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I live in Hermsdorf, a quaint village, 20 minutes from Jena, with my husband. I'm always up for some deep conversations over coffee or beers and good food. We're foodies. We love eating, in every setting, as long as the food's good. And oh, one thing you should know, I get grumpy when I'm hungry.
I was raised in the dusty sunshine of KL, grew up dreaming and putting down my fantasies in words, left the safe shores of my home for the world at 18 and have never looked back since. In between, I've created my own charmed kind of life where I relied on intuition, kindness of strangers and the magic of serendipity. I have backpacked, lived a jet set lifestyle and had worked on cruise ships for the past 5 years. When I'm not travelling, I'm usually writing to pay the bills. Now I'm learning German full-time and am doing freelance writing on the side.
I love learning about life, people and cultures and I value diversity. I'm eternally a student and love to share whatever I can or know in any way.
Once upon a time, my story started like this:-------
"What should I do, Steve? I yearn to be out there." I said.
"There's still so much to see."
"Well, go then. Trust me, you can do it," Steve assured.
The American CSer who has been travelling for 7 years, stared back me, offering silent encouragement through his intense gaze. "Just quit your job, pack and leave. "
"I wish it's that easy."
"It is. Take the plunge. Who dares wins."
"But where am I going to get the funds? It's different for me, mate. You are an American. I am but a poor, idealistic Malaysian. Being a rebel is one thing but this is crazy."
"You've always been crazy, retard." "You're the craziest Malaysian that I've ever met." I was 22 years old at that time, an overworked journalist for a dodgy youth magazine. Already the bane of my dearest daddy's existence, I live just to be that consistent irritant that he cannot rid off; a discord struggling amidst the ordinary and the banal. He wished to have a normal daughter; I wished to be extraordinary.
The very scene still plays in my head. Steve and I were then in a reputed fast-food chain in Kuala Lumpur. Whenever boredom consumes us, we amuse ourselves with public poetry recital and after that, ruminations on life.
And when we tire of each other's company,we'd leave.
That evening, I remember pushing the glass doors outwards and then stopping mid-tracks to gawp. In front of me was a solitary, defiant motorcycle parked under the pouring rain; on it, a huge bumper sticker screamed: "Go!!!!!!!!!" Steve turned to look at me. "Even the divine conceded that it's your destiny to roam."
And I've never stopped since.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time...." Kerouac
Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Beyond superlatives (good ones that is!)and always filled with moments of serendipity!
It's a way of life
reading in the sun, moments of solitude, creative nonfiction, travel journalism, filtered light within spaces, storytelling, unexpected inspiration, wordplay, photography, philosophical sparring, deep conversations over a cuppa, dancing without an ego, musical expression, sound of crashing waves, spontaneous adventures, get-down-and-dirty-trips, a long walk with a friend, life as a journey, people as my teachers, raw natural beauty, vipassana and metta, roads less traveled, poetry of passion, heart full of compassion, open minds, kindred spirits, diversity, balance and synergy
- deep conversations
Music, Movies, and Books
BOOKS: Tiziano Terzani, Byron Katie, Jon Krauker, Seth Godin, Noah Lukeman,Peter Hessler, Jostein Gaarder, Tim Cahill, Rolf Potts, Pico Iyer, Yann Martel, John Pilger, Joseph Goldstein, George Orwell, Amitav Gosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bhikku Bodhi,Shawn Achor, Neil French, David Abbot, Roald Dahl, Beppe Svergnini, Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron...etc.
MUSIC: Broken Social Scene, Stromae, The Cat Empire, Gypsy music, Neapolitan folk, Kings of Convenience, Caravan Palace, Angelo Debarre, Stochelo Rossenberg,Rodrigo y Gabriella, Joao Gilberto, Ronny Jordan, Acda en de Munnik, Spyro Gyra, Neri Per caso, Chet Atkins, Gotan Project, Astor Piazzola, Acoustic Alchemy, Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Jack Johnson, Yo Yo Ma, The Finn Brothers,The Killers, Nouvelle Vague, Paris Combo, Snow Patrol, The Cinematic Orchestra, Pink Martini, Nizlopi, Regina Spektor, Chopin, Iron & Wine, We Are Scientists, Safri Duo, Jose Gonzalez, Architecture in Helsinki,..and oh...so..much more..
MOVIES: 7 Pounds, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Babel, 21 grams, The Big Blue, The Secret, The Libertine, The Prestige, Baraka, V for Vendetta,The Constant Gardener, What the Bleep Do We Know, The Motorcycle Diaries, Leon: The Professional,Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,Being John Malkovic,In the Mood for love, Guns and Talks, Amelie,Atarnajuat:The Fast Runner,Bloody Sunday,What Dreams May Come,Memento, All That Jazz, Chicago,Amadeus, Almost Famous,Transamerica, Scent of a Woman, Before Sunrise and Sunset
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
To say 'yes' to uncertainties which then led me to string of awesome experiences....
What I Can Share with Hosts
>> I can whip up some spicy dishes while my husband Christian can make some awesome German favourites.
>> Travel stories? I've got loads.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Réunion, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom