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BE HAPPY, and Be the best you, you can ever be... kaizen... today, better than yesterday, tomorrow.. better than today!
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last update - 6 Jan 14
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Just to prevent future incidents, please make sure you read my profile, and understand that "I AM NOT IN THIS WEBSITE FOR DATING", to avoid any discomfort or misunderstanding...
Oh, follow me on twitter!
I am STILL in a process of rewriting my profile, and reinventing it... so. watch out this space!
(it does mean there were some changes within my own self, that needs to be better reflected in my new profile/description!)
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To make my profile more interesting, I added few comments I heard about it (with my notes)
"it is a very interesting reading!?"
yes, the person was very polite
"It is almost like a novel.. you could read a little bit each day"
said another person
"very informative, it helped me a lot to create my profile and start couchsurfing"
you see? Some people enjoy it
"wow it is a long profile, one day I will read it all, but now I have to catch the bus to go to school"
Yep.. rite! Good excuse.. me too
"did you think about writing a blog and linking to your profile? Because it looks like a blog.. ?"
well, that can be an idea, but for the time being, NO.. it will be here as my profile.. one day, perhaps.. now I can?t ?coz I need to catch the bus to go to school, ok?
"oh man, you are kidding you want me to read it all!?!??
(this was one of my couchsurfers)
"I read it all... and went another day to check if what you said is true, but I did not find any new stuff added"
WOW.. that guy is my hero!! (lol)
"Awesome! Its almost like you are 'talking' to the
person!!" - very cool!!!
It is always nice to hear some compliments every now and then...
"Yes, I read it.. I promise to you.. just that I do not remember anything because my memory is very weak.. "
lol.. right.. hmmm I prefer the bus one.. as I am late for the bus..
"...some proof that I read your blog (I mean
your profile)... it's fun that you include CSers'
reactions to your blog inside your blog. I mean, your
this was cool!
"I tried to read your profile, it really took me an effort to do it. Sorry
my friend I could read just 2/3rd of it."
I like his honesty!
Some people told me.. -"Hey, your profile is too long, make it shorter.. people do not read it all" But you know what? I did exactly the opposite to see who are REALLY willing to know me and stay with meâ
Love... is all you need!
"KAIZEN" - Improve yourself everyday.. be the best you, every single day.. today, better than yesterday.. tomorrow, better than today...
My glass is always 1/2 full. (or.. even better: according to physics.. it is always full full - of something)
"Do what you what you need to do to be ok being you" (from Maxwell's profile)
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" - Little Prince by A. DE SAINT-EXUPÃâ°RY
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
COUCHSURFING Free Hugs Campaign organizer
I still try to volunteer to CS within several workgroups, including NMW, CUQ, and some other working groups or.. whatever they need me to do..
I host/surf/organize events as much as I can.. and also help travellers in London.. or the ones going to Sao Paulo or other places in Brazil (even from distance)...
I try to help organizers to set up meetings and create a strong group by integrating them with their own and other regions/cities/countries.
I Love meeting people, learning about different cultures, experimenting different food...
Dominik from Germany (2)
Jean-Paul and Mathilde from France (1)
Krissie from the UK (1)
Gisele from Portugal (3)
Carine & Julien from France (2)
Oliver from London - (1)
About 8 days - Sandro, Raj, Mike, Valeria, Sandra, (although.. they do not really count anymore)
Jonty, Raj N., Christopher S., Sandra, Valeria, Sandro
Not sure how many days Raj
1 day - Christopher
1 day from Romenia - Serban
over 20 days within London and 4 hosts.
1 day from Prague/Czech Republic - Danny
1 day from Porto/Portugal - Ana
1 day from Porto/Portugal - Ricardo
1 day from UK/India - Christopher D'Cruz
5 days from Argentina/UK - Marcos
2 days from Italy - Paolo
1 day from Israel - Yonathan
3 days from UK - Raj
2 days from USA - Nathan
3 days from Germany/Australia - Christian
1 day from Slovenia/UK Sasha
1 day from Germany Alexander
3 days from the Netherlands - Laurens
1 day from Germany - Malte
1 day from the Netherlands - Suzi
1 day from US - Zach
1 day from Ireland Brian
1 day from Tunis - Nejla
1 day from UK/Bath - Jez
3 days from Japan/US - Mio
4 days from US/ - Leah
1 day from US/Florida Jason
1 day from US/Seattle Elizabeth
1 day from Spain Jose
1 day from Japan/UK - Toshi
1 day from Hungary/Portugal - Mary
1 day from USA/DC - Becca
1 day from Tunisia - Marouen
2 days from Belgium/Brugge - Dieter
1 day from US/PA - Nathan
3 days from US/Las Vegas Hubert (2 times)
1 day from UK/England Peter
1 day from France/Lyon Emilie
1 day from France/Lyon Nicolas
4 days from Serbia Pavle
4 days from Australia Guy
4 days from USA Wonderful Mark = 2 times
3 days from Poland/Germany Robert
1 day from UK/Greece - Konstantinos
1 day from Ireland/Brazil - Rafael
1 day from Canada - Patrick D.
4 days from Panama - Clinio
7 days from UK/Lancaster - Patrick
2 days from Korea/Denmark - Peter
3 days from Korea/Canada - Sonya
3 days from Mexico - Daniel
3 days from Mexico - Abdiel
3 days from Slovenia - Ivana 2 times
2 days from USA/Hawaii - Tom
2 days from Portugal - Joao Resende
1 day from UK - Tony Rico
1 day from Mexico - Alejandra
4 days from Portugal - Joao Neto
2 days from China - Peter
2 days from France/UK - Benoit
4 days from Singapore - Khairiel 2x
3 days from USA/Chicago - Chris
2 days from Germany - Christina
2 days from USA - Kim
2 days from USA/China - Chia
6 days from Spain/Argentina - Pablo
6 days from India/Brazil - Renan x2 times
2 days from Brazil - Fernanda
2 days from Brazil - Erica
3 days from Brazil/France - Daniel
3 days from Brazil/France - Camila
2 days from Sweden - Alexander
3 days from Canada - Brent
3 days from Brazil - Karina
1 day from UK/Scotland - Andrew
2 days from Russia/Sweden - Denis
1 day from Russia - Oksana
1 day from Germany - Su-Au
3 days from US/Ohio - Daniel S. 2 times
2 days from US/Colorado - Eric
3 days from Germany - Jakob
3 days from Australia - Daniel "Cosi"
3 days from the US/Montana - "Montana" Daniel
1 day from India/UK - Murali
3 days from France - Laurent
1 day from India/UK - Vatsal
19 days from Brazil- Sandro 3 times
2 days from UK/York - Emily 2 times
1 day from UK/Liverpool - Martin
4 days from Belgium - Maxim
3 days from Belgium Dieter
2 days from UK/London - Mike 2 times
1 day from Greece/UK - Vangelis
1 day from UK - Chris
1 day from Italy - Jummy
2 days - Juca - Porto
9 days - Raj - London - He saved me from get killed by car while I was drunk (do I need to say more about how much I should praise this guy?)
1 day Hamid - Birmingham
2 days Lukasz/Ania - Belgium
3 days Dublinguy/Rory - Ireland
1 day Jacquie - Sheffield
2 days William - London
3 days Danilo - Sao Paulo
2 days Ligia - Porto
2 days Pedro - Porto
3 days from Japan - Sayaka - surfed 2x
1 days from UK - Chris
8 days from Austria - Manuel (different dates 4x)
1 day from New Zealand - Mike
2 days from Spain - Luis
2 days from Hungary Zoltan
2 days from Norway/UK Daniel
2 days from the USA Elizabeth
2 days from Brazil/USA Iracema
2 days from USA/India - Sunil
4 days from Canada - Frankie and Karine
6 days from the USA - Maxwell (different dates 2x)
1 day from UK - Fabio
1 day from France - Laurent
4 days from France - Julien
3 days from UK/China - Yi/Monday
Each of them brought something to the table... bonding/attachment is an amazing experience and we might never be able to understand or deny the pain of the goodbye...
It is not because you suffer when someone leaves that you will avoid getting close to people, or openning your heart to new friends, or even to special friends that come and go... the world is smaller than we think... we will see each other one day or another...
4 days Karina - Recife
2 days Pedro - Porto
1 day Joao & Andreia - Lisbon
2 days Petr - Prague
4 days Milan - Prague - Also offered his placed for a gathering with some CS folks! - Surfed 2x different dates
4 days Julien - Paris, France .
Attended LONDON CALLING 07, and I try to organize or help the organizers on many activities in several different places.
I organized LONDON FREE HUGS - 22July07, 10November07 and several other meetings/gatherings in London.
Organized the first CS meeting in Maceio/Brazil and Nairobi/Kenya.
Organized the first CS Free Hugs event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Went to meetings in Prague/Czech Republic, Sao Paulo/Brazil, Milan/Italy, Recife/Brazil, Maceio/Brazil, Reykjavik/Iceland, Nairobi/Kenya.
7- from Brazil - Solange, Edmilson, Mauricio, Correia, 2xCarlos, Celina, Val - (Including 1 Buddhist monk)
Took 7 other guests to sightseeing London.
Surfed 5 days in Brazil - Celina/Val
1- from Canada for 1 day - Bernardo
Between gatherings and hosting we had people from the following countries in our place:
40 countries- Brazil, Argentina, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, China, Japan, USA, Canada, UK, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Nigeria, Ireland, Belgium, Russia, Mexico, Nepal, Korea, Panama, Poland, Serbia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Romenia."
Couchsurf, computing, travel, beaches, swimming, movies, friends, games, snorkeling, friends, artcrafts, diving, skydiving, music, chess, friends, chat, cooking, shows, friends, workout, sitcoms, programming languages, work (why not?), teaching, friends, ...
Once I remember something else I will add..
Oh, friends too.
thanks to my friend Maxwell I think I can add slackline...
Movies - sitcoms, romance, comedy
Dead Poets Society, green fried tomatoes, brokeback mountain, borat, lake house, batman, Amelie Poulan, Bridget Jones diary, Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Little Miss Sunshine, Starwars, meet the fockers, Hot fuzz, BEE MOVIE, I love this type of movies!
TV Programmes- Friends, Sex and the City, Will and Grace, Ghost Whisperer, Bewitched, News, Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, Masterchef, Xfactor, Family Guy, CSI, being Human, true blood, third rock, prison break, dexter, psych, heroes.
Music - anything goes (oldies, classics, rock, pop, dance, disco, samba, chilling out, jazz, bossa nova, new age, lambada, jap pops, folk, country, metal, hard core, emo core, soundtracks, etc..) If I feel I need a "lift", it will be Mamonas assassinas or Disco/techno
Books - technical (I am not into books sorry!) The only 3 NON THECHNICAL books I enjoyed were: The little prince, Egyptian book of the deads and the man who counted, Thousand Splendid Suns
Joined COUCHSURFING project!
Volunteer for 1 day at the TAMAR project (Turtle sanctuary in Brazil). Projeto Tamar
Went to YEMEN, and hung around with few locals! My travel journal
Teach and learn:
Teach? Hmm.. hard one.. not much... maybe cook? Brazil? Japan? UK? Whatever I know I do not mind sharing!
Learn? hmm.... double hmm... anything! About you and your country!
Learnt something interesting from Brent
Check it here!!
Microwave + bowl + grape or match!
And this one I tried to learn from my Mexican Couchsurfers, Daniel and Abdiel
If you like the following information, you can thank my friend William for that!!!
Get an Oyster Card if you are travelling in London. I think it is the best way. For example single bus fares are £0.90 instead of £2, Tube fares £1-£2 instead of £4.50.
London Underground Running Time:
5am to 12am (midnight)
Heathrow is by far the easiest to get into London from; just get the tube.
You can also go by train to Gatwick These are local trains and cost about £8.
1. Changing the way people travel, one couch at a time.
2. Creating a better world, one couch at a time.
3. Promoting acceptance and exchanges, one couch at a time.
4. Creating a smaller place, much smaller, one couch at a time.
5. Generating love and friendship accross the globe, one hug, one couch, one friend at a time.
I heard once... "Couchsurfing is like bringing the vacation to your home!" And it is sooo true!
Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Yemen
Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom
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