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My self-summary
When I was 8 years old, my cousin, who was 12, imparted to me words of wisdom I live by still to this day: "Be good to others, and others will be good to you... And always wear nice shoes." Strangely insightful coming from a 12-year old, wouldn't you say?

In a nutshell:
• The stars above classify me as a Libra; whether by cause or coincidence, I deeply embody the characteristics: I'm charming, ethical, witty, well-traveled, and a good listener.
• I would like to settle down with an equal partner who is kind, loving, and adventurous; I will be the same. I don't care which of us is the bread winner; It's the 90's after all.
• I would like to start a family. This is by no means a dire urgency, but rather a clear and definite milestone I would like to try for, barring any unforeseen health conditions on either side.
• On health, I would like someone who is conscious of it, so we can grow old together, but does not stress over it, because that kinda defeats the purpose; stress will take you down before anything else will.
• Having seen and experienced many parts of the world, I'm confident that BC is home and where I would like to lay to rest.
• Life's a b*tch and can lay on the hurt if you let it; I'm game to roll with the punches and laugh it off, if you are.

Continue reading if you haven't crossed any trip wire, and I have you intrigued...


So, I have a little confession to make: My name isn't really Prince_Aemon. It's Quy, pronounced Kwee; it means valuable in Vietnamese. Ironically, all of my siblings have Canadian names, and yet I'm the only member of my family born in Canada. Go figure. :)

My friends say I'm a social Swiss army knife, because I jive well with variety of personalities types: the artsy, the sporty, the greeky, the shy, the outgoing... and even the bat-shit crazy. That's the "social Swiss army" part; I'd like to think the "knife" part has to do with my (self-proclaimed) sharp wit.

I have a deep passion for music, both playing and listening. I'm not in a band or anything, but I seldom go a day without noodling around on my guitar. Whenever I'm in a hallway, stairwell, tunnel or any place that echoes, I have to resist the urge to sing like I'm some sort of African American soul singer. :)

I find myself on a plane many times a year, partly for business, partly for pleasure. I like to explore, meet people, see how we're different, how we're the same. Galloping the globe is a privilege my father would have appreciated greatly when he was my age; these days, he simply enjoys listening to my stories abroad, and sharing them with him is a highlight for me. Moments that stand out in my memory are:

* The White Nights of July in St. Petersburg, on a bridge overlooking the Neva, the sun high in the sky... at midnight.
* A blistering day along the beach in Tel Aviv, facing the Mediterranean, a distinct divide in the sand: to the right, a blur of suntanned skin covered barely by bikinis, to the left: scores of women dressed head to toe in black fabric burka.
* On a suburban block in the outskirts of Havana, a dozen proud and lively locals, around my parents' age, salsa dancing out on the streets at 1am on an ordinary Tuesday; no disco or club within miles; just a quartet of street musicians who appear to have been playing all night long; no sign of stopping any time soon.
* The sobering sight of a defunct torture facility in Phnom Penh; sickening remnants of genocide at the hands of the war criminal Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge.
* The coast of Morong where my parents' boat of refuge finally met shore after a harrowing journey across the South China Sea from Nha Trang in 1978 -- a journey beset with sickness, starvation, storms, and piracy -- tragedies that dwindled what started as an overcrowded boat at departure to a near ghost vessel upon arrival.
* A look of recognition and pride on my grandmother's face upon seeing me. Without words, her communicating to me a feeling of legacy.

Impactful memories to say the least.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a software architect for a large group of financial institutions across Canada. If you've ever paid a bill online, or through an app on your phone, it's likely you've touched one of my systems. It's a typical office job, but I'm surrounded by a great group of people, and I'm passionate about the work I do, because it's hard as hell. On that note, I'm sorry if one of our systems ate your money... It wasn't my fault... I hope. If it was, let me buy you a drink to take the edge off.

I enjoy what I do for a living. Looking down the line, I see myself operating at the executive level -- you know, a chief "something-or-other"; as I am rather young for what I currently do, I'm confident I'll get there one day. My happiness isn't anchored to that outcome though. I live in "the now", and right here in "the now" I can honestly say without question: I am happy.

While I'm passionate about my career, it takes up only a fraction of my day. I prioritize the majority of my time around what I enjoy most out of life and that's being around those I love: friends, family, and that special someone.

I'm looking to find that special someone, share incredible adventures together, and, when the time is right, be a loving husband and super-hero kind of dad. This of course requires the "right" Mrs.

Speaking of Mrs, I once asked my mom what's the secret to her and pap's life-long and still-strong relationship: growing together through the awkward stages of adolescence, surviving a war, uprooting their lives and giving up all possessions to start over in a foreign country, raising five kids. She told me there is no secret, and it's hard as hell, but if she could pick one thing that helped a lot it would be this: Kindness. Through it all, my mom and pap have always been able to show kindness towards each other; they continue to do so on a daily basis.

So maybe, just maybe, that is what it takes to "make it work": two kind souls, lost, floating in an abyss of indifference, finding one another. It obviously takes a lot more than that, but kindness seems like a solid start. And so, to the pretty young lass reading my profile right this moment, I ask you:

Do you consistently show kindness to your loved ones? If so, then take my hand, dance with me under the light of a thousand stars, and together let's find out what "kind" of future is in store for the two of us.
I’m really good at
Air-drumming. Yeah. When I pretend to hit the cymbal with my imaginary drumstick, I don't simply leave it at that; I also pretend to silence the cymbal afterwards. That's some next-level air-drumming right there. Ba-Dum-Ching...[Silence cymbal]

I'm also a damn good cook. That's a touch more practical than being a next-level air-drummer, but decidedly less exciting.
The first things people usually notice about me
Off all things, people, women especially, tend to notice my lips. I suppose they're rather full for a man. I'm told I could never be Batman, or any other masked superhero, because my mouth would be a dead giveaway -- a mildly unfortunate career limitation.

Beyond appearances, people quickly notice I have a fun personality and carry a nice balance of confidence and humility.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A Song of Ice and Fire, Microserfs, A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, Kite Runner

Movies: Big Lebowski, Godfather, Say Anything, Casablanca, Fantastic Mr. Fox. I'll give honourable mention to the Ninja Turtles movies on the basis of being, like, totally tubular, dude.

Music: Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, U2, Jason Mraz. I'm also a sucker for cheesy 80's songs, and I loved the 90's grunge era, so whenever I wear plaid, it's totally legit. Believe that. In terms of more modern music I've been enjoying Bastille, mainly because their sound brings about cheerful memories of the 80's band Tears for Fears :)

Food: I cook at home mostly, but when I'm dining out I appreciate dishes with really fresh ingredients. Japanese and Mediterranean tend to hit the spot for me, but I also enjoy trying different cuisines.

Shows: I don't really watch TV other than the odd re-run of Seinfield, but I look forward to one day watching the HBO shows people rave about like The Wire. Recently however I have taken a liking to the show Suits; I find something endearing about the dynamic between the unlikely master/apprentice pairing. I got a similar feeling from reading the book About A Boy.
Six things I could never do without
Apart from the universal things like family, friends, freedom, food, Scrabble™, and water, here are my six, in no particular order:

- Sashimi
- My guitar
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Pho
- An ocean breeze
- Canada (The more I travel, the more I'm sure of this.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
After a sunset you will likely catch me staring up into the night sky strewn with shimmering stars; I'll wonder: "Wtf is out there."
On a typical Friday night I am
- Catching up with friends over a few drinks at a lounge or pub.
- Off on a road trip!
- Reading off of my Kindle. This e-reader is my favourite little doodad. It's light, the screen magically resembles paper so it's easy on the eyes, and it seldom needs recharging -- once a week at most. I highly recommend it if you're an avid reader... unless you enjoy doing a bicep curl every time you pick up that copy of War and Peace. :)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I cut my own hair. Double mirror action, alternating hands with the shears and razor. #Ambidextrous
You should message me if
you're looking for an adventure in the sun; or a romantic serenade in the moonlight. Also if you like Irish accents, because I can put on a proper one, to be sure, to be sure.
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