Morenabeachbum Moves To Bali: Hitting The 1-Month Mark

Tomorrow (June 12) marks my first month in Bali. But, because tomorrow is Philippine Independence Day, I’m saving that for a different special post. #FilipinoAndProud #HappyIndependenceDayPilipinas

For now, it’s all about my first 31 days living in the Island of Gods.

(Apologies for being MIA but at least now you’ll know what I’ve been up to!) Here goes…


…and follow my heart I did

So, as you may or may not know, I recently decided that I was going to pack up my life and move to Bali. Why? Well, because I needed a change… because I wanted to learn how to be independent — truly independent (i.e. no maid to clean up after or cook for me on a daily basis, budgeting my own money and actually paying rent, having real adult responsibilities — no more sheltered life). And in the 31 days that I have been living in Bali, I’ve learned valuable lessons that I know will benefit me in the long run. I’ve learned to fend for myself (stand up to people who have tried to rip me off), cook (kinda), clean, and also embrace different people and their way of life.

I’ve met all sorts of people in Bali. I’ve met entrepreneurs who are working hard to get their start-ups going, tattoo-covered individuals trying to turn their life around, “halfies” looking to get in touch with their roots, friendly Balinese/non-Balinese locals who never fail to invite me for lunch or offer a cup of coffee and say “Hi Reby, where are you going?” every time I walk past, and well, sadly, the occasional bad/arrogant “bules” (foreigners) too. Bali is definitely a melting pot, and as long as you keep an open mind, stay friendly and just have a genuine interest to meet new individuals, you’ll never run short of friends everywhere you go — Kuta, Canggu, Ubud, Seminyak.

Aside from being Miss Congeniality (jokes… are half meant), I’ve also been busy with random writing and research work here and there. Contrary to what most people think (that I just hang out at the beach all day long), I actually do have to work. I mean hey, I gotta pay the bills somehow. And because I like to keep busy and help out whenever I can, I’ve also volunteered my skills and knowledge to help out this local restaurant here that sells THE MOST BOMB fish tacos. (Shout out to DA Kahuna Shack — Aloha!) They don’t get the recognition that they deserve so hopefully we can sort that out. Shameless plug: follow us on Instagram @da_shack_bali. 

On my days off, I like to explore, go to the beach, and just relax. I’ve rented a car and driven up to Ubud (boy, that was an experience), tried driving a scooter (need.more.practice), and cycled around just to see the local neighborhood (and to get some exercise in). I’ve also had a few friends come on holiday so I joined them in a few of their touristy activities — trip to the rice paddies, a weekend of water sports and ATV rides, coffee tasting etc. There’s never a dull moment in Bali — always something to do.

As for eats, I love Indonesian food and I’ve been trying out all that they have to offer. My favorite? Nasi Campur — bit of rice, noodles (carboload much?), ayam (chicken), kangkung, chayotes — ENNAK (yummy)! I do have to work on my spice tolerance though — although I think it’s better than most of my friends.

Occasionally, I crave western food (not gonne lie) and upon arriving have actually had steak, a burger, and fries here and there. In the next months to come, I’m looking forward to trying more delicacies and am excited to discover more good Bali eats.

Bali, the island of Gods, has definitely been good to me this past month. And the people, even better. Terima Kasih, Bali, for being a great new home. I look forward to more adventures with you.

Peace Love and Lipgloss,


And now, for the photo dump. Enjoy!

About morenabeachbum

i love the beach--sand--sun--waves--tan lines--the sound of the waves--the feeling of sand slipping through my toes--i love the OCEAN!--i am an island girl through and through--i LOVE the PHILIPPINES--i am a FILIPINA--i love the smell of fresh cut grass--i love being outdoors--sitting or lying down on the grass is fun--soaking up the sun is even better--i love FOOTBALL--best sport in the world!--i like to think about the good times and smile about them--i wonder a lot about the could have beens in my life but i DONT REGRET--im secure with myself--i say what i wanna say--i'm liberated--i hate people who are "fake"--i'm very straight forward--i am vain--i love taking pictures of myself #selfie--im MORENA (Spanish for tanned/dark (dark hair, eyes, skin)) & i love my skin color! #notowhhiteningproducts #blech--i love love LOVE to shop--i'm actually an impulsive buyer *cringe*--i love learning about other people's cultures--i love traveling--wanderlust--i love learning new languages--im thirsty for adventure--i also love gummy bears, almond snickers and gushers--cheerios is the best breakfast cereal ever--i love green apples dipped in peanut butter or cookie butter from Trader Joe's--i also love peanut butter sandwiches with slices of banana in them--random... very random I am--i love looking for the best bargain places--i never hold back when it comes to love--i love with both my heart & my soul (take it, just take it all! LOL)--im a hopeless romantic--i can be pretty moody at times so i suggest you steer clear of me when i'm at that point (just sayin... you have been warned)--i miss playing football (aka soccer) regularly--i miss my college football team and my teammates (hey guys!)--i am enjoying my life--i'm crazy--hyper--im short--im talkative--i'm real--i'm a bit of a neat freak--bossy, too at times (oh well, just keepin' it real)--i am ME-- xoxo, morenabeachbum
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5 Responses to Morenabeachbum Moves To Bali: Hitting The 1-Month Mark

  1. felixmich1 says:

    Hey Reby! I am going to Bali next month (probably about 8 July) for a short holiday. Are you okay with maybe showing around the area or just meet up? Haha thanks!!
    Felix 🙂


    • Hey Felix! For sure! Just hit me up when you get here. 🙂 Do you have an itinerary planned out or just winging it?


      • felixmich1 says:

        It’s gonna be a relaxing trip so I was thinking I could sneak in some surf/dive/massage session and mostly just enjoying the area during my stay. Havent made a plan yet though. Is there an email I can contact you at? Thanks!


  2. felixmich1 says:

    Yowww Reby I’m flying over tomorrow. 🙂 Gonna be staying in Ubud for 2 nights then in Legian for 2 nights. Will you be available? Thanks in advance!! 🙂


  3. didnt know there was mexican food in bali


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