Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sandwiches and Traveller Friends

Imagine bread. Add a generous layer of Nutella (or lettuce if you're vegetarian). That alone is an impressive sandwich. Now add an equally thick layer of cookie butter (or almonds? I don't know how to make vegetarian sandwiches.) Just like making an awesome sandwich extra awesome, travelling is extra memorable when you get to interact with locals and fellow travellers. Who knows? Maybe one of them can turn out to be one of your life-long friends!

I should also probably note that I'm part of a team who interviews celebrities for our job. We try our best to polish our skills with conversations. Credibility boost!

Here is a quick guide on the do's and dont's of making conversation:

Asking routine questions like: what do you do, where do you live, etc. I hardly think you will tell your folks at home "Guys, I met a social media specialist from QC yesterday!" These are dead-end questions most of the time. How do you branch out to more meaningful topics?

Be genuinely curious about the other and ask questions that aren't limited to a yes or no. Opinion questions are a good place to start. I like to ask where people would hide during a zombie apocalypse. It generates a lot of ideas and helps me be prepared should it happen. Such wisdom!

Ignoring the quiet ones. After all, it's easier to notice and talk to those who are uber charismatic

Talk to the quiet ones. Often they are excellent speakers and are just introverts. With a very active filter system, they like to analyze what they say (is it appropriate, what should the tone be, will people relate to it) before actually talking. The good news is that what they finally do say is golden. 

Finding ways to outshine anyone. If someone says MOA is the most beautiful mall she's been to, don't horde the attention, butt in and mention your sky-diving trip to Germany. First, it is impolite. Second, those things are not connected. You get the idea. 

Follow the golden rule and treat everyone nicely like you want them to treat you. Let them have the spotlight and wait for your turn. 

Spreading negative vibes. I usually notice people gossip, complain about their jobs, etc. I then associate them as people who bring the energy down and not so fun people to be with.

Spread good cheer and focus on giving genuine compliments instead! People will feel great and you are happy because you made them smile. Can I get a virtual high five? Up top. 

A random road trip in the Philippines is a perfect place to practice your social skills! Visit for more details. 

Sheena Peña interviews and snaps photos of both veteran and newcomer local celebrities for a living. She finds it challenging to add a witty second sentence to her bio.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cafe Ysabel for the Anniversary: Like a Sir!

Jopeena is 3 years old! No, that is not my baby's name! What better way to celebrate our anniversary than to eat at an elegant restaurant? A trip to Hong Kong of course! But this is about an elegant restaurant! He chose Cafe Ysabel and it was perfect for our special day.
Outside Cafe Ysabel San Juan Philippines
It looks like a really pretty ancestral house from the outside

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Let's See a Waterfall!

One morning...

"Sheena, bring extra clothes! We're going to the waterfalls" 
"Uhm, yay!" 

I haven't had a legit vacation while being employed in quite a while, so this was literally a breath of fresh air.

Also, so I won't bore the readers, I decided to make this a photography guide as well. I am not a pro, but I've been to several workshops along with what I read and apply from online, so I hope this helps someone teehee.
Chocolate river!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Magnolia Flavor House and Why It Wasn't Super

Also applies to the flashlight and paperclips
What used to be an old ice cream factory was closed, and around a year ago was re-opened to a modern-looking ice cream house. A few weeks ago, my friends and I decided to eat dessert in Magnolia Ice Cream House located outside Robinson's Magnolia.

magnolia flavor house sign
Oh boy oh boy oh boy

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hello! May I please offer you a photo of this cutie patootie?
cute pigs in pink tutu costume
Sheena is sorry. Please accept! Source:

I am sorry I haven't been updating my blog regularly. I wish I could come up with a more exciting excuse than "I''m busy", like I've been bitten by a radioactive pomeranian so I have super powers to fight corruption.