Off the Bookshelf: Horrid Henry’s Birthday Party

I never thought that I’d say this about a children’s book but Horrid Henry is off our bookshelf and is never going back on it. I don’t even want to give it to another child. It’s horrible, horrid, horrendous.

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The story starts with Henry being excited for his birthday and his parents dreading that same day. Throughout the story, we read about the horrible things Henry does to his family and everyone else.  I wouldn’t mind reading a book about a mischievous boy but this one does not end with any resolution or consequence for Henry’s actions.  He actually gets away with all his mischief.  It ends with a picture of Henry with an evil grin and the lines “But Henry didn’t care. They said that every year.” 🙁

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I’ve not allowed my kids to read this book as they are at a very impressionable age. They might think that it’s fine to do naughty things like Henry does. I wouldn’t have minded if the story ended with Horrid Henry learning the consequences of his actions but this story ended with his getting away with his naughtiness. Not really a very good example for very young kids.

Would I recommend this book to others?

No, no, and no!

Before I had time to publish this post, I spotted a girl reading a Horrid Henry book while waiting for her mom in a salon.  I couldn’t help asking her how she found the book and if she was a frequent reader of Horrid Henry. Horrid Henry Rocks is 9-yr-old Rachel’s first Horrid Henry book. The book consists of four different stories, and like the one I’ve read, Henry gets away with horrid behaviour in each one of them. I asked Rachel if she feels that she could also get away with mischief just like Henry, she said that she knows she won’t because the story was just fiction and that in real life, her mom wouldn’t ever let her get away with the things Henry does. When asked if she enjoyed reading the stories and if she would want to buy another Horrid Henry, she just said, “Maybe. I don’t know.”

Although the nine-year-old girl was able to distinguish fiction from real life and was not in any way encouraged to imitate Henry’s ill-behaviour, I’d still keep this book away from our bookshelves.

Big School, Big Changes

How are you moms holding up to the first month of school? My kids have been in big school for a month now and have adjusted well to the routine and to the new environment. The little girl has not complained about the long hours in school and has always come home with a big smile on her face and hundreds of stories to tell about her classmates and teachers. One afternoon, she even came home quizzing me about scientists and their inventions. The little boy has also adjusted well to a teacher who was stricter than his previous ones. When school started, he couldn’t even write his name properly. Now, he’s able to write his name AND copy the homework written on the board. His teacher also said that he conforms to the class schedule and rules. Well, except maybe for one rule – he can’t seem to keep quiet long enough.

Their day starts really early with the Jade waking up at 5am and Jakei at 6am.  When they get home from school, they have their lunch or snack then do their homework before playing.  Dinner always starts promptly at 6pm. Both kids are already asleep come 8pm and are always ready several minutes before the school service picks them up in the morning. They have really adapted fast to their new schedule. Now I just wish I could say the same for myself!

I’ve gone all haywire inside! I function much better at night but am now forced to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare baon and breakfast. The night owl has turned into an early bird! It has been almost a month already, and although I’ve been consistently able to wake up before 4am, I still feel sluggish in the morning and can’t do away with an afternoon nap. During days when I’m unable to nap, I get really – and I mean REALLY – cranky come dinnertime. Tsk! Tsk!  Hopefully, I’d be able to adjust to this new routine real soon.

Going to big school has definitely brought big changes to our life.  It may feel stressful at times but we are looking forward to the challenges this new chapter brings.  🙂

Easy Twists to Everyday Sarap with Family Meals

Not everyone can boast of exceptional kitchen skills. If you are one of those who’s not a chef-in-the-making, there’s nothing to fret about. You do not have to be a kitchen gourmet to serve up delicious meals for your family. You also do not have to have a huge budget to do this. This is what Sarap with Family hosted by Jennylyn Mercado aims to show its viewers. We were given a chance to pay them a set visit as they prepared for the second season of this practical cooking show.

The warm welcome that our group was greeted with was no different from what audiences will feel as they watch the show. Jennylyn whips up delicious meals as she chit-chats with guests much like some of us do in our own kitchens. The Filipino kitchen, after all, is considered to be one of the hubs of interaction in the house. The casual conversations, Jennylyn shares, are what make cooking more fun and interesting. She also finds inspiration in the personal stories shared by her guests who are often friends of hers. The reparte, she admits, are candid and “light lang, kwentuhan lang talaga.”

When she started the first season of Sarap with Family, Jennylyn realized that cooking is “ang dali lang pala.” In fact, this kitchen newbie has not had any serious accidents in the kitchen. Cooking is made even easier with ingredients like CDO’s Ulam Burger and Sea Quest Tuna Flakes, which are featured in a lot of the recipes in the show’s second season. The process of cooking used in the recipes are very Filipino. The creativity of the production team, however, has given classics like Kare-Kare and Laing a twist.

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We got to sample some of these “twisted” dishes. The Kaldereta with CDO Liver Spread was first on the table. The traditional flavors were all accounted for. The liver spread mixed into the sauce gave it a deeper flavor. An interesting Gising-Gising was next. This version of a Filipino spicy veggie dish was taken a notch higher with the addition of Sea Quest Tuna Flakes. The flavors and textures went well together. Two other meat and veggie dishes were served: the Eggplant Frittata with Ulam Burger and the Nutri-Burger Picadillo.  Both were equally delicious. The aioli that came as a dip for the Frittata was a pleasant surprise.

Taking off from the baon and kiddie dishes from the last season, this season highlights the versatility of the CDO Ulam Burger. Now available in the All Purpose Beef Mix variant, homemakers have more flexibility in using them in different dishes. “Ulam Burger is more than just palaman… it can be cooked in other ways, not just frying,” said CDO’s brand representative.

Aside from the interesting variations in the recipes another great thing about the new line up of Sarap with Family recipes is that they are budget-friendly and easy to prepare. These recipes are perfect for those are looking for delicious yet practical dishes to serve to their families. Sarap With Family is really “where great dishes bring the family closer together.”

Watch Sarap with Family on GMA News TV!

Weekdays: 8:15-8:25 AM,11:20-11:30 AM, 7:00-7:10 PM
Saturdays: 8:50-9:00 AM, 12:45-12:55 PM, 4:50-5:00 PM
Sundays: 10:00-10:10 AM, 11:50-12:00 PM, 5:30-5:40 PM


This post was written by Elmira Dulce Joson-Rivera who attended the event for The Tottering Mama.  Elmira is a passionate lover of the printed word who opted to trade in her suits and the perks of a corporate job for more quality family time. Now a freelance writer/editor and a work-at-home-mom, she continues to strive to live life to the fullest, taking each day at a time, riding the highs and the lows with the people she loves most. Read more of her articles at  and

Rocking with the Girls at the RAK OF AEGIS

PLDT Home DSL has once again given me a chance to bond with my family – this time with the girls I grew up with, my sisters!  I was given five tickets for the June 20 show of Rak of Aegis at the PETA Theater.  I couldn’t take my preschoolers who were still too young to understand and to appreciate the play so the first thing that I did upon receiving the invite was to text all my sisters and my mom.  It turned out to be a great girls’ night out for us! 🙂

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Meeting Diego – The Latest Celebrity in Town

While waiting for the show to start, we were able to catch the Ledesma family who obliged us with a photo opp.  Although we’ve seen their family during previous events by PLDT Home DSL, this was the first time we were able to have a picture taken with them.

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It would have been better though if my kids could have also met Diego, the latest celebrity shot to fame by PLDT. This seven-year-old wonderboy has gone from simply adorable to famously awesome in just a couple of months.  His Facebook Page, AskDiego, now has over 235,000 “likes”.  He is so endearing that his popularity has jumped off social media sites into mainstream media.  Diego and his family has been doing the rounds in various events and in top-rating TV shows such as Eat Bulaga, The Ryzza Mae Show and Confessions of a Torpe.  If you want to meet him personally, watch out for PLDT Home DSL events and barangay tours. You just might spot Diego and be able to ask him for advice.

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Rocking with the Girls at the Rak of Aegis

From meeting the newest celebrity in the country, we also met some of the most acclaimed artists in the Philippine theatre industry.  We didn’t just get to be amazed by the powerful voices of Robert Seña, Isay Alvarez- Seña, and Kakai Bautista – we got to meet them after the show too!

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Back to the musical, I couldn’t help asking why I never bothered to watch the previous runs.  The show was spectacular!  It stirred a myriad of emotions making us want to laugh and to cry at the same time. Set in a barangay that has been inundated for months, Rak of Aegis shows us how resilient Filipinos are and how we always manage to see the brighter things in life despite dire circumstances.  The show tackles social issues that we have long been struggling with but does so in a comedic manner.   The rendition of Aegis songs by Robert Seña, Isay Alvarez, and Aicelle Mendoza were so powerful that one can’t help being moved to tears.

I’m no big fan of Aegis and can’t even name any of their songs but after watching Rak of Aegis, listening to their songs will never be the same again.  If you haven’t watched this show yet, Rak of Aegis will be running from until August 31 with shows on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the PETA Theater. Hopefully, I’d be able to take my husband to watch it before the season ends.

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Gastronomic Adventure with Delightful-E Yummy Web Series

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Join DJ Delamar Arias of the Morning Rushas she travels to various places in Luzon to pick the freshest ingredients and keep them at their best condition inside the Electrolux NutriFresh™ Refrigerator. From harvesting the freshest herbs and lettuce to picking the best meat cuts in the market, DJ Delamar will give you the know-howsin selecting only the best ingredients for a delightfully delicious meal every time.

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