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I love doing things - I'd rather play music than listen to it, participate in a sport than watch it, perform in a musical than see it, or host a function than attend it.
I've been described in various contradictory ways including (I'm going to be honest even though I find some of these descriptions inaccurate/unflattering) "active and outgoing", "quiet and shy", "fun loving and adventurous", "serious and conservative", "easygoing", "OCD", "glamorous", "geeky", "party animal", "uber nerd", "rebel", "goody-goody", "stereotypical asian/medical student", "one of a kind". I'll leave it up to you to decide.
I've only uploaded a very small selection of photos here because I join a lot of sites and I don't like doubling up. For more, see http://www.facebook.com/jasminejzhu/ or http://instagram.com/jasminejzhu/
UPDATE: It took me 26 years to realise that I'm an outgoing introvert: http://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2014/07/18-struggles-of-having-an-outgoing-personality-but-actually-being-shy-and-introverted/
Food, Social Media, Technology, Finance, Photography, Interior Design, Music, Dancing, Movies, Anime, Cosmetics, Fragrances, Foreign Languages, Health & Fitness, Travel
Music, Movies, and Books
I am going to take the title of this heading as "Please elaborate on your interests, which may include Music, Movies and Books".
A wide range of mostly classical music. Although I used to play, I'm usually quite out of practice, so please don't be offended if I don't perform for you.
I'm a big fan of films by Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks, and I'm obsessed with anime in general, but I usually only watch movies or TV while in transit.
I read a lot of sci fi/fantasy when I was younger, but I haven't touched a novel in years. I blame it on technology.
I love trying new foods, and get excited when hosts introduce me to something I haven't had before. I love to eat everything, but prefer fresh fruit/veggies, raw seafood and cold desserts over spicy/salty/oily foods.
I follow an extremely healthy and environmentally responsible diet at home, but when there's travelling, celebrating or free food involved, all bets are off!
I enjoy testing and collecting fragrances, but hardly wear any because of my work. http://www.fragrantica.com/member/49354/
As a student, I loved getting involved in non-profit organisations. One of my favourite experiences was working with a group of my best friends (http://vic2012.com/) on the national executive of the Australian Medical Students' Association (http://amsa.org.au), something I still think back to very fondly!
I like to see and do a lot when travelling, and can easily be out and about for 15 hours a day. I enjoy almost every activity, but I prefer to be actively doing something rather than sitting around at a bar/coffee shop/friend's house/on the beach.
I'm an independent traveler who prefers to explore alone, but enjoys sharing a meal with others. I don't cook when traveling, but prefer to take out a host to thank them.
I only send couchrequests to people that I'd want to be friends with anyway, even if they weren't hosting me. Otherwise, I'd rather save my time by staying at a hotel. So if you receive a request from me, it means I'm genuinely interested in you.
Just a note to explain my Walking Paradox which confuses nearly every host. I say that I enjoy walking, but then when presented with the option of walking somewhere or going by car/public transport, I generally pick the non-walking option, and I'll sit down at every opportunity. This is because my feet tire a lot faster than the average person, so in order to maximise the amount of sightseeing I can do in the 15 hours that I'm out and about, my walking/standing up energy needs to be rationed carefully.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: I'm full of life/productivity/technology hacks, just ask.
Learn: Despite giving the impression of being talented at many things, I am incredibly hopeless at driving, and even worse at reverse parallel parking. If you can teach me how to perform either activity to the standard of an ordinary person, my family and friends will be forever grateful. In the meantime, I recommend that you don't lend me your car keys.
Share: 1) My movie and TV collection. 2) My makeup, fragrance and skin care collection. I have too much of those things, so if you're into that kind of stuff too, you'll probably end up with a lot of extra souvenirs. 3) Music. I love playing on other people's instruments, or with other people. I can play most instruments to a rudimentary standard.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can share stimulating conversation on topics that interest me. I don't tend to cook while travelling, but I do enjoy taking out my hosts for a meal. I like looking at things, and would be happy to give you my (honest) opinion about anything ranging from an outfit to a potential piece of new furniture in your home. I enjoy playing all kinds of musical instruments, especially ones I haven't tried before, and especially with other people.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, China, Spain