How You Can Prepare for Typhoon

Summer is the typhoon season in Hong Kong. Get prepared with these safety tips.

As a precautionary measure, make sure you have enough food and essential groceries at home. Plan beforehand, as most stores and supermarkets will close if the T8 signal is hoisted. Keep an eye on the Hong Kong Observatory’s website for T8 (strong typhoon) warnings, and follow the news if possible.

Make sure that all loose objects outside, whether on balconies, verandas, or rooftops, are secure.…

What Do Overseas Filipino Workers Put into Their Balikbayan Boxes?

Gifting through what is known as balikbayan boxes is common practice among the Filipino community abroad including foreign domestic workers. The Tagalog word balikbayan literally means ‘return to home’. The name says it all: Balikbayan boxes have become one of the favourite means for many Filipinos overseas to contribute and maintain their bond with their family members (including extended family) who remained back home – particularly on special occasions like…

Six Steps to Make Your Domestic Helper Ready to Care for Your Baby

It’s never easy to let someone else take care of your baby. Are you ready for your domestic helper to take care of your baby?

 

In Asia, it is common practice for parents to let the domestic helper take care of their baby. Although everybody agrees on how convenient this arrangement is, it is often pretty tough for mummies to leave their little love to the care of a stranger – especially if they just hired her. Before leaving the helper with your baby, follow these…

Five Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep in Hot Weather

As summer is looming, most of us are already dreading the hot temperatures. One of the main annoyances is definitely managing to sleep under elevated temperatures. Although the ideal sleeping temperature differs for each of us, research has shown that weather does affect sleep and hot temperature can cause more stress – of course, this varies greatly across individuals – resulting in sleeping disorders.

 

Achieving a cooler room temperature is crucial especially…

3 Tips On How to Upskill Your Domestic Helper

Improving your helper’s skills is key to a smooth-running household

Employers sometimes overlook the importance of upskilling their domestic workers. Some say it’s a waste of time, while others claim it’s not necessary. But not upskilling your helper before she starts to work can actually cost you more than you realise.  So where do you begin? Here are some tips on how to properly train helpers.

#1 Show them your cleaning style

Cleaning styles are different …

Is Your Domestic Helper Entitled to Statutory Holidays?

You may not know it but there is actually a clear distinction between Statutory Holidays and General Holidays in Hong Kong. Here is a short guide to help you navigate through the blurs and complexities.

 

Not all workers in Hong Kong observe General Holidays. Statutory Holidays, on the other hand, are mandatory, no matter what. According to the Labour Department, 12 holidays – such as the first day of January, Lunar New Year’s Day or Hong Kong Special Administrative …

Everything You Should Know About Domestic Worker Home Leave

If you are planning to take a leave and go back to your homeland for the holidays, know that there are certain rules you need to comply with to be allowed to re-enter Singapore. Immigration requirements vary though – depending on factors such as your nationality and on how long you have been working with your current employer.

What’s the process like for Indonesian nationals?

It is relatively easy. As an Indonesian FDW you do not need to register with your Embassy. Just make …

How to Take Your Helper on Holiday?

When you take your helper on holiday, securing the right visa for your helper is key.

In many South-east Asian countries, your helper is allowed to join you on a 12short stay tourist. But in many western countries, your helper will need to apply for a special visa. If you want to avoid tourist issues ruining your holiday, contacting the embassy will be the best way, but we have done some of the legwork for you for some popular holiday destinations.

Remember, foreign domestic workers…

Taking Your Domestic Helper on Holidays: A Guide to Visa Requirements

Bringing your domestic worker abroad with you sometimes requires (a lot of) work and planning, especially when it comes to processing the paperwork necessary to obtain the proper visa.

Requirements vary across countries and based on your helper’s nationality as well as the duration of her stay. Here is a compiled list of requirements to facilitate your domestic helper’s visa application and make sure that she can tag along on your next holidays to some of the most popular…

Promote Green Practices at Home with Your Helper

Reducing human carbon footprint has become a major concern for many environmentally conscious individuals. There has been an increased awareness of the necessity to develop green practices as things seem more pressing than ever.

 

Many of us are making conscious efforts and doing our bit by operating lifestyle changes. Things are changing – undeniably – slowly, but they are. However, for our efforts to truly have an impact, it is essential that everyone gets…