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Joy Lai

Sea Cliff, NY, United States

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Overview

  • 21 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English; learning Spanish
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • art teacher
  • Bard College, Mercy College, SUNY Ne...
  • From Taipei, Taiwan/ Goshen, NY
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to be present

ABOUT ME

frugal but extravagant, a shy leader, calm but not collected. I find conversations with grandmothers and 3yr olds to be highly interesting. I teach art at a private school on the north shore of Long Island. I love tree bark and treasures from the sea. I always travel with a sketchbook, watercolors, and pens. I wake up for sunrises.

PHILOSOPHY

never take the same road back. follow your bliss.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

met some couchsurfers in Budapest, talked a lot, laughed a lot. told all the backpackers I met on my travels about couchsurfing.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

had lovely days with couchsurfers. mostly talking, some eating and drinking, and always smiling. couchsurfed with Juliette in Montauk, Cheryl and Brian in Seattle, Julie in Vancouver B.C.

Interests

conversations, art, travel, hiking, beach-combing, gleaning, ranting, drawing, bicycling, arboretums, conservatories, movies, live music, savoring, sorting, planning, and dreaming.

Music, Movies & Books

books: Windup Bird Chronicle, Love in the Time of Cholera, A Room of One's Own, No One Belongs Here More than You, 1984, Anne of Green Gables, Breakfast of Champions, The Little Prince, Notes from the Underground, The Lover, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Principles of Uncertainty, anything by Jean-Jacques Sempé, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

movies: The Mystery of Picasso, Microcosmos, Mindwalk, Roman holiday, Notorious, Aguiree the Wrath of God, Wild Strawberries, Swept Away, Amelie, Why did the Bodhi Dharma Go to the East?, Celine and Julie Go Boating, Knife in Water, Red Desert, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Tie Me Up Tie Me Down, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Anne of Green Gables, Cactus Flower, Ninotchka, Burnt by the Sun, Judou, High and Low, Eat Drink Man Woman, Woman in the Dunes, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Diving Bell and the Butterfly

music: sigur ros,bach, belle and sebastian, beck, cibo matto, depeche mode, david bryne, animal collective, vampire weekend, stars of the lid, radiohead, air, nina simone, lou reed, postal service, yoko ono, le tigre, 2pac, chansons, chopin, deerhoof

One Amazing Thing I've Done

taught Special Ed. for two years in the Bronx.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to make a plaster mold, how to cast a body part using alginate, how to make gelatin prints, how to fold an origami bird, how to use photoshop masks, and how to have a good time in NYC with very little $

What I Can Share With Hosts

home-cooked meal, a drawing

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lesotho, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Taiwan, United States

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