CFFL #TVM20 Released!

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This issue’s cover is designed by Bro. Gilbert Sioson of CFFL Sharjah.
#TVM20

– Editor’s Note –

Hello brothers and sisters! We are now up with our 20th issue! How amazing is that!?!

Over the past seven (7) months, we have gathered a humongous response from our brethren all over the Emirates sharing their time and talent. Praise GOD tayo dyan!

Indeed, the Holy Spirit has been working in each of us. For He gave us the courage to put out our skills, stories and hearts through your submissions. I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts and love. On behalf of the whole CFFL-TVM team, THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart! You are indeed a blessing to us and to our community.

As we continue to gather your inspiring stories and encounter with God and our neighbors within and outside the community; in this issue we have a full-packed personal sharings from our KFL Coordinators in Abu Dhabi, major photos submission too! 🙂 Covering many of this year’s KPA (Kids Possible Assembly) events. We also have a sister whose prayer was answered. Bro. Paul’s sharing of his recent visit/mission here in the UAE. A question on how’s our vineyard life. A thought provoking throwback article from Tito Frank Padilla. Plus IBC delegates sharing –  on their experiences last March.

Poetry overload too on the Poetic side. Of course, regular favorites on #FotoQuoteToh & Selfie or Groupie w/ TVM. And finally loads and loads of photos on our photo gallery.

Above all, we hope that this 20th issue is another addition to your collection of our community magazine that has touched and inspired you over the years. God bless!

 

 

Praying for you and your family!

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Sis JM Bacus – Chavez

 

 

 

 

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This Blog in #s

#InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog in numbers . . .

 

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In My Heart – JM Kayne’s Blog (www.iamjmkayne.com) is now . . .

 

  • 8 years old today
  • 6.5 years in the Blogger/Blogspot platform and 1.5 in WordPress

 

  • 225 posts/stories (as of today)

 

  • 18,000++ WordPress visitors  (moved from Blogger to WordPress)
  • 50,000 ++ visitors (from old Blogger platform, before moving to WP)
  • Approximately 80K++ views/visitors

 

  • 100 – 1100 approximate –  Page views/visitors per day

 

  • 105 countries (and counting)

 

 

 

Social Accounts (As of August 2018):

  • 1450+ Facebook Page likes & follows
  • 1400+ – LinkedIn Contacts
  • 500+ – Instagram Followers
  • 280+ – Twitter Followers
  • 120 – Pinterest Followers
  • 74 – Bloglovin Followers
  • 55 – Google+ Followers
  • 50 – WordPress Bloggers followers
  • 14 – Youtube channel subscriber

 

Thank you very much for helping me to grow this passion project. I appreciate every single page view. I love you all! ♡

 

 

God bless,

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Everyone can be CREATIVE!

On my earlier posts, I have defined what creativity is for me.

Yes, it takes courage to proclaim it but again I do believe that everyone can be creative. So, this time, I’d like you to relate more to it. That’s why in this blog post I’m sharing my thoughts on what a creative person is . . . or who are these creatives?

 

You are a creative if you are – – – 

  • an artist – of any form

  • a teacher

  • musician (singer, lyricist, guitarist, pianist and all other instruments)

  • poet

  • writer, novelist

  • DIY enthusiast

  • graphic designer

  • actor/actress

  • directors, costumes designers

  • painter

  • dj/vj

  • speaker

  • flower arranger

  • architect / engineer

  • copywriters

  • storytellers

  • ads creators (print,audio and video)

  • blogger /vlogger

  • fashion trendsetter, tailors, dressmakers/seamstress

  • event organizers

  • and the list goes on . . . ultimately, YOU are one!

Now — don’t worry if your creative pursuit (or profession) isn’t on this list because whatever you are into (creatively), you’re an artist of life. You are a creative no matter what!

A creative is an artist in any form of art. It’s not exclusive for musicians, writers or painters. Creatives are people who sees the world a little differently than others. S/he is an individual who may usually influence others not only through their personality but by the gifts and talents that are innate in them.

S/he is a thought leader. Sometimes s/he doesn’t know what s/he does. Very relatable right? 🙂 haha

So, what does a creative exactly do?

A creative CREATES. S/he creates something for the mere reason of personal pleasure. She writes just to write, he sings/dances just to feel the music within and just to be entwined with pure joy as the tone and rhythm goes around the whole room. She crafts ideas both made and not made yet.

 

So a creative creates whatever it is that he/she feels that the world calls him/her to create.

 

A creative follows and breaks the rules to accomplish what needs to be born.

With this definition, I know that once in our life we have that thrill and call to do something. To create something. Therefore I strongly believed that everyone can be creative!

And yes, you! You who are reading this — is a creative too! After all you won’t land to this page without that inkling that you are one. 🙂

What type of creative are you and how do you define what a creative is? Share it on the comment below.

 

Don’t let that creative light within you blinkers…

Go on and create! Create, create create! 🙂 

 

 

God bless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#Creativity #TheCreativePassport #CreativeCuriosity #CreativeGenius #CreativeLiving #Lala  #DivineSpark

Big Bad Wolf Books UAE – VIP Pass

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Hey there book lovers!

The wolf has arrived in the UAE! Bringing us 3 million books to devour on. 🙂 On Oct 18 to 28,  Big Bad Wolf Books visits Dubai (UAE) at Dubai Studio City – Sound Stage Venue inside MBC building!

Sounds exciting right? Well, that excitement leveled up when I found myself winning a VIP Day pass giveaway! 😀

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Now, let me share a few pros and cons in this experience:

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PROS
  • Open 24 hours!!!
  • Entrance is FREE!
  • We’re the first of the many people who could  get the first dibs of these amazing books. I guess they’ve given 1000 VIP Pass. But the place wasn’t full packed when we arrived, we were there around 8:30/9 PM.
  • They have an offer to share your blessings by donating on site. More details can be taken on the site itself. This caught my attention, because every time someone shares his/her blessing the whole crew claps their hands.
  • Membership booth is available, where in you can get further discounts on some of the books.
  • 50-80% Off on all book! Made me excited to see a Paulo Coelho book pack of 8 is only at 165 AED!!! OMG!!!
  • Accepts Cash, Debit & Credit card!
CONS
  • Books looked less than 3M. Or maybe because it’s just a pre-opening… The customer service said that more books are still on the way.
  • The books I wished to get were not on the list. But at least I get one that is really on my priority – that’s Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project
  • Personally, I don’t find the rows and arrangement properly set-up. I had a hard time navigating one stall to the other because it seemed un properly arranged.  Well, I’m giving them benefit of the doubt since it’s just the pre-opening. Hope they’ll manage to make it better.
  • Venue is a bit far, the good news is, you can still reach by metro, then taxi or bus. 😀 Stop @ Mall of Emirates metro – Ride Bus F30.

 

Anyway, I still have 10 days to check the book haven more. Let me update this post by then! 🙂

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So, once again, grab the courage to do book hauls from:

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  • The Big Bad Wolf Books UAE
  • 18 – 28 October 2018
  • Prices  from 10 AED – 200+ for book packs

Have your comfy shoes to go around the area, bring your water, cash and lots of Ohhhh,, Ahhhs, wow! hehe because this is indeed a Book Adventure!!!

 

 

Enjoy & God bless!

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Updated Podcast List for 2018

JM Kayne’s updated list of Podcast for 2018

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It’s time to update my list! In 2017, I shared this list of my top 5 favorite podcasts and this year, more podcasts have taken my attention. Here are new discoveries this 2018.

Read on!

 

🎙Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert

Yay!! She’s my favorite writer. And no, not because of Eat Pray Love, but because of BIG MAGIC (Book). Everything inside it and all related to her idea of creativity just resonates the inner me. She speaks my truth in this book that I am totally in love with it. Also since I started binging her videos and books, I also landed in this podcasts where she explores more about this idea of a creative genius and more magic lessons!

 

 

🎙Marie Forleo Podcast

I learned about Marie because of Lavendaire. She’s my current #HowToBeYou po for business. She talks about business and other creative endeavors. Also interviews big time thought leaders. Her style is just refreshing!

 

🎙Lavendaire by Aileen Xu

Aileen is another creative inspiration. Her Youtube channel motivates me and her personality is just nice. Her ideas resonates mine and I see myself in her. She talks about being an Artist of Life , self-care and more.

 

 

🎙IDEO U – Creative Confidence

In my quest for Creativity, I happened to learned about Design thinking with Arriane Serafico of The Purposeful Creative (her podcast is on my 2017 list). I started to browse about IDEO and I hope to get a chance to enroll one of their courses someday.

 

 

🎙Design Matters by Debbie Milman

This is a little bit higher level of creativity and design. I am honestly overwhelmed with the guests and the topics but I still enjoy listening to these topics because it explores so much about creativity and different types of artists. I am taking them one time at a time. hihi

 

 

🎙Binge Mode 

Because I love Game of Thrones, I enjoyed this podcast! Although I have done watching all 7 seasons and now anticipating for the last season, it is so much fun to recall them one by one in each of the episode that Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion tackles them and also helps me to understand more on some parts that I missed. They’ve done all 7 seasons and now they are on to the next movie – Harry Potter! 😀 

 

 

🎙Our Food Adventures

This couple is just fun to be with! I know, because I have been on their website… Last April I was so thrilled to share my very first podcast interview with Tiara and Chris! They interview different people from different part of the globe and talks about the must sees and eat! 🙂 Mine was about Cebu Philippines.

 

 

🎙By the Book

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In this podcast, you get to hear their personal take on Self-Help Books. The Pros and Cons of it and if they will recommend it or not. Well, the first book they’ve taken? The Secret! 🙂 

 

 

Do you have your favorite podcast? Share it below, I’d love to give it a try!

 

 

 

 

God bless,

 

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Related: 2017 – Top 5 Podcast List here.                                 My Our Food Adventure Interview | JM Kayne

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My Creative Mantra

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I have been following Lavendaire (Aileen Xu) for almost 6 months now and she is definitely inspiring me to be creative (among others). As I continue to follow her – I happen to bumped into her mini-activity of creating a Creative Mantra; an affirmation about who I am as a creative.

So here is my declaration!

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I am creative.

I am passionate and worthy to share my talent and skills to the world.

I am confident of being God’s creation, therefore I know I am special.

I am destined for greatness.

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#CreativeMantra
#TheCreativePassport
#DivineSpark
#TalentsForHim
#DestinedForGreatness

 

Creative Mantra is your personal declaration of who you are as a creative individual. It is your creative manifesto. A declaration (published and verbal) of your intentions, motives, views on creativity – on creating anything. Your affirmation to create, create and create! And as my writing hero – Elizabeth Gilbert asks: Who gets to decide if you are creative? (a legitimate artist) – no one but YOU!

 

So go ahead, have your own manifesto. What’s your #CreativeMantra?

 

Share it on the comment section below 🙂

 

God bless,

 

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Ten (10) Years, 10 Lessons (as an OFW)

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UAE Life in 10 (Pictures from L-R ) 2008: My first night in Abu Dhabi. Me and Ate Ann – she’s the cousin who brought me in UAE. 2010 – Darrelle & I in my first CFC-FFL Family Day. Me and my ETSDC cap (my first company). 2012 – Me in the Sales & Marketing Dept. of ETSDC. 2011 – With my first sets of Households and Sisters in Christ (SFL) Ate Amie, Ate Ash & Ate Lou. 2011 – the first SFL brothers and sisters representatives from Abu Dhabi – Empowered Conference in Sharjah. 2015 – ADNOC-NDC UAE National Day celebration. 2017 – Ate Amie’s birthday with the Marvels.

 

Ten (10) Years, 10 Lessons as an OFW

Disclaimer: All opinions are personal and I don’t generalize all. It’s what I learned and that I notice them too often that it definitely left a mark into this OFW life.

This is my first passport bucketlist : To have my first passport stamped before it expires. lol 🤣🤣🤣

 

So, I took my passport in 2005 without any intention of an international travel… only to have one solid ID on my belt whenever a government company would require. But at the back on my mind, I told myself – I want it stamped before it expires. Bucket-list checked! 

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This is another post to celebrate my 10 years in the UAE and as an OFW –  I’d like to share the ten (10) of the many lessons learned in my first decade as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW)

Related: Abu Dhabi 30 Places to visit. (Anniversary month post)

 

Here’s my lesson learned. “10 for 10”.

 

One: Homesickness is Real

On my very first month right after arriving Abu Dhabi UAE in September 2008, I did encounter my first homesick moment. Didn’t expect that its real. I thought I was okay and that its only a word. But – – – bang! I found myself crying in my sleep. Today, it’s been a decade and some episodes of such moment still find me.  A weak point for all OFWs indeed. #TheresNoPlaceLikeHome #HomeIsHome

 

 

Two: OFW Life Looks Nice but it’s NOT 

Social Media POST vs. REALITY

Most of the time Social media will post nothing but good stuffs. As an OFW we have this “pride” to show our food trips, travel here and there… but rarely our struggles. (hats off those who are real!) What happens when we show the “good kuno/ abundant life daw” is that people back home (not all though) tend to believe that money is as easy as 1-2-3. When we go home during our vacation – we seemed to be tagged as walking banks. When in “fact” #WhatsOnOurMind at week 2 or 3 is – “we want to go back”! hahah #relateka if you know what I mean… (ni hubas na! lol)

Sorry to break this – we may get times 12/13 or 15 of our currency – but we also spend the country’s currency which basically almost similar or more to what we spend if we are in Pinas. So to some (not to all) – because I knew of some families who just keep on asking this and that and this and that – and the list continues . . . – PLEASE! Be considerate! 

Also, ask how are you? – he/she may answer I’m good/okay – but stay sensitive and listen (or read since its mostly through FB messenger) . . . a little care goes a long way. Plus a THANK YOU whenever you receive the allotment for the month will also bring us a smile. 🙂 #NagpapakatotooLang #BeTrulySensitive #ALittleCareALittleLove

 

 

Three: Filipinos’ Crab Mentality

This may sound negative, but indeed that mentality is evident in a place that requires survival. For 10 years I have seen this mentality inside and outside a Filipino community at work (both here in UAE and even in the Philippines). Sadly it is worst in the international playing fields. Again – it’s not for all. I still find kind hearted ones.

Another encounter with this “crab mentality” thought is when you walk into a high-end store in the the malls – and Ate/Kuya Kabayan is the sales person – they tend to greet only the foreigners. Showing off their best smiles and greetings. But if you are a kabayan – it seemed like you don’t exist 🙁 . Sad! A personal experience that Kokobear and I had was when we went to a steak restaurant – when the server puts us on the waiting list but entertained the foreigner who came late. (ooppps – no they didn’t have reservations). And yes we argued and called the manager. I hope it serves as a lesson.

Up to this day, I still experience it. But somehow I have been a little considerate. Patience and understanding will still come handy. 🙂 Of course lots of prayer on the side too! #LordForgiveMe #AskAreYouOkayKuyaOrAte? 

 

 

 

Four: Family is always a Priority

At the end of the day, family will always be a priority. To be honest, there is a security in my heart that no matter how far I am with them – love and trust is there. Personally I only chat with them most of the time. A good morning, how are you and a few pictures sharing.  True I have been busy with community life – but never ever did I forget to raise them in my prayers and in my heart they are my top priority. After all being an OFW started because I want to help my family. #ILoveYouTheBELTS #ILoveYouKokobear

 

 

Five: Kabayan is Single (daw)

Another top of the list sadly OFW life reality. . . There’s been quiet a big number of broken families because Kabayan (both male/female) is “single daw”. It’s hard to identify who is who. It’s hard to trust and it’s hard to “kalas” once you are deeply in love. Judging them will not make us better… I guess it is all up to that person’s conscience and integrity on how he/she brings himself or herself in the public. 

A sad story in fact is I have known a few people who is inside the community (religious/church based) that claims to be one – but they aren’t.  I have to mention though that I appreciate them being inside the community – because somehow a part of them knows that they need constant reminder of God’s teachings. I hope that with God’s grace and the Holy Spirit will enlighten them.

 


Dear Kabayan,

Your wife/husband and children are waiting for you. Show up and be honest. Have faith that with God, all temptations will be broken. Stay close with Him. God bless! – JM


 

 

Six: Leaving home for the —nth time – is always 💔 heartbreaking

Ten years means nine or eight times of opportunity to be back home (for a month’s vacation) and every single time is heartbreaking. It never cease to end… You shed tears whenever its time to say our goodbyes. Even while typing this part of the post makes me teary eyed. It’s always a hard time. But we keep on fighting, we keep on surviving. Thank Lord for that! This is hats off to all other OFWs who have gone long more than me, I know how you feel. #IFeelYou #ThatFeeling #AirportJitters

 

 

 

Seven: A Community will help you get through tough times

I realized that not all people are meant for community life. Some realize that they need it a bit later, some tried and stopped. Some tried, stop, tried again and stayed. As for me, a year later when I arrived in Abu Dhabi – I know I am meant for this community life. Nine years later – with God’s grace I am still here. The Lord has kept me grounded by ebing a part of this beautiful group of diverse lovable & unlovable creatures 😀 . Community lifeagain is not an easy journey. This is where your Loving God and Loving they neighbor following thy commandments are bring tested! When all has been said and done – I still find myself in this community of sinners claiming to be better. Being inside the community doesn’t mean you are a saint – in fact it means you are a sinner – willing to change for God. And through all the hardship – it made me appreciate life that CFFL has given me people, teachings and encounters with God worth keeping and sharing. #CommunityLifeIsLove #ItsMoreFun #TrueChristianTestIsHere

 

 

Eight: Love life can come in many shapes & forms 💚

Love often is defined for family & to someone special. But being away from home and being an OFW + being a part of God’s community through CFFL, I found out that love comes in many forms and shapes. Love for family, love for your GG (God’s Gift: husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend) is just the base. In my part a new found love has grown too. Love for my FAITH, love for neighbors (including strangers!), love for what actually matters)

*Love for faith – If I didn’t join the community, I guess I will be swayed with another religion. Not knowing exactly which is which. But with this eye-opener – I am solid and secure with God and with where I am as a Catholic.

*Love for neighbors – Second greatest commandment. Practices, tested and survived! Not claiming to be perfect – but hey I know I have become better… What  I am practicing now too is – loving strangers & the poor (not just materially but those of spirit). They too are God’s people!

#LoveWhatMatters #TheOtherFacesOfLove

 

 

 

Nine: Patience is tested with Patience

When you pray to God, Lord – please give me patience for my work, for my boss, for my workmates etc… God is actually answering you! He answers you with more test on patience! This realization just came in to me in 2015. When I was tested to the highest level and realize that I shouldn’t pray that my ____ change. With God’s grace – my ___ didn’t change, instead I did! #IkawTalagaLord! #PatiencePaMore #LovePaMore #TestPaMore

 

 

Ten: God is never away.

No explanation needed. Amen-Amen to this! He is with me. He is with us at all times and anywhere. Everywhere!

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Related Story: My first blog entry as OFW.

 

What about you?
Are you an OFW?
Which of these lessons resonate so well to you?
Any other additional lessons? Feel free to share it in the comments…

 

JM Kayne, signing in on my 10th year here in the UAE!

 

God bless us all,

 

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