Many employers will reward their domestic helpers with a lai see/ang bao in Chinese New Year

Should You Give Your Domestic Helper a Bonus for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is around the corner and it is now time to get everything in order for entering the Year of the Pig! This celebration is a special time of year for many families in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the hard work and contributions that domestic helpers make in our homes. Chinese New Year 2019 day is on Tuesday, 5 February Marking ...

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How to Spend a Great Christmas with Your Family and Domestic Helper?

Brace yourselves, Christmas is coming… How to involve your domestic helper during this family holiday? December has arrived, and whether you already hung all the Christmas decorations and prepared the tree or not, we now have to turn our Christmas mode on. Maybe you will stay in Hong Kong, maybe you and your family will go abroad, in both cases, you might wonder what your domestic helper's plans are for logistics reasons. ...

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Family Halloween with your domestic helper

Enjoy a Great Halloween With Your Domestic Helper

Halloween is a night of surprises and fantasy, and the opportunity for the whole family to have some honest fun – and scare! Like other major celebrations, it can require a lot of work (depending on how serious you are about it!) to have everything ready on time. Here are 8 ways to engage your domestic helper and spend a great Halloween together:   Hit the Halloween aisle for decoration. Sit down ...

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How to Prepare Mid-Autumn Festival with Your Domestic Helper: Our 2018 Guide

Mid-Autumn Festival (Lantern Festival), one of the most iconic Chinese festivals, is around the corner. Wherever you come from, you cannot miss this great colourful holiday in Hong Kong! But the Mid-Autumn Festival is also a perfect family time: play lanterns, enjoy the full moon, and even picnic outdoor with your beloved ones. For your domestic helper, do not forget that the day after Mid-Autumn Festival is a statutory holiday in Hong Kong. ...

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Some OFWs choose to bring their balikbayan boxes with them when flying back to home

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 ...

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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 ...

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Children especially enjoy Mid-Autumn

Mid-Autumn Festival: Do You Celebrate with Your Domestic Helper?

Being an employer during the holidays is not always easy. Here are some domestic helper Mid-Autumn facts to help you through it. #1 Should I give my helper a day off? The day after Mid-Autumn Festival is a statutory holiday in Hong Kong. All foreign domestic workers are entitled to statutory holidays. As an employer, you must let your domestic helper take a day off unless you give her a replacement day ...

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Many times over history, women have had to prove themselves

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 ...

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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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