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My name is John Koh who are an active Couch Surfing Member Host(98%) & Surf(2%) since July 2012 which I have been hosted more than 90 female (couples too) and 6 male surfers from around the world back in my hometown, Penang Island and some in KL where I worked since June 2014 till present.

I have 148 references and been Vouched for 18 times in Couch Surfing since I joined on July 2012 until Jan 2015. There is no more "Vouch" function in new Couch Surfing System since Sept 2014.

Vouch means assert or confirm as a result of one's own experience the truth or accuracy of (something).
Show the truth of, give substance to, give credence to, second, endorse, certify, warrant, validate, give assurance of; more confirm the identity or good character of (someone).

- 144 Positive References
- 2 Neutral (Helping the CS members to get to a hostel when I happened to meet them during our CS meet up
in Penang Island and just met briefly that's why they put as Neutral)
- 2 Negative (due to misunderstanding, e.g my bed is too small for her and have to share on the same
bed<--which I have already mentioned in my profile and I have been hosted more than 90 female from
around the world and there is no issue)
*I don't hide that I have negative reference because this was the truth. The "Truth Never Lies" and no one in the world is perfect and people do mistakes so am I. I'm learning every day.

Well have a read on the blog that my surfer, Stephanie Boedecker from states who became my best friend after staying with me.

Well, I'm currently working in KL - Kuala Lumpur as Trade Finance Operations Managers since end of July 2015 at one of the biggest Singapore's Bank based in KL after my previous job as HR Executive for MRT and Tunnelling Project from June 2014 to July 2015.

I am now stay at the apartment with swimming pool and gymnasium facilities near Pudu Sentral (Puduraya Bus Terminal) 3 minutes walk to Jalan Alor(Food Street) Bukit Bintang, 10 minutes walking distance. 5 minutes to Bukit Bintang where at the heart of the Golden Triangle which covers Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang and from Jalan Imbi to Jalan Pudu. Bukit Bintang or also known as Star Hill is synonymous with shopping and entertainment. Many hotels, restaurant and hawker-styled eateries are located here. Bintang Walk, located along Jalan Bukit Bintang shopping strip, has a row of street-side cafes, restaurants and pubs. At night, it comes alive, when live Jazz music is played and the whole place is beautifully lit-up.

You may stay with me in KL as long as I'm still working here. If I go back to my hometown then you may stay with me in Penang Island, Malaysia.

I am 33 years old Chinese-Malaysian young adult who have resigned on 31st Dec 2013 as Account Receivable Analyst at Dell because I want to travel longer instead of just 1 or 2 weeks time. It was my first time in my life to quit the job and became a jobless from 1 Jan 2014 until 22 June 2014. I've got a new job offer which was given an opportunity as Human Resources Executive at Continental Engineering Corporation where they are expertise in tunnelling to excavate the tunnel in KL-Kuala Lumpur for MRT-Mass Rapid Transit. Currently, is the biggest project in Malaysia implemented by government. I'm working in KL since June 2014 till present.

I have been travelled to Europe for 3 months from 12 Feb 2014 until 12 May 2014 with just EUR1000 which are very challenging... --> France(Paris, Bregtane(Volunteer with my friend's family cattle farm-milking cow), Morlaix, Lower Normandy-Pont-Farcy(Volunteer for 10 days in the farm) Boulogne-sur-Mer, Clermont-Ferrand, Toulouse), Spain Gandia(Volunteer for a week with disabled man), Valencia, Italy-Bologna, Slovenia-Piran, Portoroz, Kranj, Ljubjana, Germany-Bisigen, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Berlin, Rostock, Hamburg, Dortmund, Witten, Bremen, Poland-Leszno, Krobia, Wroclaw, Poznan, Netherlands-Heerhugowaard, Alkmaar, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Belgium-Leuven, Brussesl(few hours)...

I have been worked with Dell as Account Receivable Analyst for 2 years plus(Sept 2011 to Dec 2013) and Citigroup (Citibank) for the past 8 years plus(July 2003 to Sept 2011) as Finance Officer both in Penang Island, Malaysia. I did my own business partnership with five of my friends as a electronic components distributor in Penang Island before and it was closed due to redundancy after a year.

I'm a sportive type of person also a friendly, open-minded, easy-going and nice. I am a person who easy to make friends quickly and that it's easy to get along with me.

I am a non-smoker and drinker(I don't really good in drinking a beer)

I am looking forward to experiencing other people's culture. I want to get to know people from many different places.

I like to jog, run, hike, cycle, play squash and outdoor activities like food hunting, watching movie or hang out with people for a drinks (coffee tea or me ? :) ) and many more...

I like to see what other people like to do the most, especially when I'm traveling. In order for me to learn from them by seeing.

I'm sure I would be pleasant to host. I am generally a polite person and a bit shy :)

I love traveling but restricted by work commitment(I did it to quit my job on 31 Dec 2013 and travelled and back to corporate world again from 23 June 2014 till present. I will quit again and explore the world soon). I hope to travel more in the near future with a special lady that I have yet to find.

I travel like Rolf Potts !
You are a travel legend in the making, with a sense of adventure that will lead to hundreds of fascinating stories. Locals all over the world will give you special nicknames, and almost all of them will be complimentary.
What type of traveler are you?
Take BootsnAll's Travel Quiz to find out.

Also, I'm on VK. You may add me : http://vk.com/johnkoh

My philosophy and believe :

Our life cannot be always full of happiness. But it can be full of love.

Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.

Love will lead to forgiving others

1 corinthians 13:4 - 6 NIV
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations!

There can be Miracles, when you Believe!

The best is yet to come...be positive, patient and wait.

If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves!

Time Will Prove Everything & The Truth Never Lies!

By John Koh

Spoken languages

  • Hokkien Mother Tongue
  • Mandarin Chinese Fluent
  • English Fluent
  • Malay Intermediate
  • Cantonese Intermediate
  • Dutch Beginner
  • Polish Beginner
  • German Beginner
  • French Beginner
  • Japanese Beginner
  • Czech Can only say Welcome!

My interests


My hobbies are sports (e.g. running, cycling, hiking), watching movie, listening to music, laid back, walking around, reading newspaper, learn to cook new dishes, learn other foreign language, having a coffee or tea and chit-chatting and so forth...


Orchestra, Classical, Jazz, Reggae, R & B, Hip Hop, Sentimental and so forth... **NOT ROCK or HEAVY METAL**


Central Station
Killing Them Softly
A Royal Affair
8 1/2
Spirited Away
The Devil's Advocate
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Interview with the Vampire
The Green Mile
Black Swan
Requiem for a Dream
The Godfather
Kill Bill
Interview with the Vampire
Rosemary's Baby
Amorres Perros
Sex and Lucia (film)
La Haine
Nine Queens
A Prophet
Raging Bull
Taxi Driver
Donnie Brasco
Fight Club
Pulp Fiction
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The Bicycle Thief
City of God (2002 film)
Jackie Brown
Reservoir Dogs
Memories of Murder
The Lives of Others
Black Cat, White Cat
The Orphanage (film)
The 400 Blows
The Secret in Their Eyes
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
The Cuckoo
Adam's Apples
The Reader
The Chaser
I Saw the Devil

Travel experiences

Past trips:

I have been traveled to Perth, Australia twice in year 2009 July and 2011 July both during Winter. Apart from that I have been traveled to HangZhou, SuZhou, Shanghai, China in year 2012 Nov, Yogyakarta & Bandung, Indonesia in year 2011, Thailand and Singapore for several times.

Planned trips:

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I always participate to be a volunteer for my company (Citibank-Global Community Day and Dell-Corporate Social Responsibility) and myself to a disable home, handicapped children, school and etc to help for the cleaning, painting english class and so forth. I like to be in real life meetings are what really matters.



I am a Couch Surfing Member : kyoeisei

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yes, i can host
Max number of guests:
Maximum length of stay:

There's no limit for the day you want to stay, provided you inform me so that I can answer you whether I'm available on the particular date you are coming over :)
You can stay as many days as you like.

I Live With:

In Penang Island :
I live in the old studio apartment(one room only) near to Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple and 15 minutes to Vipassana Meditation Course (Hill) and my dad(75 years old as of year 2015) is staying with me in the living room.

In KL(Kuala Lumpur) City Centre :
I live in 2 rooms(one room was occupied by my Thai staff) service apartment near to Pudu Sentral(Bus Terminal) 15 minutes walk and 4 minutes walk to Mororail and LRT Station. You will be shared on the same bed with me in a room that's how I have been hosted since June 2014 tlll present.

Please bring:

Just bring yourself ",)

I can offer my guests:
A guided tour, A dinner.

I have front-load washing machine (cold and hot wash) you may wash your clothes here.(e.g. undergarments, socks and whatsoever is not mud dirty but is normal sweating dirty then is ok. I did washed for my surfer before, so don't be shy for me to wash(which I just dump inside my Washing Machine ",) ).

Body Shampoo, Shampoo

To Sleep

From my old apartment to Penang Hill (15 minutes walk to the bottom of the hill where we are going to hike up to Penang Hill which will takes about 2 hours depends on your speed)

From my old apartment to Botanical Garden approximately 5 km takes about 30 minutes (depends on your speed)

I can offer my hosts:

I can offer to clean your house (e.g. toilet, vacuum) which I normally do at home.

Teach you Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese

Other information for guests:

My bed is queen size bed.
*Actually, I only host 1 surfer. But if you are 2 surfers coming over, then I will take into consideration since I have hosted 2 surfers before.

You will be sharing a room with me because I only have one room in my house. You will be sleeping next to me. My father is sleeping in the living room since many years ago. My mum is staying at my brother's house.

**I have deactivated my CS Profile**
You may check my CS Profile and references left by my CS Surfer :

Public transport:

In Penang Island :

1. If you come from Butterworth, mainland then you will probably take "Ferry" to Penang Island. When you touch down Penang Island. Go to "Jetty Bus Terminal" and take Rapid Penang Bus No. 201. 202 or 204 and STOP at Bus Station "Padang Tembak - means Rifle Range in English"

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2. If you come from "KOMTAR Bus Terminal" then take Rapid Penang Bus No. 201. 202 or 204 and STOP at Bus Station "Padang Tembak - means Rifle Range in English"

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3. If you come from "Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal" then take Rapid Penang Bus No.303 to "Jetty Bus Terminal" and switch to Bus No. 201. 202 or 204 and STOP at Bus Station "Padang Tembak - means Rifle Range in English"

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4. If you come from "Penang International Airport" then take Rapid Penang Bus No.401E to "Jetty Bus Terminal" and switch to Bus No. 201. 202 or 204 and STOP at Bus Station "Padang Tembak - means Rifle Range in English"

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It's very easy to get a public bus "Rapid Penang" just 1 minute walk from my old studio apartment called "Rifle Range Flats". To check for the bus details , check it out at http://www.rapidpg.com.my/

In KL City Centre :

Kuala Lumpur - KL (Where I'm working at the moment since June 2014 till present)

1. If you come by bus then the bus will be arrived at Pudu Sentral (Bus Terminal) <--normally, this is the Bus Terminal where they will drop you off when you go to KL, please confirm with the bus driver and just walk about 15 minutes to my apartment.

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2. If you come by plane then take KLIA Express Train cost RM35 (approximately 28 minutes) from KLIA or KLIA2 to KL Sentral and then switch to Monorail Train cost RM1.60 (approximately 20 to 25 minutes) and stops at "Hang Tuah" Station and walk from there to my apartment.

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However, you may still come by bus from KLIA or KLIA2 to Swiss Garden Hotel(the closer to my apartment and it will cost about RM10 to RM18 and it will change to mini van when reach KL City and from there(somewhere on the road side when they switch from bus to van) to Swiss Garden Hotel. Walk from Swiss Garden Hotel to my apartment.

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Hope this helps.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any doubts.

God Bless You!

Cheers ",)

House Rules:
No smoking, No alcohol, No drugs.

1.Do not wear shoes inside the house.
2.Please wash your feet once step into my house and showering is a must(if you are sweating the whole day outside) before go to bed.

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