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CTM, MA International Business and Management
never a dull moment!
the Absolutely Hilarious, Fabulously Wonderful guy!
Birthday: September 5 (Virgo)
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 76.6 kg
Colour of Hair: Dark Brown
Colour of Eyes: Dark Brown
Collar Size: 16 1/2 inches
Shoe Size: 9 1/2 (US), 8 1/2 (UK), 43 (EUR), 27 cm
Waist: 36 inches
T-shirt size: Large
Blood Group: A Rh D POSITIVE
Family Status: Divorced with two lovely children Jim, 22, and Joy, 20, who live with their mother and step-father.
What's the grossest thing you ever ate?
Cow's brain masak lemak cili padi, grasshoppers, silk worms (they're quite delicious, actually)!
What qualities do you admire in a person and why?
Youth, intelligence, honesty, compassion, passion, beauty -- because I love the finer things in life.
What qualities do you disapprove of in a person and why?
Dishonesty, vulgarity, crudeness, druggies - because they show lack of respect.
If you were any fruit, what would you be and why?
Mango - exotic, sweet, flavoursome and very desirable!
What cartoon character do you want to be and why?
Please don't demean me to the level of a cartoon character.
If tomorrow was your last day to live, what would you do and why?
Love passionately - because that's the greatest pleasure in life.
When was the most embarrassing moment in your life and why?
It involved diarrhea, driving and a hell of a mess - you can imagine the rest!
If you were granted one wish, what would your wish be and why?
That someone who truly loves me with all her heart would enter my life.
If you were lost in a deserted island, what would the one thing that you would like to have and why?
A map - so that I won't be lost anymore.
Who is your number one hero and why?
Bertrand Russell - I admire his logical cognitive processes, lucid writing and pacifist ideology.
"When the rain is blowing in your face,
and the whole world is on your case,
my friendship offers you a warm embrace..."
My friends say I'm a good listener--someone with empathy and understanding. This stems from my philosophy of friendship. I am someone who is willing to invest my time in our nascent friendship, to take the time to really get to know you and discover your inner beauty.
Elegance is not mere Appearance, it betrays your Inner Beauty:
"We must never confuse Elegance with Glamour.
For me, Elegance is not to pass Unnoticed
but to get to the very Soul of who one is."
While physical beauty may be appreciated by the eyes within seconds, to really know someone, to learn what makes them tick, to appreciate the way they think, what lies within, beneath the surface... takes time.
"Friendship is no plant of hasty growth
Tho' planted in esteem's deep fixed soil
The gradual culture of kind intercourse
Must bring it to perfection."
~ Joanna Baillie
"I forget how I met Azlan. It had to do with Malaysia, though. Azlan is a person you might meet, one in a million. He knows Malaysian culture, he knows the Malaysian countryside. He will awe you with his tours, choices of authentic peasant cuisine, and street markets. At the end of the day, he leaves you feeling just a little Malaysian. He honors you with his spare time, funny stories, friendliness, and warm personality. Any time spent with him is an honor, and never wasted."
~ Lanie Goebel, 2006-05-09 09:32:04
About My Political Philosophy...
I am a Libertarian. Libertarians are self-governors in both personal and economic matters. We believe government's only purpose is to protect people from coercion and violence. We value individual responsibility, and tolerate economic and social diversity.
Libertarians want a win-win world of peace and plenty. And we believe that the only way to get it is through self-government... not others-government.
Self-government is the combination of personal responsibility and tolerance. Responsibility means you govern yourself. Tolerance means you don't force your values on peaceful, honest people.
Today, however, others-government is giving us insecurity, conflict and poverty. Let's revitalize our heritage of self-government to create a win-win world where everyone comes out ahead. My Personal Self-Government score is 80%. My Economic Self-Government score is 100%.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Recently move to a newly re-furbished house in an Eco-Village. Am now able to host 2 people max as I have rented out two of the rooms as homestay.
I have hosted four guests from CouchSurfing.com but as an alumnus of the United World Colleges and a past Rotarian, I have hosted many other UWC alumni as well as Rotary Youth Exchange Students (YES) from all corners of the world (Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Iran, Singapore, Sweden, UK, USA). As a student in London, I participated in a couple of weekend homestays in England, Wales and Scotland.
Travelling, Photography, Blogging, Reading, Cooking, Psychology, Philosophy, International Understanding, Amateur Radio, Astronomy, Writing, Toastmasters (public speaking).I am sure you realise CouchSurfing is not a "dating" or "social networking" website, so if you want to get to know me socially, please click on the "My Website" link on the top left under "General Information" to go to my Facebook profile. (",)::~~~
Music, Movies, and Books
Bond, Strauss, Dido, James Blunt.
Dead Poet's Society, Rabbit-Proof Fence, I am David, Three Colours: Red, White, Blue, Beyond the Clouds, Marlena
Far too many books to list as I used to be a Book Reviewer for a newspaper and a magazine.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've walked on fire, climbed the Great Wall of China in Guadalong. Rode a Bactrian camel. Been to Land's End, southernmost point of Britain; Kampung Kelampunian, northernmost point of Borneo; Kukup, southernmost point of the Asian mainland; Cabo da Roca, westernmost point of continental Europe; swum in the South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Bristol Channel and Pacific Ocean.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm a great cook and I'd love to learn new recipes so please do come prepared to teach me how to cook some exotic dish from your neck of the woods.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand
Countries I’ve Lived In
Malaysia, United Kingdom