LIEBSTER AWARD 2017 for #InMyHeart ♥

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?
A post shared by JM Kayne 💚 (@jm_kayne) on

 

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?

A post shared by JM Kayne 💚 (@jm_kayne) on
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?
A post shared by JM Kayne 💚 (@jm_kayne) on
A post shared by JM Kayne 💚 (@jm_kayne) on

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.

A post shared by JM Kayne 💚 (@jm_kayne) on

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

SHOPBACK PH: SHOP & GET A CASH BACK!

For a “kuripot” person (stingy) like me, it was only early last year (2016) that I learned to purchase some stuff online.

Online shopping isn’t really my thing but I have started to enjoy it though. I have this feeling of being not so sure if it does work and to my surprise, it brought me convenience! Just when I thought that online shopping brings convenience, it has become better and found it more alluring when I learned about getting a few bucks back!

 

How would you feel if you get a “cash back” on your purchases online!?! Made me wanna shop all day long! 🙂 hehehe

 

It’s exciting to know that you get a certain percentage from the purchase you do via online shopping! Have you heard of ShopBack!? 

Yes, you’re right! Singapore’s popular cash back website is now in the Philippines! Popular not only in SG, but it has also started its waves to the other parts of Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan etc.

 

Few of the most popular shops includes Forever21, Sephora and some Korean beauty products (Althea) for those make-up fanatics!, Booking.com, Expedia and more – for travel related purchases, Lazada, Zalora, Gap, AliExpress, EBay, FoodPanda and the list goes on . . .

Here are few of the shops you can enjoy with their corresponding % of cash back.

 

So how does this online shopping-cash back system works?

Easy!

For Example you want to purchase a certain product:

  • Let’s say something that costs 1000/- Pesos.
  • The online shop where you will purchase this product has a certain percentage  to give out as a “cash back” – so for example Hotels.com gives 5% cash back.
  • That means you will be getting back 5% of 1000 pesos to your ShopBack Account.
  • That is 50 pesos!!!

A good start to save, isn’t it?

 

Not clear yet? Well, this video may help!

Sounds tempting right? 

In fact here are some of the major shops that offers pretty cool cash back percentage!

✓    New items and vouchers added every week on Lazada

✓    Enjoy hotel discounts when you book via Booking.com

✓    Book with Hotels.com through ShopBack

 

To make sure that you get your cash back, do not go directly to the shop’s website, instead log in to your Shopback.ph app or visit www.Shopback.ph website and click the shop/product from there. You will  then be redirected to the site of your chosen shop. Do the normal shopping and pay directly there.

When your order is completed, ShopBack “cash back %” will appear on your account within 48 hours. You can get a payout once you reach a certain amount (will be tagged as Redeemable) and cash it out through PayPal, BPI, BDO or Metrobank account and more.

How do we start?

  1.    Start by checking this step by step “How it Works” guide.
  2.   Register for an account and enjoy online shopping –  Sign Up Here.
           *You can either download an app or visit the website www.shopback.ph
  1.   Start Shopping and start enjoying your cash back!
  2. Refer friends, get more bonus such as P100 on your successful referral once they complete a purchase.

As an OFW, I see this online shopping – cash back system helpful and very tempting in a way that we could use it to send out “gifts” to families and friends back home.

What do you think? Wanna give it a try?
Go ahead give it a try and share your experience with ShopBack Philippines.
I’d be happy to hear from you!

 

God Bless!
JM SIGNATURE-black

This post is sponsored by Shopback, all opinions on the other hand are 100% mine.

SaveSaveSaveSave

Travel Guide : Simala Church Cebu

Travel Guide : Simala Church Cebu

Cebu is one of the first seat of Christianity in the Philippines, it is full of churches that represents the countries long  history of Catholicism – accompanied with various festivals in honor of Jesus, Mary and all the different saints. A municipality in southern Cebu named Sibonga has become a tourist/devotee destination because of the #EuropeFeels / #ItalyFeels  – SIMALA Church has. It is a façade in honor of Mama Mary.  

This January, I went on a vacation and took a trip down south to visit the church and paid homage to the Blessed Virgin for all of her blessings she and her son have showered to me and to my family! Here I’m sharing you a travel guide.How to get there:
1 – Go to Cebu South Bus Terminal.
Various of bus going South is available, known to pass by Sibonga is Ceres. Take it and ask the driver or his assistant (known as konduktor) to drop you in Simala. Travel takes about 2 hours. Fare varies as per bus company but it should be between 80 to 100 Php. Your best land mark will be that 7-11 shop on the right side built as the ground floor of an old house.

For bus schedule visit this link of Cebu Gov’t Bus Schedule.
2 – Upon Arrival in Brgy. Simala– Look for motorcycles (habal-habal) going up to the sanctuary. 
Habal-habal (or motorcycle) is the most common transportation going up to the church. Fare is around 20-30 Php per person, each motorcycle can accommodate at least 2 passengers.

3 – Going Home. 
Motorcycle drivers are just around the corner, you can choose and they will drop you right in the highway! In the highway, all you have to do is wait for the bus going back to the city  and you’ll be home. Fare will be almost the same as to going  back and forth.

What can you do:

  • Pray! – Among the many reasons why we visit Simala is to simply pray. Thanking God/Mama Mary for their blessings and this should be the primary reason.
  • Visit the Miraculous Statue of Mary – At the back of the church altar , there is a way where you could offer your flowers and prayers.
  • Write An Intention – Along the way to the statue are writing stations where you could write a letter to Mary. And if your generous enough – feel free to share your blessings!
  • Light a candle – Color-coded candles are available for a specific intention, pick what fits your prayers.
  • Buy – Memorabilias, small statue, prayer guides, rosaries and more are visible on the right side of the church. 
  • Finally, Take a Picture!  – Of course every Filipino won’t miss that chance to take a photo of this beautiful, stunning and amazing structure.
And at all times, be mindful of your noise, stay calm and avoid disrupting the other people who are praying. Please be respectful as well on the way you dress up. Avoid shorts and sleeveless blouse. 
* * * 

I prefer not to get into more details of how was our visit. I’d like you to experience it yourself. All I can say is that it’s my 4th visit and every time I set forth my feet into this amazing place, I’d say it is an encounter with Mama Mary and of our Creator.  

Take a look at some of the photos I took. 

“This crown structure is memorial of the victorious and powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother thru the Penitential Rosary Walk in 1998, against the killer epidemic hat struck the place, where several lives of poor children and infants had died. Built to honor Mary on the 8th year anniversary of the Monks arrival in Lindogon. Blessed on the 27th day of February, 2004.”

On Facebook I posted: In awe of His creations! Mama Mary, thank you for giving us your son. Amen. 
Lord, I am confident of your love, mercy & grace! Excited na ko sa imong gift nako!
#ThankYouLord #Sibonga #Cebu #cebu2017 #Simala 
DOME. This is the dome of the church. I took this photo on our way going to the back of the altar where you will have a closer encounter of the miraculous statue of Mary. 
See more photos of this amazing & stunning place on
* * * 
 
Also known as  as the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist (for locals, it is known as “Birhen sa Simala”) is located at the Marian Hills of Lindogon Simala, Sibonga Cebu.  It started with a miracle that Mother Mary cried  with a blood and was witnessed by some of the devotees and believers.  Furthermore, the Monks of Mary (Mga Monghe ni Maria) lives and started the cause of building this palace-like church. Devotees, faithful and just merely the curious people started to flock in this location, thus the support and donation of the faithful has made this #EuropeFeels – instagram worthy photos facade is built (and still on the process of making it better).

Believed to have fulfilled many prayers, a row of “aparador” / cabinet of testimonials of various stories on passing of the board exams, miraculously cured cancer, baby prayers and more will inspire you. An array colorful of candles can also be seen in some areas; color-coded depending on the prayers & intentions you would like to lift up. Red, blue, green, pink, violet etc. –  stands for a specific purpose – wanna know what are they? Go ahead and visit this place! 🙂

Most importantly, attend a mass! 

Here is a guide to the regular mass schedule of the church. 

I would also suggest to avoid Fridays, Saturday & Sundays if you wouldn’t want a crowded place. Pick a weekday and enjoy the peaceful ambiance that Simala Church has! May your prayers be granted!

God bless!