so this will be Part I of an infinity number of lists i plan to compile. this can of course range from a list of "favorites" (books, movies, albums, foods etc.) to a list of ideals (men, vacations, etc.) to the the ol' mundane grocery list (hey, i need to write things down somewhere...hehe). so here goes...
My Top Ten Things to Do In My Lifetime
first, i just want to preface this with saying that some things i've always wanted to do i've been lucky enough to already achieve. for instance, i've always wanted to go ziplining and swim with sharks. well, if you read my Belize post...check. and check. not that i wouldn't want to do those things again...but this is a list of things that STILL NEED TO BE DONE in my lifetime. also, "things to do" don't necessarily equate to "crazy adventure-y stuff" but can be simple dreams too (see # 9). and lastly, this is my top ten for now...it can and will change as something is achieved...or if the dream just doesn't seem that important any more.
1. Visit my parents hometown
Both my parents were both born in Southern China, outside the city of Guangzhou. My dad immigrated to the U.S. as an 8-year old kid; my mom moved to Hong Kong prior to immigrating to the U.S. via Canada as a 16 year old. although we've taken two family vacations to China, we have not yet ventured into the villages they were born in. i know that this is a dream of my parents too so i hope to share this experience with them.
2. Go Skydiving
Back in 2001, i had planned a trip with some girlfriends from work to go skydiving on Long Island. Unfortunately, we had planned to go the week after September 11...needless to say, none of us had the desire (or the guts) to throw ourselves out of a plane after all the trauma we endured during that terrible time. however, i am ready now and am looking for jumping partner...preferably one who won't let me chicken out before the doors open!
3. Become a Mother
This "goal" is a little out of my control...but i hope it happens...
4. Play tennis at Wimbeldon
Okay, I am not even close to good enough to step onto Wimbledon's fabled centre court BUT i am an ardent tennis fan and despite my poor serve, it's the sport i truly love playing. so although one of my dreams is to attend a Wimbeldon final and have a bowl of strawberries & cream, i think it would be so KICK ASS to get a chance to play on one of their grass courts, hit a backhand down the line and pretend to scream in victory!!! oh, and preferably play with a hot pro on the other side of the net. but i probably shouldn't dream too much.
5. Explore the Galapagos Islands
it has been my dream to travel to the place where Darwin founded his theory on evolution. anyone who knows me will be quick to say that science is not my best subject. but my inner geek has always wanted go, learn about its unique ecosystem, and maybe play with seals...
6. Start my own business
This is my practical goal. I have no idea what my Big Idea is going to be yet...but I think running my own business--be it a consulting firm or a nonprofit org-- may become my most rewarding professional accomplishment.
7. Sing in a cabaret lounge
no, not a karoake lounge...a cabaret lounge. i am not a great singer (although i pretend to be one in my shower) but singing old school gershwin or cole porter tunes at a piano lounge would be a weird fantasy come true... let's just hope i don't break any ear drums.
8. Hike the grand canyon with my brother
five years ago, i was looking down into towards the colorado river deep inside the grand canyon and thought-- my bro and i should totally hike down there together. it will be grueling, but will make for an amazing sibling-bonding experience. you see, my bro feels as if he's been hampered in his life from doing fun, outdoorsy activities due to our over-protective and conservative parents. we're totally different people, but in those rare opportunities we've gone hiking-- its been a pretty good time. so as pseudo-independent adults, i'd like the chance to do this some place very idyllic and american like the grand canyon or yellowstone...
9. Find my elementary school crush
Okay, I'm a dork. but i've always wanted to find this guy i had a crush on in 5th grade...he was my first REAL CRUSH and it would be kinda fun (and awkward) to see what he looks like now and maybe, oh i don't know...have dinner and get married...okay, just kidding about my marriage part. maybe.
10. Write a book
this is a pipe dream i've nursed since i won a writing contest in 5th grade. sadly, i have not much to show since then asides from a crap journal and this silly blog. i'd love to do a series of travel essays...or write a comic memoir about my dysfunctional (but loving) family...
10 + 1. (hee, i couldn't stop at 10) Learn to Tango in Argentina
Remember that scene in "Scent of a Woman" where a blind Al Pacino tangoes in a restaurant with a stranger? Yea, me too. its a good scene. and the tango is one of those Great Passionate Dances that i must learn...in Argentina. preferably after a really good steak dinner. i hear they have really good meat there...mmm...meat...