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Consume life Be Kind Have Fun
Love and have done an extensive amount of traveling around the world, as well as living/working/studying in various countries. Originally from Korea, studied in the US for BA. Then worked/studied in Cape Town as a development economist, in Korea as an accidental entrepreneur, in France Singapore as a MBA student, then in Johannesburg, SA, as a management consultant. Then some as independent, most recently in Ethiopia for a year advising government on agri economic development.
Mix of intense and bubbly, reserved and life of a party, fragile and a mighty fighter and survivor. Probably why I like Walt Whitman's lines from Song of Myself when he says.... "Do I contract myself? Very well then I contract myself. I'm am large and contain multitudes," minus the slight hint of narcissism (It might have been difficult to eliminate the nuance of narcissism completely for a poem titled the song of myself for Whitman). I do think life is richer and more interesting with the multitudes we each contain within ourselves.
Consume life without reservation... Live and let live... Forgive and forget... love and laugh... Drink and eat... Easy enough? At least, the last one? :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Cooking, photography, hiking, movies, books, wine, food, restaurants, travel, scuba diving, hosting dinners, brunches, wine tasting evenings, road trips...
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: LAST CHANGE TO SEE. Douglas Adams. Funniest writing ever. On a great and interesting topic. Alain de Botton essays, Malcome Gladwell books, Fountainhead, the Great Gatsby, Tale of Two Cities.
Movies: am a huge cinephile for a wide range of movie genres... just to name a few. Chef. Hundred Foot Journey. Mostly Martha. Sideways. Bottle Shock. Little Miss Sunshine. Farewell My Concubine (Chinese), Indochine (French), Totsi (South African), Taekukgi (Korean), Dark Knight, Love Actually, The Professional, Man from No Where, Shakespeare in Love, Pride and Prejudice...
Music: also an avid consumer of music, has a wide range from classical, jazz, selected pop to folk, and some of my favorites are U2, Coldplay, One Republic, Bach, and Pink Martini
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Traveling for a few weeks with BBC film crew as part of a cast for a cooking and traveling show, to remote parts of South Africa, and was shocked to hear a co-worker from Korea a year later that he saw me red-haired in a Brit cooking and traveling show broadcast in Korea.
Hitting a cow on a national highway in South Africa on a diving trip to Mozambique and getting escorted by SA police to nearby hospital to get a minor surgery done on my face, in the middle of nowhere town (I was NOT the driver, though the driver really couldn't have avoided such accident given the driving condition at the time).
Walking up Namib desert, one of the oldest sand dunes in the world, in Namibia at the crack of dawn.
Watching 5 lionesses feeding on a fresh kill, a zebra, 5 feet away from the vehicle I was in.
Getting chased by a pissed off elephant, who obviously was annoyed at too close a distance I was at photographing him in a car, and driving the hell away, while other cars drove in closer to see an accident happen. (People will be people)...
Getting a live rooster as a Valentine's prank of a present from a friend (ordered online from the US, delivered to my work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and keeping it alike while entertaining it and entertaining myself w the whole situation
Teach, Learn, Share
Mostly about my travel and other general life stories living in 6 cities and 3 continents, as ex-development economist, ex-management consultant, ex-accidental entrepreneur, amateur photographer, lifetime traveler and wanderer.
You can learn from everyone.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Myself experiences and time.
Exploring the localities, exchanging travel and life stories, cooking together, surfing, hiking, driving, day trips, wine and dining... In my extensive CS based NZ trip, I got to do a lot of new things w awesome CS hosts, inc fishing for the first time ever (3 times and even caught a sharky that was later released), helping the host heard and feed cows on 4 by 4 in cowgirl overall, got offered to try my hand in hunting/shooting for the first time ever (didn't quite happen), philosophy discussion w a future philosophy professor (he was applying for PhD program in the US and is now currently pursuing his degree). I think it really depends on the hosts and their respective schedule at the time. I'm pretty open and flexible and happy to share what I can in time and resources.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ethiopia, France, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, United States