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32 M Austin, TX

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5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Mostly anything
Pisces, and it’s fun to think about
Graduated from university
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t have kids
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), Chinese (Poorly), Malay (Okay)

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My self-summary
I've motorbiked across Vietnam and the Himalayas, taken a train to Tibet, and jeeped to Nepal, but never imagined that I would end up in Texas. I'm always looking forward to the next trip but am glad to call Austin home.
What I’m doing with my life
My current project is massively remodeling my house on the east side, that ought to keep me busy for a while (the last 5% takes 95% of the time). I cook a fair bit, though I steer clear of baking. I just started a ceramics class which has prompted a lot of Ghost jokes. It's filled with sweet old ladies though, for whom Ghost is quite likely not on their cultural radar. Looking forward to my house being filled with increasingly less misshapened bowls.
I’m really good at
throwing awesome parties. I play the role of host very well and everyone has a brilliant time - my most recent one was a sounds-fancier-than-it-really-was oysters and champagne NYE party which really went down. My friend DJed and killed with the 90s jams.

I love dancing - always down to cut a rug!

I'm also that guy who tries and finds the most difficult and extensive recipe for a dish because why not. It always turns out bloody delicious.

I'm a great listener, aided by a fascination with people and a healthy curiosity.
The first things people usually notice about me
Ethnically ambiguous with an unplaceable accent. Also my smile and hair, I've been told.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Just finished David Foster Wallace's biography as well as an account of a road trip with him. The man's writing plugs into my brain. Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Chabon, Kurt Vonnegut, Martin Amis, Nabokov. I've also got a bunch of subscriptions to Dwell, Saveur, Lucky Peach, Atlantic Monthly and Harpers. Alan Moore, Maus, Preacher, Fables, Chris Ware. I had to move all my books from the living room into my bedroom for the house remodeling and it now looks like a really messy secondhand bookstore.

I can't stress how much I love documentaries - Werner Herzog in particular. I recently saw The Queen Of Versailles and it was tremendous! Studio Ghibli, Wong Kar Wai, Mar Adentro, Born Into Brothels, Mighty Boosh, BBC comedies, Long Way Round, Mexican directors, Cowboy Bebop, Raging Bull, Wes Anderson, The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Thick of It. Recent shows I've devoured include Top of the Lake and The Fall. Damn, Gillian Anderson has aged well. Ratatouille rocked me to my core. Seriously. I'll always be chasing that madeleine.

Growing up overseas, I never imagined I'd get to see all the amazing bands I've seen live, of which Godspeed You! Black Emperor tops the list. Nils Frahm, Tim Hecker, Colin Stetson, Bjork, Belle and Sebastian, The Knife, Bon Iver, Neutral Milk Hotel, Four Tet, Beach House, Antony & The Johnsons, Mono, Broken Social Scene, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, Cardigans, Dinosaur Jr, Magnetic Fields, Kate Bush, DJ Shadow, People Under The Stairs, Vic Chesnutt, Sonic Youth, Camera Obscura, Jonsi, Tallest Man On Earth. Also, Bill Callahan - I can't believe the dude lives here. I've run into him at the Farmers market downtown and at Wheatsville. His recent documentary is a perfect slice of Americana.

Food: I grew up in Southeast Asia and there's a joke that we plan dinner over lunch. I'm always looking for neat new places to eat and I'm down for anything! I've been really enjoying the nascent ramen emergence in Austin. If pressed, though, Vietnamese is my favorite, not just the regular pho and banh mi stuff, but all the other crazy dishes - tamarind crab anyone? Also, all sorts of beer/wine/whisk(e)y.
The six things I could never do without
Motorbike. Having the Texas hill country just down the street is a real boon.
Cooking is my yoga.
Reading, though I wish I did more of that.
Music is a constant accompaniment to everything.
Drinks to match the mood. Topo Chico if nothing else. I recently bought an espresso machine and I'm getting closer to pulling the perfect shot.
Things that make the head throb heart-like.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Food systems and culture, cool furniture I should build, what my backyard would look like when I'm finally done, California/midcentury modern design and how to integrate that into my old 40s bungalow, artisanal anything, how to make my tiny kitchen more efficient, my dream food enterprise, good coffee, when I'm finally going to visit Iceland, how my quality of life has somewhat degraded since stopping my bikram yoga practice, mindfulness and meditation.
On a typical Friday night I am
most recently, at home working on the house, although I could very easily be convinced to go see a band, close out a bar on the east side, check out a restaurant.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I could go at length about food miles, sustainable food practices, the recent reliance of farming on fossil fuels instead of the sun, how monocultures are bad, Monsanto is evil, Tyson is terrible, and the minutiae of factory farming practices but... I could never say no to any form of fried chicken. Fried chicken is my kryptonite.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 23–33
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You're the creative sort and like working with your hands. Or you've got something you're passionate about. If you've got rad travel stories. Let's hang out at a show, an art gallery, a restaurant, get drinks, go on a motorbike ride, or a cycling adventure. Austin's got a lot to offer, let's go do something!