Call for auditions: freelance storytellers

Jade Eusebio Ocinar:

I’m coming in tomorrow at 1:00pm for an audition! Yay!

Originally posted on The Adarna House Blog:


Our storytellers play a crucial role in developing a genuine love for reading among Filipino children. We would be happy to find new members for our pool, and we are looking for people who have great stage presence and share our passion for literature, literacy, and early childhood education.

Next month, we will be holding additions for those interested in joining our pool of storytellers. We require people who are:

  • passionate about telling stories and enjoys the company of kids
  • generally available during the work hours of weekdays
  • at least 18 years of age

If you meet the above requirements, please start gearing up for your audition—a simulated storytelling session using an Adarna House storybook of your choice, in the language you excel in. Auditions will be held from March 4-6 (Wednesday to Friday), 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

To reserve an audition slot, send us your résumé and weekly schedule through lance [at], or call (02) 352-6765…

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Colione Bed & Breakfast Review

Holidays in Baguio is such a refreshing experience. If travelers are not used to seeing a lot of people walking around the city, they must have not visited Tokyo or New York City. It was less of an issue for me and my husband but finding a place to stay was a real challenge.

It wasn’t a good thing to book at least two weeks before our vacation. We wanted to stay at The Manor so badly we never wanted to find a hotel other than that. So it was between that or a good bed and breakfast.

Thanks to Trip Advisor we found Colione Bed & Breakfast. It was fascinating how the reviews are higher than what we’ve thought. It is not enough that you judge the place by their Facebook page, and I’m so glad we didn’t. They live by good reviews online and by word of mouth. Understated yet quality place to stay. Its zen interiors with a touch of country home captivated us.

The linens are white which is a good thing. One of my pet peeves are seeing printed blankets and sheets on hotel rooms!!!
Clean and zen type bathroom is okay.
Airconditioned room in Baguio is a high five for us! Free 2 bottled water too!
And JC checking out the tv if they got NBA. Yes people they have Cignal. lol!
The reception area.
It’s so quiet in the lobby in the afternoons. So tempting to take a nap! We actually did after a long morning picking fresh veggies at the Strawberry Farm. WIFI access is free.
Second food hall. I think this place is perfect for gatherings.
There is a meeting room too!
The cozy lobby
One of the breakfast combos they serve. It’s included when you stay for the night.


The dining area by the fire place. Very pretty and so country!
Me taking rounds!
We have just arrived!
Along the Easter College Road

Colione Bed & Breakfast is about 5 minutes away from the Victory Liner station. It’s so accessible by taxi, it will take you P60-70 depending on the traffic. Colione is just a few meters away from Easter College where the famous Easter Weaving Room is located, few minutes away from Tam-Awan village and Ben Cab Museum by taxi. Breakfast is decent, they brew fresh coffee, white linens, refill toiletries every morning, free bottled water, AC room, hot & cold shower, free WIFI access, and accomodating staff. If you are a traveler, you’ll definitely love it and find this place convenient. It costs P2,200 per night this room. 

Colione Bed & Breakfast

40 Easter School Road., Cor. 2nd Road Manzanillo Subdivision, 2600 Baguio City


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Doodle January 2015 Desktop Calendar :)

Hello, friends! 2014 has been kind to me and our family, I hope yours too. Ever since I got married in April, I spent less time doing personal projects and more time on office work. So it has to change this year!

I read a few novels last year and the most recent one was Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. We were at the bookstore when my husband chose that title for me to read. One time, I felt like doing a fan art about it. I’m sharing it to you now. Please feel free to download this desktop wallpaper I doodled. :)


kafka on the shore desktop wallpaper fan art free download drawing

Free Download Camp John Hay Event Map

Camp John Hay in Baguio City is one of the top wedding destinations in the Philippines. Its high altitude location is the perfect venue for a country spring or cool weather wedding themes.

A college friend recently contacted me to create a map of Camp John Hay for her sister’s wedding. Since it’s very rare to find a decent map of the place, I plotted the CJH using existing ones online and created a cute hand drawn piece.

I wasn’t commisioned for this project, so it’s my pleasure to give it away for free! Download the Camp John Hay map for FREE by right clicking and Save image as… to your computer.  It’s easy to customize it when you use any design software. I hope this helps!

Free Camp John Hay Baguio City Map Amphitheatre Event

You are welcome. xxx Jade

Spicy Tofu Stew Vegan Recipe

Spicy Tofu Stew











Cut tofu into desired size. Bread regular firm tofu with all purpose flour.

Set saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the pan and sear tofu each side for about 2 minutes per side. Set aside.

In a sauce pan, add the butter, tomato paste, tomatoes, cumin seed powder, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Add the potatoes and carrots and continue to cook the stew for another 10 minutes. Add 1 tsp brown sugar. *You may add 1/2 cup of water to dissolve tomato paste.

Now get the saute pan where you seared the tofu and pour the sauce. Cook for 5 minutes. Serves 2.

“Little League” Day 1 of B/W Photo Challenge

My mother nominated me to take the Black and White Photography Challenge. I will be posting photos for five consecutive days and nominating someone each time. To start the challenge, I chose this photo taken two years ago in spring time at Germantown, MD. It was cool how the parents cheered for their sons but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture it.

Olympus PEN-EPL 2

Germantown Little Baseaball League Summer Games Black and White Children Photography

Rain & Movements


This was during a storm a few weeks ago. I have to leave work as soon as I got in the office when I heard the nearest dam in our city was in critical condition. While waiting for my ride home, I thought I wanted to be productive while standing for an hour at the side of the road. So I got my phone and took random shots of the rainy scene. Capturing people on an ordinary day in Manila boasting vibrant contrast of colors and textures that each has a quick story to tell. I hope you will enjoy this set! 10612355_10152474575498318_488008681_o

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