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  • 48 References 38 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Esperanto, Yue (Cantonese); learning French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Sanskrit (Saṁskṛta), Thai
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Writer and researcher
  • Some magazines & a PhD in Buddhism and oriental philology
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About Me

Traveling, writing and living. Interested in cultural, language and music exchange and making the kinds of friends who would see and visit each other in different countries.

I have a website, mostly my writing, but also some fun stuff: billmak.com

I am coming to New York later in August. I would be happy to host you if there is chance for you to host me in return.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

The coolest way to travel.

I have been a host on another network called pasporta servo for over 15 years. I have made some excellent friends and had some truly memorable experiences thanks to the spirit of sharing by everyone.


Culture, history, languages, healthy delicious food, hiking, board games. Astronomy, Buddhism, contemporary art and classical music. Anything Chinese (ancient), French, German and Japanese. S'il te plaît me faire parler en français oder Deutsch auch!

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • contemporary art
  • dining
  • cooking
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • board games
  • reading
  • traveling
  • drawing
  • music
  • classical music
  • piano
  • hiking
  • buddhist
  • astronomy
  • calligraphy
  • history
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

Minimalist (Glass), Classical (Impressionist and contemporary), Messiaen, New Age, Guqin, Medieval (Machaut, Dufay, Taverner).

Miyazaki Hasao, Master Keaton, Koyaanisqatsi, X-men, TNG, Six Feet Under.

Diamond Sutra; Analects of Confucius; Works by Lewis Carroll, Kurt Vonnegut, Banana Yoshimoto, Murakami Haruki; Dracula, On the Beach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Celestine Prophecy, American Gods.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Closed my eyes, picked a random place on the map and flew there - It was in the sea, so I got to the closest point near the tip of Hokkaido...

Teach, Learn, Share

Things I would like to learn from my guests:
- Reading of your favorite short story in your native language. (especially 中文, 日本語, français, deutsch).
- Reading of a classical text in one of the classical languages.
- Cooking and recipe from your own country.
- Yoga and massage
- TeX
- Website building
- Watercolor/Manga drawing

What I Can Share with Hosts

- Languages (Sanskrit, Esperanto, Cantonese, Classical Chinese, Japanese)
- Music (piano, guqin, hang)
- Calligraphy
- Buddhism and meditation
- Hiking and visit to onsen

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia

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