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Denise Yap

Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Overview

  • 69 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Web designer
  • BFA in Photography, Digital Imaging
  • From Singapore
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

I grew up most of my life in Singapore, but I moved to Glasgow about 2 years ago. Just wanted to experience life in another continent, with seasons, more space, more nature and fewer people.

There's a lot to see in Scotland alone, excluding all the other amazing places in the rest of the UK. So I'm taking my time, making short trips and exploring the beautiful and often treacherous outdoors (midges, cleggs, bogs, wind) without flying half way across the world.

I live with my boyfriend, and if you want to surf with me, you should also check out his profile (https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/3124827/profile).

I try to live as green as I can, by composting, recycling, using family cloths aka reusable cloth tissue paper, making my own soap, taking my tupperware to the takeaway. I'd like to get away from plastic and one-use packaging, though it seems to be in EVERYTHING. If anyone has succeeded in this I'd be happy to hear your story.

My boyfriend and I are vey heavily involved in the local food movement here, and grow some of our own vegetables through various projects and spaces. We're meat eaters, though we try to source organic or local meat as much as is possible.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

CS is great for the people you can meet from all parts of the world, and I find that it's best when you are able to form friendships that continue beyond hosting. My best experiences of CS are the times when I continue to meet and stay in touch with people who've hosted me or surfed with me.

We get loads of CS requests, so it will help your chances if you mention in your request anything interesting / helpful / tasty / alcoholic that you can share with us.

Interests

Right now, it's acquiring craft / DIY skills. Sometimes I wish I had taken up carpentry or something practical like that! I've made my own curtains, draught excluders, handkerchiefs... still learning and will be happy to move on to making clothes once I improve my skills. I've also cut my own hair, made a mattress base from pallets, and so on.

Board games: Settlers of Catan, Connect 4, Mastermind, Chinese checkers, jenga, and my most prized find from the charity shop: Civilization (Sid Meier) in a board game! I also like jigsaw puzzles.

At some point in life I'd also like to further my studies in conceptual theory, Orientalism and art. When I was still producing photography series, I found this quote really applied: "Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous."

Music, Movies & Books

I would have Tim Minchin's babies.

Orientalism by Edward Said changed my worldview.

The League of Gentlemen, Adventure Time, Futurama, Black Mirror, David Attenborough.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Persevering and achieving something you once thought impossible: making sense of art. Also I made my own fucking curtains. You need to see how large my windows are to understand that this is a feat.

Teach, Learn, Share

Food, gardening, DIY, craft, design

What I Can Share With Hosts

I've learnt how to cook a few local Singaporean foods since moving to the UK, which I'll be really really happy to share.

I can also make you something with the sewing machine if there is time.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Scotland, Singapore

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