The “Impossible” List

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi

“The Impossible List” is an idea I adopted from Joel Runyon. Joel created the world’s first impossible list and explains how it differs from a typical bucket list.

Simply put, the “impossible” list is an ever-evolving list of experiences which challenges you to rise above your comfort zone and not settle for mediocrity.

Here’s mine:


  • Be the first in my family to graduate from university [September 2010]
  • Raise funds for the elderly through HOPE Worldwide Singapore [2009]
  • Tutor the disadvantaged at One People Singapore [2011]
  • Raise USD$120,000 for a heart operation [June 2011]
  • Pay off my student loan [December 2012]
  • Get married [10 Jan 2014]
  • Start a family
  • Build a school library in China
  • Build a school for orphans


  • Live independently away from my home in Singapore
    • For one month [Klang, Malaysia, 2013]
    • For six months [Zhengzhou, China, 2012]
    • For one year
    • For five years [Hong Kong, 1993 – 1997]
    • For ten years
    • …how long can I go? ;)
  • Road trip across Malaysia
    • This time I do the driving!
  • Visit Lorong Buangkok, the last surviving Kampong on mainland Singapore [December 2013]
  • Visit Broadway in New York
  • Visit Japan
  • Visit every continent
    • North America [Los Angeles, San Francisco, 2002. Ohio, 2011]
    • South America
    • Europe [Vienna, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, 2001]
    • Africa
    • Antartica
    • Asia [Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China (Gui Lin, Bei Jing, Shen Zhen, Zheng Zhou), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Phuket), Laos, Vietnam, South Korea (Outskirts), Malaysia (Johor Bahru, Klang, Kuantan, Kelantan, Pahang, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Ipoh, Malacca)
    • Australia
  • Swim in every ocean
    • Atlantic
    • Southern/Antartica
    • Arctic
    • Pacific
    • Indian
  • Do a cross-country road trip [Austria to Germany, 2001]
    • This time I drive!
  • Go on a craft beer tour in any country
  • Live by the beach for one month
  • Go to Space

Skills / Languages

Health / Fitness

  • Quit smoking [June 2012]
  • Run a 5k
  • Run a 10k
  • Run a mile in less than 10 minutes
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a marathon
  • 20 consecutive chin-ups
  • 20 consecutive pull-ups


  • Go without internet for a week
    • Go without internet for two weeks
    • Go without internet for three weeks
    • Go without internet for one month
  • Document everything I own
  • Document every book I’ve ever read
    • Post short commentaries on every book I’ve ever read

Professional Goals

  • Stay in the same job for three years
    • Stay for five years
    • Stay for seven years
    • Stay for ten years
  • Write an e-Book
  • Write a real, published, print book
  • Give a speech in front of more than 100 people [2009]
  • Find a mentor

Fun Goals

  • Learn to do a cartwheel
  • Learn to do a handstand
  • Read 1,000 books
  • Skydive
  • Bungee jump
  • Climb a mountain (Mount Faber doesn’t count!)
  • Learn to dive
  • Perform in a band
  • Go white water rafting
  • Go paragliding
  • Go snorkelling
  • Go scuba diving
  • Go parasailing
  • Watch a Broadway show in New York
  • Bike across Singapore
  • Walk across any state in any country
  • Learn to brew beer
  • Be an extra in a movie
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Build a robot with KL