Bucket List

Updated on: June 2, 2021.

I got inspired by Wendy’s, a fellow RPCV, Bucket List so I decided to create my own. I will try to keep them realistic since in the past, I used to have goals that were a bit unreachable. Everybody wants to travel to space. (^_^)

Life Experiences

Of course the first one listed, owning a motorcycle, was met. I had wanted to own one since I was 15 years old.

  • Owning a motorcycle. – Accomplished in October, 2017. Location: HCMC, Vietnam. This was a dream come true for me.
  • Own a Triumph motorcycle. – I love the new Triumph Street Triple 1200 RS. I want this to be in Japan so I can ride through the mountains.
  • Getting my Private Pilot’s License. – I started my flight training in 1995 but never finished due to my leaving for the US Peace Corps in 1997. I hope I can start again either in Japan or Malaysia.
  • Pilot a small jet like the Cirrus Vision SF50.
  • Speak and Read Japanese fluently. – I spoke Japanese as a kid but never really focused back to it when I got older.
  • Speak and Read a Turkic language fluently. – I learned Kazakh in the Peace Corps. I figure I should try to become fluent in it someday.
  • Speak Conversational Russian. – I have studied Russian in the Peace Corps and at my university but I am still not confident in speaking this language.
  • Write a Japanese Light Novel. In the past I would have said I wanted to write a book but I realize that what interests me was Japanese anime stories more. Then I got interested in Light Novels.
  • Learn to draw Manga for my Light Novel.
  • Live in Japan.
  • Research the entire Matsunaga Clan.
  • Find the Kamon for my mother’s Matsunaga family.
  • Visit my Kazakh host family in Kazakhstan yearly. – I last visited them in May, 2015.
  • Own a small blockchain startup that focuses on my nonprofit background.
  • Setup an EdTech site.
  • Own an organic garden. – I want to eat my own grown fruits and vegetables in the future.
  • Have a family. – This has been an elusive goal for me thus far.


I am always physically active. Olympic Weightlifting is my favorite sport which I have been doing since 1993. I have been doing some form of weight training since I was 15 years old.

  • Weightlifting: Snatch 100 kg.
  • Weightlifting: Clean and Jerk 140 kg.
  • Weightlifting: Clean 150 kg.
  • Weightlifting: Front Squat 200 kg.
  • Do Weightlifting as long as possible. – I love the sport that much.
  • Return to Kendo. – My last practice was in 2011. I miss it but I figured I would return once I moved to Japan.
  • Practice Arnis.
  • Do more nature hikes with friends.
  • Swim at least once a week. – After the Marines, I just do not get to the pool often.
  • To be able to walk on the sidewalk again. – If you live in Vietnam, you will understand.
  • Learn to meditate.


  • Visit Capetown, South Africa.
  • Visit Ethiopia.
  • Visit Kenya.
  • Visit Israel (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem).
  • Visit Jeet (Baba’s Kitchen manager) in Nepal.
  • Visit my friend in Egypt.
  • Visit Morocco.
  • Visit the remaining Stans. – Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
  • Visit historical sites in Kazakhstan (Turkestan) and Uzbekstan (Bukhara and Samarkand).
  • Visit the Muslim states in the Russian Federation (Tatarstan, Chechnya, Dagestan, and other Caucasus states).
  • Visit Iran (Isfahan and Tehran).
  • Visit Taj Mahal again.
  • Perform Umrah with friends.
  • Perform Hajj.
  • Visit Australia and New Zealand.
  • Visit Turkey again. – I have not returned since August, 2002.
  • Visit Brunei.
  • Visit North Korea.
  • Visit Saudia Arabia (outside of Umrah or Hajj).
  • Visit Qatar.
  • Visit the UAE.
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