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feed people, build a community, and keep smiling :)
I am continually exploring the world around me, and my relationship with it. last year, my partner and i opened a little vegan restaurant in one of the old neighbourhoods of lisboa. what a way to change your relationship with the world! as a business owner, to learn the lesson of-- B A L A N C E. in a social sense, the joy everyday of showing people another way of looking at their food. (can you choose your food in a way that it is both mouth-wateringly delicious, and conducive to the well-being of our planet and everyone on it at the same time? ;)
in a more general sense, for the most part, my aim in life is simply to:
a) discover all the things I enjoy and fill my life with them, and...
b) share those things, and empower others to feel that they can do the same too :)
in my (rare but highly valued) free time you'll find me...
cooking-- love it, won't stop loving it-- what better way to show some love to your friends :)
eating-- naturally. food is the best, it feeds your soul too not just your stomach!
singing/playing-- these days i sing with my guitar, or my uke-- the latest addition :) i'll warn you, i'm not an amazing player-- but always up for learning more. if anyone ever wants to jam, tell me, cuz i need an excuse to get away from my work sometimes :b
yoga-ing-- I'm always interested in natural ways to honour and heal the body, and so far yoga and meditation are among the best I've found.
market-ing-- i have a hard time to buy in regular shops these days. i'm addicted to markets. food, clothes, crafts, anything goes especially if i can barter and support the local community.
what's your gift to the world? don't forget to share it otherwise you'll miss the joy of making people happy :)
karma is a present- everything you radiate will come back to you and it's great!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
i am around for a good conversation. but really only a good one. and if you ask very nicely, i might be able to host you with my partner if we're able to :)
i also like quirky and inspiring projects. if you've got one going or have an idea and you are feeling a little bit blocked, hit me up. if you are open, i can help you to keep moving forward.
have enjoyed attending events with other surfers in melbourne and lisboa-- for food nights, music, drinks, markets, movies, etc.
little bit of surfing in asia, lots of hosting in australia and portugal-- all great experiences so far!
I'm into-- hugging trees and finding ways to live that are sustainable and more in harmony with the world and all its wonders. I love anything that makes me open my mind to different perspectives on the world and why we do the silly things we do.
i'm also into... well I love a good bargain (the chinese in me ;), and a cool pair of shoes. I love art that moves me and makes me think, a really great book that I can't put down, and all the beautiful cobblestone hills here in lisboa that constantly turn what i think will be a 5min walk into about 20. I love taking pictures and drawing pictures and singing while I cook and exchanging funny travel stories, talking to random people... and I love that feeling you get when you realize that you've just made a new friend.
Music, Movies, and Books
flicks- when harry met sally, love actually, slumdog millionaire, lost in translation, kill bill...
music- frank sinatra, ella fitzgerald, billie holiday, aretha franklin, diana krall, bob marley, al green, sarah maclachlan, this is a bit all over the place for me...
books- shusaku endo- brilliant author... life of pi, can't stop reading it. gurdjieff, brilliant man. shantaram... magic!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
scuba diving! I know it's not the most exciting thing in the world to do, but if you've never seen with your own eyes what goes on down there, it's really something special :)
landmark education-- it will push you and it will challenge you, but most of all it will open your eyes to who you really are and can be for yourself and for the world around you.
Teach, Learn, Share
everytime you feel like you're in a lousy place in your life, just look at it as an opportunity to grow and learn a little more about yourself.
if i happen to know about something you want to know more about, feel free to pick my brain :P i can teach you how to make dumplings (yum!), or a few chords on the guitar...
Countries I’ve Visited
China, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Singapore, Spain, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, Portugal