Bali Day 1: Getting there, the villa, what not to forget!


Essentially it took two days to get to Bali because of the flights. I left Tokyo on a 10:50pm flight and went to Singapore (7.5 hour flight from Tokyo). After a little layover it was a direct shot to Denpasar Bali Airport (another 2.5 hour flight). You also fall back an hour in the time zones (from Japan time).

I packed carry on only. This was my goal the entire time and I was pretty damn impressed that I actually made it happen. I have an amazing backpack that you can really stuff to the brim (thanks to packing cubes). Here's what I didn't even think about though...liquid rules are super strict for international flights. Things I've been flying back and forth to Okinawa with, without a problem, didn't work here. They took all of my shit. Ha, So yes I'm in Bali without sunscreen! My good Sun Bum stuff too!

I have the Osprey Fairview 55, it can be found HERE
I also swear by the Ebags packing cubes, they can be found HERE
I have the Mogis Power Bagel (it was a…

A Very Bali Christmas


As much as I've thoroughly enjoyed sharing my "dating" with all of you, I'm also greatly looking forward to getting back to how this blog started, to my true love, travel. With that I'm off today an another adventure...Bali. This trip while AWEsome by all intents and purposes really goes deeper for me.

Here's why. About this time I was supposed to be going to Bali to get married. Well life had other plans, and what I thought was a big shake up, was actually the best thing that could have happened to me. I remember my friends telling me at the time that I was so much better off. I can't tell you the number of times people (totally not connected to each other) told me "you totally dodged a bullet with this one". That saying. I remember hearing it, knowing their intentions, but also just feeling like, yeah that's not helping me right now, I kind of feel like shit thanks. Here's the thing. They were right. Every last one of them.

The Single Girl's Guide to Online Dating: Episode 4: The Sexually Inappropriate Alcoholic

Time to diversify things a little, after all I'm totally equal opportunity when it comes to my dating. So this post is about a different branch of service. Although I won't disclose which one, because while some of the shit that I was put through as a result of this is funny, now, someone having a drinking problem certainly is not. So let's laugh at the mess that I dealt with, and hope that this person is in a better place!

So this scenario is slightly more unique than others in that there was a common connection between me and said fellow (one that I discovered, but that he did not know about). You see, I had been talking to a good friend and she mentioned this person who she knew, like hey maybe I should try to set you up with him, well some days passed, maybe a week, and I "matched" online with this guy, I instantly recognized pictures that she had sent me, I did a quick screenshot and sent them to her to confirm. All signs a go, same guy. Hilarious. Perhaps t…

The Single Girl's Guide to Online Dating: Episode 3: (Definitely NOT) single TDY guy


(This occurred right before Christmas in 2016)

Fun fact: I like to journal and when I started online dating and started getting some of these gems, I would immediately journal about them after the fact, so a lot of these blog posts include some excerpts from my actual journal entries!

(Definitely NOT) single TDY guy is another POF special. We had messaged back and forth on there, and the quality of messages really stood out (meaning he sent messages that were just implying wanting to bone, being a narcissist, and were free from grammatical errors). He didn't have douchey pictures in his profile, he seemed to be mature despite being a year younger than me (which equates to at least 5 years younger since he's a male!). He asked thought provoking questions, all signs pointed to yes. His profile did indicate that his time on island was short (of course it was), but I proceeded anyways. 
So we decided to meet within an hour or so on the seawall (itwas nighttime), we walked …

A Single Girl's Guide to Online Dating: Episode 2: The 2 Witnesses


Without further ado, 2 witnesses. Perhaps the most epic dating disaster I've had, the most appreciated story by my friends, and one that constantly gets referenced via the tagline "2 witnesses". I talked to this person (I'll call him Cameron to preserve his real name, for those of you dating in Okinawa, his POF name had "adventure" in it but I also won't disclose the full name there because I'm not a total shady bitch!) for a really long time via POF, then eventually text, and even after that a FaceTime conversation before we eventually went out. All seemed really cool despite the big age difference, and the fact that he clearly states that he is very religious, and I clearly state that I am not.

Throughout conversation he did indicate that he would never shove Jesus down my throat etc, phew.

As I sit here typing, I wish that were the case. What happened in actuality was way worse!

It started off well, maybe I was blinded by the hotness, le…

A Single Girl's Guide to Online Dating: Episode 1: The Background


This has been a draft for some time. Waiting in the wings for the perfect time. While I won't disclose real names or identifying information for any of the disasters in this little mini series I'm dubbing "A Single Girl's Guide to Online Dating", I will give you the information that I was given, as well as the roller coaster rides I was taken on.

Here's what they don't tell you about online dating. You have to become the FBI. The freaking FBI. You might think you're smart, you need to get smarter. Everything is a lie. Perhaps some of you are out there reading this thinking, that cynical bitch doesn't know what she's talking about. I do, I assure you! Believe absolutely NONE of what you read and hear online. NONE. Don't get caught up in the web of lies. People have no shame in lying to your face. Know this, understand this. You should also know that someones crazy is not a reflection of you. You also don't have to go down that …

The most epic girls trip...weekend in Tokyo...all the hashtags...I think I'm still drunk!


A few days have passed since we all parted ways and returned to our respective homes, and presumably sobered up. Although, I'm not entirely convinced that my urine isn't still 90% Tito's Vodka! While I like to think that I can be cunning and witty at times, there is absolutely no way in the world that I could (or would even attempt) accurately put to words the epic-ness of the Girls Trip weekend that just occurred. Shenanigans just doesn't seem to do it justice. It's pretty safe to say that we all probably pissed our pants...more than once. We all might need some kind of alcohol treatment, or at least some kind of IV re hydration therapy, don't think we didn't look for one during breakfast one morning!

I definitely don't intend to share all of the inside jokes, the laughs, and the inner workings of our girl minds, that make girls trips so sacred. But I will say, that no one is luckier than I am to have such amazing friends. Friends doesn't …