HomeCycle Dubai – RECYCLING plastic bottles made easy!

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I recently saw a Facebook post regarding plastic bottles being collected by HomeCycle. This kabayan shared her little way of helping the environment and it has inspired me. So instead of simply throwing our empty plastic bottled water I started collecting them and have dedicated a space at home where I could store them until I reach the minimum quota for collection.

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As for me and Kokobear, we are (unfortunately) using bottled water in 1.5 liters because this is an easier option for us due to accessibility of our location. And yes, some may say that we can opt for a better option which we already considered… but for now we are into this. So to share a little bit of responsibility, I have convinced Kokobear to keep these empty bottle for HomeCycle to collect. It took me almost 2 months to reach the minimum 30 bottles and I have reached more than that. I end up with a big garbage bag full packed of pressed bottles and an extra bag.

Once it was ready, I contacted them (via Facebook) and they’ve instructed me to log-in into their website or download the app. The next day, they have collected it! Friendly staff and easy to deal with. The above picture is Mr. Naveed, the collecting officer and was kind enough for me to take a picture as I have asked permission if I could share it here.

By the way, they don’t only collect water bottles but also some other recyclable materials such as: 

  • Cloth hangers
  • Glass bottles
  • Old Electronics/Mobile phone or other gadgets
  • Coffee Capsules
  • Detergent bottles
  • Paper
  • Aluminum drinking cans/soda cans
And hey! It’s FREE!
I have created a short video about this experience and you can check it on my Youtube Channel. (Link below)

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[HOMECYCLE DUBAI VIDEO]

 

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Who/What is HOMECYCLE:

HomeCycle is social enterprise that aims to inspire and motivate individuals and offices to recycle making it convenient & easy.

They collect it at your doorstep and ensure that the items you give them are properly recycled. They have some charities and collaboration with some brands/companies that take responsibilities with these items. With HomeCycle you also get rewarded by collecting points that you can use for vouchers, charity donation or even cash!


Contact Details:

Website: www.homecycle.org | Tel. No.: +971 4 282 93 91  | Email: info@homecycle.orgFacebook: Homecycle Dubai


 

So, do you have these items at home?

Why not give a little back to the environment by endorsing these things to the people who could properly recycle and give them a new purpose! 🙂

 

 

God bless,

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DIY – Printable Creative Calendar (Luggage bag style)

DIY Creative Calendar - iamjmkayne.com Luggage Style

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

Instructions:

1. Download the pdf file

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

2. Print all pages.

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

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

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

 

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

#ShopJMKayne #DIYCalendar

 

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

 

 Here’s how I did mine 🙂 

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Be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

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About Life 1.0

Photo taken at Sirao Flower Farm (Garden)

About LIFE 1.0

Find a passion and pursue it. Fall in love. Dream Big. Drink wine, eat great food. Spend quality time with good friends. Laugh everyday. Believe in Magic. Tell stories. Reminisce about the good old days but look with optimism to the future. Travel often. Learn more. Be Creative. Spend time with people you admire. Seize opportunities when they reveal themselves. Love with all your heart. Never give up. Do what you love. Be true to who you are. Make time to enjoy the simple things in life. Spend time with family. Forgive even when its hard. Smile Often. Be Grateful. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Follow your dreams. Try new things. Work hard. Don’t count the minutes count the laughs. Embrace change. Trust in yourself. Be thankful. Be nice to everyone. Be happy. Live for today. And above all. . .  Make every moment count.

 

 

God  bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 


About life version 1

Kayne Series (Vol. 4) – What’s on my Make Up kit?

Welcome to the 4th installation of Kayne Series

-the Getting to know the Blogger behind the blog version of yours truly.-

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This time, allow me to share what’s on my make up kit. Well, to be honest I’m not really a “make-up must have type of girl”. I go out of house with barely nothing or only with a face cream on. But when special occasions call for it, I have them handy. 🙂

 

Here’s what you can see inside my purse.

  • Blush on – Can’t recall the brand name but I bought it from Daiso 🙂
  • Blush on brush – from Avon
  • Mascara – Maybelline Hypercurl VolumExpress
  • Eyeliner/brow – Faceshop Lovely Autoliner (black no. 1)
  • CC Cream – Mary Kay very light Tres Claire
  • Eye shadow/brow brushes – from Clinique 
  • Eye Shadow – Nudes by H&M
  • Face Cream – L’occcetaine Reine Blanche
  • Face powder – Nichido Light 
  • Lipstick – MAC Lustre (red)

These are what I wear. Not everyday though, most of the time, I am all good with my basic 4: face cream, blush on, eyeliner and a lipstick. I’m not very particular with brands. In fact I don’t usually buy my make up, friends and families gave them to me. 😀

I don’t really have a specific brand to any of these. Sometimes I use Ponds or Olay for my face cream too. 🙂 I randomly pick one that may suit to my mood or maybe I should try one product? My cousin suggested a BB cream from Etude house too!

Well, I hope I answered those who asked me about this kikay side of me.

Tell me what do you have on your make up kit?

 

 

Read previous volumes of Kayne Series | Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3

 

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Au Revoir AD

Photo from GetYourGuide.com

Au Revoir AD means Goodbye Abu Dhabi!

This is a short yet a heartfelt salute to the Emirates’ capital.

I landed in Abu Dhabi,UAE on 25th September 2008, that’s around 9 years and 8 months. Almost a decade! . . . and counting! Never thought I’d last this long! 🙂

Looking back, it makes me so grateful to this metropolis – that has thought me a lot of things. The very place that made me ascertain; I am stronger than I thought. I’ve become closer to God because of CFC-FFL/CFFL-UAE. He has used me in many ways to know that I am nothing without Him. Of course it helped my household and my family much more. I am a proud OFW from Abu Dhabi UAE!

There are so much things that happened in 9+ years – – – it would take this whole blog! So let me make it short and sweet, staying in Abu Dhabi was a blast and I will never forget it. It will always be #inmyheart. As I bid AU REVOIR to this beloved city, I SALUTE to you #AbuDhabi, to your rulers and a special mention to ETSDC & NDC – now ADNOC Drilling – both my bread and butter for the past 8 years) who have allowed an expat like me live, work and have life. Indeed you are my second home.

I won’t be living that far!?! In fact, Dubai is just an hour and half away. So whenever I feel like I wanna see you it will only be a bus away! 🙂

Yep! You’ve read it right, #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog is moving to its new head quarters in Dubai. Sharing stories of life, love, family, travel and everything else #InMyHeart from there.

For now, let me say THANK YOU ABU DHABI, you are loved! ♡

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read: My first blog post about Abu Dhabi – Living in world’s richest city!


Reflecting on 2017 – A Year-end Review

 

 


Over the past 12 months, yours truly has been into a whirlwind journey of employment & unemployment. I’ve been a bystander of change, immobility and of hopes and dreams.


In this year-end review allow me to divide it into 4 major life aspects; Personal, Relationship, Work Life & Community Life. In each aspect – I will share both the pros & cons.

View past reviews: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

 

PERSONAL – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: Where am I? What’s happening?

In between a few episodes of self pity and self awareness. I tend to ask these questions. It is more of the work-related issue than just the personal part… will explain it later.

Pro: Happy, Loved, on a sabbatical leave?!? 😜 I am happy. Yes I really am! This is a year that made me realize that no matter how low I (maybe be) in the other aspects of life, I’m 💯% sure that God hasn’t forsaken me. Happy because I’m in good health.

RELATIONSHIPS – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: “Steady, no major changes.”

Yes, I belong to a community and yes I met a few but it didn’t really progress more than being in an acquaintance level, probably bcoz we’re in the Area Household. While work related connections is not really a thing for me this year.

Pro: Met 2 new fellas although only for a short while. Maintained and kept the regulars

Childhood friends, BES, High school, CNU, UC-ESL and GEOS groups remained minimal yet always connected. Meanwhile my whirlwind Abu Dhabi school stints created 2 new friends on the list; Juna a fellow UC-ESL Teacher in UCLM campus and Gina from Manila. These two happens to be my buddies during our teaching applications, demo, a week seminar and the 3 days school class preparation. Ended short yet sweets as we are still friends in FB.

My active status in a few Facebook blogging groups/communities have created FB Friends add and a few exchange of convos, share and commenting on each other’s blogs.

WORK LIFE – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: Unemployed for 326 days. A month leave & 8 days at TPGS

You are reading it correctly. Almost a whole year of stand by, I was and still am.

Pros : Great BlogLife

Away from office life is a busy net life for me and for this #PassionProject of mine – this blog, www.iamjmkayne.com #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog. Over the past 12 months I have curated a total of 34 blog posts and what makes me so proud of it, is the facts that my “target” sponsored blogposts/ collaborations have been met and even surpassed. I’ve shared a mini review of those brands on this blogpost: 5 Gift Ideas and a Collaboration Review for 2017.

The truth is, my salary with my last employer will never be covered with these 8 sponsored blog posts, nevertheless these works of mine have brought me joy and confidence in the blogging world. There is fulfillment thereof.

COMMUNITY LIFE – What is #InMyHeart Status:

Cons: Limited, tested and challenged.

Limited because as I mentioned earlier we’re in the AreaHH (a CFFL/CFC-FFL member can relate or understand why). Tested – because of only 1 HH Spiritual growth has started to come dry. Challenged – because Kokobear has to step overboard to awaken situations and drive pathway in a different road.

Pros: Opened, Active and Challeged for 2018

Opened – because Kokobear spilled the beans, somehow a reconstruction has been made. I have to say though that a few people remain the same no matter what correction or openness you have been. It’s just “them”. … Active – for the whole year we both are active Area PFO and have delivered some talks to different ministries yet SFL has the quota. I guess it is because we’re coming from that group and the familiarity of field is easy for us. Personally I’d say it’s been a challenges. Often times when you deliver a talk it must or maybe somehow represents who you are… the downside for me is that – being jobless – at times makes me wonder how do I convey His greatness if I for one is not blessed with a job?!? Yet it has been so clear to me, I AM BLESSED! No matter what circumstances I am for this season, I am being carried by the King 👑 and that He will never forsaken me. So therefore I am giving all back to Him all the success and “touched by the holy spirit” 🕊 moment I and other CLS participants had during my talks. I am nothing but an instrument used by the Almighty. You rock Jesus!! 👆🏻

These are the four major aspects. Allow me then to do some shorties:


  • Health – Praise God I’ve been doing well. My insurance has expired since last year and glory to God for never making me sick all these time.
  • Exercise & Diet – Still gaining. 😔 It’s a shortcoming I have since last year… Don’t wanna make some promises that I may fail again. Crossing fingers I could break this!
  • Beauty – Hmmmmp not really sure if I did anything, but face has been attacked with all these pimples, I guess it’s also related to health. I learned that hormonal imbalances is one of the causes of this outbreak. Also, because I don’t have a day job, I tend to sleep very late. In fact, I sleep very early between 2 – 4 am.
  • Family – Lil bro is not little anymore! He’s tying the knot and will soon become a dad! Mamo and Dado are doing well too.
  • Byahe Ng Kokobears – because if what happened this year, we missed our yearly travel. Hope to cover it next year!
  • Kusina Ni Kayne – made new blog posts and a couple of videos too! Recently have my own kitchen (sharing no more) so hopefully I will get to do more cooking 🥘 and baking! 🥖 🎂

Reflecting on 2017 with the above sharing accumulated the facts that Jeremiah 29:11 (one of my fave life verses) is been passed. It says:

  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

My prayer of having a new job for 2017 was not answered, yet I fret no more. God has answered me “wait, I have a plan” Indeed He has! This year is not for me, but for my husband. This year His mighty hands led us north. We bid goodbye to Abu Dhabi this December and will embark a new journey as couples and as servants of God as we move to Dubai. In fact, our home 🏡 is now ready. 😄 What will Dubai and/or 2018 bring? Only He can tell. What’s #InMyHeart? Is peace and assurance that we are in the palm of His hands.

May God always bless all of us especially to you reading this and of those – a handful of friends/followers who read my blogs.

This has been JM Kayne signing off for this year, Adios 2017!

 

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 


 

#InMyHeart x Basic Invite: Let’s talk about Gorgeous Birthday & Party Stationaries!

#InMyHeart♥ x Basic Invite: Let’s talk about Gorgeous Birthday & Party Stationaries!

Every milestone in our life deserves to be celebrated! A birthday, an anniversary, engagement, a wedding and more. These are a collection of memories worth remembering. Kicking off such moment needs us to start creating invitations. Although lately social media made them accessible by just simply creating an event, I am more of a traditional one!

 

What I am saying is – I still love, receiving cards & paperweight invites! That’s why it brings me so much excitement to share that this latest post of #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog is collaboration with BASIC INVITE!

 

Who or What is Basic Invite?

It is “the custom color company”.

It is your no ordinary online stationary shop based in Utah USA. Basic Invite is a team of passionate and creative persons who have been perfecting the card making craft since 2006. As the digital development and unique technology grow nowadays, they’ve managed to crafting limitless options on colors & designs to make your card truly unique. In fact they have almost all cards for every occasion!

 

Take a peek of a few of their beautiful cards collection.

 

Here are 4 reasons why I love Basic Invite, the very reason that sets it apart from other invitation online stationary companies.

 

  1. Almost Unlimited Colors– When we identify our favorite color and themes, we mostly have a hard time seeing them. But not with Basic Invite! They allow customers the option of unlimited colors with instant previews! Select your design; preview it in an instant in every element you add that has over 180-color selection.

 

  1. Custom Samples– Getting a glimpse of its final output is another reason that they ensure for you to have the actual look and feel of your invitation. The paper quality & printouts are a priority before you place your final order and guarantee satisfaction with all of your orders.

 

  1. Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes– Just, as colorful as the 180+ options, Basic Invite has over 40 envelopes’ color to offer. These are peel & seal envelops which you could close & secure quickly.

 

  1. Free Address Collection Service– Basic Invite offers the use of their free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

 

Check out these links for some creative and amazing invitation.

Cool party invitations

Online birthday invitations

Quince invitations

Did I get you excited!?!

To get more inspiration and invite options on your upcoming party & birthday celebrations, visit http://www.basicinvite.com.

Make sure you follow their social media links below, simply search for @basicinvite.

Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

 

 

God Bless!

 

 

 


This post is sponsored by Basic Invite; nevertheless, all opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

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

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