Chester

From: Singapore

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Uruguay, Venezuela

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    Travel dates

    17/08/2016 - 18/12/2024

  • number of facebook friends

    Nº of Facebook friends

    419

  • Badges

    Explorer
    Top Workawayer
    Facebook verified

  • Description

    I'm a 25-year-old writer from Singapore who's been on the road for 33 months now. Constantly searching for grand hikes and grander people. People who ask real questions. People who feed my mind.

    I've walked, hiked, cycled, hitchhiked, and worked across various countries and five continents.

    I'm a published short story writer (UK & SG), the owner of an independent literary journal, a creative storyteller, brand enthusiast, social content creator, and copywriter.

    I used to be a copywriter in an integrated creative agency as well as a private English tutor to primary school kids before leaving to wander. I've taught kids of different nationalities including other native speakers and have experience with special needs kids with ADD. My last stint was in a language school in Puebla, México. I've also taught Mandarin Chinese in BUAP, one of the best universities in the south of México.

    But.
    I'm also a global hitchhiker, hiking nomad, international dog-walker, amateur bartender, Britcom addict, avid reader, amateur political observer, culture junkie, and language enthusiast.

    I'm all about balance, meaningful connections, good energy and finding the ability to relate.

    I live with the locals as much as possible and have learned to see with different lenses and embrace varying perspectives. I stubbornly try to be part of the family/community wherever I go and most of the friendships I've found and families I've created on the road are a direct result of this.

    I've always traded what I had with others in order to get what I needed in that moment. Most of my possessions are gifts, and I in turn gift them to others in exchange for another gift, token or memory. I'm made up of all the people I've met.

    I'd describe myself as a free-spirited semi-dork who never takes himself too seriously except at fancy dress parties where I always go as Captain Peacock from AYBS.

    Lover of bad banter, pseudo-intellectual chats about race, consciousness, and the reason my ex broke up with me via text, and Would You Rathers. Also, brace yourself for cringey and uncomfortable personal questions because I'm blind to lines especially on the first date.

    I live and let live, have been told I'm chill and grounded, and always keen to muck in with the rest. Politics is always appropriate, even while I'm on the toilet, provided you get it started. (I know, that was pretty dope)

    Love a good rave but am completely pleased connecting with my spiritual side amidst nature or in isolation as well. Am very happy with my own company except when stood up on a date.

    Stalk me on Instagram at @_inclined because it's completely appropriate and not NSFW.

    Anyway, I speak English (first language), 中文 (Mandarin Chinese), Cantonese & am semi-coherent in Hokkien. Learning Spanish at the moment while driving pretty much all of Latin America giddy.

    I am reasonably active and resentfully committed to my personal fitness. I practice calisthenics everyday, am an avid hiker, and love all sorts of outdoor and water activities. Will be attempting to get my wilderness guide certification in Patagonia this year (2019) if I don't blow all my money in secondhand shops.

    I've done pretty much everything along my journey; writing, teaching English and Mandarin, gardening, landscaping, painting, carpentry, poultry care, dog-sitting and -walking, pet-sitting, house-sitting, vegetable farming, some cattle work, hospitality, driving, bartending, construction, barista-ing, housekeeping, household maintenance, serving, branding and marketing.

    Dear lord come to think of it I've even given a talk about Singapore's development strategies and urban planning philosophy in front of a lecture hall of 90 students and 10 faculty members in a university in México, by accident.
    Fun times.

    *ADDENDUM*

    Dogs love me because I bring them on hikes with me!

    I once managed a 12-bedroom guesthouse in Japan.

    I've taught English to American, Singaporean and Mexican kids.

    I've learned a decent bit of cocktailing and can hold myself behind most not-so-serious bars with a cocktail menu. Current cocktail count: 11

    I've worked on website design, social media content and management, photography, and branding for small businesses I've met on the road.

    I've volunteered at the front desk of both the best hostel in North America (2018) and one of the busiest hostels in The Americas.

    I've been a bartender, barista, server, and customer service representative in various countries/cultures. Read: I can fit in anywhere!

    I've driven across all of Canada coast to coast with three other travellers in a truck we had converted ourselves, while living in it for two months.

    I've been to and hiked in most of East and Southeast Asia, Australia and Tasmania, Canada and the States, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, all of Central America, and Western Europe. My next destination is all of South America.

    Whoever's reading this, get in touch if you feel like it, because from my experience, you'll never know what may come of it.

    Peace, hugs, and less assumptions.

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • What skills do you have?

    Writing
    Branding
    Content creation
    Smartphone photography
    Teaching English
    Dog-walking
    Bartending
    Serving
    Babysitting
    House-sitting
    Customer service
    Pet-sitting
    Gardening
    Housekeeping
    Painting
    Light carpentry
    Poultry and animal care
    Light maintenance
    Vegetable farming and harvesting
    Some cattle work

  • Languages spoken

    English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, semi-coherent in Hokkien, learning Spanish

  • Age

    26

  • Nationality

    Singaporean

  • What else ...

    I'm 5'9 174cm 140lbs 64kg.


    *️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️ Van life South America together? *️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️

    Qué pasa chicos! Espero que todo bien dónde están en la vida.

    In case the unnecessarily long subject title doesn't explain it well enough, I want to buy a van with at least two others and do all of South America, #vanlife style.

    The idea is to get to Patagonia just in time for the good season in November, smash it and continue towards the east of the continent up until Brazil. That's quite a bit of time from now to see everything between Venezuela and Argentina.

    It's gon be increíble chicos. Planning our route together over breakkie everyday, camping and fires with decent duvets bought from the secondhand shops, choosing which lake to dip in, which range to hike for days on end. Acid in the Andes? Cooking and dancing together surrounded by natural wonders...we'd take such unbelievable photos.

    We'll drive and camp in little colonial towns in the countryside of every South American country while sending it with other travellers as well, so don't think that we won't meet other travellers.

    The last time I did this was with a great crew crossing Canada over three months on 1500 dollars and it was the best 1500 I've ever spent in my life. We also get money back at the end when we sell everything.

    Get in touch if this sounds like you! Need another great crew so if you're a fuck-it-let's-do-it sort, por favor.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      No

    • Special dietary requirements
      Nope!

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