HappyBirds
30 Toronto, Ontario, CA
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My self-summary
Hi there!
I was born in Xi'an, China, moved to Singapore at age 7 and came to Toronto at 13. Since arriving in Canada at such a young age, I have acquired plenty of Canadian culture while still retaining some of my Chinese values; I can still speak fluent Mandarin and my Chinese writing is mostly* legible.

My parents encouraged me to study engineering at UofT. But after working for a while, I realized that computer science is my true passion and went back to school. Now I'm done and will be starting a career in software engineering!

I have dabbled in many hobbies in my youth:
Sports: swimming, cycling, badminton, ping-pong, ski, ice skating
Music: have been playing trombone for 15+ years.
Misc: chess, reading non-fiction, baking, etc.

I'm on OkCupid looking for a long-term relationship. It seems like a good place and I like fancy algorithms! Wish me luck!
What I’m doing with my life
I'm writing code by day and playing music by night.
My New year resolutions will include returning to Toastmasters to improve public speaking, taking a fitness class, and reading cookbooks to expand my culinary repertoire.
I wonder how many I would be able to keep by the end of February...
I’m really good at
Staying positive in adversity.
Setting goals and creating plans.
Applying computer science algorithms to solve everyday problems.
The first things people usually notice about me
My short hair.
That's because I'm a member of the Canadian Forces Reserves and have to be clean-shaven when I report for duty every week.
It also allows me to shave a few milliseconds off my lap time and conserve shampoo too, haha!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Effective Java, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Movies: The Lion King, The Sound of Music, Star Wars

Shows: The Big Bang Theory, Hockey Night in Canada, Jeopardy

Music: Classical Music, Video Game Music, Disney Soundtracks

Food: Chinese food, blueberry muffins, home-made pizza
The six things I could never do without
1. Swimming goggles: Can't swim without it.

2. Fish spatula: Because that fish isn't going to flip by itself!

3. Library card: Knowledge = Power.

4. Bike helmet: To protect my precious...

5. Hot shower: Super relaxing at the end of the day.

6. Watch: To know when it's FUN time!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I should have said at the party/meeting earlier.
What's the moral of the story and how do I apply it?
On a typical Friday night I am
Ice skating at the rink.
Looking for deals in the weekly flyers and planning my grocery run.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like to spend time in the shower to self-reflect.
It's so calm and invigorating, but at the same time I feel a little guilty about using so much water.
You should message me if
You are looking for a long-term relationship too!

I'm seeking someone who shares similar background and upbringing as me. Bonus if you play a sport, speak Mandarin, or play an instrument!
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