A good portion of my childhood was spent moving from place to place and school to school. This as well as the fact that I am of mixed ethnicity (Eurasian/Hapa) - my mother is Irish and my father is of Chinese, Malay and Melanau descent - has allowed me to be exposed to different cultures and religions. Despite being indoctrinated as a child, I remain irreligious to this day.
The more counter-intuitive scientific branches have always intrigued me. I love the theoretical aspects of Relativity, Astrophysics and Nuclear Physics and have been studying them informally since I was a teenager. I also enjoy Astrophotography because you end up capturing things that you wouldn't normally see with the naked eye. Once you see that faint small patch up there in Andromeda and travel back 2.5 million years into the past, you realise that both you and your problems are infinitesimally small before soaking up the wonder of being a tiny, yet important piece of this massive jigsaw that we call the Universe.
I have a background in martial arts (Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, BJJ) but also spend a lot of time hiking, rock climbing and scuba diving. I rock climb at least once a week and try to climb everywhere I travel. I'm also an avid scuba diver and am targeting my Rescue diver and Divemaster certifications within the next year or so. I enjoy calisthenics and also run several times a week as I am currently striving to increase my fitness in all aspects (strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, balance, etc). I keep myself motivated by thinking of a survival situation (such as a boat sinking in the middle of the ocean, getting lost in a dense tropical jungle, hanging off the edge of a sheer cliff, etc) and ask myself the question "Will I be able to survive this? ..and if not, what can I do to increase my odds?"
Social, racial and gender inequality and issues such as those pertaining to human rights and apostasy deeply concern me. I was on the board of governors for Amnesty International Malaysia a few years ago and am currently an Admin for some online forums that are related to the topics I just mentioned.
*Personality tests class me as an INTJ :
Books (non-fiction) : Cosmos by Carl Sagan
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