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. I recently found a partial list in an old journal, and I did in fact did a few of the items. Wish I had started keeping one of these complete lists from a few years ago, because by now, I could have crossed off quite a few! Alas, better late than never. As I enter a new phase of my life, it’s time for some fresh ideas. Here we go, in no particular order:

  • Live on six continents (no Antarctica) – still need South America & Australia
  • Speak six languages – still need two more, Spanish & Portuguese? 
  • Spend a year of my life to take an around-the-world trip (Countries to see: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic, Russia, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Go sailing.
  • Live in Paris and work at a café
  • Become a yoga instructor
  • Master the Scorpio yoga pose
  • See penguins in Antarctica
  • Learn to play the violin
  • Write a book
  • Ride on a hot air balloon
  • Learn how to really ski & go ski in the Alps
  • Go to Russia and take the Trans Siberian Express
  • Attend the Olympic Games
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Rail
  • Climb the Great Wall of China
  • Work on an organic from
  • Pick fruit in Australia
  • Work on a coffee farm
  • Learn to really play tennis
  • Take photography classes
  • Learn graphic design
  • Visit the pyramids in Sudan
  • Learn to code & build an App
  • 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

✔ 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
✔ 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 5k, then a 10k, then if I am really brave, 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

Shanghai Specific

  • Shanghai Museum of Glass
  • Afternoon tea at The Langham Hotel – my sister worked here for a while so I’ve heard a lot, and supposedly it’s a great place to experience a piece of Old Shanghai.
  • Have a drink at the The Puli Hotel – this keeps popping up on various lists as a neat boutique hotel to visit
  • Shanghai Urban Planning Museum – went in for a quick stroll this past weekend, but didn’t have a proper look since we didn’t pay attention to the closing time…
  • 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