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About me

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I was a BoD member 2015-2016 and 2016-2017:
http://www.bewelcome.org/wiki/Board_of_Directors
You are welcome to get involved also:
http://www.bevolunteer.org/become-a-member/
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Both of my parents' families have been living in Guangzhou (aka Canton) for nearly 30 generations -- yes i do know: we have family tree to trace back -- and i'm proudly being "absolute Cantonese" (i may even say i'm too Cantonese to be Chinese^^).

I'm very lucky to be working on something i like (International Trading) and i enjoy my life -- both inside and outside work-- most of the time.

I had a very different life experience compare to most of my peers (especially those from this big city of Guangzhou). I've been a "boss" all my life: i'm the eldest child in the family and life had forced me to take care of the family since i was 6 years old; i had been a student leader for 15 years and i'm now self-employed (i worked under real governing for 2 years only and that's when i just graduated). I try to improve but i know i'm not a good listener as i'm not used to "listen". So if you find that i'm a bit (or maybe more than "a bit") bossy please do forgive me.

I was told that i got a feisty personality, strong-headed & free willed. I guess it's pretty true.

And very important: i'm sour, salty, bitter and spicy (just not sweet), and indeed aggressive. I usually hold opposite viewpoints in a conversation and can't help teasing people. So if you are easily offended, better stay away from me. ^^

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I literally WAS a CSer, and was named "one of the hearts & souls of Guangzhou CS community". But i cleaned up my profile there already, despite of all the positive references earned over years. BW is a new start, no need to look back.
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Spoken languages

  • Mandarin Chinese Mother Tongue
  • Cantonese Mother Tongue
  • English Fluent
  • French Beginner
  • Spanish Beginner

My interests

Hobbies:

*****Travel*****

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."
- Lin Yutang (林语堂)

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
- Saint Augustine

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
- Lao Tzu (老子)

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
- Paul Theroux

Books:

Travel related; essays

Music:

Country & Jazz

Films:

Cartoon movie and animal story

Travel experiences

Past trips:

2017 - Indonesia
2016 - Argentina
2015 - Singapore
2014 - Argentina, Thailand
2013 - USA; Thailand; Laos
2012 - Brunei; Philippines
2010 - Australia
2009 - Thailand; Cambodia; Vietnam
2008 - Indonesia
2007 - Philippines
2006 - France; Belgium; Malaysia

Planned trips:

Nov 2017 - Italy & France (attending GA!)

Accommodation

never ask
Max number of guests:
3
I Live With:

I live with my family. We are 7 living in an apartment with tight space so it's not convenient to host.

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

My office locates right at the heart of the city (at Taojin Road near World Trade Center / Garden Hotel), it's 3 mns walk from Taojin subway station (Line 5). And I live near Dongshankou station (Line 1).

I would be happy to invite you a drink or a dinner if you are around, to help with information about Guangzhou (or China), to show you around during the weekend and evening (if i'm free), or any other kind of help you would need here.

There's an old saying in China: "To LIVE in Hangzhou (beautiful environment), DIE in Liuzhou (top quality wood to make coffin^^), DRESS in Suzhou (silk production base), and EAT in Guangzhou (best food)." Since the environment is not great here, and we don't have many interesting sceneries, Guangzhou is all about eating besides shopping -- we have wholesale markets specializing in everything and anything here: from IT to electronics, from home appliances to furniture, from fabric to garments, from shoes to underwear, from decorative materials to hotel supplies, from bicycle parts to hardware, from garden plants to pets, from foodstuffs to Chinese medicine, from seafood to vegetables, from hairdressing products to jade... challenge me on telling you where is the specializing market! ^^

And feel free to drop me a line if you visit Guangzhou, and we can try to arrange something out together!

I can offer my hosts:

I can teach written Chinese!
It's really not as difficult as you imagine, i promise you will be able to read (and probably write also) 20 characters within 20 mins (note that according to statistics to printed text, 80% of the content used only 600+ characters and to cover 90% of the content, it uses 900+ characters)!
I had hosted a weekly free Chinese course for 1 year (38 classes, except for big holidays) on CS, and would be more than happy to do this again in BW, when we have proper tools for events and have more members in this area.

I'm a good cook! Friends describe me as a terrific dumplings maker (Chinese dumplings). I'd be more than happy to cook at least one dinner and share with my host each place i stay, letting people know what is real Chinese food. I can at least teach how to make Chinese dumplings, which is easy, and tasty!

House Rules:
No drugs.

I have a name, PLEASE include my name - Sammie - when you send me a message, if you can't be bothered to read my profile and address me with a proper name then i can't be bothered to reply your message. I'm happy to make connection and help those who respect my time and work only.

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