Bounjor 2018

Bounjor 2018

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Bounjor 2018!

How time flies!?! January has just hit half way!

Isn’t it amazing that in a snap, we find ourselves changing 7 to 8 on our dates as we welcome 2018 with our calendars? Let me say BOUNJOUR 2018! There have been a couple of posts that was published right before this and somehow I feel the need to complete this themed post for my year’s chapter title. Right after this post is AU REVOIR AD. My emotional yet bitter-sweet salute to UAE’s capital. Watch out for it.

Let’s take a moment to REVIEW:

Last year, I have decided to start having a yearly theme, which will guide me as my north star whenever I feel the need to be reminded of my target/goal in each year. Making sure that I won’t fall back into that long-list of “New Year’s Resolution”, I instead wrote a THEME to follow and thus helps me accomplish what I’d like my year to be. 

So, last year my theme was:

2017: Learn & Amplify Creativity.

Allow me then, to highlight what are my accomplishments for this theme.

In the quest to learn more, I have enrolled into 3 ILT (Instructor Led Training) courses from Filipino Institute Abu Dhabi. I’ve completed the ladderized format of Basic, Intermediate & Advanced HR & Admin. 

[Sharing certificates photos, as soon as I collect them . . . ]

I also enrolled online classes from Arriane Serafico’s The Purposeful Creative & tried her free online classes. I did purchased her 2017 Braver Goals workbook too for a self-study and guide.

For Amplifying Creativity, I took the initiative to re-edit my talks for the CLS and tried my best to make them look better and deliver them as well in a heart-filled manner. Of course I won’t be able to do that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In between; –  creative tasks are also done for the community magazine – CFFL – Vineyard Magazine and other stuffs for family and friends. The DIY – G+M Wedding invites was my final 2017 creative Passion Project and indeed I am so happy to be able to complete it on time.

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 NOW: As I say hello to 2018, Bounjor 2018! Allow me to share my theme this year:

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2018: A Year of Breakthroughs & Passion Projects

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Similar to my community’s theme for this year; DESTINED for GREATNESS. I envisioned this year to be full of passion projects and breakthroughs in all aspects of my life. I believe God has created as in his likeness and image, thus like Him, we are on our way to greatness..

 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own”

(1 Peter 2:9a)

When, I look back what happened to me last year – I’ve come to realized that it culminates into that destiny that God has created for me and Darrelle (Kokobear/ my husband). In fact earlier this year, Kokobear and I have moved to Dubai and been anointed to be God’s servants. Looking at the bigger picture, this is just only the beginning of His plans and I am so excited what are the other breakthroughs that will unfold according to His will.

I want to extend my biggest THANK YOU to all readers and followers, join me as we say Bounjor (Hello) to 2018. Let us face it with hope and assurance that God has promised us according to the scriptures from Jeremiah 29:11 and that of Romans 8:28.

May this year be filled with the dreams we wish to accomplish and ticked them off out of our list, may we be filled spiritually more than ever. Keep praying, it is free. Nourish your soul.

 

 

God bless us all!

 

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Visiting KALANGGAMAN Island (Leyte)

 

KALANGGAMAN island is one of the many beautiful islands the Philippines could offer. Visiting Kalanggaman is a treat to anyone who loves the sun and the beach!

The island used to be a part of Bogo Cebu but after a while, Palompon Leyte claimed it based on the height/deepness comparing each other’s shore. This remote treasure didn’t just came out of nowhere, it has always been there.

There may be quiet a few people who have started gushing around the prestine beauty of this island. In fact, I personally think this is such a secluded getaway for couples, friends and family as well. In this trip, I went there with my parents, my Aunt VK, cousin Harold (You could check out his vlog at Hush Shorts), cousin Darwin with his son Marcus, then cousin’s niece Odang + Mareng Dion and agaw Harold’s couple friends.

HOW TO GET THERE (From Cebu)

We moved from Cebu City and headed to Daan Bantayan’s Maya port. From the port’s entrance, you have to pay 5 pesos entrance fee per head. It will take around 4- 4.5 hours at 160/- to 170/- pesos per head.

You also need to book a banca/boat. Maya port is the jump off point to Malapascua island and so securing a boat to Kalanggaman is usually a special trip because it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours to reach the island.

  • Boat trip (2-way) package starts at 9,000/- Pesos – but we managed to get a discount at 8K. The boat is good for 15-16 persons max.
  • Another package; boat + food will cost 1,000/- pesos per head.

WHAT TO DO IN KALANGGAMAN

The activities you can do on site are as follows:

  • Beach/swimming
  • Sun bathing
  • Tour the whole island
  • Snorkling
  • Diving

Entrance Fee:

  • Local – 150/- pesos
  • Foreign – 500/- pesos

This includes a free cottage.

 

Facilities:

  • Lifeguard station
  • Medical Station
  • A big group hut – possible for team buildings
  • Cottages
  • Toilets
  • Changing stations (beside the toilets)
  • Water / Pumped from the sea – 100/- pesos per barrel
  • Fresh water is available on the left side area of the island but it has to be paid.

 

Facing the island, the right side will amaze you with the white sandbar! So beautiful it would tempt you to definitely check out the tip of it!

 

While the left side of the island has the coconut huts for rent in case you want to stay overnight. Finally the treehouse is a highlight too.

 

 

OVER-ALL Impression

I enjoyed the island alone, it was serene, safe and a great place to think about life.

I personally recommend that the island/government assigned has to make the toilets better and make the water accessible. We happened to be right opposite to a toilet/changing station, but it wasn’t maintained. Although the other stations are just walks away.

TIP: Make sure to bring your own drinking water… I’ve heard from past visitors that theu’ve tried the onsite water and their stomach went wrong.
Finally, I’d say that it is indeed another must see island. Especially now that the feels of the place isn’t that crowded yet. Yet another amazing creation of the Almighty so worth of our time! 😊

Hope I helped you get a new idea on where to go next!

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 


DIY : Wedding Invitations for G+M

My last #PassionProject is dedicated to my little bro or little bro no more, as he gets married this 02 Jan 2018!

If you have been following this blog, you’d probably know that I love making #PassionProjects in fact, my theme this year is surrounded to it… I’ll share more about it soon.

 

Read: Why Start a Passion Project this 2018?

 

This post is a DIY Crafting session I whole heartedly made for my brother. Actually majority of the stuffs of this wedding are DIY, created by my Mom and Aunt. Here are a few of their creations.


 

So I made 2 sets of invites, 10 each design.

Wedding Motif: aqua green or turquoise!!! 😃 Basically my favorite shade of green!!! 👗💚

Design No. 1

This design needs:

  • A small container
  • Specialty paper of the color of your choice
  • Thread/yarn
  • Glue/ Scissors
  • Printouts of these circles which has the list of names of the entourage.

 

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Design No. 2

This design needs:

  • Specialty paper (as per the motiff)
  • Paper
  • Ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Letter sets (thin wood material)

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this DIY #PassionProject of mine and that it gives you an idea. 💡

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Why start a Passion Project this 2018?

Passion Projects, what are they?

Over the past few months of 2017,  I’ve been flooding my Instagram about #PassionProjectSeries and this one is one of the many items that I’ve curated to dig deeper into this term and explore this idea!

But of course, let me define what Passion Project is.

Passion Projects or PPs are projects that are outside your daily job. These are your personal creative side projects that gives you excitement & allows you to appreciate life. It is what you do to somehow relax and yet contribute on your own simple way.

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These photos below are 3 of my intro methods for this blog post.

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To get it a clearer view of what #PassionProjects are; one of my favorite Creative Entrepeneur – Arriane Serafico of The Purposeful Creative Podcast wrote these samples of what a Passion Project could be:

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A Blog, a DIY Project, a Challenge, Organizing an event or just getting out of comfort zone!  Or maybe polishing a skills you always love! ♥ 

 



Now, without any further a do, let me share my personal top 5 reasons to start a Passion Project!

 

#1 – A reason to wake up in the morning 

For sure, we all have every reasons to wake up and get excited every morning. It could be our work, our love life or an exciting activity that we are about to attend. But how about taking a #PassionProject and waking up in the morning having the reason to work for it because you love doing it! 

#2 – A Stress reliever 

In the midst of busy 8-5 schedule, flipping pages of books or browsing FB & IG are the common things to do. Having a Passion Project allows you knit, draw, create, write, run, jog, walk, smile or do something that you love. Taking out the pressure to yourself because what you are doing comes from the very core of your being. No matter what the result of that piece you are working on, you don’t owe anyone an explanation or no responsibility is required. That project you’re doing is a personal expression & thus it de-stresses you. I’ve also read that doing Passion Projects could bring us to our “state of flow”, in positive psychology it means the state when a person is performing an activity fully immersed, energized & enjoying the process of the activity.

 

#3 – Another identity of a deeper “You”

When someone asks us, “What do you do?” – our common default answer is to answer what we do for a living, what is our work to be exact. Yes it all happens to all of us and we all answer in unison about what’s our job.

How about if you answer that question in the context of what do you do as a PASSION PROJECT? Maybe the correct question is, what else do you do? Here comes our answer related to our gifts, talents, skills, our simply a passion (even if we aren’t perfectly well versed with that – but you love doing it.) In this way, you are allowing someone to know you more than the “you” as an employee. An identify sometimes left hidden when we don’t share our passion to others… during these moments, you are opening yourself to another dimension of YOU.

 

#4 – Build up & Polish your Talent

While working on your Passion Project, you get to discover many things about yourself. What you truly love and enjoy. How are you when you’re relaxed, what  excites you, how your patience works and most of all, along the way you’d discover that this project (whatever you have chosen to do) has allowed you to harness or your talent and skills. You build up yourself by putting your heart and passion into what you are doing and thus, you are polishing your God-given gift!

 

#5 – Who knows someday, this Passion becomes a Profit!

Over the past few months that I was literally a “stambay” (stay at home – unemployed wife) I have divulged myself to many things that allows me to broaden my view about life. I enrolled in an institute where I studied about HR, created more than 10 blog posts and gained more acquaintances in some blogger networks and I have also attended some online productivity, creativity & passion related courses. On these days and months, a thought of mine ( from personal experiences and the lessons learned) keeps popping up “Profitable Passion” – this is mostly from Arriane Serafico  – she’s the Creative entrep/coach of BraverGoals & of The Purposeful Creative.

 

So, what if your Passion could actually lead you to your own destiny of leveling up and taking your passion into a business? Who knows, someday… 

 

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These are just 5 reasons I could share of, when you scout the net they’ll give you plenty more! So what are you waiting for? Start one now and nourish your soul.

Do you have a current #PassionProject? Share it on the below comment. 🙂 I’d be happy to hear your amazing ideas!

 

Oh by the way, my 2018 theme revolves around this and I will share it very soon.

 

Finding your passion isn't about career & money, it's about finding ur #AuthenticSELF. The one you burried beneath other people's need. #OnPASSION #iamjmkayne Click To Tweet

 

 

 

God bless!

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Credits to http://www.teachingsuperpower.com for the cute numbers 🙂

Reflecting on 2017 – A Year-end Review

 

 


Over the past 12 months, yours truly has been into a whirlwind journey of employment & unemployment. I’ve been a bystander of change, immobility and of hopes and dreams.


In this year-end review allow me to divide it into 4 major life aspects; Personal, Relationship, Work Life & Community Life. In each aspect – I will share both the pros & cons.

View past reviews: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

 

PERSONAL – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: Where am I? What’s happening?

In between a few episodes of self pity and self awareness. I tend to ask these questions. It is more of the work-related issue than just the personal part… will explain it later.

Pro: Happy, Loved, on a sabbatical leave?!? 😜 I am happy. Yes I really am! This is a year that made me realize that no matter how low I (maybe be) in the other aspects of life, I’m 💯% sure that God hasn’t forsaken me. Happy because I’m in good health.

RELATIONSHIPS – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: “Steady, no major changes.”

Yes, I belong to a community and yes I met a few but it didn’t really progress more than being in an acquaintance level, probably bcoz we’re in the Area Household. While work related connections is not really a thing for me this year.

Pro: Met 2 new fellas although only for a short while. Maintained and kept the regulars

Childhood friends, BES, High school, CNU, UC-ESL and GEOS groups remained minimal yet always connected. Meanwhile my whirlwind Abu Dhabi school stints created 2 new friends on the list; Juna a fellow UC-ESL Teacher in UCLM campus and Gina from Manila. These two happens to be my buddies during our teaching applications, demo, a week seminar and the 3 days school class preparation. Ended short yet sweets as we are still friends in FB.

My active status in a few Facebook blogging groups/communities have created FB Friends add and a few exchange of convos, share and commenting on each other’s blogs.

WORK LIFE – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: Unemployed for 326 days. A month leave & 8 days at TPGS

You are reading it correctly. Almost a whole year of stand by, I was and still am.

Pros : Great BlogLife

Away from office life is a busy net life for me and for this #PassionProject of mine – this blog, www.iamjmkayne.com #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog. Over the past 12 months I have curated a total of 34 blog posts and what makes me so proud of it, is the facts that my “target” sponsored blogposts/ collaborations have been met and even surpassed. I’ve shared a mini review of those brands on this blogpost: 5 Gift Ideas and a Collaboration Review for 2017.

The truth is, my salary with my last employer will never be covered with these 8 sponsored blog posts, nevertheless these works of mine have brought me joy and confidence in the blogging world. There is fulfillment thereof.

COMMUNITY LIFE – What is #InMyHeart Status:

Cons: Limited, tested and challenged.

Limited because as I mentioned earlier we’re in the AreaHH (a CFFL/CFC-FFL member can relate or understand why). Tested – because of only 1 HH Spiritual growth has started to come dry. Challenged – because Kokobear has to step overboard to awaken situations and drive pathway in a different road.

Pros: Opened, Active and Challeged for 2018

Opened – because Kokobear spilled the beans, somehow a reconstruction has been made. I have to say though that a few people remain the same no matter what correction or openness you have been. It’s just “them”. … Active – for the whole year we both are active Area PFO and have delivered some talks to different ministries yet SFL has the quota. I guess it is because we’re coming from that group and the familiarity of field is easy for us. Personally I’d say it’s been a challenges. Often times when you deliver a talk it must or maybe somehow represents who you are… the downside for me is that – being jobless – at times makes me wonder how do I convey His greatness if I for one is not blessed with a job?!? Yet it has been so clear to me, I AM BLESSED! No matter what circumstances I am for this season, I am being carried by the King 👑 and that He will never forsaken me. So therefore I am giving all back to Him all the success and “touched by the holy spirit” 🕊 moment I and other CLS participants had during my talks. I am nothing but an instrument used by the Almighty. You rock Jesus!! 👆🏻

These are the four major aspects. Allow me then to do some shorties:


  • Health – Praise God I’ve been doing well. My insurance has expired since last year and glory to God for never making me sick all these time.
  • Exercise & Diet – Still gaining. 😔 It’s a shortcoming I have since last year… Don’t wanna make some promises that I may fail again. Crossing fingers I could break this!
  • Beauty – Hmmmmp not really sure if I did anything, but face has been attacked with all these pimples, I guess it’s also related to health. I learned that hormonal imbalances is one of the causes of this outbreak. Also, because I don’t have a day job, I tend to sleep very late. In fact, I sleep very early between 2 – 4 am.
  • Family – Lil bro is not little anymore! He’s tying the knot and will soon become a dad! Mamo and Dado are doing well too.
  • Byahe Ng Kokobears – because if what happened this year, we missed our yearly travel. Hope to cover it next year!
  • Kusina Ni Kayne – made new blog posts and a couple of videos too! Recently have my own kitchen (sharing no more) so hopefully I will get to do more cooking 🥘 and baking! 🥖 🎂

Reflecting on 2017 with the above sharing accumulated the facts that Jeremiah 29:11 (one of my fave life verses) is been passed. It says:

  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

My prayer of having a new job for 2017 was not answered, yet I fret no more. God has answered me “wait, I have a plan” Indeed He has! This year is not for me, but for my husband. This year His mighty hands led us north. We bid goodbye to Abu Dhabi this December and will embark a new journey as couples and as servants of God as we move to Dubai. In fact, our home 🏡 is now ready. 😄 What will Dubai and/or 2018 bring? Only He can tell. What’s #InMyHeart? Is peace and assurance that we are in the palm of His hands.

May God always bless all of us especially to you reading this and of those – a handful of friends/followers who read my blogs.

This has been JM Kayne signing off for this year, Adios 2017!

 

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 


 

Etihad Airways – Airline Review

The Basics

*Flight No.: EY 428

*Destination: Abu Dhabi to Manila

*Date : 29 December 2017 @ 10:05 am

*Class: Economy, window aisle27H 

*Duration: 7 hours, 30 minutes

*Abu Dhabi Terminal No.: 1A Gate 22

*Baggage Allowance: 2 check-in bags at 23 kgs max & 1 hand carry bag at 7 kgs.

 

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It’s been 9 years since I became an OFW. Been in and out of the Philippines for quiet sometimes but then it is my first time to fly with UAE 🇦🇪 ‘s National carrier- Etihad Airways. So in this quick review allow me to share my experiences and opinions on how this flight went. Basically I just landed in Manila and currently waiting for my next flight to Cebu… a layover of 7 hours there is. Now let me start.

Frequency of the Flight

Etihad Airways flies to Manila thrice in a week.

Morning Flights are good for me. It’s relaxing compared to late night or dawn schedules.

Seats & Entertainment

Seat set-up is 3-4-3 for the Economy class. Comfortable enough. Personally I chose an aisle seat near the toilet so it would be easier for me to move as it is only behind me. Seats has individual entertainment set called E-box where a variety of movies, TV series, music, games and more are available.

The Service

The crew and the rest of the team are supper friendly, they we’re able to manage easy to difficult type of passengers and on our aisle, if I haven’t mistaken, I guess she’s an Aussie.

The Food

Snacks was served right after take off. I had a pack of peanuts and a choice of drinks. This time I chose a red wine 🍷.

After a couple of hours lunch was served. A vegetarian option and a chicken cooked in coconut milk (somekinda Thai in taste) were the options, plus again your choice of drink. I took the chicken option and an apple juice. This set is fine, actually it tastes good but, personally I didn’t dig that much – not so much of a fan and somehow a part of me was a little in dismay. So I looked at the positive side and hopeful of a better meal no. 2.

In between the next 3 hours, the stewardess goes around asking anyone if we need water, coffee or tea. Took a little nap and soon after an aroma of food woke me up. Oh-oh! I thought my meal no. 2 is going to be better but it was a choice between sandwich and a cup noodles. I took the sandwich, which again still good but not literally a favorite of my taste buds. 😔

 

My Rating:

Star Star Star Star Half black and half white star shape

Over-all I would say that I am satisfied and happy with the experience. Maybe the only half star missing is for the food 🙂 But other than that, I would definitely love to fly again with Etihad Airways!

How about you? Have you tried this airline?

Let us know your thoughts on the comment below.

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

What’s in my heart ♥ . . . on Christmas 2017

Popping in this very day of Christmas and decided to write a short blog post of what is in my heart ♥, this Christmas season!

So, it’s exactly 1 year since I wrote this blog post and yes it’s been one year since I’ve been a stay-at-home wife. When I look back, it feels like only yesterday that I bid goodbye to NDC, visited home for surprise vacation, back to Abu Dhabi again and tried my luck for a new job.

There was scarcity, I couldn’t believe that in 4-5 months I only received a couple of calls that didn’t materialized. Then I delivered a talk for the HFL (Handmaids for Family & Life) CLS wherein one of the participants was a teacher of a Philippine school. I mentioned during the talk that I was looking for a job and truth be told, they have such vacancy for that specific major that I am in to. To make the long story short, I was hired but it will only commence on September of this year.

Come September, I started for a whole week of Teacher’s training. Week 2 kicked off too, but in the twist of events, I was forced to give up the job. October came and Kokobear was scheduled for 3 interviews!!! Made me think, it’s not my year – – –  this is for him. He bagged one of them that has made me conclude that EVERYTHING REALLY HAPPENS for a REASON! God closes a door and opens new one! Sharing this story in my furture blog very soon.

 

So what’s in my heart? ♥ this Christmas 2017?

#InMyHeart ♥ is nothing but being GRATEFUL!!! 

I may be jobless, nevertheless I am so full of love, hope and still grateful.

  • I am healthy.
  • My family is complete, safe and healthy.
  • I am loved by my husband (and taken care well too!) 😀 – happy wife happy life! hehehe
  • My brother is getting married and will soon be a father – that makes me an official aunt too 😀
  • I have family & friends that never lost the touch eventhough I am miles away.
  • #IamJMKayne passion project is progressive and started collab works.
  • God has used us for the upcoming community event for IBC 2018.
  • God has used us as a PFO for 4 years as a preparation for a bigger task next year.
  • This list goes on and on…  but #InMyHeart is just blessed!

That is why all I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH LORD! Thank you for blessing me, my family and all those people around me. May your name be praised at all times!!! #HEisTheREASONfortheSEASON

Let me close this post with this prayer.

 

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 


 

5 gift ideas + 2017 Collaboration post review

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Hello there everyone!

 

JM Kayne signing in for this Christmas season… well, basically this blog post is a mini-review of the collaboration that I have this year and at the same time a quick gift guide for you out there who might not be sure yet of what to wrap for your family and friends in this season of giving!

With those in mind, let me share 5 gift ideas for this season!

1. Personalized Journal

A journal/ diary is very ideal and Purpletrail has a solution to that, check out my story about this on PURPLETRAIL JOURNALS, Record memories with style!

2. Wallet & Bags 

Of course, Eva Leather has it covered! I’ve received my very first Christmas gift this year as they’ve sent me a wallet and I am so happy with it. Read my wallet review on EVA LEATHER – ROSAIRE WALLET.

3. Books  

Thank you to those people who ticked off these wish-list! You know who you are!!! God bless you! Mwahh xoxo

Awwww! I get giddy whenever I say this.. hahaha so at around last week of November I posted on facebook a few of my wishlist books and indeed some of my friends have  responded by sending me these! What better gift can you give, is the gift of knowledge. Read, read read and widen your horizon and vocabulary. This time, I wanna explore creativity and that amazing world of the Thrones.

4. Bags  

Bagail came in as my second collab post this year and they have variety of bags to choose from, mine was clear-tote bag, where I shared 3 REASONS TO LOVE BAGAIL.

 

5. Not Sure? Go Online & Get a Cashback! – 

Online shopping has been a trend for a while but Shopback has a little twist to it! You shop online through their website, they will redirect you to your prefered online site and you get a cashback in every completed purchase! How cool is that!? Read more about this in my blog post SHOP AND GET A CASH BACK!

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This year, my very first collab was with a Singaporean company that has created a base in the Philippines, it is called Shopback PH. Second, followed by a variety of bag from Bagail. Third, Quality Education campaign from Rocketship Schools. Followed by Basic Invite for your party invitation needs. Then my very first Christmas gift this year is a leather wallet from Eva Leather and finally personalized journals from PurpleTrail! This year has been really fruitful and amazing. . . To be honest, my target was only for 3 collabs but when it rains, it pours! Thanks God!

I look forward to what 2018 may bring. As early as now, I’d like to set my target for next year. 2017 was for 3 collabs, this new year I’d like to hit times 2 at 6 collaboration blog post and hopefully surpass it just like this year. Wish me luck! 🙂

 

Thank you to all brands/companies I have worked with this year, it has been a pleasure. Hope this won’t be the last one!

 

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IF YOU HAVE DEALS, GIVEAWAYS AND WOULD LIKE ME TO REVIEW YOUR PRODUCT AND SERVICES EMAIL US AT JMHBACUS@GMAIL.COM.

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 


This post is not sponsored, this is just a simply review of my past sponsored blog post this year!