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To be happy. It's that simple.
I used to think I was a complex person. I wanted to be a complex person. Now, I realize I'm a tiny speck in this big, wonderful world- which is not exactly a bad thing. I am attached to this idea that we all co-exist and yet parallel lives oftentimes do not meet. A textbook Enneagram type 4, I am in love with things intangible, creative, and poetic. I turned vegan after being a heavy meat-eater (near-carnivore) most of my life. It was the best thing I ever did and was truly a life-changing event in so many ways!
Live- truly live! Love yourself above all. In loving yourself, you learn that it is in your best interest to reduce suffering in as much as you can.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Couchsurfing rocks! I met many wonderful people that made my travel experience so much more meaningful! Hosting is also great. It's quite an experience seeing my home through another's fresh perspective.
Jivamukti Yoga, literature, travel, movies, Vipassana, psychology, interior design, watching reality tv shows secretly, veganism.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Adaptation, Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Memento, Following, Pi, Central Station, Monsters Inc., Wings of Desire, Vanilla Sky, Abre Los Ojos, Il Postino, What Dreams May Come, The Royal Tenenbaums, Beijing Bicycle, What Time Is It There, When I Turned Nine, Magnolia, Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, Jeux d'enfants, Piedras, Before Sunset, Paris je t'aime, Jay
Books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dance Dance Dance, Sputnik Sweetheart, The Bell Jar, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Catcher in the Rye, Prep, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, The Lovely Bones, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, W.B. Yeats poems, Rainier Maria Rilke poems, Stargirl, Love Stargirl, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I hiked during my first winter in Beijing because the email convinced me to want to see the frozen waterfalls. As I was hiking and contemplating the reality of how close to death I was, I thought to myself: Getting in touch with nature is nice, but next time maybe nature can just send me a postcard.
Ok, this does not qualify as "amazing thing done/seen" but I'd like to share it anyway.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can give you a free Jivamukti yoga class! :) I can tell you why and how to be vegan as well! I can teach you how to swim, and I can teach you to speak Mandarin and Filipino!
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, China, France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In