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  • 77 References 36 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Taiwanese; learning Hakka Chinese, Japanese
  • 56, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • teach and research
  • PhD Engineering, U of Iowa, USA
  • From Beigang Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan, Republic Of China
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About Me


see the inside of myself and find the strength to improve


My nick name is Marko, which came from Marco Polo, who explored the globe in the 13th century. I am currently a teacher and researcher on river and groundwater related issues. I work with friends and community trying to restore the ecosystem in local rivers and are doing projects for approaching a sustainable, green city. Since 1993, I attended conferences all over the world and in addition, I take the traveling opportunities to fulfill my dream as an adventurer. I am not young in age but still young in heart. I am married since 1988. Two sons are in their middle twenties, but all work outside my city.
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Strangers are friends I yet to meet.
Young is a status of mind not a time of life.
Each life is a short journey, so seize the day.
First thing is to do is to point out the final goal of life and follow its direction.
Find purpose, the means will follow.
Through daily life, I would like to understand myself and the world, then improve them based on correct observing and reasoning.
What you give out will eventually returns to yourself, so give out only good things.
Save the trees and they will save us.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


My German roommate, Dustin, in a youth hostel in Freiburg, Germany, told me about this community, and I admire this idea very much in terms of meeting interesting people and reducing travel cost.


Exchange ideas with local people is much more interesting for me than simply sightseeing during all my journeys. Until now, I have 32 surfing and 7 hosting experiences, and are all wonderful. My first hostess is talented Cricket in Philadelphia, USA. The 2nd is a French guy, Michel, who lives in an apartment with breath-taking coastal view in Penang, Malaysia. The 3rd is beautiful Lesslie in Quito, Ecuador, South America. The 4th is dear Bob, an American in Fukuoka, Japan. The fifth is charming Cheryl in Shanghai, China. The 6th is Julie and Casey in St Paul, Minnesota, USA. The 7th is Nick Lee, also in St Paul, Minnesota. The 8th is Jimmy Chen in Yilan, which is the first case I surfed in Taiwan. The 9th and 10th are Sofia and Roberta in Bologna, Italy. The 11th is Catherine Men in Xian, China. The 12th is Andrea in Busan, Korea. The 13th/14th is Melissa/Chris in Daegu, Korea, respectively. The 15th is Loudine in Gumi, Korea. The 16th is Victoria and Josh in Busan, Korea. The 17th is Merel Amstel and Eduard in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The 18th is Leonie Persoon and her husband, Jan, in The Hague, Netherlands. The 19th is Sabine Wensink also in The Hague, Netherlands. The 20th is Clement and Pamela Chevignon; the 21st is Francoise Belcour, a medical doctor; the 22nd is Jacques et Sophie VALLEE; the 23rd is Emeline Brulé and Emile; all in Paris, France. The 24th is Annemieke in Amsterdam, Netherlands. My 25, 26, and 27th are Martina Hu, Bonnie Wang & her husband, Marathon, and Eileen Chen, all in Shanghai, China. My 28th was PEI WEN TSAI in Hsinchu, Taiwan. My 29th was Emma and Kyle in Saint Louis, MO, USA. The 30th and 31st was Jessica and Virginia, respectively, all in Iowa City, IA, USA. The 32nd was Tomas in Kyoto, Japan. I enjoyed every time together with all my hosts and hostesses.
The first surfer I hosted is Johanna from France. She is energetic and speaks Chinese mandarin well. She enjoyed oat meals, lemonade, and Korea rice pastry we prepared for her. I also helped my hostess Cheryl to host Gabi and Snir from Isreal while I visited Shanghai. My 3rd surfer is Lily Chow from Hong Kong, who is a backpacker, independent and brave, and told me a little recent history about Hong Kong. My 4th surfer is Christine Chung from Chicago, USA, who was doing her one-month internship in Xitou forest. My 5th surfer, Roser Ylla from Girona, Catalonia, Spain, was a volunteer offers herself for child education in Philippine and took a few days vacation in Taiwan. Bonnie Wang & her husband, my previous host in Shanghai, visited us and stayed one night in April 2016. My 7th surfer was Angel Liu, her sister and her mother from Taipei in Sept., 2016.
After attending all kinds of CS gathering in Taichung City, such as language exchange, potluck, hiking, and home party, currently, I created a regular meet-up activity on weekend inside my campus for all CS people in my city, Taichung, since I usually cannot host due to busy schedule.


Meeting people, sharing my experience. Sutra study, meditation, yoga, travel, swimming, biking, hiking, tennis, jogging, a little bit cooking. Site investigation on natural or engineering practices.

  • education
  • cooking
  • potluck
  • vegetarian
  • yoga
  • massage therapy
  • meditation
  • partying
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • teaching
  • engineering
  • history
  • language exchange
  • volunteering
  • sightseeing
  • rivers
  • spirituality
  • buddhism
  • nature conservation

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: John Denver, Andrea Bocelli, Jim Croce, Lobo, Anne Murray, Crystal Gale, Enya, Whitney Houston, The Beatles, Eagles, The Carpenters, Air Supply, The Brothers Four, Bee Gees, Kenny G......

Movies: Diet for a new America, Forks over Knives, Food Inc., A civil action, Forrest Gump, Life of Pi, Dead poets society, Malena, Saving private Ryan, The reader, ......

Starting several years ago, I enjoy Barack Obama's speeches and many TED talks, etc..., vie YouTube. Hopefully, United States will become a better country to the world, and the world becomes a better place for all people and living creatures.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Watching and helping the delivery processes of my sons are really amazing. Became a teacher, a Buddhist, then a vegetarian, which I did not plan at all when I was in college.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share my Buddhistic practice, including Tibetan Sutra listening, discussion, and meditation ... etc. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) by Tsong-kha-pa (1357–1419).

What I Can Share with Hosts

To be more spiritual and less religious.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, Japan, Taiwan, United States

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