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Overview

  • 18 references 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2019
  • Software Engineer
  • Houston, TX
  • From Texas
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About Me

Currently a digital nomad since the pandemic after indefinitely leaving California in February 2022. I've stayed three months or more in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, and currently in Turkey. Also lived in China for a few months but I was young.

I love traveling and meeting new people. I like nature and the outdoors and like hiking and scuba diving. I am a bit of a foodie and really like spicy food. I'm very chill; I enjoy bars but not clubs. I prefer places where you can easily hear people two or three chairs away. I also like board games (especially if you have to lie) and talking over coffee, tea, or matcha. After travelling and hiking/nature, my biggest hobby is gardening. I have no interest in sports.

I prefer to stay a few months in a single city and make lots of local friends and learn a lot about the culture and language. I will do most things that locals want to show me, and eat pretty much anything that a local offers me.

I'll talk to you about American culture but I don't really want to talk about American politics specifically. It seems like everyone in the world has strong opinions on American politics.

I'm mixed white and chinese. I was born in Florida, grew up in Dallas, went to school in Houston, then worked in the San Francisco bay area. My family is from New Orleans and Beijing.

I really really love nature. My favorite places are Sequoia, Mt Rainier, the California coast, the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Valley of Fire, Sedona, Yosemite, Mt. Tamalpais, Monterrey, the Washington coast around La Push, the Olympics, the North Cascades, Seattle, the Sea to Sky Highway near Vancouver, the PNW in general, the bayou around New Orleans, and NYC.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I want to meet people and learn how they live and what their culture is. I also want to give back to this community that's shown and taught me a lot. I also want to make friends that I can visit and run-into in other parts of the world.

I don't have goals to travel to x number of countries or anything like that. I'm just trying to learn and understand how the world works.

Interests

  • cooking
  • coffee
  • walking
  • gardening
  • movies
  • music
  • hiking
  • scuba diving
  • snorkeling
  • parks
  • mountains
  • food
  • tea
  • forests
  • trekking
  • diving
  • hip hop
  • long walks
  • spicy food
  • drinks
  • r&b
  • bonfires
  • senderismo
  • montañas
  • bosques
  • matcha
  • spice
  • hacer senderismo

Music, Movies, and Books

Used to be mostly hip-hop and r&b but now it's more eclectic. I try to pick up local music from wherever I am and make a new playlist for every place I go. All my spotify playlists are public, so ask me for my profile! Some favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, H.E.R, Jhene Aiko, Kendrick Lamar, Ennio Morricone, J Cole, Karol G, Lauryn Hill, and Post Malone.

My movie list as of 2021 was:
Apocalypse Now
Baby Driver
Bad Times at the El Royale
Being John Malcovich
Bicycle Thieves
Black Swan
Chinatown
Cowboy Bebop
Django Unchained
Dorehedoro
Dune
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Fight Club
FMAB
Get Out
The Godfather
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Haindmaiden
Howl's Moving Castle
Ink
Into the Spiderverse
It's such a beautiful day
The King's Speech
Laputa Castle in the Sky
Mad Detective
Memories of Murder
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Jujutsu Kaisen
Knives Out
Odd Taxi
Oldboy
Pan's Labrynth
Paprika
The Prestige
Pulp Fiction
Requiem for a Dream
Reservoir Dogs
Saw
se7en
Shoplifters
Sixth Sense
Snatch
Snowpiercer
Spirited Away
Taste of Tea
Usual Suspects
Wes Anderson films

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can share lots of stories and advice. I like giving recommendations about places I've been. Usually I give much more recommendations than people expect when they ask me. Especially with nature and nice places in the US, which I find many people don't actually know much about.

I can teach how to play Fly Me to the Moon on piano, with all the chords, and why the chords work that way. And other jazz chord progressions that are related.

I can cook pasta or vegetables in a Californian style, or chili in a southern USA style, or some chinese american dishes.

I can give great recommendations on nature, mountains, deserts, and forests in the western united states.

I know a lot about clean energy, climate change, capitalism, and food systems/plants affect on history, if you're curious.

I know a lot of chinese, asian american, and american card games. In general, I can tell you about an asian american experience. I can talk about race a lot. Because I'm mixed, my race comes up wherever I go. There is no country where I look like a local.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, China, Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, United States

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