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Am a curious traveller who wants to see the world on a shoestring.
Very friendly person with a awkward sense of good natured humour.
Quality and affordable food is my weak spot. Love all types of cuisine Chinese,malay, Indian, perankan, Spanish , French, arabic, vegetarian
Favourite asian delights: oyster omelette, hokkien prawn mee, charcoal BBQ chicken wings, frog porridge, herbal mutton soup, papaya salad.
I take food seriously and am a meat lover. I have no food restrictions except for virus infested💩. I eat whatever locals eat. I havent suffered a fatal food poisoning before but the worst case of diarrhea took me 3 weeks to recover from.
I am the least fussy person you ever find and have served 2 Years of military conscription. Everywhere is a cosy shelter. But I am very conscious about personal cleanliness and the cleanliness of my host's place. I stand out for looking too thin and mistaken for an ascetic or even a vegan.
Knows Singapore like a children's book. Especially places to visit. Have travelled to every corner of Singapore including it's islands and neighbouring Malaysia's Johor bahru. Many Singaporeans say they know singapore well, truth is they have they might still need to verify with people like me. From geylang, geylang serai, east coast, old airport, kampong glam, touristy marina bay, raffles quay area, CBD, orchard, tanglin, River valley, Chinatown, little India, serangoon, Jalan besar, whampoa, Sentosa, jurong, too chu Kang, yishun, choa chu Kang, Lim chu Kang, pasir ris. From little Myanmar, little Phillipines, little Vietnam, little thailand to little China. Please allow me to show you the way. I could recommend u various trekking routes and cycling routes that will take you around Singapore. If time allows I could even drive you around Singapore or up to Malaysia.
Style of travelling: Quick planning, extremely flexible and simple packing - 2 t-shirts, 1 shorts, a towel, earphones, inflatable neck rest, blindfold, powerbank, sleeping bag, drugs for common ailments and emergencies and brightly coloured 3 piece underwear set for easy visibility. So they will not be left behind.
Have strong cheapskate asian instinct in getting a good deal. I like to visit trade and food fairs and ask for free samples or buy things at a big discount provided it can fit into my bagpack. I once bought a large standing fan and bicycle at a fair for my host because it was cheap.
Interest in electric transportation. Used to own 8 electric bicycles scooters and skateboards. Also have bicycles.
Also a fan of the 4-hour work week where I believe in early financial freedom, keeping expenses to a minimum and vagabonding. Have also been been giving/ selling my belongings and have not bought clothes in the last 6 years.
Studied accounting but didnt finish degree. While i was younger i always wanted to make enough money so that i can see the world. But I think its much easier to see the world first and then figure out a way to make money along the way. Plan to travel long term, master a trade using the internet and start a small ecommerce operation. want to see most of world before 30.
Love learning about new cultures, places and challenging my own stereotypes and biases about different races, cultures, religions. And about how locals live. I partcipate in English learning events overseas a lot and occasionally teach English for free accommodation/food.
I try to be a travel hacker to save money; I am knowledgeable about art of free entrance to ticketed events, attractions, local events, local weddings. Have participated in F1 racing events, football matches, countdown parties, amusement parks, exhibitions, conferences, local weddings, hunting trips, religious gatherings and ridiculously priced tourist attractions. However I never save on affordably priced food and that is usually my biggest daily expenditure.
Enjoy discussing about budget travel (like extreme stories and dangerous encounters), the economy, sports and discussing anything I am not qualified to comment on.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To see the world from a local's perspective.
Travel on a shoestring.
Celebrate international friendship day.
- martial arts
- sign language
- solo travel
Music, Movies, and Books
favourite books: 5 people you meet in Heaven- M.A., Adventure Capitalist- Jim Rogers, The world is flat- Tom Friedman
Favourite shows: Family guy, Prison Break series, Suits, Narcos, legend of condor heros, journey to the west, Black mirror, breaking bad, the walking dead, friends and many Asian dramas
Favourite movies: All sorts
Favourite music: All sorts. Grew up listening to alot of mandopop- Jay Chou & FIR
Favourite movie stars: Stephen Chow, Sacha baron conen, Donnie yen, Jason Statham
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Finding goodness in humanity.
Travelling and meeting new people.
Usually travel for months straight to get the best value from my air ticket
Lived in the moment.
Teach, Learn, Share
Discovery of new places, sights and food.
Amusement parks, local streets, museums and public transport infrastructure
Linguistics and my insights into learning several different languages
What I Can Share with Hosts
Language lessons in English/Mandarin Chinese/ ASL
A good conversation and culture exchange
My cooking, work-in-progress.
I bring gifts from Singapore or around the world. I usually have something I found or receive along the way
I occasionally treat my guests to good food
Trademark Singapore nature and food tour on escooter or bicycle.
Host in Singapore
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Laos, Malaysia, Singapore