Living out your life with your soulmate, the love of your life, be filled with adventure and unforgettable moments. We asked young and old couples what is left unchecked in their relationship bucket list. What does yours look like?
1. Complete an Epic Journey Together
When asked about her bucket list, Madam Li expressed, “my friends had visited Peru and told me about the astounding beauty of the land. While I am still healthy, I would like to explore Machu Picchu with my husband to commemorate my 50th wedding anniversary.”
Located at an altitude of 2,430 metres above sea level, visitors often require the help of oxygen tanks and consumption of Peruvian coco tea (a local remedy) to aid breathing. Nonetheless, Machu Picchu remains a “must-go” destination to Madam Li as the journey to the 15th century ancient city is simply irresistible.
The first obstacle is conquering the 38-hour flight from Singapore, followed by a taxi ride and bus ride to the city where altitude sickness may kick in as you hike up to city grounds. Going on such an adventure with your significant other is probably a good indication of how strong your love is. At the end, you will be rewarded with the breath-taking beauty of the ancient ruins and serene surroundings.
Mr Tan shared another arduous “must-go” bucket list destination – “I want to watch the Northern Lights with her (his girlfriend)!”
The Northern Lights is unpredictable in nature as the lights come and go. Some days, lights might appear for only a brief three minutes. On other days, it beams throughout three full hours. At its finest, the Northen Lights will emerge to be a mix of green, purple, red and gold – a natural delight of powerful, vivid and kaleidoscopic energy.
“I think that it will be an exceptional journey when making it with the person you love – a shared memory that will be a once in a lifetime experience,” affirmed Miss Ting, Mr Tan’s girlfriend.
2. Conquering a Physical Challenge
Mr Zhong and his girlfriend, Miss Woo, hope to embark on adrenaline-pumping adventures together. As health-conscious young adults, their bucket list includes physical challenges such as completing a full marathon and going on the GX-5 Extreme Swing at Clarke Quay.
Mr Zhong quickly chimed in, “let’s do it soon, I always thought of adrenaline challenges as a couple bucket list requisite!”
Research has shown that when couples attempt risky endeavours together, the adrenaline rush that both parties feel will help to strengthen each other’s courage.
Training together in an attempt to complete a physical feat also helps to bond couples as they spur one another on, leading to a healthy lifestyle as well.
3. Say ‘I Do’ again in your Honeymoon Destination
Mrs Lie is planning the renewal of her vows in France which was her Honeymoon destination.
“All the highs and lows of marriage, and yet here I am, twenty-five years later, still happily married to my husband,” she reminisced. Mr Lie chimed in, “I want us to renew our vows every ten years. The last time was in France, in 1995, when we were just married.”
The couple planned to include the walk down the aisle as part of the process in reaffirming their vows, to relive the experience of when they were first married.
4. Learning a New Language Together
Mr Khan hopes to learn Mandarin while his wife hopes to learn Urdu. “Being in an interracial marriage for four years opens your mind to another culture and language,” remarked Mrs Khan.
“I hope to master Mandarin with my wife’s help – it is a life-long goal in my bucket list. I will also help her learn Urdu,” Mr Khan continued.
Learning a new language helps interracial couples to bond and communicate better with each other families. Through this learning process, they can help each other out and in the long run, nurture a deeper connection with their partner’s culture and identity.
5. Attend a Live Music Festival Together
Mr Ho, a newly-wed, hopes to take his wife to an internationally renowned music festival. “We both love music and the great energy of music festivals. I have always wanted to attend a music festival in Europe with my wife. This act of hedonism will be difficult once we have kids,” he explained.
“We are going to make this bucket list item happen in the next two years as we plan to have children soon,” continued Mrs Ho.
The experiences in such music festivals are unique as multiple artistes line up to perform. Where normal concerts last for a few hours, music festivals last for a few days, drawing crowds from all over the world together in one place to share their love for music.
Celebrating their passion for music is what Mr and Mrs Ho feel is best to honour their marriage. Especially during the early years which they hope would be a story to tell their children and grandkids.
Tags: Growing your relationship /Newlyweds