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Dusted the cobwebs off this account after a few years, so please bare with me!
To thrash a cliche: experience as much as possible, meet inspiring people and take some photos and films along the way!
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, half Japanese. Traveling photographer, update is I'm currently based in Tokyo after living in India for 3 years and 2 years in Dubai.
Being a photographer and filmmaker of people in my profession I guess the obvious one there is I do enjoy meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life. Different people appeal to different sides of me - I'm like a chameleon (I've been told).
Life is most definitely SHORT. Do and experience as much as possible. Get to know myself, other people and the creatures which inhabit the world as much as possible.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Just started recently so I'd like to see what's possible and hopefully be able to return the same when I'm back home, or should I say - decide where home will be next.. =)
I'm looking forward to the day I can have a (slightly more fixed address / abode) and be able to host myself. And when I do, I would do it in a way which understands that this community has 2 fundamental purposes: to meet new people and to share space.. From the traveler / Surfer's perspective, it is having a bed and a roof over your head, then doing the same for others... It's all about exchange and sharing..
I'm so grateful for hosts I've stayed with so far who I hope to meet up again in the world somewhere, and, help them when they are in need of a place to stay..
AS A HOST
I think it's important to allow people the flexibility to do what they want... At the end of the day, we are sharing spaces and stories where possible, but we don't put pressure on each other or 'over' hosting people.. This is my angle when I'm hosting, that is.. If the dynamic between people is good, then naturally they will hangout and spend time where time permits, but sometimes it can / should be just a friendly sharing of space.. No pressure on either parties.
Had my first Couchsurfing experience in London where I was hosted by some lovely people for a few days. Then a month of CS followed in Scotland, Iceland, Netherlands and France. Now in Tokyo with a bit more liberty in my new place, I may be able to start hosting occasionally - drop me a line and see if I can help you out.. Worst case scenario I might be able to show you around.
So many things... Photography is the obvious one, then there's music, hiking, food, traveling... Seeing and experiencing new things.
- language exchange
Music, Movies, and Books
Music, movies, books.. In that order =)
MUSIC // super diverse, but here goes: electronic, drum 'n bass, techno (minimal etc), progressive (not the sparkly stuff) nice deep beats with decent lower end and a sense of space, classical... Rock.. Some names, Noisia, Burial, Foreign Beggars, Faith No More, Gesaffelstein, Boards Of Canada, Queens of the Stone Age, (some) Sepultura, Meshuggah, Mudvayne, the old Korn, Tool, A Perfect Circle... Richie Havens.. The list goes on, you get the idea perhaps.
MOVIES / SERIES // Samsara, Baraka, Microcosmos, Shawshank Redemption, Snowtown, The Acid House, Breaking Bad, Trainspotting... Silence of the Lambs... Filth.. Inglorious Basterds.. Walking Dead.. Nobody…
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I shot a photo of a woman who may appear as 'homeless' or I prefer to say nomadic as she passed by me in the city. There was an indescribable 'woaaaaah' that passed through me after I took the shot that left me quite speechless and humbled. These moments are what make life so incredibly 'booom!!'
Teach, Learn, Share
Sharing knowledge of travels and other wisdom - why not share it 'round and make things more fun and interesting for everybody?
What I Can Share with Hosts
Travel stories and good company are always there, but depending on the vibe and what situation is... I can cook a bit, language exchange, I'm generally quite practical person so I tend to take the initiative to help out with things if it looks like it might be welcomed.
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, China, England, France, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Scotland, Senegal, Switzerland, Thailand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, China, India, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates