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Find my yellow brick road back to Melbourne.
I am a nerdy yet extroverted Malaysian who has lived there till my teen years and moved to Melbourne, Australia by myself for a few years and absolutely fell deeply in love with it. I've just graduated in May '11 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Art History at Penn State in the US. I have a focus in clinical and multicultural psychology, which probably explains why I love to travel and meet people from all walks of life. I did some study abroad in Amsterdam while working with artists at a hippie commune, worked with children with mental disorders and behavioural problems in London and lived a partially squatting lifestyle in the Hague. I'm currently doing an internship at a marriage and family therapy centre and a feminist-activist organisation, so I can gain some experience to work for the man in the future. Blergh.
I enjoy moving around to different continents to live the actual cultural experience rather than just dipping my toes into the surface of the water. I want to immerse myself completely to know, understand and live the actual culture that is foreign to me. On the side, I enjoy having coffees or beers with mates and discuss and argue about anything so we can progress and develop our ideas and beliefs.
Also, I have the ultimate obsession of Melbourne, Australia. It has been a life-changing experience for me after living there since it has shaped me into a person that I am proud to be today. It is a city that I have fallen madly in love with and it is a place that will definitely be my home in the near future.
So I'm just back in KL for a few months after depriving her for 6 years and hopefully be following that yellow brick road back to Melbourne and continue the pathway of being a psychologist and immerse myself into the alternative culture of street art and music again!
PS: I'm too known for losing my leather jackets at parties. Hence, my good mate made a map for it (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=201646862081465678403.0004aa26779ecf5730ec6). If you see any lingering leather jackets at sunrise during parties, please contact me.
We are all stardust and from Africa. So it's about bloody time that we all get along. Life is short, so break all the rules and live as you will only live once.
"I would request that, my body, in death, be buried and not cremated. So that, the energy content contained within it, gets returned to the earth. So that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna, in my life." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Cycling, Politics, Cultural theory, Subcultures, Film, Photography, Traveling, Art, Animation, Swing, Cooking, Documentaries, History, Psychology, Design, Philosophy, Activism, Flash mobs, Media, Humour
I like to say that I'm a person that knows a little bit about everything. That's why everything is a learning experience.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Anything by Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Linklater, Woody Allen, Elia Kazan, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, Fritz Lang, Wim Wenders, Charlie Chaplin, David Cronenberg, Wong Kar Wai, Edgar Wright and many more. I need to be more exposed to different directors and screenwriters. And I love watching documentaries (e.g. Jesus Camp, Koyaanisqatsi), independent films (too many to list), cult films (THE EVIL DEAD TRILOGY IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO MANKIND), animation (e.g. PIXAR, My Dog Tulip etc) and the occasional raunchy comedies (e.g. Superbad, Caddyshack, well, you know the drill. Anything with Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Chevy Chase and other SNL crew and improvisers) for guilty pleasure and mindless entertainment too.Music: Always enjoy a good ear-gasm, hence, all sorts, especially folk (e.g. Nick Drake, John Fahey, Bert Jansch, Will Cookson), Icelandic (e.g. Múm, Amiina, Seabear, Ampop), jazz (e.g. Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Art Tatum), 50's (e.g. Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash) and 60's (e.g. Simon & Garfunkel, the Velvet Underground, the Who, Neil Young). Any good indie/dance-able music (e.g. Fat Freddy's Drop, Cut Copy, Broken Social Scene, Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, K.C. Accidental, the Cat Empire) recommended by mates since I've stopped chasing new music. As for tearing it up, techno, deep house, tech-house, minimal techno all the way. Check out Claude VonStroke, Richard Hawtin, John Digweed, Carl Cox, Paul Kalkbrenner etc.For more info on music: http://www.last.fm/user/calviny3kBooks: Ken Kesey, Philip K. Dick, Richard Dawkins, Haruki Murakami, Naomi Klein, Vladimir Nabokov, Tennessee Williams, Yann Martel, any good classic that contains surreal elements, anti-establishment and anti-conformist themes are always good. And no. I am not an anarchist. I also love the occasional Times magazine to catch up on international and US news whilst I'm traveling. Or some photography and learning goodness of the amazing National Geographic magazines.TV shows: Star Trek (The Original Series), The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Community, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Scrubs, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, Black Books, Eastbound and Down, The Life and Times of Tim, Spaced, Peep Show, Mad Men, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Portlandia, The Inbetweeners, Cosmos, Saturday Night Live, Breaking Bad, In Treatment, Whose Line is it Anyways?, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, NOVA ScienceNow, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, anything educational and informational.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
John Brack's Collins St., 5pm changed my life and perspective of art, Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear in Washington D.C., laneway bars in Melbourne, Machu Picchu in Peru, Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, pillow fight in Union Square, Taj Mahal in Agra, bubble battle in Times Square, shaving my head for World's Greatest Shave, bars in Brooklyn, the whole city of Berlin, climbing abandoned industrial coal mine in Duisburg with a CS-er, working with artists in a hippie commune outside of Amsterdam, sunrise after a massive night of partying in any rooftops, living and breathing air every single day.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can recite Nick Drake's life story to you since I am absolutely obsessed with his music and his intriguing life. And yes, I will definitely spread the word and music of Nick Drake. I can also give you pretty good traveling tips of New York city and Melbourne since I know some of the underground bar/music scene of these 2 places.If you're interested in Psychology and Art History, of course my geekiness will be here to aid your journey of understanding how our brain works and why certain artworks are really just that brilliant and important. I am always happy to discuss about politics, current affairs, media, humour and films with an open mind as I enjoy reading analyses of these areas a little too obsessively.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Malaysia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States