It was a Sunday afternoon after my chess class in Northpoint. All I wanted to do was relax by reading a good book in a cozy restaurant.
In Hong Kong, the rest day for foreign domestic workers (FDW) is usually Sunday.
I had already gotten used to the fact that others would think that I was an FDW.
In my mind, I said, "It's a Sunday. Will the server look at me from head to toe?"
But, I really wanted to relax, so I went ahead.
I got a seat.
I looked at the menu and ordered a set meal: pasta and milk tea.
The server said, "Would you like this drink instead?" She pointed to another tea.
In my mind, I asked, "What is this lady trying to do? I want milk tea!"
The server said, "You'll get more, and I'll give you milk on the side."
Lo and behold, I got my tea in a ceramic kettle, with a cup of milk on the side. And, it was nicely done!
Also, the server regularly checked on me and offered me additional hot water and milk.
On that day, I was so happy that I got to relax. Thanks to my attentive server, that restaurant became one of my favorites.
Shop 1&2, G/F, Island Lodge, 21-23 Kam Hong Street, North Point
Using chess as a metaphor, Shiela Cancino, founder of The Treasures Finder Limited, helps her clients transform from pawn to queen by assisting them in discovering their treasures through confidence-building workshops and confidence coaching.
She is a Certified DISC Guide helping others gain awareness of themselves and communicate better. She is also a Thought Catalyst Partner for TCP Growth, a Hong Kong-based company that drives cultural growth in Asia.
She is a graduate of the International Coach Academy and a member of the International Coaching Federation.
She is originally from the Philippines and has lived in other cities: Bermuda; Cincinnati, Ohio; Bangalore, India; Singapore; and Hong Kong. She earned her B.S. degree in Accountancy from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the Philippines and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.
Other than playing chess, reading, and book writing, she loves public speaking. She has completed professional speaking programs and is a member of Toastmasters International and Asia Professional Speaking Singapore (an association of the Global Speakers Federation).