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In the process of settling into London after 10 years in Montreal.
Still looking to discover the joy and greatness in all
I'm Australian-born, Chinese although after 3 generations I'm really just an Aussie, and now naturalised Canadian, though after a 10 year stay, New Zealand is also close to my heart.
By training I'm a mechanical engineer and now I work in environmental policy. I'm gay and have a French boyfriend, Remy, since 2000. We moved to Montreal from Auckland, to see more of the world - le gout d'aventure.
Be empowered in your own life. Choose to speak and act according to your commitments rather than how you feel at that particular moment.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I travel all over for my job about 12 weeks a year. I often add a weekend or a side trop to my work trips. I'm excited about meeting local people rather than hotel rooms.
Jun 2011 Kurt Achin, New Delhi India
Jun 2011 Thomas Steiner, Lugano Switzerland
Jul 2011 Vicki & Adam from Regina
Jul 2011 Jim Fridrich from Gatineau
Apr 2012 Paul from Istanbul/Melbourne
Jul 2012 Raj from London
Yoga, tennis, guitar, beaches, national parks, cities, art, food, wine
Vespa, snowboarding, ice skating and Igloofest - Montreal's outdoor rave party in Winter.
My best dish is pasta made from scratch though this is best done at home in my own kitchen. I do my Mum's crispy skin pork pretty well too.
I do like a few drinks - such a social lubricant.
I got the travel bug when I went to study in South Ontario, Canada in 1985.
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: The Sea of Fertility (Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide the day he finished writing it), Macbeth (full of sound and fury signifying nothing)
Movies: The Gold Rush (Chaplin), Dersu Uzala (Kurosawa), 9 tp 5 (Lily, Dolly and Jane), Kath and Kim (nice, unusual, different), Best in Show & Waiting for Guffman (Eugene Levy and Christopher Guest), Volver & Matador (Almodovar)
Music: Dylan, Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Kylie, Electronica - sometimes I want to listen, sometimes I want to dance
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, Tasmania
Killarney Provincal Park, Ontario, in the fall
Circumnavigate Auckland in a kayak
Berghein nightclub Berlin
Sydney Harbour Bridge climb at dawn
Watching a humpback whale play by our boat for 2hrs - Harvey Bay, Qld
Did you know that the last part of the disc of the sun (about a quarter) can turn green just before it sets? I've seen this so called "green flash" in Mexico.
Countries visited - see map below
visited 47 states (20.8%)Create your own visited map of The World or Amsterdam travel guide for Android
Teach, Learn, Share
I'd like everyone in the world to learn about Trigger Point massage - there would be less stress and pain in the world, more physical interaction and intimacy. I'm a self-taught amateur and am happy to massage my friends and pass along what I know.
I'd like to learn how to make lamian stretched noodles which I saw in Beijing in 1987.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Exuberance, wisdom and massage.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Kingdom