Phil Chan

Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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  • Back to good ol 9-5
  • Framingham State College, MA
  • From Boston, MA
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About Me


Living. Simply.


Always enjoy other people's company. I'm always up for a movie, a nice walk around the city, or have a cup of hot tasty coffee/tea. If you want to be active, I'm always up for some climbing, hiking, running...etc. But backpacking have made me a bit lazy from time to time. And I walk and eat really slow so prepare to wait if we go out to eat.

Born in Hong Kong. Grew up in Boston, MA USA. I quit my job of 5 years in November of 2012 and lived/traveled for 2 years. I just moved to the South Bay/ Silicon Valley area back in October of 2014. It was great to feel the freedom to not have to wake up at a certain time and be at a specific place. The best part is I never need to know what the day of the week it is.

However, I am now back to an 8 hour desk job which I don't mind too much at the moment. It allows me to save up for my next big trip.


Relax. Life is one long weekend.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've couch surfed at friends' places around the world and generally use CS to meet up with locals and travelers wherever I happen to be.


Pretty awesome except when other surfers or hosts have stinky feet. Not cool.

If I'm not courchsurfing then I would be doing helpx (kinda like wwoofing). I have done helpx all over Australia. From working at a pig farm to working at a 5 star island resort. Met some awesome helpxers while at it as well.


Hiking when I'm not lazy, Rock climbing, basketball, photography, dining out at dirt cheap places, traveling, rock climbing, watching movies, rocking climbing and more movies....did I mention climbing?

I don't normally plan things out. Just figure out where to go and how to get to my destination and that's it. A lot of times when I do plan, they don't normally work out so I mostly just wing it.

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: I don't read too often. I tend to get tired and sleepy really fast. Usually within the first 5 minutes so it takes me a while to finish a book. But these are just a few books I enjoyed reading when I do read. The life of Mahatma Gandhi, really enjoyed 'into the wild', The hunger games trilogy, World War Z, Warm Bodies, and '11/22/63' by Stephen King (Gave up on this one cause it's like 9000 pages).

Movies: Love watching movies as long as they are not in 3D. Too expensive for my pocket. World war z, love actually, into the wild, The Castle, American Beauty, Batman trilogy, Djandgo unchained, Kingsman, Kickass, Hurt Locker to name a few.

Music: whatever sounds good to my ears.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

1) Trekking in Nepal.

2) Backpacked and hiked 50+ miles in the Grand Canyon. Camping right by crystal blue water, looking up a clear sky full of stars, and being away from people and technologies.

3) Bought and lived in a camper van for 3 months in Oz.

5) Hitchhiking in Australia, South Korea, and Japan. Met a lot of great people.

6) Cycled around the country/Island of Taiwan.

Teach, Learn, Share

Just a couple of things I'd like to share and learned:

Travel has a way of humbling you. When you feel like you have accomplished or seen so much, start traveling and you'll begin to feel just how little you are in this big small world.

Don't be judgmental. Give everyone a chance. Open up and talk to strangers. Everyone has their own life stories to share and you just might learn something from them that may surprise you. Happened to me plenty of times during my travels.

What I Can Share with Hosts

ummm french fries

Countries I’ve Visited

Aruba, Australia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominica, Grenada, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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