Manila, Manila, I keep coming back to Manila…

…simply no place like Manila. Manila, I am HOME.

For those of you who don’t know, it’s been 1 month, 16 days and well, give or take a few hours since I’ve been back home, here in Manila, after my 1-year stint in Bali.

Upon coming back home, I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends and spend lots of quality time with family. And since the past month has been a bit of a blur with so much happening, especially with the arrival of my family from the good ‘ol US of A, I haven’t had much time to really reflect on the past year of my life, living in Bali and all.

So, here I am now, wide awake at 2:44am, doing a bit of reflecting on things I’ve discovered about myself whilst living alone abroad.

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(yay domesticated me!) I mean seriously, who knew? Definitely not me! Ok so I admit, growing up I was sheltered and a wee bit spoiled. Up until my move to Bali May of last year, I still had someone cooking for me, doing my laundry, cleaning up after me. Yes! I admit, I was a 28 year-old gal who didn’t know refused to do chores. But since living on my own, I’ve learned to do all that and more. I’ve also learned to budget and live simply. And I don’t care what naysayers have to say. I’ve learned, I’m proud of my achievements and I think I deserve a massive pat on the back. #BetterLateThanNever

**FUN FACT: I love vacuuming and washing the dishes.



Not everything were rainbows and butterflies in Bali. I had my fair share of struggles but I got through them. Even though I know I could have called on my parents for help, I wanted to figure things out on my own. And with a few help from friends, old and new, I was able to get through the tough times. Because of this, I was able to prove to myself that I am braver than I believed, stronger than I may have seemed and smarter than I thought. But guess what, so are you. Because if I could do it, you can too. #ToughTimesDontLastToughPeopleDo


and despite all the ups, downs and curve balls Bali threw my way,


I am grateful for all the new experiences, life lessons, friendships, connections and realizations.

I am grateful to have had the chance to live in Bali, experience Bali.

Terima kasih banyak, Bali. Aku cinta kamu.


Peace, Love and Lipgloss,


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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