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  Who Am I?
Smile Who am I?
Not a typical Ang Moh (caucasian) living in Singapore, but that's for you to find out. Although I dig IT stuff, I'm not a huge fan of Star Trek. I'm the decent-looking guy at the club dancing really smooth, but is just too shy to make advances. I'm the martial artist who drinks and smokes. I'm the Eagle Scout who dated a stripper. I'm the best-man at my buddy's wedding who sobbed when he did.

I'm the guy who finally got my Employment Pass after much hard work and perserverence. I'm also the one with an absurd sense of humor. I'm also the guy who likes to believe that I'm simple, but coming to believe I may be a bit complicated.

In a nutshell, I'm a 31 year old guy from ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - born and raised.
NAME: Craig S. Kiessling
DOB: Aug. 10th, 1972
HEIGHT: 5'8"
WEIGHT: 150 lbs.
HAIR: Short Brown
EYES: Dark Brown
STATUS: Single
LOCALE: Singapore

In the mist of huge life-changes. Turning 30 has had its effects on me I imagine, as here I am in Singapore, a world of ever-eye-opening-jaw-dropping experiences for a southern white boy. I've seen and experienced things here that have stolen my heart and I truly wish not to wake from this dream.
The details about my past are ELSEWHERE.

If you're interested in my professional life, take a look at my RESUME. I have had a thousand and one jobs, it seems like, since being of legal employable age; from shoe-shine boy to web application developer, I've skimmed through paychecks for quite some time - not something I'm entirely proud of, mind you - something that I hope this new era in my life will change.

What are my interests outside of work? Got some time? LOL! There are a great many things that pique my interest to some degree...What has been a major "thing" with me for a pretty long time are the martial arts, and specifically Chinese Martial Arts. From that has since sprung up interests in philosophy, both eastern and western, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Qigong - or Chi Kung, History (World-wide), various what I will call "Self-Empowering Methods," religious and spiritual discussions, texts, beliefs, practices, symbolisms, etc.. And yes, there are even more things...

Pluck out a grain of sand in the time of my thus-far life, and in it I could be found one of many things: reading, writing, dancing, shooting pool, swimming, meditating, eating, sleeping, exercising, laughing, acting like a fool, listening to music, making love, watching people, hiking, camping, caving, rock-climbing, pondering, smoking, drinking, or any of a great many other things...But one thing that I have learned...Is that for whoever looks upon me at some point in my life - they will judge, they will think they understand my mind, heart, intentions, hopes, worries and dreams - and unfortunately I've learned that most of them have been very wrong. These people have been strangers as well as friends and family. Were that not enough, they often pass these judgements and assumptions on to others as the truth. So Mr. or Ms. Reader - Please don't screw up and make assumptions of me or anyone else you encounter - ASK, with a true and genuine heart and you will learn what you want to know of the person in truth.

OK. Enough of that.

What about media favorites? What kinds of music, movies, and books do I enjoy? Music...To be honest, I enjoy all kinds of music - although I can only stand short bits of Country, Opera, and teen-Pop or Bubble-Gum Pop, but I could listen to acoustic bands for hours. R & B, Alternative, Hip-Hop, Rock (including Modern, Southern, Classic, etc. but not Speed Metal crap), Ska, Reggae, Latin, Jazz, Soft Rock, Trance...It depends on my mood, what I'm doing, etc.

Movies...Just before Singapore, in Portaland, Oregon, I saw a butt-load of movies, such as part two of the Lord of The Rings, Final Destination, Kate & Leopold, Roadtrip, and many others. Since I've been in Singapore, I've seen Hero, Shanghai Knights, 8 Mile, The Ring, and Meet Joe Black. That should give you some idea that my likes are as varied as they are in regards to music, although I gotta say that Jet Lee's (Lee Jian Jie) Hero is now pretty tops in my mind (not harming Lord of The Rings, of course) :). But yes, I like adventure, comedy, documentaries, action, fantasty, all kinds - I even like some "tear-jerkers."

Books I am a bit more choosy in - although during the past couple of years I've broadened my reading selection. It use to be that I would only read for informative or inspirational purposes. It could have been a piece of fiction, but only because the author educated the reader of something I was interested in. But since I've become interested in writing myself, I've opened up my selection a bit more, to see why these guys are getting published - what techniques they used and so on - and to my surprise, they have also been quite fun to read too. Some of what I've read...

This will be updated once I have my books with me again (I'm in Singapore & they are in the U.S.A.)

The Dark Towers Trilogy - Stephen King

A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer

The Lost Boy - Dave Pelzer

The Man Who Tried To Save The World - Scott Anderson

One Door Away From Heaven - Dean Koontz

The Rescue - Nicholas Sparks

A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan - Carlos Castaneda

The ColdFusion 4.0 Web Application Construction Kit - Ben Forta

Diary Of A Drug Fiend - Aleister Crowley

Karma - Mitchell Smith

Blue Light - Walter Mosley

Hatha Yoga - Hatha Yoga Society

The Stranger Beside Me - Ted Bundy - Ann Rule

Journey To Ixtlan - Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power - Carlos Castaneda

Designing with JavaScript: Creating Dynamic WebPages - Nick Heinle

The Execution of Mayor Yin - Chen, Jo-hsi

Chou En-Lai: China's Gray Eminence - Kai-Yu Hsu

Other favs:
My college days were in Athens, Georgia, at the University of Georgia. I can remember in the beginning, when I was living in the dormitories - I had made some good friends and we would always eat in the Dining Halls. There was a small fee tacked onto your tuition fee, and then you got an access card into the halls. You basically could go in at anytime that they were open, and eat all that you wanted. Oh, yes... I love the "All You Can Eat!"

Anyway, as my college friends can attest to, I would eat like a horse. And of course in the mornings and also frequently for lunch I would start off with a couple of bowls of cereal...and then move on to the real food. I loved the cereal, because they were all of the name brand goodies. My family was never too well off, so I was use to eating those little $1 cheap-o puff cereals.

Cap'n Crunch I would load up with some Capn Crunch...And say to the guys as I sat down "My friends, life is tough. Your friends will let you down. Your girlfriend and even your family might let you down...But...But The Captain The Captain, he won't let you down. Yeah - I guess you had to be there, but the Capn just brings back a lot of good memories of the ole college days!

Me working with a student of mine Jason, Myself, & Kevin at CJ's Landing in Buckhead