her name is Xarafim, it's an angel's name. But I changed the S to X, I made it a little bit unique. And that's why I'm here, it's for her, for her education, for her future. I don't think about my future anymore, I just think about her future. So I just work hard, just for my daughter.
What is your spirit vegetable?
Cabbage. The more you peel off a cabbage, you will see more beauty inside, more freshness inside.
What do you expect from a friend?
Mostly respect. I'm a very friendly person. I approach people, I talk to them, I make them feel at home as much as possible, at my work too. So all I ask for me in return is respect. That's it, nothing else.
Do you have enough time for them?
Yes, I always have time. If my friends need help, I would help them, always. Like if I can squeeze in my schedule, I would, for friendship.
Is it easy to become friends?
For me, yes. Because I trust people, so much. I would talk to people and I will trust them easily.
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