Dreamed It, Then Real Lifed It

So here I am, sitting on my bed in shorts and a baggy t-shirt, all nice and comfy in my air-conditioned room with a VERY cold Milo dinosaur in my hand. I’m escaping the extreme heat (36c, feels like 39) outside and I just can’t help but smile and think to myself, “aaahh yes, this is the life I dreamed of… No bosses breathing down my neck, I’m wearing whatever the heck I like, I don’t have to deal with horrible traffic that makes me want to slit my wrists, and well, overall I’m happy. Very happy.”

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Being Dark-Skinned in the Philippines (Or Asia For That Matter…)

Being dark-skinned in the Philippines (or even Asia for that matter) hasn’t always been that easy. Not only do I get judged a lot, ESPECIALLY since I have a foreign boyfriend, but everyday choices are made even more challenging. Really! #thestruggleisreal

So here goes… A day in the life of: A Morena in Manila

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The Best Kind of Friendships

The best kind of friendships are the ones that…

Can withstand the test of time and picks up exactly where you left off; as if no time had gone by. And despite the years that have passed, you’re still very much connected and are updated with each other’s lives.


The best kind of friendships are the ones that…

Knows no boundaries. You can be on opposite ends of the globe but still find time to say hello, how are you and what have you been up to. Time differences are no match with the friendship you have going on.


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Sending a Little Love Your Way: Military Care Package

Care packages! If there’s one thing I enjoy about this deployment, it’s definitely this — decorating, shopping for and sending out care packages. Not only does it unleash the Martha Stewart in me, but USPS has also made it a lot easier to send them out. And since I’m still on a care package high, allow me to share with you how easy it is to make your service member feel how loved and cared for he/she is, even across the miles.

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Hit The Ground Running: 7 Do’s and Don’ts for (new) Military GFs/SOs

New to the world of dating a military man (or woman)? Well, welcome to the club!

And, if you’re like me who never in a million years thought would be in a relationship with a man in uniform, then you’ve probably had to adjust quite drastically (and quickly) to all the changes — the changes that come with going from being single to being in a relationship, as well as the changes of being in a non-civilian relationship.

So if you feel like you’re in over your head with all these recent developments in your life, read on to learn about some basic do’s and don’ts that may help you with the transition.

Because let’s face it, military relationships aren’t always the easiest.

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

…and no, snow is not on this list.

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Where In The World Is ~morenabeachbum~

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Oh where oh where shall I begin?

Perhaps a “hello!”…?

Right, yes,


Aaahh… it’s so good to be back. *smile*

Although I must admit, I’m a bit rusty (as you can probably see). I’ve been MIA (missing in action); with my last post dating back to September 15, 2016 (4 months ago! Eeep!). And while I don’t really have a valid reason other than laziness got the best of me, there have been quite a few changes in my life that happened during the last quarter of 2016 Continue reading

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I Did It!

Passing the bar exam.

Finishing your first-ever marathon.

Becoming a registered nurse.

Giving birth and finally starting a family.

Each and everyone of us trudging on through life,  all have our different “I did it!” moments. And naturally so, since we are all unique individuals.

I wanted to share with you all my recent “I did it!” moment which quite literally brought me to tears. First though, here’s a little back story (in case you haven’t been following me on my blog long enough). Continue reading

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Making Extra Buck$: How To Manage Your Airbnb Space


Whether it’s doing a bit of freelance writing, selling handmade jewelry or renting your space out on vacation home rental sites; bottom line is, we’re all trying to make a few extra buckeroos. And why wouldn’t we be? If it means putting away a few extra dollars for our next vacation, well, quite frankly, I’m on top of it!

And since I’ve quite recently put our condo in Tagaytay up on Airbnb, I decided to write about how YOU can manage your Airbnb space — whether hands-on, or remotely.

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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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