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Mariana Ahmad

Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey

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Overview

  • 63 Positive References2 Neutral1 Negative
  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English, Indonesian, Malay; learning Arabic, Georgian, Spanish, Turkish
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2005
  • Past life: Film classification and f...
  • Life lessons
  • From Telok Blangah, Singapore
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Northern lights, here I come!

ABOUT ME

I love running into kindred spirits and having conversations about nothing at all. I squint alot when using the computer, have astigmatism but am too vain to wear real glasses. I absolutely love milky drinks even though I'm slightly lactose intolerant and I firmly believe that forbidden fruits taste best.

PS: Now that I've worked on a dairy farm, I realized I'm ok with fresh untreated raw milk om nom nom!

PHILOSOPHY

Try everything once. If you don't, how would you know whether you like it or not? I have lived a portion of my life with imagined limitations and religious indoctrinations but I am working towards doing things as I see fit, not how someone else sees fit.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I read somewhere that there's the secret power of oxytocin from positive group participation. I like being around positive people with good qi. It calms me down.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Not really thru CS. I was 19 and I ended up in New York on a cheap flight, skipped classes in Barcelona. I ran out of money for the final night before my flight home so I thought, let's chuck my bag somewhere and roam the streets till daylight before catching my flight. Instead, I ran into the nice boy I met during the orientation I crashed. He had many empty beds in the NYU dorm that he was staying in. Needless to say, I had a bed for the night, all warm and safe. Thank Buddha for kind people!

Interests

Avid foodie, can't drive so love riding around in cars and sticking my head out, used to swipe "RESERVED" signs from clubs and bars, googling, trains, mushing my brain, day-dreaming, buying cute notebooks and not using them, stationery shops and the smell of new paper increases my heart rate, going somewhere I've never gone before.

Music, Movies & Books

MOVIES (In no particular order) Ali Setan, Seniman Bujang Lapok, Labu Labi, Do Re Mi, Adik Manja, Dead Time: Kala, 28 Days Later, Shutter, Chungking Express, Love in a Puff, Los Amantes De Circulo Polar, Reality Bites, Disco Pigs (yes, I'm a sucker for romance) Ferris Buellers' Day Off, My Own Private Idaho, Donnie Darko, Requiem for a Dream, Garden State, Circle of Friends, Gossip, Amelie, Dead Poets Society, Into The Wild, Trainspotting, Baraka, Mee Pok Man, The Science of Sleep, Snow Cake

MUSIC www.hypem.com helps me along. Indie, alternative, even hardcore techno at times esp during Body Combat sessions.

BOOKS 1984, A Brave New World, The God Delusion, Animal Farm.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Vibing with kindred spirits under the blanket of stars and the company of the lapping waves. Fuhhh I'm a POET!

Teach, Learn, Share

I just learnt that charcoal can absorb smells and cigarette smoke, so leave one in your car. I think hairclips are the new hairbands and ties are the new headbands! I can teach you Malay and Mandarin streetspeak.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I love to cook Malay dishes, even a simple home-cooked vege stir fry or noodles will be a welcomed change to tuna sandwiches as I'm usually on a budget when travelling. I am open to new ideas about how to live my life in a fuller more fulfilling way and love hearing travel stories and anecdotes.

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Republic of, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Georgia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey

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