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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

Travel Must-Have: Gatsby Ice Deodorant Body Paper a.k.a Body Cooling Wipes

…Because plain ‘ol baby/body wipes are so 2015. (just kidding, these are just way cooler. Ha! Get it? COOLer) #patontheback We’ve all been there — dreaded long haul flights that seem to last for days (actually, some do… a day … Continue reading

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Perks of Being a ‘Digital Nomad’

Digital Nomad: individuals who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals … Continue reading

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Bright Sunshine-y Day

Selamat Pagi! I’m baaack! My domain had expired without me noticing (shame on me!) but I’m on it now and I’m eager and very happy to get started with this again (consistently this time). Whilst I have so many new … Continue reading

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Bali State of Mind: Om

Finding that perfect balance in order to find inner peace… or in my case, sanity. Ever catch yourself being a big ball of negative energy? You know, when you’re just having one of those days that’s just so… blah. Well, today … Continue reading

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When I Grow Up… I Want To Be ME!

What have you always wanted to be? Back in 1st grade, I wanted to be a flight attendant – or should I say, stewardess (that’s what they called it during the 90’s)… and then, 2nd grade rolled in and I … Continue reading

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One Way (Ticket)… or Another

  Flying in/out of Asia, especially Manila, is always tricky. Most of the time, immigration officers ask to see an onward ticket. Whatever their reason is for doing so — avoiding human trafficking, overstaying or what have you — it’s … Continue reading

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Hi guys, so for those of you new to my blog, my name is Reby. I’m Stella’s mom. I moved to Bali last year and fell in love with this bundle of fur. I adopted her when she was only … Continue reading

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On Distance and Being an Expat: What Leaving Your Home Makes You Realize

The holidays are over and it’s soon back to reality. Bali v 2.0 is in full swing. And after having spent these last 3 weeks with family and close friends, I’ve definitely had a chance to really think about a few … Continue reading

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Fast-Tracking Adulthood: Top 3 Realizations Upon Moving Abroad

To all my sheltered friends who are currently in limbo and deciding whether to take that leap of faith or not (DO IT!), here are a few things I’ve come to realize in my journey towards 100% independence. You’re welcome.

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Pack-tical Solutions: Tips & Tricks On Packing For Your Next Great Adventure

 Packing. Love it, hate it… you decide. Before going on any trip, it’s obvious that step 1 is to pack everything you’re going to need on this little getaway of yours. Now while some people actually enjoy packing and find … Continue reading

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