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!


✔ 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

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