HelperChoice Academy Cooking Tips: Roasted Chicken and White Wine Gravy

Every week, the HelperChoice Academy provides tailor-made trainings for domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Through these classes, they learn new skills and techniques.

On Sunday, 7 October, 2018, we had the pleasure to co-organise with Superhelper a foolproof “roasted chicken with white wine gravy” cooking class for domestic helpers.

Foolproof Roasted Chicken with White Wine Gravy recipe What you need:

Chicken

1 kg Chicken, reserve the neck and giblets for stock…

House Rules for Domestic Helpers

Domestic helpers are a blessing to many families, but managing them can be challenging. Drafting house rules for domestic helpers and specific helper guidelines will create some much-wanted peace.

Every household has their own rhythms and habits. A new domestic worker joining your family may have difficulty with the house rules used in your family. Even if she has a lot of experience, she will need time to learn your way of doing things. The general rule is the earlier you discuss…

Helpful Ways to Manage Your Domestic Helper’s Smartphone Use

Do you allow your domestic helper to use her smartphone during working hours?

 

Smartphones and social media have made it much easier for all of us, including domestic helpers, to be connected, but some employers see this as a curse. When it comes to the question of helper’s phone use during work, employers are torn between what is ‘practical’ and what is ‘ethical’.

 

Experienced employers often discuss phone use during the interview to make sure the helper…

8 Cooking Classes for Domestic Helpers in Singapore

Demand for cooking classes targeting domestic helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. But it is needless to say that nothing beats actual cooking classes – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way. Many organisations are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for domestic workers to teach them the basics, give maids a solid foundation and help them…

How to Prepare a Domestic Helper’s Room Properly in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. 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 – as live-outs are illegal – and who need to make extra living arrangements.

A survey conducted by HelperChoice in 2018 investigated the most …

New Domestic Helper Contracts in Hong Kong Will Exclude Window Cleaning from Duties

From January 1, 2017 (Sunday), all foreign domestic helpers who sign contracts to work in Hong Kong will no longer need to clean the exteriors of windows.

 

The new clause stipulates that, when an employer requires the helper to clean the outside of any window which is not located on the ground level or adjacent to a balcony (on which it must be reasonably safe for the helper to work) or common corridor, this must be performed under the following conditions:

(i) the window being…

Strong Typhoon is Coming: Precautionary Measures and Domestic Helper Work Arrangement

Summer is the typhoon season in Hong Kong. Get prepared with these safety tips. Precautionary measures for strong typhoons

Make sure you have enough food and essential groceries at home. Plan beforehand, as most stores and supermarkets will close if the Typhoon Signal Number 8 (or higher 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…

Back to School: Organise Everything with Your Domestic Helper

September is even better than New Year’s Eve for resolutions and changes in our lives. Summer holidays are officially over. Kids will soon be back to school, adults are back to everyday life and work. You may have taken some time to step back during your vacation and think about how you could improve your daily life in Hong Kong. If you want to succeed, you’ll need the support of your family and the involvement of your domestic helper. When it comes to her duties, take some time …

10 Back-to-school Tips for Parents

Summer is coming to an end. Very soon, it is already that time of the year (again) when our little ones will are heading back to school.

It can be a stressful time for them and for us – let’s face it! Planning everything ahead with your domestic helper can make all the difference in the world and help your kids get ready for school with total peace of mind. Here are some few tips to avoid juggling it all at the last minute:

Don’t wait up till the last minute to go back-to-school shopping.…

Help! My Child Prefers My Domestic Helper…

Your baby is growing attached to your domsetic 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…