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Ryan KOH

Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of

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Overview

  • 67 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Malay; learning French, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • No occupation listed
  • University graduate
  • From Malaysia
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Living everyday like there's no tomorrow

ABOUT ME

My idea of couchsurfing is pure and simple: GOODWILL! Couchsurfing is not about saving money on accomodation. It's about cultural exchange, meeting friends around the world, learning from each other and getting perspectives.

In this complicated world we live in, I still believe that compassion and kindness can exist without attachment to tangible gains. I also believe that humanity can be preserved in the process of "civilization"? This is my idea of couchsurfing.

In early 2013, I was sick of being a corporate, dealing with endless and meaningless office politics. Therefore I made one of the best decisions in my life to quit my job to spend a year on the road in South America. I met so many amazing and inspiring individuals and that changed my life significantly.

After a year on the road, I got an awesome job opportunity to work in Tunisia. I had an amazing 15 months living in Tunis. In August 2015, I officially moved to Dar Es Salaam.

In politics, I am social-liberal or you can call me a lefty. Crazy fans of the Republican party, UKIP, Front Nationale in France, you may have to write me a comprehensive couch request explaining your right-wing political view if you're interested in surfing my couch (just kidding).

If you're genuine, honest and open-minded, let's couchsurf!!

PHILOSOPHY

The only measurement of success in life is happiness.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Started couch-surfing in Sep 2012 when I was traveling in Alaska. At the beginning, I was a little skeptical as I wondered why people were so nice. I, then, realized that there are just many genuine people out there who simply wanna extend their kindness to anyone, make new friends, experience different cultures etc. I find that very beautiful hence I started hosting decided at my apartment in Phoenix, AZ. It has been absolutely amazing!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I was hosted by many amazing Couchsurfers around the world and that prompted me to start hosting in early 2012. Both hosting and surfing experience have been amazing and I've never had a single bad experience.
In March 2013, I embarked on a one-year trip in South America. I have met many incredible Couchsurfers with very inspiring perspective of life and I learnt a lot. There are just so many intangible gains from CS.
To me personally, CS is the best avenue for culture exchange. I promise I will start hosting again once I settle at a place.

Interests

Traveling, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, coffee

Music, Movies & Books

Into the Wild, Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Well this is not exactly something I've done willingly but it was definitely something amazing I experienced. I was robbed in Medellin, Colombia when I was arriving at my host's place. I literally lost everything except my passport. You can imagine how devastating it was but amazing things happened after. I got helped from so many beautiful Colombians I barely knew. They gave me clothes, helped me with lodging police report, spent days shopping for things with me. There was so much humanity and it deeply touched my heart. I also learned to be very positive in any trying situations. It was a good life experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

Whatever I have to offer

Countries I've Visited

Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania, Tunisia, United States

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