Bucket list | 30 before 30

Life’s uncertain, it’s unpredictable. The world’s gigantic and you can do what you want about it. The whole world is yours, and the only ticket you need is a dream. First rule in life: Do what makes you happy. When it comes to life-changing decisions, sometimes you will have to let your heart decide. Second: Never bottle those dreams. Dream as big as you can, wander as far as you can go, and never ever settle for less than what you deserve. Just like what they say: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you’ll miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Bathe an elephant * Sea baby turtles hatch * Watch the sunrise and sunset in one day * Attend a wedding in a different country * Receive a snail mail * Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway * Swim with the pigs in Bahamas * Drink beer at Oktoberfest * Hike the Inca trail * Ride in a submarine * Have a Caribbean getaway * Visit Bora bora * Travel first class * Buy a deserted island * Go on a cruise * See the pyramids * Go for a hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia * Swim with the jellyfish in Palau * Go para sailing * Go on an African Safari * Watch the ball drop at Times Square * Sky dive * Go to Antartica * Scuba dive in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef * Trek the Himalayas * Travel the seven continents * Try paragliding * Swim with dolphins * Be on the Amazing Race * Ride a subway in New York * Learn a new language (Nihongo – was only able to attend few classes) * Have a helicopter ride * Visit NASA * Go zip lining * Bungee jump * Have a snow fight with a friend * Learn how to drive * Shoot a gun * Save a life

Travel the 81 provinces of the Philippines

-Abra –Agusan Del Norte -Agusan Del Sur –Aklan -Albay –Antique -Apayao –Aurora -Basilan –Bataan Batanes Batangas Benguet -Biliran -Bohol -Bukidnon –Bulacan Cagayan –Camarines Norte –Camarines Sur -Camiguin –Capiz -Catanduanes –Cavite Cebu -Compostella Valley -Cotabato –Davao Del Norte –Davao Del Sur -Davao Oriental -Dinagat Islands -Eastern Samar Guimaras Ifugao Ilocos Norte –Ilocos Sur Iloilo -Isabela –Kalinga La Union Laguna -Lanao del Norte -Lanao del Sur -Leyte -Maguindanao -Marinduque –Masbate -Misamis Occidental -Misamis Oriental –Mountain Province –Negros Occidental Negros Oriental -Northern Samar –Nueva Ecija -Nueva Vizcaya –Occidental Mindoro -Oriental Mindoro –Palawan –Pampanga Pangasinan Quezon -Quirino –Rizal -Romblon -Samar -Sarangani –Siquijor -Sorsogon -South Cotabato -Southern Leyte -Sultan Kudarat -Sulu –Surigao del Norte –Surigao del Sur –Tarlac –Tawi-Tawi Zambales -Zamboanga del Norte –Zamboanga del Sur -Zamboanga Sibugay-


30 before 30

These are the things I wish to do before I reach the age of thirty:

Travel with my family (Sipalay 2015)
Do a solo travel (Boracay, Surigao Del Sur, Davao, Coron, El Nido, Zamboanga, Tawi-Tawi)
Swim with a whale (Oslob’s Gentle Giants)
Get a traditional tattoo in Buscalan (February 2016)
Cliff jump (Malapascua, Boljoon, Borawan, Magdalena)
Visit Batanes (Batanes and of making the dream happen)
Learn a dialect (Hiligaynon/Ilonggo and gamay nga Bisaya)
Try Skinny dipping (Masasa, Tingloy 2016)
Learn to surf (Super stoked at 22: Surfing in Liwliwa / ELYU / Baler / Siargao)
Jump off a waterfall (Bulalacao Falls, El Nido | Hagimit Falls, Samal Is.)
Try an exotic dish (Tamilok – Palawan)
Set foot on Mindanao [before I turn 24] (Surigao Del Sur, February 2015)
Couch surf
Inspire someone
Get wasted on a festival / party (#Soulsurf2013)
Learn how to ride a bicycle [Now, I want to learn how to ride a motorbike]
Travel to at least 10 international destinations (Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia)
Climb at least 30 mountains (Osmena Peak, Mt. Sirao, Mt. Batulao, Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Mt. Arayat, Mt. Pulag, Mt. Manabu, Mt. Talamitam, Mt. Pico De Loro, Mt. Daguldol, Mt. Manalmon, Mt. Daraitan, Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Makiling, Mt. Marami, Mt. Ulap, Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi, Mt. Mariveles, Mt. Batolusong, Mt. Sipit-Ulang, Mt. Balagbag, Mt. Maynuba)
Experience international festivals
Try diving [Scuba or free diving]
See an Aurora
Travel with complete strangers
Embark on a long trip [10 day SEA Backpacking]
Have my own business (prolly travel-related)
Be a volunteer or organize a cause related to my advocacy (Birthday outreach in Baler with Camp Zion)
Publish a book or print one
Meet someone who will inspire me (Tatay Oca, The Day I Met a Hero and the countless good Samaritans I’ve met during my travels)
Date a traveler
Be a speaker / Give a talk or presentation
Have my own circle of travel buddies (Team BP)

Forget about the money; remember life, remember love. Go make your own list, together, let us chase our dreams and make them happen.

It is time to live.


62 Comments Add yours

  1. Mejo marami-rami na rin ang na-cross out sa mga provinces… Isa o dalawang province kada buwan, unti-unti mo nang matatapos yan sir… 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      As of 10/8/2013: 13/80 pa siya Sir. Slowly by slowly, I’ll cross everything off my bucket list.

    2. Jem R'guez says:

      great bucket list! Kudos. 🙂

  2. galangpusa says:

    great list kenneth! some are on mine too!

    1. Kenneth says:

      This is still not updated (10/10/13) since I barely have time to check on my previous posts. Anyway, thank you Sir! Hopefully we could all tick off all of what is in our bucketlist.

  3. francesdelro says:

    could I join you in your journey? 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      sure Sir! Everyone’s welcome. If you want you can make your own bucket list too and I’ll help you with it 🙂

  4. francesdelro says:

    please don’t call me sir cause I’m a Miss 😉
    will surely make a bucket list one of these days but for now makikisabit muna ako sa mga may bucketlist 🙂 I saw your blog sa google when I searched Mt. gulugod baboy

    1. Kenneth says:

      Sorry Ma’am. Sure, I’ll keep you posted with my future trips. I also post about it on my Facebook page for easier accessibility for those who wants to join me. Looking forward to meet you on the road and travel with you 🙂

      1. francesdelro says:

        well same here sir 🙂 What’s your facebook?

      2. Kenneth says:

        You can search for MrBratpacker and I’ll just add you on my personal account 🙂

      3. francesdelro says:

        followed you already 🙂

      4. Kenneth says:

        ano po name nyo dun Ma’am?

      5. francesdelro says:

        Frances del rosario sir 🙂

      6. Kenneth says:

        I cant seem to find it. Can you search for mine instead, it’s Kenneth Lagaña.

      7. francesdelro says:

        na-add na kita 🙂

      8. Kenneth says:

        seen it. Thanks Frances 🙂

      9. francesdelro says:

        Np 🙂
        Hope to be part of ur journey soon 🙂

  5. tseree22 says:


    I was just looking for blogs that featured Borawan(great post btw), then saw your bucket list.

    I was a bit shocked that Bulacan isn’t crossed out yet(or prolly this post is yet to be updated pa. hehe) since ang lapit ng Bulacan sa Manila(Im assuming na tiga0 Manila ka. and tiga-Bulacan kasi ako. 🙂 ).

    Im a little jealous coz you’ve already seen Batanes! No.2 ko yun sa bucket list ko(next to Japan. haha)

    And just out of curiosity(on the “whining at a Telecom Company.” part), are you an ECE graduate? 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi Tseree22,

      It is updated now. Hehe. I get to pass by Bulacan for a couple of times but it was only last March 30 that I do get to actually travel there. I climbed the beautiful Mt. Manalmon and I do plan of going back (I just don’t know when).

      You shouldn’t be jealous for I know in time, you’ll get there. 🙂

      Apparently, I can’t seem to find a way on how to edit that part of my blog but I am currently working in a Shipping cargo company. I am not an ECE grad, I do have a degree in Computer Science.

      1. Tseree22 says:

        Hi Kenneth,

        TBH, I’ve never been to Mt.Manalmon yet. :p Next time you go back in Bulacan, come visit Barasoain Church, I volunteer to be your tour guide in Malolos. 😀

        My friends and I are going to Borawan, Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan this coming 27th and 28th. It’s just a DIY trip, we are planning to stay in Villa Anita(though we’re not sure yet of the room’s availability(haha!), just in case di kami maka-avail ng room duon, which of the three islands have the cleanest shower room? 😀


        Cherry 🙂

      2. Kenneth says:

        Hi Cherry!

        That would be fun! Aside from Barasoain Church, I think there are also other churches and must-visit places in Bulacan and I want to explore all of them. Yay! May tour guide na ko. I-sched na to. 🙂

        Borawan it is! Dampalitan has no electricity so it is like taking a bath in the dark and I haven’t tried Puting Buhangin’s shower room.

        You’re welcome and also thank you for the offer of being my guide.

  6. anna says:

    that’s a massive bucket list! ..have you already done #28? halos parehas tau ng list hehe ^__^

    btw, your blog is very helpful at ang laking tulong sa dampalitan-puting buhangin-borawan trip nmin.. more power to your site and i hope i can join you in one of your travels 😉


    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi Anna!

      If I say No, may ire-reto ka? Kidding. lol

      Wow, it’s good to know that my blog was able to help you plan your trip to Padre Burgos. How was it? The place?

      Sure! You can check on my FB Page for my future travels and I am looking for my allies / travel buddies for my new blog at travelshenanigans.wordpress.com

      Thanks for reading Anna!

      1. anna says:

        hahaha! irereto?? marami 😛

        sobrang ganda ng puting buhangin and sinabi ko rin kay ate vanessa na sa’yo ko nakuha ung number nya ^__^

        nalike ko na yung FB page mo and i’ll be one of your “stalkers” from now on 😉

      2. Kenneth says:

        Hahahaha. Sino-sino? At talagana tinanong ko. Galing, buti nag enjoy kayo. 🙂

  7. fritzay says:

    A blogger… nakaka inspired.. gusto ko din mag cross out ng provinces na napuntahan ko;)) since nakaka pag travel din ako ;))

    1. Kenneth says:

      Go! Promise it’s fun! You may also want to make your bucket list then if may pareho pwedeng pag planuhan para ma cross out natin.

  8. belle says:

    wow! i think you should cross out #14.
    base sa mga comments each post, marami ka nang nainspire hehe 😀
    more to go! :))

    1. Kenneth says:

      You honestly don’t know how much this made my day. I’m having a hard time for months already but reading your comment, I temporarily forgot all the things that weigh me down. Thanks belle.

  9. chuchay says:

    Nice blog sir! Thank you for sharing informations its a big help for our mt manalmon adventure this coming november.. 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Thanks chuchay! Just remember to always put safety first.

  10. Pia Rose Delos Reyes says:

    Nice blog 😉

    1. Kenneth says:

      Thanks Pia! You can also check my FB page for updates, just search MrBratpacker 🙂

  11. Nice list! Good luck. 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Thanks for dropping by my blog Rizza. 🙂

  12. Ailyn Chavez says:

    Hello again,
    I think you can check your list number 14
    14. Inspire someone

    I’m sure marami ka ng nainspire and Im one of those 🙂 The first time I read your blog eh nung naghahanap ako ng inputs about borawan and I find your blog very insightful. Keep it up.

    Funny pero almost same tayo ng bucketlist (pwera sa be a father) HAHAHAHA.

    1. Kenneth says:

      Uy, thank you Ailyn. This means so much to me. I’ve been having a hard time posting a new content kasi may problema pa ko with my laptop but once everything is okay, I’ll start posting na din.

      Thank you for the kind words. 🙂

  13. Ailyn Chavez says:

    no biggies, deserve mo naman yan 🙂

  14. Maureen says:

    awesome list! some of mine are there as well.and your posts are very helpful! I was planning on doing a solo trip to La Union for my 23rd but fear got the best of me. Can I ask what your hardest challenge was?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Asking someone to take a picture of me lol. Kidding aside, maybe it would be the money as it will cost you more if you are on a solo trip. 🙂

  15. Hi Kenneth! Thanks for this interesting blog! For #25 check this out http://ivolunteer.com.ph/
    I volunteer for them a lot and I personally know the team. The experience is totally worth it. Let me know what you think. 🙂 good luck! 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Hi Kathryn!

      Thank you for sharing the information about the site. If ever that I will have questions, where can i contact you or who should i talk about it with? Thanks in advance.

  16. leia says:

    …hi!..marami ka ng nagawa sa bucket list mo huh, but the #25 really caught my attention:> that is also my dream:>but for the meantime, sa community muna namin:> hope you will pursue the desire of your heart(being a volunteer)…Godbless!

    1. Kenneth says:

      I will Leia in time. Thanks for reading 🙂

  17. Gee Calderon says:

    So inspired by this list. 🙂 Awesome! Good luck on your journey ^__^

  18. Jamaica says:

    I find your blog very interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.
    Date a traveler – hmmm. Why not? Lels
    Be a volunteer (of a cause that matters to me) – how generous
    Travel with my family & Get married and be a father – family-oriented. Kudos!
    Publish a book or print one – one of my dreams too.

  19. ngayon ko lang nabasa to. naexcite ako sa 28. Date a traveler :p

    1. Kenneth says:

      Wala pa nga e 😦 jk

  20. Dona Pajares says:

    Good job mr. bratpacker 🙂 I wanna join too! 😀 I love do hiking and explore the beauty of nature lalalalala 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Thanks Dona! 🙂

  21. Mattex says:

    Hello Kenneth! Naalala mo ba un camerang nawala sa dagat? Kami un kasama mo sa La Union. Hehe. Alam ko gusto mo na akong batukan pero mabait kang tao. Maganda naman un experience natin dun sa Templo. Nakita ko blog mo about sa Pico de Loro. Salamat sa info. Pasenxa ulit sa camera mo. I think it was a totally different experience pati din sa amin dun sa La Union. We were kinda off too and wasted but we accept and enjoyed the experience. See you around amigo.

    1. Kenneth says:

      Matiks! Oo naalala ko pero wala na yun at bati na kami ng kaibigan ko. LOL

      Inaabangan ko nga ulit yung Soulsurf pero parang wala na. See you around!

  22. Jem R'guez says:

    Great bucket list! Kudos. 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      Thanks Jem! I would like to see what’s on your list.

      1. Jem R'guez says:

        hehe. don’t have a list yet. 🙂 Nakainspired.

  23. Anne Moreno says:

    Na-inspire ako sa bucketlist mo, I’ll make mine also dahil dito 🙂

    1. Kenneth says:

      You should! Let me see your list after. 🙂

  24. Nice blog Sir! so inspiring! Thank you! ❤

    1. Kenneth says:

      No. Thanks to you 🙂

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