Life’s To-do list.

27 04 2013

Dear World,

I took sometime off from studying to do this. I made a long life To-do list, including all aspirations, places I want to travel to, books I want to read, concepts I want to understand etc. The list is not exhaustive but I think it is a great way to know what I want to accomplish in life.     Like I said the list is not exhaustive, and while there are only 150 things on it, I’m sure it will get longer as I get more inspiration but I just thought I would share with you this list first. I promise to share the experiences I have as they happen while I cross off all the activities on this list.


I know it sounds a lot like a bucket list but I refuse to use that kind of language.. ‘bucket list’. No, it sounds passive and wishful. ‘To-do’ has a more active connotation, encouraging one to take initiative in controlling one’s life. May be I’m particular but that’s my opinion on the whole ‘bucket list’ situation.


Anyways, here is my list. I hope you all make one of your own and share your experiences too.

My Life todo list:

1. Write a Novel

2. Record an album

3. Skydrive

4. Work at the Zoo

5. Undergraduate Research Project

6. Couchsurf ( at least once)

7. Do a public open mic

8. Write a script

9. Busk

10. learn to Bar tend

11. Cross Campus Public Performances

12. Visit Costa Rica

13. Spend a year in Italty

14. Plant a tree

15. Get below 65kg

16. Swim the English Channel

17. Visit the Lourve

18. Paint

19. Visit Cheyenne, Wyoming

20. Go to a ‘Fun’ concert

21. See Russell Peters stand up comedy

22. Visit the Bahamas

23. Meet Jane Goodall in person

24. Go to build a bear ( and actually build a bear)

25. Actually go clubbing

26. Read ‘Mother Courage’ by Brecth

27. Learn Italian

28. Find someone to teach you latin

29.Visit Rwanda

30. Wear my group costume and walk down Orchard Road

31. Learn to sew

32.Visit the dead sea

33. Watch a show on broadway

34. Work with NOAA

35. Learn the acutal raindance

36. Read ‘Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister’

37. Ride a hot air ballon

38. Take a night boat ride

39. Watch the sun rise

40. Slap Justin Bieber for making annoying music ( and
get into the press for it)

41. Learn to Salsa

42. Record a duet with Sascha

43. Try to make that spagetthi sausage thing I saw

44. Visit Shakespear’s globe theatre

45. Watch an Arsenal match in person

46. Get an article into Rookiemag

47.Go see the Northern Lights ( not that ‘line of
green’ like you did the last time)

48. Read the 2012 International Symposium on

49. Learn to gallop on a horse

50. Work in wine country

51. Play softball

52. Work in an aquarium

53. Spend a month in Tasmania

54. Learn to bake cupcakes from stractch

55. Parasail

56. Attend Gay-Pride in West Hollywood

57. Do a split

58. Learn to sail

59. Read ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown

60. Dye hair some outrageous colour like green or
purple or velvet red

61. Do an up-cycling project

62. Cycle the whole stretch of East Coast Park

63. Sing at a wedding (and get paid)

64. Road trip around the USA

65. Learn to Hula Dance

66. Attend a real Luau

67. Start a puzzle musuem

68. Join a Wine club

69. Join a book club

70. Learn to play the flute

71. Learn to surf

72. Learn how to make Angel’s cake

73. Learn to rock climb

74. Make a short film

75. Try spoken word

76. Work as a DJ

77. Try Stand up comedy

78. Play tug of war with a tiger

79. Go camping

80. Get a tattoo

81. Go to California

82. Visit the Congress library and check out a book

83. Backpack Europe

84. Attend a workshop at ITI

85. Understand ‘String Theory’

86. Learn to make wine ( customised wine)

87. Read Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’

88. Live on a beach

89. Spend a holiday on one of the Dubai islands

90. Attempt the tour de France

91. Learn to rap

92. Watch the full series of ‘Switched at Birth’

93. Learn Sign language

94. Write a short story

95. Learn Photoshop

96. Learn to ride a motorbike

97. Write an article for National Geographic

98. Do biology/ conservation field work

99. Put up a piece of public art

100. Work in a wildlife reserve in Australia

101. Write a poem

102. Learn to play ‘Love me Tender’ by Norah Jones on
the guitar

103. Read ‘Eat Pray Love’

104. Understand the fundamentals of urban ecology

105. Learn to make Jewellery

106. Read ‘The Philosopher’s Apprentice’ by James

107. Pet a lion

108. Carry a (baby) Orang Utan

109. Hike up Mount Kinabalu

110. Read ‘The Hunger Games’

111. Meet ‘Kid President’

112. Meet Ellen Degeneres

113. Watch Monster’s University

114. Learn to scarpbook

115. Visit Cambodia

116. Meet Greg’s girlfriend, Chealsea

117. Learn to braid hair

118. Donate hair to ‘Hair for Hope’

119. Do a cycling marathon

120. Work as a waitress

121. Finish French Wordsearch

122. Take part in a suduko challenge

123. Take a song writing class

124. Rescue a beached Whale

125. Go to a hoedown

126. Attend a block party

127. Learn Archery

128. Take a course in Architechture

129. Pick up a guy at a bar

130. Learn video editing

131. Fly a model plane

132. Visit a jazz bar

133. Try to remix/arrange music

134. join/ Start an acapella group

135. Visit the White House

136. Take a mime class

137. Try Modeling

138. Visit the Germany Country Side

139. Visit an African Safari

140. Perform in a musical

141. Go for a flower arrangement class

142. Try a stuntvault

143. String a Lei

144. Be an extra in a movie

145. Do beach cleaning

146. Visit the Great Wall of China

147. Go to Disney World

148. Make a time capsule

149. Do Batik Painting

150. Visit Hogwarts Theme Park





Story draft?

5 04 2013


Ok I needed to write something. I was not sure what was going to come out of this but it looks like a scene from a potential story. Might work on this but first, what do you guys think?


Maryanne turned to see Jacob slouching against the wall, he’s eyes a blank, his glass empty. She watched as his chest raised and fell as he sighed and proceeded to make his way to the bar. He poured himself another scotch, the forth one of the night. He took the shot quickly and paused. It was clear that Jacob didn’t register the loud music, the dirty dancing, the noise of social interaction. He was alone, that was all he knew.

His eyes glazed over the bottle of scotch. The only reason why it was opened that night was because he needed it. He could not even remember why he left it at the bar when it was obvious that he was the only one having the heavier drinks. With much effort, he heaved the bottle from the table and dragged it passed the dancing bodies and out the door.

It took him a minute for his eyes to adjust to the change in lighting, as he took more notice of details than when he was in the house. He turned back to look at the mess he left and took a big gulp from the bottle. Closing his eyes, he kept the alcohol in his mouth, feeling it burn the back of his throat as it trickled down into his stomach. That was his high. Not the chemical effect alcohol had on his body but the physical feeling of it burn his insides.

It was like he was burning his demons, drowning them in acid.

The thought encouraged him to take a few swallows.

“Not going to share?”

With a mouth full of scotch, Jacob turned back to see Maryanne leaning against the door. Her silhouette showing off all her curves, her beautiful shape. She looked up at him, noticing the drink leaking out of Jacobs lips. He swallowed hard, feeling the burn increase with such intensity, he thought he would not only finally kill off all the bad but the good that was left inside of him too.

He coughed hard, stumbling off the porch and onto the gravel path in front of the house. Maryanne follow determined, turned him to face her and gently whipped his lips of the excess scotch.  Her grip on his arm was firm but her dabbing on his lips and chin was gently. He watched her eyes, non-judgmental and caring, glisten lightly from the light of the streetlamps.

He jerked back, creating the distance he needed between them. He could feel a demon getting stronger inside of him. He took a quick swig to ward this one off but to no effect. He took a step back, trying again, only to be unsuccessful again. He tried again.

He saw Maryanne’s breathing getting heavier, her face pulled back slightly with concern, her eyes searching for answers in his.

He shut his eyes, fighting back the pain, finishing off the half bottle of alcohol left, desperate for them clarity.

Maryanne catiously stepped forward, only to have Jacob throw the glass down in front of him to deter her. He grabbed his shoulders, as if trying to keep his body intact and yelled out loudly.

He looked at Maryanne one more time, and ran into the forest.