kenner116
31 Absecon, NJ
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My self-summary
Native South Jerseyan back in the area after several years of travel, study, and teaching in Asia. Looking for interesting people to meet up with at your favorite local microbrewery to chat about that cool trip you're planning.
What I’m doing with my life
Graduated from Rowan University with a degree in civil engineering, then worked as an engineer / programmer for two and a half years. Followed by 16 months of traveling through China and Southeast Asia.

After a visit home to New Jersey, went to Chongqing, China to teach English for three months. Spent that summer on the Tibetan Plateau, then went east to the Yellow Sea. Hung around Beijing for three months, mostly just being lazy in an old hutong neighborhood. Went from freezing Beijing to the warm Yucatan peninsula for a couple weeks, then back to New Jersey until moving to Taipei for a year to study Mandarin Chinese. 謝謝你讀我的自我介紹。

Now I'm back in New Jersey, taking computer science classes at Stockton University.
I’m really good at
long and aimless walks, geography quizzes, packing lightly, traveling inexpensively
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm fairly quiet. I try to talk more to avoid this first impression, but it remains!
The six things I could never do without
1. The world wide web (Thanks Tim Berners-Lee!)
2. Chinese-English dictionary (Trying not to forget my vocab!)
3. Glasses (I'm fairly nearsighted, though I waited until junior year of high school to correct that problem)
4. Pillow (need that neck support!)
5. Passport. One time in Vietnam I was on a bus for an hour when I realized I had left my passport at the hostel back in Hanoi! Got off the bus next to a small roadside village and hailed down the next bus going the other way. An hour ride and a couple of moto taxis later and I was back in business.
6. Running water – warm if the air's chilly. You really appreciate a hot shower after a couple of weeks without one.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'll be doing for a living years from now. I'd like to work in China / Hong Kong / Taiwan for awhile, so I think about what I can do there.

I also think a lot about travel, and when I can finally visit Nepal and India.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either on the computer or wandering the streets. Favorite streets to wander, you ask? Probably in Hong Kong, especially Mong Kok/Yau Ma Tai/Jordan/Sham Shui Po, or Beijing's hutongs for a more relaxing stroll.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have only three lower incisors. Needed room for those braces to move some teeth around!
You should message me if
you enjoy street food,
long walks and bike rides 'round town,
and looking at maps.
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