19 November 2010

Life List.

I love making lists. Back in college, I listed all my big dreams on a cartolina and pasted them on my bedroom wall. I have, thankfully, ticked-off all the items on that list.

This is my life list. Some items are small, some are big, but everything will be pursued with the same passion. Some items are here because I want to conquer a fear. I took scuba diving, for instance, because I wanted to conquer my fear of the water. This is how I want to live my life -- fearless, and in constant adventure and growing and learning.

When I was a young girl, in the hands of those who were cruel, I was told that I will never achieve anything or go anywhere. I almost believed them. We were poor, too. And when you're poor, sometimes it would feel like dreams are impossible to achieve.

But I was a persistent little girl (persistence is my middle name). I believed I could do the impossible (I still do). I started taking odd jobs at 14 and I learned about hardwork, integrity, and gratitude. I learned, too, that there are people who are willing to take the journey with you and that the world is really kind.

I shall come back to this list once in awhile to tick-off some items and perhaps, add some more dreams.

. . . . .

"Dreams always come true with you..."

. . . . .

Start a photo project with children.
Get (secretly) married. (Haha)
(Ran my first Condura)
Study & Learn Scuba Diving.
Go zipping.
(Did this in Bohol, Dakak, and Eden)
Try something scary.
(Tried The Plunge in Bohol)
Learn how to swim.
Get inked.
Volunteer in an NGO.
Learn to sing at least one song, IN TUNE!
Get a really fabulous job.
(Hello, UN!)
Design accessories.
(Got published in Mega and Meg magazines)
Learn and study makeup.
(Got my travel articles published. Thank you, CDN!)
Swim with whale sharks.
(Did this in Donsol)
Win something BIG!
(Dear Universe, are you listening?) *grin*
Send a child to school.
Have my own shoe business.
Publish a coffee table book.
Write a book.
Produce calendars.
Buy a memorial lot.
Own a farm with lots of flowers, fruit trees, and veggies.
Build a beautiful home.
Own a VW Combi.
Go back to art and calligraphy.
Mentor someone.
(Photography. Calligraphy)
Lose 20 pounds.

I want to go to a place where I could marvel at something.
{Eat, Pray, Love}

(Paris | Lourdes)
(Zurich, Geneva, Lugano)
Thailand (2x)
(Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka | Hiroshima | Nagoya | Akita)
Holy Land Pilgrimage
(Kolkata | Varanasi | Delhi | Agra | Jaisalmer | Jaipur | Udaipur | Jodhpur | Mumbai | Kochi)
(Bangalore | Gandhinagar | Madurai)
Kingdom of Bhutan
(Beijing | Shanghai | Hainan | Nanjing | Xi'An | Kunming)
Hongkong and Macau
(Jakarta | Bali)
(Siem Reap, Phnom Penh)
(Ho Chi Minh | Hanoi | Hoi An)
(Kuala Lumpur | Kota Kinabalu)
The UK

(Panglao | Cabilao | Balicasag | Danao | Tagbilaran | Carmen | Loboc | Pilar | Tubigon)
(Camotes | Argao | Dalaguete | MoalBoal | Balamban | Danao | Carcar | Bantayan | Malapascua)
(City | Victorias | Mambucal)
Iloilo City
(Batan | Itbayat | Ivuhos | Sabtang)
Cagayan de Oro City
Iligan City
(The Pahiyas Festival is wonderful!)
(Coron | Puerto Princesa)
(Batulao | Taal | Lipa | Nasugbu | Calatagan | Talisay | Lemery | Tagaytay)
General Santos City
(Legazpi | Daraga )
Corregidor Island
. . . . .

Photo: Handmade leather-bound journal from Chelo and my dive mask on the background.

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julai November 20, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

woww ate congrats ate, daghan na kaaju ug natuman sa imong dreams. I am more inspired to pursue mine as well.

Weee, anad pod diay ka sa kalisud ate. i thought ate that u come from a rich family. suss samot na jd ko ug salute nimo ate coz u made it out from poverty.

i am so inspired with your post ate. I should make persistence my middle name too.hehehe. i hope ate nga sunod na ma tuman nimo nga dream kay: get married. go for it ate. pasanaya ang imong kaliwat ate coz the world needs it.

Chelo November 20, 2010 at 6:08 AM  

hapit na gyud na ma tick off tanan imong list..hapit nagyud ko mu paksit ana imong kuko,hahaha.. you so deserve it ai..you are so humble with your achievements, and you have no hidden agenda with people, thats such a nice trait=) keep it up..the universe tilts to your tune=) (i should join your beat,haha) =)

Mimiii November 20, 2010 at 7:22 AM  

please, please go into the shoe business. and have a photo studio! :)

i'm with you on learn to swim, sew a dress, forgive and lose 20 pounds. make mine 50!

Romina November 20, 2010 at 6:43 PM  

May add my dream for you?

Hold an exhibit.

JoPiE November 22, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

What a beautiful list! And I love how a lot of the items are ticked off.

Dreams do come true for those who believe. I truly admire you, Ai.

Stay persistent -- and fearless! :D

Liza November 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Wow, I love your list Ai! Hapit na mahurot ug tick-off! :-) I'll pray for you--that you'll tick off more in no time.

Mo-add sad ko ug dream, puede? Add San Francisco to that list of places to visit! Hehehe...

Jason Montana March 23, 2011 at 9:03 PM  

i am inspired by your list.. want to create my own also :D

Anonymous May 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM  

you inspire me so much..

aineesiroy_105 June 10, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Ate Aileen, your lists, aspirations and ideas are truly amazing and inspiring. I can relate to most of them. Bilib ako sayo ate :) God bless you

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