kenner116
32 Taipei, Taiwan
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My self-summary
Hi. I'm back in Taiwan for the third time, this time for a master's program at NTUST (台科大). I am from the Atlantic City, New Jersey area, and have previously taken a year of Chinese classes at NCCU (政大). I plan to be in Taipei for the next year or two, minus a trip or two home each year.

My favorite activities in Taipei are riding YouBikes, hiking mountain trails, and spending a lot of time in libraries. I'm currently looking forward to cooler weather and some hikes around Yangmingshan and along the Yilan coast.

I have traveled around most of China and Southeast Asia, but not so much in recent years. The past three years have been split between Taipei and New Jersey.
What I’m doing with my life
Graduated from Rowan University in 2007 with a degree in civil engineering, then worked as an engineer/programmer for 2.5 years. Wanting to scratch my long-itching travel bug. I left that job and spent 16 months traveling through China and Southeast Asia.

In 2012 I taught English for a semester in Chongqing, China, then spent the summer on the Tibetan Plateau, then headed east to the Yellow Sea and ended up in Beijing where I hung around for 3 months. After some time back in the US, I headed to Taipei for a year of Mandarin Chinese study. 謝謝你讀我的自我介紹。請繼續。

Now I'm back in New Jersey, having taken some computer science classes at Stockton University, and getting ready to head back to Taipei to start a master's program in computer science.
I’m really good at
long and aimless walks, geography quizzes, packing lightly, traveling inexpensively
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm fairly quiet. I try to talk more to avoid this first impression, but it remains!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books: history, travelogues. I have a bad habit of starting books from the middle and then reading random chapters. The most recent are Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China, Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China, China's Last Empire: The Great Qing, and Stilwell and the American Experience in China.

movies: Back to the Future, Star Wars, Shawshank Redemption, Kung Fu Hustle, M, The Great Dictator

tv: Amazing Race, Parks and Recreation, Community, Breaking Bad, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

music: Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Cream, Sonic Youth, Beck, Coldplay, Audioslave, Jack White, TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Blink-182, Polaris
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food: Thai, Malaysian, Indian, and Sichuan cuisine. Red wine and cheese for a late night snack. Craft beer when out with friends.
My favorite food in Taipei is probably Vietnamese food. Though my favorite dessert is definitely Taiwanese (紅豆餅 red bean cakes). Also a big fan of 綠豆湯 (mung bean soup).
The six things I could never do without
1. The world wide web (Thanks Tim Berners-Lee!)
2. Chinese-English dictionary (Trying not to forget my vocab!)
3. Glasses (I'm fairly nearsighted, though I waited until junior year of high school to correct that problem)
4. Pillow (need that neck support!)
5. Passport. One time in Vietnam I was on a bus for an hour when I realized I had left my passport at the hostel back in Hanoi! Got off the bus next to a small roadside village and hailed down the next bus going the other way. An hour ride and a couple of moto taxis later and I was back in business.
6. Running water – warm if the air's chilly. You really appreciate a hot shower after a couple of weeks without one.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'll be doing for a living years from now. I'd like to work in China / Hong Kong / Taiwan for awhile, so I think about what I can do there.

I also think a lot about travel, and when I can finally visit Nepal and India.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either on the computer or wandering the streets. Favorite streets to wander, you ask? Probably in Hong Kong, especially Mong Kok/Yau Ma Tai/Jordan/Sham Shui Po, or Beijing's hutongs for a more relaxing stroll.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have only three lower incisors. Needed room for those braces to move some teeth around!
You should message me if
you enjoy street food,
long walks and bike rides 'round town,
and planning cool trips.
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