This Week: Reminder

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Every person we meet in life is in a way or another a TEACHER. Some teaches us with the simple acts that will leave us thinking and wondering. Some teaches us lessons the hard way. #LearningToSeeWhatsTheLesson Click To Tweet

 

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Life's rejection is God's protection. #ABetterPlan Click To Tweet

 

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“Where can I run from your love? If I climb to heavens You are there”.
“If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea, Still I find you there”.

You Are Near, page 236, CFC-FFL Sound of Trumpets songbook”

#GodIsWithUs #LSS

 

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The above thoughts and reflections (also became my Facebook status) and tweetable are only three of the many “REMINDERS” God has bestowed upon me within this week. Made me think that there seemed to be a pattern for the whole 7 days. As I was contemplating on what to pray and be grateful for – for my nearly similar day-to-day housewife life, on a certain moment I get to be whispered by the Holy Spirit of these tap on the shoulder reminding me of these simple yet powerful prompts of God’s goodness. 

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He uses people to teach us something. 

There’s been a few encounters and I wanna share this simple one. I’m on in my 3rd week  love affair with Dubai Metro – a struggle to learn how to for a newbie Dubai resident like methat I even dreamt of this while I was on the airplane! When I saw 2 labourers asking for instructions where to go. They clearly had struggles. Good thing the person they asked was accommodating enough. Most people would snob them and probably ignore too. Thank God the man was helpful. Poor men, but then as one of the beatitudes in the scriptures says, “blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” This simple spectator moment got me thinking. To be better understand, deal nicely and look at them in the eyes of grace. Continue to care even when they are difficult to love.

 

Refused for a better one

Life has so many rejections. Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of it. To be specific, job application rejections. Month after month after month I have piled emails of refusal emails saying a I’m not qualified or in a better tense saying they have hired someone else. But then this quote clearly shouted in my head “Life’s Rejection is God’s Protection” and indeed proven. I have a story to tell. In perfect time I’d be sharing it. For now let’s just savor the fact that He has a better plan for whatever “NO” that life throws at us.

 

To cap the week, comes our household meeting where once again another nudge came in.

Hey, JM I’m with you!

Sounds like a lyrics of a song right? But it is more than that. So there goes the lyrics of the song YOU ARE NEAR. Wherever we go, we may look up or down or sideways – God is here.  He is with us. If only we look at life in the eyes of faith, we will recognize God in the simplest things. “There is beauty in the ordinary.” Where are you now? Is a very manifestation that He is with you – for life is still yours. Mornings are my favorite examples of God’s presence. Seemed ordinary but actually a glory.

I thought this will be short, ending me to write a not-so-little sharing… 🙂

So, last week? 16 – 22 June 2018 – is a #REMINDERSweek

 

What do you have in store for me this week Lord?

 

#ExcitingRevelations

#Faith

 

 

God bless you!

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How to process a Husband/Wife’s Visa in Dubai UAE

How to process a Husband/Wife’s Visa in Dubai UAE

(Guide for First Timers)

 

For 9 years, almost 95% of this blog has tagged Abu Dhabi because I’ve been a resident there for that period… But this year a change has come. As I bid goodbye to 2017, I also waved bye bye to Abu Dhabi and moved to Dubai for a new challenge and chapter of our life (collectively together with Kokobear!)

Yes, you read it right, starting now you’ll see more Dubai related blog posts and we are starting now!

I spent 5 months back home (in the Philippines) and waited for the transition that both Darrelle and I have where he will now become my visa sponsor. Ergo, I needed a husband’s visa. This is the process on how we did it; a guide for first timers. 🙂

 

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Step 1 – Prepare the documents for the Entry Permit Application (for Dependent/s)

Note: Sponsor = Your husband or wife

  1. Dependent’s Photo (original) – mandatory
  2. Dependent’s Passport (copy) – mandatory
  3. Sponsor’s (your husband or wife) Salary Certificate, Contract or Partnership Contract
  4. Tenancy Contract, Ejari with current DEWA Bill
  5. Sponsor’s Original Passport – mandatory
  6. Sponsor’s Residency Page – mandatory
  7. Sponsor’s IBAN Number
  8. Sponsor’s EID Card (Original) – mandatory
  9. Marriage Certificate (Original & attested)
  10. 3 months latest Bank Statement

Optional (Based on your needs)

  1. Mother’s/Father’s residency visa and passport for a child
  2. Unmarried Letter for parents sponsoring Daughter above 18 years old.

 

 


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Step 2 – Apply for ENTRY PERMIT – Proceed to AMER (They are the authorized Typing Centre)

Present these documents and they will open up your file in the system. Applying a new profile will cost 300/- AED. We did mine at IBN Battuta Mall AMER Center.

From the typing center takes 1-2 weeks to submit to the immigration. Once approved, an sms/email will be sent to your given information. An e-visa will then be released. So you’r wife/husband/child will be ready to fly.

Cost: 440/- AED

Suggestion: There is typing centre right in the same building of the Immigration Office at Manara Center, I suggest you do this process there, so that it would be easier to fix things up in case some missing files/documents are not in place.

 

 

On your dependent’s side on the other hand . . . will do step #3.


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Step 3 – Book a Flight Schedule and Fly.

In the airport, make sure to have with you your sponsor’s last

For Filipinos:

Keep these documents handy:

  1. Original & copy of your Marriage certificate,
  2. Your husband/wife’s latest OEC,
  3. Copy of Original working permit and contract.

These items will probably be checked by the travel tax desk before you can proceed to your assigned gate in the airport.

My Personal Experience: I took the Philippine Passport holder lane for Immigration since I am no longer an OFW – which at that time during my flight has a looonnng line of OFWs too!

No questions asked (probably because I’ve been an OFW for almost a decade now and just transferred the visa under my husband). Not even a question of how long we’ve been married or asking for a copy of our marriage certificate; nothing at all! All I did was give my passport, ticket, the copy of my Residence E-visa and the dreaded departure slip (picture below) which causes the long, hassle and delay most of the time – (Sorry, excuse my complaining tone… hahah)

Once you arrive . . . proceed to the next step.


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Step 4 – Process the MEDICAL EXAMS, MEDICAL INSURANCE and EMIRATES ID 

A. Medical Exams – I did this right after I arrived, basically I arrived on a weekend so I did this process on the first work day – Sunday. This is blood and X-Ray.

Costs:

  • 345/- AED – Normal (2-3 days results)
  • 410/- AED – Result is within 48 hours

B. Emirates ID – I processed my medical exam in IBN Battuta which lucky an AMER station is avialble, so I went their and they informed me that I could process my Emirates ID side by side my Medical Insurance so that when both of them arrives, I will proceed directly to the Visa Stamping.

Cost:

  • 270 AED for 2 years
  • 370/- AED for 3 years (applicable for Government employee’s families)

 

C. Medical Insurance – This maybe shouldered by your husband/wife’s company so there is no need to worry. But for those who will be shelling it out from their own pocket, Amer has this service too. Just enquire and they will give your the options. Basic package usually starts at 1000++ AED.

 

 


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Step 5 – Finally, last 2 steps are Visa Stamping & Collection of Emirates ID.

Once above 3 are ready (Medical Results, Emirates ID application & Insurance Card), return to Amer and pay for Immigration/Visa Stamping.

Prepare these documents at hand.

a. A copy of all the mentioned documents above on Step 1

b. The Original Medical Insurance Card + 1 photo copy of it

c. Original Medical Exams Results

d. Original Emirates ID of the Sponsor (Original Passport may also be needed)

e. One more passport size photo.

Cost:

  • 430/- AED – Normal (2-3 days)
  • 510/- AED – Urgent (1 day) – 80 dirhams difference

 

This process will take another 2-3 days depending on your preferred payment. After the stamping comes you Emirates ID release! An SMS/email will also be sent to your mobile phone for the collection of your Emirates ID.

 

OVERALL

This is the breakdown of expenses (for my application)

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That’s it! I do hope this post can help you smoothen the process.

 

 

God bless,

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Meeting the demands of the 21st Century through dynamic learning.

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Meeting the demands of the 21st Century through dynamic learning.

 

There is no doubt that the 21st Century has indeed arrived. In everything that we do, developments in technology have, in one way or the other, helped improve the way we live.

All industries are experiencing massive changes in the way they do things. The so-called “4th Industrial Revolution,” deemed to revolutionize the way industries shape our world concerning new technological discoveries, is now happening. Innovations and advancements in technology, with words like “Artificial Intelligence,” “Nanotechnology,” “Bioengineering,” “Renewable Energy,” “Quantum Computing,” to name a few, have profound effects on the many facets of our lives that several years ago were deemed impossible. To be able to take advantage of all these developments, we need to start collaborating to form communities who would nurture each other and prepare the future generation for what the modern times bring.

Every era produces a wave of people with a different mindset. Education, as the pillar of what forms a society, has a critical role in making sure individuals are ready to maximize opportunities that the future holds. It can make nations thrive during era shifts by nurturing learners with the skills, talent, and mindset to push forward. While leveling up content, enhancing programs and techniques are essential, it is the active cooperation by different sectors to contribute to learning can the goal of preparing a fully equipped individual can be achieved.

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COLLABORATION IS KEY

No man is an island. That has never been truer especially when we talk about education. The call to assist in character building and information sharing to learners is no longer just limited to educational institutions and teachers. Families, communities, governments and private industries are encouraged to join this endeavor. Every touch point of a learner from the moment he or she wakes up at home, interaction and encounters that they have as they go through the routines of their day, their whole environment and ecosystem contribute to their growth. Through collaborative partnerships among different stakeholders, we may be able to supply a holistic learning experience that would equip future leaders and professionals with the foundation needed to make nations prosper in the 21st century and beyond.

 

RELEVANCE AND APPLICATION

While primary subjects are essential in the formation of a learner, it is in its application that real relevance is built. It is no longer enough to merely know the basics of the language, maths, and sciences. Current times call for students to apply these fundamental learnings to understand trends, political landscapes, global happenings, and economies. Higher levels of discussion are encouraged to apply theories learned to the practical realities.

 

CONTINUOUS SEARCH FOR INNOVATION

Learning never stops. Not just in the 21st century. Breakthroughs are being discovered every day that is in not enough to settle with the what we know today. Information is available everywhere and learners should be taught how to take advantage of it. The future generation should be equipped with the open-mindedness and critical thinking to process this readily available information through different mediums. Innovation and disruption are born from new ways of thinking. Students of today should be encouraged to do just that to be able to champion the 21st century.

 

That’s why Partnerships for 21st Century Learning (P21), a recognized global organization who aims to be the catalyst for 21st century learning, created the Framework for 21st Century Learning. It emphasizes that priority should be given to developing learning competencies such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. These learning proficiencies can prepare students for future challenges and opportunities that this new era brings. REX has continuously enhanced and leveled up to provide the right support to all partners – educational institutions, teachers, families, communities, individuals, and governments – so they can better assist students to meet the demands of current times. Efforts are currently being done to make each stakeholder understand their role in shaping the future generation beyond the four walls of the classroom. This is the future that the 21st century brings.

 

As REX continuously innovates and finds ways to assist in creating a set of ready generation for the future, it also poses a challenge to each today — how do you contribute to shaping the future generation? Find out more about the essentials of 21st-century learning and join us in the conversation. Visit www.21c.rexbookstore.ph.

 

 

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A collab post with Rex Bookstore.

My TEACHERS, through these years . . .

They were my mentor, guide and model.

As part of the Teaching Room, and because school season has recently kicked-off once again (in the Philippine setting/ summer now in the UAE). Setting aside the hustle and busy days of purchasing school materials and thinking of the current tuition rates
I would like to share the list of names of my teachers.

Growing up I am someone who knows exactly what I want to be and so, these people are indeed important as I continue to mold my mind and heart.

 

TEACHER; a superhuman individual producing miracles every single day.

/// Funny story though; back in the early grade school years one of the major reason why I want to become a teacher is because of those grading test days wherein different teachers will visit your school and are assigned to do the test. Whenever the recess comes, there is a free soft drinks and snacks. /// 😅 imagine a kid wanting to drink something and sees her teacher having that… that is M-E-! 😅

So without further a do, here are my great teachers!

 

– PRE-SCHOOL / ELEMENTARY –

School Name: Bulacao Elementary School
Address: Bulacao, City of Talisay Cebu Philippines
Years: Class 1991 – 1997
Principal: Mrs. Perla R. Villordon
Bulacao Elementary School Gr. 3 Sec. Strawberry | Class 1993-1994 under Mrs. Mumar
  • Day Care /Kindergarten 1 and 2 – Mrs. Pepito
  • Grade 1 (Section Pomelo) – Mrs. Malabanan
  • Grade 2 (Section Atis) – Mrs. Loreto Chua
  • Grade 3 (Section Strawberry) – Mr. Mumar
  • Grade 4 (Section Mango) – Mrs. Maturan
  • Grade 5 (Section Orange) – Mr. Dela Victoria (Adviser) also Math & MAPE Teacher
    • Mrs. Murillo – Filipino and English
    • Mrs. Ceniza – Science & Technology
    • Mr. Abano – Social Studies
    • Mr. Aloro and Mrs. Bongbong – HELE
  • Grade 6 (Section Durian) – Mrs. Sapitula (Adviser) also for English, Filipino and Social Studies
    • Mr. Aloro – Math
    • Mrs. Bongbong – Science
    • Mrs. Bongbong & Mr. Aloro – HELE

During these years, fruits are the section name. For grade 1, I belong to section 2 – Pomelo while grades 2 till 6, I belong to section 1.

 


– HIGH SCHOOL –

School Name: SPCFI – Saint Paul College Foundation Inc.
Address: Bulacao, Pardo Cebu City Philippines
Years: Class 1997 – 2001
Principal: Mrs. Albarico
SPCFI Section IV-C batch 2000-2001, under Mr. Sergio Maribao.

 

First Year (Section 4) 

  • Adviser – Mrs. Ong
  • English – Ms. Sante
  • Filipino – Ms. Catholico
  • Math – Ms. Fernandez
  • PE – Mr. Maribao
  • THE – Ms. Dag-uman / Ms. Morre
  • Science – Mr. Danilo Lechuza

Second Year (Section B)

  • Adviser – Mrs. Lechuza (also English)
  • Science – Ms. Gaspay (now Mrs. Maribao)
  • Math – Mr. Gaboy
  • Filipino – Ms. Catholico
  • PE/HELE – Mr. Maribao / Ms. Dag-uman / Ms. Morre
  • Social Studies – Mr. Maribao
  • Values Education – Mr. Sayson

Third Year (Section C)

  • Adviser – Ms. Gabucan (also English & Values)
  • Science/Chemistry – Mrs. Sigue
  • Math – Mr. Gaboy
  • Filipino – Ms. Abalo
  • PE/HELE – Ms. Basubas
  • Social Studies – Mr. Maribao

Fourth Year (Section B)

  • Adviser – Mr. Sergio Maribao , also Social Studies
  • Science/Physics – Ms. Jenifeer Gaspay-Maribao (Yes! She’s the wife of our adviser 🙂 )
  • Math – Mr. Gaboy
  • Filipino – Ms. Teo
  • Values Education – Mrs. Diaz
  • English – Ms. Gabucan
  • PE/CAT – Mr. Alberio
    • Platoon – Bravo (Company)
    • Platoon # – 2 w/ Platoon Leader Vanessa Leceña

 

 


– COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY –

School Name: CNU – Cebu Normal University
Address: Cebu City Philippines
Years: Class 2001 – 2005
Dean/President: Dr. Velasquez
CNU Secton R during our Social Science week where we are wearing our “Pagmata” t-shirt. While I was in a different short because I hosted the event 🙂

 

First Year (Section N)

First Sem

  • Dr. Palermo
  • Dr. Morre
  • Mr. Abarquez
  • Dr. Sollano
  • Mrs. Singson
  • Mrs. Bajuyo
  • Mrs. Dela Torre
  • Mrs. Bastida

Second Sem

  • Mrs. Tano
  • Mr. Misa
  • Mrs. Quiachon
  • Mr. Mantua
  • Dr. Tangapa
  • Dr. Lopez
  • Ms. Cardillo
  • Dr.  Gocotano
  • Mr. Jumamoy
  • Mr. Villegas

Second Year (Section R) 

First Sem

  • Mrs. Cabras
  • Mr. Lasala
  • Mr. Jumamoy
  • Ms. Mantua
  • Ms. Cardillo
  • Dr. Seguerra
  • Mr. Villegas

Second Sem

  • Dr. Leyson
  • Mr. Suazo
  • Mr. Lasala
  • Ms. Bulgar
  • Dr. Dayagbil
  • Mr. Sumampong
  • Mr. Jumamoy
  • Mr. Abarquez

 

Third Year (Section R) 

First Sem

  • Mr. Anga
  • Mr. Lasala
  • Mr. Malazarte
  • Mr. Inocian
  • Mr. Sentina
  • Dr. Genegaboas
  • Dr. Savellon

Second Sem

  • Mr. Malazarte
  • Dr. Atibula
  • Mr. Nacar
  • Mr. Inocian
  • Mr. Hernan
  • Dr. Tabada
  • Mrs. Bastida
  • Mr. Frejoles

 

Fourth Year (Section R) 

First Sem

  • Mrs. Caroline Simmonds – STM  (Student Teacher Mentor) Social Studies
  • Mrs. Gwen Villarante – STM (Student Teacher Mentor) Values Education
  • Mrs. Lasala and Mrs. Pelisco – STM (Student Teacher Mentor) Off Campus @ LNHS – Lawaan National High School

Second Sem

  • Dr. Seguerra
  • Dr. Yu
  • Mrs. Gamutan
  • Mr. Generalao
  • Mr./Engr. Pesole

 

 


– POST GRADUATE –

School Name: CTU – Cebu Technological University
Address: Cebu City Philippines
Years: Class 2007 – 2008
Course: SPED – Special Education (Only on Saturdays and Sundays)

 

Adding names soon 🙂 . . .

 


 

Send Flowers as Your Get Well Soon Gift with Little Hut Flowers

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Send Flowers as Your Get Well Soon Gift.

When someone is unwell because of sickness or just feel under the weather because of one reason or another, you can do something to make them feel better. One of the best ways to do that is by giving them a get well soon gift. Having a gift delivered in this condition will eventually help to brighten their day. 🙂

 

There are so many kinds of get well soon gift you can choose from and flower is absolutely one of them. Studies have proved that flowers and plants have a kind of positive impact to human’s emotional and mental health.

 

The existence of flowers can lift down the anxiety and depression, as well as the blood pressure and this can make someone’s recovery become quicker. Therefore, you can give flowers when you know that someone you care about is feeling unwell. Flowers are good not only in the happy times, but they can also be used to cheering up a bad day and make someone feel a bit better in their down time. Giving or sending flower from a flower shop is a friendly and beautiful gesture to put a smile on someone’s smile and certainly a great way to lift the spirit.

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Before that, you need to consider what kind of flowers to give and in what form the flower is. There are so many kinds of flowers, and it may be difficult to choose but what is important is that you must choose a bright and cheery flower.

 

Popular choices for this are Sunflowers, yellow Daisies, bright Carnations, yellow Lilies, and Chrysanthemums. You can buy them from an online florist before you pay a visit to the patient or you can simply order the flowers online and get them delivered to your recipient, or your house if you want to give the flowers to the recipient by yourself.

 

Another important thing to consider is the flower container; not every hospital provides a flower vase in the patient room. But you don’t have to worry because most florists nowadays provide flower basket, present them in a vase, or simply a gift container; they don’t have to be in a bouquet form.

 

Moreover, you can also add an extra get well soon gift such as chocolates, fruits, or a cute teddy bear. Don’t forget your greeting card with a lovely message to wish them to get well soon and make them smile even wider! This way, you can show someone just how you care and thinking of them, and they might eventually feel better with this kind gesture of yours.

 

 

 

 

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Quality Gymnastics Air Tumble Mat from WholesaleAirtrack

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Quality Gymnastics Air Tumble Mat from WholesaleAirtrack

Back when I was a kid I am a big fan of gymnastics; the truth is –  it used to be my dream to become a gymnast. I guess I was influenced by Kimberly, that pink ranger at …

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Cue, Go Go Power Rangers (soundtrack) 😂 lol hahaha

Kidding aside, although it was fun and exhilarating experience to do the cartwheels in the green grass back in our grade school covered court garden, safety is a mandatory consideration if you plan to go further with that dream of becoming a gymnast. My dream has long been buried down to my younger years but somehow a part of me would still love to do some stretching, tumbling, cartwheeling and more!!!

Probably to get a chance to do a cartwheel once more, this time with the help and safety net of an air track tumbling gymnastics mat! Yes, you read it right. I happened to encounter Wholesaleairtrack – a great provider and manufacturer of gymnastic mats!

Looking for a quality and fashionable gymnastic air tumble mat?

Wholesaleairtrack got you covered!

They are the largest supplier of inflatable airtracks and has years of experience in producing the best gymnastic airtracks. They’ve developed the best quality of materials that produce air tumble mats and they ensure excellence in each of their product.

Check out these gymnastics panel mats in pink and green. In fact, they have wide variation of these air-tumble tracks and you can check out the awesome gymnastic mats collections. 

These panel mats are made of quality materials that are used for inflatable boats. They are all specialized and hand-made that goes through a strict quality control. In fact, they usually put each product into a 16-hour pressure test in their factory to ensure its quality and seals before sending them off for shipment and guarantee each customer to get what they deserve.

They use the best quality material called DWF or Double Wall Fabric that has 2 layers of coated vinyl with thousands of threads connecting both layers at 80.000 per M2.

So, do you want to pursue that dream or maybe you want your kids to enjoy the activity? It’s always an interesting activity to exercise and have fun using this air tumbling mat which for sure will help them develop physical, mental and social development. Thus, promote good health! Do want know how to get started?

Get started and create account here. 

Enjoy the wide collection of airtracks and be guided with the different products that Wholesaleairtrack has.

Get fit, have fun and socialize with Wholesaleairtrack gymnastic air tumbling mat!

 

God bless,

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Podcast Interview @ Our Food Adventures

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Podcast Interview @ Our Food Adventures. 

Another breakthrough and milestone I’ve faced this year, is this opportunity to be interviewed for a podcast!

I was first introduced to listening to a podcast way back 2016 when I get hooked to a certain Youtube video that talks about podcasting. From then on, I started to discover amazing podcast shows which I listen to whenever I am in transition such as riding a bus going somewhere or sometimes when I’m cooking. In fact, I have shared last year my top 5 favorite podcast here.

Never did I thought that I will – one day become a guest of a podcast! ha ha 😊 #HappyAndSurprisedMe

Earlier this April, I received in my inbox an email asking me to be a guest in their podcast. Tiarra and Chris from Our Food Adventure have started their podcast where they interview different people around the world sharing their foodie experience and travel tips. I happen to represent, 🇵🇭 Cebu Philippines! 

So without further a do, here’s the link to that interview!

 

INTERVIEW LINK HERE

In case you’re curious of the complete text interview, I have created the below script for you to be guided. 😊 

Listen on and please let me know your thoughts in the comment below!

God bless,

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: I missed a few questions that I left them unanswered in the podcast, 😂 
so I took the chance to write what I was supposed to say/answer in the below transcript. lol

 

Here are the questions! 🙂

Tell us about you and your blog. 

Well, let me start by introducing myself, my real name is Julie Mae Bacus – Chavez. Kayne came up because way back 2000 Yahoo messenger was a thing and for me to get an approved username, you need to have a unique name, JM, Julie, Julie Mae were all taken. So I coined that alias and added it o JM, thus JM Kayne was born which is my URL address as www.iamjmkayne.com.

My blog’s title is #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog. It’s a personal blog that I started way back 2008 when I moved from Cebu to Abu Dhabi, UAE. Originally I used my blog to share personal experiences making it like an online diary.

But as time goes by, I’ve learned more about blogging and so I ventured into other topics like travel, food reviews, stories of life, family and faith, a few public service blog posts and just last year, I started receiving collaborations or sponsored blog posts. Overall, my blog is about the stories #inmyheart.

 

Filipino food:

How would you describe Filipino food to someone whos never tried it?

Filipino food is actually a fusion of many different cuisine… so a little of Spanish,Japanese and American foodie have influenced the food culture in the country..

Common dishes are meat, vegetables, grilled fishes and sea food, and a wide variety of soups and noodles. … Thus, Filipino food can be defined by its combination of sour, sweet, salty and spicy…sometimes all in the same dish.  

But if you are to ask a Filipino on what food is most popular, probably Adobo will be on the top list. It’s made of meat from pork and chicken to seafood braised in garlic, vinegar and soy sauce.

Is there a difference between Cebu local cuisines from other Philippine islands?

Well, Yes, basically Adobo for Cebuanos is dry, but for other parts of the country it has a little sauce. Then for all other recipes, we have our own little version that we tweak according to our tastebuds. Some cities use more sugar or some cuisine has coconut milk in its major recipes.

What one of your dish in Cebu everyone HAS to eat?

Lechon! It’s a must try. Have you heard of it?

It’s a pig dish, seasoned and cooked by skewering the entire pig in a pit filled with charcoal. It will be roasted on all sides for several hours making the pork skin crispy and a distinct feature of the dish.

If your’e familiar with Anthony Bourdain?  He actually tagged Cebu’s lechon as the best pig ever!

What is one dish that people should stay away from?

Nothing really. I can vouch that all food in the Philippines are really good.

Questions about traveling to Cebu for the first time:

Is there anything first-timer travelers should prepare for before leaving to Cebu?

I think the best you can do is just read about Cebu and get insights from different threads online.

Is there anything first-time travelers should bring to make traveling there easier?

Well, I don’t think there’s a specific item to bring – I guess Cebu has almost every thing you’d probably need – from groceries, to travel accessories  (unless its really native from your own country.) And personally I believed that as a traveller/tourist, one of the best way –  I could contribute to a city or place I am visiting to buy local. I’m not saying this because I am from Cebu but in general, whether you’re in the States, or some parts of Europe or Asia – we extend our blessings by helping the people and the tourism economy  of that city/country.

What are some misconceptions you’ve heard about Cebu?

I think some foreigners think that Cebu itself is a country.. probably because we have our own internationally airport that takes direct flights even without stopping over in Manila which is the capital of the Philippines.

Another one is that, Cebuanos  or Filipinos as a whole tend to deceive  foreigners when it comes to prices and taxi fares etc. But I can’t say its not true, but I’d say it’s a stereotype and that it doesn’t apply to all.

What would you recommend first-time travelers to do in Cebu?

Try to visit Cebu during January. It’s when Sinulog is held – the biggest festival celebrated around the city. There is street dance, some religious activities and a month full of looking back to history and faith. (Haven’t shared this exactly – but this is what I actually want to say)

What is something first-timers should avoid?

Avoid going around Carbon Market and Colon Street –it’s downtown proper – wearing expensive accessories made of gold and silver to avoid attracting bad people. I’m not saying it’s a dangerous place, but it’s just a caution to avoid untoward incidents. Over-all Colon street is a must see place too since it is the first and oldest street in the Philippines.

As a first-time traveler, what phrases should they know to communicate better with the locals?

Well, I’d like to teach you at least 5. You ready?

  1. First is KUMUSTA – which is How are you?
  2. SALAMAT – Thank you
  3. TAG PILA – How much
  4. ASA (ang) – Where (is)
  5. AYO – AYO – Take care

*BONUS: BAI / BAY – Dude/girl (applicable for both man and woman.) 

>>> By the way, there is a follow-up question that Christ throw and I misunderstood the question. So please – – –  let me answer it here. So, he asked, if they use these words (above) will they answer us back to the same language or should we continue speaking English? 

Answer: After the above basic words you can go back to speaking English. Because it is the second official language of the Philippines, so communicating with the locals wont be difficult. 🙂

Why should people visit Cebu?

I can tell a lot of reasons why you must visit Cebu… but let me just say a few sentences why…

Cebu is tagged as one of the best islands in the world by Conde Nast traveller magazine. Immersed into this beautiful city that can offer you the best the from the sea, mountain and other natural resources. Filipinos are known for our hospitality, so it is a must visit not only with these site but most especially because of 3Cs – that’s Charming and Cool Cebuanos. (Haven’t mentioned this words during the interview, the questions I was a bit of everywhere ( lol hahah first timer moments) and so I was not able say it. But these words are exactly the reason why you should visit Cebu! 🙂

*Please be prepared to let us know:

3 specific restaurants/dishes that you loved

I have mentioned Adobo earlier and then Lechon – which is best paired by puso.

It’s a rice wrapped and boiled in a  diamond shared casing made of woven coconut leaves – usually called hanging rice.

And then in Cebu, I would definitely recommend visiting Larsian. It’s the barbeque haven in Cebu where you could eat our version of barbeque from meat and sea food and some chicken and pork innards. (intentines, gizzards, blood, chicken feet, pork ears and more)

2-3 things to do you enjoy doing there

My 3 MUST TRY/VISIT are:

  1. Sto. Niño Church– it’s one of the oldest church in the country which will celebrate it’s 500thyear on —
  2. The white sand beaches either in Bantayan Island or going south to Moalboal or Osloband swim with the Whalesharks.
  3. Finally, my favorite adventure is to do Canyoneering, where you chase waterfalls and jumps over canyoons and rivers.

 

Rapid fire questions:

What’s the best thing you ever ate?

– Tuppokki – I’m a big fan of Korean food! hahah

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

– A dish in one of the restaurant we’ve visited in Maldives called Fried chicken but way too different from our concept of a fried chicken. 🙂

If you had to be a tour guide for one place in the world, where would you pick?

– Aside from Cebu, I’d like to be a tour guide in ITALY. Haven’t been there but its our next stop hopefully this year or early next year. I am amazed and in awe of its beauty and to be able to visit it especially Rome, is a dream come true.

If I were intimidated to travel to another country, how would you encourage me?

– Well, I’d simply tell you that experience is the best teacher. Whatever it is that intimidates you in visiting that place, will remain a misconception or stereotype to a certain group of people unless you experience it first hand. You will never know if this is true or not unless you faced it yourself. So go ahead, avoid what ifs, face your fears and explore!

 

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11 Things to do while waiting for your Flight

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So just a week ago, I recently left Cebu to be back to the UAE and yes, you always hear this: “My flight was delayed . . . “ haha . . . . Aaaand no I’m not going to start complaining for this and that.
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Instead, I find this opportunity to actually observe and made this list of 11 Things you can do while waiting for your flight – – – especially if it is delayed. 😀

 

So, let’s do this quickly!

 

1. Sleep – Duhhh! This is a scene we all see. So catch up some snore moment.

 

2. Eat – Because you wake up early or late, so you missed to take breakfast, lunch or dinner just to catch your flight but ending in the waiting game because of – – you already know! So go ahead, suit yourself and choose whatever is available in the restaurants at the airport!

 

3. Wifi/Social Media sessions – Thank God for Airport wifi! Online life continues and your selfie/groupie goes on! And yes, swipe up and down with the Facebook/IG accounts you’re stalking 🙂 ha ha

 

4. Read a book – Time to add more knowledge and wisdom, reading always helps us build our vocabulary and it brings us to a different time, places, moments, emotions among others depending on the genre of your book. I always have one whenever I travel :). A few of these books are on this list.

 

5. Listen to a Podcast – If you think reading isn’t your thing, there is an audio book or better yet pick a Podcast show that you’re interested in. Not sure what to listen? Check this 5 Podcast I listened to. Well actually this list is growing, gotta update you with a couple of what I currently love (binge listening it now!) lol.

 

6. Watch a movie – Download it ahead of time. Airport wifi might not be so friendly because of the volume of users. So keep them handy on your iPads, phones or laptops.

 

7. Journal – If you are that journal type of person like me, its high time to take that coffee and do some writing. I’ve been writing diaries since high school and stopped when I moved to Abu Dhabi. This year as we move to Dubai, I’d love to catch up with this beautiful hobby.

 

8. Study – For students or for anyone who might be taking an exam soon, this is the high time to review and add notes or just skim and scan those text books.

 

9. Observe – I’ve recently read this book from Merlee Cruz-Jayme called Everyone Can be Creative and one creative challenge she mentioned was this: To sit a in a Coffee shop and observe a girl/boy and give them characters. Give her/him a name, guess what his/her job is. What’s their age? Why is s/he in the coffee shop? Is s/he waiting for a friend, a meeting, colleague etc. Describe what do you think s/he is thinking… etc. etc 🙂 This is a bit creepy ~ but this is all only between you and your thoughts/notes for #CreativeExerciseOnly

 

10. Talk to your family – When I say talk to your family, I mean a family that you are with in this flight. If you’re alone, of course before heading to the airport, most of the time they send us off and so we have those times of saying goodbye and tears and picture taking and others. But here, I mean talk to your companion, talk to your wife/husband, mother, father, brother, sisters. There’s so much to talk about family life and you never know what comes out from this conversations. 🙂

 

11. Pray – A lot of people will opt for the above 10 but very few take this bold move. I don’t mean to preach, and saying your prayers out loud. What I mean is to use this time to stay calm, stay in one side and pray the rosary or just simply spend time with God in the silence of your heart.

 

So, there you go – that’s my top 11 things to do while waiting for your flight!

How about you? What’s your favorite activity while waiting for your plane to take off?

 

 

 

God bless,

 

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