Hanbi Li

Paris, Île-de-France, France

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  • 24 References 14
  • Fluent in English, French, Korean; learning Japanese, Portuguese
  • 22, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Never stop questioning
  • Tough question isn't it?
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About Me

This is going to be a very long me babbling randomly.

Let's start with what I love. Music, mostly rock and indie, movies, (only a little bit)snobbish ones, literature, making movies, cooking, drinking, traveling obviously, and errr.... ok there are too many. So I'll put it this way : I love loving things. At least I try to, cause i know it feels nice to love something or someone(yeah, really) although it's not always as easy as it sounds. It's actually quite hard for there are too much to hate, like a very bad movie or a dumb politician who just can not shut up. But after all, I do try to love and embrace. Nobody's perfect right?

Now few things that I don't like, especially wouldn't like to have with Couch Surfers. My place isn't a damn hotel nor is a charity. When you decide to send me a request, your goal should be to make me interested in you. I mean think, why would I have you in my place for days unless I want to get to know you?
I also don't enjoy people telling me what to do(especially when they're not even close to me.) or judging me with bias. Not respecting my cat's and my personal space wouldn't be lovely either. Very basic things that I shouldn't need to mention really.

I may seem a bit aggressive at times, as I prefer being direct and wouldn't pretend to be nice unless I have/want to, but I value kindness(otherwise I would've not been writing this) and I think I'm overall a nice person. And I'm... well. I don't know, frankly? gotta say that It's gonna be up to you. I can be very different : weird, extreme, sharp, loving, quiet, intelligent, tolerant, funny, political, loud, silly, abnormal, idealistic, mature, cold, whining, conventional or extraordinary. And it'd ultimately depend on you. So say, you'll find out yourself once you get to know me.

Don't worry too much though, I'm not that difficult. I can assure you that as long as you're not some stupid racist homophobic sexist extreme-nationalist piece of shit, we'll be fine.

For something more concrete, I'm currently studying cinema/sociology in Paris, hoping that I'll be able to make a living out of what I'm into. I do some films when I can afford doing so, I occasionally study and read but in general I'm just on my bed with my cat being lazy, maybe having a beer or so.

I still manage to travel quite often, I guess being lazy and traveling a lot can coexist. It's just that I get to, how should I put it, well, hate humanity every once in a while? When the time comes I get bored of everything and nothing amuses me anymore. It's like having periods; annoying and (ir)regular, yet inevitable. So I need to get out of that awful mood in order to live 'properly' and I figured the best and the simplest way other than drinking(which works only temporarily) is to fuck myself off and do some strange shit my own surrounded by unknown people and culture just until I miss everything again. Thus, I do end up overcoming my idleness every now and then, dragging myself to somewhere new(and I'm not particularly rich, explains hitchhiking and CS and stuff). Which isn't too bad. You know when you aren't a genius but you still wanna be an artist, seeing lods of different things, indeed, do help(pretending you can create stuff and you're original).
Voilà how I function.

Ok enough about me. Now I'll do you a favor shutting up.

In short, I'm awesome and don't send me any boring request and I do hope we'll like each other, it shouldn't be too difficult.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Cause it's economic? And could be really awesome(sometimes.)
As for the hosting, among all those meaningless stupid(I mean it) requests, there are few that are from some genuinely interesting people and I adore getting to know them!


Movies, Making movies, Music, Cooking, Books, Travel, Alcohol, New stuff. Staying sensitive.

Music, Movies, and Books

OH, don't even get me started.
I'm listening to Joy division and Arcade Fire a lot these days. Have always been into Nirvana, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, also The Doors, Pearl Jam, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Placebo, Cream, Amy Winehouse, etc etc. Basically almost all the classics and "some" cool Indies. I've been into Jazz as well lately and... Ugh. You should simply come and see my itunes library. I can tell you that I LOVE music, more than I've ever loved any person alive(let's say apart from my mom)

I like 'Le troisième mensonge' by A.Kristof, Maurice by E.M Forster and many of Victor Hugo, cause he's awesome, well, and few of Hermann Hesse and so and so.. Oh, Ursula Le guin's great. Any good SF makes me happy. Sci-Fi rocks, Childhood's end? Story of your life? Do I even need to say a word?

And movies! Did I mention that i'm like a film student? that I like, make films? that I like, go to the cinema at least twice a week? There are a lot of films that I adore. Can't just pick one. I love Running on empty(one of my favorite from the 80s), thought We need to talk about Kevin was brilliant, and 2013's Canne, la vie d'Adèle(Blue is the warmest color) was the sexiest movie of the year. Totally. Ida was breathtaking. Django Unchained was one of the most magnificent movies of Tarantino, I loved Whiplash and Short term 12 recently and er... What else, In a better world is one of my favorites, I enjoy Woody Allen, David Fincher's so great that I even hate him, Xavier Dolan's interesting, Lars von Trier and all the big directors, I like talking about them. I dunno, there are just too many. If you wanna talk about movies, oh, I AM ALL YOURS. We'll just need few bottles of wine and a long long night.
And as I'm editing it now, I just saw a documentary called Le sel de la Terre, and it was astonishing, simply beautiful.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was working in Sahara, summer 2013. Many dunes around, windy, hot, isolated, no electricity no water. Didn't do much during the day, but when the sun goes down, I went lie down on the dune, with a blanket and a bottle of gin. Sand all over my body, I smelled bad, there was no internet, nor friends nor lovers, but there were countless stars shining, blue and violet sky, the milky way, I had never seen anything like that before. It was overwhelming. I watched it for hours and hours. I know it sounds very cliche, but for the first time of life I knew what is it like to see the stars. I couldn't count them, they were so many, I couldn't see all of them within eyesight and it was frustrating. Some nights there were people playing drums, me singing with my terrible voice and smoking at the same time. Cheap gin tasted better than the finest wine I'd ever had. And I wondered what kind of person I'd have turned out to be, growing under that sky everyday.
From the very first day till the last day of my staying, I did it everyday and every single time it touched me just more and more.

Teach, Learn, Share

Cooking tips are welcome! New awesome tunes and musicians are cool too!

What I Can Share with Hosts

My delightful company?

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, South Korea

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