East Meets West: Top 5 Perks of Living in the USA 🇺🇸

…and no, snow is not on this list.

1. Self-checkout

Yaaaas! Because there’s nothing more annoying than long lines at the supermarket when all you want to do is to grab your 2 items and go. Plus, it allows me to live my life-long dream of being a cashier. All truth, no lies.


2. Drive-thru errthang

  • ATMs — and not just for withdrawals… for deposits too! Major time-saver!
  • Starbucks (ok, I know we have this in the Philippines, but here, it’s EVERYWHERE!)
  • dry cleaning (WHAT?!)
  • express grocery store (for when you’re WAY too lazy to even get out of the car — no fresh produce though, think gum and gatorade)

#MINDBLOWN #veryjealous #Asiastepyourgameup


3. Automatic carwashes

Now while these have been around for ages, they’re hard to come by in Asia. Not only is it convenient (there’s one in almost every gas station), but it also saves A LOT of time. Drive in, wishy-wash, blow dry, zoom off. Less than 5 minutes and you’re done.


4. Libraries, online renewals & book return bins

Alright, hold up on those violent reactions and let me explain myself. Yes, I am well aware that we have libraries in Manila. However, the main difference, in my opinion is the ambiance. Libraries here are well-lit, have different areas to curl up and read in, and have endless rows of books (both classics and new releases) to choose from that are in pristine condition. All these combined definitely awakened my inner bookworm. On top of that, you can easily renew those books that you haven’t quite finished yet with just a click of a button. And when you finally are done? Easy, drop it off at the nearest book return bin. Really, what more could you ask for?


5. Endless nature trails

THIS! Oh how I wish we had more of this in Manila. Nature everywhere, state parks, different trails, running paths,  undisturbed wildlife… the list could go on and on. Such a treat, definitely such a treat.

So there you have it. The top 5 perks I enjoy here in the good ‘ol US of A. What’s yours?


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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