Why I was hesitant to volunteer for SJC Kids’ Summer Camp 2017

Summer! A season when the kids are taking their break from school, and this year, SJC has organized another Summer Camp for kids.  In the beginning, I have no intention to volunteer for St. Joseph Church Kids’ Summer Camp 2017. Maybe some of you know, my husband Kokobear was the one who posted the ad on CFFL Abu Dhabi FB pages about kids/youth to join this camp, including volunteers. While he was doing that, I little voice inside me says I should give it a try. When I opened it up to Ate Lou, she was excited and so I told her to give me time because I still have some hiccups… Lo and behold, she was actually praying for me to join and to cut the long story short; when I said “yes” she was just finished praying.

Allow me to share, my very personal reasons about why I was hesitant in accompanying Ate Lou. Actually, the job is pretty much easy, I am the presentation personnel who queues the slides during the mass. Of course a little bit of assistance too for the Kid’s Choir while Ate Lou teaches them how to sing the songs.

Here are my 3 of the reasons why:

First, to go out of my comfort zone is just not easy.

My comfort zone for the past 6 months has been staying home: applying for jobs, watching tv, a little exercise, cook lunch and dinner for Kokobear, read books, create ideas for blogs, unli-Facebook, and the list goes on. Allotting my 5 hours from 4:00 PM – 8-8:30 PM is not my usual, not my comfort zone.

While listening to some productivity/ creative podcasts, it hits me when they emphasized that we must go out of our comfort zone/s and try something new. These are the moments when you know in your heart that you are being called to explore and take yourself into a challenge of going outside the comfort of our home and just dive into the unknown. So I prayed and I got His confirmation to proceed.

Second, I don’t have money to go and come back and forth (Home-Church-Home)

This is our first photo – Ate Lou & I during the day 1, briefing session of the SJC Kids’ Summer Camp on 9 July 2017.

 

This might be one of the biggest reason for me and for those who were considering to volunteer. Taxi fare nowadays here in Abu Dhabi is at the roof top! Gone are the days when you could reach the church for 10-12 AED, nowadays it’s between 20-25 AED one way. The public bus is possible, although it will take some time to reach the church and still needs to walk during this scorching heat! But then, I worry no more – God provides that Ate Lou took over. She’s my personal sponsor in this service. 🙂 Thank you Ate!

 

And finally (third), I was hesitant because I’m not familiar with the sequence of the mass!

Yes! That’s a big revelation for me. I am a Catholic, I’ve been bold about this faith and I’ve been attending masses all my life – but there is a pang in my heart that hurts. 🙁 That hesitation, that I felt was this! I am (or was) afraid of what I will do if the slides won’t work… How will I know what’s next? This and that and all other questions that are related to both technical issues and my personal issue of not being worthy to be assigned in that area because I don’t memorize the sequence of our own mass!!!

I wrote notes on the missal, highlighted some parts and go over masses on youtube to know which is which, what goes first and next and last. God also sent people to help me know what is proper Gospel or a Feast to change the readings of the day. I also learned that regular days don’t have Second readings. All these and more –  I won’t know if I haven’t volunteered.

 

That was 25 days to be exact – when I handled the slides (minus 1 because I was off for a day for MER 2). Minor technical glitches happened but the church people are just so helpful. I’ve also had the chance to assist the kids and Ate Lou with the tune of the songs – ha ha never thought I’d be singing – just a little :).


Here’s a shortie video I captured while the kids were practicing their finale’ presentation.

What I learned on this “somehow” mini #PassionProject of mine.

I called this a mini Passion Project because; this act of volunteering is indeed a part of my preparation as I take on a new journey to teaching. To teach is not new to me. I’ve been in that field since I was a kid, it is my major passion that I even finished university & become a professional. But, it has been almost 9 years since I last danced in that stage of nourishing the minds of students. This camp immersed me into that real world of how the youngsters of today are different from way back almost a decade of my minute experience. I am positive though that I’ve learned something from this 5 weeks journey.

To cap it off, I am blessed to be attending mass all week long. I’ve heard many different priests doing the homily. Even though their context are directed for the kids, the adults also have their own take home of those teachings. One night, the homily was about our fears – and on that day, I found out and literally defined one for me. All the while I know I have a little share of fear for this and that (heights, snakes, dark rooms etc.), but manageable. Nevertheless, my mind opened that I am actually afraid of the unknown, just like my third reason. Unknown of what happens next, unknown things that I might fail to do what is needed from me.

It’s amazing, how God works. In this camp, he provides. In this camp, he confirmed that nothing is impossible. In this camp, he knocked into my heart and reminded me of His daily presence.

 

God bless us all!

 

 

 


 

How to get a Police Clearance Certificate in Abu Dhabi (2017)

Police Clearance Certificate (PPC) is a good conduct certificate for an individual taken from your home country or overseas if you have stayed in that country for a while.

Just like me – been in Abu Dhabi for almost 9 years now. In the Philippines, this is pretty much the version of our NBI Clearance.

PPC is usually needed for new employments in government or semi-government companies, so as some other private companies. Some use it for immigration purposes to a few European countries, Australia,  🇦🇺 Ireland, 🇮🇪 and Canada🇨🇦.

Getting one here in Abu Dhabi is easy. There are 2 options:

Option 1: Online. – You can either log in to MOI website (www.moi.gov.ae) or download their app.

This will require you to log in with your Emirates ID, Activate it via your mobile number (in my case, my number was not updated, that’s why I opt to option 2) and then you Fill up the form. Finally, you pay for the cost. Since I haven’t tried this option, I am not sure if the certificate will be released right then and there. Nevertheless according to what I’ve read in some other blogs; it is released right away.

 

Option 2: In Person. You need to visit Khalidiya Police Station (or any other nearby Police Station).

You enter the station & the reception will guide you. You need to present only your Emirates ID and a number will be given to you.

The queue wasn’t that long, 3-4 persons were ahead of me and in no time my number (C-045) was served! The counters are not the usual counter we find in service centers, instead, it’s an open room where you could comfortably seat (although the stay is short) I guess I spent about 5 minutes only.

What is required.

  • Emirates ID
  • Debit/Credit card for a payment of 54/- AED

The only requirement is Emirates ID. Although personally I have prepared a *copy of the E-Id, my *passport (original) and *copies of the main page & visa page). *These are just optional, I’ve read it in some web pages, so I tried to be ready with these papers. Just in case you know…

Debit/Credit card 💳 is mandatory. As I noticed they don’t accept cash payments. Therefore make sure you have your card with you.

At the counter, you give your queue number & Emirates ID. The personnel then will fill your data on the system & asks you for your debit/credit card for the payment. At the same time, he/she will also ask for the purpose why you need the PPC. After that, she’ll give you the receipt with the reference number and will advise you when to go back to claim your certificate. In my case, I can take it the next day. So basically it’s just one day. But for others, it may take 2-3 days.

Overall I would say I spent less than an hour in doing this process. Isn’t it convenient!?! Thumbs up 👍🏼to Abu Dhabi/UAE for making this process quicker! I do hope that the Philippines🇵🇭 will have such capacity to process any government documents with one ID! Rather than a paper 📝 of this and another paper for that, photo here and a copy of this there …  etcetera. Someday, in God’s perfect time I know that “change” will happen too!

Hope this post helps you!

 

God bless!

 

 


Collection: Since I applied on a weekend (Thursday), my collection schedule is Sunday.

This one took me almost an hour. Only one counter was opened doing all the processes, I arrived at 9:30 and got my paper at 10:25 am.


 

Get 10% OFF for your VISA in VIETNAM

Vietnam is one of the many places that belongs to my bucket list for the ASEAN countries…

As of today, it remains on that list and someday I’ll get the opportunity to get a glance of this place also known as the Land of Hope & Prosperity and/or Land of the Blue Dragon! Even though I haven’t visited this country yet, a few of my friends have been staying in VN for a while, that is why in this blog post, I’m sharing you their “MUST VISIT spots/places/activities in Vietnam”.


But before that, if you are visiting this beautiful country soon and will be needing a visa, look no further, Vietnam-VisaOnline.org offers a 10% Off on your visa application using the below promo code exclusive for #InMyHeartJMKayne♥ readers like you! 🙂


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Now, here are my friends’ recommendations in Vietnam!
                   This is in Halong Bay!                                                            While this one is in Ba Na Hill.

Cha-Cha is a friend and a college classmate who has been teaching English in VN for 6 years now. Her recommendations are  Ba Na Hill ( Da Nang), Halong Bay, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Da Lat, Hue.

Check out ChaCha’s Instagram, her handle is @cha_candace.


Tito Benjie, our CFC-FFL Country Coordinator (UAE) has served in Vietnam and he said:

“If you appreciate God’s nature you will love these 3 places:”

  • Halong Bay,
  • Phong Nha-Ke Nang National Park
  • and Dalat.

Top: They’re on the way for a boating trip. | Below Left: Da-lat | Center: Halong Bay | Right: In one of the coffee shops in VN.

A fellow GEOS Angel, Joy is in BMT City (Buon Ma Thout) in Vietnam since 2014 and aside from the beautiful spots, BMT city is the home of their coffee products! What she enjoys most, are the trips she had with her fellow teachers and friends… Her top 2 must try resto/cafe and a province to visit are the following:

  • Trung Nguyen Coffee shop/ resto (Most famous in BMT City with a great view)
  • Small food stalls for Authentic Vietnamese Food found around the city. (It is created to give you a homey-feels)
  • Daklak Province– riding elephants, visit waterfalls and city tour for sightseeing.

Check out more of her VN adventures on her IG @joyapacible


                 A handful of photos from Phil with his adventures in Vietnam!

Finally, my brother from another mother 🙂 Philbert (Bong gu) has been teaching ESL too in VN for a year now and he suggested:

  • The local Puppet Show
  • Bui Vien (Famous Backpacker street in Saigon) and
  • Mekong River Cruise

Oh by the way he has an amazing talent of dressing up Barbie dolls, check out his Instagram @philbertsalve.

So there you go, hope these recommendations entice you to give Vietnam a visit and remember, you can get a 10% Off on your Visa application with Vietnam-VisaOnline.Org and use IAMJMKAYNE as the promo code.

 

God bless!

 

 

 


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3 Reasons to Love BAGAIL’s Clear Tote Bag

Bags are girl’s best friend!

Bags are another girl’s best friend, second to diamonds if I may say. Ask a lady how many bags she has and for sure she’d tell you a number more than 5!  In this blog post, let me introduce BAGAIL.com a fast-growing company for outdoors and travel products. It specializes various bags for men and women. One of their many great product is this 12″ x 12″ x 6″ clear cross-body messenger shoulder zippered bag with adjustable strap travel and gym clear totel bag. 

As a teacher, I am a big fan of big bags but personally this bag’s size and style are perfect for all my books, visual aids and personal materials. This could fit all my purse content, just the way I would want my bag to be. 🙂 Here are my three reasons to love Bagail Clear Tote Bag:

DURABILITY and QUALITY 

When most people thought clear bags are weak… think again! This clear tote bag from Bagail is at it’s standard quality. Made from a 0.4mm thick vinyl, a touch of strong and durable material that is not too thick nor rigid. It has nylon handles that are reinforced and double stitched so you can comfortably carry even heavy loads.

 

FUNCTIONALITY & PERFECT SIZE

The 12 inches high, 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep dimension is a perfect size to hold various stuffs we often bring such as our wallet, camera, keys, cellphone, a bottled water  and more. It can be carried over the shoulder or as a sling bag. It’s highest advantage is the fact that you will not take time searching and struggling when you’re looking for something inside the bag! I for one get annoyed in situations when you’re in a hurry and yet you struggle finding that one item inside our bag! But with this, you could quickly glance & see all in it!

 

FAST TRACK ACCESS during EVENTS

Heading to events? Concerts, parks, casinos or heading to an NFL and PGA Tournaments take a toll of the time to open and close zipped bags for security checking. None the less, with this transparent bag that is stadium approved as per the regulations of clear bags for football games or even airport security that will give you a fast track entrance access. Saves time!

These are just 3 of the many reasons to love this type of bag and for sure you could identify more once you get a hold of it! It’s a perfect see-through bag for everyone. Simple and comfortable.

Oh by the way, this is also a great bag for the beach and any family outings! Not only that, it’s a good storage for makeups and toiletries too!

Bagail also offers a 100% money back guarantee! They are committed to offer the best products and a full refund in case this bag doesn’t meet your demands.

What do you think? Would you love having one? Check out this clear tote bag and more designs such as travel bags on BAGAIL.com.

 

God Bless!

 

 


This post is sponsored by Bagail.com. All opinions are 100% by yours truly.

On Passion: A #TakeHome on Communication & Public Speaking

Communication & Public Speaking.

The above photo has a direct link of the slides or presentation I used recently in delivering a talk about one of my passion.

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher. I opt to act as a teacher and gather younger kids in my place to be my students. And yes I enjoyed it. But I have this funny reason why I wanted to be a teacher… back in Elementary school I studied in a public school where in every time there is a periodical test, examiners are given a snacks. Most of the time a sandwich plus a bottle of softdrinks! Seeing it with the eyes of a kid at around 6 or 7 years old was such a treat!!! lol (Hahaha)

But this blog post is not about more revelations of me being a teacher. 🙂

It is about me, having that passion to impart knowledge and information. To be in front, deliver contents, share knowledge and be on stage. Whether its teaching, hosting/emceeing or a public speaking – I found myself fond of it. I have to admit though I have never been into contests such as impromptu speaking or extemporaneous speech. I on the other hand is more of the one being the master of the ceremony!

Last Friday (23.06.2017), I’ve been given the privileged to deliver a talk about Communication & Public Speaking and with all my heart, I’ve accepted this opportunity given by my former SFL Servant, Ate Amie. For 8 years in the community, it’s my first time to deliver this topic. I have attended this teaching once (as far as I remember) and yet I was not part of the workshop proper as they have exempted me for some reasons.

As a speaker, preparing the talk itself brought me joy. It is a pleasure reading, researching, checking out videos and practicing it. Creating the presentation as well is a journey that I love.

The Take Home

I would like to share own take home (lesson learned) for this talk. Aside from all the information being shared which will be self-explainatory once you check out the slide, is the fact that if you enjoy what you are doing a task or a challenge will never be difficult.

  • Awareness of the given opportunity,
  • Acceptance of the fact and responsibility to share knowledge/wisdom and content to fellow brothers and sisters, and
  • Acting out – what is appropriate to complete and identify things to make a better way of delivering the talk.
Of course it wasn’t a perfect presentation, I’m a work in progress too!
Nevertheless, I am satisfied with its outcome, because I know God is with me. I do hope that the participants also had their sets of lesson learned in that teaching. Above all, what I really want to impart is:

When we are given the chance to do something, a service – may it be for our family, friends, community and most especially for God, make sure you get reminded with this very special verse from 1 Corinthians 16:14.

Let us put and spread love in all we do and for sure, He will lead us the way!

If you missed the above link, check it once again here.

God bless!!!


 

MAY Day, MAY – Days!

May Day, May – DAYS!!!  Sounds familiar, but not really what you think it is all about.

May is a very special month for me and my husband (Darrelle – aka Kokobear). May – days have special dates that stand out among the 31 days. It has my birthday on 21st, Darrelle’s birthday & Mama Merlina’s bday (my mom-in-law) on the 27th and the most special of all is our Wedding Anniversary, today – the 16th! 


16th MAY

We’re celebrating our 3rd Wedding Anniversary this year. I know it’s way too early compared to other couples, but I have to say it has been great 3 years for both of us. We are not perfect but personally I found myself better, extending much patience and love to my better half. Which for sure he has his own share of that too. 🙂 Darrelle and I met way back 2009, been God’s gift to each other since 2010.  I praise God for this gift he has bestowed upon us. Keep us loving and patient as we continue working on your purpose for us.

    When Facebook is thoughtful ! 🙂 heheheh

21st MAY 

It’s my birthday! ^^ instead of giving my thoughts or further details, I will use this blog post as a public prayer.

Dear God,

Another year for me is yet to start, thank you for being with me all the way. All these years, I though I am lucky: with a good family that has very supportive & loving parents & a good younger bro, friends that though miles away from me but never stopped communicating, completed school, got to work, new friends abroad, and eventually travelled Abu Dhabi. Then I’ve realized I’m not lucky, I AM BLESSED.  Father – your love, mercy and compassion have kept me grounded. Thank you for using me in your special ways, thank you that amidst all the circumstances met throughout almost 9 years in Abu Dhabi, there you are by my side. I thank you for leading me into CFC-FFL community. I have to say, I am not who I am today when it comes to faith without being inside this community of yours.

Thank you for all the people you have sent to remind me of your presence. They may be kind or the opposite of it but it has brought the best of me. I know you are there when I am in pain, you are there when I felt joy. I know you have plans in my life and no matter how difficult and bumpy the road will be, Father I ask for your guidance. I will hold on to your promise and continue to seek the Holy Spirit in all the days to come.

On my birthday, I wish that you allow our plans to be according to your will. I continue to pray that may we be able to represent you in all circumstances. Amen.

Your daughter,

JM


27th MAY 

What more is beautiful when your husband was born on the same day of his
mother. My gratefulness goes to Mama Merlina for giving birth to this man on her own birthday! On this day, I ho
nor both of you. Mama Merlina, thank you. Even if we didn’t meet (in person) and just heard each other over the phone once, I know that you love Darrelle with all your heart and I honor you for raising such a great man. It is because of you and Papa Danilo that I am now appreciating and enjoying this life with him.

Kokobear, I know I’ve been a difficult one but you have always been understanding and loving. I want you to know that I am so happy and blessed to be your  Kokobear <3 ! So honored to be your better half. I AM PROUD of YOU! And whenever you stand in the crowd, delivering God’s words it always make me wanna shout and say “Asawa ko na” (That’s my husband!) hehehe but of course, I’ve gotta keep my cool and be humble. kkkk 🙂 My love goes to you! <3


Three days out of the 31 days and yet I feel like we own the month! Anyone can of course do that. . .  This is just a simple blog post to share a little bit about my life. Which I owe all up to that big guy up there. Thank you Lord for these May day MAY Days!

God bless!!!


 

Concert Experience: Hillsong United Live in Dubai

Dubai, UAE: Hillsong United Live in Dubai!

Ticking off a bucketlist when the chance is at hand? Why not!?!

Right after hearing that Hillsong United is visiting the UAE this 2017, Kokobear and I decided to level-up praising God with this concert! It is actually one of our bucketlist! It’s a 2-day concert and 28th April just went soldout. So here we are on the 2nd day, 29th April – Saturday! Our transportation was arranged with fellow CFFL member, we rented a carlift and hit the road at 5:00 pm to reach Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium inside the Irish Village.

We arrived at quarter to 7, right in time when the gates opened. Sis Rose, Sis Dianne, Sis Mariel & Sis Vielinda of SFL were with us! But we have to part ways because we’re in the platinum area!

Here are a few of the songs they’ve performed in this 2 and a half hour concert:

  • Touch the Sky
  • Oceans
  • Prince of Peace
  • I surrender
  • Let There Be Light
  • New Songs: Beautiful Name, Even When it Hurts, One Day.

If I have counted it correctly, there were around 22 songs and every single one speaks directly to the heart. I have to mention too, that the in between prayers were as powerful as the songs! And one of the many is this:

. . . “Don’t just go to the church, BE THE CHURCH” – JD

Song after song, I found myself swept away. Memories of life comes flooding through my thoughts. I found myself having difficulty in containing the emotions especially when From the Inside Out was playing. I raise my hand, sang, shouted, cried, lifted my heart and of my pains, worshipped and praised God. Never did I expect an emotion so strong that made me feel every single word of the lyrics to be so full, soulful and meaningful at its peak! Such a spirit filled ambiance, I hear some people praying in tongues. Emotions? ECSTATIC! In Awe of how Great JESUS is!

Let me share some lyrics that have captured my heart and indeed pierced it:

“Every word u have spoken, I will not be shaken”
.
“A Passion worth living”
.
“Oh be Still My Heart, I know u are God, I know u hear my prayer”
.
“Spirit leads me my Trust”


Check out these few snaps we’ve taken during the event.

Who wont remember this?!? – “LET THERE BE LIGHT” – Photo by Bro. Gab Rios of SFL Abu Dhabi

You can see more of our photos in this concert at #ByahengKokobears – Hillsong.

A #MustExperience and I highly recommend this concert to everyone!

God Bless!!!

All other photos are by yours truly and of my husband (Kokobear – Darrelle) of Ellerrad.

After the Hiatus

After the Hiatus – or before, this is what it was . . .

It’s been 40 days (and a day) since I left Facebook for a soul-searching or an offering for the Holy week, I call it a sacrifice. I also gave up soda during those days and this is a public confession.

The Cola Challenge

I took a few sip in 3 or 4 occasions over the 40 days – I think I did it at least 5 times?!?. The oily/yummy viand signals your mind that it is so good to take even just a sip is indeed a challenge. I struggled and felt guilty – but the good thing is that I felt guilty not because I’m afraid of what people might say, but because I am aware that this is a commitment between me and God. I learned a lesson.

Facebook & its world.

For a couple of times, 3 guess – I fall into logging in on Facebook and deactivating it after a minute. S of Some of my social-professional network that I’m a member of. Let’s say something like Bayt.com, which I need to use in my job-hunting journey, is logged via FB. In the first week, it was indeed challenging. Every time Kokobear tried to swipe up and down and told me stories about everyone! It felt like I’m lost. I’m not in the world. Then days go by and I started to feel okay. I have to admit I am present in FB messenger though because connections need not to be cut. It is a must to chat with the family and the people I value the most, of course it includes you guys – my FB friends too!

I realize something though, keeping myself away from the noise of Facebook (feeds). All the negative and positive posts and status updates have helped me pacify my thoughts. Days of reading, job hunting, “tambay”, TVD marathon and moments with God is definitely precious. I was collecting moments away from my Facebook life. At the same time right before deactivating – I’m aware that I am one of those people who actually lives this social media generation. Which means it is indeed already a part of my life, a “millenial” culture that I belong together with the other people who were there when the Internet started.

It’s a good thing to actually take a moment and reset a little part of our life. I guess I can make it again even not during the season of lent, but then I’m glad I did. It will only take a few clicks and deleting the app!

After the hiatus, I am so back! 

Posted this on Instagram, 6 weeks ago: Currently on FB “hiatus”, because of this and one more main reason! Sharing it soon on www.iamjmkayne.com 😉

God bless!!!