Book Review

Books that we have read and reviewed

A Helping Hand : Delicious Recipes in English & Tagalog

A Helping Hand Book Cover

A Helping Hand Book Cover


A Helping Hand- Delicious Recipies in English & Tagalog by Frog Michaels is the first cookbook which I’ve seen that introduces the different recipes in both English and Tagalog. Most dual language cookbooks that I’ve seen are in English/Chinese  or just English alone.  This was certainly the first of the kind for me.

In this cookbook Michaels introduces recipes that are easy to prepare from Breakfasts to Dinners and even Desserts.   There are 86 recipes inside for you to browse through which are from Western and Asian Cusines.

You do not need to be a professional chef to whip up these delicious meals in the kitchen. Some meals are even simple enough for kids to make for their own breakfast like French Toast , Soft Boiled Eggs or scramble eggs.

Salt and peper Squid ( Calamari)

Salt and peper Squid ( Calamari)

I love this appitizer and will not hesitate to order this dish when we are in a seafood restaruant. I was glad to see the recipe in this cookbook. Doesn’t it look yummy?  In the upcoming March holidays the kids will be taught how to make this dish as part of our holiday activities.

Aachi's Chicken Curry

Aachi’s Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry is  one of my favourite dishes too . Complimented with  rice it makes a complete meal on the go for busy individuals.  Now that I have the recipe for creating it  I see that it will be a dish that I will attempt to master soon.

A selection of Desserts

A selection of Desserts

If you are into sweets there are also some dessert recipies for you to try out.

My thoughts

I found that this cookbook by Frog Michaels as an excellent tool for households who have domestic helpers from Philipines or even  Filipinos who want to learn more about the local Singaporean cusine together with dishes from other international cusines.

The pictorial ingredient list at the back of the book certainly comes in handy for foreigners  or newbie cooks who are not sure which items they have to pick up at the grocery store or supermarket to recreate the dishes.

You can pick up a copy from their website- A Helping Hand

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.

The 1st Family Feeling Guide

1st Family Feeling Guide

1st Family Feeling Guide


The 1st Family Feeling Guide by Maree Watkins is a book unlike the normal books that I have read. It goes through the  different emotions  that a child may experience like – Anger and disappointment and gives suggestions on how he can cope with his feelings.

There are many different feelings that one goes through on a daily basis. These feelings can be very overwhelming for an adult what more for a young child!!

To let the parent/ adult have a better understanding of how they can assist the child in dealing with the emotions they are facing.

The different types of feelings  which one may experience are categorized from A to Z . Starting with Anger and ending with Zero Tolerance.

For each feeling there is a story which depicts one or more members of the freaky family  in a scenario highlights the given emotion and what they do to resolve the problems they face.

The story is read aloud to the child and questions are  asked to create a dialogue with the child to express his feelings.  The child has to learn how to express himself so that he will not suffer from repressed feelings which may lead him to feel hopeless and even in the worst case scenario lead to manic depression.



My thoughts

This guide by Watkins shows the reader the importance of teaching the child how to internalize and understand the various different feelings that he may experience.  It teaches the child how to think through logically and approach the problem that he has on hand.

By using the members of freaky family Watkins makes it easier  the child reading the book with the parents to relate to the emotions associated with the  characters inside the book.

It also give the parent the chance to show the child how to deal with each feeling properly by teaching them the coping skills.

Do pick up a copy of the 1st Family Feelings guide  to read more about how to deal with the different types of feelings.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are 100% mine.