Bringing Assistance to Abused Domestic Helpers

Any search about domestic helper abuse in Hong Kong will send you down a scary rabbit hole. Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) abuse is widespread. In the past few years, several cases of mistreatment and abuse have shed light on those inhumane practices that (still) take place behind closed doors. Shockingly, those practices are by no means isolated incidents; however, the majority of cases go unreported – FDWs are not allowed to work while waiting for a case to be tried. This…

Why you should open a bank account in Singapore

Not having a bank account can be limiting in many ways. If you have been in Singapore for some time and are in this situation then you probably agree with us on that – it is not convenient at all. The benefits of having a bank account are multiple. Banking enables you to manage your money more efficiently allowing you to save more. Safety is also a big advantage as bank accounts ensure protection of your money – especially from theft and loss in disasters (you never know what might…

Summer is right around the corner

As summer is looming, most of us are already dreading the hot temperatures. One of the main annoyances is definitely managing to sleep under elevated temperatures. Thermoregulation – i.e. the ability our body has of distributing heat – is key to a good night’s sleep and can be disturbed in elevated temperatures. Although the ideal sleeping temperature differs for each of us, research has shown that weather does affect sleep and hot temperature can cause more stress…

What do you need to know about domestic helper loan sharks?

Many foreign domestic helpers are caught in a spiraling debt cycle due to employment related fee loans that they owe to domestic helper loan sharks. And all that even before they start their job.

“When I got a job in Hong Kong, I paid US$300 in the Philippines and then another HK$11,000 in Hong Kong. I didn’t have the money, but then the agent told me I could give him my passport and loan the money. The interest was 60%, but I had no other choice. It took me 6 months to pay everything …

5 Common Helper Problems

How to deal with helper problems?

Hiring a domestic helper for your house is great! It allows you to focus on more important things such as work and  your spouse and kids while your helper does the chores like cleaning, sweeping, or dusting your house. But like anything else, having a helper means you’ll have challenges along the way. Be prepared for these 5 common helper problems. Most of these problems don’t have to lead to dismissals. Instead, with good communication…