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…

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day

The year 1898 was a historic date for the Republic of the Philippines as it marked its independence from Spain. The Philippines have had a long history of being a colony as the nation was first under Spanish rule and then American influence – but also occupied for several years by the Japanese during World War II. After a few failed Spanish attempts to colonize the country starting in 1521 – the first Spanish expedition (led by explorer Magellan) landed in one of the numerous …

Mother’s Day: Special Gift for a Special Person

Celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May is a tradition since the early 20th century. It is not a public holiday, however, it’s widely celebrated as a special day to honour all mothers and motherhood all over the world. All children wish to offer a special gift to this very special person who has been doing so much struggle, just to keep them happy and to fulfil their dreams.

 

The best gifts come from the heart. What about making a handcrafted present…

Women’s Rights Evolution

In the past century, women’s rights have significantly improved. Civil society and the emergence of various feminist movements – like the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 70’s –played a crucial role in reducing inequities existing between men and women. Undeniably, women today, have access to far greater employment opportunities than ever before in history. Women’s right to vote was certainly a huge step forward and the Millenium Development Goals have…

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 you have a stroll around the city as there will definitely be something…

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. Read on to get some ideas on how to best celebrate National Day this year!

 

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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 enjoy Chinese cultural dancing and performances with…

Dragon Boat Festival 30 May 2017

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. This year the celebration falls on May 30th in Hong Kong. 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 the Warring States period. Legend has it that…

‘The Helper’ Premiere

The HelperChoice team was at the premiere of the documentary The Helper at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong on 14 May 2017. The documentary was framed in Hong Kong and features beautiful scenes shot in the Philippines and Nepal.

Have you ever wondered what the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ is? Well, The Helper is all about that (but also so much more). There are more than 350,000 domestic workers – also referred to as ‘helpers’ – in Hong Kong. We interact with these…

Helper Appreciation Month

Most of us in Hong Kong do have those special ladies in our lives – those great women who contribute to making our lives more comfortable. We know them as we rely on them every single day; they make it possible for many of us to go to work knowing that our loved ones and homes are well taken care of. Helpers – as we most commonly know them – make up 5% of the population in Hong Kong.

Helper Appreciation Month is a community-shared initiative launched in 2015 aimed at celebrating helpers…