Purpletrail Journals, record memories with style!

Have you ever wanted to create a notebook, journal or binder just for one specific purpose?

I do! 🙂

I’ve often thought that it would be nice to create a notebook for my travels, something to record memories; what we did on a specific day, what the weather was like, where we ate and so on… That would be a delight. I’m sure we can all think of something that we’d like to take note, even if it’s not for a super important day. You could think of a few things for sure.

Well, good news! I’ve found a place that allows maximum customization of a journal or notebook – and it’s cooler than I could have imagined. Here’s PurpleTrail.com, a custom stationery paradise.

They make a huge variety of things, including popular daily, weekly and monthly planners. But the item I am most excited about doesn’t even get that much attention. You see, PurpleTrail makes custom journals. Now, that alone doesn’t sound too exciting. But what sets this apart is that you can customize the inside pages. That means you can create a specific format of a notebook to track your appointments, or a log book for tracking sales goals at work or simply anything else.

Here’s an example of a page used for a baby book. Not only it is super cute, it’s customizable too.

You can change anything about this, from a small change of the color scheme, to entirely redesigning it  to be for tracking baseball stats. (if that’s your thing). You can start from a blank page or choose from a few of their preformatted pages and use that as a starting point. Now, that’s a ton of value. Imagine this as a gift. Perhaps a fantastic doodle book for Simon, a diary for Sarah with just some lined pages or a training notebook for Sam whose running her first marathon.

There’s more to love than just the inside pages. PurpleTrail has a lot going on for it. The covers are just as customizable as the sheets. Just a few clicks turn a design into something completely different. They have two sizes (8.5 x 11 and 6 x 8 inches) to choose from and 3 varying cover materials (hard cover, laminate cover, or a synthetic cover).

The covers can be playful and colorful, or simple and business-like. There’s an extreme amount of flexibility with all that PurpleTrail does. You’ll likely find a few reasons to use their services as time goes on. And that benefits you, as they have a loyalty program. Each purchase gives you money towards your next purchase. That’s a huge plus in my books. It’s like buying wedding invitations and getting a discount on the thank you cards as a result. As an added bonus, PurpleTrail promises some of the quickest turn around times you’ll find., Most order ship within 3 business days and rush processing is available too.

Check them out. I think you’ll love PurpleTrail as much as I do. And to help you get started, you can receive 10% off your first order using the limited-time promo code INMYHEART.

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 


This post is sponsored by PurpleTrail. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

 

10-minute Marriage Certificate Attestation at Tasheel Marina Mall – Abu Dhabi UAE

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This is another #PublicServiceBlog post regarding one of the many requirements a married couple has to do in order to be legally recognized as “married” and/or be able to sponsor a spouse and other family members here in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

We’ve been married for three years and the intention of attesting our documents have always been on hold due to some papers to prepare here and there. So only this year we did what is required. Here are the simple steps to do it.

Step 1. Get your NSO (yellow green paper) marriage license

Step 2. Have it attested in the Philippine DFA* (Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila (We’ve used DHL to do this process and costs as around 3,000 Php) 

*DFA shall return your Marriage Contract with a cover letter and a red ribbon + a blue (UAE MOFA) stamp at the back of it.

Finally, another attestation is needed when your papers reach here in the UAE. The simplest way to do it is through the TASHEEL Infinity Service in Marina Mall which took only 10 minutes or less! In fact my bus ride is even longer than the process! Happy customer here! 🙂

Step 3 – MOFA Attestation

Here’s how I did it.
I took the bus #7 from Elektra Street going to the main entrance of Marina mall, I guess it took around 35-40 minutes one way.

TASHEEL is on the lower floor of Paris Gallery, so I went straight to it and at the reception, you’d simply say I need my papers to be attested (with your greetings of course 🙂 heheh showing some manners ) … and the receptionist will gladly give you the waiting number. Although she asked a few questions related to where did you have your marriage because there are 2 ways, I guess.

My number was 2255, on queue are 2 people and in less than 5 minutes it was my turn!

-MOFA Marriage Certificate attestation on iamjmkayne.com

As I approached the officer, he   asked for the marriage certificate, checked the back page and the UAE blue stamp then asked if I have a debit/credit* card for the payment.

*No cash is accepted, so make sure you bring a credit/debit card.

Gave my card and entered the pin, then he returned it with the receipt, took another paper ( a sticker) and stamp it on the back page! That costs 160/- AED.

That’s it!

To my surprise I asked him “Is that it!?!”

“Yes it is!” he answered with a smile. I said thank you!

To be honest, it took me so long to process this paper because all the while I thought I still need to go here and there then pass this and that and come back after a few days. But how efficient and fast was that! So, to you who plans to do it, there is no need to wait!


Tasheel Marina Mall 

Location: Lower ground area of Paris Gallery Marina Mall

Tel. No. 02-6811644 | Email: faraz@infinity.ae | Website: www.infinity.ae

Timing : 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


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Note: For other nationalities, the same process applies. Steps 1 and 2 must be done first in your home country’s version of Foreign Affairs authority & UAE Embassy + Step 3.

 

Hope this short post helped you.

God bless,

JM SIGNATURE-black


 

2017 Blogger Recognition Award for #InMyHeart

This year’s Blogger Recognition Award goes to  . . . [ drum rolls please…. 🙂 ]

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#InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog

Similar to the Liebster Award that this blog received earlier this year, #InMyHeart garnered another award just before the year closes! Thanks to a fellow Travel Blogger mate Anj Yap of YAMVENTURES!

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What is a Blogger Recognition Award? 

This award is a blogger to blogger appreciation award for their hard work, dedication and passion put into each and every post. It was created to let readers know more about other bloggers who deserved to be followed.

So, let me tell you a little more about #InMyHeart.

In college, I struggled being a writer for the school papers; submission after submission I don’t seem to get a chance being published and wonder why… but instead of being disheartened, I pursued another way to release “the” then-feeling creative” inside of me by making a personal blog via blogspot.com and ever since then I have already called it #InMyHeart. Simply because it’s my personal online diary where I share my experiences, lesson learned and any other stories in my heart. I have kept this space for a long time, I guess more than a decade now. Actually some of the original posts are now defunct. The latest one I’ve kept was only when I moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE, circa~ 2008. 

Although it has been open for a while, I only took blogging a little more serious middle of last year (2016) when I finally decided to purchase my personal domain iamjmkayne.com and then have it hosted through CoffeeMags.com (now Maison) which only costs 1$/month! Right now, my personal sharing and journey are the same – the way it was back then.

Here’s a couple of advise to newbie bloggers:

  1. Keep the Passion Sustained. One of the reality of a “bloglife” is when you start chasing followers and getting concerns about SEO & blog traffic. That my friend, is chaotic! Define from the very beginning why you started blogging, make it your compass, your “true north” as others call it. Keep your passion about writing/blogging regarding a certain theme/topic that you are really passionate about. Because blogging is not always the high, there comes lull moments that usually requires you to think of keeping it stagnant or creating more content. So sustain it and keep that passion burning!
  2. Create Connections. A blog remains a speck to a bigger world of the internet and though it’s true that we all want to make a difference –  with the million dollar question on how to excel among each of us. It is wiser to widen up your connections by connecting to your fellow bloggers. Find that tribe that has the same language that you have. Join FB pages/groups that will allow you to meet other passionate bloggers as you and share or learn from them as well.

So it’s time for me to pass along this award . . . in . . .

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#InMyHeartJMKayne’s Blogger Recognition Award goes to my 15 nominees! And they are . . .

Actually I’ve got 5 more, so here are the 20 nominees who deserved to be recognized!

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    1. Prachi Garg of GhoomoPhiro – Travel
    2. Victoria Alicia of A Traveling Translator – Travel
    3. Kalyan Panja of Travtasy – Travel
    4. Elle Chavez of Ellerrad – Architecture/Photography
    5. David Jacobson of HikerBible – Travel & Adventure
    6. Rei Moises of Ms. PoetRM – Travel & Poetry
    7. Ruthie Blanche of Minute Meanderer – Travel
    8. Kaynelle Chavez of The Kokobears – Couple Lifestyle & Travel
    9. Bevz Lian Adriano of My Dose of Wanderlust – Travel
    10. Berly Granates of The Desert Blogger  – Life
    11. CFFL TVM of CFFL-The Vineyard Magazine – Faith, Family & Life
    12. Keerti Tomar of Food Travel & More – Food & Travel
    13. Gerry Isabelle of Dominican Abroad – Multicultural Travel
    14. Joaquin Luis Nicodemus of The Boy Disconquerer – Travel 
    15. Marcela Ivanković of Marcella Photo – Lifestyle
    16. Petro Marais of World Mission 196 – Travel
    17. Gian Carlo Jubela of Adrenaline Romance – Adventure Travel
    18. Alexander Popkov of Engineer On Tour – Travel Finland & Scandinavia, Expat life in Finland
    19. Vanessa Bago Lingan-Panaligan of Piggybear Travels – Couple Travel & Foodie
    20. Harmony Fabrizio Skillman of Momma to Go – Travel, Fitness & Parenting
       

>Congratulations everyone! May we continue to share our own experiences in our simple ways that helps others and make even a little difference to make this world better! 🙂

What’s Next?

As one of my nominees, you should pass on this award to the other 15 worthy bloggers with the rules below:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Through this award, we are able to meet our fellow bloggers and somehow appreciate their presence in this wide world of blogging. Once again, thanks to Anj Yap & Kevin Dagatan of Yamventures for this recognition. Will hopefully explore Taiwan so and relish some Meteor Garden love! 

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God bless!

JM SIGNATURE-black


Five (5) Podcasts I listen to

Many people nowadays usually say they are busy and squeezing in some time for something new might not be applicable. But how about during your lull time? How about while you do a long walk, maybe a jog or run. Or stuck in the traffic? In a queue waiting for something? Obviously, the go to “thing” – is, of course; our mobile phones. Browsing Facebook, Instagram or playing games. But how about learning something new or get inspired by listening to a Podcast!?

Yes, many heard this word and yet a few have explored.

 


What’s a podcast?

/pɒdkɑːst/  A podcast is a digital audio file available on the internet for downloading and be saved on your computer or mobile device. These are pretty much like a radio station conversation about a certain topic. Topics vary from faith, business, creativity, education and all other topics.


 

In this post, I am sharing 5 of the podcast I listened to and has kept me inspired throughout the 7 months that I’ve been staying just at home since January. 

 

1. Happier

Hosted by: Gretchen Ruben

Gretchen is a writer based in New York who studies habit and anything about happiness. She’s  joined by her friend Elizabeth Craft in this journey to be happier. My favorite part of this show is when they give one specific happier act every episode they call “do this at home”  tip, which allows you to do it as a way to be happier.

I also enjoy the last part wherein Gretchen and Elizabeth exchange their Happiness gold stars (merits) & demerits alternately. These are simple good & bad (not really bad, but “to improve” ) stuff they’ve done over the past days/weeks. A good way to recognize people, things, habits that create a positive impact in life, how minute they could be. Or even recognizing that what they’ve done; is something to “work on” and be better next time.

Read her show notes and load up with her happier podcasts on Happier.

 


2. The Purposeful Creative

Hosted by: Arriane Serafico

I was watching a YouTube talk show (also a podcast) called Coffee Break and there I first knew this very creative lady!  That short interview she had on that show wherein she talked about How to Ace your Presentation got me curious of her craft, so I googled her and learned about her personal website, her blog – now podcast The Purposeful Creative and her BraverGoals community. She swept me with her ideas and of her ways of presenting them. What I love the most about her blog/podcast is that she gives a very easy & actionable step to act out. She challenges & encourages all her listeners/followers of various things that would definitely keep you thinking.

I personally love her IG Feeds & stories. So go ahead & follow her on Instagram @arrianeserafico and listen to her podcast on The Purposeful Creative.

 

 


3. Teacher Tactics

Hosted By: Collin Dodds & Michelle

As a high school teacher, this is one of the best “teaching” podcast I’ve encountered. As they wrote on their tag line; “Impactful HS teaching strategies”.

I started listening to this one, the moment I’ve accepted the new job I got – this middle of the year (2017). I love that they are very specific with their examples and sharings. Most of all I enjoy that they close it with an inspiring and catchy quote called  “Potent Quotables”.

I look forward to more ideas, strategies, classroom management and interviews of real life teachers sharing their passion, designs, styles, teaching tips, discipline, student engagements, and tactics! It excites me to be back in the teaching stage! It’s been almost 9 years since I left the teaching world and this is going to be my first attempt to a “real-life classroom teaching.” Wish me luck! Bring it on September! 🙂 Woohooo!

Teacher Tactics‘ website/podcast episodes can be found on www.teachertactics.com.

 


4. Creative Pep Talk

Hosted By: Andy J. Pizza

For a while now, I have tried calling myself a “creative”, well I guess I deserved to be one… anyone can be creative in their own right. But then, I found myself going around the idea of creative thinking or design thinking and landed on this podcast! I enjoy that Andy is so open about exploring this world and unleashing the power of creativity in oneself. Hearing other creatives too from the series of interviews he made over the past episodes gets me into taking down notes and trying to brainstorm that creative side of me. Every end of the episode I sure have a take home. It could be an idea or a quote that ignites the creative part of me!

 

Get updates on his latest podcast episode on Creative Pep Talk website.

 


5. Catholic Answers

Hosted by: Cy Killet with Different Priests & Apologetics.

As a Catholic Christian of course, it helps to allow yourself learn more about your faith by understanding how it works. When I found this podcast, I know I am on the right track. It talked about the topics about Catholicism. Why we do this and that, what is the reason the Pope or the priest says this or do that. There is also a day where in they open the lines up and allow Christians and other denominations call them for random questions. It is a good way to touch topics that probably some other people have the same questions and yet don’t have enough guts to ask it.

Get updates and other details about the Catholic faith on Catholic Answers.

 


This list is, of course, a few of the many podcasts circulating the podcast world which you could explore on the net and/or your Podcast app on your iPhone or on Sticher for Androids phones.

As for me, I am continuously researching for new and refreshing ideas as I explore this new medium. Isn’t it a better alternative than just browsing and peeking up the lives of others or do selfies here and there? 🙂 lol I’m guilty of that too! hehe

Hope this one helps you in one way or another. Just another option to spend your lull moments.

Have your own choices and feed your thoughts of something better, educational & of course positive!

“Keep learning and strive to better yourself!”

How about you? Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites!?! Go ahead let me know – on the comments below & I’d be happy to check them out too! 🙂

God bless!

 

 

 


16 Inspiring Quotes for Teachers

Sixteen (16) Inspiring Quotes for Teachers.

Allow me to share these quotes that have helped me cope up to the pressure of getting back into the teaching arena. In fact it has been 9 long years that I haven’t practice this very first passion of mine. Yes, you read it right, I am about to embark once again the journey of this humble profession of teaching.

I searched the internet, looked for books, asks fellow teachers on all the new trends and methodology of educating the young minds of today and indeed they’ve all delivered. But what has captured my heart are those inspiring quotes I’ve encountred during those journeys.

So, allow me to inspire you as well with these quotes.

1.#OnDOINGandTEACHING

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2. #OnWhatMATTERSThe best thing about being a teacher, is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher, is that it matters every day.

– Todd Whitaker

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3. #OnGivingYourBESTTeachers inspire you to be your best by giving you their best.

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4. #OnINFLUENCE

A Teacher affects eternity, no one can tell where his/her influence stops.

– Henry Brooks Adams

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5. #OnAWAKENINGJOYinCREATIVITY

                        Quote from @boost_ur_teaching IG Account

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6. #OnLOVINGtoLEARN

A Teacher who loves teaching will teach a child to love learning.

– Teacher Lauren Ritter

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7. #OnTELLSHOWINVOLVE

Tell me & I’ll forget. Show me & I may remember. INVOLVE me and I’ll understand.

– Chines Proverbs.

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8. #OnDOINGandTEACHING

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The mediocre teacher tells.

The good teacher explains

The superior teacher demonstrates

The great teacher inspires.

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9. #OnDOINGandTEACHING

In learning you will teach, in teahcing you will learn.

– Phil Collins

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10. #OnLEARNINGTwice

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11. #OnDOINGandTEACHING

This one is simple, but ROCK!!!

Not just a quote, but actually it’s a blog! Check out http://www.teachingsuperpower.com

 

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12. #OnDOINGandTEACHING

A good teacher is like a CANDLE; it consumes itself to life the way of others. - Mustafa Kemal Atatürk… Click To Tweet

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13. #OnCOLLABORATIONorWORKINGTOGETHER

The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our work is only limited to our own perspective.

– Robert John Meehan

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14. #OnTRAININGaCHILD


My father used to write this on the back of our door using a chalk. never thought it was quoted from the bible. I realized that only after being immersed to the church⛪️ & community life and of knowing Christ more through CFC-FFL or CFFL UAE. Btw, I write for our community mag, check out the latest stories and sharing of our brothers and sisters – it’s called CFFL – The Vineyard Magazine. 


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15. #OnDRESSINGUpAndPuttingAShowI forgot who is the one who said it, but I heard this quote from one of the Podcasts I listen to called Teacher Tactics. Do you listen to podcasts? Here are my top 5!TEACHING is after all a form of showbusiness, you put on a show for your students and it is a part of it.

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16. #OnBEINGHUMBLEThis is a personal favorite of mine, a reminder quoted from the bible.

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Do you have another inspiring quotes about teaching and/or education? Comment it below! 🙂

Hope you enjoy and be enspired with those quotations because I surely have!

God bless us all!
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It’s Eid al-Adha, what’s your plan?

 Photo credit from: riyadhprayertimes.com

Eid al-Adha is one of the many holidays that UAE and other muslim countries celebrates.

There are 2 Eid celebrations: One is Eid al-Fitr that’s the end of the Ramadan season and the upcoming one on 31st August is Eid al-Adha. It is also known as the Big Eid probably because it is usually noted as a long holiday (including the weekends). This Eid is also called as the Sacrifies Feast, in honor of Abraham who willingly sacrificed/offered his son as an act of submission to God’s command. Pretty much the same story with what we Christians have in the holy bible.

With the holiday approaching, what’s your plan?!?

You’d probably heard this question asked by many of your family and friends around here in the UAE.

As for me and Kokobear, we don’t have a concrete plan yet. Unlike last year, we headed to Sri Lanka but this year due to what happened last December, we don’t have any. But even though we don’t have a plan, I just thought of sharing a few suggestions for you, your friends and family to bond with during this holiday season.

Check these out!

1. Catch up some lost sleep – Have you ever thought that you always don’t have enough sleep? When in fact it has become psychological. We tend to complain not having enough sleep because we wake up early morning for work or school but when it’s weekend, we stay up way late at night or even until dawn, since there is no commitment the next day. hehehe I feel you! I am currently in that stage. But hey, it’s a 3 days holiday, so go ahead hit the sack now. 🙂

2. Stay at home and do the Karaoke – We Filipinos are known for our love of music and a Karaoke is a must activity for most of us. So take out all the chips and drinks, let’s sing it and let’s do it MY~~~ WAY!!!!  haha 😀

3. Try out an Emirati/Arabic Restaurant and somehow feel how they celebrate Eid – Understanding a country’s culture always includes enjoying the local cuisine and so why not look for an Arabic restaurant (roasted Lebanese chickens exempted, coz I guess we’ve all tasted that on day to day basis)… Or maybe, if you happen to know a local family, then why not visit and try to celebrate it with them!

4. Photo Walk or Enroll in a class you’re interested in – Have you noticed that the weather starts to cool down? It’s good for a photo walk now! It doesn’t require a DSLR to do that, your mobile phones could actually deliver. Take a photo and burn some calories too! Hitting two birds with one stone! 🙂 Another option is to take a class that you’re interested in. Maybe a photography class or calligraphy and others? Very simple, just check out some nearby seminars/workshop events on Facebook or use Google!

5. Go to the beach or park – It’s a good time to spend time with family and friends by the beach, Corniche will always be open, or how about Saadiyat beach! Well, if you want to entertain your tastebuds into barbeque sessions, the parks will also be a good option!

6. Movie (cinema) or Movie marathon at home – Movies movies movies! Who doesn’t want to catch up some movies and do a marathon at home or check out the latest showing at the nearest cinema? I bet watching movie is the number one past time here in the UAE.

7. Visit Family and relatives from the other Emirates – Majority of us here in the UAE has family members staying in the other Emirates, so why not reconnect ties and bond more with them. Make more family memories to relinguish by staying at their home, or book a hotel in RAK, see some green gardens in Al Ain, or enjoy the huge Dubai mall! After all, Eid al-Adha was a family offering for God.

8. Get to know Abu Dhabi more by visiting these 10 Free Site-seeing Places. – Yes, I have recently wrote for Biggie Tips – 7 Free Site Seeing Places in Abu Dhabi and I have added 3 more to make it 10 on my own blog. 🙂 This is quiet connected to #5 with more options though :D. Let’s try being a tourist of our own city and explore Abu Dhabi’s must see places.

9. Take a short trip outside UAE. – Three days is enough to visit the nearest country such as Georgia, Sri Lanka in our case last year, or do a 2 nights/3 days short solo trip to Armenia just like what Ms. Poet RM did. Read her story on Going Solo to Yerevan Armenia 2016.

    Follow her blog as she shares herself through poetry & check out her adventures on http://mspoetrm.wordpress.com 🙂

10. Service + Fellowship with CFFL Brethren – Community life is a lifestyle, so how about service + fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the community? This is just another great way to spend this holiday more meaningful by offering time to God through service & fellowship. Check out these photos below shared by our brothers and sisters in the community. Photo credits to Bro. Wilper, Sis Joan and Sis Bevz.

These are just 10 of my suggestionson what to do during this Eid al-Adha. Maybe you could add more? Share your thoughts on the comment below.

God bless and enjoy your Eid al-Adha!

 

 

 


 

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.