I'm a biomedical engineer - recently moved here from the NYC area to design medical devices, surf, snowboard, & for the SoCal lifestyle (not so much for places like Hollywood, but more for the small beach town culture).
I feel guilty living extravagantly, so I try to just have enough to be healthy & safe - most of my leisure money is spent on budget backpacking/surf trips around the world. Since I moved here, I've been regularly donating or throwing away a lot of my "excess" belongings, because I don't want to be weighed down by my possessions. Plus it makes moving a lot easier, haha. If you've traveled to a few third-world countries & therefore most likely have continually met people who live more fulfilling lives than the average American, you know exactly where I'm coming from.
As far as the type of girl that I'm looking for, it's simply one that's moral & humble. I'll elaborate below for anyone who's curious:
Humbleness, intelligence, & adventurous are characteristics I look for, while selfishness, materialism, & egotism are ones that I desperately avoid. My match would take chivalry & shared life experiences over material objects, any day. Because I send a significant portion of my $$ home to my family, & I'm also investing in several things for the future, it leaves no room for me to live an excessive lifestyle, or support anyone else's either. Sorry sugar daddy-seekers, I'll never be wealthy, but I guarantee I'll be happy, & I'm totally ok with that :)
As far as the dating dynamic goes, I believe both guys & girls should be doing all the same things to appease a potential significant other. We live in a world of equality these days, & if a girl isn't willing to do her half, then I'd recommend finding a pushover. If she wants to be "treated like a princess", then she'd better be treating her guy more like a prince than a frog, haha. At the same time, I absolutely believe that manners & mutual respect are not only key when first meeting someone, but also every moment thereafter. Every couple encounters obstacles; it's all about how they work together to overcome them.
I'm looking for a girl that's able to deal with life's problems & put them in perspective, not causing them to be bigger problems than they really are. They have a deep appreciation for their own life & for everything living around them, like nature, for example. She recognizes that the most valuable things in life are free. Weekend getaways to explore a beautiful place outdoors & find that legendary hole-in-the-wall fish taco joint are things that excite them. She agrees that understanding the people & culture of a particular place is as fascinating & enriching as its landmarks & natural wonders. You typically don't "knock it" unless you've tried it (within reason). You are respectful & grateful for the family & place that you came from, even though it may be far from perfect. You don't see every guy you meet as only a potential boyfriend, but also consider him as a potential friend (since I'm happy with either outcome). Most importantly, & most obvious, you treat people how you want to be treated, & avoid putting yourself first whenever possible (unless it's surfing a crowded beach, because then you'll never ride a single wave, so this is an exception to be selfish, lol).