Singapore Night Festival Turns 10

The Singapore Night Festival is back this year for its tenth edition in Bras Basah-Bugis district between August 18 and 26. To celebrate this big milestone, various local and international artists – and many surprises – will be part of one of the much-awaited festivals in Asia. This music and lights festival is a must-live experience – you should absolutely take our word for it! - so, we recommend that ...

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HelperChoice Survey Results – Domestic workers are suffering from long working days: 58% of domestic helpers work more than 14 hours a day

HelperChoice, the leading online platform helping employers find the right helper, conducted a survey among 1180 domestic workers about their rest days and leave. Giving enough rest to domestic workers is essential so that they can stay healthy and work efficiently during their working hours. Nevertheless, it appears that 41% of the domestic workers interviewed are working between 14 and 16 hours per day and 17% are working more than 16 ...

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9 Ways to Celebrate Singapore National Day

Shades of red and white are popping up all over the city as National Day festivities are about to begin. Singapore National Day is celebrated on August 9th and is the occasion for many Singaporeans to reflect on our nation’s achievements, the direction our country is taking and what should be done to get there.  It is also a great opportunity for all of us to have some much-deserved fun. ...

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What Alternatives to Live-in Helpers?

Hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) is often thought to be the only solution to get extra hands to help around in the household. While FDWs play an extremely valuable role in many Singaporean and expat households – particularly by making it possible for breadwinners to strike a balance between their career and their personal life – they are hardly the only option. Hiring a FDW should not be taken lightly. ...

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Sleep Training Your Baby: a Good Option?

Sleep is important, that’s a given. Sleeping well and enough is critical (young parents wouldn’t dare challenge us on that!). Babies – and so do we – need to develop clear and consistent sleep patterns. But some do need a little push. What is sleep training about? Basically, it is about resetting your baby’s internal clock i.e. what regulates their sleep cycle. Sleep training consists in helping toddlers learn to fall asleep – ...

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11 ways to celebrate Hong Kong Establishment Day

Hong Kong Establishment Day is right around the corner. For that special occasion, we have compiled a list of the 11 must-sees and do activities on July 1st (and all over the weekend) in celebration of the 20th anniversary of HKSAR Establishment Day. What better way to kick-start the celebrations than dancing? On Friday night, we recommend that you head over to the HK20 Lan Kwai Fong Handover Party in Lan Kwai Fong to ...

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HelperChoice Survey Results – 85% of first-time domestic workers are charged illegal placement fees by the employment agencies

HelperChoice, the major Hong Kong-based leading online platform helping employers find the right helper, conducted a survey among about 200 domestic workers and the results are astonishing. Following the announcement of a Bill seeking to amend the Employment Ordinance to increase sevenfold the amount of the maximum penalty for overcharging domestic workers, HelperChoice decided to contact some of them to report about their story. The survey revealed that only 13% of the ...

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International Day of Family Remittances

A recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers If you take a look at your calendar, you’ll come to realize that there are many International Days – and more being added every year – celebrated all over the world! International Day of Family Remittancesis one of them and is annually celebrated on June 16th. Although it was fairly recently established (in 2015 at the opening of the Fifth Global Forum on Remittances and Development in ...

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day was inaugurated in the aftermath of the first international talks ever on environmental issues – the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – which took place in 1972 in Stockholm. Since then it has been celebrated every year on June 5 with a different theme; this year’s central theme being ‘Connecting People to Nature’ – and in a different host country every year – as part ...

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Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar – and has been for more than 2,000 years. Many legends around the Dragon Boat Festival exist but surely the one that prevails in many regions is that of Qu Yuan, a renowned poet who was exiled during ...

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