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Richard Chong

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Overview

  • 58 Positive References
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Yue (Cantonese); learning French, Indonesian, Malay, Nepali, Sign Language - BSL, AUSLAN, NZS, Tetum
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Retired paratrooper, full timevolunteer
  • School of Hard Knocks
  • From NSW Australia
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Growth through intellect & intuition

ABOUT ME

My motto.. "There are no problems, only solutions"
I am a Malaysian born Aussie. I served in the Australian army as a paratrooper for 12 years and have recently retired from the service. Traveled to many hot spots around the world but seeing it as a soldier on duty is far different to walking the land solo without any support or protection. I like to return to the countries i have served in to witness 1st hand the changes i have help to bring about. makes me feel the sacrifices my troops and i make are worth the effort.

I now call myself a full time volunteer. Some of my projects include working in an orphanage in Nepal, mentoring troubled youths with The Big Brothers & Big Sisters program in Melbourne, State Emergency Services as a rescuer and anti human trafficking with TGM in SE Asia. It is all very challenging but rewarding

I love meeting ppl who are like minded and has their own experiences to share.

PHILOSOPHY

There are no problems, only solutions.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

i love meeting people. i have been doing the couch surfing thing long before i learned about this community. i lived in a surfing town where many foreign travelers would come to learn to surf. i have had the pleasure of meeting many of them and many have stayed with me at my home and vice verca. If you wish to stay with me , please quote the following sentence in your couch request..."what manner of men are those who wear the maroon beret"

And if you can tell me where this quote comes from you you get 5 gold stars.

Interests

Archery, surfing, Buddhist philosophy/spirituality, travel, camping, trekking, free fall parachuting, Body Flying, snow boarding, Kite Boarding, slack lining, shooting

One Amazing Thing I've Done

i saw the raising of the East Timorese national flag for the 1st time ever after declaring independence form Indonesia's oppressive occupation for nearly 30 years at a very emotional charged dawn service. something i will never forget.

Teach, Learn, Share

I teach massage, surfing, slack lining, body flying and parkour. I want to learn EVERYTHING, I will share food, love and life.

Some one once said, "To know life, you must love everything"

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia

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