42 Taipei, Taiwan
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What I’m doing with my life
I'm working in Taipei in a vaguely tech-related industry which has absolutely no connection to what I studied in uni. My friends back home are convinced that I work for the CIA. I think that's utterly hilarious and adorable.

Almost finished with my MBA and looking to do my own thing later this year once I'm done.
I’m really good at
Well, apparently not the drums. I've been taking lessons for about 4 months now and don't seem to have got too far. But it's so fun. I'm equally lousy on a number of instruments actually but, um, I make up for it with enthusiasm.

My Mandarin's pretty good, but I guess you can be the judge of that.
The first things people usually notice about me
I hear "you don't seem like the typical American" all the time. I'm not even sure what this means. Should I be driving a tank or something?

Either that or I'm told that I resemble this or that famous person. Usually the comparisons are both flattering and wholly inaccurate.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Let's see..

- Anything with funky drums
- Anything on the Blue Note and Fantasy labels from roughly 1964 to 1973.
- Anything where Bernard Purdie gets to let it rip.

Fela Kuti, James Brown, George Gershwin, the Beach Boys, P-Funk
John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, etc. etc.

As for books, since I spent ten years in China my reading tastes were determined by whatever the guys were selling off the back of their tricycles, but it was mostly non-fiction, history, memoirs and so on.

When I last went on holiday to the U.S. I was presented with a suitcase full of Christopher Hitchens as my Christmas present, and I am still making my way through his oevre.

Shows: Mighty Boosh, Flight of the Conchords, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, Shameless, etc.

Food. Kind of strange that they would ask this at the same time as books and music, but ok. I was never really a foodie per se although I find myself now sourcing chocolates, vanillas and other ingredients from various places for a biz I plan to start soon.
I used to cook a ton in Shanghai but less so now as Taiwan is so convenient. I can make pretty decent dumplings (水餃)from scratch and home-made ice cream as well.
The six things I could never do without
My record player.

Got a copy of Johnny Lytle's "The Soulful Rebel" the other day. Finding it hard to imagine living without that right now.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My business plan and whether I should do it or just keep doing an office job like everyone else.
On a typical Friday night I am
..usually out catching up with friends over dinner and drinks and then seeing live music somewhere.
You should message me if
..you're super smart and quirky, love the arts, have some fashion sense and boundless curiosity.

But actually if you're a kind, caring and decent person that's probably enough :-)