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Being a risk-taker. Any and all.
My name's Soe. I was born and raised in Burma (now known as Myanmar). I went to an American school there (English is my first language), and then came to the US for college. I moved to NYC, found a job there, until October 2012 when I quit in order to be inspired by travel.
I live in the States for the most part - I am currently traveling. My home base is currently New York City, but I am also half-heartedly looking for a new home. :)
visited 37 states (74%)Create your own visited map of The United States or another interesting project
The Golden Rule.
I think life is all about balance.
I like to take risks, to accomplish and leave the world in a better place that where I started, and am extremely thankful of the extreme luck, privilege, and people who've helped me in this life.
Hoy por ti, mañana por mi (Today for you, tomorrow for me)
Audentes fortuna iuvat (Fortune favors the bold)
I've been brought up by Theravada Buddhism - as a kid, I really wanted to reject deep embedded institutionalized religion - it's not meant to be that way. I believe Buddhism is a discipline and a loving, kind way of life thinking about other people - being calm, logical, introspective. It shapes the way I think and the way I live. The Buddha will never be my God; the most I can give him are my respects. It is a set of teachings for the individual, and I won't accept it as organized religion.
[/God... I prefer agnostism], grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Ex- Weekly New York Thursdays Meetup Co-Organizer
CouchCrash 2010, 2011, 2012 NYC
Chaos Cooking a few times in NYC
I like going to meetups, participating in outdoor activities through CS, and of course hang out with my friends, most of whom I met via CS.
It's been amazing, awesome, super, incredible.
CS saved my life in München, and in Amsterdam. I met amazing people and friends in Berlin, Warsaw, Brussels, and reconnected with old CS friends elsewhere during my trip to Europe. It's saved my life everywhere really - in Portland, in Chicago, in Austin, in Nashville and Memphis. I would usually have nothing lined up day of, and things would always work out. Luck of course had to play a part.
CS has inspired me to travel, to incorporate other hobbies like local cuisine and exercise into my experiences.
It's given me my best friends, and the opportunity to meet countless new cool chill open and friendly new people.
It's given me a completely new perspective on life, on what's important in life, and changed my dreams, hopes, and wants in an enormous way. It's allowed me to grow personally, and continues to expose me to tons of unique people, ideas, and experiences.
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I'm a big foodie, and a huge appreciator of diversity. I absolutely love tasting foods from all over, and then get the inspiration to then try to cook creatively at home.
I think the books I read (see below) are a great indicator of my interests and my inspirations. I love a good narrative book, but also one that can be try and high on philosophy.
There're the obvious cultural ones - music, art, food, dance, people.
My probable biggest creative talent is writing, so I'm trying to cultivate that.
I'm an ideas person. I love social work, entrepreneurship, environmentalism, sustainability, alternative transportation (rail and bike travel).
I have a little expertise in finance and trading (from trying to be self-sufficient from the corporate world).
Talk to me anything that inspires you.
- working out
- outdoor activities
- hang gliding
- social work
Music, Movies, and Books
TV: Friday Night Lights, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, It's Always Sunny, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, Arrested Development, The Wonder Years, Wilfred
Movies: favorite genres are without a doubt indie romantic comedies and coming-of-age films
Amelie, 500 Days, Juno, American Beauty, Little Miss Sunshine, The Graduate, When Harry Met Sally, Gattaca, Ghostbusters, Being John Malkovich, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine, Star Wars, Rushmore, Submarine, Ferris Bueller, Risky Business
I had the privilege of attending South By Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX, got a film wristband for cheap, and watched a ton of documentaries and feature films (26 over one week). To date it's opened my eyes on small-budget films and I will no doubt be making a pilgrimage there again in 2014.
Books: In my childhood, I thoroughly enjoyed:
2) Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman
3) Catcher in the Rye
4) Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Huckleberry Finn
5) Lord of the Flies
6) Uncle Tom's Cabin
7) Little House on the Prairie (and some others in the franchise)
8) Redwall (and some others)
9) Of Mice and Men
10) Julius Caesar
11) Being Peace (Thich Naht Hanh)
I'm in love with Americana and all that entails - manifest destiny and westward bound, adventure and struggle, family and friends and community, national identity - the mystique has stayed with me since pre-kindergarten, and I think a lot of it has fueled my adventurous, risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit.
While travelling in Paris on Dec 2012, my interest in books was vigorously renewed, and I'm mainly reading classics whenever on my free time.
- On the Road
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- Les Miserables
Other books currently reading (on loose ends): Ethics (Aristotle), Nature (Emerson), Faust (Goethe), Pollyanna (Porter), The Mysterious Island (Verne). I've got a huge list to follow: Sartre, Camus, Hesse, Steinbeck, Thompson. I need to find a place where I can just soak it all up.
Music: 90's rock, indie, folk, a little electropop.
Sugar Ray, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Train, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Beatles, Daft Punk, Jack Johnson, The Shins, The Strokes, Ratatat, Noah and the Whale, Arcade Fire, Ingrid Michaelson, Phoenix, The Libertines... (endless bands, bands that you've probably never heard of... hehe - insert hipster joke here)
Electronic: Paul Kalkbrenner, Parov Stelar, Goldfish (other minimal techno - Bodzin, Boratto, Schumacher, Nicolas Jaar, Pantha du Prince, Monika Kruse), (hip-hop/electronic - rjd2, blockhead, zero7, dj shadow, dj krush, thievery corp), Four Tet, Bonobo....
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- Travelled cross-country in the USA via a 6-seater Beechcraft Baron private plane! Flew the plane for a little bit! Took off in a snowstorm, landed in really rough and windy weather, and had a couple 0 G experiences in the plane!- Had my 15 seconds of fame on prime-time television by playing an extra for a crime drama TV show called White Collar. I played a drunkard at a bar who became friends with one of the characters of the show. You can check it out if you want, it's somewhere around 27 minutes in this episode "What Happens in Burma"- Hang gliding in Florida.- I've been hit by a car and a huge bus. And both times I fell on the ground (I was actually under the bus) and escaped with minor scrapes. My dad tells me I have nine lives in this life alone because I've also had a 500 pound wardrobe fall on me when I was about 12 and absolutely no lungs or ribs crushed. So I probably really am a cat with nine lives, but perhaps only 5 or 6 left. That doesn't give you license to try to kill me though.
Teach, Learn, Share
Day-trading? Markets? (3 years of it, the most important thing I've learned and extracted from it to apply to life - always maintaining a sense of humbleness). It's all risk-management, that experience counts for more than anything, you can never have enough, and the capriciousness and ever politicking involved. That it tests your inner most character in the most trying times, the highs and lows involved in this drug of gambling.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Myanmar, United States