Monday, July 14, 2014

Professor Layton: Blow Darts, Bear Grylls and Batangas

Meet Professor Layton, the perfect gentleman.

Who needs sunscreen when you've got a top hat
and a coat?

He has the patience of a yogi and stillness of a rock during shoots. Layton is also very photogenic. Must be the fancy top hat.

This weekend the Professor went to Laiya, Batangas for a vacation. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where to Find the Fish

spiderman peter parker gwen stacy date emma stone andrew garfield
Where is your Gwen Stacy?
“Don’t worry pare, there are many fish in the sea!” What if all the good ones are already taken? Don’t fret! This guide will help you to be so smooth and so fly with women, you don’t even need pick-up lines like “let’s play any game but hide and seek. Because a girl like you is very hard to find.” ;)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Hello! Please do not purchase your gadgets from Kimstore! Below is the detailed account by my brother of why they have the worst after sales service.

Post by Mozart May 17, 8:34PM on FB: 
WE WILL NEVER BUY from Kimstore again.
I warn the people liking their Facebook page to do the SAME!
Do not buy from this scam of a company! After sales service is terrible.
We purchased a Nexus 7 32GB Nexus as a Christmas gift for the whole family.
We brought it to their store for repair (a few months old) for repair on March 8, 2014 because it wouldn't power on. It was received by ERIC CENIZAL, and it is stated in the receiving slip that it takes around 3-4 weeks for a repair. It has been TWO MONTHS already, and the unit has still not been returned. The SIX hotline numbers 09228429907, 09178717101, 09053201818, 09228859799, 09088869799, 9042966, are USELESS, as either no one picks up the phone or they are turned OFF.
When someone does answer the line, they just give excuses that they are STILL SEARCHING for the unit. They did sound apologetic, but apologies do not give back the money you spent on the device (roughly Php15k). So does this mean if you put your device for repair, they just store it, then they forget where they put it in? Nakalimutan nila kung saan nakalagay? They always just promise to find the unit, and send it to us.
Because we think they cannot even repair the unit, we just said we will pull it out. And we will just get it repaired in Greenhills (where they can fix it on the spot). But even with this request, they can't even find the unit. The latest update of this is they promised it will be shipped by May 13, 2014. But up to now it's gone. Wild guess is they probably lost it. Hahahaha! How is that for customer service.

Post by Mozart May 19, 6:37PM on FB: 
"And now Kimstore has blocked me from their FB page! And they have deleted all my posts. All their hotlines are dead. All that's left in their page are the inquiries/"happy customers". It seems they do a daily cleaning of all the bad comments on their page."

GIST: Kimstore has one of the worst after sales customer service. You'll probably never get your unit back if you send it back to them for repair. Purchase your gadgets elsewhere! A friendly warning from us.


Have you got an opinion on Kimstore? Leave a comment below!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Scoring 70 in "Flappy Bird" or getting 20 likes for your #selfie is impressive, but not really epic enough to tell your grandkids, or cats if you're likely to end up a cat lady. They'd want to hear more about the exciting and crazy adventures that you had. Did you sail in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger? Did you eat barbecue scorpions? Fun stories rarely have anything to do with tapping an obese bird to pass through pipes.
Pocahontas Nicolas Cage
Feel the colors of the wind!
You don't have to be a cliff-diving Nicolas Cage daredevil to enjoy life. All you need is to loosen up a bit! Here are some things you could try:

1. Be brave and ask
Ask important life questions like "where's Wally?" and "what does the fox say?" Seriously though, ask and be nonchalant about the response since any person might be game or not.
Sometimes it's a pleasant surprise when someone is nice enough to play along. One of my friends in TLG asked if we could have a group shot in a photo booth we happened to pass by. The booth was from a fraternity party. The booth guy eventually said yes.
Thank you to Monica's charm!
2. Let it go a la Elsa
My "Dove Girl" body means that I have no abs (yet) so I've been self conscious about my physique for a long time. But I thought, 50 years from now I'll be really old (wow brilliant epiphany). I don't want to be 75, regretting not checking one of the superficial items in my short term goals. This was wearing a 2-piece swimsuit. Sooo sing with me! "My tummy never bothered me anywayyy!" I wore the swimsuit that I've always wanted to during one of TLG's road trips. It was liberating in the sense that I finally stopped caring about what others would say. Sort of hardcore!
group shot quirino
That's me on the left with the blue swimsuit and Vicki Belo smile

3. Be okay with being goofy in public
I'm an Xbox Kinect superstar in "Dance Central" but in real life, I'm no twinkle toes. In a sea of graceful women who are seemingly spineless, there is Sheena, the dancing 5'1" walking stick attempting to wiggle my hips while looking flawless. I obviously fail in this department, similar to the time that I challenged one of the Philippine All Stars' dancers to a dance-off. Thank you strobe lights for making me look cool anyway! My friends had a good laugh and I felt like a winner.

4. Don't try to control everything
There are a bazillion things that you have no control over. This includes "One Direction's" new tattoos and the insane traffic during pay day Friday.
Another example are the prints from an instant camera. One perk is me staring at the cute guy who is shaking our photo. He thinks it'll develop faster. I didn't correct him because I was enjoying the gorgeous view. What was my point? Oh right! Just like 1D's tattoo and the instant print, be okay if things are far from what you expected. It can be liberating or frustrating, that's up to you.

5. Stay Curious
Breaking free from the dull life involves an open mind to new experiences. You get to learn about yourself and get to meet new people too. From places I don't normally frequent, I've discovered that: I like being a pretzel from Yoga, I don't enjoy crowded bars, and painting a park wall is fun stuff.
esteban abada, park, shark, fish
Majestic creatures! Just look at the brush strokes! Wow!
Overall, a good chunk of enjoying life is about loosening up and being open to new things.  that might be a mistake or one of the best things that you could ever experience. 
So go ahead, yell P.I.O.L.O. (which stands for <bleep> I Only Live Once), be a free spirit and go find a more catchy motto!
That's my name!
(photo courtesy of ABS-CBN)
What new thing have you done lately? I'd love to know!
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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.