On Honesty & Dishonesty (Transpo Edition)

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This is a long overdue blog post. I’ve intended to publish this while I was still in Cebu. It’s actually a short sharing on #Honesty & #Dishonesty in these five (5) types of transportation in the Philippines.

 

  • TAXI  – LTFRB set a new calibration scheme for taxis in Cebu. That is a 40 PHP flag down, an additional 13.50 PHP for every kilometer and 2 PHP running for every two (2) minutes waiting in a traffic. This set up though is only applicable if the taxi franchise has calibrated the new meter and has installed the new requirements before using this fare format. As I sat on the taxi and noticed that it has updated with the new system, I asked the driver; (in Cebuano) So, kumusta man ning bag-ong scheme bai? How’s this new scheme bai? (bai – is like “bro”) He said this idea is better for both the driver and the taxi franchise owner, but a bigger expense for the passenger. In fact over the past weeks, his personal experience is that the number of passenger is lower than expected. Nevertheless, he is expecting it to pick up and the riding public will eventually get used to it… Sad for the passenger, better for them. An #honest answer!

 

  • TRICYCLE  – My house to Gaisano Fiesta Mall will take 15-20 minutes by tricycle (it’s a motorcycle with an attached cart that can accommodate 6-7 persons. #Honesty: Although I know that the fare is 7 pesos, I have intentionally asked again. He said 7 PHP. #Dishonesty 🙁 On the way back, I rode another tricycle, didn’t ask this time and gave the 10 PHP coin, only to end up receiving 2 PHP change. I was surprised but can’t complain because I paid as I went down from the tricycle and it went off fast.

 

  • TRISIKAD – Our neighborhood takes around 10-15 minutes walk from the highway to our house. Trisikad makes it shorter. My cousin who visited us for the first time took the “trisikad” (it’s a bicycle that has a cart that can carry 2-3 persons in one round. It’s one way fare is 5 PHP per person. But as he came to the pick up point, there was no other passenger, he was alone and took the trisikad. The driver seemed to recognize that he is a first timer –  took advantage and asked for 20 PHP!!!!!! #Dishonesty 🙁

 

  • JEEPNEY – This time, let’s talk about the #honesty that a passenger abides by pure honesty and conscience. Majority of the people in the Philippines have been truthful and trustworthy that they are giving the fare. Of course, some might do the tricks [#dishonest 🙁 passengers!] but I want to emphasize more on the veracious act all Filipinos riding a jeepney. I’ve been outside the country for almost a decade and yet this honest system still works! Hats off to all of those who are reputable and truthful! 🙂 

 

  • UBER + GRAB – It is given that using GRAB or UBER will cost more than a taxi. So most drivers tend to choose and sometimes will not take your booking if its out of their way… What my personal experience on the other hand is an #honest driver who willingly explained to me and my friend on the ins and outs of becoming a GRAB/UBER driver (even though his place is north while ours is going south) … Another honest and alarming thought he shared too is that it is a fact that both companies have made Cebu more congested and traffic! 🙁 

 

So this post resurrected because of my current encounter here in Dubai. 

I went out to meet a friend…

To commute in Dubai means you need to take the bus, the taxi and the metro. As I draft this, the dark side has been tempting my mind to use the Silver* card (for the train/metro) but ride in the Gold* cabin. I actually have both and because community service events are way too far from our location, Kokobear and I have intentionally purchased the Gold card for long train minutes or hour/s as applicable. Anyway, of course; “I fought that thought” and did the right thing.

Now I took the taxi going to the first metro stop (@JLT Station) because I’m a bit out of schedule. Took a cab and asked him to drop me to JLT. A couple of minutes before reaching the destination, his meter broke… He didn’t panic, neither do I. He called someone over the phone and although I didn’t understand the whole convo, I know he was asking the cost. As we reach the station, I gave the fare and he was ready with his change. He charged me 16/- AED. I stopped and asked 16? His face changed – a bit worried I supposed. Yes, my friend told me so, he answered. I smiled. Gave him an additional 2 AED, I think it’s 18. Here, thank you for your honesty! I responded and got off.

 

This simple encounter, made me smile and has reaffirmed my trust to the honesty of humanity. Not that I don’t have, but just a concrete example here.
Praise God for that! 🙏

 

Be blessed & be God’s blessings!

 

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*Dubai Metro (NOL Card) has color coding metro and bus cards, it has blue, red, silver and gold. Although majority uses Silver – for the general public and Gold – a special cabin that has lesser passenger because it costs double than the regular fare with §the silver card.

Book Exchange – Fun Project

Hello Everyone! 😊

We’re looking for people to participate in a book exchange. You can be anywhere in the world. All you have to do is buy your favorite book (just one) and send it to a stranger (I’ll send you their details in a private message).

You will receive a maximum of 36 books back to you, from people around the world, for you to keep!

If you’d like to be a part of this fun exchange, just comment ‘IN’ below and I’ll send you all the details!

The cool part is that this will go across borders so you and the people sending you books can be from any part of the world (that is, if they have Facebook).

 

#BookExchange
#FunProject
#LetsReadMore
#SavetheCulture
#BookWorms
#JMKayneJoinsBookExchangeProject

 

Let’s do this! Enjoy~

Be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

 

 


Disclaimer: I am not the one who started this. I just find this opportunity exciting and so I extended this invitation from Facebook to my blog (here). And why not?!? 🙂 Hope you enjoy it and hopefully you also get at least one or more!!! 

Haiku

– Haiku –

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Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.


This is another side of me. Way – way back in High school I love writing poems. I guess it comes with the fact that when you’re young, you tend to be “emo” and romantic. Thus topics of poetry on love and relationship comes easy. It has been a decade (or more) that I haven’t written a poem. Not until today! 🙂 It is when I listened to one of my favorite podcast – Happier by Gretchen Ruben that my “poetic soul” comes alive! . . . They were talking about creating a HAIKU! And so this is my take on it,  🙂 therefore I’ll be making this a regular column and so the Haiku Project will be popping around every now and then. 😀

Here’s the first one. 

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We create our plan,

When completed, He answers.

His time is perfect.

 

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#Haiku #HaikuProject #IamJMKayne

DIY – Printable Creative Calendar (Luggage bag style)

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I always enjoy creating something and as I browse Pinterest, there’s been quiet a lot of inspiration… This time I stumbled to this DIY Calendar using bag tags! 😀 So I created my version here.  Wanna use it? Follow the below guide. 

Instructions:

1. Download the pdf file

  • If the font doesn’t match, and you would like to use the same – it is called Nexa Rust Slab. Download it on 1001fonts.com/nexa-rust-font

2. Print all pages.

  • Printing pages 2 – 11 is one set of the 12 months & 2 sets of numbers.
  • You may use a normal bond paper or a bit thicker one 
  • Optional: Laminate each tags for it to be stronger & can can last longer.

3. Get a photo frame or any solid /cork board 

  • Photo frames or solid/cork board or whatever material you can think of… where you can tie or add a hook to it, to which you can hang the tags! (just like mine below)
  • Use a pin, thread or a ribbon to tie them as per the picture.
  • Arrange and feel free to add some aesthetics.
Well, all you have to do is print it out and apply your creative way of presenting it. Enjoy! 🙂

 

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This is an alternative to your classic calendar at home or in the office. This DIY printable creative calendar in a luggage tag design will give you the authority to style it the way you want. Of course you can re-create it and DO IT YOURSELF… But if you love this design, then GET IT NOW!

#ShopJMKayne #DIYCalendar

 

To purchase, go my Facebook Page & let’s talk. 🙂

 

 Here’s how I did mine 🙂 

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Be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

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CFFL #TVM19 Released!

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

Note: Starting this issue, I will be sharing the cover of CFFL – The Vineyard Magazine and recognize the talented people behind each issue’s cover. For the past issues’ covers, click here > TVM issues # 01 – 18 covers. Also, visit and like like, thumbs, up, vote icon our Facebook Page as well. 🙂 Finally, I’ll also put on my letter, the “Editor’s Note” too!


#TVM19

– Editor’s Note –

 

I have been out of the country for the past five (5) months, in fact I missed the Destined for Greatness Echo conference. I was back home in Cebu right before New Year and I was a spectator of all the events happening inside the community via social media. Even though I was there, I see to it to always take a glimpse of what are the current teachings and happenings – – – to – of course use them to be a part for this issue.  I have to mention though that #TVM19 was supposed to be released during our June CFFL 37th Anniversary Sportsfest, but due to lack of entries it is moved this month of August (now Sept for LP schedule). Praise God we made it!

Another important announcement too, is that from this year, we are releasing the issues every National GA. Therefore – expect 3 issues per year from March – which is usually our Echo Conference season, June – anniversary month & finally November – which is the pastoral month.

In this issue, expect loads of photos from the past 3 conferences from HFL, SvFL & SFL ministries. Our Photo Gallery too has much more, plus the a special space for the successfully concluded IBC Meeting – to which we had the privilege to host.

Sharings, personal lesson learned and take homes, a movie review, a sister’s journey to becoming or being beyond 30, more poetry and simply the very core realization of being blessed beyond measure.

So, wait no more! Dig in and be inspired!

May God be praised.

 

 

Praying for you and your family!

 

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Sis JM Bacus – Chavez

 

 

 

 

Get your CFFLTheVineyardMagazine #TVM19 copies from your servants!

 

#FanGirlModeOn: Jennifer Garner movies

#Fangirl moment On! Let’s talk about entertainment! 😊

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Jen receiving her Walk of Fame star (above) and then Jen during her promotion for #PEPPERMINTmovie. (below)

 

Yeah, I am an Alias fan! If you’re a friend on FB or IG- you’d probably see me popping in some Jennifer Garner stuffs! Started swooning about this amazing lady since Alias days. And this year, as she kick some butts once again in her come back action movie Peppermint – I’d like to dedicate this blog post for her and the movies / TV series she’s into. Also it is my (“fangirl”) way of helping her promote #PEPPERMINTmovie which will be released tomorrow! 😉

Are you a fan too? Let me know which movie/series you love the most. Comment below and let’s chat!

 

Okay, so here’s her Facebook Page – Jennifer Garner

And yes, she joined Instagram a year ago! @jennifer.garner

 


📺 TV Series 📺


 

Year                                                                       Title

·       Danielle Steel’s Zoya
1996 ·       Harvest of Fire
·       Dead Man’s Walk
·       Swift Justice
·       Law & Order
·       Spin City
1997 ·       The Player
·       Rose Hill
1998 ·       Significant Others
·       Felicity
1999 ·       Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
·       The Pretender
1999–2000 ·       Time of Your Life
2001–2006 ·       Alias
2003 ·       Saturday Night Live
·       The Simpsons
2013 ·       Martha Speaks
2018 ·       Llama Llama
·       Camping

 

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🎥 MOVIES 🎬


 

 Year          Title
1997 ·       In Harm’s Way
·       Deconstructing Harry
·       Washington Square
·       Mr. Magoo
1998 ·       1999
2000 ·       Dude, Where’s My Car?
2001 ·       Stealing Time
·       Pearl Harbor
2002 ·       Catch Me If You Can
2003 ·       Daredevil
2004 ·       13 Going on 30
2005 ·       Elektra
2007 ·       Catch and Release
2007 ·       The Kingdom
·       Juno
2009 ·       Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
·       The Invention of Lying
2010 ·       Valentine’s Day
2011 ·       Arthur
·       Butter
2012 ·       The Odd Life of Timothy Green
2013 ·       Dallas Buyers Club
2014 ·       Draft Day
·       Men, Women & Children
·       Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
2015 ·       Danny Collins
2016 ·       Miracles from Heaven
·       Mother’s Day
·       Nine Lives
·       Wakefield
2017 ·       A Happening of Monumental Proportions
·       The Tribes of Palos Verdes
2018 ·       Love, Simon
·       Peppermint
2019 ·       Wonder Park

 


Reference: Wikipedia.com 

 

Here’s a few quotes from Jen. 
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Well, you can’t be trying to achieve success of any kind in this business without accepting that there’s going to be a flip side to it.
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I don’t have this fantasy about marriage anymore. Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does – and I’m much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be.
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Beauty comes from a life well lived. If you’ve lived well, your smile lines are in the right places, and your frown lines aren’t too bad, what more do you need?
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Always a fan! 🙂
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Creativity

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Henri Matisse nailed it in saying “Creativity takes Courage” – true indeed!

“CREATIVE” 
“CREATIVITY”
“CREATIVE LIVING”
Big words!!! Yes they are!

I believe the very reason that Matisse said that it takes courage because being “creative” – most of the times looks like a highfaluting word in such a way that there must be something great, sparkling or amazing! A high level personality inside you. But personally, I think everyone can be creative. We just have to unleash it and be open to possibilities.

When we create something, out of our passion or any creative expressions through writings, arts, music, DIYs etc, it is putting out ourselves to the world (whether within our inner circle or to the social media world). Thus displays both of our strengths and vulnerability. The world then sees a part of who we are. Most probably judge us with our own output. A few may also praise. Majority won’t care at all.

Courage then is essential. With the above facts of who and how many are they . . .  it is up to you if you want to pursue that creative life.

As for me? Ohh YES!

I personally believe that everyone can be creative. Because it is not what we have, it’s what we do.

Be reminded as well that whatever we create comes from the Creator and so whatever I am doing –  I do it for His glory.

 

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The true work of art is but a shadow of Divine Perfection. – MichaelAngelo

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Over the next few days, months or even years, my creative journey will be using these hashtags  #TheCreativePassport #CreativeCuriosity #CreativeGenius #CreativeLiving #Lala  #DivineSpark as I put myself out of the world of creativity.

Stay with me? Cheers to this journey of courage!

 

Be blessed & be God’s blessings!

 

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