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Jonathan Uy

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Overview

  • 127 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Tagalog; learning French, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Mindful Backpacker | WCS dancer | IT...
  • I have a uni degree (BInfTech), but ...
  • From Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

July 2015: Just returned to Vancouver BC as a new Canadian permanent resident... after almost 2 years of travelling Canada (British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories), USA (Alaska), South America (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil), and then spending time at home with family and friends in Australia (Melbourne, Mt Isa, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney) for 7 months (and the occasional small trip to Singapore and Malaysia)!

ABOUT ME

Australian guy, living and travelling the world since 2008 (UK, Europe, North America, South America), just recently returned to Australia in late November 2014, and just moved to Vancouver BC in July 2015 as a new Canadian permanent resident.

Like many people on CS, I would describe myself as being a friendly and open-minded person. I like meeting couchsurfers wherever I travel, its a great way to connect with people from all over the world, and make the world feel just a bit smaller and see things through the eyes of others and learn more things - even just sharing travel stories and funny stuff can make for great times out. And I've discovered myself to be a really good people connector - I'm good at meeting up with disparate couchsurfers and bringing them altogether for impromptu ad-hoc couchsurfing meetups in any given place I'm at.

There's a whole lot more to me, but its best you meet me in person so you can ask me and find out for yourself! :-)

PHILOSOPHY

Treat others with respect and be open-minded about anything; you can always learn something new all the time

Through interacting with others and exploring more of the world, day by day I hope to learn more about my true self and find out my true mission in life.

Favourite quote:
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded"

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've CouchSurfed for my first time in Oct 2009 - and today I am still very passionate about using it as a means to meet and befriend and learn from uniquely interesting individuals from all over the world! I'm also spreading the word of CouchSurfing via word of mouth to friends, and anyone else I've come across, e.g. hostelling, random conversations with strangers. I've also been to many CS meetings and gatherings in Glasgow, London, Paris, Lyon, Manchester, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, St Petersburg, Moscow, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and so many other cities/towns in Europe/North America/South America/Australasia - lots of fun and awesome friendly people!

Nov 2010 - Apr 2011: I did an EPIC backpacking trip through Europe (18 weeks!), where I've been lucky enough to have been able to find a couch in EVERY city/town I've been visiting throughout my journey - and more importantly, meeting SO MANY Couchsurfers through it than I ever had in the previous 12 months!!!

I've also attended numerous CouchCrash events (Manchester, Edinburgh, Paris, Washington DC, Chicago, Albuquerque), and local Couchsurfing meetups in various cities around the world

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Burlingame California USA (early Oct 2009) - that was awesome and memorable, was able to explore Burlingame and of course, San Francisco area thanks to the chilled and easygoing nature of my CS hosts, Carissa and Keeler! :-)

Liverpool UK (mid Feb 2010) - thanks to my lovely host Naomi and her housemates, I was able to explore the city of Liverpool quite well, and I also had a blast hanging out with them all, lots of fun chats for sure! I even ended up going to a local pub quiz night that they all went to, great fun!

Manchester UK (Feb 2010) - this was a bit last minute (in the middle of my Liverpool trip!) but it turned out good thanks to Stephen, as it meant that I could explore Manchester for 2 whole days and also hang out with Stephen and other CSers for the night (game of table football was addictive!)

Lyon, France (late Feb 2010). Wow, what can I say, but I love the friendliness and hospitality that was shown to me by my hosts Marion and Rodolphe! I also met Michel (aka NOMAD) and other Lyonnaise CSers during my stay. Thanks to them, I was able to explore and experience more of Lyon city and Lyonnaise food than I could ever have possibly done on my own!!!

Manchester AGAIN - for the Madchester Festival! Stayed with Geoff, fantastic bloke, met many CSers over the weekend - guided tour, dinner at the Curry Mile, hike at Peak District, and great company!

Bristol (early April 2010)

St Petersburg (late June 2010)

Edinburgh (mid July 2010)

Paris (mid July 2010) - Paris CS Rendezvous!

Aberdeen (late July 2010) - Aberdeen CS Summer Camp!

Tampere (Aug 15) - CS Tampere Summer Meeting! Just one day though... kinda sucked I missed out on the other couple of days :-/

Oslo (Aug 20-22 2010) - my first visit to Norway! Host: Stine

Stavanger (Sep 24-26 2010) - yay I got to see Stavanger and hike up to Preikestolen!!!

Tampere again! (Oct 8-10 2010) - I just had to see more of Tampere! Host: Kateriina

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Apr/May 2015 - Singapore, Penang (Malaysia)
May 2015 - Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast, Australia)
Jun 2015 - Sydney, Australia

(I have far too many experiences to list here, as I've couchesurfed DOZENS of times since I embarked on my Nov 2010-Apr 2011 backpacking trip)

Interests

Apart from travelling and sightseeing - and CouchSurfing? :-)

Partner dancing (West Coast Swing, blues dancing)

Watching excellent films at the cinema (I have very good taste in the movies I watch!)

Living within one's means yet living life to the fullest (Carpe Diem!)

Amateur photography

Indie videogames

Surfing the Internet for the geeky/wacky/interesting stuff

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, Couchsurfing)

Having talks with people from all walks of life (topics that range from funny and hilarious to intelligent and philosophical)

Meeting new people and making new friends wherever I go

Keeping in touch with friends that are scattered all over the world!

Sports (cricket, rugby league, tennis, table tennis)

Eating the local cuisine wherever I may be in the world - I LOVE trying all kinds of food!

Cooking dishes (e.g. Filipino adobo) and improving upon my previous attempts at cooking them!

Music, Movies & Books

Favourite Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Memento, The Matrix, The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars Original Trilogy, Spaceballs, Blade Runner, Dark City, Big Trouble in Little China, Life is Beautiful, Office Space, GoldenEye, Groundhog Day, Strictly Ballroom, The Last of the Mohicans, The Usual Suspects, All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane, City of God, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Slumdog Millionaire, Wall-E, Let The Right One In, Moon, (500) Days of Summer, District 9, Cold Souls, Up, Inception

Favourite Music: Alt rock music like Switchfoot, Coldplay, Powderfinger, Third Eye Blind, Live, One Republic, R.E.M., The Watchmen; Classic pop such as ABBA, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Crowded House, Michael Jackson; other/electronic such as Daft Punk, Zero 7; R&B like Kanye West, Ne-Yo. Not normally into billboard pop music, but Lady Gaga is pretty good

Almost anything played by the DJs at WCS events/parties would also be my current faves

Favourite Books: The Assyrian, Wild At Heart, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, The Ninja, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've done several things that to me, I think is amazing.

Recently, I visited Easter Island in 2014 during my 1 year long travel adventure in South America. Its probably the highlight of my entire trip - moreso because when I was a kid, I read about Easter Island in school books, but I'd never have dreamt I would be going, until I made a decision to book a flight out of the blue whilst travelling the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Best decision I ever made :)

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach a bit about some partner based dancing, in particular, West Coast Swing, Australian modern jive

I can try to teach someone some basic Tagalog, but that could end up being hysterically funny! :-P

I can share my ever-changing recipe for all-time Filipino favourite dish "adobo" - every Couchsurfer who has tried my adobo said its yummy! :-)

I want to learn some basic phrases in the major European languages, e.g. French, German, Italian, Spanish; I want to greet people during my Europe travels in their native tongue!

I'm also learning as much about West Coast Swing dancing as I can, its my main hobby (apart from travelling) at the moment!

Having said that I'm up for learning ANYTHING you think you can teach me - cooking, making stuff, anything!!! That's what life is about right, learning something new everyday! :-)

What I Can Share With Hosts

I can teach a bit about some partner based dancing, in particular, West Coast Swing, Australian modern jive

I can try to teach someone English, some basic Tagalog and basic Spanish

I can share my ever-changing recipe for all-time Filipino favourite dish "adobo" - every Couchsurfer who has tried my adobo said its yummy!

And not least, for me the thing I ALWAYS want to share with my host, is quality conversations and sharing my own life stories and travel tales :-)

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Canada, Philippines, United Kingdom

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