Chris Watkins

HAMPTON (VIC), Victoria, Australia

Chris Watkins

HAMPTON (VIC), Victoria, Australia

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Overview

  • 39 References 28 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Indonesian, Malay; learning Javanese, Spanish
  • 46, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • Anti-procrastination coaching
  • Engineering & life coaching. Education never stops.
  • From Sydney, NSW, Australia
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Procrastinate later. Support people in living their best lives.

ABOUT ME

I also working with a non-profit I helped set up (Appropedia.org). This means supporting efforts to create sustainable lives and a sustainable world without poverty, through sharing solutions - sustainable technologies, designs and practices. These days I'm also involved in the Effective Altruism movement.

After a few years overseas I moved to Melbourne (from my hometown of Sydney) and it's great. I'm learning Spanish and trying new things as an alternative way of responding to the impulses that took me around the world a few years ago, and liking that. I swim in the bay (cryotherapy!), go running (I learnt to do it without hurting my knees!) and I found a bunch of extremely smart people (because if you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room).

But I do look forward to another long, slow journey in coming years.

I'm a complete hippie, minus the astrology. But in regular society I dress like a somewhat normal person, for 3 reasons: to not make other people uncomfortable, to protect myself from the weather, and to avoid being arrested. So unless my host or guest is very explicitly comfortable with all things hippie, they'll see more of my engineer side.

PHILOSOPHY

Do what you believe in. Grab hold of new experiences. Learn, question your assumptions, do something for others, life is now.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Telling people about the concept of sharing a couch. Accepting couches with love and appreciation :-).
Looking forward to being a host when I can.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

While I've had wonderful experiences with CouchSurfers, I've often been uncomfortable with the direction of CouchSurfing the organization. But really, it's all about the people, so I'm still here.

Owing to the new Terms of Use, I'm deleting most of my photos and just leaving some deliberately unclear ones - so you know what I look like, sort of, but CS can't use the image commercially or sell/license it.

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Much of my couchsurfing has been outside of the CS site. In the 90s I had a share house near the middle of Sydney with an open house philosophy, and hosted people when they asked. In 2005-2006 I traveled for work in Australia, with a little couchsurfing, then couchsurfed with a friend in Sydney. These were great experiences, with super-kind hosts, lots of good conversations & shared meals. In August 2007 I crashed at the house of a fellow conference attendee in Taipei. Great time. I've stayed with local families Java - one in particular became a kind of adopted family (and just as dysfunctional as my own, but there was love there). In 2008-9 and 2013 I surfed with a series of wonderful people in Europe and the Americas and finally Melbourne.

I'm moving house soon, sharing a place on the Northside of Melbourne (I have no interest in having a whole place to myself) and I hope to have a couchsurfing-friendly place with the spirit of supporting community.

Interests

What makes people tick, what makes the world tick. Why do we do what we don't want to do, and *how* do we do what matters to us?

Yoga, swimming. Cooking, making sangria. Always enjoy sharing a meal - maybe even cooking one, especially given a selection of herbs or spices.

  • culture
  • cooking
  • breakfast
  • vegetarian
  • yoga
  • technology
  • traveling
  • rock climbing
  • swimming

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Middle-Eastern, German dance-metal, Rachmaninov, trip hop.

A Suitable Boy, the Time Traveler's Wife, Stasiland, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns... anything by Greg Egan. Non-fiction, esp practical psychology and habit change, history and society.

The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, anything by Pixar. Have many movies to catch up on.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Climbing a volcano at sunrise, and eating breakfast cooked in a hole in the hot ground.

Teach, Learn, Share

Self-development, changing habits, communicating positively, learning things faster.

I've spent four years in Indonesia, mixing with locals, speak the language and have experienced the culture.

Appropriate technology, sustainability, cultural issues in development and methods of collaboration are some of my interests. Feel free to ask me.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Advice or ideas on anything I have experience with.

A hug (if you like hugs).

Happy to be a kitchen hand or to cook.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia

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