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Annie Chow

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Overview

  • 14 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Yue (Cantonese); learning Chinese (Simplified), French, Japanese
  • 37, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • World Traveler! (previously Oracle E...
  • Master's in Supply Chain Management ...
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

LIFE MISSION

Experience and explore the world as much as possible when I am healthy and young. Friendships Worldwide. Offered my helping hands to those in need. Work hard, study hard and play hard.

ABOUT ME

Solo traveler who has been in over 50 countries.

Grew up in Hong Kong, spent 15 years in USA for colleges and worked in companies such as Sony Electronics, Oracle Consulting partner, Clorox, Applied Biosystems.

Since May 2008
Sold all my stuffs, quit a good job, left the comfort zone, went to Sichuan China to volunteer in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake relief effort for two year. First as an independent solo volunteer, later worked with Japanese NGO from Kobe and other foreigners' groups. An unforgettable experience ever.

Happened in 2009
Volunteered independently as English teacher, farmer, health care worker, janitor, babysitter.... in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, China, Thailand and Japan.

Happened in 2010
Traveled 8 countries in the Middle East and southern Europe for 3 months. Couch surfed total a month in several countries. Problem with hosts in Athens and Istanbul using CS as dating/sex hunting site.

Happened in 2011
Volunteered in Japan earthquake/tsunami relief work for 2 months

Since 2012.......
Active hiking leader. Have organized +300 outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, canyoning, cultural visits, etc.) in Hong Kong

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

First homestay experience was at 6 years old with a Japanese family.

Surfed and hosted since 2006 through friends, friend's referrals, Craigslist, WWOOF networks, etc. Simply love to meet with people that I surfed sometimes even when I was on business trips. CouchSurfing has given me both positive and negative experience along the road.

Interests

Backpacking Travel, Cultural Exchange, Water Sports, Volunteering, Recycling and NGO

Music, Movies & Books

My driving experience in USA
- 10 years of daily 20-60 miles commute to work
- Cross country trip 36 states, 2 months, 13,000 miles in 2003 by my own car, a manual 6-speed Matrix. Slept in car at rest area on highway every other night and some camping at national parks.
- Driving my parents to visit Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Utah national parks, Las Vegas.

My driving experience in Europe
- Explore southern France by car rental as an exchange student in Chambery France in 2005 with two friends under 25 reading the map for me sometimes.
- One day Cappadocia
- Greek islands and slept in cars by the seaside.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The year in Sichuan China earthquake affected villages. I did tent-surfing, camp-surfing, ground-surfing with the villagers. Sichuan is now my second home.

Met many fellows travelers on the road who are truly amazing!

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Latvia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Paraguay, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

Countries I've Lived In

China, France, Japan, United States

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