Bucket List

(AS OF JULY 29, 2017)

  • Travel first class
  • Learn how to scuba dive
  • Be completely fluent in Korean
  • Ride in a helicopter (1998)
  • Fly a kite (1999)
  • Get my pilot’s license
  • Ride on the back of a motorcycle (2012, 2013)
  • Drive a motorcycle
  • Drive stick-shift (2011)
  • Go skinny-dipping in the ocean
  • See the world from a hot air balloon
  • Plant a tree
  • Go whale watching
  • See the Aurora Borealis
  • Sit on a jury (2015)
  • Be in the audience for a TV show (2016)
  • Write my will
  • Donate most of my money to an organization I believe in when I die
  • Meet a celebrity (Adam West) (2003)
  • Be an extra in a film
  • Buy a nice car (2015)
  • Go to Catalina Island
    • Snorkel Catalina Island
  • Hug a redwood tree (2003)
  • Go wine tasting (2012)
  • See An American in Paris Musical (2017)
  • See Hamilton Broadway Musical
  • See Book of Mormon Broadway Musical
  • See Sound of Music Broadway Musical
  • See Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Musical
  • See Les Miserables Broadway Musical and weep because it’s my favorite (2006)
  • See Phantom of the Opera Broadway Musical (2004, 2006)
  • See Mamma Mia! Broadway Musical (2002, 2007)
  • See South Pacific Broadway Musical (2001)
  • Go to South Korea (2016)
    • Go to Jeju Island (2016)
    • Climb a volcano (Seongsan Ilchulbong) (2016)
    • Visit Seongup Folk Village (2016)
    • Visit the Haeneyo Museum and regret not writing a dissertation on them (2016)
    • Drink beer and gaze out at the city lights on the roof of a hotel (2016)
    • Be mesmerized by Jusangjeolli (2016)
    • Walk through lava tubes (Manjuggal) (2016)
    • Ride a horse in Jeju (2016)
    • Try mal gogi (2016)
    • See Cheonjeyeon Waterfall (2016)
    • Eat straight from the ocean seafood at the bottom of Jeongbang Falls (2016)
    • Walk Olle
    • Hike Halla Mountain
    • Stroll along Hyeopjae Beach
    • Take a ferry to Udo and drink fresh squeezed OJ feet away from the ocean (2016)
    • Try black pork BBQ (2016)
    • Take the KTX to Busan (2016)
    • Relax on Haeundae Beach
    • Eat street food every single day (2016)
    • Go to Namsan Tower (2016)
    • Lock a lock onto the fences near Namsan Tower (2016)
    • Take the cable car up Mount Namsan
    • Go to the COEX (2016)
    • See a Korean movie in theaters (2016)
    • Go to Lotte World (2016)
    • Get tickets to be in the audience of Immortal Song 2 (2016)
    • Try jokbal and fall in love (2016)
    • Eat Korean BBQ and drink makgeolli too much (2016)
    • Go to a dog cafe (2016)
    • Go to the DMZ (2016)
    • Eat the best samgyetang I’ve ever had in Myeongdong (2016)
    • Walk around Bukchon Hanok Village (2016)
    • Try “wet cupping” therapy (2016)
    • Take a nap next to the Han River (2016)
    • Take a cruise along Han River
    • Go to Gyeongbokgung and watch the guard changing ceremony
    • Walk around Changdeokgung (2016)
    • Check out Common Ground
    • Shop in an underground mall (2016)
    • See an exhibit at Dongdaemun Design Plaza
    • Walk along Cheonggyecheon Stream (2016)
    • Walk around Namdaemun Market (2016)
    • Eat fried chicken a lot and decide it is the best chicken in the world (2016)
    • Go to the fanciest department stores I’ve ever seen (2016)
    • See Seoul Fortress
    • Hike Bugaksan
    • Hike Seoraksan
    • Walk along Uleung Island Seaside Road
    • Go to Naganeupseong Folk Village
    • Look through the antique stores in Itaewon (2016)
    • Visit the War Memorial of Korea
    • Drink really, really good tea in a 2nd-floor tea shop in Insadong (2016)
    • Eat cheese tonkatsu every chance possible (2016)
    • See where my mom’s old neighborhood used to be (2016)
  • Go to Japan
    • Dress up as Yoshi and go on the Street Go-Kart Tour in Tokyo
    • See Tokyo Tower
    • Sleep at a capsule hotel
    • Visit the Ghibli Museum
    • Eat at a maid cafe
    • Go to the Yunnessun Spa Resort
    • Visit Itsukushima Shrine
    • Walk across Kintai Bridge
    • Go to Nishiki Market
    • See Mount Fuji
    • Walk around Akihabara
    • Visit Gundam Cafe
    • Buy a ton of anime goods at Mandarake
    • Check out Tokyo Anime Center
    • Buy a charm at Kanda Myojin Shrine
    • Play arcade games at SEGA
    • Walk around Harajuku
    • Try pachinko
    • Visit Itsukushima Shrine
    • See kabuki
    • Eat ramen
    • Eat sushi
    • Eat sashimi
    • Eat kobe beef
    • Eat gyoza
    • Eat curry
    • Meet someone at Hachiko Square
    • Basically, see/try everything from this music video
  • Go to Chicago, Illinois (2014)
    • Take a picture in “The Bean” (2014)
    • Buy a Chicago album in the city (2014)
    • Eat deep dish pizza (Lou Malnati’s) (2014)
    • Go to Wrigley Field (2014)
    • See a game at Wrigley Field
    • Chill in Millennium Park (2014)
    • Walk along Navy Pier (2014)
  • Go to Indiana (2014)
  • Go to Maryland (2010)
  • Go to Virginia (2010)
  • Go to Washington, D.C. (2010)
    • Tour the White House
    • See a “spy” walking down the street (2010)
    • Go to Chinatown (2010)
  • See Circa Survive (2012, 2014)
  • See Radiohead (2008)
  • See Death Cab for Cutie (2009)
  • See Sage Francis (2014)
  • Road trip: Big Sur (2014)
  • Camp: Big Sur (2014)
  • Go to Nevada (too many times to count)
    • See Elton John in Las Vegas
    • Gamble in Las Vegas (2011, 2015)
  • Road trip: Grand Canyon (2012)
  • Go to Arizona (2011, 2012)
    • See the Grand Canyon (2012)
    • Hike the Grand Canyon
    • Explore Phoenix (2011)
    • Go to Angels spring training
    • Go to Red Rock State Park
    • Hike Horseshoe Bend
  • Go to Utah (2003, 2012)
    • Fall in love with Zion National Park (2003)
    • Explore Salt Lake City (2012)
  • Go to Alaska
    • See orcas in the wild
  • Go to Iceland
    • Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon
    • Hike Landmannalaugar
    • See volcanoes at Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park
    • Check out Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Road trip: Yosemite (2015)
  • Camp: Yosemite (2017)
  • Camp: Lake Perris (2016)
  • Road trip: San Francisco (2003, 2008-2015)
    • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge (2015)
    • Drive down Lombard Street (2008)
    • Visit Alcatraz (2003)
  • Go to New York (2001, 2006)
    • See a musical on Broadway (2001, 2006)
    • See Rockefeller Center (2001, 2006)
    • Ice skate at Rockefeller Center
    • See St. Patrick’s Cathedral (2006)
    • Explore Times Square (2006)
    • See the Ball Drop on New Years Eve in Times Square
    • Hail a taxi cab (2001)
    • Visit Grand Central Terminal (2006)
    • Go to the top of the Empire State Building and Observatory (2001, 2006)
    • Take the ferry to Ellis Island (2006)
    • Take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty (and it snowed) (2006)
    • See Trinity Church (2006)
    • Visit Wall Street (2006)
    • Explore Chinatown (2006)
    • Eat Chinese food in Chinatown
    • Explore Little Italy (2006)
    • Eat Italian food in Little Italy (2006)
    • See Radio City Music Hall (2001, 2006)
    • See the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
    • Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2006)
    • Eat a knish from a street cart (2006)
    • Take a walk through Central Park (2001, 2006)
    • Walk down Madison and Park Avenues (2006)
    • Take a tour of the United Nations (2006)
    • Visit MoMA
    • Visit the American Museum of Natural History
  • Go to Hawaii (2007, 2014)
    • Snorkel in Hawaii (2007, 2014)
    • See the USS Arizona Memorial (2007)
    • See Pearl Harbor (2007)
    • Go on a Sunset Cruise (2014)
    • Eat a Dole Whip at Dole Plantation (2014)
    • Surf in Hawaii
    • Watch surfers ride the hugest waves I’ve ever seen on the North Shore (2014)
    • Eat from the “Shrimp Trucks” on North Shore (2014)
    • Eat the freshest, tastiest, cheapest poke nearly every single day (2014)
    • Hike Diamond Head
    • Go to a Hawaiian Luau (2007)
    • Visit all 8 Hawaiian islands
      • So far:
        • Oahu
  • Go to Canada (2007, 2011)
    • Eat poutine (2007)
    • Eat crepes in Quebec (2007)
    • See l’Escalier cassecou (breakneck steps) (2007)
    • See Notre-Dame-des-Victoires (2007)
    • See Rue Saint-Jean (2007)
    • Visit Musee du Fort (2007)
    • Re-enact the Plains of Abraham battle (2007)
    • Make maple sugar candies (2007)
    • Walk the suspension bridge above Montmorency Falls (2007)
    • Fall in love with Quebec (2007)
    • Sit on cannons in Montreal (2007)
    • Visit Montreal Museum of Archaeology: Pointe-a-Calliere (2007)
    • See the Notre Dame Basilica (and cry) (2007)
    • Wander through the 1976 Olympic Stadium (2007)
    • Fall in love with Montreal (2007)
    • Walk along the bay in Vancouver (2011)
    • Explore Banff (2011)
    • Ride the Banff Gondola (2011)
    • Hike the Canadian Rockies (2011)
    • Go glacier walking and drink water from a glacier in Alberta (2011)
    • See Lake Louise (2011)
  • Go to the Bahamas (2004)
    • Snorkel in the Bahamas (2004)
  • Go to Mexico (2007, 2008, 2009)
    • Swing from a rope into the bottom of a waterfall in Mexico (2009)
    • Kayak in Mexico (2009)
    • Ride on a banana boat in Mexico (2009)
    • Eat the best chilaquiles of my life (2009)
    • Try tejuino (2009)
    • Eat the best churros ever (2007)
    • See the Mayan ruins
    • Visit Michoacan with G
  • Go to Italy
    • See Pompeii and Herculaneum
    • See the Pantheon
    • See the Colosseum
    • See the Florence Cathedral or The Duomo
    • See St. Mark’s Basilica
    • Take a gondola ride in Venice
    • See Doge’s Palace
    • Take a stereotypical picture in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    • Sunbathe along the Amalfi Coast
    • Hike amongst the villages of Cinque Terre
    • Visit the Vatican
    • See the Sistine Chapel
    • See St. Peter’s square
    • See the Roman Forum
    • Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish
    • See Michelangelo’s David
    • Order a shot of espresso in a cafe
    • Eat pizza margherita in Naples
    • Walk around Rome eating gelato
    • Eat tiramisu for dessert
    • Try Osso buco alla Milanese
  • Go to England
    • Go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (Harry Potter Tour)
    • Pose with guards outside of Buckingham Palace
    • See Windsor Castle
    • See the Temple Church
    • See Big Ben
    • Ride the London Eye
    • Marvel at Stonehenge
    • See the Roman Baths
    • Eat Chinese food off of Shaftesbury Avenue
    • See York Minster
    • Walk around Soho Square
    • See Westminster Abbey
    • Visit the British Museum
    • Visit Shakespeare’s hometown
    • See Warwick Castle
    • See the Tower of London
    • See Canterbury Cathedral
    • Visit the Natural History Museum
    • Observe London from the viewing platform of the Shard
    • Tour Oxford University
    • See a play or musical
    • Walk atop the Tower Bridge
    • Have afternoon tea
    • Organize a pub crawl in London
  • Go to France
    • Eat a croissant in Paris
    • Picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower
    • See the D-Day beaches in Normandy
    • Visit the Musee d’Orsay
    • Visit the Musee du Louvre
    • Listen to Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa” when I see the painting
    • See Notre Dame Cathedral
    • Be dazzled by the stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle
    • Take a stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens
    • Tour the State Apartments and see the Hall or Mirrors at Versailles
    • See an opera at Palais Garnier
    • Take a cruise along the River Seine
    • Walk across Pont Alexandre III
    • See some Monets at Musee de l’Orangerie
    • See the Arc de Triomphe
  • Go to Germany
    • Drive on the autobahn
    • Touch the Berlin Wall
    • Attend a concert at the Berlin Philharmonic
    • Visit Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
    • Visit the Holocaust Memorial
    • Visit Pergamon Museum
    • Visit the Minatur Wunderland
    • See Cologne Cathedral
    • See Aachen Cathedral
    • See the Brandenburg Gate
    • See Neuschwanstein Castle
    • Walk around Burg Eltz
    • Ride a paddle steamer along the Rhine
    • Explore Museumsinsel
    • Take a stroll in Regensburg’s Old Town
    • Attend Oktoberfest
  • Go to Portugal
    • Fall in love with Lisbon (because I am 100% sure I will)
  • Go to Spain
  • Go to Australia
    • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Go to Oregon
    • Stay in Portland
    • See if Voodoo Donuts are worth the hype (at Universal City Walk, 2017)
  • Go to Peru
    • See Machu Picchu
    • Go to the Cusco Handicraft Market and buy way too many textiles
    • Visit the Larco Museum
  • Go to Israel
    • See Jerusalem
    • See Nazareth
    • See the Jordan River
    • Swim in the Sea of Galilee
    • See Bethlehem
    • Float in the Dead Sea
    • See the Garden of Gethsemane
    • See the Mount of Olives
  • Take the metro to Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Participate in the Women’s March (2017)
  • Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood (2016)
  • Go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood (VIP) (2012)
  • Run a 5K (2013)
  • Karaoke with the best friends in front of random people at a bar (2012)
  • Karaoke with G in front of random people at a bar (2013)
  • See Bring Me the Horizon (2010)
  • See Of Mice and Men (2010)
  • See Pierce the Veil (2010)
  • See Emarosa (2010)
  • See Deftones (2012)
  • See A Day to Remember (2011)
  • See Bullet for My Valentine (2011)
  • See Digitalism (2011)
  • See Snow Patrol (2012)
  • See STRFKR (2013)
  • See Toro Y Moi (2013)
  • See Devendra Banhart (2013)
  • See TV on the Radio (2013)
  • See the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs (2013)
  • See Beach House (2013)
  • See MGMT (2013)
  • Stay at a cabin in Big Bear (2011)
  • Stay at a villa in San Clemente (2013)
  • Paddleboard in San Clemente (2013)
  • Kayak in San Diego (2014)
  • Ski Mammoth Mountain (2006)
  • Surf in San Diego (2003)
  • Snorkel in San Diego (2003, 2009)
  • Hike Sapphire Falls (2013)
  • Go to WonderCon in Anaheim (2013, 2014)
  • Watch 4th of July fireworks in a graveyard in Riverside (2013)
  • Visit Whimsic Alley in Los Angeles (2013)
  • Hike Etiwanda Falls (2013)
  • See Christmas lights in Throughbred (2012)
  • Go on the Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park (2013)
  • Go to the Griffith Observatory (2008, 2015)
  • Go to a Lakers game (2016)
  • Go to the Los Angeles Art Show (2016)
  • Go to ComicCon in San Diego (2011, 2012)
  • Go to Disneyland for their 60th-year celebration for my mom’s 60th birthday (2016)
  • See Aladdin musical at Disney California Adventure (2015)
  • See Frozen musical at Disney California Adventure (2016)
  • Eat at Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland (2016)
  • Go to Pebble Beach (2015)
  • Volunteer at a dog shelter (2000)
  • Visit all 7 continents
    • So far:
      • North America
      • Asia
  • Visit 100 countries
    • So far:
      • The Bahamas
      • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
      • Saint Lucia
      • Canada
        • Quebec, Montreal, Vancouver, Banff, Alberta
      • Mexico
        • Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Los Cabos
      • South Korea
        • Seoul, Busan
  • Visit all 50 states
    • So far:
      • California (where I live)
      • New York
      • Hawaii
      • Utah
      • Arizona
      • Nevada
      • Texas
      • Florida
      • Pennsylvania
      • Rhode Island
      • Maryland
      • Washington
      • Virginia
      • Illinois
      • Indiana
  • Go on a cross-country road trip
  • Visit 10 state parks
    • So far:
      • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
      • Zion National Park
      • Grand Canyon National Park
      • Yosemite National Park
      • Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness
  • See First Aid Kit
  • See Metric
  • See the Arctic Monkeys
  • See Chevelle (2011)
  • See Incubus
  • See Cat Power (2009)
  • See Jimmy Eat World (2013)
  • See 30 Seconds to Mars (2013)
  • See Silversun Pickups (2013)
  • See Blink-182 (2011, 2013)
  • See The Dirty Heads (2011)
  • See Bayside (2012)
  • See Yellowcard (2012)
  • See New Found Glory (2011, 2012)
  • See Bush (2011)
  • See Social Distortion (2011)
  • See 311 (2011)
  • See Sublime with Rome (2011)
  • See Young the Giant (2011)
  • See Jack Johnson (2011)
  • Take the gondola to the top of Mount San Jacinto (2016)
  • Go on every single ride at Raging Waters (2005)
  • Go on every single ride at Six Flags (2011)
  • Live in a room with a view (2008-2009)
  • Live in a beach city (Santa Barbara) (2008-2009)
  • Things to Do in Los Angeles:
    • See an improv show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
    • Visit The Last Bookstore
    • Go to the Griffith Observatory (2008, 2009, 2014)
    • See a movie at the ArcLight (2009)
    • See a concert (too many times to count now)
    • See a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    • Visit the Getty Center (2006)
    • Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2000, 2013)
    • Go on a Hollywood tour
    • Go to a Lakers game (2016)
    • Go to a Dodgers game (2011)
    • Visit Santa Monica Pier (2007, 2011)
    • Walk around Olvera Street (too many times to count)
    • Visit Venice Beach (2011)
    • See the orchestra perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall
    • Visit Little Tokyo (2013)
    • Go to FYF Fest (2013)
    • Eat from food trucks (too many times to count)
    • Go to Koreatown (too many times to count)
    • See a podcast show (for my birthday, 2017)
  • Go on all the Disneyland rides in one day
  • Go to Walt Disney World
  • Go to Universal Studios Orlando

 

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