Preparing Your Helper’s Room

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. More than 7 million people are packed into a relatively small space – as only 25% of the land is habitable due to irregular terrain. Going compact and creative when it comes to arranging space are absolute musts. For many Hong Kongers, coping with limited space has become the new normal. Things get a tad more complicated though for those among us who are employing a live-in foreign domestic helper (FDW) – as live-outs…

Press Release – LegCo Advises to Take Measures to Meet Rising Elder Care Needs

Since the early 1970s, Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH) are an integral part of Hong Kong society but today more than ever: in 20 years the number of Domestic Helpers doubled representing today 11% of local households. Philippine and Indonesian people represent 95% of the FDHs, resulting in a significant rise of the contribution to the Indonesian and Filipino economies over the last years.

 

Even if currently childcare is the primary duty of foreign domestic helpers, the…

Your Alternatives when Your Helper Goes on Holidays

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are playing a crucial role in the life of many Singaporeans – especially for those of us who have to juggle a full-time job with a family life. We come to realize it – even more – when they go on holidays leaving us with many tasks to handle. While our helpers are looking forward to their next holidays to get to see and reconnect with their loved ones back home, many of us are left wondering how we are going to manage without them. Even though that can…

10 Helper Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

Cooking classes are surely the best way to build up your helper’s confidence in the kitchen and enable her to master new skills, learn the art of cooking in different cuisines and become more creative about food. There are many options of cooking classes for your helpers out there. Read on to find just what you have been looking for all along.

 

Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at helpers. Their Introduction to Chinese Cooking course will teach your helper everything…

15 Helper Cooking Classes in Singapore

Demand for cooking classes targeted at helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. Needless to say that nothing beats learning by doing though – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way.  Many organisations islandwide are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for helpers to teach them the basics, give them a solid foundation and help them improve their culinary…

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 – initially with help but eventually…

Educating your helper on green practices

Reducing human carbon footprint has become a major concern for many environmentally conscious individuals. There has been an increased awareness on the necessity to develop green practices as things seem more pressing than ever. Scientists have been able to clearly establish that our actions do impact the environment and that a change is very much needed if we are to ensure the future of our planet – and humanity as a whole.

Many of us in Hong Kong are making conscious efforts…

Educating your helper on healthy cooking practices

Diet-related diseases are on the rise – even in Singapore – and have become a global problem. The good news is that many of us are increasingly more conscious that adopting a healthier lifestyle is crucial (by paying extra attention to what’s on our plates among other things). Preparing our meals from scratch undeniably makes it easier to control what we – and our loved ones – are eating. But for many of us, that is not possible – at least not all the time.

Many of us in Singapore…

Help! My child prefers my helper…

Your baby is growing attached to your helper and you are feeling ‘threatened’ or even ‘in competition’ with her? If you are having a tough time dealing with the situation, the following advice will – hopefully – help you get through it.

Am I the only one concerned about this?

Worry not, it’s a natural feeling. Obviously, everyone has their way of reacting in such situations and feels different about it, but being bothered, upset or even jealous in this case is completely…

Elderly Care in Singapore

Singapore is experiencing an ageing phenomenon as the growth in population is slowing down. According to estimates, 1 in 5 Singaporeans will be aged 65 or more by 2030. This trend is also responsible for structural changes in support and healthcare needs for senior citizens who are now, more than ever, enjoying increased life expectancy.

Care options in Singapore are multiple – ranging from community care, nursing care to home care. The past years have seen a constant increase…