January 2, 2017

About 3 months left!

It’s the beginning of 2017, and it’s about 3 months or so away from my 45th birthday, so this is a good time to have a review of my project so far. Of the 45 things: Completed: 30 Tango in Buenos Aires (completed: 18th March, 2016) See a football match at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio, […]

July 15, 2016

Goal 43: See Leo Messi play in person – Completed!!

The first time I tried to see Messi play in person ended in failure. I was in Europe and flew to Barcelona to see the last match of the season, when Barca had already won the league. Messi was injured and didn’t played at all. However, I got to experience Nou Camp, which as awesome, […]

March 31, 2016

Goal #3 Tango in Buenos Aires and Goal #20 Be comfortable at at least one ballroom dance – DONE!

For Spring Break 2016 and my 44th birthday, I went to Buenos Aires and took 2 hours of tango lessons each day for 5 days. At the end, I was nowhere close to being good, but I was comfortable enough. I even danced at a Milonga! Here is my 3rd 1-sec everyday diary. From the […]

November 4, 2015

Panda Panda Panda!!! Goal 30 & 41 – DONE!

      Oct 21st, 2015. Volunteered for a day at the panda reserve near Chengdu, China. I got to cleaned their cages, and fed them. At the end of the day, a pic with the cutest baby panda cub!!  

July 23, 2015

Goal 44: Have myself 3D Printed – DONE!!

The original goal was to “Have my portrait painted”. But I thought the goal seemed “so last century” and changed it to something a bit more current and decided to “Have myself 3D Printed”. I went to a place when I was in L.A. and had my image scanned. And here it is!! I’m going […]

May 19, 2015

Goal #19 – Learn how to iron a shirt – DONE!

Bought my first iron, ironing board and my mom gave me a lesson. I have to say, ironing is good skill to have, but it really isn’t the most efficient use of time. It takes quite long to get a short nice and crisp. I heard that steamers are much better. Still, now if there […]

May 5, 2015

Progress Report: May 2015

8. Eat Tai Ping Koon’s Portuguese Chicken, Hong Kong (my childhood favorite) – CHECK!             It was still good! Food memory is such a powerful thing. It totally brought me back to my childhood eating that Portuguese Chicken.     23. Conquer the fear of doing a handstand – CHECK! […]

September 29, 2014

Goal #7: Dine at Noma – CHECK!

Goal #7. Dine at Noma (Chef René Redzepi), Copenhagen, Denmark – COMPLETED September 10th, 2014. It was the most amazing dining experience I’ve ever had for sure. 25 courses, about 10 glasses of wine and champagne, and a fruity espresso later, it has completed transformed the way I think about culinary art.   I even got […]

June 6, 2014

Progress Report: June 2014

Goal #7. Dine at Noma (Chef René Redzepi), Copenhagen, Denmark. Noma has reclaimed the no.1 restaurant in the world title this year. Third time’s the charm. Got out of bed at 3am to book a table at Noma. I’ve learned from past experience. You have to be at the booking site just a little bit before it […]

April 1, 2014

Progress Report: April 2014

I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I came up with the idea for this personal project. Which means that I only have 3 years left to accomplish everything! So, since November 2013 (my last blog post), I have done the following: Goal # 1 Visit all 50 states in the US I went to […]

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Hello!

This 45 Before 45 Project is a list of 45 things I want to accomplish by the time I turn 45 years old (2017). I came up with this list at age 40 (2012), so I have about 5 years to complete them. It is not exactly a bucket list. For someone who waits until the last minute to do things, a bucket list wouldn't really work for me. It could however be looked at as a "bucket list with a deadline" (get it? get it?). It is a list of intentions. It is a road map for me to experience the kind of life I want to live. It is my quest to become the person I've always wanted to be.

Setting goals is a good way to achieve things you want in life. Even though I don't know if I will be able to complete all 45 things, I know that simply by writing them down, it will give me motivation to get up each morning. Other similar blogs have inspired me to attempt this, and I hope mine could do the same for you.

Leo
June, 2012

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