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Live and let live.
I love to travel. I was involved in a charity work, physically helping to build a timber canteen in a remote village in Thailand. I spent 6 months with an IT company to formulate marketing materials in Vienna. I taught Geography in a government school for months. Started my first job at HSBC and have devoted the next few years working in the banks.
Living a routine and stressful city lifestyle and having only 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. I quit my job in May 2012 to travel in China, Europe and Indonesia for 6 months. Some interesting experience include being a grape harvester in an organic vineyard in Italy,and looking after 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 work since April 2014
Quoted: 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.
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.
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 for 4 months but didnt have the chance/time to navigate the website. CS was 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, it was such a wonderful experience that 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.
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, and 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. Feeling free, enjoying 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!
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, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In