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  • 142 References 70 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Japanese; learning French, Indonesian, Korean, Sign Language - Japanese, Thai
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Mostly teaching private English lessons. Makes for a spor...
  • B.S. - English Ed.
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Start a business or two...settle down and have clear priorities...not let the sand get in the way of the golf balls.

ABOUT ME

As a surfer, I'm clean, polite, non-smoker, and I don't take much space.I'm happy if you want to show me around your town, but I actually quite enjoy just walking and discovering things for myself. For me the most important part of CS is the evening times where we can chat over a drink and share experiences. I love being able to go home to a local's house at the end of the day, share what I discovered in the town and get more insight about it from those who know best!I was born into a European family in the heart of the homeland USA. I never really felt at home there, so it was inevitable that I would begin moving as soon as possible. I left South Carolina to go to college in Florida at 19. A few years later, I was off to Saipan for a few months internship to finish university.After graduating, I soon moved to South Korea to spend 2 years there as an English teacher.Then I moved to Tokyo in 2005 at the age of 25.I stayed in Japan for just over 5 years, and then left for a world tour in August 2010.I got back to Japan around the end of 2011, and now I'm loving life back out here and thinking to be based here indefinitely. ^_^I started traveling at a young age - my first trip was at the age of 2 to Switzerland and Belgium to see family.In grade school I visited Venezuela 3 times and went back to Europe twice.I spent a month doing volunteer work living in a mud hut in the mountains of Haiti during uni, which inspired me to want to understand more about how to help people across the world.While I was living in Korea, I traveled the whole country by train and motorcycle - going somewhere different almost every weekend.From Japan and Korea I traveled to Thailand 3 times (1 month, 3 weeks, 2 weeks) and China once (1 week).From August 2010 until November 2011, I traveled across Asia and Europe, visiting 25 countries and having lots of awesome experiences!

PHILOSOPHY

Move with a reason

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've hosted many gatherings in Tokyo, and I've organized other leaders in Tokyo to try to build a more solid, consistent community.
I also moderated the Tokyo message board as well as 3 other sub-message boards. As an ambassador, I shared my take on the CS Spirit with as many people as I could. I've hosted somewhere around 150 guests over my years as a CSer, and been a guest something like 30 or so times.

And I look forward to meeting you!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I was much more active in CS before 2012...now less so, but I still like to host/surf. There are lots of awesome people in the community, and that's what keeps me here! :D

Interests

Videography
See my YouTube vids:
Japan vids: http://www.youtube.com/user/ToLokyo
Travel vids: http://www.youTube.com/user/TolokyoRAW

Social Media
Follow me on Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/locomote

I'm very interested in water and its importance in society...especially potable water.

I love reading
Interested in volunteering but not into big organizations
Computers - web design - technology
Acting
Love the outdoors

My main interest is that thing that I haven't heard of yet.

  • design
  • acting
  • walking
  • drinking
  • technology
  • reading
  • traveling
  • volunteer work
  • outdoor activities
  • golf
  • business
  • communications
  • teaching
  • volunteering
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Life is Beautiful
Motorcycle Diaries
American History X
Moulin Rouge
My Neighbor Totoro (and everything else by Miyazaki Hayao)

Music...across the board.

Books:
How to Win Friends and Influence People
(yeah, I know...I hate the title too.)
Ecclesiastes
Musashi
LOR
Walden
Rich Dad Poor Dad
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Vagabonding

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I breathed air into my lungs, it moved flawlessly through my various internal systems, and somehow that created life and rational thought. That's pretty amazing, isn't it?

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm the jack-of-all-trades -- I can teach you lots about teaching. If you're interested in YouTube style videography, I can tell you lots.

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