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Laura: A straightforward, down to earth person, sometimes too serious and lack of sense of humour. Mostly left brain storming. Love self-discovery by reading, conversation, daily life and traveling as a individual backpacker. Wanna learn about LOVE for lifelong. Starting from eating no meat, being respectful, generous and patient to people and animals in order to get rid of the selfish part of herself. learning to execute it and teaching by example for her students and child.
Vernon: in contrary to Laura - creative, humorous, and has tons of crazy ideas. Mostly right brain storming. So he might forget keys or wallet somewhere, or throw personal belongings everywhere. He loves gourmets and can hardly say goodbye to meat till now. Good for him that he eats less and less meat after marrying Laura. Because his wife can make delicious vegetarian meals for the family. Very talkative, love all kinds of conversation. If you feel he is quiet, that is because he doesn't follow our topic in English. Please speak slowly. Snoring when sleeping, you've been warned. Haha!
Channing: Born in 4th of Nov, 2008. (We do really want to meet families with kids in similiar age! Come and be our guest!) He loves ABC songs, 123 songs, singing all day long. Fan of lightening Mcqueen and excavators. love swing, seesaw, slide, running, kicking balls, and bricks.. Can be active as well as silently sitting on the floor or at the desk, reading books, playing stickers or drawing with crayons on the paper even on the wall.
PinYu: We finally got our second baby in Feb, 2015! We will soon head off Canada in July. By then she will be 5 months old. This will be the little one's first trip and she will be one of the little couchsurfers that your home will have!
Laura: I like things that go naturally. A proverb goes well:"If you want something very, very badly, let it go free. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn't, it was never yours to begin with."This comforts me in love relationship, work affair, friendship, and everything. I hate disappointment, so I try my best with everything, and see how the God will like me to go. I believe everything that happens is going to give me a lesson. What I have to do is reflection, reflection and reflection.
Vernon: Incurable optimist!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Laura: I knew couchsurfing for several years and I dare not to join because I stay with my parents. It's not safe to host "strangers" from their point of view. 5 years ago, Vernon and I got married. We saved money and changed to a bigger apartment. We love hosting in order to exchange life experiences, to open a new world for us. We have to thank our guests becuase they spend much money and time to come here to visit us. We just wait at home for our foreign teachers to come. How lucky to be a host!
As a guest, we are pleased to be interviewed by the German Maganize on line:
2012/4/6-8 Alice Zhao,Katie Miao and their friend (HK,China)
2012/4/7 Jidanni(American in Taichung, Taiwan)
2012/4/23-26 Jonas Klange(Ringkøbing,Denmark)
2012/5/29-6/2 Micky (Amsterdam,Netherlands)
2012/6/3-6 Nicolas (Helsinki,Finland)
2012/6/7-10 Hin-Fung (HK,China)
2012/6/7-10 Winton (Shenzhen,China)
2012/6/20-22 Jenno (Helsinki, Finland)
2012/9/30 Jan & family (Weinstadt,Germany)
2012/12/9 Tim from Finland
2012/12/9-11 Yang and his wife(TianJin, China)
2012/12/12-14 Miguel (Germany)
2013/8/13-14 Michael Huffines and his family (Singapore)
2013/5/7~26 Laura Degener (Hannover, Germany)
2013/9/8~11 Tamara and Sven (Ulm, Germany)
2014/3/14~ 2014/7/15 The Hooton Family (Vancouver, CA)
2014/4/21~5/1 The Hasson Family (Los Angeles, US)
Important Note: Due to my pregnancy and two months taking care of the new baby without too much electronic device using, I missed numerous couchsurfing request and they all turned to expire. I can understand the feeling of waiting for reply and turn to disappointment. I am so sorry to those who didn't get my response, accept or deny, especially those who read my profile elaborately and wrote me nice requests. I sent messages to them afterward and sorry again.
We like outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain climbing and cycling. Now our kid is small so we tend to go camping.
Interested in hiking in TW?
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We love cooking, both traditional Taiwanese cuisine as well as Spaghetti or pizza in our own way. We love to invite friends or CS guests to have dinner with us.
Also Taiwan is praised as the paradise of food, come and check out the delicious food you can have in Taiwan:
- interior design
- outdoor activities
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Laura: Hollywood might fit public flavour, but never to be my taste. I prefer Indian, Thai, Iran, Singpore, Chinese and Taiwanese movies.I love heavy metal during my student age, I knew Europe(Superstitious) since my junior high and got crazy in them, and Nirvana in my college. Now I am getting older, not so strong heart. Norah Jones, Ono Lisa, Kevin Kern, George Winston comfort a lot. Classical is always my favorite. I play piano for leisure entertianment and I will play for you if you have a piano and would like me to do so.
Recent Reading: Chinese translation of Carl Wetter's Educational Laws, Self identify through Hooponopono, The Diamond Cutter, and Krishnamurti's biography.
Also plenty of books about healthy diet.
Vernon: Love all kids of action movies, enjoy our home cinema when Laura is not home(because Laura doesn't like that). Reading books about investment since work as a real estate agent.
Channing: Love soccer, Swimming, Badminton, table tennis, roller-skating, biking and all kinds of outdoor activities.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Laura: Submit Mt. Kilimanjaro, give birth, breast-feeding, cook and serve buffet many times, max for 30 people(Vernon's colleagues) together for a meal in our apartment.
Vernon: Finally qualified in the architect exam after 10 years and got the license, design many high residential buildings in Taichung urban area, interior design for our new apartment(proud of that Laura loves the kitchen island).
US: build a family, hosting interesting travelers at home! (can't image how life can be so much fun!)
Channing: Couchsurf 20+ families in Europe and US in his 3.5 years old.
Teach, Learn, Share
Everyone is unique. We do not only learn from others' advantages but also disadvantages. So whoever we meet, always helps with reflection.
What I Can Share with Hosts
In our past couchsurfing experience, our hosts love the food we made, such as water dumplings, and fried rice/noodles, tofu, taro, ... They also love the tea we prepared from Taiwan, the Oolong tea. Vernon enjoys talk about the architecture while Channing can be good campanion playing with the kids. He is caring and thoughtful. And the little one, Pinyu, I bet she will devote her big smile, you'll see.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In