36Taipei, Taiwan
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My self-summary
I'm really not that good at breaking the ice, but I'm awesome at keeping the water warm so the ice won't form again. I believe in quality of conversation, not amount of it, so when I talk, I usually am trying to communicate, otherwise I prefer to say nothing before I've thought about it. If you can handle the intensity of quiet moments and the depth of interesting conversations, then look me up!

Sometimes I feel like a Knight Errant: scouring the world for Truth, Adventure, Challenge, Honor, and, of course, Beauty. My friends sometimes perceive me as being a "white knight", but that is not how I imagine myself. I'm curious, intense (sometimes uncomfortably so), imaginative, creative, respectful and forward-looking.

My passions in life revolves around a search for wisdom, understanding, patience, peace, and calm and I find that personal sports like Martial Arts (I practice Tai Chi and Systema), swimming, hiking, biking, help me reach those goals.
What I’m doing with my life
As a linguist, I love languages and culture, and as a philologist I enjoy learning words and phrases. That's why I'm an ESL Teacher at the moment, and why I continue to study Japanese as well as other languages that capture my interest.

I'm involved in a poetry group (music + language = <3) as well as a few geeky groups for computers/tech. I continually try to stay computer-literate and have a deep interest and fascination with programming languages.

I try to travel once a year to somewhere, but I'm not touristy. I prefer to integrate myself into cultural or natural surroundings rather than hop from crowded hotspot to crowded hotspot, clambering over people to get a picture of some thing. I was recently in France, staying with wonderful people (that's why I travel). I was the best man at my best friend's wedding in Rodez! After that, it was Paris, wine, Montpelier, more wine, castles, wine again, Toulouse, and even a short trip to Pamplona for the running of the bulls. Did I mention the wine?

In my daily life I exercise, tutor, and try to enjoy the company of my friends as much as possible. I prefer to be a good friend to a few rather than merely familiar with lots of people. Schedules at the daily level are hard to work around, but I do what I can to meet new people and stay active, socially.
I’m really good at
I don't like to toot my own horn or to "sell myself," as business folk say. You'll see when you meet me.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a bit introverted, quiet, but intense. It can put people off, but it's not my intention; I just look for something to say rather than blurt out anything to start conversation. In fact, I'm not that good at initiating contact, but if you start up, I'll keep it going for hours and hours. I promise you will enjoy it. (:

I'm fairly analytical, rational, and calm. I don't broadcast my emotions / passions for all to see, but they are there, boiling beneath the surface, waiting for expression.

Trust your gut with me, don't let my shy exterior fool you into thinking I'm not interested or I don't like you, don't over-analyse my actions (or inactions); just relax, then I'll relax, and we'll have a great time together.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Never understood this field. We'll find stuff in common when we chat/meet, no need to unload on you here.
Six things I could never do without
1. Quiet
2. Company
3. Books
4. Pen & Paper
5. Exercise/Sport
6. Games
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Goals, plans, friends, the universe, the mind, the soul, reality, etc...
On a typical Friday night I am
Working, tutoring, and going home to sleep for more of the same on Saturday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have an uncanny sense of other people's character, so I fall for ones I know I will like quickly and easily, but I don't feel that it's always such a good thing, so it creates conflict and hesitation in me.
You should message me if
These are random thoughts about the kind of people I admire, which I add to when I think of something. If you have even one of these traits, and still want to get to know me, I encourage you to send me a message.
You are comfortable with initiating conversation;
you do battle against your own comfort;
shopping, tv, movies, and other passive entertainment have no hold over your life;
you are brave enough to go see what's out there;
you require no one's permission to pursue passions or do what you love;
you appreciate beauty wherever you find it, and seek it out;
the word 'passive' is not in your vocabulary;
you are not a cat person (I'm terribly allergic, sorry...);
you know what you like and you like to share it;
you don't take pictures of, nor glorify, food;
you like to smile;
you are hopeful;
you are honest about what you want from others;
you are non-traditional;
you see past the "foreigner" mask;
you are helpful and compassionate;
you communicate when you talk;
you have interesting suggestions;
you read;
music means more to you than just dance fodder;
you value thought;
you laugh at your own jokes;
you are good with people;
your idea of a good life does not revolve around staying home;
dependency irritates you;
you are unashamed of sexuality;
you value quiet;
a bike trip, a hike, or a jog in the rain makes you feel glorious.
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