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

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”
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“A Passion worth living”
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“Oh be Still My Heart, I know u are God, I know u hear my prayer”
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“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!!!
10 Things that make me happy

10 Things that make me happy

10-things-that-makes-me-happy
PHOTO CREDITS to the owner. Got it from one of the members of DIY Travel Philippines Facebook Group. Please PM me if your the one so I could give you a backlink 🙂 Thank you!

This post is another series of my TGIT – Thank God, It’s Thursday, #CountedBlessings series where I am enumerating ten (10) things (people/event) that make me happy! I know, I know – that it’s not Thursday but somehow, I feel the need to actually write this post because I feel I am blessed amidst the challenge that I am going through right now.

So, let’s jump right into it and let me write those things real quick.

  1. Family & Loved ones – ones that never fades

  2. The smell of rain – I know, but it rarely rains in Abu Dhabi –though rain sometimes makes me melancholic but it brings memories of home (PH)

  3. Coffee & green tea (mint) aroma – need not to elaborate right?

  4. Catching up with old friends. Or even with new friends – that truely love, care and understand.

  5. Books, inspirational books or any thing paper, pens, pouch, colors etc, pretty much define #nationalbookstore!

  6. When my recipes at #KusinaNiKayne is approved by the hubby! (heheh wala cyay choice! ) ^^

  7. When someone I know tells me they read my blog! ^^ (Thankie so much!)

  8. Flowers! Simply knowing that these came from the people who cares!

  9. Waking up late because of weekend! Who wont be happy with that?

  10. Holding on to the truth that God provides. Yes he does!

How about you, comment your 10 things below! 🙂

 

God bless!!!


 

LIEBSTER AWARD 2017 for #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog ♥

Yayyy! Is this actually true? ahaJ
I’ve seen this award for a while, never thought I’d get one because I didn’t know how it works. But recently, I got mine from Shernice Oli of Dreams of a Wanderess  thank you for nominating me Shenice! So kind of you! xoxo
It’s a great opportunity to get to know our fellow bloggers through this award. But before anything else . . . 

What is a Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an online award given to new bloggers by other bloggers. “Liebster” is a German word that means “the dearest”. The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to recognize fellow bloggers for their work and excellence. The nominees/award winners should then pay it forward by nominating/awarding other bloggers they admire and follow. It’s a way to help newbie/not so newbie to build audience and meet fellow bloggers from around the world (or should I say from around the internet!) heheheh ^^
 
If you have been nominated for this award, and you CHOOSE to ACCEPT IT, then you have to write a blog about it and follow these steps:
QUESTION: How do I nominate bloggers?
ANSWER: You can nomiante the bloggers you admire or discover them in diffirent platforms, such as FB Pages, twitter, pinterest, bloglovin and more… In my case I did it via facebook group pages of bloggers, just like how I did it. 
* * * 
So, I’m all set to answer her questions below, check it out!
 
1. What inspired you to make your own blog?
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I’m fond of writing diaries…So this blog actually started way back in college (2005/6) but I have done some changes, transferred some files and eventually kicked off in 2010. The reason I blog was at first by simply sharing my experiences online. Keeping it like a diary online. And then, late last year, I have this passion project to start a bit serious  about blogging. These days, I still write like journal but more likely of an inspiration/idea/tips about the different stories #InMyHeart.
 

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?

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HOME! I would still live in the Philippines (Cebu). I’ll keep it simple, it may sound cliche’ but indeed There is no place like home”

3. What valuable lessons did you get from your travels?
That the world is a big place, that there are so many beautiful and stunning creations God has created for us to appreciate. That culture of different nations are amazing and worth learning. That respect is due to anyone from any place. And most of al, that I as a person is blessed to be able to travel and see these places!

4. What is your favorite travel destination?

There is quiet a lot on my bucket-list, but probably Seoul Korea is on top of that! I used to be an ESL (English as Second Language) Teacher for Koreans so I am always fasciniated with the place & been hooked to some of the Korean dramas! So it’s really my fave destination even if I haven’t been there yet!

5. What are your 5 favorite foods in that country you picked for Question #4?
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Never thought I’d be a kimchi fan! At first it was like iwwww! But OMG, this is such a good food. Then followed by Samgyupsal, tuppukki, Samgyatang, Bibimbap and more!!! 🙂

6. What is your greatest travel achievement so far?

Being able to travel is already an achievement for me and for my husband … I am (we are) just  #blessed and I am grateful for that.

7. What is your most important travel tip? 
> To read about basic info of the places your about to visit. 
> Respect their cuture.
> And most especially, live the moment! I know~ we could get so attached to our cameras/mobile phones for photos and updates but, “being there” and just feeling the moment is the most special thing.
8. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
For now, I guess I have to leave this blank. Nothing so unsual yet. 😀

9. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? 
None. Nothing so remarkable or stange —  but a I guess the one we ate in a Chinese restaurant in Maldives. 

Is this a fried chicken?!? 

10. Where is your next destination?

WHERE TO NEXT? We’re planning on either Korea or Italy, while in the Philippines – it would probably be Bataan, or El Nido/Coron Palawan and more of Cebu!

Above picture is a great experience in Cebu, check out my blog about it on CEBU: Canyoneering.

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While this one is in Puerto Princesa Palawan.

 
                                     * * * 
Now, it’s my turn to pass it on and the new Liebster Award winners are…
The rules says: Nominate 5-10 blogs, but I’d say the more the merrier! 🙂 So I am adding 2 more amazing bloggers! So check out my 12 winners!

Drumroll please . . .

*HOWS MY LIFE – This blog is from Monika of Hungary! 

She started blogging to share her journey in life. After a life changing event she left Budapest for an adventure of a lifetime. In fact she calls this blog as her daily life on planet earth!
 
*LuLu4ever – It’s a joint blog account of Leiha and Su.
They thought that it sounded better to use LuLu than SuLeiha. They’re partners in taking an adventure together!
*RD Mathur – is a blog by Rajeshwar from India.
RD is short for Rajeswar Dayal , he is a retired banker turned traveller, photo enthusiast and a story teller.
 
*Chelfdom by Chelf of Greece
A blog of all things visually powerful, heavy metal sounds, glorious food and luxe minimalism.
*Daily Doses of Beauty by Neha Kumari of India.
She has this beautiful set of blog posts about fashion, beauty “How To” / DIY and more!
*Chirp Cheer n Chai by Pri and Aish.
It is a two girls (childhood friends) one blog about Thoughts, Art, Creativity, Cuisine, Dance, Parental Bonds, Travel, Life’s experiences!
*Sandra Myles by Mercyalice of Kenya.
It is her alter ego that writes the different stories of her life and the world through her eyes.
*Loosening the Chains by Krista of UK.
A blog about anxiety, depressions, personality disorder and all other lemons that life throws us. She’s one strong fighter of these disorders and I honor her for being open about it and being able to share her experiences and be an inspiration to others! You go girl! I’m praying for you!
*96 Milestones by Guenny of Portland (and Cebu as well).
The  blog is about discovering places around the globe and baking sweets! The reason why 96 milestones is such a sweet thing, wanna know why? –  you’d better check out her blog!
*Kristine’s Fashion& Lifestyle by Kristine of London.
A marketing manager who loves to explore her city and of other new places. She loves fashion & making youtube videos! Share me your youtube link Kristine! 
*50 Something YearsYoung by Bridget of London. 
She’s a 50 something Londoner who enjoys making the most of life. She’s observant and opinionated and she loves coffee like me! 😀
*Makes, Bakes & Décor by Lianne of Skegness UK!
She blogs about many mouthwatering cakes, cupcakes, some DIY & crafts. She has started blogging only for 4 months and yet her haven already rocks! She started the blog as a step to her business plan. You can make it Lianne!
These are my questions for you:
  1. Who inspires you to start a blog?
  2. How do you find blogging in general?
  3. Share something about your city that you’re proud of
  4. Does your family & friends know about your blogging life? How do they react?
  5. What’s your best travel experience so far?
  6. What’s your top 5 bucket-list places to visit
  7. What’s your theme for this year (Or do you have one?)
  8. When you feel blessed?
  9. If you could only bring 3 items while travelling, what are they? (Except for passports & tickets)
  10. What destinations have you visited and surprised you?
💚 Congratulations for receiving the Liebster Award! Don’t forget to send me a link to your posts. I’m thrilled to see all of your answers. 🙂 Thank you once again Shernice!
So glad to receive one! #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog just got a Liebster blogging award!
Now it’s your turn!
 
Wanna be nominated? Send me an email on jmhbacus@gmail.com or message me on my blog’s Facebook page – In My Heart – JM Kayne’s Blog and I’ll gladly nominate you! 🙂
 
God Bless!
 
JM Kayne www.iamjmkayne.com

Hello Cebu! Surprise!

Surprise!!!

 

As of writing, it is 5:15 am, Manila time – 6 Jan 2017. I am currently in the boarding area for my connecting flight to Cebu.

This is an unplanned vacation which will surely bring a surprise to my family. I have kept this secret for a month now, and only a few of my friends know about this. I hope no one spilled the beans 🙂 . Yes, it’s connected to the blog I recently published about losing a job, read the story here.
 
Our original vacation schedule is supposed to be April 2017, in time for my in-law’s wedding. But as I have shared on that post, “Trust in the Timing” – I believe, this is an answer to my prayer. To cut the story short, here I am waiting for my 9:00 am flight to the Queen city of the South and in 5 hours more I’ll be seeing Mamo, Dado and Dandan shortly! #ExcitedMe ^^
 
While waiting, let me share my thoughts about Philippine Airlines. Actually, over the past 8 years –  it is my first time to fly with this carrier. Kokobear was able to purchase for me a two-way ticket for around 1800/- AED (490/- USD or 23,400 Php) . For me, this is a cheap price already compared to 4K during the holiday season and just for one way! Allow me to share that:
  • I have heard many who seemed to be disappointed with this airline, but my 7 and half experience (almost 8 hours) was quite okay. Although we depart late from Abu Dhabi, but we arrive almost on time in Manila. 
  • Food was okay, there were chicken and fish fillet choices for dinner – I took the fish
  • In between snacks of chocolates, biscuits, juices, cola, chocolate cake etc and a turkey ham/cheese sandwich too!
  •  There were pillow and blanket
  • No TV though
  • Playing cards, Globe sim card, toothbrush/paste were distributed separately, something I am not so cool but bearable. I just thought they could put it in one pack and prepare it in each seat – save them the time and rounds. Also, getting a free sim makes me think – this is the reason it’s easy to fake identity… that’s personal view because in UAE we register our sims with IDs/ passports.
  • The crew was friendly, nice and pleasant.
  • Upon arrival at NAIA Terminal 2,  I was a bit confused whether to take my check in luggage or keep it… Gotta ask the Customs desk to know what has to be done. So what happened is that there are 3-4 personnel in one side of the baggage claim area that puts on a yellow sticker that says “domestic transfer”, got mine and had it stuck on. Then I went out and enter once again to the dometic area.
So, far, that’s it.
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Time Check : 6:05 am – I’ll be sharing what will happen after that encounter shortly.
 
 
So what happened during my arrival . . . 
 
Hahaha! I wish I could actually capture their faces! 😀

So, the universe connive with me, when I get off the taxi no one is on the street. So I got off as quick as I could, put on my hats, drag my luggage and put it in front of our sari-sari store. 

Right on time Papa was about to go back inside the house, so I said “Ayo!!! Pwede magpa-load“,  (hello, can I have a load?) widely smile and look at him. His face and eyes blank . . . took few more seconds before saying “Hala! – – – Ikaw na day?” (oh! Is that you?)

Mama on the other hand, was about to go upstairs and stopped, saw me, but on her mind “Is it JM, she is, but it’s impossible” 
 
And I blurt it loud, Surprise!!!! 

They all smiled, laughed and said Hoy! Nganu naa man ka! Wa lagi ka nagsulti! (Hey! Why are you here, why didn’t you inform us . . .)
 
Then more laughter, hug and kisses follow. 

What a great feeling to actually be at home and meet my family again. My brother was on duty, so when he arrived I also surprised him, but although he wasn’t aware, he took the other door and got me surprised too! 

Sharing you my daily musing, instant reunion, eat outs, meeting friends and more adventures! So just keep on track 🙂

God Bless!