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My name is Kem.
I find the task of describing oneself quite a confusing affair. But for the sake of creating a functional profile, it must be done.
I find the most worthwhile challenge in life is to live it. To be as present as one can be in each moment. That's as simple as I can put it.
I was born in New Zealand and that is where I currently reside. Since 2012 I have been moving around the country, choosing different spots to build a life, only to once again deconstruct it, move on then start the process again. I am quite fond of this place and enjoy discovering the different microclimates spread out across the country.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I use Couchsurfing as a means to connect with other travellers. This is usually for the purpose of finding a couch to stay on or to find travel companions. At this stage of my life I don't have a place where I can host people. This is definitely something I would like to do in future.
As I move through life (or as life moves through me) I find my interests change and flow accordingly. The best I can do is list a few things that I am currently interested in and have been interested in..
Martial arts. I have explored martial arts since I was 17 years old. I have practised Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, mma, wrestling, and nunchuku training. My training has slowed down lately, and I mainly focus on movement and mobility.
Music. I have played the guitar since I was 12 years old. I also play the piano and ukulele. I have explored a little bit of the harmonica as well.
I am into language learning. The languages I focus on are Spanish, German and Khmer (my parents are from Cambodia).
Self sufficiency. Over the last few years I have become more and more interested in simple living. The area of self sufficiency compliments this well. I am currently living in a small shack on a property in The Coromandel in New Zealand. There is no electricity or running water. I do most of my cooking with the wood burner and at night I am operating by candle light. It is quite a nice way to be.
I have also been looking into Cob House construction. I have done a little bit of this and would like to build my own one day.
- martial arts
- jiu jitsu
Music, Movies, and Books
Foreign language comics, books by Eckhart Tolle, J. Krishnamurti, Paulo Coelho, Carlos Castaneda.
Lots of different music.
Quite a fan of Quentin Tarantino movies.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I walked the length of the North Island of New Zealand over 12 weeks (from Cape Reigna to Wellington). This was part of the Te Araroa walk.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Cambodia, Spain, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, New Zealand