My 2017 Bucket List

This is the first time I ever share my bucket list since its first creation in 2014. Many changes have been made, as I eliminated the things I’ve accomplished. My bucket list comes handy whenever I need to plan my vacation and organize my leisure time.
The individual items below are listed randomly.

A. Travel

This section lists the places in the world I want to visit or things I want to do in my lifetime. When I was updating this list, I was mildly surprised by its modesty. It is now a lot shorter than its original in 2014, as I’ve eliminated many places that I visited.


Loire Valley, France
Cruise to Alaska
Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Himalaya Basecamp trekking, Nepal
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Ballon Tour, Cappadocia, Turkey
Salzburg, Austria
Füssen, Germany
Leipzig, Germany 
The Killing Field, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Meteora, Greece
Taj Mahal, India
Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, New York

B. Life and Career

This section is concerned with my personal life and career goals. By “career” I mean more of “childhood dreams” rather than something related to making a living.

Fall in love
Get married
Have a child of my own
Travel with my children
Publish a book
Draw and publish a cartoon series
Run my own YouTube Channel
Create and host my own book club
Be a content creator 

C. Music

Despite having been raised in a modest family, I never hesitate to pour my money on attending live music performances. This section lists the names of my favourite musicians and musicals that I will absolutely see live on stage.


Kuraki Mai 
Les Misérables
Lindsey Stirling
Seong-jin Cho
Charles-Richard Hamelin
Taylor Swift
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Fabio Biondi
Hans Zimmer

Brian Tyler

D. Learning

This section lists the things I want to learn for my personal development.

Italian cuisine
Japanese cuisine
Pocket ball
Public speaking
Microsoft Excel
Get a Master’s degree

E. Others

Costume Play
Attend a ComiCon
Fly in a first class
Read the Bible 

I will post anything that I have done and checked off my bucket list!

How would you orgnize your bucket list?

I want to be a better…

I want to break down ‘my personal development’ into several fields. Because I have limited time and tools, I need to specify several ‘areas’ to spend my time and energy for my personal growth. These are some of the activities I want to track my progress as the topics of many posts in this blog.

I want to be a better:

  • writer
  • blogger
  • reader
  • reviewer
  • crocheter
  • knitter
  • bowler
  • bullet journaler
  • traveler
  • baker
  • cook
  • pianist
  • dressmaker
  • decorator
  • doodler
  • cartoonist
  • calligrapher
  • photographer
  • poker player
  • video gamer
  • driver
  • and many others!

This list will continue to grow.  There are some activities I do on a regular basis; some I have either never tried; others briefly experienced or tried at some point in my life but abandoned thereafter.

I don’t know yet which topic to start first, but something will be up soon!

On my blogging

I started blogging as soon as it was popularized. I have run several blogs in different engines, but none of them was ever successful. I used to post book reviews, occasionally film reviews, but my updates became less and less frequent year after year, largely due to the diminishing number of books I finish on a regular basis and meaninglessness of the movies I watch.

From time to time, I felt the need to reorganize my blog to start over, but often faced with a loss of direction. My original topic for my blog became irrelevant, and I didn’t know what I was going to say or wanted to say.

Before launching Gina in Her 30’s, I googled possible topics for personal blog and visited many successful blogs, including some of my favourites. This researching process made me think about what I have to share with others. I asked myself the questions suggested by many posts about blogging: What am I interested in? What is my passion? What could be my ‘niche?’

After hours of contemplation, I reached a conclusion that I could blog about just being ‘myself.’ It may sound vague, but being myself at this present moment can be very specific: a just-turned-30 single woman who likes to learn many things to grow into a more confident and skillful adult. She may not be an expert to teach anything but can grow into a better creator, artist, reader, communicator, planner, etc.

So that’s how I’ve found my niche: becoming a better person throughout my 30’s. All posts in this blog will be about my personal growth. I will be setting goals, starting missions, learning things, and improving my skills. I will make this blog work by bringing it closer to ‘being myself.’




Starting Gina in Her 30’s

Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Gina, and I have just turned 30 this year. To welcome this new chapter of my life, I decided to blog about my personal development throughout my 30’s. I have so many things to learn and to accomplish, and I want to share my growth into a ‘better me’ day after day, month after month, and year after year.

Turning 30 is a very refreshing moment. I spent most of my twenties in struggling, making mistakes and being ashamed, without knowing where I was going and what I wanted. I had several crushes but none of them developed into a relationship; I got fired from work and told mean things at a job interview; I was scolded by my parents for not knowing what to do after graduation; I made new friends but lost them soon after. I experienced all of these because I was trying to be someone different.

It took the whole 30 years of my life to be able to embrace who I am and what makes me different. I realized that it’s OK to prefer solitude; to be single; to have so many missions to accomplish on my own. With my newfound confidence and positivism, I will share every moment of joy and accomplishment purely derived from being just who I am.