I was conceived in France, born in Singapore, grew up in Indonesia/Andalusia/Singapore/San Francisco; and thus, basically very San Franciscan.
I am passionate about experiences that can be shared - be it eating, dancing, seeing a band, or wandering the different neighborhoods . I am strongly passionate about the company I keep - I'm proud of the friends I have and the family I'm with.
I tend to overdress, but I'm as comfortable at a grimy hoffbrau meat-only restaurant like San Francisco's Tommy's Joynt to a glitzy ASmallWorld event (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASmallWorld). I have a Promethean lust for knowledge, but will still make jokes that will remind you of an ill-behaved 14 year old boy.
I do a lot of work at a marketing agency. While I do have ambitions and goals and plan to stick to them, I believe only jackasses take themselves too seriously. Besides, I live for brunch - not work.
I like a woman who challenges me not sits docilely, who has sarcastic wit and not shy, and who pushes me forward not just supports me. And of course, I would do the same for her while also treating her "Like a Lady" as they say.
I am energetic, an outlier, and a cautionary tale.
I'm looking to travel a lot to neighboring areas like Cambodia, Vietnam or Singapore and I would love to have someone to go with me.
Outside of traveling in Asia, I've been finding my way to Europe a lot! In just three months, I've been to Germany twice (!) and travel to Salzburg and Paris. I'm looking forward to visiting friends in Spain and London soon as well.
I'm beginning extra adventurous by moving to a city where I know no one, other than those working at my company I'm with. So, I'm excited about meeting new people and traveling to new places.
Plus, I'm good at making beef rendeng (Indonesian curry) and currywurst (German pork sausage with curry), editing your Grad School application essay, analyzing (I'm a voracious reader of any kind of words or data), and debating this and that, and cuddling (voted five time world champion by Oprah Magazine).
Also, despite being a Gentile, I can probably recite the Hamotzi better than your Jewish cousin Ari.
I lean towards the Russians with Crime & Punishment, Russian Debutante's Handbook, and Master and Margarita. Perfume (Suskind), Confederacy of Dunces and anything by Tom Robbins, Checkhov, Dostoevsky, I also have a soft spot for.
Magazines (Vastly underrated form of writing):
Harvard Business Review, Monocle, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Esquire, Strategy+Business, Foreign Policy, AdBusters, Dwell, ID, CMYK, Monocle and just about everything else on occasion.
Films (Slighty German):
M, Gegen die Wand (Head On), Don Juan De Marco, Secretary, Fight Club, My Fair Lady, Zoolander, Reservoir Dogs, Baron Munchausen, Willy Wonka, Lost in Translation, The Big Lebowski.
Music (More Gyspy/Balkan):
Beirut, Gogol Bordello, Kocani Orkestar, Golem, Balkan Beatbox, Bjork, Portishead, Bach, bad Eurovision dance songs, Regina Spektor, Muddy Waters, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radiohead, Kal, Ella Fitzgerald, Neutral Milk Hotel, Magnetic Fields, Depeche mode, Interpol, Slavic Soul Party, Hot Chip and their indie-electro cousins and so on.
Steak Tartare, Jewish Brisket, Saag Paneer, Schnitzel (or its Japanese cousin "Tonkatsu"), Bortscht, Sushi, a good lamb burger, nasi lemak, Ethiopian...fancy cocktails and the occasional slivovitz.
- what to read next on my unending Promethean lust and quest for knowledge
- what to eat next (I'm very serious about food)
- making up stories about people on the bus/LVT
- how similar patterns are found in the most distantly related topics, e.g. marketing, social network analysis, and warfare strategy
- how can I eventually write for the New York Times
As for what I'm looking for, see the Self-Summary.