The List

It’s about time I actually wrote down the list of things I intend to do in my life.

(Others call it a bucket list. Sometimes I do, too. Some people call it their Life List. I like the sound of that. I’ll just call it my list.)

(I’ll probably keep updating and rearranging this.)


I wrote a short little thing after I had a conversation about why you put what you put in your list. What are your intentions? Here are mine:

  • Try local food and find out what it has to do with culture
  • Experience culture and find out how it affects food and everything else
  • See sights of historical significance
  • Appreciate the wonders of nature in that place
  • Personal Growth: experiences I dare myself to do and skills I push myself to learn

Okay. Here we go.


  • Eat buko pie in Laguna (completed 2001)
  • Eat longganisa in Vigan
  • Eat Cebu lechon in Cebu (completed August 2016)
  • Eat Tuna in General Santos (completed September 2010)
  • Eat sushi in Japan (completed November 2015)
  • Eat in Sukiyabashi Jiro
  • Have pho in Vietnam (completed 2012)
  • Have Vietnamese coffee in Vietnam (completed 2012)
  • Have spring rolls in Vietnam (completed 2012)
  • Have pad thai in Thailand (completed 2012)
  • Have Thai iced tea in Thailand (completed 2012)
  • Have pandan chicken in Thailand
  • Have satay in Malaysia (completed 2013)
  • Have teh tarik in Malaysia (completed 2013)
  • Eat chicken rice in Singapore (completed 2014)
  • Eat in Singaporean hawker stalls (completed 2014) 
  • Have xiaolongbao in China (completed October 2014)
  • Eat hotpot in China (completed October 2014)
  • Eat Peking duck in Beijing
  • Have steak in Australia
  • Have a bagel in New York
  • Have pizza in New York
  • Have croissants in Paris
  • Eat a baguette in Paris
  • Have pizza in Naples
  • Eat pasta in Italy
  • Have Jamican jerk in Jamaica
  • Have coffee in Ethiopia
  • Have chocolate in Madagascar


  • Travel Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (completed 2010)
  • See hot air balloons in Pampanga (completed 2009)
  • Party in Boracay (completed May 2013) – this counts as culture, right?
  • Visit a public bath (completed November 2015)
  • Visit an outdoor onsen
  • Ride a bike in Japan with the bell thing!
  • The light festival in Pingxi, Taiwan
  • Ride a bike in China (completed October 2014)
  • Stay in Marina Bay Sands and swim in the infinity pool
  • Experience the hot air balloons in Cappadoccia
  • Watch a Broadway show
  • Watch a West End show (completed May 2018)
  • Visit Walt Disney World (completed Sept 2018)
  • Do route 66
  • See the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Walk/hike hilly San Francisco streets
  • Ride the train thing in SanFo
  • Visit Florida and compare how hot it is haha (completed Sept 2018)
  • Experience winter in Chicago
  • See hot air balloons in Albaquerque
  • Walk across Abbey Road in London
  • Ride the train to European countries
  • See Eiffel Tower during daytime
  • See Eiffel Tower at night, too!
  • Actually, while we’re at it, go up to the top of Eiffel Tower
  • Ride a sled in Alaska


  • Visit Calle Crisologo in Ilocos
  • Visit Angkor Wat and other temples in Siem Reap (completed August 2012)
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China (completed October 2014)
  • See and enter the Forbidden City (completed October 2014)
  • See at least one Japanese Castle (completed November 2015)
  • See a European Castle (completed May 2018)
  • Visit Macchu Picchu
  • See the Pyramids of Giza


  • Experience Winter
  • Experience Autumn (completed October 2014)
  • Experience Spring (Seoul, April 2019)
  • Experience Summer in a country that has four seasons
  • See Pagsanjan Falls (completed 2009)
  • See the rolling hills in Batanes
  • See Mayon Volcano
  • See Mt. Pinatubo
  • See Taal Volcano (completed 1989)
  • Cross Taal Lake to get to the volcano
  • See the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Laguna
  • Go to the Underwater River in Palawan (completed February 2010)
  • See the Banaue Rice Terraces
  • See the Bangui windmills
  • See a Tarsier (completed November 2010)
  • See the Chocolate Hills (completed Nov 2010)
  • Visit Boracay (completed May 2013)
  • Go white water rafting in Cagayan De Oro (completed August 2010)
  • Experience sakura viewing in Japan
  • See Mt. Fuji (completed July 2017)
  • See a Panda (completed October 2014)
  • Hold a panda
  • See a kangaroo in Australia
  • See a koala in Australia
  • See the Southern Lights in Tasmania
  • See Hobbiton in New Zealand
  • Ride a camel in the Sahara
  • See Boabab trees in Madagascar
  • Sing parts of the Lion King soundtrack in North Africa


  • Go backpacking across more than one country (completed August 2012)
  • Go snorkelling (completed December 2008)
  • Go scuba diving (completed December 2008)
  • Go surfing (completed April 2013)
  • Ride a really small plane (completed February 2015)
  • Go ziplining (completed Apr [Davao], Aug[CDO], Sept[Soccsksargen] 2010)
  • Plan a trip for the family (completed 2010)
  • Plan a trip for someone else (completed 2013)
  • Travel solo (completed November 2015)
  • Fly first class
  • Stay in a five-star hotel
  • Eat in a Michellin Starred restaurant (apparently I’ve done this a lot already)
  • Ride a cruise ship
  • Ride a hot air balloon
  • Ride a helicopter
  • Go skydiving
  • Dye my hair blue
  • Travel solo (completed November 2015)
  • Travel for one month straight
  • Travel for 3 months straight
  • Travel for 6 months straight
  • Travel for one year
  • Go on an indefninte travel


  • Learn Japanese to survive and converse on a trip (tested in November 2015)
  • Learn French to survive and converse on a trip
  • Learn Spanish to survive and converse on a trip
  • Learn Bisaya to survive and converse on a trip
  • Speak at a conference
  • Get a location-agnostic job (started with Automattic in 2017)
  • Have a salary that supports continuous travel

One thought on “The List

  1. Hannah S. June 22, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Your Food list makes my mouth water! I, too, wish to drink all the Thai Iced Teas and Vietnamese Coffees when I visit in the future 🙂 I also love Teh Tarik and get my fill at Kopi Roti whenever I’m in NAIA Terminal 3 lol. For your Michelin-star experience, I hear Tim Ho Wan is one! Their baked pork buns are AMAZING.

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