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My self-summary
EDIT 2015/10/16: I finally added some more recent photos too. Most of them are in the second album (or whatever it's called), so if you're on your phone you might have to go to the photos section first. Not sure.
EXTRA: I made another profile where I explain some other stuff: the username is FromTheFutureNow. (<--- you can click on it! If the hyperlink doesn't work, here's the direct link: www.okcupid.com/profile/FromTheFutureNow)
If my inbox is full here, you can still message me there.

50 ••• Hey there! I’m Dario. 29, Italian 🇮🇹.

49 ••• I’ve been an expat for about 10 years. I lived 4 and a half years in UK 🇬🇧 and 3 in Barcelona, Spain 🇪🇸. In September 2015 it will be 1 year that I’m in HK 🇭🇰. (<-- HK flag just doesn't want to show up...)

48 ••• I much rather prefer to just meet up once and talk face to face and see if there’s any chemistry or mutual attraction than to spend countless hours texting back and forth 📲 to get to know each other. It’s cool to chat here, but it’s not something that I ideally keep on doing forever.

47 ••• If I do met up with someone, I prefer to go for a meal 🍴 than for a drink. I’m more into eating than drinking, and I don’t drink alcohol almost at all 🚫🍹, especially “socially”. Also, I don’t need to be tipsy to loosen up and I definitely don’t try to get the other person tipsy neither so that I might have a better "chance" at anything.

46 ••• I am definitely not a shy guy 😄. I am a very straight-forward, no-nonsense kind of person. No mind games or anything 😐. If I like someone in any way, I simply let them know, explicitly or less so 😏.

45 ••• I do have a sense of humor but how funny I am also depends on how well the other person speaks English and how familiar they are with slang/idioms/puns/memes and so on. So unfortunately with many people my humor just fails 😭.

44 ••• I don’t have the okcupid app (not compatible with my crappy Windows phone 😒), so I mostly use the website. Sometimes I ask for whatsapp or facebook because if I have to use my phone, then it’s a pain in the ass for me to chat through the website page loaded in a browser in my phone (no notifications to replies and so on).

43 ••• However, apparently some people are scared to give the phone number because some guys send their dick photos right away 🍌. But I'm not a dick, I never sent a pic of my dick (or anybody else's dick!) so no worries 😂.
What I’m doing with my life
42 ••• Not much, I guess. I mostly sit 😑. I work on my own as a freelance translator. It’s a low income job but I am happy to not be stuck in the office 9 to 5 like I used to. I value my freedom and independence much more than money. Besides, as I work from my computer, I don’t have to commute 🚎, I’m never late, I wake up at any hour I want (awesome 😄🚫⏰), I don’t have to answer to an asshole boss and I don’t have any annoying co-workers.

41 ••• I also make videos for youtube 🎥. Just for fun, not as a professional youtuber or anything. Have a look if you want: https://www.youtube.com/user/86dl

40 ••• In the past I have been interested in real-life games, since I had created a variety of them myself when I was in Barcelona. Here in Hong Kong I tried to join some room-escape 🏃🚪 companies to see if I could make a living out of this passion but it didn’t work out. I am not actively pursuing this goal at the moment, but I have not completely given up on it. Who knows, maybe in the future I will have my own real-life game somewhere. Not an experience like a room-escape game though, but something that goes far beyond that. That’s one of my dreams! We’ll see what happens ☺️.
I’m really good at
39 ••• Words 💬. Expressing myself and elaborating on things I want to explain, both orally and in written form, to hopefully communicate an accurate meaning, especially if what I’m talking about are my thoughts or feelings.

38 ••• Being coherent, patient, calm 😇. Seeing things logically and rationally rather than impulsively and over-emotionally. I am curious and inquisitive about things I want to find out about, and it’s hard to silence my curiosity for good. I will hardly accept something “as is”, or “just because” if I am interested in understanding the reasons behind it. I am likely to make a lot of questions, however through the years I have learned not to alienate people 😤 and find the right balance between being rightfully inquisitive and not being nosy and/or annoying.

37 ••• Being honest, as far as interpersonal matters are concerned. My honesty comes more from the idea that I am not actually doing anything wrong that I must lie about it, than from a high moral standpoint. Sometimes I am too honest for my own good, since what my honesty conveys might not please others and might actually work against me 😩. I do believe though that honesty is a very essential component for any successful form of relationship (not just a romantic relationship, also between friends, family, co-workers, strangers… any kind of connection that two people might have for whatever reason👯).

36 ••• Considering others in what they might prefer to do 👍.

35 ••• Cutting my own hair 💂.

34 ••• Keeping a list of what I want to take care or focus on next. I always have some paper and a pen in front of my laptop to write small lists of things and take notes and stuff 📝. Also organising things of life into filterable Excel lists 📑.

33 ••• Googling the shit out of anything and unearthing seemingly unavailable content on the web 😧.

32 ••• Not wasting my money 💸. I am a very non-materialistic person and I do not need to buy expensive things to feel happy. There are things on which I do spend a lot of money on, like my computer, but it’s still done in a very considerate and calculated way.

31 ••• Kissing 👄. Yep, really. Maybe my profile so far has been just a very boring list of things, making me seem as entertaining as an expressionless robot with a monotone voice reading through a phonebook 😬, but I am not like that in real life and I am very affectionate. Although once a noob (boo! 😅), I can now say with fair confidence that I am a good kisser. Then again, kissing, just like sex, it’s something that works well and feels good when both people are into it and into each other, it’s not necessarily just a “skill” one person alone can have to make kissing feel good for both 💏.

30 ••• Probably having a healthy and varied diet. I don’t eat much fruit and vegetables 🍎.

29 ••• Being funny for the sake of being perceived as funny, rather than being funny as it naturally happens, within context 🙊.

28 ••• Laughing about things/jokes that really have no real logic behind it and don't make sense but are supposedly hilarious to others 😕.

27 ••• Acknowledging supposed authority 👮 or merit 👏.

26 ••• Celebrating things and making it look like my life is so cool on social media 📢😎.

25 ••• “Just going along with it”, with “it” being something that nobody has actually stopped to question and we’re all going along with it simply because everyone else seems to be going along with it 😠.

24 ••• Sugar-coating things. But I'm trying to add emojis on this profile to make it more entertaining to read 💈, but it's hard to do it from the web though!

23 ••• A lot more things I can't think of right now 💭.
The first things people usually notice about me
22 ••• Probably that I don't sound or look Italian 😯.

21 ••• Or that I don’t look like 29. Usually I get told around 24. It depends if I shave or not and how much light I have in my face, lol. If I didn't have huge horrible dark circles and eye bags, I could probably still look 20 👶!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
20 ••• Videogames 🎮: usually anything that is story-driven or has a good degree of creativity involved in it, or just any game that is fun and engaging to play. I have to say though, it’s harder and harder for me to be interested or keep an interest in a game nowadays. After so many years of gaming, it’s just not the same anymore 😔. Things just get old quickly and it’s hard to find games with truly fresh new content that keeps me interested throughout the whole thing.

I only play on PC, no consoles. I created and manage a Steam group for HK people to play together and make new friends: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/HongKongSteamFriends
I already met in person a bunch of these people and made some real-life friends thanks to this group I created. It's going well.

I don't play MMOs or competitive-based games, other than Robocraft, I guess. In the past, I loved survival-horror games 🙀 like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Cry of Fear, Alan Wake, No More Room in Hell; puzzle games like Limbo or Braid or mindfuck games like The Path. Some other games I really enjoyed are Project Eden, Obscure, Alone in the Dark, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Shadow of the Colossus, Outlast, DreadOut, Minecraft, Robocraft, Lucius, Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex - Human Revolution, Oblivion, Skyrim, Switchball, the series of Assassin's Creed, Hitman, Portal, Prototype, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider, Dead Rising... I also used to play The Sims 3 a lot, mostly for the creative side of it in building.
If I have a gaming partner, I love playing co-op games together, online or next to each other.

19 ••• Music 🎵: I like different kinds of music, mostly anything that combines fast verses and harsh lyrics and chourses over hard beats. Favorite artists would be something like Linkin Park, Hollywood Undead, Deuce, Korn, Issues, Dangerkids, Scare Don't Fear, Eminem, Fort Minor, Splitbreed, Tyler the Creator, Young Buck, brokeNCYDE, Pho3nix from Lie or Liar, System of a Down, Limp Bizkit, G-Unit, Attila, Nok from the Future, B.Lay, Ronnie Radke, Marilyn Manson, Lil Wayne and some more. So I guess my main genres are rap, rap-rock/rap-metal/rap-core and nu metal, also like metalcore and a bit of crunckcore and deathcore. I also enjoy electronic music too, especially dubstep, vocal trance, trap, goa-psy trance, progressive psy, and more rarely even lighter music like pop and R&B, depending on what the song is about and my mood.

18 ••• Movies 🎥: I rarely go to the cinema but I have watched quite a lot of movies, mostly on my computer, lol. I go through periods in which I watch loads of movies and periods in which I don’t watch any at all, focusing on gaming instead.
I like movies where you have to think and try to figure out the plot as things are happening, movies with twists, those that maybe require a second watching to completely understand the story; also movies with an innovative or unusual story/idea behind them. I like the "found footage" genre. Some movies I really liked are (this list is a bit outdated now): Last Shift, The Taking of Deborah Logan, Afflicted, The Last Exorcism, Triangle, Grave Encounters, The Descent, Fight Club, Super, Ken Park, Oldboy, Lovely Molly, The Tall Man, The Butterfly Effect, The Mist, The Matrix, Chronicle, Cloverfield, REC, District 9, Kick Ass, Borat, Saw, The Devil's Double and many more.
I’m also into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I keep track of what I've watched here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls052715857

17 ••• Shows 📺: I don't really watch any shows or series. I know everybody watches series. Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and many more, but I really can’t commit to watching a series that goes on and on for ages. I’d rather watch a movie for 90 minutes and be done with it, either it being a good or bad movie. With series, you always have to wait for new episodes to come out. Also, I see that quite often people end up being disappointed with the series and lose interest in it at some point. So many people were into Lost back in the days, and then the ending was shit apparently, and everyone felt so let down after investing so much time into the series over the years.
But I did watch some series in the past. I used to love The X-Files as a kid, and I did watch some anime series like Ergo Proxy, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell and Gantz. Salad Fingers was an animated web series I really liked.

16 ••• Books 📖: I don't read books. I do read a lot though, online. Articles about what's new in the world, or articles about specific topics which are relevant to my interests. I use Wikipedia and other wikis in general quite a lot, rarely I contributed to some Wiki article. I read on a want-to-know-more basis, but I don't have a book in my hands so that people can think how smart I must be. As far as reading for entertainment, I (used to) read some mangas online, like Gantz or Maka-Maka, or some webcomics like Oglaf. Novels don't entertain me, so I don't read them. You're a book lover, okay, shoot me XD

15 ••• Food 🍴: Some of the stuff I used to eat in Barcelona all the times was: a lot of pizza 🍕, many different pasta dishes 🍝, cold milk with muesli or chocolate-chip biscuits 🍪, and hummus. I used to cook everyday by myself, but now here in HK my eating habits have changed quite a lot. Mostly because I don't have a proper kitchen to properly cook at home, and also I don’t find the same things in the supermarkets. So I often eat outside now, since it's not too expensive... but it's still expensive to eat outside often! I am not ashamed to admit that I go quite often to McDonald's since I love some of their food now 🍔🍟 (not all of it, just certain specific things). There’s some ugly McDonald’s in HK but the ones near my house are nice so I just enjoy going there and sit down on my own and eat and think about stuff. I still do cook and eat at home, but a lot less than I used to.

14 ••• Another activity I enjoy doing when possible is the exploration of abandoned buildings/sites 🏢🔦. I used to do this alone, but now I don’t go alone anymore. You can see some of my explorations here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD52CD41B5E4860AB
There's a gazillion abandoned places here in HK and recently I have started exploring again, after a couple of years of inactivity.
The six things I could never do without
13 ••• Unless you want me to list banal things like "food" or "internet", I have been living most of my life without certain things that one is not supposed to be able to do without, at least not for such long times 😔. So I don't really have six things that I could never do without, since I have already been without those things, and boy did it suck. It’s better now.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
12 ••• I spend a lot of time thinking and analyzing my thoughts, feelings, desires and behaviour, as well as those of other people.
I end up doing most of my serious thinking when I can't sleep or when I am depressed 😢. Sometimes talking to myself out loud, as having to construct an understandable sentence with spoken words helps me shape a mass of abstract thoughts 💭 into a more concrete and understandable idea.

11 ••• I also spend a lot of time wondering and researching 🔬 about what's the proper word that accurately describes what I want to define; how to correctly pronounce words I thought I knew how to pronounce. Basically I check thefreedictionary.com all the times.
On a typical Friday night I am
10 ••• Not sure 😅. Maybe going out, sometimes staying at home.
My life here in HK has changed a lot compared to what it was in Barcelona. I used to have a super huge circle of friends, around 40-50 people all part of the same mega group, mostly 18-22 years old guys and girls. We used to always do all sorts of fun activities together, any day of the week, not just weekends.
Now, here in HK, I have not built a huge net of friends like I did a few years ago in Spain. Not because I can’t, but because, for now, I don’t feel like it. I can go out with friends and do things, if I want to, I do know people 👥. But really, I just prefer to be on my own mostly, do my work and focus on the things I enjoy doing by myself.

09 ••• Places like LKF 📣 are really not my kind of place. People tend to assume that that's actually my natural environment since I'm a westerner 😒, so supposedly I'm supposed to like getting drunk and try to pick up chicks all night. Not really my thing though. I don’t even like the culture of having to drink in order to enjoy yourself.

08 ••• However I do like to dance actually 💃 and I have very low inhibitions when it comes to dance, even though I’m not drunk. But clubs in LKF are way too small and overcrowded to even have some room to move. Also, people don't really seem to dance at all, they mostly stand there with their drinks in their hands while barely nodding their heads to the music and checking their phones. And don't even try to have a conversation in a club, you can't hear shit 🙉.

07 ••• Rather than meeting people in groups, I prefer to go out with one person at a time and have a more in-depth conversation.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
06 ••• I'm very open and can talk about my private things without many problems 😄, but I don’t have anything of particular shock-value 😱 to “admit” here for the masses. Feel free to ask me anything you want though, I’m an open book. It’s very difficult to find a topic I am actually not comfortable to discuss.

05 ••• But since this is supposed to be the section where you discuss about more personal stuff, here is something: I'm just not as easily cheerful as the average person usually is, as it seems harder for me to experience joy than all most people 😞. I suppose I'm anhedonic. I don't let this affect my interaction with others though, as I usually do have a positive and vibrant mood 😃 whenever I am with someone. I may carry my gloom inside, but I'm not the kind of person that would sit in a corner and whine about life without doing something about it. I am in fact constantly trying to improve my situation 💪 despite my insecurities and sometimes lack of will to carry on 🚊🚶. My moving from country to country (Italy, UK, Spain, and now HK) is a result of this inner restlessness.
You should message me if
04 ••• If you feel like it. Just do it 👉📩

03 ••• If you managed to read all of my profile, you should definitely message me ⚠️. Just tell me if you fell asleep 😴 while reading it, so I’ll try to make it less boring next time. Or if you enjoyed reading it, let me know as well!

02 ••• I respond to 99% of first messages and if I think it's a waste of your time to keep messaging me, I will let you know clearly and friendly 👼

01 ••• That’s it!!! You’ve done it!! You’re a HERO!! CONGRATUALTIONS!!! 🎈🎈🎈🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊🎉🎉🎉🎈🎈🎈 You finally reached the END of my profile!!! 😮😮😮 *hands in medal of endurance while pulling the “Not Bad” Obama face and slowly nodding* 👉🏆
PS: if you just scrolled all the way down or skipped some bits, give me back the medal! Lol.

But the struggle is not over, not yet. Now follow that link you found at the start of my profile and read that part. Just get it right because A LOT of people have been getting the message of that other profile completely wrong. Don't know why so many people get it wrong...