I'm passionate about what I do and I've always been fortunate to be able to work on a cause I've thrown myself into fully. I find myself drawn to people who are similarly passionate about something (though what they are passionate about is less important).
Before coming to Indonesia, I lived in San Francisco for 4 years after graduating from Stanford. At heart, I'm an East Coaster (New York) but do not miss the winters or the cold. My friends are spread around the world but I've been fortunate to meet a number of people in Jakarta I've connected with. The people I am close with, that I genuinely get to know and can share my deepest thoughts with, I am fiercely loyal to.
My friends describe me as funny, intense, a good listener, and occassionally goofy. I'm typically introverted (INFP) but come out of my shell over time as I get to know someone.
I'm also good at Scrabble, softball, Microsoft Excel, and falling asleep in moving vehicles (when I'm not driving!). I'm good at working hard when I need to and I've gained the ability in the last few years to balance that with my personal life much better.
My book tastes run non-fiction and kind of nerdy. I just finished The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt about the six moral anchors that underpin most moral philosophies around the world and explain liberalism and conservatism in the US.
Food: Indian, Thai, Italian are probably my favorites. I like Indonesian but eat it every day for lunch so get tired of it from time to time.
Places: Jakarta (for all of the macet, craziness, banjir, and smog, I still love the city and the fact that people are still incredibly hospitable in a place of 8 million people), New York (home), Silicon Valley (so many of my memories from college), and Washington DC (still something amazing about seeing the White House and Congress)
2. Passion for what I'm doing
3. My computer
4. Caffeine and a good coffeehouse
5. My passport
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