Fun facts about me

  1. I’m a real “Frankfurter Mädsche” – a “Frankfurt Girl” – that’s how they call a girl who was born in Frankfurt.
  2. I used to be addicted to salsa dancing.
  3. For me, there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.
  4. I once rode on the back of a truck to the Tibetan side of Mt. Everest Base Camp (5,500 m).
  5. I didn’t want to have children of my own for ecological reasons, but then adopting was too complicated.
  6. I have a list called “Signs I’m growing up”. It has things in it like, “First grey hair” and “Started shaving my armpit hair.”
  7. I created a calendar every year for a while and sent it to my clients. The first calendar was about dogs from behind.
  8. I haven’t done any sports for 30 years.
  9. I am a synesthete. I see letters, numbers and musical notes with colours.
  10. I was one of three women in the advanced maths course and the only one in the first computer science course of our high school.
  11. I don’t have a car driving licence.
  12. I remember well when a boy in my class said to me in front of everyone: “Tit-fucking. But that doesn’t work with yours.” I therefore think that communication training in schools makes sense.
  13. As a child, I always wanted to be blonde and blue-eyed.
  14. I wore a perm for 3 years.
  15. I speak 3.5 languages: German, Spanish, English and some basic Mandarin.
  16. When people ask me where I come from, my short answer is “Frankfurt”. My long answer is: “I was born in Frankfurt’s Marien Hospital and went to school in Offenbach. We then moved to Langen, 15 km south of Frankfurt, where I grew up. My mother comes from Taiwan and my father from Southern China. They met in Heidelberg.”
  17. I did an Executive MBA at Germany’s best business school.
  18. I often feel insecure and I think insecure persons should be more accepted.
  19. I love to learn new things!
  20. I don’t like beer.
  21. As a schoolgirl, I wanted to go to India and work in an orphanage. But my mother didn’t allow me to go, because she thought it was too dangerous.
  22. My favourite neighbourhood in Frankfurt is the international railway station district.
  23. As a child, I devoured Heinz Sielmann wildlife documentaries and wanted to become a wildlife filmmaker.
  24. I often wear black clothes because it’s uncomplicated.
  25. I am a fun and pleasure person. I love delicious food, people with a sense of humour and also, from time to time, just doing nothing.
  26. I only wanted to get married when I would have children. Because, if I like being with someone I don’t need an official status.
  27. I’ve been wearing Chucks since I was 15.
  28. I lived in Jimei, China, for a year when I was 15 and studied Chinese language and calligraphy.
  29. In Jimei, I was often a head taller than the local men. I was told that I would never find a man who would marry me.
  30. After graduating from high school, I lived in Beijing for a year and studied Chinese language and ink painting. I enjoyed riding the bicycle in a sea of cyclists. Until then, I had only seen it on television.
  31. I studied communication design at the university in Darmstadt.
  32. I did my practical semester in Taipei and worked there on the design of a trade fair stand for China Airlines. Afterwards, I travelled through Japan and China for a few months.
  33. When I visited a public bathhouse in Japan, for the first time in my life, I felt I perfectly blended in with my environment.
  34. I have lived in Barcelona, Spain, for 4 years and studied fine arts and later worked in design studios. I still carry the sun from that time inside me.
  35. I haven’t had a TV for 25 years.
  36. I love hiking. My longest hike was 6 days in Tibet during the rainy season.
  37. I don’t smoke and never did.
  38. In order to lose fear, I do things I’m afraid of. For example, I joined a diving club when I was a teenager, because I didn’t swim very well. Since then, I am no longer afraid of deep water. My fear of heights has become less since I go rock climbing from time to time. I am in a public speaking club to reduce my fear of speaking in front of people. A few years ago, I was voted best speaker in a debate duel.
  39. I hate to throw away food and often carry a container with me to take along my leftovers.
  40. Sleep is medicine, prevention and pleasure for me.
  41. I often feel guilty when I see the poor living conditions of other people in the world.
  42. My father earned above average, but he didn’t wanted to spoil us. We grew up with second-hand clothes and furnitures that were discarded on the streets. At the beginning, I wasn’t given pocket money like everyone else in my class. I needed to earn it: I got 10 pennies for each page that I filled with Chinese characters. When I asked for money to pay for school trips or sports club fees, it was very stressful. My father would tell me over and over again: “You only live to ask for my money. Earn it yourself!” Hence, I never gave my membership application for the handball club to my father and I joined the club several years without being registered. For many years, it was hard for me to ask for money, and for many years I felt I don’t deserve it.
  43. I love travelling through a country as a backpacker using public transport, because it gives me a more intense experience of the country and its people.
  44. I have a stronger sense of belonging in an international group than in a culturally homogeneous group.
  45. I eat very slowly because otherwise I can’t taste the food.
  46. When people ask me what I like to eat, I always say “something tasty”. Because something can be prepared tasty or not tasty.
  47. I’m very good at simplifying complex things visually.
  48. I have won international design awards for my work and have worked a lot to get them. Now I often forget that I have them.
  49. I like to watch arthouse films and read thrillers, crime novels or entertaining non-fiction.
  50. I rarely go to concerts, although I like music a lot.
  51. My first primary school certificate stated: “Shau Chung likes to sing and dance”.
  52. My sports teacher told me that I danced “like a peasant”. After that, I discarded the plan to become a member of a dance club. After 10 years, I didn’t care anymore and took dance lessons again.
  53. I was one of two students in my class who were selected for the school choir at an audition. However, I didn’t join the choir, because I didn’t like the teacher and because there were only “nerds”.
  54. I took piano lessons for a few years, but never got enthusiastic about Mozart and Beethoven. Until I discovered jazz and new music. But by then I had given up already.
  55. As a child, I dreamed of a car-free world with public transport criss-crossing the world like paternosters.
  56. I don’t want to experience only the beautiful, wholesome things about a person. I also want to know about the not-so-beautiful, vulnerable, dark sides of a person. That’s what makes a person for me.
  57. I always want to know WHY something is happening or has happened and the reason WHY something needs to be done.
  58. I once was able to identify all local birds by their song.
  59. I have been a member of Junior Chamber International since 2009. Since 2020, I have the Senator status, the highest honour for outstanding contributions to the organisation.
  60. I am a member of the Frankfurt Working Group for Family Members of Individuals Living With Mental Illness and advise family members on a voluntary basis.
  61. I started reducing my waste a few years ago. I buy more at the weekly market and also at the supermarket I try to buy things without packaging. I reuse the plastic and paper bags from the market, bakery, etc. or bring my own containers. I have also tried making my own washing-up liquid and washing my hair with rye flour. Both with not so great results, so I’m currently still sticking to ready-made products. Someday I’ll try again.
  62. I did a 6-month communication course for parents.
  63. I travelled from Moscow to Beijing in 7 days on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
  64. For a while, I crocheted personalised penis dolls. First as gifts for friends, later as commissioned jobs.
  1. I created and sold notebooks with pornographic titles in different languages because I wanted to encourage everyone to spend time on their passions.
  2. My motto is “live and let live”.
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By Shau Chung Shin

I am a designer, businesswoman and founder of HAHAHA Global and Gesund in MeinerStadt. I develop solutions and products that encourage an open and positive approach to taboos. In doing so, I contribute to a healthier and more peaceful world.

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