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Michael 林

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • 153 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Yue (Cantonese); learning Arabic (North Levantine), Creole, German, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • rookie writer
  • law
  • From Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Combine the life of mountain farm and city vibe


I am originally from Hong Kong, but I have been moving around for twelve years. 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. So instead I want a space of my own.

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.


-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.
-never stop doing what is right regardless of its cost, then do all you can to minimize your loss.
-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)
-the suffering of one is nothing compared to the suffering of ten.
-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)
-something wrong must be burnt to be reborn right.
-beware for in place where life has no value, you may 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


hosting, surfing, meetings


I hosted and surfed, met the closest friends through it and found things I was missing. People come and go, each leaving you a piece to the world's big puzzle.


talking, so much talking, escaping, permaculture, cooking, eating, martial arts, climbing, etymology, writing, films, music, humankind living together with nature.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: 黄家衛 Wong Kar Wai, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Cappola, Andrei Tarkovsky, Coen Brothers, The X-Files series, 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, Steve Reich, Future Sound of London, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Nujabes and Japanese hip-hop, Baaba Maal, Mansour Seck, Oumou Sangare, Sierra Leone Refugees, Lokua Kanza and African sounds, Fairuz, Middle Eastern music, Susheela Raman, Bob Marley, JS Bach, Louis Armstrong, the Irish tune, folk, 80s, 張學友
Books: 羅貫中 三國œ‹, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Milan Kundera, Khalil Gibran, Italo Calvino, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Douglas Adams, Virginia Woolf, AC Grayling

One Amazing Thing I've Done

-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.
-lived amongst horse thieves in the mountains of West China
-jumped over a 2m wide 3000m deep chasm
-watching baboons getting drunk on palm wine
-witch trial
-the old city of Jerusalem
-the mountains of Lebanon
-taught refugee children of 3 nations, 2 genders, multiple age groups and faith, who all playing together every day
-daily life in a refugee camp in Lebanon
-lived in an community in the mountains of Kosovo
-single parents
-meteor shower
-tropical storm

Teach, Learn, Share

martial arts, ways of life, spirit of the warrior

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, 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, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom

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