Alien's Day Out

101 Things in 2013


Happy New Year, my dear aliens~~~ It’s day 2, and so far 2013 has been lovely. I’m taking a week off from the online bake shop and it’s been sooo nice to catch up on some of the little things I’ve been meaning to do, and also to meet up with friends. My head is in vacation-mode, even though I didn’t go anywhere. :)

Anyway, I’m sure this is the same for everyone else too, but January makes me want to make a bunch of lists and get shtuff done. I get super motivated and productive and healthy in January, but then after a few weeks (maybe even a few days), it’s so easy to fall back in usual habits and disorganization. I mentioned this in my last post, but one of my biggest struggles from last year was trying to balance everything, so a big goal this year is to work hard but also play hard!!

Last year, I didn’t write a 101 list like I usually do, and it actually affected me more than I anticipated. I just thought, “Oh what the hey, I’ll just wing it this year~~ be more spontaneous.” Yearight. I guess I thought having such a long list of goals made life less spontaneous, but in the end, not having that list made me lazier and unmotivated…. so I’ve decided that I’m the type of person that needs a list. Even if I don’t get through even half of it, just seeing it on my blog side bar will be motivation enough to get off my butt and do something. And if you readers have suggestions or can help me complete my list in any way, let me know~ And you guys should try making a 101 list too! Here are my past lists for ideas: 2009, 2010, 2011 (they’re all fairly similar, hehe).

So here’s my list for this year. Wish me luck~~~ :)


*** Year 2013 / 101 list ***


1. write a gratitude daily ( 7/20 misses)
2. journal once a week ( 5/5 misses)
3. QT at least 3 times a week ( 5/5 misses)
4. work out at least 3 times a week ( 5/5 misses)
5. sunblock daily ( 14/30 misses)
6. green smoothie every week ( 5/5 misses)
7. eat fruit every day ( 2/10 misses)
8. call halmunee every month (6/12)
9. read 10 books (10/10)
10. watch 5 documentaries
– I am Bruce Lee
– Invisible War
– The Bridge
– The Queen of Versailles
11. watch 5 Korean movies
– 추격자 “Chaser”
– Memories of Murder
12. watch 5 foreign films
– Amour
– Wolf Children: Ami & Yuku
– The Untouchable
13. watch 5 movies made before I was born
– Rocky (1976)
– Vertigo (1958)
14. no TV for a month
15. add 12 new artists’ albums to my playlist ( 12/12)
16. go see a theater show/concert
17. go to a sporting event
18. go to a museum/art gallery
19. go hiking
20. visit a new country
21. go to the beach
22. go full circle on subway line 2
23. go to a dog cafe
24. go on a retreat
25. go to a new city/town in Korea
26. explore 5 new places in Seoul (5/5)
27. get a studio/ move to new apartment
28. get on a random bus and see where it goes
29. take a class/workshop
30. sleep under the stars
31. watch the sun rise
32. secret adventure (3/3)
33. memorize 12 bible verses (5/12)
34. no online social networks for a week
35. learn a lesson from a failure
36. say ‘no’ when I have to
37. write to someone I admire
38. reconnect with a childhood friend
39. reconnect with a college friend
40. write 5 snail mail letters (5/5)
41. join SG
42. leave a note in a book for someone to find
43. send a care package overseas
44. give flowers to someone
45. hold a baby
46. hug someone, just cuz
47. take a yoga class
48. sign up at my gym
49. get a massage
50. get a new hair do
51. get a mani/pedi
52. get a health check up
53. get dental check up
54. run a 5k race
55. run a 10k race
56. run a half marathon
57. feed a hungry person
58. 10 random acts of kindness (10/10)
59. do a blog giveaway
60. 10 acts of guerrilla activism (3/10)
61. donate to my favorite podcasts (3/3)
62. donate my unused stuff
63. donate $1 for each uncompleted item
64. paint my biggest painting
65. make new packaging stickers
66. redesign bake shop website
67. upload art website
68. design a tshirt or eco bag
69. do a creative collab with someone
70. print my favorite photos from 2012
71. scan my favorite old family photos
72. colorize an old black & white photo
73. complete a 1,000 piece puzzle
74. complete a pinterest project
75. list my 50 favorite movies
76. make 5 recipes from my cookbooks (5/5)
77. make 5 vegan Korean dishes (1/5)
78. bake 10 new things (10/10)
79. veganize a favorite childhood dish
80. perfect a vegan lemon poundcake recipe
81. try a new food/ingredient
82. go on a picnic
83. host dinner/brunch at my place
84. go to a potluck
85. try 10 new cafes/bakeries (10/10)
– Rogpa
– Cafe Eire
– Glamorous Penguin
– Cafe 131
– Five Extracts
– Oven & Kettle
– Cafe Local
– Slunch Factory
– Cofffee Studio
– TaiLor
86. Try 10 new restaurants (14/10)
– Haetbit Bueuk
– Casablanca
– African Heritage
– Maji
– Jack’s Bean
– Brick Oven
– Gongzon
– Johnny Dumplings
– Instant Punk
– Rye Post
– Tomaster
– Kkaolli Pochana
– Hummus Kitchen
– Salad Style
87. participate in a food event
88. no plastic bottles ( 5/5 misses)
89. no paper cups at cafes (5/5 misses)
90. only give ‘conscious consumer’ gifts ( 2/5 misses)
91. buy something from Etsy
92. hug a tree
93. make a FAQ page on blog
94. save for and buy something on my wishlist
95. get rid of the junk on my patio
96. send a secret to Post Secret
97. memorize a rap or learn to moonwalk
98. make a blanket fort and read comics
99. punch something
100. wear a dress
101. Write a new 101 list


  1. Lady love~
    I’ll help you out/join you for #11, #15, #47 (let’s go to that place near Noksapyeong or this AWESOME place I found in Apgujang), #51 (secret desire), and #54~ let’s do it!!!

    Also~ #102…introduce Bunny to Veganbeats’s three piggy nuggets!

  2. i like your list idea. i should make one too! i can’t do anything unless i have a list and i LOVE to check things off! ha.
    anyways… just wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! so grateful for your blog, especially when i’m really missing korea. i have to find a way to get out there this year! i can’t believe i wasn’t there at all in 2012 :( i’m excited about all “the vegan” that has happened since 2011 even and i’m sure it’s just going to get all that more veg-friendly and aware by the next time i visit! YAY!!!

  3. Saw your list from previous years, make me want to do the same like yours and my past. And i’m kind a loss last year, just because I gave up for all everything that I had dream on. I wish I could have holiday, but nah working hard. Thanks for giving this nice idea back. Happy happy new year! If you wanna do your #12, you could come to my country, my pleasure that I can help you here.

  4. I get motivated by reading this, I’m gonna make a list of my own too! Thanks Mipa, keep up the awesome work!

  5. I’ll be excited to see the posts on some of these, especially the travelling ones! Just wondering though, why all the sunscream? I’m pale and live in Australia so i put on sunscream a lot but only every day in the warmer seasons.

    I think i should write a list like this too. I wrote down a list of NY resolutions but not a specific to do list like this.

    • Hi Clon~~ I hear it’s good to wear sunscreen daily, even in the winter. I’m trying to prevent more sun damage and slow the aging process. haha. I guess only time will tell if it actually works! :)

  6. Darn, that’s a nice list. Some items are really cool (blanket fort & read comics – love it!). I never do lists, but maybe I should do one too…..

    What’s with the ‘wear a dress’? Do you never wear dresses usually?

    • haha, i just haven’t worn a dress in a really long time! i own a few skirts, but you’ll rarely see me wearing a dress. or heels.

      • Oh, I don’t do heels myself. I do wear dresses (quite a bit), but with shoes it’s got to be comfy or I don’t buy them! I’m probably the only girl that doesn’t get heels at all, I worship my running shoes, sports sandals and Teva flip flops instead! :-D

  7. Hi Mipa!
    I’ve been following your blog for quite some time ever since I knew I was going for summer school in 2012. It was an awesome experience and I can’t wait to go back to Seoul/Korea! Seeing all the places featured in your blog just made me wish I was transported back to Seoul again. Really inspired by the list you made and would probably get down to doing one for myself. :D

  8. I tried going to the dog cafe in Hongdae listed by eatyourkimchi, but it moved somewhere nearby Hapjeong. I would love to go with you!

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  18. Don’t watch Chaser!! I just did and it was very disturbing and violent :(
    But on a lighter note, I am so inspired by you!! I’m an American learning Korean and I’m also a vegan. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your blog! Will definitely be following your posts from now on :)

    • Oh! I watched it! haha. yea, very disturbing indeed, but a good film! :) Thanks for the comment and for enjoying the blog!

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