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  • 121 references 102 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, Chinese (Simplified), English; learning Spanish, Taiwanese
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Entrepreneur
  • Structural Engineering, B.S., International Business MBA
  • From Orange, CA, USA
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About Me

Sabbatical or (from Hebrew: shabbat, in Latin: sabbaticus, in Greek: sabbatikos)

Currently, upskilling in Spanish and software development. Come find me!

Check out my past projects in the last year or so:
My main squeeze at IBM around cryptocurrency custody:

My side passion projects around reTHINKing Workforce Development, Education, and Student Loans:



Justice for All, the Butterfly Effect, Paying it Forward, To make the world that much better for our posterity.


'If you didn't use your back-up plan, you played it too safe.'
-The Most Interesting Man in the World

'We do not choose to be born.
We do not choose our parents,
Or our times or country of birth,
Or the circumstances of our upbringing.
We do not—most of us—choose to die
But within all this realm of choicelessness
We do choose how we shall live—
Courageously or in cowardice,
Honorably or dishonorably,
With purpose or adrift.
We decide what is important and what is trivial
What makes us significant is what we do,
Or refuse to do.
We decide and we choose
And so we give definition to ourselves.'
-Joseph Epstein

'Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.'
-Coach John Wooden

'Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.'
-Tyler Durden

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
-Maya Angelou

'An autotelic person needs few material possessions and little entertainment, comfort, power, or fame because so much of what he or she does is already rewarding. Because such persons experience flow in work, in family life, when interacting with people, when eating, even when alone with nothing to do, they are less dependent on the external rewards that keep others motivated to go on with a life composed of dull and meaningless routines. They are more autonomous and independent because they cannot be as easily manipulated with threats or rewards from the outside. At the same time, they are more involved with everything around them because they are fully immersed in the current of life.'

'In a world full of people, only some want to fly, Isn't that crazy?.. But we're never gunna survive unless, we get a little crazy.. crazy.. '

'The definition of success--To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded.'
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Out of the night which covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.'
-William Ernest Henley

'Because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.'
-Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

'Don’t get me wrong: I love nuclear energy! It’s just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there’s an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it’s wireless!'
-William McDonough

'Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.'
-Muhammad Ali

'So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.'
-Chris McCandless

'Religion is not identical with spirituality; rather religion is the form spirituality takes in civilization.'
-William Irwin Thompson

'I may not agree with what you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.'

'Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.'
-Booker T. Washington

'With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.'
-Steven Weinberg

'History says, Don't hope on this side of the grave. But once in a lifetime, the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme. The kind of wave that brings a ship to shore.'
-Seamus Heaney

'Once you label me, you negate me.'

'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.'
-Albert Einstein

'Society has torn the soul of the male, and into this tear the demons have fled-the demons of insecurity, selfishness and despair. Consequently, men do not know who they are as men. Rather they define themselves by what they do, who they know or by what they own.'
-Alexander Mitserlisch

'Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.'
-William Newton Clarke

'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.'
-Wayne Gretsky

'The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be. All human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.'

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

My work as a technical seller takes me all over North America. I intend to do more Couchsurfing in the coming year over the weekends.

I moved to Seattle, WA in May 2017 and intend to become a very active host in the area to give back to the community at long last.


I've been to one CS social event with my friend whom hosts in Cerritos, CA. He has since been an avid host for the last couple of years with over 100 guests.

I gave CS a whirl for the first time in Tokyo, Japan. Had the loveliest time with 3 hosts. I've since been hosted in Denver, CO and Seattle, WA.

My first hosting experience was with one of my Japanese hosts when he visited me in San Francisco, CA after carrying the Olympic torch. He is one of the top hosts in Tokyo, Japan.


I have broad interests. Try me!

  • acting
  • camping
  • snowboarding
  • badminton
  • philosophy
  • road trips
  • social justice
  • biking
  • big data
  • roadtrip
  • roadtripping
  • environmental justice
  • roadtrips
  • bitcoin
  • data science
  • road biking
  • climate justice

Music, Movies, and Books

I have lists and lists of movies, books, music , art to catch up with, but I haven't had a chance to yet.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I tried to build from near scratch which is the strategic philanthropy division of a big data analytics startup based in San Francisco, CA. Funding ran low and the program was cut, but we managed to help quite a number of NGO's and students. :)

Teach, Learn, Share

Passionate movers and shakers. Game changers. Trendsetters. Do gooders. Makers.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Stories and questionable culinary arts skills.

I am also a great dish washer and I can change your motor oil (maybe).

I am a decent engineer working in the business world so I am at most qualified to give unqualified advice with regards to your personal finance.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Taiwan, United States

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