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save the world, one curry at a time.
my name is theophilus vincent poh and i used to have an orange cat.
i grew up wanting to be a zoo-keeper but it fell apart when i realised i have to get my shit together. i hate double exclamations, removing sticky price tags, random capitalisation of sentences (in fact any capitalisation) and pineapple in my food. i like to inconvenience flying insects by making them swim. i iron a lot when i need to think because it's one chore i cannot do properly. i dont think corn and mayonnaise belong on pizzas. if you tell me to go fuck myself, i will thank you for keeping me grounded. that's just who i am.
i want to fly and never come down. live life and have friends around.
I got up this morning and wondered if I had time to get my stuff done. So I sat there in my bed and ran through in my head the ways of getting my stuff done. I prioritised them because I really wanted to get the more important stuff done. After a really long time, I stood up with a splitting headache and decided I could get my stuff done in bed. So I popped two pills of the paracetamol and made a cup of coffee before I retrieved the materials to get my stuff done. I hopped onto my bed half forgotten that I had a cup of coffee and spilled them on my bed before I could get any stuff done. So I got up and cleaned the sheets as I thought I could never get my stuff done in dirty sheets. It was then I realised I hadn't done my laundry in a week and I felt like I should do them so I wouldn't have to do them after I got my stuff done. When I was finally through with them, I was famished and I could never get my stuff done on an empty stomach. So I went to the stores to buy some salad while thinking of how best to get my stuff done while having my lunch. I got home and spread my lunch on the table thinking that getting my stuff done together is distracting. So I aborted both ideas and went instead to the television knowing I had plenty of time to get my stuff done later. I fell asleep on the couch while watching the rerun of The Sopranos and woke up later regretting I hadn't gotten any of my stuff done. Eventually, I went back to bed because I wanted to rest early so that I will have enough energy tomorrow to get my stuff done.
so i guess que sera sera huh.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
by using soap!
Vancouver: Darren Bachynski; Toronto: Kevin Dorgan; Montréal: Philippe Lopez; Québec: Gabriel Chénard
Vancouver: Joel Gook; Victoria: Tonda Heidtke
Koh Samui: Raphael Aljochim
Shanghai: Nick Taylor
Syracuse: Nicholas R. LaPort; New York: EEashley Benjamin; Washington D.C.: Catherine Robinson
Hanoi: Tabitha Lee
Kota Kinabalu: Kuniaki Tokura; Surabaya: Sari Louvi; Bali: too many, too good to share.
Manila: Ronnie Gatsbieee
Kochi: Yohanna Jolly; Bangalore: Vinay Rao; Mumbai: Nihal Satpute, Srini Satya, Malay Desai; Delhi: Ashish Gupta; Jaisalmer: Dhanna Purohit; Kolkatta: Prashant Sharma
Istanbul: Erdal Iraç, Ali Kismet, Faruk Saadet
Safranbolu: Gokhan Ozger; Ankara: Arcan Kunduk, Kazim Altinok; Izmir: Dogan Tunali; Ardahan: Varol Tunali
Amsterdam: Stefan (BROEKIEZ)
Turin: Carla Bertuzzi; Genova: Adrian Ramos
Helsinki: Uzair Khan; Rovaniemi: Konsta Parkkinen
London: Tom Broughton, Carlos Lourenzo
Plovdiv: Elina Beleva
Budapest: Matyas Bendl
Prague: Vojtech Mazanec
Mardin: Yakup Pullu; Gaziantep: Idris Yilmaz; Hatay: Yunus Atas; Konya: Tolga Askar
tehran: Omid; shiraz: Hamed Kamali; Isfahan: Essi Fasihi, Ahmad
zagreb: ivan kralj
i like stars, fullstops and condensation on your cups. i also like to sit in a car going nowhere, watch ants move nests, listen to people speak in languages i dont understand, pass afternoon rains, immerse my hand in a sac of grains and sneak up on people. i enjoy wearing clothes fresh from the dryer after a shower. i really like the pointed edges on my pillows. i eat a lot to pass time too.
Music, Movies, and Books
delicatessen, beautiful mind, before sunrise, paris je t'aime, it's a wonderful life, la vita è bella, in the mood for love, happy together, chungking express, kill bill, spirited away, the dreamers, hedwig and the angry inch, goodbye lenin trainspotting, 2001...
metric, grimes, beirut, of monsters and men, arcade fire, phoenix, fleet foxes, the xx, arctic monkeys, wolf parade, man man, mother mother
more contemporary stuff: david sedaris, the unbearable lightness of being etc.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
i got my future told by a wizard at english bay.
i got my wish on the first dandelion.
i smoked and jumped on a trampoline.
i missed my flight twice. excruciating.
i had 40 wings and chips for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 3 days.
i lost my friend in vancouver. happiest week of my trip.
i got 30 free happy meals balloons without buying happy meals.
i slept in my own city's airport because i couldn't pay for a cab home.
i watched 20 tourists walked in circles and touched some water.
i survived a motorbike accident with just 9 stitches in koh phangan. i deserved this.
i fell in love.
i had vodka and biscuits for breakfast when my milk ran out.
i couchsurfed a hostel, 3 hotels, a carpet shop and a restaurant during a war.
i realized that going commando and doing hot yoga is not the best idea.
i lost a camel in jaisalmer.
i paid indian ticket to the taj mahal, twice.
i survived general compartment in india many times and was severely molested twice in bombay.
i had pizza with mayonnaise in ankara. (and corn unfortunately - not my proudest moment)
i must be the first biologist to feed watermelon to an orange cat.
i was nearly shot by a UN soldier at the turkish-cypriot checkpoint.
i ate reindeer in a petrol station opposite santa claus's office in rovaniemi.
i defrosted after the annapurna circuit in a bob marley-themed guesthouse, complete with yak steak and toilet doors.
i almost died at ozora 2013, sun 2014, ozora 2014, ozora 2015. enough said.
i survived another motorbike accident in bali. i didn't deserve this.
Teach, Learn, Share
teach: blue attracts mosquitoes, so don't ever buy blue bed-sheets.
learn: how the fuck do people who travel keep in shape?
share: traveling with the family makes your blood alcohol dangerously low. true story.
What I Can Share with Hosts
an egg or a branch from an olive tree, depending on where i'm travelling from.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey