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Work hard, play harder, stay positive, travel responsibly, be aware environmentally
Started backpacking in college and have been to a couple of places in China before 1st overseas trip to Jejudo, South Korea, where I had a great time.
I'm thankful for having those travelling experiences, which transformed me from a merely tourist into a responsible backpacker, who's gradually becoming a genuine traveler.
Experiencing local life, respecting local people, culture and custom, meeting local people and fellow travelers, last but not least, staying green and as less carbon footprint as possible are what a genuine traveler is all about from my perspective.
For the above, only working hard and playing harder will do.
Luxurious products are something pricey and you can put a price tag on, while happiness is the only thing both inexpensive and priceless.
Simply, I'm not a luxury brand kinda person but a "rich" curious traveler.
Work hard for savings (not so much so far though), play harder for living.
not aiming to change the world, but do my own part to do good to people and the world.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hv been to a few couchsurfing events and met a couple of fellow traverllers and couchsurfers.
Started couchsurfing in the US trip, stayed with 3 hosts in NJ, DC and NYC respectively. Awesome experience.
Thomas W Hunter, NJ, US;
Gil and Nancy Glass, DC, US;
Sunders, NYC, US.
Jason Carpenter, Yangon, Myanmar;
Zi Heng Qiang, Singapore
Parinaz & Mahy Hashemi, Tehran, Iran
Ali Salamat, Isfahan, Iran
Travelling for sure comes up first.
As a quality foodie as I am, eating around is not able to meet my demands any more, LOL. Making my own dishes and keeping learning cooking seem the only way out for a desirable foodie ;).
When it comes to eating, cooking and having fun at the same time, potluck is definitely second to none.
For my favourite sport, swimming is. A great way to stay fit ;), although hv gained quite a lot of weight ; ( lately.
Seeing movies, NOT ONLINE, inspires me in many ways. Personally think movies should always be seen in cinema, otherwise there wouldn't be a real movie experience. Seeing over the Internet really kills the whole ambience.
Collecting tips of household widsom to recycle and save energy in daily life might not be able to change the whole world but at least I can make my own little contribution as I'm one of the neighbors in the earth villiage, as simple as it is.
Music, Movies, and Books
Keep seeing movies......
Keep listening to music......
Keep reading books......
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The 2 mosques in BSB, the capital of Brunei, stunned me. Without a doubt the tasteful interior wowed every visitor. But the real jaw-dropping are the domes which are made of gold. And the magnificent sunset after a whole day of rain.
Can't help thinking another "amazing" thing that I've done in Jejudo, Korea. It was a small Ramen stall and I was the only guest. Since the shop owner, a very polite and kind lady, and I had the language barrier that we both didn't speak either Korean or Chinese, we had problem ordering food. After a bunch of guessing and body languages, she came up an idea and called her daughter. Turns out, surprisingly, her daughter was a flight attendant who spoke Chinese! What a coincidence. Then I was finally able to order a Ramen. It was great, by the way. However, after I finished the noodle, the embarrassment came that I didn't have enough money for the bill, O.M.G. couldn't be more embarrassed. Although the kind-hearted lady settled on all I got, I insisted to pay her back the other day even she resisted. That was my first overseas experience about the kindness of strangers.
Oh, there's one more, paper making out of elephant poo. Not joking. There's an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. The staff raised fund for the orphanage by making paper this way. After a few steps in the process, the fiber was taken out and disinfected. That's the material for making paper. There're products like notebooks, post-its, calendars, gift cards and other similar commodities.
I've seen the bamboo process and was stunned by this way. It's not that disgusting as you thought, although the idea is astonishing. Well, it's environmentally friendly after all.
The 4-day-3-night trip to North Korea is so incredibly and horribly memorable.
Teach, Learn, Share
Besides exchanging working and living experiences, cooking is something I wanna share too.
A native Cantonese, English major and Spanish learner to teach, share and learn.
Countries I’ve Visited
Brunei Darussalam, China, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam