My Bucket List

When I was in a vacation last October 2012, a friend of mine told me that our vacation somehow made me cross out some of the things in my bucket list so I decided to finally put into writing those stuffs that I wanted to do and somehow aiming to do. As a result, here's my bucket list and I am hoping to fulfill if not all at least most of this one at a time.

*in no particular order*

50. Collect national dolls
I guess when you are a girl you tend to be raised by your parents playing dolls. 
The same holds true with me- a typical story actually but I grew fond of it finally 
wanting to have a collection of dolls from different countries.

I started collecting dolls at 2003 when I went to Thailand and continue
collecting up to present. So far, I have dolls from Thailand, China, Hong Kong, 
Japan and Singapore however those dolls  from China, Hong Kong and
Singapore looks almost the same. Moreover, I only bought miniature Japanese 
dolls because the one with the normal doll size is too expensive. :(

49. Have a picnic at the park

48. Finish reading the bible 

47. Make smores

Taken last April 29, 2013 at Laiya, Batangas
I never really imagined that I will be doing smores during our intern's outing.
I sort of thought of doing it with family or relatives. Nonetheless,
after cooking our barbeque and other meat my friends and I decided to make
our own version of smores before having our late night bonding or
kwentuhan. Fun and yummy!! 
46. Lie in the snow and capture that moment

45. See a broadway show in London or NYC

44. Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve

43. See the Niagara falls

42. Visit Vatican City 

41. Play golf, archery or ice skating

40. Do zumba (or better yet aqua zumba)

39. Take my family to USA

38. Pass the Physician's Licensure exam on first take

37. See and play with kangaroo

36. To watch/ swim with the dolphins

35. See the Eiffel Tower

34. Watch the sunset

33. Have a walk in closet

32. Learn and try surfing
Taken last October 2012 at San Narciso, Zambales
My friends and I had our vacation.
We purchased a promo vacation tour which included free surfing classes
for an hour for 2 days. I may not be very good with this sport...
But I enjoyed it a lot! :D

31. Have a photo of me painted

30. Ride a cruise

29. Save a life
Taken last June 2012 at SJDH Blood bank
I am on duty and a private patient of my consultant needed to undergo
blood transfusion for her hemoglobin was 7 mg/dL already
(Lowest acceptable hgb limit: 10 mg/dL).
She's a Jehova and it was against their belief to undergo blood transfusion.
She was persuaded by her partner to undergo transfusion since she might die if
she continuously refuse. However, they can hardly find a blood donor thus a day
had passed without her being transfused. Her attending physician was worried
already and my senior resident tell the incident to me. I asked what her blood type is
and since we have the same blood type I volunteered to donate.
The donation was successful and she received the blood
immediately after. Prior to discharge her hemoglobin was recorded at 12 mg/dL.

28. Watch a play
Taken last 2011 at RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
I was fond of going to Ayala Makati for comfort and leisure.
One of the  memorable moments that I shared with Makati is when Rent
was shown at RCBC Plaza 3 days prior to the start of my clerkship.
It was a fun filled and relaxing day after all.
27. Achieve my ideal body weight

26. Attend a 9 week St. Jude novena for 9 consecutive weeks
September 19, 2013 at National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus
I have attended a couple of thursday novenas on this church since 2009 but
I was never able to complete it for 9 weeks ever. But today, on the same
date of the Chinese MidAutumn Festival 2013, I was also able to complete
 the 9 week novena of National Shrine of St. Jude. Wee! :) Hopefully from
this day forward I will be able to complete more 9 weeks novena. 

25. Visit Singapore
Taken last 2012 at Merlion Park, Singapore
I have always wanted to visit Singapore because of its good publicity
regarding its cleanliness and great science labs and work area.
Being there is such a privileged- from their delicious spicy foods
(chili crabs are so delicious), clean suburbs, well organized transport
system (their subway trains and hop in- hop out buses are so efficient),
high end automobiles up to their disciplined citizens, a Filipino will be amazed
by how they managed to be great. I am so much thankful for my parents'
provisions and considering Singapore as a destination of choice.
I would  definitely go back there someday.

24. Watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics

23. Walk in the great wall of China

22. Ride a ferry to go somewhere
Taken last Summer 2009 at Super Ferry
Woot! Woot! First time!
We are going to Coron, Palawan for a Medical Mission/R&R
and since we cannot find a flight that is quite affordable for us
we decided to take the ferry instead. Yey!
We traveled for almost 24 hours and saw dolphins
and other sea creatures along the way.
Cool trip indeed.

21. Scuba dive

20. See Banaue Rice Terraces/ any wonders of the world

19. Feed a giraffe
Taken last 2005 at Calauit Safari Park, Palawan
Our Palawan experience was definitely an experience for me.
A lot of first time had happened.
Aside from my first time riding a ferry; it also gave me the chance
of feeding a giraffe and having a photo near a zebra.
We also visited the island where Survivor Philippines was taped
and climbed a mountain (another first time) as well. 

18. Ride a bullet train in Japan

17. Travel abroad with friends
Taken last 2008 at Osaka, Japan
My thesis partner and I went to Japan to represent our thesis at the
poster presentation in the 22nd Asean Association of Biological Education.
We also meet Blythe's sister who tour us around Japan.

16. Dance with my husband

15. Learn Mandarin Chinese

14. Write a letter to someone who inspired me
I just gave a card to a friend who inspire me before his graduation last 2007

13. Text someone for straight 24 hours
Circa 2007.
Oh well... Those were the days.
... but I hope I'll be able to fulfill this bucket list item again sometime...
I'll document it better. (:

12. Have my own house or car

11. Attend a Muslim wedding

10. Have a no hassle birthday party

09. Receive a bouquet
Taken last 2013 at Manila Hotel
White roses bouquet given by my orgmates. 
Not only did my orgmates helped me tick this off my bucket list, 
they also successfully surprise me. Thank you very much!

08. Watch UAAP cheer dance competition live: see blog entry here
September 15, 2013 at SM Mall of Asia Arena
This is indeed a momentous moment for me.
Having been able to cheer for my alma mater and do it with my
two best buds. I am indeed a very happy and lucky lady.
07. Cinema at the Park
Photo taken last March 09, 2014 at Bonifacio High Street
The British Embassy of Manila organized a 3 day event to showcase
the different culture, traditions as well as land marks or historic places in
Great Britain. One of their programs for the event is showing of
British or British inspired films.

Watching a movie in a park has been one of my most wanted bucket list since the
M2M days; but although simple this is not usually done in the Philippines so it took
me so long to tick it off. Finally!!!  Lucky for me that a friend of mine invited me
to go there and we are able to watch Notting Hill… I am just one happy kid.

06. Ride an elephant in Thailand

05. Travel alone
Taken last 2003 at Bangkok, Thailand
Left photo: riding an tuktuk, Right photo: at Wah Phra Kaew
Actually, I did not travel alone as in all by myself
however, this tour was the first time that I traveled without
my family, relatives or with any close friends. I went to Bangkok
to join a lakbay-aral program of our school and since
this is my first trip abroad- this is also my first ride in an airplane.
So, alone+airplane+Thailand= happiness and experience. :)

04. Marry at St. James the Great church

03. Visit Venice and have a boat road in the Grand Canal

02. Visit Disneyland (hopefully in LA)

01. Dance in the rain

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