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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2009
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  • B.S. Integrated Business & Engineering ('08) and B.A. Int...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Couch surf around the Southern Hemisphere to explore and learn about people

ABOUT ME

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and have spent my life living around the world in places like Hong Kong and London. It has been an amazing journey thus far and I am looking forward to many more in the years to come! I never get to see much of my extended family because we are all global nomads flung to all four corners of the globe, so I've made a resolution to visit everyone this summer and meet many new people along the way. I love hiking, and once spent a month in Namibia, hiking the Fish River Canyon helping teach at a local school and exploring the African bush. I'm currently a undergraduate student at Lehigh University. Last year I completed my first degree, a B.S. in Integrated Business & Engineering. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to continue my studies and decided to complete a second degree in International Relations. I am a rower, and consequently an early riser, as practice begins at 4:45am each day.

PHILOSOPHY

Is Your Jar Full?

When things in your life seem almost to much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar......and the beer.

A Professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the Professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The Professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "Yes."

The Professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the Professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things - your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first", he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

When he had finished, there was a profound silence. Then one of the students raised her hand and with a puzzled expression, inquired what the beer represented.

The Professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Interests

Hiking, Camping, Sailing, Reading fiction, Meeting travellers, Music, and History

  • fish
  • cooking
  • beer
  • reading
  • music
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • camping
  • sailing
  • boxing
  • golf
  • business
  • teaching
  • engineering
  • history
  • international relations

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: The Beatles, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Led Z, Bocelli, Go West, it cuts across all genres and decades.

Movies: Gandhi, Slum Dog Millionaire, What are we doing here?, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Ben-Hur...and many more

Books: Lord of the Rings, The Power Elite, The Amateurs,

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One of the most amazing experiences I had was in the African bush, miles from civilization, sitting atop a dune made from deep red sand watching the stars in the deep blackness of the sky for hours without interruption

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn to cook dishes from around the world while sharing stories from around the world

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Namibia

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States

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