As promised, I am listing down my Not-Really-Bucket List. Will add more pics and links soon. Remember, crossed out and in red means done. Here we go…
MY HAPPY LIST
Smile at people all day and see what happens.
I was 13. Heard a smile could make others smile, too, so I experimented on trying to spread joy. It was going well until a lady looked at me like I was crazy…
2. Do something really amazing and meaningful
Ride the roller-coaster
4. Try a scary sport or adventure
5. Learn to swim
6. Learn a third language fluently
I’m partial to Spanish, which won’t be so hard to learn given our country’s history, plus I can find people to converse with. Just partial, not sure. We’ll see…
Baybayin is the ancient script of our ancestors. Why it’s more commonly called as alibata is a bit of an issue, but that’s become the better-known, more commonly used term. We forgot about it while under the rule of Spain. We just began re-learning it in the recent decades, but people have just really started appreciating it this past decade (sadly, mainly because they think its characters look cool when used in visual arts).
I don’t claim to be an expert in it as I’m not that quick yet in reading words in baybayin/alibata. I do claim to be a baybayin/alibata advocate, though. I think we should start really including it in the curriculum instead of simply teaching it under the Filipino subject in passing. Anyway, I tend to follow the Spanish-influenced baybayin/alibata because the use of the cross makes reading words easier, for me, at least.
Related post: How to Spell the Ancient Filipino Way
Learn a martial art
9. Learn to paint on canvass
10. Travel around the Philippines
11. Visit Disneyland with my family
Japan, Hong Kong or US, whichever opportunity presents itself
12. Travel around Europe
13. Visit New Zealand
14. Visit The Louvre Museum
15. Experience the West End
16. Experience Broadway
See ‘WICKED The Musical’ live
See ‘CATS The Musical’ live
19. See ‘Les Miserables’ live
20. See ‘Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (JATD) live
21. Act in a real stage play/musical (school skits do not count)
That almost came true. I was to be 1/3 of The Narrator in JATD. There’s only 1 Narrator but the Director wanted three for various reasons I won’t enumerate…*sigh* I’m not giving up yet, though. Who knows?
22. Go to the Netherlands, watch Veerle Casteleyn perform live onstage, get her autograph, and have a twofie with her
Watch a Lea Salonga stage musical, get her autograph, and have a twofie with her
How I got the twofie deserves another post. I was not able to get Lea‘s autograph, but this is okay already, right? The main purpose was to meet and talk to her face to face 🙂 Meanwhile, I have seen her perform live onstage in some of her musicals.
Attend a live music concert that I paid for
Back in college, I was able to attend three live concerts, all for free. One was because I interviewed a band for the school paper. The other two were care of the college radio station I worked for. I wasn’t even really a fan yet of all three. I watched because I got in for free. So I decided I wanted to be able to attend a concert I was really interested in and I would pay for my ticket. I did. Watched Mariah Carey’s live Manila concert. It wasn’t so nice an experience, actually.
Sing solo on stage in front of everyone
I’ve got stagefright. Easier to conquer if with others, not so alone. I wasn’t even too crazy about the idea, but one of my bestfriends asked me to sing a song in her wedding. I thought better that than be bridesmaid. Also, I wanted to be able to say I did that even just once in my life. Turned out I’d do it several times, but not without me trembling inside everytime. At an office Christmas party, I actually messed everything up! Yikes! Epic fail! *hides* (No pics to show)
Win an award or medal
They’re not like some big awards or anything, but I guess I earned them. I did not know how I could get any, but I ended up getting some anyway. *Speech alert!* “I would like to thank the school paper and the radio station for those awards….” If they’d be interested to know, yes, I still have those certificates.
I did win with my village friends (twice, I think) when we played volleyball in the local summer league when I was a teener. Then when I was already working, I also won second (or was it third?) with the School Administration Team (playing volleyball also) when the tertiary school we worked for let us join the Intramurals.
Choreograph a dance number
Did that thrice in college for three different groups in different occasions. Won for me a Star of the Night Award, too, among other things 😉
Learn to play a musical instrument
I think these count even though it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how they work
29. Be in a respectable indie film playing a bit role
30. Start a good family business
31. Build a reading and hobby room
32. Buy a vehicle for the family
33. Live in a beautiful house where it’s peaceful with our family
34. Enjoy our future grandkids
35. Get a master’s degree
Become a teacher
I somehow have some illusions of becoming a teacher. My kids are here, though, so I think I can cross this out. I’m a proud teacher, too — our incoming first-grader actually passed his exam with flying colors! Someday, I might teach students in a real school environment, maybe about writing…
Become a radio DJ
I always wanted to be one. Then when I was 13, one of my friends became one of what were called as Junior DJs and I would tune in to the city’s local station so I could listen to her and several other kids. Not without envy even though I knew that envy wasn’t good. The opportunity to become an actual DJ knocked when I was in college so I did not let it pass. I was even surprised I had the guts to try. It paid off, fortunately.
Become a writer
I wasn’t planning on making this my career because of the starving artist “syndrome”, but I am here because I think I sought this fate anyway. Fate is still part-effort.
39. Finish my novel
40. Write/create a comic book
Fall in love
My real name’s hyphenated now, so, yeah 🙂
Tell someone my innermost secret and hope not to be or feel judged
43. Give birth to a live, healthy baby…
God has yet to grant this wish. We are not giving up yet so we hope he lets us have the baby the next time. We’ll try to be ready.
44. See both/all our kids graduate from college
45. Build a home for the aged whose own families have abandoned them
46. Buy a land and build a large animal shelter, for abused/neglected/abandoned animals
47. Grant scholarships anonymously
48. Build my Dream Museum
49. Attain peace of mind
50. Die happy
Do my best jump for a jumpshot
This is My Happy List Item #51. What about it? CLICK HERE.
52. Finally watch Patti Austin in concert, live
Okay, that’s My Happy List. I’ll add more to it if I think of more. Care to share your own happy list, though? Feel free to do so and put the link in the comments! 🙂