Dragon Boat Festival 30 May 2017

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar – and has been for more than 2,000 years. This year the celebration falls on May 30th in Hong Kong. Many legends around the Dragon Boat Festival exist but surely the one that prevails in many regions is that of Qu Yuan, a renowned poet who was exiled during the Warring States period. Legend has it that…

‘The Helper’ Premiere

The HelperChoice team was at the premiere of the documentary The Helper at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong on 14 May 2017. The documentary was framed in Hong Kong and features beautiful scenes shot in the Philippines and Nepal.

Have you ever wondered what the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ is? Well, The Helper is all about that (but also so much more). There are more than 350,000 domestic workers – also referred to as ‘helpers’ – in Hong Kong. We interact with these…

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…

Helper Appreciation Month

Most of us in Hong Kong do have those special ladies in our lives – those great women who contribute to making our lives more comfortable. We know them as we rely on them every single day; they make it possible for many of us to go to work knowing that our loved ones and homes are well taken care of. Helpers – as we most commonly know them – make up 5% of the population in Hong Kong.

Helper Appreciation Month is a community-shared initiative launched in 2015 aimed at celebrating helpers…

101 Introduction to photography

On April 23, 2017, the HelperChoice team had an exciting time in Victoria Park, Hong Kong. After meeting at Tin Hau station, we spent a lovely moment with all the cheerful and energetic helpers who enjoyed their Sunday off with us learning about photography – despite the rain that caught us by surprise!

On that occasion, 3 fabulous budding lady photographers shared a few photography tips with the rest of us to help us understand what makes a great photography and how to click one…

Navigating the tricky Parent-Child-Helper triangle

HelperChoice was invited to speak last Saturday April 21, 2017 to the first edition of the Pediatrics & Parenting Conference organized by AD MediLink at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong. Laurence Fauchon, CEO and Founder of HelperChoice, joined a panel on Navigating the tricky Parent-Child-Helper triangle, where Dr. Melaine Bryan and Ms. Catherine Banson were two other speakers at the same panel, while Ms. Kat Lau from Sassy Mama was the moderator.

Laurence Fauchon …

World Book Day

 

Ever wondered whether there was a Book Day? Well the answer is yes! World Book Day is a thing. It is a UNESCO-promoted celebration of books and reading which takes place every year on April 23, in more than 100 countries, including Singapore. Books are a fantastic way to get inspired and empowered. They help us improve as individuals and discover new things about a wide variety of topics and foster mind openness. Surely, you agree with us if you too are a book lover!

There is …

Travelling during pregnancy

Pregnancy has never stopped anyone from traveling. However, when you are considering flying while pregnant certain precautions must be taken. Whether you are flying from Hong Kong to Bali or to a more remote getaway location such as London for your next holidays or babymoon, you should consider a few things before booking your flight tickets.

First things first, no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy it is always best to check with your doctor. A previous successful…

POLO-Singapore announces increase in Filipino helpers’ minimum salary

In a recent press release, the Philippines Embassy’s Overseas Labour Office announced a raise in Filipino domestic workers’ minimum salary. The S$20 raise will bring the minimum wage up from S$550 to S$570 for Filipino helpers who work in Singapore. The measure will be implemented to compensate for fluctuating exchange rates, as the Philippines government set a minimum wage of US$400 for all their overseas workers. The increase in salary will be effective from May 1st,…

Indonesian Helpers in Hong Kong Can Now Renew Contracts Directly

From January 2017, Indonesian domestic helpers and their employers will no longer need to use an agency to renew their contracts in Hong Kong, according to the Indonesian Consulate General.

This applies to domestic workers who are finishing their two-year contracts and who will be renewing with the same employer. Both the helper and employer must agree to renew their contract without assistance from an agency.

If an agreement is reached, the employer will need to submit a letter…