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International Women’s Day: a day to bring us all closer

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day dedicated to honouring the achievements of women from all different backgrounds and cultures throughout history and all around the world. This special day also marks a call for accelerating gender parity historically.  How and when did International Women’s Day start? International Women’s Day has been celebrated since 1909. The first celebration was for the cause of 15,000 women protesting long work hours, low pay, and ...

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Outdoor Activities for Kids in Hong Kong

Going outdoor is good for the body and the mind - especially for kids who hunch their back and play video games the whole day - as it gives them a chance to get some fresh air and natural sunlight, move their little muscles, and experience more beyond addictive virtual games or difficult books. Escaping from the cramped, stuffy house is also beneficial to their young mind and it is ...

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What Should You Give Your Domestic Helper for Chinese New Year?

Kung Hei Fat Choy (恭喜發財) !  Chinese New Year is around the corner and it is now time to get everything in order for entering the Year of the Rat!  Chinese New Year celebrations are not only about the big feasts and good wishes but more importantly, the essence of family and sharing. Many of us have formed close bonds with our domestic helpers, who, in a way, become a part ...

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What Do Overseas Filipino Workers Put into Their Balikbayan Boxes?

Gifting through what is known as balikbayan boxes is a 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 ...

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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 the city, 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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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 7 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 2019 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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12 Things to Do in Hong Kong During the Summer

Summer in Hong Kong is definitely stiffening. On top of that, humidity and rain can be pretty good deterrents against any form of activity. But, worry not! There are plenty of things to do and many events to attend this summer. We have compiled a list of 12 things that will keep you busy and will make you forget everything about the scorching heat. 1. Go all artsy! Hong Kong definitely ...

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10 Things to Do in Singapore This Summer

Singapore’s weather can be awfully hot and humid and the idea of going out under such extreme temperatures can be daunting for many of us. Worry not – we have compiled a list of ideas of cool spots for you to hit during the summer and beat the heat: Go hiking along the Southern Ridges up until the Labrador Nature Reserve. You’ll get to appreciate the stunning view and catch ...

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“Intentional Laziness” of Your Domestic Helper

One common malpractice of employment agencies is that they will teach the helpers to misbehave so that the employers will fire them, which in turn benefits the employment agency. However, as employers become aware of such a practice, they also become too sceptical, which might harm the employer-helper relationship! If you observe that your helper "intentionally" makes mistakes, check this article to see what to do. Do not assume! Common reported behaviours ...

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