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Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

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  • 9 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Khmer, Sanskrit (Saṁskṛta), Thai
  • 59, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • film producer 4 months a year, trave...
  • university 'drop out'
  • From Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me


Decide whether to semi-retire in Indonesia or Burma


When I stay at someone's place I do the dishes and clean up after myself! I am a very flexible person and adapt to needs of the situation. But beware - I wear natural perfumes. If you are allergic to wonderful smells, stay away!


The sun rises every day

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Decades before CS I was couch surfing. I just didn't call it that. Neither did my new friends. Like the time in the middle of winter in Regina, Canada when I was working as a travelling salesman at a college and I thought 'I know my boss pays me a per diem, but staying in motels is so boring' So somehow, I got invited by a kind Chinese couple. I learned what it is like to be an academic from another country, living in a very unfamiliar climate.

When living in Vancouver I took in two Americans who couldn't afford a hotel. Then after three days it was a major effort to evict them!

Or in Singapore when I was videoing the zoo, a zookeeper invited me to his place. I look him up whenever I return and take him out for Hainan chicken rice.

The list goes on and on. With courtesy, generosity and human feelings, there is no need to stay in hotels. And of course, one must be conscious that because one is not staying in a paid room one must be especially sensitive to household rules and expectations. It is 'accommodation' in the truest sense. My only regret is that I still don't have my own home to reciprocate, and will not for several years.


- riverine life: ferries and floating houses
- food: vegetarian, spices, raw food
- herbal medicine (I make my own tinctures)
- business: whatever is a portable and harmless
- bicycling: short touring, not across Africa on a 3-speed
- swimming: especially ocean and river
- hotsprings: everywhere I go, even hot places
- festivals: I am fascinated by religion though no longer a believer

Music, Movies & Books

- blues music
- Polish and Spanish cinema
- satire such as National Lampoon magazine from the 1970s

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Learned: Recently a friend showed me that it is not necessary to boil water for tea. Just leave it overnight.

Done: Hand-sew a shirt according to techniques and pattern style from mid-seventeenth century. Trust me, it's not as easy as it sounds, and after doing so I felt like a demi-god.

Teach, Learn, Share

to share

- living in Canada and Cambodia

to learn

- local smells
- local food

Countries I've Visited

Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Cambodia, Canada, Thailand, Viet Nam

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