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Mindy Chia

Singapore

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Overview

  • 16 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English; learning German
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration ...
  • From Singapore
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live and let live.

ABOUT ME

I love traveling. I was involved in a charity work helping to build a timber canteen in a remote village in Thailand. I have also spent 6 months with an IT company to formulate marketing materials in Vienna. I also had 6 months of experience teaching 13 year old students in government schools. I started my first full time job in Jan 2005 at HSBC and have devoted the next 7 years of my life working in banks. Living a routine and stressful city lifestyle and only having 21 days of annual leave to satisfy the traveler in me, I decided to drop down everything that was familiar to me to go out to experience life. Life is afterall about collecting valuable experiences and meeting awesome people. Therefore, I quit my job in May 2012 to travel to China, Europe and Indonesia for 6 months. I volunteered in an organic vineyard farm in Italy and an organic herb farm in Austria. I hope to learn new skills (i.e. permaculture, farming, herbs, sustainable living, aromatherapy, hostel and cafe management) and to strike off items from my bucket list (i.e. working with huskies, work in lavender farm, drive on the Iceland Ring Road). At the same time, I want to do in it a way that I can interact with the locals and appreciate their way of life. As an individual, I am honest, easy going, curious, generally open-minded and positive thinking. I am also curious and eager to learn new things. I can be reserved at times (due to my Asian upbringing) but rest assured that I am warm at heart. I enjoy cultural exchanges and am genuinely interested to talk to people from different backgrounds. Definitely, I do not want to be one of those people who asked themselves "why didn't I do it" or "what if".

Update: Back to corporate world since April 2014

PHILOSOPHY

1) Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. M. Twain 2) Although unconscious, deceived, and â

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have done "workaway" (see workaway.info). So I thought couchsurfing should be interesting too, and it is a very good way to live/work together with the locals in the area.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I was introduced to couchsurfing by a friend in Beijing and a friend in Austria when I visited them in their cities. They both have very interesting life experiences and outstanding personalities. After hosting a few travelers, looking back, I think awesome people (like my friends above) join couchsurfing for some good reasons. It can be a place to open your mind and sense of awareness, gain enlightenment and get inspiration.

I joined couchsurfing when I was traveling 4 months but didnt have chance/time to navigate the website, unfortunately it is not user friendly for beginners. It was only after I returned to Singapore, I started to explore couchsurfing and decided to host a traveler out of curiosity and I was also very free, it was such a wonderful experience I decided to host a few more people. Im truly glad that I've met so many amazing people in a short timespan of 2 months, and I would call some of them my friends and I am almost certain our paths will cross again.

Interests

I love to interact with people from different backgrounds and culture. Open to try new things and activities. I also give my best in whatever I do (even badly), so that I have NO regrets in life.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: foreign movies (French and German) and Woody Allen's stuff

Music: Indie, Alternative, Jazz, Drum and Bass

Books: Animal Farm, Confession of an Economic Hitman, World made by Hand, Tony Parson's books, self improvement books

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Drove along the coast of the Great Ocean Road for 2 days. Perfekt freedom, lovely scenery, beautiful beach and good wine.

Being on top of the mountain and looking down on creations and feeling that my worries are so insignificant!

I am a beginner in Bikram Yoga. Loving it.

Teach, Learn, Share

- I can teach you some simple words/sentences in Chinese or in my bad German. Or making bruschetta, panini, smoothies. - I can learn some useful words in your native language or whatever knowledge or skills that you can impart to me. If there is an opportunity, maybe even skiing or cooking. We can always learn something from someone, even if it is something really small or mundane. - We can share travel stories, ideas, cultures, mentalities. Get inspired together. Sharing a bottle of wine wouldnt hurt too.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Singapore

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