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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Wanna visit CEBU but with limited time? Check out these 10 MUST visit sites. 

 

Life Lately + See you soon, Dubai!

Life Lately . . .

Before the year ends (2017), #TheKokobears (Darrelle and I) hit the road from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. A new life + adventure + service awaits us there. Hitting the road didn’t end there, I also hit the air (haha) by flying back to the Philippines and closed 2017 in Cebu.

Allow me to give you an overview of how’s life lately and once again, I’m hitting the road/air back once again – heading to Dubai this time (Well, I guess I might  just landed when this post goes public.)

 

December 2017

💫 Went home on the 29th and arrived Cebu at 6 AM on the 30th.

💫 Celebrated New Year at home with the family once again.

 

 

2018 January

💫 My brother tied the knot on the 2nd day of the year and as I have shared before, I did their wedding invite as one of my #passionprojects for 2017 – check out DIY: G+M Wedding invite.

💫 Mamo and Dado’s 33rd Anniversary, bought a cake for them.

💫 Met Gemma and Jackie – dinner in SM. Also took a chance to separately bond with them. Gemma and I went site seeing. While Jackie and I went to Simala and Archbishop Teofilo Camomot’s church.

💫 Sessions with Mamo and Auntie VK at HiPre clinic in Tabunok. Health is wealth you know 🙂

 

 

2018 February

💫 Visited Naga Boardwalk with Dion, Clea and Chin2x, The Pyramid, Sirao Flower Farm and Temple of Leah

💫 I’m officially an AUNTIEEE!! 🙂 A Tinang ^^ Auntie-Ninang! Our very first nephew in the family is Baby Grey! Born on 12th Feb 2018.

💫 Attend two Saturday healing sessions with Bro. Julius (of Divine Mercy) at San Roque gym with Mama and Auntie VK.

💫 Faced a health breakthrough on 28th Feb. Thank you Lord.

 

 

2018 March

💫 Dan2x’s birthday. We got him a little cake 🙂 and wrote “Happy Birthday PAPAsio – From Grey.

💫 Recorded a few more vlogs for Dion’s walakokasabotpasabatako YoutTube channel. That was all fun! Helped him in figuring it, editing and uploading it.

💫 Opened a Carousell account: #ShopJMKayne, where I have the chance to sell my pre-loved books and other items. Which was pretty fun, because just a day after I opened it – I automatically got some enquiries and sold a few books! 🙂

💫 Visited Lolo Delfin, also gate crashed in Vibang’s 2nd daughter’s Christening in Bogo.

 

 

2018 April

💫 Celebrated Auntie VK’s birthday + Easter Sunday in North Sky Resort in Sogod.

💫 Met an old friend back in UC-ESL – Yham, an old cd reminded me of her so, Dion and I took chances of looking for her on Facebook and we’ve successfully found her! 🙂 Thank you for the time Yham!

💫 Rendezvous with RC who flew back from UC after 6 months! Her hubby gave her a gift to be back here in Cebu for at least 15 days. 🙂 We had lunch and took some chikka sessions at DepEd + JCo in Ayala.

💫 Ina arrived for her vacation and brough some cutie goodies for Baby Grey.

💫 Yay! A new breakthrough came, I was interviewed for a Podcast! 🙂 Back in 2017 I just shared my 5 favorite podcast and fast forward, I will be on it. I was interviewed for a podcast that will be released hopefully mid-May 🙂

 

 

2018 May

💫 Attended Musical Festival with Dion in Liloan. (05 May 2018)

💫 Edited Dado’s Reunion video. Watch it here > BCS Batch 1072-1973 Reunion. 

💫 Home for Mother’s Day and Local Election Day.

💫 Got a chance to meet Sis Cath in SM City Cebu. A quick chitchat and catch up! (12/May)

💫 Launched The Creative Passport Facebook Community. JOIN HERE.

💫 Kokobear surprised me with a flower bouquet + cake  for our 4th Anniversary! Thank you Kokolove ❤

💫 Self care day on 20th May – Rebonded and pedicure c/o Sis-in-Law Yvette.

💫 Celebrated my 33rd birthday in Lantaw SRP with family.

💫 Finally finished reading a book I’ve been shelving for years . . . (probably more than a decade now!) … Never thought I’d be entertained this much!👌 Thought-provoking, a few basics and some needs processing…. Read it on All I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten book review. Read: All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

💫 MORE AND MORE IDEAS coming in, thoughts of this and that on creativity is all over my mind, gotta make it a system and hopefully put them in order so I could get started! hahaha 🤣🤣🤣

💫 24th May, in transition back to Dubai, UAE! 🙂

 

During these months, as I enjoy family time I also binge watch the following movies/TV series:
  • Pinoy TV Shows/Series/Teleserye: Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko, Showtime, Hanggang Saan, Blood Sisters, Araw Gabi, Ang Probinsyano, Bagani, The Good Son, Since I Found You,
  • Korean Dramas/Movies: Battleship Island, W, Chicago TypeWriter, Doctor Crush (ongoing)
  • Read some books: Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Everyone Can be Creative etc.
  • Listened to Podcast/Youtube: Arriane Serafico, Lavendaire, Happier, Our Food Aventures etc.
  • New Inspo/Goals: Aileen Xu, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marie Forleo!

 

💫 That’s it for now… please include me in your prayers… 🙂 💫

 

Thank you Lord, bring it on!

 

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Kayne Series (Vol. 5) – #AtoZChallenge2018

Kayne Series Volume 5 – The #AtoZChallenge2018
Disclaimer: Before seeing a few blogs who did this #AtoZChallenge, I personally have seen these pages (the photos above) from my personalized magazine (make-my-own) where I created this A-Z list. Actually it has been my practice ever since I became an ESL Teacher. In fact I have used this strategy as well during my first one-on-one sessions for my CLS/HH members. 😀

Athena | Basketball | Car | Diary | Education | Fantasy | G-mik | Height | Internet | Julie Mae | Kayne | Letters | Mtv | Novels | Ouiting | Paris | Quiet | Relax | Singing | Tash | Ur105 | Vj  | Work | Xinsei | Yuck | Zoo

 

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The above A to Z was my list way back 2004-2005, I guess I made it during my late CNU days. Before posting this, I have made a new version of this #AtoZChallenge for 2018.

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What has changed?
What’s the difference after a decade?
What are the things/people/concerns that  I am into compared to 2005 vs 2018? (13 years later)
Does some of these letters (items) still capture my heart after all these years?
Read on and learn in this new #KayneSeries!
  • Artistic

    True to my theme this year: Passion Projects and Breakthroughs 2018 #PPBreakthroughs2018 – I would like to become more ARTISTIC in all my endeavors. I wanna express that side of me who wants to be an artist in my own way. Be it be in my blog life, in community, in  my passion and more. I hope to be better in this journey of an artistic life! 🙂

  • Bread and Butter

    It’s been almost 1 year and 4 months since I last worked and lost my bread and butter. I have to say I miss it so much now. But I trust that God has a better plan for me and I’m so excited what He has instore for me! bring it on J!

  • CFC-FFL or CFFL in UAE

    Community life has always been a part of my journey since 2009 and up to this day, I am a proud member of CFC-FFL or CFFL in UAE. It’s been 9 years now and with all the ups and downs of the community life, I remain truthful to my covenant, with God’s strength He will provide and He will keep me going. Amen!

  • Dado (Papa Glenn)

    I love Papa! Family is love. It is because of him (and Mama) that I am who I am today. 🙂 Honoring him and my mom at all times. Hello Glenn Dacalos Bacus, I love you Pa! <3

  • Europe

    The countries in Europe is on my bucketlist! Who doesn’t have it? 🙂 Italy is on the top list, followed by Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and more! Hopefully very soon I will get to tick off at least one of them.

  • Faith

    This is being tested every now and then. Way back then, I thought I had enough but the more that I learn about it, the more I learn that there is more need to seek about this. Seek God deeper.

  • Grey

    That’s the name of our newest family member. My very first nephew. Glenrey aka Grey!

  • Health

    Late Feb this year when I have to do a breakthrough about my health and somehow bcoz of that I am now trying my best to be mindful of that part of my life.

  • Interior Designs

    I am currently into beautiful interior designs – binge watching/looking for ideas that sparks interest and could possibly apply it into our lil abode. I always enjoy IKEA’s tiny rooms but Pinterest has been giving so much inspo too!

  • Jesus

    What a beautiful name it is. In His name, I trust. I am a #Missionary247 #CyberMissionary for Jesus’ glory. I am a Proud Catholic and so I have shared this guide for the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about this faith. Let the Bible answer your questions.  Read: I am CATHOLIC.

  • Kokobear

    My love. My Darrelle (awww! Cheesy here,  but true! hehe )

  • Life Verses

    This is a new #PassionProject I am creating this year. Watch out for it very soon my on YouTube Channel. 😀

  • Mom (Mama Julie)

    Simply because she’s my mother. I guess the more you get older the more you appreciate the people in your life. Hi Julita Hortelano Bacus! <3 Saranghae uma!

  • New Place: Dubai

    I may be celebrating my one (1) decade in the UAE, but most of it 99% of it is in Abu Dhabi. This year, Kokobear and I embark into a new place – DUBAI! Our version of Dubnation! We look forward to new discoveries, new learnings, new challenges that God wwill through our ways. For we believe God will provide and He will straighten our paths.

  • Organizing

    Been going through some organizing mess! haha Actually I have these so many things on my head that required prioritizing and organizing. So many ideas, passion project goals and to do! I know for sure what to do with it, its just that I love the feeling and though of being so busy (on my head) thinking this and that,,, while I am still out of the real world job. I will try to organize them very soon. Wish me luck! 😀

  • Passion Projects

    This year I call it a year of #PassionProjects and Breakthroughs. I would like to dedicate a few blog posts about this very important topic. I believe that we all have to do such creative side projects or hobby that would allow us to simply destress and enjoy doing it with out pressure. Here is the first installment post that I made to open this year. Read: Why Start a Passion Project?

     

  • Quitting

    Last year (2017) I quit doing something I really love. I thought quiting is a weak person’s move. Yet quitting lead me to bigger plan that God has made.  Always make a point of offering such decision to God. I trust that He would let things happen for a reason. If you Google quotes about quitting, it usually shows you a “Don’t Quit” quotes – here’s my version to it:

Quitting” is a –Quiz –Using the –Intelligence of God’s perfect –Timing.
  • Risks

    As I move forward to my 33rd year this year – I thought that the more that I am open to taking risks. Job choices, life decisions and others. I just pray that whatever risk I take – the Lord will bless these actions.

  • Stories

    This year I have re-opened my WattPad account ang thought of writing more stories. Since this year is my year of Passion Projects, working on new stories or publishing old ones is one of my projects. I hope to finish at least 5 this year, maximum 10. Get updates and read my stories on #WattPad_MissJMKayne. Hopefully I will get a time to work on it and move forward to more! Fingers crossed! 😀

  • Teaching

    My first and forever number one passion. I may not be doing it now, but I am always a teacher at heart. Of course I don’t go far, at the  moment I also have an ongoing Passion Project under “brainstorming stage” where I will be teaching something online. As of today, the details are not yet ready to be divuldged. I will definitely update you once I hit the ready button 🙂 In the meantime, get a glance into my TEACHING Room online. 

  • Unity

    To be united in whatever aspect in life: family, faith, love, team, community is so important. It is the backbone of a successful, loving and faithful unit of the society. I know it’s a tough call – but if only we unite for the better cause of life. I bet things will be better.

  • Video making and editing

    Currently preparing my video editing skills for my #PassionProject to do some YouTube videos soon. 🙂 Its for my #IAmACyberMissionary series for Life Verses. Watch out for it very soon.

  • Writing

    I’ve shared in my past blog posts, that this skill is my weakest and for me to polish it, I have to continously learn and study. It’s one of the very reason why I am into this blogging because I’d like to work better on this. In fact, my IELTS scores will show that among the 4 skills 🙂 hehehe Writing – although I passed – is still the lowest score that I have. I am a work in progress. I claim no “pro” status in this field even if I am the Editor-in-chief of The VineyardMagazine. So, here I am, trying my very best to build my writing life better than ever. Hopefully I could someday claim that I am indeed in a next level! 🙂

  • Xoxo

    Favorite and shortest way to express kisses and hugs! Hahah never thought that this actually mean something until I learned what it is! For those who might not be familiar yet,,, X means kisses while O is a hug! ^^ 

  • Zeal

    Zeal is a characterstic that we usually feel whenever we get ourself into something really interesting. Zeal for Love, Zeal for God. Zeal could be a another word for Passion. Right now I have this Zeal to take this online life into a higher level. I hope to someday become someone who I looked up to. People or entreuprener who have made life and business through their online presence. 

 

Interested of doing the same? The CHALLENGE is so easy, do your own #AtoZChallenge on your blog too!
Just tag me on that post… and use that hashtag AtoZChallenge2018

Simply take a paper, maybe on a notebook (or on your blog itself ) and start writing your A to Z)

Alternatively here’s a freebie worksheet for your to use.

 

 


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What’s in my heart ♥ . . . on Christmas 2017

Popping in this very day of Christmas and decided to write a short blog post of what is in my heart ♥, this Christmas season!

So, it’s exactly 1 year since I wrote this blog post and yes it’s been one year since I’ve been a stay-at-home wife. When I look back, it feels like only yesterday that I bid goodbye to NDC, visited home for surprise vacation, back to Abu Dhabi again and tried my luck for a new job.

There was scarcity, I couldn’t believe that in 4-5 months I only received a couple of calls that didn’t materialized. Then I delivered a talk for the HFL (Handmaids for Family & Life) CLS wherein one of the participants was a teacher of a Philippine school. I mentioned during the talk that I was looking for a job and truth be told, they have such vacancy for that specific major that I am in to. To make the long story short, I was hired but it will only commence on September of this year.

Come September, I started for a whole week of Teacher’s training. Week 2 kicked off too, but in the twist of events, I was forced to give up the job. October came and Kokobear was scheduled for 3 interviews!!! Made me think, it’s not my year – – –  this is for him. He bagged one of them that has made me conclude that EVERYTHING REALLY HAPPENS for a REASON! God closes a door and opens new one! Sharing this story in my furture blog very soon.

 

So what’s in my heart? ♥ this Christmas 2017?

#InMyHeart ♥ is nothing but being GRATEFUL!!! 

I may be jobless, nevertheless I am so full of love, hope and still grateful.

  • I am healthy.
  • My family is complete, safe and healthy.
  • I am loved by my husband (and taken care well too!) 😀 – happy wife happy life! hehehe
  • My brother is getting married and will soon be a father – that makes me an official aunt too 😀
  • I have family & friends that never lost the touch eventhough I am miles away.
  • #IamJMKayne passion project is progressive and started collab works.
  • God has used us for the upcoming community event for IBC 2018.
  • God has used us as a PFO for 4 years as a preparation for a bigger task next year.
  • This list goes on and on…  but #InMyHeart is just blessed!

That is why all I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH LORD! Thank you for blessing me, my family and all those people around me. May your name be praised at all times!!! #HEisTheREASONfortheSEASON

Let me close this post with this prayer.

 

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Why I was hesitant to volunteer for SJC Kids’ Summer Camp 2017

Summer! A season when the kids are taking their break from school, and this year, SJC has organized another Summer Camp for kids.  In the beginning, I have no intention to volunteer for St. Joseph Church Kids’ Summer Camp 2017. Maybe some of you know, my husband Kokobear was the one who posted the ad on CFFL Abu Dhabi FB pages about kids/youth to join this camp, including volunteers. While he was doing that, I little voice inside me says I should give it a try. When I opened it up to Ate Lou, she was excited and so I told her to give me time because I still have some hiccups… Lo and behold, she was actually praying for me to join and to cut the long story short; when I said “yes” she was just finished praying.

Allow me to share, my very personal reasons about why I was hesitant in accompanying Ate Lou. Actually, the job is pretty much easy, I am the presentation personnel who queues the slides during the mass. Of course a little bit of assistance too for the Kid’s Choir while Ate Lou teaches them how to sing the songs.

Here are my 3 of the reasons why:

First, to go out of my comfort zone is just not easy.

My comfort zone for the past 6 months has been staying home: applying for jobs, watching tv, a little exercise, cook lunch and dinner for Kokobear, read books, create ideas for blogs, unli-Facebook, and the list goes on. Allotting my 5 hours from 4:00 PM – 8-8:30 PM is not my usual, not my comfort zone.

While listening to some productivity/ creative podcasts, it hits me when they emphasized that we must go out of our comfort zone/s and try something new. These are the moments when you know in your heart that you are being called to explore and take yourself into a challenge of going outside the comfort of our home and just dive into the unknown. So I prayed and I got His confirmation to proceed.

Second, I don’t have money to go and come back and forth (Home-Church-Home)

This is our first photo – Ate Lou & I during the day 1, briefing session of the SJC Kids’ Summer Camp on 9 July 2017.

 

This might be one of the biggest reason for me and for those who were considering to volunteer. Taxi fare nowadays here in Abu Dhabi is at the roof top! Gone are the days when you could reach the church for 10-12 AED, nowadays it’s between 20-25 AED one way. The public bus is possible, although it will take some time to reach the church and still needs to walk during this scorching heat! But then, I worry no more – God provides that Ate Lou took over. She’s my personal sponsor in this service. 🙂 Thank you Ate!

 

And finally (third), I was hesitant because I’m not familiar with the sequence of the mass!

Yes! That’s a big revelation for me. I am a Catholic, I’ve been bold about this faith and I’ve been attending masses all my life – but there is a pang in my heart that hurts. 🙁 That hesitation, that I felt was this! I am (or was) afraid of what I will do if the slides won’t work… How will I know what’s next? This and that and all other questions that are related to both technical issues and my personal issue of not being worthy to be assigned in that area because I don’t memorize the sequence of our own mass!!!

I wrote notes on the missal, highlighted some parts and go over masses on youtube to know which is which, what goes first and next and last. God also sent people to help me know what is proper Gospel or a Feast to change the readings of the day. I also learned that regular days don’t have Second readings. All these and more –  I won’t know if I haven’t volunteered.

 

That was 25 days to be exact – when I handled the slides (minus 1 because I was off for a day for MER 2). Minor technical glitches happened but the church people are just so helpful. I’ve also had the chance to assist the kids and Ate Lou with the tune of the songs – ha ha never thought I’d be singing – just a little :).


Here’s a shortie video I captured while the kids were practicing their finale’ presentation.

What I learned on this “somehow” mini #PassionProject of mine.

I called this a mini Passion Project because; this act of volunteering is indeed a part of my preparation as I take on a new journey to teaching. To teach is not new to me. I’ve been in that field since I was a kid, it is my major passion that I even finished university & become a professional. But, it has been almost 9 years since I last danced in that stage of nourishing the minds of students. This camp immersed me into that real world of how the youngsters of today are different from way back almost a decade of my minute experience. I am positive though that I’ve learned something from this 5 weeks journey.

To cap it off, I am blessed to be attending mass all week long. I’ve heard many different priests doing the homily. Even though their context are directed for the kids, the adults also have their own take home of those teachings. One night, the homily was about our fears – and on that day, I found out and literally defined one for me. All the while I know I have a little share of fear for this and that (heights, snakes, dark rooms etc.), but manageable. Nevertheless, my mind opened that I am actually afraid of the unknown, just like my third reason. Unknown of what happens next, unknown things that I might fail to do what is needed from me.

It’s amazing, how God works. In this camp, he provides. In this camp, he confirmed that nothing is impossible. In this camp, he knocked into my heart and reminded me of His daily presence.

 

God bless us all!

 

 

 


 

< Flash back: Living in the world’s RICHIEST CITY!!!

Leaving CEBU is one of the things that would really hurt me…

Yet leaving Cebu also means living out my dreams… ♫♫♫

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It didn’t take long after giving my CV to my cousin in the UAE, that soon, I left GEOS and my family in the Philippines. 

September 25th I left Cebu at 6:20PM for an almost 8 hour flight to Doha Qatar… On the plane and while in the airport, everything was first time. On my head I  just wanted arrive directly in the UAE and not to go through the process where people have to send me off, for I believe it will just make some dramatic moments, not that I don’t like but… I just felt it that way… 
On the plane I did some funny stuff like pretending not to be a first timer, something like , , , I was looking for some connections of the headphone so I could watch a movie… and yes! I was successful~ I watched 2 movies: What Happened in Vegas and a Filipino movie which reminds me of LAI , Toni Gonzaga’s “My Big Love!” kk =) 
It was past 12MN when I reached Doha and have to wait for an hour for the connecting flight to Abu Dhabi~ good to have 2 Pinays with me!
When I landed and saw Abu Dhabi at night in a taxi from the airport, the first poster I saw was from McDonalds… Haha it reminds me of the mcfloat days and nights I had with my angels!kk It left me smiling :). All I see were buildings around me, only to know that I live in the heart of Abu Dhabi- in a street called Najda.  
On my first day, the first place I visited was St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. I rode a car with Ate Ann and friends namely Weng and Jing ← she owns the car. Huh~! It was hot and all I see is the tree named “dates”… It’s soil is like an orange, yellow, brown (mixed) – which I think it’s the desert soil. Being inside that Filipino Bible study group makes me feel that God is with me. A good introduction of my stay!
Later at night I went for a walk with both of my flat mates, Ate Ann and Tyang Desa. What a place! Both positively and negatively!… All I see are tall and big buildings… but! OMG! The air is humid… really humid, I mean times 3 in Pinas!!!! Though the air blows on my way, my hair and my clothes but still, I couldn’t feel a cool breeze.
Much for that, let’s move on to my working place. It’s called ETSDC- Emirates Technical and Safety Development Centre- under the Mutawa Group of Companies. I am a telemarketer here. I met Mr. Ramiz, the Operations Manager, and the one who interviewed me over the phone. He introduced some people which are mostly Arabs and also my partner in the Marketing Dept. Mr. Mahmoud..hahah I had a hard time memorizing his name and I guess OM noticed it so he gave me a lil paper with his name… obvious!~.. ^^;
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Camels!!! My first encounter with camels, back in 2009.

I was toured around and there was a little bit of orientation.

The next day I attended a course called Basic Fire Fighting, one lecture and one practical, I was more interested on the practical although I have to admit it was scary. Later on, it made me ponder… Fire is such a devastating accident, which people needs to be aware on it. I had this training way back in college but the one that I have attended is more effective… Later in the afternoon I also attended First Aid Course. It was cool, and it makes me think that it’s presentation and content is easy, for me to be able to handle it if ever I get the chance to be an instructor, but then again~ I wanna experience a new job here…

Then, I was assigned to be in front desk trained by Tin2 to take calls… haha I had hard time getting Arabic names and so whenever I transfer calls to Kuya Munir, he’d ask me to repeat and laugh on the way I pronounce their name… The first few days in the front desk left me unesy, I guess because of the calls and with the people I am talking to, because of the new sound of English. And to be honest, Indian English sound is really challenging for me.

Ramadan is finished and as soon as I get familiar to ETSDC and its people I have to leave for Kish Island for my exit… Will keep you posted.

God bless!
JM Kayne | #InMyHeart♥