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  • 4 references
  • Fluent in English, Hindi; learning Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Vietnamese
  • 51, Male
  • Member since 2013
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About Me


Changing the world by showing up


I live in Singapore. I travel frequently across Asia. I like finding hidden away and secret places in the cities I visit, and sharing them with fellow travelers.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I help run open culture and travel meets across South East Asia. You are welcome to join in and help us better understand the world.


Exploring ethnic enclaves, local stories, history, popular culture, education

  • podcasts
  • public policy
  • science
  • tourism
  • sustainable development
  • non-formal education

Music, Movies, and Books

Ma Jian's Red Dust, Tarkovsky's Stalker, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samurai
I am always seeking out works by local authors, film-makers and musicians in the cities that I am visiting.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Gotten lost in three continents. I contributed to a Vietnamese language book called Chuyện người Tây ở xứ Ta (Vietnam in the eyes of foreigners)

What I Can Share with Hosts

Travel is sometimes challenging for folks from developing regions - the hassles with visas etc. I am happy to share some of my tips and tricks.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, India, Japan, Singapore

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