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Aaron Zheng

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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Overview

  • 138 Positive References
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Wu Chinese; learning French, German, Yue (Cantonese)
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • RA at University of Oxford
  • Some instincts
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

flow

ABOUT ME

I think I know where my towel is.

And I don't wait on escalators.

PHILOSOPHY

Even with these dark eyes, a gift of the dark night. I go to seek the shining light.

by Gu Cheng

Running water never grows stale. So you just have to 'keep on flowing'.

Emptiness is the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.

When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless,€ like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

by Lao Zi

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

by Henry David Thoreau

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

Kick the potato off the couch, and then I surf it.

Interests

Art, language, astronomy, fantasy, animal, coin, history, poetry, film, plays, theatre, dance, cinema, graffiti, doodles, painting, surrealism, classical music, philosophy, photography, psychology, mind, behavior, consciousness, emotions, neuroscience, cognitive science, cultural anthropology, martial art, road, train, sea, biking, yoga, meditation, juggling, poi, rock climbing, night bus, camping, making fire, cooking exchange, vegetarian food, picnic...doing new things.

Music, Movies & Books

Books: Aldous Huxley, Oscar Wilde, Michael Tournier, Patrick Suskind, Stefan Zweig, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Gothe, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robbe-Grillet, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Yukio Mishima, Simone de Beauvoir, William Faulkner, Bohumil Hrabal, Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Italo Calvino, Marguerite Duras, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Celan, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Rilke Rainer Maria, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Jorges Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Franscoise Sagan, Marcel Proust.

Classical music, I like pieces with piano and cello the most, church and chamber music are nice mostly, symphony depends, but I do listen to Wagner's ring so I am not sure where my limit is..
Composers: J.S.Bach, Claude Debussy, Brahms, Eric Satie, Mahler, Chopin
Musicians: Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich, Jacqueline Du Pre, Pablo Casals, Fou Tsong

Singer or bands: Bonobo and others from Ninja tune, the XX, Break of Reality, Gotan Project, Sigur Ros, Elliot Smith, Craig Armstrong, Sparklehorse, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Portishead etc.. some electro, trip-hop, jazz. I used to listen lots rock and soul, but I always cant go with hip-hop well, too much lyrics!

I watch a lot documentaries and TED talks.

Film directors like Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Ki-duk Kim, Kar Wai Wong, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Luc Besson, Pedro Almodovar, Takeshi Kitano, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Akira Kurosawa, Miyazaki Hayao&Studio Ghibli, Martin Scorsese, Giuseppe Tornatore, Lars von Trier, DOGMA,

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I don't think one has to push the boundaries too hard to be regarded as did something amazing..I've met many people who are amazing just by nature, not by anything they've done.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach/encourage you to do mirror-writing with left-hand! It feels amazing!

I want to learn juggling(contact and poi), playing ukulele or harmonica, and cooking different styles of food, and Capoeira. also like:how to make fire in wild,how to catch fish,what to eat and how to avoid being eaten, how to chop off my forearm with Chinese made knife if I am stuck under rocks etc basic survive techniques and also like mountain-climbing,snowboarding,surfing,sailing,parachuting/tubechuting/anychuting..other than that I want to learn more about all my interests. And very big chance that I will develop yours into mine if you impress me with it!

What I Can Share With Hosts

As above.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

China, United Kingdom, United States

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