Michael 林's Photo

Unverified Profile

  • Payment not verified
  • Phone not verified
  • Government ID not verified
  • Address not verified

Maybe Accepting Guests

  • 96% response rate
  • Last login about 2 months ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Michael’s full profile. It’s free!

Overview

  • 164 References 127 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Yue (Cantonese); learning Arabic (North Levantine), Creole, German, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • rookie writer
  • law
  • From Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

I am originally from Hong Kong, but I have been moving around since 2003. I fail to call any place my home; this world of borders confines us in cruel segregation, and I will never be happy staying where I am forced.

I suppose I have come quite far, and if ever I had earned silver or the occasional kiss for the good deeds I did, then the sins I've committed, they are coming for me. I had been brave, to stand where the world happened so the world happened to me; but I'm no braver for there were times I ran where I should have stood. I race to finish my novel before chance takes a bad turn or before I do something really stupid... and that, is a looming reality.

I miss a bit the past, the places and the people but there are too many more in this world to miss. I appreciate this freedom in my life and I love its responsibility. I like to spontaneously make long plans. I regret half the things I have done in my past but I am glad all had led me to this point. I am very practical and efficient in pursuing my unrealistic goals. I daydream a lot more than I would like to, but I daydream less than I would like to as before. I am a perfectionist and I accept flaws as part of perfection. I am a cynist and naively optimistic, light will always cast shadows and one should live with both. I like to think I have strict principles guiding my way but I have problems with rules even my own. I believe in all or nothing but I take what I can if I cannot have all.

I have conflicting personalities that exist in harmony. I follow a path is no path in my life, with a compass and no map.

PHILOSOPHY

-earth is moving at thousands of miles per hour and we are standing right on top, start acting like it and live a little faster.
-one of the greatest gift life provides is a means and a destination to escape to. to forever roam along the borderlands where you always have a fresh start, always have a new path and nowhere is a deadend.
-reality is greatly misunderstood, and overrated.
-the world is my home.(Tom Paine?)
-when you set out to find life, life will find you. when you dive into life, life comes to you. and the higher you dive from, the stronger life will meet you, as you would dive from a cliff into water, the impact will be stronger, it may hurt a lot more, but remember always, that you always get deeper this way, into life as if into deeper waters. and a sea's embrace, like its pressure, when it is deep, is always stronger. but if one would know to love life, its embrace is always welcomed. take the first step, let gravity takes care of the rest.
-expect the best, prepare for the worst.(Mao)
-when things go very wrong, close your eyes and laugh to the sky.(Chinese proverb)
-you cannot see the future when you have tears in your eyes.(Navajo proverb)
-we have two ears and one mouth; so listen twice before you speak once.(Epictetus)
-better to tread ten thousand miles of roads than to read ten thousand scrolls of books.(Chinese proverb)
-in places where life has no value, you stop valuing life.
-it's usually good to know yourself.
-live by the code of the warrior.
-your ordinary every day could be an odyssey for someone else.(Taxi driver in China)
-you may be just a drop of water in the ocean, but the ocean will be lesser without you.(Mother Teresa)
-errare humanum est.(Seneca)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I hosted and surfed, met the closest friends through it and found things I was missing. People come and go, each leaving me a piece to the world's big puzzle; and I long to know everything about this world I live in.

Interests

talking, smoking and stuff, escaping, mountains and parks, permaculture, cooking, eating, martial arts, climbing, kayaking, politics, philosophy, science, paleontology archaeology, history, etymology, writing, films, music, chilling, cafe chilling, bar chilling, party for the party and dance for the connection between the soul and the sound.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: 黄家衛 Wong Kar Wai, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, José Padilha, Wes Anderson, Andrei Tarkovsky, Alfonso Cuarón, Guy Richie, Richard Linklater, Coen Brothers, Miyazaki Hayao, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, David Ayer, Samurai Champloo, The X-Files, Carnivàle, Breaking Bad, also a lot of superhero movies
top 3: Happy Together - Wong Kar Wai, Youth Without Youth - Francis Ford Cappola, Nader & Simin - Asghar Farhadi
Music: Quantic, Bonobo, Massive Attack, Steve Reich, Future Sound of London, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Chemical Brothers, Aes Dana, Underworld, Explosions in The Sky, Tycho, Odesza, Ratatat, R2J2, m83, Tame Impala, Mark Morgan, FlicFlac, Vanilla, Nujabes and Japanese hip-hop, Bob Dylan, Rodriguez, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Queens of Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Deftones, Daft Punk, Goo Goo Dolls, Our Lady Peace, R.E.M., Grizzly Bear, Beach House, CocoRosie, Sufjan Stevens, Baaba Maal, Mansour Seck, Oumou Sangare, Sierra Leone Refugees, Lokua Kanza and African sounds, Yasmina Hamdan, Fairuz, Middle Eastern music, Susheela Raman, Bob Marley, JS Bach, Mozart, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, the Irish tune, folk, Merengue and Tango, 80s, 張學友
Books: 羅貫中 三國œ‹, خليل جبران Khalil Gibran, Ernest Hemingway, W Somerset Maugham, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Milan Kundera, Italo Calvino, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Douglas Adams, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, AC Grayling, Kafka, HP Lovecraft, most books on mythologies.
top 5: The Unbearable Lightness Of Being - Milan Kundera, The Prophet - Khalil Gibran, The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Neverending Story - Michael Ende, Les Fluers du Mal - Baudelaire

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

-jumped over a 2m wide 3000m deep chasm on a mountain of West China
-lived amongst horse thieves in the mountains of West China
-defended assholes and criminals in court.
-one day when i was smoking in Sierra Leone, a young boy around 10 came up to me asking for a lighter. when i told him children should not be smoking he explained to me he wanted my lighter to light a candle so he can study in the dark. also he told me no one should smoke.
-survived 2 months teaching in a classroom of 200 children in Sierra Leone.
-escaped from death with a 25cent pack of cigarette and an invalid visa© card.
-found a legal NGO in Sierra Leone.
-waking up daily to the sound of prayers from minarets.
-drank clear cold pristine water from mountain streams.
-wandered and partied in abandoned houses, warehouses, villages, factories, amusement parks in many cities.
-blasted by chirps of a thousand birds in Hong Kong.
-taught refugee children in Lebanon of 3 nations, 2 genders, multiple age groups and faith, who all played together every day.
-lived in a community in the mountains of Kosovo.
-the old city of Jerusalem
-witch trial in Sierra Leone
-the mountains of Lebanon
-daily life in a refugee camp in Lebanon
-single parents
-meteor shower
-tropical storm
-mushroom trip
-quit the F'ing corporate world

Teach, Learn, Share

martial arts, ways of life, spirit of the warrior

What I Can Share with Hosts

chinese tea and arabic coffee

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom

Old School Badges

  • Vouches 9a938eb8eddceeeb3ee4276e3d530a48c5fcca7895c8f13b8b23592736f3d037
    19 Vouches

Join Couchsurfing to see Michael’s full profile. It’s free!

My Groups