A Labour Day Special – My “WORK-Life” Journey

Happy Labour’s Day!!!

Hats off to all the hard-working people in the world!

I have been thinking of what to post for this very special day. Then came the idea of sharing my own career journey. It’s easy to just simply enjoy the holiday and greet each other a Happy Labour’s Day… But going deeper to its meaning and actually appreciate every individual who dedicates their 8 AM – 5 PM everyday (others are even up to 12, 15, 20 or 24 hours a day) at work is bigger than the picture that we see with our eyes.

What I am trying to say, is that, more than just the greetings and the “rest day” or the holiday – take time to sit down with that “worker” in your family. Embrace him/her and say your gratitude. Life has become easier because of his/her efforts.

On the other hand, allow me to share my own career journey. This is my way of expressing gratitude to the companies I have worked with. Remembering the place, the ambiance, the scent, the people, the emotions and the lessons learned!

But most of all, this is somehow a gratitude list to God – for the opportunities He gave me.

A Teacher.

UC-ESL & GEOS Philippines, Cebu Philippines. First and foremost, it was my childhood dream to become an educator. It’s so vivid in the depth of my memories that I used to gather younger kiddos around and pretend to be one. In fact, at – 20 years old later I have become a licensed teacher.

Money Changer Assistant.

VHEZ Exchange, Colon Cebu PH. My Aunt has a Money Changing business and on Sundays during my college years, I would assist my mom. This opened my to the various currency around the world. An exciting day there was, every time you get to receive fake notes! 🙂 That was really fun!

Telemarketer.

Emirates Technical & Safety Development Centre (ETSDC), Abu Dhabi, UAE. Right after graduating at the normal school, I tend to try out any other work. I have applied to different positions including Sales and the most popular back then – a call center agent. Company after company, I was labelled as “not yet ready”, thus being turned down. But when the opportunity knocks in 2008, when my cousin asked me if I am interested, I never mind what that position was. On my head was “ticking off a bucket-list” to get my passport stamped before it expires! lol And yes, it was a Telemarketer position for a Safety Training Centre in Abu Dhabi. Closely CSR or Call Centre Agent somehow!

Sea Survival & HUET Instructor

Emirates Technical & Safety Development Centre (ETSDC), Abu Dhabi, UAE. After 2 years of marketing/telemarketing the courses and with my manager’s knowledge of my teaching background – he then assigned me a special class exclusive for ladies. This was to teach Sea Survival and HUET (Helicopter Underwater Landing Training). To my excitement, I nailed it like the very first time I started teaching! I love sharing knowledge and information. It is still my number one passion to this day.

Training Admin Assistant

National Drilling Company (now ADNOC Drilling), Abu Dhabi, UAE. After gaining a hundreds++ companies under my belt, comes an opportunity of a lifetime. One of Abu Dhabi’s government companies (in Oil Drilling) have given me this chance to be a part of their team. I grabbed it of course! I have worked for them for 4+ years.

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As of March 2018, I am still in the quest to my next position. What could it be? I am excited to know what God has in store for me. Curious about my CV? Check it out on my LinkedIn Profile.

I’ve written this career journey as a special LABOUR DAY salute to all labours, most especially to all OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). You are indeed heroes in your own right.

How about you, what jobs have you taken? How was your experience?

God bless,


 

Competition Time @ Old English Company

Do you love Stationery? How about enamel pins?

Old English Co. runs these amazing competition where you could stand a chance to win these very cute enamel pins!

Head over to this COMPETITION PAGE to join!

You can also, check out their wide variety of enamel pins that you can use to accessorize your papers and other stationeries. These are some sample of these lovable enamel pins.

 

Exciting isn’t it!?!

So go ahead and join now!

 

Let me know if you make it!

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 

 


This is a collab post with Old English Co.

 

The Flower Gem of Dubai – A Better Florist

A Better Florist is the best florist in Dubai, and we’re here to tell you why they have taken over our hearts.

If you’re looking for a florist, that’s going to cater you – like you’re a superstar, then this is the flower delivery shop for you. They make shopping and delivery simple and easy. Convenient for someone who’s busy and doesn’t have time to chase flowers around the city and deliver it to them in time.

Everything you need, can be found online, so you don’t actually have to go down to their store. They have a beautiful website, where all of their designs are displayed. From seasonal flowers, to grand opening flowers, signature blooms, funeral flowers and so much more. If you don’t like what you see, which is pretty hard to believe, or you want them to get creative with your idea, you can just send them a message and place an order for a custom bouquet. You get to pick everything, from the types of flowers, type of arrangement, container and everything else.

In addition to the flowers, they offer hampers of all kinds, such as a baby hamper or a get well soon hamper, you can also create your own. It all depends on the occasion you’re buying the hamper for. There’s a fruit basket selection, and their fruit basket delivery is amazing.

Overall, their delivery is great! You’re guaranteed a same day flower delivery, no matter where you are in Dubai. Because they have several shops, they are able to get to any area in no time. This is actually why we love A Better Florist so much. They are always here when you need them.

I love that their flowers are always perky, and that they never say no to an order. They are somehow able to create new bouquets and designs that always surprise me, because they are definitely far from conventional. They are everything but conventional, but you’re going to fall right off your feet when you see them. Words are definitely not enough to describe them.

Now, most of you might be worried about the price. If a flower delivery has such gorgeous bouquets, they must cost a fortune. In this case, that isn’t true. They take pride in being able to create flowers that are both luxurious and fresh, but are within the budget. When you go to A Better Florist, you are going to be welcomed by a team who knows what you need.

They are the best florist in Singapore, and they still are. That is where they started off, but pretty soon the flowers in Singapore could be enjoyed now and are available in other places. Besides Singapore and Dubai flower delivery shops, they also have a shop in Abu Dhabi, also in Hong Kong  and in Klang Valley.

This is just another reason why A Better Florist should be a florist on your list. As the best florist in HK, and the best florist in Kuala Lumpur. I’m quite sure they are going to make it to the top as the best UAE flower delivery service provider and not just the best florist in Hong Kong.

I highly recommend them as they have some of the most beautiful roses in Dubai and then there’s all the other perks you get to enjoy.

So, go ahead, check them out!


How to START a BLOG (2018)

How to START a BLOG (2018)

Source: Unspalsh.com

For a while now, I always encourage my friends and a few readers to start a blog whenever they tell me that I inspire them to pursue their passion in writing. And I always get caught up to the thought that why not tell them HOW TO DO IT? 🙂 

Now, this is my action step! ^^ Let me share how in this blog post.

The 7 steps to start a blog:

  1. Answer, WHY do you want to start a blog?
  2. Decide what to blog about. Define or identify your niche
  3. Choose a blogging platform.
  4. Get started with WordPress.
  5. Design & use your blog!
  6. Pick a domain name. (Optional for beginners)
  7. Find a host. (Optional for beginners)

Don’t worry, I will elaborate these steps one by one and hopefully I will give justice to it. 

 

<<< A little BACK STORY <<<

I have been blogging since 2008, this year is a very important year in my life because it’s the year that I have ticked off one of my bucket-list : To get my passport stamped before it expires! lol hahaha kidding aside – this is the year I left Cebu for Abu Dhabi.

So, to ease loneliness (not really lonely but excited of the new adventures) and more on being homesick – I have decided to record my experiences through blogging. Thus, In My Heart came to life. Because these are the stories #InMyHeart ♥.

 

🖥 NOW BACK TO THE MAIN TOPIC  🖥


 #1 – Answer, WHY do you want to start a blog?


[ #KayneAnswers: I wrote it already above – I wanted to express my feelings and document my life experiences.]

Most of the people, will have the same reason as mine. Others because they have learned that blogging can also let them:

 Practice the writing skills

✅ Share their stories, poetry and other literary expressions

 Earn money

 Or just to simply make an online diary of their life.

You, what’s your WHY?

 


#2 – Decide what to blog about. Define or identify your niche.


[#KayneAnswers: I want to blog about my life experiences (take 3 heheh). At first, I can’t define  my niche but overall its a lifestyle/personal niche where topics about life, travel, faith, teaching are combined.]

You have all the right to choose whatever topic you want to write, as long as you don’t hurt anybody.. {Avoid fake news pls!!!}  I would suggest that you write what you are passionate about. You can also just make a photo blog – where you simply share your favorite photos and a little description or caption. 

 

Not Sure What to BLOG yet? Write anyway! Share whatever you have in your mind. I even found a blog that I am currently loving – where she simply share a note of the little things in life. Check out http://justlittlethings.net. Another blog only features his favorite YouTube Music videos and songs. One fellow blogger shares her journey about depression. Actually, it is all up to you. 

#Writing, for me is therapeutic, it eases my thoughts amidst the many cabwebs it has. It calms me down. The words that I release through the pen and paper takes out anxiety and makes me feel better. #iamjmkayne #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog… Click To Tweet

💡 FYI: Niche noun [nich] is defined as – pertaining to a specific position or specific appeal to a market. This means topic such as Life, Travel, Faith, Family, Food, Political issues, Entertainment… etc.

 

 


#3 – Choose a Blogging Platform


[#KayneAnswers: In 2008, I was blogging through in Blogspot.com (this is the Google blogging platform). And in 2016, I have decided to move it to WordPress. Simply because I have found out that WordPress has more users compared to Blogspot and that I often encounter difficulty in connecting and conversing with bloggers from WordPress when I was still in Blogspot.]

For item #4, I am sharing the platform that I am using now, and that is WordPress.

 

💡 FYI: Blogging Platforms – are the sites  (software/service) that allows you to publish your content onto the internet in a form of blog. There are many options to this. There is Tumblr, Portofolio.com, Google+, Facebook Page, Medium, SquareSpace, Wix and more. This link will help you more as it compares these platform.

 


#4 – Get Started with WORDPRESS


  1. Visit www.wordpress.com or download the app (in IOS or Google App stores)
  2. And the next few steps are on the below Slideshare. 🙂 Or alternatively, here’s a free downloadable version of ✅ HOW TO MAKE A BLOG 2018.

 Alternatively, here’s a free downloadable version of ✅ HOW TO MAKE A BLOG 2018.

 

 


#5 – Design and USE your Blog!


[ #KayneAnswers: I got my blog theme/design from a free WordPress design called NIKKON. It’s easy to use and if I wanna make it premium, I can totally change it once I’m ready to pay for the extra and better widgets or services. But for now, I’m happy with it. ]

Pick the design you love. Change when you feel like, edit this, edit that. Change the font, change the color. You can change it as you like. But there are times that you have to buy the premium versions of it. So if you’re cool with the free one (just like me) stay there. haha 😀

There are thousands of blog designs or themes you can choose from. WordPress Free account has  options or you can also purchase your prefered style and upload it to your blog. 🙂

 

Source: www.heise.de

 


#6 – Pick a domain name


[ #KayneAnswers: In the earlier stage of my blog I have already used i-am-jmhkayne.blogspot.com  Mine happens to be www.iamjmkayne.com.]

Optional for beginners. Domain names are your personal choice of what your world wide web (www) address will be. Picking a domain name in this level means no more – – – domainname.wordpress.com or domainname.blogspot.com or domainname.tumblr.com. This time only yourdomainname.com.

Bear in mind though that picking a personalized domain has a cost. It is not for free. WordPress itself has a per month price, shown in the above slide/downloadable guide. BUT! Don’t worry I can recommend you a cheaper service that will cost you around 550+ Pesos only for 12 months! I will share that website in the next item.

 


#7 – Find a host


Again, this is optional for beginners. Understanding what a blog host sometimes is very confusing.

[ #KayneAnswers: My blog’s host is COFFEEMAGS! I also bought my domain from them at *500 PHP (*10$) for 1 year. While my blog hosting is at 1$ per month (more or less 600 PHP/year). So far they have the cheapest cost I have encountered, but their service is great! Both Michael and Gecel are so helpful especially for a non-techy person like me 😃 ]

*Price varies depending on the domain that you choose.

 

💡 FYI: Blog Host – is the place where your blog lives in the online world. For example, Blogspot’s host is Google. It is powered by Google. To make it more simple, Andy Traub makes this simple analogy: Web hosting is the LAND and your domain is is the ADDRESS of the house. So for you to stay in your place (online) you need a blog host.


 

This is my humble version of HOW TO START A BLOG this2018. A very basic guide to start into the blogging world. This has been my passion project (even without knowing/understanding what a passion project was back then) and still an on going one. 🙂

 

Read about why you too, should Start a Passion Project here.

 

I hope this post inspires you to start your blog this 2018!

 

 

Let the blogging begin! 🙂

 

 

 

God bless

 

 

 

 

 


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