Life Assessment

I started this list when I was 23, realising it probably isn’t normal to feel the need to assess your life until you’re at least a little older than that, but I felt like writing down a list of my current life accomplishments and what I have left to add as a notch on the belt of life experiences. Note that this is entirely personal, and not a list of things I think everyone should want to do in their life.

I know I have achieved a hell of a lot in my so-far short life. Sometimes I just forget how much, so it’s nice to have a list.

This list will be categorised in a few different groups, some of which will be more important than others. The list will be updated whenever I think of something to add to what I want to achieve, or whenever I have accomplished something note-worthy.

Updated April 1st, 2023 (age 39)

Have Done

Completed 7 years of primary school
Completed 5 years of high school, including 2 years TEE
Completed 3 year Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Internet Computing and minoring in Media Studies and Multimedia Information Systems @ Murdoch University
Completed 1 year Graduate Diploma in Media Production @ Murdoch University
Completed six-month Certificate in Data Analytics @ UC Berkeley Extension
PAC SWS 1 (director, actor)
PAC SWS 2 – Romance & Seduction (director)
PAC SWS 2 – Comedy (director)
PAC SWS 2 – Improvisation (director)
PAC SWS 2 – Emotion Recall (director)
Spanish – beginner course
Spanish – intermediate course
Improv I – Let’s Play @ Leela, San Francisco
Improv II – Authentic Relationships @ Leela, San Francisco
Improv III – Commitment to Craft @ Leela, San Francisco
Improv IV – Top of Your Intelligence @ Leela, San Francisco
Improv V – Follow the Fear @ Leela, San Francisco
Improv VI – Group Mind @ Leela, San Francisco
Improv VII @ Leela, San Francisco
Two Play Improv with Marcus Sams
Film Acting with Michael Navarra @ SF Acting Academy
Advanced Film Acting with Jeffrey Weissman
Intro to Voice Over @ SF Acting Academy
Various improv workshops

Places to See
Australia – Melbourne
Australia – Sydney
Australia – Gold Coast
Australia – Hobart
Australia – road trip around country as an adult
New Zealand – north island
New Zealand – south island
Africa – South Africa
Europe – Austria – Innsbruck
Europe – Belgium – Brussels
Europe – Denmark – Copenhagen
Europe – France – Paris
Europe – Germany – Ulm
Europe – Germany – Munich
Europe – Italy – Rome
Europe – Italy – Pisa
Europe – Italy – Florence
Europe – Italy – Capri
Europe – Italy – Venice
Europe – Italy – Naples
Europe – The Netherlands – Amsterdam
Europe – Portugal – Lisbon
Europe – Portugal – Sintra
Europe – Republic of Ireland tour
Europe – Spain – Madrid
Europe – Sweden – Malmo
Europe – Switzerland – Geneva
Europe – Switzerland – Lugano
Europe – Switzerland – Luzern
Europe – UK – Bath
Europe – UK – Belfast
Europe – UK – Birmingham
Europe – UK – Cambridge
Europe – UK – Cardiff
Europe – UK – Edinburgh
Europe – UK – London
Europe – UK – Manchester
Europe – UK – Nottingham
Europe – UK – Stratford-Upon-Avon
North America – Canada – British Columbia – Vancouver
North America – Canada – Ontario – Toronto
North America – Canada – Ontario – Niagra Falls
North America – Mexico – Cancun
North America – Mexico – Cozumel
Caribbean – Cayman Islands
Caribbean – Dominican Republic
Caribbean – Jamaica
Caribbean – Puerto Rico
Caribbean – Turks & Caicos
Caribbean – US Virgin Islands
South America – Brazil – Rio de Janeiro
Asia – Brunei
Asia – Cambodia – Siem Reap
Asia – China – Hong Kong
Asia – China – Macau
Asia – India – New Delhi
Asia – India – Kerala
Asia – India – Agra
Asia – India – Jaipur
Asia – Indonesia – Bali
Asia – Indonesia – Jakarta
Asia – Japan – Tokyo
Asia – Japan – Osaka
Asia – Japan – Kyoto
Asia – Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Asia – Malaysia – Johor Bahru
Asia – Malaysia – Penang
Asia – Malaysia – Melaka
Asia – Malaysia – Ipoh
Asia – Malaysia – Putrajaya
Asia – Malaysia – Kuching
Asia – Malaysia – Langkawi
Asia – Malaysia – Kuantan
Asia – Malaysia – Cherating
Asia – Singapore
Asia – South Korea – Seoul
Asia – Taiwan – Taipei
Asia – Thailand – Bangkok
Asia – Thailand – Phuket
Asia – Thailand – Pattaya
Asia – Thailand – Ayuttaya
Asia – The Philippines – Manila
Asia – The Philippines – Bohol
Asia – The Philippines – Cebu
Asia – Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City
Middle East – United Arab Emirates – Dubai
USA – Alabama
USA – Alaska
USA – Arizona
USA – Arkansas
USA – California
USA – Colorado
USA – Connecticut
USA – Delaware
USA – Florida
USA – Georgia
USA – Hawaii
USA – Idaho
USA – Illinois
USA – Indiana
USA – Kansas
USA – Kentucky
USA – Louisiana
USA – Maine
USA – Maryland
USA – Massachusetts
USA – Michigan
USA – Missouri
USA – Montana
USA – Nebraska
USA – Nevada
USA – New Hampshire
USA – New Jersey
USA – New Mexico
USA – New York
USA – North Carolina
USA – Ohio
USA – Oklahoma
USA – Oregon
USA – Pennsylvania
USA – Rhode Island
USA – South Carolina
USA – South Dakota
USA – Texas
USA – Utah
USA – Virginia
USA – Washington
USA – Wisconsin
USA – Wyoming

Written and directed several short films
Developed the largest online database/web site about comedy in Australia
Ranked #1 on Google for “Australian comedy” and “Australian comedians” for said site
Had a design feature in an English text book
Had my comedy site mentioned in a national magazine (in Australia)
Acted in a short film directed by someone other than myself
Performed stand-up in front of a paying audience in Australia and Malaysia
Performed improv in front of a live audience
Performed with improv troupe YUM ongoing for over two years
Formed an LGBT improv troupe and performed with them
Created my own improv shows
Produced my own improv show
Helped produce improv festivals in San Francisco
Performed at improv festivals in San Francisco, Hollywood, San Diego, and Lancaster, CA; Honolulu, HI; Juneau, AK; and Louisville, KY.
Been paid to perform stand-up comedy
Acted in a panto to a paying audience
Wrote and directed plays in primary school
Choreographed a dance in primary school
Won Script Frenzy 2007 (completed 1st draft of a feature film script)
Co-wrote a one act play with a friend
Filmed two music videos in Hawaii
Wandered around Washington, DC dressed like a pirate
Wrote and self-published a novel, Adrift
Edited and published Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction
Edited and published Marked by Scorn: An Anthology Featuring Non-Traditional Relationships
Been paid for stories that were published by people who didn’t previously know me
Was an extra in a feature film
Was the star in a short film
Livestreamed LEGO builds

Finished Final Fantasy X
Finished Final Fantasy X-2
Finished Final Fantasy XII
Finished Final Fantasy XIII
Finished Final Fantasy XIII-2
Finished Final Fantasy XV
Finished Mini Ninjas
Finished Kingdom Hearts III
Finished Life is Strange: True Colors
Finished Pokémon Violet
Finished New Pokémon Snap
Finished Pokémon Shield
Attended Melbourne Comedy Festival 2000-2002, 2009, 2010
Attended Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004
Attended Toronto Film Festival 2004
Attended Sundance Film Festival 2005
Attended Singapore Film Festival 2006
Attended Melbourne Writers Festival 2013
Attended SF Improv Festival 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Attended Seattle Festival of Improv Theater 2017, 2018
Attended Improvaganza Hawaii Festival of Improv 2016, 2017, 2018
Attended SF Sketchfest 2015, 2017, 2019, 2023
Read the entire Harry Potter series
Attended a live taping of Good News Week
Attended a Supernatural convention
Attended a Once Upon a Time convention
Saw music concerts by: Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Pet Shop Boys (twice), They Might be Giants, Weird Al Yankovic, Coldplay, 30 Seconds to Mars, Muse, Evanescence, David Duchovny, Tenacious D, Dido, Elton John, Avril Lavigne, Alan Cumming, Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin, and Darren Criss & Lea Michele
Saw a Kevin Smith Q&A live
Saw a Neil Patrick Harris Q&A live
Saw a Simu Liu Q&A live with Jeremy Lin moderating as part of Simu Liu’s We Were Dreamers book tour
Saw a Darren Criss talk/music show live
Saw Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill live
Saw Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit (San Francisco)
Saw professional live musicals including: Wicked (London), Spamalot (NYC), Avenue Q (NYC), Book of Mormon (SF), Matilda (SF), If/Then (starring Idina Menzel, SF), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (starring Darren Criss, SF), Miss Saigon (SF), Aladdin (SF), Hamilton (SF), Moulin Rouge (SF), Jagged Little Pill (SF), and Frozen (SF)
Saw The Play That Goes Wrong (San Francisco)
Saw John Barrowman in a Peter Pan panto
Saw live stand-up and/or storytelling from various TV & film personalities including: Robin Williams, Janeane Garofalo, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence, Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Coolidge, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, David Spade, Ray Romano, Jimmy O Yang, Ronny Chieng, Maz Jobrani, Ricky Gervais, Margaret Cho, Hal Sparks, Rob Schneider, Jason Mewes, Bill Murray, Michael Winslow, Paul McDermott, and Wil Anderson

Worked in the USA
Worked at Alcoa
Worked in IT specialising in web development and databases
Been the most experienced/knowledgable person in my field/department at work
Worked as a museum tour guide
Worked as a hop-on hop-off bus tour guide
Worked in curriculum development for data analytics and machine learning

Looked after my mum when she was dying
Left home
Got married
Had two babies
Breastfed my children for more than a year each
Gave birth without drugs
Renovated an apartment
Renovated a house
Decorated my own home
Lived in a foreign country (Malaysia) for over five years
Lived more than seven years in the USA (California)
Got divorced

Made money from a personal web site
Co-owned my own business
Co-owned four properties
Started my own self-employed business (Improvative Productions)

Was on the council of owners for one of my properties

Left to Do (Goals – subject to change)

Complete a higher degree (Masters level and/or higher) in any field

Places to See
Africa – Egypt – Cairo
Africa – Ghana
Africa – Tanzania
Africa – Kenya
Africa – Mozambique
Africa – Morocco – Casablanca
Asia – China – Beijing
Asia – China – Shanghai
Middle East – Jordan
North America – Canada – Quebec – Montreal
North America – Canada – Alberta – Calgary
North America – Canada – Alberta – Banff
Caribbean – Barbados
Caribbean – Dominica
Europe – Greece – Athens
USA – Iowa
USA – Minnesota
USA – Mississippi
USA – North Dakota
USA – Tennessee
USA – Vermont
USA – West Virginia

Direct a feature film
Compose some music
Learn the keyboard so I can play by ear
Have a film accepted into a film festival or competition
Make a (short) animated film

Finish Kingdom Hearts
Finish Final Fantasy VIII
Finish X-Men Legends
Finish Buffy: Chaos Bleeds
Start and complete Kingdom Hearts 2
Start and complete Final Fantasy VII
Attend Montreal Just for Laughs

Get paid for acting

Raise a teenager

Develop an investment property portfolio