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    40 Before 40

    I am not sure how it happened so fast. It has been a month since I turned 39. In less than a year, I will be FORTY. And not even far enough in life.

    See: How I Celebrated My Birthday

    Honestly speaking, I could not be more excited. It cannot be avoided. That is life.

    Life begins at 40, they say.

    But before I turn that age, I want to accomplish things that I felt I should have done in my twenties. I want to complete at least a handful of these before I reach it.

    I have been meaning to write this list for a while now, but I always got distracted. But I am determined to make it happen. I know it is going to be exciting.

    40 things in less than a year is a lot, but I will try my best ticking most before I am 40 or even 50. This is all about having fun chasing dreams.

    See: {Travel Bucket List} 80+ Challenges

    Here are my 40 goals before I turn 40.

    1. Travel somewhere SOLO. I have wanted to travel alone, but I lack the bravery to do it. I am scared and excited by it at the same time.
    2. Book a photoshoot session.
    3. Take a road trip. I started driving this year. I am just waiting for the right time drive away.
    4. Celebrate New Year in a different province.
    5. Do a five-kilometer run. I have never attempted a marathon.
    6. Get in shape. Reduce my weight to 65kg and wear a bikini.
    7. Develop an exercise routine.
    8. Enjoy a spa day every now and then.
    9. Launch a YouTube Channel. Thinking of a niche. Maybe road trips? Let’s see about that.
    10. Try a short haircut. But not any short-er than previous year.
    11. Give my hair a lighter hue. My hair has never been colored in lighter shade. I always stay in the safe zone.
    12. Get rid of credit card debt. I have yet to pay off my credit card debt. Before I turn forty, hopefully.
    13. Have savings and also insurance. Money is very tight nowadays. I need to have a side hustle.
    14. Complete a 30 to 120-day “No Spend” challenge. No Shopee/Lazada and no FoodPanda, please!
    15. Build a capsule wardrobe. Find a style that works for me.
    16. Plan my 40th birthday with family.
    17. Buy/Get myself an amazing 40th birthday present.
    18. Write in my blog every single day.
    19. Ride a motorcycle. I recently learned to ride a motorcycle. I am glad I did. I am planning on having one. Let us see what the future will hold.
    20. Become a morning person. This is something I need to work on for the rest of my life because I am a night owl.

    Continue reading, we are only half way there.

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    {Travel Bucket List} 80+ Challenges

    I am pretty much fed up with the metro life. My life mostly circled work and apartment, riding jeepneys and UV Express in most days. It is just too much. Life has so much more to it than traffic jams.

    For starters, I have come up with these travel bucket-list. To my amazement, I have made it to 80 (almost 100), mostly from travel bloggers/vloggers who experienced it first hand.

    The Philippines offers an endless array of bucket-list-worthy places with over 7,000 islands to choose from. Every corner is a hidden gem which awaits discovery.

    1. Amazed in Palaui Island, Cagayan
    2. Beachineering in Bantayan Island Cebu
    3. Camp Overnight in Mt. Pinatubo’s Crater
    4. Camping in Nagsasa Cove – April 2011
    5. Climb Mt. Pico De Loro’s Monolith
    6. Climb Osmeña Peak, Cebu
    7. Collect Seashells in Roxas City
    8. Cultural immersion in Banaue – February 2017
    9. Eat a hot bowl of Bulalo on a cold rainy day in Tagaytay
    10. Eat authentic Cebu lechon
    11. Eat bagnet and Vigan longganisa at Ilocos Sur
    12. Eat Coconut Crab in Batanes
    13. Eat Fresh Tamilok in Palawan
    14. Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Chocolate Hills
    15. Experience Discovery Trail at Masungi Georeserve at Tanay, Rizal
    16. Experience Tagaytay Sky Ranch – December 2013
    17. Explore Banaue Rice Terraces – August 2013
    18. Find the Ghost Town in Sabtang, Batanes
    19. Fire Dancing in Puerto Galera – March 2011
    20. Frolic around Caramoan Islands
    21. Get a beer and watch the sunset along Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan – August 2016
    22. Get a Henna Tattoo in Boracay
    23. Get Sun-Kissed in Pagudpud
    24. Go canyoneering in Cebu
    25. Go wakeboarding at Nuvali
    26. Have a picture in Boulder Beach in Batanes
    27. Have a picture in Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
    28. Have seafoods galore in Roxas City
    29. Helmet diving in Boracay
    30. Interact with Dolphins in Subic
    31. Island hopping in Coron, Palawan
    32. Island hopping in Caramoan, Camarines Sur
    33. Island hopping in Hundred Islands, Pangasinan – June 2017
    34. Join the street dancing at Sinulog in Cebu City
    35. Motor Bike in Sagada
    36. Munch on Ilocos’ Empanada
    37. Orange Picking in Sagada
    38. Paragliding in Boracay
    39. Parasail in Boracay
    40. Party Til Dawn in Boracay
    41. Relax in Boracay
    42. Relax in Kawa Hot Bath in Antique
    43. Revisit history at Intramuros, Manila
    44. Ride in Hot Air Balloon in San Fernando
    45. Ride the Edge Coaster in Cebu
    46. Ride the ferry in Pasig River Ferry Service.
    47. Sand Boarding Paoay’s Sand Dunes
    48. See a Tarsier in Bohol
    49. See the Bangui windmills first hand in Ilocos Norte
    50. See the wondrous Magellan’s Cross – August 2017
    51. Selfie with Tarsier in Bohol
    52. Sip Civet Coffee in Baguio – February 2012
    53. Sleep in Hammock in Anawangin Cove – May 2011
    54. Spelunking in Crystal Cave, Sagada – February 2017
    55. Spend a morning in Batad Rice Terraces – February 2017
    56. Spend Christmas and New Year at Baguio
    57. Star Gazing in Batanes
    58. Step on the PH’s Highest Highway in Cordillera – February 2017
    59. Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad
    60. Sunrise in Laiya, Batangas
    61. Sunset in The Ruins, Bacolod
    62. Surfing in Baler
    63. Swim in Enchanted River
    64. Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob – August 2017
    65. Take a picture of Mayon Volcano
    66. Take a selfie at the Patapat Viaduct in Pagudpud
    67. Taste Crocodile Sisig in Palawan
    68. Top Load in Sagada
    69. Tour the entire Batanes on a Bike
    70. Trek Mt. Taal’s Crater
    71. Try authentic La Paz Batchoy in Iloilo
    72. Try the trapeze at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    73. Vacay in El Nido, Palawan – August 2016
    74. Visit La Presa Farm in Baguio
    75. Visit the BenCab Museum in Baguio
    76. Visit the Gigantic Clamps of Hundred Is., Pangasinan – June 2017
    77. Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan
    78. Wake boarding in CamSur
    79. Watch sea of clouds in Sagada – February 2017
    80. Zipline in Ilocos Sur

    Updated as of January 2019.