Hewlett, NY, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Actress, VO talent, director, bunny owner, professional a...
  • BA from NYU, studied abroad at Sogang University in Seoul...
  • From Commack, NY, USA
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About Me


To be the best Melanie I can be!


Just your typical Korean-speaking Jewish actress from New York. Bike rider, bunny owner!! Proud member of the Jew crew. Music/arts lover, language learner, educator at heart.

I love singing, and I love music from all over the world. These days I'm listening to a lot of rock, new age and world music (mostly in Korean, Japanese, Turkish, Spanish and German).

Have studied Korean, Japanese, Spanish, German and Hebrew to various extents. I can read and write all of them but understanding them all...that's a different story. :) My Korean's by far the best, which makes sense considering I lived in Seoul for a year and a half.

Anything else you want to know...please ask!!


This isn't really something I can fit in a box on a website. If you'd like to talk about this feel free to contact me and we can. :)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I live about 40 minutes by train to Manhattan proper, and just 15 minutes from Queens. I'm happy to host anyone, but I keep a strictly vegetarian/kosher home and ask that my guests respect this. (If you are not sure what that entails, please ask!)


I have had nothing but AWESOME experiences on CS, both in hosting and in surfing! Most interesting CS experience so far? I hosted a CSer through a hurricane and subsequent power outage and mandatory evacuation from my apartment...on said CSer's birthday. Whew!


In alphabetical order, because I really can't figure out any other way to organize them:

Acting, anime, bike riding, my bunnies (they are the BEST), children's entertainment, communication, cross-cultural relations, DDR, directing, education, film, the harmonica, Judaism, karaoke, the kazoo, kids, Korean culture, languages, learning, music, people, personality typing (primarily the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs systems), poongmul (Korean drumming), spiritualism, swimming, teaching, theatre, travel, video games, voice acting, voiceovers, yoga, and much more...

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hot Fuzz, The Great Mouse Detective, Aladdin, The Court Jester, Nom Nom Nom/The Good, The Bad and the WeirdŒ, Beetlejuice, the Indiana Jones trilogy.

Books: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Some Kid Of Wise Guy by Bill Ervolino, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Six Characters In Search Of An Author by Luigi Pirandello, Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett.

Music: Oh boy. Okay, in alphabetical order, because there's just no other way to do it:

Adiemus, Alexander Rybak, Aqua, B'z, Beethoven, Better Than Ezra, Billy Joel, Blumchen, Bowling For Soup, Bulgarian Women's Choir, Chayanne, Claude Francois, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Danny Elfman, Dschinghis Khan, E Nomine, Era, Eric Whitacre, Eve 6, Frank Sinatra, Green Day, Handel, Hoobastank, Huey Lewis and the News, Incubus, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Jimmy Eat World, Juanes, Kaoma, L'arc~en~Ciel, Lacrimosa, Leonard Bernstein, Liquid Tension Experiment, Lit, Live, Malice Mizer, Mark Bacino, Maroon 5, Marvelous 3, MC Mong, Menotti, Monchy y Alexandra, Nilufer, The Monkees, Mozart, Mr. Big, Mussorgsky, The Offspring, Orgy, Pete Yorn, Phil Colling, Porno Graffitti, Prozzak, Queen, Raffi, Schatzi, SG Wannabe, Sheryl Crow, Spider Nick and the Maddogs, SR-71, Stone Temple Pilots, Stroke 9, Sublime, T.M Revolution, Tak Matsumoto, Tarkan, Tchaikovsky, Three Dog Night, Tomoyasu Hotei, The Turtles, Ultimate Fakebook, Wir Sind Helden, X Japan, Yoko Kanno, Ziggy

And, heck--TV: Community, Criminal Minds, Arrested Development, The Nanny, Glee, Law & Order SVU, Suits, New Girl, Grey's Anatomy, anime!: Cowboy Bebop, Lupin III, GTO, Kikaider, Hellsing, Fullmetal Alchemist, Trigun, Neon Genesis Evangelion

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The entire city of Seoul as the sun went down, making the river sparkle, from the best seat in the house--the middle of one of the bridges going across the Han river.

Teach, Learn, Share

I love to share what I know, and love to learn ANYTHING. Seriously! If there's something you're good at (or even not good at but just passionate about :P ) I love learning new things!

What I Can Share with Hosts

My home :)

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

South Korea, United States

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