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Paris Chin

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Overview

  • 18 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Yue (Cantonese); learning Chinese
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Hotel
  • B.Sc. Hotel Management
  • From Hong Kong
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To explore and to experience!

ABOUT ME

I am a dreamer and traveller. I'd say I'm very open-minded, active, and quite optimistic! My life-time goal is to explore the world, and meet many many great and awesome people :) !

I was born in HK, so I speak both Cantonese and English. My dream is to travel around the world especially in Europe and experience the beauty of the world. I'd do everything I can to live an enjoyable life!

I quitted my first job after graduation at a hotel in Hong Kong to come to the UK in March 2013 on a working holiday visa for two years! After working around London for almost one year, I recently started to work in a hotel in Mayfair. I promised myself in the new year that I will go away from London to anywhere at least once a month so I don't waste my time here and keep on travelling!

PHILOSOPHY

My biggest dream is to travel around the world and I will definitely do everything I could to achieve that!

Mark Twain once said: "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."

I don't want to waste my life being a slave to money. I want to spend it wisely to see the wonderful world and meet new friends.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I enjoy meeting people from different parts of the world, and I love sharing cultures, history, and any interesting things. I live in a shared house so I can only host CouchSurfers in my small room. I'd love to meet fellow travellers coming to London and locals for a coffee or a meal together!!

Though I'm not in HK at the moment, you are still welcome to ask me anything about HK - just tell me what you want to see and experience, so I will try to give you the best local advice that is not found in travel guidebooks ;) !!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I experienced CS for the first time in my first Europe trip in Switzerland, where I met really great people who showed me and my friend around. We did a lot of interesting, local-ish things together (like cooking at the host's house!) that normal tourists could never enjoy! It was absolutely the best travel experience even! From then, I have fallen in love with CS.

I love showing people around my city! I had my first surfer in Feb 2012, who was a Russian student who visited just for half a day. We went to the Victoria Peak, Avenue of Stars, and some popular street markets where we had so much fun bargaining, and had great dim sum!

Undoubtedly, for budget travellers like myself, CS is a good way to save accommodation cost; HOWEVER, I do not consider it a platform for free 'hostel' but actually where travellers interact with the locals, make friends, and exchange cultures! Luckily, everyone I met through CS so far was really awesome and friendly. And it is my hope that we all continue this spirit and bring love to this world of adventurers!

SURFED: 2011 Mar 17-19 Naikos @ Geneva, Switzerland 2011 Mar 31 Talita @ Zurich, Switzerland 2013 Jul 30 - Aug 2 Anton @ Cardiff, Wales 2014 Nov 15-16 Will @ York, England

TRAVELLED WITH / MET FOR A WHILE: 2011 Mar 17-19 Laura from Italy @ Geneva, Switzerland 2012 Sep 30 Pyl Liu from Switzerland @ Hong Kong (Language exchange) 2013 Mar 23 Edward @ London, UK 2013 Mar 26- Apr 1 Alex from Italy @ London, UK 2013 Apr 4, 7 Athy @ London, UK 2013 Jul 30 - Aug 2 Cassandra and Barron from US @ Cardiff, Wales 2013 Jul 31 Valery from Austria @ Cardiff, Wales

HOSTED: 2012 Feb 20 Victor from Russian @ Hong Kong 2012 Sep 24, 26 Thea from Germany @ Hong Kong 2013 Feb 4-24 Raphael from France @ Hong Kong 2013 Apr 23-25 Michael from US @ London 2013 Jun 4-8 Yohan from France @ London 2013 Jul 29 Jonas from Germany @ London

Interests

Travelling, meeting great people, cooking, writing, art, music, and, basically, enjoying every bit of life to the fullest!

I specifically love festivals, all kind of festivals that people gather and eat delicious, authentic food with great wine together. I like cooking as well - mostly healthy dishes. Now I'm learning to cook Cantonese from my mom and I'd love to cook and share culinary culture with CS-ers when travelling!

Music, Movies & Books

Any movies except horrors: such as "Eat, Pray, Love" that motivated me a lot about going to visit the world and find what I really want! And "Charlie St. Cloud" - a heart-moving story about family, love, and meaning of life! I love watching TV dramas, and my favourites are Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Arrow, Supernatural, and Fringe. TLC is my favourite travel channel - love Jamie Oliver's and Anthony Bourdain's shows, Man vs. food, and Cake Boss!

I listen to all sorts of music from classical to rock and sometimes metal. It all depends on my mood but I usually like songs with soft melody especially when I need some moments to relax or think.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

1. In 2012 new year, I visited my best friend who live in Australia and spent about a month on a road trip with him from Melbourne all the way up to Gold Coast! It was the most amazing travel experience I have ever had! 2. Worked at the Buckingham Palace during its summer opening in 2013! 3.. every trip is amazing in its own way :)

Teach, Learn, Share

teach: Hong Kong/Asian-stuff(?) haha, and whatever I can offer learn: anything exciting and new share: fun and crazy ideas, life goals, and everything possible!

Countries I've Visited

Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Korea, Republic of, Malaysia, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Hong Kong, United Kingdom

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