kenner116
31 Taipei, Taiwan
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My self-summary
Native South Jerseyan back in the area after several years of travel, study, and teaching in Asia. Looking for interesting people to meet up with at your favorite local microbrewery to chat about that cool trip you're planning.

Update: Heading back to Taipei at the end of August
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!
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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