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Wanderlust Wendy

Bucket List

As a typical Type-A Asian, I like lists. Strangely, I never kept a running list of all the things I ever wished to do in life. Over the years, I add to this list when ideas arise, then I don’t revisit. But I’ve found that I somehow find a way to steadily checks off items here without intentionally chasing after them. The act of putting an idea out there is enough for my subconscious mind to run after it!

Travel-related 

✔ Ride the Central Park carriage | August, 2012
✔ Road-trip through California wine country – visited Napa Valley | August, 2014
✔ See a panda in real life – Visited Chengdu’s Panda Park | September, 2014
✔ Spend a year of my life to take an around-the-world trip – not quite a year, visited Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France, United States, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile | June, 2018 – February, 2019
✔ Climb the Great Wall of China | May, 2018
Ride the Trans-Siberian Rail | July, 2018
✔ See penguins in Antarctica – saw them in Ushuaia, Argentina. Close enough, and less carbon footprint | December, 2018

  • Live on six continents (no Antarctica) – still need South America & Australia
  • Go sailing.
  • Live in Paris and work at a café
  • Ride on a hot air balloon
  • Learn how to really ski & go ski in the Alps
  • Attend the Olympic Games
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Visit the pyramids in Sudan

Other Life Experiences

✔ Learn to paint – realised we all have our inner creativity, and doesn’t need to be taught. Painted in a studio for the first time. | December, 2014
✔ Run a half marathon – completed my first half marathon in Inner Mongolia | July, 2016
✔ Go on a yoga retreat – attended an 8-day yoga retreat in Kerala, India | September, 2016
✔ Learn to code and build an app – attended Le Wagon’s 9-week coding bootcamp | April, 2018 
✔ Work on an organic from – via Workaway | February, 2019

  • Learn to play the violin
  • Work in a boulangerie as an apprentice
  • Learn to make macarons
  • Become a mother
  • Own a café & build a community
  • Become a photographer where people pay me for my service
  • Find a way to make money with my blog
  • Live a locational independent lifestyle
  • Pick fruit in Australia
  • Work on a coffee farm
  • Learn to really play tennis
  • Take photography classes
  • Learn graphic design
  • Become a yoga instructor
  • Learn to play the violin
  • Play in an orchestra
  • Write a book

Shanghai Specific

  • Afternoon tea at The Langham Hotel
  • Have a drink at the The Puli Hotel – this keeps popping up on various lists as a neat boutique hotel to visit
  • Visit Jing’an Temple beyond the shopping bits
  • Shanghai Confucian Temple
  • Shanghai Chedun Film Park – apparently the set of most Old Shanghai films these days.

✔ Walk along the Bund when it’s a.) light outside and b.) not freezing cold.
✔ XuJiaHui Cathedral
✔ Properly explore TianZiFung again
✔ Try out one (or all) of these all-you-can-eat dim sum places for brunch.
✔ See a show at the Shanghai Grand Theatre
✔ Relax and see a few trees (actually not easy to do in Shanghai) in Fuxing Park
✔ Properly check out Zhongshan park, and not just go to the shops around it…
✔ Shanghai Symphony
✔ A proper night out in one of these big Shanghai night clubs – Mint, Apartment, etc. (I can’t believe I actually need to put this on a bucket list. What has my life come to…)
✔ Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center – for someone who is interested in media, this is a must, no?
50 Moganshan Road – known for its contemporary art scene
✔ Shanghai Urban-planning Museum