Life List

Here are some things I aspire to achieve in my lifetime. Most of them are travel related (Heh! Did you expect anything less than that from me?). It is a growing list and I will continue to add to it as I discover more of this wonderful world of ours.

Ambitious? Very.

Impossible? Nope.

Last updated: March 1, 2015


– Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
– Gorilla trek in Uganda (Like this!)
– Drive the Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, South Africa
– See penguins on the coast of South Africa
– Experience authentic African Safari (Kruger National Park, SA or Serengenti National Park, Tanzania or BOTH!)
– Visit the Okavango Delta, Botswana
– Pay a visit to a friend in Nigeria


– Visit the Orang-Utan Sanctuary in Borneo, Malaysia – November 2015
– See sunrise from Angkor-Wat, Cambodia
– Trek through Sapa, Vietnam
– Get tailor-made dresses in Hue, Vietnam
– Visit Taj Mahal in Agra, India
– Hike the Great Wall of China
– Visit the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand
– Attend the Yie Peng Latern Ceremony in Mae Jo, Thailand (Tangled!! or this)
– Eat my way through Taiwan


– Visit the Sydney Opera House
– See the Uluru Rock at sunset
– Road trip through the Great Australian Outback
– Take pictures with koalas and kangaroos
– New Zealand. All of it.

Walk the Camino de Santiago –  (November 2014)
Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower (May 2009)
Participate in mass inside the Vatican, Rome (May 2009)
Road trip through IcelandFebruary 2015
Eat Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon (Aug. 2011)
Ride on the iconic double decker red bus in London (December 2012)
Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam (January 2013)
– Visit Moominvalley in Finland
– Road trip around the Ring Road in Iceland in the Summer
– Go to German Christmas Markets: Cologne


Witness the beauty of Lake Louise, Banff, AB. (Into the Mountains We Go, September 2016)
Tour the Maritime Provinces of Canada (Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, 2013)
– Whale-watch in Newfoundland, Canada
Skate on Rideau Canal, Ottawa (Winterlude Feb. 2013)
– Road trip through Highway 1 (San Francisco/San Diego to Seattle)
Eat a slice of deep-dish pizza from Chicago (Lou Malnati’s & Pizzano, Chicago, March 2014)
See sunset from Grand Canyon (Mohave Point, May 2012)
Run through Central Park, New York City (Around the Reservoir, August 2012)
Have a cup of coffee from THE original Starbucks, Seattle (May 2014)
Visit the Holy Cross Chapel, Sedona, AZ (May 2012)
– Eat beignets in New Orleans
– Visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park in Utah
– Road trip through the Florida Keys
– Road trip through New England in the Fall


See sunrise from Macchu Pichu, Peru (May 2016)
– Visit Iguazu Falls from both (Brazil’s and Argentina’s) sides
Visit the Santa Teresa neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro (May 2015)
– Attend the 2018 World Youth Day in Panama City
– Visit the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica


– Cruise the Nile River on a felucca
– Visit Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
– Do the routes of St. Paul
– Visit Holy Land on a Catholic pilgrimage
– Visit the Treasury at Petra, Jordan
– Spend the night camping on Sahara desert
– Ride a camel (!)
– Go on a hot air balloon ride over Capadoccia, Turkey

Run a 10K Race (Sporting Life 10K May 2012-3; Energizer Night Race Oct.2012)
Run a half-marathon (Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon, 20/Oct/2013)
– Run a marathon
Go on a hot air balloon ride (May 2012, Phoenix, AZ)
Go skydiving (July 15, 2012, Baldwin, ON)
– Go on a run in every new place (as inspired by Chris Guilleabeau) – ongoing
Participate in World Youth Day (JMJ Madrid Aug 2011)
Start and maintain a travel blog
– Participate in the celebration of the Eucharist in every new place – ongoing
– Take a year off to go around the world (RTW!!)
– Visit 30 countries before I turn 30

Now tell me, what’s on your list?


  • Reply Gabriella June 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Anything in London, England, Amsterdam (no Scotland? Ireland?) are to be completed December 2012/January 2013 (yeah!)
    Anything in Brazil will be completed in July 2013 ;)
    I believe this takes care of most of Europe and South America, travel partner :D

    P.S. Sorry to disappoint but I heard it’s not possible to actually walk around the Great Wall since some sections are closed off…

    • Reply lem0nandlime June 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

      YESH!! But I don’t know what’s in Ireland and/or Scotland..?! I should probably research that and add them to the list, so I can cross them off after!

  • Reply anthonyrenditya June 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    ahooyyyyy! another wordpress user yay! you totally gotta put denmark, sweden, norwegia on the list.. they’re the happiest countries on earth.. gotta check it out!

    • Reply lem0nandlime June 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Eehh.. I didn’t know you also use wordpress! Hohohoho…

      Hahahhahaha.. ya, if I have my way, I’d totally move to Europe and explore the continent inside-out!

      • Reply anthonyrenditya June 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

        ahhahah yeah i have been using it for long, but im not exactly a writer so i dont write as much. even so, quite a lot of stuff i’ve written get deleted just cos i dont like em after a while.. ahhahaha..

        i totally wanna go to spaaiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnn.. tho yea, those danish, swedish, norwegian, all those places with the pastry-association as i call it.. lol.. but also i wanna go to scotland to see my border collies in action! (border collie, the most intelligent breed originates from the border of scotland and england.. so the finest border collies should be right there)

        travel oh travel, why art thou so expensive.. if only someone is willing to sponsor me to go around the world checking out on the native dog breeds, as well as the wildlife..

        • Reply lem0nandlime June 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm

          Ya ya.. GO! It’s easy, ton – just book your flights and figure out the rest on the way! I’m not helping, am I?!

      • Reply anthonyrenditya June 22, 2012 at 12:20 am

        once i can start selling something, and earning something, i’ll make it as easy as just booking the flights! soon.. soon..

  • Reply Lisa March 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    When are you going to the Maritimes? I want to come!

    • Reply lem0nandlime March 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Ya?? I was thinking of doing it over Labor Day long weekend. I’m probably going to fly there, rent a car and drive through the islands. I know your first day is the day after Labor Day, maybe you guys can fly first and we can meet up in the middle?

      • Reply Lisa March 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Hmm OK we will have to plan it! I’ll let you know. :)

  • Reply stenoodie March 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    This is amazing, Pauline! So many things to accomplish and so many that you have already done! I’m in awe. Keep it up! I’m excited to hear all of your travel stories as you continue on this trek around the globe. :)

    • Reply lem0nandlime April 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks, Karen! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  • Reply hollyedejer September 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Pauline! I found your site through Karen’s – haha, what a small world! This travel bucketlist is pretty awesome. Good luck with all of your globetrotting! :D

    • Reply Pauline Susanto September 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Hey Holly!
      That name sounds familiar! Did you go to STL for high school? How are you doing? I hope things are well!

  • Reply Claire March 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    You know I’m on board for any of those ‘out-there’ awesome wish list items or to simplify things everything on your list in Asia [though I’d add BALI!], Africa, the Middle East and South America :)

    • Reply Pauline April 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Hey stranger!! Good to hear from you! When are you back in town? I MISS YOU and I NEED TO SEE YOU! Anyways, I know I can always count on you to go on these crazy trips. Honestly, South East Asia wouldn’t have been as fun without you there :) How about we hit off Egypt and Morocco sometime next year, what do you say? :D

  • Reply Ella May 9, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Cross it! Cross it!! #frappyhour
    Fingers crossed, let’s do Highway 1 next year!

    • Reply Pauline May 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Hahahhahahhaa…someone’s WAY ahead of me here!

  • Reply Lisa January 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Please update this list! :)

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